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Sunday 28 January 2018 | Issue 0690


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Sitting L to R

Mr Abdul Rahman Yahaya Chairman, Islamic Council of Western Australia
Mr Ismail Cajee Chairman, Islamic Council of Queensland
Ms Maya Awik Chairperson, Islamic Council of ACT
Dr Rated Jneid President, Muslims Australia (AFIC)
Dr Abul Jalaluddin Treasurer, Muslims Australia (AFIC)
Mr Kazim Ates Executive Committee Member, Muslims Australia (AFIC)

Standing L to R

Mr Adel Salman Vice President, Islamic Council of Victoria
Mr Mohamed Mohideen President, Islamic Council of Victoria
Mr Bilal Rifai Executive Committee Member, Muslims Australia (AFIC)
Mr Mohammed Berjaoui Islamic Council of ACT
Mr Talal El Cheikh President, United Muslims of NSW
Mr Ajeeb Idris President, Islamic Council of South Australia
Mr Ghulam Abbas Vice President - Islamic Council of Northern Territory
Mr Jamal El Kholed Vice President, Muslims Australia (AFIC)
Mr Isa McIntosh President Islamic Council of Christmas Island.

The Australian Federation of Islamic Council (AFIC) held its first Federal Council meeting in Queensland last weekend after an absence of several decades.


The forerunner of AFIC, the Australian Federation of Islamic Societies (AFIS), was established in Holland Park Mosque in 1962.





One of the outcomes of the Federal Council meeting was the removal of Haji Rahman (Ray) Deen (second from right) from AFIC's proscribed person's list.


Mr Deen told CCN that while he appreciated AFIC’s gesture and the spirit in which it was offered, he “did not need the letter past, present, or in the future from doing work for the Ummah, all over Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and other parts of the world”.

“In fact, I would say I wear it as a badge of honour, being able to stand in front of the AFIC Congress and state that the people who did the wrong by the ummah, will be answerable to the Almighty”.




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Naseema Mustapha at the start of the march

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people marked Friday as Invasion Day, or Survival Day, with tens of thousands of people marching around the country, calling for equal rights and a change of date.

About 3,000 people marched  in Brisbane from Queensland Parliament house to Musgrave Park through the CBD, with attendance numbers up significantly on previous years.


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The Muslim Aid Australia Road Show hits Brisbane this weekend at a Mosque or Markets near you.


Here Nabil Quadan, Umar Mushtaq, Mohamed Issa and Riyaad Ally demonstrate VR technologies which give the public the experience of being a homeless person. Here Majid (left) is seen immersing himself in the demo at the Saturday Kuraby Markets.


Catch the Road Show at the Riverside Markets today (Sunday).






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Arthur Wagner quits Alternative für Deutschland, which campaigns on anti-Muslim ticket

A politician for Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland party, which campaigns on an anti-Muslim ticket, has converted to Islam and left the party, a spokesman has confirmed.

Arthur Wagner, a leading member of the party in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, said he would not comment on his reason for leaving the party, but confirmed to a Berlin daily that he had converted to Islam and that he had renounced his party membership on 11 January.

“It is a private matter,” he told Der Tagesspiegel, adding that it had been his decision to leave.

A party spokesman said it had not been concerned by Wagner’s conversion, and also confirmed it had not pushed him to leave. It claimed it had not known of his move when he announced his departure.

“The party has no problem with it,” said Daniel Friese, a spokesman for the Brandenburg branch of the AfD. Being a Muslim was no barrier to being a member of the party, he said, despite the fact that among the party’s campaign slogans before September’s general election were “Islam has no place in Germany” and “Against the Islamisation of Germany”.

The party has been accused of stoking resentment towards the hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees living in Germany. “The AfD contains interest groups for Muslims, Christians and homosexuals,” Friese said.

Wagner, who formerly belonged to the Christian Democrats and joined the AfD in 2015, is an active member of the German-Russian community and the vice-chair of the regional Russian-German committee. He has also acted as a translator for refugees from Chechnya.

He is believed to be the first AfD member to have converted to Islam after joining the party, although the party spokesman said there were other Muslims within its ranks.

The AfD was voted into the Bundestag for the first time last September as the third largest party. If talks towards forming a grand coalition government between Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance and the Social Democrats are successful, the AfD would become the main opposition party in the Bundestag, with the right to speak second in debates, after a member of the government.

