EST. 2004

Sunday 24 September 2017 | Issue 0672


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King George Square

A multi-faith prayer and rally for peace, organized by the Islamic Council of Queensland, was held on Sunday 17 September at Brisbane's  King George Square.


A number of faith leaders came out in solidarity with the Rohingya being persecuted in Myanmar.


ICQ spokesperson, Ali Kadri, thanked Dina Ghaznavi, Nathaniel Johnson and Fahim Khondaker and the ICQ team for making the event a success.


Hossain Juhar spoke on behalf of the Rohingya Association of Queensland.



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The Imam of Masjid Al Aqsa, Ali Omar Yacoub Abbasi, arrived in Malaysia on Friday night and was met by Mr Hussain Baba, the secretary of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast.


"The Imam has especially flown in for our fundraising dinner in Kuala Lumpur for the construction of *Dawah and Youth* centre in Gold Coast," said Mr Baba.



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Leaders of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, also known as AFIC, have drafted an extraordinary letter to Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan.

AFIC is asking the Turkish leader to help the Australian Federation "dismantle" rival Muslim groups here in Australia.

The federation accuses these groups of being followers of the US-based cleric Fetullah Gulen and his Hizmet movement — the same movement President Erdogan blames for last year's failed coup.

Ahmet Keskin (pictured) is a spokesman for the Australian Intercultural Society — one of the groups that AFIC has targeted — and he spoke to Andrew West.


Listen now.

Source: ABC RN Breakfast



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The 2017 Scientific conference of the Islamic Medical association of Queensland is an annual meeting place for members to share ideas and learn about the latest developments in the field of medicine. It is also a platform for members to network and broaden their professional circles.

The event will aim to invite both scientific and faith based speakers on topics which have been highlighted by our members as areas of interest.

The conference will be at the Hilton Hotel Brisbane on 29 October 2017. Halal meals and snacks will be provided for all attendees and Salah facilities will be available on site.

We look forward to meeting you at the conference and hope it will be both a medically stimulating and a spiritually uplifting experience.

The conference is open to ALL Medical, Dental and Allied healthcare professionals and students in these disciplines, including non IMAQ members.

With the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, IMAQ will be donating your entire registration fee to the Myanmar Appeal.

Please find below the program for the day.


See Events and Functions and CCN Date Claimer for more details

Register here or visit the IMAQ website.



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In their very first year as a club competing, the Logan Roos Football Club has taken out the Premiership in Division 2 of the SEQ Football League, in Friday night's match held at Inala's C.J. Greenfield Park.

First of it's kind, the Club based out of Oates Park, Woodridge, was established and supported as a shared initiative between the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) and Youth Connect QLD, to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for young people of migrant and refugee backgrounds to enjoy fitness, fun and football.

Winning the Grand Final 2-1, the team comprising of young men from eight different nationalities both Muslim and non-Muslim, played a hard fought match characterised by both skill and speed.

Head coach and team manager, Mr Abdul Samim Khan, has spent countless hours this season coaching the boys at the ICQ leased, Oates Park sporting grounds.

Congratulations and thanks to the player group for their commitment and conduct this season and to the management teams at ICQ and Youth Connect QLD for delivering on this significant and important vision.

Thanks also to Cr Russel Lutton of Logan City Council for his continued support of ICQ, Youth Connect QLD and other numerous inclusive community initiatives.

For information regarding how you can support the Logan Roos Football Club next season contact Nathaniel Johnson, General Manager of ICQ's youth programs, at



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Help celebrate what's great about our community by nominating someone that has made a significant difference to your life and to the lives of others.


Nominate someone who has made Brisbane an even better place.



Award categories include:

  • Citizen of the Year

  • Senior Citizen of the Year

  • Young Citizen of the Year

  • Corporate Citizen of the Year

  • Community Event of the Year

  • Australia Day Cultural/Arts Award

  • Australia Day Sports Award

  • Australia Day Achievement Awards

  • Green Heart Award - Individual

  • Green Heart Award - Organisation


You can complete an online nomination.


