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Sunday 1 July 2018 | Issue 0712




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Queensland Multicultural Awards 2018: FINALISTS The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
Video footage on Basith murder released CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Anti-racism advocates in profile Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Brisbane hosts inaugural Australian screening of docu-film Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

Eid Down Under Ambassador Tasmiya

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Sheikh Shady wins defamation case

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Crescent Institute FutureMakers Challenge 2018

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

ICQ Newsletter2018

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

ABC Compass: Threads of Faith

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

ANU lecturer honoured with 2018 Max Crawford medal

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Masterclass on diversity by Nora Amath

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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Man charged after counter terror raids at Kuraby Get your fingers green with our gardening guru Write For Us


The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims    
American Muslims - most influential people in their fields.    
Faces of Islam: Brisbane Muslims    


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This year, the Queensland Government received a record-breaking 133 award submissions for its annual multicultural awards which "recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community".


The finalists were announced this week.


The winner of each category will be announced at a gala awards lunch held in Brisbane on 19 August.


Amongst the finalists are:


Outstanding Young Achiever


Madina Mohmood

Madina Mohmood is passionate about supporting and promoting cultural diversity within the community. An Ambassador for World Vision in 2014 and attendee of the United Nations Youth Forum in New York in 2015, Madina has travelled throughout Queensland to engage with students about her experiences overseas. She has also co-founded the University of Queensland Afghan Student Association to assist Afghan students and break-down ethnic tensions and stereotypes between subcultures within Afghan culture, and between Afghan communities and the wider community.

Imaan Ashraf

Imaan Ashraf, a school captain at the Whitsunday Anglican School, is a proud and visible ambassador of Islam and works within the Mackay community to raise awareness and dispel misunderstandings about Islam. She is also committed to giving back to her community – participating in the School Amnesty Club, acting as President of the School Zonta Club and MC of the Mackay Open Day, which helps bring the people of Mackay together.


Outstanding Individual Achiever


Faiza El-Higzi

Sudanese-born Faiza El-Higzi is an active campaigner for human rights and cultural diversity within the Queensland community. She is described as a ‘bridge builder’ who strengthens community ties by creating spaces for conversations and interactions. Her work on community and government boards are important opportunities to bring attention to multicultural community issues and enable discussions that lead to positive outcomes.

Multicultural Queensland Ambassador


Islamic Women’s Association of Australia

The Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) has worked consistently towards dispelling myths about Muslims and promoting a fair and harmonious Queensland through community education campaigns addressing local issues. IWAA has also worked specifically at addressing those issues within culturally diverse communities that may contribute to negative stereotyping by the broader community. They appeared in the SBS documentary, ‘The Mosque Next Door’, which provided a national television program that dispelled myths and challenged stereotypes surrounding Muslims in Australia. They have also delivered parenting workshops that assist migrants to develop non-physical strategies for parenting their children and respectful relationships programs which are aimed at educating young Muslim people on the positive foundations of non-violent relationships.


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Person of Interest in murder investigation

Police investigating the murder of Abdul Basith in Kuraby last year are looking for the man in this CCTV video footage, seen prior and after the murder.


If you have any information call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Details of the $250,000 reward, CCTV and related press conferences completed to date can be found here.



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Who are Australia’s anti-racism champions?

The work of anti-racism is done by many in the community. These profiles highlight just a few of the Australians who have stood up against racism, and spoken up for equality.



How would you describe your work or advocacy on anti-racism, multiculturalism and cultural diversity?
Two words summarise my work in this area: listening and understanding.

Most of the racism and hate stems from fear which is caused by lack of understanding and fear of the unknown. While calling racism out is important, it is equally important to listen to and understand valid or invalid concerns of those who may seem racist or prejudicial.

How has Australia changed over time?
During my time in Australia and especially in more recent times, I have seen an erosion of values and positive attitudes of tolerance, giving a fair go and empathy. While we have come a long way from the legalised racism of the “White Australia policy”, it has become commonplace to use racist and prejudicial language when describing migrants and refugees. The most worrying thing for me is that such language is sometimes expressed by politicians, both populist and mainstream. However, I still believe we are much better than most nations when it comes to ensuring equality under the law.

If there is one thing anyone can do to support diversity or counter prejudice, what would it be?

Create more and more opportunities at the grassroots community level for people from different cultures to come together and get to know each other. While it is important for community and political leaders to keep doing activities which promote cultural diversity and counter prejudice, it will not be effective till everyday people are taken on that journey as well.

Do you have a favourite story about people learning about other cultures?
In 2016, I was part of the team which organised Eid Down Under festival in Brisbane, our flagship Eid celebration program. The event was attended by over 15,000 people from all backgrounds.