Wagner’s case, although considered highly unusual, was being compared by German media to that of Arnoud van Doorn, a member of the Freedom party of the Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, who was asked to leave the party in 2013 when it emerged he had converted to Islam and travelled to Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj.

The Guardian




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'Muslims Like Us'. Over two nights - 8.30pm, 21 & 22 February on SBS

Muslims make up less than three per cent of the Australian population*, yet dominate the news headlines and are often misunderstood.

In a new SBS documentary, 10 Muslim Australians with vastly different views on their faith live under one roof for eight days to explore what it means to be a Muslim in modern, multicultural Australia.

While the housemates are united in faith, they are divided on what it means to be a ‘good Muslim’.

SBS Director of TV and Online Content Marshall Heald said:

“Muslims Like Us showcases the diverse range of interpretations of Islam that are practised in Australia, with the broader aim of giving Australian audiences a chance to learn more about what it means to be a Muslim today.”

The 10 housemates come from very different backgrounds. Among them are Shia, Sunni and Sufi; Asian, Lebanese, Arab and Aboriginal. Some believe the Quran is the literal word of God and practise Islam in a conservative, traditional way, but others take a more nuanced and modern interpretation of their faith.

There is Bianca, a feminist and boxer whose views contradict those of her family, alongside Husnain who believes in more traditional roles for women and has never cooked for himself or washed his own clothes before, and accepts the concept of a polygamous relationship.

Fahad is a university student who reveals he is gay while in the house in a confronting moment for some, including Hassan, Deputy Principal of an Islamic school, who believes Islam strictly forbids homosexuality.

Anjum refuses to mix with men and wears a full face and body covering niqab, while Mina believes women covering their heads is divisive and unnecessary based on her interpretation of the teachings of the Quran.

Sleeping arrangements, prayers, eating, socialising between members of the opposite sex, terrorism and extremism are some of the topics raised as the 10 housemates explore how their faith impacts their everyday lives.

Topical and important conversation, charged emotional debate and, at times, conflict in the house reveal the immense diversity among people who follow Islam, and the issues which unite and divide Australian Muslims.

Muslims Like Us is produced for SBS by CJZ.

Join the conversation: #MuslimsLikeUs

Muslims Like Us airs over two nights at 8.30pm, February 21 and 22 on SBS

Watch the trailer:





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Following Cassie Cohen and Jackson Bursill on their marathon a day (see CCN), here are two local stories:


Story 55 - Fauziyah



“Some of my sauces and spices are traditional to Indonesia, like sambal and satay sauce, but some of them are from India, some of them are family recipes, like curry powder, and we do a frozen samosa as well. My favourite? I like really really hot stuff. I like sambal, but this is really, really, extremely hot.”

We found Fauziyah at the Harbourside Markets in Coffs Harbour. She was running her stall Ziyah’s Condiments, which sells spices, sauces and samosas. Fauziyah is originally from Indonesia, but married her Australian husband in Japan, before they eventually moved to Bellingen, NSW (via Perth and Bowra, NSW). Fauziyah and her husband have three children. We highly recommend heading down to Ziyah’s Condiments at the Harbourside markets if you find yourself in Coffs Harbour on a Sunday! 




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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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Tensions have long been high over the Chinese government’s influence and continued crackdowns on the cultural identity of the Uighur ethnic group



Kashgar is China’s westernmost city. The region shares borders with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia. For more than 1,000 years Kashgar was an oasis town on the old Silk Road, acting as a crossroads on the route linking the Mediterranean to Asia






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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.




"Without a doubt, Islam is a demolisher of oppression and arrogance"

HE Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Grand Ayatollah Khamenei is the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


He was born in Mashhad, and studied in the leading Iranian religious seminary in Qom, before becoming involved in the struggle with the Pahlavi Regime in the sixties and seventies.


He was a key figure in the revolution in 1979 and served as President between 1981-1989 before succeeding Ayatollah Khomeini as Supreme Leader upon the latter’s death.


He has vocally supported most of the unrest in the Arab World, likening it to the Iranian Revolution.


As a symbol for Iranian sovereignty, Khamenei lashed out against President Trump’s “gangster” and “cowboy” rhetoric in his speech to the UN in September 2017, in which he threatened Iran and suggested that the US repeal the nuclear deal agreement signed under the Obama era.





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China’s Greatest Muslim Explorer– Zheng He





Zheng He was born in 1371 in the southern China region of Yunnan to a Hui (a Muslim Chinese ethnic group) family.

