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Sunday 15 October 2017 | Issue 0675


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Through the We Are Queensland grants program, the Queensland Government supports Queenslanders to be more involved in their communities, "encouraging a society where everyone is respected and welcome to make a positive and valued contribution to the community."


Amongst this year's 2017-2018 recipients are the following organizations and projects:


Crescents of Brisbane Inc.

Connecting and Communicating through Coding


Young boys and girls, together with their parents, from different faith and ethnic groups will come together in mixed teams to develop ideas for software applications guided by mentors.


Islamic Society of Central Queensland

National Mosque Open Day 2017


The National Mosque Open Day is an initiative run by the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) and proudly supported by the Department of Social Services. This event saw a number of mosques around the country opening their doors to the wider Australian public.


Islamic Women's Association of Australia

Parenting between Cultures


Parenting Between Cultures is a tailored parenting program for Muslim parents that helps to prevent young people from being involved in anti-social behaviour. The program which will be provided in Toowoomba and Logan City, offers a venue for parents and carers to get together and share parenting experiences and tools in a safe and non-judgmental manner.


Townsville Islamic Society

Intercultural Food Share: Celebrating Townsville Multicultural Unity in Diversity


An intercultural Foods for Unity workshop to build unity and inclusiveness between cultural groups.




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Imam Imraan Husain

Imam Imraan Husain has accepted a position at the Australian international Islamic College Gold Coast Campus in Carrara.

“After much discussion with my immediate family I have decided to take up the contract with the school because I believe the focus should be on teaching the youth and the best place to do this will be at the school,” Imam Husain told CCN.

“I have enjoyed my years here and the committee members have been supportive at all times,” he told his Friday congregation.

Imam Husain has been the Imam of the Gold Coast Mosque for the past 12 and a half years during which time he has done much to dispel myths about Islam and interact with the wider community.



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At the celebration of Multicultural Achievements in Queensland Parliament, Brisbane with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk were (l to r) Dr Mustafa Ally, Imam Yusuf Peer, Prof Shahjahan Khan, Mr Abdul Celil Gelim.



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Australian International Academy students choir

Young Australian Muslims are invited to participate in the Sounds of Light 2017 Talent Quest, which accompanies the Sounds of Light Charity Concerts.

The internationally-recognised Sounds of Light Charity Concert (SOL) is the biggest event on the calendar of the Australian Muslim community. With destinations nationwide, SOL is an event that brings Muslim communities together for an evening of delightful entertainment to benefit orphans and disadvantaged children overseas. Over the span of ten years, SOL has attracted more than 50,000 attendees in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney as well as Auckland in New Zealand, resulting in the incredible sponsorship of more than 7,000 orphans around the world.

This year SOL concerts will be held in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane between 23rd and 27th November. Multi-Platinum artist Maher Zain from Sweden will make his awaited return to Australia along with comedian Preacher Moss from the US and the distinguished singer Adel Elmshiti from Libya. Imam Suhaib Webb from US will be the guest speaker and Dr. Omer Turkmen from Turkey will be the Quran reciter And from the UK, sensational young talent Harris J will also be entertaining the audience.

The Sounds of Light 2017 Talent Quest is an initiative of the newly established division Human Appeal Australia Community Care (HAACC) as part of its youth development program. HAACC uses the performing and creative arts to give young people the platform to realise their potential and contribute to a sense of identity, self worth and belonging, helping to motivate and prepare them to contribute towards positive social change.

This competition is a fantastic opportunity for young Australian Muslims to perform alongside well-known artists like Maher Zain, Adel Elmshiti, Preacher Moss and Harris J. The finalists will be rewarded with prizes and the opportunity to be part of the Human Appeal Leadership Alumni Program.

Mr Bashar Al-Jamal, the Director of Human Appeal Australia, said: “The primary aim of the Talent Quest is to engage Muslim school-aged children and youth from minority and refugee backgrounds, helping to promote wellbeing and social cohesion through the arts. We believe all young people have the potential and are capable of great achievement if given the opportunity.”

Young artists aged 5-19 must submit video entries by Sunday 12th of November 2017. Solo performers, groups, schools and youth organisations are invited to join the competition with any talent, in any language or genre under the following categories:

• Age Groups: 5-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-19 years
• Solo, Group, Choir or School performers
• Quran recitation, Nasheed, Value-Driven Songs,
• Spoken Word, Poetry, Stand-Up Comedy, Drama Plays
• Filmmaking and Martial Arts

Video audition entries must be submitted here.

