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Sunday 3 June 2018 | Issue 0708


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Muslim millionaire turned humanitarian Ali Banat dies The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
Mayoral Ifthaar CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Westfield Garden City blogs about their Eid fashion outfits Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
QPS Iftaar Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

Jolly Animals: Animal fables inspired The Holy Quran

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Grand Mufti of Australia: "Mufti for all Australians"

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IWAA Ifthaar

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Far-right activists banned from the UK coming to Australia

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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Community ifthaar hosted by Refugees Welcome Australia

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Iftar at the Australian International Islamic College

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A young Sydney Muslim businessman turned humanitarian after being diagnosed with cancer is being remembered for helping thousands of people across many countries through his charity ‘Muslims Around the World’.


Ali Banat in Africa


Ali Banat was a young wealthy businessman from the Sydney suburb of Greenacre, renowned for living a lavish lifestyle, earned from owning a security and electrical company.

But after being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer three years ago he said he decided to distribute his wealth.

He was told he had seven months to live but instead lived for another three years. In that time he says he got rid of his cars, watches "even my clothes, I took them overseas with me and gave them to a lot of people," he said.


Screenshot from 'Gifted with Cancer - Ali Banat.

He went on to set up 'Muslims Around The World', a charity aimed at "providing financial assistance and outreach to those in need". His projects aimed at helping people in a number of countries including Togo, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.


Gifted with Cancer - Ali Banat


In a video recorded shortly before his death, the 32-year-old asked people to continue his work. "As you can see in this life we had the cars, we had the money, we had everything."

"So during your life brothers and sisters just try to have a goal, try to have a plan that you work towards. Even if it's not you personally funding it, and you are funding someone else's projects just do something because Wallah you are going to need it on the Day of Judgement," he said.



Ali Banat's Final Message


"And for the brothers and sisters that are chasing this life .. my advice to you guys is this life is becoming .. before we used to say five years ago, ten years ago certain things were happening, now it's every month things are changing. Wallah, we are following our desires more than we are following Islam these days."

His video ‘Gifted With Cancer’ in which he described his wealth and reasons for giving it up for charity went viral.


Ali Banat was farewelled at Lakemba mosque on 30th May 2018.


Source: SBS News


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Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, welcomes guests

Brisbane's Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, hosted his second annual Ifthaar dinner at the Sunpac venue in Macgregor.


The Lord Mayor welcomed community and religious leaders and fellow counsellors and spoke on the need for Australians to see the Muslim community and the Islamic religion and its teachings as a force for peace and goodwill.


Ms Yasmin Khan delivered the keynote address in which she focused on the significance of fasting and the month of Ramadan.

"And as we enjoy the obligations of Ramadhan during a wonderful winter season in Brisbane – how lucky are we – we reflect on the reasons as to why we fast at all. I heard recently that fasting is the one ‘pillar of Islam” that is a non-action – for fasting you don’t do anything – you don’t have to give, or do anything to fast – you have to actively refrain from eating or drinking, stop your ego, stop your bad characteristics, stop your impulses.. in our other pillars – the pilgrimage, the prayer, the charity, the declaration of faith – they are all actions, of doing, of contributing, fasting is about not acting, not doing and not contributing.."


Read the full speech.

Councillor Kim Marx was the MC for the night and the catering was prepared by Bosthan's.




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Arshee bronze top

Westfield Blog: Celebrate in style this Eid al-Fitr

Eid is right around the corner and marks a key period of celebration after Ramadan. It’s common for people to shop for new, fashionable outfits to show off around friends and family.

To our models, Arshee and Sara, Eid is ‘Something many Muslims look forward to every year and after fasting during the month of Ramadan it’s a time to put aside mundane tasks and celebrate with loved ones and the community.’

As a child, Arshee and her sister Sara were ‘taught to wear their best clothes and adorn themselves, which is a tradition that’s been practiced for centuries.’

Whether you’ve found the perfect outfit and need some accessories or you’re starting anew, we’ve picked out some stylish and versatile pieces for you to choose from. It’s an exciting time when everyone’s out and about searching for that perfect outfit, be it either the perfect pair of shoes, or matching jewellery or even the latest shade of lipstick. We’re all going out of our way to buy a new outfit, to dress well and express the joy and happiness we feel really makes dressing up all that more special.’



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The 5th Queensland Police Service ifthaar was held this week at the Greek Club, West End where some 250 community leaders and AFP and QPS personnel were in attendance.


Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart, welcomed his guests and commended the strengthening of the positive relationships formed between the QPS and the community over the years.


Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Stirling Hinchliffe's speech was followed by the keynote address delivered by Ms Ayesha Tauseef, founder of the University of Queensland's Muslimah Society student club. She spoke of her experiences settling into Australian society as a young newly arrived migrant from Saudi Arabia, as well as her inter-faith dialogue initiatives and her establishment of an organization in Pakistan to enhance women's economic, social and legal empowerment.


The evening's programme commenced with the calling of the Adhan by Imam Ahmad Ghazaleh who also read verses from the Quran.


Pupils from the Islamic College of Brisbane sang several nasheeds which were well received by the audience.


