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Sunday 8 July 2018 | Issue 0713



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Crisis meeting called on Thursday in response to Mosque invasions

ICQ vice president, Ali Kadri, addresses community concerns and actions


 Brisbane Radio Interview



LATEST: Pillar Baptist Church members charged after Brisbane mosque confrontations



Three self-styled Christian "Baptists" have been charged after allegedly trespassing and verbally abusing worshippers at Brisbane mosques.

Logan Robertson, Steven Albany and another man face charges of public nuisance, entering a premises with intent and trespass, after the incidents at the Kuraby and Darra mosques on Wednesday and Thursday.


Church behaviour 'unacceptable', say police

Acting Superintendent Craig Morrow said it was possible more charges could be laid.

"Investigations are still ongoing. There's a lot of video material and recorded CCTV we need to go through and inquiries we need to make," he said.

"Every person has the right to express their views, but the matter in which they've gone about that is not acceptable."

"We hope by taking action quickly like we have, and assuring the community that we won't tolerate this behaviour that this will be a deterrent in itself."

Acting Superintendent Morrow said the trio was arrested after searches were conducted at properties in the Bellbird Park, Redbank and the greater Brisbane area.

The group is due to face the Holland Park Magistrates Court on July 25.

It will be alleged a group of men attended the Kuraby Mosque on Wednesday around 12.30pm and disrupted proceedings in the place of worship.

It will further be alleged the men caused a public nuisance at the Darra Mosque in Oxley on Thursday around 12pm.

Police intercepted a vehicle in the vicinity where they seized recording equipment including video cameras and mobile phones from the group.

A 31-year-old Bellbird Park man and a 29-year-old Redbank man have both been charged with two counts of public nuisance and one count each of enter premises with intent and trespass.

They are due to appear in the Holland Park Magistrates Court on July 25.

Investigations into the incidents are continuing.

MyPolice Queensland Police News

In a statement, a spokesman for Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the Minister was "aware of this matter and is looking into the case".

The ABC has also seen correspondence from a constituent to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, sent in November 2017, calling on her office to inform Mr Dutton about Mr Robertson's church.

Ms Bishop's staff member said the matter would be raised with her.

ABC News




CATCH UP: Pillar Baptist Church members invade Brisbane mosques and Islamic school


Pillar Baptist Church's Logan Robertson (L) and Brisbane Islamic leader Ali Kadri in an argument outside Darra mosque on Thursday.


Police were called after an ugly confrontation broke out at a Brisbane mosque between activists describing themselves as Christian documentary makers and Islamic leaders.

The group of at least four activists, who were involved in a similar incident at the Kuraby mosque yesterday, confronted worshippers at a Darra mosque in Brisbane's south-west just before midday on Thursday.


 Confrontation outside Darra Mosque

When they were denied access, a heated argument broke out between self-declared activist Logan Robertson and Ali Kadri from the Islamic Council of Queensland.

Mr Kadri asked: "I'm trying to talk to you in a nice manner, why are you responding in such an aggressive manner?"

Mr Robertson replied: "Because I hate the religion of Islam. I don't hate Muslims, I hate the religion."

Police intervened and forced the group to leave the property.



Authorities said a group of up to six men went to a mosque at Kuraby yesterday and harassed some of the worshippers in the lead-up to 1:00pm prayers.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

Mr Kadri said a teenage boy was verbally abused during yesterday's incident and was called a terrorist.


 Confrontation inside Kuraby Mosque

"Why did you abuse a 15-year-old Muslim kid then?" Mr Kadri asked.

Mr Robertson replied: "We didn't abuse him."

Mr Robertson, who said he represented the Pillar Baptist Church at Ipswich, also claimed he was part of a group making a film on Islam.

"We're making a documentary about your false religion that's what we are trying to do," Mr Robertson said.

"You are not a patriot, you are a hateful hatemonger — that's what you are, my friend," Mr Kadri said.

"Despite you being a hatemonger, I don't hate you."

The Queensland Baptists said Mr Robertson and his church were not registered or affiliated with their association.

"Queensland Baptists do not support or condone his behaviour toward other faiths as reported in the media."

'What's next, will they come into our houses?'

Mr Kadri said the men were "extremists" and likened them to "white ISIS [Islamic State]".

"Unfortunately if we don't rein these kind of people in this country, then these people in absence of law will not only just harm minorities like us.

"They are going to harm their own people who don't agree with them ... so to me, he is an extremist," Mr Kadri said.

"I think these kinds of people are white ISIS."

Mr Kadri said security would be increased at mosques around the state and most of them would now be locked at night.

"I don't think there is any justification for these kind of things ... our mosques are a peaceful congregation," he said.

"Do we have to wait for somebody to get killed before we realise? This kind of hatred has to be addressed and condemned.

"Before, it was individuals on the corner street ... now they've actually come inside a mosque — what's next, will they come into our houses?"

Not long after the confrontation inside the Darra mosque, police stopped the men on the side of a road and confiscated their camera equipment.