Finalists will be selected to perform at the Sounds of Light 2017 Charity Concerts which will be held in the following cities:

• Perth: Thursday 23 November 2017
• Adelaide: Friday 24 November 2017
• Sydney: Saturday 25 November 2017
• Melbourne: Sunday 26 November 2017
• Brisbane: Monday 27 November 2017


Harris J and Sounds of Light Talent Quest performers

Maher Zain and Isra Zahraman Sounds of Light Concert 2011

Rayana Ajam, Jamal El Sankari and Hajar Al Moussawi



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David Forde will be undertaking a 10km swim + 100km cycle to provide urgently needed shelter and food security for displaced and desperate Rohingya persons on the Myanmar / Bangladesh border.

The challenge? For every $2,000 donated through Human Appeal Australia, David will swim 1km, up to 10km for a total of $20,000. Immediately after, if in excess of $20,000 is raised, he will cycle 10km for every $2,000 raised, up to 100km. His aim is to raise $40,000 and complete the 10km swim / 100 cycle in 11 hours on Friday 24 November 2015

Donations will support food and shelter security as such: $20 provides a food parcel for a family; $25 provides clothing for a family; $100 provides a tent shelter and utensils for a family and $500 for a water well. Tax-deductible donations to Human Appeal: CBA BSB 062191 – A/C 0090 3948. Reference your name and “DF Challenge”

For further information and receipts contact Imam Akram Buksh on 0431 201 164 or David Forde on 0413 874 008 and visit the Facebook page.


Latest figures from the UN are that 500,000 Rohingya men, women and children have been forced from their homes and 1.2 million are impacted. The best way to immediately support displaced persons is through food and shelter security



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By Osamah Sami

My film is Australia’s first Muslim romcom. I hope it will give the senator a more positive perspective on our lives


Osamah Sami came to Australia as a refugee at the age of 12, and now stars opposite Helana Sawires in Ali’s Wedding.

G’day, Senator Hanson,

Don’t be alarmed: I’m a peaceful Osamah – and pretty much an assimilated one. I say “pretty much” because while firing up a barbie is now an instinctive summer tradition, I still favour baklava over beer, and hummus over ham.

I’d love to invite you, and members of your staff, to my film Ali’s Wedding, which is showing in cinemas nationally at the moment. It’s a feel-good romantic comedy set in my community: a Muslim Iraqi community in Melbourne.

The film has already won audiences over across this beautiful continent; we won the audience award for best film at the Sydney film festival, and came runner up at the Melbourne film festival. We’ve also won critics’ and jury prizes, which is super exciting for someone like me – especially since I came to Australia as a refugee at the age of 12, illiterate in English.


I couldn’t speak or write a word back then and, 20 years later, here is a film which I co-wrote with the screenwriting legend Andrew Knight. It’s surreal, and it’s thanks to the opportunities this country has given me to thrive and pursue my passion.

The story is based on my life. I grew up in Iran during the eight-year war with neighbour Iraq. My parents were Iraqis, which meant as an Arab I was an outsider in Iran – even though dad was fighting for the Iranians, against his birthplace. Iran had given him shelter when he escaped Saddam Hussain’s brutal regime and he felt indebted to the country which had protected him. That in turn instilled an eternal love for Australia in me, as I saw it as the place which gave me and my family sanctuary when we eventually fled the war.

Ali’s Wedding is a migrant story, and opens up the doors for many in the wider society to access a side of the Aussie narrative that has limited exposure in our culture and pop culture. When I open the newspaper, the only time I see myself reflected is whenever an Abdul or an Ahmed has committed a sinister crime; my film is a tiny step towards reflecting a brighter world for us. And I want to bring you into that world; I want you to see how much of it is the same as yours.

Many audiences have commented that once they are watching the film, they forget that all the main characters are Muslim. I think it’s because audiences have connected emotionally with the film’s universal themes of love, family and duty – themes that don’t discriminate against faith or skin colour.

