EST. 2004


Sunday 2 July 2017 | Issue 0660


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Largest Eid gathering in Queensland

 Women's Interfaith forum


The Eid prayer gathering at the Islamic College of Brisbane, hosted by the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) and the Holland Park, Kuraby and Slacks Creek Mosques topped 8000 men, women and children worshippers on Monday 26 June, making it the largest turnout in Queensland. The prayer hall, basketball court, grassy area and the function hall were packed to capacity this year.








Eid Ul Fitr Lecture, Prayer & Kuthbah






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Eid in Toowoomba

 Women's Interfaith forum



Toowoomba residents celebrated Eid with prayers in a rented auditorium of Centenary Heights State School on Sunday 25 June.


It was one of the largest Eid prayers in the history of the city, and over 1000 Muslims participated in the salat.


Families brought sweets and the Islamic Society of Toowoomba provided water, juice, plates etc.


The Imam emphasised the importance of the unity of Muslims and encouraged everyone to get actively involved in the rebuilding of the burned Toowoomba Mosque.


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The results of the latest national Census released on Tuesday 27 June 2017 reveal that Muslims are now the largest religious minority in Australia.

Christianity remains the most common religion (52 percent of the population). Catholicism is the largest Christian grouping in Australia, accounting for almost a quarter (22.6 percent) of the Australian population.

Other than Christian, Islam (2.6 per cent) and Buddhism (2.4 percent) were the next most common religions reported. Nearly a third of Australians (30 percent) reported in the Census that they had no religion in 2016.

The religious makeup of Australia has changed gradually over the past 50 years. In 1966, Christianity (88 percent) was the main religion. By 1991, this figure had fallen to 74 percent, and further to the 2016 figure.

Australia is increasingly a story of religious diversity, with Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, and Buddhism all increasingly common religious beliefs. Hinduism had the most significant growth between 2006 and 2016, driven by immigration from South Asia.

The growing percentage of Australia’s population reporting no religion has been a trend for decades and is accelerating. Those reporting no religion increased noticeably from 19 percent in 2006 to 30 percent in 2016. The largest change was between 2011 (22 percent) and 2016 when an additional 2.2 million people reported having no religion.







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Remarks at the St Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (25 June)


Let me say to you my friends, that we in Australia are the most successful multicultural society in the world. We are.

And you could not imagine modern Australia in all its diversity and magnificence, without you. What you have done, what your families have done, the commitment you’ve made – respecting our values, freedom, democracy, the rule of law, mutual respect – there is the foundation. That mutual respect is the foundation of the harmony we enjoy in Australia, in a world where regrettably, as we see, particularly in the Middle East where there is so little harmony and so much intolerance.

One of the greatest tragedies of our times has been the persecution of Christians right through the Middle East. It is a devastating tragedy to see the persecution of Churches that were founded by the apostles, by men who knew Jesus, men who had walked with Jesus, worked with Jesus. His apostles foundations, these Churches, the most ancient in the world, as Bishop Daniel described, these have been threatened. And I am delighted to hear from Bishop Paula, how strongly President el-Sisi is standing up to defend the Coptics and standing up for the unity of Egypt, defying the Islamist scourge that is seeking to destroy Christianity in the Middle East. But also, is a disease within Islam itself.

We mustn’t mince words here. We have to be very clear-eyed about this. As President el-Sisi and I have discussed this matter directly – and I’ll come to your requests in a moment your Grace, your Grace – I’ve discussed these matters with President el-Sisi and he has called it out for what it is. These terrorists, these people are blasphemers and heretics. They seek to destroy their own religion as they seek to destroy others.

They must be resisted, defied and destroyed. That is my commitment and the commitment of my Government. My friends, we stand with you to defy the terrorists.

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Remarks at the Eid event hosted by the Bachar Bouli Cup and Leadership Program (26 June)

Now I’m delighted to be here to announce the government’s continued support for the Bachar Houli Cup and Leadership Program. And I want to wish everyone here and all those in the wider Australian Muslim community a joyful Eid-al-Fitr.

Eid Mubarak!

Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It’s a month of spiritual reflection, forgiveness and compassion. By fasting, through acts of charity, Muslims take time in Ramadan to remember those in our community who are less fortunate.

Celebrations like this one today and all those around the nation remind us of our success as a multicultural society.

