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Sunday 1 April 2018 | Issue 0699


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Gold Coast Mosque role in Commonwealth Games The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
IWAA Activities CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Al Tadhkirah Institute Launch Event Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Gift boxes of hope for Syrian children Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

Woman Responded to Hate with Good Character

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Jihad of Jesus tour of Great Britain

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Tourism student links international communities with Games

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Amna and Assmaah join Sport Power List

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Funding restored for Islamic School of Canberra

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Latest Gold Coast Mosque Newsletter

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

College girls get awareness education

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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Youth group drives to Tahara to host free sausage sizzle    
First Miss England contestant to wear a hijab    


This Sheikh tweets questions he gets about Islam…    
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    


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Badges of honour for the Gold Mosque Team of (l to r) Hussain Baba, Imam Abdelkader Ali and Hussin Goss

On Friday at 12pm, Imam Sheikh Mohamed Ali and Hussain Baba of the Gold Coast Mosque held the Jumma in the Multi-Faith Centre at the Athletes Village of Commonwealth Games.

About 30 athletes and officials attended the Jumma including the famous former Hockey Gold medallist Hassan Sardar who won gold at the 1984 Olympics in California. Now, he is the coach of Pakistani Hockey team.

After Jumma, the pair rushed back to the Gold Coast Masjid for the Jumma at 12.45pm where the Ghanaian cycling team was in attendance.





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SGP Visits Parliament

Last week, IWAA’s Settlement Clients had lunch with the Minister at the Parliament House as part of a 10 week leadership program in conjunction with ECCQ.




Harmony Day & Neighbour Day with Logan East Community Centre

IWAA had the opportunity to spend and celebrate a very successful Harmony Day & Neighbour’s Day with our CBDC Group on Tuesday, 20 March, with our friends from Logan East Community Neighbourhood Centre and. We shared stories, challenges and ended the day on a high with singing and dabke (dancing).





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On Sunday 18 March the Islamic Practice & Dawah Circle (IPDC) held the Queensland launch of the Al Tadhkirah Institute at Michael's Oriental, attended by various prominent members of Queensland's Muslim community.


The Launch Event Dinner included speeches from Chairman Dr. Akram Hossain, Imam Ikraam Buksh, Imam Akram Buksh and Haji Hasan Goss. The audience also witnessed Quran Translation performed by Yusuf Guler, who has been enrolled in the Arabic Course for the last 2 months.

The Al Tadhkirah Institute is a nationwide initiative, long with the Islamic School of Canberra, which seeks to address IPDC's commitment to developing Islamic Education in Australia. Al Tadhkirah Queensland, operating from Slacks Creek Mosque, offers Quran Classes for both Adult and Children, Arabic Course, Hifz Acadamy, Sharia Course and Revert Course. Al Tadhkirah Queensland also seeks to train homegrown Islamic Scholars, so that Australian Muslims have the option of becoming Scholars without having to travel overseas. Al Tadhkirah is also based in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, though these centers at this point are still early on in development.

The extensive range of courses available in Queensland has been made possible due to Imam Ikraam Buksh joining IPDC in the last 12 months. Imam Ikraam has made it his lifelong commitment to develop Home Grown Islamic Scholars and to achieve this he has sacrificed much of his childhood and adulthood studying in South Africa from some of the greatest Islamic Scholars of our time. He has now returned to Australia to spread the knowledge he has obtained overseas. To assist him in this he has already trained three Australian Born Scholars, Maulana Luqman Najib, Maulana Hakim Najib and Maulana Abdur Raheem, who also are delivering the courses at Al Tadhkirah Queensland.

For further information please visit:

Al Tadhkirah Queensland Board:
Dr. Mohammed Akram Hossain - Queensland Chairman; Maulana Luqman Najib - Secretary;
Imam Ikraam Buksh - Queensland Principle and Vice Chancellor; Saba Ahmed - Treasurer; Dr. Saifullah Akram - Media; Imam Akram Buksh; Farook Adam; Al Tadhkirah National Chairman, Principle and Chancellor: Maulana Rafiqul Islam (Based in Victoria)




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Members of Sydney Youth Connect drove from Sydney to Tathra last Friday.

Volunteers from a Sydney youth group are being hailed for their generosity after driving to the fire-ravaged town of Tathra to host a free sausage sizzle for the community.

As the coastal New South Wales town mends following a devastating bushfire that swept through less than weeks ago, kind offers of support and aid have come from far and wide.

The men from Sydney Youth Connect, a youth organisation in Sydney’s south-west, made the six-hour trip to Tathra last Friday night.

Staying at the Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park, they set up a free sausage sizzle outside the surf club the following day.

“These guys drove from Sydney one night, cooked 1000 sausages and kebabs for Tathra people for free,” the holiday park wrote on Facebook yesterday.

“What an awesome effort.”

They were joined by members of the Engadine Rural Fire Brigade, who have championed the recovery effort in Tathra.

The park owners offered a night of free accommodation, but the humble team turned it down and returned to Sydney that night.

The Facebook post has been shared over 6800 times on Facebook, with many praising their generosity and community spirit.

