EST. 2004


Sunday 25 March 2018 | Issue 0698


Muslim Aid Australia


Muslim Charitable Foundation


Magazine out now from


Calamvale butcher
Country butcher
Arabella's in Logan Road

Your local Mosque

CCN - a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ....

email us

We find the week's news, so that you don't have to.




ICB notches impressive 2017 results The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
NCJWA visit Bosnian Mosque CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
ANIC 11th General Assembly elects new Mufti of Australia Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Yassmin awarded free speech prize Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

Khawaja's fiancée reveals why she converted to Islam

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Multi-Faith Centre

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Spiritual Journaling workshop

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Muslims Like Us

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Harmony Day 2018 at AIIC

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

National Islamic Quiz for Youth

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Queensland Multicultural Awards - Nominate now

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Useful Links

Games competitors visit Gold Coast Mosque Donations & Appeals Disclaimer
Malek Fahd appeal dismissed by full Federal Court bench   Write For Us
Latest Gold Coast Mosque Newsletter    


Introducing ‘Haloodies,’ a new breed of food bloggers    
Life on the old Silk Road: the Uighurs – in pictures    
The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims    


Click a link above to go directly to the article.


Return to this section by clicking   at the bottom, left of the article.




Correspondence from Andrew Laming (Federal Member for Bowman and Parliamentary Secretary to Hon. Simon Birmingham Federal Minister for Education) congratulates the Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) on the impressive academic results achieved by the 2017 senior cohort. The correspondence further indicates that once socio-economic factors are taken into consideration ICB was in the top 10% of Qld’s 370 OP secondary schools.

The correspondence also refers to forthcoming analysis of “distance travelled” from 2014 NAPLAN to 2017 OP results. On this measure last year ICB showed the greatest improvement when compared with all other private schools in the Brisbane Metropolitan area.

Dr Ray Barrett, ICB Principal, told CCN that “while the focus is on OP results, all staff from Prep to 12 – teaching and non-teaching – are involved because achievements of this nature do not occur overnight and are the outcome of all of our combined efforts. Congratulations and thanks to all. Let us celebrate this achievement and focus on further continuous improvement”.

Board Chair Ismail Cajee congratulated the efforts of the Islamic College of Brisbane Board and its CPAC (College Parents Advisory Committee) in providing the environment through appropriate strategies and human and physical resources to facilitate this achievement.


He said that “While the Board has been focussed on compliance issues with the State and Federal Government in recent years it has never lost sight of its main objective of operating in the best interests of ICB to provide the conditions where students have the opportunity to achieve to the very best of their ability’.




           Post comment here


A group from the National Council of Jewish Women Australia visited the Bosnian Mosque on Monday 19 March.

The welcoming committee consisted of Cassim and Fouzia Peer, Sadeq and Feroza Mustapha and Janeth Deen.

Sadeq Mustapha conducted the tour and explained various aspects of the Islamic religion.

"It was a pleasure to visit such a beautifully presented mosque to a group of people, some of whom have never been to a mosque before," Janeth Deen told CCN.

Morning tea was provided by Cassim and Fouzia Peer over which the visitors were able to socialise and get to know each other.

The group presented a bouquet of flowers to the Muslim ladies and a donation to the Bosnian Mosque as an appreciation for hosting the visit.



           Post comment here


Mufti of Australia elect, Imam Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi,

flanked by outgoing Mufti Imam Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and ANIC president, Imam Shady Alsuleiman

The election for the position of Mufti of Australia was held at the 11th General Assembly of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC).


The election followed the completion of the maximum constitutionally permitted period of six years, i.e., two consecutive three year terms, by the outgoing Mufti, His Eminence Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamad.


In their press release, ANIC recorded that Dr Abu Mohamad "served the Muslim community in Australia well and provided unprecedented and invaluable service" for which he was warmly thanked.


The ANIC Executive Committee, consisting of eighteen eminent member Imams, were charged with electing the new Mufti, which they did at the General Assembly.

The Australian National Imams Council announced that Imam Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi was elected as the new Mufti of Australia for the next three years.


The Victorian-based Sheikh Al-Afifi served as the president of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) for two terms from 2010-2015. Born in Egypt, he graduated with a degree in Islamic studies. Al-Afifi also holds a masters degree in Quranic recitations. Sheikh Abdel Aziem arrived in Australia in the year 2000 where he served numerous Islamic Societies and schools.


The press release added:

ANIC congratulates Imam ABDEL AZIEM AL-AFIFI and wishes him all the success in the new position.

ANIC is confident that the new Mufti of Australia will be warmly welcomed by the community. With the community's support, the Mufti of Australia will be able to perform his duties and dedicate himself to the service of all in this country.

ANIC would like to reiterate that it is the peek Islamic religious authority in Australia recognised by the Imams, the Muslim community and the authorities. ANIC is the sole body charged with electing the Mufti of Australia.

Any claim to the title of "Mufti of Australia" by other individuals is false and incorrect. This especially includes the false claim by Mustafa Rashed, who is not a member of ANIC, not an Imam at any Mosque in Australia and is not known nor recognised by the Muslims in Australia and any media agency that promotes him and introduces his as the Mufti of Australia had contributed to this deception and fraud.

The General Assembly also saw the signing of the ANIC Imams Code of Honour which affirms the unity of the Imams in Australia, their mutual respect for one another and their commitment to standing united against any target towards Islam and Muslims.











ANIC has over 200 member Imams from across the Australian continent. The core strength of ANIC is the diversity of its member Imams, encompassing many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, schools of thoughts, Islamic community groups and movements. This diversity and inclusivity is also reflected in the 18 members that make up the ANIC executive committee, with Imams from different states in Australia, including the newly elected Mufti of Australia, Imam Abdul Aziem Al-Al-Afifi from VIC.

