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Sunday 24 December 2017 | Issue 0685


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What it was like being the only Muslim at Milo's address

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Machine Man

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

The Laughing Apple – Yusuf Islam exhibition

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

As-Salaam Institute to run from Kuraby Mosque

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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Mawlid 2017: Innovative Concert and Peace Conference

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Muslim man punched in face for 'not having an opinion'

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The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims
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It has been another busy year for the Islamic Council of Queensland. In 2017, ICQ has worked to deliver significant community benefit through our continued advocacy to government and law enforcement agencies on behalf of Muslims both in Australia as well as overseas.


We have worked to develop youth specific programs to provide our young people with the opportunity to overcome challenges related to personal circumstance. We have worked with like-minded community organisations to build sustainable, social inclusion outcomes for those who are a recent arrivals to Australia or those who are at risk of prolonged disengagement. We have once again undertaken initiatives to showcase the best of the Muslim community.


This newsletter provides a brief outline to some of the work which has been done over the last twelve months to share with you some of the success stories for the community.



ICQ Newsletter


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The janaza (funeral service) of Haji Safet Avdich took place at Kuraby Mosque on Tuesday 19 December 2017. He was laid to rest at the Mt Gravatt Cemetery.


Mr Avich valiantly fought off a number of battles with illnesses over the past several years, but succumbed this week at the Logan Mosque.


He was a well-known and respected figure and a larger-than-life character in the community.


Born in the former Yugoslavia in June 1928, Mr. Avdich served in the underground as a teenager during World War 2, often performing very dangerous tasks in support of allied forces.


Imam Akram Buksh, who was a good friend, told CCN: "Br Safet was a self-less man who would always go out of his way to help anyone in need. He was a great help in establishing Slacks Creek Masjid."


"All the children loved him, they looked forward to that lolly. And he had a passion for ensuring the Masjid environment was safe and clean, especially the shoes."


Br Safet was a passionately supporter of CresWalk, taking part in every event and often winning his race category right until he could not walk comfortable any more.


He leaves behind wife Fatima Bakic Avdich who was his tower of strength throughout his ordeal.


Mr Safet Avdich and Imam Akram in hospital


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A new generation of Deens in the making: From demolishers to builders




Hajji Sultan Deen with grandson Faris Buksh who graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)


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Imam Akram of Slacks Creek Mosque pays a visit to the Sunday distribution point in Roma Park.


Visit the Brothers in Need website to support this initiative


Volunteers of Brothers in Need


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As-Salaam Institute will be relocating to Kuraby Mosque in 2018. The Madressah, established and conduced by Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh, has been running at the Rochedale Mosque for the past 10 years.


The Institute will replace the Amanah Institute madressah at the Kuraby Mosque.


The trustees of the Kuraby Mosque issued the following statement regarding the closure of the closure of Amanah Institute:

It is with heavy hearts and much disappointment that the trustees of Kuraby Mosque announce the permanent closure of Amanah Institute , formerly known as Kuraby Madressah.

The aims and objectives of Amanah institute were lofty in that it was recognised our children needed a new way of learning that was both challenging as in their current school environments and also informative to the context in which we live.

In 2014, the trustees initiated a program that was aimed at teaching children Islamic values that was relevant to the current context and Alhamdulillah this was extremely successful. This initiation of this program was well supported by generous donors who made the program possible.

However, it became clear that the financial resources to continue this program was more than we could sustain and as a result, we have made the difficult decision to cease the program.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dylan Chown and Soraya Vally for taking on all of the the challenges this program brought and systematically making it successful from an educational perspective.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Amanah teachers who have devoted so much time to the program to make it as successful as it was. So it is indeed with a heavy heart bring to your notice that this program will no longer continue.

To fill this void, the Trustees approached Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh to head a new madressah at Kuraby Mosque. So, going forward, As-Salaam Institute headed by Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh will be relocating to Kuraby Mosque in 2018.


Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh is very well qualified and has been running Madressah at the Rochedale Mosque for the past 10 years. He has accepted our request and will simply relocate his premises to Kuraby Mosque.

It is important to note that Imam Ghazaleh will not be running Amanah institute. He will continue to run and direct his own brand.

We ask for your continual duaas and assistance to improve the religious education and well being of our community.


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Sometimes laughter is the best medicine.

Engineer and former ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied has faced off with Tom Gleeson on his hilarious Hard Chat segment.

The comedian poked fun at Abdel-Magied for the year when she became, in her own words, Australia's "most publicly hated Muslim". Those seven words she wrote on Facebook eight months ago still fuel social media comments and column inches in the Murdoch press.

Gleeson began the roasting by asking the former Queenslander of the year whether every ANZAC Day Australians should "hold a minute's silence for her career". The ABC axed the Australia Wide program Abdel-Magied hosted a month after she made her controversial Facebook comment.

"I think that'd be a little disrespectful to the diggers," she quipped.
The pair then joked about how next ANZAC Day, Abdel-Magied should start a hashtag called "Lest we forget to write stupid shit on Facebook".

The zinger that got the strongest reaction from the former TV presenter, though, was when Gleeson asked: "When you're in London, do you hang out with Rolf Harris so you're not the most hated Australian?"

At the end of the segment, which aired on Wednesday night's special year-end episode of The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Gleeson offered Abdel-Magied an ANZAC biscuit and remarked that they're halal.

"Are they though?" she asked.

"Well, I don't know, but I pointed them towards Mecca when I killed them," the comedian fired back.

Abdel-Magied recently departed Australia for London, but has been back to catch up with friends and front the media on a few occasions. Last month, she told The Project her time in Australia was "like dating an abusive guy".



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Opinion - Hanan Dover    


Controversial alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos made a splash when he toured Australia earlier this month. But when he spoke to politicians and parliamentary staff in Canberra, attention quickly turned to the Muslim woman sitting in the second row. Psychologist Hanan Dover, the woman in the photo, writes for Hack about what it was like being the only Muslim in the crowd.

