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Sunday 8 April 2018 | Issue 0700



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Usman Khawaja marries Rachel McLellan at Maleny Manor Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Jummah at the Athletes Village Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

A falafel feast of flavours

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Sydney's Auburn Giants AFL club in action

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

At the movies with CCN: CAKE

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

"New television experience coming to Australia"

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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Bilal wins prestigious Harmony Medal

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Ayesha spreading peace via UQ Muslimah­Society

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Abdul Basith Mohammed was killed in his front yard.

A quarter-of-a-million-dollar reward has been offered to help find a Brisbane father and businessman’s killer.

The power was cut to Abdul Basith Mohammed’s Kuraby home, in Brisbane’s south, in the early hours of October 25, possibly in attempt to lure him outside.

When the 35-year-old restaurateur walked outside to see what the problem was, he was stabbed to death, as his wife and several children remained inside.

After five months, Queensland Police Detective Acting Superintendent Craig Morrow said detectives had no suspects but several names of interest, having taken more than 270 statements.

Along with Police Minister Mark Ryan, he offered a $250,000 reward for anyone who could provide information leading to the conviction of the Kuraby man’s killer.

Indemnity would also be offered to any accomplice, so long as they did not murder Mr Mohammed.

“The family and friends of Abdul Basith are wanting closure and frankly our officers who are working on this case want the case closed too,” Mr Ryan said.

Police refused to rule out mistaken identity but would not comment on whether the killing was linked to Mr Mohammed’s financial situation.

Friends described him as a “good man, hardworking and humble".

Acting Superintendent Craig Morrow said he was charitable, industrious, and helped others.

Mr Mohammed opened his Kuraby restaurant Sizza Indian and Middle Eastern restaurant last year and was looking to open another business.
“He's very good. He's very humble and very helpful. All the time helpful," friend Mohammad Hissam said.

The Brisbane Times




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Usman Khawaja marries partner Rachel McLellan at Maleny Manor

AUSTRALIAN Test cricketer Usman Khawaja has married partner Rachel McLellan.

The couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony on the Sunshine Coast on Friday afternoon.

The 31-year-old Queensland batsman and the 22-year-old Brisbane beauty said “I do” in front of family and friends at the picturesque Maleny Manor.

The Courier Mail





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The Queensland leg of the first Australian National Islamic Quiz Competition got underway at Slack Creek Mosque yesterday (Saturday) afternoon with some 150 young boys and girls taking part. The winners will join the grand final on 28 April with winners from the other states. Prizes include tablets and smart watches



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Ayesha Tauseef started the UQ Muslimah Society for female empowerment.


INTERNATIONAL relations student Ayesha Tauseef aims to be a voice for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

The Drewvale resident, 20, said she wanted to make a difference in the world and also play a part in people of different cultures living harmoniously together.

So last year, while studying at the University of Queensland, Ms Tauseef started the UQ Muslimah­Society.


So professional was it, the organisation received the best club of the year (religion category) award from the University of Queensland Union.

“It was a proud moment for me,’’ she said.

“One of the biggest reasons I wanted to have a platform and a voice at university was so I could educate people and make them feel welcome in our society. I encourage Muslims and non-Muslims to come together and feel safe to talk about sensitive issues.

“The only way we can truly create peace in the world is through relationships and ­getting to know people on a personal level.

“I’m also the Brisbane co-ordinator for PACE 48, which is affiliated with UNESCO.’’

Born in Pakistan, Ms Tauseef moved to Saudi Arabia aged four before her parents wanted to provide her with more education opportunities. “So he (Dad) brought the family to Australia. We got permanent residency and moved to Brisbane when I was 12. Dad worked here for six years but job instability meant he went back to Saudi Arabia.’’

The Southern Star




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The Gold Coast Mosque Newsletter




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Master chefs Fatima Haidar and Fadia Hijazi spoil the IWAA CBDC group with a delicious Lebanese vegetarian feast, falafel!




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The Auburn Tigers Women's team was established in 2011.

The Club aims to integrate players from diverse communities into a safe sporting environment and to foster a community spirit by creating a family friendly sporting Club.


Time for a break




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Cake - Official Trailer | Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed, Adnan Malik, Mikaal Zulfiqare

Life prepares you for everything, except your family.

“Cake” a story about love, loss and passage of time coming soon to a cinema near you.


Sanam Saeed and Aamina Sheikh play feisty siblings in Cake. They say the word "feminism" is misunderstood and men need to know their responsibilities too.




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CluedTV: delivering programming to the Australian Muslim community that "inspires, entertains and educates."



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By Theresa Dyckman    

Bilal El-Hayek (right) with Mr Ray Williams MP.

NSW: Councillor Bilal El-Hayek was awarded the prestigious Stephan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony Medal at the Premier’s Harmony Day Dinner on Wednesday 21 March 2018, at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney.

The Premier’s Harmony Dinner is the flagship of Multicultural March highlighting rich cultural diversity as a strength of the state of New South Wales where individuals are presented with Multicultural Community Medals and inducted to the Multicultural Honour Roll.

