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Gold Coast Dawah Centre gets fund raising boost

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Woolworths acknowledging the month of Ramadan

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The Islamic fasting month of Ramadan this year will be starting towards the middle this week and ending towards the middle of June with the festive celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islam and obligatory on all adult Muslims with some exceptions such as for the sick, the elderly and the traveller.

During this month which lasts 29 or 30 days, Muslims fast during the day-light hours from dawn to sunset abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking and sex.

Fasting is intended to bring about God-consciousness, self-control, inculcate moderate eating habits and develop empathy for those who are less fortunate to have enough to eat.

Iftar or ‘the meal for breaking the fast’ at sunset is shared between family and friends. Muslims open their homes to share Iftar with their friends and neighbours of all faiths and no faith.

Greetings of “Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem” are exchanged during this month, wishing for a “blessed” and generous Ramadan.

Islamic dates are subject to the visibility of the new moon and variation can take place if this sighting of the crescent is done globally, regionally or locally.

The following possible scenarios can occur this year:

Global Sighting (or prediction of sighting): Ramadan (30 days) starting Wednesday 16 May and ending Thursday 14 June with Eid on Friday 15 June.

Regional Sighting: Ramadan (29 days) starting Thursday 17 May and ending Thursday 14 June with Eid on Friday 15 June.

Local Sighting: Ramadan (30 days) starting Thursday 17 May and ending Friday 15 June with Eid on Saturday 16 June.

Source: AMUST



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Op-ed by Fahim Khondaker for Brisbane Times 


Fahim Khondaker at the park with Liyana, the second of his three daughters.

A few weeks ago, my wife, Laaiqah Ally, asked Westfield Garden City, our local shopping mall, whether they would consider putting up a children’s activity stall for Ramadan and Eid this year.

She expected a polite “no”, given the potential controversy that this may cause.

To her surprise, not only did they agree, they were genuinely excited by the idea of working with her to deliver it (the workshops start this week).

Of course, it is not uncommon for shopping centres across Australia to organise special activities which coincide with major annual events such as Christmas or the Chinese New Year. So why was this such a big deal to us? Why were we and other Muslim parents with young kids so excited?

It is because, thanks to the global perception of Muslims and/or Islam, we have come to accept that such activities are not for us and we dare not raise our hopes to expect such kindness in countries where Muslims are a minority, irrespective of our economic and social contributions.

Terrorism has succeeded in dehumanising and dividing us all. It, along with countless four-panel experts on 24-hour news networks, has successfully created a perception that Islam is abhorrent at its core and that Muslims who do not accept this are in denial. Such Muslims need to be avoided, feared, or if you are feeling generous, saved.

We are constantly told by popular politicians (even those with multiculturalism portfolios), respected media personalities, and renowned academics, that if it weren’t for today’s ‘mad’ levels of political correctness, we would all be able to call out Islam for what it is.

Many Muslims have sadly come to terms with this as well. It is too difficult to find a large enough platform that can counter the shock value of an ISIS beheading, or the loud “Allahu Akbar” which precedes it. Society needs a common enemy to make sense of the complexities of the world and the irrationality of the evil that exists within it. For now, terrorists have successfully convinced many people that Islam is the most logical candidate.

The collateral damage of this situation includes everyday Muslims. The ones who go about their day like any other person, trying to make something of their lives, working out how the NDIS will be funded in the federal budget, and enjoying some cricket or football (all variants) when it’s on the television.

These Muslims will tell you Islam is nothing like what terrorists would have you believe nor is it something to be scared of. The seven verses in the opening chapter of the Quran, are not dissimilar in wording to the Lord’s Prayer which is recited before every sitting of the Australian Parliament. Islam’s Abrahamic origin is why I won the Bible knowledge prize every year at high school without ever reading the Bible in any detail (Corinthians 13: 4-8 is pretty amazing though).

My three daughters are all currently under the age of five. One day, they too will have to come to grips with the reality that it may be challenging to be a practising Muslim in future. Having read about Dolly Everett’s tragic encounter recently – I have no idea what to expect nor what to do to prevent the inevitability that my children are at greater risk than most. My current challenges of putting them to bed on time, or reducing their iPad usage, pale in comparison to what lies ahead of us.