The night Ali’s Wedding screened at the Sydney’s state theatre, in front of a film festival audience of 2,000, a 21-year-old girl came up to me and said: “Hey Ali,” – (I didn’t correct her) – “I’m Ukrainian, and Jewish ... ”

I waited nervously.

“ … and, umm, that, was my story.”

I was speechless.

After another screening, an elderly Iraqi was telling me it was his story, when his daughter smiled and said: “Don’t listen to Dad – you and I know the film is my story.”

Even the Anglos are in. Here’s one of many from Twitter:



I hope my film will give you a different, more positive perspective of our lives. Better yet, it’s a comedy – the only reference to “Bombers” is about the AFL footy team. It’s a political film, without the politics – and I guarantee you’ll leave the cinema with a smile on your face.

Critics have compared Ali’s Wedding to iconic films like Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding and The Castle – and for a Muslim Australian story to be included alongside this classic canon is extremely humbling. More importantly, it emphasises that the Muslim Australian story is just an Australian story.

I know you are very busy, but I hope you accept this invitation. I’m confident that it will be worth your while and give you much needed, relaxing, entertaining down time.



• Osamah Sami is the co-writer and star of Ali’s Wedding


Source: The Guardian



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A bit over a year ago I started the Muslimah Society at The University of Queensland because I felt that there was a need to create a safe space and a platform for young Muslim women to express themselves.


The aim of the society was to foster confidence and strength in young women, to pursue their life goals and most importantly the aim was to build a network and a community of like minded individuals that would seek to empower and inspire one another.


One of the most important goals was to be welcoming towards people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds as part of the social fabric of this society and also to create interfaith dialogue in order to breakdown the stereotypes and misconceptions about Muslims.

For me Muslimah has been a journey. A bumpy road full of rocks and road obstructions and also surprises. I chose to focus on the surprises because it gave me access to different roads leading to better opportunities that would help extend my vision and passion. I was willing to the take the risks. It wasn't easy.

So this year on behalf of Muslimah, I was invited to speak at the International Women's Day Panel about creating change hosted by the One Women Project. It was a huge honour to be able to represent Muslim woman on this great platform.


Then a couple of months later, I was approached by Tamara Richardson who is the founder and director of PACE48 and she provided me with the opportunity to go with 5 Australians back to my home country - Pakistan, to create inter-cultural dialogue between the two countries.


I am now a part of PACE48 executive team as the Brisbane coordinator. In my stay there I was honoured to Tanzila Khan who is an absolutely inspiring woman that has empowered countless youth by her work in Pakistan and all over the world. I was able to speak at the panel on interfaith harmony at the International Conference in Pakistan alongside Hindus, Sikhs and Christians. We visited a Girls Highschool and conducted a PACE48 workshop and seeing the ambition in their eyes to fulfil their goals inspired me to do more.

Saalihah Seedat Aunty approached me last year after 'Meal with Muslimah.' She runs her own personal development NGO Empowerology Plus and she loved the vision of the society and helped to strategise it and make it professional this year. I would personally like to acknowledge and thank these people for making a huge impact in my life and for strengthening Muslimah as a student club.

Next year, I want see other young women take on leadership roles and get opportunities where they can grow and push themselves out of their comfort zones. I want to see a different president, a new team that has commitment, integrity and passion and for all of them to make it their personal journeys too, just like I did. This society is about creating tolerance, respect and ambition in our communities. Anyone can be part of the executive team and everyone can join as members! This is our strength - diversity.



I am running for the UQ Academic Board undergraduate position. I believe that we need people of diverse cultural backgrounds in these positions in order to enhance the representation of all UQ students.

I am a third year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in International Relations and Political Science. I have a varied history of representing undergraduate students on campus from 2015 – 2017. In my first year, I was the UQ Pakistani Students Association Events Organizer. In my second year, I was the UQ United Nations Student Association Education Director, Humanities and Social Services BA Student Representative. I am the founder and current president for the UQ Muslimah Student Society. Therefore, throughout my degree I have been able to represent students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds at UQ and this is an opportunity for me to take it further by advising the senate and vice chancellor on relevant issues that affect you.


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Ahmed Fahour

Former Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour is set to become executive chairman of packaging group, Pro Pac.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, he takes up the role on October 27.

It is a step up from his non-executive chairman position at the business, which is 49% owned by Raphael Geminder, brother-in-law of Australian billionaire Anthony Pratt.