The event was hosted by the Minister for Multiculturalism, Mr Ray Williams MP, in the presence of the NSW Premier, Ms Gladys Berejiklian MP and organised by Multicultural NSW.

Three members of the Muslim community received top honours at the event attended by more than 1000 people including community leaders, politicians, government officials and business leaders.


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian presented the Stepan Kerkyahsarian AO Harmony Medal to Bilal El-Hayek, the Arts and Culture Medal to Shireen Taweel and the Youth Medal to Bassam Maaliki.

Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams commended Mr El-Hayek, Ms Taweel and Mr Maaliki on their extraordinary efforts in promoting harmony and social cohesion.

“Working in fields as diverse as the arts, youth work and social media, all three medal winners demonstrate no matter what your background or passion you can contribute meaningfully to our State,” Mr Williams said.

Bilal El-Hayek is a youth coordinator at thBilal El-Hayek was recognised for his efforts in delivering much-needed programs for the community. His ‘Bankstown Connect’ Family Program assists newly arrived families, as well as others who experience economic hardships. He also developed the year-long leadership program, “Blue Crescent”, which sees predominantly Muslim male youth, actively engaged in the community.e PCYC Bankstown and Bassam Maaliki is a Homebush Boys High School student who founded the social change campaign #UBelong. Shireen Taweel is an emerging artist based in Western Sydney who explores Muslim heritage, tradition and community through her art.





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Reza Abdul-Jabbar with his Harley-Davidson.

NEW ZEALAND: The throaty roar of the Harley Davidson booms off the brick and stucco houses of an otherwise quiet, nondescript street at the bottom of the world. Wavy dark hair flows behind a black helmet, beard flutters out front. Black leather jacket, blue Levis, R.M. Williams boots, the rider leans with the machine into the mosque's driveway.

Reza Abdul-Jabbar quickly changes into his crisp white robe and taqiyah. "Assalamu alaikum," he says, greeting another early arrival. His phone rings.

"Brent… good, mate," he says. "Roughly how many you reckon? Oh yep, good as. I'll get hold of Jenny shortly. Yeah na cheers for that man, bye."

Bony fingers knead his long beard straight. Thick darned socks pulled up. "That was my digger driver," Abdul-Jabbar says. "We're busy ditching at the moment. Time of year, trying to get grass, crops, ya know? It's a different pressure farming, but it's a great thing."

The adhan call to prayer sounds. A rhythmical urging that has sounded from minarets for centuries. Abdul-Jabbar clicks his phone to silent and tucks it inside his robe. The beard is again corrected. He kneels on a strip of knotted carpet to begin his personal prayers before climbing the pulpit to deliver his weekly khutbah, or sermon.

Around 50 men, including doctors, students, Halal slaughtermen, engineers, taxi drivers, teachers, and restaurant owners, wearing trackpants, dress trousers, jeans, kneel shoulder-to-shoulder before the charismatic, energetic, and endearing preacher.

"My dear brothers and sisters, let us fear Allah…"

Abdul-Jabbar is not your typical Southland dairy farmer. Nor is he a typical Imam, or Islamic religious leader.

"Whereas in a lot of [Islamic] centres, the Imams are trained scholars, I'm more of a Massey-taught Imam," grins the bike-mad designated leader of the Southland Muslim Association's mosque – the southernmost in the world.
ne is not the most traditional pathway, but it goes to show that Islam isn't limited to a certain background as it can be perceived. You can be anything and everything; it's a way of life more than anything else."

Abdul-Jabbar was born in Pontianak, the capital of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo, in 1975. Raised Muslim, in multi-ethnic Borneo his upbringing was also far from traditional.

His late father was a businessman dealing in pharmaceuticals, textiles and infrastructure construction. Young Reza shadowed him everywhere, heaving his briefcase to meetings, running errands, grinding coffee.

They lived on a sprawling urban section with orchards and mango plantations alongside deer, cockerels, and quail. They even had pet orang-utans.

"They were like brothers or sisters to me. We used to take them to town, holding hands, and get ice-cream. It was so cool," Abdul-Jabbar says.

"West Borneo wasn't like Jakarta, it was more like Auckland 20 years ago where everyone wanted a quarter-acre section. It gave me a good start to the farming thing."




Source: NZ Herald




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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 another of these tweets (continued from last week's CCN):





Source: The Muslim Vibe




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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.






"People out there are burning in the fire of ignorance and you are wasting your time here inquiring after my health!"

Amir Hajji Muhammad Abd Al Wahhab

Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan.

Leader of the Pakistan chapter of the Tablighi Jamaat—a transnational Islamic organization dedicated to spreading the message of religious conservatism and renewed spirituality—Hajji Abdul-Wahhab is a prominent Pakistani scholar with a significant following in South Asia and the United Kingdom. Although the organization does not have a central authority, Abdul-Wahhab has been increasingly influential in his leadership of the throngs of Muslims that follow the international movement in Pakistan and abroad.

