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Sunday 8 October 2017 | Issue 0674


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Step inside The Mosque Next Door in new SBS documentary series
Three-part series premieres Wednesday 8 November, 8.30pm on SBS


For many non-Muslim Australians, the mosque is shrouded in mystery, and for some, controversy. But how many Australians have ever stepped inside one? Three-part series premieres Wednesday 8 November, 8.30pm on SBS.

In an Australian TV first, cameras were given unprecedented 24-hour access into an Australian mosque for SBS’s new three-part documentary series, The Mosque Next Door.

Brisbane’s Holland Park Mosque is one of the oldest in Australia. Located near Pauline Hanson’s former electorate when she was first elected to federal parliament, the mosque has found itself in the firing line amidst growing fears from some in the wider community that Islam is contrary to the ‘Australian way of life’.

Now, the mosque throws open its doors for a look at a year in the life of the people inside – through the realities of life, love and a struggle for acceptance in modern Australia.

The series introduces cricket-loving patriarch, mosque leader Imam Uzair; his best mate and community fix-it man, Ali Kadri; and a diverse congregation, including outspoken women’s advocates Galila and her daughter Maryam, and fourth generation mosque goer, Janeth. Meet ex-bikie Robbie, who served time behind bars before converting to Islam five years ago and is now a community worker and youth mentor; and Lamisse, who turned her back on Islam in her teens but now as a young woman is reconciling her faith and identity.

The Mosque Next Door explores the tough, hot-button issues facing Muslim communities across Australia – Islamophobia, radicalism, viral online videos of extremists, terrorism-related investigations, the role of women in the mosque, and how some of the more traditional aspects of Muslim faith fit in with a modern Australian way of life.

The series also reveals the rarely seen lighter side to the community: Ali is searching for true love via a locally renowned matchmaker, and Janeth is on a mission to erect a new flagpole which has impacts on the beloved ‘MCG’ (mosque cricket ground).

As the mosque faces pressures from both inside and out, the congregation come together with community spirit, camaraderie and of course, Halal Snack Packs.

SBS Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald, said:
“The Mosque Next Door is a true Australian TV first. All-areas access to the lives of one Australian community for a year, this kind of in-depth documentary storytelling is powerful in its ability to give voice to a group of people who face constant misconceptions about their culture, religion and way of life.

“With honesty, humour, warmth and relatability, this is a program which can help break down barriers and foster understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim Australia.”

The Mosque Next Door is a Southern Pictures production, with principal funding from Screen Australia, in association with SBS and Screen Queensland.

The Mosque Next Door begins Wednesday 8 November, 8.30pm on SBS, and continues on Wednesdays. Episodes will be available after broadcast anytime, anywhere, for free via SBS On Demand.

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By Hanza Surbuland


Ali Kadri, VP of ICQ and Cameron Dick, Health Minister with the captain of the Logan Roos


On the evening of the 6th October at the Islamic College of Brisbane, there was an awards and presentation night to celebrate the success of the newly-formed Logan Roos football team. Impressively - in their very first year of competing, the Logan Roos won the premiership in Division 2 of the South East Queensland Football League. The club was established and supported as a shared initiative between the Islamic Council of QLD (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.

The event was graced by the presence of the Queensland Health Minister, the Honourable Cameron Dick MP – who discussed the importance of community harmony and integration. There was also a presentation from Sisters Support Services, an ICQ supported organisation which promoted and shared various initiatives aimed at aiding women in the community.

This well-managed and well-attended community event was conducted to acknowledge our youth on their amazing achievement. Awards were given out and the audience was informed of all the incredible on-field and off-field endeavours of the players, mangers and all associated parties who made the performance of the team so impeccable.

A key element driving these community efforts forward are the dedicated facilities at Oates Park, Woodridge. Leased from the Logan City Council, the ground is managed by ICQ. Various affiliate organisations like Sisters Support Services and Youth Connect also operate out of this venue.