For more information regarding the award and nomination process, visit Council's website or phone Council on 07 3403 8888. Nominations close on Monday 13 November 2017.



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Muslim Political Action Committee (MPAC) supports Muslim engagement in Australia's political landscape.


The group is conducting a short SSM (Same-Sex Marriage) Survey.


Let them know what you think on the subject here.



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By Gavin Jacobson


Ashin Wirathu and his followers in Barbet Schroeder’s The Venerable W., 2017

Ma Soe Yein is the largest Buddhist monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar. A dreary sprawl of dormitories and classrooms, it is located in the western half of the city, and accommodates some 2,500 monks. The atmosphere inside is one of quiet industry. Young men, clad in orange and maroon robes, sit on the floors and study the Dharma or memorize ritual texts. There is little noise except for the endless scraping of straw brooms on wooden floors, or the dissonant hum of people in collective prayer. Outside, the scene is livelier. Monks hurriedly douse themselves with cold water, and chat politics over a table of newspapers. They do so in the shadow of a large wall covered with gruesome images depicting the alleged bloodlust of Islam. Photographs, displayed without any explanation or evidence of their origins, show beaten faces, hacked bodies, and severed limbs—brutalities apparently committed by Muslims against Myanmar Buddhists.

The contrast between the monastery’s inner calm and this exterior display of violence is a fitting inversion of Ma Soe Yein’s most infamous resident, Ashin Wirathu, the subject of Barbet Schroeder’s new documentary, The Venerable W. On the outside, Wirathu is composed and polite, with large brown eyes and a sweet, impish grin. His voice is smooth and its cadence measured. Yet beneath this civil disguise seethes an interminable hatred toward the 4 percent of Myanmar’s population that is Muslim (the wall of carnage stands outside his residence). Wirathu is responsible for inciting some of the worst acts of ethnic violence in the country’s recent history, and was described by Time as “The Face of Buddhist Terror.”


A wall covered with images depicting the alleged bloodlust of Islam at the Ma Soe Yein Buddhist monastery, from The Venerable W., 2017

Schroeder, an Iranian-born Swiss filmmaker, has spent decades documenting the morally despicable. His “Trilogy of Evil” began in 1974 with General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait, a character study of the Ugandan dictator. The second installment, Terror’s Advocate (2007), was on the French-Algerian defense lawyer Jacques Vergčs, whose clients have included Klaus Barbie, Carlos the Jackal, the Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan, and the Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy. Wirathu is Schroeder’s final subject, and, for him, the most terrifying. “I am afraid to call him Wirathu because even his name scares me,” he said in a recent interview with Agence France-Presse. “I just call him W.”

The film charts Wirathu’s rise from provincial irrelevance in Kyaukse to nationwide rabble-rouser. It centers on the crucial moments of his budding ethno-nationalism, such as in 1997, when he says his eyes were “finally opened” to the “Muslims’ intentions” after reading a pamphlet entitled In Fear of Our Race Disappearing, which appeared in print by an unknown author; or 2003, when he delivered a chilling sermon—caught on camera—against Muslim “kalars” (kalar is the equivalent of “nigger”). “I can’t stand what they do to us,” he says to rapturous applause. “As soon as I give the signal, get ready to follow me…I need to plan the operation well, like the CIA or Mossad, for it to be effective…I will make sure they will have no place to live.” One month later, in Kyaukse, eleven Muslims were killed, and two mosques and twenty-six houses were burned to the ground. Wirathu was arrested by the military junta for inciting violence, and spent nine years in Mandalay’s Obo prison.


The remains of a mosque in Meiktila, central Burma, after the March 2013 anti-Islamic riots, from The Venerable W., 2017

Like Marcel Ophüls, a filmmaker who explored the quotidian aspects of intolerance and oppression, Schroeder’s interviewing style is never hostile or moralistic. As he writes in the notes to the film, the point is to let the subjects speak, “without judging them, and in the process evil can emerge under many different forms, and the horror or the truth comes out progressively, all by itself.” In one instance, Wirathu bares the depths of his self-regard when he claims to have been the inspiration for the Saffron Revolution of 2007—a delusion scorned in the film by one of its leaders, U. Kaylar Sa, who describes the desperate social conditions that forced the monks onto the streets of Rangoon.

