EST. 2004


Sunday 3 September 2017 | Issue 0669


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The ICQ Eid-ul-Adha prayer gathering at the Islamic College of Brisbane on Saturday (yesterday).

The sermon, delivered by Sheikh Zohair of Canada who is in Brisbane studying for a medical degree, described the story of Ibraheem (Abraham) (a.s.) and reflected upon how Muslims should emulate the following three phases of his life:

1. Discovery - discover what matters and what doesn't
2. Growth - develop through tests that life throws at you and pass through devotion
3. Legacy - build institutions which serve the common good and the challenges of our time.

The Eid prayer was led by Imam Akram Buksh.


More than two million people have have travelled to Makkah, Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year.

The first day of the six day Hajj journey commenced on Wednesday 30 August and ends on Monday 4 September. The Hajj includes overnight stay in Mina followed by spending the day on 9 Zulhijjah at the plain of Arafah and completing the rituals of Jamarat, sacrifice, tawaf and sai during the rest of the days.

During the same period on 10 Zulhijja, Muslims in other parts of the world celebrated Eid-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice commemorating Prophet Ibrahim's (a.s.) act of obedience to God’s command.

Eid-ul-Adha was celebrated in Brisbane on Friday 1 September and Saturday 2 September based on regional moonsighting.



CCN welcomes back all hajjis and hajjianis returning from Hajj

and prays it was a safe and spiritually uplifting experience,





Photos courtesy of ICQ


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Muslims in Toowoomba performed Eidul Adha prayers on Friday, 01 September 2017 at the Darling Heights State School.

In his khutbah, Imam Abdul Kader emphasized the need for unity of Muslims and learn how to sacrifice the most beloved things in life from the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his son Ismail (AS).

Local Qurban was arranged by Br Mohamed of Qld Fresh Meat and Overseas Qurban was send via Human Appeal International.

Islamic Society of Toowoomba has started collecting funds to help Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar and flood victims of Bangladesh.

Your donation is most welcome.



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Riyaad Ally:

"Alhamdulillah. Your Qurban has reached our brothers and sisters in Myanmar."



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Observers of the same-sex marriage debate will have noticed the voice of one particular community has been largely missing from the fray: Muslims.

With few exceptions, including a statement from the National Imams Council, almost all of the talk of religious freedom and opposition to the bill on the grounds of faith has come from Christian leaders, particularly from the Anglican and Catholic Churches.

But now one Muslim leader has offered an explanation.

Last night on ABC's The Drum, Ali Kadri, spokesman for the Islamic Council of Queensland and the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, said his community was stuck with the choice of offending allies or siding with critics, and the result had been silence.

"Unfortunately, in the current climate, the right and conservative side has attacked Muslims as terrorists and extremists, and naturally the left side has been allies in defending us for a long period of time," he said.

"We are afraid if we come out with our opinion then the left may abandon us for going against their view and we can't be friendly with the conservatives because they have been bashing us for 15, 20 years every chance they get … and that includes some Christian sects as well."

Even though it was the Australian Christian Lobby that led the charge against the Safe Schools program, Mr Kadri said Muslims were also deeply concerned about the possible impact of any legislative changes on education.

"A lot of Muslim community are concerned that religious rights will be trampled in Islamic schools [and that they] will have to follow a national curriculum that will teach things that go against the fundamentals of their religion, so they are concerned about it," he said.

"There are people in the Muslim community who want to know the facts.

"Will it have an impact on Safe Schools or not?

"Will it trample on our religious freedom because we are already afraid to build mosques, because we get right wing groups complaining about mosques, so will this have further impact on our rights and freedoms?

"The Muslim community is not speaking because the climate which is created in this country, we are not allowed to speak. We speak up and are called a terrorist, unpatriotic and all those slurs.

"So we are missing out on having our say in this debate and that's the wrong thing."

Divide emerging between traditional and progressive Muslim leaders

Not all Muslim leaders have shown a reluctance to speak though.

Recently Council of Imams Queensland president Yusuf Peer said gay marriage was unacceptable to Islam, and that Muslims should respect LGBTQI people but "condemn only their actions".

And the statement from the National Imams Council was unambiguous: "Islam places the family unit at the heart of a healthy society, and in this context, the right of children to be cared for and raised by both a mother and father is one that must be protected.

