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Sunday 29 April 2018 | Issue 0703


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Night opening of Mt Gravatt Cemetery The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
ANZAC day commemoration at AIIC CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
ANZAC day commemoration at ICB Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Aspiring women leaders graduate Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

AMANAH Magazine now online

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Two Arab women were kicked off My Kitchen Rules!

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Latest Gold Coast Mosque Newsletter

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

The search for Basith's killer is progressing in earnest

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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The Sun says Islamophobia “isn’t an issue"

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The Islamic Society of Algester, on behalf of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ), has arranged for the opening of the Mt Gravatt Cemetery throughout the night of Nisf  Sha'ban (Shab-e-Barat).


The access is through the University road entrance and security patrols will be working throughout the night until dawn.


For safety and security reasons there will be night lighting provided by ICQ in the Muslim burial sections (old and new).


It is requested the noise levels be kept to a minimum and that you drive slowly and safely inside the cemetery

For more information contact the coordinator, Hj Abdul Rahman Deen, on 0418 738 432




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Report and photos supplied by AIIC    


On Tuesday, 24 April, the Australian International Islamic College held an ANZAC Day commemoration ceremony.


Students, parents and all staff members showed their respect to honour the service and sacrifice of the original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended Australia’s values and freedom, in wars, conflict and peace operations.

A special assembly was held to mark the day. The college was honoured to have a special guest Mr. Peter Mapp from the RSL –  Darra. Mr. Mapp gave the students a short talk. The college principal, Mrs. Banwa, addressed the assembly and spoke about the significance of ANZAC Day.

The program included student presentations honouring our fallen heroes and signifying the importance of ANZAC Day. A range of poetry recitations and role-plays were performed by Primary and Secondary students. The program concluded by acknowledging all the sorrow and loss caused by war.

Members of AIIC student council also visited ANZAC Square on 23 April, to participate in the ANZAC Day Student Commemoration Ceremony in the city.


The students observed the ceremony, which concluded with the wreath laying on the ANZAC Memorial.





Members of AIIC student council also visited ANZAC Square on 23 April, to participate in the ANZAC Day Student Commemoration Ceremony in the city.


The students observed the ceremony, which concluded with the wreath laying on the ANZAC Memorial.







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The Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) held their annual ANZAC Day Service during the week of commemorations.


As well as ICB staff and students, the service was attended by pupils from Padua College, Cr Kim Marx, a representative from the Australian Army and David Forde from the Sunnybank RSL Sub-branch.


ICB students performed the Australian National Anthem and choir members from Woodridge State High school performed the New Zealand National Anthem.


The service also got to hear a Turkish perspective during which the words of Turkey's Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who wrote in 1934 these famous words that succeeded in reaching out to the mothers of his former enemies from the Gallipoli conflict:

"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives. You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore, rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side. Here in this country of ours, you, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries. Wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well”.

Mr Forde said, “As usual, all involved at ICB are to be congratulated for delivering a very respectful and moving service, where the focus in on commemoration and remembering those who lost their lives in a conflict to which they were sent or joined for a sense of adventure, knowing little about the cause or its consequences."


"ANZAC Day is not about championing or glorifying war, it’s about commemoration and remembrance to those who paid the ultimate price. Yes it's very regrettable some choose to exploit what it means for political or other agendas. But it's not their day - it's all of ours. There are very few winners in war,” David Forde told CCN.

Students of the ICB also preformed official roles at the main Sunnybank RSL Sub-Branch Service in front of 4,000 attendees.


ICB school captains Fos Geyrea and Luqmaan Khan flank David Forde


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At the QPS/Muslim Reference Group meeting held during the week, Detective Senior Constable, Kent Ellis, of the Homicide Investigation Unit gave the attendees an update on the investigation into the murder of Abdul Basith Mohammed.


He said that his Unit was currently waiting for the reward poster to be translated from English into Urdu, after which the QPS Media Unit will issue an updated media release.


They will be making available a multi-lingual poster and media release in Arabic, Hindi, Urdu and English through the Queensland Police Service Media Unit. They will also provide an updated link to the media release and reward poster as well as links to the social media posts. A quarter-of-a-million-dollar reward has been offered to help find the Brisbane father and businessman’s killer.