The ‘Doll Test’ videos on Youtube are some of the most gut-wrenching clips which exist on the platform today. This test was designed by US psychologists in the 1940s. In it, black children are shown a white baby doll and a black baby doll and asked to pick the ‘bad baby’ or the ‘ugly baby’. Every child chooses the black doll even after acknowledging that this is the doll that looks most like them. This gives us a harrowing glimpse into their opinion of self-worth and the extent to which we as a society have failed them. No child, white or black, should ever have to feel this way.

Unfortunately, today, almost 80 years after the Doll Test, we are still at risk of dangerously distorting the perception we have of others, and the perception that others have of themselves (particularly young children). This is why small acts of kindness like those taken by the management team at my local shopping centre have a far greater impact than that which meets the eye. They go a long way towards positively changing the social narrative and our perspective of one another.

People are inherently kind. Any animosity which may exist between us is due to fear of the unknown and the manipulation of this fear by people with alternative agendas. As citizens, we can overcome this through engagement, we simply have to be courageous enough to reach out to one another with a smile. To paraphrase Trevor Noah, a South African comedian and author of Born a Crime, “hatred cannot survive contact”.

Ramadan, the month where Muslims fast by abstaining from food and water every day from sunrise to sunset, will commence next week. It will culminate on June 15 or 16 with a day of celebration known as the Eid-al-Fitr (ie. the “festival of breaking the fast”).

Fahim Khondaker is a chartered accountant and management consultant working at a multinational professional services firm in Brisbane. He is also an executive committee member of the Islamic Council of Queensland and a member of the Queensland Premier's Social Cohesion Implementation Committee. He can be found on Twitter: @Fahim_Khondaker.


Source: Brisbane Times



Ramadan activities at Garden City in full swing




Since this initiative has been running an average of 60 children each day from mixed cultural backgrounds and faith groups have partaken in the activities. They make mobiles, colour-in and listen to stories (Curious George the Monkey and Ramadan was a particular hit with the kids).

One of the many volunteers helping out during the sessions, Ms Naseema Mustapha, posted on Facebook: "Feedback from passers-by shoppers was fantastic. A really positive impact this is having. And an opportunity for us to meet each other and create new friendships."



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Photos and press release supplied by NZF


The National Zakat Foundation is a ground-breaking initiative which aims to utilise Zakat funds and voluntary donations collected in Australia for the benefit of local, deserving recipients.

This group includes some of the most vulnerable members of our community, including widows, orphans, refugees, the aged as well as the homeless.

Our work covers five core areas that together form an end-to-end service for the Muslim community in Australia with respect to Zakat.

The week in Underwood has been a fantastic opportunity for us to connect with the community and to share what we do. A lot of important Zakat questions have been asked and answered.


The support for our 2018 Toy Drive for sick children at Lady Cilento hospital and for our clients' children has been incredible. Cut off date for the toy drive is June 4th.

Jazak Allah khairun to all the brothers and sisters supporting us here in Queensland and in Australia.








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Gold Coast comes to Sydney

After a successful event in Sydney, the Gold Coast Mosque committee took their Dawah Centre fund raising road show inter-state to Adelaide and the University of South Australia, and then on to Perth and the local Islamic College and Masjid Ibrahim.





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Woolworths acknowledging the month of Ramadan


Left to right: Dujanah (7), Zahra and Ahmed (5) Chaudhry from Perth, WA




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A new art exhibition in Sydney explores the contemporary Australian Muslim experience.

A group of 15 artists has explored the contemporary Australian Muslim experience in a new exhibition.

The Khalas exhibition at UNSW Galleries in Sydney features works across a number of mediums.

Khalas in Arabic has a several definitions including "stop," "finish," and "enough."


Gallery material said the exhibit is named Khalas as "many Australian Muslims have had enough".

Artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah.

"From the daily media beat-ups, to outright racist leadership taunts directed at Muslims, this modern day Orientalism relentlessly depicts Islamo-fascist terrorists, creeping Shariah and the fantasy of infantilised Muslim women," it says.

Curator Phillip George told SBS News the exhibition offers the chance for Australians to get "outside the Anglo-Saxon dome and start to look at the world with a new vision, a new way of seeing reality".

"There's a space opening up for artists that can actually bring home the realities to us that we don't necessarily get in popular culture, in mainstream media, or in the bubbles that are Facebook and Instagram," he said.

Featured artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah said he hoped the viewer will "see the complexity, the diversity (and) the different ways that a Muslim artist might express that".


