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Women apply for most Islamic divorces in Australia, but imams often refuse to grant them. Muslim leaders have condemned domestic violence, though some still teach that husbands can control their wives.

This feature is part of an ongoing investigation by ABC News edited by Julia Baird and Hayley Gleeson into religion and domestic violence. Other articles in this series have examined Islam, mainstream Protestant denominations, the Catholic Church, Christian clergy wives, Hindu and Sikh communities, and Jewish divorce laws.

The first time Noor* visited the Board of Imams Victoria, in Melbourne's Coburg North, to apply for an Islamic divorce, she took with her an audio recording she had secretly made during one of her husband's violent outbursts.

"It was of one night when he was screaming and yelling at me in front of the children," said Noor, a Muslim who wore a niqab during her decades-long marriage.

"He was verbally abusing me, smashing doors, ripping up sheets, putting down me and my family ... I taped it thinking no one would believe me."

Once inside the building, a glass-fronted office space wedged between an electrical store and a denture clinic on a sleepy stretch of Sydney Road, Noor sat down nervously before a panel of five male imams and carefully recounted the years of physical, emotional and financial abuse she had suffered at the hands of her husband, who had recently breached the intervention order she had taken out against him.

He often criticised and yelled at her in front of the kids, she told ABC News, for petty reasons — for example, if she didn't prepare food to his liking.

And he beat her, she said, when she confronted him about his escalating financial abuse.

For a long time, she believed his violence was her fault. "I would think it was reasonable", she said, "because I thought I'd done something wrong, and I deserved it."

He also repeatedly threatened to take another wife, which hurt and distressed Noor, not only because they were already struggling financially.

"I'm allowed to marry four women," he told her. "You have to change your Western mentality."

Now he was refusing to grant her a religious divorce.

Muslims in Australia may have a civil divorce, but if they do not also obtain a religious divorce, they are considered still married in Islamic law — and in the eyes of their community.

Getting an Islamic divorce, however, can be a difficult and protracted process, especially for women, who face stricter requirements for initiating divorce than men, depending on the laws of their cultural community.

While a husband is allowed to divorce his wife at any time, without cause, often imams will not grant a woman divorce without her husband's consent, or proof she has legitimate grounds for an annulment (which, depending on the legal school, can include infidelity, physical, financial or emotional harm, and sexual dysfunction).

In theory, domestic violence is one such reason: if a woman can prove her husband has been abusive — for example, by producing an intervention order, or photographs of her physical injuries — imams in Australia say they'll dissolve the marriage and hand over the paperwork, no problem.

But in practice, advocates and survivors say many imams are denying women the right to divorce, in too many cases detaining them in abusive marriages for years.

This was Noor's experience. Having presented the Board of Imams with what she believed was sufficient evidence, she was hopeful they'd acknowledge her husband's violence and swiftly grant a divorce.

Instead they dismissed the tape, she said, and told her to give the relationship another chance. "I honestly thought they weren't listening to me," she said. "They wanted me to go back and try again for the sake of the kids."

When she insisted she had tried, that she had made up her mind, they told her they needed to hear her husband's "side of the story" and that they'd be in touch after that.

It took six months for the Board of Imams to get back to her, Noor said, at which point they claimed to have forgotten the details of her case and asked her to come back in to retell her story.

Eventually, after a year of waiting, calling, praying, Noor — who had moved in with her parents — withdrew her divorce application, defeated and depleted.

"It killed me," she said. At that stage she wasn't interested in starting a new relationship; she simply longed to be free of a man who for years had controlled every aspect of her life.

"For me to move on psychologically I had to get that Islamic divorce ... I just wanted closure for me and my children, and at the same time I wanted [my ex] to stop saying I was his wife."

'It's easier to divorce in some Muslim countries'

In many Muslim countries around the world, women-led campaigns to reform Islamic laws governing marriage and divorce are gaining momentum.

In India, for example, the government is set to introduce new laws banning Muslim men from instantly divorcing their wives simply by pronouncing "talaq" — the Arabic word for divorce — three times.

Some countries — including Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Morocco — also stipulate women's right to initiate divorce in standard marriage contracts.

But in Australia, where Islamic law (sharia) operates in the shadow of the official legal system and the all-male imams who administer it with impunity, Muslim women's right to leave a marriage is not always recognised.

Compounding the problem, social workers and survivors say, is the fact that many imams are ignorant or dismissive of the dynamics and seriousness of domestic violence.

(There is no evidence suggesting Muslim women experience domestic abuse at a higher rate; no reliable data on this question has ever been collected in Australia.)

ABC News has interviewed several Muslim women in Australia who have experienced great difficulty getting a divorce.

Many were threatened, raped or beaten by their husbands after instigating the process; one, a Lebanese Muslim woman living in Melbourne, said she had left her husband nine years ago but had been denied a divorce several times by the Board of Imams Victoria, who said they couldn't track the man down to seek his approval.

Now, advocates are sounding the alarm and demanding agency and equality for women in the Islamic divorce process, which they say is not only stacked against women and re-traumatising for survivors of abuse, but putting women's lives at risk.

