EST. 2004


Sunday 13 August 2017 | Issue 0666


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On Saturday 5 August 2017, the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) officially launched the DonateLife Week (a campaign to promote organ and tissue donation) at its Community BBQ at Karawatha Forest, Karawatha.


A multicultural and multifaith crowd of over 150 people, including IWAA’s board of management, staff, clients, key community and business leaders, family, friends and supporters came along to not only enjoy burgers and sausages, but hear about the importance of “Make It Count” in regards to organ and tissue donation. Key messages included:

This DonateLife Week, we urge all Australians to make their donation decision count by joining the Australian Organ Donor Register at

Thanks to a new registration process, it is now faster and easier than ever to register your donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR). Visit and you can register in just minutes.

Registering your donation decision is important because it leaves your family in no doubt of your decision to save lives as an organ and tissue donor.

Registration counts, with 9 in 10 families agreeing to donation proceeding when their loved one is a registered donor.

Once you’ve registered your donation decision, share your decision with family and friends and encourage others to register to save lives today.

With around 1,400 Australians currently on transplant waiting lists, and a further 12,000 people on dialysis, we need to optimise every donation opportunity to save more lives.

Share your registered decision on social media this DonateLife Week, using #makeitcount and #donatelife.

Make your decision count this DonateLife Week by joining the Australian Organ Donor Register at, and sharing your donation decision with family and friends.

Visit to register online today. It’s a decision that could one day save lives.

Aboriginal Elder Aunty Kerry Charleton welcomed everyone to the local area. Also in attendance to support this important awareness campaign was State Member for Stretton, Duncan Pegg, Former State Member for Woodridge Desley Scott, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, Cross Cultural Police Liaison Office Sergeant Jim Bellos, key community advocate Adam Obeid, ACCESS Services CEO Gail Kerr and Queensland Multicultural Advisory Council Member Serge Voloschenko and his wife Anna.

To find out more and to hear from Islamic scholars on the permissibility of organ and tissue donation please visit




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Vacancies have arisen for volunteers to take Islamic Religious Education classes on Friday mornings at Runcorn Heights State School, 200 Nemies Rd, Runcorn.

Flexibility exists on which classes and times could be taught.

If you are interested in the role, please contact Daud Batchelor (0413 067 160) or Aisha Dennis (0402 438 077) for further information.



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Twenty riders took part in The Big Ride last weekend from Brisbane to Byron Bay, in glorious weather.


The aim of the ride marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza strip (the Occupied Palestinian Territories) in 1967, was to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people and also raise much needed funds for a Hebron Children's education project through APHEDA. Donations far exceeded the initial target.

The ride took place in parallel with the Big Ride UK. This Australian ride was coordinated by Manal and Rosa Monsour and took five months to plan.


One of the participants who also assisted with logistics, David Forde, described the event as "One of the most inspiring well organised ventures I have been on, where we stuck together as a team and finished as a team. I have no doubt that with this being the first year, next year will be even bigger."


"But is was also the good-will that was clearly on display from members of the public who engaged us on route."


Another Kuraby local (one of many from Kuraby) Osman Khan (pictured right) said, "Initially I was a little apprehensive about doing the ride but the Palestinian cause demanded of me to do it. I am so glad I did. The experience will be treasured for the rest of my life. I met some wonderful people with so much understanding and empathy for the Palestinian people. The Palestinian reception in Byron Bay at the end of the ride was a very emotional and heart warming experience for me. Inshallah I will attempt the ride again next year."



On the night before The Bike Ride, the Gold Coast Mosque hosted the riders to a meal


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Toowoomba Mosque fundraising at the ICB Hall

After collating all donations, pledges and expenses of the fundraising dinner in Brisbane on Saturday night, Secretary of Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Dr Mainul Islam announced that the total donations and pledges of the night amounted to $127,535.

After deducting the expenses of $17,574, this left a net contribution of around $110,000 for the Mosque to use for its re-building initiative.

"On behalf of Muslims of Toowoomba I express our deepest gratitude to everyone who helped make this success happen," Prof. Shahjahan Khan said.

"Our target is $890k and so far we have collected $250k. In Shaa Allah, we will continue fundraising until the target for the project is achieved."



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The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) is seeking a full-time CEO.

AFIC is the peak national body for a wide range of Islamic groups and organisations. The role of the CEO will require appropriate levels of professional qualifications and experience to provide leadership, vision and business management of the organisation.


This position will be responsible and accountable for providing high level advice and assisting AFIC with strategic planning, building and maintaining the reputation of AFIC with community stakeholder groups and wider society, and managing the internal and external operations of the organisation.