"Islam also explicitly and unambiguously states that marital relationship is only permissible between a man and woman; any other marital relationships are Islamicly impermissible."

But the Muslim community's view is not unanimous.

In recent weeks, strong opposition to the conservative leadership view has begun to emerge.

National Advocacy group Muslims for Progressive Values has expressed support for same-sex marriage and in August, Muslims for Marriage Equality was formed to build support for the Yes vote.

In a press release, Muslims for Marriage Equality spokesman Fahad Ali, former peer educator with the AIDS council of NSW, stated: "There is a diversity in belief and opinion on equal marriage within the Muslim community … there is a strong thread of egalitarianism and social justice within the Koran and we think that it is very applicable to the question of same-sex marriage."

In recognition that many LGBT Muslims — or supporters — may be living with family members who do not support their views, Muslims for Marriage Equality is offering to provide temporary postal addresses for those who cannot have their ballot paper sent to their home addresses.

Consensus 'difficult' to achieve

As Rusi Jaspal, Professor of Psychology & Sexual Health from De Montfort University pointed out, it is difficult to define a single Islamic position on homosexuality, because Islam is diverse, with about 1.6 billion followers across six continents.

After all, while homosexuality is illegal in most Islamic countries including Iran and Saudi Arabia, it is not in others such as Jordan and Turkey.

As Mr Jaspal wrote for The Conversation: "Most Islamic scholars are in agreement that homosexuality is incompatible with Islamic theology.

"They tend to draw on the story of Lot in the Koran [also in the Old Testament] which recounts the destruction of the tribe of Lot allegedly due to their engagement in homosexual acts as 'evidence' for God's condemnation of homosexuality.

"Many scholars also cite the Ahadith [statements attributed to the Prophet Muhammed] that are condemnatory of homosexuality."

But not everyone agrees with these scholars.

La Trobe university lecturer Yassir Morsi said there have been "massive debates in the community" about a "Muslim position" on same-sex marriage.

"Our debates reflects broader society's contests between queer activists and conservatives, as well as dealing with the added pressure of how to navigate Islamophobia," he said.

Sydney lawyer Lydia Shelly dismissed Mr Kadri's suggestion that the Muslim community is scared of offending the left.

She claimed the debate is a lot more nuanced.

"Firstly, Muslim communities react with varying degrees with respect to homosexuality," she said.

"There are many, many gay Muslims — some whom practice, some who do not.

"The issue of same-sex marriage and the support of it varies depending on age, class and nationality."

But Ms Shelly said the reason around the relative silence on same-sex marriage is simple: power.

"The biggest reason why we don't vocally contribute to the public 'debate' is not only is it harmful to our same-sex attracted brothers and sisters, but because Australian Muslims hold no power in this debate," she said.

"Whether the Yes or No campaign is successful depends on the power of politicians and that is it.

"It would be an illusion to believe otherwise and that we, as Muslims, hold the power to influence that decision.

"Further, why would we be part of a 'debate', which is not a debate but a thinly veiled hate campaign, that is incredibly harmful to the LGBTQI community?

"That is the biggest reason that keeps popping up with my colleagues and I."

et the question of Safe Schools education does not bother her at all.

"There are many of us who, whilst believing that the act of homosexuality is forbidden, understand that we cannot judge someone and that the issue of religion is separate from the civil laws that should be passed to ensure equality before the law," she said.

"The majority of people who object to the Safe Schools program have no understanding of what is actually taught and could distinguish between hyperbole and fact.

"Education on consent, safe sex and healthy relationships shouldn't be viewed as controversial."

Many gay Muslims live in fear'

Mr Ali said he is aware that his views are in the minority in the Muslim community, and that a lot of LGBTI Muslims struggle to find a place in their community of faith.

Many live in fear, he said, and have to "endure violence from their families".

Australia's first — and only — openly gay imam, Melbourne's Nur Warsame, received death threats after coming out and establishing an LGBT friendly mosque.

He recently told the ABC: "I want to be known as an independent Imam who is sympathetic.

"My calling in this lifetime is to help young, gay Muslims who have been traumatised by the Muslim leaders in Australia."