At the end of a long day at the festival, I heard a gentleman – who was from a European background – call my name in distance. I waited for him to get to me and he introduced himself. His name was familiar because he had, in the past, had a few exchanges with me on social media, and his messages were rather Islamophobic.
He said to me, “I came to your festival to open my mind and I am happy I came out of my comfort zone to experience your culture”. That statement felt like best reward for all the sacrifices I have to make to volunteer my time in community service.

What, or whom, do you look to for inspiration?
As a Muslim Australian I draw strength and inspiration from my faith. Also, I was born in Gujarat, the western Indian state where Mahatma Ghandhi was born. His way of defeating injustice through non-violence is something which I truly admire and aspire to. I think I am especially privileged to be close to his great grandson, Mr Tushar Ghandhi who has given me advice and inspiration from time to time.

What advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?
To get out of my comfort zone and reach out to those I didn’t understand or held prejudice against.


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A 21-year-old man from Kuraby, south of Brisbane, has been charged with terrorism-related offences.

The man was arrested at his home on Didcot St this morning, following a raid by the Australian Federal Police, Queensland Police Service and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

It will be alleged that between late 2016 and early 2017, the man made preparations to travel to Syria to engage in “hostile activities”.

It will also be alleged he encouraged and recruited children to join him in travelling to Syria, so that they could also “join organisations engaged in hostile activities against foreign governments”.

The Kuraby man and the kids he was encouraging were not successful in leaving Australia.

The man has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

He has been charged with five counts of preparations for incursions into foreign countries for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities (preparatory acts), two counts of recruiting persons to join organisations engaged in hostile activities against foreign Governments (both juveniles), and seven counts of preparations for incursions into foreign countries for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities (preparatory acts).

The maximum penalty for the preparation for a foreign incursion offence is life imprisonment, and for recruitment for foreign incursion offences, 25 years.

The investigation is ongoing.

“The Queensland JCTT (Joint Counter Terrorism Team) would like to reassure the community there is no current or impending threat to the community as a result of today’s activities,” a statement read.

The Courier Mail




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By Bayaan Weise    

The first Australian screening of acclaimed documentary film Freedom was held on June 24th at Islamic Womens’ Association of Australia in Springwood. This spiritual and emotional film features 50 converts from 25 different nationalities over 6 continents in 15 languages.

Freedom features 25 men and 25 women of different backgrounds from countries including Sri Lanka, Peru, China, Columbia, Australia, France, USA, Kenya, England and India. We hear from an engineer, a teacher, a lawyer, an actor, an environmentalist, a marriage counsellor and more - all of them speaking from the very depths of their soul about their perspectives on Freedom and Islam.

Before the film began, the enthusiastic Brisbane crowd in attendance were given a brief introduction about Halis Media; the production company that created Freedom. Halis Media is a project of a Malaysian-based husband and wife team: French convert Julien Drolon and Malaysian TV producer Zara Shafie. Its vision is to introduce the pure message of Islam through the most innovative media platforms. Freedom is the first not-for-profit project of this startup which is behind all the initiatives of Freedom - production, directing, marketing, promotion and distribution of the film.

The lights were then dimmed and those present were taken on a beautiful journey of discovery about freedom and Islam through the minds and hearts of our fellow Muslims on screen. These poignant interviews share a rare sincerity of people who had been outsiders looking into Islam. Each interview was conducted in the native language of the converts in order to preserve the soul of their messages and to allow the people of their respective countries to connect more with them so they can truly become “Freedom Ambassadors”.

After the film there was a chance for audience members to speak in depth with co-director Zara Shafie in a Q & A session. “The Islamic concept of freedom applies to all voluntary activities of man in all walks of life. This documentary-film will inshaAllah, shed light on how Islam liberates mankind from all kinds of oppression,” Zara said.

Attendees were invited to fill in a feedback form about the film and the average score was 9.3 out of 10. Here are some reviews from that day:

“I believe this is an innovative way to explain Islam to non-Muslims. It made the connection between worlds.” - Asilah, Australia

“Amazing. Really moving and inspiring.” - Iman, Somalia

“Very well produced. A thought provoking film.” - Amina, New Zealand

Australia is the 5th country that Freedom has been screened in as part of the 2018 World Screening Tour so far and coincided with another screening of the film on the same day in Cape Town, South Africa. Other countries where Freedom has screened are Malaysia, UK, Turkey and South Africa. More Australian screenings are planned for later on this year inshaAllah.

Many thanks to Muslim Aid Australia who worked as a local partner to help bring Freedom to Brisbane. If you’d like to keep informed about further Australian screenings of Freedom or would like to join the Freedom volunteer team in Australia, please send an email to





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Eid Down Under Ambassador Tasmiya Ahammad (12) is the granddaughter of the late Imam Hajji Mohammad Rahimullah (Imam of the Holland Park Mosque1979-1990). Tasmiya attends Year 7 at the local Mt Gravatt State High School.