Last month Pro Pac acquired packaging manufacturer IPG for $177.5 million — twice the market value of Pro Pac at the time. Investors will vote on the deal the day before Farbour starts.

Pro Pac said Farhour will help “to assist with the merger of Integrated Packaging Group and transitioning of the company to a major international flexible packaging manufacturer and distributor”.

His remuneration has not been disclosed.

While at Australia post, Fahour received a $5.6 million pay packet with some saying he was the world’s most expensive postie.

Fahour tendered his resignation in February after prime minister Malcolm Turnbull criticised the executive’s pay, saying the remuneration was “too high”.

He left the company with a payout of $10.8 million, boosted by bonuses.


Source: Business Insider



Why Australia Post's CEO was worth every cent of his $5.6 million salary
By Jenna Price, an academic at the University of Technology Sydney and a Fairfax columnist.

Here's a riddle.

Q: What does it cost to achieve pay equity in an organisation?

A: $5.6 million

That's what Ahmed Fahour earned a year as chief executive officer of Australia Post. And his legacy is worth far more than that to the women at Australia Post, which this week reported a zero gender pay gap for the first time across the enterprise.

Fahour was as aggressive in pursuing improvements for women in his workplace as he was in pursuing remuneration – and that should be applauded.

It's a challenge few other chief executives pursue with any enthusiasm. Instead, they meet the dead gaze of boards and senior management who bang on about "merit", as if that concept had any objective meaning. Merit is code for wanting someone who looks just like you do.


What advice does Smith-Gander have for leaders who think they want to make change in their organisations?

Ring Ahmed Fahour. Ask him how he did it.




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Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan children ride on a swing on the first day of the holiday.


Source: The Guardian



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Racism & the big change 
By Usman Khawaja 



Usman Khawaja 

I didn’t give it much thought at first.

‘I could have played for Australia, but I didn’t get selected because I was black/Indian/Pakistani, so I stopped playing.’
I’ve heard that story all my life, whether it was from a family friend or just a random bloke.

When I was younger I used to think, ‘Sure, sure, that’s what everyone says.’

But after hearing this literally a hundred times over many, many years, I started to think, ‘Wait a minute. Maybe there is more to this. Where there is smoke, there is fire.’

Obviously, someone saying they could’ve, would’ve, should’ve played for Australia could be a stretch. I could say, ‘If I studied even harder at school I could have been a rocket scientist’, but no one can know for sure and that’s not true on my part.

But what is important is the sadness, hate and anger I’ve heard in some of the voices of the people who have told these stories.

Those who have been discriminated, racially vilified or segregated because of their race, colour or religion.

They truly believed the door was closed to them.



I came to Sydney from Pakistan in the early 1990s. I was almost five. We were crammed in a rented two-bedroom apartment near the city on Cook Road in Centennial Park with my parents, Tariq and Fozia, and two brothers, Nauman and Arsalan, for about five years.

They were old apartments and not big enough for three people, let alone five. But we made do, and for me it was the norm. We had massive Centennial Park literally across the road so going over with my brothers for some cricket was easy. Except initially they never let me play because I was too young. My brothers are ten and seven years older than me respectively, so I had some catching up to do.

I didn’t know any English when I arrived. My kindy teacher figured that out first day when she apparently asked me how I was. My Mum was next to me and in my clear Urdu I asked her, ‘What’s she saying?’, or so the story goes.

I actually have no idea how I communicated with my friends initially but I made lots of friends really quickly. And by all accounts after six months I was fluent in English. I also learned about Killer Pythons at the corner store, which I’d forced my Mum to buy me once a week.

We lived five minutes from the Sydney Cricket Ground which was great! We used to wait outside the gates during one-day internationals, because near the end they would open them up and we could go in free of charge. Tickets were too expensive and on days where the ground was packed we wouldn’t get in.

The highlight was probably when I saw a flash new red Ferrari drive past our apartment block. When I looked inside it was non-other than Michael Slater! I couldn’t believe my luck. How good was Australia!

Then my Dad, who worked as an IT architect, had the means to buy a bigger place for the family way out west in a suburb called Erskine Park, not too far from Penrith. So we moved.






Muslim western communities must work harder to protect the vulnerable
By Dr H A Hellyer


Dr H A Hellyer is a senior nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC and the Royal United Services Institute in London.

