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Sunday 23 July 2017 | Issue 0663


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Pig's head left outside Islamic College of Brisbane

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Parents hit back at proposed hijab ban for female students

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

LNP conference calls for ban on headscarves for children

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

An un-missable Q&A

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Support the fundraiser for the Toowoomba Mosque

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Schools Debate Immigration and Public policies

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

AIIC gets limited approval for proposal

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

2nd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Useful Links

ANIC Condemns the Closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Get your fingers green with our gardening guru


Forde pedalling for Palestine

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

Women empowering women. The SHE Campaign

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


Islam-Inspired Design at Gould Sydney

The CCN Chuckle

Hijab-wearing woman among Apple's new emojis  
Meet a Muslim campaign launches across Australia
Miss World Australia 2017 - a criminal profiler and Muslim
Winners: UK The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2017

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

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The bag, left at the front gate of the Islamic College of Brisbane, was removed before students arrived but staff were shaken. .

Muslim schoolchildren were targeted in an early-morning attack in Brisbane's south on Wednesday, when a bag featuring a swastika and containing a severed pig's head was left at a school's front gate.

Islamic College of Brisbane staff removed the bag before students arrived at the school in outer suburb Karawatha, acting school chairman Ali Kadri said, but staff and students had been left shaken.

"They're worried because, while it's a minor thing, there are really young kids who go to that school, because it goes from Prep to year 12," he said.

"It's about the safety of the kids. If somebody's going to do this, given the climate, anything else could happen as well.

"So it's really scary."

Prominent identity Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a former student of the school, took to Twitter to speak of her disgust at the attack on the college in which she spent her primary education.


"How is a parent supposed to explain to a kid why people hate them?" she said.

"I'm just so sorry. I'm so so sorry we have to live in a world where kids can't go to school in Australia without being shamed and threatened."

Mr Kadri said some young males in a Subaru WRX were caught on school cameras and that footage, which included a partial numberplate, had been passed on to police.

"The camera footage is quite clear," he said.

"(Police are) finding evidence and I'm sure there'll be arrests out of this."

Students had been informed of the attack, Mr Kadri said, and counselling had been made available.

"Luckily, the staff were out before school and they were able to clear it and they were able to get the kids in without distress," he said.

Mr Kadri said the police response had been "phenomenal" and he had no doubt what had led to what he described as a "hate crime" against Muslims.

"Right wing extremists, including some politicians and shock jocks who demonise Islamic schools, are responsible for this," he said.

It was the first time the Islamic College of Brisbane had been targeted in such a matter, Mr Kadri said, although there had been a similar incident at the Holland Park Mosque.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman confirmed an investigation was underway.

"A call was received from an educational facility on Acacia Road, Karawatha, shortly before 9am this morning, about a backpack containing decaying meat," he said.

The spokesman said police were keen to speak to any witnesses.

Brisbane Times



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Parents at a primary school on the Gold Coast are opposing a push from their P&C President to ban Muslim girls from wearing a hijab as part of their uniform.

Benowa State School P&C President Brooke Patterson, who is also a member of the LNP (Liberal National Party), on the weekend passed a motion at the state party conference to ban girls under the age of 10 from wearing headscarves at schools.

“It's something we need to debate otherwise within three years there will be a Muslim uniform in all state schools in Queensland,” Ms Patterson said.

Principal of Benowa State School Michael Josey would not comment to 9News, but it’s believed he wants Ms Patterson to resign from her position.

It is also understood Mr Josey has accused her of having a conflict of interest and misusing her political position.


LNP member Brooke Patterson debates a resolution at the Liberal National Party (LNP) state convention in Brisbane.

Outside the school today, parents told 9News that "every culture is different" and "people should be able to decide what they want to wear."

“I don’t think it’s fair at all they’re trying to promote cultural togetherness and to stop them from honouring their culture I think that’s wrong," one parent said.

“Every religion should be able to do what that religion needs.”

Under Education Department guidelines, uniform rules can be bent to accommodate cultural and religious beliefs.




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Brooke Patterson, the Liberal National party member who moved the motion to call for a ban on headscarves for children under the age of 10.

The Liberal National party state conference in Queensland has overwhelmingly voted against a limited Muslim immigration ban but has voted to call for headscarves to be banned for young children.

The main resolution had called for the federal government to ban immigration from countries with sharia law, with those in favour saying it was was “culturally incompatible“ with Australian values.

However, those arguing against it said that immigrants should be judged on a case-by-case basis and are often fleeing persecution under sharia in those countries.

Ultimately the resolution was defeated by what the LNP president, Gary Spence, described as an “overwhelming” majority of attendees.

An emergency resolution calling for a general ban on clothing that obscures the face was also defeated, however a second emergency resolution calling for a ban on headscarves for children under the age of 10 was passed.

The delegate moving the motion to adopt the resolution, Brooke Patterson from the Southport State Electoral Council, said she was a P&C member at a local school and had been asked to design appropriate uniforms for young girls that incorporated “sexual modesty coverings”.

“We need to debate this now, otherwise in three months there will be a Muslim uniform in state schools in Queensland,” Patterson said.

