EST. 2004


Sunday 30 July 2017 | Issue 0664


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Report by Nora Amath


On Sunday 22 July 2016 the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) officially launched its Sydney Branch. From all over Australia, over 250 people including IWAA’s Board of Management, staff, clients, members, key community and religious leaders, stakeholders and supporters travelled to attend the very successful launch in Lidcome.

With its expansion into Sydney, IWAA is able to bring its recognised expertise and award-winning high level of quality care in the aged care sector to target communities. Many in attendance remarked how important this expansion into NSW was for the multicultural and multifaith communities.


As one social worker and mental health specialist remarked, “This is a much-needed service. I have been waiting for a provider like this to refer my clients to.”


In only a few months of operation, IWAA Sydney has made over 100 referrals for clients who are eligible to access aged care services; the majority of the referrals choose IWAA as their preferred service provider.

IWAA started in August 1991 when a small group of inspired Muslim women with a dream to make a difference gathered at a community centre in Logan and decided to form their own organisation.


Twenty-six years later, IWAA employs a workforce of over 158 staff and caters for the diverse needs of the community, in the areas of settlement, aged care, disability and community development. Moreover, at its most recent strategic planning held on 23 July 2017, IWAA is preparing itself for major growth leading into 2020.

To find out how IWAA can meet you, your family, or community’s needs please do not hestiate to contact us on (07) 3208 6333. For specific aged care needs or to join the team in Sydney, please contact our Sydney Office on (02) 8764 6425.


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The Brothers In Need Brisbane team, Muslim Charitable Foundation and Muslim Aid Australia have partnered this week to help with the food distribution to the needy and less fortunate every Friday and Sunday night!

Making a Difference - Brisbane provided the warm jumpers and snack packs.


MAA accredited by DFAT


Muslim Aid Australia is now the first and only Islamic NGO to be accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), responsible for managing the Australian Government's aid program.

The accreditation was a rigorous process that assessed our governance, program management capacity, policies, risk, and partner management.

This recognition, along with its ACFID (Australian Council For International Development) membership and ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission) Registered Charity tick means that donors, can now "give with even more confidence to an organisation that the Australian Government supports, and has accredited to be professional, well managed, and capable of delivering quality development outcomes," Riyaad Ally of MAA told CCN.



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Report by Dina Ghaznavi


Last weekend, 40 girls went on a Youth Camp, an initiative of the Islamic Council of Queensland, supported by Islamic Relief Australia. The camp was aimed at enabling young women in the Muslim community to build a strong support network for one another.

The camp was held at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge where many camp attendees tried activities like flying fox, abseiling and high-ropes for the first time.

The girls partook in a variety of such activities during the day, in the evenings collecting around a campfire to discuss important topics chosen by the group.

A survey done at the end of the camp identified Islamophobia, Domestic Violence and Mental Health as the most useful topics of discussion.

Community Liaison officer for the Australian Federal Police, Amna Karra-Hassan, was invited to share her experiences.

Her talk was deeply motivational as she firmly discussed the importance of being confident with one's identity and succeeding in every aspect of life whilst never having to compromise one’s religion.

The camp experience concluded with Imam Uzair’s “Ask An Aalim” segment, wherein Imam Uzair visited the camp site to answer anonymous questions accumulated by the group over the weekend.

This segment was widely acknowledged by attendees as the highlight, as well as a perfect conclusion to the camp.

Dean, manager at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge said, "We are so pleased to have met such a wonderful and extremely polite group of young girls."

One attendee named Silda said, “I would like to thank everyone for sharing their experiences over the last few days. I hope this has provided everyone comfort in knowing that we are not alone. Man, this was such a good camp!”

The girls were not the only ones sad to say goodbye to the weekend. Supervisors Nadima Peer, Shameem Rane and Susan Almaani have organised a "Pizza in the Park" to see all the girls again for many more meaningful conversations, laughs and of course, pizza.

Visit the Islamic Council of Queensland website for more information on upcoming events and "Like" the Facebook page for updates.



