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Standing alongside the commemoration plaque for Moheddeen Abdul Ghias Howsan in the gardens of the Sunnybank RSL are

l to r: Fazul Karrim Muhammed, his great grand nephew, and great grand nieces, Zulaikha Goss and Zubaida Ahmed


In November 2017 the Queensland Indian community erected a memorial in the Sunnybank RSL gardens for Australians of Indian heritage who fought in the world wars.

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc had two such war veterans’ records in its collection, namely, Moheddeen Abdul Ghias Howsan (Bob) and Abdul William Bernard Kaus (Bill).


These war heroes were grandsons of the Kaus and Howsan families, who were the first two Muslim families to settle in the Mt Gravatt area. They are also related to many of our original Queensland Muslim families including the Kaus, Howsan, Rane, Goss, Mohammed and Deen families.


The two cousins served in the Royal Australian Air Force in Europe in Bomber Squadrons.

Moheddeen Abdul Ghias Howsan (pictured left) in his final task was to bomb the Ford Motor Factory in France before the Germans could reach it. His crew successfully carried out the mission but was hit in the back of the plane by enemy fire. The plane was headed for the Village of Mary Le Roy which would have caused the loss of many civilian lives. Moheddeen was the pilot who managed to change the direction of the plane to a park. When the burning plane hit the ground the crew were incinerated but the village was saved. Moheddeen was only 23 years of age when he was buried in France. The village people erected a monument to remember the crew who gave their lives for the war against the Germans and their village.

The Muslim Historical Society has a book which contains his letters home to his family and his war diary. They were gifted to the Society after the death of his sister. His brother Mohammed Howsan was the owner of Howsan’s for Holden which was in Mt Gravatt up until Zupps bought it out in the early 1970s. Howsan Street in Mt Gravatt is named after the family.

Abdul William Bernard Kaus (pictured right) was the grandson of Abdul Ghias Kaus. He was younger than his cousin when he joined the Royal Australian Air Force. He had a distinguished career and was often given the task of flying the famous Australian spy, Nancy Wake, into London. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (a high award) for his effort during the war. He returned home after the war and went into politics with the Liberal party as the Member for Mansfield. One of his daughters also held a seat in the Liberal party in a country town. In 2005 the French government awarded him their highest award, the Legion of Honour, just one year before his death. The Muslim Historical Society holds newspaper copies of this event. He was 83 when he passed away.

On Saturday 26 May members of the two families gathered at the veterans memorial service at the Sunnybank RSL to install plaques in remembrance of their service to Australia - the first two Australians of Indian heritage to be installed near the Indian monument. They will be remembered and prayed for every Anzac Day from now onwards.


The Queensland Muslim Historical Society was instrumental in negotiating with the RSL to have the plaques installed in its Veterans Memorial Garden.



Fazal Muhammed recites a prayer from the Quran as part of the memorial service




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Muslims in Toowoomba partake in Ifhar and dinner at the Garden City Mosque every night.

The Islamic Society of Toowoomba has been organizing community Ifthar and dinner programmes for many years. Various communities and individuals provide meals on selected days as per the monthly schedule.

Sheikh Hafiz Abdullah Isa from Saudi Arabia has been leading the Tarawi prayers in the Garden City Mosque as a sponsored Imam of WAMY.



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By Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas    

Premier Daniel Andrews

Studded with Muslim celebrities, almost 500 people including Muslim community leaders, members of parliament, councillors, commissioners from Victorian Multicultural Commission and movers and shakers who have served our communities, this year the Premier’s Ramadhan Dinner was the largest ever, held on Monday 21 May 2018 at the glamorous Sofitel Melbourne.

The sound of the blessed athan (call to prayer) echoed across the beautifully decorated hall, voiced by non other than our very own football favourite Bashar Houli following the moving recitation of the Noble Quran by a young man Abdirahman Hassan.

The event with the theme “Contribution & Belonging” was MCed by VMC Youth Commissioner, Tina Hosseini.


MC for the night VMC Youth Commissioner, Tina Hosseini

Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews gave a wonderful speech highlighting how humbled he was by the countless positive “contributions of Muslims to their community, to the economy, in the health sector and in many different ways”

He enthused about the importance of sharing our heritage and culture and explained that “Here in Victoria we don’t ‘tolerate’ diversity, we in every respect celebrate it and embrace it and recognise it to be our richest asset.”

The Premier announced that $7 million dollars in funding has been allocated for security upgrades at places of worship with $3 million dollars going towards Islamic places of worship.

Saara Sabbagh, Director of Benevolence Australia


Keynote speaker, Saara Sabbagh, Founding Director of Benevolence Australia gave a very moving speech highlighting how much has changed in the past 10-15 years in Victoria, “a time which has broken the Muslim community.”

She reflected back to how this talk of inclusion, belonging and contribution was not around for many of us growing up in Victoria.

Saara Sabbagh shared her optimism as she explained how the conversation is now changing from being just about terrorism and why we wear headscarves to having things like exhibitions at the museum celebrating the whole month of Ramadhan.

Saara ended her address with a call to action for everyone to speak up for social justice and drive change through advocacy and awareness against injustice.

Robin Scott MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs spoke about having greater gender equality and working with everyone present so that more Muslim women are sitting on boards, in government, private and community leadership positions.

She recognised the incredible role of Muslim women in ensuring the success of our multicultural society.

Grand Mufti of Australia – Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi


The final speaker for the night was the incredibly charismatic and engaging Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi, the newly elected Grand Mufti of Australia.