Another delegate, Wendy Ko from the Surfers Paradise SEC, argued against the resolution, saying the Liberal National party should be in favour of freedom of religion.

“We shouldn’t even be having this discussion,” Ko said. “I don’t think anyone has the right to tell an Islamic family how to raise their daughter.”

Ultimately the resolution was passed.

The Queensland Labor government frontbencher Leeanne Enoch later on Sunday said she was disappointed by that result.

“I think it’s absolutely appalling, we live in a multicultural society,” Enoch told reporters. “They’re talking about what children should wear in schools – that is the dark ages.”

Source: The Guardian



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Contact Shahbaz Rafiq (ph 0402398608, email

In addition to the delicious dinner, there will be attractive bargain items on auction to be led by the legendary auctioneer Hussin Goss.




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In recent times prejudice, negative stereotypes and discrimination have been contentious topics of debate in many political, social and educational circles.


The proposition of “Should Immigration be restricted from certain countries?” was debated affirmatively by The Gold Coast Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) and the Emmanuel College against restriction. External Adjudicators Ms Lynne Walsh former head of Australian Curriculum and Assessment Program (ACARA) Queensland; and Dr Michelle De Villiers from Qld Debating schools.

Students debated aspects pertaining to economics, agriculture, health, national security policies and rethinking Australian multiculturalism.

Haadia Mohammed, member of the debating team, expressed that the exchange ’ was a great opportunity to work with another school, and no matter how small, our interactions is an opportunity to shape people’s minds and hearts and possibly help change the world around us’.

The debate was well received and extremely competitive scoring 9-10 to Emmanuel College, Lynne Walsh expressed her amazement for the AIIC students saying ’the students were very skilful and convincing in the debate and reflected some of the most factual and pressing issues our Australian community is grappling with’.

The students from the Emmanuel College and the AIIC Gold Coast continue to work towards establishing better grassroots change, understanding, and promoting positive social engagement.




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AIIC proposal at Durack has received conditional approval from Brisbane City Council.

Significant parts of an Islamic school's proposal for a masterplanned hub in Brisbane's south-west has been rejected by the Brisbane City Council, with the site restricted to educational purposes.

The Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) at Durack lodged a development application, with the council in February 2015 proposing a childcare centre, mosque, a multi-storey residential building, medical centre and aged care facility be built on the school's site at 724 Blunder Road.

On Thursday afternoon the council issued conditional approval, which did not allow the proposed residential building, aged care or shops on the school grounds.

The council permitted boarding facilities for students who lived outside of Brisbane, similar to facilities at many other independent schools, but said no to non-educational residential buildings.



The council's city planning boss Julian Simmonds said most of the feedback council received was about the school expanding into non-education related activities.

"Council has heard this feedback and this approval specifically prevents the college from expanding into an exclusive gated community."

The application received 50 official submissions from the public, of which 18 were valid and 15 of those objected to the proposed masterplanned development.

Residents raised concerns about the scale of the design and associated traffic impacts as well as concerns that an Islamic hub could create segregation in the community.

Cr Simmonds said the approved masterplan was assessed against the Sustainable Planning Act.

"Under state planning laws, council is required to assess all development applications without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, politics or personality," he said.

"Several new classrooms have been approved for the college and a preschool childcare centre.

"A place of worship has also been allowed in line with the previous approval, which will also be used by students and the school community."

Cr Simmonds said the approval of a place of worship was in line with the "common practice" across Australia's independent schools.

"By reducing the scale and uses on the site, council has also minimised noise and traffic impacts and ensured that the allowable development is consistent with site's zoning for education."

Cr Simmonds said the council assessed the proposal for a shop on the school site but determined it could not be part of the school and would have to be separate.

Local councillor Steve Griffiths said the council's decision was good for the community, but he had concerns about the development.

"I still have concerns that it's still allowing education land be rezoned for development of retail and medical centre," he said.

"They are still allowing that to occur but from a traffic point of view it's more sensible."

Cr Griffiths said the actual number of submissions received for the application were 193, with that figure including all submissions, not just those received during the official public comment period.

Cr Simmonds said the shop and the medical facility had been approved hard up against Blunder Road.

"They will be open to the public and accessible to the public," he said.

"Durack is a growing area and what the planning officers have considered is there is a need for that kind of facility in Durack that's open to the public, but I would stress they are separate and outside of the gates of the school and open to all residents."

It is entirely up to the school if it acts as a landlord to the shop and medical centre or runs them.

Opposition city planning spokeswoman Shayne Sutton said the planning outcome was a hard-fought win for the local councillor and the community.

"We have always argued that the application be considered on planning grounds alone," she said.

"It doesn't matter who makes an application. If it doesn't accord with the city plan, it shouldn't go ahead."

The school and people who made submissions during the community consultation stage were entitled to appeal the council's decision.

Under the masterplan, 2.7 hectares of wetlands and bushland would be protected and transferred to public ownership.