If you able to provide any information on this case or are able to assist in any way you should call Crime Stoppers.


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Aspiring women leaders graduate from Community Leadership Program
20 April 2018: In collaboration with the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA), ECCQ held a graduation on 19 April at the IWAA function room in Springwood for the participants who successfully completed ECCQ’s Community Leadership Program.

The graduation was attended by approximately 70 people, including the participants and their families, the Hon Michael de Brenni, Member for Springwood and Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport, ECCQ CEO Garry Page, ECCQ Community Leadership Program Manager Rose Brown and IWAA Statewide Coordinator and Program Supervisor Dr Nora Amath among others.

ECCQ delivered the program in collaboration with IWAA, which ran from 8 February to 19 April, to 35 women from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds including Afghani, Iraqi, Syrian, Somalian, Ethiopian and Sundanese. Topics included volunteering, mental health and self-care, conflict resolution, parenting between cultures, legal rights and politics, financial wellbeing and storytelling. The program also included excursions to the Queensland Parliament House and a storytelling camp over a weekend in Maroochydore.

Minister de Brenni told the attendees that good leadership comes from being a good listener, having vision, being honest, knowing when to ask for help and owning up to mistakes.

“Before making decisions, listen,” he said. “There are lots of people who are smarter in my own community and by listening to them I can make decisions that are better, fair and just.”

“I look forward to seeing you all grow in your roles and working with you.”

Mr Page, Ms Brown and IWAA Settlement Services Officer Beengul Ali also addressed attendees, talked about their own experiences and congratulated the participants.

“With pride, I would like to acknowledge your commitment and dedication to this course, and your enthusiasm and perseverance in breaking barriers such as language, access to services, education and employment,” said Ms Ali.

Mr Page said a key outcome of this program is for participants to make changes in themselves and then in their communities.

“This was definitely the biggest community leadership group we’ve ever had and we hope we have built some understanding within the group,” he said.

Mr Page also acknowledged the collaboration between ECCQ and IWAA in delivering the program, which began two years ago.

“When we work together with other organisations there are extra benefits; we look forward to continuing this collaboration.”

Participants and new community leaders also shared their stories, their experiences in the program and hopes for the future.

One of the participants, Ebtesam Chniker, who arrived from Syria just 12 months ago, said the program, particularly the storytelling camp, allowed her to find peace within herself.

For more information about the program please contact Rose Brown on 07 3844 9166 or by emailing

The ECCQ Newsletter




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The Westfield Garden City shopping centre as agreed to a request by Ms Laaiqah Ally to allow a children’s activity stall to be set up at the Mall during this year's Ramadan and Eid.

There are 12 sessions available and volunteers are being sought to facilitate the activities (colouring in, story time, etc.) and to engage with parents.

If you are interested, sign up here and also join the group chat.

This initiative is supported by the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ).


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Opinion by Ruby Hamad, journalist and PhD candidate at UNSW


As the creators of the drama sit back and count their dollars, we should be wary of what we accept as ‘reality’


Sonya and Hadil from My Kitchen Rules have apologised for the words that got them kicked off the show but say there is “more to the ‘scandal’ than meets the eye”.


Reality” television has done it again. This week, Australian Twitter ignited with outrage after My Kitchen Rules contestants Sonya and Hadil, known as “The Jordanians” on the show, were unceremoniously booted from the “dinner table” and the program, for “bullying” other contestants.

We have a contradictory relationship with “reality” television. On the one hand, we know it is highly structured, selectively edited and stringently cast. On the other, we furiously and slavishly follow the drama, and much like the contestants themselves, who seem to get so used to the camera they forget it is there, we suspend disbelief and go along for the ride, imagining we are watching real people.




One of the first things scriptwriting students are taught is to create conflict. Without conflict there is no drama and without drama there is no story. “Happily ever after” is but one short line in a long fairy tale.

Australia, please. We are not witnessing real life. To buy into this charade only encourages producers and writers to whip up ever more dramatic and ethically dubious situations for which the participants can take the fall.

Anyone who knows me, or indeed follows my Twitter feed, would likely know my deep loathing for “reality” television shows, precisely for reasons such as this. They trade in exploitation and manipulation, setting contestants up for public disgrace on flimsy promises of fleeting fame and unlikely fortune, all while absolving the program itself of culpability because the participants use their real names.