It all happened very quickly.

The Friday before Milo was due to speak in Canberra, John Safran messaged me to say he’d got a media pass to attend Parliament House to hear Milo and potentially interview him.

He asked if I’d like to come. I had to consider if I could just pick up and go because I have clients booked weeks in advance, but I decided I would within ten minutes of him asking.

I thought it was a good opportunity to meet Milo in person and interview him.

As psychologists, we’re practitioners and students of human behaviour. I’ve been interested in people who’ve been featured in the media who are charismatic leaders for the last few years now.

I’ve dealt with hate preachers at a community level and I always wanted to see if they had similar features to charismatic leaders in other controversial groups, whether they’re senior in alt-right groups, zionists, or Muslim radicals.

Milo only piqued my interest at the beginning of the year, but I was interested in finding out what made him the person he is today.

Sitting behind Senator Hanson

By the time we went through security at Parliament House and signed in, the event had begun.

John and I walked in and I said, ‘Let’s go sit in the second row, someone’s just gotten up’. It took us a while to realise we were sitting right behind Pauline Hanson and other One Nation representatives.

In person, Milo wasn’t as flamboyant as I thought he would be.

I was surprised he was wearing sunglasses indoors. I realised when he was talking that he wasn’t going to take them off.

I’m in the second row, I’m wearing hijab, he can most probably see that I’m sitting there, so I decided that I was going to wear my sunglasses, too.

I was born and raised in Australia. Keeping my sunnies on was my way of saying, ‘I’m here’.

None of the others in that room were ethnic. I was the only one that looks a bit different. In fact, you normally don’t see any Muslims in Milo’s audience at all.

Now he’s got one in the second row.

Because he noticed I was there, I feel like he was not as offensive in his speech as he would normally be.

In the past Milo’s said that Muslims are rapists, they’re terrorists and they take welfare. He said that very openly. But he didn’t go that far when I was in the audience.

I remember sitting and shaking my head a lot of the time when Milo was speaking. Just the brazen way the anti-Muslim questions were asked.

Malcolm Roberts got up and asked Milo to compare the Quran and [Hitler’s] Mein Kampf.

I thought it was a bizarre and offensive question. It did make me feel uncomfortable, not just as a Muslim, but also as a woman.

I didn’t intend to interject. But Milo was saying a lot lies about my faith, so I called out, ‘Bullshit’. I think a lot of people were taken aback by that.

The audience there was like the dullest form of group-think. They didn’t have any kind of accurate analysis or critical evaluation of Milo’s views. Not one person critically questioned him.

‘Our cohesive society is crumbling’

Milo has said a lot of outrageous things that are offensive, things that mock and insult.

That’s how he is able to attract people, because he says thing that people in society would not normally be able to say. And here he is, saying it and getting away with it.

I was actually very shocked that a person of his nature with no social filters whatsoever was allowed to come to Australia.

When a politician invites him to Parliament House to reiterate or convey those deliberately offensive views, then I think Australia is moving backwards in terms of the progress we’re trying to make towards a multicultural and respectful society.

We’ve tried to build a cohesive society where we accept difference, we accept minorities. But that’s crumbling.

It’s like the analogy of the boiling frog. Slowly we’re having this creeping acceptance of hate speech and mockery and insult in Australia. It’s going to be normalised and we won’t notice it until it’s too late.

The stunt

When I was travelling between Sydney and Canberra, I saw that The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck was the number one best-seller. I’ve read the book and I thought it was really good.

The title of the book is symbolic as a message and I decided I should give it to Milo and say that it’s on behalf of the Muslim community.



We had one-on-one time with Milo, in [Liberal Democrat Senator] David Leyonhjelm’s office.

Before we went in, John warned me that Milo may say something stupid about my hijab.

I thought, ok, if that’s all he’s got then I’ll have a comeback. I’m not afraid to talk back.

People who talk about Islam in mainstream media aren’t Muslim, so we don’t have adequate space to challenge those perspectives anyway. Which is why I pulled that stunt.

I was going to make sure that, whatever it takes, I was going to pull this off.

On stage, Milo was very confident, like a performer.

When I came in to the office, he was sitting on the couch, nearly nervous-like. He wasn’t as confident, he didn’t say anything. You could tell there was no courage.

I said, ‘On behalf of the Muslim community, I have something for you for when you talk about Islam and Muslims.’

He was very silent.

I felt like he was being chicken shit. I was thinking, ‘This is all you’ve got? You’ve spent so much time being offensive to Muslims, and you couldn’t give me anything back?’

When the opportunity to verbalise his hateful speech towards a visible Muslim woman in hijab was presented to him, he remained silent instead.

He only has the courage to openly and confidently promote hate when he is with his supporters who won’t challenge his views.

Before I posted the photo of me giving him the book on Facebook, I said a little prayer. I’m a very resilient person, but I was expecting backlash from his supporters.

It was for the benefit of my community more than anyone else. Humour is one of the ways we can counteract the hurt, the harm and the offence.

I try not to offend particular target groups, but just use humour in a way to show that I’m as Australian as everyone else. I don’t feel like I have to prove myself either; I just carry forward my own personality, which has been moulded by my Palestinian background and my Australian background.

And I’d do it again.

Triple J HACK


Hanan Dover is a forensic psychologist, Muslim community representative and self-styled social media agitator from Sydney.


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He fled Saddam Hussein’s brutality to become detainee #982 in an Australian refugee camp. Now Munjed al-Muderis is a world-leading surgeon giving amputees a second chance at life. Sophie McNeill tells his inspiring story.

It happened without warning. At his Baghdad hospital in 1999, a young doctor was presented with dozens of army deserters. Then came the chilling order to mutilate their ears.

Would I obey and live with guilt for the rest of my life? Would I refuse and end up with a bullet in my head? Or would I run away? – Dr Munjed al-Muderis

He ran away, took a smuggler’s boat and wound up in Curtin detention centre in Western Australia’s far north west.