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 (L to R) David Forde, Addin, Hafiz Junaid, Usman, Sameer, and Abdi Musse


Multicultural Affairs Qld (MAQ) represented by David Forde meet with the Executive of the Townsville Islamic Society to discuss issues and to hear about the positive work being undertaken



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History: It’s just the past.

Who cares?

As a Muslim, I believe that everything that was, is, and will be, is by the will of Allah. But I also know that there is a distinction between Allah’s will and the actions of mankind. While the Qur’an is not a history book, rather, among other things, a confirmation of all that was before it, it expressly encourages us, many times, to understand the history of the nations and peoples before us, in order to learn from them. Examining and understanding history is therefore important.

However, what many of us are taught about some of the most significant global events in modern times is, unfortunately, incomplete.

The Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation has discovered previously unknown stories of the diversity in the First World War by uncovering unique documents in English, French, Urdu, Arabic and Farsi – including photographs, field reports, personal diaries, and letters that didn’t make it home.

The Foundation has learnt that approximately two million Muslim soldiers and labourers from around the globe volunteered to fight in a European war that was not of their own making.

Why is this important today, and what can we learn from it?

The growth of the far-right, xenophobia and ‘religious’ extremism is alarming, and it is rising. I think it is plain for all to see. Furthermore, all of these extremists try to convince us that Islam and ‘the West’ are different – that it is a ‘clash of civilisations’; that they’re both incompatible; and that we should live separately. What the Foundation has found proves otherwise.

Among the personal diaries are numerous heart-warming accounts of European soldiers benefiting from natural medicines and treatments learned from their Muslim comrades. There are accounts of Muslim, Christian and Jewish soldiers fighting united, side-by-side; sharing their experiences and accommodating each other’s cultures, music, gastronomy and religious practices, despite the difficult conditions in the trenches. Furthermore, what will also be learnt is the honourable ways in which chaplains, priests, rabbis and imams went out of their way to learn, Arabic, Hebrew, English and French, in order to accommodate religious burials of the dead on the battle front. If soldiers then could accept and accommodate each other in this way in the trenches during wartime, what’s stopping us from doing the same today?

Many far-right activists and sympathisers in Europe say, and believe, “Muslims have never done anything for us”. The truth is one which they can’t deny. They (Muslim soldiers) made the greatest sacrifice. They died for you too. Hundreds of thousands of them. They left their families, who, without this project, will never learn of their service.

Why is it important to me?

Born and raised in Britain, to a Pakistani mother, and an Indian father: I’m British; I’m European. I have multiple identities, and I’m not unique. I’m also Muslim… just Muslim. I want to know all the ways in which Muslims of all denominations have contributed to our world. All denominations. I emphasise this because members of the far-right don’t care what sect I follow, or what my nationality is. To them, I am just a Muslim.

I want to know how Muslims experienced the Great War. The battles a soldier must endure are well-known, but what do we know about the internal battles that practising Muslim soldiers went through when travelling to a continent they had never been to? Or how they came to terms with exposure to new people, practices and food – something all Muslims can relate to! I also want to know all of the positive things that Muslims have brought to Europe. We are already learning of the contributions by Muslims to the advances in science. But what about to humanity and medicine on the battlefield?

Hayyan Ayaz Bhabha, Executive Director Forgotten Heroes



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The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) this week announced that they have partnered with Hills Legal Group to launch its new Islamic and Legal Wills Project and Initiative.



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First advocated by Alfred Deakin at the turn of the 20th century, compulsory voting stands among the most recognisable features of Australian democracy.

It may come as a surprise then that an estimated 2.2 million votes were not cast that might have been at the last Federal election. That translates to 22 MPs in notional terms – potentially game changing stuff in an electorate now famous for dishing up the proverbial cliff hanger.

A community event at Acacia Ridge Community Centre on Saturday 2 September aims to counter this trend by getting more residents registered with the Electoral Commission, and providing them with the knowledge and confidence to get out to their local polling place on election day.

Despite media commentary pointing towards mounting public cynicism, the community centre’s director, Trish Cattermole believes there are many other factors at play that can be easily addressed with education and practical support.

“It’s often the case that people simply lack the confidence, or believe that the process of registering and voting is too complicated to deal with,” Ms Cattermole said.