Missionary: As Amir, or leader of Pakistan’s Tablighi Jamaat, Hajji Abdul-Wahhab’s influence spans globally due to the organization’s emphasis on missionary work. Considered a foremost da’ee, or inviter to the faith of Islam, Abdul-Wahhab has spoken about the need to return to the correct beliefs and practices of Islam in numerous countries and congregations.


Champion of Conservatism: Abdul-Wahhab urges Muslims to repent for their sins and to emulate the life of the Prophet Muhammad by adhering to the Sunnah—the Prophet’s teachings and deeds. Among these is an exhortation to partake in the act of da’wa or spreading the message of the faith. The Tablighi Jamaat has gradually acquired a massive membership base owing to this core tenet. Abdul-Wahhab’s work is derived from close ties to the founder of the Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhelvi, and stems from the prominent Islamic institution Darul Uloom Deoband, in India, where the latter studied before establishing a following in Pakistan.

Mass Appeal: Among the throngs of Pakistanis, diaspora South Asians, and others who carry the flag of the Tablighi Jamaat are notable Muslim leaders. In Pakistan alone, Abdul-Wahhab’s influence has won the allegiance of prominent politicians, actors, and athletes. Despite his influence over key Muslim leaders from various fields of social power, Abdul-Wahhab is consistent in his assertion that the organization is wholly apolitical—identifying the work of the Tablighi Jamaat as a spiritual revivalist movement. Annual gatherings in Raiwind, Pakistan draw close to 2 million people, and those in Biswa, Bangladesh attract over 3 million.

Advocate of Non-violence: In light of heightened incidences of violence by fringe Islamic militant groups, Abdul-Wahhab has publicly stated the importance of non-violence in bringing people closer to the faith of Islam. This comes after the tragic Mumbai attacks which investigations found were linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba; a militant organization Abdul-Wahhab has made a point of distancing the Tablighi Jamaat from.






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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



14 stages of love according to the Arabic language

By Rayana Khalaf




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

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

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

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



8. Al-Shawq (Longing)

This is when you feel a deep longing for your lover and a strong attachment to him/her.







Who's Afraid of 'Lawful Islamism'? What Daniel Pipes Really Said in Australia

By Chloe Patton, Melbourne-based researcher and writer.



Islamism, according to Pipes, is a political project to establish an Islamic state - that is, a Caliphate. Speaking to Credlin, he claimed that a "significant minority" of Muslims in the West "rejects the prevailing culture, the mores, the laws, the constitution and wants something very different. Not just Islam, but Islamism: the Caliphate."

Pipes distinguishes two ways that Islamists are trying to achieve this: through violence, on the one hand, and legal means, on the other. He gave Credlin the example of an Australian ISIS fighter who creates videos calling on Australian Muslims to engage in violence to illustrate the former strategy, before arguing that Islamists who seek to bring about a Caliphate legally are more dangerous. He said that education and the media have "deemed Islamists the voice of Islam."



Where's the Empirical Evidence?
The first and most obvious issue here is that there is no empirical evidence to support any of these claims. Who exactly are these "properly attired," "lawful Islamists" who are more dangerous than ISIS? It can't be the several hundred or so members of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), the only reliably identifiable Islamists in Australia. While they do want to establish a Caliphate, their vision involves only Muslim-majority parts of the world, not the West. Any notion that the group is implementing either its version of the Caliphate or Shari'a law through Australian educational institutions or the media is risible. Public attitudes towards HT are uniformly hostile, and the only sense in which it has conceivably been deemed "the voice of Islam" is in the tabloid media, where it frequently operates as a metonym for Islam. This was particularly evident in the national psychodrama that unfolded over a video in which female HT members discussed a Qur'an passage in a way that seemed to condone family violence.

Even if HT or other Islamists were trying to implement Shari'a law in Australia, it would be of little significance to the broader population. Shari'a law already exists here, both in the sense that Australian Muslims individually structure their daily lives according to Islamic law, and Sheikhs oversee such things as religious marriage, divorce and the settlement of civil disputes for Muslims.

This is no different to Jewish Halakhic law - however, Jewish law has a greater degree of formal institutionalisation in Australia, as evident in the existence of local Beth Dins (Jewish law courts). While Jewish law sometimes clashes with Australian law, there is no public fear or outcry over its existence. Religious law is not a separate system of law that is imposed on any part of the population. In Australia, submission to religious law - whether Jewish or Islamic - is always optional and religious rulings are binding only so much as individuals respect them; there is no evidence to suggest this will change any time soon.

ABC Religion & Ethics


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Why is Mecca having an $80bn makeover?

The Economist



Saudi Arabia is investing billions of dollars remodeling Mecca, home of Islam’s holiest site—the Kaaba. Its plans include building the world’s largest hotel. The aim is to double Mecca's capacity to host worshippers, to nearly seven million, by 2040. The redevelopment has destroyed scores of old shrines.