Now let me, I want to stress this, we are the most successful multicultural society in the world. One of the important things is to turn your phone off. We are one of the most successful, I would say the most successful multicultural society in the world. And I’ll tell you why we are. Because our Australian values are open to everybody. It doesn’t matter what the colour of your skin is, what your religion is, what your ethnic background is, our values are accessible to everyone. And so anyone, whatever their background, whatever their race, they’ve looked in the mirror and say “I look like an Australian”.

So we do not define ourselves by reference to religion, or ethnicity or race as so many nations do. We are a remarkable nation. Our success as a multicultural society is built upon those values; freedom, democracy, rule of law, mutual respect. Mutual respect is so vitally important. It is of course connected to all the other values, the equality of men and women. It is a fundamental element in our society. And it’s one of the things that has made us so successful. Now I was talking about these issues yesterday at the St Mark’s Coptic Church in Sydney, Arncliffe, in Sydney.

The Copts you know have been attacked, persecuted by extremists, violent extremists who have, who are seeking to undermine Islam, destroy Islam from within and attack other faiths. And they spoke there about the support they have in Egypt, their community has in Egypt from the wide community, from the government, from the army, the support that they have, the solidarity across the religious faith and the difference between faiths, the solidarity which define and defeat those who seek to divide us.

Remember extremists seek to make us turn on each other and that is why this program and the work the AFL does and in particular that Bachar does here is so important. To those who seek to divide us we say we unite. To those who seek to create disunity and tension and conflict we say we come together in a strength of mutual respect and peace, as Rana said, in peace, in that harmony that makes us so successful as a multicultural society.

And it is harder, it is very hard to think of a better example of the strength and resilience of our great nation our great multicultural society than the work that Bachar does. Bachar’s skills on the sporting field, though as Gillon said, he is human, are matched by his commitment to his community and building a stronger and more cohesive Australia.

As the AFL’s Multicultural Ambassador, Bachar has introduced young people from diverse communities to the national game through the Bachar Houli Cup - an inter-Islamic schools football competition - and the Bachar Houli Academy, established as we know, to nurture aspiring young Muslim footballers. Bachar’s mentoring program for Muslim youth demonstrates the power of sport to foster multicultural unity and develop teamwork and leadership skills.

As Rana said, in her life, being in an Indian-Muslim family, football has gone from being just something that happens in the cricket offseason, and become something that she and her friends are as passionately committed to. Or are you as to cricket? One would hope so. Anyway, equally. That’s good. Equally committed.

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Community groups on the Southside are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to build stronger community ties, as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s We Are Queensland action plan and social cohesion program.

Member for Stretton Duncan Pegg said the We Are Queensland small grants program was aimed at connecting neighbours and communities, as well as linking families to help build connections in the broader community.

“Queensland is a great state for many reasons, but our people and our diverse communities are our greatest asset,” Mr Pegg said.

“We are Queensland is about recognising the strength of our diversity and the contributions we all make as Queenslanders to our state great.

“Through the small grants program, local groups are able to apply for funding between $5,000 and $20,000 to carry out projects that build connections in our communities.

“Eligible projects could include linking young people of different ages and faith groups, events that help neighbours get to know each other and sporting or cultural activities that support community participation.

“I encourage our local not-for-profit groups, parents and friends associations and other eligible organisations in on the Southside to apply for this new grants program.”

Mr Pegg said the grants programs complemented the We are Queensland campaign, which targets young people who may feel disconnected and are more vulnerable to negative and extreme influences.

The Palaszczuk Government will invest $7.4 million over the next four years to implement a state-wide action plan to strengthen communities, counter anti-social behaviour and promote benefits of our state’s diversity.

This funding is in addition to the $5 million already allocated for a dedicated Social Cohesion Implementation Committee to enhance social cohesion and counter violent extremism in Queensland.

Mr Pegg said the Queensland Government’s action plan would deliver funding to implement targeted, place-based initiatives to support marginalised individuals into jobs, volunteering training and community activities.

“Our community is built on shared values, like respect for others, tolerance and a fair go, and this campaign is about recognising the strength of our diversity and the contribution we all make as Queenslanders to make our state great,” he said.

“In the wake of recent violent and divisive events around the world, this powerful and inclusive message of this campaign is even more important.



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Demand from Muslim millennials combined with public disaffection over recent food scandals sees Islamic food go mainstream



Wilf Lewis by the halal food production line at his family’s firm in Swansea, Wales.