Wirathu was freed as part of a general amnesty for political prisoners in 2012, and he quickly went on to revitalize the 969 Movement—a grassroots organization founded earlier that year by Wirathu and Ashin Sada Ma, a monk from Moulmein, and committed to preventing what it sees as Islam’s infiltration of, and dominance over, Buddhist Myanmar. Since 2014, Wirathu has operated under the auspices of the Ma Ba Tha, or Organization for the Protection of Race and Religion. Like 969, many members of the Ma Ba Tha spread propaganda about how Muslims steal Buddhist women and outbreed Buddhist men. “The features of the African catfish,” Wirathu tells Schroeder near the beginning of the film, “are that they grow very fast, they breed very fast, and they’re violent…The Muslims are exactly like these fish.”

W. is tougher viewing than its predecessors. Archival material and scenes Schroeder filmed undercover are spliced with footage from YouTube and Facebook captured on camera phones and personal video recorders. Most of this documents atrocities committed in Rakhine state in 2012—when clashes between ethnic Arakanese and Rohingya Muslims forced 125,000 of the latter into displacement camps—and anti-Muslim riots in central and eastern Myanmar in 2013. There are graphic images of burning homes, men beaten to death with wooden clubs, and people left to burn alive. All the while state police stand back and let it happen—Amartya Sen has called the violence committed against the Rohingya a “slow genocide.”

Using video uploaded to YouTube and Facebook helps convey one of Schroeder’s most important points about Wirathu. What was frightening about Idi Amin was his combination of absolute power and volatility, a man whose dormant rage erupted without warning. With Jacques Vergčs, it was his gifts of seduction and dexterity of logic that made him something like Woland from Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita—a Devil with impeccable tailoring. What’s disturbing about Wirathu is how, as one anti-Wirathu monk puts it, he wants people to “experience his words before accepting them.” The aim of his public sermonizing is to transform the impressionable into unthinking agents of his intolerance, which accounts not only for his call-and-response style of preaching, and the fact that, as the film shows, he regularly instructs children, but also for his extensive use of Twitter and Facebook, and the Islamophobic

DVDs he produces and distributes throughout the country. Like his favorite politician, Donald Trump—the only presidential candidate, he says in the film, who will prevent Islam’s global domination—Wirathu both channels and reflects the ways in which social media has transformed hate into a thoughtless pastime. His evil, an attempt to deepen and normalize the mores of racial enmity, might be encapsulated by a line from Byron, which serves as an epigraph to the film: “Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure;/ men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.”

This is an important documentary that not only illuminates the rank underbelly of Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar, but also captures one of the first major tests faced by the new political order, especially regarding freedom of speech and assembly. Wirathu is a thorn in the side of a Suu Kyi government that is trying to end a near seventy-year civil war and rebuild the country after decades of economic catastrophe. A question many of those in government must surely (hopefully?) be asking is, “Who will rid us of this turbulent priest?” In the short term, it is unlikely to be the monks themselves. Although Myanmar’s official Buddhist authority—the Ma Ha Na—has banned the Ma Ba Tha from using its full Burmese name, it has not addressed the group’s discriminatory aims and activities. This is partly to do with the widespread support enjoyed by the Ma Ba Tha, which builds Sunday schools, provides legal aid, and raises money for charities.