Having missed the drama when it aired, I spent last night and this morning scouring the media for references to and clips of the show. And look, I’m not gonna say the women’s behaviour was exemplary or even acceptable. What I will say is, nothing that happens onscreen is inevitable or beyond the control of the show’s producers. Putting the word “reality” in the title does not excuse them any more than an office manager ignoring aggressive behaviour in a regular workplace excuses the office manager.

Leaving the women – and the bad guys on these shows are almost always women – to catfight it out while the program’s executives bask in the publicity and the advertising revenue is at least as, if not more, unethical than any bullying we see onscreen.

It’s theatre. It’s a stage. And yet the creators of the drama sit back, count their dollars, and leave the contestants to take all the flak. What makes this particular case even more insidious is that the “evil villains” just happened to be Arab women. What a remarkable coincidence.

Arabs have long been represented onscreen in one of two ways. As objects of fear: the aggressors, the threats that must be neutralised (see Homeland and 24), or as objects of ridicule: bumbling, uncouth fools who cannot be taken seriously (see Fat Pizza and Here Come The Habibs).

Although seemingly different, both of these representations ultimately serve the same purpose: to degrade Arabs while affirming western (yes, I mean “white”) intellectual and cultural superiority.

In Reel Bad Arabs, the late professor Jack Sheehan conducted a comprehensive and damning study of the representation of Arabs in Hollywood. Analysing more than 1,000 depictions of Arab fictional screen characters, he found Arabs were routinely portrayed as “heartless, brutal, uncivilized, religious fanatics through common depictions of Arabs kidnapping or raping a fair maiden; expressing hatred ... and demonstrating a love for wealth and power.” Sound familiar?

Only 5% of Arab film roles – 12 characters in total – portrayed Arabs as “normal, human characters.”

Sonya and Hadil, who have apologised to the public, claim to have been “twisted and provoked” by the network. Nonetheless, regardless of the women’s personal responsibility, the willingness of viewers to heap all the blame on them again speaks to our preference for shaming and isolating individuals, rather than addressing the deeper structures of power that shape and define our society.

Did My Kitchen Rules cast these two women precisely because they seemed cocky and arrogant, making the potential for fireworks too good to pass up? Were the women directed to play up the aggression? Did the women see it as “acting”? These are questions we should ask (I have reached out to Sonya and Hadil but at time of writing have not received a reply, unsurprising given their status as Australia’s Most Hated Brown Women This Week).




No contestants have ever been booted from My Kitchen Rules in this way before but pop culture does not exist in a vacuum. When the country seems to unite in unanimous hatred and revulsion at two Arab women, even as Arabs are sorely both under-represented and misrepresented onscreen, and when Arabs are largely absent from the upper echelons of power and from the media (with one or two exceptions), then incidents like this are processed in an outsized way.

“Shoutout to Sonya and Hadil’s parents and partners. You must be proud,” one scathing tweet said, only to be met with the reply, “Pretty sure they’re the same.” Invoking and then perpetuating the well-worn stereotypes of the uncivilised Arab who must either be subdued or ejected from polite society, they again prove to be incompatible with our way of life. They are unwelcome at our dinner table.

That, perhaps, is the only thing real about this “reality” show.

The Guardian




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UK: At the Home Affairs select committee, The Sun’s managing editor Paul Clarkson was asked about Islamophobia. His response?

“In the media, in the mainstream media I don’t believe it is an issue.”

This was after the new Express editor-in-chief Gary Jones admitted some of the publication’s stories had contributed to an “Islamophobic sentiment” within the media.

Your mole wonders whether Paul Clarkson either doesn’t read The Sun, or sees one of the most-read papers in the country as outside the “mainstream media” – because The Sun has been accused multiple times of Islamophobic coverage.

Last August, more than 100 MPs signed a letter of protest over an opinion piece in which columnist Trevor Kavanagh said Britain had to tackle a “Muslim Problem”. And the paper had to run a correction after its infamous 2015 front page: “1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis”.