Source: SBS



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By Imam Sharif – AIIC Coordinator Arabic and Islamic Studies


All praises are for Allah, we had a very successful annual Quran competition at our Durack campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 1st and 2nd of May 2018. It is the 16th consecutive year that AIIC has been conducting this Quran recitation competition in order to provide the best opportunities for our students in reading and practicing the Holy Quran. This year’s event proclaimed that our students continuously make remarkable improvement in their Quran reading standard and they show higher degree of interest in learning and reciting the Quran.

Around 160 students participated from both schools, primary and secondary. As each grade has an allotment of only 8 participants for the competition, the students started preparing for it well ahead. These 8 participants were selected based on an in-class competition conducted by their class Imams. For the actual competition, Students were allowed to choose their own Suras and they were given 2 minutes of reading time in primary and 3 minutes in secondary.

This years’ recitation was judged by 3 Imams in our region who have long years of experience in teaching Quran. Imam Masoud Issa, the chief Imam of Logan Masjid, Imam Owais, the teacher at Darra Masjid and Hafiz Uthman from Holland Park Masjid were our respectful judges this year. The judges left their precious feedback and positively commented on the efforts of both students and their teachers in learning the Holy Quran in its original style. They noted that the performance of many students at the college is amazing and the sincere attempts made by the whole school community in instilling Quran in their students were visible in this competition. According to the judges, finding out the best reader was very difficult in many classes due to a good number of perfect readers in those classes.

The competition was conducted in class levels and the class winners received medals. The whole school is classified into four categories and trophies were given out for the overall winners in each category by Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari, the founder of AIIC. Every participant received a certificate of participation.

The program was well attended by a number of parents, dignitaries and the wider school community. The Quran competition once again assured the society the uncompromising commitment of AIIC in teaching its’ students the Holy Quran’s recitation and learning in its most authentic versions.





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A new report by Ipsos MORI brings together and analyses research from various sources and explores the attitudes of British Muslims as well as the views of the public towards Muslims. The report was supported by the Aziz Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Unbound Philanthropy.

The research findings shows that:

There are a lot of similarities between the views of Muslims and the general public
There are many aspects of life where Muslims are no different to the general population. For example, Muslims have very similar levels of life satisfaction to the general public, they tend to be satisfied about the area where they live (82% satisfied for Muslims vs 86% for the general public) and slightly more optimistic that their local area has improved (23% vs 17% for the public). Muslims are positive about community spirit in their area, which is in line with the general population.

Muslims have a strong sense of belonging to Britain
Fairly consistently across all the data that we examined it is evident that Muslims feel a part of British society (88% say they very or fairly strongly belong to Britain) and they have a strong sense of attachment to British identity. Muslims have strong sense of commonality with other Britons, which is higher among Muslim UK graduates.

Religion plays a far more important part of life for Muslims than it does for others
Religion is far more important to Muslims’ sense of identity than it is for others, which is notable given that wider research points to a decline in religion in British life. Religion is a particularly important to Muslims holding a UK degree. The vast majority of Muslims believe they can practice their religion freely in Britain and that being a Muslim is completely compatible with the British way of life. However, there are concerns that not enough is being done to protect the rights of Muslims and the review shows that Muslims are more likely to be worried about being a victim of crime because of their religion, ethnicity or skin colour.

Young Muslims hold distinct views to older Muslims
Younger Muslims are quite a distinct group in their views and outlook and this is particularly the case among young Muslim UK graduates. Across a range of attitudes, younger Muslims demonstrate more outward looking and liberal views. For example, younger Muslims have a more diverse friendship groups than their older counterparts, and are more relaxed on issues such as inter-racial marriage. Younger Muslims – particularly UK graduates – are more likely to be politically active than Muslim non-graduates. At the same time, this group is more likely to report experiences of discrimination and feel that prejudice against Muslims is increasing.

The British public hugely overestimates the number of Muslims in the country
The public thinks that around 1 in 6 Britons are Muslim, when actually fewer than 1 in 20 are and while trends indicate people’s estimates may be moving in the right direction, they are still overestimating by quite a distance.

The public’s views on Muslims are mixed and understanding of Islam is limited – but age and knowing someone Muslim make a difference
The review indicates that public’s understanding of Islam is very limited with a minority (32%) saying they have a good understanding of the religion. When asked about the compatibility of Islam with British life, views tend to be more negative. However, one finding that is consistent is that the views of young people overall tend to be more positive than older people. Similarly, those who personally know someone who is Muslim tend to be more positive in their views.