“These guys made me cry. I watched them setting up while I was at the lifesaving club looking for help and I bawled my eyes out at their generosity and community spirit,” one onlooker said.

“Absolutely beautiful demonstration of love and caring,” another commenter wrote.

“Well done and thank you for sending a much-needed message to society and a huge hug to the people of Tathra when they needed it most.

"I hope they realise how much they have liefted people's spirits."

The 9News


The team from Sydney Youth Connect were joined by members of the Engadine Fire Brigade.



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An Islamic school in Melbourne's north - thousands of kilometres away from Syria - has become the epicentre for a gift box campaign to bring some happiness to the lives of the children orphaned or displaced in the conflict.

For the past four weeks, the careers room at Al Siraat College in the outer Melbourne suburb of Epping has been transformed into a student-driven gift box production line.

And still the donations keep coming as the deadline for gathering children's presents to send to Syria approaches.

Masterminding the operation is maths and science teacher Noori Ahmad.

'Girls, make sure there is no food, no lollies, no chocolate, no licorice and no military toys in any of the boxes at all," she tells her students.

Ms Ahmad estimates the boxes produced at the school for children of all ages have topped one thousand.

"As you can see they're still coming in," she said.

"I have about 300 boxes at my own residence and I have got about 40 boxes in my car that I haven't unloaded yet."

It's part of an Australia-wide 'Shoebox4Syria' campaign, that aims to provide gifts for refugee camps in Syria.

Boxes from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will be shipped out to the Middle East by the end of next month and it's hoped the gifts will be in the hands of displaced Syrian children in time for the Eid festival in June - the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan.

The aim is to produce more than twenty thousand boxes from Australia.


Al Siraat College student council Year 12 representative Bilal Adnan said he and fellow students were keen to get involved.

"We felt that we could help, even if it's in a small way, just to bring a smile to their faces," he said.

For student, Osama Akkad, it's a campaign close to his heart, having fled Syria with his family.

'It's about helping my brothers and sisters in my country back there and letting them experience how we experience Eid here," he said.





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A Australian Muslim woman who wears the niqab (face veil) has described how she responded to hate with good character when she was told to ‘get out’ whilst out shopping.

She recorded a video aimed at other Muslim women where she said:

“Whilst I was shopping, this lady actually asked me to get out. She said that how could you ever be allowed in this place with this thing on your face.

I don’t know what got into me, I just had to give her a hug. I said, ‘sister can I please give you a hug.’ And I just gave her a hug. I hugged her and subhanAllah it was amazing how she just burst out crying on my shoulder. She just cried and cried and cried her heart out subhanAllah.

And then I just lifted up my Niqab and I told her, ‘sister, I’m not doing this out of oppression, I’m doing this out of my own choice’ and she started crying even more.

And I said ‘why are you so upset?’ And she said, ‘because I just saw a documentary this morning about how Muslim women are forced and oppressed…to wear the hijab and this thing on your face.‘ I said, ‘that’s exactly why you have so much hate, because you are watching these things on the media and you’re believing what you see on the media.’

SubhanAllah, she had a completely different picture of us…of Muslim women.

And she apologised to me, she hugged me, she was so happy subhanAllah. She kept on thanking me for telling her.

My reason for telling you guys this is it’s amazing what akhlaq can do, It’s amazing what good character can do. It’s absolutely amazing what just a hug and just a smile can do.

Loosen up, loosen up and have good character.

You’ll conquer the world with that.”


Source: Australasian Muslim Times




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Dave Andrews of the Uniting Church in Brisbane led the Jihad Of Jesus tour round England and, at one of the many stops along the way, attended a private meeting with the staff and students at the Cambridge Muslim College, dedicated to training Islamic scholars, leaders and imams for the UK, hosted by world renowned and well respected Islamic scholar Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Dr Timothy Winter) and Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra.


In his Facebook page, Mr Andrews posted:

"As you might imagine, a college full of brilliant, educated, articulate Islamic scholars, leaders and imams in training, provided a fantastic opportunity for animated exchanges of faith-based ideas. But the college also provided a wonderful opportunity for a more intimate, beautiful, vulnerable, heart-felt conversation about our faiths."

"A young female scholar in a niqab, told us how she had been abused on the street that morning by a woman wearing a crucifix, and how the evening was lovely experience of healing for her personally."




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Tourism student, Naseema Mustapha (left) has taken on a volunteer role as a Multicultural Community Ambassador promoting the excitement of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to people from African countries like Tendayi Ndoro, a Griffith Commerce student from Zimbabwe.

To say Naseema Mustapha is connected is to err on the side of understatement.

A native of South Africa she is heavily involved in the activities of the Queensland African Community Council. She also has strong and vibrant links with an ever-growing Muslim community in southeast Queensland.

For the postgraduate tourism student at Griffith University, therefore, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) could not have come at a more opportune time. She has seized the moment, volunteering at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) to be a Multicultural Community Ambassador representing South Africa at GC2018.

“It’s an appointment focused on the inclusion of Australia’s culturally diverse communities,” she says. “I’m using my networks to build a sense of ownership and excitement about the Games here in different communities.

