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Sunday 18 February 2018 | Issue 0693


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Crescent Institute hosts Usman Khawaja in Brisbane The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
Keeping up with crypto-currencies CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Muslimahs were treated to an empowering experience... Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Halal Expo 2018 highlights rapid growth of Halal industry Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

Crime Stoppers appeal

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

World peace a career goal - Brisbane's Ayesha

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

French Muslim singer quits TV show amid row over posts

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Yassmin the subject of human rights complaint

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

ME First Summit 2018

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Student Leader Induction Ceremony 2018

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Bellos' Best of the Bunch

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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'I'll be Muslim too': Fans embrace Liverpool's Mo Salah



Muslim Leaders Empowerment Program on DV  


Muslim women making their way into the legal profession    
Another story from the Bounding Plains journey    
Life on the old Silk Road: the Uighurs – in pictures    
The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims    


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The Crescent Institute successfully hosted its first professional networking event of the 2018 year this week with Australian cricketer, Usman Khawaja, as their guest speaker.

Mr Khawaja shared his inspirational personal journey to success with over 90 guests from a wide range of businesses and community organisations.

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The Muslim Business Council (MBC) hosted a workshop on crypto-currencies yesterday (Saturday) for an audience of 60 participants.


Dr Mustafa Ally and Dr Zaheer Kadwa facilitated the session.




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Founder and facilitator of Muslimah Mind Matters, Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra), hosted the Ultimate Self-Care Day on 10th February.


Self-Care involves keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Women have many roles in life - it is paramount that we feel safe in all our roles - at home and in the workplace.


Sergeant Darnielle Fioriti from the Queensland Police Service also participated. She made a great a point when she said: "Don't judge me for my uniform. I'm also a woman just like you and I advocate for Self-Care and safety of fellow women from all communities."


If any Brisbane sister needs to have a confidential chat with Darnielle, her number is 07 31317355

To enquire about Muslimah Mind Matters events, workshops and online programs, contact Sister Iqra on +61451977786




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By Zia Ahmad    

The fourth Halal Expo Australia was held on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February 2018 at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney showcasing a large number of trade shows displaying their halal products and services.

The expo was opened by the Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and the parallel Halal Conference was addressed by a number of local and international experts in halal industry as well as Mr Ray Williams, NSW Minister for Multiculturalism.

First started in 2015 at Fairfield Showground in Western Sydney, at the peak of the anti-halal movement by a small minority of racists and bigots, the Halal Expo Australia has grown into a highly successful international yearly iconic event.

The Halal Expo organising team led by Mr Syed Atiq ul Hasan, an award winning journalist, community worker and event organiser persevered against all opposition by anti-halal bigots and remained steadfast in promoting and showcasing halal concepts in Australia.

Mr Hassan, using his skills of networking, outreach and inclusive approach has brought together a diverse range of sponsors, local and international, halal experts, businesses engaged in halal products and services over the short span of three years to develop the expo into an iconic mega-event.

The Halal Expo Australia 2018 included halal trade shows covering a variety of Halal Products & Services from Food & Beverage; Finance, Investment & Banking; Arts & Culture; Fashion, Cosmetics & Accessories; Beauty & Health Products; Lifestyle & Wellness; Pharmaceutical & Herbal Products to Building Private & Commercial Projects; Travel, Tourism & Hospitality; Innovation & Technology; Education, Research & Development.






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By Dr Nada Ibrahim    

What a Success! Over 30 Muslim Community Leaders and Imams enjoyed the Muslim Leaders Empowerment Program for Domestic Violence organised in partnership with Kuraby Mosque, Centre for Islamic Thought & Education (CITE), University of South Australia and sponsored by the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) and Relationships Australia Queensland (RAQ). Relationships Australia Queensland was contracted to co-design and co-deliver this program. This project was led by Dr Nada Ibrahim from CITE and funded by Queensland Government as part of the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland initiatives across Queensland.

The 2-day intensive event, with a breakfast start, included a combination of presentations and workshop-based individual, paired and group activities. The sessions were co-facilitated by Aunty Debra Bennet (RAQ), Dr Nada Ibrahim (CITE), Mohammed Abdi (RAQ), Riyad Rahimullah (RAQ) and Muna Ibrahim (IWAA). We thank Allah and every Leader/Imam of the Brisbane Muslim community (and acknowledge those who registered but couldn’t attend due to unforeseen circumstances) who were involved in making this a hugely successful event alhamdulillah.

Evaluations from the members of the Muslim community who attended the event were very positive and it was heartening to see a lot of learning had taken place increasing the community’s capacity to respond to victims of DFV in a non-judgemental and supportive way. Requests for more workshops were made by those attending and the need to have more Leaders/Imams and Organisations involved in similar trainings to build a referral system on DFV. As a way forward, further training on identified areas of training will be pursued and an exciting group will be formed as a result. Watch this space!






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Ayesha Tauseef at the University of Queensland.

I love making a difference in people’s lives and want to be a voice for people who cannot stand up for themselves. In November I finished my third year studying inter­national relations and political science at the University of Queensland. When I first started uni I got involved with different societies on campus (at St Lucia, in Brisbane’s inner west), started volunteering and gained so many opportunities along the way. Right now I’m in the Netherlands for a three-week exchange program to learn about the inter­national relations of the European Union.

There’s just Mum (Sadaf Tauseef, 40), and my little brother (Rayyan, 10) and me living at home. My dad (Tauseef Paracha, 50) is an electrical engineer and for the past three years he has been working in Saudi Arabia. It’s hard and I really miss him because he’s my best friend. Our personalities are so alike. Dad is really empowering, has always pushed me to be my best and supported my dreams and goals. He cares about my feelings, my opinions and everything. Usually in our culture, it is hard to find a dad who really cares about his wife and his children so much.

Mum is a childcare assistant in her second year studying education at the University of Southern Queensland, and Rayyan is in Grade 5 at Grand Avenue State School, Forest Lake. Dad tries to come home every two months and in the summer break, when uni and school are finished, we go to Saudi Arabia to visit him.

I was born in Pakistan and when I was four-and-a-half years old, we moved to Saudi Arabia but Dad wanted me to have more educational opportunities, so he brought the family to Australia. We got permanent residency and moved to Brisbane when I was 12. Dad worked here for six years but job instability meant he went back to Saudi Arabia.