Linda Sarsour defends right to be "a full Muslim"

Now This Politics








Hasan Minhaj Breaks Down "Punish a Muslim Day"

The Daily Show 









Imam Omar Suleiman speaks at rally in US





In protest against the violent shooting death of black Muslim, Stephon Clark








#LoveAMuslim day confronts hateful campaign








Baloot Championship kicks off in Riyadh

Al Arabiya English



The General Sports Authority in Saudi Arabia recently kicked off Baloot Championship in Riyadh

More than 12,000 people are participating in the tournament






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


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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 6 April 2018


IMAM: Uzair Akbar




Imam Uzair is away








Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 April 2018

TOPIC: "Take advantage of 5 before 5" PART 2

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 April 2018

TOPIC: "Regret before You Regret"

IMAM: Mossad Issa











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 April 2018


IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 April 2018

TOPIC: “Allah taala created mankind for a reason" 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali



Summary by Mohideen: Mufti Naeem commenced by saying how Allah created life and death for a reason and how he will test everyone. Spoke about the Deen being complete and the days of our Eid celebrations. He said that we should thank Allah for everything he has given us. Explained about surah Al-Fathiha being divided into two parts. He said how the Prophet (pbuh) during his last hours was concerned about the salah of his ummah and advised not to forgo salah. Mufti questioned how many Muslims today fulfil their salah diligently. He explained why Shaytan became Shaytan. He said how Allah ordered to prostrate to Adam (AS) and Shaytan refused to do this one Sajda and because on this one Allah threw him away. He questioned how many Sajda’s we are neglecting thereby not adhering to Allah’s command. He said whenever any problem comes to the Prophet (pbuh) he would immediately resort to salah. He concluded by speaking about quantity and quality of our Amal and how to preserve the Amal and advised to spend more time in doing and preserving the Amal especially in the coming month of Ramadan.





Past Kuthba recordings








Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 April 2018

TOPIC: "Qualities of the Believers in the Holy Qu'ran"
IMAM: Ahmed Naffa







 LAST WEEK'S LECTURE (repeat posting)



Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 30 March 2018

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











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 April 2018

TOPIC"Essence of happiness"
IMAM: Prof Mohamad Abdalla


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South African Christian consumers campaign against halaal  



SOUTH AFRICA: The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) Commission has been flooded with letters from Christian consumers complaining that most food and beverages in their supermarkets are certified halaal, with some saying they don’t want to eat or drink anything “sacrificed to idols”.

Complaints received by the CRL against supermarkets and Muslim halaal-certification authorities show some Christians are furious about the prevalence of halaal-certified food in grocery stores and restaurants, claiming it violates their right to freedom of choice.

Documents City Press obtained show that some Christian consumers have laid complaints with the commission against supermarkets, including Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Checkers, Woolworths and Food Lovers Market, food manufacturers and restaurants, as well as the SA National Halaal Authority (Sanha), National Independent Halaal Trust (NIHT), Islamic Council of SA and the Muslim Judicial Council.

Christian consumers complain they are forced to buy halaal goods and are “manipulated” into funding Islam.

Some complainants charged that buying halaal-certified foods indirectly forces Christians to adhere to sharia law, pay for the persecution of other Christians in Muslim countries, fund the building of mosques and even contribute financially to terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State and Hamas.

The complaints are being investigated by the commission’s lawyers.

But one halaal-certification body has hit back at the “Islamophobic” claims that it funds terror groups and Christian persecution, slamming them as “untrue, a fabrication” and saying they “should be treated with the contempt they deserve”.

Stats SA figures from 2016 show that South Africa is home to 892 685 Muslims, 43.4 million Christians, 5.9 million people who claim to have no religious affiliation or belief, 2.4 million who follow traditional African religion, 561 268 Hindus, 52 598 atheists, 49 470 Jews and 32 944 agnostics.

The halaal industry is estimated to be worth R45bn and it is estimated that up to 90% of all food products in the country are halaal certified.

A complainant from Kouga in the Eastern Cape charged in a letter to the commission that halaal-certification bodies violate the Consumer Protection Act “which protects consumers against discriminatory marketing”.

“Currently 2% to 3% of the South African population is Muslim, while the majority of South Africans associate themselves with the Christian faith, yet consumers are forced to buy Islamic-labelled products ... We view this as an unfair practice based on religious beliefs.”

Another from Riversdale, Western Cape, wrote: “They don’t give us a choice. As a Christian believer I’m forced to buy products from a culture group that makes up only 2.6% of our population. I therefore have to finance a system that I do not support and I also do not know how the money is spent.”

A complainant from Laudium, Pretoria, wrote: “My right to purchase groceries according to my own religious beliefs has been violated. The majority of food items available on the shelves are halaal certified ... I am deeply offended by the fact that I, as a Christian, don’t have a choice.

“I’ve been eating Kellogg’s Corn Flakes since I was a child, but now I’m forced to eat halaal-certified Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, because that is all that’s available at my supermarket.”

Complainants claim they are made to pay for certified food which forces them to “contribute financially to the Islamic community”.

A complainant from Bruma, Johannesburg, wrote that while the right of religious communities to observe their own dietary laws was not in dispute, measures taken for the practical convenience of those adherents must not be at the expense of, or offensive to, those of other religions.