Source: ABC News



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Imam Akram Buksh responds to the Daily Mail article in a live Facebook post




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Mr Farouk Adam will be part of the Lord Mayoral Business Mission to the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2017APCS) & Mayors’ Forum in the host city of Daejeon.


The Summit is an initiative of Brisbane City Council and is recognised as one of the region’s premier business and civic forums, providing a platform for government and businesses to identify a common agenda, improve city governance and promote trade and investment opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region.


Now in its 11th year, the Summit program includes a broad range of opportunities including keynote and guest speakers, Meet@APCS business program, APCS Market Square exhibition space, Mayors’ Forum and Young Professionals’ Program.

The Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, said, "During the mission I will be joined by a delegation including my colleagues from the Council of Mayors South East Queensland, some of Brisbane’s top business leaders and a number of our city’s brightest young professionals.  The size and calibre of this delegation is testament to South East Queensland’s commitment to strengthening ties with our neighbours throughout the Asia Pacific."

"I have every confidence that these delegates will impress upon you the advantages of doing business with a city known for its strong growth potential and innovative, business-friendly culture."



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The Pakistani community of Gold Coast donated $55,000 towards the construction of the Mosque's  DAWAH and CULTURAL CENTRE.

Dr. Mohamed Khateeb coordinated this collection on behalf of the Pakistani community.



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Toowoomba Goodwill Committee visited Garden City Mosque this week.

It was a part of their regular meetings with various components of the Committee.

This Committee promotes peace and harmony among the residents of the city and different religious, ethnic and cultural communities.

Cr Megan O'Hara of Toowoomba Regional Council was among the guests. Imam Abdul Kader, Venable Yu Chin, Mr Roberto Garcia, and Mr Scott McGrath were among the speakers.

Professor Shahjahan Khan welcomed the guests and reminded everyone that the Mosque was open to everyone regardless of religion. Everyone is welcome here.

He also highlighted some of the activities and events which have been evidences of mutual respect and care among Muslims and followers of other faiths in the city.

We are proud of the inclusiveness in Toowoomba. It is a hard work which has a beginning but it should never stop.

Toowoomba has come a long way in engaging with people of different faith and culture due to the goodwill and hard work of the leaders in the city.

The meeting also emphasized the need to engage with people who have different views even though we may not agree with them.

In this connection Professor Khan mentioned that Garden City Mosque invited anti-Muslim politician Senator Pauline Hanson to discuss her one-sided misleading views and share our concerns over tea, but we have not heard from her yet.

The guests were invited to the Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba on Saturday, 28 October 2017 for the National Mosque Open Day.

The meeting was followed by mingling among the participants and afternoon tea.




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(L-R) Noura Rijab, Fathima Abba Omar, Leila Celahmetovic

Two students from the Australian International Islamic College - Gold Coast were award recipients on Thursday night at the Griffith University Science Competition. The annual competition which closed on Monday was open to students from all schools across the South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales regions. Students had the opportunity to enter into one of five categories in divisions from Prep to Year 12. This year the competition was tight with more than 500 entries from 20 schools.

Leila Celahmetovic (Year 7) was awarded 3rd place in her division for Classified Collection with her submission of Paints Made From A Classified Rock Collection, and Noura Rijab (Year 10) was also awarded 3rd place in her division for her Classification of Leaves from Plants at AIIC - Gold Coast.

Science teacher, Fathima Abba Omar commented, "I am so proud of all 40 of our students entries! This is a huge accolade for our small school, seeing that it is the first time we have entered and students were placed. It is testament of the combined hard work and dedication of the students, teachers and parents."


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Domestic Violence (DV) is a human problem. In Australia, 1 in 5 women are victims of domestic violence. Though widespread, it is preventable!

You, as part of the Muslim community, can be involved in making change happen. When DV hurts the Muslim community, it impacts on everyone. We are taking proactive steps through this campaign…join us in this journey to say “No to DV”! Be proactive, spread the word in your social media platforms locally, nationally and internationally.

We can come together as individual drops of ideas, reaching out to form a trickle of thoughts flowing into a stream of conversation, which transforms into flowing rivers of interactions within a sea of possibilities that will bring about a tsunami of change.

