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Sunday 1 October 2017 | Issue 0673


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In this op-ed, author, activist, and mechanical engineer Yassmin Abdel-Magied unpacks the myth of the "model minority" through her own experiences.



I’m no longer interested in centtering those who refuse to see my humanity.

I grew up believing if I became the “model minority” — a hard-working, high-achieving, law-abiding brown Muslim woman — that I could make lasting positive change for myself and others. I thought if I were good enough, my example would make people see that their assumptions about Muslims and people of colour were wrong. Once they got to know me, they would change their behaviour and fix their biases, I thought.

Unfortunately, the events of the past few months have taught me otherwise. I may have been achieving things for myself and changing a couple of minds along the way, but I wasn’t changing the system. So what happened? I’ll start from the very beginning.

I’m a Muslim chick who was born in Sudan. My family moved to Brisbane, Australia, just before I turned 2. We were one of the first Sudanese families in the city, so we definitely stood out. My parents instilled in me a strong sense of social justice, but it wasn’t until after 9/11 that I really noticed people treating us differently because we were Muslims. I was determined to fight for what was right, and my father’s advice was to try to influence the system from within. So I tried to win that game.

I did well academically, I served my community, I played the part. I started a youth organization, Youth Without Borders, at 16, which empowered young people to work together for positive change in their communities. I studied mechanical engineering at university, partly because I loved cars, but partly because engineering was a profession that would give me credibility in the corporate world. If I was going to make positive change from within, I needed every shred of credibility I could get, I told myself.

I kept hustling to show those in power how great Muslim women were. I graduated valedictorian of my class. I advised the federal government, hosted a TV show, and did a documentary on racism. I won awards, such as Young Australian of the Year for my state and Distinguished Young Alumni of my university, and was named one of InStyle’s “Women of Style.” I published a memoir before my 25th birthday, talking about my life growing up in Australia, running a race-car team, and working as a mechanical engineer on oil rigs.

I thought that I'd ticked all the boxes to become credible in the eyes of those in power. I thought my achievements could change people’s expectations of Muslims, and of Muslim women in particular. Maybe it would show them that their assumptions were wrong. Maybe that would lead them to realize that people who were different were still worthy, equal, and to be taken seriously.
I thought that achieving a lot meant people in power, especially those who had racist or sexist views, would listen to me. Take me seriously. Believe in what I had to say. Now, I could make change from within, because I was part of the club, right?

Not quite.

I thought my achievements could change people’s expectations of Muslims, and of Muslim women in particular.

But before I explain what went down, you should understand something about Australia. Although Australia is commonly associated with kangaroos and great beaches, it actually has a deeply racist history. Until 50 years ago, the First Nations people of Australia were not included in the census — so in the eyes of the government, they weren’t counted as people. It took a referendum in 1967 for that to change. Then there were the Stolen Generations, where the Australian government systematically removed First Nations children from their parents. The government was so obsessed with whiteness that up until the 1970s, there was the so-called White Australia Policy, which was a collection of policies banning non-Europeans from migrating to the country. In other words, you had to be white to move to Australia.

There is no doubt that Australia has come a really long way since then. I am truly grateful for all the opportunities I was provided as an Australian immigrant, and for the love and support of many Australians. But this isn't about individual Australians. History matters, because it informs the attitudes of the present society. As people of color have systematically been treated as second-class citizens, they are considered “conditionally Australian.” The moment they step out of line, the country explodes with outrage. A recent example of this is that of Adam Goodes, a First Nations Australian Football League (AFL) superstar. Goodes sparked controversy after he pointed to a girl in the stands who had yelled a racial slur at him, calling him “Ape!” Although it was obviously racist, many Australian commentators and football fans saw pointing it out as an overreaction. This double standard has been called “brown poppy syndrome.”

In my case, it was sparked by two incidents. The first was a disagreement with a politician about her views on Muslims on Q&A, a current affairs panel show. Senator Jacqui Lambie stated that Australia should ban the burqa, and that anyone who follows Sharia Law should be deported. By banning “Sharia,” she would effectively be banning Muslims. I called her out, asking her if she even knew what Sharia was. She didn’t. I also then continued to say that “Islam, to me, is the most feminist religion” — a statement that ended up causing a furor, which went on for weeks.

But it all really escalated after a seven-word Facebook post I wrote on Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance that was originally introduced to honor the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in World War I. The phrase Australians use for remembrance is “Lest We Forget.” I wanted to make my sentiment more inclusive than just those who fought in that war. Who else should we not forget, I thought? So I posted the following:




Manus and Nauru are offshore immigration detention centers holding asylum seekers who try to get to Australia on boats. Amnesty International has called it a “regime of cruelty” and an “open-air prison.” I also included Palestine and Syria, to remember current conflicts with no end in sight. I was asking for empathy and compassion for others, on a somber day of remembrance.