UK: On an industrial estate on the outskirts of Swansea, a small revolution is taking place. Lewis Pies, a family firm that has been making British staples such as beef and onion pies, traditional pasties and sausage rolls for more than 80 years, has turned over a third of its business to halal products over the past decade to meet burgeoning demand. According to the managing director Wilf Lewis, halal is the future. “As a business, you set greyhounds off, and this is the one that’s running fastest,” he says. “We could get to the point during the next decade where halal is the majority of what we produce.”

Lewis Pies is part of a rapidly expanding market that reflects the demands of the growing Muslim population. The spending power of Muslim millennials, and their mix of faith and consumerism, is driving the trend.

As the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which starts on Sunday, the latest figures suggest the global halal food and drink market will be worth close to £1.5 trillion by 2030. Other sectors of the Islamic economy – pharmaceuticals, travel, finance, modest clothing, cosmetics – are also set to grow.

But halal food may be on the verge of moving beyond the Muslim consumer market, according to industry experts, driven in part by food provenance scandals, such as the use of horsemeat, in recent years. Abdalhamid Evans, a strategist at Imarat Consultants, which specialises in halal market intelligence, told a recent conference: “Halal products, if well designed and marketed, can appeal to the general population. Halal is moving from niche to mainstream.”

Halal meat comes from animals slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law. They must be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter, killed by hand and have all blood drained from the carcass. More than 80% of animals killed for halal meat are stunned before slaughter, although it is not a legal requirement in the UK. The RSPCA, British Veterinary Association, the Farm Animal Welfare Council and animal rights groups say slaughter without pre-stunning can cause unnecessary suffering.

Lewis Pies has worked hard to get accreditation from halal governing bodies, source halal ingredients and win the confidence of Muslim customers by inviting them to the factory to see the separate halal production lines.

Its halal journey began with an approach from prison service catering contractors asking if the company could create a halal product for Muslim inmates. At that stage halal accounted for less than 5% of the company’s business. Within a few years it had removed all pork products from its lines.


“It was a tough decision. In one way you’re limiting your market – no more pork pies or pork sausage rolls,” says Lewis, 40. “We had suppliers asking for chicken, ham and leek pies, and we had to say no – but we can do a good chicken and leek pie.”

The firm also had to deal with a backlash from Islamophobes and animal rights activists. “I once spent two hours drafting a very careful reply to someone, explaining the issues and the background,” adds Lewis. “I sent it off and got a totally inappropriate response. So we don’t engage with people who don’t want a rational discussion.”

Now halal is the company’s main growth area, accounting for more than 35% of the business, and selling to wholesalers, retailers and brands that market products under their own labels. The biggest demand is for traditional British staples. “There’s a preconception that with halal products you need to ‘currify’ everything, but what people really want is [beef] sausage rolls and meat pies,” says Lewis. The company has now been approached by two football clubs interested in halal pies to be eaten on the terraces.

This desire among Muslims for classic British food led 30-year-old entrepreneur Shazia Saleem to launch a range of halal ready meals under her ieat label. “I wanted shepherd’s pie from the age of seven, and no one was making a halal version, so I made it myself,” she said at a recent Muslim lifestyle conference.

“Since 2013, there’s been a sixfold increase in Muslims shopping in chilled meals aisles looking for something halal,” she said. Her products are stocked in several big supermarket chains.

The demand for halal food is also driving restaurant reviews and ventures such as the Halal Dining Club and the food blog Halal Girl About Town.

In Swansea, the factory’s adjustment to halal has led the family in unexpected directions.


“If you had told me five years ago, when I was managing a software company, that I’d be selling halal pies, I wouldn’t have believed it,” says Lewis. “But we’ve overcome suspicions and made some good friends. We’ve had a fantastic reception.”

Source: The Guardian



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Bachar Houli received a two-week suspension after the trial took his character into account.

Richmond star Bachar Houli has escaped a healthy whack from the AFL’s match tribunal after citing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and The Project host Waleed Aly as character references.

Houli’s case was sent directly to the tribunal after he was charged with intentionally striking Carlton’s Jed Lamb in Sunday’s game.

Lamb was knocked out in the first quarter when collected by Houli’s swinging forearm. He took no further part of the match after being ruled out with concussion.

But after nearly two hours of deliberation, Houli got off lightly with a two-week suspension, as the tribunal took his character into account.

The AFL wanted four weeks.