I was stripped of my identity. Curtin detention centre, in simple words, was hell on earth - Munjed al-Muderis

Fast forward 17 years.

Australian citizen Munjed al-Muderis is a pioneering orthopaedic specialist who transforms lives with a surgical technique called osseo-integration – “merging a human being with a machine”, as he explains it.

I had this chill feeling – what have I done? I’m back to the place I escaped from – Munjed

Now he returns to Baghdad on a whirlwind 10-day mission to attach implants and robotic legs to amputees who thought they would never walk again. Middle East Correspondent Sophie McNeill follows him as he scurries between operating theatres, doing several surgeries at once.

He is a machine. We never catch him – Iraqi surgeon

Wars have left untold numbers of Iraqi soldiers and civilians as amputees. Patients flock to see Munjed… patients like Ghadban, 22, who lost both legs after a mortar strike. Robotic legs might allow him to marry the girl he loves…

She told me that when I walk again her parents will agree – Ghadban

…And Ali, an ex-soldier whose leg was amputated after he was shot in battle with ISIS. His wife then walked out and left him to care for their little boy Hussein.

He used to bring me my shoes and slippers. Now he just brings me one shoe - Ali

Munjed can’t always help everyone, no matter how deserving. Amane was 10 when both her legs were amputated after a fire. Now 19, she is a para-athlete who represents her country. Munjed would operate for free, but the robotic legs cost around $100,000.

I don’t have the money for this operation. I want to walk – Amane

Munjed returns to Baghdad this week to complete his work on Ali, Ghadban and scores of other patients. At the climax of this medical and emotional journey, his hope is that all of them will walk. A Foreign Correspondent crew will be with him to see how it all goes.

Sophie McNeill’s story Machine Man aired 8.30 pm Monday December 11 on ABC TV (repeated 1 pm Tuesday and 11.30 pm Wednesday on ABC TV; 8 pm Saturday and 1 am Sunday on ABC News). Also on iview.



Dr Munjed al-Muderis' book Walking Free has been added to this week's CCN Readers' Book Club below.



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Yusuf Cat Stevens recently performed at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Islamic Museum of Australia’s current exhibition “The Laughing Apple” is showcasing posters of digital and hand-drawn illustrations by Yusuf Islam, otherwise known as Cat Stevens.

The show serves to showcase Yusuf’s experiences writing and illustrating The Laughing Apple examining the transformative power of love and its relationship to nature.

Taking visitors on an eclectic journey that showcases colourful pop-art portraits of Yusuf, juxtaposed with illustrations from his album artwork and large cut outs that subtly reference the visual styles of Tillerman and Teaser, this exhibition hosts something to suit all Yusuf fans – young and old alike!

The Laughing Apple symbolises the creative potential contained within Yusuf’s music, where he alludes to life’s challenges in a way that can be appreciated by young children.

‘‘As you grow older, the sweetness of youth, as Wordsworth expressed in his poem Splendour in the Grass, gets stronger,” Yusuf has explained.


“Looking back and emotionally drawing on the themes of childhood possibilities and disappointments is what exemplifies this album, for me.”

The exhibition will coincide with Yusuf’s Peace Train Tour commemorating 50 years since the release of his album, Matthew & Son in 1967.

Yusuf’s new album The Laughing Apple has just been nominated for a Grammy Award under the category of ‘Best Folk Album’. Subsequently, The Laughing Apple exhibition offers Yusuf fans an immersive visual experience, journeying from decades passed, through to the present.

The images which will be signed by Yusuf himself will be available for sale via charity sponsor Penny Appeal Australia with all profits going to their Love Thy Neighbour campaign.



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An Innovative multimedia dramatic concert showcasing diverse colours, cultures and languages kept thousands mesmerised for 90 minutes at Sydney Olympic Park while celebrating Mawlid on Sunday 3 December 2017.

With the slogan, “Together in Loving Mohammad”, the 8th Multicultural Mawlid Concert drew more than 5000 People from Australia as well as overseas marking the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (s).
The event was organized by the Islamic Charity Projects Association (ICPA) and coincided with the Annual International Peace Conference held under the patronage of Darulfatwa, the Islamic High Council of Australia.

Accepting the invitation from Darulfatwa Australia and in collaboration with Majlis Ulama Indonesia, 0ver 80 academics, religious scholars, Imams and community leaders mainly from Australia and South East Asia also attended the Peace Conference held on Monday 4 December at the Garden View Hotel, Bankstown.

Darulftwa Chairman, Dr Sheikh Salim Alwan and Dean of Majlis Al-Ulama Jakarta branch, Sheikh Ahmad Sharif Ad-Din Abdul Ghani announced their pleasure in working together for the Conference titled ‘Muhammad, peace be upon him, the Prophet of Mercy and Messenger of Peace’.

The dignitaries from across Australian states including community leaders, Sheikhs, Principals, businesspeople, media personnel, local government councillors and mayors, scouts officials, ambassadors, consulates, and Australian politicians, had among them:




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A Muslim man has been attacked at a mosque in Adelaide's south after refusing to have a political discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The ABC has obtained security vision that shows a Muslim man in his 40s being punched in the face.

Islamic Society of SA president Ahmad Zreika said the worshipper was attending evening prayers around 9:30pm on Friday when a member of the public attended the mosque asking questions about the religion.

"We open our mosque doors every day to the general public in the hope that we can open meaningful dialogue, so that we can work on becoming a more inclusive Australia," Mr Zreika said.

But he said when the worshipper refused to answer questions about the Israeli Palestinian conflict — because he did not have the political insight — the man punched him in the face.

"He asked him, 'What's your opinion about what happened in Jerusalem, are you against it, or with?'" Mr Zreika said.

"The Muslim man says, 'I don't want to be involved in this' and the other man said 'You should have an opinion' and punches him."

Mr Zreika said the man stood about while the Muslim man looked for help.