Source: ABC News



Family and domestic violence support services:

InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence: 1800 755 988
1800 Respect national helpline: 1800 737 732
Women's Crisis Line: 1800 811 811
Men's Referral Service: 1300 766 491
Lifeline (24 hour crisis line): 131 114
Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277




'Now is the time for change': Politicians and advocates call for an urgent review of the Islamic divorce process

Muslim community leaders and politicians are calling for an urgent review of the Islamic divorce process in Australia following an ABC News investigation that revealed abused women are being trapped in violent marriages.

The report found many Muslim women seeking religious divorce from abusive husbands are being denied it by male imams who are ignorant or dismissive of the dangers and seriousness of domestic violence, and of the legal conditions of family violence intervention orders.

While imams and other Islamic community leaders have strongly condemned all forms of domestic abuse, public lectures delivered in recent years by some influential clerics contain conflicting messages about whether Islam allows or even condones the non-physical abuse and control of women.

As a result, advocates say, women are being told by imams who claim to be acting in the name of Islamic law to "be patient" with abusive relationships. Those who are denied divorce are considered still married in Islamic law and by their community.

Now, as Muslim women begin to tell their stories on social media, advocates — including the first Muslim woman elected to Federal Parliament — are calling for broad cultural change.



'There needs to be a cultural change'

Labor MP Anne Aly, who was denied an Islamic divorce by her abusive ex-husband 25 years ago, said that while speaking out about domestic abuse was important, more substantive action was urgently required.

The ABC's report, she said, showed very little had changed since her attempts to escape a violent home as a young mother.

"There actually needs to be cultural change and a shift around attitudes towards women," Dr Aly, who in 2016 became the first Muslim woman elected to Federal Parliament, told The Drum.

"We need to start listening to the real, lived experiences of women who are forced to stay married to men who are abusive towards them because they cannot have access to a divorce."

These experiences, she said, are far too common.

Dr Aly, who eventually got a civil divorce and has since remarried, said she remained in her abusive first marriage for longer than she should have because her ex-husband had refused to agree to an Islamic — or sharia — divorce.

"When I did finally get the courage to divorce my husband … he suddenly found a use for religion and brought up .… that I would need to get a sharia divorce, and that he wouldn't agree to one. So I stayed married to him, though separated, for five years."

Part of the problem, she said, was imams' tendency to prioritise keeping families together over women's safety.

"I've had one imam brag to me that he has a 97 per cent success rate at keeping relationships together, regardless of whether they're happy marriages or abusive marriages," Dr Aly said.

"I think the issue runs deep, and starts off with the birth of a girl child and the idea that a young woman's value is only measurable by the kind of partner she can attract … that a woman is not complete unless she's married."



Many imams are 'unqualified'

Adel Salman, Vice President of the Islamic Council of Victoria, said it was clear many imams were unqualified to respond to cases of domestic violence and that a review of the Islamic divorce process in Australia was needed.

"A woman should not have to go through this very difficult, traumatic process to seek what is her right — especially when there is a clear case of abuse," Mr Salman told ABC News.

"A woman would not seek a divorce lightly. She would have gone through many stages of … reconciliation and clearly she has arrived at this point that she doesn't see any way back, and I think that needs to be given more priority and emphasis when imams are adjudicating these cases."

Mr Salman said his female peers were deeply frustrated by reports that Muslim women were being denied religious divorce.

"There is a general call for change," he said. "Now is the time for change and I think it is very timely that we are having this discussion."

Mariam Veiszadeh, a lawyer and diversity and inclusion consultant who spearheaded a statement on domestic violence by Muslim figures last year, agreed.

"The influencers in our communities, be it our clerics or otherwise, have to do more to tackle the deeply rooted patriarchal views being spouted by segments of the community which keep making excuses for the ultimate subjugation of women," she said.

'Tipping point' reached

Maha Abdo, chief executive of the Muslim Women Association, said that while domestic violence and gender inequality were significant concerns for Muslim women, they were difficult to speak openly about.

However, she said, the response to the ABC's report from within Muslim communities suggested a tipping point had been reached. This was a "moment", she said, to understand and address the problems.

"The reality out there is very much what has been captured [in the ABC's report]. Women have had various experiences and we hear the voices of these women and we need to listen to their experiences," Ms Abdo told ABC News.

"There's been little pockets of engagement and that's been a great achievement."

Ms Abdo, who has worked with Muslim women escaping domestic violence for three decades, said women should be included in decision-making roles on the currently all-male panels of imams who adjudicate divorce.

"It would be amazing if we could have a panel inclusive of scholars who are women," she said. "And there is no shortage of that."

But Dr Aly questioned whether simply including women in the process would lead to significant enough change.

"It doesn't get to the actual substantive issue here, which is that women are being asked to produce evidence of violence in order to justify their right to leave a man who is abusing them," she said.

"That at its very core is wrong."


Source: ABC News




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By Dr Saifullah Akram    

Last Saturday (7 April) the Queensland round of the first ever Australian National Islamic Quiz Championship was held at the Slacks Creek Mosque.


The championship, an event initiated by the Islamic Practice & Dawah Circle, saw 155 participants register for four age divisions - under 9, 10 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 to 18 years of age.


Prizes such as tablets, smart watches and robotic kits were on offer for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.


The event, being held around Australia, is the first of its kind, with finals occurring on June 24th, when the Queensland champions will compete against the champions of New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

The feedback for the event has been overwhelmingly positive, with parents feeling it provided their children with the incentive to acquire Islamic knowledge to prepare themselves for the quiz.