1. Imam Shady Alsuleiman - NSW - President
2. Imam Moustapha Sarakibi - VIC - Secretary
3. Imam Mohamad Khamis - NSW - Assistant Secretary
4. Imam Mohamed Imraan Husain - QLD - Treasurer
5. Imam Yusuf Peer - QLD - Assistant Treasurer
6. Imam Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed - NSW -
Former Mufti of Australia / Executive Member
7. Imam Abdul Salam Zoud - NSW - Executive Member
8. Imam Abdul Moez Nafti - NSW - Executive Member
9. Imam Shabbir Ahmed - NSW - Executive Member
10. Imam Rabih Baytie - VIC - Executive Member
11. Imam Mogamat Majidih Essa - VIC - Executive Member
12. Imam Abdulla Abdalhamid Hawari - VIC - Executive Member
13. Imam Riad El Rifai - SA - Executive Member
14. Imam Ameen Abou Samaha - SA - Executive Member
15. Imam Burhaan Mehtar - WA - Executive Member
16. Imam Faizel Gaffoor - WA - Executive Member
17. Imam Adama Konda - ACT - Executive Member

There is an intentional and direct correlation between the members of the ANIC Executive Committee and the demographics of the Muslim community in the different states:

6 Imams from NSW
5 Imams from VIC
2 Imams from QLD
2 Imams from SA
2 Imams from WA
1 Imam from ACT

The ANIC executive committee is elected by the Imams council of each state. These Imams share a strong sentiment of brotherhood, unity and confidence in each other. The primary focus of the Imams of ANIC is to work towards mutual benefit in serving the interest of the Muslim community.


The Imams agree to disagree on matters where disagreement is acceptable, and stand strongly and united on the fundamental matters of Islam. The decisions and resolutions that the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) takes are, without a doubt, always made with the best intention and endeavour of serving Islam, the Muslim community, and the Australian people at large.

Furthermore, this diversity amongst the constituent Imams of ANIC ensures transparency, professionalism, and open dialogue. This applies to all the decisions made by the Council, including both the election of the Executives Committee and the Mufti of Australia.

The Imams take pride in the unity, brotherhood, and bond that they share amongst in ANIC and will continue to strive towards uniting the Imams and Muslim community.




           Post comment here



Portrait of Yassmin by Adrian Cook, a semi finalist for the 2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize for this submission.  


Outspoken activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who spectacularly claimed to be the 'most hated' Muslim in the country before moving to London last year, has won a prestigious prize for free speech.

Human rights group Liberty Victoria yesterday announced that Ms Abdel-Magied had been awarded the 2018 Young Voltaire Award for being a 'role model' to young women, Muslims and migrants.

Actor and same-sex marriage activist Magda Szubanski has been awarded the 2018 Voltaire award, following in the footsteps of former Australian Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, television presenter Waleed Aly and journalist David Marr.

'I won an award for Free Speech y’all,' Ms Abdel-Magied announced on Twitter this week.

'This one is for all those young Muslims and POC [people of colour] in Aus [sic] and around the world who know their equality is conditional, but know they need to speak anyway.'

'And for all of those who tried to silence me ... Eat your hearts out.'"

Liberty Victoria president Jessie Taylor said Ms Abdel-Magied was a “worthy winner”.

“Yassmin is sometimes provocative, but the hate she receives is despicable and disproportionate,” she said.

“Despite being on the receiving end of personal attacks and threats of death and sexual violence, Yassmin courageously continues to give voice to a cross section of society that is not well-represented in media or in public debate.”

The Institute of Public Affairs, a conservative think-tank, hit out at Liberty Victoria for giving Ms Abdel-Magied a prize for free speech.

The Australian




           Post comment here


In an Australian cricket team full of stars, Usman Khawaja stands out. He’s a fine batsman and an agile fielder, but there’s something else. He’s a Muslim. In fact, Usman is the first Muslim to ever wear the baggy green cap. He says it hasn’t always been easy being different to his teammates, and in the past he has hated the attention placed on his faith. But now he is proud to celebrate it. And as Allison Langdon discovered, “Ussie” also has something else to celebrate. It’s something even better than scoring a century: his upcoming wedding to Rachel, who, for her future husband, has happily gone from being a good Catholic to a good Muslim.


Muslim cricket star Usman Khawaja's fiancée, 22, reveals why she converted to Islam - and the outrage the couple has faced since going public with their relationship


The fiancée of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has spoken out about why she made the decision to convert from Catholicism to Islam.

Rachel McLellan, 22, from Brisbane, and her Muslim groom, 31, will tie the knot in what they describe as a 'big white wedding' next month following the cricket season.

Appearing on 60 Minutes, the bride-to-be admitted she believed the misconceptions of the faith before she met Khawaja.

'Ussie was the first Muslim I'd ever met,' Rachel told reporter Allison Langdon.

'I was very ignorant around Ussie, I will admit to that. I only listened to what I had heard on the news. All I read was well, terrorists and awful things.'

Leaving behind her Catholic roots, Rachel made the decision to convert to Islam last year

The Pakistan-born batsman - who became the first Muslim to ever play cricket in Australia - said his faith has always come first in his life.

And so it came as a surprise when he fell in love with the Catholic school girl.

Despite trying to challenge the stereotypes of the religion, Khawaja said the pair have faced outrage since going public with their relationship.

'A lot of times a lot of the hate I get is from other Muslims on social media,' he said.

'We will put up a photo of us two, and it will be like, "Oh she's not Muslim. That's haram, you can't marry her".'

Khawaja proposed to his then-girlfriend - who was born into a devout Catholic family - during a romantic New York holiday in July 2016.


Despite trying to challenge the stereotypes of the religion, Khawaja said the pair have faced outrage since going public with their relationship

As their relationship blossomed, the batsman said he never put any pressure on Rachel to switch religion for him - and insisted the decision was entirely hers to make.

'I never was going to put a gun to Rachel's head and say you have to convert,' he said.

'I told her I would prefer her to convert but she has to do it on her own. Unless it comes from you, comes from the heart, then there is no point doing it.'

Walking away from her Catholic roots, Rachel made the controversial decision on her own to convert to Islam last year.


The bride-to-be admitted she initially believed the misconceptions of the faith she read about in the media before she met Khawaja

'[I felt] no pressure from him, not any pressure from his family. I just knew it was so important to him,' she said.

By sharing their story, the pair are determined to break down the religious and social barriers that still permeate society.

'When Ussie Met Rachel' aired on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.





           Post comment here



The Gold Coast Mosque Newsletter




           Post comment here


Sister Iqra facilitated a Spiritual Journaling workshop for the Believing Women for a Culture of Peace group last Sunday.


To book a session for yourself or your group, call +61451977786.


Phone sessions also available for individuals anywhere in the world.

Email  #princesslakshman #healingwordstherapy


           Post comment here


On Wednesday the 21 March the Australian International Islamic College celebrated Harmony Day with a focus on this year’s theme of ‘Racism No Way!’


A special assembly was held to mark the day.