"After a few minutes the attacker left the mosque and the brothers inside the mosque called the police," he said.

The man was not taken to hospital but was in shock.

"He couldn't understand why the man attacked him just for not expressing an opinion," Mr Zreika said.

Police searching for suspect

Police said they were investigating an assault that occurred at a Park Holme mosque.

They said the victim was punched in the face and sustained facial injuries, for which he was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Police said the suspect was not known to the victim and they were making inquiries to find him.

It was the third attack on the mosque this year.

"You are coming a worship place ... a peaceful environment ... it's really unacceptable," Mr Zreika said.

ABC News


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Wanted - Workshop and Motor Mechanic

Australian International Islamic College

Must be able to do:

• Light body repairs
• Paint repaired panels
• Some mechanical repairs
• Some running around

Must have light bus license.

Position is for 20 hours per week.

Office will reopen from 8th January, if interested, please ring us on 3372 1400.



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The aim of this newsletter is to provide weekly updates on events and projects which have happened or will happen in the following weeks in our Muslim Community. This includes family and fundraising events, updates on the Gold Coast Dawah Centre, as well as engagements with our local community.




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There are approximately 1.84 billion Muslims in the world today, making up 24.38% of the world’s population, or just under one-quarter of mankind. As well as being citizens of their respective countries, they also have a sense of belonging to the ‘ummah’, the worldwide Muslim community.

The Muslim500 publication sets out to ascertain the influence some Muslims have on this community, or on behalf of the community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim world. Note that the impact can be either positive or negative, depending on one’s point of view of course.





The Woman of the Year


Nawal al-Soufi


The Muslim500's Woman of the Year is Nawal al-Soufi.


Nawal was born in Morocco and raised in Catania, Italy. She is a known to those Syrians who have fled the horrors of war and other highly oppressive circumstances—often in the most difficult and dangerous situations—as “The Angel of Refugees.” It the past few years it is estimated she has helped save the lives of 200,000 Syrian refugees

Nawal started advocating for migrants and homeless people in Italy at the age of 14. In March 2013, in Syria as a social media activist, she followed an ambulance carrying medications in Aleppo and distributed her calling card with her mobile member on it to everyone she met who told her they intended to flee from the war to Italy.

Back in the port city Catania, Nawal received her first call that summer from a frightened migrant who was one of hundreds of Syrians on board a damaged boat lost in the Mediterranean taking water and in danger of sinking. Nawal’s knowledge of both Arabic and Italian enabled her to swiftly contact the Italian Coast Guard, who instructed her on how to help the people on board identify their position using the GPS system on their satellite phone. She relayed the coordinates to the Coast Guard and the refugees were rescued.

That was the beginning and since then she has kept her phone by her side 24 hours a day. Ever since, she has received frantic calls at all hours and acts as a liaison with the Italian Coast Guard for countless refugees at sea. This past June, Nawal was named the Arab world’s greatest “Hope Maker” and was awarded the one million Dirham prize by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Mister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.





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By Shafiq Morton



The rise of the mining industry in the late 19th century saw a migration of South Africans, including Muslims, to Kimberley and Johannesburg. However, the jobs were menial, and it soon became evident that Muslims, like the blacks, were not equal citizens—with white fear of Indian merchants leading to restrictions of Indian movement.

Space precludes detailed examination of the post-World War I decades of Prime Minister, General Jan Christiaan Smuts, until his loss to the Afrikaner Nationalist Party (NP) of DF Malan in 1948, which heralded a transition from colonialism to apartheid—and the final erosion of black rights.

Fired by anti-British sentiment, the NP was focused solely on white Afrikaner privilege. The Group Areas Act, or forced removals, shifted thousands of black South Africans to state allocated ghettos or Bantustans. Muslims, who were classified “Indian” or “Malay”, were not spared.

The community’s response to apartheid was either sullen submission, or fierce resistance. Many South Africans died in protests, political executions and state-stirred “third-force” conflicts. Detention without trial claimed five Muslims, including Imam Abdullah Haron in 1969 and Ahmed Timol in 1971, both killed by their torturers.

Thousands of South African Muslims resisted apartheid, joining civic associations, trade unions and organisations such as the New Unity Movement, the SA Indian Congress, the Federation of South African women as well as the African National Congress (ANC) or the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC).

Goolam Vahed’s book, Muslim Portraits, the Anti-Apartheid Struggle,[18] runs into 400 pages and 360 major personalities, including Ahmed Kathrada – who spent 26 years in prison with Nelson Mandela – and women activists such as Amina Cachalia and Fatima Meer.

The youth-driven protests of 1976 and 1985 saw the emergence of the Muslim Youth Movement and its offshoot, the Call of Islam. The Call of Islam and the Cape based MJC (Muslim Judicial Council founded in 1946) allied themselves to the anti-apartheid United Democratic Front in the 1980s.

Qiblah, founded in 1979, took a hard-line stance like the right-wing Afrikaner Weerstands Beweging (AWB), spurning the CODESA peace talks of 1990. Today, Qiblah is inactive. The Deobandi-influenced Jami’at ul-‘Ulama (founded 1923), which is Hanafi orientated and based in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng, remained quietist, with the activist Molvi Ismail Cachalia (d. 2003) the exception.

The unbanning of the anti-apartheid movement and the release of Nelson Mandela in February 1990, ushered in a new era. Activist Abdullah Omar became the country’s first post-apartheid Justice Minister.

Nelson Mandela, who wrote a letter of appreciation to the Muslim community, visited it in April 1994 when he called on the Awwal Mosque founded by Tuan Guru. In a moving moment, he rose from his chair and knelt on the ground upon hearing the Qur’an. Mandela attended the 300th anniversary of Shaykh Yusuf in South Africa, saluting him as a “source of inspiration”.


Source: The Muslim500



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Six individuals of Pakistani origin have featured on Forbes magazine's '30 under 30' list released on Tuesday.