Applications close by Friday 1st September. Please express your interest to



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Ms Heba Allouche of Griffith University won her category and will be formally recognised in September at the Australasian PASS and Peer Learning Conference in Melbourne.


PASS stands for Peer-Assisted Study Sessions. It is a peer facilitated, cooperative student support scheme for all students operating in most core units of study.



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Barro Group has appealed the proposed construction of the Gladstone mosque at this site.

CONCRETE company has begun legal action against the proposed Toolooa mosque, fearing the consequences of more children on a road dominated by heavy vehicles.

Quarry and concrete company Barro Group owns Gladstone Premix Concrete and it has lodged an appeal against Gladstone council's approval of the mosque in Brisbane Planning and Environment Court, claiming the approval is in breach of local planning laws.

The Islamic Society of Gladstone proposed to build the mosque at 4 Anson Close, Toolooa; next door to Barro Group's concrete factory.

In court documents, Barro Group, a Victorian company, states the mosque's approval was "in direct conflict" with the council's planning scheme, incompatible with the land's low-impact industrial zoning and with a nearby residential area.

"The council's development approval is invalid and of no effect and the court has no jurisdiction to approve with development application as the (Islamic Society of Gladstone) has not complied with ... provisions of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009," Barro Group's appeal states.

"The proposed use ... is incompatible with the low impact industrial zoning of the land; and is incompatible with the Toolooa Priority Development Area (residential) west of the land."

The document states the mosque's development application has failed to consider the impact it will have on traffic flows or the increase of children on a road that was dominated by heavy vehicles.

"The development application fails to properly assess the impact of the non-industrial land use to the adjoining industrial land uses in the locality."

Barro Group is seeking the court refuse the mosque's approval and for the council and Islamic Society to pay costs.

Neither Gladstone council nor Islamic Society of Gladstone responded to a request for comment on Thursday

Neither has lodged a response to Barro Group's notice to appeal.

Barb Smith, treasurer of the community group Gladstone Region Safe Communities, said she was "really pleased" to hear a business was proceeding with the appeal. "We are just going to support them."


Source: Chinchilla News



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Jamila Rizvi
Jamila Rizvi is an author, presenter and columnist.

Her first book, Not Just Lucky, which is a career manifesto for millennial women, was published by Penguin in June 2017 and debuted on several major best-seller lists. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called it, ‘feisty and inquisitive, a fresh take on modern feminist issues.’ Jamila’s second book, an anthology of essays about new motherhood, will be released in 2018.

Jamila writes a twice-weekly column for News Limited about politics, gender and parenting. Her work appears on, and She is an accomplished host and commentator, appearing regularly on The Project, Today and The Drum. Jamila is also host of ‘The Schmunday Show’ on Fox FM in Melbourne.

Jamila is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Mamamia Women’s Network websites. She was a finalist for Best Newcomer in the 2014 Women In Media Awards and under her stewardship Mamamia was named ‘Brand of the Year’ in 2013.

Prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics for the Rudd and Gillard Governments, advising on media, politics and policy. She is an Ambassador for CARE Australia and refugee advocacy group Welcome to Australia. She is a board member for public policy think tank, The McKell Institute and the Melbourne’s Writer’s Festival.

In 2014 Jamila was named one of Cosmopolitan’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30 and in 2015, was listed as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review. In 2017 she was included in the Weekly Review’s top ten list of young rising stars in Melbourne.

Jamila studied at the Australian National University, where she was the student body president in 2008. Jamila holds bachelor degrees in law and commerce and was named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2014. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Jeremy, toddler Rafi and a lot of washed but regretfully unfolded washing.

Sam Dastyari
NSW Labor Senator Sam Dastyari's rise through the ALP's ranks suffered a setback in 2016 when he had to resign from the Opposition front bench when it was discovered he had used foreign ALP donors to pay for a travel expense and a legal bill.

One of the Parliament's most colourful and energetic younger members, he recently published his first book, One Halal of a Story (italic).

Sam was born in a small town in Northern Iran, and with his family migrated to Australia as a young child during the Iran/Iraq war in 1988.

He joined the Labor Party following the republican referendum in 1999.

Before entering the Senate Sam developed a high public profile as NSW State Secretary of the Australian Labor Party from 2010 to 2013.

He is an outspoken advocate for multiculturalism and has a passion for social policy and economics.

Sam is married to Helen and together they are raising their two young daughters, Hannah and Eloise, in Sydney.