Brisbane Times



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Mohamad Abdalla & Dylan Chown, Centre for Islamic Thought & Education (CITE), UniSA



L- R – Mr Muhammad Abdullah; Dr Nadeem Memon; Mr Dylan Chown; Prof Seema Imam; Prof Mohamad Abdalla, Dr Ibrahima Diallo; Dr Muhammad Zuhdi; Lester-Irabinna Rigney; Ms Aynur Simsirel

Educators, policy makers and thought leaders gathered on the 11th and 12th of July for the second Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference held at picturesque Yurebilla, known also as MT Lofty in Adelaide Hills. The theme explored at the conference was that of curriculum in Islamic schooling.

These now whole-of-field gatherings hosted by the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) aim to assist in the transition from the establishment phase in the field of Islamic schooling to an exciting phase of renewal, bolstering the momentum needed to forge best practice across the sector. So far, the response to our call for renewal has witnessed the gathering of minds from Australia, the USA, Canada, the Sultanate of Oman, Indonesia, Singapore, Canada and from around Australia.

The two-day learning and networking fest was a stunning success with many delegates expressing how insightful and motivating the plenary session presentations and panel discussions were.

A defining moment on this path toward renewal was of course the first annual Islamic schooling conference in 2016, where more than 220 stakeholders gathered in Melbourne. From this watershed event, a 10-year roadmap was proposed to shape and operationalise the process of renewal. Top of the agenda list was to explore the theme of curriculum renewal in Islamic schooling which was realised across these inspiring two days.




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Press Release

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) strongly condemns the
closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Palestine on Friday by the Israeli security forces in response to a tragic and deadly shooting incident.

The unprecedented closure of the third holiest Mosque in Islam is unjustified and unwarranted. Friday prayers and the five daily prayers have been performed in this mosque revered by Muslims globally for centuries. This holy precinct is one of the sacred sites to Muslims, Christians and Jews.

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) calls upon the immediate opening of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. All nations of the world must exert extra effort to fairly resolve the long-standing and devastating Israeli-Palestinian conflict.



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On 4th – 6th August, long time Palestinian advocate David Forde, is taking part in the 180km Big Bike Ride from Brisbane to Bryon Bay to raise funds for an education project to support Palestinian children in the occupied Palestinian city of Hebron.


The project is also supported by the Hebron International Resource Network.


He will undertake the challenge 5 days after participating in the Magnetic Island to Townsville open water swim.

You can donate to the cause and all donations are tax deductible.



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The Sisterhood Empowerment (SHE) Campaign is an Islamic not-for-profit organisation based in Melbourne, Australia. Run by women for women,


The SHE Campaign aspires to unite, inspire and empower women from all walks of life, unbiased of race, religion, age and background.


We aim to create a supportive and tolerant community, in which all women are given equal opportunities to reach their full potential.


Through charity work, education & advocacy, The SHE Campaign intends to focus on issues affecting women in today's society.


With the efforts and support from the local community, we envision a future whereby The SHE Campaign will become global and support women in developing countries who are subjected to war, violence, famine, drought and disease.


We need your support to make this dream a reality.

To support the cause click here.



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Peter Gould ( is a celebrated designer, creative entrepreneur and artist. His innovative, award-winning work is highly sought after globally and it has touched millions with positive, inspirational creative projects.

He has won several awards, launched his own apps & games, created popular online platforms, teaches workshops internationally, and has work published in several books.

His journey toward exploring the world of Islamic creativity began in 2002 when he embraced Islam while studying graphic design. He travelled to cities with deep historical and artistic connection to Islamic tradition, which inspired him to create a series of personal artistic projects resulting in a fusion of classical Islamic design elements and his signature vibrant, fresh graphic style.

With an interest in contributing to the space of contemporary Islamic creativity, Peter started Gould Sydney (, a branding and design studio specialising in building brands, creative projects, events, and initiatives particularly in the space of the Islamic economy.

Gould Sydney is a unique influence behind many of the brands that have helped define the role and reach of modern Islamic brands. The founder of Hadith of the Day says, “Peter and his creative team have been our strategic design partners for over 5 years. We started working together when our content was reaching 2-3 million people per week and now with his creative direction we are reaching over 30 million people per week.”


In 2016, Peter joined Dubai-based Zileej ( as Chief Creative Officer to develop a new generation of lifestyle brands, products and creative experiences for Muslims.

One of these brands is 5Pillars which is a series of games that are also Islamic educational tools for the whole family to enjoy. Incorporating the best elements of classic boardgames, trivia, charades, and technology, the 5Pillars games provide thousands of learning opportunities for people of various levels of Islamic knowledge.

Peter says, “my hope for Zileej is to help set new standards in imaginative, fun, creative products and brands for Muslims, that will inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs. It’s a truly exciting space to be a part of.”




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A 15-year-old girl was angry there's no hijab emoji. So she got one made.

US tech giant Apple has previewed forthcoming emojis, including one that depicts a woman wearing a hijab.

More than 12 animated symbols were unveiled on Monday to celebrate World Emoji Day and will be released on Apple devices later this year, the company said.

"The new Emoji make it easier for users to express themselves with greater diversity, additional animals and creatures, new smiley faces and more," Apple said in a statement.