We thank everyone who participated and helped organise this event. In the coming year, ICQ and Youth Connect are looking to expand their community sporting offering with 4 additional teams planned including our first Ladies Team. We hope to see our community rise from strength to strength.


Abdul Shamim Khan, coach of the team



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Naseema Mustapha has been appointed a Multicultural Community Ambassador representing South Africa at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

This is a global appointment focused on the inclusion of Australia's culturally diverse communities.


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Report by Sgt Jim Bellos


The Ipswich District Muslim community leaders were invited to a morning tea at the Yamanto Police Station.

It was an opportunity for community leaders to meet the new District Officer, Superintendent Brian Huxley (pictured right) and members of his senior management team.

District Officer, Superintendent Huxley, said in his address, that it was critical for police to build positive relationships with members of the community if they (the police) wanted to be effective at delivering their core responsibility of safety and security.


The Superintendent thanked everyone for attending the meeting and said it not only demonstrated the confidence the community had in its police, but was very respectful to the local police.

Supt. Huxley pointed out that the focus of the QPS was community safety which is underpinned by our priority to ‘Build relationships across Community’ and that it is only with the help and support of the community that we can ensure our community remains safe.

He looked forward to building stronger relationships by ensuring police and community leaders maintain an open and honest dialogue, that Ipswich police continued to respond appropriately to calls for service or security issues from the community, and through police participation in community consultative groups and supporting community events and festivals within Ipswich District.

Sergeant Jim Bellos thanked Superintendent Huxley for hosting the morning tea meeting with Muslim community leaders and acknowledged again the support from the community leadership who attended the morning tea.



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It's one of the most storied squads of the New South Wales Police Force, but Sydney GP Jamal Rifi won't be sorry to see it go.

The Lebanese community leader says Sydney's legendary Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad (or MEOCS) should "never have been established in the first place - or at least not been given such a terrible title".

"Criminals are criminals and you fight the crime itself, you don't fight the ethnic background of the crime."

Eleven years since it was first set up, MEOCS is about to slip into a new skin. It will be folded into a new, expanded and renamed squad as part of a sweeping restructure of the state's Crime Command, echoing the fate of the Asian crime squad, which was dissolved in 2014.

Rifi will not be alone in celebrating MEOCS' imminent eclipse. While supportive of the policing aims that lay behind it, he and other ethnic community leaders have long argued that it was counterproductive as a branding exercise. It alienated significant sections of a community which police needed to get onside, they say. And the name gave rise to a perverse form of peacocking among its targets.

"To be honest, I reckon it didn't help the police at all, I reckon it helped the criminals," Rifi says. "It was a badge of honour for them, they used to tattoo MEOC on themselves and, if the government had called it something like 'Unicorns', none of them would have been running around getting tattoos of unicorns."

The Sydney Morning Herald



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The Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA), hosted annually by Mission of Hope, aims to acknowledge and celebrate some of our most respected community leaders from across the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Now in its 11th year, the AMAA has established itself as a "much-anticipated and well-respected award's night, with a robust selection process t ensure that assessments of nominees are fair and transparent."

Winners from the following categories will be announced:

Woman of the Year
Man of the Year
Youth of the Year (up to 26 years old)
Role Model of the Year
Sportsperson of the Year
Professional of the Year
Event of the Year
Media of the Year
Business of the Year
Community Organisation of the Year
Best New Community Project / New Initiative
Volunteer of the Year
Creative Artist of the Year
Abyssinian Award
People’s Choice Award 2017





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The Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) and the School of Education, University of South Australia (UniSA) will launch two new and exciting on-line programs in 2018.

The programs are sure to be attractive to current and prospective Islamic school educators as well as educators of Muslim students in other schools. They are the first and only qualifications of their kind in Australia. They aim to fill a void in formal, accredited teacher training and professional learning programs.

The first program, a Master of Teaching (secondary) provides a pathway to becoming a teacher in Australia with a specialisation in Islamic pedagogy for those with a relevant undergraduate degree.