Kully Kaur-Ballagan, Research Director at Ipsos MORI said:

This report is an important study as it synthesises many of the surveys that have been done examining the attitudes of British Muslims as well as the attitudes of the British Public towards Muslims. The report highlights that British Muslims are a diverse group of people – much like the public as a whole. They have a strong sense of British identity and while religion does play a greater role in the lives of Muslims than the general population, the vast majority believe that being Muslim and being British is entirely compatible. Yet, the report indicates that there are increasing concerns that religious prejudice towards Muslims is rising. While the British Muslim population has a younger age profile than the population as a whole, the findings shows that younger Muslims are a distinct group; they are more open in their views and have more diverse social networks – this is particularly the case for those who are graduates.

The findings also show that public opinion towards Muslims is mixed. Muslims make up just under five percent of the population yet the British public think it’s three times this figure. And while the majority think that Islam is peaceful religion, they believe that most people perceive the religion in a negative way. Again, in the general population we also find that the views of younger people tend to be more positive and open towards Muslims than other age groups.

Source: IPSOS




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The IWAA's Business Expo. held during the week, was an opportunity to network, listen to motivational speeches and learn about government and other services that can help start ups.




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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. 






"There are many reasons why vulnerable young people join militant groups, but among them are poverty and ignorance. Indeed Boko Haram - which translates in English, roughly, as "Western Education Is Sinful' - prey on the perverted belief that the opportunities that education brings is sinful".

HE President Muhammadu Buhari

President of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as President of Nigeria in May 2015. He was the candidate for the All Progressives Congress and won the presidential election by almost 2.6 million votes. This was the first time in Nigeria’s political history in which power transferred peacefully from one political party to another.

Military Past: President Buhari began his military career at the Nigerian Military Training School of Kaduna in 1963. He was involved in military counter-coups in 1966 and 1975, and the coup of 1983 which overthrew the democratically-elected government and resulted in him being head of state for two years. During these years, he gained fame for his all-out war against corruption and indiscipline, a reputation he has since kept. In 1985 he was overthrown and kept in detention for 3 years.

Anti-Corruption Presidential Candidate: President Buhari ran as the main opposition candidate in the presidential elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011, all ending in defeat, before winning in 2015. His platform was built around his image as a staunch anti-corruption fighter and his reputation for honesty and incorruptibility. He is considered an icon by the Muslims of northern Nigeria, but enjoys nationwide respect due to his stance on corruption.

Fighting Boko Haram: The President has put defeating Boko Haram on top of his agenda. Boko Haram’s actions have consistently caused international outrage, and the President will have to show firm resolve and determination to stop the terror attacks. In July 2014, he escaped a suicide bombing attack that killed over 50 people. On 6 May 2017, Buhari’s government secured a release of 82 out of 276 girls kidnapped in 2014, in exchange for five Boko Haram leaders. President Buhari met with the released Chibok girls, before departing to London, UK, for a follow up treatment for an undisclosed illness.

Economy and infrastructure: President Buhari was the first chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and was the mastermind behind the construction of 20 oil depots throughout Nigeria, a project involving over 3200 kilometres of pipelines. Both the Warri and Kaduna refineries were built under his leadership. He also established the blueprints for the country’s petro-chemical and liquefied natural gas programmes.

Environment: President Buhari is an active environmentalist who has drafted several plans to preserve wildlife in Nigeria. He has also exerted great efforts on the conservation of nature in Nigeria; such as controlling the logging industry whereby he has ensured that double the number of trees felled are replaced by loggers. He has also worked on restricting the Ecological Fund Office so it can deliver on environmental challenges.





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By Jehan Jillani and Heather Brady Photographs by Lynsey Addario


Muslim women pray at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on Eid al-Fitr, a celebratory holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

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.



JILLANI: This is a pretty personal question, but given the nature of this story, I am curious to hear: What is your relationship to faith?

ADDARIO: I was raised Italian Catholic, with the tradition of going to church every Sunday, before a big family lunch at one of my grandmothers', and religion classes on Tuesday afternoons. But as I grew into a young woman, I identified less with Catholicism, and learned to appreciate different aspects of different faiths. I am a spiritual person, and I have great respect for all different religions, but I personally no longer go to church every Sunday. It’s interesting, because I have been photographing in relatively dangerous places for a long time now, and have spent a great deal of time with people from different faiths. I often receive messages or emails or calls from friends around the world, saying that they are praying for me—whether Christian or Catholic or Muslim. My grandmother, who is 104, always prays to Saint Ann for me, and my close friend Lubna, who lives in Saudi, will literally go to Mecca to pray for me when I have gone to Syria in the past. I love and respect that about faith, that everyone has his or her beliefs which carry them through difficult times.