It also had to clarify a story in June 2016 when it implied officials had determined a train crash had been caused by a fasting Muslim train driver (it hadn’t), and in the same year had to make clear “Islam as a religion does no support so-called ‘honour killings’”, after it ran a story referring to an “Islamic honour attack”.

Perhaps Clarkson missed these stories, or is, as ever, not letting facts get in the way.

The New Statesman



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Southland Mosque


"There is nothing to hide," he says.

"Our main objective is to portray the right form or image of Islam to the community, in particular, and to the country as a whole. And it's in our best interests that people are not misled.

"When you have people who have got the wrong understanding and blowing themselves up or inciting hatred, then you have to wonder: where did he or she learn that particular brand of Islam? Because it's certainly not what Islam is supposed to be. With the likes of ISIS and Al-Qaeda, their targets are often the person who is unlearned. Or else it's people who have nothing to lose.

"You wouldn't do that if you had plenty to live for. You see bombings like Paris and London, those guys are losers. Their track histories are they are druggies or prostitution, that sort of thing, and then they want to be religious all of a sudden."

Immigration New Zealand earlier this year named Invercargill as a new refugee settlement location because of its employment opportunities. A group of Colombians fleeing paramilitary gangs will be the first to be resettled in the area, with more expected from war-torn Syria.

It's a move that Mayor Tim Shadbolt said had locals raising fears about the city becoming a resettlement location.

"Some people are very wary of it and think we may be inheriting a lot of social problems that are generated when you come from a war zone, but others are very tolerant of it," Shadbolt said.

While Abdul-Jabbar admits that conservative Southlanders are wary of change, and can take time to accept newcomers, he believed it was "the best place in New Zealand".

"If you conduct yourself well, show people respect and good manners, then they're never going to be angry at you," he says.

"And in the mosque, if you are preaching the same, the building blocks of society, it's the same. Our job in Southland is easier than in most places.

"We have a lot of doctors and restaurants owners, respected, well-mannered people in town. You'd be pretty hard pressed to accuse your GP of being a terrorist. It's good to know the community, but it's more important that the community knows us."

After Abdul-Jabbar's Friday sermon, the congregation quickly disperses, back to work or study. Little Talha bursts from behind the curtain, "Dad!" He's desperate to return to the farm and ride the two-wheel motorbike.

Zamberi Matyounus shakes hands with the men as they leave. The white-bearded Malaysian who has lived in New Zealand for 35 years acts as a mentor and advisor to Abdul-Jabbar. The mosque has become integral to the lives of Southland Muslims, he says.

"It's very important for our religion that we are all together," says Matyounus. "Everyone, we are like brothers, we respect each other. Black, white, poor, rich, no matter what you are like, we are brothers."

Once everyone has left, Abdul-Jabbar swaps his white robe for his leather jacket and tells Silvia and Talha he'll see them at home. He straddles the Harley and phones back Brent the digger driver.

It's been a productive growing season and the outlook is dry. "Everything is looking good eh," he says, firing up the motorbike, flicking down his visor and riding into the high afternoon sun.




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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.






"Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on Earth, destroying human civilisation, are not in any way part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims."

HE Sheikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Aal Al-Sheikh

Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

As the Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Aal Al-Sheikh has the highest position of religious authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is an Islamic scholar based in Makkah and has influence as a leading cleric of the expansive global movement of Salafi Muslims.

Salafi Lineage: The Aal Al-Sheikh family in Saudi Arabia traditionally controls the religious and justice establishments. They are descended from Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab (1703–1792), the founder of Wahhabi and Salafi thought, and for 250 years have been closely associated and intermarried with the ruling Al-Saud family.


Head of Sunni Jurisprudential Committees: Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Aal Al-Sheikh is chairman of the Council of Senior Scholars, a scientific consultative commission composed of leading Sunni specialist scholars of Sharia (Islamic law). He has been behind fatwas that call for more rights for women and children.

Al-Sheikh is also chairman of the Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fatwas (religious edicts), a special committee designated for the researching and issuing of religious rulings and edicts on jurisprudence, the Hadith, and Aqida (creed) for the Sunni world.