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By Andrew Hamilton

As one of only two Muslims playing in the AFL, Gold Coast Suns defender Adam Saad is flying the flag for his religion as well as his sport



Continued from last week's CCN:


USING FOOTY AS A WAY TO CONNECT WITH HIS COMMUNITY came pretty naturally to Saad; after all, it worked for his family. His father, Zaf, immigrated to Melbourne from Lebanon as a boy and quickly became hooked on that city's sporting obsession. He met his wife, Nejma, after she arrived from Lebanon as a teenager. The whole family - daughters Khadijah, 28, Fatma, 27, and Aicha, 24, and sons Adam, Muhammad, 18, and Noah, 13 - are footy tragics. Muhammad is in the Suns' talent academy and hopes to be drafted, while Noah is a Geelong fan who probably has more Gary Ablett signatures than any kid in Australia.

As a boy in suburban Brunswick in inner Melbourne, Saad found the Sherrin served as a leather-bound passport into Australian society.
"I was a pretty shy kid and footy broke down social barriers for me," he says.
"l'll be honest, I was nervous when I first rocked up here at the Suns too, but in the first 10 minutes my whole world changed, they embraced me. Footy does that; they don't see me as different because I pray five times a day and I fast."


Hussin Goss is the president of the Gold Coast Islamic Society and a diehard rugby league fan. The day we visited the Arundel Mosque in the city's north he was still crowing over the Maroons' State of Origin victory. Australian football is a mystery to him but the power of sport is a language he understands. He played a key role three years ago in helping Saad, then 20 and away from home for the first time, settle on the Gold Coast and says in the years since, the unassuming young Sun has more than returned the favour.

"He is a man of great faith, that is the number one thing, but he is also very community-minded, and he does terrific work with the youth," Goss says. "He's spoken to our mosque many times. We don't have a lot of elite sportspeople - we have one in cricket, (Test batsman) Usman Khawaja - but as a Muslim community we are honoured and proud that these boys have reached this level in their sports."







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Pope Francis responds to a journalist about Islamic violence

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Zuleyha Keskin of ISRA

Islamic Society of Victoria




ICV: "Today's #25MuslimWomen - Dr Zuleyha Keskin of Islamic Sciences & Research Academy Australia (ISRA) is a powerful thinker and leader in academia as well as our communities. Sister Zuleyha co-established the first Bachelor of Islamic Studies course in Australia and continues to empower and promote Islamic faith, culture and thought. We are proud and honoured to share her story with you"







Steve Harvey and Rabbi on Islam and the media

BBC News 








Six Misconception of Islam

OnePath Network 



Muslims today play the role of fire fighters clearing any misconceptions about Islam like a fire fighter would to flames. Islam is no doubt one of the most misunderstood religions on the face of this planet today. A simple stroll through one’s newsfeed is bound to be filled with people speaking either for or against Islam and in most instances such discussions are fueled with misunderstandings and misconceptions about Islam. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent misconceptions we’ve come across throughout our travels on social media. We’ve also broken them down to shed light on the reality of such views.









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Why i converted to Islam - Bob Palmer

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Debt and Promises: A Toxic Soup 
By Dr Mahmood Nathie, Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, School of Education, University of South Australia

Dr Mahmood Nathie 

A disturbing problem often encountered in contemporary financial practices is the manner in which people incur debt through a coterie of easy and sometimes absurd means. These include: lure of easy pay-day loans; credit card issuance; margin lending; credit union lending; in-store credit and loyalty programs, and ‘loan sharking’.


While some personal debt (such as housing loans) may be genuine, others are purely unnecessary and frivolous. They often originate at one extreme from: peer pressure and societal demands occasioned by changing lifestyles; over-capitalised homes; social occasions and events (aka lavish weddings and parties) to the destabilising and highly frowned extreme of gambling, Ponzi, and highly speculative investment schemes.


To the extent debtors rationalise their payment future obligations will be met from some anticipated present illusory windfall or unexpected gain (lotteries and pokies), regular and genuine supplementary income (e.g. investment income) may be insufficient to service all their debt obligations.


Compounding the debt problem are unexpected losses and income disturbances such as sickness, physical incapacitation and retrenchment. In short left unpaid, debt compounds further through interest charges, penalties and legal costs. In relation to commercial practices, a further debt layer is that accumulated through a myriad of borrowing practices and schemes contrived through complex legal stratagems that often go beyond the credit worthiness and repayment capacity of the business.


All this makes for a toxic soup when the underlying debt is unable to be serviced or repaid. 




`Marriage equity’ for not married and not equals
By Prof Shahjahan Khan



Prof Shahjahan Khan

According to the Australian Marriage Equity website the demand of the LGBTQIA group is the following: We believe a person’s gender or sexuality should not affect their legal rights and responsibilities under Australian marriage law. Our approach to achieving marriage equality is through lobbying, advocacy and education.