“It’s an awareness-building role where I’m helping to generate interest in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games among people from countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, India and Pakistan, as well as South Africa.”

Be part of history
Part of the role involves posting regular updates to social media on athletics, badminton, hockey and squash. A key focus at present is the hockey game on the second day of the Games between South Africa and Scotland.

“There is great enthusiasm among these communities about the Games. The Africans really love their sport so they are keen to know who is coming to compete and in which sports. Their sense of affiliation with home is very strong.

“Through my social media networks I’m also helping to make them aware of Festival 2018 and the many multicultural events that will be happening around the Games, letting them know that they can be part of the momentum and the history that will be made on the Gold Coast. I am also connecting with the various international student clubs at Griffith University.”


While studying a Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management, Naseema won the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in 2015 and 2016. She also took out the Queensland Government Multicultural Awards Outstanding Volunteer Award 2016 and, most recently, was presented with the Griffith Business School Global Community Service Award in November.

She is now studying a Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management at Griffith University’s South Bank campus; for her the right degree at exactly the right time.

“I can see the tourism potential; there are multiple opportunities. This experience can also open up avenues for me in tourism in the future. Right now, it’s a great opportunity to promote Australia as a destination to visit for a major sporting event.”

The excitement around GC2018 reminds Naseema of EXPO ’88 in Brisbane when – as an 18-year-old – she immersed herself in the celebrations after her parents bought a family pass for the season.

“I remember seeing how it transformed Brisbane and South Bank, and I envisage something similar happening on the Gold Coast. There is a massive opportunity for job creation in the region in the aftermath.”


Source: Griffith News



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by Theresa Dyckman     

Australians, Amna Karra-Hassan and Assmaah Helal have made it to the 2018 Women in Sport Power List that includes 30 of the most influential Muslim Women in Sport from 20 countries around the globe who impact the lives of many.

Where the Muslim community is constantly in the spotlight globally, Muslim women are often being judged, and spoken about in the media, as opposed to being given a chance to represent themselves.

“This Power List showcases a diverse tapestry of professions within the sports industry and women from all walks of life, who represent 20 countries and together positively impact the lives millions across the world,” as described by the Muslim Women in Sport Network.

Eager to play the sport, she searched for an AFL team in Western Sydney and found there was none. She took the initiative and started her own.

“I’m honoured to be recognised among the sports leaders and women who inspire me! It’s fulfilling to contribute locally to women’s sport, governance and leadership. It’s incredible to grow that passion and contribute to the conversation and influence change on a global scale,” stated Amna Karra-Hassan.


Assmaah Helal is an award-winning Program Administrator and Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development, and Peace Group.

She was recognised for her innovative impact on women’s sport. She is also the Programme Operations Manager at Creating Chances, Football United.

“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be on the Muslim women in sport power list, listed among some incredible women around the world leading positive change in sport and society. It is about time we change the conversation about how we are portrayed in sport,” said Assmaah Helal.
Carried out on Friday 16 March, The Power List selection panel included Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan, former NFL player Husain Abdullah and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi from the UK, the first Muslim woman to serve in the UK Cabinet.


Along with the launch of the list, the MWSN is launching a Muslim Women in Sport Virtual Summit, ‘Innovators in Sport’, to be carried out between 4-6 May 2018.

The organisation aims to demonstrate the range of achievement of Muslim women as a minority in the Sports industry.

It also intends to shift the narratives in today’s context by not only reiterating the true strength of Muslim women but presenting role models for younger generations to emulate.

Registration for the summit is free.





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by Manarul Islam    

Staff and parents of the Islamic School of Canberra.

The Federal Government has effectively reinstated the Commonwealth funding of the Islamic School of Canberra by accepting the Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle (IPDC) as the Approved Authority for the school, ending a long and controversial link with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC).

For over two years, the school has been in on the cusp of closure after the Federal Government announced they will be ceasing funding for the school primarily due to governance issues. A new Board, headed by Azra Khan and consisting solely of Canberra Muslim community members then sought to address those issues ultimately leading to the transfer of the land and the school to the IPDC late last year.

Since then the school has worked tireless to demonstrate to the government that it had resolved the outstanding issues. Remarkably, in that period it retained most of its dedicated teachers and increased the student numbers.

The school released a statement by David Johns, Principal, and Dr Rafiqul Islam, Chair of the School Board:

“This has been a long and involved process over many months and the reinstating of funding now means that we are well prepared to continue to grow our school into the future. A guarantee of funding means that we can continue to invest in quality teaching and learning practices, develop our school facilities and develop a strategic plan that involves increasing year levels, student numbers and school capital works.”

Dr Majharul Talukder, Board Secretary, thanked the community and asked them to continue to pray for the school’s success and support it in any way they can.

The School Board thanked the parents, students and staff for their patience, the previous Board members for their hard work and the Association of Independent Schools for their support.

They also thanked the Department of Education and the ACT Education Directorate who have worked closely with the school in seeking the reinstatement of funding.

An event to share information with the school community and show gratitude is planned in April 2018 at the school.