When people think of great explorers, they think of the usual names: Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Evliya Çelebi, Christopher Columbus, etc. But not many know of one of the most interesting and influential of all time.


In China, he is well known, although not always globally recognized or glorified. He is Zheng He, the Muslim who became China’s greatest admiral, explorer, and diplomat.


Continued from last week.




In 1405, when emperor Zhu Di decided to send out a giant fleet of ships to explore and trade with the rest of the world, he chose Zheng He to lead a massive expedition. In all, almost 30,000 sailors were in each voyage, with Zheng He commanding all of them.

Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng He led 7 expeditions that sailed to present day’s Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Iran, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Kenya, and many other countries. It is probable that during one of his journeys, Zheng He was even able to go to Makkah for Hajj.

Zheng He was not the only Muslim on these expeditions. Many of his advisors and were also Chinese Muslims, such as Ma Huan, a translator who spoke Arabic and was able to converse with the Muslim peoples they encountered on their journeys. He wrote an account of his journeys, titled the Ying-yai Sheng-lan, which is an important source today for understanding 15th century societies around the Indian Ocean.

Seeing these expeditions must have been an event that people did not easily forget. The ships Zheng He commanded were up to 400 feet long, many times the size of Columbus’s ships that sailed across the Atlantic. For hundreds of years, people thought that the giant proportions of these ships were exaggerations. However, archaeological evidence from the shipyards where they were built in the Yangtze River prove that these ships were in fact even larger than modern football pitches.

Everywhere they sailed, they commanded the respect (and sometimes fear) of the local people, who offered tributes to the Chinese emperor. Because of this tribute and trade with all the peoples they encountered, Zheng He would sail back to China with exotic goods such as ivory, camels, gold, and even a giraffe from Africa. The expeditions sent one message to the world: China is an economic and political superpower.






What No One Told You about Spiritual Abuse in Islam
By Janet Kozak



Abuse in relationships is not only black eyes, bruises, and broken bones. With the exception of traumatic brain injury in Muslim victims, it’s often the abuse hidden from plain view – like financial, verbal, and spiritual abuse – that does the most damage to victims long-term.

However, it’s the spiritual abuse we experience in a relationship that can leave us doubting ourselves, our goals, and even our belief systems – changing us for the worse and leaving lingering invisible scars over time.

What is spiritual abuse?
In a spiritually abusive relationship, the abuser uses so-called religions principles to exert power and control over their victim.

In Muslim relationships, this was concisely explained by the late Dr. Sharifa Alkhateeb in her powerful Muslim Wheel of Domestic Violence. Dr. Alkhateeb is no longer with us, but her research and contributions towards illuminating these abusive dynamics live on.

The spiritual abuse wheel is an Islamic adaptation of the very similar Power and Control Wheel developed by the Domestic Abuse Project of Duluth, Minnesota. It shows some of the ways that religion is often distorted by abusers to justify and support the abuse of both women and children. It’s also a useful tool for understanding what spiritual abuse looks like in Muslim relationships.







Young people are tolerant, trusting and politically engaged, according to report




If you’ve seen vision of people being racially abused on public transport, you’re forgiven for thinking the world’s in a pretty bad place right now.

But a new report turns that assumption on its head, finding that Australians - and especially young Australians - are overwhelmingly in favour of immigration and multiculturalism.

The Scanlon Foundation’s report on social cohesion has found 17 out of 20 Australians are either “very happy” or “happy” with our lives overall.

Nineteen out of 20 people aged 18-24 think multiculturalism has been good for Australia, and 80 per cent think accepting immigrants from many different countries makes Australia stronger.

Young people are also the least likely age group to think the level of immigration is too high - less than one-quarter of young people agree with that statement.

That figure steadily increases as respondents age, however, with nearly half of all people aged 75 and over thinking that immigration levels are too high.

Muslim ban not a popular idea
Remember when Pauline Hanson called for a ban on Muslim immigration during her 2016 maiden speech?

"We are in danger of being swamped by Muslims who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own,” she said.

Despite calls from pollies like Senator Hanson and LNP’s George Christensen to restrict Muslim immigration, the report says that policy isn’t terribly popular. Around 20 per cent of the population agrees with the idea of rejecting migrants based on their religion - and that number slides to just 8.1 per cent of 18-24 year olds.

Just under 45 per cent of young people have a positive attitude towards Christians, compared to 36 per cent who have a positive attitude towards Muslims.

ABC News



Former refugee Jamila Gordon has worked in technology for Qantas and IBM – but she had a tough start.