I went to Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School and until around Grade 10 I thought I’d like to be an architect or graphic designer, because I always loved drawing and painting. After some reflection, however, I decided to pursue international relations to try to bring some peace and positivity into the world.

About a year ago at uni I started the UQ Muslimah Society, which in December received the Best Club of the Year (religion) award from the UQ Union. It was a proud moment for me.

I’m also the Brisbane coordinator for PACE48, which is affiliated with UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and promotes cross-cultural and cross-religious education in the Asia-Pacific region.

One of the biggest reasons I wanted to have a platform and a voice at university was so I could educate people and make them feel welcome in our society. I encourage Muslims and non-Muslims to come together and feel safe to talk about sensitive issues. The only way we can truly create peace in the world is through relationships and ­getting to know people on a personal level.

Source: Courier Mail: QWEEKEND




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Mennel Ibtissem became an internet sensation after she appeared on France's The Voice.

The first woman in a headscarf to appear on The Voice France has left the show after she was criticized for her old Facebook posts.


FRANCE: A Muslim singer who became an internet sensation following her performance on France's The Voice has quit the TV show after being criticised for comments she had made on social media.

In one post, Mennel Ibtissem, 22, had expressed doubts about the terrorist nature of the 2016 Nice lorry attack.

She said the message from the day after the attack was taken out of context.

A video of her singing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah had gone viral, being watched 900,000 times on YouTube.

The social media comments, which have now been deleted, emerged after her acclaimed performance on the programme.

French media reported that in a post about the attack in Nice, in which 86 people were killed on Bastille Day, she said: "It has become a routine, one attack a week!

"And to always remain faithful the 'terrorist' took his identity papers with him. It's true that, when you're planning a dirty move, you don't forget to take your papers."

The message reportedly included the hashtag "#PrenezNousPourDesCons", meaning "take us for idiots".

The driver of the lorry was identified as a 31-year-old Tunisian man.

Weeks later, after men burst into a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray killing an elderly priest, she said: "The real terrorist is our government."

The comments sparked a social media storm, with some users saying it was an insult to the victims of the Nice attack. The association of the victims said they were "unacceptable" (statement in French).

Pressure also piled on broadcaster TF1, The Voice's producers, to remove the singer from the competition.

Others, however, came to the singer's defence, saying she was being unfairly targeted for being a Muslim.

After the posts emerged, Ms Ibtissem apologised, saying she "obviously condemned terrorism". But on Friday, she announced she was leaving the programme.

In a video posted on Facebook in English she said: "I've never meant to hurt anyone and the idea that I would do it on purpose pains me a lot.

"[I'll] keep spreading my message of peace and tolerance, far from all types of fanaticism."

The announcement in French has been watched more than 500,000 times, with hundreds of users expressing support to her.

TF1 has not yet commented.


Source: BBC


Mennel | The Voice France 2018 | Blind Audition




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Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s tweets are the subject of a Human Rights Commission complaint.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied has revealed she is the subject of a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission over her tweets.

Ms Abdel-Magied, a former ABC presenter, rose to prominence as a vivacious and outspoken young Muslim who had succeeded in the male-dominated world of engineering — at 21, she was the only woman engineer on an offshore oil rig and the memoir she wrote aged 24, Yassmin’s Story, was heralded for its humour and intelligence.

But Ms Abdel-Magied’s commentary soon landed her in controversy — there was an outcry when she described Islam as the most feminist religion on ABC’s Q&A and a backlash in January when she was seen to mock Australians concerned by gangs of boys and young men of African descent committing crimes in Melbourne. The gang members were often either refugees, migrants or the children of refugees or migrants, sparking a highly-charged debate over race and crime.

“All these aussies outraged about ‘gangs’, acting like they’re not descendant of actual convicts lol,” Ms Abdel-Magied tweeted at the time. She later tweeted that she was joking: “I mean jokes obviously Muslims don’t have a sense of humour OMG sharia.” She also said: “Every so often I feel like I need to wear a T-shirt that says ‘Muslims have a sense of humour’.”

Her Anzac Day post on Facebook drew a barrage of hatred. She wrote: “Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ...)” She deleted the post and apologised.

Ms Abdel-Magied later moved to London, where she continues to be sought after for analysis on topics including women’s issues.

Overnight she indicated on Twitter that somebody had complained about her tweets to the Australian Human Rights Commission, which has previously been scrutinised for running secretive, flawed cases.


Ms Abdel-Magied did not reveal which of her tweets were the subject of a complaint but wrote: “I mean, wow. People have a lot of time on their hands.”

“So apparently my tweets are worth complaining about to the Aus Human Rights commission. I can’t give you more details ... but it does make me wonder — should I have been reporting every single thing that people said to me that was racially, religiously or sexually charged? #auspol.”

Ms Abdel-Magied, who was subjected to a vicious barrage over her Anzac Day post, wrote that she did not think to report any of what was said about her last year to the human rights commission “and it is fascinating to think why”.

“Is it cos the process of doing so is exhausting in of itself? Cos I wasn’t brought up with it as an option when something happened — we were taught to just brush it off and deal w it? It it cos I subconsciously didn’t believe it would make a difference (even if that wasn’t true?),” she wrote.

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ME First Summit 2018: Embrace The Leader Within, launches February 19 th , 2018



World biggest global online summit for Muslim women by Muslim women

From self-care, to family life, to entrepreneurship, Muslim women are struggling to have the life they dream of. There is a sense of being swept away. By the pressures of society, especially as Muslim women bear the brunt of the anti-Islam rhetoric. By the juggle of family life and other
commitments. She is wondering who she really is in it all.

Australian-based motivational speaker, author and social entrepreneur, Kathryn Jones, who is teaching Muslim women how to be leaders of their own life, rather than have life lead them, said the process is an inside job.

“I wanted to show Muslim women there was hope. I wanted them to hear from as many experts as possible so the message would really sink in.” said Kathryn “I also see that it is important that my sisters in Islam know that there are amazing Muslim women out there that can help them. The ME First Revolution is an opportunity to showcase the talent, expertise and fantastic work Muslim women are doing.”

Kathryn’s mission in life is to make a difference in the world of Muslim women and lead them from oppression to success and purpose in life. She is particularly passionate about addressing the ‘tough’ subjects, such as depression, child abuse, domestic violence, bullying, abusive parenting and other topics often swept under the carpet.