“Islam is overtly and actively anti-Christian. Whereas South Africa enjoys a high degree of tolerance among various religious groups and we value the cordial relations that exist between adherents of various faiths, it is deeply offensive to the conscience of any person to be forced to support a religion that is directly and fundamentally opposed to his own.”

Other petitioners included statements in their complaints that halaal-certification bodies have indentified as “Islamophobic”, including that they were forced to eat food “sacrificed to idols”, fund the persecution of Christians and Jews in Muslim countries, subscribe to sharia law and even fund terrorism.

A Durbanville, Cape Town, resident complained that he couldn’t find non-halaal takeaways in a local shopping centre and that besides meat and chicken, “even sweets, frozen vegetables, milk, butter, bread, juice, ice cream, and pasta are halaal certified”.

"No foods are dedicated to any gods"

But NIHT chairperson Hafez Moorad Booley said the halaal-certification process simply “oversees the entire programme of production and ensures that no non-halaal products are used, or that halaal products are contaminated with pork, insects, urine, alcohol, animal waste, blood, certain genetically modified organisms and harmful supplements and colourants”.

“We must stress that absolutely no foods are dedicated to any gods, as has been alleged. That concept is alien to Islam and it is totally forbidden. A great misconception is that halaal means a bunch of priests chanting and changing normal foods to halaal foods. That is untrue. The halaal process is merely to ensure that forbidden ingredients are not used in the production of these products.”

Booley said the cost of halaal certification is minimal and not carried by the consumer. The input costs of halaal and non-halaal foods is the same, he said, otherwise producers would not make halaal products.

Booley said allegations that they funded terrorist organisations was “totally unfounded”.

“It is untrue, a fabrication and should be treated with the contempt it deserves,” he said.

“The NIHT is a registered nonprofit organisation with the SA Revenue Service, department of trade and industry, the SA Meat Industry Company and Consumer Goods Council of SA, and our financials are audited annually by reputable auditing firms.

“Our opposition and total rejection of rogue, so-called Islamic, organisations, such as the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, is well documented both locally and internationally,” said Booley.

Sanha spokesperson Ebi Lockhat said: “Muslims do not believe in the Holy Trinity. Our faith is monotheistic and our belief is in one God, the Almighty who is referred to as Allah. Our food is not dedicated to any triune god or idols.”

CRL chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva confirmed receiving numerous complaints from Christians about halaal products in stores and said she would look into kosher organisations as well.

To avoid eating halaal-certified foods, she said, some Christians said they bought imported goods and avoided supermarkets such as Pick n Pay, Checkers and Shoprite, whose branded products are certified halaal. They are also demanding bolder and larger halaal symbols on food products so they can spot them better and clear warning signs at restaurants and fast food outlets that serve halaal meat.

“South Africans should start asking food manufactures difficult questions, for instance, how much money they are paying for the halaal and kosher emblems on food products,” she said.

“People should know what it means to them to promote other religions as far as their own beliefs are concerned, because they are indirectly promoting something else.

“Are Jewish and Muslim organisations trying to recruit more Christians to become Muslims or Jewish and is it in the best interest of people from different religious groups?”

Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said even bottled water was certified halaal or kosher.

“If I purchase kosher- or halaal-certified products, it means that I am subsidising another religion. I am paying indirectly for something that is not my belief.

“We have raised this concern with the Muslim Judicial Council to determine how much money it collects on halaal-certificated foods. We had conversations with the Consumer Council and we need to follow up on these issues,” she said.

National Consumer Commission spokesperson Trevor Hattingh said they were unaware of the complaints and that there was no empirical evidence to prove that consumers were being forced to buy halaal-certified food.

Shoprite and Woolworths referred media inquiries to the Consumer Goods Council of SA, which said it was unaware of the complaints. Food Lovers Market declined to comment.

A Pick n Pay spokesperson said that halaal “certification costs are negligible and there is no charge passed on to our customers. Customers who do not wish to buy food that has been certified for religious purposes can find alternatives in our stores.”

“The majority of our non-Muslim customers are not offended in any way by halaal certification.

“The only difference is that halaal meat receives a blessing. The cost of this blessing is negligible. Most customers have no objection to halaal or kosher certification symbols on the products they buy.”

Kosher-certification head Rabbi Dovi Goldstein said he runs a non-profit organisation and the certification does not increase the price of food.  



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Dozens hit out at ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ by forming human chain around mosque



The group say they are ‘building bridges, not walls


UK: Nearly 100 people have formed a human chain outside a mosque in Newcastle to fight against racism and Islamophobia. Members of Citizens UK are standing in solidarity with Muslims on a day which encourages violence against members of the religion.

Tyne and Wear Citizens, the local branch of Citizens UK, say they are ‘spreading love, not hate’ on ‘Punish a Muslim’ day. Police are investigating after sick documents were sent to people up and down the country warning them of a ‘Punish a Muslim’ day on April 3. The letters boast of horrific ‘rewards’ if people carry out attacks on Muslims, including torture, burning down mosques and throwing acid in peoples’ faces.