Jamila Gordon is a long way from the small village where she was born. She fled Somalia's civil war and came alone to Australia as a young refugee. She couldn't speak a word of English.

But that didn’t stop her from becoming a top tech executive for companies including Qantas.

“The village (where I was born) was very desolate, dusty, we had water in the wells," Ms Gordon told SBS News.

"My mother was pregnant every year, or she had a baby ... In the end, she had 16 children.”

Her family moved to Mogadishu to avoid a drought. But just before the civil war broke out they were separated. Ms Gordon was sent to live with distant relatives in Kenya.

"Through my friends in Kenya, I met an Australian backpacker. It was his second day in Kenya and we became friends and he sponsored me to Australia,” she said.

At 18 years old, Jamila found herself in Sydney alone and unable to speak the language.

She quickly learned English at TAFE and got a job washing dishes, earning five dollars an hour. She went to university in Melbourne to study accounting, before taking an IT elective and falling in love with it.

She says IT had some surprising similarities to her first school in Somalia.


“The process I used to memorise the Koran in the village where I was born, was exactly the same as the process of software programming that I used when I was at Latrobe University,” Ms Gordon said.

After university she got a job as a software programmer and climbed her way up the ladder, working in Europe for major companies including IBM. She later returned to Australia to become chief information officer at Qantas.

She is currently based in Sydney and works with smaller tech start-ups, helping them get off the ground.

Rod Bishop CEO of Jayride, a start-up marketplace for transport hire, says working with Ms Gordon has been a perfect fit.

"There's really not a lot of growth-focused technology people operating at an extremely high level in Australia. So it was an absolute pleasure and we saw eye to eye straight away," Mr Bishop said.

Former professional colleague David Thodey, who is the chairman of the board at CSRIO, says Jamila brings a unique approach to her work.

"She's always had a vision for what she wanted to do, but a great determination and incredible will and drive to get the job done."




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The Beautiful Girls Of Bhatkal: They Won’t Be Silenced

Hashtag Our Stories 





ex-Brisbanite, Yusuf Omar, and his wife, Sumaiya, are founders of Hastag our stories.


They visited over 25 countries in just three months in 2017 promoting their mobile journalism initiative under the theme "More cameras, more perspectives, more truth". Here is one of their stories...







Yusuf Omar: Go to Bhatkal and you’ll find jungles like the Amazon, hospitality like the Arab world, beaches like the Maldives and yet it’s still very much India.








Trevor Noah imagines an Egyptian Trump 








Imam speaks on school ban




Following a London school's decision to reverse its ban on the hijab for under eights, a local imam gives us his reaction. He was involved in discussions between the school and parents.










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


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 26 January 2018

TOPIC"Stop and Reflect"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 26 January 2018

TOPIC: "Story of Hatim Al Assam"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 26 January 2018

TOPIC: "Reviving Role of Masjid in Muslim's Life"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 26 January 2018

TOPIC: "The Prophets greatest love"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Listen to the Kuthbah








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 26 January 2018

TOPIC: “Resurrection for those who turn away from Almighty Allah" 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





Past Kuthba recordings








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 26 January 2018

IMAM: Ahmad Ghazaleh









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16 year old Syrian boy wins International Peace Prize 2017



SYRIA: A 16 year old Syrian refugee, Mohamad Al Jounde, won the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize of 2017, for building a school for hundreds of refugee children and providing them with education. He continues to fight for the right to an education for all refugee children.

Not many teenagers can say they founded a school, let alone be a refugee who experienced the horrors of war, and resided in a cramped camp in Lebanon.

He first founded the school when he was 12 years old, in Bekaa Valley refugee camp in Lebanon. After experiencing the brutal and impersonal reality of the Syrian war, Mohamad and his family decided to flee and seek refuge in the nearby country, Lebanon. Once they had settled, the family quickly lost majority of their funds. Consequently, his father had to move to Sweden to financially support his family, as there weren’t any job opportunities in Lebanon.

Although Mohamad had lost his country, family, friends and eventually his father, he did not despair nor lose hope.

Like many other refugees, Mohamad was not able to go to school for the first 2 years in Lebanon. However, he never lost his motivation to help others that were in a more desperate situation. He empathised with the children, understood their circumstances, and this fuelled his will to fight for the rights of education for himself and other children.

OnePath Network


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Amena Khan quits as L'Oreal model 


L'Oreal model in a hijab has stepped down after a backlash over pro-Palestine tweets.