“There are many in our community with low levels of literacy and numeracy that are unaware that support is available to them to help them have their say. Others may simply not understand the power of their vote, and how their vote has a very direct impact on decisions that can transform our communities for the better,” she said.

“Our centre also operates in some of Australia’s most culturally diverse local, state and federal electorates. In some cases, people’s experiences of politics in their countries of origin may set up the belief that authority cannot be trusted, and that their voting behaviour is monitored.”

“Our Active Citizenship event on 2 September aims to show members of our community that being a voter is easy, safe, and has a tremendously positive impact on the communities we live in.”

A crash course in Australian civics will be followed by a practical workshop where attendees receive direct support from volunteers to register with the Australian Electoral Commission online. The volunteers will also include people with diverse language skills to assist participants where English is not their preferred language.

Ms Cattermole also says the event will feature guest speakers and a free lunch including that famous staple of polling places across the nation, a good old Aussie sausage sizzle.
“We invite the community to come enjoy a Democracy Sausage on us,” she said.

The Acacia Ridge Community Centre invites all people from the public to attend this event, in particular citizens who are not already registered to vote, and others who feel they would benefit from additional information in a friendly community setting.

Participants are asked to bring their Citizenship Certificate (if born overseas), their Birth Certificate (if born in Australia), and Proof of Identity documentation (e.g. driver’s license) to assist with registration.

Interested people can contact the centre on for more information.

Where: Acacia Ridge Community Centre, 21 Hanify Street, Acacia Ridge

When: 2 September, 2017 (10am – 2pm)



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Muslim businessman Mohamed Elmouelhy says Australia's white race will die out in 40 years

A leading Muslim businessman predicts Australia's white race will become extinct within 40 years because Australian men are too busy smoking, drinking beer and taking drugs to procreate.

Halal certification boss Mohamed Elmouelhy told his Facebook followers Australian women needed Muslim men to 'fertilise them' and 'keep them surrounded by Muslim babies'.

Mr Elmouelhy made the comment after Hebrew University in Jerusalem published research which showed sperm counts in men from Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe had declined by more than 50 per cent in less than 40 years.




'Your men are a dying breed, Australian women need us to fertilise them and keep them surrounded by Muslim babies while beer swilling, cigarette smoking, drug injecting can only dream of what Muslim men are capable of,' he said.

'Muslims have a duty to make your women happy.'

Mr Elmouelhy, who is the president of Halal Certification Authority, said Australia's white race 'will be extinct in another 40 years' if the country is 'left to bigots'.

The Muslim businessman called on these 'bigots' to kill themselves or plan to die.




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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.

Iman wa Amal Special Award:

For outstanding contribution to Islam and Muslims.

A special award at the discretion of the judges.

Winner: Mohammed Zafran


Mohammed Zafran is a community worker who set up a charity in Birmingham in honour of his murdered brother-in-law.


The tragedy led Mohammed to set up All 4 Youth And Community and numerous educational and sporting projects to help young people and Asian women in deprived areas of the city, including Bordesley Green, Ward End, Alum Rock and Handsworth. Over 16,000 young people have since benefitted from his work.


His work has been recognised through fifteen national awards including the Sir Bobby Moore Trophy at Wembley Stadium and the Asian Football Awards.


In 2014, he was given the ‘Pride of Birmingham Award’. He has been listed on the Junior Chamber International ‘ten most outstanding young persons in the UK 2015’ and was included in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List 2015.


In that year, he was named in the Queen’s Honours list with a British Empire Medal. 


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




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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Nadia Selim is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, University of South Australia


What about Arabic? 
By Nadia Selim 


The Quran, entirely in God’s voice (kalamullah), stipulates that, “We have sent it down as an Arabic Quran so that you [people] may understand” (12:2) and therefore the sacrosanct nature of Arabic in Muslim hearts has held strong for centuries. Guided by Allah’s commandments to the Prophet Muhammad to “read”, Muslims of the early Islamic civilisation were extremely disposed to seek knowledge even if it were in China and to spare no effort in advancing the cause of Arabic literacy.