Islamic Council of Queensland Vice President Ali Kadri attended the event to handover the prizes to the winners.




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The Holy month of Ramadan is a season of fast, prayer, Quran and charity. Muslims around the world will be preparing themselves in dedication to Allah Almighty and the rewards He will offer His servants during this sacred month.
Acts of worship in the month of Ramadan are highly regarded and the rewards in this month are far greater than any other month due to its sacredness, and for that reason many Muslims tend to perform their annual alms giving (Zakat) obligations throughout this Holy month.

A common question asked every year is what is the threshold (Nisab) of Zakat Al-Maal, the amount for Zakat Al-Fitr and how is it translated into a monetary amount?

The Australian National Imams Council has determined the threshold (Nisab) of Zakat Al-Maal to be:

• According to GOLD: 85 (Eighty-Five) GRAMS of 24 karat gold obtained from the listed price on the stock market. Gold price as at the 17th of April 2018 (24 Karat per 1 gram) is $55.78 AUD. 85 grams x $55.78 per gram = $4,741.30 AUD

• According to SILVER: 609 (Six Hundred and Nine) GRAMS of 100% pure

Silver obtained from the listed price on the stock market. Silver price as at the 17th of April 2018 (per 1 gram) is $0.69 AUD. 609 grams x $0.69 per gram = $420.21 AUD.

Therefore the threshold (Nisab) of Zakat Al-Maal according to:

GOLD will be $4,741.3 AUD and SILVER will be $420.21 AUD.

The Australian National Imams Council encourages the Australian Muslim community to calculate their Zakat according to the Silver Nisab as it is for the benefit and best interest of the Zakat recipients.

As for Zakat Al-Fitr, this will be set at MINIMUM $12 per person for this year (1439H/2018CE).

The Australian National Imams Council encourages, in order to fulfil the needs of the recipients and the purpose of Zakat Al-Fitr, that Zakat Al-Fitr is given at the beginning of the month of Ramadan.

The Australian National Imams Council also recommends all Muslims to give their charities to registered and reputable organisations and ANIC Partners.

On behalf of all the member Imams of the Australian National Imams Council, we wish the Muslim community of Australia and around the world a blessed Ramadan.




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IWAA’s CEO, Ms Galila Abdelsalam and Sydney’s Coordinator Alice Orozco attended South Asian Muslim Association of Australia (SAMAA) lunch along with The Hon. Jihad Dib MP and Imam Yusuf Hassan from Islamic Relief.


With the Hon. Jihad Dib MP

With the retired Minister and current Mayor of Hornsby Shire,  Peter Ruddock


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by Aisha Mohsin    

Khouloud Joumaa & Saphia Alkakouni

“How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”.

This beautiful quote by Anne Frank was the first thing to cross my mind after I finished talking to the co-founder of Shoebox 4 Syria on a bright Monday morning.

Several years ago, an enthusiastic community development worker – Khouloud Joumaa, along with her cousin Saphia Al Kakouni, driven by the spirit of giving, started Shoe Box 4 Syria — a Sydney-based, non-profit organisation for the children who are orphaned and displaced in Syria.

Now in its third year, the organisation has had hundreds of students, from various schools across Australia, come on board to help make a real difference to the lives of their fellow young brothers and sisters suffering and struggling in Syria.

The venture seems to have tapped into a niche of brave little heroes, who in their humble capacity, have proved that age is no barrier when it comes to doing good.

Here are the 8 questions we asked to learn more about this initiative.

1- Tell us about your organisation?

We started in 2016. The idea was to engage the community, schools, and friends in offering charitable donations and gifts to the kids in Syria.

Saphia, my cousin, had seen the horrors of war first hand in Syria and knew better that the destructive aftermath of the war extends far beyond the battlefield. She considered herself fortunate to be alive and able to flee back to Australia with her kids, but there was pain she kept revisiting in her head— an anguish that she felt on witnessing the depravity of the entire situation!

So one day, Saphia rang me up on the phone, blissfully unaware of how this mutual pain could strike the chord it did, we both decided that no matter how small, we had to play our part in making life easier for the people in Syria.

Hence, the brainchild Shoebox 4 Syria was born.

2- Tell us how your past experience has prepared you in becoming the person you are today?

After being diagnosed with brain tumour and then making a remarkable recovery to battle my way back to fitness has lent me perspective, tremendous positivity and the willpower I needed to believe in myself and help others in distress feel better too.

Also, it was my role as a teacher and the love for the orphans that has helped laid the foundation of our initiative. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and making a difference in children’s lives. It is an honour to be in this role.

3- How do you engage with various communities?

We have made full use of various social media vehicles; such as Facebook, newspapers, radio etc. We have also created short animated videos. Social media alone has helped us reach a wider audience. Word of mouth, family and acquaintances have been quite resourceful too.

4- Describe your passion for this mission?

In the wake of this initiative some years ago, I would’ve not imagined that my passion for giving would lead me to write a book one day. Writing for me is therapeutic and the message I want to convey via my book is to promote love not hate for we are all one. My passion for Shoebox 4 Syria has morphed into a creative outlet.