Many women were warned to hide their hijabs and not walk alone in response to these threats, while families were urged to lock their doors and be careful when out and about. But in the face of these threats, many people have been showing their solidarity with Muslims as Brits unite to fight against racism.

And in a show of strength and unity, close to 100 members of Tyne and Wear Citizens joined forces outside Newcastle Central Mosque today. On Twitter the group posted: ‘Spreading love not hate, building bridges not walls.’ Matthew Guest, author and sociologist of religion at Durham University, wrote: Great to be part of human chain of solidarity stretching around Newcastle Central Mosque.

‘Citizens standing together against racism & Islamophobia.’ Elsewhere throughout the country, new letters were sent encouraging a ‘Love a Muslim’ day. The letters promised rewards if anyone smiled or threw flowers at Muslims – while 2,500 points were on offer if a family was bought a trip to Mecca.   



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 Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives: The First 1,000 Years



Chase F. Robinson



Religious thinkers, political leaders, lawmakers, writers, and philosophers have shaped the 1,400-year-long development of the world's second-largest religion. But who were these people? What do we know of their lives and the ways in which they influenced their societies?

In Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives, the distinguished historian of Islam Chase F. Robinson draws on the long tradition in Muslim scholarship of commemorating in writing the biographies of notable figures, but he weaves these ambitious lives together to create a rich narrative of Islamic civilization, from the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century to the era of the world conquerer Timur and the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the fifteenth.

Beginning in Islam’s heartland, Mecca, and ranging from North Africa and Iberia in the west to Central and East Asia, Robinson not only traces the rise and fall of Islamic states through the biographies of political and military leaders who worked to secure peace or expand their power, but also discusses those who developed Islamic law, scientific thought, and literature. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of rich and diverse Islamic societies.


Alongside the famous characters who coloured this landscape—including Muhammad’s cousin ’Ali; the Crusader-era hero Saladin; and the poet Rumi—are less well-known figures, such as Ibn Fadlan, whose travels in Eurasia brought fascinating first-hand accounts of the Volga Vikings to the Abbasid Caliph; the eleventh-century Karima al-Marwaziyya, a woman scholar of Prophetic traditions; and Abu al-Qasim Ramisht, a twelfth-century merchant millionaire.

An illuminating read for anyone interested in learning more about this often-misunderstood civilization, this book creates a vivid picture of life in all arenas of the pre-modern Muslim world.



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


A sweet and sour crepe cake where lemon, lime and orange citrus flavours meet cream and Italian meringue.


Sweet and sour crepe cake


Recipe by Raeesa Khatree from The Great Australian Bake Off








Crepe batter (double the recipe quantity for all 60 crepes)
4 extra large eggs
1 cup full cream milk
1 cup thickened cream
½ cup water
2 cups plain flour
6 tablespoons unsalted butter – melted
½ teaspoon fine salt
3 tablespoons castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Extra ingredients for each tier
Americolor gel colours: yellow, lime green, orange and red

Tier 1:
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons ground lemon myrtle

Tier 2:
2 tablespoons finely grated lime zest

Tier 3:
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
½ teaspoon orange blossom water

Fillings for each tier

Tier 1:
Ingredients for lemon curd
2 egg yolks
½ cup castor sugar
Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 lemons
80 grams cubed salted butter

Ingredients for lemon myrtle and macadamia biscuit
100 grams plain flour
1 cup castor sugar
150 grams macadamia nut pieces
100 grams cold salted butter – cold and cubed
½ teaspoon ground lemon myrtle

Tier 2 & 3
Ingredients for mascarpone cream filling:
750 grams mascarpone
1000ml thickened cream
½ icing sugar – sifted
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Tier 2

Ingredients to be added to mascarpone cream
Pulp of 3 finger limes – reserve 2 extra for decoration
1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
1 cup desiccated coconut - toasted

Tier 3

Ingredients to be added to mascarpone cream
½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
2 punnets fresh raspberries


For the crepe batter:

Double all ingredients and blend together in either a blender jug or food processor. Divide batter into 2 parts first using different large bowls. Then remove 3 cups of batter from each bowl and place into a 3rd bowl for first tier of crepe cake. The portion for tier 1 should be lesser quantity than for tier 2 and 3.

2. Bowl 1 = tier 1, bowl 2 = tier 2, bowl 3 = tier 3.

For tier 1:

1. Lemon meringue, finely grate lemon zest and grind lemon myrtle in a pestle and mortar and add to bowl 1. Cover and set aside in fridge to rest for 1 hour.

For tier 2:

1. Lime and coconut, finely grate lime zest and add to bowl 2. Cover and set aside in fridge to rest.

For tier 3:

1. Orange and raspberry, finely grate orange zest and add ½ teaspoon of orange blossom water to bowl 3. Cover and set aside in fridge to rest.

For tier 1 biscuit:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C, using a food processor, blend flour, castor sugar, macadamias and lemon myrtle until combined and macadamia is small but visible. Add cold butter cubes and process with short pulses for a crumbly texture. Place on lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or golden and crunchy. Once done, remove from oven and set aside to cool. Reserve for filling of tier 1.