Kathryn aspires to change the lives of every individual affected by these hardships, but she realises in order to fulfil this mission she needs other Muslim women to support and join her. To build a revolution of Muslim women coaching Muslim women, she established the annual ME First Summit
and her own online marketing program specially to fast track their success.

“I have had to really step up and embrace the leader within myself. I have seen that my story has encouraged my clients to have hope and step up themselves. I’m excited to have 45 speakers across over 20 different fields of expertise, ranging from physical, emotional and spiritual health, relationships (parenting, motherhood, marriage), money, entrepreneurship and more in this year’s summit. With these experts sharing their powerful stories and support for their sisters in Islam, it brings a hopeful message for the future despite everything else is happening in the world” Kathryn said.

Kathryn said it is possible for every Muslim woman, no matter what her circumstances, to live a life she loves and do it in a way that is pleasing to Allah.

“What better way to beat the media at their game than for Muslim women to be visibly confident, courageous and resilient humans who are contributing to the betterment of the world? We are in the spotlight, let them see something which challenges their thinking, breaks stereotypes, and leaves
them questioning perceptions rather than blindly believing the lies they hear.”

“I realised the key to achieve this was to help Muslim women step up and be a leader within their own life.”

“Last year we had 24 speakers talk about Muslim women putting themselves first in self care so that they can be the best carers for the people in their lives, this year we are taking it a step further and encouraging our sisters to truly step into living their lives by choice rather than in survival mode.”

“Last year’s summit changed many lives; it is my hope for even more lives to be touched and transformed by the beautiful messages of encouragement, stories of resilience, and actionable steps for transformation shared by the speakers.”

The “ME First Summit 2018: Embrace the Leader Within” will begin broadcasting online on  February 19th, 2018. Tickets to attend the live online broadcast is free, with registration for tickets now open for booking at

To find out more about The ME First Revolution go to

About Kathryn Jones
Kathryn Jones is the author of Step Up. Embrace The Leader Within, a book dedicated to supporting uslim women discover their inner leader and step up in every aspect of their lives. She is the founder of the Beautiful Muslimah Academy, the annual ME First Summit and the Great Ramadan Giveaway. She is known internationally as the Peaceful Parenting Coach, as well as a Business Performance Coach for Muslim women who wish to build a six-figure business in twelve months. Her primary focus is on supporting Muslim women to step up and embrace the leader within themselves so they can take charge of their lives, rather than have life take charge of them.




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By Fahizal Abdullah, Student Council Lead Teacher

On Monday, 12th February and Friday 16 February respectively, the 2018 Student Leaders, Student Council representatives and Captains from the Australian International Islamic College (Durack and Carrara Campus) were officially inducted into their leadership positions. Present at the special ceremony were the entire student body, staff, invited parents and family members.

Our principal, Mrs Mariam Banwa gave an opening speech outlining the heavy role and responsibility that comes with such an important post. She shared three important aspects of leadership. The first being ‘Popularity is NOT leadership’. She reminded her students that there would be times when their resolve would be tested and that they needed to have the moral courage to make the right decisions even if it meant being isolated and ostracised by their peers.

The second point was ‘to be a good leader they needed to be able to see more than what others saw’. Leaders needed to have foresight and vision to anticipate situations and problems, and to turn challenges into opportunities.
And the last important point and by no means the least, was to be an effective leader, one had to be a team player. The adage ‘No Man is an Island’ rang so true. Alone, one might not be able to achieve much but as a team, mountains could be moved. Therefore, to succeed, there must be no ‘I’ in team.

According to Mrs Banwa, the journey of a young school leader would be fraught with challenges and difficulties. There would certainly be dark days. But the best days would come when one was able to stand behind their team and recognise their success. She encouraged all the selected student leaders to use this opportunity to develop their skills as leaders and to make a positive contribution to the college. She ended her speech with a hearty congratulation to all student leaders selected, wishing them the best in their journey of leadership and service to the college.

After the badge presentation segment and the speech by the Student Captain (High School), the student leader induction assembly ended but not before a photoshoot of our newly minted student leaders.


Congratulations and good luck to all!



Student leaders: Gold Coast campus

Secondary school leaders




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Neil Erikson, wrapped in an Australian flag, outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court in September 2017

Far-right activist Neil Erikson has been found guilty of contempt over posting online an inflammatory video in which former senator Sam Dastyari was called a "terrorist" and a "monkey".

The convicted stalker and racial vilifier was on Thursday found in contempt on two counts, because he published the video footage and also posted photos on his Twitter page, defying previous court orders.

Transport company Toll Group took its former employee Erikson to court in December.

The freight group alleges he and his associates linked to far-right groups Patriot Blue and United Patriots Front kept wearing its uniform in inflammatory videos and images, in a deliberate bid to damage its brand.

On Thursday, Federal Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Jones found Erikson in contempt of her December 7 order not to publish any videos or photographs that tend to identify individuals as Toll employees, when they are not.

The video footage, posted on Erikson's YouTube page, shows him clad in a Toll polo shirt, ambushing former senator Sam Dastyari at a Footscray pub book launch in November, when the Iranian-born politician was called a "terrorist".

The video shows an exchange between Erikson and a woman sitting next to the former senator, and she asks Erikson if he works for Toll.

"Is this sort of activity sanctioned by Toll?" the woman asks.

Erikson replies: "I thought Labor were for working class Aussies mate. You don't like free speech?"

The woman responds: "Whatever you do in your uniform, you're actually representing your employer."

Erikson then responds: "Here we go, Labor trying to sack working class, Labor trying to sack Aussie workers."

The contempt finding also relates to four photos on Erikson's Twitter page showing him with associate Ricky Turner in a Toll uniform, despite Turner having never been an employee.

In the photo, which was published on the front page of the Herald Sun newspaper in December, Mr Turner is standing in front of a police officer and appears to have another person in a headlock.

Judge Jones found unproven an allegation Erikson committed a further contempt by failing to return all uniforms and property belonging to Toll.
Erikson stopped working for Toll in 2014 but worked for them again in Tasmania in 2017 before being sacked.

He was not in court for the judgment. The matter is due back in court on March 13 to determine any punishment.

Earlier in 2017 Erikson, United Patriots Front leader Blair Cottrell and Christopher Neil Shortis were convicted and fined for inciting contempt and ridicule of Muslims after a 2015 stunt.

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Tamim Khaja considered the US Embassy, an army barracks in Dundas and a court in Parramatta as potential targets.

Australia has been "under attack" from a group of Muslim men wanting "to kill as many unbelievers as they can" for about 15 years, a Supreme Court judge has said.