The second program, a Graduate Diploma in Education (Islamic Education) offers professional learning for existing teachers aligned with contemporary educational polices, standards and practices, within the framework of Islamic pedagogy.




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Keysar Trad says men taking on a second wife are liberating women from the spinsterhood

Keysar Trad says men have a social responsibility to take a second wife to liberate women from being spinsters.

The Islamic Friendship Association of Australia founder says women can benefit from joining a polyamorous relationship when there's a shortage of eligible men.

'If a woman is interested in him and if his wife is okay with that situation, then it becomes his duty towards society to do his bit,' he told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.

'They'll have a husband. A lot of people think about it as the man getting the benefit.

'I don't see it as the man getting the advantage. It is about a man taking up a social responsibility.'

Mr Trad, who has previously called for polygamy to be allowed in Australia to accommodate an aspect of Sharia law, now says he doesn't want the law changed to allow men to have multiple wives despite personally supporting the concept.

Instead, he wants married men to have multiple female partners at the same time, without society judging them harshly.

'Society will stigmatise the man, society has stigmatised the man a lot in these situations but what I'm saying here is the woman should not be stigmatised,' he said.

'There are a number of women who opt for these plural relationships because they give them the best of what they want out of life and they still have the benefit of a relationship.'

Mr Trad, who was previously president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, told his Facebook followers husbands who took second wives were mature men doing their bit for women.

'Few seem to get it, taking a second wife is a huge sacrifice imposed on the man and is a great liberator of women, it makes him less of a dependent child and more like a man who knows that he has a responsibility to alleviate spinsterhood,' he said.

However, Mr Trad declined to support the idea of women having multiple husbands because that was against Islam.

'There are religions that allow that. Good luck to them. My religion doesn't,' he said.

Polyandry, where women can have multiple husbands, is practised in remote villages in India.

Mr Trad is also a Muslim leader campaigning against gay marriage as Australians take part in a $122 million postal vote survey on the issue.

His wife Hanifeh last year insisted she would not mind if her husband married another woman, saying she has no right to stand in his way.

He told the Seven Network the law should be changed in Australia to allow men to have up to four wives.

Daily Mail UK



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Lagos, Nigeria

Worshippers reflected in water as they perform the Eid al-Adha prayer at the city’s central mosque.


Source: The Guardian



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Request to Lead International Initiative to Solve Myanmar’s Rohingya Problem: Letter to the Minister 
By Prof Shahjahan Khan 



Prof Shahjahan Khan 

Respected Hon Julie Bishop:

Warmest greetings from Toowoomba, Queensland.

I thank you and the Australian Government for supporting the plight of Rohingyas in Myanmar and over half a million refugees in Bangladesh. Unfortunately, Australian Government was behind weakening the recent United Nations (UN) resolution in criticism of Myanmar. However, the UN has correctly referred the barbaric act of the Myanmar Government forces as a `textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and many world leaders have called it a genocide.

Like many Australians and others, I fully share your assessment of the grave situation in Rakhine state of Myanmar and fear of dangerous radicalization of humiliated, stateless and desperate Rohingyas. As reported by ABC, you have correctly said, "We are deeply concerned that the persecution of a significant group of Muslim Rohingyas will be used by ISIS and other terrorist groups as part of their narrative to take up arms and to fight against the West. That's why this Myanmar situation must be resolved. There's got to be a political resolution but in the meantime, the humanitarian disaster needs our full attention."

I hope you will translate your words in to actions, and as a regional leader and protector of Human Rights, Australia would now act to stop the humanitarian disaster and help solve the ongoing crisis in Myanmar by forcing Ms Aung San Suu Kyi’s Government to comply with the Universal Charter of Human Rights and prevent “silent genocide” of Rohingya people. 




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Message for Bachar Houli From his Fans and Supporters




The Richmond premiership hero talks about his family



BACHAR Houli became the first Muslim player to win an AFL premiership on Saturday at the MCG, with the attacking defender playing a starring role as Richmond romped to its first flag in 37 years.