He explained that “the month of Ramadhan isn’t just about eating and drinking. It’s about friendship, sharing and caring and thank you to the Premier of Victoria for this invitation and this opportunity to share food, share values, to talk and better understand one another.”

Football favourite Bachar Houli calling the athan





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Mr Jadwat is formerly from South Africa


This week, Australia's Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop announced the appointment of Mr Ridwaan Jadwat as Australia's next Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, with non-resident accreditation to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen.

"Australia's relationship with Saudi Arabia is built on strong commercial ties, shared regional security interests and engagement in international groupings, including the G20 where I was delighted to meet with my counterpart, Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Abdel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Argentina," Ms Bishop said.

Saudi Arabia is Australia's second-largest trading partner in the Middle East, with two-way goods and services trade reaching almost $2.39 billion in 2016–17. Saudi investment in Australia was worth $3.9 billion in 2016.

"People-to-people links between our two countries continue to grow. Saudi students have chosen Australia as a great destination to study, with more than 6,500 enrolled in Australian educational institutions in 2017," Ms Bishop added.

Mr Jadwat is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and was most recently on secondment as Assistant Secretary and Head of Policy, ASEAN-Australia Summit 2018 Taskforce, in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). He has previously served overseas as Counsellor, Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur; and Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Tehran. In Canberra, he has served as Assistant Secretary, South and Southeast Asia, Americas and Middle East Branch, PM&C; and Director, ASEAN and EAS Section, DFAT.

Mr Jadwat holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) from the University of Sydney.


Mr Jadwat visited the Gold Coast Mosque last week, where he held talks with the Mosque Committee.




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Joining Tony Jones in Melbourne Victorian Liberal Senator Jane Hume, Tasmanian Labor Senator Julie Collins, philosopher/ethicist Peter Singer, The Australian's Foreign Affairs Editor Greg Sheridan and author Randa Abdel-Fattah.




Selected transcripts




Look, I’m not above, you know, enjoying Hollywood celebrity gossip and stories, but for me the monarchy represents an institution of imperialism and racism, and it has been enriched by that, by corruption, imperialism, racism, slavery, and for me it’s not just that suddenly we have a biracial bride and so suddenly that kind of diversity politics erases the history of that institution.

So, for me, we need to be critical, and I think we shouldn’t lose our critical eye when we look at these things and not be seduced by the pomp and ceremony and actually recognise what this institution stands for. The fact that homeless people were taken away from the streets, the fact that the Grenfell massacre...Grenfell fire people have still not been compensated – these are the real issues here, not what Meghan was wearing and whether or not she’s now reformed an institution that is fundamentally sick at its core.



I’m going to just interrupt, ‘cause Randa hasn’t come in here yet. I think we might have to bring you in on the serious end of the discussion. So do you think an animal’s life could ever have the same value as a human life?

No, I don’t. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t believe animals should be treated humanely and ethically. I also think this is a topic…without in any way at all trying to say that we should abuse animals or mistreat them, but it is a topic in a First World country. It’s a topic of privileged people. The fact that there are people who have $12,000 bills for their children, the fact that there are people who have $12,000 medical bills that they can’t pay but we’re talking about a $12,000 vet bill.

I’m not trying to say that I don’t believe that pets should be treated well and that we should treat them with compassion, but I do think this is a conversation that it doesn’t speak to everybody in the audience or in the community, and there would be people who would say that we spend a lot of time thinking about how we treat animals. What about people who we lock up in detention, refugees? Again, it’s not about trying to equate one... You know, trying to mount a “what about these people?” argument or “what about this cause?” But there is a fundamental problem if we are going to focus a lot of attention on the ethics and care of animals and we treat human beings as animals.




Where do I start? Let’s start with why Palestinians are protesting in the Gaza strip. I think it’s important to put this into context if we’re really to make sense of this conflict. They are protesting a brutal siege. They are an open-air prison – the largest concentration camp in the world, as it has been described by a prominent Israeli sociologist. They are about 1.8 million people in a size of about 355 square kilometres. There’s about 41km by 10-12km. They have a blockade for the last 11 years. Israel described it as economic warfare, where they were calculating the number of calories that Palestinians could live under, just short of starvation. They have a population of 75% under the age of 25. 51% of those are children. 97% of the water is poisonous. It is undrinkable. And why is that? Because Israel denied them a water desalination plant and bombed their water treatment facility in the 2008 and 2009 siege.

It is an area that is trying to send a message to the world that, after 11 years of being besieged, of being traumatised, of having no sense of dignity or hope and being trapped – they’re not even allowed to leave – they’re trying to tell the world, “Wake up. It’s been 11 years now. What more do we have to do for you to take notice?” And they did it in a non-violent protest. And what were they met with? Nuclear-armed state drones. They were met with live fire by snipers. They were met with people who... The IDF tweeted and then quickly took it down, tweeted that they acted precisely, that they knew exactly where those bullets were landing. And as Lieberman said, he said that every person there at the protest was a Hamas operative. Was Leila Ghandoor, an eight-month-old baby who died, a Hamas operative? He said that there were no innocent people in Gaza.

And this is the dehumanising rhetoric that we get when it comes to the Palestinians. That when they protest against something that we would all protest against, they are considered terrorists, and they are blamed for their own murder, as Julie Bishop implied in her tweet, where she put first, before any criticism of Israel, that the Palestinians should exercise restraint. So she is clearly siding there with people who are using expanding bullets on children, on people who are protesting, people who are 700m from a perimeter fence.