Inspector Les Bullus performed the role of Master of Ceremonies, Ms Janeth Deen gave a heartfelt vote-of-thanks and Haji Sultan Deen carried out the closing prayer.


Dr Mustafa Ally (Crescents of Brisbane), Ms Galila Abdelsalam (Islamic Womens' Association of Australia) and Mr Hussain Baba (Islamic Society of the Gold Coast Mosque) were presented with plaques by the Police Commissioner in recognition of the contribution of their respective organizations to the harmonious relationships they have succeeded in developing over the years.



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There is no doubt that Islam has a plethora of prophets, messengers and companions that our children will most definitely love and associate with, but the prohibition of depicting them in image form means our babies and toddlers cannot ‘see’ or ‘play’ with those characters, making it almost impossible for them to build bonds at that young an age.


For the past couple of years, parents and graphic designers Lama and Kais have been putting their hearts and savings into creating the first Jolly Animal.

Her story is inspired by the verses of Surat Al Baqara. With the advice of Imams and Scholars, we have studied the verses, translations and tafsir (explanation) to create a fable that little kids can enjoy while grasping educational concepts and valuable moral lessons.

The Yellow Cow is ready for production. However, many other animals remain in our sketchbooks and writing pads, and it is only though your support that we can breathe life into them.


Help us bring this project to life so we can all be the creators of books, toys and other items that will act as beneficial knowledge. Let's create a brand that parents around the world can use as a stepping stone to bring up righteous offspring. Your donation will go a long way in producing the Yellow Cow board book and plush, as well as creating and developing the rest of the Jolly Animals family.






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By Mobinah Ahmad    

Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi, Grand Mufti of Australia with Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, former Grand Mufti at the Ramadan Iftar Dinner held at Star Palace Reception in Fairfield, Sydney on Saturday 26 May.


The Grand Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi has assured that he will be working for the benefit of all Australians and warned against any division being created on the basis of “us” and “them”.

“Because we’re all one family and we all have to help each other and work together,” he said.

The newly elected Mufti was speaking at a Ramadan Iftar Dinner on Saturday 26 May hosted by him together with the former Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed held at Star Palace Reception in Fairfield, Sydney.

On being questioned by AMUST as to how he was going to manage the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, the Mufti said that he will be a frequent visitor to Sydney and in collaboration with the National Imam’s Council (ANIC) as well as the former Mufti, he will address any issues facing the community in a most positive way.

The event, MC’ed by ABC’s Jane Jeffes was attended by invited guests which included politicians, interfaith leaders, government and police officials and Muslim community leaders,

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells pointed out that Australia was a most successful multicultural country and said that as Australians we pride ourselves for religious freedom and interfaith dialogue was very important in forming a united front on a range of issues.

Father Rod Bower who met the new Mufti for the first time said that it was a great opportunity for political and religious leaders to celebrate diversity and show that we are all Australians together.

The President of the Uniting Church Ms Diedre Palmer said that she was excited to work alongside Sheikh Al-Afifi to engage with disenfranchised youth.

“I’d like to work alongside them in supporting them because I think they’re the ones that are going to build an Australian society that’s respectful and can live at peace and openness with one another,” she said.

Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed during his welcome address talked about his highly engaging experience during his tenure of seven years six months and half day which he found very challenging at times.

He said that he will return to his scholarly work, but will remain in a mentoring role as the former Mufti to advise the new Mufti work in building a cohesive society in this country.





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By Beengul ("I didn't have time to write a shorter one, so I wrote a long one instead") Ali



Beyond its religious significance, Ramadan inspires human interactions and social gatherings whereby people meet to share food, stories and forgiveness.

The Islamic Women’s Association of Australia reiterates these fundamental principles, through annual Iftaar dinners.


One of the main objectives of this year’s Iftar was the importance of bridging gaps and embracing diversity. This purpose was evidently imbedded throughout the event, enhanced by over 400 from diverse backgrounds, including the Honourable Minister Michael de Brenni, Muslim, Christian and Jewish community leaders, Members of Parliament, Councillors, Indigenous community leaders, Queensland Police Services, Federal Police, stakeholders and 216 newly arrived refugees from various countries including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, Burma, Eritrea and Somalia.

The sound of Athan (call to prayer) echoed through the halls of Michael’s Oriental Restaurant. This was followed by a Dua recited by the CEO of IWAA, Galila Abdelsalam.


The evening continued with a Welcome to Country by Aunty Peggy Tidyman, who also presented IWAA with two drawings by an indigenous artist. In her address she placed emphasis on the long existing awareness of the Islamic religion within the indigenous communities.

Dr Nora Amath as the MC of the evening welcomed the Hon Minister Michael (Mick) de Brenni to the stage where he highlighted the importance of food universally and its impact on bringing people closer together.

The CEO then provided an update on IWAA’s expansion, namely, into NSW in 2017 and this year in Victoria. The success of IWAA was dependent on the much appreciated support of IWAA staff, family and friends said Ms Abdelsalam.

Ms Muna Ibrahim, the CAMS state wide coordinator, gave an overview of her activities of the organisation and thanked long term employees of IWAA for their ongoing professional and loyal conduct, attributing the success of the organisation to a diverse and inclusive team.


A group of young children conducted a lantern parade around the tables.