The state of race relations in Myanmar is far more complex than Schroeder’s film allows. It is not uncommon to hear members of the Bamar majority say they “hate Islam” but, when pressed, admit they have no issue with Muslims living in their towns. One of the film’s other blind spots is the military. Aside from a brief glance at the mass population shifts between Rakhine and Bangladesh in the late 1970s, there is very little on how the army had been inciting ethnic violence in places like Rakhine long before Wirathu appeared, nor is there any mention of a popular theory that Wirathu is paid, or at least encouraged, by senior generals, some of whom are often photographed at his monastery. In this lack of a deeper historical setting, and the argument that the film could have gone further to expose the involvement of the military in ethnic violence, Schroeder’s film resembles Joshua Oppenheimer’s harrowing documentary The Act of Killing (2012), which examines former members of the Indonesian death-squads responsible for the mass killing of communists between 1965-1966.

A greater problem with The Venerable W., and the “Trilogy of Evil” as a whole, is how Schroeder assumes evil to be a given in the world. He is the filmmaker’s Kolakowski, someone who believes evil isn’t rooted in social circumstance, but is a permanent feature of the human condition. Only the concept of “evil” can capture the immoral extremities reached by figures like Amin, Vergčs, and Wirathu. But there is little sense in W., or in the other two films, of evil’s potential origins, or how Wirathu’s ideas may have formed and why they are admired in places like Maungdaw in Rakhine, where there has been historical tension between Muslims and Buddhists, but less so in Yangon or Mandalay, where there has not. Imploring us to think of evil without considering what it means does little to illuminate the darker side of human behavior. As the American clergyman William Sloane Coffin put it: “Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, and nothing is more difficult than to understand him.”

Barbet Schroeder’s The Venerable W. is playing at Telluride Film Festival (September 1 through 4), October 13 and 14 at the New York Film Festival, and October 13 and 15 at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Source: NYBooks



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Rohingya sent to detention island in Papua New Guinea pressured to return to Myanmar, where thousands have fled ethnic persecution


A protest inside the Manus Island detention centre in August. Australia has been trying to clear the camp, which the Papua New Guinea supreme court declared illegal.

Australia is promising thousands of dollars to Rohingya refugees who agree to return to Myanmar, a country that has been accused of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority.

Asylum seekers in the Australian-run detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, have been pressured by officials to return to their home countries, even if they face violence.

Papua New Guinea’s supreme court last year ruled the centre for around 800 people breached human rights, was illegal and must close. Australia has since ratcheted up efforts to clear the centre, offering up to A$25,000 to refugees agreeing to go home.

Returning Rohingya to their country could put their lives at risk. Myanmar does not recognise the ethnic minority and has conducted military operations in Rohingya villages that the United Nations’ top human rights official branded “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

The Guardian



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Deraa, Syria

Children run along a war-damaged street as they celebrate the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Source: The Guardian



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Autonomy with citizenship of Myanmar or Independent Rakhine State for Rohingya 
By Prof. Shahjahan Khan

Prof Shahjahan Khan 

When the rest of the world, including United Nations (UN) called "textbook ethnic cleansing" of Rohingyas in strife-torn Rakhine State of Myanmar, the most arrogant Head of Myanmar Armed Forces, General Min Aung Hlaing has reiterated his baseless claim that Rohingyas are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, and have no roots in Rakhine, despite living there for centuries.

In November 2016, Mr Yanghee Lee, the UN special investigator on Myanmar, noted that the Myanmar Government wanted to expel its entire Rohingya population from Rakhine. If the UN or the world community took this matter seriously and acted timely to ensure citizenship of Rohingyas then we probably could have avoided the catastrophic massacre and mass exodus of Rohingyas to Bangladesh now.

It seems the current wave of violence is aimed at the sole purpose of ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas either by brutal killing or driving out from Myanmar to Bangladesh in the pretext that they are not Rohingyas but Bangalis. If they succeed in making Rakhine free from Rohingyas they will try to fool the whole world that an ethnic minority living in Myanmar since the 8th century are Bangladeshis and they have no root in Myanmar. If this ridiculous logic of the junta is applied to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and USA all non-indigenous citizens must be killed if they don’t go back to different parts of Europe and Asia where their ancestors came from.  