The issue from their point of view is achieving legal rights and responsibilities. As citizens, if the state wants to recognize them the legal right, they should enjoy the rights within the legal system. Why would it require ‘marriage equity?’ I believe the phrase ‘marriage equity’ is misleading and deceiving as it uses the word ‘marriage’ wrongfully and totally against what marriage has been known since the inception of human creation.

Marriage is a well-known social institution which has been serving as the foundation of family and enhanced the human population. Marriage is historically a religious and civil practice allowing union of two individuals of opposite gender. One of the main essence of marriage is to produce children for the continuity of human race. Marriage makes relationship of a woman and a man legal with the permission to live as one unique pair and entrusts the responsibilities of mother and father for their children. Legal rights and religious entitlements for the married couples are as wife and husband, and as mother and father.

Followers of all faiths including Jews, Christians and Muslims, believe marriage was instituted and ordained by God for the lifelong relationship between one man as husband and one woman as wife. They consider it as the most intimate of human relationships, a special gift from God, and a sacred institution. It is a gift of God, and the sacrament of matrimony is intended to perfect the couple's love and to strengthen their indissoluble unity. By this grace they help one another to attain piety in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children.




Misunderstanding Islamophobia.
By Ruby Hamad 



Ruby Hamad

In the two-and-a-half decades between the publication of his groundbreaking book Orientalism and his death, Edward Said spent considerable energy rejecting claims that his work is a defence of the “real” Islam.

Such an assumption, he wrote, “would simply be repeating the errors of Orientalism”. Said, who was avowedly secular and suspicious of religious movements, emphasised his critique as one that sought not to determine the correct view of Islam and the orient, since it was far too diverse to be distilled in such a manner, but to deconstruct it as it appeared in the Western imagination.

More than a decade after the death of the Palestinian-American academic, and nearly four decades after Orientalism spawned postcolonial studies, orientalism is still being misused and misunderstood, this time by the discourse around Islamophobia.

For several months now, perhaps more, I’ve been suspecting that our discourse on Islam and anti-Muslim sentiment is, if not wrong exactly, then certainly incomplete. As incidents of casual and institutional bigotry against Muslims and Arabs rise, so, too, does the defence of Islam itself – as opposed to the defence of Muslims targeted by this bigotry – as if by pointing out what Islam is and isn’t, this bigotry could be curtailed.

There are two main problems with this. The first being, how do you defend and define the “real” Islam when it is not a singular religion but a collection of differing interpretations, often in conflict with one another? The second is that focusing on defending Islamic theology and practice sidelines secular Muslims as well as non-Muslims who live in the Arab and Muslim world.

I’ve been writing about Islamophobia for several years, and with one or two early exceptions attempted to do so not to defend Islamic theology or practice but from a perspective of challenging Western, and other non-Muslim, assumptions and expectations of Islam. That is to say, by challenging the foundations of how the West talks about Islam rather than the increasingly dangerous practice of defending the “real” Islam.       

The Saturday Paper




Why the lack of Indian and African faces in Dunkirk matters
By Sunny Singh, a British based writer. Her latest novel is Hotel Arcadia 



‘The French army deployed at Dunkirk included soldiers from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and other colonies, and in substantial numbers. But we don’t see them.’



What a surprise that Nigel Farage has endorsed the new fantasy-disguised-as-historical war film, Dunkirk. Christopher Nolan’s movie is an inadvertently timely, thinly veiled Brexiteer fantasy in which plucky Britons heroically retreat from the dangerous shores of Europe. Most importantly, it pushes the narrative that it was Britain as it exists today – and not the one with a global empire – that stood alone against the “European peril”

But Nolan’s erasures are not limited to the British. The French army deployed at Dunkirk included soldiers from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and other colonies, and in substantial numbers. Some non-white faces are visible in one crowd scene, but that’s it. The film forgets the racialised pecking order that determined life and death for both British and French colonial troops at Dunkirk and after it.

But why is it so important for Nolan, and for many others, that the film expunge all non-white presence on the beach and the ships? Why is it psychologically necessary that the heroic British troops be rescued only by white sailors? What would change if brave men fighting at Dunkirk wore turbans instead of helmets?


What would alter if some of the soldiers offered namaaz on the sands before rising to face the advancing enemy for that one last time?

Why is it so important that the covering fire be provided by white French troops rather than North African and Middle Eastern ones? Those non-white faces I mentioned earlier – they were French troops scrabbling to board British boats to escape. The echoes of modern politics are easy to see in the British-first policy of the initial retreat that left French troops at the mercy of the Nazis. In reality, non-white troops were at the back of the queue for evacuation, and far more likely to be caught and murdered by Nazi soldiers than their white colleagues who were able to blend into the crowd.