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Lauren Southern

A CONTROVERSIAL political commentator heading for Australia says her ideas “will shock people”.

Canadian Lauren Southern will tour Australia and New Zealand starting next month on a speaking tour that stops at Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland.

Southern, who previously worked for Rebel Media — the same media organisation former Labor leader Mark Latham aligned himself with — calls herself an “independent journalist”.

She is known as one of the torchbearers for the alt-right movement in her country and will be touring with countryman Stefan Molyneux.

On Monday night, Southern appeared on Sky News’s Outsiders program where she referenced a article that compared her to Milo Yiannopolous.

Yiannopolous’ tour of Australia last year led to violent demonstrations where hundreds of police were forced to intervene in clashes between left-wing protesters and supporters of the far-right figure.

“They make it appear like we’re going to bring all this mayhem,” Southern said.

“I’m certain our ideas will shock people and our arguments will bring a lot of excitement to Australia, but I don’t remember discussing throwing bottles or rioting or setting anything on fire.

“In fact, they mention in the article, ‘Will they bring as much chaos as Milo Yiannopolouos?’ We’re not going to be the ones bringing the mayhem, the left-wing rioters who are going to be there — they’ll be the ones doing that.”

In March this year, southern was controversially banned from entering the UK after previously distributing “racist material” outside a restaurant in the English town of Luton in February.

Southern displayed flyers reading “Allah is a Gay God” and “Allah is trans” before being forced to stop by the British police. She defended herself by claiming the stunt was part of a social experiment.

In a video posted on Twitter, she said she was trying to prove Islam to be a homophobic religion by provoking British Muslims with signs that overlaid Islamic symbols with LGBT pride flags.

“Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good,” a Home Office spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

At the time of the controversy, British political commentator Katie Hopkins tweeted what appeared to be a letter to Southern notifying her of her refusal of entry.

And last year she was in more hot water when she was detained by the Italian Coast Guard for attempting to obstruct search-and-rescue boats looking to assist shipwrecked migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

And last year she was in more hot water when she was detained by the Italian Coast Guard for attempting to obstruct search-and-rescue boats looking to assist shipwrecked migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

In announcing the tour, Southern said: “Australia is a fascinating situation for both of us, because it really seems that you guys are at a crossroad. Do you want to retain your culture? … Or, will the boats keep coming?

“Will you become another victim of multiculturalism? Who knows what the future of Australia holds. But hopefully, we can bring some of the facts to make those decisions.”


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There was an overwhelming response to the Refugees Welcome Australia community Iftar dinner held last Saturday evening at the Ashgrove Bowls Club.


More than 350 people came to engage in conversation with people from diverse backgrounds, create new connections and listen to a very insightful panel over a delicious dinner.



Great night, great company and great food. Well done!

Thanks to everyone who made this happen. I thoroughly enjoyed the night... the food... the family feeling.... the panel.... the prayers

In 20 years living in this beautiful country, last night have to be one of the most memorable night of them all. Great food and awesome speakers. This has to be the best way to bring communities together. Thank you to everyone for making this happen.

Curries were delicious, thanks cooks!

It was such a fantastic evening! It was wonderful to look around the room and see people from all different cultures sharing a meal and really connecting with each other. The warmth felt from this event is something to be remembered. Thank you for such a fabulous evening!! Keep up the great work!

Thanks to the organisers, cooks, panelists, and community members for such a great event. I think I speak for us all when I say looking forward to next years Iftar dinner!


I would just like to say a BIG thank you to the organisers on behalf of the Muslim Community of Brisbane, it was such a well organised event tonight.. the food, the turnout and participants & the atmosphere in general... please don't forget to VOTE # 1 for the GREENS. God Bless you All & thank you, once again

Refugees Welcome Australia: We have been delighted to hear that meals served on the night were greatly enjoyed. If you would like to recreate some of the meals for your friends and family, here are a couple of recipes our volunteers cooked on the day. Thanks to the amazing Clare who chose the recipes and ran the kitchen on the day.

Aloo Chana Chaat:

Basbousa Cake:



Photos and posts from Refugees Welcome Australia


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School hall


On Friday the 25th of May and 1st of June the Australian International Islamic college (AIIC) Durack and Gold Coast campuses held their annual Iftari programs.


Local community leaders, Imams, parents and students, attended the events.


Parents, Teachers and families from the community all joined to help arrange a wide range of foods from cakes, sweets, fruits and Biryani.


There were speeches and duas that were made on the evening. In one of the speeches, Imam Ahmed Azhari of AIIC welcomed and thanked everyone for accepting the invitation. In another speech, Imam Akram Buksh spoke about the importance of being generous and helping those who are in need, especially during this blessed month of Ramadhan.

"The Iftars organized at the Durack and Gold Coast campuses were very successful events, and they allowed people to catch up with friends and community members," a school spokesperson told CCN.


Community members expressed their appreciation to AIIC for organizing such events, which brings different communities together.

"The College and the P&C would like to thank all of the community members who have contributed to making these events successful. We would like to thank all the AIIC teachers, staff and everyone for their hard work in preparation for the evenings."




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By Zia Ahmad    

Mr Kazi Ali, a veteran leader of Sydney's Muslim community signed the MoU together with the CEO of the CMCT, Mr Peter O’Meara.

The Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT) is providing 4,500 new burial spaces to Sydney’s Muslim community at Kemps Creek Cemetery in Sydney’s west.

A number of Muslim leaders attended a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the CMCT on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at the Mary, Mother of Mercy Lounge at Rookwood Cemetery, together with an Iftar, breaking of the fast during this month of Ramadan.

Mr Kazi Ali, a veteran leader of Sydney’s Muslim community with decades of experience in Muslim burials signed the MoU together with the CEO of the CMCT, Mr Peter O’Meara.

Mr Kazi Ali said that this signing represented a partnership between Muslim and Catholic faiths based on goodwill between the two parties and thanked Mr O’Meara in making this agreement a reality.

He also thanked Mr Azam Ali who was involved with Liverpool Cemetery for a long time and initiated the dialogue with Catholic Cemeteries to allocate a Muslim section at Kemps Creek.

“Being a multi-denominational and not for profit cemetery operator, CMCT is keen to help any religious and cultural group in meeting their needs for burial spaces amid the dwindling supply in Sydney,” CEO of the CMCT, Mr Peter O’Meara, said

He further added, “It is expected that Sydney will run out of burial spaces over the next 25 years and we are working to alleviate this problem with the acquisition of sites at Campbelltown and Wallacia which will deliver more than 220,000 burial spaces to Sydney”.

Expected to fill the demand for Muslim burial spaces for 10 years, the spaces were sought urgently as the Muslim’s current burial grounds, Riverstone Cemetery, is expected to be full this year and Rookwood Cemetery spaces will expire in the next few years.

“We look forward to a continued, long association with the Muslim and Jewish communities in Sydney and call on the NSW Government to approve our proposed cemeteries to fill the ongoing demand for burial spaces and to ensure future generations have equitable access to interment options,” Mr O’Meara said.





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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.]



Randa Abdel-Fattah
Macquarie University

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a DECRA Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University.



I've devoted my academic life to studying the phenomenon of Islamophobia from the point of view of the perpetrators. I've spent hundreds of hours poring over transcripts of interviews with people who, on the one hand, equate Islam with Nazism or seek to install abortion clinics in suburbs with large Muslim populations, and those who, on the other hand, congratulate themselves for "tolerating" Muslims - the ones with those elusive "moderate" credentials, that is.

A few years ago, on the eve of Ramadan, I hit a low point. The principal of an Islamic school had invited me to speak to her senior students, expressing her profound concern for the students' eroding self-confidence, confused identity and sense of belonging in Australia. As I sat down to prepare my talk, I felt overwhelmed with despair. Studying the rise in Islamophobia, conducting my fieldwork among self-proclaimed "Islamophobes," experiencing racism first-hand or witnessing my close friends and family go through it, seeing our country spiral into a state of paranoia over asylum seekers and "home grown radicals" and introduce legislation that makes a mockery of human rights and basic civil liberties, watching the travesty of injustices the first people of this land continue to suffer by people who would still deny our nation's continuing racial project - all of this left me feeling utterly overwhelmed.

I wondered what I could possibly say to these students. It would seem that there is something the majority wants us Muslims to do in order to be fully accepted, but they never tell us what it is. Our leaders and media have created an environment that has effectively provided people with permission to hate, emboldening people to encounter Muslims as "the enemy in the war on terror" or as potential radicals, as though we all carry a "radical" dormant virus ready to be activated at any moment.

There was a time in my life when I had faith that we Muslims could rise above the challenges of being a minority in our homeland and forge strong identities despite the invisible structures of racism. And yet there I was staring at a blank screen, reflecting on the fact that, in this past two years, I had questioned such faith. It is not just the hidden injuries of Islamophobia and racism. What is happening in our name to the first people of this nation, to asylum seekers, to the marginalised and raced, makes my blood freeze. I cannot understand how we collectively remain silent and complacent.

I arrived at a point where I felt incapable of speaking - overwhelmed with the bleakness of a social and political order that seems doggedly committed to inequality, inhumanity and hypocrisy. And then I turned to my Islamic tradition and stumbled across a saying of Prophet Mohammed which I had long forgotten:

"If the Hour (the day of Resurrection) is about to be established and one of you was holding a palm shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour is established to plant it."

The dynamism of the Islamic faith offers believers an intimate, unmediated engagement with the texts of Islam. The Prophet's words were like a ritual cleansing, instantly washing away the grime and dirt of despair and hopelessness. I immediately felt both ashamed and empowered. Ashamed because I realised the arrogance implicit in a sense of despair: I should not feel I have the luxury of despair; I have no right to despair when people are suffering, depending on our advocacy and political struggle to render their suffering visible. And I felt empowered because it seemed to me that my own faith tradition is based on hope - on projecting the best image of oneself and humanity into the future and working to realise that until the very end.

On the eve of Ramadan, I addressed a large hall of senior students. Students who are still searching for meaning in their lives - for identity, for affirmation and validation. Students with big dreams and students with ambivalent plans. Students afraid to project themselves into the future because they are shackled by the poisonous us-and-them rhetoric of today. Students defiant and gloriously optimistic of their ability to be who they want to be on their own terms and in a way that is not dependent on the acquiescence of white Australia. I shared with these students my belief that the incomprehensible suffering, cruelty and injustice of today's global order represents a call to work, not to despair.