"We'll continue making our documentary," Mr Robertson said.

He told media he was not racist.

"We've got Asians in our church, there's Pacific Islanders in our church — there's all types of races in our church. We're not racist at all, it's about a religion," he said.

Who is Logan Robertson?

A self-proclaimed pastor of the Pillar Baptist Church, which opened at Goodna, west of Brisbane, within the past 12 months.

It is not affiliated with the mainstream Baptist denomination.

The church declares it is anti-abortion, anti-gay and anti-Islam.

Mr Robertson posts sermons on social media and also released a "documentary" critical of the Mormon faith.

On the church's website, Mr Robertson describes his church as a "New Testament Independent Fundamental Baptist Church".

"Our Church is a friendly group of believers who have a strong desire for truthful biblical preaching, that isn't watered down or compromised," the website says.

In New Zealand, Mr Robertson sparked controversy by saying people in gay marriages should be shot, and that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern should "get in the kitchen where women belong".

He was rebuked by Baptist Churches of New Zealand in 2014, who said he had never been affiliated with their denomination.

"The NZ Baptist churches have been demeaned by his vitriol, leaving many of our Baptist church members and pastors wrongly implicated by Robertson's actions," the church said.

New Zealand police reportedly launched an investigation into Mr Robertson but dropped the case on the basis there was no evidence to suggest he had committed any crimes.

ABC News



BREAKING NEWS: Baptist pastor to be deported after public nuisance charges




Self-proclaimed pastor of the Pillar Baptist Church, Logan Robertson,  charged with public nuisance offences after allegedly confronting Muslims at two Brisbane mosques this week, has had his visa cancelled.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton reviewed the case and on Friday night the decision was made to cancel 31-year-old Logan Robertson's visa and send him back to New Zealand.

A spokesman for Minister Dutton said Mr Robertson was on Saturday held in immigration detention.

It will be alleged four men disrupted proceedings inside the Kuraby Mosque about 12.30pm on Wednesday and the same men caused a disturbance at the Darra Mosque about midday on Thursday.

Police said officers pulled over a car near the Darra Mosque on Thursday, seizing cameras and phones from the men, who the Islamic Council of Queensland said claimed to be with the media.

Brisbane Times


Responding to the above news, ICQ Executive member, Fahim Khondaker, posted on Facebook:

I hope this makes the Muslim community feel like they are supported by the justice system and the police here in Australia. It is time to own our Australian Muslim identity. I also hope that people see the value in a patient, polite response that was led by ICQ and not one of anger. I think the Queensland Muslim community should be very proud of the calmness and unity with which this matter was handled.







Chief Superintendent Michael Niland and Inspector Mark Stewart from South Brisbane district, attended a meeting at Kuraby Mosque on Friday 6 July facilitated by Police Liaison Officer Hamza Shale.


They assured the community that they treated the incidences at Kuraby Mosque very seriously and they would do everything in their power to ensure these individuals would be held to account and that based on the evidence thus far, the QPS would be recommending to the Immigration Minister that visas of all non Australian persons be revoked and the rest would be charged.

Inspector Mark Stewart has been in regular contact with Kuraby Mosque Trustees.






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The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister For Citizenship And Multicultural Affairs, recently announced the new 13 member Australian Multicultural Council (AMC).

The AMC brings together leaders from a diverse range of business and civil society backgrounds, who will serve three-year terms and will continue to advise government on ways to promote integration and Australia’s shared values.

The AMC’s expert advisers will help to guide policy, develop engagement with and help encourage migrant participation in the broader community.


The Australian Multicultural Council members include:

Dr Sev Ozdowski AM, Chair*
Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO, Deputy Chair*
Mrs Charlotte Vidor*
Mr Vasan Srinivasan*
Ms Helena Kyriazopoulos*
Mr Abeselom Nega
Ms Anthea Hancocks
Ms Leila Abukar
Mr Craig Foster
Ms Claudine Menegazzo
Mr Tsebin Tchen
Mr Jason Yeap OAM
Ms Marina Hogan

*current serving members



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Good Muslim Boy at Brisbane's QPAC: 12 Jul to 4 Aug 2018

An irreverent but tender memoir of a father, a son and a question of faith

What does it mean to be a good Muslim boy? You probably shouldn’t gawk at girls in bikinis or fake a medical degree. If you must be an actor, you shouldn’t play a gay man on television, or Saddam Hussein in a post 9/11 American musical. And you definitely, definitely shouldn’t leave an arranged bride at the altar.

Meet Osamah Sami. He’s done all of the above. Interesting, considering his father is one of the leading Islamic clerics in Australia, having pulled his family out of war-torn Iran to settle in suburban Melbourne. But when his kindly and unorthodox dad dies suddenly during a trip to Iran, Osamah must grapple with an inscrutable and corrupt bureaucracy in his fight to bring his father’s body home to Australia – all the while looking back on his life in a haunting, hilarious and heart-wrenching retrospective.

Osamah Sami’s memoir Good Muslim Boy, upon which the play is based, won a 2016 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award.