The list, which is released annually, features 600 individuals making strides in 20 different industries, including art and style, education, games, food, enterprise technology and media.

The four individuals of Pakistani origin featured in the 2018 list have been selected for their achievements in the industries of retail and e-commerce, enterprise technology and education.





5. Raza Munir is the final Pakistani to appear on the list. Raza Munir's startup, Climb Credit, aims to help students in skills-based fields manage their debt.

According to Forbes, Munir, featured under the Education category, has provided affordable loans to 5,000 students attending 60 schools.

He founded Credit Climb along with Zander Rafael, Amit Sinha and Vishal Garg.



Source: DAWN



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Ananyevo, Kyrgyzstan

Sacrificial sheep in Ananyevo village 220 miles from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


Source: The Guardian



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



How did Victorian Muslims celebrate Christmas?

by Tharik Hussain



William Quilliam converted to Islam in 1887 and founded Britain's first mosque

The Liverpool Muslim Institute was founded by the Liverpudlian William 'Abdullah' Quilliam

At 6am on December 25, 1888, the winter sun was yet to rise over the English city of Liverpool.

A Victorian terrace house was feverish with activity.

The soft glow of candlelight emanating from 8 Brougham Terrace revealed men and women busily putting up decorations and preparing food for the big celebration ahead, Christmas Day.

In one corner, a familiar Victorian scene of a woman playing the piano and directing hymn rehearsals, the singers' voices muted by the howling of a bitter northeasterly wind as it rattled the thin panes of glass.

This was Britain's first mosque and Muslim community preparing for their very first Christmas Day.

At 8am, having led the tiny congregation in the early morning prayer, the Imam finally opened the mosque doors.

Imam William Henry "Abdullah" Quilliam founded the mosque after embracing Islam in 1887, aged 31 years old.

He was greeted by more than 100 of the city's poor, who had been invited to enjoy a charitable Christmas breakfast inside what locals called "Islam Church".

As the group of recent converts served the paupers a hearty meal of "sandwiches, bread and meat, seedloaf, bunloaf, bread and butter, tea and coffee," the music began.

Hymns praising the birth of the Prophet Isa, or Jesus, rung out through the venue. By evening, numbers swelled. Word had got around, and the Muslims offered a "substantial tea" and small musical concert to the visitors.

The entertainment began with "mesmeric performances" by two young Muslims before "some delightful airs upon the zither, the fairy bells and the mandolin" by one Miss Warren.

"This reminds us there was an earlier generation of Muslims, looking to spread the word of Islam through finding points in common rather than things to argue about"

The finale was a "magic lantern" show and photo series from the imam's recent tour across distant Muslim lands.

These descriptions of Victorian Muslims at Christmas were taken from the pages of The Crescent, the country's first Muslim newspaper.


A group photo of members of the Liverpool Muslim Institute in 1905

Al Jazeera



7 questions Muslims are tired of hearing

By Adeel Qureshi, Associate Producer of The Mosque Next Door






These are only just some of the questions, based on prevalent misconceptions about the Muslim community, that people keep on asking.

Hopefully, this little piece can give a little more perspective, a little more nuance for the next time you talk to a Muslim you know.




Senator Pauline Hanson’s claim that mosques should be monitored by CCTV is an ill-informed suggestion. While the issue of radicalisation needs to be taken seriously, suggesting that mosques might be the cause of radicalisation or terrorism issue may stem from the problematic accusation that all things Islam = terror.

Mosques are more than prayer spaces. They are a site for socialising, hosting community programs and facilitating inter-faith dialogue. Importantly, numerous studies have shown that mosques are important for providing social and emotional support, providing a mainstream alternative to the violent and extremist views younger people may be exposed to online. If you’re curious about what happens behind the closed doors of the domed building in your neighbourhood, visit it for yourself. You’ll find that the doors are usually closed because the aircon is on!  

Source: SBS




South Africa’s Muslims are an example to all
By Dr HA Hellyer, associate fellow in international security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London, and the Centre for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC


Although the small Muslim community is well-integrated in Cape Town, Isil recruiters are being dragged from the city. It shows that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy to counter radicalism, writes HA Hellyer

As European countries grow more concerned about their Muslim communities, the discourse around radicalisation and extremism becomes more problematic. Only recently, Mak Chishty, a senior British police officer, declared that young Muslim Britons who stop shopping at Marks & Spencer stores could be victims of radicalisation. This is a very awkward line of argument.

Mr Chishty also noted that teenagers who stop drinking alcohol or wearing “western clothes” could be extremists. His comments appear to suggest that all observant Muslims are essentially radicals in waiting. As for “western clothes”, many British Muslims ethnically originate from other cultural contexts, and may feel more comfortable in those kinds of garb. In any case, it’s not particularly clear how this is connected to extremism.

This will not be the first or the last time that the loyalty and belonging of Muslim communities of the West is questioned. Some may assume that this is a natural situation for all minority communities – that, inevitably, Muslim communities being what they are and the direction of travel of world affairs being what it is, such tensions are liable to happen. But there are lessons to be learnt, perhaps, from lesser known Muslim communities, such as the one residing on the Western Cape of South Africa.

The history of that community dates back hundreds of years, so there is something of a long established precedent for Muslim South Africans, which serves to protect them against suggestions of being alien or disloyal.

But beyond that, there is a history of political activism from among South African Muslims during the apartheid struggle. While many among the South African Muslim religious establishment acquiesced to apartheid, there were many individuals who did not and they formed coalitions to struggle against that dominant force. When apartheid finally fell, Muslim South Africans had already, organically, derived social capital in South Africa and they converted that into political capital.

In democratic South Africa, this Muslim community is treated as an integral part of society. There are no doubts or suspicions in that regard. What is more, the Muslim community itself would have it no other way. But their sense of South African patriotism does not result in an unnatural type of assimilation either. They belong to South Africa and they see no contradiction between that belonging and their own specificities as Muslims.