She plans on doing weekly reviews of halal food, teen Muslimah fashion, and kids outings and activities via her Facebook Page.


Tasmiya on duty at Eid Down Under




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By Zia Ahmad    

Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman

In a press release dated Tuesday 26 June 2018, the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) announced that Sheikh Shady’s defamation action against News Corp has been settled.

Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, the current President of ANIC commenced defamation proceedings on 16 June 2017, against the publishers of The Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail regarding a series of articles published in June 2016.

Sheikh Shady stated that the matter has now been resolved on confidential terms. The articles that concerned him have been removed from the internet.


He thanked Barrister Sue Chrysanthou and the Birchgrove Legal team for their outstanding work in taking this matter to a successful conclusion.

Sheikh Shady, 40 is Australian born and amongst the first homegrown Imams serving the diverse Muslim community in Sydney.

Justice Geoffrey Flick, a Federal Court judge had earlier ordered that newspaper articles that Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman claimed were defamatory of him, be removed from several News Corp websites.

Justice Geoffrey Flick also criticised News Corp, the parent company of Nationwide News Pty Ltd, which published the defamatory articles, for tardy action over a motion to tender a new affidavit by an expert witness, as well as change some particulars pleaded.

“This case has not been conducted by the respondent in a way that covers them in glory” and when it concluded “will be a model of how not to conduct litigation”, Justice Flick said.

He ordered that costs of the court’s proceedings be paid by News Corp.

Earlier last year in April 2017, the former Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, had won a defamation case against Nationwide News regarding an article published in the Daily Telegraph on 18 November 2015.

It is hoped that with such successful actions by Australian Muslim leaders, the culture of blameless, inaccurate, irresponsible, bigoted and damaging reporting within Nationwide News and News Corp will be brought to an end.

Sheikh Shady’s lawyer filed the case with the federal court on Wednesday 14 June 2017 claiming that he had been “brought into hatred, ridicule, and contempt” by the articles, which “gravely injured his character and reputation” and caused him hurt and embarrassment.

The defamation case has been brought against Nationwide News, publisher of the Daily Telegraph and the Courier Mail.

It mentioned three articles that were published after the Iftar dinner, the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, hosted at Kirribilli House to break the Ramadan fast on 16 June 2016 inviting prominent Muslims to the event from all over Australia.

Sheikh Shady was invited to the Kirribilli dinner in his position as President of the Australian National Imams Council.

After being hounded by the Murdoch media, Mr Turnbull said he regretted inviting Sheikh Shady to the Iftar after being told of homophobic sermons delivered by Sheikh Shady.

The articles mentioned in the defamation case included an online article that ran on several News Corp websites on 16 June 2016 titled “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dines with hate preacher”, a column by Peta Credlin in the Daily Telegraph on 19 June 2016 called “Islam threat ignored with gay abandon”; and a column by David Penberthy published in the Courier Mail on the same date, titled “Plateful of hate on the menu”.

The defamation case alleged that the Courier Mail article defamed him by suggesting he “preaches hatred of homosexuals, women, and people who have sex outside marriage”, “advocates and espouses despicable views, namely that women should hang by their breasts in hell if they dare to look at men, that adulterers should be stoned to death, and that homosexuality is a crime for which AIDS is a divine punishment”, is “a barbaric troglodyte,” and “incites violence against women”.

Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman was born in Sydney, Australia to an Arab-Palestinian family that migrated to Australia in the late 1960’s. He completed his school certificate in Sydney before embarking on an eight-year journey to seek knowledge in the Muslim world including Pakistan and Syria.

He is a Hafiz Quran, having memorised the whole of Quran, mastered Arabic language and specialised in Islamic Sciences. He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Islamic Studies.

Sheikh Shady currently lives in Sydney with his wife and two children and is heavily involved with the Muslim community. He is the founder of the United Muslims of Australia (UMA) that operates an upmarket popular Islamic Centre in Padstow with a gym, sports complex, prayer hall, cafes and classrooms attended by hundreds of young people on a daily basis.





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Crescent Institute FutureMakers Challenge 2018: ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE THE WORLD?



Secure a spot at the Harvard Club of Australia 2018 Program for Leaders by submitting a world-changing idea to The Crescent Institute

As a part of our commitment to build a more thoughtful, well-connected Australia, the Crescent Institute has created the inaugural, 2018 Future Makers Challenge, where your ideas could change the world.


CI giving away two fully paid scholarships to the Harvard Club of Australia and is looking for professionals to submit ideas that may change the world, and the two best ideas will win the scholarship.