Baseline knowledge of Islam and Muslims: a study of Australian government crisis communication officials
By Kate O’Donnell, Jacqui Ewart and Clair Alston-Knox


Assoc. Prof. Jacqui Ewart

This study examined the level of knowledge Australian crisis communications officials had about Islam and Muslims.


It did so at a time when the Commonwealth Government has warned in the current national security environment that a terrorist attack could be experienced at any time, and where the most serious threat emanated from those holding what the government described as a “deviant” view of Islam.


The study identified that Media Liaison Officers (n=72) have low levels of knowledge about this religious faith, and that they were aware of their lack of understanding.


These findings raise policy concerns about the extent to which Media Liaison Officers can differentiate between Islam and deviant interpretations of the faith.


With the pivotal role that Media Liaison Officers play in crisis communication—including briefing and educating journalists when a terrorist event occurs—these findings present crisis managers with several challenges; including recruitment, training, and ongoing professional development.


Postal survey: gay Muslims shake off conservative image to back same-sex marriage



Fahad Ali, founder of Muslims for Marriage Equality

They are two communities that often find themselves exposed to vitriol and hate masquerading as respectful debate. Muslims and gays, unlikely bedfellows in some circumstances, know the battle scars of discrimination and prejudice.

On Monday night, in the offices of the AIDS Council of NSW, a campaigning outfit called Muslims for Marriage Equality celebrated its official launch. Its footprint is modest - founder Fahad Ali estimates 250 people have expressed interest in volunteering nationally, and the group has 1500 followers on Facebook - but its goals are somewhat grander: to shirk the conservative cloak that surrounds Islam and show the flock does not necessarily follow the leader.

Mr Ali, who is gay and a practising Muslim, concedes there is tension between his sexual identity and faith.

"The orthodox Islamic position is quite anti-gay. I think the Muslim community generally has a problem with homosexuality," he says.

"There's been quite a lot of abuse that I've dealt with ... ​I have been called everything from an apostate to an infidel to a hypocrite."

Part of the problem is a lack of Muslim clerics willing to openly support the gay community. Nur Warsame, a gay imam from Melbourne, has received much media attention - but Mr Ali says other Muslim leaders who are "overwhelmingly supportive" in private are unwilling to speak publicly.

The Brisbane Times



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The Best of All Nations | Sheikh Sajid Umar




This is part of a lecture by the Sheikh on "The 3 I's of Success - Ikhlaas, Ihsasn and Istiqaamah"..






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


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 22 September 2017

TOPIC"Our Qiblah"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 September 2017

TOPIC"Overcoming Difficulties - Lessons from the Life of the Prophet (SAW)"

IMAM: Maulana Luqman










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 September 2017

TOPIC: "Hijra events as a methodology of facing hardships"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 September 2017

TOPIC: "Key for the heart"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Junaid spoke about how to increase the love for Allah, explained what reading the Quran does for the heart. How and why Allah gave the Sahaba victory wherever they went and whatever they did. Explained how Allah’s protection will come when specific 10 surah’s are read every day. Questioned what we do first thing when we get up in the morning. Why must one come to the Masjid to pray. Relayed a story of how some people came to the Prophet (pbuh) and requested him to send someone to their village to teach their people. Explained Islam is a lifestyle and not doing only 4 or 5 items. He asked if we have spread the dawah in Australia.



Listen to the Kuthbah








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 September 2017

TOPIC““How we start our new islamic year”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Naeem spoke about new year celebrations and told how the Prophet (pbuh) advised to do the following things, hasten to do tauba as much as possible before death approaches, hasten to give charity quickly, hasten to give in marriage your children as soon as they become age of marriage and not delay, hasten to bury the deceased as fast as you can, hasten to pray as soon as it is time for salah. He mentioned how Allah changes the conditions of people and how the days and time of people rotate. He asked the question “what kind of a Muslim are we?” if we do not follow the action of our Prophet (pbuh) and just say “it is only a sunnah” He stressed the importance of the Sunnah. Finally, he requested to make a commitment in this new year to forgive everyone.