As head of the Presidency for Scientific Research and Religious Edicts (Dar al Ifta), Al-Sheikh is often the spokesperson for controversial rulings issued from the Kingdom. He is recognized for his influence in enforcing a distinct view of Islamic tradition. In 2008, he publicly criticized Muslim televangelists who encouraged Muslims to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries—stressing, instead, that only the two occasions of ‘Eid and the weekly Friday observations are valid occasions to celebrate. In this, and also in his condemnation of Turkish soap operas sweeping the Arab World, Al-Sheikh has stressed the importance of eliminating distracting practices. He is also ardently opposed to the practice of marrying off very young girls to older men, emphasizing its incongruence with human decency and Islamic tradition.


Central Figure of Global Salafi Movement: As Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Al-Sheikh is the leading religious figure of the Saudi-based network of Salafi Muslims. The rulings derived by Al-Sheikh are based heavily on a literal reading of the Qur’an and emphasize the need to strip away innovative cultural practices that have become a part of Muslims’ lives. The movement he leads is characterized by an authoritative stance on Islamic religious practice.

Eminent Scholarship: Grand Mufti Al-Sheikh is recognized as a leading contemporary scholar of Islam. He has leveraged this influence by openly speaking out against Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda as entities that push a dangerous ideological terrorism. He spoke for the need for a war—to be fought by academics, the media, religious leaders and even parents—against deviant thought that leads overzealous Muslims toward extremism and violence. He has described DA’ISH as ‘evil’, and called them ‘the number one enemy of Islam’.





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By Jehan Jillani and Heather Brady Photographs by Lynsey Addario    

A group of Syrian refugees goes on a tour of the Statue of Liberty and New York City landmarks, including the Museum of Natural History, with Real New York tours.

Lynsey Addario talks about her experience working within these communities across the U.S. during a years-long reporting project.


When Lynsey Addario moved to India in 2000 and began covering Muslim communities throughout Asia, she was introduced to nuanced views of Islam and the people who practice it. After returning home to visit the U.S., she saw the religion portrayed in a generic, one-dimensional way that didn't capture what she viewed elsewhere in the world.


That disparity pushed her to work with Muslim communities across America in an effort to tell their stories in a broader way. Addario’s images appear in the feature story “How Muslims, Often Misunderstood, Are Thriving in America,” published in the May 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine. She talked with us about her experience documenting these communities and how it has encouraged her to examine her own faith.

JEHAN JILLANI: You have been photographing the Muslim world for over eighteen years now. What made you want to turn the lens on this community within your own country? And what was it like covering this topic?

LYNSEY ADDARIO: I grew up in the United States, but have been living abroad since 2000, when I moved to India, and started covering life under the Taliban in Afghanistan. That was the first of many trips all over the Muslim world–I then moved from South Asia to the Middle East to Africa. Each one of these trips introduced me to a more nuanced view of Islam—from the various interpretations of the religion to the diversity of the people who practiced Islam. And each time I would return home to the U.S to spend time with my family, I would watch the news and listen to surrounding conversations, and would almost inevitably see a very one-dimensional view of the religion, and Muslims in general. It was surprising to me, because there were these sweeping generalizations being made about Muslims, as if everyone was the same, and it seemed extremely ignorant. It is why I decided to pitch this story several years ago to show the breadth and diversity within the religion.







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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:



11. Al-Wodd (Friendliness)

Couples who have reached this degree of love are #relationshipgoals. They are not only lovers, but also the best of friends.

"Al-wodd" translates to amiability and friendliness. It is the purest, most selfless and most delicate kind of love.







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.

So what we are actually talking about when we dispute over khalwat, moral policing, cross-dressing, hudud and family laws are actually qanun laws based on fiqh, our human understanding of God's teachings. They change with time and circumstance. We are not talking about Syari'ah. We are deliberating over and questioning the role and motivations of human agency and the methodologies used in drafting and implementation of those laws that have led to injustice and conflict of laws in our constitutional democracy.

Perhaps the next time some self-appointed soldier of God tells declares you don't have a right to question or have a different opinion, ask him: What is it, exactly, that you are not supposed to talk about - Syari'ah, fiqh, hokum or qanun?