Houli, 29, received the second-most votes for the Norm Smith Medal after gathering 25 disposals and kicking a goal – thriving as the Tigers' predominant 'set-up man' from defence in the club's 48-point win over Adelaide.






Meet Habeeb

Nadia Presents: BBC Look North


Habeeb is a son of a…….?! Convert! What were you thinking? Yes, we often hear from those who converted/reverted (let’s not bicker about terminology), however rarely do we hear from those who are if you like, 2nd generation White British Muslims.

Habeeb’s mum and dad are as English as they come, his dad’s a white ginger haired chap, born and bred in London and his Mum attended an all-girls school in Chelmsford. They met in the 70’s having asked many life questions and subsequently researched the faith only to find it had all the answers. They converted, married, then had 5 beautiful children.

Habib finds no conflict between his English ethnicity, British social values and Islamic faith. They literally go hand in hand. People are often shocked when they learn he’s Muslim however because his image gives little to no clues. Walking down the street, you could easily mistake him as a John, Mike or Richard. There’s a lesson there I suppose, there is no stereotype of what a Muslim could be or should be.

What’s most beautiful to me, is his unapologetic love, passion and respect for his faith. It's like it oozes out of him, that and his cool, quirky vintage vibe. To me, he represents what the future of British Islam will look like in the UK.

White, cool and Muslim.










Saudi Arabia announced 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. Meet one of the brave activists who made this happen.






These Muslim Women Are Designing Their Own Narrative

Islam is the religion of peace and safety 







Has Saudi Arabia lost the plot?

Cii Radio












Qiyamul Lail: Purification of the Heart - Ustad Ahmed Ouf

Slacks Creek Mosque










Allah (swt) should be your focus

MAS-ICNA Annual Convention








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: 6 October 2017

TOPIC"Our Qiblah"  PART 3

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 6 October 2017

TOPIC"Reading & Understanding The Quran"

IMAM: Ikram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 6 October 2017

TOPIC: "Family establishment in Islam: Its importance & fruits"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 6 October 2017

TOPIC: "Disbelievers listening to the Quran"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Junaid spoke about how the enemies of Islam Abu Jahal and his companions was secretly listening to the recitation of the Quran by the Prophet (pbuh). They would listen to the Quran until day break and how all four companions of Abu Jahal when leaving will bump into each other and question each other and how they take a vow not to listen. But the following night all four secretly come to listen to the Quran despite the vow. How finally they meet and discuss about the Quran and how they understand some of the things said and how they do not understand some other things in the Quran.

He said how one companion was about to accept Islam/emaan but was stopped by Abu Jahal. He spoke about how Muslims are not grateful of the emaan we have got. He spoke about the Christian ruler of the Roman empire having continuous headache and how he sent someone to Madina to get medication from hazrat Umar. He said how a Sahabi (Abu Talha) erected a tent near a grave to rest and how he heard the Quran recitation coming from a grave, he went to the Prophet (pbuh) and told him about this and asked what is this about.
He asked how much of the Quran we read and what is our position regarding the Quran. He spoke about the character of hazrat Umar and how even Gandhi praised Umar. He concluded by explaining how the current welfare system of the west is copied from what hazrat Umar implemented under his leadership.


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 6 October 2017

TOPIC“Connect yourself with Allah Almighty”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




Summary by Mohideen: Spoke about what the Prophet (pbuh) told his sahaba’s as to how Allah will ultimately give a believer who has not adhered to his religion but has an atom of emaan, Jannah and went on to tell the story of how the last person to enter Jannah will plead with Allah to take him out of Hell Fire and place him in a lower punishment area and how this person promises Allah that he will not ask for anything else.

He continued with this story and said how this person broke his promise many times and was pleading with Allah until he, the last person was admitted to Jannah and his Jannah was ten times bigger than this world. The Prophet (pbuh) mentions how valuable is this emaan and how merciful is Allah that because of this emaan Allah is granting Jannah.