No one loses any legitimate right in the presence of leadership, but everyone loses when such leadership is absent, writes HA Hellyer

Over the past few weeks, the English-speaking Muslim internet sphere has virtually exploded over allegations that a prominent American preacher, Nouman Ali Khan, has acted inappropriately with women. There was no suggestion of legal improprieties that would have indicated a crime had been committed.


But the episode raises serious questions for the Muslim community of the United States in particular, but much wider issues around accountability, ethics, and community leadership. With the controversy continuing to raise conversations not simply among Muslim western communities, but also spreading far beyond into the mainstream press, the questions aren’t going to be disappearing anytime soon.


And the jury is still out on whether or not Muslim western communities will be able to effectively address them.

The controversy isn’t simply about Khan, however. To reduce this episode to simply one religious figure would be to miss the point entirely. There is a much larger issue, one that transcends the accusations against Khan. There are a number of other preachers who have already been accused of improprieties, from different followings within the Muslim community. Moreover, most importantly of all, the issue of redressing abuses against victims will remain, irrespective of whether Khan has engaged in any indiscretions.

The nature of such indiscretions, however, is that they are usually not illegal and do not break fundamental human rights – if they did, then such individuals would simply be taken to court. But abuse still takes place – and abuse can be immoral, unethical and harmful, without necessarily being illegal. Victims of any ill-treatment have to be able to find recourse and hitherto, the ways in which this can happen are far and few in between.

The National



A suburban hair salon, an anti-Muslim tirade and what it says about hate speech in Australia
By Denis Muller, senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne's Centre for Advancing Journalism. 


Hate speech eats away at people's sense of belonging, Denis Muller writes.

Such hair as I have is cut from time to time by Mrs E, who runs a one-chair salon in my neighbourhood.

She has been in business there for 40 years. She knows all about the history of the street and many of her clients have been coming to her for half a lifetime.

The salon is shut on Mondays, when she cuts the hair of the elderly and disabled in various local institutions.

Mrs E is a petite woman with a cloud of brown hair, a bright smile and that empathetic personality that fits so many hairdressers for their parallel occupation of informal counsellor.

Under her hairdresser's smock she wears a dress or a blouse and trousers.

She came to Australia as a child from the Balkans, grew up, married, had two sons.

Australia is home and a place where she says she has always felt welcome, until the other day.

A client whose hair she had been cutting for 20 years came in as usual, and then, without any prompting or preamble, launched into a tirade against Muslims.

Mrs E heard her out. As a rule, like most sensible businesspeople, she resists being drawn into conversations about sex, religion or politics.

But eventually it became too much. "I'm a Muslim," she told the client, "and I very much regret that after 20 years I must tell you I will no longer cut your hair".

The salon contains no outward sign of her faith: nothing in her appearance or in the room itself gives it away. For her, it is something private; nothing to do with her professional life.

It happened that I came in about a week later. Mrs E and I often talk in general terms about what's going on in the world.

She knows I am a journalist and academic and I think she feels safe pushing her conversational boundaries slightly.

She told me this story and as she did so, the hurt was written all over her face.

And after nearly a lifetime in Australia, she said she felt just that little bit less welcome.



The Guardian




What If Only Stephen Paddock Were a Muslim
By Thomas L. Friedman




If only Stephen Paddock had been a Muslim … If only he had shouted “Allahu akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas … If only he had been a member of ISIS … If only we had a picture of him posing with a Quran in one hand and his semiautomatic rifle in another …

If all of that had happened, no one would be telling us not to dishonor the victims and “politicize” Paddock’s mass murder by talking about preventive remedies.

No, no, no. Then we know what we’d be doing. We’d be scheduling immediate hearings in Congress about the worst domestic terrorism event since 9/11. Then Donald Trump would be tweeting every hour “I told you so,” as he does minutes after every terror attack in Europe, precisely to immediately politicize them. Then there would be immediate calls for a commission of inquiry to see what new laws we need to put in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Then we’d be “weighing all options” against the country of origin.

But what happens when the country of origin is us?

What happens when the killer was only a disturbed American armed to the teeth with military-style weapons that he bought legally or acquired easily because of us and our crazy lax gun laws?