Enter now to win a coveted spot at this year's Harvard Club of Australia's Leadership Program

Are you a manager or executive with responsibility for strategy, leadership, and organisational performance? Do you dream of making the world a better place?

CI is calling on innovators, entrepreneurs, and social change leaders, country-wide, to submit your most original, world-changing idea. With the potential for the best submissions to be presented to a select panel of Australia's industry leaders, and angel investors - and the ultimate reward of all expenses paid attendance at the Harvard Club of Australia's 2018 Program for Leaders in late July.

The most ingenious ideas will be voted on, with shortlisted applicants announced on Thursday 12 July 2018 to present to an esteemed panel on Wednesday 18 July 2018.


The challenge includes two divisions for corporate and non-profit submissions, promoting the Crescent Institute's aim to encourage learning in leadership throughout all sectors of Australia.


Key dates
Submit your idea online before 5PM (Sydney-time) Wednesday 11 July 2018.
Shortlisted applicants announced on or before Thursday 12 July 2018.
Judging will take place on Wednesday 18 July 2018.


Have any questions?
Jump online, or you can email Amanda.

Good luck, and we look forward to your world-changing ideas.



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ICQ President's Message

Brighter Future Collective

Logan Roos Football Club

Volunteering with ICQ

Halal Certification

Muslim Prison Chaplaincy Program

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Debate has been raging about Australian Muslim designers taking their place at the forefront of the global fashion industry.


Compass revisits key players and meets some new ones with serious skin in the game.


Highlights from the program:

So this collection is inspired by the greatest Muslim women in Islamic history. 

I’m so sick of telling people why I wear a hijab. Who cares! Like, you know, I want to talk about what I’ve designed. 

So it’s amazing that Australia has become this knight in shining armour for Muslim women around the world. 

The hijabi woman was just covered. She just wore black. it was just long. She didn’t really have a personality. But now, we’re like, “No, this is our voice.” It’s a very empowered Muslim woman these days. The modest industry has definitely increased since we’ve last spoken and it’s probably worth around $400 billion now. That was the last count and they can’t keep up. 


Hijab House started because I have a younger sister named Ranane and she had just put on the hijab for the first time as a young teenage girl and I watched her kind of struggle to reconcile her taste and preferences as a young girl with what was available to her in the Islamic fashion industry, so I thought there would be a gap that I could fill, in that sense.

In the last five years, Hijab House has grown, our social media presence has expanded exponentially, we’ve entered new global markets and we now have a flourishing online store with thousands and thousands of customers worldwide. Our customer base has grown beyond Muslim women. We now sell to a lot of non-Muslims that just want modest clothing. Especially, oddly enough, in places like Queensland. Our Queensland market has grown so much since I last saw you guys simply because it’s so hot and a lot of women are very sensitive to the sun. And so they try and find clothing that kind of is light, breathable but also covers their skin. 

What I think has changed in the last five years is an awareness about modest fashion because I would suggest that it used to be a bit of an us-and-them situation in the traditional fashion sense. If you were not devout, you were not thinking about the devout or the religious. But it just so happens that fashion is following quite a modest trend at the moment outside of religion because there’s all these prairie dresses and those longer lengths and high necks and long sleeves. So they’re coexisting. 

I don’t believe in mass production. I love the relationship between a customer and a designer so I love to see who bought my outfit, where are they wearing it to, how are they wearing it. I love that relationship to see the difference that I’m making in people’s lives rather than producing 100 of them that I don’t know where they’ve gone and who’s wearing it and what’s happening to it. I see myself as a designer that isn’t focused just about designing beautiful clothing but to use my fashion to bring a message into society. So the one that I did for university was my graduate collection and it was inspired after the terrorist attack in Martin Place. I wanted to bring out the Islamic art from the mosques and the gold that I was seeing in, like, the Roman churches and I combine them together to create a message of peace to talk about, like, how coexistence, particularly in Australia. What makes Australia great is the multiculturalism and so I wanted to show that through that collection and I had, like, calligraphy in Arabic that, you know, spoke words of peace and love and unity. I think that today there’s so much negativity surrounding Muslims in the world so I kind of think that everybody should use their talents to kind of show the positive light of Islam and show how we are peaceful people, we are just normal. 

It came about with hijabi brides. 10 years ago, they didn’t really have anything to suit their wedding dress – they either had like a really big hat or just like a cap to cover their hair or a high-neck top, there was no variety. Now you can get that awesome, elegant look and have your hijab properly put on for you and have everything covered without having to worry, “Oh, my hair is showing, Oh, my neck is showing.” 
It’s like how non-hijabis have a hairdresser – the hijabis have a scarf dresser. So it’s really nice, yeah. We’ve evolved. 