Past Kuthba recordings





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A message to young people in South Africa - Speech by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman 



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This Mosque Has Been Described as “One of London’s Best Kept Secrets” 



UK: Hidden away amidst residential buildings in the heart of East London is a mosque which has been described as “one of London’s best kept secrets” – The Burdett Estate Mosque.

The new mosque was opened in April 2017 and is a beautiful example of how a mosque can be designed in a way which complements the surrounding area.

The most striking feature of the mosque is the glass minaret which is situated at the corner and faces Makkah:

The minaret is sure to become an iconic feature in the neighbourhood.


Another beautiful feature of the mosque is the Kufic calligraphy found on one side of the building:



The phrase “there is no god but Allah” is repeated on specially-designed shutters which cover the doors and windows of both floors.

As the sun shines through, the panels are designed to project the words into the hall:

The Imam’s place of prayer from where he leads the congregation and the Minbar are located within the minaret!



The ceiling has been designed in such a way to allow the sound to travel across the hall creating a wonderful listening experience when the Qur’an is recited.

The mosque was built in partnership with the local community as part of the local council’s St Paul’s Way regeneration programme which will include a school, play areas and 109 new homes when finished.

The founders of the mosque faced many challenges in establishing the mosque and many have not lived to see this beautiful purpose-built mosque.

The mosque started in a flat in 1982, which was used only for Tarawih, Eid prayers and as a place to teach children the Qur’an.

In 1984, the mosque was moved to another building with the five daily prayers held in a number of adjoining rooms. Now, the mosque is located in Masjid Lane in Poplar, Tower Hamlets.

Faruq uncle (as everyone lovingly calls him) is one of the founders of the original mosque and he told me how they would regularly face anti-Muslim abuse – both verbally and physically. He recalled the time a pig’s head was left outside the mosque.

Faruq says everybody is pleased with the new mosque but a mosque with no people is not of much use so his wish now is for the youth to get more involved,



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CCN's Bookshelf

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: A great restaurant-styled dish that could be quite a treat for the family today. You can serve this with chips and vegies.

 Saucy T-Bone..pan fried 



1kg T-Bone steak


marinate for a few hours in
1 tsp Aromat
˝ tsp lemon pepper
Dash of vinegar
1 tsp steak and chops spice
1 tsp crushed garlic



1. Heat a non stick frying pan on medium heat.

2. Add a knob of butter and a table spoon of olive oil.

3.Fry the t-bone, 2 minutes on either side.

4. Keep the steaks aside until you have fried them all, then cover with foil.

5.Return the steaks to the pan and pour over the sauce mix below.


Sauce Mix
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tab Tomato sauce
1 tsp Peri peri Sauce
1 tsp HP sauce

Cover and leave on low to simmer.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


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


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




Princess Lakshman


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


To contact Princess,  
Email:  Phone: 0451977786













Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic: Why Me Syndrome

You may go through phases in life where you may sulk in despair and ask ALLAH, “Ya ALLAH, why me?”. The danger is when this question becomes a default setting in your daily life and you start operating on what is known as the Victim Mindset. I call it the Why Me Syndrome.

If not you, then who?
Take a moment and ponder on this. When you ask the question “Why me?” what are you really saying? I played a victim most of my teenage and adult life and it was only after much self-reflection that I realised that every time I ask “Why me?” what I am really saying is “I know a few people who are badly behaved and I feel that they need to go through bad times, not me. I don’t deserve this, they do.”

As selfish and harsh as it may sound, the core of the “why me?” question comes down to the fact that you would rather it was someone else than you. You may argue and say that you would rather it was no one. I agree. However, if ALLAH never tested any of us, how would we ever transform ourselves and grow to become more enlightened beings? If ALLAH never tested our Prophet (SAW) by taking away from him his beloved wife and his beloved sons, how else would he have understood that his ultimate purpose was to strive for Jannah? Never once did he complain “Why me?” nor wish harm or ill fate on another. Never.