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Who speaks for American Muslims? The short answer is, no one. No individual or group can claim to speak for this country’s nearly 3.5 million Muslims, a diverse and dynamic population that’s expected to double by 2050. Instead we see spheres of influence that sometimes intersect and overlap.

CNN spent a year interviewing more than 100 American Muslims, asking who they think are the most influential Muslims in their fields. We sought nominees for whom religion is part of their public identity, but other than that, we let American Muslims do most of the talking.

A few nominees declined to participate for personal reasons, but the vast majority were willing. The result is this crowd-sourced list of 25 influential American Muslims. They are comedians and congressmen, activists and Olympians, fashionistas and political fighters, converts and from-the-cradle believers. They are the children of immigrants and African-Americans whose roots in this country reach back centuries.

Together, they compose one of the world’s most eclectic and innovative Muslim communities – and they all have remarkable stories to tell.


Source: CNN



Imam Omar Suleiman: The rising star



Imam Omar Suleiman says he never chose to be an imam. The vocation was chosen for him, and it arrived with Hurricane Katrina. At the time, Suleiman, a native of New Orleans, was helping coordinate Muslims’ aid to the flooded city.


As imams fled New Orleans, Suleiman stepped in, delivering sermons and spiritual counsel to the city’s distressed residents. After moving to Texas, Suleiman continued to infuse his spiritual messages with political activism, whether marching with Black Lives Matter or getting arrested on Capitol Hill to advocate for DACA recipients.


Suleiman is the founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a scholar-in-residence at Valley Ranch Islamic Center in Irving, Texas. In response to questions about the "loyalty oath" Suleiman describes in the video above, Texas State Rep. Kyle Biedermann said, "I'm proud of the opportunity we gave the Muslim community at large to voice their concerns about human rights and women's rights, and to differentiate their views from the more radical views within Islam. Unfortunately, people took this as being anti-Muslim."


“I wanted to send a message to Rep. Biedermann, as well as other Islamophobes and other lawmakers that think they can bully the Muslim community, that we are not afraid of you,” Suleiman says. “Not only do we feel as American as you, but we will not allow you to impose your narrow definition of American-ness on us, just as we will not allow extremist groups to impose their narrow definition of Islam on us.”

What other Muslims say about Suleiman:

“Omar is someone that a lot of people are talking about right now. There are few imams who blend the spiritual and worldly aspects of the job as well as he does.”





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The lives, ambitions, and beliefs of more than 40 members of Brisbane's Muslim community have been put under the spotlight in a new project aimed at dispelling misconceptions about Islam and its followers.

Award-winning documentary photographer Matt Palmer interviewed and photographed 41 Muslims living in the Queensland capital for his online project, Faces of Islam.

For three days earlier this month he sat down with children, community workers, a lawyer, a doctor, an Indigenous elder from Thursday Island, and many others.

They shared stories and insights such as their journeys to Australia, the kind of music they listen to, and how they coped with the death of a loved one.

Mr Palmer hopes the project will help demystify Muslim people by breaking down false stereotypes, and sharing common experiences.

"After the Paris attacks last year there was a lot of misinformation going out in the public about Muslims," the 32-year-old said.

"I just got sick of trying to argue with people or give them the correct information so I thought 'what can I do as a photographer to help not just the Muslim community but the entire community and maybe show a different side to them that people may not have expected?'."

From there, the idea was born, but it would take a few more months before it flourished into what it has become today.

"Our goal was to have 20 to 30 people involved ... it spread through word-of-mouth. People brought friends along with them [on the day], and the friends saw what was going on and thought the project was a great idea so they ended up getting involved as well," Mr Palmer said.

Mr Palmer, an atheist, said the project opened his eyes about the virtues of Islam.

"I don't have any agenda in terms of promoting that [Islam]. But what I want to do is promote the people involved," he said.

"Most of my questions were around just the everyday lives because I feel the project is about people who happen to be Muslim.

"I learned a lot of things, particularly that the Muslim people I talked to - compared to the rest of the people in my life - they're very engaged in the community and helping people."