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Princess Lakshman inspires Australian International Islamic College students on the topic of self-care



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Dr. Amir Zayegh, Secretary of the Muslim Professionals Association, tells us about his work as a doctor at the Royal Children’s Hospital. The MPA are proud to be supporting the life-changing work of the Royal Children’s Hospital by fundraising as part of the Muslim Community’s support to the Good Friday Appeal.

"My name is Amir and I am a Neonatal Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne. I am in my final year of training to become a Neonatologist, which is a doctor specialising in caring for sick and premature babies. I am currently working in the Intensive Care Unit, otherwise known as the Butterfly Ward, and was recently working in neonatal retrieval for PIPER (Paediatric, Infant and Perinatal Emergency Retrieval) based at RCH."

The Great Work RCH does......




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With a thriving business and 14 children to tend to, Shea Terra Organics founder Tammie Umbel is constantly on the go.

US: Days begin on her farm in Leesburg, Virginia, where she spends mornings answering work emails and getting her eight younger children ready for the day. Later, she spends about four hours teaching them everything from language arts to math in their at-home classroom.

Once the lessons end, Umbel dashes off to work in her factory, a 30-minute drive away. She stays late into the night and then heads back home to catch five or six hours of sleep.

"The next day, the cycle starts all over again," she said.

But not before Umbel, a devout Muslim, gathers with her family for early morning prayers.

Umbel, 45, runs Shea Terra Organics, which makes skin and hair care products using shea butter and other exotic ingredients sourced from Africa, like maobi butter and marula oil.

She launched her business in 2000 with $1,500 and started turning a profit five years ago. Last year, the business brought in $2 million in sales.

Shea Terra now has seven employees, but Umbel still plays many roles: working on new products and overseeing marketing, packaging and distribution.

Umbel came up with the idea for Shea Terra while at the mosque.

"I would go to the mosque for prayers and meet women from Africa and other countries. I would learn from them about the products they used like henna, shea butter and black seed oil for their beauty rituals," she said.

She wanted to introduce those ingredients to a wider market in America. Umbel connected with her first supplier and started selling black seed oil and shea butter online.

It was slow going initially. But then in 2001, demand for shea butter took off. "I remember returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia that year. My friend who was watching the business said we had sold $1,000 of the shea butter product in just one month," said Umbel.

Since then, the business has steadily grown into a national brand, with 300 products sold both online and at The Vitamin Shoppe stores across the US.

Umbel travels to Africa a few times a year to meet with vendors and look for new ingredients. But those visits now also have a deeper purpose.

"When I started the company, I said I didn't want in any way to harm the planet and I wanted to open up opportunities for other people," said Umbel.

She's baked those principles into her business model. "I partner with vendors who are people in need or they're trying to protect their community or habitat."


Shea Terra Organics sells 300 different skin and hair care products.

The company's Desert Date Beauty Oil, for example, is produced as part of a wildlife and elephant conservation project in Burkina Faso. Payments to the local women vendors there allow them to buy food supplies instead of encroaching on wildlife habitats to grow their food, she said.

Umbel says she also donates 2.5% of her yearly savings to charity, mostly to an organization called Village of Hope Uganda.

But turning that one smart idea into a thriving business that helps others isn't her only accomplishment.

Umbel has 14 children ranging in age from 5 to 27 -- all of whom she has homeschooled. Six of her oldest children are in college, studying a variety of subjects, including medicine and engineering.

The remaining eight children live with her and her husband on their 10-acre farm.

Umbel was at a mosque in Washington, D.C., when she first met her husband, a nephrologist who moved to the US from Pakistan.

"I told him I wanted us to live on a farm because I saw it as a way for us to be self-sufficient," said Umbel. Her kids help raise sheep and chickens, they ride horses and keep bees.

"As a child I had never even set foot on a farm," she said. "If you compare my life before I got married, you couldn't imagine what my own family would have looked like."

She grew up in Maryland, raised as a Christian by a single mother. "My family was German, Irish descent. We struggled and moved a lot. At one point, we didn't have a home," she said.


Tammie Umbel with her daughter Hasannah during a visit to Namibia.

Her disruptive childhood forced her to change schools several times. "I never finished school despite being in a program for gifted students," she said.

At 15, she left home and went out on her own, relying on the kindness of friends and odd jobs to get by.

One of the families she stayed with introduced her to Islam. She eventually embraced the religion and converted.

"The more I studied it, the more I felt Islam is my truth," said Umbel.

She now wears a hijab, which makes her stand out in her suburban Virginia neighbourhood.

"As far as I know, I am the only Muslim woman in my immediate area. When people see me they think I'm Iranian, Syrian or Pakistani because of my headscarf. I'm Muslim-American and proud of it," she said.

Looking to the future, she hopes her children will follow in her footsteps in one way.

"I don't necessarily want them to follow my career path. I want them to be the best at what interests them," she said. "However, I do hope that each one will campaign for wildlife conservation, as well as lend a helping hand to those in hard times."





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The 20-year-old is the first hijab-wearer to take part in the beauty competition

A Muslim beauty queen is set to become the first Miss England contestant to compete wearing a hijab.