The Guardian



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 11 August 2017

TOPIC"Fajar Prayer"  PART 3

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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TOPIC“Allahus Samad – depend on Allah for everything”

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Muslim volunteer group branded 'scabs' by Morning Star for cleaning rubbish-strewn streets 



Rubbish bags piled high in Tarry Road, Birmingham as the ongoing industrial dispute between the city's council and refuse collectors continues


ENGLAND: A group of Muslim volunteers who have been cleaning Birmingham's rubbish-strewn streets have been branded "scabs" by left-wing newspaper the Morning Star.

The "Bearded Broz" took on the task of cleaning up after a strike by workers at Birmingham City Council left bin bags uncollected.

But the socialist newspaper criticised the community group for breaking the strike.

A story published earlier this week said: "A dispute over in Birmingham continues after a "scab army" of volunteers has been cleaning up piles of rubbish.

"The community group, known as Bearded Broz, are encouraging people to join their scab operation as they undermine the strike by Birmingham City Council refuse workers over job losses."

The group, from the Small Heath area of South East Birmingham, were first interviewed by the Birmingham Mail last week.

In a video on the Mail's website the group could be seen collecting bin bags from outside houses, which they drove to a local tip.

A spokesman for the group told the newspaper: "If Birmingham City Council is watching or listening, then we're doing your job that you're supposed to be doing.

"We're not here to have a fight with you, we're here to work with you, and if you want to help us, get in touch with us, we'll provide the manpower if you provide the vehicles.

"We're not here to cause antagonism, we're here to work together with all the authorities because at the end of the day we as residents of this area have to live with the stench."

He added: "We're all volunteers, all these guys here, because we want to help our community, and as Muslims we feel it's really important that we do that. We want the world to see what we're doing as well."     




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A president should unify the nation, channel shared values: Halimah Yacob




Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob (centre) says she will run for President in the upcoming election.


SINGAPORE: Explaining that she had done “extensive consultations” with family and close friends over the past weeks, she acknowledged that the role is a “very heavy responsibility” and she had to “take into consideration my current responsibilities and what will become of them”.

“A president should unify the nation, and channel our shared values into doing good for the country, and wholeheartedly serve Singapore and Singaporeans.

“This is the kind of President I would like to have.

“This is the kind of President I would like to be,” she wrote.

She will hand in her resignation on Monday (7 August) from her official duties and positions, including her office as MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. She will also quit the People’s Action Party.

Halimah added that she had dedicated her life to serving the people for the past 40 years starting with her work at the National Trades Union Congress, and later as a Minister of State and Member of Parliament. Her key concerns continue to be workers’ rights, helping the elderly and helping disadvantaged families.

She said, “The Office of President is an opportunity for me to serve Singapore and Singaporeans. It has a huge capacity to do a tremendous amount of good, and I know that we can achieve more when we focus on our shared values and goals.”

Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong, who is also an MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency, said, “My team and I will build on (Halimah’s) good work and work even harder to serve our residents.”

Yahoo News

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Supporters stream past Bloomington mosque after fire-bombing


A member of the Dar Al-Farooq Center in Bloomington, Minn., shows the damage done to the office of the mosque's imam after a bomb was thrown into the facility early on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. A fire erupted by no one was injured.


USA: Mohamed Omar, executive director of the Dar Al Farooq Center in Bloomington, on Sunday condemns a fire-bombing that occurred at the mosque the previous day. No one was injured but the office of the imam was badly damaged.

Dozens flocked to show support Sunday for a Bloomington mosque that was fire-bombed earlier in the weekend, an incident being investigated by the FBI and which Gov. Mark Dayton is unequivocally calling a terrorist attack.

An explosive device apparently was thrown through the office window of the mosque’s imam at the Dar Al Farooq Center about 5 a.m. Saturday, according to authorities.

As many as 20 people were in the building at the time, but no one was injured in the blast and resulting blaze.

“This is a terrible, dastardly, cowardly, terrible act. … It’s a crime,” Dayton said during a visit to the mosque Sunday.

“It’s an act of terrorism, a criminal act of terrorism against the imam, who thank the good lord was not present in his office as it would appear this person intended,” Dayton said. “The destruction done to this sacred site is unthinkable, unforgivable, and I hope and pray the perpetrator will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Dayton was part of a political delegation that visited the mosque Sunday. Others in the group included U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, the nation’s first Somali-American lawmaker and a Muslim.