Justice Desmond Fagan made the comments while sentencing Tamim Khaja, 20, who pleaded guilty in October to planning and preparing a terrorist attack two years ago.

The then 18-year-old was arrested while preparing for a lone wolf massacre, either at the US embassy in Sydney, an Army barracks in western Sydney, or at a court complex at Parramatta.

Counsel for the defendant, Ian Temby QC, tendered to the court a list of recent sentences handed down to other men who had been convicted of terror offences.

In response, Justice Fagan told the court that Australia had "been under attack for 15 years by about 40 Muslim men, to kill as many unbelievers as they can and impose Sharia law."

"The ideology that underlies each is Islam."

Sitting at Sydney West Trial Courts at Parramatta, Justice Fagan referred to verses in the Koran which he said described the duty of "a Muslim to wage Jihad".

He said he was not making generalisations about Islamic beliefs and that his courtroom was "not a forum for the rights and wrongs of the Islam or Christian religions".

ABC News




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Mohamed Salah was born in the Egyptian city of Basyoun, 100km or so north of Cairo

Liverpool Football Club fans have embraced Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian player, with a new chant that celebrates the 25-year-old forward's faith.

"Mo Sa-la-la-la-lah, Mo Sa-la-la-la-lah, if he's good enough for you, he's good enough for me, if he scores another few, then I'll be Muslim too," fans have been filmed chanting from the stadiums to the pubs as they watch Salah's footwork at play.

The rhyme continues:
"He's sitting in the mosque, that's where I want to be."

Saleh, who also plays for Egypt's national team, is quickly becoming a darling of the English football community.

In 2017, he was named the BBC's African Footballer of the Year.

On Wednesday, he became the thirteenth player in Liverpool FC's 125-year history to score his 30th goal in a season in a match against Porto, prompting some to compare Salah with Argentina's footballing legend, Lionel Messi.

Luis Suarez, who plays for FC Barcelona, was the last player to achieve 30 goals in a season, in April 2014.

The chant for Salah, nicknamed the Egyptian King, is being seen by some as a feat against endemic racism in English football.

In a report on February 7, Kick It Out - an organisation working to end discrimination in football - said the number of incidents of discrimination at the midway point of the 2017-2018 season had risen.

The organisation received more than 300 reports relating to 282 incidents of discriminatory abuse by the end of 2017, covering the professional game, grassroots football and social media. This marked an increase of 59 percent from the same period last season, when there were 177 incidents.


'Mo Salah is going to stop Islamophobia'


Several people on social media welcomed the Liverpool FC fans' chorus.

"Mo Salah doing more to end the clash of civilisations than anyone else in the world," joked satirist Karl Sharro.

"I'm not a Liverpool fan but you must believe Football builds bridges with this Red chant for Mo Salah," wrote Gbolahan Obisesan, a writer and director.

Sam Egerton, a rugby player for Old Elthamians, wrote on Twitter:
"Loving this Mo Salah chant. [Love] for Muslims should be amplified."

Several people joked, as the song does, that they were considering converting to Islam on account of Salah's talent.


"Mo Salah is so good I'm considering turning Muslim #TheEgyptianKing" joked @bairdy_10.

"I think I'm about 10 Mo Salah goals away from becoming Muslim," wrote @OSMLFC.

"Mo Salah has turned me in to a devout Muslim catch me outside the mosque if you're looking for me," said @bradleymaguire_.


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The following requirements were compiled by the Australian Department of Home Affairs for organizations planning to apply for visas for religious workers.


Religious worker

• the position is full-time
• the work or activity specifically requires a religious worker and not merely a religious adherent
• the duties directly serve the religious institution’s religious objectives
• you have the appropriate experience and/or qualifications for the position
• an agreement or contract setting out payments and other means of support provided by the religious institution.

Religious organisations only

• a copy of the income tax exemption charity endorsement from the Australian Taxation Office
• a statement providing the numbers of members of the congregation and details of the activities of the organisation
• a copy of the memorandum and articles of association, constitution, rules or charter letter from the local council stating the address

Please note that the processing time is from 63 to 87 days for 90% of the applications and therefore a lodgement well in advance of the proposed journey will assist greatly.

The link above contains detailed information about all the necessary documents and information needed for the application including the following:

• eligibility
• genuine temporary entrants
• financial support
• health requirements
• health insurance
• character requirements
• payments for visa declarations
• debts to the Australian government
• English language requirement
• Your sponsor etc.

Please read carefully the information in our website. If you need assistance you need to contact registered migration agent at




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COORDINATOR (Aged Care) – Part-Time

Islamic Women's' Association of Australia

Overall Responsibility for ensuring the quality of the services delivered and co-ordinating Home Care Packages operating from Sydney


More information.






Applications for the 2019 Australian Federal Police Graduate Program will be opening on Thursday 1 February 2018 and closing on Thursday 22 February 2018.

The Graduate Program provides a continuous supply of highly capable university graduates with the academic qualifications required by the AFP.


Through their participation in the program, graduates become experienced and professional members of the workforce, with the knowledge, skills and networks required to make significant contributions to the AFP during and on completion of the program.

We are looking for candidates who:

• Have completed a university degree,
• are able to work in a wide variety of roles and apply their qualification/studies to the workplace,
• have critical thinking skills and enjoy a challenge, and
• have personal drive, integrity and a strong work ethic.

If you know of someone who might be interested in a career in the AFP, please refer them to the AFP website  for further information on the recruitment process.





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Azmeena Hussain




In the summer of 2009, newly graduated from law school, Azmeena Hussain cut short a family holiday on the Sunshine Coast to rush back to Melbourne for an interview with a large plaintiff law firm. “Obviously I don’t sound like what I look like,” she laughs, her Aussie accent contrasting with her colourful headscarf. “Because when I turned up for the interview, the partner was taken aback. He spent the entire interview talking about my appearance and my religion, and said he didn’t think clients were ready to work with someone who looked like me.”

Happily, in a subsequent interview, this time with Maurice Blackburn, the partner saw her as an asset. She joined the firm at age 22 and is now a senior associate working in work related injuries.

Ms Hussain says she wanted to be a lawyer from the age of three. Her Sri Lankan-born mother was going through a traumatic divorce at the time, and the only time she appeared calm was after she visited her lawyer. “I told my Mum I’m going to be a lawyer so I can look after you in the future.”