So this collection is inspired by the greatest Muslim women in Islamic history. There’s something like this one that’s inspired by Bilqis, Queen of Sheba and so it’s got that sort of, like, African kind of vibe and at the same time, it’s like she was a queen and so has this, like, really royal feel to it. And again, it’s just things go through my mind and how I interpret it into one of my pieces of work. 






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Dr Raihan Ismail

Dr Raihan Ismail from The Australian National University (ANU) has been awarded this year's prestigious Max Crawford Medal from the Australian Academy of Humanties, for her outstanding scholarly achievement.

Dr Ismail, a lecturer at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies since 2014, was also recognised for her publications, which make a significant contribution to the understanding of humanities disciplines by the general public. Her book, The Saudi Clerics and Shi'a Islam, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and Dr Ismail engages in many public policy discussions and debates about issues of the Middle East.

"I am honoured to be recognised by the Australian Academy of the Humanities for the work about which I am passionate in the areas of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies," Dr Ismail said.

The Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies Professor Amin Saikal said Dr Ismail is an enormous asset to ANU and Australia.

"Dr Ismail is one of the brightest, most diligent and productive scholars of her generation. It is extremely gratifying to see that her contributions as a leading researcher, teacher and public speaker in the field of Arab and Islamic studies are recognised in this way," Professor Saikal said.

"This recognition comes to her as an early career researcher, and Dr Ismail has indeed already proved to be one of the highest achievers."

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Calford said Dr Ismail has a very bright future ahead of her.

"In her short but illustrious career, Dr Ismail has demonstrated immense capacity to analyse and evaluate the issues of the Middle East region and inform and engage the Australian public on these critically important matters," he said.

"I am confident we will see Raihan Ismail recognised and honoured as an outstanding scholar in many ways in the future."





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Dr Nora Amath delivered a masterclass on diversity and inclusion for women in senior management across diverse sectors at the Clifton Training Centre as part of the Crown Leadership training programme.




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Eid with the DEENs & FRIENDS










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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. 






"The safety and peace of our neighbouring countries and our brothers and friends across the world are among the pillars of our foreign policy."

HE. President Mahmoud Abbas

President of the Palestinian National Authority

Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, is the President of the Palestinian National Authority, and chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Politics: President Abbas is one of the few surviving founder members of Fatah – the main political grouping within the PLO. He has always been committed to pursuing an independent Palestinian state through negotiations and was one of the principal architects of the Oslo peace process. He accompanied Yassir Arafat to the White House to sign the Oslo Accords.

Historic Treaty with Jordan: President Abbas signed a historic agreement with King Abdullah II of Jordan confirming the Hashemite Kingdom’s custodianship over the Holy Sites of Jerusalem. This treaty makes formal a situation which has existed since 1924, and it will not merely avoid any disputes between Jordan and Palestine, but will more importantly enable both countries to jointly legally protect the Holy Sites in Jerusalem against Israeli (official or unofficial) incursions, physical destruction and illegal annexation.

Future Issues: Mr Abbas is in the 12th year of what was initially meant to be a four-year term in office and the lack of any clear progress for the Palestinian situation, and an economy in ruins has led to support for Fatah waning even in the West Bank. The PNA has submitted initial documents to the International Criminal Court to investigate possible war crimes by Israel during their onslaught of Gaza in 2014. There have been strong signs of a reconciliation with Hamas and this along with the need to stop illegal Iraeli settlements from ever-expanding are the main issues of the day for Abbas.





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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





Feryal Salem: The teacher



When Feryal Salem was growing up in Illinois, many of the teachers who instructed her in Islamic law and theology were women, a tradition she continues as co-director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program at Hartford Seminary.


The Connecticut seminary offers one of the country’s few accredited programs for Islamic chaplaincy, which means that Salem has a large role in training the next generation of Muslim interfaith ambassadors and spiritual counselors for colleges, hospitals, prisons and military units. Salem is also an assistant professor of Islamic scriptures and law at Hartford and associate editor of The Muslim World, an academic journal.

Salem’s mission:
“I teach students both to think critically as well as to see that their faith is not something that is to be embarrassed about”








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








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Muslim community offers to house separated children




  A Muslim community in America steps forward to house all the caged children until they can be reunited with their families.









Imam Recounts Traumatic Visit to

Immigrant Detention Facility in Texas




'This is not the land of the free.' — This imam experienced things at U.S. detention centers that he never even encountered at Syrian refugee camps 









Wajahat Ali Op-Ed On Being Muslim In America Post-9/11 

   Now This Opinions



Actor and writer Wajahat Ali is sharing just some of the ridiculous things people ask him as a Muslim in post-9/11 America









How a Respected Muslim Journalist Became an Outcast When He Wrote About Israel

Slate's 'Who's Afraid of Aymann Ismail?'