The efforts of Muslims to transform these teachings into a way of life fashioned a significant body of written knowledge and solidified Arabic’s position as a lingua franca of the Muslim civilisation for hundreds of years. It also led the rise of the translation movement that lasted for three hundred years, which rendered the ancient knowledge of the Greeks, Indians and Persians into Arabic. In these efforts, Muslim leaders were devoted to equipping Muslims with Arabic, especially the recently converted, in what is considered one of the earliest grassroots literacy campaign.



Wonder Woman Banned in Tunisia (and the West Gets It Wrong Again) 
By Randa Abdel-Fattah 


Wonder Woman is not a feminist movie.

It doesn’t matter that it stars a woman kicking ass. It doesn’t matter that the film’s (highly-talented) director is a woman. It doesn’t matter that the woman at the centre of the movie is her own independent self.

None of it matters when Wonder Woman, a movie about unity and love, is being played by Gal Gadot, a former Israeli soldier and tank instructor who has expressed her support for the continued, illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and the indiscriminate murder of Gazans.

None of it matters when the lives of some women are less valuable than the lives of other women, especially when that value is determined by ethnicity.

None of it matters when Tunisia, Lebanon, and Qatar all ban the film, state their reasons, and Western mainstream media only decides to say that the ban occurred because Gal Gadot is Israeli, or because the Arab world is regressive. Look at this shameful headline from The Independent: “Wonder Woman banned in Tunisia where 70% of the female population suffers from gender-based violence.”

None of it matters, in other words, when feminism is white.

Over on Al Jazeera, writer Susan Abulhawa has presented a well-considered case as to why Wonder Woman isn’t a feminist film. It's a highly recommended read.

The news here is that Tunisia has now banned Wonder Woman. But maybe the bigger news is that “the West” should really start listening to the voices they claim need hearing.

Gal Gadot is not that voice.




The lived experience of racism Black South African Muslims go through everyday. 
truggles of A Zulu Muslim Woman 


And this is how black South African Muslims experience racism from fellow Muslims

As my taxi turned into Plein Street, I began to feel thirsty. I shouted “after robot” as the taxi approached Wanderous Street. I got off looking at the long Braam/Auckland Park taxi line. I was conflicted on whether I should go buy water or join the line and get water on campus. My thirst won, and I went to the shop that’s next to the line. I often by stuff here, especially if I need anything that may not be available on campus. I head straight for the fridge and grab a bottle of water. I get to the till and pay. As I put my change into my purse, the shopkeeper asks me if I’m Muslim. Clearly, my hijab doesn’t give it away, so I respond positively. He asks “Are you South African?”

He then asks whether I am married to a Bangladeshi or Pakistani. I tell him that I’m not married. He then asks if I’m sure that I’m not married to a Bangladeshi or Pakistani.

At this point, I feel a spark of rage flaming up inside of me. It’s the same feeling of humiliation that I felt when a Pakistani man asked me to prove that I’m Muslim by reciting Quran verses in a taxi a few years ago. The same feeling that I always feel when my marital status to a foreign national is asked to verify whether I’m Muslim or not. The same feeling that I had when my friend was called a ‘kariya' ( the Indian version of k*ffar) when we were 14. The same feeling that I had when a Maulana in school said that because of how our (black people) hair grows we will not enter Jannah. The same feeling that I had when my madressa teacher described munkar and nakir having dreadlocks when they punish sinners in the grave. The same feeling I had when we were told not to speak our home languages at school. The same feeling that I had when I could only be domestic worker every day when we played house-house in nursery school. The same feeling I had when my little sister was told that putting her Zulu beaded band on top of her scarf is haraam, yet Punjabis are halaal. The same feeling that I had when we were told that the women of Jannah are fair in complexion. The same feeling that I had when a Maulana at school asked why we (black students) kept our “Christian” names and further said non-Arab names like Shirin and Shabnam are acceptable “muslim names”. The same feeling that I had when I was told that being Zulu and Muslim do not mix but constantly heard the same teachers ask the other kids in my class if they are Alipore, Memon etc. The same feeling that I had when my history teacher made a joke in class and said I wouldn’t get it because I’m not Indian. The same way I feel when I pass Salam and the wajib response is not given back to me. The same feeling that I had when black Maulanas are called Shaikh instead of Maulana, even though they are equally qualified. The same way I felt when I watched some of my friends leave Islam because of the way they were treated.