The headscarf-wearing character was approved by Unicode, a non-profit international consortium, in November last year after a Saudi teen living in Germany campaigned for its inclusion.

Fifteen-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi submitted a proposal to Unicode in September 2016, pointing out that there was no image that represented her.

Her online campaign, the Hijab Emoji Project, noted that some Christian and Jewish women also wear headscarves, along with hundreds of millions of Muslims.

The hijab is a headscarf worn by many Muslim women who feel it is part of their religion.

Apple's preview of the hijab emoji sparked some negative reaction online, with one Twitter user calling it a sign of "creeping Sharia" law.

Al Jazeera



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'Meet A Muslim' campaign members, from Baitul Huda Mosque in Marsden Park, are encouraging one-on-one contact with the community.

A new campaign by an Australian Muslim community is encouraging people to "meet a Muslim" over coffee and cake.

Muslims Down Under, a group of volunteers from across Australia, are willing to answer any and all questions members of the public may have about their faith when they book in for a one-on-one coffee with a practising Muslim through their website.

Imam Mohammed Atae Rabbi Hadi, a leader at Baitul Huda mosque at Sydney's Marsden Park and the national spokesperson for the group, says the initiative is designed to counter misinformation about Islam and an increase in extremism "not only on the side of Muslims, but also on the other side, in the far right".

"Why not meet an Aussie Muslim, and get to know them and see you have so much in common?"

The group has previously run Q&A sessions at Western Sydney University's Parramatta and Lithgow campuses. While some people are interested in Islam's history and theology, Mr Hadi says most ask questions about "what they see on television."

"They ask: Is Islam really a violent religion? If it's not, why has violence happened? What does 'jihad' mean?"

The "meet a Muslim" concept is not new, with Muslim communities in the US using the phrase to brand public information sessions.

Locally, Canberra-based group Muslims for Progressive Values have held a number of Q&A sessions this year.

Mr Hadi will travel to Mudgee in NSW's Central West next week to run a Q&A session for residents.

Relations between Australian Muslims and their local communities were in the spotlight this week, with the release of a Charles Sturt University study of reports to the Islamophobia Register of Australia.

The study, which analysed the 243 verified reports made from September 2014 to December 2015, found women were overwhelmingly the target of Islamophobic attacks, being the sole, or one of, the recipients of harassment in 79 per cent of the reported attacks where the victim's gender was reported.

Najm Sehar, national coordinator of the Muslims Down Under campaign and one of the volunteers Sydneysiders might meet if they sign up for a coffee, says she has overwhelmingly had a positive experience with members of the public, and these experiences should also be discussed.

The 29-year-old mother of two and master's graduate says people often smile at her in public, where her religious beliefs are "very visible".

"To tell you the truth, from 9/11 happening while I was in high school, through the seven years I spent commuting from the western suburbs to Sydney Uni for study, I really only had one incident when I was at school which could be described as 'Islamophobia'," she says.

While she appreciates the importance of talking about instances of harassment, Sehar says focus on the negative aspects of interactions between Muslims and their local communities can make Muslims "scared" of those around them, which is isolating and unhelpful.

"When you hear about these reports, it almost encourages us to have phobias of each other."

Source: Brisbane Times



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'I believe Islam is about peace and inclusion': Meet Miss World Australia 2017 - a criminal profiler and Muslim who says a lot of things have been 'misconstrued' about her religion

A criminal profiler from Melbourne with an incredible life story has been named Miss World Australia 2017.

Esma Voloder, 25, has come a long way from the refugee camp she and her family escaped in the midst of the Bosnian war more than two decades ago.

The seasoned pageant competitor, who practices Islam, hopes to use the title to help break down the prejudices that surround her religion.

'The Islam that I know, that is in the Koran, I don't associate that with any acts that are occurring around the world,' she said after taking the crown.

'People tend to blame religion for the atrocities that are happening, but if we do that we take responsibility away from the individuals.'

'A lot of things have been misconstrued about Islam,' she said.

'I feel that a category has been created that is not really what the Koran actually promotes. I believe Islam is about peace, unity, prosperity and inclusion.'

Esma moved to Australia when she was just five months old and in 2008 was named Miss Teen Australia.

She went on to compete in a number of pageants as well as pursue fashion and modelling, but education was always her number one priority.

Esma earned a degree in psychology and is now works as a criminal profiler in Melbourne.

But the Bosnian beauty said she hopes she can inspire unity with her platform.

'Despite what your personal beliefs are, if we all believe in what is good, we can work together and make this world a beautiful and liveable place while we are here.'

The Daily Mail UK



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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.

Malcolm X YOUNG PERSON’S Award for Excellence:

For an Individual, organisation or initiative run by young people 16-25 years, whose principal aim is to support and create opportunities for their peers.

Winner: Shaheen Mamun


Shaheen Mohammed Al Mamun has quickly made his mark as a young lawyer and using his advocacy to further human rights and civil liberties.


He is a trustee of the Habeas Corpus Project, which provides pro-bono legal representation in challenging unlawful detention of migrants in the UK.