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Usman Iftikhar who helps refugees and migrants create their own businesses has been named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year




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IWAA in collaboration with ECCQ organised a lovely weekend getaway for a group of 70 participants. This was one of many successive sessions of the leadership course.


Its aim was to strengthen independence, mitigate social isolation by active participation in different programs such story telling session by Pam Blamey, surf life-saving program and other leadership activities.


Overall, feedback results show that it was highly successful.


A huge thanks to ECCQ team and IWAA SGP team.



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The petition reads:

The leader of Australian fascist group the United Patriots Front is appealing a racial vilification conviction and using PayPal to fund his defence.

Blair Cottrell has called for photographs of Adolf Hitler to be hung in all Australian classrooms, described Jews as “parasites” and boasted of terrorising women with violence.

Right now he’s appealing a legal sentence that saw him convicted for staging a grotesque ‘mock beheading’ to protest a new mosque in country Victoria.

To fund it, he’s using PayPal.


But with voices like yours we can stop this.

Pressure from members like you has already made PayPal block other racist groups from using its platform to spread hateful and violent views.

Tens of thousands of SumOfUs members in France successfully pushed PayPal to stop processing payments for the violent French white supremacist group Génération Identitaire.

Members like you also forced dozens of major advertisers to pull their ads from racist site Breitbart (AKA Trump News). And over the last few weeks more than 75,000 of you put the heat on Mastercard, Visa and American Express to bar the violent nationalist group Britain First.

People power makes companies act. With your support today, we can do it again, and this time in Australia.

PayPal’s acceptable use policy claims it forbids “the promotion of hate, violence [and] racial intolerance”. But with high profile racists like Blair Cottrell free to cash in on their hateful views it’s clear that little is done to proactively enforce it.

United Patriots Front and their political arm, Fortitude Australia, are splinter groups of Reclaim Australia. Together they are responsible for violent anti-immigrant protests across Australia and long running campaigns to intimidate people like refugees, Muslims, and women.

Companies like PayPal have an obligation to prevent their services being used to propagate violence and hate.

Please add your voice and tell PayPal to take action now.






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Reza Abdul-Jabbar welcomes visitors to his mosque.


Taxis are parked out front, shoes stacked at the door. Latecomers shuffle inside, dropping coins or notes into a donation box, before kneeling on a prayer mat at the back of the room.

They shake hands and quietly offer greetings. It's warm and stuffy inside the mosque, curtains shading the sun. Copies of the Holy Quran are stacked in ornate shelves but otherwise the room is sparse. Women and children listen to the sermon from behind an adjoining wall. Abdul-Jabbar's youngest son, Talha peeks with wide brown eyes through a gap in the separating curtain.

"Muslims have an obligation in this life that supersedes personal fulfilment," says Abdul-Jabbar from his pulpit, a tiered wooden chair with carved balustrades.

His weekly sermon, at 1.45pm every Friday, is a reflection of how he lives his life. "A believer is one who positively affects those around us."

There was no mosque when the Abdul-Jabbars first landed in Southland ten years ago. They were involved in founding the Southland Muslims Association for the growing Islamic population.

The association bought a small industrial building in the sleepy Invercargill suburb of Hawthorndale and in 2010 opened a permanent masjid, or mosque, and community centre to serve around 80 Muslim families in the region.

At first, locals eyed the mosque with suspicion. It wasn't helped when a passenger of a Pakistani-born driver launched a foul-mouthed anti-Islamic rant that was caught on camera about how he should "F*** off back to where you come from… you shouldn't be in New Zealand in the first place ... we don't require your Muslim bulls*** in this country."

The Southland Muslim Association accepted the remorseful Invercargill passenger's subsequent apology and invited him to the mosque to broaden his mind on the religion.

And a year later, the congregation learned they were being covertly watched by undercover Security Intelligence Service (SIS) officers.

Prime Minister John Key confirmed at the time that mosques around New Zealand were being monitored after a Kiwi Muslim allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda was killed by a US drone strike in Yemen.

Christopher Havard had spent time in Invercargill around three years earlier and attended the mosque. Abdul-Jabbar said 27-year-old Havard had introduced himself as Saleem but there had been nothing to suggest radicalisation.

Since then, Abdul-Jabbar has worked closely with both security agencies and police, and welcomes people inside the mosque anytime.




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.






"Pluralism has always been a part of Indonesia's DNA. Despite many challenges, Islam in Indonesia has always a force for moderation."

HE President Joko Widodo

President of Indonesia

Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is popularly known, became the President of Indonesia on October 20, 2014. He won 55% of the vote in the presidential elections which took place in July 2014; a victory margin of 4%. He is seen very much as a populist leader, not enjoying the support of religious scholars, nor coming from a wealthy or military background.

Background: President Widodo is the first Indonesian president not to be from the military or the political elite. He comes from a humble background of Javanese descent. His father had a small furniture business, which often couldn’t make ends meet. They struggled to put him through university, where he graduated in the field of forestry. After graduation, Widodo worked for three years in the forestry service of a state enterprise in Aceh before returning to his family business.

Successful and ‘Clean’ Politician: Widodo was the mayor of Surakarta before becoming the governor of Jakarta in September 2012.

