EST. 2004


Sunday 29 July 2018 | Issue 0716



CCN - a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ....


We find the week's news, so that you don't have to.




The Hon Bob Carr in Brisbane

The Hon Bob Carr, former Foreign Minister under the Gillard Government, drew a packed house on Thursday 26 July in the Brisbane CBD.


Organized by the Crescent Institute, the event was the second networking event to be held this year.


Mr Carr, the current director of the Australia-China Relations Institute, spoke on a range of issues that included his role as Foreign Minister, his support for Palestine's recognition, the rise of China and the importance of engaging in public life. He promoted the sale of his latest book, a memoir entitled, Run For Your Life, the proceeds of which he will be donating to the United Nations to assist children displaced by the Syrian war. A voracious reader himself, Mr Carr's parting advice was for young people in particular to engage in life-long learning if they wanted to get ahead in political and social life.


Crescent Institute Brisbane facilitated the event at a Commonwealth Bank venue in Anne Street and Mr Fahim Khondaker was the MC on the night.




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THE MUSLIM community of the Lockyer Valley may soon have a community centre to call their own, after the Lockyer Valley Regional Council approved plans for a facility in Gatton.

A spokesperson for Lockyer Valley Islamic Association confirmed it received an approval from council for a community centre at a property on Woodlands Road owned by the association.

The purpose built community centre would be used for daily prayer services, community engagement programs and events, language classes and youth programs.

The spokesperson for the association said the centre would be place for all members of the community to come together.

"Whilst our facility will become a crucial part of the local Muslim community, it is also envisaged to be a part of the wider local community to help foster cross cultural and faith relationships, to improve the understanding of our faith and build bridges in the Lockyer Valley," they said.

"Like every other faith, our centre will be a place of meeting, education, prayer and interaction for its members, whilst our activities will always be open to all."

The association has operated a smaller centre behind Gatton Halal Grocers on North St since 2013, which services the approximately 300 member Islamic community in the region.

Currently it is the only place of worship in the Lockyer Valley.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Planning portfolio Chair, Cr Kathy McLean said the application had been approved in line with planning legislation, after a previous application was rejected.

"The application had been previously rejected on planning grounds but the association has since worked to address Council's concerns and as the application was code assessable and met all legislative requirements, it was approved," Cr McLean said.

"The truth is that we live in a multicultural society with all different religious beliefs and as a council, we needed to base our decision on the application and not the applicant - which is what we did."

The Morning Bulletin




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Queensland Muslim Museum

On Friday 28 July, several generations of the first Muslim family to settle in Mt Gravatt returned to the land that once belonged to their family.

The land on which the Holland Park Mosque is built as well the Hall opposite were part of the Abdul Ghias Kaus' contribution to the Muslim community in the early 1900's.

Ms Janeth Deen of the Queensland Muslim Historical Society showed the surviving generations of the Kaus family around the Queensland Muslim Museum and the collections of material related to their family. They were also taken on a tour of the Mosque and presented with a book on the history of the Mosque and the war diary of Mohedeen Abdul Ghias Howsan.

Two of the grandsons then visited the Sunnybank War Memorial Gardens to see the plaque installed in the section of Australians of Indian Heritage which the Qld Muslim Historical Society arranged to be installed in June this year.

William Bernard Kaus won the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Legion of Honour for his service in the RAAF and Moheddeen Howsan lost his life in the war at the age of 23.


John Kaus, Janeth Deen and Roger Kaus at the Sunnybank War Memorial Gardens



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CELEBRATION: Dr Leon Tang, Dr Mohammed Sultan and Dr Joseph Chua at the opening of the Family Health Clinic's new wing.

WHEN Dr Mohammed Sultan arrived in Gatton 17 years ago, he worried he might never fit into the community.

He was told unless you were born here, you'd never be accepted as a local.

How wrong those words proved to be.

Dr Sultan is an integral cog of the local community after establishing the Family Health Clinic in 2006, five years after arriving in the area as a general practitioner.

In some cases, he has tended to four generations of the same family.

On Friday night, he officially opened the clinic's new wing alongside his team to a packed house of friends, family, long-time patients, local business people and dignitaries.