Mr Palmer said most of his questions were around people's everyday lives.

"I feel the project is about people who happen to be Muslim," he said.

"I only asked them one question that was specifically about Islam when I talked to them and that was 'what do your beliefs mean to you?' That's not just an invite to talk about Islam, that could be an invite to talk about how they believe animals should be treated because you have beliefs outside of religion, of course."

Mr Palmer wants to one day bring his work to life as a physical display somewhere in the city.

'I've had so many non-Muslims telling me how fantastic it is'

Community worker Naseema Mustapha was one of the first people to sign up to the project.

"It's powerful. It's really powerful. The messages that are coming through are amazing ... I've had so many non-Muslims telling me how fantastic it is. I can see the vision has really come through," the 46-year-old said.

"My belief is that Islam teachers me about peace, harmony and respect of other religions and cultures. Islam talks about people coming together ... it's about bringing societies together, communities together.

"The Islam I know and the Islam the majority of Australians know are two different things.

"I would like Australians to see Islam the way I see it and how I practice it."

Ms Mustapha said she would love to see the exhibition travel the country.

"We'd hope to do an exhibition in Melbourne in Federation Square," she said.

"When we finish we'd like it to stay at the Islamic Museum in Melbourne."


Source: ABC News




Another Brisbane Face of Islam in next week's CCN


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



14 stages of love according to the Arabic language

By Rayana Khalaf




Arabs are in a league of our own when it comes to romance. I mean, just look at the ways we express love, we're always ready to sacrifice our skin and bones for the people we love. Over-the-top demonstration of love goes beyond our everyday conversation, as it is rooted deep within our literature. There is no shortage of epic and fiery poems in Arab literature, brought to us by the likes of Abu Nawas and Nizar Qabbani. In these poems, we see variations of words referring to love, like "'oshk" and "gharam"... but contrary to popular belief, these words are not synonymous. They each refer to a unique degree of love. Actually, there are 14 degrees of love in Arabic language. Here they are in increasing order of intensity:



13. Al-Gharam (Fervour)

"Al-gharam" is defined as attachment to something and not being able to let go of it. This is when lovers feel like it is impossible to live apart and always find their ways back to each other regardless of the circumstances. 







12 tips on domestic violence for Imams in the west

By Soundvision



If you’re an Imam who has come from abroad, you have seen how heavy the burden is on Imams in the West. While in Muslim countries, your role may have been simply leading prayers and teaching children Quran, for example, in North America, you cannot do only this.

The Imam is the leader of the community in the fullest sense of the word, and his responsibilities include more than leading prayers and teaching. He must deal with issues perhaps never touched upon "back home". Domestic violence in the Muslim community is just one of them.

Below are 12 tips for how Imams can deal with the issue of domestic violence in Muslim communities:

1. Know the definition of abuse.
2. Understand that this is not a personal matter
3. Approach domestic violence as you would any social problem
4. Know what services exist in the community
5. Be able to assess a crisis and protection plans
6. Give your name to a local women’s shelter or a crisis line
7. Bring the issue to community’s attention
8. Open up the mosque or Islamic center for abused women
9. Make yourself available
10. Establish a social services system or committee
11. Set up support groups
12. Make Dua




A briefing note on the 2018 budget

By Iqbal Lambat


Iqbal Lambat

The budget is a good mix of addressing bracket creep, starting the process of debt reduction, and spending on specific programs.

Whilst there were no major tax rate impacts in the near term, some favourable measures have been proposed for superannuation and for the protection of senior Australians. As usual, trusts get a mention as the ATO takes steps to reduce tax avoidance.

Funds have been proposed to improve tax compliance and to attack the black economy and bring more funds into the tax net. A$10,000 limit on cash payments will be introduced.





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 Uzbekistan’s ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara
TRT World








Saadiqa Matthews

Muslim Village




It takes a special person to comfort those in need. Meet Saadiqa Matthews, an Australian chaplain who assists people while they’re in hospital.







Fatima al-Fihri - founder of world's first University










Jesus and Ramadhan”

The Deen Show



Did you know that Jesus fasted the same way Muslims fast during Ramadan?







Saving Lives Isn't Easy!

Islamic Relief UK




If you’ve ever thought about running your own aid project, it’s not as simple as buying a plane ticket and gathering a wallet load of donations or a convoy full of food and blankets, and heading overseas.