A friend soon saw that post and suggested that it might be offensive, and so out of respect I took it down almost immediately. I apologized publicly and of my own accord, because while my intention had been one of inclusive empathy, others took it as an insult. They saw it as denigrating soldiers, disrespecting Australia, and being “ungrateful.”

I made the front page of the national papers day in and day out. The prime minister got involved. Parliamentarians said I should self-deport and “move to an Arab dictatorship,” and that I was a disgrace. I was sent death threats. Racist posters went up. I had to move houses, change my phone number, shut off my social media. When I later announced that I was moving to London, a national TV station ran a poll on whether I should leave or “stay to face her critics.” Thousands of words were written about me in hundreds of articles. Petitions were set up going after my job. And it didn't go on for one day, or one week, or even just one month. It went on for more than three months, on an almost daily basis.

I had to move houses, change my phone number, shut off my social media.

Those who want you to outperform your identity aren’t interested in seeing you as equal at all. No one should ever have to be the “model minority” in order to be accepted as equal. Equality should be given, not earned for good behavior. If “good behavior” is required, that isn’t really equality.
So now, I’m no longer interested in centering those who refuse to see my humanity and want me to work for my equality. That diminishes me, my culture, and my agency. Instead, I will focus my energy on myself, my faith, my communities, and those who continue to be marginalized. I will also work with allies who are interested in making things better for all of us.

I thought if I spoke too honestly, I would be alone. But it turns out, when you stand up for yourself, lean into your own power, and speak your truth, people see that, and some — the ones that care — will choose to stand with you.
Now, I don’t work to prove my humanity to others; I work because the humanity of others gives me strength. YAS!


Source: Teen Vogue



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Bell Pottinger was hired to improve the image of the Gupta family, which has close ties to President Jacob Zuma.

A disgraced company accused of inciting racial hatred in South Africa was selected by the Federal Government as a potential advisor on countering extremist violence.

The reputation of British PR firm Bell Pottinger has collapsed in recent weeks after reports it used fake social media accounts to exploit apartheid-era divisions for financial gain.

The fake accounts slandered those attacking the company's client, the Indian-born Gupta business family, and claimed white-owned businesses were holding the economy back.

The campaign has been internationally condemned and described by the head of the UK industry group as setting South African society back "probably a decade".

Until last year, Bell Pottinger had sat on the Australian Government's "countering violent extremism research panel" for four years.

The panel was selected by the Attorney-General's department and included think tanks, companies and universities that could inform deradicalisation programs.

Being selected for the panel did not guarantee Bell Pottinger work, but it listed the company as an appropriate source of advice for all Government agencies.

That prompted security experts to raise concerns about the Government's vetting processes, particularly given the company's ties to notorious dictators.

ABC News



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By the National Reporting Team's James Thomas


The Step Together helpline is staffed by professional counsellors seven days a week.

A multi-million-dollar government helpline set up to support people worried their family or friends may be at risk of violent extremism appears to be failing to gain traction.

Key points:

  • Step Together helpline was set up to combat radicalisation and violent extremism

  • NSW Minister David Elliot says it has received "around five phone calls" in two months

  • Members of Muslim community say people "don't trust" the helpline

The Step Together helpline was launched in June by the New South Wales Minister for Counter Terrorism, David Elliot.

Costing $3.9 million over three years, the initiative is part of a $47 million program designed to fight radicalisation following the murder of NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng.

The helpline markets itself as an advice and counselling service, and is staffed by professional counsellors seven days a week from 7:00am to 9:00pm.

But Mr Elliot has confirmed the helpline had only received "around five phone calls" in the two months since its launch.

One source, who spoke to the ABC on condition of anonymity, said: "It costs millions, but only a few people have called it. One call was a wrong number, the other was a parent worried their kid was dating a Muslim."

Prominent Muslim community leaders have also told the ABC they warned the NSW Government the helpline was unlikely to be trusted if it was linked to intelligence gathering or policing agencies.

Despite this, Mr Elliott said the Government expected the low volume of calls to increase, "as the marketing efforts gradually expand".

He added that the associated website had received 800 hits.

Mr Elliot refused to say when the expanded marketing would take place or whether it would cost more money.

The Minister insisted the helpline had the support of the community.

"Early response from a number of community organisations about Step Together have been positive and many have appreciated being engaged about the initiative," he said.

Helpline viewed with suspicion in Muslim community

But prominent members of Sydney's Muslim community, and terrorism experts have told the ABC a different story.

"In theory it ticks the boxes. In reality, and in the streets of south-west Sydney, nobody is going to use this helpline because, they don't trust it," Dr Jamal Rifi said from his medical practice in the Sydney suburb of Belmore.