Mayor of Surakarta: He was a successful mayor who enjoyed a close relationship with his constituents. He focused on promoting the city as a centre of Javanese culture, but also developed the public transport system, healthcare and business relations with the community. He forged a reputation for being a ‘clean’ politician, avoiding the charges of corruption and nepotism which plague most politicians.

Governor of Jakarta: His political success continued with his election as governor of Jakarta. He was equally successful as governor making meaningful reforms in education, public transportation, revamping street vendors and traditional markets, and implementing flood control.

Presidential candidacy: Various awards (3rd place of the 2012 World Mayor Prize, one of the ‘Top 10 Indonesian Mayors of 2008’) testified to his success as mayor and governor, and there was little surprise when Megawati Sukarnoputri, the former President of Indonesia, chose Widodo to be the presidential candidate of the PDI-P party. He has also enjoyed the support of many musicians and artists (he himself is reported to enjoy heavy metal music), and this helped him greatly on his presidential campaign.

Blusukan Culture: President Widodo has become well-known for impromptu visits to see and hear directly from people in local communities. This has allowed him to directly address their concerns and criticisms, allowing him to develop a strong personal relationship with the public.

High Expectations: There are high expectations of Widodo. Many will be expecting him to bring the success he had in his mayor and governor posts to his presidential post. He will be expected to maintain his promotion of transparency and accountability, and whether he will continue with methods such as blusukun is something that many people will keep an eye on. Economic growth levels have fallen to a 6 year low leading Widodo to court international investment.






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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:



10. Al-Istikana (Submissiveness)

I repeat: NOT HEALTHY!

This is the state of humiliating and blind submission we often see in detrimental relationships.







To Build a More Just Malaysia, We Need a More Complex Understanding of Islamic Legal Theory

By Zainah Anwar


How do we apply authentic Islamic principles to solve the problems we face in multi-ethnic and multi-religious Malaysia, to ensure that justice is done?




Zainah Anwar is a founding member and former executive director of Sisters in Islam, and is currently the director for Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family.

First, let us stop assuming that the so-called Islamic laws of this country are God's laws and therefore divine, perfect and unchangeable. They are men-made laws, drafted by mere mortals sitting in government departments and passed by very flawed mortals sitting in Parliament and state assemblies. If they are indeed divine and perfect, why are they amended and continue to be amended, and why are they different from one state to another, let alone one Muslim country to another?

So let's stop equating the Islamic family law, the Syariah criminal offences law, the hudud enactments of the states of Kelantan and Terengganu and all other laws, rules, fatwas made by human beings to be God's law, God's words and therefore divine and infallible. Such that to question them is to challenge God.

Perfection belongs only to God. These codified laws, policies, fatwas and other pronouncements are exercises in interpretation and political choice. To think that just because one invokes God's name, one becomes the political embodiment of God and has the right to denounce anyone who disagrees with one's pronouncement as deviant or apostate is tantamount to shirk - ascribing one as equivalent to God, a grave sin in Islam.

Second, let us understand a few key terms that are so bandied about freely and interchangeably. There are distinctions between Syariah, fiqh, hokum and qanun. Syari'ah literally means the way, the path. What we mean by Syar'iah, is God's revelation to Prophet Muhammad as embodied in the Qur'an, encompassing ethical values and principles to guide humans in the direction of justice and correct conduct. No person nor institution has the authority to claim certainty in understanding the divine will. Only God possesses perfect knowledge.

This led to the development of fiqh, which literally means "understanding." It is the process by which humans attempt to derive legal rules from the Quran and the Sunnah (practices) of the Prophet. The classical Muslim jurists developed rigorous methodologies and principles to establish a legal system that they believed could best reflect the divine will. And yet none of them ever claimed certainty over their opinions and rulings. Certitude belongs only to God. So while Syari'ah, God's revelation, is immutable and infallible, fiqh is changeable and fallible. Much of what we call "shariah law" today is actually fiqh, a human construction.

Hukum are legal determinations, rulings in any given case. Qanun are codified laws and regulations enacted by a government.








Richard Flanagan takes Yassmin Abdel-Magied's critics to task


To be Muslim is not to be politically asleep, but rather to be in a permanent state of critique.


Flanagan singled out the treatment of Australian-Sudanese television personality Yassmin Abdel-Magied as an example of how Australia's national days and myths have become a "stalking horse" for racism and Islamophobia. 

Celebrated Australian writer Richard Flanagan has excoriated Australia's treatment of refugees and minorities and the use of Anzac day as a "stalking horse for racism, misogyny and anti-Islamic sentiment".

The Man-Booker prize winning author of the "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" - a book inspired by Flanagan's father's experiences as a prisoner of war in the Second World War - made the comments in an address to the National Press Club earlier this week.

In the address Flanagan singled out the treatment of Australian-Sudanese television personality Yassmin Abdel-Magied over her social media comments about Anzac Day last year as an example of how Australia's national days and myths have become a "stalking horse" for racism and Islamophobia.

"Of late Anzac Day has become enshrouded in cant and entangled in dangerous myth. If this seems overstated ponder the bigoted bile that attended Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s tweet last Anzac Day in which she posted “LEST.WE.FORGET. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ...)," he said.

"I read this as a plea for compassion drawing on the memory of a national trauma."

Flanagan said Anzac Day was an important day for his family to remember his father's fallen comrades and to ponder the horror of war more generally.