The tribunal panel noted it was “rare” that they came across someone of such character, which Richmond’s counsel played on, quoting Houli’s “unique” reputation throughout the trial.

“I’ve never hit anyone in my life. Never at all,” Houli said in his defence.

“It’s something I’ve never, ever done in my life and I’ll never intend to do that in my life. It’s part of my practice in my religion – I’m a peaceful person. And I’ll continue to conduct myself in that manner.”

Houli, an AFL multicultural ambassador, is the mainspring behind the Bachar Houli Academy which promotes football programs in the Islamic community.

But it appeared to be Mr Turnbull and Aly’s remarks that held the most sway.

“It’s very hard to think of a better example of the strength and resilience of our great multicultural society than the work that Bachar Houli does,” Mr Turnbull said as part of his submission.

The federal government announced on Monday that it will provide $625,000 in funding to Houli’s academy. Mr Turnbull and Houli reportedly exchange regular text messages.

Aly, an ardent Tigers supporter, backed up Mr Turnbull’s sketch of Houli’s character and praised him as the spirit of “humility and gentleness”.

As “the first devout Muslim to play AFL”, Aly said, Houli “bears the burden of a community that is desperately short of heroes and role models”.

“He delivers some of the most powerful and constructive messages that any athlete in recent times has been seen to offer young minds.

“He does this in the face of racial abuse, which Aly has seen time and time again,” Richmond counsel said.

The suspension has ignited outrage among fans and former players alike.

Former Hawthorn and Gold Coast Suns star Campbell Brown said on radio he was “gobsmacked” by the lenient suspension.

“I don’t care who the character references are. We all understand he is an outstanding citizen and has been a fair player,” he said.

“But the incident speaks for itself. I thought three to four weeks was appropriate. To get two weeks is quite staggering.

“The AFL goes along and pretends to talk about image for the game, and they’ll slap blokes hard when they need to.

“I think this is a case of preferential treatment. I’m not having a go at Houli, but gee whiz, they’ll be a lot of shocked people out there and rightfully so.”

Houli did not speak to the media after the hearing.


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Bachar Houli handed four-week suspension

The AFL appeals board has doubled the ban of Richmond defender Bachar Houli to four weeks.

After a marathon two-hour hearing on Thursday night, the three-man board ruled that the original two-match ban for striking Carlton’s Jed Lamb was manifestly inadequate.

Houli made a brief statement afterwards, saying he accepted the decision.

“The decision has been made and I accept it,” Houli told reporters.

“My concern is, and always has been, for Jed [Lamb] and I hope he recovers really quickly. We move on with life and I’ll do my best to help the team prepare for the next few games.”



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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.


(Continued from last week's CCN)


French knights from the Languedoc on the First Crusade by Pierre-R. d'Hautpoul. "Until the modern period, Islam had a far better record of tolerance than Western Christianity. When the Crusaders conquered Jerusalem in 1099, they slaughtered the Muslim and Jewish inhabitants of the city in a massacre that shocked the Middle East, which had never seen such unbridled violence," says Karen Armstrong


There is a popular understanding that Islam has violence incorporated into its beliefs from the very beginning. What do you think?

Armstrong: This popular belief originated at the time of the Crusades, when it was Western Christians who were attacking Muslims in the Near East; it may reflect a buried anxiety and guilt: Jesus had told his followers to love their enemies not to exterminate them. The conviction that Islam had always been a religion of the sword was promoted by learned monks during the twelfth century: they were projecting their concern about their own behaviour onto their victims.

But what about the beginnings of the Islamic empire?

Armstrong: In the early years, while the Muslims were an embattled minority in Mecca, the Koran forbade them to retaliate and attack their aggressors. But when they were forced by intensified persecution to flee Mecca and found an infant state, the Muslims, like any state-builders, had to fight, and the Koran endorses this. But military historians tell us that Muhammad and the first caliphs are almost unique in building empires more by diplomacy than by violence: Muhammad, by uniting the Arabian Peninsula, which had previously consisted of warring tribal societies, and imposing the Pax Islamica there; and the first caliphs, the Rashidun, in the cultivated lands of the Middle East.

Another difference between East and West is the lack of separation between state and religion in the Arab world. Why does secularism have such a difficult stand?