Islamist terrorist groups have found a new home, and it's not in the Middle East — it's in Africa.








Young, British and Muslim

Revealing UK Muslims' generosity during Ramadan

ITV News




According to the Charity Commission, British Muslim charities raise £100 million during the month of Ramadan alone. That's equivalent to each British Muslim donating £371 per year. Compare that to an average of all Britons, who donate £18 per year.

In this episode we hear about the events, iftars and charity initiatives taking place across the country during Ramadan, and how British Muslims came to the aid of others during the Grenfell Tower fire and terror attacks at Manchester Arena and Finsbury Park, which all happened during Ramadan a year ago.

Would relationships between Britain's faith communities be improved if - as one of our guests believes - these acts of charity were better highlighted?


Our guests in the studio with Rageh Omaar are:

Shelina Janmohamed, author of Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World and and vice-president of Ogilvy Noor, an Islamic branding consultancy

Omar Salha, founder of social enterprise Ramadan Tent Project, which runs an annual Open Iftaar initiative for the homeless and people of all faiths. His organisation helped victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Samra Said, manager of Human Appeal charity’s UK projects including poverty, homelessness and emergency responses including the Manchester attack.

We also speak to Mohammed Mahmoud, the imam of the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park. He protected Darren Osborne moments after he attacked Muslim worshippers as they came out of his mosque during Ramadan in June last year. He spoke exclusively to us about what has happened in the year since. You can watch more of that interview here.

And we visit the Outer Hebrides where one man, the local community and national donations have helped build their first ever mosque which has opened just in time for Ramadan.

Watch all episodes of Young, British and Muslim here.








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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 29 June 2018


IMAM: Uzair Akbar




Imam is inter-state








Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 29 June 2018

TOPIC: "United we must stand"

IMAM: Akram Buksh









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 29 June 2018

TOPIC: ”Our Fan Base”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 29 June 2018

TOPIC: "Allah taala blessed us with this life” 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





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DATE: 29 June 2018

TOPIC: Know the trick of Satan
IMAM: Sheikh Zuhair Rahman


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World Cup 2018: Sardar Azmoun retires from playing for Iran at 23   


RUSSIA: Iran World Cup striker Sardar Azmoun has retired from international football at the age of 23, claiming his mother has become seriously ill because of the insults he has received.

Azmoun - nicknamed the 'Iranian Messi' - had scored 23 goals in 33 games for his country before the tournament.

He did not find the net in Russia as Carlos Queiroz's side finished third in Group B behind Spain and Portugal.

Azmoun described his decision to stop playing for Iran as "painful".

He scored 11 goals in 14 games in qualifying and played the full 90 minutes in all three group games in Russia as Iran beat Morocco, lost to Spain and drew with Portugal.

However, Azmoun said the criticism he had received had made his mother ill.

"My mother had overcome a serious illness and I was happy," said Azmoun, who plays his club football in Russia for Rubin Kazan.

"Unfortunately because of the unkindness of some people, and the insults that me and my team-mates in no way deserved, her illness has become severe.

"This has put me in a difficult position where I must pick one or the other - and as a result I pick my mother."

Azmoun made his debut for Iran at the age of 19.

He is fifth on his country's list of all-time top scorers and was compared to national hero Ali Daei, the record international goalscorer of all-time with 109 goals in 149 appearances.



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Renault Kicks Off Race Day by Handing Keys to New Driver



SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabian Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation, was given the opportunity to drive a Renault Sport Formula One Team E20 car on the Le Castellet circuit, France, as part of the Renault ‘Passion Parade’ just hours before the start of the first French GP in ten years. It is the very same car former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen drove to victory in the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Renault and F1 are proud to enable Aseel to pursue the passion for motorsport she has cultivated over the years on the same day women are able to drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia.

Aseel got her first experience of Formula 1 power at a Renault training day on 5 June at Le Castellet. Under the expert tutoring of Renault Sport Formula One Team engineers and technicians, Aseel got accustomed to the demanding circuit in a Renault road car before switching to a Formula Renault car and the E20 Formula 1 car in the later part of the day.

Aseel represents her country on the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, chaired by former World Rally Championship driver and winner Michèle Mouton. Amongst Aseel’s many responsibilities, she is tasked to put in place strategies and policies to promote the education and training of women in motorsport in Saudi Arabia by collaborating on joint projects and participating in international forums and conferences devoted to the place of women in sport.

Aseel Al-Hamad commented: “I have loved racing and motorsport from a very young age and to drive a Formula 1 car goes even beyond my dreams and what I thought was possible. It is a genuine honour to drive the Renault Sport Formula One Team E20 car in front of the crowds at its home Grand Prix in France. I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and spirit to dream.”     