To run similar campaigns or workshops for your community/organisations (facilitated by skilled knowledgeable facilitators operating from within the Muslim worldview on domestic violence) contact us on (07) 3208 6333 or



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Alia Sultana is a refugee who runs a catering company and helped set up SisterWorks, which provides advice and assistance to refugee women who wish to become entrepreneurs.

Before Alia Sultana came to Australia she rarely left the house.

"I didn't go out in Pakistan," she says. "In Australia for the first time my husband said 'Now you can go. Whatever you want you can do it.' When your husband gives you permission to go out it's a big shock. Now he's more confident and I'm more confident about what I can do as a woman. In Pakistan I was a housewife and I cooked, cleaned and cared for children but here I am confident I can earn money."

Sultana helped found social enterprise SisterWorks, which assists women who are immigrants, refugee and asylum seekers to start their own businesses.

It's a big change for Sultana who is a member of the persecuted Hazara ethnic group and fled Pakistan with her husband after their daughter came to Australia as an international student.

She arrived in Australia in 2011 unable to speak English, but met other women at language classes run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and was part of the original group of women who decided to set up SisterWorks.

The social enterprise is headed by Luz Restrepo, a political refugee from Colombia, and works to help some of the most marginalised women in Australia by assisting them with business skills and administration.

"SisterWorks is like a home for all the women," Sultana says. "We are 55 nationalities in SisterWorks but we live like family members, like sisters we share our problems, our successes, our stories and our skills."






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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:


SAAD IS AN ASSET TO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, HE IS AN absolute shining light for the AFL. It'd clone him if it could. The AFL has lurched from one disaster to another this season and one of its core social platforms, the much-vaunted diversity policy that encourages the inclusion of women and people of multicultural origin, is in tatters.

Earlier this month, two senior AFL executives, who were accused of abusing their position of power by engaging in inappropriate relationships with female staff members were forced to resign. It came in the same week as sacking of the AFL's diversity manager, Ali Fahour, 33, after a tribunal banned him for life for a king hit in a suburban Melbourne football game. His victim, Whittlesea player Dale Saddington, has since been forced to hang up his boots on medical advice, while Fahour has been charge by Victoria Police with assault. The incident has rocked Saad who feels indebted to Fahour for giving him the confidence and the tools to create the Saad Squad. "He shouldn't have done it, but I fear the backlash and the media coverage is taking away all the good he has done," Saad says. He's been a major help to me in my career and the programs he set up paved the way for me to start my squad."

It leaves Saad and Houli as the torchbearers for their religion and although Saad says he has never felt anything but welcome within the AFL community, he would love to see more Muslims playing the game at the highest level. "If there are 10 Muslims in the AFL and they are setting the right example, trying to help kids and doing the right things in the community, it can show what kind of people we are" he says. "Because some people can generalize about us and you can't generalise about a whole religion. As Muslims Bachar (Houli) and I can be a vehicle for change."

When I first sit down with Saad to interview him for this article, it is the day after the May 22 terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, in which 22 adults and children were killed by a suicide bomber, 22-year-old British Muslim Salman Ramadan Abedi. It is the elephant in the room and although I don't expect a quiet young man to call out a terrorist network, I ask him how it made him feel. He says his heart broke for the victims and their families and he fears for the way people will view peace-loving Muslims who abhor terrorism. And he is angry that atrocities are committed in the name of his God.

"Ours is a religion of peace," he says. "He (Abedi) cannot share the same beliefs or faith as me, but he is labelled a Muslim terrorist. I am a Muslim, and I am completely different. Just because people may have their own beliefs, why do we have to fight and dislike each other? People committing these acts and calling themselves Muslims, and then people generalising about all Muslims, is frustrating. I try not to watch all that stuff, I try to stay at peace."





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Abidjan, Ivory Coast

A man carries a sheep during the Eid al-Adha celebrations in the Adjame district of the city.


Source: The Guardian



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Burkas are political symbols not Islamic ones, Muslim scholar says 

The burka is a symbol for a totalitarian ideology that suppresses women, says Dr Elham Manea. 

Pauline Hanson's recent burka stunt attracted criticism from both sides of Parliament, but a Muslim scholar and human rights adviser says it's the garment itself that's offensive.

Associate Professor Elham Manea, a Swiss-Yemeni citizen and the author of Women and Sharia Law, argues it is naïve — even racist — to regard the wearing of a burka as a sincere act of faith.