Ellison said in a statement, “While we do not yet know who is behind this attack, we do know that they do not represent what makes Minnesota special. I know law enforcement will find the suspects quickly and bring justice to our community.”  

The TWIN CITIES Pioneer Press

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Mo Farah the unstoppable runs the race of his life to win gold in London



UK: A Mo Farah win in this stadium, in London, is a colossal event, audible across the city he has always called home. And this victory was his most resounding, as his younger rivals tried to break him in a test of stamina but still could not dethrone him.

Farah’s 10th consecutive global track distance title, at 34, was hailed as his best ever. He leaves 10,000m running with a classic performance, made in part by the bravery of Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, who chased the defending champion all the way to the line. 


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Muslim woman fined $575 for 'tainting' swimming pool with burkini – report



FRANCE: Muslim woman who rented a private vacation residence in France was reportedly made to pay €490 (US$575) because she swam in the property's communal pool while wearing a burkini. The owner said the pool had to be emptied and cleaned after her swim.

The woman, referred to as 'Fadila' by United Against Islamophobia in France (Le Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France, CCIF), rented the house near Marseille with her husband and three children.

On the first day of her vacation, Fadila swam with her children while wearing a burkini and did not encounter any problems. However, on the second day, a staff member at the pool told everyone to get out of the water after spotting Fadila swimming in her burkini.

The owner of the residence later contacted Fadila saying he had received a complaint call from the building's administration. They claimed that a woman wearing a veil had gotten into the pool while wearing her clothes and that she had refused to exit the water when requested to do so.

However, Fadila says she was never asked to leave the pool at all.

“I was stunned,” she told CCIF, “because no one had stopped me or said anything at all.”

The owner then called Fadila's husband, asking that his wife refrain from swimming for the remainder of their stay. He also reportedly told the couple that they must pay for the pool to be emptied and cleaned, as well as for damages, as the pool was out of use for two days after Fadila swam in it.

The husband refused to pay, stating that the pool was never emptied and that it was functional the next day. That refusal prompted the owner to keep the couple's €490 deposit without producing any sort of invoice for pool treatment or other charges.

“I was disappointed, shocked, wounded by the fact that someone could be so hypocritical and wicked because of a burkini,” said Fadila.

Despite the owner's claims, CCIF insists the woman did not pose a hygiene risk because she was swimming in a suit made for the water, rather than in her everyday clothes.

Burkinis have been a topic of heated debate in France over the past year. Cannes banned the swimwear in August 2016, prompting the majority of other French resort towns to follow suit.

In May, nine women attempting to stage a 'burkini party' were arrested in Cannes during the city's iconic annual film festival. 


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The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
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KB says: Any white flesh fish fillets are suitable for this dish but John Dory is perfect. 

 Grilled Fillets of Fish 





500g fish fillet
2 tab. corn flour or tapioca flour
Green chillies to taste
2 tsp fish spice
Salt & pepper to taste
Juice of 1 lemon

Lemon butter sauce:
60g butter
2 tab. lemon juice
Chopped parsley
Combine the above and heat until it sizzles then remove from heat and add the chopped parsley.


1. Cut, wash and dry the fish with a paper towel.

2. Make a paste with Corn flour, salt, pepper, fish spice, chillies and lemon juice.

3. Marinate the fish in the paste for approx. 2 hours

4. Dip fish in flour, fry in hot oil.

5. Place fish in an oven proof dish and pour lemon butter sauce over fish.

6. Grill for 10 mins just before serving.

7. Serve with a wedge of lemon, chips or roasted potatoes and vegetables

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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )




Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing


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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: Raising Daughters

She is unique
She has unlimited potential
She can change the world
She is your daughter.

Raising daughters can be quite a challenge. I have a teenage daughter and I write this column today with utmost respect for all parents raising daughters.

It is vital that we respect and understand them first before we expect them to respect and understand us. As parents, we may have the benefit of age, experience and sometimes vocabulary, however, we too are children at our core of being and we have the ability to relate to most or all of the emotional ups and downs that our daughters experience daily.

We expect our daughters to respect us. The real question is: Do we respect our daughters? Are we constantly expecting them to toughen up, or soften down, or do as we say?

What strategies do you use to cope with your daughter’s mood swings, tantrums, demands and emotional meltdowns?

Our daughters are future leaders of this world. We need to put our ego aside and raise them with sensitivity, compassion, empathy, respect and understanding.

There is no doubt that you love your daughter unconditionally. However, the following strategies, when implemented appropriately, may strengthen your relationship with her. Do try it.

Strategies to Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Daughter

1. Talk to them. Put away your gadgets, look them in the eye and connect with them verbally. A great way to start is to ask an open ended question which invites an elaborate answer. For example, “What were some of the things that you did or that happened today that made it a wonderful day for you?