She read everything she could about the law, did well at Sacre Coeur and went on to Deakin Law School. That holiday interview was the first hiccup in what had otherwise been a smooth trajectory into the profession.

Things have changed a lot in the years since she graduated, she believes. Even the firm that rejected her has since gone all out to boost the cultural diversity of its staff. But Ms Hussain says people are still sometimes confronted by her headscarf.

“It’s a funny thing. I don’t even notice it, but a lot of people just can’t see past it. What they don’t realise is that I’m really just a very ordinary boring lawyer.”

Magistrate Masood’s appointment to the bench was a huge breakthrough in that regard, she says. “For the first time it felt like it was okay to be a visible Muslim woman and be respected as a professional in mainstream society.”

Ms Hussein says it’s important the justice system reflects the diversity of Australian society, and feels it is her responsibility to mentor young women coming up behind her. But she is looking forward to a time when she is no longer seen differently. “I’m looking forward to the day I’m no longer being thought of as the Muslim woman lawyer and cultural diversity is no longer a big deal.”



NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Fatoum Souki




Source: Law Institute of Victoria




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Following Cassie Cohen and Jackson Bursill on their marathon a day (see CCN), here is another migrant/refugee personal story:


Story 66: Simon


Simon an awesome former refugee from Syria. Since arriving in Australia just over 2 years ago, Simon has taken up marathon running, learnt English, started playing the piano and has started an electrical engineering degree at the UTS: University of Technology Sydney. He hopes to become an innovator in renewable technology in the future. Simon ran with us for the entire 42kms today, and we loved getting to know him better throughout the run!







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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



Uighurs believe their traditional language, religion and culture is threatened by restrictions imposed by Beijing and the impact of growing Han Chinese settlement. Conflict has plagued the region for decades – with anti-government uprisings, rioting and terror attacks






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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.



"Since wealth is the property of God, humanity does not have autonomy in this ownership but through the specific path He has instituted in the Islamic Shari ‘ah."

Justice Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Leading Scholar of Islamic Jurisprudence

Justice Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani is a leading scholar of Islamic jurisprudence. He is considered to be the intellectual leader of the Deobandi movement. He served as Judge of the Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan from 1982 to May 2002. He specialises in Islamic jurisprudence and financial matters.

Deobandi Figurehead: Usmani is very important as a figurehead in the Deobandi movement–one of the most successful of the Islamic revivalist initiatives of the past century. Usmani was born in Deoband, India, to Mufti Muhammad Shafi (the former Grand Mufti of Pakistan) who founded the Darul ‘Uloom, Karachi, a leading centre of Islamic education in Pakistan. He has authority to teach hadith from Sheikhul Hadith Moulana Zakariya Khandelawi amongst others, and he traversed the spiritual path of Tasawwuf under the guidance of Sheikh Dr. Abdul Hayy Arifi, a student of the founder of Deoband, Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi. It is estimated that over 65% of all madrassas in Pakistan are Deobandi as well as 600 of the 1500 mosques in the UK. Deobandis consider themselves orthodox Hanafi Sunnis. They rely heavily on the writings of the 18th century scholar Shah Walliullah Dehlvi.

Leading Islamic Finance Scholar: Usmani’s chief influence comes from his position as a global authority on the issue of Islamic finance. He has served on the boards, and as chairman, of over a dozen Islamic banks and financial institutions, and currently leads the International Shariah Council for the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) in Bahrain. He is also a permanent member of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, one of the highest legal bodies in the Muslim world.

Writer: He is the Chief Editor of both the Urdu and English monthly magazine ‘Albalagh’, and regularly contributes articles to leading Pakistani newspapers on a range of issues. He has authored more than 60 books in Arabic, English, and Urdu.

New Works: He is directly supervising The Hadith Encyclopedia, a compilation which will provide a universal number to each hadith in a manner that will make referencing any hadith as easy as it is to refer to an Ayat of the Quran. The Encyclopedia will be over 300 volumes.

A second major work being undertaken is entitled The Jurisprudence (Fiqh) of Trade.The Book concludes with a proposed Code of Islamic Law of Sale of Goods and Transfer of Property, that serves as a powerful “Call to Action” for regulators and standard setting organizations alike.






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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



14 stages of love according to the Arabic language

By Rayana Khalaf




Arabs are in a league of our own when it comes to romance. I mean, just look at the ways we express love, we're always ready to sacrifice our skin and bones for the people we love.

Over-the-top demonstration of love goes beyond our everyday conversation, as it is rooted deep within our literature. There is no shortage of epic and fiery poems in Arab literature, brought to us by the likes of Abu Nawas and Nizar Qabbani.

In these poems, we see variations of words referring to love, like "'oshk" and "gharam"... but contrary to popular belief, these words are not synonymous. They each refer to a unique degree of love.

Actually, there are 14 degrees of love in Arabic language. Here they are in increasing order of intensity:

1. Al-Hawa (Attraction)

Love begins with attraction and lust, which is described in Arabic as "al-hawa". This is when emotions are running high, but they're still indefinite... kinda like when you're swooning over a crush.







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.


Continued from last week.

Deliberate misinterpretation of Islamic teachings

In a spiritually abusive relationship, the victim may be told that to speak up about the abuse is a breach of a victim’s Islamic responsibility to respect her husband’s privacy.

According to her abuser, or those supporting him, if she tells anyone about the abuse she’ll be condemned by God for her insolence. This is a wholly incorrect understanding of the concept of “covering one another’s sins” in Islam. Unfortunately, using religion to justify ongoing domestic abuse is spiritual abuse – and it should be labeled as such.

Speaking up about oppression and abuse is not only allowed, but encouraged in Islam.

Allah has mentioned, in his chapter Surat l-nisaa (The Women) that He does not like the public mention of an evil “[…] except by those that have been wronged […]” [Quran 4:148].

Allah makes it clear that He likes the public mention of evil by those who are being oppressed and abused. This makes having a voice perfectly allowed Islamically – despite how strongly those in power would prefer to keep their abuses in the dark.

Speaking out about oppression and abuse is absolutely necessary to keep our communities safe, sane, and on the straight path.

It’s crucially important for victims of abuse to reach out and share about what they are experiencing, or have experienced in the past, to call attention to domestic violence in Muslim communities. By sharing their experiences, victims can help each other learn and heal. They also can get the assistance and support they need to move forward.