Maria Mahmood, 20, came runner-up in the Miss Birmingham heat and has made it through to the semi-finals of the national competition.

If she is successful, Maria will then take part in the Miss England finals, with the winner going on to represent the nation in Miss World.

Maria, an aspiring social worker, said she wanted to challenge the negative stereotypes faced by Muslims and that she wanted to 'represent diversity and multi-multiculturalism'.

Speaking to FEMAIL, the beauty queen added she is still undecided on whether she will take part in the contest's swimwear competition.

While a Muslim woman has previously been crowned Miss England, Maria is the first hijab-wearer to take part.

She admitted she felt the weight of the responsibility she was taking on: 'I wear a hijab, you are really wearing your Muslim identity,' she said.

'In today's society we [Muslims] are not exactly loved because what is happening in the world.'

Commenting on the misconceptions about wearing a hijab, she added:


'Everyone sees a woman covered and think I'm oppressed, but am I not free if I choose to cover my skin?'

Maria decided to apply for Miss Birmingham, her first beauty pageant, after a friend sent her a link to the application.

However she thought she stood little chance of being accepted.

'I told the organiser, "I have wardrobe restrictions and I am not a size 8,"' Maria said. 'I am new to the pageant world so I didn't know. But she said: "You don't need to worry, there is not a bikini round any more".

'You need to wear good clothes and you need to look polished but you don't need to look like a supermodel.'

Maria also wanted to prove wrong the childhood bullies who had tormented her over her looks.

'Growing up, I used to get bullied told that I was so ugly I should commit suicide,' she said. 'I wanted to show that it didn't have to be this way.'

Maria was fast-tracked through to the final where she competed against 30 other women and was named first runner up.


Maria will soon start work with a charity for mothers with post-natal depression

'On the day, I was very nervous. I was the only hijab-wearing person there.

'You know when you're nervous anyway, and then you become even more nervous because you don't see anyone else who looks like you?'

But the judges were impressed with Maria's performance and she made it through to the top 10 before finally being crowned first runner-up, ensuring her a place in the semi-finals.

'You need to be, confident, well-spoken and be motivated to spread a good message,' she said.

She continued: 'Afterwards I had the judges coming up to me telling me how much they loved what I was representing. That really, really felt good.

'An Indian girl came up to me afterwards and said: "As an Asian woman I would never, never consider doing this but now seeing you I definitely will pursue it".

'You shouldn't let your skin colour and your race hold your back.'





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Justice Haddon-Cave invokes Islamic theology in condemnation of Ahmed Hassan, who carried out September tube bombing.


Ahmed Hassan placed an explosive device that failed to detonate completely at Parsons Green station in London, UK

A British judge has invoked Islamic theology in the sentencing of a teenager convicted of carrying out an attack on a tube train in central London.

Ahmed Hassan was sentenced to a minimum of 34 years in prison on Friday for the attack at Parsons Green station in September last year.

The explosive device he made failed to detonate completely and killed no one but left at least 30 people injured.

At the trial, Justice Charles Haddon-Cave said the 18-year-old sympathiser of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group had committed 'hiraba' (terrorism) and caused 'corruption in the land'.

Both terms are used in Islamic law to describe acts of rebellion and are often used by theologians in the modern context to refer to "terrorism".

"You will have plenty of time to study the Quran in prison in the years to come," Justice Haddon-Cave said in his closing remarks at Hassan's trial.

He added:

“You should understand that the Qur’an is a book of peace; Islam is a religion of peace. The Qur’an and Islam forbid anything extreme, including extremism in religion. Islam forbids breaking the ‘law of the land’ where one is living or is a guest. Islam forbids terrorism (hiraba).


The Qur’an and the Sunna provide that the crime of perpetrating terror to “cause corruption in the land” is one of the most severe crimes in Islam. So it is in the law of the United Kingdom. You have, therefore, received the most severe of sentences under the law of this land.


You have violated the Qur’an and Islam by your actions, as well as the law of all civilized people. It is to be hoped that you will come to realise this one day.”

Hassan arrived in the UK as a 16-year-old refugee from Iraq just three years earlier.

At the time, he claimed to have been an orphan who had been kidnapped by ISIL.

Al Jazeera




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A Shaykh in Florida by the name of Shaykh Azhar Nasser is currently winning at Twitter! Not too long ago he began tweeting the questions posed to him alongside responses to those questions.

It’s probably worth stating at this point that if you don’t have a sense of humour, please read no further.

His Twitter feed is a great reminder that religion doesn’t always have to be about punishment, hell and brimstone and that sometimes we need to take a moment to stop and actually have some fun!

I’m not entirely sure what the straw was that broke the camel’s back, so to speak, but the Shaykh isn’t holding back anymore. Ask him questions at your peril!


Here is one of these tweets:





Source: The Muslim Vibe




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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:




My Halal Kitchen

American born Yvonne Maffei is something of a halal food celebrity. Her expansive food blog, My Halal Kitchen, showcases recipes for an array of cuisines, seasons and meal types – it’s a veritable bible for anyone looking to up their halal game.