"We have always said that such an initiative needs to be arm's length from security agencies [and] from police."

The helpline is run by an independent contractor but Dr Rifi said launching it under the Ministry for Counter Terrorism meant the service was doomed.

"I doubt it very much — people [using] this hotline … it is going to be seen as embedded to the anti-terror sphere rather than the health, preventative-action sphere," he said.

An expert in de-radicalisation at the Australian National University, Dr Clarke Jones, said authorities were focusing on the wrong things.

"Everything to do with Muslim communities is to do with security and intelligence," he said. "Life doesn't work like that.

"You'll find there's much more problems around domestic violence and youth suicide, drug and alcohol offending. Violent extremism may be less than 1 per cent.

"So when you're dealing or working with Muslim communities, it just doesn't make sense that the whole focus and all this money is placed in violent extremism."

Dr Jones wants governments to tackle the symptoms that lead to radicalisation.

"If you put money towards social services or building community capacity, the outcome would be better. In fact, you'd reduce the chances of violent extremism," he said.

Program 'well intended but sold wrong way'

Counter-terrorism expert and director of Intelligent Risks Neil Fergus said: "To be frank, the most effective tools that we have within Australia, in terms of community engagement, are the personal contacts being made by ASIO officers and police officers".

Mr Fergus said community liaison officers, while clearly linked to Government enforcement agencies, were upfront about who they were. He said some community members could suspect Step Together was a front for intelligence gathering.

"There are understandable concerns in a lot of the target communities about who they are talking too and how it will be actioned … whereas, the National Security Hotline, all these matters are well known."

The National Security Hotline was set up in 2002 in the wake of the terror attacks on the World Trade Centre and, closer to home, the Bali bombings.

The hotline clearly states its role as a reporting line, with information received relayed to ASIO, and federal and state police.

It received 5,293 calls in the two months of July and August this year.

By contrast, Step Together — which received five calls — is seen by some as sending mixed messages to users. It promotes itself as a place to seek advice and counselling, but is overseen by the Minister for Counter Terrorism.

"His role is seen in our community to hit hard people who pose any threat to this country, which is rightfully his role. But the fact that he is [also] calling people to call this helpline … it's not going to work," Dr Rifi said.

Dr Jones believes the program, "was well intended but I think it was sold in the wrong way".

"At some point, it's got to come out of the national security space. When it does, I think you'll find there is more community buy-in," he said.

The ABC asked the Minister's office if it would consider moving the helpline out of the Counter-Terrorism Ministry and into Social Services.

A spokesperson said it was a "hypothetical" and it was not willing to comment at this stage.

For now, the Minister stands by the initiative.

"We only need one successful phone call and the helpline has paid for itself," Mr Elliot said.

ABC News



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MEP: the Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program
Fostering community links between Australia and Indonesia

Applications are now open for the Australia-Indonesia Muslim Program 2018! Discover Indonesia’s rich Islamic heritage and learn about the world’s largest Muslim nation over an intensive two week cultural exchange, with all costs covered.

During the visit you will meet some of Indonesia’s leading Islamic organisations and schools, visit major landmarks, and make valuable connections.

You will also gain a new network of more than 200 alumni, who are active in many different fields.

If you are an Australian Muslim, 21-40, and active in the community, we want to hear from you! No prior Indonesian experience is necessary.

For a perspective on the 2017 program, click here.

The program runs from 5-18 March 2018. The deadline for applying is: 5pm AEDT, Fri 20th October 2017. Click here for details of how to apply.

For more information, email us at

Past participants’ experiences:

“The experience was great, and way above my expectations!” (Ashraf, 2017)

“I gained a deeper understanding of Islam in Indonesia and the vast myriad of diverse groups co-existing.” (Laila, 2014)

“This is an opportunity that any Muslim Australian should take up. You learn so much about yourself, about your own faith, about the country with the biggest Muslim population [in the world].” (Assmaah, 2012)

“The MEP is a fabulous program that will have longstanding benefit both in my professional and personal life.” (Ayan, 2017)

“From day one, my perception of Indonesia was completely transformed.” (Nada, 2016)

“By far the most organised overseas program I have attended, from the detailed schedule to the awesome organisers and great alumni.” (Natasha, 2017)

“Thank you MEP for this incredible experience – I learnt a LOT!” (Nur, 2014)

How to apply.



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This progressive millennial wants to replace a two-term Republican


 Fayrous Saad is running for Congress is Michigan's 11th district

Fayrouz Saad had just started university when two planes struck the World Trade Centre on 11 September, 2001.

The child of immigrants and a practising Muslim, Ms Saad grew up in the heavily Arab-American city of Dearborn, Michigan. Up to that point, she said, she hadn’t personally experienced much harassment or discrimination. But her parents, who had immigrated from Lebanon some 30 years earlier, were concerned.