Then we know what happens: The president and the Republican Party go into overdrive to ensure that nothing happens. Then they insist — unlike with every ISIS-related terror attack — that the event must not be “politicized” by asking anyone, particularly themselves, to look in the mirror and rethink their opposition to common-sense gun laws.

The NY Times



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Gold Coast Mosque Shahadah gets over 4.5M views on Facebook

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Science should really thank Islam










Ways To Be Muslim

Muslim Collective



Ever wonder what it means to be Muslim?

Meet 8 Muslims who have taken part in this video series for 'Ways to be Muslim'.


Find what inspires them, who they look up to and what advice they have for young Muslims living in Australia.

This video series is directed and produced by young Muslims living in Melbourne as part of an ongoing project campaign by Muslim Collective - Australia.

Find out more at







Behind the Veil: The Intersection of Religion, Politics & Culture

Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research


Where does the hijab fit into the fabric of our daily lives as Muslims in the U.S.?


This is a question that Muslims, non-Muslims, governments, and everyone in between seem to have an answer to.

Join the conversation as we reclaim the narrative surrounding hijab in an exclusive interactive webinar with presentations and a Q&A session by Muslim women who are leaders in their fields.










Have Our Children Become Orphans?

OnePath Network


The youth have become so out of touch with their parents that they have become 21st-century orphans. A 21st-century orphan is a child whose parents are alive but might as well not. This is because the parents neglect their children’s interests. When the child comes to the father with an exciting story, the father says ‘go away I’m busy!’. And so it should come as no surprise to any parent that your child has left you.

Our youth have become orphans without ever having to lose their parents. It is a saddening truth. The parents don’t want their issues, they go to the next sheikh to talk to their child. They ask the sheikh to tell their children about the obligations of the children to their parents. The parents don’t want to acknowledge their obligations and duties to their kids. Their children actually despise their parents, simply because the parents don’t want to take the initiative to get to know their children.

Even when parents aren’t working, they are at home on their phones, TV, computer. So even when they aren’t busy they still are busy. Parenting is a full-time job, it is the best investment you can ever make. Unfortunately, paying attention to our children has become our second job. So when parents say ‘we need to work on our youth’, what about you brother/sister? Don’t the parents need to work too?

The religion that the parent practices the religion the youth will practice. So no matter how many Quran memorisation schools you put your child in, he/she will only practice the Quran you practice. Your child is a reflection of you. So do not let your child think of him/her self as an orphan. 







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To know the future just look to the past


Why did Vikings have 'Allah' embroidered into funeral clothes?


One of the excavated fragments made from fine silk and silver thread discovered at the two Swedish sites, Birka and Gamla Uppsala


Researchers in Sweden have found Arabic characters woven into burial costumes from Viking boat graves. The discovery raises new questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia, writes journalist Tharik Hussain.

They were kept in storage for more than 100 years, dismissed as typical examples of Viking Age funeral clothes.

But a new investigation into the garments - found in 9th and 10th Century graves - has thrown up groundbreaking insights into contact between the Viking and Muslim worlds.

Patterns woven with silk and silver thread have been found to spell the words "Allah" and "Ali".

The breakthrough was made by textile archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University while re-examining the remnants of burial costumes from male and female boat and chamber graves originally excavated in Birka and Gamla Uppsala in Sweden in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries.

She became interested in the forgotten fragments after realising the material had come from central Asia, Persia and China.

Larsson says the tiny geometric designs - no more than 1.5cm (0.6in) high - resembled nothing she had come across in Scandinavia before.

"I couldn't quite make sense of them and then I remembered where I had seen similar designs - in Spain, on Moorish textiles."

Unlocking a puzzle

Larsson then realised she was not looking at Viking patterns at all but ancient Arabic Kufic script.

There were two words that kept recurring. One of them she identified with the help of an Iranian colleague. It was the name "Ali" - the fourth caliph of Islam.

But the word next to Ali was more difficult to decipher.

To unlock the puzzle, she enlarged the letters and examined them from all angles, including from behind.

"I suddenly saw that the word 'Allah' [God] had been written in mirrored lettering," she says.

BBC News

Tharik Hussain is a London-based freelance journalist, travel writer and broadcaster who specialises in Muslim heritage.