They have added four additional rooms and a waiting room with street front access that is linked to the existing clinic.

Dr Sultan described his time in the Lockyer Valley as the best of his working life.

"It's been an absolutely fantastic journey,” Dr Sultan said.

"The people in the Lockyer Valley are who we really have to thank, they've been absolutely brilliant to me.

"We've built up that really good relationship and rapport with them and I think that's what is most important for us.

"I'm really blessed to say that I think this is probably the best team I've worked with in terms of doctors, nursing staff and my reception staff.”

The clinic has gone beyond just a basic duty of care to patients.

"I think we've also tried to give back as much as we can,” Dr Sultan said.

"Whatever we did was not just about taking from the community but trying to give back in whichever way we possibly could.”

The Queensland Times



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10 years ago, Imran Khan in Brisbane

Ten years ago in October 2008, CCN covered the new President of Pakistan's visit to Brisbane at Eidfest and his fund raiser for his political party at the Southport Sharks Club.


We wrote then in CCN No.205 of Imran Khan's visit to Eidfest:

The star attraction of another rain-soaked Eidfest this year was the appearance of cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan who arrived hovering over the Mount Gravatt Showgrounds in a specially chartered helicopter, landed on a strip alongside and then was driven in a golf buggy to the main arena before a large expectant crowd of fans and dignitaries who waited impatiently again for the formalities to run through before he came on stage.

Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Imran Khan spoke on Islam, the West and terrorism, with his central message being that the problems of the world should be ascribed to politics and not religion; that there can only be political solutions, and that the billions of innocent Muslims in the world should not be made to answer for the actions of a few extremists. He then went on to answer question on the political situation in Pakistan where his views on the current political leaders was less than flattering.

"At 55, he's still the full package," a swooning young lady told our CCN reporter just before he headed off again to another engagement. "Looks, charm, charisma, conviction, confidence...the list goes on!"



and his 2008 fundraiser.....





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Locals did not pay a lot of attention to the visitors.

ALT-RIGHT provocateur YouTuber Lauren Southern has been largely ignored as she walked the streets of Lakemba with a pack of security guards, claiming she needed them.

Southern is in Sydney for an event tomorrow night as part of a tour in Australia with fellow right wing speaker Stefan Molyneux. She is charging more than $700 for a ticket.

The outspoken 23-year-old Canadian paraded the main roads of Lakemba, a town she said she had been told “did not fit in with Australian culture”.

Southern said she was filming in Lakemba “just to see what the culture is like”.

The outspoken 23-year-old Canadian paraded the main roads of Lakemba, a town she said she had been told “did not fit in with Australian culture”.

Southern said she was filming in Lakemba “just to see what the culture is like”.

“What do I think so far? I think it doesn’t really look like Australia here, (because of) the fact that I can hardly hear people speaking English,” she said.

“It’s the fact that people here are clearly not adapting to the Western culture, the signs aren’t in English.”

Local police stopped the extreme right-wing activist before she approached the Lakemba Mosque, telling her there were “grave concerns” her presence would be “offensive” to the Islamic community.


When asked if she understood the police instructions, she said “as far as I’m concerned you have sharia law here,” before walking away.

After a discussion on the multiculturism of the area and what Southern intended to do there, the YouTuber agreed to walk through the area filming but not to speak to anyone.

Yesterday Southern came under fire for a photo she shared of a Darling Harbour accommodation advertisement looking for an “Asian Only” couple.

“Just got to Sydney and already seeing the lovely impacts of multiculturalism,” she tweeted along with the photo.

The Daily Telegraph




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Australian International Islamic College is seeking an experienced and self-motivated Teacher aid/Administration assistant to join our small team at our City Campus.

This is a contract position from 1st August to 7th December 2018.

The applicant must be:

• Experienced in or willing to work in a composite class.
• Comfortable working in upper primary- MUST hold a valid blue card.
• Able to multitask (teacher aid and admin).
• Proficient at Microsoft suite.
• Willing to work as part of a close-knit team.
• Be able to conduct self in a professional manner over the telephone and in person.
• Eager to learn all aspects of the role.