Mufti Menk’s first visit to Melbourne

By Faseeha Hashmi


Mufti Menk has returned to Australia but this time, his lecture series tour has made a beeline towards Melbourne for the very first time.



Two Melbourne mosques, Islamic Community Milli Gorus (ICMG) in Meadow Heights and the Australian Islamic Centre in Newport had the pleasure to welcome him in Melbourne during the first week of February 2018.

Born and raised in Harare, Dr Ismail ibn Musa Menk also known as Mufti Menk, is the Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe.

He is a leading global Islamic scholar with a high profile in social media, particularly on Twitter. He has hundreds of videos on his YouTube channel and has even more followers.

Obtaining his Islamic education in Madinah, Saudi Arabia and holding a Doctorate in Social Guidance, the Mufti is well-regarded for his Islamic knowledge and charming charisma.

Speaking before two overflowing mosques, the sweet smiling Mufti began slowly in his usual manner but with no lack of vigour to a room full of enthused Melbournians.

His main topic focused on the importance taqwa or God consciousness. This he said, is most imperative to maintain within our lives.

We are all “connected” as human beings given that we are all from the bloodline of Adam. Hence, he said we should treat each other the way we would want to be treated.

The disease is to think we are better than one another. God has only created different tribes “so we can appreciate each other,” says the Mufti.

He also appealed to us to strive for the sake of God, no matter what circumstances we are placed in or what we may look like.

Speaking to the youth that they should appreciate the body that they have.

“This body is temporary,” he says.

“We must honour our bodies despite this, as Allah has created each and every person. Though, no one’s fingerprint is the same; as we are all uniquely fashioned by God.”

“Yet, you are beautiful, please believe me,” he pleaded to the crowd, and the room erupted in delightful laughter.


Throughout his talk, he seamlessly interweaved his good humour into the speech.

However, the audience was truly overwhelmed with laughter at his jokes of his new-found appreciation for Halal Snack Packs (HSP).

Certain things are deemed as halal or permitted, whilst others are haram or forbidden. He integrated this within the story of Adam who was forbidden to eat from the tree within paradise and the importance of listening to the decree of Allah rather than the whispers of Satan.

“Turn back to Allah, when you make a mistake,” exclaimed the Mufti.

Ultimately, his talk was encouraging and uplifting, appealing to families and the younger generation, as the halls were packed with a youthful audience.

“I really connect to the Mufti, (he has an) amazing gift with speaking with the masses,” said Aisha.

The Melbourne crowd was encouraged by his visit, stating that he spoke very well and were eager for him to return.

“MashAllah, please come more often Mufti Menk,” said Hannah.

Ultimately, the most important message he reminded us was “Allah will always forgive you. Turn back to Allah. Have hope in the mercy of Allah.”

For “the best from amongst us are the most closest to Allah.”.   






Faseeha Hashmi, based in Melbourne has a Bachelor of International Relations from La Trobe University and a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne. A prolific writer, she has an interest in politics and human security.





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The father of Mashal Khan speaks

 BBC Asian Network



The father of Mashal Khan - who was falsely accused of blasphemy and beaten to death at his university - gives his opinion about the sentencing of his son's killers.







Mental Illness is Real

OnePath Network 


In the latest episode of Living Muslim, brother Mohamed Hoblos confronts the stereotypes and misconceptions of one of the biggest taboo topics in the Muslim community, mental illness.Having mental illness doesn’t mean you’re far from Allah nor does it mean you’re possessed by Jinn, it’s a test from Allah, just like other diseases such as cancer, etc.

The Prophet (ﷺ) was confronted with the topic of mental illness, and his response was not what we hear today, “You need to Pray”, “Come closer to Allah” or “This is a punishment from Allah.”

What we can learn from this Hadith is that the Prophet ﷺ did not ignore nor deny mental illness, but in fact, acknowledged it as a problem.

It is difficult to deal with mental illness, but it is, no longer a problem the Muslim community can ignore.

It cannot be dealt with alone, so talk to someone who is able to help and guide you in dealing with mental illness. You no longer need to suffer in silence.

For those that are struggling with mental illness and are in need of help please feel free to contact the appropriate professionals.









Gold Coast Mosque conversion












Rohingya lament



This singer leaves his audience in tears every time he sings of the horrors that Rohingya Muslims have endured.









The world's oldest university




So many people think that Oxford, Cambridge, or Harvard are the oldest universities in the world.

But in reality, the oldest operating university exists in Fez, Morocco. It was built by a Muslim woman....and its alumni list include Jewish philosophers.








The recent school shooting in the US








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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 16 February 2018

TOPIC"Abstain from Wrong" PART 8

IMAM: Uzair Akbar












Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 February 2018

TOPIC: "Loving the Prophet (SAW)"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 February 2018

TOPIC: "Seeking Help & Support of Allah"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 February 2018


IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




Listen to the past Kuthbahs








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 February 2018

TOPIC: “Deception of this Dunya" 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





Summary by Mohideen: Mufti commenced by informing what purpose Allah made this Dunya. Spoke about Prophet’s (pbuh) advice of taking care of 5 things before 5 things and went on to explain these 5 things. He also touched on being very conscious of everything we do in life both needs/wants and desires. He said how the world’s largest Muslim country Indonesia became Muslims. Related the story of businessman and companion of our Prophet (pbuh) Abdul Rahman bin Awf. He advised how one must do his business according to Allah’s commands and Prophet’s (pbuh) advice so that one will get baraka in his business. Talked about competition about A’mal and related the story of hazrat Umar and hazrat Abu Bakr. Mufti concluded by speaking how Allah can take away the tawfeek from a person.



Past Kuthba recordings








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 February 2018

TOPIC: "The Rectification of the Ummah"
IMAM: Moulana Khatani







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Muslim boys who insulted Christianity sentenced to memorise verses of Quran that honour Jesus


Unique sentencing from Christian judge in Lebanon, where insulting religion can be punishable by up to three years in prison, praised as message of coexistence



The Christian crosses of the St George orthodox cathedral surround a minaret of al Amin mosque in central Beirut


LEBANON: Three Lebanese teenagers who were hauled before a court on charges of insulting Christianity have been handed the unusual sentence of studying the references to the Virgin Mary found in the Quran.

Christian judge Joceline Matta found the Muslim boys guilty of ‘contempt of religion’ for insulting the Christian mother of God. The charge, which covers verbal insults or physical defiling of religious rites and objects, can be punishable by up to three years in prison.