Director Janice Muller
Designer Romanie Harper
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Sound Designer & Composer Phil Slade

Cast includes Rodney Afif, Nicole Nabout and Osamah Sami.


More information and booking details




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By  Zia Ahmad    

Gallipoli Home: Aged Care Complex next to Gallipoli Mosque in Auburn, Sydney


The first facility in Sydney dedicated to serving the needs of elderly from Muslim and culturally diverse background commenced its first intake from Monday 2 July 2018.

Gallipoli Home is an upmarket 102-bed residential complex located next to the iconic Gallipoli Mosque on 11 Gelibolu Parade, close to Auburn train station.

The uniquely designed purpose built 3-level building incorporates state of the art facilities, alongside a beautiful aesthetic fusing of modern architecture with traditional Turkish, Arabic, Indigenous, Australian, and Islamic elements.

The first residents were welcomed to their new home on Monday 2 July 2018. The facility will aim to accommodate resident admissions during the coming year. Interested residents and their families are encouraged to come in for a tour of the facilities and discuss options with the team.


From right: Dr Abdurrahman Asaroglu with the first resident of Gallipoli Home.

With regard to the funding of the facility, Dr Abdurrahman Asaroglu, The Executive Director of Gallipoli Home, advised, “The total project cost is $33 million; $10 million from a Federal Government grant, $20 million through Shariah compliant finance and the remaining $3 million from the generous donations of the community.

The facility is comprised of three level of residential suites built around a central internal courtyard with a garden which includes a fountain. The underground level consists of a car park with 43 spaces and services including industrial-size kitchen, laundry and amenities for staff.

The residential suites are comprised of 82 single rooms with ensuites and 10 double rooms with ensuite to accommodate admission of couples. The bedrooms, amenities, communal, dining and activity area are generously proportioned.

Residential aged care becomes a complex issue for those Muslims who try to observe their faith and to be able to continue with a lifestyle that follows the tenets of Islam even when they become old and frail.






This is Sydney’s First Muslim Aged-Care Centre!


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Vice President of the Islamic Council of Victoria Adel Salman.

TENSIONS between Victoria’s peak Muslim and Jewish groups over Middle Eastern politics have got the state government worried.

The government has criticised the Islamic Council of Victoria for pulling out of a number of joint events with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria.

These include the annual Jewish Muslim comedy debate and a long-held Ramadan ­dinner. Issues such as US President Donald Trump moving his country’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem have also led to tensions.

JCCV president Jennifer Huppert said her organisation was concerned that the ICV had cited overseas issues for pulling out of joint events.

“Our view is that our relationship with the ICV and other organisations within the Muslim community is very important for the continuing wellbeing of the Victorian community,” she said.

Ms Huppert said the JCCV had objected to a recent speech by ICV vice-president Adel Salman in which he appeared to question Israel’s right to exist.

“We’re open to meeting with Adel and talking to him,” she said.

“We still have the lines of communication open with the Islamic Council of Victoria, and will continue to talk to them and work together to create, we hope, a harmonious society in Victoria.”

However, Ms Huppert said there seemed to be elements within the ICV which didn’t “want to work with the Jewish community that perhaps are more radical”.

Mr Salman denied the ICV had become radicalised, and defended his strong criticism of Israel’s Palestinian policies at the rally in May.

“It’s no secret that we fundamentally disagree with the JCCV’s very one-sided support for Israel,” he said.

Mr Salman said the ICV had urged the JCCV to withdraw its support for the recent visit of US Jewish historian Daniel Pipes — an alleged “Islamophobe”.

He said there were various reasons for the ICV pulling out of joint events, but the Islamic body was keen to keep communicating with the JCCV and other Jewish groups to foster harmony and social cohesion.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Robin Scott said that Muslim communities had made positive contributions to the state but he was disappointed that the ICV had withdrawn from joint initiatives with Jewish groups.

“The relationship between these communities is important to Victoria’s social cohesion, and we will work with both groups to resolve their issues,” he said.

The Herald Sun




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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?
Much of my work in this space tends to be reactive. I find myself constantly in a state of having to respond, debunk and disprove assumptions about race, faith and gender in the context of social, political and occupational environments. This can take the form of presentations, keynote addresses, workshops, panels or media appearances. I am a strong advocate for demanding a platform for inclusion when experiences of diversity in gender and culture are being tabled - and am quick to call out the hypocrisy of 'diversity forums' which when held, somehow exclude the expertise of the very communities they claim to be advocating for. My mantra has always been to own your narrative before someone else owns it for you.

How does cultural diversity shape your life (personal, work and otherwise)?
I see cultural diversity increasingly as the norm in the way a globalised world evolves. I believe it can be harnessed as an asset when considering the breadth of skills, views and learnings that enrich traditional learning behaviours in the mainstream - which require systems and people to be adaptive in order to stay competitive, and relevant. Parochial thinking in a progressive world, causes regression.

What does multiculturalism mean to you?
It means acceptance of culturally diverse backgrounds and perspectives without exception or qualification.