Those particularities might strike the British police commander as somehow threatening, or evidence of radicalisation, but that would be far from the facts on the ground. Their sense of being South African is taken for granted – as it should be, even though how they might view themselves may differ from other communities in South Africa.

That is not to say that the threat of radicalism does not exist. Even in this extremely well-adjusted and socially incorporated community, the threat of ISIL exists. In April, a teenage Muslim girl was stopped at Cape Town airport, en route to joining ISIL. Her parents were unaware that she’d been radicalised online. As yet, it is unclear how a 15-year-old child could receive the relevant funds for a ticket overseas – and it is unknown precisely how many South Africans are already in Syria and Iraq fighting for the radical group.

But they certainly exist – showing that for at least some recruits to ISIL, there is a deeply ideological element to their membership. Certainly, there are no issues of social exclusion that could be said to make these Muslims vulnerable to radical recruitment – but extremist ideology can find its way almost anywhere if left unchecked. Less than two weeks after that teenager was stopped, another was intercepted, from the same community in Cape Town.

The threat of ISIL exists and should not be underestimated. However, any counter-radicalisation strategy cannot be successful if it attempts to create problems out of anything that is different from the norm.

Extremism can take root for a variety of reasons, and there won’t be a “one size fits all” model for radicalisation. At the same time, while making problems for Muslim communities unfairly ought not to lead any of them to extremism, it certainly makes the radical recruiter’s job that much easier. By the same token, ensuring the open inclusion of Muslim communities in a shared and open patriotism, as South Africans have accomplished, makes the radical’s job that much harder.





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Portraying Muslims in Films




From Aladdin to Bodak Yellow, the media is obsessed with portraying Arabs and Muslims as exotic and mysterious.







Reacting to sectarian hate comments on social media

The Muslim Vibe



 Muslims asked to read out sectarian hate comments on social media









Domestic Violence - MAA Local Case Study #1

Muslim Aid Australia




Violence against women is a serious and widespread problem in Australia.

Today, we share with you a case that MAA Local handled recently in Melbourne. We received an inquiry from a distressed lady whose marriage and life was falling apart after serious domestic violence issues. After a detailed study of the situation and appropriate assessments, MAA swung into action to help her so she could get her life back together.

Did you know that our projects in Australia include Family Support, providing Crisis Accommodation, Feeding the Homeless, Funeral Aid and helping people with Special Needs?

Your support is vital to reach more people in need. There are many more cases, right here in Australia, that need our help. Visit or call 1800 100 786 to find out how you can help us.








High school choir in the USA

Assunnah Media





A high school choir in the USA adopts for its 2017 Christmas carol, a Muslim song that welcomes prophet Muhammad SAW to the city of Madina in the year 0000AH (approx 584AD).






Where are the Muslims in the World

OnePath Network




The Muslim 500, a ranking of the most influential figures in the Muslim world, features an up-to-date breakdown of Muslim populations around the world. Here is an interactive map highlighting some of those figures.








Patrick embracing Islam

Slacks Creek Mosque













Prophet Sulayman a.s. (Part 3)

by Umm Bilal

Sisters Support Services








Is Depression A Sign Of Low Imaan | Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed


Muslim Speakers









Religious minorities under Muslim Rule

Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research




Religious minorities are often depicted as oppressed and vulnerable victims of their Muslim rulers. This portrayal, however, is far from accurate.








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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 22 December 2017

TOPIC"Abstain From Wrong" PART 1

IMAM: Uzair Akbar










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 December 2017

TOPIC: "Learning the Quran"

IMAM: Maulana Abdur Raheem










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 December 2017

TOPIC: "How to defend and promote the Deen of Allah"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 December 2017

TOPIC: "The power of emaan"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 22 December 2017

TOPIC“The best conduct of our beloved prophet Muhammad PBUH”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali  




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Court orders halal supermarket in Paris to close because it does not sell pork or wine


'It's business,' the manager of Good Price said, 'I look around me and I target what I see'

Lawyer argued alcohol 'not part of the general diet'


FRANCE: France has ordered a halal supermarket in Paris to close because it does not sell pork or wine.

The Good Price mini-market in Colombes did not comply with the conditions of its lease, which stated the shop must act as a "general food store," the Court of Nanterre ruled.

The local authority argued members of the local community were not being served properly because the shop did not sell pork or alcohol products.

A bailiff's report said the store almost exclusively stocked halal products.

When the manager was questioned at the time, he said: "It's business. I look around me and I target what I see."

His lawyer argued alcohol "is not part of the general diet" and the store had no obligations to sell it as it was only a complement to food.

The court said the products the shop stocked were "restrictive and did not fit the broad concept of general good."

It ordered the termination of the store's lease and ordered the eviction of the tenants.

The manager was ordered to pay €4,000 to the local authority in legal costs. 




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Saudi prince’s $390m chateau is the world’s most expensive home 



SAUDI ARABIA: In his home country he is leading an austerity drive, but abroad he has been identified in the past year as the buyer of a US$500 million yacht and a Leonardo da Vinci painting for US$450 million. The high-roller spending habits of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia are now said to have spread to France.

According to research by The New York Times, he is the ultimate owner - through a series of shell companies - of the world’s most expensive house, a AU$390m Louis XIV-style palace near Versailles.

Since becoming crown prince in June, he has been determined to transform the image of his country, liberalising its social codes to allow women to drive and to get jobs more easily. He has also started economic reforms based on the example of Margaret Thatcher, whom he is said to admire. Those reforms include removing subsidies, privatising industry and cutting the state budget.

The austerity programme does not seem to have affected his personal spending habits, however. Though the emirate of Abu Dhabi has claimed that a Saudi associate of the royal family bought Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi for the new Louvre gallery and not for the crown prince, no one has denied that the yacht is his. The New York Times quotes royal advisers admitting that he bought the chateau two years ago. It was built by Emad Khashoggi, the nephew of the Saudi arms dealer, Adnan Khashoggi, six years ago and features squash courts, a cinema, frescoes in the style of the Sistine Chapel and a moat with an underground viewing chamber.