"That day, my parents came and picked me up and they took me home, because they were worried about anti-Arab and anti-Muslim backlash happening on campus,” Ms Saad told The Independent.

“And I'll be honest,” she added, “that was the first time that I ever even realised that this was a thing – that there was a stereotype against Arabs and Muslims in this country.”

Her parents kept her out of school for weeks. When she returned to the University of Michigan, she had no idea what to expect. And she certainly did not predict what she found waiting for her: A line of friends and neighbours outside her dorm room, waiting to welcome her back.

"I say that I quote-unquote ‘came of age’ in the post-9/11 era because of this experience specifically,” she said, “and really believing that this is what America is, and that this is what I want to be a part of.”

She added: “That's what I want to fight for. That's what people want America to be.”

 Ms Saad meets with constituents at the Northville Democratic Club

Now, the 34-year-old is hoping to bring this fight to the highest levels of American politics. She is running for Congress in Michigan’s 11th District, hoping to replace the white, male, Republican representative in office - Dave Trott. If she succeeds, she will be the first Muslim woman ever to serve in the US Congress.

The milestone is particularly resonant now, under a President who previously promised to ban all Muslims from the country. Ms Saad often says that she doesn't want to run "the anti-Trump campaign," and prefers to focus on her policy proposals and values. But, she admits, "a lot of the things that I’m fighting for, a lot of the things I want to see changed, and a portion of what pushed me to run is to fight back against his agenda".

A president that Ms Saad would rather talk about is former President Barack Obama. If elected, she will share with him the distinction of being a “first” – a member of a minority group who broke through a political glass ceiling for her community.

The two leaders also share similar political views, focusing on issues like expanding health care, supporting immigrants, and boosting small businesses. They both have midwestern roots, at least one immigrant parent, and a name that confuses most Americans.

“In Arabic, my name means precious stone. In English, it means at least 17 different spellings on my Starbucks cup,” Ms Saad joked in her first campaign video.

What makes the comparison even more apt is Ms Saad's history within the Obama administration. Shortly after finishing university, she joined Mr Obama’s Department of Homeland Security to work on “community policing” – a fancy term for strengthening relationships between immigrant communities and their local law enforcement.

Ms Saad has even met the former President – three times – at White House events for Muslim administration members. At one event, Mr Obama gave her hardworking, immigrant family a shout-out. Later, he posed for a picture with the candidate and her mother.

While Ms Saad is undeniably a fan of Mr Obama —“I’m a groupie,” she admits — she resists the idea that they are the same.

"I think the great thing about our democracy is that we can love our elected leaders and respect them, but at the same time challenge some of the things that they've done or said,” she said.

One area where their politics differ is national security. After working with the DHS, Ms Saad said, she became convinced of the need for a more “whole of government” approach to community policing – expanding the definition of “security” to mean things like quality healthcare and access to education, too.

"I often felt like it needs to be a more integrated approach and a broader approach,” she said. She found herself wanting to tell people: "Ok, this is great, but let’s build off of it as well."

The Independent



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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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Sanaa, Yemen

A Yemeni man carrying a Kalashnikov assault rifle holds his hands out in prayer as he stands in a cemetery next to the grave of a loved one.

Source: The Guardian



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Navigating the Nouman Ali Khan Scandal 



Nouman Ali Khan 

American Professor Randy Pausch famously said, “When there’s an elephant in the room, introduce it.” So let’s talk about Nouman Ali Khan.

If you don’t know who he is, don’t worry. Two million followers on Facebook do, as do hundreds of thousands of students who benefitted from Bayyinah Institute, one of the most well-respected Arabic Studies institutions in the United States. Nouman Ali Khan is its founder and CEO.

This September 21st, he was outed on Facebook by Omer Mozaffar, Muslim Chaplain at Loyola University of Chicago and Adjunct Professor of Theology. In a post that elicited over 2500 comments in less than 24 hours since its posting, Omer wrote:

“I have been working on a case regarding my friend of twenty years, Nouman Ali Khan. He confessed inappropriate interactions with various women, violating agreed-upon bounds of Islamic law. He also told lies to cover up those relationships, and filed threats of litigation against multiple parties to further hide his misconduct. I am calling on him to focus on repentance and reform. He is jeopardizing his soul and reputation; he is tampering with the Iman of so many of the students of his courses and lectures….