No matter how difficult your challenges may be, as a Muslim you would never wish those same hurdles for another. You would accept these challenges as ALLAH’s mercy on you in helping you grow from strength to strength. Wallowing in the Why Me Syndrome will drown you in the depths of fear and anxiety. Shaitaan loves to lead us astray using these tactics. As a Muslim, you are already one step ahead of shaitaan by knowing full well that he has no power over you, that ONLY ALLAH is your master.

Strategies To Own Your Challenges With A Victor’s Mindset.

Owning your challenges and overcoming them with a victor’s mindset keeps you closer to ALLAH. Choosing to have a victor’s mindset propels you towards victory in overcoming your challenges. Choosing the victim mindset propels you towards darkness and despair.

Here is a strategy to help you cultivate a victor’s mindset. Consciously choose to act on overcoming your challenges


Identify your challenges by writing them down. Write the desired outcome of each challenge What actions can you take to achieve the desired outcomes

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: The Four Ts Of Marriage - Trust, Touch, Talk, Time
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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Q: Dear Kareema, I need to lose weight within the next few weeks for an upcoming event. Any suggestions?

A: Start by making healthier diet choices wherever possible.


Next, try to move more and incorporate different exercises into your routine.


The more you change up your fitness routine, the quicker you might see results.

Set small achievable goals and constantly challenge yourself during your workouts.

Consistency is key - keep at it, don’t give up.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

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


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Mula Nasruddin: How many apples can you eat on an empty stomach?

Jallaludin: I can eat 6 apples.

Mula Nasruddin: Wrong, my brother. You can eat only 1 apple on empty stomach because when you eat the 2nd apple that’s not an empty stomach!

Jallaludin: Wow! That's a superb joke. I’ll tell my friend.

Jallaludin to Habibullah: How many apples you can eat on an empty stomach?

Habibullah: I can eat 10.

Jallaludin: Say 6, you shish kebab! Otherwise I can't tell you my joke!


Apolitical Aphorisms

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter

to be left to the politicians.

~ Charles de Gaulle ~


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows all things.  

 ~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:256


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There is no perfect family.


We do not have perfect parents, we are not perfect, we do not marry a perfect person or have perfect children.

We have complaints from each other.


We disappoint each other.


So there is no healthy marriage or healthy family without the exercise of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is vital to our emotional health and spiritual survival.


Without forgiveness the family becomes an arena of conflict and a stronghold of hurt.

~ Pope Francis



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

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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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Islamic Society of Toowoomba is collecting donations to be sent to the Rohingya refugees.

You may donate any amount, including ZAKAT, to the following Commonwealth Bank of Australia account:

A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation
BSB 06 4459
A/C 1034 1586

Please write ROHINGYAS in Reference.

We will collect donations until Friday, 8 September 2017, and then send to Bangladesh directly to assist the Rohingyas.





Human Appeal Rohingya donation

Human Appeal bank details:


BSB: 062191

ACC: 00903948

ACC name: HAIA

Commonwealth bank

Ref: Rohingya

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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1 October





12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1439


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


21 October


Gympie Mosque Fund Raising Dinner


AIIC, 724 Blunder Rd, Durack

0418 714 691


28 October


Muslimah Night Bazaar
Sisters only event

Umm Abdullah

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha (ICB)

0406 273 434

4pm to 9pm

29 October


IMAQ 2017 Conference

Islamic Medical Assoc. of QLD (IMAQ)

Hilton Hotel, Brisbane


8am to 5pm

25 November


Annual Mild-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

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

3809 4600

3pm to Maghrib

3 December





(Milad un Nabi)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1439


15 April 2018





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1439


1 May 2018





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1439


17 May 2018





(start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1439


11 June 2018





(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1439


15 June 2018





(end of the month of fasting)

 1st Shawal 1439


21 August 2018





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1439


22 August 2018





10th Zil-Hijjah 1439





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








15 OCT






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





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600










On Going Activities


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

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

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


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

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987





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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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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

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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