2. Listen when they reply. LISTEN. Do not formulate a response while they are speaking. Do not cut them off while they are speaking. Become fully engaged. Observe their body language. A lot is communicated through body language.

3. Always compliment a good behaviour. If the behaviour has been negative, look for moments when they are silent and compliment on their efforts to refrain from the negative behaviour. For example, “I am very pleased with you that you are trying your best to respect our agreement on Internet use.”

4. Speak well about those they love. For example, you may not be close to your in-laws but that does not mean your child has to inherit your opinions about them. Respect their love for them. Speak well about those they love.

5. Respect their fears and sentiments. Fear is very real to the person experiencing it. You do not have to encourage it but you need to show sensitivity that it is real to your child. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about your exams. I used to be the same. I know how you feel. I understand. I am so pleased that you are trying your very best. That is all that matters. Allah rewards efforts not results. Keep doing your best.”

6. Do not bring up past behavioural issues when addressing a new issue. Telling them you can no longer trust them because they lied to you last year about a fake Facebook account is NOT going to resolve anything. Instead, have a respectful discussion about having boundaries around internet usage.

7. Show good manners so that they emulate good manners. Saying “Please”, “Thank you”, “I’m sorry” to your child does not mean you are weak. In fact it displays good manners and your child will learn to treat you and others with the same manners.

8. NEVER laugh at their mistakes, NEVER belittle them and NEVER insult them. Doing these will hurt them and scar them for life. You only have to access your own unhealed childhood pain to realise that somewhere deep inside you is a memory of an adult who may have laughed at your mistake or insulted or belittled you.

9. “I am big, you’re small...I’m right, you’re wrong” - NEVER imply or say this. Your children are human beings created by ALLAH and deserve the same respect and joy as you or any other human being on earth does.

10. Explain yourself clearly when you set boundaries. If you need to prohibit something, get them to sit and discuss the best strategies that will benefit the entire family. Show them you treat them with fairness and that it is a home with love and understanding, not a house with a “dictator”.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: How to Trust Again
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Try getting out for regular walks as it can help lower the risk of a heart attack, stroke or heart failure.


Studies prove that if you keep challenging yourself by walking further and faster, it will benefit you even more.

Aim for at least 10,000 steps a day. Anything over that is a bonus for
your overall health. Ideally, you should aim to get your heart rate up while walking.

Regular brisk walking is also good for cutting the risk of high blood
pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Warmer weather is not that far away – get your walking shoes on and get moving.




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Mrs. Jallaludin casually calls her husband at his office one afternoon.

Mrs. Jallaludin: Salaams habibi, how are you?

Jallaludin: I'm fine...!

Mrs. Jallaludin: What did you have for lunch today?

Jallaludin: Don't you have anything else to ask? You have only silly questions like what did you eat ... what suit are you wearing... whom did you meet.... what song did you listen to etc etc...!!

Mrs. Jallaludin: _Oh!....!!! Ok Ok, then tell me, how should the Federal Reserve fight these inflationary trends with minimum intervention in the Money Markets? And what should the role of Finance Ministry be to control inward Foreign remittances...?

Jallaludin: (after few seconds silence).... I had Daal Chawal with curd, and salad .....!!



Apolitical Aphorisms

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become Prime Minister,

I'm beginning to believe it.

~ Clarence Darrow ~




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An Ayaat-a-Week






The [Muslim] believers, the Jews, the Christians, and the Sabians – all those who believe in God and the Last Day and do good– will have their rewards with their Lord. No fear for them, nor will they grieve.

 ~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:62


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"Life is the art of drawing


without an eraser"

~ John Gardner



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

Notice Board





Events & Functions




The Office of the Member for Stretton (Duncan Pegg MP), 

The Nematollahi Ghadeer Ali Shahi Sufi Order and 

The Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University


are proud to present:


"Meditations on Sufism"


An Evening of Traditional Sufi Music and Poetry


When: Tuesday August 22nd 2017 (6:30pm for a 7:00pm start)


Where: Queensland Parliament House, Alice Street, Brisbane


Cost: Gold Coin Donation


Light refreshments will be made available.


RSVP: Please contact Ricky Lashand via email <>


Seating is limited! Secure your place today!



Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue

Nathan Campus, Griffith University

170 Kessels Road, Nathan

Brisbane, Queensland, 4111 Australia


T: +61 (0)7 3735 7052 F: +61 (0)7 3735 7131


Who doesn't love a girl’s night in? Or maybe even a girl’s night out! If you've been waiting for that perfect time to get dressed up and let down your hair - literally! We've got you covered! (yes all you gals wearing hijab, this one's for you too). 