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Ramadan in South Africa: Muslims hosts iftar to protect heritage



SOUTH AFRICA: The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a time of sharing and reflection for millions of Muslims across the globe. In the Cape Town suburb of the Bo-Kaap, young and old are using the month to highlight the battle they have in protecting their homes and community from private developers.

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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: The first Mosbolletjies was made by the French Huguenots and in texture it is similar to the French Brioche, but the taste is quite unique and delicious. This recipe was shared by Nazrina Joosub. 






4 cups flour (sifted)
4 Tab. Klim or any creamy milk powder
1 pkt yeast-10 grams
1 tsp salt

Mix the above.
Beat the following ingredients together and add to the flour:
½ tin condensed milk
1 egg
1 cup cold milk
1 cup boiling water
1 cup oil

Dough will be very soft so work with oiled hands.
Leave in a warm place to allow it to rise.

Working with oiled hands, form into small tennis balls and pack into a greased tray for a second rising and then bake in a pre-heated oven on 180deg until light brown.



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




Princess Lakshman


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









Muslimah Mind Matters videos

available on YouTube.

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

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
How Conditional Is Your Relationship With Your Spouse?

Divorce rates are pretty high nowadays. More and more people are jumping into relationships with unrealistic expectations and soon after, finding themselves in situations that are no longer loving and romantic. One fine day, the romance, cuddles and compliments fly out the window and you realise you are angry, upset, insecure and lonely because the one whom you thought completed you is no longer the same person he/she was when you first met.


No one completes you. ALLAH has created you in a complete state. You are enough. You are fine. Even when you think you are lonely, think again, because at that precise moment ALLAH is with you and HIS angels are with you. Another thing that is with you at that time is shaitaan’s on-going whisperings. However, ALLAH has equipped you with a free will to choose whether you want to dismiss those whispers or fall for them.

Take a moment today and do a relationship stocktake. Make a list of all the conditions you have placed upon your relationship with your spouse. Ask yourself - do I love him/her unconditionally? Understand that there is a difference between loving someone unconditionally and being loyal to someone unconditionally. Often in domestic violence, people choose to unconditionally remain in toxicity due to loyalty and fear.

Once you understand the conditions you have placed on your relationship, decide if you really actually love your spouse or do you simply ‘approve’ of him/her because he/she is meeting most of your conditions. And now, take a moment and ask yourself this: Do I merely approve of myself or do I actually love myself unconditionally? Unless you are completely and unconditionally accepting and loving of yourself, you can’t practise it on another.

Unconditional love is rarely practised today. People are engrossed in measuring their own worth and their spouse's worth by material yardstick such as financial success, family status, education and so on. Sadly, this is due to our cultural conditioning from childhood. We have been taught to value materialistic accomplishments over virtues such as kindness, generosity, peaceful, helpful, pious and joyful. Truth is, it is only when your relationship can thrive on virtues such as these that you will feel joy with your spouse. Anything other than these virtues will always bring about conditions such as, not enough money, too busy, not enough time for me and the kids, too loud, too quiet, too fat, too lazy, too insensitive, too sensitive...too this, too that.

How To Embrace Unconditional Love
The only strategy to practise daily in order to shed conditions and embrace unconditional love for self and others is to completely surrender to ALLAH and equip yourself with knowledge and positivity so that you are able to see the difference between what brings your relationship love, light, peace and joy and what brings it darkness and depression. Awareness is key. Unless there is awareness, there is no transformation.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
Do I Stay Or Leave? 


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



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Q: Dear Kareema, why do we have to warm up before a workout? Is it really necessary?

A: Starting your workout without warming up may save you five minutes, but it is not a good idea.


Your body needs the warmup to raise it’s temperature, get the blood flowing, and loosen up your muscles for a full / better range of motion.

Depending on your workout, the warmup can consist of light exercises such as walking, jogging, etc.

A quick stretch after the warmup is a good idea too.




My Health and Fitness

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Jallalludin was flying to Dubai and was seated next to the erudite Mula Nasruddin.


Mula Nasruddin: You know it's going to be a long flight, why don't we have a competition. I'll ask you a question, and if you can't answer it, you give me $5. Then you can ask me a question and if I can't answer it, I will give you $500.


Jallalludin (thinking that this was a very good deal): OK, you go first.


Mula Nasruddin: OK. How far is the moon from the earth?


Jallalludin (after much deliberation): I really don't know the answer to that question. Here is my $5.


Jallalludin (taking up his turn to ask the question): What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?


Mula Nasruddin (racking his prodigious brain for an answer, but with little joy): I don't really know. Here is your $500.


Mula Nasruddin; Before I ask you my next question - What does go up a hill and comes down with four?