What moments in history have made you feel proud as an Australian?
The 2008 National Apology from PM Rudd, in the moment that it was made.
When in 1968 at the Mexico Olympics, Australian sprinter, Peter Norman, wore his Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge for an organisation set up to oppose racism in sport. His actions were pioneering in a climate that challenged prejudice and so controversial they ended his career and sanctioned him from further competition, despite being a silver medallist. He remains an unsung hero of fighting racism in this country and deserves to be nationally acknowledged.


Why is it important to stand up against racism and bigotry?
Because the protections against these actions are fundamental to human rights.

If there is one thing anyone can do to support diversity or counter prejudice, what would it be?
Speak out against even micro-racial aggressions. Ignoring them makes you complicit in a racist discourse, which feed racist attitudes, which elicit racist behaviours, which inform racist policy. From little racisms, big ones grow.

Do you have a favourite story about people learning about other cultures?
That time I was welcomed to Australia, though I’ve been here for over forty years. Or after a giving a presentation, being commended on my 'grasp of the English language', by complete strangers, to which I've quipped: 'Yours isn't too bad. Keep it up'.

What advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?
Speak up. You were right.


Source: ItStopsWithMe




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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. 







Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson

Teacher and Co-founder of Zaytuna College, USA

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson is one of the most influential Islamic figures in the Western world. He is seen as one of the foremost authorities on Islam outside of the Muslim world. He is a co-founder of the Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, the first and only accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the USA.

Islamic Scholar: Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson converted to Islam in 1977 when he was only 17 and spent many years studying Arabic, Islamic jurisprudence and philosophy with some of the Muslim world’s most prominent and well-respected teachers. His popularity, and accordingly his influence, stem from his application of Islamic knowledge being rooted in the lived experience of modern, western society. His controversial Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference speech in 2016 which critiqued aspects of the Black Lives Matter movement sparked an intra-Muslim dialogue on the racial struggle in America.

Speaker and Educator: Sheikh Hamza is a much sought after speaker. He has given thousands of lectures to public audiences and is interviewed regularly by the media. He spreads traditional Sunni orthodoxy in the West through his popular speeches and his teaching at short intense study programmes such as Deen Intensive, Rihla and RIS.

Advisor: He advises on Islamic Studies to several US universities, and is also on the board of advisors of George Russell’s One Nation, a national philanthropic initiative that promotes pluralism and inclusion in America.





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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





Eboo Patel: The bridge builder



Growing up in suburban Chicago, Eboo Patel dutifully attended worship services with his family. “But the real religion in our family was American achievement,” he says. That meant good grades, prestigious internships and, eventually, a lucrative career.


But after earning a doctorate from Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, Patel told his family he wanted to try public service. Fifteen years later, Patel says his Interfaith Youth Core is one of the largest inter-religious organizations in North America, with an $8.5 million budget and 45-person staff who train thousands of students on nearly 500 college campuses.


The author of three books, Patel was also a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

What other Muslims say about Patel:
“When he started, a lot of what Eboo was doing was groundbreaking. Interfaith work was foreign to many Muslims in America. Now it’s common."






Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Can the Saudis Break Up With Wahhabism?

OPINION by Nabil Mouline, historian of the Saudi clergy and monarchy.




A candlelight vigil support the victims and their relatives of a series attacks at churches in Surabaya, East Java.


The speed and magnitude of change in Saudi Arabia has accelerated considerably after the consecration of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. To legitimize his ascent, fulfill his absolutist ambitions and face various internal and external challenges, Prince Mohammed has presented and positioned himself as the champion of “modernization.”

Several of the crown prince’s statements and initiatives — calling for a moderate Islam, authorizing women to drive, reopening cinemas — have been interpreted as his desire to break the historic pact between the House of Saud and the Wahhabi religious establishment.

In the mid-18th century, the Saud embraced Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, a revivalist preacher who advocated a narrow reading of the Quran and the Hadith and attacked any deviations from or accretions to the original practice. People who deviated from the Wahhabi doctrine were excluded from Islam, and jihad was considered the only way to bring them back to the right path.

The compact with Wahhab and his disciples helped the Saud to legitimize an expansionist policy and create a durable state in the early 20th century. The Saudi monarchy monopolized political and military action; the Wahhabi clerics took charge of the religious, legal and social spheres.

Prince Mohammed is unlikely to pull off a break with the Wahhabi religious establishment because the clerics have proved to be resilient and have displayed a great capacity to adapt to transitions and vagaries of power. Attempts to marginalize the clerics date back to the early 20th century.



The New York Times



Only Few Know Of The Cham Muslims – Vietnam’s Isolated Islamic Community

By Simone Doenvang, a convert from Denmark. She has been traveling in Asia and the Middle East, and has in the past worked in advertising in Dubai and Pakistan, and within marketing and copywriting in Vietnam.



While traveling in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, I was surprised to find Muslims in an isolated village near the Cambodian border on the Mekong River Bank. Arriving by a small boat, the group I was traveling with got off on a narrow, half rotten, wooden bridge one by one. Following the group, we were met by barefoot children who were trying to sell us snacks and followed us into the village.