UK: A beauty blogger who was the first ever hijab-wearing model to front a mainstream haircare ad has pulled out of a campaign with L'Oreal after a backlash over tweets she wrote in 2014.

Amena Khan wrote on Instagram that she had decided to step down from the campaign due to the “current conversations surrounding it."

Ms Khan had previously told Newsbeat that she was delighted to be the first woman in a hijab to be involved in a mainstream advert for haircare.

It comes after the discovery of tweets she apparently wrote in 2014 which some branded as "anti-Israel".

Ms Khan has since deleted the tweets and apologised for them.

Posting on Instagram she alluded to the tweets when announcing that she would no longer be involved in the haircare campaign.

She said: “I recently took part in a campaign, which excited me because it celebrated inclusivity."

She explained that she made the decision to stand down from the campaign as "the current conversations surrounding it detract from the positive and inclusive sentiment that it set out to deliver".

Regarding her previous tweets, she wrote: “I deeply regret the content of the tweets I made in 2014, and sincerely apologise for the hurt they have caused.

“Championing diversity is one of my passions, I don’t discriminate against anyone”.

During her interview with Newsbeat she had described the L’Oreal campaign as a “platform for diverse voices and women who don't fit the very narrow mould of beauty."

A spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris told Newsbeat: “We have recently been made aware of a series of tweets posted in 2014 by Amena Kahn, who was featured in a UK advertising campaign.

"We appreciate that Amena has since apologised for the content of these tweets and the offence they have caused.

"L'Oreal Paris is committed to tolerance and respect towards all people. We agree with her decision to step down from the campaign."



Evening Standard UK


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 For Humanity or for the Umma?: Aid and Islam in Transnational Muslim Ngos


Marie Juul Petersen



In the wake of 9/11 and the 'War on Terror', transnational Muslim NGOs have too often been perceived as illegitimate fronts for global militant networks such as al-Qaeda or as backers of national political parties and resistance groups in Palestine, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Yet clearly there is more to transnational Muslim NGOs. Most are legitimate providers of aid to the world's poor, although their assistance may sometimes differ substantially from that of secular NGOs in the West.

Seeking to broaden our understanding of these organisations, Marie Juul Petersen explores how Muslim NGOs conceptualise their provision of aid and the role Islam plays in this. Her book not only offers insights into a new kind of NGO in the global field of aid provision; it also contributes more broadly to understanding 'public Islam' as something more and other than political Islam.

The book is based on empirical case studies of four of the biggest transnational Muslim NGOs, and draws on extensive research in Britain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and Bangladesh, and more than 100 interviews with those involved in such organisations.




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CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: There is nothing better than the simplicity of fish and chips which can be served as a meal at any time of the day.




Ingredients for marinade
1 box Hake Fillets or fresh fillets of fish
¼ tsp turmeric Powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp crushed Garlic
1 tsp green chillies
Salt to taste
Marinate the fish in the above ingredients.

Ingredients for batter
1 cup flour
¼ cup corn flour
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
½ tsp egg yellow
Pinch of bicarb of soda
Cold water

Mix all above ingredients together and make a paste with cold water.


Dip fish into the batter and fry in shallow oil on low heat until crispy.


Serve with chips and coleslaw.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


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


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




Princess Lakshman


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


To contact Princess,  
Email:  Phone: 0451977786













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

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:

Nearly four years ago I received a clear sign from ALLAH that completely shook my being. It was on a day where I was truly down, bashing myself up and feeling guilty about the rude words I had chosen to speak to my husband. It was over a silly joke which soon turned into a gigantic trigger propelling me to react in a negative way. He was completely shocked at my outburst. Later, after a decent apology, he forgave me (I mean, of course he had to, no husband wants to go to bed hungry :) Jokes aside, what he did after forgiving me was a blessing. He asked me to reflect on my outburst and understand the motive behind the negative, harsh words I had so mindlessly thrown at him.

All he said to me before we hugged and made up was, “Before you speak, think.”

That night as I was writing at my desk, I heard my phone buzz. There was a picture message on a whatsapp forum that was mostly reserved for banter and chats. It was rare that a picture message would appear on that particular chat. I downloaded the picture and found the following words in bold, colourful words:


It blew my mind. Subhaan Allah. What a timely reminder for me, completely in unison with my husband’s advice to me earlier that evening.