Armstrong: The secularism that developed in the West during the eighteenth century was a radical innovation. Before the modern period, religion permeated all human activities because people wanted to make their lives significant. The idea of "religion" as a personal, private quest essentially separate from all other pursuits was unknown in pre-modern Europe as well as in the rest of the world. No other culture has anything like it. Words that we translate as "religion" (such as "din" in Arabic or "dharma" in Sanskrit) refer to an entire way of life. Trying to take "religion" out of politics would have been as difficult as taking the gin out of a cocktail. This was not because they were too stupid to distinguish two entirely different activities but because such questions as the plight of the poor, the maintenance of public order and public security, and justice were matters of sacred import.





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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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.

Ibn Sina Award for HEALTH:
This award recognizes those who excel and promote in health issues.

Winner: Mehrunisha Suleman


Dr Mehrunisha Suleman is a bioethicist at Balliol College, Oxford, where she is researching Islamic perspectives on the ethics of Global Health Research in Developing Countries. She holds a BA in Biomedical Sciences Tripos from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Global Health Sciences from Oxford University.


As a trustee at the Centre for Islam and Medicine, she has been instrumental in shaping the vision and agenda and has applied her knowledge and experience to advance the Islamic bioethics discourse.


Before joining Oxford, she worked with the Department of Health’s QIPP Right Care Programme. As a UNESCO trainer for ethics teachers, Mehrunisha has facilitated and delivered ethics teaching for researchers and practitioners through courses held in Kenya and Bangladesh.


She is an honorary Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Oxford Radcliffe Trust, and a teaching associate for the MSc Global Health Sciences programme at Oxford. 



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




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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

The Palace Intrigue at the Heart of the Qatar Crisis

The Saudis don’t believe the young emir of Qatar is really running the country — and they’re looking for regime change.

Who is the real leader of Qatar? On paper, it is Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the 37-year-old son of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who abdicated in Tamim’s favor in 2013. But the leaderships of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have become involved in a messy diplomatic squabble with Qatar, think it is actually Sheikh Hamad, now known as the “father-emir,” who is still pulling the strings. The truth could dictate the outcome of the Gulf crisis, where the United States is trying to broker an early settlement while Iran watches mischievously from the sidelines.

There are a variety of judgments of who is really in control in Doha, none of which are particularly complimentary to the Al Thanis, the onetime desert tribe that number a mere few thousand but effectively own the world’s third-largest reserves of natural gas.  



Foreign Policy


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Eid at Lakemba Mosque

9 News Sydney



Thousands of worshippers have converged on a Lakemba street to celebrate Eid



Sam Dastyari on steps of Lakemba Mosque
Sam Datyari



  As Aussie as it gets.








Mehdi Hasan on Unity

The Muslim Vibe 









I'm Not A Muslim But...

The Unquiet Mind 









Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan



"If you need me to prove my humanity, I'm not the one who's not human."
The second place runner up of this year’s poetry slam final Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, with the poem 'This Is Not A Humanising Poem'. Part of Last Word Festival 2017.









Motivation To Memorise The Qur'an | Umm Jamaal ud-Din
Islam In Focus Australia









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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 30 June 2017

TOPIC"The steps to take after Ramadan" PART 1

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 June 2017

TOPIC"Do not destroy the castle you built in Ramadan"

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DATE: 30 June 2017

TOPIC: "Brotherhood"

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TOPIC: "Gains Achieved in Ramadan"

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 June 2017

TOPIC: "Protectors in the grave"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 June 2017

TOPIC“Hajj A lifetime journey”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




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Halima Aden on Allure: Hijab-wearing model appears on the front cover of mag to bust Muslim stereotypes



US: A Somali model has become the first woman ever to grace the cover of Amercian beauty magazine Allure, while wearing a hijab.

Halima Aden, who is only 19-years-old, is pictured wearing Nike's high-performance hijab on the cover of the July issue of the women's magazine, with a caption that says "This is American Beauty".

Aden has long been working to busy stereotypes of Muslim women in the media, having appeared in the bikini round of the 2016 Miss Minnesota USA beauty pageant while wearing a burkini and hijab.

Since then, she's also walked in the Yeezy season five show at New York Fashion Week and made headlines by being the first hijab-wearing woman to grace the cover of Vogue.


Evening Standard


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250,000 Muslims flock to Moscow’s cathedral mosque for Eid prayer


Jami Mosque in Moscow on the Eid al-Fitr holiday.


RUSSIA: Despite being one of the largest in Europe, the mosque in Moscow can only accommodate about 10,000 people, so the majority of believers placed their prayer mats on the streets outside the building. The authorities cordoned off the entire area to traffic for the occasion.