For tier 1 lemon curd:

1. Place yolks, sugar, zest and juice in a saucepan over low heat and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Gradually whisk in butter, ensuring each chunk of butter has melted before adding another. Whisk until it thickens well, approximately 5 minutes. Place a layer of cling on surface of the curd and place in freezer to cool.

For tier 2 and 3 mascarpone cream:

1. Prepare one large quantity of mascarpone cream and divide into 2 bowls. Using a stand mixer, whisk mascarpone for a minute with sifted icing sugar, then add thickened cream and vanilla bean paste. Once it is creamy (not watery) and medium peaks form, remove and divide into 2 bowls.

For tier 2:

1. Add lime zest and pulp of finger limes. Toast coconut and add to mixture. Cover with cling and refrigerate.

For tier 3:

1. Add the orange concentrate and orange zest by folding in gently. Lightly mash or chop into little pieces the 1 ½ punnets of raspberries and add to mixture. Reserve remaining ½ cup for decoration. Cover with cling and refrigerate.


Method for making crepes:

1. Starting with Tier 3 (size 8 inch), remove bowl of batter for tier 3 from fridge and add 1 drop of orange colouring to bowl and mix together gently to obtain a light orange colour. Using the crepe pan, brush it with a little oil and heat on high. Reduce heat to medium-high, then add ½ cup of batter and swirl to coat the base of the pan, almost to the end of pan rim (this is the largest tier so aim to get the largest size crepe). Cook for one minute or until golden, then flip with a palette knife or spatula and cook for 45 seconds on the other side. Place crepe on baking paper lined trays so it doesn’t dry out. Once there are 7 evenly sized crepe in the light orange colour, add 2 drops more of gel colour in orange and fold through until a darker shade is obtained. Make 7 more evenly sized crepes. Then add one drop of red gel colour to batter and fold through to obtain a darker shade of batter. Make 7 more evenly sized crepes.

Tier 2 (size 6 inch):

1. Remove bowl of batter for tier 2 from fridge and add 1 drop of lime green gel colour to bowl and mix together to obtain a light green colour. Using the crepe pan, brush it with a little oil and heat on high. Reduce heat to medium-high, then add slightly less than ½ cup of batter and swirl to coat the base of the pan, almost to the end of pan rim (this is the middle tier so aim to get it smaller than previous size crepe). Cook for one minute or until golden, then flip with a palette knife or spatula and cook for 45 seconds on the other side. Place crepe on baking paper lined trays so it doesn’t dry out. Once there are 7 evenly sized crepe in the light green colour, add 2 drops more of gel colour in lime green and fold through until a darker shade is obtained. Make 7 more evenly sized crepes. Then add 3 drops of lime green gel colour to batter and fold through to obtain a darker shade of batter. Make 7 more evenly sized crepes.

Tier 1 (size 4 inch):

1. Remove bowl of batter from fridge for tier 1 and do not colour batter for first 5 crepes. Using the crepe pan, brush it with a little oil and heat on high. Reduce heat to medium-high, then add ¼ cup of batter and swirl to coat the base of the pan – just a little round crepe is needed as this is the smallest tier. Cook for 40 seconds or until golden, then flip with a palette knife or spatula and cook for 45 seconds on the other side. Place crepe on baking paper lined trays so it doesn’t dry out. Once there are 5 evenly sized crepes, add 1 drop of gel colour in yellow and fold through until a light shade of lemon is obtained. Make 5 more evenly sized crepes. Then add another drop of yellow gel colour to batter and fold through to obtain a darker shade of batter. Make 5 more evenly sized crepes. Then add 2 more drops of gel colour to obtain darkest shade of yellow batter. Make 5 more evenly sized crepes.

To assemble:

Tier 3:


1. Using the 8-inch cake board and plate, place cake ring or acetate around the board and line the ring with cling. Starting with the darkest shade of crepe (reddish colour) start by placing first crepe on board and spread orange and raspberry filling on crepe, making sure the raspberries are not too chunky. Cover with second crepe and repeat process by layering crepe from darkest shade of crepe to lightest orange. Once the tier is stacked with 20 crepes, cover with cling and place in fridge to firm up.

Tier 2:

1. Using the 6-inch cake board and plate, place cake ring or acetate around the board and line the ring with cling. Starting with the darkest shade of crepe (lime green colour) start by placing first crepe on board and lime filling on crepe. Cover with second crepe and repeat process by layering crepe from darkest shade of crepe to lightest shade of green. Once the tier is stacked with 20 crepes, cover with cling and place in fridge to firm up.

Tier 3:

1. Using the 4-inch cake board and plate, place cake ring or acetate around the board and line the ring with cling. Starting with the darkest shade of crepe (yellow colour) start by placing first crepe on board and spread lemon curd filling on crepe, then sprinkle the crumbs of the lemon myrtle biscuit. Cover with second crepe and repeat process by layering crepe from darkest shade of yellow crepe to last 5 non-coloured crepes. Once the tier is stacked with 20 crepes, cover with cling and place in fridge to firm up.