Our parents send us to Muslim schools so we can be in an Islamic environment. We attend Muslim festivals to we can get spiritual upliftment. We go to the masjid to talk with our creator. But instead, these places have become toxic places to our well-being. Racism lurks in and selective Islamic principles become the norm of the day.

And he finally says, “How is that possible? You can only be a Muslim if you are married to a Bangladeshi or Pakistani man.”

I furiously walked out and never set foot into that shop again.    



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How I Became a Muslim

Islam is the religion of peace and safety









Rami Nashashibi, founder of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network

PBS News Hour



Helping Hand: Rebuilding a Chicago neighborhood by forging connections to the Muslim community. The South Side of Chicago has long been plagued with some of the highest crime rates in the nation, but a man of faith is trying to transform the area by focusing on the everyday needs of those who live there. Jeffrey Brown visits the neighborhood with Rami Nashashibi, founder of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, to see how his efforts are improving health and well-being.







Woman Who Defended Muslim Subway Rider Meets Ellen

Ellen Generis Show


"As a Muslim, thank you for supporting me."








Ali Kadri, at Mackay Mosque Open Day












Addressing misconceptions about Muslim
The Deen Show






It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 28 July 2017

TOPIC"Fajr Prayer" PART 1

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 28 July 2017

TOPIC“Hajj is Arafah”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




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American Muslims growing more liberal, survey shows 


 The Pew survey showed 9 in 10 American Muslims said they were proud to be both.


US: American Muslims are growing more religiously and socially liberal, with the number who say society should accept homosexuality nearly doubling during the past decade, according to a major new survey.

American Muslims are also more likely to identify as political liberals and believe there are multiple ways to interpret the teachings of Islam, the survey found.

Conducted by the Pew Research Centre, the survey of 1,001 American Muslims depicts a community in tumult, with the vast majority disapproving of President Donald Trump and worrying about the direction of the country. Even so, many remain hopeful about their future in the United States, the survey found, despite persistent anxiety about Islamic extremism and religious discrimination.

The wide-ranging survey, which was released on Wednesday, solicited opinions on everything from religious practices and politics to terrorism and social values. In addition, Pew found that the American Muslim population has been rising steadily for a decade, adding about 100,000 people per year. An estimated 3.35 million Muslims now live in the United States, just 1% of the overall population.

The survey interviews were conducted in English, as well as Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, between January 23 and May 2, 2017. The average margin of error is plus or minus 5.8 percentage points.

Some of the study's findings won't surprise people paying attention during the acrimonious 2016 presidential election, in which Trump repeatedly cast suspicion on American Muslims. Of the 44% of American Muslims who voted in the election, nearly 8 in 10 voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Just 8% voted for Trump.

The survey, conducted in the days and months following Trump's inauguration, portrays a Muslim community still largely wary of the President. Nearly 7 in 10 say Trump makes them feel worried, and 45% say he makes them angry. Nearly three in four Muslims say Trump is "unfriendly" toward members of their faith, and nearly two-thirds are dissatisfied with the direction of the country.

That's a stark contrast from 2011, when Barack Obama was President. Then, 64% of Muslim-Americans told Pew researchers that Obama was friendly toward Muslims and more than half were satisfied with the direction of the country.    




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British newlyweds detained in Los Angeles airport on honeymoon and sent home 'due to groom being Muslim'


The couple were held for 26 hours before being handcuffed and flown back to Britain. The couple suspect they were refused entry because Mr Gul is Muslim


US: A couple of British newlyweds have told how they were detained at a US airport for 26 hours and their honeymoon utterly ruined, “because the groom is Muslim”.

The couple, from West London, had spent £7,000 ($9,100) for a two-week trip that would take in Los Angeles, Hawaii and finally Las Vegas. But after being held at Los Angeles International Airport for more than a day, they were handcuffed, marched to a plane and flown back to London.