He critiqued the "state-funded cult of Anzac" where the contemporary victims of war were forgotten as a "tragic mockery" of those who lost their lives in conflict, that helped entrench official glorified state narratives of war.

"And yet as the attacks on Abdel-Magied showed, some were seeking to transform Anzac Day into a stalking horse for racism, misogyny and anti-Islamic sentiment. For hate, intolerance and bigotry. For all those very forces that create war," he said.

"The great disrespect to Anzac Day wasn’t the original tweet but the perverted attacks made on it, in, of all things, the name of the dead. Those who think they honour Anzac Day by forgetting contemporary victims of war only serve to make a tragic mockery of all that it should be."

Abdel-Magied expressed support for the comments in a tweet. 

Source: SBS



Is Islam a Conquest Ideology? On Jihad, War, & Peace

By Shaykh Abu Aaliyah (Surkheel Sharif)



Shaykh Abu Aaliyah (Surkheel Sharif) is an imam, author, translator, and Director of The Jawziyyah Institute. Abu Aaliyah has studied the Islamic sciences (theology, law, and spirituality) with a number of scholars, and has been involved in Islamic teaching both in the UK and abroad since the late 1980s.

Does the construct of jihad equate to ‘perpetual war’ in Islam’s grand political scheme?


And was the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ mostly about blood and gore and body counts?


These are the core issues addressed here. Muslim scholars have long identified two types of jihad (lit. “striving” in God’s cause): an outer form of jihad and an inner one.


The outer usually refers to state-sanctioned military force (i.e., armed combat), which is waged to defend both religion and realm, to fight preemptively, or to guard the vulnerable against unjustified aggression.


As for the inner jihad (jihad al-nafs), it refers to the struggle to oppose one’s ego (nafs) and false desires until they are in submission to God. What follows is a perusal through both types of jihad—as per Islam’s source texts and the words of classical and contemporary Muslim jurists.


In Part I, I begin with a brief discussion about the inner jihad.


Part II consists of a frank discussion on jihad as armed combat; it also answers the question: Is Islam a conquest ideology more than an actual religion? Part III, a conclusion, raises a few contemporary questions.

Yaqeen Institute



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Wajahat Ali on the Media's Portrayal of Muslims

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The cinema ban has been lifted

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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 20 April 2018

TOPIC: "Lessons from Miraj" PART 2

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 20 April 2018

TOPIC: "Al Isra' wal Miraj"

IMAM: Akram Buksh











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 20 April 2018

TOPIC: "The Indications of Prophet's Fasting Most of Sha'abaan"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 20 April 2018

TOPIC: ”Ten things we waste”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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DATE: 20 April 2018

TOPIC: “Virtues of Shabaan” 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 20 April 2018

TOPIC: "Requirements and qualities of the believers in the Quran"
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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 20 April 2018

TOPIC"The forgotten month of Sha’baan"
IMAM: Prof Mohamad Abdalla


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Kuwaiti MP’s remarks on Hijab billboard spark controversy  


Safa Al-Hashem is the only female MP in Kuwait’s 50-seat National Assembly.


KUWAIT: Kuwaiti MP has stirred nationwide controversy by criticizing a ministry advertisement aimed at encouraging women to wear the Islamic headscarf.

MP Safa Al-Hashem, the only female in the 50-seat National Assembly, tweeted a few days ago against a billboard carrying the slogan, “My Hijab … makes my life better.”

The advert is part of a pro-Hijab campaign by the country’s Ministry of Endowments.

Al-Hashem described the billboard as “strange,” despite noting that she is not against the notion of wearing the Islamic headscarf.

In a tweet, she argued that it is unacceptable for such ads to go on display in a “civil state” like Kuwait, which has a constitution “that guarantees personal freedom.”

Al-Hashem said she would rather see the country run a campaign to strengthen national unity instead, adding that she had requested the ministry to remove the roadside billboards on the topic.

Her comments landed her in hot water with religious-minded people and conservative lawmakers, who strongly lashed out at her and threatened the ministry if it agrees to take the ads down.

They responded to Al-Hashem by reminding her that Islam is the state’s official religion as per the constitution. They also added that the headwear is mandatory for Muslim women according to Islamic teachings. 

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Ghana to order mosques, churches to hush up, issue call to prayer via WhatsApp instead


People pray during the celebration of the Eid al-Fitr, on June 26, 2017 at the Independence square in Accra.


GHANA: Authorities in the Ghanaian capital Accra have asked mosques and churches to use WhatsApp to transmit the daily calls to prayer rather than using loudspeakers in a bid to curb noise pollution in urban areas.

The local government in Accra is clamping down on noise pollution, particularly at places of worship like churches and mosques, which can generate lots of traffic and general pedestrian noise as crowds of worshippers congregate on the streets, and additional noise pollution from church bells and calls to prayer.

“Why is it that time for prayer cannot be transmitted with text message or WhatsApp? So the Imam would send WhatsApp messages to everybody,” said Environment Minister Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, as cited by Deutsche Welle. “I think that will help to reduce the noise. This may be controversial but it’s something that we can think about.”

“The Imam is not paid monthly. Where would he get the money to be doing that? We try to practice what is possible. So the text message or any other message is not a problem. But I don’t think it is necessary,” Fadama community mosque Imam Sheik Usan Ahmed, told DW.