Drawing on our shared religious tradition, I told the students that in the Qur'an God says that he has "commanded justice" (7:29). The numerous verses in the Qur'an that command human beings to stand for justice, protect the weak and oppressed, work tirelessly to do good - and to do all this without giving up - can act like a soothing balm against the wounds of racism and marginalisation.


Pursuing justice can be a liberating, empowering path for identity formation. That is how I came to find my life path as a young person back in 1992, when a social justice fire rose in my belly with the impact of the Gulf War on my community. I told the students how my entire identity has been forged in a politics of resistance: resistance against stereotypes, against racism, against orientalist feminism.

I came of age in the same year as the first Gulf War. I went from being a Muslim kid in a Catholic school to a Muslim kid in an Islamic secondary school - suddenly I was a wog, a nappy head, a terrorist, a sand nigger, a camel jockey, a target for "go back to where you came from." I fought racism with adolescent passion and sheer obstinacy. I raised my voice in support of Bosnians being slaughtered in the Bosnian War in the 1990s, convinced of my responsibility to speak out, even if nobody but God would register my tiny voice and makeshift placard at a small suburban protest in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The point was that God demanded action over complacency, hope over resignation.

But there was something even more invigorating than this realization alone. I soon learned that the struggle for justice and human rights is perhaps the best thing people can use to anchor their identities. Serving others is the best way we can know ourselves.

As I heard students share with me their anxieties about Islamophobia, and their commitment to internalise the ethics of Islam as a roadmap for a life lived as a global citizen, I felt ashamed that I had allowed myself to internalise the negative vibes of the racist discourse I had been analysing these previous two years. Not only would I not give those who hold on to a morally impoverished vision of society the satisfaction of "winning," but my faith demands that I celebrate the blessings and infinite wonder of a universe entrusted to us.

In this sixth day of Ramadan, as I abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk, I find that even as my physical strength wanes, my spiritual strength increases. To recalibrate one's life around a struggle against injustice is not about trying to achieve a kind of feigned, self-serving virtuousness. It is about humility. When I bow my head on the ground in worship to my Lord who commands we seek to live ethical, moral, compassionate lives in service of others, I am reminded that there is nothing to despair about. There is no need to feel confused or lost.

There is truly inner peace in this realization. Contemplating the offer of a life that transcends the hate and injustice that surrounds us and transforms pain into hope is exciting. Whether a bright-eyed student or a jaded adult, there is always a moment when one is faced with the choice to plant a seed and hope for tomorrow, or walk away consumed with yesterday.

As a Muslim I must always think and feel my way to the future, for it is there that God waits for me to ask: What did you do with the life I gave you in the time and place I chose for you to live?

The Prophet said that sometimes our actions belie our words and, consequently, some gain nothing but hunger and thirst in this holy month.


Source: ABC Religion & Ethics


NEXT WEEK: Faiza El-Higzi


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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. 






"Indonesian Islam is not Arabic Islam; it does not have to wear a robe, it does not have to wear a turban...The most important thing is the substance, that is the morality of Islam - robe, trousers, sarongs, no matter that."

Dr KH Said Aqil Siradj

Chairman of Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama

Dr KH Said Aqil Siradj is the leader of Indonesia’s largest independent Muslim organization and one of the world’s most influential Islamic organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), or ‘Awakening of Scholars’. Siradj guides millions through his work with the NU.

Head of Expansive Network: The Nahdlatul Ulama boasts an expansive network that covers 30 regions with 339 branches, 12 special branches, 2,630 representative councils and 37,125 sub-branch representative councils across Indonesia. This network practices the doctrine of Ahlassunah wal Jama’ah, which is Arabic for ‘people of the Sunnah (practices of the Prophet Muhammad) and the community’. They base their practices on the traditional sources of Islamic jurisprudence—mainly the Qur’an, Hadith, and major schools of law. Among its aims are the propagation of Nahdlatul Ulama’s message and also an expansion of its already extensive network of members in Indonesia. This is the basis of many of the organization’s social reform efforts. With a solid structure of central and regional boards, branch and special branch boards, and various advisory councils, Siradj sits at the top of this increasingly influential Sunni movement.

Model of Traditionalism: With a mainly rural membership base, the Nahdlatul Ulama distinguishes itself from other Islamic organizations in Indonesia by positioning itself as a premier organization of traditional Islam—with an emphasis on education and political engagement based on Islamic principles.

Social Service: The Nahdlatul Ulama has made substantial charitable contributions to Indonesian society in the fields of educational development, healthcare, and poverty alleviation. Siradj, like his predecessors, propagates the Nahdlatul Ulama as an organization that is geared toward establishing a secular nation-state based on a body of modern and moderate Muslims—with agenda items such as anti-corruption laws and social reform measures that are deeply rooted in Islamic principles.

Human Rights Activism: Prior to his role as Nahdlatul Ulama chairman, Siradj served on Indonesia’s National Commission for Human Rights. Only a few weeks into his position as chairman of the country’s largest Muslim political party, and after violent clashes erupted in different churches across the country, Siradj made strong statements condemning the discrimination against Christian minority groups in Indonesia.