The couple, Natasha Politakis, 29, and Ali Gul, 32, said they were not given an explanation for the way they were treated. However, against a backdrop of Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown and his effort to prevent Muslims from half-a-dozen Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, they suspect it was because of Mr Gul’s Turkish heritage.

“I am in utter shock that this has happened,” Ms Politakis told the Sun.

“We had just got married, we were on our way to our honeymoon as excited as anything and never expected that we would be deported.

“We were treated like criminals and we had all the relevant documentation and answered all their questions. “It’s not okay to treat people like that.”

The couple said they were pulled aside for questioning, a process they suspected would take ten minutes. It turned into 26 hours, during which they were refused to a shower and their luggage was taken from them. Their phones were only returned to them once they returned to the UK.     


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Afghan girls robotics team land in US after visa U-turn



US authorities had originally refused access to schoolchildren from a number of Muslim-majority nations to participate in the science contest, decisions that followed implementation of stricter visa policies under Trump


US: A team of Afghan girls who were earlier denied visas to attend a Washington robotics competition landed in the United States early Saturday following an intervention by US President Donald Trump.

The six-member team were greeted at Dulles International Airport by a throng of supporters, including Afghan ambassador Hamdullah Mohib and acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice G Wells, and were presented with bouquets.

They are due to take part FIRST Global Challenge -- a three-day international robotics competition that aims to promote science and technology among youths worldwide that begins Monday.

"Our acting special rep to #Afghanistan/#Pakistan welcomes #AfghanRoboticsTeam to USA! Go girls!," tweeted State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

US authorities had originally refused access to schoolchildren from a number of Muslim-majority nations to participate in the science contest, decisions that followed implementation of stricter visa policies under Trump.

But the US president urged a reversal following public outcry over the Afghan girls' inability to attend the event. The reversal was announced on Wednesday.

The competition's organizers noted that 163 teams from around the world had gained visa approval, including other Muslim-majority nations like Yemen, Libya, Morocco, as well as Gambia, which was also previously barred.

The six girls from Herat, Afghanistan, were reportedly blocked from attending the robotics competition even after two rounds of interviews for a one-week visa.

The rejections appeared to contradict the administration's claim it wants to empower women globally.

"We were not a terrorist group to go to America and scare people," 14-year-old competitor Fatema Qaderyan told AFP before the reversal.

"We just wanted to show the power and skills of Afghan girls to Americans."


Yahoo News


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till you have read an old one in between.

– C.S. Lewis –

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The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
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Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
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The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
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KB says: An approximate replication of the recipe for our Hajees who will be enjoying this chicken when they are in Saudi Arabia soon inshallah.  

 Al Tazaj Chicken 


1 chicken skinned and cut into eight pieces and rubbed with the marinade below

2 tsp ground garlic
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp fresh ground chillies
2 Tab Olive Oil
Juice of 1 lemon 


Heat 1 tab garlic butter and add in 3 tsp mayonnaise, 3 tab. garlic sauce, 3 tab. lemon and herb sauce,
1 tab peri peri sauce, 1 tsp dried parsley


1. Cook chicken in ghee until chicken is cooked and the water has burnt out.
2. Transfer to a grilling tray and pour sauce (recipe below) over the chicken.
3. Place pieces of butter over the chicken and grill in the oven for approx. 20 mins.
4. Serve with chips and pita bread.


The first Al Tazaj restaurant opened in Mecca in 1989. Founded by Abdul Rahman Fakieh, owner of Fakieh Poultry Farm, it took live poultry from that business. The restaurant uses a traditional Arabian recipe for barbecued fresh chicken. Al Tazaj currently serves its fresh barbecued chicken in more than 100 locations in Saudi Arabia, making it the first national fast food chain in the Middle East. It is now franchised in other countries

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: Are You Living Your Life By Design Or Default?

Did you know that apart from the five senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and hear, ALLAH subhaanu wa ta’ala has also blessed us with six mental faculties.

Six Faculties of the Human Mind

1. Intuition
2. Imagination
3. Will
4. Perception
5. Memory
6. Reason

ALMIGHTY ALLAH gives us challenges and tests on a daily basis whereby every moment in life one needs to make use of the six faculties of the mind and react or respond to the five senses.