Moscow police deployed 3,000 officers to preserve order near the cathedral mosque and several other large Muslim prayer sites in the Russian capital. They reported no incidents.


Akhmat Kadyrov Mosque in Grozny on the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

In Russia, Eid al-Fitr is marked as an official holiday in nine predominantly Muslim republics in the southern part of the country.



Muscovite Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr at Moscow Cathedral Mosque (Streamed live)






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Remarks by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during Eid al-Fitr Lenasia, Johannesburg



Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa



Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters, Friends and Compatriots,

Assalamu Alaikum

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

I would like to wish all Muslims in our country a Blessed Eid al-Fitr.

I also wish to thank the leadership and community of Lenasia for welcoming us to share this special morning with you.


We are deeply honoured to share this celebration with all of you.

Today, you break the Fast of Ramadan and welcome on the horizon the gift of light of the new moon. Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, you radiated on our nation the value of self-discipline, self- sacrifice and generosity.

By working to purify the heart from wrong-doing, by refraining from avarice and selfish desire, Ramadan cultivates inner spiritual strength.

It builds character and refines inner vision.

The bodily deprivations of Ramadan allow us never to take for granted our own blessings and success.

In strengthening your faith and moral stamina through fasting, you reminded us that for a nation to attain righteousness and the pinnacle of its success, sometimes it has to turn its back on trivial worldly desires.


The Fast became a mirror through which we could reflect and identify with the suffering of others.


It amplified that the true value of religion still lies in its capacity to identify with the suffering of others.


As you performed service and acts of goodwill and charity for the poor and needy members of our communities, you reminded us that Islam is a faith founded on compassion, justice and universal brotherhood.

It is about giving, not taking.
It is about generosity, not greed.
It’s about love, peace, truth and tolerance. Not hatred, violence, dishonesty and bigotry.
And these are universal human values upon which we need to anchor our new society.

By embracing and applying these traits consistently, we can root out the high levels of poverty that confront many South Africans. We can provide quality education and create decent jobs for millions of young people who are out of school and out of work. We can, as the Quran teaches us, end social strife and bring lasting hope to orphans and widows.

Brothers and Sisters,

Today’s celebration of Eid al-Fitr coincides with the adoption of the Freedom Charter on the 26th of June 1955 at nearby Kliptown.


After listening to all South Africans across the length and breadth of our country, our forebears declared that:

“South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people.”

They said, “Only a democratic state, based on the will of all the people, can secure to all their birth right without distinction of colour, race, sex or belief.”

We continue to pay tribute to the role South African Muslims - such as the late Ahmed Kathrada and Ahmed Timol - played in our Struggle for freedom and to the role you are playing today in securing a better life for all South Africans.

We are pleased that the inquest into the death of Ahmed Timol is starting today in Court so that we may finally know the truth about his murder.

Today, we ask you and all religious communities in our country to offer special prayers for the African National Congress as it deliberates on its policies from Friday this week to 5 July at the Nasrec Exhibition Centre.

The ANC carries an immense responsibility to craft and adopt effective policies that will advance the interest of the poor. It carries a historic mandate to unite all our people from the ruins of past divisions. This is a responsibility that demands wise and visionary leadership.

So we ask you to pray for us to elect ANC leaders in December that will move our country forward and restore South Africans’ faith in democracy. We pray for leaders who will embrace values that you have practiced devoutly during Ramadan. They must approach political office as a long period of fasting, self-sacrifice, and service to the poor. And so as we break the fast today, we must enter into a national covenant that we will continue to be on the side of justice, truth and righteousness. We must be courageous to stand up against those who act against the interest of the poor and marginalised. Together we must pray and work for the salvation of our nation.

I wish you Eid Mubarak as you begin a day of fellowship, family and reaching out once more to the poor and needy in our communities.

May you have a blessed day!


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Trudeau's socks


Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau,  boasts socks with the words 'Eid Mubarak' stitched into them. This was in honour of the festival Eid al-Fitr.


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 How to Be a Muslim: An American Story


Haroon Moghul




A young Muslim leader's memoir of his struggles to forge an American Muslim identity.


Haroon Moghul was first thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, as an undergraduate leader at New York University's Islamic Center.


Suddenly, he was making appearances everywhere: on TV, talking to interfaith audiences, combating Islamophobia in print.


He was becoming a prominent voice for American Muslims.