Mrs Banwa, the school principal, sent a strong message of “Everyone Belongs”, in her opening address.


The students thoroughly enjoyed the morning assembly which included presentations on the theme by the Student Council, various nasheed and poetry performances, a cultural parade and to finish off, a rousing rendition of ‘We Are Australian’ by the whole school.


The highlight of the assembly was the didgeridoo performance by guest speaker and Ngutana Lui representative, Eric Ellis. Students were enthralled by the different animal sounds he was able to produce using the traditional instrument.


The assembly was then followed by a rotation of cultural activities and games which tied in with another theme of Harmony Day, ‘Our diversity is our strength.’


In all it was a wonderful day and Insha’Allah students will be carrying the message of the day with them until next year’s Harmony Day swings around.




           Post comment here


The Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle (IPDC) is coordinating an Australia wide quiz.

The quiz will start off in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.


The winners will then join the grand final.

QLD Competition:


Date : 7 April 2018

Time: Asr to Magrib (4.30pm - 6.00pm)
Venue : Slacks Creek Mosque




Groups and Syllabus:
Beginner (Age <10) : Pages 13 - 24
Intermediate: (Age 10 -12) : Pages 13 - 42
Advanced (Age 13 - 15) : Pages 44 - 81
Senior (Age 16 - 18) : Pages 82 - 118

Registration is FREE but mandatory.

Online Registration:


Very Attractive prizes: Tablets, Smart Watches

Syllabus Book: "Quiz Book on Islam" by Husain A Nuri

Limited availability in stock or buy online from here.




           Post comment here


Nominations for the 2018 Queensland Multicultural Awards are now open.

Since 1990, the Queensland Multicultural Awards have recognised community volunteers, groups, businesses, government agencies and media whose long-term efforts have helped all Queenslanders to participate in our economy and community.

Last year winners came from across the state and from a range of backgrounds, such as the winner of the Minister’s Multicultural Award, Mesh & Knots MASSI MATSI Women's Group consisting of mainly Australian South Sea Islander elders from Mackay.

The overarching theme for this year’s awards is: Building a prosperous, fair and harmonious Queensland.

This year’s award categories are:

Outstanding Young Achiever – Under 25 years, including volunteers.
Outstanding Individual Achiever – 25 years and over, including volunteers.
Community – For not-for-profit community organisations or groups.
Education, Training and Skills – For government and non-government early childhood education and care, schools, universities, TAFEs or registered training organisations located in Queensland.
Business – For businesses, companies, or media.
Government (Local and State) – For a government organisation or team within a government organisation.
Multicultural Queensland Ambassador – For organisations participating in the Multicultural Queensland Ambassador Program.
Minister’s Multicultural Award – This recognises the outstanding achievements of a nominee, selected by the Minister from all nominations.

Nominations for the 2018 Queensland Multicultural Awards close on Monday 7 May 2018.

Award winners will be announced at a special lunch in August, during Queensland Multicultural Month.

Don't let your location deter you from nominating. If you're not within driving distance to Logan City, Multicultural Affairs Queensland will arrange flights and transfers for finalists and include a ticket to the Awards lunch*.

To learn more and nominate, visit the Queensland Government website.




           Post comment here


The Gold Coast Mosque Newsletter




           Post comment here


The Malek Fahd Islamic School in Sydney's south-west has had its future in doubt for the past two years.

Australia's largest Islamic school's future hangs in the balance after a full bench of the Federal Court dismissed an appeal against its $19 million federal education funding cut.

Malek Fahd Islamic school in Sydney's west had its funding cut two years ago by Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham over poor governance issues and because it was operating for profit.

The school of 2,500 kindergarten to Year 12 students, which has its largest campus in Greenacre, had been able to keep going due to interim appeals in lower courts, internal reforms including a change of board and an overhaul of its relationship with its landlord, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

The Federal Court today upheld an earlier judgement by the NSW Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

In applying to appeal the matter, the school argued "things had changed under its new management" and the school was no longer operated for profit, the judgement said.

"The [Education] Minister accepted that some things had changed as a result of the change in [Malek Fahd's] management, but maintained that the school continued to be operated for profit," the judgement said.

'All schools must comply': Minister

In a written statement issued today, Mr Birmingham said all schools must comply with the Education Act.


Dr John Bennett, chair of Malek Fahd school board, with lawyer Rick Mitry after this week's decision.

"All school authorities must meet the requirements of the Education Act and ensure that our taxpayer dollars and any private investment by parents is being spent to benefit Australian students," he said.

The school's board chair John Bennett said he was extremely disappointed in the decision.

"It was a split decision by the full bench of the Federal Court. We now need to look at the decision and look at our options," he said.

"We will look at appealing the High Court.

"If that appeal fails we will not be able to afford to stay open," Dr Bennett said.

School to stay open for now

The school would continue operating during any appeal process, the chair explained.

"We are telling the parents and students that we are doing all we can — this is not the same school as two years ago," Mr Bennett said.

"I am fully supportive of the money provided by the Government being spent properly.

"But looking briefly at today's orders, we believe things have changed since last May's federal court hearing."

Dr Bennett said he would also look at appealing directly to the Education Minister.

Senator Birmingham said he had written to NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes to "work together to support the school's students, families and staff".

ABC News




           Post comment here


Click on image above




           Post comment here

By Lucy Rennick    

A new wave of food bloggers is putting the spotlight on halal foods and carving out a niche on social media.


In a world dominated by influencers, “food porn” and sponsored posts, a new breed of Muslim foodies - colloquially known as ‘haloodies’ are carving out a niche on social media for the odd 1 billion consumers of halal food (meaning lawful in Arabic) around the globe. According to The Economist, the Islamic market will be worth more than $5 trillion by 2020, so you could say these bloggers are onto something.

Their task? Broadly, convincing the rest of the world that halal food isn’t actually that scary (on the contrary, it’s delicious, ethical, and more than worthy of the popular Instafood hashtag), and dissolving the negative stereotypes unfortunately pinned to Muslims and the food they eat.

Of course, it depends who you ask. Each ‘Haloodie’ food blog is as unique as the person or team behind it, with different aims and philosophies underpinning them.

The London Haloodie showcases fine halal food at luxury restaurants around the world, while Tazzamina is a lifestyle influencer who wants her audience to know Muslims can pull off fabulous flatlays just as good as anyone else.