In a meeting with the above scholars and myself, Nouman agreed to stop public speeches until further notice, to get professional and religious counseling, and to cease all contact with those women. I had the responsibility to determine when he would be ready to speak again. I gave him an exception, allowing him to post previously recorded lectures, so long as they were not about marriage or gender matters…

This brings us to where we are today. Nouman has now broken his agreement with us and has been sending threats against each of us through his attorney.”


full post here

Within 24 hours of Omer’s posting, Nouman Ali Khan posted a response as well. In it, he asserts his innocence and claims that enemies to himself and his family are conspiring to destroy him, and sums the situation up as follows:

“I have been divorced for nearly two years. The circumstances of my divorce are one of the most difficult and painful experiences of my life. Many rumours surrounded that event and I chose to remain silent to protect my children more than anyone else. After the passage of some time I did in fact pursue remarriage with the help of my family. Along that process I communicated with a few prospects with my family’s knowledge and consent and that has been used, distorted and manipulated way out of proportion and turned into something it isn’t. All such communications took place between consenting adults and there was nothing malicious or predatory about them. I fail to see how such interaction can render anyone a victim. These communications took place for a dignified purpose. Yet these are the communications that are being alleged as predatory.”


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In a relatively short time, the Muslim world online has been split into two camps, one that believes the accusations and one that doesn’t. Both parties are shocked, but one is an obvious majority.

Muslim Matters


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How do we deal with Hanson: Human Rights Director Shen Narayanasamy








Being White and Muslim

Islam is the religion of peace and safety  







A Turkish town became rich by honouring the poor!







Lowkey on the Dehumanisation of Muslims

British Asian World







Interview of Fatima [2 yrs] by her sister Maryam Masud








It's not a Football match.

It's a Mufti Menk program.













Why should Muslims fast on the Day of Ashura

OnePath Network







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: 29 September 2017

TOPIC"Our Qiblah" PART 2

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 September 2017

TOPIC"Rohingya Crisis - Imam Akram's Trip to the Borders of Burma"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 September 2017


IMAM: Mossad Issa











Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 September 2017


IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




Listen to the Kuthbah








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 September 2017

TOPIC“Allah says majority of mankind are ungrateful”

IMAM: Hafiz Rashid Ali




Summary by Mohideen: A very nice sermon explaining why Allah says that only a very small number of his slaves are grateful (shukoor). Spoke in length the quality of being grateful. He went on to explain how shukoor has a few aspects for a slave to be regarded as being appreciative and grateful. He said that there are four things to be practiced for a slave to be appreciative, these being Shukoor from the heart and mind, then shukoor from the tongue and finally shukoor by not disobeying Allah. He gave a good comparison example of a gift and how the recipient appreciates and treats that gift. He also spoke about how people think about what they don’t have rather than appreciate what they have, he warned this is how shaythan traps mankind. He said how our Prophet (pbuh) asked us to praise Allah in any condition be it good or bad. He spoke about how the horse was obedient to his master and goes into the thick of the battle (surah Al Adiyat) and questioned what does the horse get for this obedience? Finally, he wrapped up saying how Allah works in complex ways and anyone who thinks he can work against Allah’s system is foolish. 



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Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive 


SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom.

The change, which will take effect in June 2018, was announced in a royal decree read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington. The decision highlights the damage that the ban on women driving has done to the kingdom’s international reputation and its hopes for a public relations benefit from the reform.

Saudi leaders also hope the new policy will help the economy by increasing women’s participation in the workplace. Many working Saudi women spend much of their salaries on drivers or must be driven to work by male relatives.

“It is amazing,” said Fawziah al-Bakr, a Saudi university professor who was among 47 women who participated in the kingdom’s first protest against the ban — in 1990. After driving around the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the women were arrested and some lost their jobs.

“Since that day, Saudi women have been asking for the right to drive, and finally it arrived,” she said by phone. “We have been waiting for a very long time.”

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites, is an absolute monarchy ruled according to Shariah law. Saudi officials and clerics have provided numerous explanations for the ban over the years.

Some said that it was inappropriate in Saudi culture for women to drive, or that male drivers would not know how to handle having women in cars next to them. Others argued that allowing women to drive would lead to promiscuity and the collapse of the Saudi family. One cleric claimed — with no evidence — that driving harmed women’s ovaries.

Rights groups and Saudi activists have long campaigned for the ban to be overturned, and some women have been arrested and jailed for defying the prohibition and taking the wheel.

NY Times


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Muslim surgeon stabbed outside mosque in 'hate crime' 


Dr Nasser Kurdy was attacked outside of a mosque in Altrincham

UK: A surgeon was stabbed on his way to a mosque in an apparent hate crime by attackers who shouted "abusive" comments, according to a Muslim community leader.

Dr Nasser Kurdy, 58, was taken to hospital with a stab wound to his neck following the assault outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre, in Grove Lane, in the Greater Manchester market town on Sunday evening.

He has been discharged from hospital, according to his colleague Dr Khalid Anis, a spokesman for the Altrincham & Hale Muslim Association, who said he was "very lucky".