So, why don’t you pause for a moment and reflect on your day today. Did the words you speak and the actions you perform result from thinking? Or were you on auto-pilot, merely reacting to whatever came your way?

Reactions are mindless. They cripple you into perpetuating a negative pattern that serves as a whirlpool, sucking you deeper into the darkest depths of anger, frustration, self-loathing, aggression and self-sabotaging, sometimes catastrophising behaviours.

When you think, you are forced to bring awareness to the part of your mind that requires processing. Life is how you are constructing your perceptual reactions. Perceptions form the foundations of your choices and judgements about yourself and others. The choices you make must move you forward in life so that you are living a positive, joyful, kind life. Are your perceptive abilities being dumbed down because you are not spending time thinking but rather reacting? Mindful choices require to spend time in silence and become aware of yourself.

9 Steps To Becoming Aware

1. You need to be silent for a few minutes and do an Awareness Scan of your physical self.

2. First take a deep breath and exhale slowly, mindfully.

3. Blink your eyelids and feel the inner lids touching the eyeball.

4. Now, bring your awareness to your neck, your throat, and your shoulders.

5. Become aware of your hands, your fingers and fingertips.

6. Expand your chest with deep, full breaths in and out a few times.

7. Bring your awareness to your abdomen, then to your lower back and your thighs.

8. Now try and feel the softness that is underneath your knee-caps.

9. And finally become aware of your legs down to your feet. Wriggle your toes.

Spend a few minutes daily in silence and become aware. Awareness enhances your ability to respond by thinking instead of react without thinking.

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In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: UNDERSTANDING YOUR ENERGY

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Start afresh, start anew..

With the new year comes new opportunities.


Time to make some healthier lifestyle choices.


Whatever your goals, stay on track and be true to yourself.

Have a clear plan and stay motivated – whether it’s eating healthier, moving more or sleeping better at night.


Set small achievable goals and be sure to set aside some time every day so you can actually work on it.

Consistency is key.


The harder we try, the quicker we see results.






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Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist
M: 0406 279 591

The Truth to Turmeric

If you've been following the café food trends lately, you would have noticed turmeric has started becoming a popular spice lately from turmeric lattes, soups and tablets.

It is now becoming a common ingredient found in your local brunch cafés and health shops.

What does turmeric do anyway? What is it about this ingredient that makes it so special? And where does the research stand behind it?

Turmeric is a spice traditionally used in many countries worldwide, but is particularly used in Indian dishes such as curry. Its main bioactive compound is Curcumin which is the yellow pigment that is made up of small 'Curcuminoid' molecules.

Curcumin has effects on the body that is similar to polyphenols, in that it has antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties which may be protective against developing cancers, amongst other benefits. Traditional Chinese medicine has used this spice as an ailment for thousands of years, but only recently has Western medicine begun to research this functional ingredient.

Recent findings have found that adding turmeric into your diet may help in reducing the risk of cancer and be protective for cancer patients. This is due to its antioxidant properties which help to reduce inflammation and tumour progression. Besides cancer, other research studies has also shown turmeric may help to reduce the cognitive decline associated with aging. It can help to reduce plaque levels in the brain which is associated with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

On top of that, consumption of turmeric may positively benefit those with diabetes. In animal studies, it was found that it can cause blood sugar levels to drop. It can also help with lowering lipid levels. Thus, turmeric may assist in improving blood glucose control and insulin activity which can be good treatment for the side effects of diabetes.

On the down side, its bioavailability (the ability to be readily absorbed by the body) may be poor, therefore only a small percentage of what you consume can be utilised by the body. However, it can be improved by consuming with an agent that can enhance absorption such as piperine, found in black pepper.

Overall, research is still quite new surrounding turmeric, but there has been numerous positive findings associated with its consumption. I recommend you to try to regularly include foods in your diet which contain turmeric along with plenty of fruits and vegetables, to reap the potential health benefits.

Until next time,


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Jallalludin started his new job as a vacuum-cleaner salesman.


He knocked on the first door on his route.

A lady opened it.


But before she could speak... Jallalludin rushed into the living room and emptied a bag of cow dung on the carpet.

Jallalludin: - Sister, if I couldn't clean this up in the next 3 minutes with my new powerful vacuum cleaner, I will EAT all this!!

Lady: Do you need Chilli Sauce with that?

Jallalludin: Why Sister?

Lady: Because there's no electricity in the house...!!!

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O people! Eat of what is lawful and good on earth, and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. He is to you an open enemy.


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