Here are a few of our favourites:




The Lebanese Plate

For Lina Jebeile of The Lebanese Plate, running her blog is less about showing the world the wonders of halal and more about preserving her cultural heritage for her children.


“When my parents migrated from Lebanon to a whole new country and a whole new lifestyle, it was difficult for them to adapt,” she tells SBS. “My mum was constantly trying to hold on to her ‘Lebabese-ness’, and I feel like it’s important to be me, to be able to hold on to it, too. The only real thing I have to pass on to my kids is the food.”


While Jebeile doesn’t make a point of bringing the attention of her audience to halal food specifically, eating halal is an important part of her life – all the recipes featured on her website and Instagram are made with halal ingredients. The Lebanese Plate normalises halal food, and paves the way for other Muslim bloggers to share their experience of cooking at home for their families.


"I do see [Muslim food bloggers] more often than I used to,” Jebeile says. “There are a lot more people in the community wanting that kind of food, they’re eager to go out and experiment at different restaurants. I always get comments from people who are excited to learn there are halal options of their favourite dishes.”



NEXT WEEK IN CCN: My Halal Kitchen





           Post comment here



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


Story 100: Naba


Naba, the daughter of a doctor and a dentist, was 10 years old when her family fled from Iraq to Jordan following the American invasion.


From there, her family came to Australia on a humanitarian visa and settled in Melbourne.


Now 24, Naba has graduated from Medicine at Monash University and is completing her intern year at Eastern Health, working in the emergency department at the Angliss hospital.


Throughout her degree, she volunteered on projects in Uganda and in a refugee camp in Jordan.


Her experiences in the Australian education system inspired her to start ‘Happy Brain’ a not-for-profit organisation which provides tutoring and mentoring services to young people and involves them in meaningful and impactful social projects.




           Post comment here


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


Xinjiang is a key region in Beijing’s One Belt, One Road initiative that will link China to the east and west. This massive infrastructure project will span more than 60 countries across Asia, the MidXinjiang is a key region in Beijing’s One Belt, One Road initiative that will link China to the east and west. This massive infrastructure project will span more than 60 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa





           Post comment here


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

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






"The suppression of ideas and thought is a major sin, and we will never allow anyone to stifle freedom of thought. In our religion there is tolerance , morality and openness , and the venerable Qura'an stands for knowledge and thought. These verses do not call for sitting idly, unthinking, or to go through life blindly. It has never been, at any time, against inquiry or the seeking of knowledge".

HM Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Aal Sa’id

Sultan of Oman

Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al-Sa’id, the 14th descendant of the Al-Bu Sa’idi dynasty, is a socially and politically active monarch, who has ruled for over 40 years as Sultan. Sultan Qaboos has revolutionized and modernized Oman, transforming it from a poor, isolationist nation into a land closely-linked with the African continent and devoted to economic development, regional stability, and religious tolerance.

Leader of Omani Sultanate: Sultan Qaboos Al-Sa’id reigns over a country strategically situated in the Gulf region. Oman has a stake in the crude oil market due to the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Gulf of Oman to the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, producing over 950,000 barrels of crude oil per day in 2014, according to Oman’s Oil and Gas Ministry.

Historically, Oman is significant as one of the only countries with a large population of Ibadi Muslims and as the most authoritative state in the Ibadi movement—one that is recognized as one of the oldest schools of Islamic thought.

Beacon of Islam: Sultan Qaboos has helped build or restore thousands of mosques at his personal expense, the grandest being the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, which can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. The Sultan is a discreet but strong supporter of moderate Islam and has created a unique Islamic culture in Oman that has carefully combined the best of traditional Islam with the benefits of the modern world. Sultan Qaboos has promoted culturally-specific Islamic dress, art, architecture and education, and is a keen advocate of environmentalism. This quiet, measured rise has made Oman a hidden pearl of the Islamic world.

Personal Leadership: The Sultan has raised the Omani standard of living by building up Oman’s school system, health care, infrastructure, and economy. He cites political participation as one of his major long-term goals. Within the last two decades, he has introduced political reforms; including a bicameral representative body, a basic law, universal suffrage, and a supreme court. Moreover, despite Oman’s relative lack of oil and gas compared to other Gulf States, the Sultan has invested his country’s wealth so wisely that all citizens are guaranteed free education up to the doctoral level (should they qualify); free healthcare, free land, soft loans for building homes, jobs and social security for the disabled, orphans and widows. Furthermore, unlike neighbouring countries, Oman has resolved all its border demarcation issues with all its neighbours, has no foreign debt and has a Sovereign Wealth Reserve Fund of over 30 billion Riyals (about $100 billion). Oman is thus arguably the best administrated country in the Islamic world, if not in the whole world. He continues this leadership even though he is receiving treatment for cancer.

International Leader: Sultan Qaboos has been recognized by organizations such as the United Nations and the National Council of US-Arab Relations for his leadership in the Persian Gulf region. In 2008, he presided over the GCC Summit, where he was commended for his ongoing efforts toward political and economic cooperation amongst the GCC states. Sultan Qaboos has made an effort to strengthen ties between Oman and Iran, as well as the strategic partnership between Oman and India—showing the Sultan’s foresight in carving foreign policy independent of that of his Arab neighbours.






           Post comment here

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:



6. Al-'Oshok (Adulation)

"Al-oshok" is used to describe the excessive love and profound admiration lovers experience when they become intimately familiar with one-another.







Islam in the Media 2017

By OnePath Network





In 2016, an Essential Report found that 49% of Australians supported a ban on Muslim immigration to Australia. Another poll by the Australian National University found that 71% of Australians were concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism locally. In the same year however, researchers at Griffith University found that 70% of Australians believed that they themselves knew “little to nothing about the religion and its adherents” (O’Donnell 2017), despite the disproportionate coverage of Islam and Muslims in the media shown above.

It takes a special kind of fear mongering and sensationalism to convince the majority of a nation to ban a community they themselves recognise they know almost nothing about. It is simply naive to ignore the serious role the media plays in making Muslims seem ‘different’ to the rest of Australian society. As Anne Aly, an academic and MP for Cowan, put it:

“In the popular Australian media… Muslims have been characterized as non-members of the Australian community – relegating them to the space of the ‘other’, alien, foreign and incompatible with Australian cultural values.” (Aly 2007)

In 2016, 2,886 Australians died in relation to suicide, whilst 0 people died from a terrorist attack on Australian soil. Yet in the 2017 budget, the federal government allocated $7.2 million to the ANZ Counter-Terrorism Committee, and only $2.1 million to suicide prevention and awareness. That is not to take away from the work that our police and intelligence agencies do to keep us safe. But it’s essential that we remember that our beliefs as a society do not just affect how we view or treat the individuals around us. They shape government policy, institutional agendas and cultural norms. And those things have a far greater power to harm a community that is already struggling to find its place in Australian society.