The intentions may be good but there’s many complex procedures and challenges to consider. 







Ramadan Lectures

  with Imam Uzair Akbar






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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 11 May 2018

TOPIC: "Squeeze The Lemon Of Ramadan"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 11 May 2018

TOPIC: "Preparing for Ramadhaan and having a clean heart"

IMAM: Qari Saleh Peck










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 11 May 2018

TOPIC: "Even Heavens are Ready for Ramadaan! What About You?"

IMAM: Mossad Issa










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 11 May 2018

TOPIC: ”Reconciliation with Allah”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 11 May 2018

TOPIC: “Commencement of Ramadan” 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





Past lecture recordings








Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 11 May 2018

TOPIC: "Farewell to Shaban and Welcome Ramadan"
IMAM: Ahmed Naffa










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 11 May 2018

TOPIC"Ramadan and Self-Reformation"
IMAM: Prof Mohamad Abdalla


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Child Writes Heart-Touching Letter After He is Expelled from His Islamic School   


UK: Alif Baa Tuition which is based in Bradford England made the tough decision to expel a child after giving many warnings because of ongoing bad behaviour which was disrupting the education of other children. It was the first time they had ever expelled a child.

Not long after, they received the following unexpected hand-written letter from the child who is just 9 years old.

Ustaad I am sorry and I realise I was wrong and I want to change myself. Look what has happened, now I’m thrown out of the best mosque ever but know I know that Islam is my religion and I need to become a hafiz, Alim, mufti but to do that I need to learn. I am writing this because I want one more chance. Please accept my apology. Please ustaad.

Yours Sincerely.

The letter touched the hearts of the teachers at the school and they decided to welcome the child back to the school.


The school said,

“Al-Hamdulillah this child is back and performing far more better than before. Expelling him for few days has taught him the value of environments like this and the purpose of attending places like this. Being on progress report and with all our incentives in place he’s sure to pull himself back together Al-Hamdulillah. But I guess every child is different. This approach may not work on all children. Al-Hamdulillah this method has worked well on him. In-sha-allah lets see his long term goal and how he progresses. May Allah accept him for His Deen.”

The director of the school, Muhammad Ibrahim told IlmFeed,

“My only intention of putting this online was to encourage other students. The fact that getting expelled is not the end of the world and that repentance is a major part in a Muslim’s life.”

Source: ILMFeed


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Under One Tent - Ramadan 2018 Open Iftar Project



IRELAND: Under One Tent is an initiative by the Irish Muslim youth to carry out outreach projects towards the wider Irish community. It aims to foster an atmosphere of unity and harmony within the diverse sections of the Irish community, by means of various community-led and focused projects.

Open Iftar 2018 is one such project, that aims to carry out social change by creating bridges between individuals, bringing together communities and fostering interfaith dialogue. The project takes place during the month of Ramadan, the most sacred time of the year for Muslims. It is an opportunity for the wider community to break fast together, the purpose of which is to build trust and friendship. Through this simple act of sharing a meal in an engaging and relaxed environment, we aim to foster an atmosphere of understanding.


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 Welcome To My Destiny



Rozene S. Narayan



Sofia Rossi is a mother of four who defies her Italian culture and marries an Australian man. She visits her sick father in South Italy where she bumps into the young, handsome Peter Buckley, an Irish traveler visiting the Amalfi Coast. Sofia will take you on her travels through friendship and betrayal but will she discover the difference between lust and love?


Emma Smith grows up with a controlling and violent mother. Emma’s life is immersed in sadness and that is all she has ever experienced. Hoping to become a strong person, and wanting to pursue a career in Criminology, Emma joins a Juvenile Justice Centre as a youth worker. Her dream remains to become a mother and raise her own children one day. Will Emma ever able to leave her violent and controlling mother and become a good mother herself?


Abha Pillai challenges cultural norms to create a life for herself and her daughter. Being a divorced mum is not highly valued in the Indian culture. Will Abha ever be able to forgive herself for leaving her daughter behind to create a life for the both of them?


Sofia Rossi, Emma Smith, and Abha Pillai all experience life in distinct ways.


Set in South Italy, Sydney, London and Mumbai, you will be taken on a memorable journey of self- discovery and will become a part of the lives of these women. An intense and lively debut novel from an exciting new voice, Rozene.S.Narayan.



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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: Here is a suggestion that will serve both as a savoury and a main meal as a start to the Ramadan month. It takes little time to prepare but is always a hit with the family.