So, yes, I’m angry on behalf of Palestinians that it takes us this long for the world to wake up. Wake up to what’s happening to Palestinians under our watch. It’s a shame. It’s a disgrace that Australia voted against something that doesn’t even need an investigation. It’s no mystery. It’s no mystery what happened. There’s live testimony. There’s video evidence. There’s photographic evidence. We don’t need another investigation, and then what’s going to happen after that? Nothing. Nothing.

Hi guys. Um, cool story, Randa. According to American lawyer and academic Alan Dershowitz, the most recent Hamas provocations, having 40,000 Gazans try and tear down the border fence and enter Israel with Molotov cocktails and other improvised weapons, are part of repeated Hamas tactics that he has called the Dead Baby Strategy. Hamas’s goal is to have Israel kill as many Gazans as possible, so that the headlines always begin and often end with the body count. Do you agree?

Oh, poor Israel. We’re forcing it to murder us. And look at what the Palestinians are up against. And I don’t even need to make this up. The IDF tweeted a pictorial inventory of Hamas weapons of war. Let me explain what was on that inventory – arson kites, Molotov cocktails, wire cutters, rope for fence, disabled civilians, children. So that’s basically telling us, in the IDF’s eyes, these are weapons of war – children, disabled civilians – and they are therefore legitimate targets. So instead of blaming Hamas and blaming Palestinians for being murdered, how about we actually look at the people who are actually shooting people and killing babies?


And not just that – what I find so contemptible about this is the dehumanisation of Palestinians. The way that we, in a very racist way, assume that they are puppets and pawns of Hamas. They are human beings with free will.

Human shields.

No. Oh, excuse me. Not human shields. They have dignity, they have free will, they have agency, and they are not some monolithic mass of Arabs. Each one of them there is there for a purpose – to protect and to defend themselves. And they haven’t given up on their right to freedom. And this is what frustrates Israel so much, and its apologists – that we are still there. This is the circle that Israel cannot square. That it wants to maintain and establish an ethno-racial exclusive Jewish nation, but the Palestinian people are there, and we won’t disappear.

So why does Egypt have a blockade against Gaza?

It’s disgraceful. Egypt’s complicity...

Why not blame Egypt as well?

OK, Egypt, it’s disgraceful. You are complicit. But the problem is Israeli occupation and the siege.





Randa, what does faith mean to you? And are take the questioner’s point, do you think this is something to do with our failures in our economic system?

Faith, for me, is about trying to see the bigger picture. I am a devout Muslim, and faith guides everything I do in my life. It is what drives me to be passionate about social justice. And it’s what drives me to constantly check myself, and always check my intentions – who am I speaking for, what platform am I on, and how am I helping to elevate other people’s voices? So, for me, faith is what drives me to be a better person, a more moral person.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t believe people without faith can be moral people as well. I think this isn’t a debate about whether or not atheism is destroying society or whether or not faith is destroying society. I think people are capable of good and bad. Of course, as a Muslim, I believe I am on the right path, but I also believe that I’m living in a pluralist society and that there is space for everybody. Ultimately, all I care about is people’s actions and character. And I believe that God will judge us in the end.




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Australian National Islamic Council Press Release    

It is a matter of great humanitarian concern that 60 unarmed Palestinians have
recently been killed by the Israeli Forces, and a further 2700 injured.

As Australians, we are shocked to hear that Australia was one of only two countries (alongside the US) to vote against a resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate this horrific incident.

The Australian National Imams Council and the Australian Muslim Community
condemn this decision in the strongest terms and demand a more neutral and
impartial stance from our Australian Government as exercised by the overwhelming majority of nations around the world.

It seems unfathomable that anyone seeking justice would deliberately take steps to block an impartial investigation from taking place, one which would result in facts being uncovered and justice being done.

ANIC calls on all compassionate and fair minded people to stand against injustice wherever they see it, by any lawful means necessary and to uphold universal and the true Australian values of being fair and just to all.


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Dr Matthews has been working with the Australian Islamic Mission since 1991.


After 23 years of planning, a $7 million council-required carpark and a case in the High Court, Punchbowl's newest mosque is expected to open its doors by the end of Ramadan next month.

Funded by the community — through grants, donations and non-interest-bearing loans — non-profit organisation Australian Islamic Mission (AIM) has been pushing the project since the mid-1990s.

South African-born pharmacist and AIM vice-president Zachariah Matthews has been the build's project-manager for the past three years.

"It started way back in 1994 when we rented a prayer hall at 29 Matthews Street," he said.


"We bought that property two years later, and bought another two properties on either side, making it into one lot."


Fortunately for AIM, the land was previously owned by another Muslim group who had petitioned for it to be zoned as a place of public worship.

Still, according to Dr Matthews the group faced objections from the local council and ended up taking their request to the High Court in Canberra.

"It took them 17 years to get it approved," he said.

Greek-Orthodoxy and a sign from God

Despite the High Court head-start, AIM still needed someone to design the dream mosque (and in their original plan, an Islamic primary school, too), and the funding to pay for it.

"We canvassed, we enquired, and a counsellor suggested we look at Angelo [Candalepas]," Dr Matthews said.


Concrete-cast mini-domes, known in Arabic as muqarnas, line two sloping ceilings inside the mosque.

Indeed, Mr Candalepas had designed a primary school attached to the All Saints Church in Belmore, but it was Greek Orthodox — the faith of his family.