And which category of laws that shouldn't be questioned? Ibadat (rules that regulate the relationship between humans and God), where there is little room for disputation, or mu'amalat (rules that regulate the relationship of humans with one another)? Much of the debate that has been going on in Malaysia is about mu'amalat laws, where jurists of over 1,000 years ago have favoured human reason, human experience and discretion to serve the well-being of society, depending on time and place. Consider the famous example of Imam Shafi'i who changed his legal rulings when he moved from Iraq to Egypt, because different circumstances and social conditions demanded it.

If we are serious and sincere about wanting to use Islam to build a just Malaysian society, and to reform unjust and discriminatory laws, we can mine the Muslim legal tradition, packed with juristic concepts that make reform possible.

There are maslaha (public interest), ikhtilaf (differences of opinion), istihsan (choosing the best opinion in the interest of equity and justice), istislah (choosing the best opinion in the interest of public good) and, oh yes, the much bandied maqasid al-syariah - the objectives of syari'ah to preserve life, faith, progeny, property and intellect.

How do we apply these principles to solve the problems and contestations we face in the context of twenty-first century multi-ethnic and multi-religious Malaysia, to ensure that justice is done?   








FIQH and Shariah





Although they are seemingly the only thing most people know about the Shariah, in a typical book of fiqh less than 2% of the book is devoted to the hudud crimes and their punishments.

Read more in "Stoning and Hand Cutting—Understanding the Hudud and the Shariah in Islam" by Dr. Jonathan Brown here.

Source: Yaqeen Institute



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Uniting Muslims and Hindus in India ...through food









Women in Hijab

The Deen Show




"What every person needs to know about Muslim women in Hijab that will shock some Christians" 







Deaf friendly restaurant in Sydney
Channel 7: SUNRISE



This restaurant is Australia’s first deaf-friendly eatery with mandatory sign-language training for its waitstaff.












Saudi Arabia lifts 35-year ban on cinemas

ITV News












Cosmic Calendar in holy Quran

No Clash with Clare Forestier




The cosmic calendar scale in Quran, just continues condensing itself to accommodate the increasing age of the cosmos.






Documentary Film On Zamzam The Blessed Water | Makkah | Holy Water







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: 27 April 2018

TOPIC: "Lessons from Miraj" PART 3

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 27 April 2018

TOPIC: "Ramadan is coming!"

IMAM: Akram Buksh











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 27 April 2018

TOPIC: "Lessons from Changing Direction of Qiblah"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 27 April 2018

TOPIC: ”Sa’ad Aswad’s problem”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 27 April 2018

TOPIC: “How to spend the month of Shaban” 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





Past lecture recordings








Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 27 April 2018

TOPIC: "Sha'baan; the month of enlightenment, forgiveness and remission"
IMAM: Ahmad Abu Gahzaleh





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Those were the days...   




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Mohammed Salah takes Player of the Year Award













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 Islam and Modernity: Key Issues and Debates



Muhammad Khalid Masud (Editor), Armando Salvatore, Martin van Bruinessen




Recent events have focused attention on the perceived differences and tensions between the Muslim world and the modern West.


As a major strand of Western public discourse has it, Islam appears resistant to internal development and remains inherently pre-modern.


However Muslim societies have experienced most of the same structural changes that have impacted upon all societies: massive urbanisation, mass education, dramatically increased communication, the emergence of new types of institutions and associations, some measure of political mobilisation, and major transformations of the economy.


These developments are accompanied by a wide range of social movements and by complex and varied religious and ideological debates.


This textbook is a pioneering study providing an introduction to and overview of the debates and questions that have emerged regarding Islam and modernity.


Key issues are selected to give readers an understanding of the complexity of the phenomenon from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.


The various manifestations of modernity in Muslim life discussed include social change and the transformation of political and religious institutions, gender politics, changing legal regimes, devotional practices and forms of religious association, shifts in religious authority, and modern developments in Muslim religious thought.



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

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


This lemon and poppyseed sponge topped with cream cheese and strawberries has an eye-catching Union Jack topper.