Greater Manchester Police said two man, aged 32 and 54, were arrested within an hour of the attack, which the force is treating as a hate crime but not terrorism related.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said: "'This is a very nasty and unprovoked attack against a much-loved local man."

Police are not looking for any other suspects, he added.



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Germany bans covering the face while driving 



GERMANY: Motorists who drive with part or all of their face covered will now be fined under new traffic laws in Germany.

The German parliament’s upper house, the Bundesrat, introduced the new law to ‘ensure a driver’s identity can be determined’ if they’re caught speeding.

Anyone found with a facial covering, including carnival masks and face-obscuring hoods, will be fined €60 (£52).

But many people are interpreting this measure as being a ban on burqas and niqabs.

At the moment, the law allows head coverings such as headscarves to be worn by Muslim women when driving.

Nurhan Soykan, of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims, told Deutsche Welle: ‘Proof of this is the fact that laws are being passed in areas that don’t need to be regulated.

‘We know of no case in which a burqa or niqab wearer caused an accident that can be linked to wearing a full-body veil.’

The Transportation Ministry declined to comment on whether the legislation essentially meant a ‘burka ban’ but said: ‘The rule of law requires that only drivers can be held accountable.

‘That presumes that they can be identified.’

The German parliament has previously supported a draft law banning women working in the civil service, judiciary and military from wearing a full-face Islamic veil.

While German chancellor Angela Merkel has openly announced her support of banning full-face veils in the country ‘wherever it is legally possible’.In Bavaria, the full-face veil is already banned in schools, universities, polling stations and government offices.

The new facial ban was brought in with a number of other traffic laws, including fines for drivers who look at their mobile phones instead of the road.





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UAE psychologist to train women to 'accept being second wife' 


If a new wife is in the picture, like a child who had a new sibling, she will suffer from withdrawal symptoms, leaving her depressed, according to al-Musawi’s 'research'.


UAE: A psychologist in the UAE has developed a programme to help women accept being a second wife, comparing a woman who is angry when a man marries another to a first-born feeling left out when a new sibling is born.

Zahraa al-Musawi conducted a study to figure out why women resist their husbands marrying second, third or fourth wives, initially putting it down to jealousy. In the study, she acknowledges that a man marrying another woman would lead to anxiety, depression and anger.

Her study emphasised the analogy of a married woman being like a child; she craves attention from her husband the way a child craves attention from their parents. If a new wife is in the picture, like a child who had a new sibling, she will suffer from withdrawal symptoms, which will leave her depressed, according to al-Musawi's research.

Her solution? No, not guiding a woman to decide what she wants, and to walk away if she feels she is being wronged.

It's to teach women to "accept" the situation, and understand that her husband has every right to marry another woman.

Al-Musawi created a five-stage programme, all of which is supposed to counsel a woman and train her into "loving herself enough to submit to the situation":

1. Understanding why 'men need to marry more than one' woman

The first session is focused on "debunking" questions that naturally form in a woman's mind after she is faced with the situation of polygamy being imposed upon her. Al-Musawi seeks to address questions such as "is there something wrong with me?" and "does he not love/want me now that he has another wife?"

She claims that this session is supposed to rid the woman of her own bias against polygamy to understand and respect "the man's perspective".

2. Self-confidence

The second session focuses on the woman's self-confidence. She insists that a confident woman will be minimally fazed by her husband marrying another woman.

In this session, she aims to get rid of what she refers to as the "irrationality" that leads women to become upset when her husband marries another woman.

3. Exorcising self-blame

The third session teaches women to rid themselves of self-blame. She sets out to explain to women that her husband has not married another woman because there is anything wrong with her - rather it is simply "the course of life".

She claims that a woman who truly accepts herself will accept the situations into which her husband has put her, and that "a real woman" will not allow "external influences" to "break her home" by leaving her husband.

With this, al-Musawi brings a strong implication that a woman who resists polygamy is a woman who is insecure.

4. Seeking support

The fourth session is about seeking a form of assistance or support when the depression and anxiety gets too much, while the patient is in the process of accepting her fate.

Al-Musawi here tells women to find someone in whom to confide, and to lean on others for emotional support in the process of "adapting to this life change".

5. Ignoring 'not enough of a woman' criticisms

At times, when a man takes another wife, the first wife is usually blamed. Rumours may come out claiming that she is not a competent enough wife, or is not "woman enough" for her husband.

The fifth session is supposed to teach women to ignore such remarks and to continue moving on with her life.

For many reasons, throughout history, polygamy has historically been an attribute of Arab culture.

In August, a hashtag emerged out of Saudi Arabia calling on men to marry multiple women in order to "cure spinsterhood" in young women.

The hashtag, translating to "multiple wives cures spinsterhood" calls for men to marry more than one woman in order to stop the so-called epidemic in the rise of young women not getting married.