"The burka is not Islamic," she told the Religion and Ethics Report.

"It's a tradition that comes from the heart of Saudi Arabia, a region called Nejd."

Dr Manea says the veiled garment was not worn by women outside of Nejd until Saudi Arabia's Wahabi regime came to power in the late 1970s.

"The re-Islamisation of Saudi Arabia according to the Wahabi Salafi fundamentalist principles led to the mainstreaming of the burka," she said.

"With Gulf money you had a promotion of this ideology and a reading of Islam that turned the burka into an 'Islamic' tradition."

Criticising the burka, not the stunt

The Koran calls for both men and women to "cover and be modest", but this reference is open to interpretation.

In Australia, few Muslim women wear burkas, though many wear other kinds of hijab or head coverings.

Dr Manea, a member of the University of Zurich's political science institute and a former advisor to the Swiss government, believes conversations around the validity and religiosity of the burka are essential.

"To tell me that by talking about the burka we are hurting the feelings of the Muslims is not only inaccurate, with all due respect, it's almost racist," she said.

Though she was careful not to align her views with those of Senator Hanson, Dr Manea did agree with one of the politician's points: the burka is not a religious requirement.

"[The burka] is a sign of segregation, separation, rejection of the values we see all around us — values of acceptance and tolerance and otherness," she said.

"[It reflects] a culture that treats woman as a sexualised object that has to be covered.

"[This culture] does not only deny her basic rights as a human being, but tells her that in order for you to go to heaven, you almost have to be a slave to your own husband."

The scholar went on to criticise the Parliament's bipartisan condemnation of Senator Hanson's stunt, in particular citing the well-publicised censure from Attorney-General George Brandis.

ABC News



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When will it be accepted to be Muslim and gay?

BBC Three

Published on 9 Apr 2014




An audience from Tottenham discusses homosexuality and Islam. 








Barcelona attack: Father of youngest victim hugs imam

BBC News 











A Conversion Story

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"I Feared Islam Would Be Too Prescriptive"








Go Beitar!

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When the Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem contracts two Muslim players, many of the fans oppose the entire team. From the documentary: 'Forever Pure.'










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Why Muslims Celebrate Eid on Different Days?




This video is to answer the question Why Muslims Celebrate Eid on Different Days ? Answer provided by Umm Bilal in Brisbane, Australia.








Sisters Support Services

Weekly Ladies Halaqah and Tafsir


Umm Bilal


Tafseer of Surah Al-Asr




This video is about Tafseer of Surah Al-Asr by Umm Bilal in Brisbane, Australia.








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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 1 September 2017

TOPIC"Sacrifice in Islam"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 September 2017

TOPIC"The Gift of Iman (Faith)"

IMAM: Ikram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 September 2017


IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 September 2017

TOPIC: "How to obtain love for Allah"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



Mufti Junaid Akbar, Imam of Masjid Taqwa Brisbane spoke about prophet Ibrahim alai salaam and his sacrifice, he reminded about death and he gave a list of things we must do like the importance of reading the Quran, increasing ibadah, engage in the remembrance of Allah and giving preference to Allah over one’s desires and goals.


Listen to the Kuthbah








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 September 2017

TOPIC“No action in deen is insignificant”

IMAM: Hafiz Rashid Ali



Hafiz Rashid Ali visiting Imam at Oxley/Darra Masjid spoke about the Farahid and the sunnah and how to gain the attention of Allah. He said about Allah’s rights and how to get closer to Allah by practicing the sunnah. Spoke about Ibrahim alai salaam and his great sacrifices and thus given the name Allahs friend. He said how Islam was based on many sacrifices and how Allah rewards when these are practiced. He also advised about making sure one understands the slaughtering, the method, the Duas and all aspects of slaughtering the animal in this month of Dhul Hijjah.




Past Kuthba recordings





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Pepe the Frog creator forces withdrawal of 'alt-right' children's book, profits sent to Muslim advocacy group 


The author of The Adventures of Pepe and Pede, Eric Hauser.


USA: The cartoonist behind the Pepe the Frog meme cartoon has taken legal action to force a self-published children's book that uses the character to promote anti-Islamic themes to give all of the profits to a Muslim advocacy organisation.