A group of men were sitting nearby wearing “Batik Lungi”, long shirts with a knot in their waist and white skull caps. They were all discussing something with an elder in white robes and turban.

The houses were built on 2 to 3 meter wood or concrete stilts to prevent flooding from the Mekong River entering the houses. Beneath one of them at the entrance of the village, waved fabrics were setup for display, while hijab wearing women were demonstrating the waving techniques of the Cham people and showing off their tribe patterns.

From the 2nd to the 17th century, the lands of South Vietnam belonged to the Cham Kingdom, ethnical decent from the Malay Polynesians. The prosperity in the Kingdom primarily came from maritime slave and sandalwood trades, which might have affected the beginning of the Islamic conversion that started all the way back in the 11th century. Officially the Cham King converted in the 17th century and spread the Islamic teachings to his people in the southern regions, before the Vietnamese dynasty conquered the land in the same century. The invasion and defeat might explain why Islamic teaching didn’t reach the Cham people in the more centralized regions of Vietnam, which today predominantly are Hindu or Buddhist. After the invasion of the South, most Cham Muslims fled to Cambodia and landed in what is called “Kampong Cham” literally translated to “Port of the Cham”, or to Terengganu in Malaysia. Fragments remained near the Mekong River in Vietnam.

The Muslim population in Vietnam is estimated to be around 65.000 citizens, where the majority are the Cham Muslims. The second largest group are ethnical Vietnamese converts, and though Islam is slowly rising in the country, the Cham Muslims feel disconnected with the ethnical Vietnamese, as fragments of resentment between the once ruler and then conquer is still felt on both sides. 



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Edna Adan built a hospital from rubbles in Somaliland with her pension

Diploma TV




Hear from the African lady who has delivered 21 thousand women at the hospital she built from rubbles.









Fahim Khondaker interviewed by Ashwin Segkar on ABC Brisbane










Goss on the Go

   Hussin Goss



"Its never too late"









Islam's roots in America

Al Jazeera


From Thomas Jefferson's Quran, to inspiring US law, Islam's roots in America go far deeper than you think.


Full documentary







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 DATE: 6 July 2018

TOPIC: "Advice for after Ramadan" Part 2 

IMAM: Uzair Akbar










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IMAM: Akram Buksh









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IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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Be alert of Hajj fraud, pilgrims warned   


UK: The UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre is warning Muslims to be alert to fraudsters targeting pilgrims to Makkah out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The warning by Action Fraud comes in time for Hajj which is expected to see 25,000 Muslims from the UK travel to Saudi Arabia in August.

British Muslims have lost almost a million pounds to hajj-related frauds in the past five years and in 2017, the average reported loss per victim stood at a staggering £5,869.

According to a report by Action Fraud, ‘Between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 there were 17 reports of Hajj-related fraud made to Action Fraud, marking a 143 per cent increase on the previous year’s reporting figures. Hotspots for recorded offending were London, the West Midlands and Manchester.’

Police believe that the official figures of victims are “just the tip of the iceberg” as many people are too embarrassed or ashamed to report the crime.

Victims have lost between £1,000 and £33,000 each, Action Fraud says. Many are duped by bogus travel agents and tour operators, who request payment by bank transfer, then vanish. Such payments are not protected by the Consumer Credit Act.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Ives, from the City of London Police, said: “Many victims will have saved for years to be able to afford to travel to Saudi Arabia and as a result will be absolutely devastated when they find out that they have in fact been conned by fraudsters.

“Hajj fraud continues to destroy the dreams people have of making a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca, which is why, together with our industry partners, we are raising awareness of this crime.

“Be sure to conduct your own research into the travel company you are thinking of using and make sure it is really a member of ABTA [Association of British Travel Agents] by checking online and is ATOL [Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing] protected and is not just using false logos. You should also get everything in writing and, if you think you have become a victim, report it to Action Fraud.”

Chief Executive of ABTA, Mark Tanzer, said fraudsters target Muslim pilgrims “as very large sums of money are at stake” with many people using their life savings for the once-in-a-lifetime trip.

“ABTA members selling to the Muslim community have reported to us that fraudsters rely on the fact that some pilgrims may not be aware of the strict regulations governing package travel, or the benefits of booking through companies who belong to a recognised trade body, like ABTA. This kind of fraud is particularly despicable as pilgrims may never again be in the position to fulfil this religious duty,” said Tanzer.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau said the average victim of travel-related fraud was conned out of about £1,500. However, Abta says individual cases of haj-fraud are often five or six times this amount.

Travel arrangements that are sold in the UK with flights and accommodation must have an Atol certificate, which financially protects travellers.  .

Muslim News


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The Nigerian imam who saved Christians from Muslim gunmen


Christians say they would have died had it not been for the bravery of the Muslim cleric (centre)


NIGERIA: When an imam in Nigeria saw hundreds of desperate, frightened families running into his village last Saturday, he decided to risk his life to save theirs.