Lemon and poppy seed sponge cake


Recipe by Raeesa Khatree from The Great Australian Bake Off






Jaconde almond sponge cake outer paste
35g salted butter
35g icing sugar
1 large egg white
30g cake flour
10g cornflour
Americolor gel in white, red, royal blue and navy blue

Almond sponge
60g almond meal
60g icing sugar
3 tbsp plain flour
3 tbsp cornflour
4 large eggs
1 tbsp white sugar
2 tsp salted butter

Lemon and poppy seed sponge cake
5 eggs
2 cups castor sugar
300ml oil
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 cups + 3 tablespoons sifted flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
200ml buttermilk
4 lemons – for finely grated zest and juice
¼ to ½ cup fine poppy seeds
1 block (270grams) cream cheese

Lemon simple syrup
¼ cup caster sugar
½ cup lemon juice

Filling and Icing for cake
250g salted butter
250g cream cheese – room temperature
700g icing mixture
2 tbsp lemon juice and zest

¼ cup icing sugar
3 punnets fresh strawberries – used in filling and for decor
Lemon zest- thick



For the lemon and poppy seed sponge cake:

1. Using a stand mixer, whisk eggs and castor sugar very well till fluffy and white. Add lemon zest. Add oil and beat mixture for few more minutes, then add the vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and bicarb. Add lemon juice to warm milk.

2. Alternatively, very gently, fold flour mixture and milk mixture into egg mixture using the figure 8 motion to incorporate air into mixture. Pour into 3 x 8-inch (20cm) round cake pans. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 30-35 minutes.

For the syrup:

1. Place castor sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan and boil together. Add a few tablespoons of water if necessary.

For the decorative paste for outer cake layer:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, using a large baking tray (25cm x 38cm) grease with spray oil, then place template on tray and line with baking paper. Assemble all ingredients for decorative paste. Cream the butter and icing sugar with k-beater in a stand mixer. Add egg white and whisk until incorporated.

2. Whisk in cake flour and cornflour until just combined.

3. Divide mixture into half and colour one half red. Leave other half white. Spoon red mixture into a disposable piping bag with attached round small nozzle and pipe over design as per template below baking paper (double the recipe if more batter is required).

4. Place in freezer for 10 minutes, then remove and pipe white pattern for flag over. Then place back in freezer while preparing the Jaconde sponge.

For the Jaconde almond sponge:

1. Assemble ingredients and melt butter and keep aside to cool. Mix together the almond meal, icing sugar, plain flour and cornflour in bowl of stand mixer. Whisk in eggs one at a time. Beat on medium for 5 minutes to incorporate air into mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites and sugar until glossy and firm but not dry.

2. Fold the egg white mixture into the almond mixture and then fold in cooled, melted butter and dark blue gel colour.

3. Remove baking tray from freezer and pour blue almond batter over the decorative patterns, tilting the tray for the batter to spread evenly or use offset spatula to spread it. Tap tray a few times to remove air bubbles.

4. Bake on 180°C for 7-8 minutes or until golden.

5. Let the sponge cool for a few minutes and then invert it onto a baking paper or cling sprinkled with icing sugar. Pull off baking paper or silpat and trim any crispy edges.

6. Cut sponge in half horizontally so each piece will be placed around cake, over icing.

For the cream cheese filling and icing:

1. Using a stand mixer, cream butter well, then add cream cheese and lemon zest. Slowly add icing mixture and lemon juice. Add a pinch of salt and whip for a few minutes until creamy and ready to pipe. Remove 2 cups of icing and place in another bowl.

2. Add chopped strawberries to icing to create filling between layers. Reserve remainder for top and sides of cake.

To assemble:

1. Once cakes have been cooled in freezer, remove and start stacking on an 8-inch cake board. Place a little icing on base and place first layer of cake. Lightly brush cake with lemon syrup.

2. Top with filling that has strawberry pieces, then top with another layer of cake and repeat. Cover sides of cake with icing and carefully place jaconde layer around cake like a collar. Pipe icing on top of cake to create a neat border.

3. Cut whole strawberries with petal shape and place on piped rosettes.


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




Princess Lakshman


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









Muslimah Mind Matters videos

available on YouTube.

Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

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

For years I used food for comfort. Any emotional occurrence such as happiness, sadness, anger, guilt, frustration, and more, would be my cue to hit the pantry and finish a whole packet of crisps or an entire family-size chocolate bar (the giant Toblerone from Airport Duty Free?...Oh boy...Don’t even get me started on that story!).