The prince is also cracking down on corruption. Sabih al-Masri, a Palestinian banker with Saudi citizenship, was detained on a visit to Riyadh at the weekend, but was released after questioning.



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Imam's Christmas cards highlight Jesus in Islam 



UK: An imam eager to highlight the significance of Jesus for Muslims has sent thousands of Islamic Christmas cards around the world for almost a decade.

Dr Mohammed Fahim, of the Qur'ani Murkuz Trust in east London, has sent his specially designed cards to everyone from the Queen to the Pope in a bid to highlight Jesus's role as a prophet in his faith.

The cards are printed with scenes of Jerusalem and verses from the Quran about Jesus's miracles and Mary's virgin birth.

"Almost 10 years ago I decided to design a set of special Christmas cards talking about Mary and Jesus from the Quran. I print about 4,000 cards every year," he said.

"I send them to the members of the Royal Family, members of the Houses of Parliament, churches, neighbours, colleagues at work, the Pope and all the EU leaders - amazingly I receive so many responses and interesting comments.

"I am pleasantly surprised and honoured that Her Majesty the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Pope respond to my card every year."

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 Walking Free


Munjed Al Muderis



In 1999, Munjed Al Muderis was a young surgical resident working in Baghdad when a squad of Military Police marched into the operating theatre and ordered the surgical team to mutilate the ears of three busloads of army deserters. When the head of surgery refused, he was executed in front of his staff. Munjed's choices were stark-comply and breach the medical oath 'do no harm', refuse and face certain death, or flee.

That day, Munjed's life changed forever. He escaped to Indonesia, where he boarded a filthy, overcrowded refugee boat, bound for Australia.
Like his fellow passengers, he hoped for a new life, free from fear and oppression, but for ten months he was incarcerated in what became known as the worst of the refugee camps, Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia. There he was known only by a number, locked in solitary confinement and repeatedly told to go back to Iraq.

On 26 August 2000, Munjed was finally freed. Now, fourteen years later, he is one of the world's leading osseointegration surgeons, transforming the lives of amputees with a pioneering technique that allows them to walk again.

Walking Free is Munjed's extraordinary account of his journey from the brutality of Saddam Hussein's Iraq to a new life in Australia and a remarkable career at the forefront of medicine. 



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KB says: I've always loved ice tea and prefer making my own. You will find this recipe gives you a nice refreshing hit.  I also love how it is low in calories and doesn't contain any artificial stuff. Enjoy!


Iced Tea


3 tea bags
2 cups boiling water

Add tea bags to boiling water, allow to cool and once cool remove the tea bags

Boil ¾ cup water and ¾ cup sugar to make a syrup.

Then add ¼ cup Roses lime cordial.

Mix the above together and pour into a tall jug, add lots of ice, mint, lemon slices.

Just before serving add 2 litres of sprite or lemonade and a cup of ginger ale (optional)

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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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Email:  Phone: 0451977786













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

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
So You Think You Can Judge!

Pause for a moment right now and think of all the judgements you made today about yourself and others. Be honest. Like it or not, the truth is that we all judge ourselves and others. It is innate in humans to judge. The brother with the beard judges the brother who is clean-shaven. The nikaabi sister judges the hijaabi sister who judges the non-hijaabi sister. The Shaafi judges the Hanafi. The Arab judges the Non-Arab. Sadly, this is the state of our ummah currently.

It is vital to understand that when you judge someone, you are focussing on character. ALLAH is the only true judge of character because character is displayed through deeds and deeds are initiated through intentions. Only ALLAH knows people’s intentions and the real reason behind a particular deed. Not all good deeds have halal intentions.

When you judge another, you are attacking their character and forgetting to acknowledge their circumstances. I judged my non-muslim neighbour a few months back because she was cold with me when I invited her over for lunch on Eid. She was abrupt and closed the door in haste. I judged her immediately, thinking she was racist and Islamophobic. Astaghfirullah! Later that week, I ran into her and she told me that she was upset that day when I had shown up at her door. She had lost her investment property in a fire and was terribly stressed and shocked from the tragic event. My heart broke for her. Next few days I spent judging myself with negative self-talk. I begged ALLAH to forgive me and foster compassion within me for others. It was then I realised that I had to forgive myself too in the process. Self-compassion and self-forgiveness are essential to lead a life of non-judgment.

7 Ways To Stop Judging

1. Remind yourself that ONLY ALLAH is Al-Hakam, the only judge.

2. Become self-aware of your prejudices and biases. Do not be governed by them. Challenge them. I grew up in a family that programmed me into believing that Muslims were traitors and Islam was dark arts. I am grateful that I challenged my belief system much earlier in life. Alhumdolillah, today I am Muslim.

3. Acknowledge the truth that EVERYONE IS BEING TESTED. It doesn’t matter who it is, all of us are fighting our very own individual battles. People act and behave differently when they have challenging circumstances. Help them, make duaa for them, instead of judging them. Haven’t you had a bad day in your life where you blew your lid off at someone?

4. Look for goodness in everyone, in every situation. There is kheir in everything. Alhumdolillah!

5. Find yourself in another. Tell yourself that the other person is “just like me”. The realisation that we are all beings who hurt, who cry, who laugh and who love, and who are capable of being mean to others, brings us closer in humanity. Remember that everyone has an equal right to experiencing joy and peace.

6. See the big picture. You are on your path. Another person is on his/her own path. People don’t need to be on the same path as you. We all have different lessons to learn. Remain on your path with faith and trust in ALLAH to help you and others remain on the straight path.

7. Seek knowledge through clarification, instead of preconceived notions. If you disagree with someone, ask them to explain their point of view. Seek to understand, not argue. Listen to understand, not debate. Understanding dissolves barriers and creates respect and harmony.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Reboot Your Imaan


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Muslimah Mind Matters videos available on YouTube.



If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786.