When Mr Candalepas received the architectural offer from AIM to build a mosque in one of Sydney's biggest Muslim communities, he was surprised, to say the least.

"I think the term is 'freaked out'.

"I didn't know what to say. What do you say when someone asks you to do what could be one of the most important buildings [to their community], particularly when their aspirations are so lofty?"

It wasn't an immediate "yes", but over coming days Mr Candalepas prayed to God for a sign. He received a week's worth.

Mr Candalepas drew inspiration from European and Middle Eastern mosques in his design.

Leaders from six other religious communities approached Mr Candalepas. He was asked to design churches and a great synagogue.

Still unconvinced he was the right architect for the Punchbowl mosque, he confided in a Greek-Orthodox priest from one of the parishes also hoping to commission him.

"He said, 'We are all the children of God, and you must do every single one of these projects and they must be the most important projects of your life,'" Mr Candalepas recalled.

'Appalling' council regulations

With an architect on board, designs were taking shape until the Canterbury council issued a stipulation that threatened to blow the entire budget.

"The worst example of treachery was in the requirement of the offices of the council to have one car parking space per two people," Mr Candalepas said.

"What we're creating is a mosque in a place that most people could walk, and yet there was an impost of a car park for 150 cars… it's appalling.

"Car parks are there for the frequency of use and if you use a church once a week it becomes nonsense, doesn't it, to require everyone to park at that place?"

Due to limited space, a multi-storey carpark was designed to sit underneath the mosque.


A two-storey carpark now sits underneath the mosque.

But there was another issue.

"When they did the geotech survey they hit a water table, so what that meant is that if council insisted on us building the third level we had to water tank that entire third level for the car park, and that potentially could have doubled the cost of the car park," Dr Matthews said.

Fortunately, council reduced their requirement and agreed that a two-storey carpark with 109 spaces would suffice.

Even still, the underground carpark drained more than $7 million from the budget, causing AIM to "shelve" their idea of an on-site primary school.


The star and crescent are the only Islamic symbols on the outside of this modern minaret.

Master artist denied visa

The mosque's construction started in October 2015, and it was hoped the space would be open in time for this year's Ramadan, which began on May 16.

But the delayed visa of one Turkish calligrapher, and the denied visa of his teacher, created a major setback for the intended completion date.



Zachariah Matthews's wife Faiza (L) and Oula Qasim say the mosque will provide a social and religious space for the community.

The calligraphers were commissioned to paint the 99 names of God on 99 mini-domes on the ceiling of the mosque, a task that is expected to take two people two to three weeks.

"I think everyone thinks if you're a Muslim, you're a terrorist — I shouldn't say that, I think it's just so extreme," Mr Candalepas said.

"Here we have two gentlemen that want to come to our building and inscribe into the building names of God, and they're not allowed into this country."

This week, Dr Matthews confirmed that a third calligrapher — who could ostensibly replace the master artist barred from entering the country — has had his papers accepted.

Once the calligraphy is complete, the carpets — a mix of Turkish and New Zealand wool — can be laid, and the Muslim call to prayer will, finally, sound across Matthews Street, Punchbowl.

ABC News



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[ABC EDITOR'S NOTE: Throughout Ramadan, Muslim scholars, intellectuals and activists from around the world will be contributing reflections on the moral demands and spiritual meaning of this holiest month. But, as Susan Carland makes clear in her introduction, these meditations also act as an invitation - to Muslims and non-Muslims alike - to reflect on the way we neglect the health of our souls during the rest of the year.]



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Susan Carland
Monash University

Susan Carland is a lecturer and researcher at Monash University's National Centre for Australian Studies, and the author of Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism.

The first Ramadan began with a man climbing a rocky mountain and retreating into a tiny cave. He sat there, alone, for a month of fasting, meditation, reflection and prayer, as he had many times before. He was trying to distil the mysteries of the universe, compassion and the knowledge of God.

Somewhere during the last ten days of that month, the angel Gabriel - the same angel that visited Mary in the Gospels - appeared to this man in his cave and had an exchange with him that would change his life, revolutionise his society and affect the world forever.

It was also an exchange that gives us profound lessons about the nature of our physicality, and the connection between our bodies and divine inspiration - lessons that have resonated through every Ramadan since.

When the angel Gabriel (Jibreel in Arabic) first spoke to Muhammad, he ordered him to "Recite!" Muhammad, understandably terrified at the sudden appearance of a supernatural being, replied he neither knew how to recite nor what to recite, which indeed was true. While public oral poetry was very popular and highly prized during his time, he, an illiterate man, was not known to have ever come up with as much as a single line of verse in his life.

Upon his reply, Gabriel embraced Muhammad, and squeezed him so hard Muhammad reported later he feared he would pass out from the pressure.
Again Gabriel ordered Muhammad to recite and, again, the frightened man said he couldn't. Once more he was embraced so tightly that he said he almost could not bear it.

A third time Gabriel told him to recite, and a third time an increasingly desperate Muhammad claimed his inability. Gabriel took him and embraced him so hard Muhammad felt he was being crushed, and then Gabriel proceeded to recite to a stunned Muhammad the words that would form the first revelation of the Qur'an and thus transform him from man to prophet.

This interaction between angel and human should be, in many ways, analogous to a Muslim's experience of their own Ramadan. Every Ramadan, adult Muslims are to abstain from all eating, drinking and sex during daylight hours. This intense discipline is supposed to align us more closely to God - by controlling our most basic desires and thus be more fully in submission, we can be more in touch with the divine will. Authentic Muslim traditions state that Allah said, "All the deeds of people are for them, except fasting which is for Me ... People have left their food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me."