He has already received recognition for his work and his potential. He was conferred with the University of Westminster Student Achievement Award and was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Junior Lawyer of the Year by the Law Society Excellence Award 2016.


Outside his profession, Shaheen was elected the BME Officer for the London Green Party and serves his local community at the Holborn Muslim Community Association. 


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




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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



What's Islamic Law Doing at Sydney University? An Open Letter to the Daily Telegraph
By Randa Abdel-Fattah (Randa Abdel-Fattah is an award-winning author and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University)

Dear Daily Telegraph,

It has recently come to the attention of your readers and people with Google alerts for Islamophobic and racist media coverage that you are extremely concerned about a current law course being taught at Australia's "most prestigious law school": Muslim Minorities and the Law.

What a remarkable piece of investigative journalism! I can only imagine how your journalist stumbled across this breaking news?

Even more incredible was your scoop that the prescribed set text for the course is about - wait for it - Muslim minorities and the law. I was shocked too. A law course that actually seeks to teach students about how citizens interact with the law?

I recall the days I studied law. We, too, were indoctrinated with courses teaching us about law. What is Australia coming to?

Perhaps I'm being facetious. Because the text is clearly more sinister than that. Entitled Accommodating Muslims under Common Law: A Comparative Analysis, it is written by Sydney University academics Dr Ghena Krayem and Associate Professor Salim Farrar. And it is published by one of the world's most renowned and reputable academic publishers, Routledge. Somebody should have a word with them. They've obviously been recruited as shari'ah law propagandists and are seeking to infiltrate Australia and shake the very foundations of our legal system with ... a law textbook.

Maybe your reporter hasn't been around legal textbooks. Take it from me, a former law student and practising lawyer: most academic law books are lucky to attract a readership of a few dozen people (including Krayem's and Farrar's families, who would have likely bought the book to show their support and read the acknowledgments and blurb for good measure).

Of course, we shouldn't dismiss the possibility that even one reader can make a difference. That appears to be, after all, the essential message of the article (your entire newspaper's philosophy, actually), which is that our society and education system are no place for provocative, challenging, even controversial arguments and ideas. Perish the thought.

Was the fear of a society of thinking, critical, well-informed, global citizens possibly what led your reporter to contact Sydney University and ask it to comment "on running a course that teaches students about Sharia Law"? Though I'm wondering if the term "common law" and the word "comparative" in the book's title confounded your reporter? Perhaps your reporter is not aware that university law courses all over the world teach comparative law courses, including courses on Islamic Law. You can take an "Introduction to Islamic Law" course at Harvard University, for example. (I mean, that university is so damn prestigious that Mike from Suits pretends to have graduated from it!)

Australia could get rid of comparative law units, remove all international legal systems and contexts from the curriculum and simply offer a single unit- Australian common law. The settler colonial origins of our common law system might make it difficult to teach this unit without mentioning the words "British," "colonialism," "indigenous law," "legal pluralism" and, heck, "genocide." But I'm sure Australia's "most prestigious law school" will be able to bring together some of the finest legal minds in the country to achieve your paper's goal that our education system remains as parochial, insulated and globally irrelevant as possible.

I want to commend you on a particularly effective part of the report in which quotes are cobbled together to add authoritative weight to this fear-mongering rant - sorry, I mean your "exclusive report."

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham is to be commended for honouring his ministerial profile, reminding readers of the importance of facts over hysteria and the need for universities to provide world-class courses that equip law graduates with the skills and knowledge that will make them competitive in a global context.

Or maybe I dreamt that.

Instead, we had the Federal Education Minister essentially suggesting that the teaching of shari'ah law amounts to an effort to undermine the principle of equality under the law and subvert Australia's legal framework. Even more disconcerting was the minister's office responding to the report by issuing a cautionary tale to warn universities that they must "keep in touch with Australian community expectations and that includes respect for and adherence to Australian law," and issue a reminder that "taxpayer funding" to universities is "used to deliver benefits to all Australians."

The coding behind this warning appears to be: a course on Islamic law taught to around less than thirty students is an attack on Australia's legal system, is anathema to expectations in the Australian community (the implication being that Muslims clearly don't belong to the Australian community) and delivers no benefits.

And I love how you also quote Ali Kadri from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) - which is of course the leading national, respected organisation representing the entire Muslim community (that's sarcasm, by the way). It's always a good idea to get a "Muslim spokesman" to provide a story with some authority from the natives. Kadri points out that he doesn't "think we need to have religious connotations with any law because we are a secular country." I guess AFIC missed the memo on that one with its halal certification system, which operates within the bounds of Australia's legal system.

And finally, you quote "family law expert Robert Balzola" who is concerned about public funding awarded to academic research into the "Response of Australian Family Law to Islamic Community Processes." It might be a good thing to inform your readers that Robert Balzola has a few more credentials up his sleeve beyond "family law expert" - he also represented opponents of the construction of the mosque in Bendigo.