They were fleeing from a neighbouring village - a mainly Christian community.

They say they came under attack at about 15:00 (14:00 GMT) from about 300 well-armed men - suspected cattle herders, who are mostly Muslims - who started shooting sporadically and burning down their homes.

Some of those who managed to escape ran towards the mainly Muslim neighbourhood nearby where the imam lived, arriving over the next hour.

The cleric immediately came to their aid, hiding in total 262 men, women and children in his home and mosque.

"I first took the women to my personal house to hide them. Then I took the men to the mosque," the imam told BBC Pidgin.     



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Winners of The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2018




UK: Sixteenth The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2018 Gala awards was held on 23 April in London to celebrate British Muslim contributions to the society. Guest of Honour Rt Hon David Lidington, Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster & Minister at Cabinet Office. Ahmed J Versi Editor of The Muslim News & founder of the awards welcomed the guests.

Imams Hasan & Husayn CHILDREN’S AWARD for excellence
Winner: Ishal Mahmud, Student, St Swithun’s School

Alija Izetbegovic award for GOOD CITIZENSHIP
Winner: Nazim Ali, Careers Adviser, Prospects Services Limited

Sankore University award for excellence in EDUCATION
Winner: Mashood A Baderin Professor of Law, SOAS, University of London

Al Biruni award for excellence in COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Winner: Mfa Zaman Safe & Save

Fazlur Rahman Khan award for excellence in ENGINEERING, SCIENCE, OR TECHNOLOGY
Winner: Dr Sheraz Gul, Head of Drug Discovery, Fraunhofer Institute

Annemarie Schimmel award for CHAMPIONING A MUSLIM CAUSE
Winner: Grassroots

Ibn Sina award for HEALTH
Winner: Dr Amina Jindani, Honorary Senior Lecturer, St George’s University of London

Ibn Battuta Award for Excellence in the MEDIA
Winner: Mars Elkins-El Brogy, Head of Video Production, London Evening Standard/The Independent

Winner: Dr Fayyaz Afzal OBE, District Judge, Ministry of Justice

Malcolm X YOUNG PERSON’S Award for excellence
Winner: Maryam Ali, Level 2 Cricket Coach

Faezeh Hashemi award for excellence in SPORT
Winner: Saba Nasim BEM BCA, Solicitor/ECB Level 2 Cricket Coach

Uthman Dan Fodio Award for excellence in COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Winner: Islamic Relief & Approachable Parenting

Alhambra award for excellence in ARTS
Winner: Ruh Al-Alam, Artist & Creative Entrepreneur, Visual Dhikr & Archetype

Ummul Mu’minin Khadijah award for excellence in ENTERPRISE
Winner: Shezad Nawab, MBE, Entrepreneur

Winner: Dr Sabhiha Saleem



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Two men targeted a 19-year-old woman, inflicting injuries upon her with a sharp object and calling her a “filthy Arab.”


This screen grab taken from Google Maps shows the Chateau (Castle) Street in Anderlues town near the Belgian capital Brussels. (Google Maps)


BELGIUM: A Muslim woman, whose name has not been made public, was brutally assaulted in what appears to be a hate crime carried out by two racist men in Anderlues town near Brussels on Monday, Belgian media reported.

The 19-year-old woman was walking alone in an alley around 2100 GMT (11 pm local) when two unnamed assailants stood in her way, according to Belgium’s official news agency Belga.

The men took off her headscarf and tore apart her shirt, exposing her upper body.

As she tried to escape, the two men hurled racial slurs at the victim, calling her a “filthy Arab” before knocking her to the ground.

Then, the attackers used a sharp object to cut her body, including her torso, stomach and legs, in the shape of a cross, the Belga said.

The men fled after the incident.

The police is yet to reveal details about the health condition of the woman.

The local police have launched an investigation into the attack.        



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In a crowd, but on my own
Surrounded, yet alone
Socialising, wiling time,
With a pasted, hollow smile

What I really think,
I keep within
What I see and feel,
I don’t reveal

Not because I’m not free
To lift my mask of bland conformity,
It’s just that I’m afraid
My thoughts won’t resonate
With the lilting chatter.

And I’d rather not interrupt,
Only to be dubbed
A spoiler of fun,
Boring stick in the mud

And yet,

All the floating and flitting
Leaves my mind spinning
I follow the shifts –
From holiday planning, weight-loss techniques, to gossip,
Work routines, new restaurants, to fashion tips,
Feeling slightly sick…

To what end?

Where are these frothy conversations going?
In all the verbal to-ing and fro-ing,
Where is the quest for meaning,
Divine purpose and being?

Perhaps you’ve been there too
Torn between melting in the stew
Or changing the essential flavour
And risking censure

And maybe like me,
You always give in
To the desire to fit in

If only…

We could forego our obsession
With self-preservation
And show a little more courage
To lead the conversation

It might make all the difference.