However, when reading out her verdict in court in the northern city of Tripoli last week, the Justice said that she wanted the teenagers to learn about Islam’s reverence for the mother of Christ, calling the law “a school and not just a prison”.
Islam also regards Jesus as a major prophet of Allah. Mary is honoured in several Islamic texts, including the Al-Omran surah, which reads “And [mention] when the angels said, 'O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.'”

A chapter of the Quran is named after her - which Judge Matta said showed revealed the boys’ ignorance of their own religion.

The three must learn verses from the Al-Omran surah in order to be released, she said.

The decision was praised by several prominent Lebanese public figures and politicians and caused a stir on social media.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri said the sentence was the “epitome of justice” and promotes coexistence between Muslims and Christians together through the “teaching of common ideas”.

Lebanon was torn apart by sectarian violence between various Muslim, Christian and Druze factions in the 1975-1990 civil war, which killed an estimated 120,000 people.

Under the constitution, which emphasises religious harmony, the president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim, and the speaker of parliament a Shiite Muslim.

There have been calls on social media for Justice Matta’s ruling to be used as an example in other cases. 



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

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KB says: Sharing Raeesa Khatree's recipe from her The Great Australian Bake Off appearance. You’ll be dying to sink your teeth into these date, walnut and orange biscotti.


Date, Walnut and Orange Biscotti


Recipe by Raeesa Khatree from The Great Australian Bake Off




¾ cup caster sugar
½ cup olive oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Zest of 1 orange – fine
1 cup of chopped dates
¾ cup walnuts
1 ¾ cup plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Egg wash



1. For the biscotti, heat oven to 180°C. Using a stand mixture, whisk sugar, eggs, oil, orange zest and vanilla extract together. Add walnuts and date. Mix well. Sift flour and remainder of ingredients. Add to egg mixture and mix well with a spatula until all ingredients are well incorporated. The dough will be very sticky. Using a dough scraper, scoop out onto a floured surface and divide dough into half.

2. Place onto greased and lined baking pan and shape into a log using flour If necessary. Log should be approximately 12 inches long. Pat into shape. Brush with egg for a shine. Bake till golden brown approximately 35 minutes.

3. After baking, remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Place in fridge for 15 minutes if possible. Once cool, slice diagonally across to get even 32 slices. Place onto tray upright and bake on 160°C for 20 minutes or until dry.



Source: LifeStyle


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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














Muslimah Mind Matters videos

available on YouTube.

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:
Is Money Ruining Your Marriage?

Let’s get one thing straight...Money was created by humans, not ALLAH. Another truth...the lack of money or the abundance of it has absolutely NO connection to your peace of mind or your spiritual growth. So why is money one of the most common reasons for marital problems?

Your argument, like most of my clients’, may be: But it costs money to do everything and to have a good life. My answer to that is: If you are depending on money to bring you joy, you are living in a deceitful illusion. If your marriage lacks joy and soulful companionship, it has nothing to do with your bank balance but everything to do with your mindset.

See if you identify with one or more of the following issues in your own marriage. Often the problem involving money and marriage revolve around these:

• Couples feeling they don’t have enough money
• Couples accusing each other of making poor decisions regarding money
• Cultural paradigm that dictates that husband must earn more than wife
• Cultural and modern western paradigms that dictate that a wife who earns can spend her money however she wants, but a husband’s earnings must be spent for the welfare of the whole family
• Cultural paradigm that dictates that your self-worth is determined by the number of material possessions you accumulate (house, car, luxury brands etc.)

The crucial thing to ask on a daily basis is do you want more money or a joyful marriage? When there are arguments in your marriage relating to money, negativity spreads to all areas of your life and soon you begin to notice that the so-called money problems are getting worse.

Understand that arguments are not resolving your money problems but actually aggravating them and ruining your marital peace and harmony.

How To Tackle Money-Arguments In Your Marriage

1. Muslims know and firmly believe that rizq, sustenance, comes ONLY from ALLAH. Remind each other of this utmost truth and help each other in submitting to this truth.

2. Have a weekly sit-down meeting to discuss and plan the household budget. Focus on joy and harmony, not just money. Need and greed are two different things. Whatever you need, ALLAH provides. Greed may lead to engaging in riba. Riba is prohibited in Islam.

3. Give daily or weekly sadaqa from the money you have. Even if it is $1. The more you give the more ALLAH gives you.

4. If you feel anger or frustration building up within you regarding money, voice your concerns to your spouse without displaying aggression. Tell your spouse that you are feeling anxious about your finances. Voicing your concerns makes it easier to discuss solutions.

5. Do not bring up the past. Everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps one of you took a poor decision with money. It’s not the end of the world. Everything can be repaired with love, care and support. Support each other to repair what went wrong.

6. Remember that there is a difference between money problems and addictive behaviours. If either or both of you are always spending money on buying material things and filling the house with “stuff”, this indicates that there is a need for deeper self-reflection to address issues such as self-worth. People often buy things because they feel they are not good enough or that they must keep up with others in their friends or relatives circle. Will Smith, a wealthy and well-known Hollywood actor once said, “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” Recognise this addictive behaviour to ‘buy and please” and seek professional help to overcome this addiction. (Email me if you feel I could be of service)

7. Find at least ten things everyday to be grateful for and tell ALLAH how thankful you are for the blessings in your life. Once you list ten things, add five more for good measure :) Do this daily. Being in the practice of gratitude increases barakah in your home.

8. Remember that your marriage is is not. If all the money in the world were to disappear right this moment, your marriage will still survive, provided you connect with ALLAH and understand that obsessing over money comes from fear. Fear leads to shaitaan. Replace fear with faith. Faith leads to ALLAH.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Control Versus Care 


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Being kind to your body is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Notice how your body feels and give it what it needs – Love your body.

Remember that exercise is a reward, not a punishment. So get out and

Move! Stay motivated by trying different activities and constantly challenging yourself. The more we move, the more we lose, the stronger we become..





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Jallalludin gets pulled over by the police for speeding.

The cop walks up to the car and says to Jallalludin, "Sir, did you know that you were going 60 miles an hour?"

Jallalludin says, "Officer, there is no way I could have been going 60 miles an hour!"

The cop says, "Really! Why is that?"

Jallalludin replies, "I could not have been going 60 miles an hour because I've only been out driving for 25 minutes."