Lastly, I have a confession to make. In my first year of law at Melbourne University in 1997, I wrote an essay on legal pluralism and argued for the recognition of parts of Islamic inheritance law into Australia's legal system. My queer, atheist law lecturer gave me a distinction. I know this gives you no comfort as this is merely further evidence that the left has sold out to jihadists. But the moral of the story for me is what a narrow escape. You were after "Asians" then, or goodness knows I would have been all over the pages of the press too!


Randa Abdel-Fattah

 ABC News OPINION Religion & Ethics





Mark Latham slams Sydney University academics who say Sharia law should be recognised in Australia


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Welcome to the Mosque



With unprecedented access, this documentary gets inside one of Europe's biggest Muslim communities, giving a unique insight into the people who make up its congregation.







This is for Allah

British Muslim TV


"Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith." (Muslim)

Our every action communicates the essence of our faith to the world. Let us always aim to do good for Him and through Him. #ThisIsForAllah







A different side of Islam

Nowhere Men 


Spend 10 minutes of your day with us, The Nowhere Men, and we'll show you a side of being Muslim the news media will NEVER show you...

Saana is an African-American Muslim who grew up in New York City. She invited us to spend some time with her during the holy month of Ramadan to show us the life of average Muslims, in a time when Muslims in America are under attack.

We can't thank Saana and her friends and family enough. We learned so much in the making of this video- above all, we confirmed our belief that People Are Good, no matter who they are or what they believe.







Sydney Lawyer, Gray Connolly



 "Islam is not the only religion with its own laws!"

Gray Connolly says these rules on how to live are not a threat and makes a case for pluralism #TheDrum







Muslim Aid Australia Annual Report


CEO Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy takes you through the 2016 MAA Annual Report. Learn about MAA’s key achievements and figures in 2016; find out how your donations were spent, and what differentiates us from other Australian charities.

MAA is your trusted partner in charity since 1989. We provide humanitarian aid in Australia and over 50 countries worldwide during Emergencies, in Orphan Aid, Sustainable Development, Water Aid and more. To know more, visit or call 1800 100 786. You can also follow us on Instagram (







Doctor raps for a cause




A doctor in New Mexico (US) named Umar Malik has released an online rap video to support Muslims and immigrants.Source: CNN








The Parable of the Good Muslim
OnePath Network


Sunday Reflection: I am convinced that if Jesus were to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan in Australia today he would tell it as the parable of the Good Muslim.


Parables are designed to present us with a choice, a movement of the heart either towards unity of towards disintegration.


Every time we open our ears and our eyes we are presented with living parables and we are given a choice to monitor the movement of our hearts. Fr Rod. 









The True Companion | Yazeed Zee
Islam In Focus Australia


A comparison between a good riding camel and a righteous person.





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 21 July 2017

TOPIC"The steps to be taken after Ramadan"  PART 4

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 July 2017

TOPIC"Palestine & Masjid Al Aqsa"

IMAM: Akram Buksh









Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 July 2017

 IMAM: Ikram Buksh








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 July 2017

TOPIC: "True knowledge"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 July 2017

TOPIC“The Quality of our Prophet (pbuh)”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




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British Muslim woman demands apology after being detained for reading Syrian art book on plane


 Faizah Shaheen was detained at Doncaster Airport last July


UK: A British woman is demanding an apology one year after counter-terrorism police detained her for reading a Syrian art book on a plane.

Muslim NHS worker Faizah Shaheen says she is being forced to go to court to get the apology after she was questioned under terror laws last July.

She had been returning from her honeymoon in Turkey when was stopped at Doncaster Airport.

A Thomson Airways cabin crew member had reported her for reading Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline on the outbound flight.

Ms Shaheen, whose work in mental health care involves looking for the signs of radicalisation in young people, was questioned for around 30 minutes, during which she was asked about the book, her work and the number of languages she spoke, the BBC reported.

She told the corporation: "I felt upset and distressed, followed by anger. I struggled to accept that I was being singled out for reading a book on art and culture.

"One year on, Thomson Airways has failed to provide an explanation or apology despite legal involvement.

"This attitude has left me with no option but to seek a declaration from the court under the Equality Act."   


The Evening Standard


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The Spaniards rediscovering their nation's long-lost Islamic heritage



SPAIN: As he meanders through the spectacular Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, tour guide Yasin Maymir hones in on a section of ornate patterning on the interior walls.

"Arabic letters, Arabic phrases. There are more than 10,000 all around Alhambra," he proudly says of the inscriptions.

Maymir continues through perfectly manicured gardens and grandiose rooms, occasionally stopping to speak of Islamic philosophies and architectural techniques incorporated into the design.

His fascination is obvious. Yet he believes the finer details of this history may be unfamiliar to many Spaniards.

"In Spain, in the schools," Maymir says, "they would never teach you about the (country's) Islamic history."

While the Spanish government has taken steps to enable school students to learn about the Islamic faith in recent years, Maymir -- whose Italian mother and Cuban father were converts to Islam and moved to Granada because of its rich Islamic past -- says he began to understand this other side of his country's history by studying the secrets of the Alhambra.

With its exquisite marble columns and elaborate horse-shoe arched windows, the Alhambra is one of the most notable surviving examples of the Islamic influence on Spain.