Fatema Valji



Source: Muslim News (UK)



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 The Arab of the Future:

A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir


Riad Sattouf





Sattouf has described his complicated depiction of his father as “a dreamer full of bluster, driven by impotent fury at the West; a secularist who can’t quite free himself from superstition; a man who wants to give orders but whose lot is to follow them.” According to the New Yorker of all sources, The Arab of the Future books “have drawn controversy in France for their harsh portrayal of a traditional Muslim society plagued by everyday violence and bigotry, which some critics perceive as pandering to anti-Arab prejudices. Sattouf insists that his project should be taken as a portrait of his own childhood and family, not of Syria or the Arab world at large.”


Full story: The New Yorker

The Arab of the Future, the #1 French best-seller, tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf's childhood, spent in the shadows of 3 dictators—Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and his father

In striking, virtuoso graphic style that captures both the immediacy of childhood and the fervor of political idealism, Riad Sattouf recounts his nomadic childhood growing up in rural France, Gaddafi's Libya, and Assad's Syria--but always under the roof of his father, a Syrian Pan-Arabist who drags his family along in his pursuit of grandiose dreams for the Arab nation.

Riad, delicate and wide-eyed, follows in the trail of his mismatched parents; his mother, a bookish French student, is as modest as his father is flamboyant. Venturing first to the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab State and then joining the family tribe in Homs, Syria, they hold fast to the vision of the paradise that always lies just around the corner. And hold they do, though food is scarce, children kill dogs for sport, and with locks banned, the Sattoufs come home one day to discover another family occupying their apartment. The ultimate outsider, Riad, with his flowing blond hair, is called the ultimate insult… Jewish. And in no time at all, his father has come up with yet another grand plan, moving from building a new people to building his own great palace.

Brimming with life and dark humour, The Arab of the Future reveals the truth and texture of one eccentric family in an absurd Middle East, and also introduces a master cartoonist in a work destined to stand alongside Maus and Persepolis.




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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: My guest chef this week is Yasmin Tar suggests making use of fresh guava which has a fairly dense texture with a strong flavour but a mild taste. The fruit's taste is like a combination of pear and strawberry. Unfortunately the fresh guava is not readily available hence her use of the canned variety.


Guava Dessert




1 tin condensed milk
1 big tin nestle cream
1 big tin canned guavas in syrup - drained
Grated rose falooda / jelly (see below)

Whisk nestle cream and condensed milk.
Grate guavas and add grated jelly.
Mix all together and spoon into serving bowls,
Decorate with a piece of jelly cut into flower shape and serve chilled.

Water Falooda
1 litre water
1½ tsp agar agar (falooda powder)
½ cup sugar
A drizzle of Rose syrup

Boil water, sugar and agar agar powder together for 15 mins. Remove from heat and add the rose syrup. pour into a tray and leave to set.
Grate ¾ of the falooda to add to the desert and cut out shapes from the remaining ¼ to decorate the desert. (optional)

Or if time does not permit, simply use the cherry or raspberry boxed jelly.



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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:
Do I Stay Or Leave?

Thinking back to that Mother’s Day afternoon in 2011, I don’t exactly remember whether it was the electric cord that he strangled me with that triggered the warrior in me or the one solid punch on my head where I was housing a golf-ball sized brain tumour. What I do recall vividly is when I saw my tiny seven-year-old daughter from the corner of my eye, shivering with fear and screaming at the top of her lungs “Papa, let her go, please, let her go!” was when the moment of truth hit me like a ton of bricks...Was this the legacy I was leaving for my daughter? This was not about her father being violent to her mother...this was about her parents mentally torturing her, abusing her in a way that may never heal. Astaghfirullah.

Being in a toxic relationship brings about death. Death to peace, love, light, joy and abundance. It slowly sucks life out of you until you start mirroring toxicity in your thoughts, words and deeds. Not all toxic relationships are physically violent. Emotional torture, insults, money-control, spying (hacking into social media accounts, or checking phone messages), constant accusations are some of many signs of a toxic relationship.

What happened in 2011 to me was not a one-off incident. It started when I began dating him back in 2001. All these little things and signs that I chose to dismiss because a part of me convinced me of two things; one, that I deserved them - taking blame, making excuses for his violence. And two, that I could change him if I tried harder. These two reasons were a clear indication that I lacked self-worth, self-respect, self-love, self-compassion and gratitude to ALLAH for the beautiful life that HE had blessed me with where instead of choosing love, light, peace and joy, I was choosing toxicity and perpetuating it further. When motherhood happened, the excuse to stay became even more ridiculous: I’m staying because my child needs a complete family, she needs both parents.
It’s not fun sharing this truth with my readers. However, self-transformation is only possible when there is self-reflection and awareness of patterns of thinking. Self-sabotaging thought patterns that trap you into staying on in toxic relationships (marriages, friendships and business partnerships) only bring about darkness, ill health, resentment and fear.