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 13 October 2017





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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 13 October 2017

TOPIC"Islamic stance on Humour and Jokes in Islam"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 13 October 2017


IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 13 October 2017

TOPIC: "Hazrat Tufail Bin Amar Dowse’s conversion to Islam Part 1"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Junaid spoke about how the Quran had a very integral part of the lives of the Sahaba’s. Thereafter he elaborated on the story of Tufail Bin Amar Dowse, how this person was very hospitable and his doors was always open for guests and he feeds the hunger and gives shelter to those in distress and gives refuge to those who need peace and how the Prophet (pbuh) made a special Dua for Tufail. He spoke about how Tufail was a leader in his tribe and gives a hearing for judgements and resolves issues. Spoke about not all Muslims are required to preach Islam but certainly need to practice and preach via that practice which is the effect of the noor. Spoke about when Tufail arrived in Mecca how all the Maccan leaders got together and met with him and told about how the Prophet (pbuh) is causing divisions in Mecca and not to listen or talk to the Prophet (pbuh). He also said how there is only one place under the sky to build your emaan and that place is the Masjid, he complained how the Masjids are empty today like the churches. He continued the story of Tufail and said how he went with his ears blocked to the Kaaba but Allah had other plans for him. He concluded by saying he will continue the story next week InShaAllah.


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 13 October 2017

TOPIC“Parents rights upon their children”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali




Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Naeem spoke about how Allah says in the Quran the responsibilities of the parents. He said how the parents are responsible for upbringing their children. He explained a hadith how a Sahabi asked the Prophet (pbuh) which of the actions are most loved by Allah and first action being praying on time and he said therefore how we should be very mindful and diligent of our daily salah. The second beloved thing to Allah is taking care of your parents, he went on to explain how we are not even allowed to say uff to our parents and how not to talk back to them. He also mentioned the famous hadith of how a Sahabi asked the Prophet (pbuh) who he should respect the most and how the Prophet (pbuh) replied, mother three times and then the father for the fourth time. He also advised how children must be commanded to pray from the age of seven and be strict from the age of ten. He went on to tell the story of how three people entered a cave and whilst inside a big rock covered the entrance and trapped them inside. He also told the story of how Prophet (pbuh) said a person will be in paradise and how a Sahabi went and stayed with this person to observe what he does special for the prophet (pbuh) to say that he will be in paradise. He concluded with the story of how a lady will drag four men to the hell fire even though they were destined to paradise. 



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Iranian Chess Player, Shunned for Refusing to Wear Hijab, Will Play in U.S. 


Dorsa Derakhshani

US: A female chess champion from Iran has joined the United States Chess Federation, months after learning that she was officially barred from playing for her homeland because she refused to wear a head scarf.

Officials at the United States Chess Federation, the official governing body for chess players in the United States, said on Tuesday that Dorsa Derakhshani, 19, a grandmaster champion who grew up in Tehran, would compete under its oversight after she officially joined in September.

The designation was recorded on the website of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs, or World Chess Federation. The American branch represents the United States in the world federation.

Iran wasn’t letting her play in certain tournaments that she needs federation approval to play in, such as world champion cycles or world juniors,” Alejandro Ramirez, her team coach at St. Louis University, which she now attends, said on Tuesday. “Of course, America is not going to have a problem with that.”

In July, Ms. Derakhshani moved to the United States to start competing with the university’s chess team, according to a statement from the school.   

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KB says: Curry in a hurry? This delicious fish version has you covered. It’s got loads of flavour and a stunning texture and when served with rice or roti the dish is complete.

 Authentic Indian Fish Curry  



2 kg sliced fish (I prefer it filleted) washed and smeared with a fish paste (see recipe at the end)

Step 1
Sauté the following in 2 tabs of ghee or coconut oil
2 onions grated or chopped
1 tsp. whole mustard seeds
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
A handful of curry leaves

Step 2
Add the following and stir for a minute
2 tab. crushed garlic
2 tsp. chilli powder
1 tsp ground green chillies
2 tsp crushed cumin and coriander mix


Step 3
Then add
2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 cup grated tomatoes
1 tin tomato puree
¼ cup tamarind juice
Juice of a lemon (1/4 cup)

And allow it to simmer for approx. 10 mins or until the sauce thickens.



Step 4
Quickly pan fry the fish in butter and add to the sauce and allow to cook with lid on for approx. 5 mins.
Lastly add water to bring it to the consistency you desire and simmer for a little longer.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.