There have been similar debates around the daily calls to prayer issued by mosques across the world, from Cologne in Germany, to Michigan in the US, and even in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, which shut 70 churches and 20 mosques in 2016 in an attempt to curb noise pollution.  



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 Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace



Irfan Ahmad



Irfan Ahmad makes the far-reaching argument that potent systems and modes for self-critique as well as critique of others are inherent in Islam--indeed, critique is integral to its fundamental tenets and practices.


Challenging common views of Islam as hostile to critical thinking, Ahmad delineates thriving traditions of critique in Islamic culture, focusing in large part on South Asian traditions.


Ahmad interrogates Greek and Enlightenment notions of reason and critique, and he notes how they are invoked in relation to "others," including Muslims.


Drafting an alternative genealogy of critique in Islam, Ahmad reads religious teachings and texts, drawing on sources in Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and English, and demonstrates how they serve as expressions of critique. Throughout, he depicts Islam as an agent, not an object, of critique.

On a broader level, Ahmad expands the idea of critique itself. Drawing on his fieldwork among marketplace hawkers in Delhi and Aligarh, he construes critique anthropologically as a sociocultural activity in the everyday lives of ordinary Muslims, beyond the world of intellectuals.


Religion as Critique allows space for new theoretical considerations of modernity and change, taking on such salient issues as nationhood, women's equality, the state, culture, democracy, and secularism.



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


Like sunshine in a bowl, this tropical, sugar-free trifle is all about the pineapple.


Pineapple Trifle


Recipe by Raeesa Khatree from The Great Australian Bake Off






Swiss roll cakes
6 eggs, separated
1/3 cup honey
½ cup plain flour
½  teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
¼ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

For Swiss roll filling
1 can coconut cream (chilled in fridge overnight)
2 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut blossom sugar

For the biscuit
125 grams butter – softened
60 grams coconut sugar – grind
1 teaspoon lemon zest
110 grams plain flour – sifted
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg yolk
½ cup macadamia pieces – toasted
½ cup desiccated coconut

Fruit required
1 fresh pineapple – cubed and cooked down in saucepan with 4 tablespoons coconut blossom sugar/rice malt sugar (to taste)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pineapple – clean, cut and grind into pulp
1 pineapple – to be divided into slices, and flowers

For the custard
2 cups full cream milk
2 eggs + egg yolk
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup rice malt syrup
1 tablespoon maple syrup
½ teaspoon nutmeg

Extra ingredients
Rapadura and coconut blossom sugar
1 bottle rice malt syrup
Pure maple syrup

For the jelly
750ml water
¼ cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons agar agar powder
½ cup pulped pineapple
1 tablespoon lime zest
Pinch of salt
50ml pineapple juice from cooked pineapple
2 heaped teaspoons rice malt syrup

For the Chantilly cream
600ml thickened cream
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut blossom sugar

For the decorations
Pineapple dried flowers (to be done in oven)
Toasted coconut flakes
Toasted macadamia
Piped cream in rosette pattern


1. Heat oven to 170°C. Line a 24 x 30cm Swiss roll pan with baking paper.

2. Beat egg whites with electric beaters until they form soft peaks. Using a stand mixer, beat egg yolks and honey until pale yellow (1-2 minutes). Add flour, vanilla bean paste and bicarb soda to yolks and honey and beat until well combined. Using a metal spoon, mix 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the egg and flour mixture. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.

3. Spread into lined baking pan and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Prepare a sheet with baking paper and sprinkle it with coconut blossom sugar. When cake comes out of the oven, lift it from the pan using the baking paper. Place on top of prepared baking paper and remove the baking paper that it was baked with. Start rolling it up from the longest side to attain more mini Swiss rolls. Keep aside until needed.

For the crushed pineapples:

1. Place into a saucepan with enough water to cover the base. Heat over medium heat until boiling. Reduce the heat to medium/low and simmer, stirring occasionally. Add honey, rice malt syrup, zest, and lemon to taste. Once it thickens, remove from heat and place into shallow bowl and cool over ice bath or place bowl in freezer.

For the Swiss roll filling:

1. Use electric beaters to beat the coconut cream that has separated to the top of the can (about 1 cup). Fold cooked crushed pineapple through the whipped coconut cream. After cake has cooled, unroll and cut strips of cake approximately 5cm wide to create mini Swiss rolls.

For the jelly:

1. Place cold water in saucepan and dissolve agar agar immediately. Thereafter add other ingredients and whisk. Once it boils, remove from heat. Pour into two round bowls similar in size to trifle bowl and line with cling wrap.

For the custard:

1. Place milk in saucepan with vanilla and honey and bring to almost boiling point, then remove from the heat. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until combined. Pour the hot milk over the eggs and whisk in well. Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over a gentle heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until it thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat quickly and pour back into the mixing bowl. Whisk well to cool a little and smooth it out. Check for sweetness and adjust.

For the Chantilly cream:

1. Whisk the cream till soft peaks, then add maple syrup and coconut blossom sugar to taste.

2. For the biscuit, cream butter and coconut sugar, add other ingredients and combine. Form balls and place on greased tray and bake on 175°C for 15 minutes or till crisp and golden.