Privately, Moghul had a complicated relationship with Islam. In high school he was barely a believer and entirely convinced he was going to hell. He sometimes drank. He didn't pray regularly. All he wanted was a girlfriend.

But as Haroon discovered, it wasn't so easy to leave religion behind. To be true to himself, he needed to forge a unique American Muslim identity that reflected his own beliefs and personality.


How to Be a Muslim is the story of a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that shuns and fears Muslims, struggling with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, and suffering the onset of bipolar disorder.


This is the story of the second-generation immigrant, of what it s like to lose yourself between cultures, and how to pick up the pieces.




A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

Neil Gaiman


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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: Great idea for stocking up lolly jars for school holidays



2 packets of chocolate flavored wafer biscuits
1 cup chopped pecan nuts
1 cup chopped almonds
1 × 350gr bottle Nutella
Cadbury chocolate


1. Place chopped nuts in an oven tray and roast but turn continuously so as not to burn.
2. Crush biscuits.
3. Allow nuts to cool.
4. Mix nuts, biscuits and Nutella until it's all well combined.
5. Leave in the fridge for half an hour.
6. Make small balls, you may need to wet your hands so the mixture does not stick to your hands.
7. Leave overnight in the fridge to harden.
8. Melt chocolate and coat the ball evenly.
9. Leave to dry and place in small paper cups.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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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


To contact Princess,  
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 Insecurity

Do you ever feel anxious, little or no confidence, or unsafe in your circumstances? Do you feel the need to depend on others for things or approval? Do you feel self-pity or that you need to prove your worth to others? If so, you could be feeling insecure.

Insecurity creates self-doubt and fear and cripples you from living a joyful, productive life. When you feel insecure, you resist total submission to ALLAH swt. You begin to believe in shaytan's whispers that you are “not good enough” or that you “don’t have what it takes” or that you are a “fraud”. These negative whisperings not only create massive blocks in every aspects of your life, such as, relationships, finances, spirituality, to name a few, but also affect your mental health and holistic wellbeing.

For thirty-seven years of my life I was a slave to shaytan’s whispers about my own insecurity. It had crippled me to the point where I would create situations to prove my worth. The saddest part about those years was that I was not a Muslim and I did not know how to handle feelings of fear, rejection, self-loathing, self-pity and self-doubt.

Insecurity stems from emotional hurt or pain that has not been healed. Instead of processing hurt and emotional pain, we tend to put on a brave face and slap on a big, padded band-aid over them. We become fearful of our own vulnerabilities by moving on with life carrying a load of unprocessed emotions.

The way to process emotional hurt and pain is to identify what happened, when it happened and who were involved. You may need professional help from a therapist to successfully identify these suppressed, or sometimes blocked, memories. Once you have identified them, you are then on the road to overcome feelings of insecurity that are as a result of these memories.

Journaling or Writing Therapy is a great way to not only identify memories of hurt and pain but also process them and experience catharsis. Contact me if you wish to find out more about this therapy.

Strategies to Overcome Insecurity

Below are six typical situations which may cause feelings of insecurity. Try to practise corresponding affirmations to become aware of your insecurities and therefore overcome them.   



In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: How to Unlearn Your Fears

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


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June was National Men’s Health Month

Ladies it’s never late to convince the men in your life to be more vigilant
about their health and visit a GP more regularly for check-ups.

Studies show that women tend to visit their doctor two-times more
on average than their male counterparts.


Visiting the doctor’s office can dramatically increase the chances of being diagnosed with a serious illness in it’s early stages, which, in turn, increases the chances of survival.

So, lets not only encourage them to visit their GP, but get out there with
them and move a little more! N-JOY!




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Wattles: Amazing Native Trees


• Fantastic feature tree.
• It is native to Australia so can take the heat.
• Does not grow too big and there are many smaller species. From 2m to15m.
• It flowers in winter when most other plants are dormant.
• It attracts birds. Lorikeets love the sap on the bark while Galahs enjoy the seed pods.
• Some species have lovely grey foliage.
• The roots are not destructive.



Lorikeets at home in a Wattle tree


Send your gardening questions to


You can also contact Ahmed Esat by phone (0404070498) or email ( and visit his blog site.

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Jallaludin urgently needed a few days off work, but, he knew the boss would not allow him to take leave.

He thought that maybe if he acted crazy then his boss would tell him to take a few days off.

So Jallaludin hung upside-down on the ceiling and made funny noises.