He said as Muslims we must say Alhamdulillah for this emaan. Imam further said that how the Prophet (pbuh) said that if one starts his business with haram things like gambling and interest and runs after the Oxens that means one is engaged with this Dunya and forgotten Allah. He also explained the word Jihard and quoted examples of Jihard. He concluded stating why Muslims today are being humiliated and told that this will not be reversed until Muslims get back to their original Deen.  



Past Kuthba recordings





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Southwest airlines passenger dragged off flight over dog allergies claims racial profiling 



A professor who was filmed being dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight in Maryland says she believes she was a victim of racial profiling.

US: Anila Daulatzai, who is Muslim, said on ABC's Good Morning America she was mistreated after she told the crew on a September 26 flight to Los Angeles she was allergic to dogs in the cabin.

She said the crew initially agreed she could sit far away from the dogs, but later told her they were concerned about her being on the plane altogether.

Southwest Airlines said Professor Daulatzai told flight attendants the allergy was life-threatening and asked for the dogs to be removed from the plane.

She could not provide medical certification of her condition and was subsequently asked to deplane at which time the police were forced to intervene, the airline said.

But Professor Daulatzai insisted she repeatedly and calmly explained her allergy was not life-threatening and was content once she was positioned in a seat towards the rear of the plane.

"I said, 'It's not life-threatening at all'," she told ABC America.

"They just didn't trust me."

Professor Daulatzai said she believed she was discriminated against because she was "a brown woman with a hoodie".

She also revealed on the program she was two months' pregnant.

In a statement, Professor Daulatzai's lawyers said she was, "profiled, interrogated, detained, and subjected to false reporting and the trauma of racist, vitriolic public shaming precisely because she is a woman, a person of colour, and a Muslim".

"Despite trying to convince the crew that she would be completely fine on the plane, she was asked by another Southwest representative to leave the plane," the statement read.

"Shortly thereafter [officers] pulled her from her seat by her belt loop, dragged her through the aisle, exposed with torn pants, and humiliated her for the world to see in a now-viral video.

"The Maryland Transportation Authority Police [MDTA] later disparaged her, accused her of lying about her pregnancy, and made racist remarks about immigrants."

Professor Daulatzai said since the incident she had received hate mail, "including racist messages and threats of further violence". 

ABC News


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Austrian ban on full-face veil in public places comes into force 



AUSTRIA: Legislation banning full-face Muslim veils in public spaces has gone into effect in Austria.

The government says the law, which says faces must be visible from the hairline to the chin, is about protecting Austrian values.

It comes ahead of a general election later this month which could see gains by the far-right Freedom Party.

Muslim groups have condemned the law, saying just a tiny minority of Austrian Muslims wear full-face veils.

The law bans Muslim veils such as the burka or niqab, but also places restrictions on the use of medical face masks and clown makeup.

An estimated 150 women wear the full burka in Austria but tourism officials have expressed fears that the measures will also deter visitors from the Gulf.

France and Belgium introduced a burka ban in 2011 and a similar measure is currently going through the Dutch parliament.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the full-face veil should be prohibited in Germany "wherever it is legally possible". The UK does not ban the niqab or burka. 



RELATED ARTICLE: Austria face veil ban 'criminalises Muslim women'


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New Zealand election: full results give Labour boost and nation its first refugee MP 


Golriz Ghahraman, who has been elected as a Greens MP in the 2017 New Zealand election. The full results have handed Labour and the Greens an extra seat each


NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand will gets its first ever refugee MP. Golriz Ghahraman arrived in the country as a nine-year-old from Iran, and studied human rights law at Oxford University and worked for the UN as a lawyer.

Ghahraman told Fairfax New Zealand she was “excited and really, really humbled”.

“I feel a sense of responsibility to the thousands of volunteers that helped me get here but also to everyone around the world who has reached out since I became a candidate,” she said. “Being someone from the Middle East making it to parliament is gratifying,” the daughter of Iranian political asylum seekers said.

“We get to stand as a counterpart to the politics of Trumpism and division and hate and Brexit, and I’m really proud of that.”  