Previous experience in either Teacher Aid or Administration preferred.

If you are interested, please send your resume to



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Like a fleeting shadow,
It journeys with us,
Sometimes behind us,
At other times ahead,
But never quite settled within us.
Frustrating us, perplexing us,
At our lack of ability to pin it down.
The more we pursue it,
The more we are eluded
And exasperated.

We seek it externally
In all the outdoor glitzy places,
Where throngs gather in cinema halls,
Or daring, blood-chilling amusement parks,
In flashy, tempting super-malls.
Through uplifting narcotics
Which pretend nothing was,
Making life a series of forgettings.

Pleasure mistaken for contentment,
One is short-lived,
The other a permanent state.
One fed by adrenaline,
The other nourished by thoughts of gratitude.

The error…? To seek it elsewhere,
When all along it is lodged inside,
Only to be unleashed by the
Remembrance of and connection
With the One Who positioned us here.

It is He Who is the source of contentment.
The world, nothing but a mere distraction,
A momentary delusive passage,
Created by Him, for us,
To help us attain our final destination.

Umm Hafsah



Source: Muslim News UK


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Amna plays in the Division 2 team for the Auburn Giants.



Interview continued from last week's CCN......


You don't need to shrink yourself

I definitely had a defiant spirit when I was young but I felt like I needed to silence that voice.

As I've gotten older I've just owned the fact that my skin is a little bit rebellious, passionate driven. It wants more.

But it took me a long time to believe you don't need to shrink yourself; you don't need to downplay what you're feeling because people expect you to be a good girl or more passive. Coming into my skin has been such an empowering experience.

Girls and women email me all the time to tell me I inspire them.

I've realised that I am that person who, when I was young, I'd look at the tele and think: "where is she? I can't see her because these women don't look like me."

I am that woman who tells young women who look like me, and who don't, that it doesn't matter where you come from, it doesn't matter if all the odds are stacked against you, that you are capable beyond your wildest dreams.


To be continued in next week's CCN


Source: ABC News



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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. 







Rached Ghannouchi

Tunisian Politician

Ghannouchi is one of the world’s leading Islamic thinkers and one of the most influential Tunisian politicians in the post-revolution transition period. With the fall of President Ben Ali, Ghannouchi returned to Tunisia in January 2011 after spending 20-years in exile. He led the Ennahda (Renaissance) Party to victory in the October 2011 National Constituent Assembly elections. He is currently assistant Secretary-General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

Politics: Ghannouchi co-founded The Ennahda Movement in the 1970s. He was imprisoned several times before being forced into exile. After successfully returning to Tunisia and winning power in 2011, Ghannouchi then, in 2014, quit government and handed power over to a technocratic government, and when elections were held later that year, Ennahda, without Ghannouchi leading them, came second to the Nidaa Tounes party.

Countering terrorism: Ghannouchi has stated that the widespread phenomenon of terrorism in the Arab region is due to corruption in the economic, social and political sectors. He also believes that whoever wants to fight extremism must do so in moderation by following the Tunisian model.





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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

Continued from last week's CCN......



Linda Sarsour: The fighter



“I was always the most argumentative person at school,” says Linda Sarsour.


Born in New York to Palestinian immigrants, Sarsour began her public service career in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, translating for Arabic speakers rounded up by law enforcement.


Since then, Sarsour has stumped for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, marched with the Black Lives Matter movement and co-founded the Women’s March.


Often outspoken, Sarsour has faced criticism for aligning with questionable characters and sharply denouncing Zionism.


But many Muslims say she is the kind of uncompromising, unapologetic leader their community needs right now. “I’m young, and I still have a lot of fight in me,” Sarsour says.

What other Muslims say about Sarsour:
“She embodies an unapologetically American Muslim identity that is inextricably tied to other marginalized communities.”


To be continued in next week's CCN




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Islam is beyond rituals, scholar tells forum on liberalism





Muslims pay more attention to form rather than substance, resulting in them failing to understand the Quranic message to humanity: Forum told


KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims are becoming obsessed with matters concerning rituals and trivial matters on do’s and dont’s at the expense of Islam’s emphasis on humanity, said a professor of philosophy from the International Islamic University.