By emptying ourselves out - physically of food and spiritually of our attachment to anything that takes us away from God - we create the necessary space for the holy. Just as you cannot add to a full vessel, a soul full of itself has no room for God. A gap must be created.

Muhammad had to be enfolded into an almost unbearable angelic clutch until he felt his very breath had left his body, as indeed it did. He needed empty lungs to fully inhale the sacred inspiration. It is no coincidence that inspiration can also be defined as the act of drawing air into the lungs. And he was taking in not only the words that would form the holy text for Muslims, but the very intent God had for his life from then on - a life of complete submission.

During the course of the month of Ramadan, we can feel as if we are being crushed, but in fact we are draining the space within - space for that which we truly need. Just as Muhammad did, we may want to proclaim our inability to do what is required. The fasting may feel too hard, the inner labour too intense. It might leave us feeling as though we are gasping for air. But as the interaction in the cave demonstrates, it is precisely in those moments of lack of belief in ourselves that the emptying out is most required. When we say, "I can't do it, God!" we are showing we are still placing too much stock in our own selves. We need to be emptied out to make room for more of the divine. True submission and the ego-self cannot exist in the same vessel.

Ramadan marks the time of the first direct communication between the holy and the final prophet of Islam. It also was a time of self-doubt, and an emptying of self that was painful. But the reason for this - the creation of spiritual space to fill up with sacred guidance - is one for all Muslims to keep in mind during their own thirty days of emptying out. If we truly want the divine, we must create the space within for it.

Ramadan is an opportunity to tip it all out and, as the tradition says, leave it all behind. Ramadan has a crushing embrace, but it is that immense constriction that conversely creates the space our souls so desperately need.


To experience love and show grief is not weakness but an expression of mercy - God's mercy."

Source: ABC Religion & Ethics


NEXT WEEK: Randa Abdel-Fattah


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One of the few benefits in the Australian tax legislation is the ability to secure a tax deduction for contributions made to zakah funds who have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

Many Australian zakah organisations have DGR status. You can easily recognise them by the statement “100% tax deduction” on their websites and advertisements.

Iqbal Lambat explains how a zakah contribution made to a DGR fund impacts the actual cost of zakah to you. Your cost is reduced by your marginal tax rate which enables you to either pocket the tax deduction or make a higher contribution.





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There are approximately 1.84 billion Muslims in the world today, making up 24.38% of the world’s population, or just under one-quarter of mankind. As well as being citizens of their respective countries, they also have a sense of belonging to the ‘ummah’, the worldwide Muslim community.
The Muslim500 publication sets out to ascertain the influence some Muslims have on this community, or on behalf of the community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim world. Note that the impact can be either positive or negative, depending on one’s point of view of course. 






"We are open to dialogue to iron out all the pending issues, not only for the benefit of our peoples and governments, but also to spare our region the pointless efforts to dissipate our gains."

HH Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad

Emir of Qatar

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani became the Emir of Qatar at the age of 33 after his father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, abdicated in June 2013. Qatar is the richest country in the world with a GDP per capita of $93,352. It is the top exporter of liquefied natural gas, and the site of the third largest natural gas reserves in the world.

Family: Sheikh Tamim is Sheikh Hamad’s fourth son and was chosen as Crown Prince in August 2003. His mother is the powerful Sheikha Moza, who still plays a prominent public role as an advocate for social and educational causes.

Education: Sheikh Tamim completed his studies at a private school in UK before going on to graduate at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst (in 1998). During his time as Crown Prince (2003-13), Sheikh Tamim had exposure to a wide-range of posts including security (he was deputy commander of the armed forces), economics (chairman of the Qatar Investment Authority) and sports. Indeed he supervised Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Expectations: Qatar exploded onto the world scene under his father’s reign, and expectations are that Sheikh Tamim will try to consolidate these achievements. Packing a punch far above its weight has led to neighbouring countries questioning the purpose of so many initiatives. He has had to repair relations with other Gulf countries over supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, and defend Qatar’s world image over the treatment of labourers in Qatar. Joining a Saudi-led alliance against the Houthis, and pledges made to improve working conditions of labourers seemed to have addressed both issues.

Blockade: In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut all relations with Qatar and imposed trade and travel bans. This drastic action resulted from various claims that Qatar was supporting terrorism and had violated a 2014 agreement with GCC countries. Its good relations with Iran and it hosting Al-Jazeera TV network are also factors in this tense situation which has seen foodstuff imported from Iran and Turkish soldiers called in to help safeguard Qatar assets. A further complicating factor in this family feud is that Qatar hosts the largest American base in the Middle East and all the blockade partners are close allies of the US.





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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.

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Hind Makki: The door opener



Hind Makki was fed up. The Chicagoan entered the women’s section of a local mosque, only to find it was just 6 feet wide, much smaller than the men's prayer space.


She posted a picture of the cramped area on Facebook and sparked a conversation about gender and inclusivity that continues to this day.


Makki says her blog, Side Entrance, refers not just to the separate door that many mosques make women enter, but also the physical and emotional expectations placed on Muslim women.


Women across the globe have cheered her -- and sent in pictures of their own mosques. Mosque leaders have learned to fear the power of Side Entrance to draw attention to unequal gender arrangements.


As one Muslim-American said, “No mosque wants to be blasted on her list.”