Jallalludin (puts his hand into his pocket): Here is my $5.


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An Ayaat-a-Week





O you who believe! When the call is made for prayer on Congregation Day, hasten to the remembrance of Allah, and drop all business. That is better for you, if you only knew..

[Quran 62:9]


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"Faith is knowing that

when life doesn't go quite as planned,

it is, in fact, exactly as planned "

~ Charles Glassman



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Events & Functions




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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Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at George Mason University, whose research interests include humanitarian law, refugee law, national security law, and critical race theory.

Noura is a Co-Founding Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. Prior to joining GMU's faculty, she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, as a Legal Advocate for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, and as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. She is a Co-Founding Board Member of the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival and is a Board member of the Institute for Policy Studies.

A powerful spokesperson for the Palestinian cause, Noura’s media appearances include CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, PBS NewsHour, BBC World Service, NPR, Democracy Now!, and Al Jazeera. She has published in the Nation, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Huffington Post, Jezebel, IntlLawGrrls, The Hill, and Foreign Policy, among others.

Noura is the author of Justice for Some: Law As Politics in the Question of Palestine (forthcoming Stanford University Press, 2019).



Palestinian-American human rights attorney Noura Erakat is the guest speaker for the 2018 Edward Said Memorial Lecture, an annual public lecture to honour the memory of groundbreaking Palestinian scholar, courageous advocate, passionate critic and an unfailing humanist - the late Edward Said.

She will be touring several capital cities - so check details for your city below.

Bookings are essential!

Edward Said Memorial Lecture: Anti-Blackness, Settler-Colonialism and the Question of Palestine
> Details:
Adelaide Town Hall
Saturday 14 July at 5.30pm

RSVP here

Gaza: Settler-colonialism and War
> Details:
Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
Monday 16 July at 6pm

RSVP here

Human Rights and Palestine in the Age of Trump
> Details:
State Library
Thursday 19 July at 7pm

RSVP here

> NB: If you aren't in one of these key cities, then please make sure you are following APAN - Australia Palestine Advocacy Network - for an announcement of a Facebook live event with Noura Erekat!















Cycle from Brisbane to Byron Bay on the 10-12 August and raise money for children’s education in Hebron and help spread understanding and awareness about the Palestinian plight with our local community.


Riders from all backgrounds and faiths take part because they want to be a beacon of hope for the people of Palestine showing that all over the world there is support for the Palestinian cause and an aim to bring about peace in the region.

There is something for riders of all levels of fitness with a free family city ride and community event on the Friday night and then the two day main event cycling from Logan to Byron Bay. You can sign up for one, two or all three days. Remember your sign up costs include: accommodation (Saturday), food, jersey, support vehicles, insurance, stickers, flag and wristband. Sunday includes bus back to Gold Coast or Brisbane.

For more information check out The Big Ride for Palestine – Australia website and sign up now!




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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services




On 31 December 2017 the only Islamic childcare centre in the whole of Brisbane had to unfortunately close its doors due to the Department of Transport requiring it for their future expansion. To date they are still in the process of securing new premises to continue serving this very important need of the community and the wait continues….

In the interim the need is still there. The question most Muslims would be asking themselves is “Where do I send my child so that he/she can learn, grow and develop in an Islamic environment, and establish a sound Islamic foundation?”

Msasa Montessori is a private home based learning centre for 3-5 year olds. The focus is an Islamic based learning environment alongside the Montessori method of teaching. Children will be taught their basic duas, surahs, tasbeehs, stories of the Prophets will be read and enacted, and Inshallah their love for Allah and His Noble Prophet Muhammed S.A.W will develop. Supported by the Montessori method of teaching they will develop their independence and will utilise equipment which will enable them to develop and grow.

Montessori is a method of education based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. The Montessori materials cover developmental activities designed to meet the needs of children in five curriculum areas:
Practical life skills, Sensorial activities, Mathematics, Language and Cultural Studies.


By providing such an environment, the children will develop a strong sense of wellbeing and identity as Muslims and they will become confident and involved learners with the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence.

For further information call 0434519414.



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One Day in the Haram

OnePath Network

HOYTS Sunnybank Cinemas


6PM to 8PM

26 July



Keynote Speaker: Hon Bob Carr

Crescent Institute (BRISBANE)

TBA: Brisbane CBD


6PM to 9PM

4 August



United for Palestine – A Fundraiser Art Exhibition by Australian Artists


AMARAH and MAA International

Sunnybank RSL

19 Gager Street, Sunnybank

0422 585 179



6.30PM to 9.30PM

4 August



16th Annual College Fete


Australian International Islamic College (AIIC)

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

0411 045 156

11AM to 7PM

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.

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

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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 Friendship Association of Australia

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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)

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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

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