In 2017, the Islamophobia Register Australia published the report Islamophobia in Australia: 2014-2016, which found “an observable coincidence between spikes of vilification reported to the Islamophobia Register and terror attacks, anti-terror legislation and negative media coverage of high profile Muslim leaders” (Iner 2017), such as the with the case of the Grand Mufti. It also showed that the majority of Islamophobic insults were not related to terrorism, meaning that simply the existence and visibility of Muslims and Islam is now the main motivation behind these hate attacks.


Aly also noted that “attempts by Muslims to articulate their views and opinions in the popular media often draw opposition from the public about accommodating the needs of Muslims” (Aly 2007). This can clearly be seen in the case of Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s infamous Q&A appearance and ANZAC day post, or in the debates surrounding Halal food.

In other words, whether Muslims stay silent and take the heat, or ‘play the game’ and push back, the result is the same: public animosity and resentment of Islam in Australia.   







Hana Assafiri speaks out about her violent past as Muslim child bride



Hana is the founder of Speed Date a Muslim, a community event designed to combat Islamophobia


Hana Assafiri opened Melbourne's Moroccan Soup Bar 20 years ago this June.

Now the owner of two restaurants, she is also the founder of Speed Date a Muslim, a community event to combat Islamophobia.

Since revelations of sexual abuse and harassment have gone viral with the #MeToo movement, Hana Assafiri believes it's her turn to end the silence. For the first time, she shares her personal story of abuse.





Did you ever confront your abuser?

I saw him many years ago. I had been driving, and in my rage imagined I would ram him into the wall. So I revved the car and then a calm came over me. I got out of the car and looked at him and said:

"Be very afraid. We will all be accountable for our behaviour".

He just [said nothing]. And to me this is an Islamic principle which takes you back to what is the ultimate arbiter of what is right and wrong. In my belief we've all departed from this. This is where I find solace as an adult.

While my Mum was alive all I wanted was to protect her. In many respects I was the emotional adult with her. She was diagnosed with motor-neurone disease. It was an awfully cruel disease. Nearing the end, when she could still speak, she looked at me and said "I'm sorry".

My anger was never with Mum or Dad. They were doing their best and when people do their best you can't be angry with them. My anger was aimed at the abuser.

Why break the silence?

I want to encourage younger women to speak up — not just younger Muslim women, but across the board — to say it's unacceptable. It's not OK. There's nothing Islamic about condoning abuse and continuing the silence around it. Violence against women is not [women's] fault and certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

It's important to call out abuse and not allow these things to define you.

"It's important to shift the shame and place it where it belongs; with the abuser."







A House Divided: Tablighi Jamaat (TJ)
By Sajid Iqbal








In December 2016, the Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa that probably stands as the strongest indictment of Maulana Saad’s leadership, painting it as both deviant and divisive: “Due to a lack of knowledge, [Maulana Saad] has strayed from the path of the majority of the Ulema ... in his ideologies and his explanation of Quran and Hadith, which is undoubtedly the path of deviation,” the statement said.

Maulana Saad’s tendency to let his mouth run at times was often discussed within the movement. Those who heard his contentious remarks would not know if they were more than isolated, off-the-cuff remarks. The Deoband fatwa, by listing seven offensive remarks that were investigated and proved to have been made by him, would have greatly damaged his standing, given the source.

In 2017, the Islamic seminary went one step further and issued an order banning TJ from its campus. Restricting the group from conducting any activities inside the “four walls” of the sprawling madressah, the seminary’s administration announced, in August 2017, that any student found involved in Tablighi activity would face punitive action. This is the first time in the seminary’s over-100-years-old history that it has shut its doors on the Tablighi Jamaat, its own ideological offshoot.

The action, said the seminary’s rector Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, was needed to prevent a clash among Deoband students who were getting divided into two camps. “We are not against Tablighi Jamaat or its works but were only worried that our students might get sucked into the fight between the two factions,” Mufti Nomani was quoted as saying in the Indian media. “We tried to mediate between the groups to help them sort out their differences but failed. The ban will be lifted only after the two factions bury their differences.”

In the latest development, Maulana Saad is reported to have admitted to a ‘mistake’ while confined at the Kakrail Mosque (another designated markaz for the movement). Barred from attending the congregation in Tongi, perhaps Maulana Saad may finally repent and correct his ‘mistake’. Darul Uloom Deoband has expressed satisfaction on the reports of repentance and admission of making mistakes by Maulana Saad but has said that it couldn’t ignore the intellectual waywardness which was the basis of Darul Uloom Deoband’s original pronouncement.


The split in TJ has greatly frustrated some lifelong devotees worldwide and a London-based volunteer sums it up really well.

“There are those who follow Nizamuddin and Maulana Saad Kandhalvi and then there are others opposed to him, hence following Aalmi Shura. But there is a third camp, comprising people like me, who are confused at the state of affairs,” he says.

It is a fact that the outcome of the current struggle will decide the future direction for the missionary group — whether it marches ahead on the road to personal piety or remains wedded to its archaic ways and customs having no foundations in religious literature, whether it develops into an all-inclusive group where decisions are made through consultations or orders are imposed from the top leadership decided on the basis of bloodline.






Islam's Reply To Extremism - Part 2

By Abu Khadeejah








           Post comment here







 Facebook 360 from the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque,

also known as the Pink Mosque, in Shiraz, Iran.

Getty Images









The largest umbrella in the world has began to be installed in Masjidil Haram Al Makkah

Bharia News TV




Height 45 m and gross weight 600 tons, coverage area of 2400 sq m. 







There’s nothing funny about bullying

OnePath Network 








Keysar Trad Interview with Sean Stone

re Australia/New Zealand Conference Tour




The interview with filmmaker Sean Ali Stone (who reverted to Islam and has become an expert on the Middle East)












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.