There are many reasons behind women not wanting to get married, from not finding a suitable partner, to not wanting a partner, to prioritising other aspects of life such as education and career.

However, according to the hashtag, being a woman and single is a condition from which women must be saved, and men must rise to the responsibility of doing so.




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Chinese police order Muslims to hand in all copies of the Koran and prayer mats or face 'harsh punishment' 



CHINA: Chinese authorities are reportedly stepping up their campaign against Muslims in the north-western region of Xinjiang.

According to sources in the region, officials have been warning neighbourhoods and mosques that ethnic minority Muslim families are being forced to hand in religious items including the Koran and prayer mats.

According to Radio Free Asia, reports have emerged from Kashgar, Hotan and other regions of similar practices starting last week.

The spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress group, Dilxat Raxit said they received a notification saying that every single ethnic Uyghur must hand in any Islam-related items from their own home.

Copies of the Koran and related items must be handed into the government authorities, and there are will be notices being broadcast via WeChat, China's most popular social media app.

According to local officials, Xinjiang authorities earlier this year, began removing all Korans published more than five years ago due to extremist content.

The Korans were taken as part of the 'Three Illegals and One Item' campaign that was underway in Xinjiang, which is against 'illegal' religious items owned by mostly Muslim Uyghurs.

This operation bans 'illegal' publicity, religious activities, religious teaching, and items believed to be tools of terrorism including flammable objects, and knives.

The Uyghur American Association said in a recent press release that China has introduced new regulations that further criminalise religious practice and belief.

The Uyghur Human Rights Project has asked China to respect international human rights standards on freedom of religion and to end the targeting of Uyghurs.

China says it is facing threats from domestic cults and radical Islam, however, critics have accused Beijing of a broader pattern of harassment, detention and abuse.



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 From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women since 9/11


Shakira Hussein



The so-called War on Terror, in its many incarnations, has always been a war with gender at its heart.


Once regarded as helpless victims waiting to be rescued, Muslim women are now widely regarded by both Muslim and non-Muslim disciplinarians as a potential threat to be kept under control.


How did this shift in attitudes come about?


Shakira Hussein explores the lives of women negotiating the hazards of the post-9/11 terrain, from volatile Afghan refugee camps and Pakistani weddings to Australian suburbia and campaigns to ‘ban the burqa’.


Her unique perspective on feminism, multiculturalism, race and religion is one that we urgently need.



Keep reading books,

but remember that a book is only a book,

and you should learn to think for yourself.

Maxim Gorky


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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

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KB says: When you receive a call that guests are coming, this recipe is quick and easy and into the oven within 10mins, and the aroma throughout the whole house will make your unexpected guests feel so welcome.




125g butter
1 cup castor sugar
3 jumbo eggs
½ cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
½  cup milk (room temperature )


1. Beat all this together in your cake mixture for 4 mins
2. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans and bake on 180deg for 20 to 25 min

Optional : Sprinkle slivered almonds on the loaf before baking


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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: The Four Ts Of Marriage - Trust, Touch, Talk, Time

One of the most challenging aspects of life is to successfully “manage” a marriage. I use the term manage because marriage is like an enterprise that directly affects many stakeholders and indirectly affects the whole world around us. Managing a marriage, like managing an enterprise, requires the skills set known as The Four Ts of Marriage - Trust, Touch, Talk and Time.

ALMIGHTY ALLAH enjoins a man and a woman in marriage, a union so beautiful in every way. Admittedly, it is not always a bed of roses. When a married couple can help each other develop the skills set required to manage their marriage, the entire family, extended family, community and the Ummah benefit. Having repetitive problems in your marriage may be a sign that one or more of the these four vital ingredients may be lacking in some way.

How To Cultivate The Four Ts, Trust, Touch, Talk and Time, in Your Marriage


1. Look your spouse in the eye when you communicate. There is no barrier when you are together. ALLAH has enjoined you in marriage and permitted you to communicate openly. Looking in the eye when communicating reaffirms trust. Trust happens when you know there is no deception, no danger. Trust happens when you feel safe with each other.

2. Listen to the reply when she/he speaks. REALLY LISTEN. Do not formulate a response while she/he is speaking. Do not interrupt. Become fully engaged. Curb your urge to correct or argue. You will have your time afterwards to respond appropriately. First LISTEN. Listening shows that you are trustworthy.

3. Protect each other’s honour. Guard it fiercely. Do not speak ill of your spouse to another person, even if that person is a close family member. Remind yourself that ALLAH is watching you if you backbite about your spouse. If the matter is serious and your spouse’s behaviour concerns you, seek appropriate guidance and professional help. Speaking ill about your spouse shows your poor character - it doesn’t fix your marriage. Keep your trust intact by not speaking ill about each other.