“The mission of My Halal Kitchen is to provide home cooks with the tools to prepare completely halal meals, including those with the necessary substitutions to make every dish halal and without having to filter a recipe for non-halal ingredients,” the website reads. “It aims to make the lives of readers better by expanding the list of available recipes that are wholesome, healthy, delicious, economical and halal.”






Maffei divides her time between Ohio and Dubai, highlighting local gems, recipes and food tips along the way. Want to know where to find halal deli meat in Chicago? Maffei will be able to tell you.



With haloodie space is ever expanding (honourable mentions go to Sydney Halal Eats, Halal Girl About Town, Dima Sharif) and they're cashing in on a big market, and reaching untapped social audiences.






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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


Children play during a laser and water show – part of the local government’s efforts to develop tourism







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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.






"We don't want to waste our lives in this whirlpool that we were in the past 30 years. We want to end this epoch now. We want , as the Saudi people, to enjoy the coming days and concentrate on developing our society and developing ourselves as individuals and families, whole retaining our religion and customs".

Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud

HRH Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman Al-Saud is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Chief of the Royal Court, Minister of State, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, all at the tender age of 32, making him the youngest Minister of Defence in the world.

Rapid Appointments: At the beginning of 2015, Prince Muhammad bin Salman was largely unknown in political and diplomatic circles. Since his father’s accession to the throne in January 2015, Prince Muhammad has been swiftly appointed to a number of powerful positions. He was first, on 23 January, appointed Minister of Defence, and also named Secretary General of the Royal Court. Then, on 29 January, Prince Muhammad was named the chair of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, and was given control over Saudi Aramco by royal decree. In June 2017, he was appointed as Crown Prince of the Kingdom following his father’s decision to remove Prince Muhammad bin Nayef from all positions.

Military Challenges: As Minister of Defence the young prince has to deal with many key military issues which Saudi Arabia is currently involved in. He is perhaps most personally identified with the air campaigns against Houthi strongholds in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is also backing the international coalition against DA’ISH in Iraq and Syria, supporting the monarchy in Bahrain, and arming the anti-Assad forces in Syria. His ascension to the role of Crown Prince coincided with geopolitical tensions among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the cutting of diplomatic ties with Qatar in the summer of 2017.

Charity Work and Youth Development: Before his recent promotions, Prince Muhammad bin Salman was known as the founder and chairman of the ‘Misk Foundation’, a charitable initiative seeking to bolster creativity, innovation and talent in Saudi youths in the fields of science, arts and technology. He also heads the King Salman Youth Centre. These experiences, and his own age, have made him popular amongst the youth (70% of the Saudi population is under 30).

Vision 2030: As Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman launched “Vision 2030”, a comprehensive, multi-year plan for the future of Saudi Arabia. The ambitious plan seeks to revitalize the Saudi economy by bolstering the Kingdom as a global investments powerhouse, and moving away from oil-dependency as the largest source of national income. It also seeks to strengthen government efficiency and the promotion of a “tolerant, thriving, and stable Saudi Arabia that provides opportunity for all.”





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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:



7. Al-Najwa (Heartburn)

Yes... Arab romance is all about pain. "Al-najwa" is when love engulfs one's heart entirely and triggers feelings of sadness.

"Najwa" is derived from the Arabic word النجاة (salvation), as lovers need to be saved from this state of severe heartache.







Is there a faith imperative for gender justice?



As the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSWS62) was underway this week in New York City, Rev. Canon Terrie Robinson encouraged faith leaders to see their positive role in speaking out for gender justice in their communities.

When it comes to living and working with a sense of justice, “faith leaders and faith groups - at least where they are adequately equipped - have huge potential,” she said.

In addition to Side by Side, speakers on the 15 March panel represented Finn Church Aid, the Lutheran World Federation, Centro Bartolomé de las Casas, and Islamic Relief Worldwide.

Iman Sandra Pertek, senior policy advisor for gender at Islamic Relief, highlighted how the most important foundations of the Muslim faith are important for gender justice: upholding balance, upholding dignity, respecting equality, standing up for justice, and exercising rights and responsibilities.

She quoted Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on positive masculinity, saying “the best of you are those who are best to your wives and families.”



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Hussin Goss facilitates another Gold Coast conversion









The Island of Peace

Nas Daily








Anoushé Husain shatters expectations with one arm

The Happiness Heroes








School under attack for teaching Islam




Angry parents have slammed a Sydney Catholic college for teaching Islam, and 'forcing out' a student who complained about it.








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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE: 30 March 2018


IMAM: Uzair Akbar




Imam Uzair is away








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 March 2018

TOPIC: "Taking Advantage of 5 before 5"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 March 2018

TOPIC: "Being Dutiful to the Parents"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 March 2018

TOPIC: "Akhirat"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Listen to the Kuthbah









Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 March 2018

TOPIC: “The responsibility of this Ummah" 

IMAM: Maulana Ilyas Ismail (visiting)





Past Kuthba recordings








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 March 2018

TOPIC: "Jesus (AS) in Islam"
IMAM: Zohair Rahman





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Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! A plane! No? They’re Muslim superheroes!  