Educational Reform: Siradj has an extensive academic background in the Islamic sciences, and regards education as a tool for development. He founded the Said Aqil Centre in Egypt, a study centre that focuses on developing Islamic discourse, particularly in the Arab World.





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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.

Source: CNN





M. Hasna Maznavi: The dreamer



When she was a child growing up in California, M. Hasna Maznavi dreamed of founding a beautiful mosque, with soaring architecture and inspiring artwork. Over time, though, the writer and comedian began to think of mosques less as physical spaces and more as communities of believers. “A place where you could actually form a movement,” she says.


In 2015, that dream became reality, as Maznavi and her co-founders opened The Women’s Mosque of America, which they call the country’s first mosque just for women. “This is not a space for women running away from Muslim men,” she explains. “It’s a place that seeks to uplift all Muslims by empowering women.”

Maznavi’s mission: “To serve God by serving God’s creation.”






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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.

Source: ABC News






Another Brisbane Face of Islam in next week's CCN


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Hussin Goss helps Mosque visitor take Shahadah



She has been going to the Mosque to join others who were breaking fast at the Gold Coast Mosque and decided to become Muslim







Sirin Hamsho Engineering Project Leader at General Electric Company
Islam is the religion of peace and safety  



Sirin Hamsho Engineering Project Leader at General Electric Company ..

Sirin Hamsho - "climbing a wind turbine is like climbing Everest Mountain"

Today's Women interview






Noor Saadeh An #American Convert to #Islam – Her Story

Islam is the religion of peace and safety  








First Girls' Cadet School in Pakistan







Tony Burke from the streets of Lakemba  




We invited everyone to come to Lakemba during Ramadan.

And it looks like everyone did!










Ramadan Lectures

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Living Muslim LIVE with Hoblos and Stuzz!

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Perform a Secret Deed Every Day - #ReviveRamadan
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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 1 June 2018

TOPIC: "Ramadan and its effects" PART 3

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 June 2018

TOPIC: "Ramadhaan month of Quraan"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 June 2018

TOPIC: "Ramadan changes your Life"

IMAM: Ahmad Ghazaleh










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 June 2018

TOPIC: ”Two fold benefit of Istighfar”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 June 2018

TOPIC: “Looking after our Parents” 

IMAM: Maulana Abdul Aleem (Visiting Imam from Fiji)





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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 June 2018

TOPIC: "A call before the last 10 days of Ramadan"
IMAM: Ahmed Naffa













Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 June 2018

TOPIC"Sadaqa in Ramadan"
IMAM: Prof Mohamad Abdalla


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‘Roseanne’ Cancelled by ABC Hours After Racist Tweet by Roseanne Bar   


US: ABC cancelled the hit sitcom “Roseanne” on Tuesday hours after the show’s star and co-creator, Roseanne Barr, posted a racist tweet about a former top adviser to President Barack Obama.

Early on Tuesday, Ms. Barr posted a comment about Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman who was a senior adviser to Mr. Obama throughout his presidency and considered one of his most influential aides, that said if “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

Hours later, ABC cancelled Ms. Barr’s show, which had ended its successful comeback season last week and was expected to return in the fall for 13 episodes.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said in a statement. Ms. Dungey was appointed to her current role in February 2016, becoming the first black entertainment president of a major broadcast television network.

Robert A. Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, ABC’s corporate parent, shared Ms. Dungey’s statement on his own Twitter account, adding: “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.” 

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SA President attends Ifthar in Cape Town



SOUTH AFRICA: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa performed the Muslim prayer this week after joining the Muslim Judicial Council and members of the Cape Muslim community for Iftaar. 


Some tweets he sent out soon after the event:



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Family doctor who left Zimbabwe for N.L. now newest Trudeau-appointed senator 



Family doctor and professor Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia, left, seen receiving the Order of Canada from then governor general David Johnston in 2016,


OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia, a family doctor and community leader, as a senator for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ravalia fled apartheid-era Zimbabwe and settled in the province more than 30 years ago.

He is a family physician, as well as a senior medical officer at the Notre Dame Bay Memorial Health Centre and an associate professor of family medicine and the assistant dean of the Rural Medical Education Network at Memorial University.

He was given the Canadian Family Physician of the Year Award in 2004 and is a member of the Order of Canada.

He will sit as an independent senator.

Trudeau says he will be a great addition to the Senate.

“Dr. Ravalia’s vast knowledge and experience have earned him high respect in the medical field, and I am confident that he will be a great ambassador in the Senate — not just for Newfoundland and Labrador, but for all of Canada,” Trudeau said in a statement.



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CCN's Bookshelf

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
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: These cold evenings justify a delicious hot curry even in Ramadaan.