           Post comment here






Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 23 March 2018


IMAM: Uzair Akbar




Imam Uzair is a away







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 23 March 2018

TOPIC: "Qualities of the Pious"

IMAM: Abu Ahmad Ghazaleh (Guest speaker)










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 23 March 2018

TOPIC: "The greatest Blessing ever!"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 23 March 2018

TOPIC: "The test of Abu Salma’s household"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Junaid commenced by reciting sura Asr and explained what Imam Shafi said about this sura. He said to be successful in the eyes of Allah there has to be four qualities. He spoke about how Allah will test everyone. He advised why everyone should be praying Tahajud salah every night. He compared our mattress and the Prophets (pbuh) mattress. He explained why Allah wants to test us. He asked who we are giving preference to, Allah’s command or your nafs and spoke about one being a level of Shirk. Spoke about Abu Salma and the tests his family got from Allah. He said how this family returned to Mecca on false rumour and decided to migrate to Medina and how they were intercepted by their clans and how the two tribes took the wife and daughter away from them. He spoke of how much of sacrifice they had to go through for the sake of Allah and his Prophet (pbuh) and how Allah was pleased with them. He concluded by advising to put the trust in Allah.


Listen to the Kuthbah








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 23 March 2018

TOPIC: “Rajab the blessed month" 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Naeem commenced by speaking about the month of Rajab as one of the sacred month. He encouraged everyone to ask for forgiveness from Allah in this month of Rajab. He also spoke about the months of Shaban and Ramadan. He went on to explain the first few ayahs/words of the Quran. He complained how today people come to salah and instead of joining the jamaath they are talking on the phone. He explained the etiquettes of the Masjid. He related the story of how the people in the grave telling the Angels that they envy the people in the Masjid doing ibadah. He complained that people disturb by talking loudly when taking wudu thereby disturbing the jamaath which has already begun. He once again reminded the congregation to do tauba in this month. He concluded by advising not to talk during kuthba and advised that talking at that time is haram.   


Past Kuthba recordings








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 23 March 2018

TOPIC: "The Truth-Seeker Salman of Persia"
IMAM: Ahmed Naffa








           Post comment here


Saudi women do not need to wear black abayas, Mohammed bin Salman says ahead of trip to US  


The crown prince is trying to burnish his reformist credentials ahead of his US trip.


SAUDI ARABIA: Women in Saudi Arabia do not need to wear traditional black abayas or headscarves, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said, as he tries to burnish his reformist credentials ahead of his first trip to Washington as Saudi heir to the throne.

The 32-year-old prince, who will meet Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, said that Saudis had “come a very long way and have a short way to go” to roll back laws which have restricted Saudi women for decades.

"Saudi women still have not received their full rights. There are rights stipulated in Islam that they still don’t have,” he told CBS News.

“The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of sharia: that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men,” the prince said.


“This, however, does not particularly specify a black abaya or a black head cover. The decision is entirely left for women to decide what type of decent and respectful attire she chooses to wear.”

Black abayas, a loose fitting robe, are not mandatory for women in Saudi Arabia but they are so widely worn that they are strongly associated with the conservative kingdom. The prince’s comments will be taken as a sign of his ambitions to further ease Saudi Arabia’s social laws and customs.

Prince Mohammed has pushed through widespread domestic reforms since rising to power, including allowing women to drive from June, attend football games in stadiums, and join the Saudi military.

However, he has not rolled back the country’s male guardianship laws, which make it almost for women to travel, work, or get married without permission from a male relative. Human Rights Watch call the laws “the most significant impediment to women’s rights” in Saudi Arabia.

The meeting between Prince Mohammed and Mr Trump will be their first face to face encounter since the prince usurped his older cousin to become Saudi Arabia’s heir to the throne last June.

He is considered one of the most powerful men in the Middle East and may potentially rule Saudi Arabia for decades once he takes power from his frail 82-year-old father King Salman. “Only death” would stop his reformist mission, the prince said.

While Prince Mohammed is well-liked by the Trump administration, especially for his hawkish tone on Iran and promises to fight Islamist extremism, members of the US congress have voiced serious concerns about his policies ahead of the trip.    



           Post comment here


Surge in Muslims being jailed for drug offences despite drop in overall prison population


‘This increasing Muslim prison population is a symptom of a broken justice system and a gang problem that is rapidly getting worse,’ says Dr Mohammed Qasim



More than a quarter of all Muslims currently in prison have been incarcerated because of drug offences, compared to 13 per cent of all non-Muslim prisoners


UK: An alarming surge in the number of Muslims being jailed for drug offences has prompted accusations that the Government is failing to deal with growing social problems in Britain’s impoverished Islamic communities.

The number of Muslims in prison for drug offences in England and Wales has jumped by 63 per cent over seven years, rising from 2,089 in 2010 to 3,406 in 2017, according to figures obtained by The Independent using Freedom of Information laws.

Over the same period, the number of non-Muslims in prison for drug offences has declined by more than ten per cent.

More than a quarter of all Muslims currently in prison have been incarcerated because of drug offences, compared to 13 per cent of all non-Muslim prisoners.

Experts say these numbers should serve as a warning to the Government that more needs to be done to integrate young Muslims from deprived areas into mainstream British society.

“This increasing Muslim prison population is a symptom of a broken justice system and a gang problem that is rapidly getting worse,” said Dr Mohammed Qasim, a criminologist at Leeds Beckett University who has spent more than a decade researching crime in British Muslim communities.

“Mosques and the older generations within Islamic communities don’t know how to stop young people turning to dealing, and at a Government level there is no real understanding of the problem.”

Dr Sundas Ali, a lecturer at the University of Oxford who studies Muslim integration in the UK, believes that demographics are a major factor.



           Post comment here



           Post comment here





 Isma’il Al-Faruqi: Selected Essays



Isma’il al-Faruqi



In this set of three powerful essays, the late world renowned scholar and philosopher, Ismail al Faruqi, displays his formidable insight, vast knowledge, and unique trademark logic, brought to bear on subjects still considered to be at the forefront of discourse on comparative religion.


Al Faruqi delves deep into the heart of the debate on the metaphysical nature of values in the Western and Muslim traditions, of the history of religions, and other issues, ultimately to guide readers to a clarity of understanding and Islam's position in relation to them.


This will interest and stimulate many readers, enlightened thinkers, modern secularists, philosophers and theologians, Muslim or otherwise - as al Faruqi strives to arrive at an accurate assessment of the fundamentals of these important subjects, and their significance for the human condition.