Ladies and gentlemen, meet the 99, originally created by Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa. These Muslim superheroes highlight universal values, while at the same time, aim to revolutionize Islamic culture.

Originally born in Kuwait, after the break of 9/11, Dr. Al-Mutawa, took a leap towards a life-changing idea for the superhero franchise and the Muslim world.


Misrepresentation of Islam is a common reoccurrence found in media, thus Dr. Al-Mutawa decided to alter that by re-defining a way for the public to see how misconceived the mass audiences essentially are in understanding the essence of the attributes which defines Islam.


In a CNN interview, he explained, “Everytime something terrible happens in the name of my culture, my culture becomes diluted. I wanted to grab the bull by the horns and change it,”

After starting his own company known as Teshkeel Media Group, Dr. Al-Mutawa, being the new C.E.O, began the journey of The 99, the comic-book series based on the 99 core virtues and principles of God in Islam. The 99 is also based on 99 characters who received mysterious and unusual traits and abilities after coming into contact with ancient Noor stone gems.

Dr. Al-Mutawa stated, “I wanted to take the central values of my faith, which I believe are human values, and use them creatively.” 


Dr. Al-Mutawa hopes to showcase an immensely tolerant, peaceful and eclectic variation of Islam, all in the aims of turning the negative stereotypes of Muslims to one of a more positive appeal and mindset. He has been invited to give two TED-talks, featured in Forbes magazine, won prizes in the Gulf region and has received endorsement from the Saudi State.

“In a world where Muslims were just evil characters, these offer another way of seeing Muslims”, said Dr. Al-Mutawa.



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Love A Muslim Day poster goes viral in response to vile racist mailout


‘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


The posters encourage people to do nice things for Muslims and people in need


UK: A poster encouraging people to 'love a Muslim' has gone viral in response to a vile mailout encouraging people to attack Muslims on a day of hatred.

The initial mailout, titled 'Punish A Muslim Day', contains anti Islamic statements and a sick points system awarded for increasingly serious offences against Muslims on April 3.

It was sent to addresses across Yorkshire and has sparked an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

The vile poster was met with horror across social media and made national headlines.

But now a new poster, entitled Love A Muslim Day, has been put together directly contrasting the original mailout - and has gone viral among people disgusted by the racist printout.

It encourages people to do nice things for Muslims and people in need, on the same day - April 3.

In direct contrast to the original poster it reads: "They have loved you. They have made you so many curries and kebabs. They have created so much love between people. How will you repay this?

"Be a normal person. Be a special person. Show your love!"

The poster features a rewards system for actions taken, including 10 points for smiling at a Muslim, 50 points for throwing different coloured flowers on a Muslim, 500 points for fasting in Ramadhan and celebrating Eid, and 2500 points for buying a Hajj package for a Muslim family.

Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) said their Yorkshire Regional Manager Shahab Ud'deen had created the poster.



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 In Service of God and Humanity: The Legacy of Shaykh Muhammad al-Ghazali



Benaouda Bensaid



In his passionate devotion to the task of inviting others to Islam, Muhammad al-Ghazali (1917-1996) presented Muslims with a powerful critique of themselves, not only in their endemic failure to project Islam in the best, most reasoned light, but also in their betrayal of the Qur’an’s spiritual principles and the highest standards set by the Prophet Muhammad.

This work analyzes al-Ghazali’s critique of du’at (those inviting to Islam) and the practice of da’wah work itself (the call to Islam).


It also examines his methodology, various proposed solutions, and the juristic responses to his perspective.


The evolution of al-Ghazali’s thought and the people and factors influencing him are key elements of the study.


It is hard to conceive where the state of discourse on da’wah and Islamic reform would be without al-Ghazali’s outstanding contributions.



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


Talk about the perfect pair: pears and walnuts atop buttermilk waffles.


Pear and walnut buttermilk waffles


Recipe by Raeesa Khatree from The Great Australian Bake Off






450g plain flour
2tsp table salt
150g corn flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1.5 tsp cinnamon powder
4 extra large eggs – separated
110g castor sugar
2tsp vanilla bean paste
750ml buttermilk
230ml full cream milk
240ml sunflower oil
1 cup crushed walnuts

Pears in verjuice
6 pears – slightly firm but ripe
2 tbsp demerara sugar
12 strands of saffron
¾ cup Sangiovese Verjuice
1 cup castor sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water

Pear peel crisps
Pear peel from pears used above
¼ cup castor sugar
1 tsp fine salt
¼ tsp cinnamon

Mapled syrup walnuts

1 cup whole walnuts
½ cup maple syrup
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tsp salt flakes

Mapled walnut ice cream
1½ cups whole milk
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1½ cups heavy cream
5 egg yolks
¾ cup maple syrup
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Pinch salt



1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Toast whole and crushed walnuts on baking pan. Place in oven.