The simple thing to understand is that if you are living your life by default you are operating on a default setting known as REACTION. In other words, HABITS.

This means that you are facing your tests and challenges from ALLAH in a reactive mode. The result of living on this reactive mode is that you are not pausing to evaluate your life and make sense of your habits, patterns and ingrained self-talk.

You are giving in to your nafs (sensory desires) and hence Living Life on DEFAULT.

Now, the ideal Muslim life is to pass those tests and challenges daily that ALMIGHTY ALLAH places in our lives so that we may grow more joyful, kind, considerate and perform righteous deeds which please ONLY ALLAH.

Al-Ankaboot Verse No:9

Verily! Allah is with those who do good deeds.



How To Live Life By Design

Living life by design requires us to pause and evaluate our thoughts, words and actions every single moment and perform righteous deeds that are pleasing to ALMIGHTY ALLAH. That in itself is an enormous challenge.

There are strategies that you may use daily to understand and transform your life so that you are not reacting but responding to life’s tests and challenges.

1. Gratitude - every morning, upon waking, thank ALMIGHTY ALLAH for the new day HE has blessed you with. Thank ALLAH for making you Muslim, thank ALLAH for your family and loved ones and your health.

2. Record your behaviour for seven days - make notes in a journal about how you react or respond to life’s daily challenges. Write without judgment.

3. Analyse your behaviour - now take each behaviour pattern that you recorded in your journal and analyse it with deep reflection. (Contact me if you require help with this) Usually a timeline of your life can help with behaviour analysis. Noticing what happened in your life helps you understand how those behaviour patterns were formed. For example, it was very early in my life, around the age of five, that I was told that Muslims were “bad people, traitors and cheaters”. I only figured this out when I worked on my personal timeline. This phase requires you to use the six faculties of your mind mentioned above.

4. Challenge your behaviour - this is the phase that requires you to be completely honest with yourself and tell yourself that your ultimate purpose is be and remain a Muslim. Challenge your behaviors and ask yourself if they are in alignment with ALLAH’s commandments.

5. Transform your behaviour - be kind to yourself. Transformation does not happen overnight. It requires a proper strategy, discipline and immense support from people who want the best for you. These people are always very positive and display good, righteous deeds. Seek help from these people to start your transformational journey.

6. Reflect on your transformation daily - the best time to do this is after Fajr when your mind is alert. Reflect on your behaviour patterns from the day before and check in with yourself regarding your transformation.

7. Teach someone else how to become aware of their habits and support them in their transformational journey. When you engage in being of service to another, you are obliged to practise what you preach.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Cultivating Joy In Your Marriage
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 working on my exercise plan for over-all fitness. What should I include to balance it all out?

A: Try a plan with 3 different exercise types – Cardio, Strength training and flexibility/stretching.


All of these are important, and if you combine them you’ll have a well balanced plan.

Walking and other cardio workouts like cycling, jogging, swimming, tennis, etc., will boost the power of your heart and lungs.

Using weights will tone and strengthen the muscles and bones and aid with better posture, balance and coordination.

Yoga will help increase your range of motion and lower your chances of injury.





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Jallaludin came home from work. He was tired. He sat down on the sofa and put his feet up.

His wife brought him a glass of water.


Just the his son gave him a sheet of paper which read:

English 17/100; Science 35/100; Maths 40/100; Physics 37/100; Chemistry 42/100

Jallaludin lost his temper: "What is this? All the time on phone and TV. How dare you show me such marks?"

Jallaludin's wife said: "Be patient, habibi. Listen...."

Jallaludin told her: "Be silent! It's your love and pampering that has spoilt him. He is no good."

The wife said: "Oh. really?"

Jallaludin said: "No one in our family has performed so badly ever."

The son said: "Dad. I was cleaning the old cupboard and I found this."
"This is your old school report card."



Apolitical Aphorisms

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in political speeches,

there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven.

~Will Rogers ~

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Do not say of anything, ‘I will do that tomorrow,’ without adding, ‘God willing,’ and, whenever you forget, remember your Lord and say, ‘May my Lord guide me closer to what is right.’

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