Matt Furie created the Pepe cartoon in 2006, and the likeness became a popular canvas for benevolent internet memes.

But the user-generated mutations became increasingly hateful and ubiquitous more than a year before the 2016 US presidential election.

Furie's lawyers have now successfully stopped the distribution of a children's book entitled The Adventures of Pepe and Pede.

According to the Washington Post, in the book written by Eric Hauser — a former assistant principal at a Texas school — Pepe and his friend Centipede (a term referring to Donald Trump supporters) battle an alligator named "Alkah" to "bring freedom to Wishington Farm".

The law firm representing Furie said the book "espoused racist, Islamophobic and hate-filled themes, included allusions to the alt-right movement and was deliberately targeted at children".

"Under US copyright law, Furie is entitled to all of the profits that Hauser made by selling his infringing book. Instead, per the agreement — and at Furie's insistence — Hauser will be required to give all of his profits to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation," it said.          


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The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

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KB says: A lovely and simple way to prepare prawns which can be served over rice or pasta. Great for supper with family or friends.

 Lemon Butter Prawns 

1kg deveined prawns
Marinate for a few hours with 2 tab. crushed garlic
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tab. chili powder
¼ tsp. turmeric powder
A little mixed herbs
½ tsp. ground green chillies
Juice of a big lemon
60g butter



Grill prawns in a preheated oven, 180deg with butter until water has evaporated.

250 ml fresh cream
A pinch of black pepper
A little oregano
2 tab. of butter
1 tsp. crushed garlic
2 tab. lemon juice
Sauté the garlic in the butter and then add oregano, pepper, fresh cream and salt. Boil for a few minutes and lastly add the lemon juice.
Just before serving pour over prawns.
Accompaniments to the prawns could be rice or garlic butter rolls or chips,

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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: Self-Care Is Not Selfish

What self-care acts you have performed today? When I ask my clients this question, the common response I get is: “What do you mean, self-care?”

To this, I reply, “Now tell me, what caring acts have you done for others today?”
As expected, the usual response is a long list of caring acts that my clients perform daily for their family members, friends, colleagues and others.

This brings me back to my initial inquiry: Why not self-care? Caring for others requires one to care for self first.

“But that’s selfish! I can’t ignore everyone else and put myself first. I wasn’t raised that way.”

Let us understand the vital difference between self-care and selfish and why self-care is not selfish but rather without self-care it becomes absolutely impossible to care for others and be a healthy individual in body and mind.

What is Selfish?

Selfish is to lack concern and care about others and indulge in personal pleasures and profits.

What is Self-Care?

Self-Care is to care for yourself with the intention to be a better person in mind and body so that you live a full life of love, light, peace and joy and are able to spread love, light, peace and joy to others.

In order to understand self-care at a deeper level, let me explain about your Physical and Essential Self.

We often take our ‘Physical Self’ as the primary self. When it comes to self-care, we need to delve deeper and find the ‘Essential Self’ - our essence. This Essential Self is what dwells inside the physical body.

For example...

When you use words like : “I am angry”, “I am fat”, “I am confused”, “I am hungry” and so on, what you are really saying is that your physical body is angry or fat or confused or hungry. Your energy force, the Essential Self, within you, “I”, is free from anger or hunger or confusion or fat.

When the Essential Self is ignored for too long, the Physical Self begins to show negative symptoms such as anger, confusion, anxiety, fear, accumulation of abdominal fat, lack of sleep, fatigue, worry, increased blood pressure and shallow breathing, to name a few.

Now, ask it selfish to care for your Essential Self so that your Physical Self operates at an optimum level? Think about it...if your Physical Self has been manifesting symptoms of fatigue, poor concentration, agitation, anger, irritability and more, how is that affecting your ability to care for others? How is it affecting your ability to pray? To connect with ALLAH? To live a life of joy and positivity?

The truth is that lack of self-care leads to negative behaviour patterns whereby you eventually feel resentful towards others (the same people you are caring for) and resentful towards yourself. This further results in terrible outbursts of anger or complete withdrawal from people.