2. For the waffles, separate eggs. Place egg whites in bowl of stand mixer and whisk until soft peaks form. Gradually add castor sugar and after peaks are firm and glossy, add vanilla bean paste. Combine milk, buttermilk, oil and egg yolks in a very large bowl and whisk, set aside. Combine flour, corn flour, salt, bicarb, baking powder, cinnamon. Slowly pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture and whisk thoroughly to remove lumps. Gently fold egg white mixture into batter in 3 batches, using a spatula. Add crushed toasted walnuts to mixture.

3. Preheat waffle maker then pour in ¾ cup of batter into each square of waffle machine and use spatula to cover the base of the waffle iron. Close and cook until golden brown and crisp on the outside; usually 5-6 mins. Remove with tongs gently and cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter and make 4 more batches. A total of 12 square waffle pieces is required.

4. For the pears, using a saucepan, simmer water, sugar, cinnamon stick and saffron strands. Once it simmers, add verjuice and lower heat. Meanwhile, peel pears using long strokes and reserve peels in a bowl. Cube pear flesh and place in another saucepan with demerara sugar, turn pears and once it gets a golden colour, remove and add quickly to saucepan with mixture. Cover with a lid and leave to simmer till a syrup forms and pears are cooked through, approximately 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

5. For the pear peel crisps, preheat oven to 160°C. Dab pear peel with paper towel. Dip into sugar and sprinkle salt over. Place on baking paper lined baking pan and place in oven for approximately 30 minutes or until crisp.

6. For the mapled syrup walnuts, preheat oven to 170°C. Place baking paper on a baking pan. Toss roasted walnuts with maple syrup and salt. Add oil and coat walnuts evenly. Place walnuts on a baking tray and bake until the syrup thickens, approximately 15 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool. Reserve 6 whole walnuts for decoration. Using a metal spoon or mallet, crush remainder of walnuts slightly.

7. For the mapled walnut ice cream, in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the milk and sugar, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Meanwhile, pour the heavy cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Then, pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan occasionally. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spatula. The mixture should be between 76-79°C.

8. Pour the custard through the mesh strainer and stir it into the cream. Add the maple syrup, vanilla bean paste and salt. Stir to combine. Cool rapidly by placing dry ice with caution into mixture. Pour mixture into ice cream machine and churn for 20-30 minutes. When mixture is almost churned, with 5 minutes to go, add in a handful of crushed mapled walnuts. Once done, scoop out 3 scoops each into 2 bowls and place in freezer.

9. To assemble place waffles on marble board in 4 piles of 3 waffles each, cascading down. Place caramelised pear and sauce over waffles. Sprinkle with crushed mapled walnuts. Place bowls of ice cream between piles of waffles. Place pear crisp on ice cream along with one whole mapled walnut and a few strands of saffron.



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  • More and more Aussies are becoming overweight or obese due to inactivity.

  • Kids have to move or be active for at least 1 hour every day.

  • Try to make healthy your norm around the home.

  • Turn off electronics and get out in to the backyard or park for a game whenever possible.

  • Not only will it benefit them, but you too, will feel more energised.

  • Find an activity that the whole family enjoys and make it part of the routine.





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Jallaludin's wife wrote to her local counsellor, seeking advice on a marital issue:


Dear brother, I hope you can help me here. The other day I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching the TV. My car stalled, and then it broke down about a mile down the road, and I had to walk back home to get my husband's help. When I got home I couldn't believe my eyes. He was in the house with our neighbour's wife. We have been married for 10 years. When I confronted him, he broke down and admitted that he'd been having an affair for the past six months. He won't go to counselling, and I'm afraid I am a wreck and need advice urgently. Can you please help?

Sister Begum


A few days later she received the following reply:

Dear Sister

A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the vacuum pipes and hoses on the intake manifold and also check all grounding wires. If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the injectors.

I hope this helps,



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An Ayaat-a-Week





He who created seven heavens in layers. You see no discrepancy in the creation of the Compassionate. Look again. Can you see any cracks? Then look again, and again, and your sight will return to you dazzled and exhausted.

[Quran 67:3-4]


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"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished.

Unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets."


~ Voltaire




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

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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



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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services





IWAA is delivering a small business program to Muslim women in the Ipswich area.

It is a free 12 week program, every Saturday morning, with a start date of 7 April.

The program aims to provide business support, training and mentoring to Muslim women to help them commercialize and operationalise an idea into a successful small business in Ipswich.


The participants will be provided with mentoring and one on one skills to assist them to establish their own business.


Participants will also be able to commercialise a business idea, price and value it, and be given step by step guidance and ongoing mentoring (from mainstream businesses) to establish and operationalise a business.


At the end of the 12 week course participants will have developed a simple business and marketing plan, set up an ABN, registered their company, set up a website and Facebook page; set up accounting systems and business processes, set up weekly and monthly cash flow and other simple book keeping tasks and will have established a customer base and be working on their business.


Ongoing mentoring and support will be provided through the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, and individual business mentors selected to be part of this program.

The main facilitator is Christine Mudavanhu who also resides and owns a business in Ipswich.

There are only 8 places available so participants will need to register ASAP.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nora Amath at




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.






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  • 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)



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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.

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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.



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






Bald Hills, Brisbane





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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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)

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Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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