Habibullah, a co-worker, asked Jallaludin what he was doing.

Jallaludin  told Habibullah that he was pretending to be a light bulb so that the boss might think he was crazy and give him a few days off.

A few minutes later the boss came into the office and asked, 'What the *&%@ are you doing?'

Jallaludin told him he was a light bulb.

He said, 'You are clearly stressed out.' Go home and recuperate for a couple of days.'

Jallaludin jumped down and walked out of the office...

When his co-worker, Habibullah, followed him, the Boss asked Habibullah, '..And where do you think you're going?!'

Habibullah said, 'I'm going home, too. I can't work in the dark.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Allah enlarges, or grants by (strict) measure, the sustenance (which He gives) to whomso He pleases. (The worldly) rejoice in the life of this world: but the life of this world is but little comfort in the Hereafter.

~ Surah Al-Ra’d 13:26


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“If we only discuss issues

with people who agree with us,

we stop learning

and become self-righteous.”


                                                                                                ~ Jesse Lyn Stoner



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

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This is an environment where our children will learn about Allah and his beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W., recite their duas and surahs, learn about the 5 pillars of Islam, following the Sunnah, the values of Ramadaan and Eid and go to sleep listening to the beautiful recitation of the Quran or Zikr. ……


Assalamualaikum. Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten is in need of your help! The Department of Transport who owns the current premises at 2 Rothon Drive, Rochedale South, require the property to create a new busway through the area. We need to find a new location a.s.a.p.
Going back to the beginning…. Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten was the inspiration of a new Muslimah’s concerns that there was no Islamic Kindy where she could send her son to for the most critical years of his life i.e the 1st five years. (As we are all aware of the importance of the foundation phase in the correct upbringing of our children). She noticed this empty Kindergarten building at No. 2 Rothon Drive and in October 2012 the first Islamic Kindy in Brisbane opened it’s doors to a pressing need in the community. From such humble beginnings up till now, we are pleased to say that through the Rahmah and mercy of Allah we have grown to become an established institution serving the needs of the Muslim community.

In October 2016 we were assessed by the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care and Alhamdullilah we were rated as “EXCEEDING THE NATIONAL QUALITY FRAMEWORK”. We meet all government requirements for the National governing body “ACECQA” as well as the Queensland State Government Office of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Our Service Approval currently includes :-
 An Approved Kindergarten Program for children in their final year before school,
 Long Day Care for 3year olds to school age,
 Before School Care
 After School Care
 Vacation Care for School Aged Children
 A Montessori Program across all ages.

We have 24 childcare places per day. Our Kindergarten is set in a beautiful garden setting and it will be sad to see it go. We even have parents coming from the North side and as far as Gold Coast, braving the traffic for up to an hour just to place their child in our Islamic Kindy!

To date we have approached various organisations and individuals and visited buildings for rental but unfortunately have not been successful in securing premises for our new Kindy.
We beseech anyone who can be of any assistance in helping us to find new premises, renovate if required, and relocate by the 31st December 2017 to come forward and assist us in continuing this humble but integral venture for the future of our children in this environment we find ourselves in.




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Ladies Fun Swim Day

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14,15, 16 July


Ustadha Umm Jamal Brisbane Talks

IFA, Pearls of Jannah & Sisters' Support Services


0490 144 018

varies depending on session for the day

15 July


Annual Eid Night Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque

0413 038 610


16 July


Workshop: Effective Communication & Negotiation

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, ALGESTER

0401 422 756


22 July


Haj Seminar

Darul Uloom & AIIC


0432 539 942

9.30am to 1pm

21, 22, 23 July


Hajj Exhibition: Hajj - The Journey of a Lifetime

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0433 285 086


5 August


Fund Raiser: Toowoomba Garden City Mosque

Islamic Society of Toowoomba


0421 081 048


5 & 6 August

Sat & Sun

Sura Kahf: Reflections from the Cave: Sheikh Sajid Umar

Al Kauthar




2 September




6 September


Connecting Communities: A digital evolution at the SBS: Michael Ebeid, SBS CEO

Crescent Institute BRISBANE

BDO Level 10,

12 Creek St, Brisbane


5.30pm for 6.15pm

22 September




14 October


P&C Annual Ladies Night

Wisdom College

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0435 939 730


25 November


Annual Mild-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


3809 4600

3pm to Maghrib



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Masjid As Sunnah






Nuria Khataam
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


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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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Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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