3. Prepare decorative elements such as pineapple flowers and the biscuit crumb.

4. To assemble, start by layering the Swiss roll first in the base and coming up sides of the bowl, pour or place over the crushed pineapple and syrup, then the jelly, then place pineapple pieces on outer of bowl creating a border of pineapple pieces, then a layer of custard, then a few more pieces of pineapple, then sprinkle biscuit crumbs and repeat all layers again.


Source: LifeStyle


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




Princess Lakshman


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









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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:

Bestselling author, Andy Stanley,married the words ‘vision’ and ‘engineering’ together to coin the word ‘Visioneering’. Stanley described visioneering as:


“Everybody ends up somewhere in life. A few people end up somewhere on purpose. Those are the ones with vision.” (Andy Stanley in his book Visioneering: Your Guide for Discovering and Maintaining Personal Vision)

Once you are aware of your purpose, visioneering becomes easier. At times though, you may have clarity in your purpose but may lack strategies on how to turn your dreams into action. Especially if procrastination is your middle name.

9 Ways To Start Visioneering

Below are nine strategies that may help you fly off your procrastinating perch and land on your visioneering vessel.

1. Identify your ten core values, i.e., what ten things matter most to you.

2. Pick five from these core values and write them on a brand new page.

3. Now put these five core values in order of priority.

4. Define each of these values and write down an example for each. For example, service is something I value. So I would write down ‘service’ and beside that I would write an example of how I demonstrate service to at least one human being everyday.

5. Now take a few blank pages and either draw or describe in detail YOUR IDEAL DAY with all five values included. Be as detailed as possible. It requires you to really sit in silence for a few moments and visualise that ideal day where you are able to live out every single one of those five chosen values. It’s not difficult. ALLAH has given you a mind with infinite potential - you can do this.

6. Now write in detail or draw in detail on Your Ideal Day the specific behaviours you demonstrate which align with your five values. For example if one of your values is honesty, what behaviours are you demonstrating on your ideal day to live up to that value?

7. Go to a brand new page and write down which of the specific behaviours from point number 6 are you demonstrating in your daily life now and which ones you need to adopt.

8. Write down action steps to help you start implementing these ideal behaviours.

9. Track your progress daily and reflect on how you went in terms of implementing those ideal behaviours. The box below may help:


Core Values Ideal Behaviour corresponding to core value Action steps to implement ideal behaviour corresponding to core value Achieved (yes/ no) Self-Reflection

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
What You Feed Your Mind Determines What You Feed Your Body


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Studies show that people who are physically active are less prone to depression and it takes less than 10 mins of moving to lift people’s mood.


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Adopt some simple strategies and you’ll be rewarded both physically and mentally.


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Jallalludin's son asks his father “What is that strange hat you are wearing?

Jallalludin replies: "Why, my son, it is a 'chechia.'

In the desert it protects our heads from the intense heat of the sun.”

"And what is the long flowing robe you are wearing?” asked his son.

“Oh, my son!” exclaimed the father “It is very simple. This is a 'djbellah.' As I have told you, in the desert it is not only very hot, but the sand is always blowing. My djbellah protects the entire body,”

The son then asked: "But Father, what about those ugly shoes you have on your feet?”

"These are 'babouches' my son,” the father replied. You must understand that although the desert sands are very beautiful, they are also extremely hot. These babouches' keep us from burning our feet.”

"So tell me then," added the boy.

"Yes, my son."

"Why are we still wearing all this stuff, when we live in London!!

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An Ayaat-a-Week





Allah takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that have not died during their sleep. He retains those for which He has decreed death, and He releases the others until a predetermined time. In that are signs for people who reflect.

[Quran 39:42]


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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.

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 Update on the Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre

Alhaamdulilah, the main structure is already completed. Next is the external and internal deco & fittings. The external wooden claddings are going up on the wall. The driveway into the basement carpark is getting completed.

We still need donations to complete the project. Please donate generously during these auspicious months. InshaaAllah, with your support, we hope to expedite soon the project.

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Fiji Flood Diaster Relief Fund


Fiji is reeling from the impact of a tropical cyclone that has killed at least four people and caused major flooding, according to local media.

The recent floods in Fiji have created havoc and devastation. Many lives and homes have been destroyed and substantial damage to crops and animals have occurred.

In these times of calamity the people of Fiji need your immediate help and generosity to rebuild their lives again by providing food, clothing and shelter.

Fiji Humanitarian Relief Foundation has been established in Brisbane to collect funds to help the affected and needy people in Fiji.

All money collected will go towards funding of rations, educational needs of affected students and rebuilding of homes.

Your generosity towards this worthy cause will be highly appreciated.











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23 April



QPS Muslim Reference Group Meeting





ICB, 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

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7PM to 8.30PM

1 May 2018





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1439


6 May



Zakaah? Why, How, When?



IWAA Hall, Watland St, Slacks Creek

0401 246 228


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Inner Dimensions of Fasting: with Ustadh Ghilan


Islamic Society of Algester

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0406 237 977

0404 612 881

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12 May





Islamic Society of Toowoomba

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1st Ramadaan 1439


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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



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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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Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
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Bald Hills, Brisbane





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Date: Monday 23 April 2018
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha QLD 4117





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