What other Muslims say about Makki:

“Hind’s work with Side Entrance has been the catalyst for a lot of progress. She is the fault line of a major cultural shift.”





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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.

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UK Mosque Opens Crypto Donations in National First ‘Bitcoin Ramadan’   


Gurmit Singh, Erkin Guney and Zayd al Khair

UK: A Dalston mosque is thought to be the first in the UK to accept Bitcoin donations, to tap into a potentially phenomenal amount of worldwide cash throughout Ramadan.

Leaders at the Masjid Ramadan have made the decision to also accept another popular crypto-currency, Ethereum, to try and get urgent repairs carried out at the mosque in Shacklewell Lane.

They want to benefit from Muslim crypto-currency users who are obliged to give away 2.5pc of their wealth to charity during the 30-day Muslim festival. Known as Zakat, or Zakah, the annual donation is compulsory for all but the very poorest Muslims.

The mosque, a registered charity, hopes to raise at least £10,000 in crypto-currency donations over Ramadan. Erkin Guney, the chairman of the board of trustees, told the Gazette: “We are hoping to bring the attention to the Muslim world we need support. I’ve grown up around here and I have watched the community grow and the challenges it’s faced with - it’s a struggle, with housing, food, the cost of funerals and government changes. We are trying to appeal to a wider audience with the new money. It’s big in the Islamic world, and we have set up a platform for wealthier Muslims outside our community to support and donate to our mosque.”

Shacklewell Lane Mosque

The founder of blockchain technology start-up Combo Innovation, Gurmit Singh, has advised the mosque on how to receive, store and sell crypto-currency safely.

Donations can be made on the mosque’s website, and will be transferred to the bank’s crypto-currency hard wallet which will be visible for all to see. The donation will then be traded for sterling through a currency exchange like LocalBitcoin UK.

“If Muslims, who make up a quarter of the world’s population, hold just 1pc of Bitcoins – or £1.04bn – then £26 million in Zakat contributions is due,” said Mr Singh.

“It’s likely the actual figure is much higher. Currently hardly any mosques or Islamic charities accept Zakat in crypto-currency. They are potentially losing out on millions of pounds.”

Zayd al Khair, a religious advisor at Masjid Ramadan has been gauging opinions of the emerging currency from Islamic scholars all over the world.

“Bitcoin is a new phenomenon so scholars are divided,” he said. “Some have taken a practical approach and others have embraced it fully, and we have decided to take their position.”


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Salah to miss fasting for finals



UK: Mohamed Salah will not fast in the build-up to Liverpool’s Champions League final with Real Madrid on Saturday, according to the club’s physiotherapist.

The Egyptian is a devout Muslim and has been, as all who follow Islam do, abstaining from eating food and drinking any liquid during daylight hours as part of Ramadan, which began on 16 May.

Under Islamic teachings, it is permissible to break your fast “with anything that is adequate need” or if you are travelling during the day – which Salah will be doing.

It had previously been reported in Egypt that Salah would uphold his fasting during the final, which means he would not be allowed to consume anything, even water, in the hours leading up to kick-off in Kiev.

However, Ruben Pons, Liverpool’s physio, has revealed that the 44-goal sensation will be breaking his fast in preparation for the game on both Friday and Saturday.

“We were in Marbella and the nutritionist established a work plan,” he told Spanish radio station Cadena SER. “Tomorrow and the day of the match he won’t, so it’s not going to affect him.”

Manager Jurgen Klopp was quizzed on his star man's plans but insisted it was a private matter for Salah and Salah alone.

"Religion is private, how I understand it," he said in his pre-match press conference. "Nothing to say about that but all fine you will see him out there. In training he is full of power - you need to be the day before a final."

Salah has not played a game since Ramadan began, with the Reds’ final game of the domestic season – in which he scored his 32nd league goal against Brighton – being played on 13th May.

The 25-year-old’s battle with the Champions League’s top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the headline sub-contests in Kiev, with the two players on a collision course for this year’s Ballon d’Or, along with Lionel Messi.

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Muslim prisoners 'fed ham sandwiches by guards' after breaking Ramadan fast 



Judge grants emergency order telling corrections officers to serve nutritional meals to fasting prisoners who were allegedly only given pork-based meals


ALASKA: A federal judge has ordered an Alaska prison to stop feeding Muslim inmates pork when they break their fasts during Ramadan, a civil rights group says.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said a restraining order had been granted by a court on Friday after it accused the Anchorage Correctional Complex of “cruel and unusual punishment”.

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, CAIR claimed two practising Muslim prisoners at the jail were being “starved”, as corrections officers were offering them pork-based meals as they observed the holy month.

The suit demanded a “balanced nutritional diet” for the inmates, policy changes and compensatory and punitive damages, the group said.

It claimed those observing Ramadan receive bagged meals each evening after sunset that provided between 500 and 1,100 calories a day, arguing the men should be receiving 2,600 to 2,800 calories a day under federal health guidelines.

Food packages given to inmates contained sandwiches filled will Bologna ham, which they were prevented from eating by their faith and no alternatives were offered, the lawsuit said.

“The constitution and congress forbid prisons from compelling inmates to choose between their faith and food,” said CAIR’s national litigation director Lena Masri.

“We hope that a court will do what Anchorage Correctional Complex officials will ensure that Muslim inmates are not starved or forced to violate the principles of their faith during the holy month of Ramadan.”

An attorney for the state, Matthias Cicotte, disputed allegations made by CAIR that the prisoners were deprived.