UQ Muslimah Society would like to cordially invite you to our first ever WOMENS ONLY Annual Ball - 'Beauty In The East!'

Who needs a prince or a beast to save their day? Lets all be the Wonder Women in all our eastern glamour and western elegance sooo.....

LADIES get ready for a magical night that celebrates women in all of our beauty. Enjoy great company, exotic food and dance the night away in a safe, women’s-only environment. Let’s just forget about assignments, boy drama and responsibilities for this one night, for the chance to be the Belle of the Ball! 

DRESS: Formal ball gowns (all traditional and cultural dresses are welcome!)

NOTE: This is an alcohol free event. All Muslim and non-Muslim women of all backgrounds are welcome. You do not have to be a UQ student to attend event. 


Early Bird Release: Sunday 13th August, 6PM
Members: $50 
Non-Members: $55 

First Release - Wednesday 23rd August, 6PM 
Members- $60 
Non-Members- $65 

FUNDRAISING: A portion of the income from ticket sales and parallel fundraising will be donated to REVI, a group of volunteers helping Syrian refugee families through job opportunities, education and emergency aid in Izmir, Turkey. 

You can find out more about REVI on their website


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Asalaamu Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatu

We are inviting you to take part an amazing opportunity of building a home in Jannah. Islamic Society of Gladstone Inc. (ISG) started a journey to build the First Masjid in the region of Gladstone Queensland Australia.

18 April 2017 marks a historic occasion when Islamic Society of Gladstone (ISG) was granted the Developmental Application (DA) for the construction of the much needed ‘place of worship for Muslims’ which will be the first purpose built Islamic Centre / Masjid in the whole Gladstone Region.

Having already been purchased the land, ISG hereby appeals to the broader local and international Muslim communities to raise $1,600,000 for the construction stage of the Islamic Centre in Gladstone.

The prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said,
“Whoever builds a mosque for Allah, Allah will build for him likewise in Paradise” [Bukhârî & Muslim]

May Allah Almighty shower His blessings upon us all in this world and in the hereafter. Ameen.

ISG bank detail is as below:
ANZ bank Account Name: Islamic Society of Gladstone Inc.
BSB Number: 014 580
Account Number: 379 453 433

Jazaak Allaahu Khayran

Mohammad M. Uddin
Islamic Society of Gladstone Inc.
9 William street, Gladstone QLD 4680


More information here


Assalamualaikum. Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten is in need of your help! The Department of Transport who owns the current premises at 2 Rothon Drive, Rochedale South, require the property to create a new busway through the area. We need to find a new location a.s.a.p.

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

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

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

We have 24 childcare places per day. Our Kindergarten is set in a beautiful garden setting and it will be sad to see it go. We even have parents coming from the North side and as far as Gold Coast, braving the traffic for up to an hour just to place their child in our Islamic Kindy!
To date we have approached various organisations and individuals and visited buildings for rental but unfortunately have not been successful in securing premises for our new Kindy.

We beseech anyone who can be of any assistance in helping us to find new premises, renovate if required, and relocate by the 31st December 2017 to come forward and assist us in continuing this humble but integral venture for the future of our children in this environment we find ourselves in.

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


Update as at July 2017

Work is progressing according to schedule but still short of funds.
Please donate generously for this worthy project and earn Saadaqah Jaariya.



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19 August


Family Fun Day

Australian Int. Islamic College


5596 6565

12pm to 6.30pm

29 August


QPS/Muslim Reference Group Meeting


Carindale PCYC – 27 Narracott Street, Carindale

3364 4159

7pm to 8.30pm

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

9 September


Fundraising HIGH TEA

Islamic Relief Australia


0456 426 523

11.30am for 3.30pm

9 September


Eidfest @ Dreamworld



0433 141 186

6pm to 12pm

22 September




24 September


TCC Golf Tournament

Continental Club

The Palms Golf Course Sanctuary Cove

5699 9000

9:00am Shotgun Start

8 October


The Ultimate Reminder

Al Kauthar


0438 698 328


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



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

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


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Masjid As Sunnah








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





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


Download the programme here.


For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600










On Going Activities


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

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

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


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

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987





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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Date: Tuesday 29 August 2017
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Carindale PCYC – 27 Narracott Street, Carindale

As well as Commissioner Ian Stewart, Mark Ryan MP, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services has indicated he will attend the meeting. This was arranged after issues were raised at the last MRG meeting.
Please note the change in venue for this meeting.
The agenda will be sent closer to the meeting date.

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

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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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Gold Coast Mosque

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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)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

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

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

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