Visitors to Granada, meanwhile, can still wander through the former Arabic and Jewish quarters located in the shadow of the building.

Al Andalus
Islamic forces, which came to be known as the Moors, invaded Spain from North Africa in 711.

They rapidly conquered the Iberian peninsula, pushing out the ruling Visigoths and laying the foundations for centuries of Muslim rule.

Known as Al Andalus, the territory they captured stretched as far as Spain's north-east coast at its peak.

This period is often described as unique in terms of its relative religious harmony, with Muslims, Jews and Christians believed to have co-existed side by side for centuries in a multi-faith society.

But some have noted that non-Muslims may have have been regarded as being of inferior social standing at various times. Historian Bernard Lewis cites a document from 12th century Seville in his 1984 book "The Jews of Islam" which stated: "A Muslim must not massage a Jew or Christian nor throw away his refuse or clean his latrines. The Jew and the Christian are better fitted for these trades, since they are the trades of those who are vile."

Spain's Muslim epoch came to an end in 1492 with the conclusion of the "Reconquista," a centuries-long campaign which saw Christian states across Iberia retake full control of territories previously captured by Islamic forces.

Today, Spain is a largely Catholic nation, and not a place widely associated with Islam. Just 2.1% of Spain's 46 million population are Muslim according to 2010 Pew Research Center figures (although this is expected to rise to 3.3% by 2020).

Yet look closely and its Moorish heritage can still be glimpsed in the nation's rich cultural fabric.

"It's very difficult to go to Spain, especially south of Madrid, without being very aware of the Islamic presence," says Dr Elizabeth Drayson, author of "The Moor's Last Stand: How Seven Centuries of Muslim Rule in Spain Came To An End."


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Justin Trudeau meets Syrian baby named after him


The two-month-old is the son of a Syrian couple who fled war-torn Damascus to resettle in Canada


The get-together took place at the Calgary Stampede where the baby snoozed contently while Mr Trudeau held him


CANADA: Justin Trudeau has met his younger Syrian namesake.

The Canadian Prime Minister came face to face with two-month-old Justin Trudeau Adam Bilan – the son of a Syrian couple who fled war-ravaged Damascus to start a new life in Canada.

The boy’s parents, Muhammad and Afraa Bilan, named their newborn son after the Prime Minister to pay tribute to his open refugee policy and show their gratitude for the offer of refuge.

The get-together took place at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday where the baby snoozed contently while Mr Trudeau held him.

The couple arrived in Montreal in February of last year in the midst of Canada’s bitterly cold winter accompanied by their daughter Naya, who is 4, and their son Nael who is 3.

Mini Trudeau was born in Calgary - a city near the Canadian Rockies which is home to around 1,000 Syrian refugees - in May of this year.





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 he Moor's Last Stand: How Seven Centuries of Muslim Rule in Spain Came to an End


Elizabeth Drayson




The first full account in any language of the last Muslim king of Spain. An action-packed story of betrayal, courage, intrigue, heroism, and tragedy.


The Moor's Last Stand presents the poignant story of Boabdil, the last Muslim king of Granada.


Betrayed by his family and undermined by faction and internal conflict, Boabdil was defeated in 1492 by the forces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of the newly united kingdoms of Castile and Aragon.


The Christian victory marked the completion of the long Christian re-conquest of Spain and ended seven centuries in which Christians, Muslims, and Jews had, for the most part, lived peacefully and profitably together.


Five centuries after his death, Boabdil continues to be a potent symbol of resistance to the forces of western Christendom, and his image endures in contemporary culture.


Based on original research in the region by a leading historian of Granada, this book presents a vivid account of Boabdil's life and times and considers the impact of his defeat then and now.





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KB says: A long, slow caramelization will get the best out of the mushrooms in this deep, rich soup.

 Chicken and Mushroom soup 




1 cup cubed chicken fillets
1 grated onion
1 teaspoon garlic
½ tsp lemon pepper
½ tsp white pepper
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
1 pkt thick vegetable soup
1 pkt cream of mushroom soup
A handful of vermicelli noodles
1 tin cream style corn
1 teaspoon crushed fresh green chilies
500ml full cream milk
Chopped coriander leaves


1. Sauté onion in some oil or ghee until soft and translucent.
2. Add chicken fillets, garlic, salt, lemon pepper, white pepper and green chillies.
3. Cook until chicken is almost done with very little water remaining.
4. Add mushrooms and cook slowly until cooked and most of water is used up.
5. Dissolve soup powders in cold water, mix well and add to the pot.
6. Continue stirring until boiling point is reached, adding sufficient water.
7. Add a handful of vermicelli, cream style corn and milk and chopped coriander.
8. After reaching allow boiling point, lower heat and simmer until a thick consistency is reached and the vermicelli is cooked.
9. Serve hot with garlic bread.

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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: Decisions - The Four Key Questions To Help You Make Decisions

One of the most common themes I come across with my clients during our Clarity Coaching sessions is their ability, rather inability, to make decisions.