However, US district court judge H Russel Holland said he would generally uphold the requests of inmates to receive adequate, pork-free food during the month. 



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Denmark Minister Calls Fasting Muslims ‘a Danger’ in Ramadan


Inger Stojberg, Denmark’s immigration minister


COPENHAGEN — Denmark’s immigration minister, who last year celebrated the country’s increasingly strict entry laws by posting a Facebook picture of herself with a cake, has suggested that Muslims fasting for Ramadan should stay home from work “to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish society.”

The minister, Inger Stojberg, made the remarks in a newspaper column on Monday in which she called adherence to the religious practice “a danger to all of us.”

The monthlong Ramadan holiday, which began last week, involves daily fasting from dawn to dusk, a period that in Denmark lasts up to 18 hours a day during the spring and summer. Ms. Stojberg pointed in particular to bus drivers and people working in hospitals.

Her comments prompted criticism from Muslims and immigration advocates.

“This is a minister who is supposed to strengthen integration and strengthen social cohesion between population groups,” said Natasha Al-Hariri, an integration consultant who holds a law degree and is Muslim. “But she’s doing the opposite: She’s stirring up a debate based on no figures, no statistics and no anecdotes.”

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Former Somali refugee becomes youngest mayor of Sheffield



UK: A 28-year-old Muslim former refugee broke the glass ceiling by becoming the first Somali-British Lord Mayor of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, and also its youngest ever.

Magid Magid, who was born in Somalia and moved to Sheffield with his family at five years old after staying in a refugee camp in Ethiopia for six months, is also the first Green Party councilor to ever hold the office.

Magid's success and his inaugural portrait as mayor at the town hall quickly became viral on social media, with the young mayor gaining hundreds of fans around the world for his unique style and promise to bring a modern twist to the office.



"Me and my family moved to Sheffield from Somalia when I was five years old to look for a better life and it was this great city I call home that welcomed me and many others like me. But I am not arrogant enough to think that I made it here all by myself," Magid said in a statement.

Magid studied marine biology at the University of Hull, where he first entered politics. He was elected as Green councilor for Broomhill and Sharrow Vale ward in Sheffield in 2016.





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Muslims forced to drink alcohol and eat pork in China's 're-education' camps



CHINA: Muslims were detained for re-education by China‘s government and made to eat pork and drink alcohol, according to a former internment camp inmate.

Omir Bekali, one among perhaps a million people reportedly arrested and held in mass re-education camps, said he was detained without trial or access to a lawyer and forced to disavow his beliefs while praising the Communist Party.

Mr Bekali, a Kazakh citizen, said he contemplated suicide after 20 days in the facility – which itself followed seven months in a prison.

Since spring last year authorities in Xinjiang region have confined tens or even hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the camps, including some foreign nationals. One estimate put the figure at a million or more.

A US commission called it the “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today” while a leading historian called it “cultural cleansing”.

The Independent has contacted the Chinese foreign ministry for comment.

Asked to comment on the camps by the Associated Press, the ministry said it “had not heard” of the situation. When asked why non-Chinese had been detained, it said the Chinese government protected the rights of foreigners in China and that they should also be law abiding. Chinese officials in Xinjiang did not respond to requests for comment.

When Mr Bekali refused to follow orders each day in the camp, he was forced to stand at a wall for five hours at a time. A week later, he was sent to solitary confinement, where he was deprived of food for 24 hours, he claimed. After 20 days in the heavily guarded camp, he wanted to kill himself.

“The psychological pressure is enormous, when you have to criticise yourself, denounce your thinking – your own ethnic group,” said Mr Bekali, who broke down in tears as he described the camp. “I still think about it every night, until the sun rises. I can’t sleep. The thoughts are with me all the time.”





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KB says: The perfect accompaniment to Haleem in Ramadaan. This is an adaptation of a recipe from Mehroon Hans.







Introductory Notes

Step One
Mix together

3 cups of sifted bread flour less 1½
1 x 10g yeast sachets
1 tsp. salt
1½ Tab. full cream milk powder
1 tab soomph/ fennel seeds

Step Two
Cream together

1 tab butter
1/8 cup oil
1/3 cup of castor sugar
Then add one egg and beat well. (Remembering to leave aside a little egg to brush the top of the naans before baking)

Step 3
Rub in the creamed mixture into the flour mixture with light fingers and make soft dough with ½ cup of warm milk and ½ cup of warm water. The dough will be sticky and soft so used oiled hands. Leave to rise in a warm place until double in size.

One the dough has risen, used oiled hands to divide the dough into 4 portions and place in a baking tray, (I used mini pizza trays) brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds.

Bake at 180 degrees until light brown.




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

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
Comparisons Are Pointless - The Grass Is ALWAYS Greener Where You Water It

Social media has become a platform for comparisons. In my nature of work, I meet many people struggling in relationships, careers and battling with self-esteem issues. However, when they show me their social media pages, their pictures tell a different story. Upon delving on the issues surrounding their struggles, the most commonly identified feelings are:

• I’m not good enough
• I wish my life was like so an so
• How come everyone else has a better life than me?
• Why is Allah punishing me?

These feelings all revolve around a very common whisper that shaitaan practises to cause divide, competition and jealousy among people - COMPARISONS.

The only place where comparisons have any validity is in scientific research studies where the researcher has knowledge of all the variables of the experiment and is able to logically analyse results by comparing and contrasting those variables.