To stack:

1. Carefully remove all 3 tiers from fridge and using the straws as dowels, cut size according to height of each tier and poke through centre of each tier, making sure it will be directly under cake board above. Stack tiers accordingly above one another using any extra mascarpone cream under each cake board as a glue.

To decorate:

1. Sprinkle tier 1 with biscuit crumbs and lemon myrtle. Using any left-over mascarpone cream, pipe on top of tier 2 a few rosettes. Place finger limes on top of tier 2 and sprinkle grated lime zest. Pipe a few cream rosettes on tier 3 and decorate with sprinkled orange zest and raspberries. Sprinkle a little glitter or silver leaf on decorative elements.

2. Whisk 1 egg white with 3 tablespoons castor sugar and a ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar. Pipe onto baking paper lined tray and place in oven on 180°C for 15 minutes or until golden and firm. Place swirls on top tier of crepe cake.



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Practising Mindfulness

Imagine this scenario. It’s 3.59pm on a Friday, and you’ve been looking forward to having that piece of Cadbury block chocolate you have saved for your afternoon pick-me-up. The clock strikes 4pm so you shut your computer and leave the office desk. You grab the chocolate from your bag and start to eat on your way to the carpark. Before you know it, you get to the car and you have already finished eaten 4 small squares. You think to yourself, “how did I manage to do that, I barely enjoyed the chocolate at all.” You get in the car, and since you felt unsatisfied, you reach for a few more. By the time you get home, you are halfway through the block and you are left wondering, how did you get through all of that without realising and yet still feel like you want more.

Does this sound familiar? Try switch the scenario from the car, to perhaps on the couch in front of the TV or in front of the laptop where you’ve been working on assignments all day. Can you relate? Most of us probably can.

It is this mindless eating behaviour that usually leads to harmful behaviours such as bingeing, purging, or restrictive dieting which all can impact negatively on our health. The problem here does not lie in the food, no one food is inherently good or bad. The problem lies in our mind and our lack of awareness. One of the skills that we can learn to help us become more focused on the present moment and disconnect from habitual, unsatisfying and harmful behaviours is to practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a state of being conscious or aware, a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present, while acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and body sensations. (1) Research shows that mindful eating may help people control binge eating and overeating, enjoy food and feel more in touch with the body’s internal hunger and satiety signals. (2)

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




Princess Lakshman


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









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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:
Turning Every Experience Into An Opportunity For Personal Growth

It may seem unrealistic to believe that one can turn every experience, pleasant or traumatic, into an opportunity for personal growth.


Yet, as Rumi said, that it is only through the crack of the wounded heart that light enters. It is in times of despair that you can truly reflect on the lessons provided in all your experiences and implement those lessons to create better experiences for yourself and others.

Experience, by definition, is when an event or occurrence leaves an impression (negative or positive) on someone.

Opportunity is when circumstances arise that make it possible for you to do something, anything, that will bring about change (negative or positive).

Every single experience (event/occurrence that leaves a positive or negative impression on you) can be perceived as a platform which gives rise to an opportunity for action (positive or negative).

Pause for a moment and reflect on your major experiences in life.


Perhaps in your present situation you may be going through a repetitive pattern of certain experiences that are holding you hostage.


Are there any experiences in your life right now that seem to be happening over and over, whether with people or with your job or with your own eating, drinking, procrastination or any other habits, that make you feel stagnant or trapped?


These repetitive experiences may be perpetuating negative thought and behaviour patterns to the point where they have become habitual.


You are merely reacting to these repetitive experiences instead of responding to them. When you stop reacting to experiences and instead respond to them you will begin to you see each experience as a lesson from ALLAH, imbibe the lesson and implement strategies to grow from the experience.

When you take ownership of your experiences and use them as lessons in order to pass the tests of life, you become empowered. But when your experiences begin to control you and define you in every situation, you become a victim.

Experiences will continue to play like a movie in the cinema of your mind. Choose to be the the hero of your
film, not a victim.

Five Easy Steps To Turn Your Experience Into An Opportunity For Personal Growth

1. Take a pen and paper and write down the experiences that are repetitive in each of these areas in your life: Health, Relationships, Career/ Studies, Spiritual (your connection with ALLAH)
2. Beside each experience, write down how they make you feel. Your feelings are the first signal from your body to indicate that something needs attention.
3. Sit in silence after your salah and ask ALLAH to help you hear your intuitive voice.
4. Now write down (dot point list) the first answer that comes in your mind on how you need to handle these repetitive experiences.
5. Pick the easiest one from your dot point list and act on it immediately or as soon as possible.

If the above exercise seems too difficult, send me an email or contact me on my mobile. I am happy to guide you through it.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
Do You Suffer From WWPSS (what will people say syndrome)?    



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A: Try to commit and stay consistent. Set yourself small achievable weekly goals and go from there. Remember the 2 and 5 rule when it comes to fruit and veggies daily and stay away from fast foods. Only adopt changes that are sustainable and surround yourself with like-minded people to keep you on track.





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An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position.


As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the Jallaludin asked sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?"

"Yes, habibi" the wife replied, "in-laws."

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