Stuffed chicken with spinach & cream cheese





Using size number 8 or 10 chicken fillets, split the chickens - creating a pocket inside.

Prepare a marinade with salt, pepper, paprika, lemon pepper, green chillies, chicken spice, ground cumin, and garlic paste and marinate the chicken.

Fill the chicken pockets with cream cheese, pepperdews, jalapeńos, spinach, baby tomatoes, pinch of salt, green chillies, and a few drops of lemon juice.

Close with toothpicks and fry in coconut oil or ghee on both sides.

Serve warm with a green salad or chips.



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Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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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:
Religion And Children...Why Parents Need To First Display Virtues Before Preaching Them

In my clarity coaching sessions with families, one of the recurring issues discussed is parenting. And the most persisting parenting challenge identified in these sessions is how to guide children to imbibe Islamic virtues. As a parent of a teenage daughter, I face the same challenge, more so because I am also learning Islam everyday, since embracing Islam in February of 2012. It’s highly challenging to try and balance Islam and culture, depending on your cultural perceptions of life. Over time I have come to understand that children do as we do, not as we say. It is vital to first display Islamic virtues ourselves before we preach them to our children.

Take a moment and reflect on how you are displaying Islamic virtues in your home...or ask yourself if you are in fact displaying these virtues at all...unless we as parents display and model behaviours that are in alignment with these virtues, we can’t expect our children to imbibe them. The virtues of righteousness, generosity, gratitude, contentment, humility, kindness, courtesy, purity, good speech, respect, wisdom, tolerance, justice, mercy, dignity, courage, frankness, hope, repentance, patience, perseverance, discipline, self-restraint, balance/moderation, prudence, unity, frugality, sincerity, responsibility, trustworthiness, honesty, fairness, spirituality.

The best part about being Muslim parents is the direct guidance from our Holy Quran. Spend a few minutes on reading this valuable link to inspire yourself with how our Holy Quran’s verses can help you imbibe these virtues. (

Daily Practice
Spend a few minutes to reflect on a daily deed you can perform in order to pactise these Islamic virtues. Invite your family to fill out this table and agree on displaying these virtues every single day. Islam is a daily practice. It’s easier when we are all in it together as a family.


My Daily Deed To Practise These Virtues Virtues My Daily Deed To Practise These Virtues
righteousness   hope  
generosity   repentance  
gratitude   patience  
contentment   perseverance  
humility   discipline  
kindness   self-restraint  
courtesy   balance/moderation  
purity   prudence  
good speech   unity  
respect   frugality  
wisdom   sincerity  
tolerance   responsibility  
justice   trustworthiness  
mercy   honesty  
dignity   fairness  
courage   spirituality  


In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Why Trying To Change Someone Else NEVER Works...Change Comes From Within


Download the above article.


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



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Q: Dear Kareema, is it really necessary to stretch after every workout? Sometimes I just want to finish my exercises and leave.

A: You should end every workout session with static stretching, holding each stretch for at least 30 seconds.


It aids in releasing tension and helps the muscles recover after an intense workout, slowly repairing and getting your body ready for the next workout.


Other benefits are you’ll be less sore after a workout and you can take stock of your body during stretching to determine which parts worked the hardest.




My Health and Fitness

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Jallalludin and Jamalludin were out riding in the desert, and came upon a huge hole in the ground. They approached it and were amazed at its size.

Jamalludin said, "Wow, that's some hole. I can't even see the bottom. I wonder how deep it is."

Jamalludin  said, "There's an old tree stump over there. Let's throw it in and see how long it takes to hit bottom."

So they picked up the tree stump, carried it over to the hole, counted one-two-three, and heaved it in.

As they were standing there looking over the edge of the hole, a goat come crashing through the underbrush, ran up to the hole and without hesitation, jumped in head first.

While they were standing there staring at each other in amazement, they peered into the hole, trying to figure out what that was all about.

Just then an old herder sauntered up. "Salaams, you brothers didn't happen to see my goat?"

Jamalludin said, "Funny you should ask. We were just standing here a minute ago, and a goat came running out of the bushes doing about a hundred miles an hour and jumped head first into this here hole!"

The old herder said, "Naw, that's impossible! I had him chained to a tree stump."

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An Ayaat-a-Week





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

[Quran 67:3-4]


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27th Ramadaan 1439


15 June 2018





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17 November 2018



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



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