The Guardian


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Muslim woman saved burning man's life using Islamic robe to put out flames as he screamed for help 



UAE: Jawaher Saif Al Kumaiti, 22, was driving home after visiting a friend in hospital when she saw two trucks on fire - and heard the victim shouting for someone to save him

A Muslim woman used an Islamic robe to save a burning man’s life when he caught fire - by using it to put out the flames.

Jawaher Saif Al Kumaiti was driving home after visiting a friend in hospital when she saw two trucks burst into flames - and heard the victim shouting for someone to save him.

One of the drivers, believed to be Harkirit Singh, managed to escape from his burning vehicle - but not before his clothes caught fire.

The quick-thinking woman, who is just 22, persuaded her friend who was a passenger to take off her abaya cloak - a robe-like dress worn by some Muslim women - then leaped out of the car and used it to put out the flames.



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Founder of world’s most popular Islamic website Sh Munajjid detained in new Saudi arrest spree 



SAUDI ARABIA: According to the advocacy Twitter page, ‘Mu’taqilī al-Ra’ī‘ or ‘Prisoners of Conscience’, Saudi authorities have arrested the world-renowned scholar of Syrian heritage and Saudi residence, Sheikh Muhammad Saleh al-Munajjid after a systematic social-media campaign against him. The account, which is dedicated to determining those arrested due to their religious or political views inside the Kingdom confirmed the arrest of the Sheikh on the 18th of September 2017.

In recent weeks, Saudi authorities have arrested scores of scholars and activists in what is seen as a significant shift in internal policy led by Crown-Prince Mohammad bin Salman.


The measures have been dubbed by some as a precursor to introducing more secular-leaning laws. Sheikh Salman al-Awda, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Amri, were also amongst those arrested in a less recent spree.

57-year-old Sheikh al-Munajjid has studied under some of Saudi Arabia’s most celebrated scholars of recent times including Sheikh Muhammad ibn Uthaymeen, Sheikh Abdullah ibn Jibreen, Sheikh Saleh al-Fawzan, Sheikh Nasser al-Albani, and others.


He has written over 14 books, and set up the landmark religious verdict website in 1996, running it until present. He is also the supervisor of eight other Islamic websites under the umbrella, the supervisor of the educational Zad group and delivers countless lectures, sermons and courses.  



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KB says: Now this is really close to the authentic Indian butter chicken dish which is finger licking good.

 Mumbai Butter Chicken


Boneless chicken simmered in butter and rich creamy tomato sauce


Step 1
500g Boneless chicken cut into pieces approx. 1 inch.
First marinade
1 Tab. lemon juice
1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chili powder
Salt to taste
Apply the marinade to the chicken and refrigerate for approx. half an hour

Step 2
Second marinade
½ cup
(Hang the yogurt in a muslin cloth for fifteen to twenty minutes to remove extra water)
2 teaspoons ginger paste and
2 teaspoons garlic paste
½ tsp red Kashmiri chili powder
½ tsp garam masala powder
2 tsp mustard oil
½ tsp Salt
Combine the above and add to chicken and refrigerate for a few hours, even overnight.

2 Tab Butter
2 cloves cardamom
2 black peppercorns
a piece cinnamon stick,
1 tsp of ginger paste
1 tsp. garlic paste
½ cup tomato purée
½ tsp red chili powder
½ cup of water
Salt to taste
1 tab. sugar
¼ tsp. powdered kasoori methi (powdered fenugreek leaves)
½ cup fresh cream

To make the gravy

Heat the butter in a non-stick pan, add the cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon.
sauté for two minutes, then add the ginger and garlic pastes and sauté for two minutes.
Add the tomato puree, red chili powder, salt and half cup of water.
Bring the mixture to a boil, reducing the heat and simmer for ten minutes. Lastly add the sugar and powdered kasoori methi and mix in well.