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to

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 »


           Post comment here


KB says: Sharing Raeesa Khatree's recipe from her The Great Australian Bake Off appearance.


Add some heat to your kitchen with these spicy chicken sausage rolls.


Spicy Chicken Sausage Rolls


Recipe by Raeesa Khatree from The Great Australian Bake Off






Rough puff pastry

250 grams cultured salted butter
250 grams biscuit, pastry and cake flour (soft low protein plain flour) + extra for rolling and sprinkling
¾ 1 teaspoon fine salt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
150ml ice cold water

Sausage roll filling

500 grams chicken mince- organic chicken
7 tablespoons ghee- clarified butter
1½ teaspoon crushed garlic
1 small red onion- chopped
½ red capsicum- chopped

½ bunch fresh coriander- chopped
1 green chilli- finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons finely ground coriander
1 teaspoon finely ground cumin
1 teaspoon fennel powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fine white pepper
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 egg
2 slices white bread
1 block of feta cheese- Australian style

Egg wash
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon milk


2 tablespoons white poppy seeds
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds


1 tablespoon mustard seeds- black
2 tablespoons oil
½ teaspoon cumin powder
½ bunch coriander
1 green chilli
1 cup mayonnaise- any brand



1. For the rough puff pastry using a food processor, place flour and salt and mix together. Start adding cubed pieces of cold butter into flour and do short pulses for butter to combine with flour, making sure that pieces of butter are still visible. Once all the butter has been added, add water and lemon juice and process for approximately 15 seconds or until dough forms and leaves the side of processor bowl. Use pastry scraper to turn out onto floured surface and knead lightly into a rectangular shape. Place in cling wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

2. Using flour below pastry and on top, knead gently and form into a smooth rectangle. Roll out in one direction, about 20x50cm and fold in thirds. Give the dough a quarter turn to the left and roll out again to 3 times the length. Fold in thirds and cover with cling and chill for 20 minutes. Repeat the process 3 more times, but remembering to rotate 90 degrees each time before rolling.

3. Once all the folds and rolls are done, place onto a lined tray and cover with cling wrap. Chill pastry for at least 20 minutes before using.

4. For the filling, soak bread in ¼ cup of water, place 5 tablespoons of ghee into a pan and saute chopped onions. Once onions are almost pink and soft, add chopped capsicum and cumin seeds. Saute for a few minutes until capsicum is soft. Cool down. Season with salt and pepper. Squeeze out water from bread and add to mince. Combine the remainder of ingredients and mix thoroughly together. Add the remainder 2 tablespoons of ghee.

5. To assemble, preheat oven to 200°C and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper. Roll out pastry onto floured surface into a rectangle, making sure that the dough is not too thick, approximately 3mm in thickness. Cut into long strips. Brush one end of the pastry strip with egg wash mixture. Place filling onto the long end of the pastry and roll up, sealing the pastry by overlapping the pastry and placing underneath. Cut into 5cm little rolls and place onto prepared baking tray. Using a sharp scissor, cut triangular bits on top of pastry. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with white poppy seeds and black sesame seeds. Bake on 200°C for 20 minutes, then reduce to 180°C and bake until done, approximately 20 more minutes, making sure that the layers are cooked through.


Source: LifeStyle


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.


           Post comment here


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:
How To Love Yourself Unconditionally

How many times in a day or week do you tell someone you love them? How many times do you tell yourself that you love yourself? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? Almost never?

Observe your body and your thoughts as you try this little exercise - read this affirmation out loud:

I Love Myself.
Say it again, a few times. If you’re feeling a little uncomfortable saying it, ask yourself why. It took me 38 years to learn to love myself. My goal now is to love myself unconditionally. I am yet to master the ‘unconditonal’ aspect of self-love.

I usually do a “mirror” exercise with my clients where they look at their face in a compact mirror and say “I love you”. Only a handful of my clients have been successful at completing this exercise. Some even told me they ‘hate’ themselves. Some expressed that ‘love’ was a very strong word and they didn’t feel they deserved it. Some said ‘there was nothing there to love’. I resonate with all these statements. It’s not easy to love yourself. In fact, it’s easier to keep living in shame or guilt. But remember, what is easier to do isn’t always in alignment with ALLAH’s commandments.

“Be steadfast, enjoin kindness, avoid ignorance, and bear with patience whatever befalls you.”
(Holy Quran: Surah Luqman)

Ponder on this ayat. One can only implement this commandment if one lives with unconditional love. That unconditional love must start from unconditionally loving yourself first.

So why is it so difficult for so many people to love themselves?
It’s because we tend to forget that we are not our experiences. We are a force that can overcome experiences, no matter how negative they may be. Whatever you have been through in life, you are still here, well and alive. You made it.
I realised something when I learned to love myself. It wasn’t that I hated myself - it was that I hated all the choices I made in my life that brought about the negative experiences. It was that I hated my behaviours that I was displaying most of my life. It was that I couldn’t differentiate that my body was different from my soul. I learned self-love when I began to connect with my essential self - my intuitive voice, the voice of my soul. The voice which never misguides because it is pure and isn’t affected by past conditioning. When I began to acknowledge my authentic, essential self, I understood that I am a pure being created by ALLAH and I must love this being that dwells inside my body.



You say you care about the world
Yet you care not for yourself
You say you love the children of the world
Yet you love not the child in you
You say you forgive others
Yet you forgive not yourself
You say you want the best for others
Yet you embrace not the good that comes your way
You say you want to heal from all that causes you pain
Yet you choose to re-live painful memories everyday
You say you love ALLAH
Yet you are unkind to ALLAH’s creation that is closest to you
Yes, you are ALLAH’s creation that is closest to you
Appreciate yourself
Care for yourself
Be kind to yourself
Be compassionate with yourself
Forgive yourself
Love yourself
You are ALLAH’s creation that is closest to you.


© Princess Lakshman

Daily Practice of Self-Love
1. After salah, sit on your prayer mat for about five minutes and focus on your breathing.
2. With each in-breath, feel your body energised with light. Imagine light entering through the crown of your head and dispersing through every part of your body..
3. With each out-breath, praise ALLAH for creating you and giving you this precious body to live in. Imagine the light pouring out of your body and reaching other members in your home, your neighbours, your community, the nation, and to the rest of the world. Your mind is powerful enough to create this imagination. Praise ALLAH for the power of your beautiful mind.
4. Say these words in your mind or out loud if you are comfortable: I am a beautiful creation of ALLAH. I love myself. I receive only love, light, peace and joy. I give out only love, light, peace and joy.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
Turning Every Experience Into An Opportunity


Download the above article.