Humanity is not a scientific experiment. We are not comparable. Why? Because when you compare yourself to another, unlike the researcher in a lab experiment who knows everything about all the variables of the experiment, YOU DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING about the people you are comparing yourself with. From the start, it is a pointless exercise to even put any effort into. ONLY ALLAH knows everything about everyone and yes, there will come a day where HE will compare deeds and judge us all. Your comparisons are baseless, pointless, not to mention a complete waste of your precious energy that could be spent in ways to please ALLAH. Comparisons are shaitaan’s way of taking you away from the practice of gratitude to the practice of constant fear and complaints.

The Grass Is ALWAYS Greener Where You Water It

Water the garden of your not waste time wishing for a different soul.
If you compare yourself to others, somehow you are wishing for their life. Your soul needs nourishment, it needs watering so that you can see the abundance from ALLAH.

Your self-esteem is based on how you value yourself. If you really feel the need to compare, compare yesterday’s self with your today’s self. The beauty about Islam is that ALLAH has given us five daily prayers where we can pause and reflect on ourselves to better ourselves from the time we finish one prayer to the time we begin the next so that we are constantly growing. Compare your behaviours, your response or reaction to situations, your gratitude meter, your complaints meter. The more you affirm your life positively, the more positive outcomes arise from situations. Here are some gratitude statements to help you switch your mindset from comparison to gratefulness.


Situation Negative Self -Talk Gratitude Statements
Money How come I don’t have as much money as so and so.. Thank you, ALLAH, for my financial
Marriage I wish my marriage was like... Thank you, ALLAH, for my joyful marriage.
Why aren’t my kids like their’s? Thank you, ALLAH, for making my children healthy and joyful and keeping them on the straight path.
Job I hate my job. I wish I had a different job. Thank you, ALLAH, for helping me realise I am not happy in my job. Please help me find my purpose.
Body Image  I don’t like my body. I wish I was like... Thank you, ALLAH, for my healthy body which unconditionally breathes for me and allows me to accomplish righteous deeds that may please you.


Someone wise once said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
Listening To Your Intuition

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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve invested in a gym ball for stability work and hopefully to strengthen my back. Anything else you can suggest I use it for?

A: The instability of the stability ball is a challenge in itself, as it forces you to use your core while working your upper and lower body.


So not only will you strengthen your back, you’ll strengthen your abs, shoulders and legs while using it.

Try using it while stretching or for gentle exercise sessions too.


It is also great to use as a light weight for aerobic exercises.

Just sitting on the ball itself will force you to use you core muscles which will improve posture and balance.


So use it whenever possible for faster results.




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Mula Nasruddin recently met a Chinese man in Toronto and got to know that his name was Habbibullah.

He asked him, "How did you ever get a name like that being a Chinese?"

He said -"Many, many years ago when I first went to Canada, I was standing in line at the Political Asylums Immigration queue counter...The man in front of me was an Afghani refugee.

The lady at the counter looked at him and asked "What is your name?"


 He replied "Habbibullah".

After processing his papers, she looked at me and asked "What's your name?"

I said, "Sem Ting"

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An Ayaat-a-Week





It is He who sends the wind ahead of His mercy. Then, when they have gathered up heavy clouds, We drive them to a dead land, where We make water come down, and with it We bring out all kinds of fruits. Thus We bring out the dead—perhaps you will reflect.

[Quran 7:57]


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“I tasted all that was sweet,

but I found nothing sweeter than good health.

And I tasted all that was bitter,

but nothing was more bitter than being in need of people.

And I carried both, rocks and iron,

but nothing was heavier than debt."


~ Imam Ali (AS)




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Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy


3rd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference:

Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy

Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July 2018


Pedagogy can be defined in many ways, narrowly as a way of teaching or a methodology of instruction, and more broadly as a framework for conceptualising what is meant by approaches to schooling. A critical reflection on pedagogy within the field of Islamic schooling is timely as we move beyond the establishment phase and embrace an era characterised by renewal.

If one considers the provocation that pedagogy is never politically neutral, a unique lens for exploration exists in the field of Islamic schooling given the complex politics of Muslims and Islam in popular Australian media as well as in other contemporary Western contexts and the intersection with contemporary schooling contexts, sometimes criticised as neoliberal.

How much progress has been made in the area of pedagogy within Islamic schooling? What is an Islamic pedagogy and what does it offer to the field of Islamic schooling? Are our current pedagogies responsive to the educational context and the needs of Australian Muslim students? How does pedagogical practice in Islamic schools align with AITSL teacher standards? How equipped is the field of Islamic schooling to manage necessary pedagogical renewal?

These are just some of the questions that Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy will tackle over two conference days, as it examines pedagogy and Islamic schooling for Muslim students from a whole-of-life and whole-of-community perspective.

With an impressive line-up of international and national speakers from specialist disciplines and diverse sectors, Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy is sure to offer valuable and practical insights into the future of pedagogy in Islamic schooling in the West.

The conference will critically explore pedagogy and Islamic schooling for Muslim students from a whole-of-life and whole-of-community perspective.


Topics and themes of presentations will include the following but not limited to:
• Conceptualisations of pedagogy in Islamic schooling
• Pedagogy – theory and praxis
• Pedagogical leadership
• Politics and pedagogy
• Pedagogy, identity and citizenship
• Critical pedagogical perspectives
• Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
• Professional learning communities – pedagogical conversations
• Pedagogy and implications for curriculum and assessment
• Professional learning and teacher education

The 3rd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference: Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy will be held on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia, for more information please contact or 08 8302 6919



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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

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