Method to cook chicken

1. Preheat the oven to 200C
2. String the chicken pieces onto skewers and cook in the preheated oven or a moderately hot tandoor for ten to twelve minutes or until almost done.
3. Baste with the butter and cook for another two minutes. Remove and set aside.
4. Add the cooked tandoori chicken pieces into the gravy and allow to simmer for five minutes and lastly add the fresh cream.
Best served hot with Naan and Paratha



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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: Replacing Regret With Gratitude

The Reality Of Regret
To regret is to wish that you had something other than what you have now. It is to spend the present moment wishing it was different. It is human nature to dwell on thoughts that start with ‘What-if’ or ‘I wish I had’.

Regrets can quickly turn into a default setting in the mind if you are not aware of your present moment. Your moment right now is your moment to design your life in a way that will serve your purpose. Moments spent in regret do not serve your purpose - they hold you back and before you know it, a vicious cycle of regrets becomes your default setting. You lose sight of your present moment and forget to appreciate the beauty and serenity of surrendering to ALLAH’s plans for you.

Let us transform ourselves right this moment and cultivate a mindset which replaces regret with absolute gratitude..

How To Replace Regret With Gratitude

1. Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all that HE has already given you. Write down a list of everything you are blessed with.
2. Now, Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all the lessons you have learnt from past experiences, negative and positive.
3. Replace all what-if statements with “Alhumdolillah”.
4. Avoid comparing your life with someone else’s. Your unique abilities and experiences make you different from the rest of the world. Focus on your soulful connection with ALLAH. Increase your own ibaadah and good deeds. DOn’t worry about who is saying what and who is doing what. Focus on your deeds, your thoughts, your words.
5. Daily positive affirmations. Consciously choose positive words when talking about your situation. The more you affirm your life positively, the more positive outcomes arise from situations. Refer to examples below:



Someone wise once said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Are You Being Of Service?

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Take some time to educate yourself and others about breast cancer.


It is important to remember that men can also be affected by the disease.

Mammograms are strongly encouraged for women as they get older.

Those with a family history of cancer should have regular checks as well.

Teaching yourself how to self-examine is essential in detecting breast cancer.

While there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, there are ways we can reduce our risk:

- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Be physically active
- Enjoy a healthy diet




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Mula Nasruddin Jr was in a bus eating a chocolate, then he took another one and then another ...

Jallaludin, who was sitting next to him, said: "Do you know that too much of it will damage your teeth?"

Mula Nasruddin Jr: "My grandfather lived for 132 years"

Jallaludin: "Was it because of eating chocolate?"

Mula Nasruddin Jr: "No, he was always minding his own business!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week



"As for man, when his Lord tries him through giving him honour and blessings, he says: 'My Lord is bountiful to me.' But when He tries him through restricting his subsistence, he says: 'My Lord has humiliated me.'

"Nay! But you did not show kindness to the orphan, nor did you encourage each other in feeding the poor. Greedily you lay your hands on the inheritance of the weak, and you love wealth with all your hearts.

"Nay! You should know, when the earth will be pounded to powder, your Lord will come, with angels standing in ranks, hell shall be brought in sight. On that Day man will remember his deeds, but how is that remembrance going to profit him?

"He will say: 'Alas! Would that I had sent forth some good deeds for this life of mine.'"  

 ~ The Holy Quran, 89:15-24


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 "O God! If I worship You for fear of Hell, burn me in Hell!


If I worship You in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise.

But if I worship You for Your Own sake, Deny me not Your everlasting Beauty."

~ Rabia al Basri (d.801)



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

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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

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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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Update as at October 2017

Construction of the Cultural Centre (Dawah & Youth Centre) is progressing well.

The walls for the second floor have already been erected and very soon they will be working on the roof.

We still need donations to fund this construction.


Please donate generously.




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. …….



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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


Islamic Super, Investments, Finance Workshop

Muslim Business Council (MBC) & Hejaz Financial Services

IWAQ Events Hall, 11 Watland St, SPRINGWOOD

0422 191 675

4pm to 6pm

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

12 November


CIQ & Police Football Challenge

Sgt Jim Bellos


0433 633 222


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

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











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