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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m new to the gym environment and was wondering what to expect from a boxing class?

A: Boxing is a great form of exercise and no longer reserved for the ring only.


It’s a high-intensity workout that will leave you feeling empowered, motivated and
super fit if you keep at it.


Think of it as the workout that’s got the lot.


It will help you with building upper-body strength, improve muscle tone, increase cardio fitness and bring some serious mental clarity.


Not to mention how much fun you’ll have..

N-JOY and all the best!




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Mula Nasruddin has 8 hair on his head.

He went to the barber shop.

The barber in anger asked: "Shall I cut or count it?

Mula Nasruddin smiled and said: "Colour it!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Nothing is said to you but was said to the Messengers before you: your Lord is Possessor of Forgiveness, and Possessor of Painful Repayment. 

[Quran 41:43]


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But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody's pain "


~ Charles Chaplain




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

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Young Logan Roos sporting Mini Roos kit


Sisters Support Services is helping to organise the Logan Roos Fundraising Carnival. I am organising FREE soccer workshops during the carnival for boys and girls aged 6-16 years old. They will go for 30 minutes and be taught by an experienced soccer coach teaching the kids a variety of skills to the kids. If your children would like to join please let me know - Farah on 0432026375.

It will be on Sunday 14th of January.


11 - 11:30am- boys and girls aged 6 - 9 years old
11:30am - 12pm- boys and girls aged 9 - 12 years old
12 - 12:30pm- girls aged 12 - 16 years old
12:30 - 1pm- boys aged 12 - 16 years old

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Soccer 365 is now enrolling children for our summer vacation program 2017 commencing on the 15th of december up until the 20th january @ Svoboda park in Kuraby.


The sessions available this term:


- Fridays 3.50pm-4.30pm for children aged 4-6 (toddlers)

- Fridays 4.30-6pm for children aged 6-8 (minis)

- Saturdays 4.30pm-6pm for children aged 8-12 years old (juniors).


The lessons shall cover the fundamental rules and skills of soccer encouraging social skills, motor skills and recreational fun.


As it is summer holidays there will also be a range of additional activities such as scavenger hunts, free time in the playground, other sports games, competitions and prizes.


Toddler sessions will be priced ay $10per lesson

And mini and junior sessions will be $12 per lesson.


Pay as you play sessions can be booked on the day but please still register in advance


Places are limited so please contact us to book a place for your child now. 


Also please check out our Facebook page Soccer 365 Brisbane for pictures, videos and information on the sessions.










Al hamdulillah our centre is ready

We have started Madrasa classes

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Logan Mosque Extension Appeal

$300k needed
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Account name: Islamic Association of Logan city
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Update as at December 2017


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

This week the doors, windows and beams for the roof of our GC Islamic Cultural Centre have been installed. The plumbing work is currently in progress and the interior walls have been partitioned for rooms and toilets..

We still need donations to fund this construction.


Please donate generously.




Over the past several months MCF have utilised your valued donations to assist many people in need from our local community.

Among those assisted in July was a single young man who is an amputee and also a heart attack victim. MCF assisted by spending some time with him and also by taking care of some of his outstanding living expenses (which he was unable to cover due to his condition).

Among those assisted in August was was a single mother with 2 children. She suffers from a debilitating, serious and persistent skin condition which involves the use of expensive medications to control. MCF utilised your donations to provide financial aid enabling her to both pay for medications and to cover outstanding rental bills.

In September, through our community youth outreach program, the Muslim Charitable Foundation was able to assist a young brother with his battle against substance addiction. Contact was made with the brother during routine community outreach activities. After the initial contact, a sustained effort was made to stay in contact with the brother to provide council and support. With Allah's help, daily moral support and coaching saw a change in the brother's lifestyle. To assist the brother with his lifestyle change he was given temporary accommodation in the MCF house for about 8 days, while helping him look for shared accommodation. He now attends the mosque regularly and his condition has greatly improved. May Allah reward all of the MCF donors abundantly inshaAllah. If you would like to donate to MCF please use the bank details on our website:

Among those assisted in October was a family who tearfully explained that they could not afford the hefty costs for the expert childcare needed to treat their autistic 3 year old son. The family arrived in Australia 3 years ago on bridging visas with 2 young boys. They are not eligible for childcare rebates on their visas. MCF paid for a three month expert childcare trial and new assessments were then made. The results were, that he has made significant progress in relation to his social and emotional development. The joy and emotion expressed by his mother when MCF agreed to continue to pay the childcare fees was overwhelming.

Among those assisted in November was a single mother with 3 children. MCF utilised your donations to provide her with a basic bed and a basic washing machine. The washing machine will inshallah help the family to maintain a healthy hygiene level and also for the children to obtain a restful sleep.

The cases mentioned above are but a few of the many cases we deal with almost on a daily basis. Your continued support ensures that the most vulnerable people in our Community receive the help they most need.

To donate to MCF, please use the electronic banking details on our website:

May Allah bless both the MCF volunteers and the people who donate.

Without your support, community assistance like this would not be possible.

A reminder that all money donated to MCF is received by those in need. MCF has no paid staff and no admin fees.



Due to the ongoing drought affecting farmers in west Queensland, MAA have joined local organisations to help Aussie farmers in their time of need by trucking hay bales from Victoria and New South Wales to farmers in west Queensland.

Farmers impacted by drought often struggle to ask for help and many due to the financial strain of trying to keep the farm afloat also battle mental health issues.

By providing bales to help farmers feed their animals you'll be taking a huge financial burden from them as well keeping their livestock alive.



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Logan Roos Fundraising Carnival


Youth Connect QLD

Oates Park, Oates Ave. WOODRIDGE

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15 April 2018





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1439


1 May 2018





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1439


17 May 2018





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1st Ramadaan 1439


11 June 2018





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27th Ramadaan 1439


15 June 2018





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 1st Shawal 1439


21 August 2018





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10th Zil-Hijjah 1439





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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

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