4. Be vulnerable with each other and respect each other’s fears and sentiments. Fear is very real to the person experiencing it. Being vulnerable with each other and discussing your fears builds your trust. You do not have to encourage it but you need to show sensitivity that it is real to the person experiencing it. Never use their vulnerabilities against your spouse. They trusted you with that sensitive information. Keep it a secret between you and guard that information. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about our new baby. It is overwhelming for both of us. I am with you all the way. I am so pleased that you are trying your very best. That is all that matters. Allah rewards efforts not results. Keep doing your best.”


5. Embrace each other daily, in private, and let your spouse know how grateful you are for your marriage. Thank your spouse regularly for being your soulmate. Expressing gratitude increases positivity in your marriage.

6. Touch your spouse’s heart by admiring or paying a compliment. Your spouse feels nice every time you compliment him/her.

7. Touch your spouse’s soul with a soulful concern, such as, “What matters to you most in life?” Understand the response given and honour those wishes. Knowing what matters most to your spouse helps you understand what you can do to fulfil his/her wishes.


8. Have a private conversation daily to check on each other. Don’t assume that if your spouse hasn’t said anything everything must be fine. Perhaps there are things that your spouse maybe bottling up or is fearful of expressing. Having a private chat can help open up your communication and strengthen your marriage.

9. Talk with gratitude and positivity. Do not bring up past arguments/ negative events when addressing a new issue. Be clear from the beginning of any discussion that the topic of discussion is to remain a specific one and you both need to respect that rule. For example, if you need to discuss the budget for your next family vacation, it is NOT advisable to talk about how the last vacation was horrible because one of you forgot to book a hotel and ended up staying with in-laws!

10. Talk with respect and understanding. Emphasize on each other’s good points. Dwelling on mistakes or negative traits will only put stress on your relationship. Instead, acknowledge that you are human hence you have your own shortcomings. Similarly, your spouse may slip every now and then too. Say sorry, forgive and move on.

11. Be mindful when you are talking about those who are important to your spouse. Speak well about the people who matter to your spouse. You may not get along with all the people who matter to your spouse and that is fine. There is no obligation to get along. However there is an obligation to show respect. If you speak ill about people who matter to him/her, it is hurtful. Causing your spouse hurt will eventually turn the relationship sour.


12. Time spent together in private must be for each other, not on gadgets and not on any other chores. Give undivided attention to each other. Multi-tasking is a wonderful skill but NOT when you are communicating with your spouse. No matter how important certain chores or tasks may seem, remember ALWAYS that your marriage is more important than any task you are concerned about.

13. Spend COUPLE TIME at least once a week where you are by yourselves for a couple of hours to share an activity you both love. This increases your compatibility.

14. Spend time with each other in glorifying ALLAH and discussing the beauty of our religion. Help each other follow ALLAH’s commandment that the husband is the guardian of the family. The wife is created equal and has different responsibilities. Following this commandment increases harmony in the home. Disharmony creeps in when these roles are reversed.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Replacing Regret With Gratitude

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Q: Dear Kareema, I have 3 primary-school aged kids and am wondering what I can do to keep them active when they’re not at school?

A: Kids need at least 60mins of physical activity daily.


I’d keep a ball or a kite, etc. in the car and head to the park whenever possible.


They may not all like the same activities, so give them choices and just go with it.

Kids love playing games – turn activities into games and they’ll want to play all day.






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Jallaludin went to buy a banana.


He asked the grocer how much it was for one banana.


Grocer: One dollar each.


Jallaludin: Can't you give it to me for 60 cents?


Grocer: For 60 cents you can get only the peel.


Jallaludin: Here is 40 cents. Keep the peel and give me the banana.


Apolitical Aphorisms

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,

it might be better to change the locks

~ Doug Larson ~


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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! Do not make unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you, but commit no excess: for Allah does not love those given to excess.

 ~ Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:87


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You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face realty.


Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.

~ Malcolm X



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

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The Islamic Council of QLD and Youth Connect QLD invites the community to join them in celebrating the success of the Logan Roos Football Club.

In their very first year of competing, the Logan Roos have won the premiership in Division 2 of the SEQ Football League.

For catering purposes, RSVP by Monday 2nd October.




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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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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


22 October


Understanding Depression: Dr Khawaja


48 Learoyd Rd, ALGESTER

0401 422 756


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

19 November


Treasures of Revelation: Science of the Quran

Al Kauthar


0438 698 328


25 November


Annual Mild-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

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

3809 4600

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(Milad un Nabi)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1439


15 April 2018





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27th Rajab 1439


1 May 2018





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15th Sha'baan 1439


17 May 2018





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1st Ramadaan 1439


11 June 2018





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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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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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