Before you know it, you become addicted to this toxicity and fear propels you to find excuses to remain stuck in this stagnant existence. ALLAH created you to live your life to your full potential and worship HIM. How can you do that if you are stuck in existing in such toxicity? Know the difference between merely existing and actually living. Where are you in your life right now? How do you feel about your growth? How is your relationship helping you grow? Is it helping you grow? If not, why not?

So, Stay Or Leave?
No one can make you leave. You need to decide that for yourself. People sometimes say things like, “If it’s that bad, just leave.” Well, it’s not that simple...because you need to understand that in order to leave a toxic relationship, you need to first and foremost become aware that you are in fact choosing to remain in the toxicity. Choice is the most fundamental and crucial part of decision-making.

You can CHOOSE to:

• Fight and argue daily OR be in a peaceful, soulful companionship
• Fear being yourself OR feel the freedom to be who you are and live your purpose
• Feel useless, hopeless, anxious and depressed OR feel positive, light, loving and joyful
• Cry alone and blame others or self OR cry it out to a trusted professional to guide you
• Retaliate with violence and aggression OR realise your self-worth and rise above these toxic behavioural choices
• Continue making excuses for this toxic situation OR take action to do something to change your life for the better
• Continue being ignorant about your rights OR find the right people to help you understand your rights
• Remain in this prison till you die OR walk out of this prison NOW because you actually can.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Accept, Release, Move On 


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



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Q: Dear Kareema, is a rest day really necessary, and if so, how often do I need to take one?

A: The best thing to do is listen to your body. If you’re feeling unwell or worn out, taking a day or so off is a good idea to rest and recover.

If you’re sore, you may need a ‘lighter workout day’. How often you need a rest day depends on how hard your training sessions are and what you do.

When weight training it’s important to take a day off in between session so muscles can recover before the next big workout.




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Jallalludin falls in love with a girl and decides to meet her father.

Jallalludin: "Your daughter is very kind and beautiful, and I love her. If you let me marry her I will give you gold equal to her weight."

Girl's father: "I need time."

Jallalludin: "To think?"

Girl's father: "No increase her weight."

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An Ayaat-a-Week





But Allah will not delay a soul when its time has come. Allah is Informed of what you do.

[Quran 63:11]


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"One doesn't have to operate with great malice

to do great harm.

The absence of empathy and understanding

are sufficient."


~ Charles M. Blow



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Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy


3rd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference:

Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy



Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July 2018


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

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

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

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

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




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


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

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






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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



Crescent Institute FutureMakers Challenge 2018




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.




New Muslim Care (NMC) are proud to be working in alliance with Sisters Support Services (SSS) and National Zakat Foundation (NZF) to support new Muslims with the Islam 101: The Foundations courses.

Through collaboration we are strengthening our organisations and sharing resources in order to continue to provide much needed services to the community.

Our aim is to offer continuous support to new Muslims through Islamic workshops, classes and social avenues and enable a more seamless transition successfully to an Islamic way of life Insha'Allah.

Sessions for brothers are envisaged for the near future.

Please contact or to discuss your needs or to work in collaboration with NMC in providing future sessions and assisting others in the community.







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SHE...See me, Hear me, Empower me

In collaboration with Qld Police Service, Muslimah Mind Matters and Sisters Support Services are facilitating FOUR x 1 Day SHE live events (Free) for Muslimahs in Brisbane.


Book FREE tickets for the first of the four events on 11th July, especially for Mothers and Daughters.







A small group of sisters have established the Hurricane Stars Club, the first sports and recreation association specifically catering for Muslim females in Brisbane. All classes and activities for males and females over 10 years old will be kept separately as males-only and females-only classes. 


The organisation is an incorporation of 3 previous clubs that have been operating for the past 2 and a half years ; The Young Muslims club, that organised social and educational activities for primary-school-aged children. The Teens Club, that organised fun activities with an Islamic-based session for teenage girls and boys done separately and also the Ladies swimming program that has offered ladies-only swimming lessons, aqua-aerobics and mums-and-bubs learn-to-swim classes for the past 18 months.


All of these programs will continue and are still organised by the same ladies who founded these programs. Being registered as an official not-for-profit sports and recreation association allows us to be eligible for government sporting programs. It has allowed us to be eligible to accept the Queensland Government’s ‘Get Started’ $150 vouchers for our swimming program for children aged 5-17 years old. Children aged from 5-to-17-years old will receive $150 off the cost of swimming lessons if they register for our swimming program. 


We have also added a new Female Fitness program, sponsored by the Logan City Council. We offer ladies only fitness classes and aqua-aerobics classes for only $2 per class. Mums are welcome and encouraged to bring their children aged 3 years old and under to the class with them while they do a 45-minutes-class. We have created a teen girls fitness program, which will be a hijab-friendly fitness opportunity for teenage girls to get fit and active. We offer a variety of activities both indoors and outdoors on a regular basis.


For more information, please see our website or email us at Alternatively contact Farah Scott on 0432026375. 


Please like our Facebook page - hurricane stars club, for all the latest updates. We look forward to offering many more exciting and fun programs and activities for the community in shaa'Allah in the future.




















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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22 July



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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HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

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

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

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