Strategies for Self-Care

• Be compassionate, gentle and caring towards yourself. Do not judge yourself with negative self-talk
• Change negative thoughts by immediately being grateful to ALLAH, and mean it
• Care for others with an intention to care, not with an intention to seek approval or to please
• “No” is a complete sentence. Practise saying “No” and understand that you do not always have to explain why you are saying “No”
• Say “Yes” with love and compassion, not resentment and guilt
• Upon waking up, express gratitude to ALLAH for giving you this brand new day to be a better Muslim
• Be grateful for your body and all its organs. Take care of it by resting and sleeping on time, eating the right foods and drinking water and healthy beverages. Exercise for at least 15 minutes daily
• Inspire others to care for themselves
• Speak only positive words, think only positive thoughts, perform only positive deeds
• Repeat this Positive Affirmation daily: ALHUMDOLILLAH - Everyday in every way, I am better and better.
• Love yourself


In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Nurture Your Relationship With Your In-Laws

Get a copy of my new E-Book Muslimah Mind Matters - The Ultimate Self-Care Guide For Muslimah at Amazon.

Visit YouTube for Muslimah Mind Matters videos.
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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Ladies this week is Women’s Health Week - A healthy heart is the engine room of the body.


Be sure to keep your heart healthy by exercising and eating good, nutritious food.

Check out your local gyms / community centres for extra activities and information on health issues.


N-JOY and stay active!




My Health and Fitness

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Three friend, Jallaludin, Billaludin, and Gelliludin go to London and climb up the tower that houses Big Ben.


They decide to have a contest.


They will throw their watches down, then run down the stairs and try to catch the watch before it hits the ground.

Gelliludin throws his watch, takes three steps and hears his watch crash.


Billaludin throws his watch and takes only two steps when he hears his watch shatter.

Jallaludin tosses his watch off the tower, jogs down the stairs, goes to a kebab store, buys a snack, walks back to Big Ben and catches his watch.


"Amazing bro!!! How did you do that?" asks one of his friends.

"Oh, that's easy. My watch is 30 minutes slow."


Apolitical Aphorisms

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor

and campaign funds from the rich,

by promising to protect each from the other.

~ Oscar Ameringer ~




Nazeem Hussain



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An Ayaat-a-Week






Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy, Master of the Day of Judgement. It is You we worship; it is You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path: the path of those You have blessed, those who incur no anger and who have not gone astray.


 ~ Surah Al- Fatiha 1:2-7


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"Perseverance is the hard work you do


after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."

~ Newt Gingrich



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

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Events & Functions






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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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services




At the Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA) this is what is being organized over the next few months.

1. inspiredNAFSi personal leadership course: This course is a signature program of the Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, UniSA. The inspiredNAFSi program is underpinned by a strength-based approach and Muslim worldview, that utilises the nga thana lui dha Yarning Circle Framework (developed by Aunty Debra Bennett). This framework has been adapted, infusing Islamic worldview as this informs Muslim people's ways of knowing, being and doing. The program offers a holistic approach to development of human potential. It depicts a journey of learning and self-discovery, empowering the individual and the community and enabling individuals with skills through sharing, learning and transforming life into new futures.
Places are very limited. Please the flyer below for details.

2. Parenting between Cultures workshop that will run over a three week period on Fridays starting 6th October. This workshop has been very popular and has been very well received. The facilitators are Joan Burrows and Sr. Susan Al-maani who come with a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering these workshops.
Places are very limited. Please the flyer below for details.

3. “I am Connected” at IWAA. We have been very privileged to start a program to connect with our indigenous sisters. The “I am Connected” project is aimed at developing connections and linkages between Muslim and Indigenous women through sharing of native foods, customs, arts and crafts and storytelling and highlighting the similarities between these groups, forging friendships and celebrating women's interests across all cultures in a respectful and caring environment.

Current activities include:

• arts and crafts workshop on Friday, 8th September at IWAA hall from 5-7pm
• Soundtrack – Tuesday, 19th September at IWAA hall from 11am-1pm
• Weekend camp – 12-14th January 2018 (please note that the dates for this camp has changed from 24-26th November). Please see flyer for more details
• Walk in Country – date and venue to be advised

We acknowledge our indigenous and Muslim elders for their support, advice and guidance. Alhamdulillah

For more details and to participate, please call Muna on 0431 360 418

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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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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: TBA
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

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