Recipe for fish paste

Combine the following and grind into a paste.

1 tsp fresh garlic
1 tsp red chillies
½ tsp green chillies
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp crushed coriander
1 tsp crushed cumin
1 tab curry leaves
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tab vinegar
1 tab lemon juice

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




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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: Are You Being Of Service?

To be of service is to use your time, mind and body to bring about a positive change to your own life and the life of others. As Muslims, our duty lies in performing deeds that are in service for the sake of ALLAH. In doing so, we become beings of service.

Reflect on your life now and see if you are using your time, mind and body to be of service. Being of service helps us realise the greater meaning of our existence. It makes us more compassionate and empathetic towards others. It brings about self-realisation and spiritual growth. It enriches the ummah. It gives us joy.

Service To Others Starts First With Service To Self

You may have a busy life trying to multitask and ensure that your family is cared for, your income is regular and your needs are met. It may seem impossible to be of service to others when your own life revolves around a hectic schedule. The truth is that no matter how busy your life may seem to be, it is possible for you to take out at least five to ten minutes every day to be of service to others.

Service comes from a place of love and care, not haste and resentment. It must not feel like a chore. Service is self-less not love-less meaning that self-love and self-care are a crucial part of service. If you are not serving your mind with positive input then your thoughts become negative and what you put out to the world is also negative. If you are not serving your body with nutritious foods and water then your body manifests illnesses and depletes your energy to function optimally in your life. When there is lack of energy in the body, you are unable to perform optimally in all areas of your life.

It is vital to understand that to be of service to others you must first be of service to yourself.

Seven Things You Can Do To Be Of Service

1. Call an elderly relative and spend time to talk to them. If you live close by, visit them.
2. Spend time to mentor a child or teenager in your community.
3. Spend time to be with someone who is grieving. Just be there, in silence. You never know when they may want to say something that may help them process their grief.
4. Become a volunteer at an organisation that appeals to you and your values.
5. Buy or cook a meal for a person who is homeless.
6. Help someone achieve a goal. Start with your family members first.
7. Send a personal message to someone to ask how they are.

For more ways to be of service to others, read this inspiring blog.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Thoughts Become Things - What You Think About, You Bring About

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A 10min skipping session is almost equivalent to a 30min run and burns more than 10 calories per minute.


So step off the treadmill every now and then, and dust off your skipping rope.

Skipping can be one of the best do-anywhere, full body exercises you can do.

It improves endurance and boosts cardio-health. Also strengthens bones and tones muscles. It’s an incredible way to work on agility, balance, speed and coordination.

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"Just think who answers the oppressed person when he cries out to Him and relieves his affliction, and makes you, O humankind, inheritors of the earth? Is there another divine power besides God?"

 ~ The Holy Quran, 27:62


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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.

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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

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ACC: 00903948

ACC name: HAIA

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Asalaamu Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatu

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jazaak Allaahu Khayran

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


More information here


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Sisters' Workshop: Sr Angela Ishaq

Sisters' Support

Oats Park Soccer Club

0431 682 409

10PM to 12PM

21 October


Gympie Mosque Fund Raising Dinner

Gympie Mosque

AIIC, 724 Blunder Rd, Durack

0418 714 691


22 October


Understanding Depression: Dr Khawaja

Islamic Society of Algester

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
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Umm Abdullah

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha (ICB)

0406 273 434

4pm to 9pm

29 October


Futsal Competition

Youth Connect QLD

Oates Park, Woodridge

0413 669 987


29 October


IMAQ 2017 Conference

Islamic Medical Assoc. of QLD (IMAQ)

Hilton Hotel, Brisbane


8am to 5pm

31 October


Minister Cameron Dick

Crescent Institute

BDO, 12 Creek St, Brisbane


5.30PM for 6.15PM

12 November


CIQ & Police Football Challenge

Sgt Jim Bellos


0433 633 222


19 November


Palestinian Picnic in the Park


Whites Hill Reserve, CAMP HILL


1PM to 6PM

19 November


Treasures of Revelation: Science of the Quran

Al Kauthar

Griffith University, Nathan Campus
Theatre #1Building N18, Science Road

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

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12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1439


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11 June 2018





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21 August 2018





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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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Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
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39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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