DOWNLOAD Muslimah Reflections - my new ebook of poetry and affirmations
DOWNLOAD The Ultimate Self-Care Guide For Muslimahs
WATCH VIDEOS from Muslimah Mind Matters YouTube Channel.

DOWNLOAD Muslimah Meditation Moments - audio files for self-awareness meditation.

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



           Post comment here



Q: Dear Kareema, I’m new to the gym, am cleared for exercise, and was wondering if you could suggest any classes I can try?

A: I recommend mixing it up (trying all the classes) on offer.


Taking your time of course, and always let the instructor know that you’re new so they can advise you more on safety and what to expect throughout the class.


This will give you results quicker and once you know what the classes are about, you’ll tend to enjoy it more.


Never think that you can’t or are not strong enough..


Work at your own pace and start challenging yourself as you go.





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.


           Post comment here



Jallaludin to his wife driving him to work: "Why don't you use indicators when you take a turn?"

Wife: "What do you mean use indicators...why should I?"

Jallaludin: "So that other drivers know which way you are going."

Wife: "Where I am going is none of their business...!!!"

           Post comment here


An Ayaat-a-Week





And do not go near the orphan’s property, except with the best of intentions, until he has reached his maturity. And honour your pledge, because the pledge involves responsibility.

[Quran 17:34]


           Post comment here



The only thing worse than being blind

is having sight, but no vision.

~ Helen Keller




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

Notice Board





Events & Functions











Every year in Darra Masjid Australian Muslims gathers and listen to talks by senior Islamic scholars. Their talks focus on the importance of faith in one God and the prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), prayer, knowledge, service to humanity, sincerity and making an effort towards uplifting goodness.

Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), parking and security is also arranged for those who attend.


Timings: Starting from Friday 30/03/2018 Asar time to Sunday 01/04/2018 Fajar time.

Venue: Islamic Society of Darra

Address: 219 Douglas St, Oxley QLD 4077, Australia









           Post comment here
















Islamic Programmes, Education & Services





Click here to enlarge









  • Are you looking at starting your own business? Do you have a business idea that you would like to explore with a professional?

  • This interactive, practical experience that provides you with tools to start or grow your business!

  • Workshop 1: Thinking like an Entrepreneur Workshop 2: The Entrepreneurship Journey Workshop 3: Branding and Design Workshop 4: Communication and Pitching

  • COST: $80 Workshop Series (Four Workshops)



click on image










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














           Post comment here















Businesses and Services




See ALL our advertising/sponsorship options

here or email us


           Post comment here




At National Zakat Foundation (NZF) we aim to utilise Zakat funds collected in Australia to provide a lifeline for local, deserving recipients. This group consists of some of the most vulnerable members of our community, including widows, orphans, refugees, the elderly and the homeless.

National Zakat Foundation has had the opportunity to assist our local sisters & brothers right here in QLD.

Sara, a mum with 5 children had been in a violent and abusive relationship for many years. Fearful for her children's well being and hers, she needed to move to a new and safer place away from her husband. NZF helped her relocate by paying for upfront costs. Sara moved to new premises immediately. She and her children are no longer living in constant fear and have started a new and happier life.

David had just lost his business where he had invested a lot of money and with mounting debts and a young family to take care of, he needed help urgently. NZF came to his assistance immediately.

Sadia a single mother and a refugee came to Brisbane few years ago with a young child. She had been hospitalised with serious medical conditions. NZF has assisted her with ongoing financial support and provided her with equipment to start a small home business, empowering Sadia to do something she is passionate about.

(ALL names have been changed to protect identity of clients)




Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah.

I am sure you are aware of the hell that Syrians are going in the face of non-stop bombing of USA, Russia, Israel, ISIS, and you name it.
The ultimate goal is to kill as many Muslims as possible. It is a race that no global leaders want to stop.

Please raise your hands to Allah for the Mustadafeen, helpless sufferers of modern killing machines.

Islamic Society of Toowoomba has decided to collect donations for the recent victims of Syrian war.

Donations should be directed to the Imam Abdul Kader of Garden City Masjid, Toowoomba.

Alternatively, please deposit/transfer your charity to the Comm Bank of Australia:

BSB 06 4459 A/c 1000 3579 (Reference Syria).

May Allah accept your charity for the best of His creation, and protect our helpless children, sisters and brothers in Syria.

Jazak Allah Khair.

Fi amanillah,








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.




           Post comment here


"If it's not here's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email






(Click on link)





24 & 25 March

Sat & Sun


Best of the Best: The Two Wings of Islam 


Al Kauthar Institute

Nathan Campus, Griffith University

8.30AM to 6PM

30 March to 1 April

Fri to Sun


Ijtima in Darra


Darra Mosque

Darra Mosque


All Day

11 April to 13 April

Wed to Fri


Lectures by visiting Sheikh Ebrahim I. Bham


Masjid Al Farooq/Kuraby Mosque


1300 133 956


15 April 2018





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1439


19 April



The Super Muslim Comedy Tour


Penny Appeal

Schonell Theatre, UQ


1 May 2018





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1439


12 May



Pre - Ramadan Muslimah Night Bazaar: Sisters Only



45 Acacia Road, Karawatha


4PM to 9PM

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.



           Post comment here









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

Download the programme here.




















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.


           Post comment here

Catch Crescents Community News on


Please feel free to click on the image on the left and......

post comments on our Wall

start up a Discussion thread

become a Fan


Like our page


           Post comment here


HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

If you would like a link to your website email


           Post comment here


Articles and opinions appearing in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CCN Team, its Editor or its Sponsors, particularly if they eventually turn out to be libellous, unfounded, objectionable, obnoxious, offensive, slanderous and/or downright distasteful.


It is the usual policy of CCN to include from time to time, notices of events that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement of the contents of these events by CCN


           Post comment here

Write For Us

The best ideas and the best feedback come from our community of readers. If you have a topic or opinion that you want to write about or want seen covered or any news item that you think might be of benefit to the Crescents Community please e-mail us..


Share your thoughts, feelings and ambitions for our community through CCN.


If there is someone you know who would like to subscribe to CCN please encourage them to enter their details here.


           Post comment here