Kashmiri Chops






Step 1
Marinate 1 kg chops in

1 tab. ginger garlic
2 tab. lemon juice
1 heaped tsp salt
½ tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp kashmiri chillie powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp steak and chops spice

Step 2
1 medium onion chopped
5 baby tomatoes
¼ each of red and green peppers sliced
2 green chilli slit
3 medium potatoes cut in wedges and fry until done

Step 3
a. Heat 2 tab. ghee in a pot.
b. Add the marinated chops
c. Mix well and cook on high for 5 minutes to seal juices, lower heat and cook until done and water has evaporated.
d. Add chopped onions and cook for approx. 5 mins.
e. Place peppers and chilli over.
f. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the peppers (do not mix),
g. After 15 minutes add the fried potatoes and mix everything well together.
h. Cook on medium heat for further 15 minutes with the baby tomatoes placed right at the end or 5 mins before serving.
i. Garnish with dhania and green chillies
j. Serve hot with roti



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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

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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:
Listening To Your Intuition

When was the last time you had a gut feeling about something and you actually listened to it? Most times, people ignore their gut feeling. Intuition is that still, small voice that speaks to you from the core of your gut, the core of your being and acts like a compass to point you to your true north. It’s that voice that tells you to hold your tongue when you are really angry with someone and you feel like lashing out at them with unkind words. It’s that feeling you get about someone and you know you just have to call them to see if they are okay. It’s that voice of absolute certainty that helps you give your final decision on something without any doubt whatsoever.

A common phrase being used by my clients more often now than ever before is “I’m so confused, I don’t know what to do.”

Confusion happens when you become disconnected from your intuitive compass. Take a look around you and you will notice why there is this disconnection in people nowadays. People are so busy maintaining online connections on several social media platforms, that they are actually deeply disconnected with one’s own self. In experiencing this disconnection, you become deaf to your intuitive voice and once this happens, you start feeling confused about things. You lack clarity in your vision of how you want to live this life. You lack clarity in your purpose.

Maintaining clarity in life is vital. Avoiding confusion is essential. Clarity comes when you
look within yourself to find your core’s purity and then connect with ALLAH in that state of purity. For as long as self-criticism and self-loathing exist in your mind, achieving clarity remains challenging, sometimes impossible.

Connecting with ALLAH and pondering over the verses from the holy Quran are the only ways to find answers to these three questions:
- Who am I?
- Why am I here?
- What is my true purpose?

A Daily Practice To Connect With And Listen To Your Intuition
As you embrace this daily practice and avoid negative patterns, you will notice your inner world will become peaceful, your mind settled, your decision-making ability much better and your beliefs and goals much, much clearer and steadfast.


Do Don’t
Make your surroundings orderly and uncluttered Situations that are disordered and stressful
Take a close look at stresses that need to be addressed Push your work time to the limit of exhaustion, mental or physical
Keep away from negative influences Be tied down by other people's opinions and attitudes
Find a friend or confidante who shares your virtues Let stress go unaddressed
Centre yourself several times a day whenever you feel distracted or unsettled Let a good night's sleep slip by more than once a week
Go outside to experience the calm and inspiration of nature Immerse yourself in bad news and the world's chaotic unrest
Follow a regular, daily routine (salah, dhikr, silence, awareness meditation, exercise, sleep) Ignore your body's signals; be aware of when it wants rest, nourishment, downtime, and a chance to reset itself through meditation and quiet time alone
Gadget detox - keep all gadgets away from bedroom so that your sleep is uninterrupted Forget to provide yourself with pure food, water, and air

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
Awaken The Brave Within You

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 Stretch away the stress


Take some time out for yourself to slow down, relax and reset your body.

Yoga not only calms and settles your mind, it doubles as a great stress reliever when you’re feeling run-down or overworked.

It is also a great option during the month of Ramadan when you may not necessarily want to undertake a cardio gym session.

Every muscle, every movement, get the most out of it and feel rejuvenated at the end of your workout.






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Mula Nasruddin, the local Imam, was asked by the Muslim Funeral Services director to say a prayer at a graveside for a homeless man.


The deceased man had no family or friends and the prayer was to be performed at a cemetery outside the city precincts in the countryside.


As the Imam was not familiar with the backwoods, he got lost.

He finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral director had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight.


There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

Mula Nasruddin felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.


He went to the side of the grave and looked down and saw the wooden supports were already in place.


He didn’t know what else to do, so he started to pray.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.


Mula Nasruddin then delivered an impassioned dua (invocation)  out of his  heart and soul for this man with no family and friends.


He prayed like he'd never prayed before for this homeless man.

And as he prayed, the workers began to weep.


They wept, Mula Nasruddin wept, they all wept together.


When Mula Nasruddin finished he turned to leave and though his head hung low, his heart was full.

As he opened the door to his car, he heard one of the workers say, “I never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”

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An Ayaat-a-Week





If you do not produce a miracle for them, they say, “Why don’t you improvise one.” Say, “I only follow what is inspired to me from my Lord.” These are insights from your Lord, and guidance, and mercy, for a people who believe.

[Quran 7:203]


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you get what you deserve."


~ David Sedaris




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Six years after his conversion to Islam and after producing economic reports in some of the most prestigious international media, French International Sales Reporter Julien Drolon partnered with Malaysian TV producer Zara Shafie with whom he co-produced the TV Show “Salam Mualaf” seen by more than 2 million viewers on Malaysian channel TV9 to produce and direct the first documentary film featuring converts from all over the world: FREEDOM.