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An Ayaat-a-Week




Whatever you are given (here) is (but) a convenience of this life: but that which is with Allah is better and more lasting: (it is) for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord; those who avoid the greater crimes and shameful deeds, and, when they are angry even then forgive; those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular prayer; who (conduct) their affairs by mutual consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance; and those who, when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves.

~ Surah Ash-Shura 42:36-39


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"Always hate what is wrong, but do not hate the one who errs. Hate sin with all your heart, but forgive and have mercy on the sinner. Criticize speech, but respect the speaker. Our job is to wipe out the disease, not the patient"


~ Imam Shafi'i



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

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This International Women's Day, Muslim Aid Australia and Muslim Charitable Foundation are launching a truly ground-breaking project called '1000 Women, 1000 Futures' (TWTF).

What's it all about?

MAA and MCF will empower 1000 women in Australia and developing countries around the world by providing them an impactful and sustainable method to overcome poverty.

Once each case has been carefully assessed, we will provide the chosen beneficiaries sustainable livelihood opportunities, worth an average of $1000 each, to help them towards starting a small business.

We will also equip each beneficiary with the skills required for running their business so that we ensure long term success for them and their families.

Help empower women by attending our upcoming fundraising dinner on Friday, 9th March at Michael’s Oriental by calling 0434 984 520 or via





 2nd Annual Australian Islamic Education Forum

Inviting educators in Islamic education and schooling contexts to register for the 2nd Annual Australian Islamic Education Forum, held in Sydney and hosted by Arkana College, Saturday 24th February.

Don’t miss the premier professional development event for Islamic education in the country. Join the ongoing conversation and take away practical tips and understandings on evidenced based practice at the cutting edge of the field.
2018 Forum theme ‘Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Curriculum’ offers delegates a highly relevant focus that is timely. Sessions are practical and interactive delivered by experienced educational practitioners. Split sessions allow delegates to tailor their own program based on their interests and needs.

For more information or to register:

Presentations will address the following themes:
• Negotiating contested spaces – curriculum and Islamic schooling
• Strategies for engaging with Australian Curriculum
• Islamic schooling & the Early Years Learning Framework (Belonging, Being and Becoming)
• Leadership and curriculum
• Case studies and stories of hope - curriculum integration, curriculum renewal, curriculum projects
• Case studies and stories of hope - curriculum enactment in &/or across KLAs in Islamic schooling (English, HaSS, STEM, HPE/PDHPE, Arts, Music, Islamic & Arabic studies)
• Enacting curriculum for teaching faith perspectives across the curriculum
• Quality curriculum, assessment and pedagogy in Islamic schooling contexts

The Annual Forum aims to provide a platform for educators in Islamic schooling (Islamic schools, Madrassah or home educators/home schoolers) to network, build collaborative partnerships, share stories of hope and showcase projects and best practices in Islamic education.

This event is proudly presented by the University of South Australia’s Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) and supported by Islamic Schools Association (ISAA) of Australia.





BRISBANE - 17 March 2018 at Chandler Theatre, Sleeman Complex


About InfoReset Seminars:
Conscious Events returns to Australia & New Zealand in February and March 2018 with their latest seminar brand called InfoReset. The Full Day Seminar Tour (11am to 6pm) features an amazing lineup of authors who will be speaking in this part of the world for the first time.


Ex Economic Hit Man, John Perkins (USA) who has spoken at international economic summits will present hard evidence on the role of Economic Hit Men in the destruction of entire countries and how the current Death Economic system can be transformed into a Life Economy!


Conchita Sarnoff, Investigative Journalist and research professor at American University, will address the global epidemic of human trafficking and child abuse that haunts the corridors of power from Harvard to the White House.


Son of Oscar winning Hollywood director Olive Stone and co-host of RT’s Watching the Hawks, Sean Ali Stone is the expert commentator on global geopolitics and the imperialistic agenda behind world events. Sean has dedicated his life to becoming a symbol of peace between the major religions by accepting Islam as his chosen faith, and to put an end to the miscommunications and misrepresentations of Islam to the western world.


True to the name, InfoReset Seminars promises to be a powerful Information Reset for all who attend!

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services




Fi Sabilillah Matrimonial Services


Fi Sabilillah Matrimonial Service is a free Muslim match making service started by a group of married and professional brothers and sisters.

Considering the need of the time, our aim is to help our brothers and sisters finding suitable matches adhering to Islamic guidelines.

It's a traditional match making service where you submit your profile and we do the match making.

It's a free service for the sake of Allah

To avail the services please submit your profile at

"Thanks to Fisabilillah, we found the perfect spouses Alhamdulillah in the halal way. We would definitely recommend this service for other Muslims who wish to fulfill half their deen."  Yassin and Shannon

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Need to improve your English for work or social settlement? Learn for FREE with the Adult Migrant English Program at TAFE Queensland.

The AMEP provides up to 510 hours of free English language, literacy and numeracy training to eligible refugees and migrants, at more than 40 sites throughout Queensland.

For more information, visit or call 3244 5488 today










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Update as at February 2018


The external structure has been completed and the scaffoldings were removed this week. Now, the work will commence inside the complex.

We still need donations to fund this construction.


Please donate generously.




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9 March





Muslim Aid Australia/Muslim Charitable Foundation

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

1800 100 786


11 March



Empowering our Youth: Workshop for Muslim Girls


NZF, Sisters Support & COMBAT

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0407 164 721

1PM to 5PM

22 March



Muslim/Ipswich Police community reference group meeting



Ipswich District Police Complex, 300 Warwick Road, Yamato

0438 114 619


15 April 2018





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1439


1 May 2018





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1439


17 May 2018





(start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1439


11 June 2018





(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1439


15 June 2018





(end of the month of fasting)

 1st Shawal 1439


21 August 2018





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1439


22 August 2018





10th Zil-Hijjah 1439


17 November 2018



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



3PM to Maghrib



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Masjid As Sunnah











Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040






Bald Hills, Brisbane


Daily program
(after Esha salah by Mufti Junaid)
Monday to Thursday = Quran Tafseer
Friday = Prophet’s (pbuh) Seerah
(All programs run for approximately 15 minutes)

Weekly Madrasa
Monday to Wednesday
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Conducted by our Imam Mufti Junaid

Every Sunday
Jaula & remembrance of Allah
between Maghrib and Isha.

All are welcome




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

Community Contact Command, who are situated in Police Headquarters, manages the secretariat role of the QPS/Muslim Reference Group meeting.

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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