Every Monday morning I would decide to eat healthy and every Monday lunch time I would decide to postpone the healthy-eating commitment to next Monday. That was my pattern. Apart from the weight gain, I was also feeling lousy about my sugar-addiction. Yes, sugar is poison and yes, sugar addiction is very real and detrimental to mental and physical wellbeing. And I was tired of feeling lousy about myself, my weight, my lack of energy and my irritability. This had to stop.

I was aware of my pattern. As Oprah says, when you know better, you do better. I had to find out why I had this pattern and address the elephant that incessantly roamed the jungle of my mind. I sat myself down with my journal and fiercely wrote. It took three hours for me to trace my pattern back to an incident that happened when I was around five years old. It took another few hours to link my eating pattern with my life’s major incidents where I had to make choices that affected my wellbeing. Most of those choices were harmful for my wellbeing and when I connected the dots between my dietary pattern and those lifestyle choices and how my mental state was back then, everything became crystal clear.

A paradigm shift, which I now call my Gut-Shift, revealed to me that for me to make better choices in life, stay strong in my imaan and nourish my soul with love, light, peace and joy, I must first and foremost, nourish my mind with the right mental foods so that I could then choose better foods and beverages to nourish my physical self. If my essential self, my soul and my mind, was starving, how was I ever going to choose the right foods for my body?

How To Feed Your Mind And Body

Good thoughts, good words, good deeds. I had to heal from my emotional eating pattern one thought at a time. The following are strategies to feed you mind, process your emotions and then choose the right foods to manage your emotions:


In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
Your Child Is NOT You...Parent Your Inner Child Before You Parent Your Child


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve started incorporating yoga in my fitness regime, but was wondering if you have any other tips for stress relief?

A: Stress seems to be taking over our lives in so many forms.


It’s important to take some time out of your day to just sit and breathe..


Aim for at least 8hrs of sleep a night and a healthy balanced diet will play a major role in your daily wellbeing.


Establish a healthy work/life balance and make exercise a priority.






My Health and Fitness

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Jallalludin and his wife were in a terrible accident where the Jallalludin's face was severely burned.

The doctor told Jallalludin that they couldn't graft any skin from his body because he was too skinny.

So his wife offered to donate some of her own skin.


However, the only skin on her body that the doctor felt was suitable would have to come from her buttocks.

Jallalludin and his wife agreed that they would tell no one about where the skin came from, and they requested that the doctor also honour their secret.

After all, this was a very delicate matter. After the surgery was completed, everyone was astounded at Jallalludin's new face.

He looked more handsome than he ever had before! All his friends and relatives just went on and on about his youthful beauty!

One day, he was alone with his wife, and he was overcome with emotion at her sacrifice.

He said, 'Dear, I just want to thank you for everything you did for me. How can I possibly repay you?'

'My habibi,' she replied, 'I get all the thanks I need every time I see your mother kiss you on the cheek.

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Allah and His angels give blessings to the Prophet. O you who believe, call for blessings on him, and greet him with a prayer of peace.

[Quran 33:56]


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Imam Yusuf Peer and the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ)

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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.

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

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

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

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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.



 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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MAA is delivering essential hot meals and medicines to those affected by the #Ghouta emergency crisis.

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1 May 2018





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1439


6 May



Zakaah? Why, How, When?



IWAA Hall, Watland St, Slacks Creek

0401 246 228


5 & 6 May

Sat & Sun


Inner Dimensions of Fasting: with Ustadh Ghilan


Islamic Society of Algester

48 Learoyd Rd, Algester

0406 237 977

0404 612 881

11AM to 4.30PM

12 May



Open Day & International Food Festival


Islamic Society of Toowoomba

Garden City Mosque,

217 West St.,


0421 081 048

11AM to 4PM

12 May



Pre - Ramadan Muslimah Night Bazaar: Sisters Only



45 Acacia Road, Karawatha


4PM to 9PM

17 May 2018





(start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1439


11 June 2018





(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1439


15 June 2018





(end of the month of fasting)

 1st Shawal 1439


21 August 2018





(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1439


22 August 2018





10th Zil-Hijjah 1439


17 November 2018



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



3PM to Maghrib



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


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



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Masjid As Sunnah












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






Bald Hills, Brisbane





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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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





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

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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