FREEDOM is a spiritual and emotional documentary film featuring 50 converts to Islam from 25 different nationalities over 6 continents in 15 languages - all of them speaking from the very depths of their soul about their perspectives on freedom and Islam.

The film is truly eye-opening and very informative for non-Muslims and for the born Muslims it is spiritually uplifting and encourage them to be consistent in reminding themselves of the main purpose in life.

In the wake of a global rise of anti-Muslim sentiments, film directors Julien Drolon and Zara Shafie are giving a voice to a global community of converts during a crucial time when Islam needs to be more understood and appreciated as a religion that is protecting the rights and dignity of every human being.

Following a successful tour in South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom and Malaysia, co-director Zara Shafie brings a taste of FREEDOM to Brisbane with a women only advance screening of this acclaimed documentary at IWAA on Sunday 24th June at 1:00pm.


All women are welcome, so please share this event with Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Further screenings are planned for September throughout Australia as part of the FREEDOM World Screening Tour 2018.






Some reviews of the film FREEDOM so far:

"It was spiritually uplifting. You'd think a documentary with people talking one after the other would be monotonous. This is anything but that. It was engaging and riveting." - Fatima, South Africa

"Excellent. Deeply emotional and at the same time, intriguing as well." - Ardila, Malaysia

"The film gives a different perspective to Muslims and non-Muslims around the concept of freedom. It's a manifestation of the universality of the religion of Islam." - Merve, Turkey

"The documentary is absolutely beautiful. It's the first of its kind and it will open the minds of people to understand how it really feels to be free." - Hajara, UK

Click here to book your free ticket




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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I will be celebrating Eid with our brothers and sisters in a refugee camp in Turkey with Muslim Aid Australia Insh Allah. Help me raise funds to make this Eid a special one for them. I will be distributing these packs Insh'Allah.


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As-Salaamu ' Alaikum and Ramadan Mubarak


Traditionally as the tax year draws to a close (30 June), most taxpayers scurry around seeking tax deductions.  It’s not uncommon to see large retailers advertising tax deductible purchases such as stationery, computers, vehicles, and other assets.


As a Muslim, there’s a smarter way of getting a tax deduction without wasting funds on unnecessary items.  Pay your zakah to a zakah fund that has DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient Status).  This will secure you a tax deduction. Fundamentally, it assists you in discharging an obligatory duty.


A number of funds have DGR status, some of these are:

·         Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF);

·         Muslim Aid Australia (MAA); and

·         National Zakah Foundation (NZF).


You can contact these zakah funds through their websites.


Depending on your top tax rate, you can get an effective tax deduction ranging from 21% to 47%.


Please distribute to relatives and friends.




Iqbal Lambat



Islamic Estate Planning Pty Ltd

176 Compton Road

Tel: 0410 786 227


P O Box 3437, South Brisbane BC 4101


Islamic estate planning, deceased estate management, business succession planning, business advisory, trusts and trust planning, tax and tax planning, accounting services




Bank of Queensland


Zakaat:           BSB 124155             Account 20897312

Sadaqah:       BSB 124155             Account 20897392

Fitrah:             BSB 124155             Account 20963614







It is heartbreaking to watch Afghanistan's people suffering at the hands of extreme poverty. Many families are so financially deficient that they are unable to feed their children, let alone provide them with a good education.

Last year, we saved many babies who would otherwise be sold to save their families from poverty. I never thought I would ever see Afghan people selling their loved ones.

This Ramadan, look into your hearts and make a generous tax deductible donation. Help us fight poverty and save more innocent babies this Ramadan.

Mahboba Rawi





HAA Feed the Fasting program in Gaza


Jazkaalalhukhairun for supporting the orphans of the world.

Through your humble contributions, we are able to place a smile on the face of these beautiful orphans this Ramadhaan.


Help the orphans of the world today.

For all your charity needs from Zakaat, Sadaqah and Lilaal, orphan sponsorship for only $50 a month to build a well in Bangladesh for $500.


Bank details:

BSB: 032065
ACC: 328484
Human Appeal AUSTRALIA
Akram Buksh QLD Manager














Support the NZF 2018 Eid toy drive you can donate money towards buying gifts or donate brand new Toys .


Please contact Amra on 0430589383 for more info and drop off details.

monetary donations:

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MAA’s Ramadan Food Rescue Program Sydney:


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MAA’s Ramadan Food Rescue Program Sydney:

LIVE Behind-the-Scenes in partnership with Mountaha HHand and Brothers In Need

To donate your Zakah & Sadaqah locally right here in Australia,

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Makeni Islamic Society Trust in Zambia






 Distributing Ramadan food hampers this year





Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre







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27th Ramadaan 1439


15/16 June





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 1st Shawal 1439


23 June



Eid Down Under Festival


Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha


10AM to 9PM

24 June


Freedom Documentary Screening

(Women Only)

Halis Media in association with Muslim Aid Australia

IWAA, 11 Watland St, Springwood

0431 747 356


21 August





(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1439


22 August





10th Zil-Hijjah 1439


17 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



3PM to Maghrib



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


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



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Masjid As Sunnah





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




Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha QLD 4117

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

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Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

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Islamic Relief Australia

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Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit Qld Stories link or YouTube link

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

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Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

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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

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Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

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