You make a decision when you carefully, with an open mind, consider all information at hand and find a solution or resolution to act upon in order to progress in life. Once you make a decision there is no further need for procrastination. If the action you take yields you results that are not to your expectations, you need to re-evaluate those outcomes and make another decision. Life is a series of moments that require you to consider information at hand, make the best possible choices and come to a decision.

As Muslims, we call these series of decision-making moments, tests. ALLAH swt tests us every day, every moment of the day. It is up to us to pass those tests so that we progress positively and joyfully to the next test. Often you may find that you may get tested on the same thing over and over. This means that you have yet to pass that test. Somehow the pattern you are living in needs to be challenged, make better choices and take decisions to pass these tests.

Four Questions

When your mind has too many thoughts you may feel overwhelmed and confused. Here are four simple questions that you can ask yourself that may help find clarity in your thoughts and assist you with making an informed decision.

1. DO I WANT TO be, do or have this?
2. Will being, doing or having this MOVE ME IN THE DIRECTION OF MY GOAL?
3. Is being, doing or having this IN HARMONY WITH ALLAH’S COMMANDMENTS?
4. Will being, doing or having this VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS?
Make your decision if the answer to the first three questions is YES and the answer to the last question is NO. If you answer YES to any of the first three questions and NO to the last question, then you will know for sure that it is not the right decision to make.

For example:

If someone is in a relationship that is abusive and is suffering in silence, he/ she needs to make the decision to talk to someone about it so that they can become aware of their options and rights within Islam regarding their relationship.
So, the situation at hand is:

Whether I should talk to someone about my relationship:

1. DO I WANT TO be, do or have this? (YES)
2. Will being, doing or having this MOVE ME IN THE DIRECTION OF MY GOAL? (YES)
3. Is being, doing or having this IN HARMONY WITH ALLAH’S COMMANDMENTS? (YES)
4. Will being, doing or having this VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS? (NO)

Based on the answers, this person must definitely make the decision to talk to someone.

Another example could be that someone is contemplating going into a mortgage to invest in a property.
So, the situation at hand is:

Whether I should enter a mortgage:

1. DO I WANT TO be, do or have this? (YES)
2. Will being, doing or having this MOVE ME IN THE DIRECTION OF MY GOAL? (YES)
3. Is being, doing or having this IN HARMONY WITH ALLAH’S COMMANDMENTS? (NO)
4. Will being, doing or having this VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS? (NO)

Notice how the third question has a NO answer. Clearly, the decision to take a mortgage would be wrong if one wants to obey ALLAH’s commandments as per the Quran.

Now, take a pen and paper and write down a situation in your life that requires you to make a decision. Tackle the above four questions honestly and MAKE YOUR DECISION. EMail me if you need further guidance on this topic.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Are You Living Your Life By Design Or Default?
If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m fairly new to exercise and was wondering if it’s
ok to continue doing a particular exercise if I feel pain at all?

A: No. Pain means you should stop what you’re doing and have a look
at your technique / posture while doing it, or find other options that
work for you.


Also make sure that you have clearance from your doctor.
Sore muscles are a different story. It’s normal to feel a bit tender, especially if you’re new to working out.


Start slowly and safely, and as you get stronger, start challenging yourself more. Some discomfort means you’re pushing your body to bring on change.






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Judge: Why do you want a divorce?

Jallaludin: My wife asks me to peel off garlic, cut onions, wash utensils.

Judge: What's the problem in this? Just warm up the garlic. It will be easy to peel it. Before cutting the onions just chill them in the refrigerator and then while cutting them the eyes won't burn. Before washing utensils just immerse them in a water tub for 10 minutes, they can be easily washed.
Before washing clothes in Omo, soak them in water for half an hour, all the stains will go away and even the hands won't get tired.

Jallaludin: I understood your honour. Please return my petition.

Judge: What have you understood?

Jallaludin: That your condition is worse than mine.


Apolitical Aphorisms

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Be mindful of God as much as you can; hear and obey; be charitable– it is for your own good. Those who are saved from their own meanness will be the prosperous ones.

~ Surah At-Taghabun 64:16


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“Positive thinking is not only about expecting the best to happen...

It is also about accepting that whatever happens is for the best.”                                                                                      

                                                                                                ~ Anon



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

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The Muslim Legal Network is really excited to announce its very first event. We'd love all your support, so please if you're involved in the law here in Brisbane, join us


Tickets are still available.


Contact Shahbaz Rafiq (ph 0402398608, email

In addition to the delicious dinner, there will be attractive bargain items on auction to be led by the legendary auctioneer Br Hussin Goss.


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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

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0421 081 048


5 & 6 August

Sat & Sun

Sura Kahf: Reflections from the Cave: Sheikh Sajid Umar

Al Kauthar




12 August


Pakistan Independence Day

QLD Pakistan Assoc,


0419 025 510


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

8 September


9 September



Fri & Sat

Eidfest @ Dreamworld



0419 025 510

6pm to 11pm

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

Aust. Int. Islamic College, 724 Blunder Road, Durack

3809 4600

3pm to Maghrib



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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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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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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

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Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

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Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

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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

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Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

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Muslim Aid Australia

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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