Isham Pawan Ahmad told a forum on the theme of “liberal Islam” that it was this attitude behind the indifference of Muslim groups to the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, although they were easily riled up by issues such as the mixing of males and females in public and the correct way to perform a certain ritual.

“Today we are talking about how to pray, whether women can drive, while issues like the Zakat are not talked about,” he said, referring to the alms-giving, one of the five most important religious obligations in Islam.

Speaking at the forum “Is it time to look beyond the idea of liberal Islam?” organised by Islamic Renaissance Front and G25, Isham said the debate among Muslims today was far from the Quran’s emphasis on social justice.

He said many Muslims who undertake the pilgrimage to Mecca are worried if their haj or umrah would be accepted by God.

Giving an extreme example, he said one pilgrim had hired a religious man for RM50,000 to coach him throughout the haj pilgrimage.

“He was told on the right slippers or belt to use,” he said.

“It should be about being more compassionate. But people talk about rituals, not about behavioural change after performing the haj,” he said.

Isham said the concept of liberalism would help Muslims contextualise verses of the Quran and their meanings, so that Muslims do not just follow out of “fear of hell”, but because they give meaning to life.

He said every week during Friday prayers, Muslims were warned about the punishment of hell, adding that one outcome of this is the failure to understand the role of religion in one’s life.

“Religion is about making transformation,” he said.

He added that religion should not be used to repress others, saying this was the gist of the Quran’s message provided its verses are understood in their true context. 





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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 27 July 2018

TOPIC: "Advice for After Ramadan" Part 4 

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 27 July 2018

TOPIC: "Acquiring Noble Characteristics"

IMAM: Maulana Hakim









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 27 July 2018

TOPIC: ”Prophet forgiving his daughter’s killer”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 27 July 2018

TOPIC: "Hajj revives the sunnah of Ibraheem (AS)” 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali





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DATE: 27 July 2018

TOPIC: "Racism and Islam"
IMAM: Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 27 July 2018

TOPIC"Virtues of Hajj"
IMAM: Prof Mohamad Abdalla


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Imran promises wide-ranging reforms: 'All policies for the people's   


PAKISTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday, in his first public address since his party grabbed a lead in the preliminary General Election results, shared his vision for the country and pledged to safeguard the interests of ordinary citizens.

Khan, in a speech made in Bani Gala that was broadcast via video link, claimed victory, saying that he was thankful to have finally been given the chance to implement the manifesto he had envisioned 22 years ago.

"Thanks to God, we won," he said. "We were successful and we were given a mandate," the 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician said during a live broadcast, adding that there was "no politician victimisation" in the acrimonious contest.

"I want to clarify why I entered politics. Politics could not have given me anything. I wanted Pakistan to become the country that my leader Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had dreamed of."

"I want to share the kind of Pakistan I envision ─ the type of state that was established in Madina, where widows and the poor were taken care of," he explained. "Today our state is in shambles. [But] all our policies aim to help the less fortunate prosper," he said.

"Farmers are not paid for their hard work, 25 million children are out of school, our women continue to die in childbirth because we can't give them basic healthcare, we can't give the people clean drinking water. A country is not recognised by the lifestyle of the rich, but by the lifestyle of the poor. No country that has an island of rich people and a sea of poor people can prosper," he said.

Although he claimed to have "suffered the worst kind of personal attacks" that any political leader has had to sustain over the last three years, he said "this is all behind me now".



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Punk Muslims erase tattoos (and sin) in conservative Indonesia


Born again Indonesian Muslims are flocking to a program to have their tattoos removed


INDONESIA: Dot by dot the laser sears the ink from Ucup's flesh, leaving it red and raised, but there's a look of calm satisfaction on his face.

With every painful "click" of the tattoo-removal machine, Ucup feels he's getting closer to Allah. "We were born clean," he says. "We don't want to die dirty."

The 32-year-old is one of a growing number of self-described Indonesian punks, being "born-again" as devout Muslims. "In the past I was a punk. I was living on the street, just hanging out with friends. I did drugs, I tried everything. I was so bad."

Ucup also spent time in prison before hearing about a volunteer-run programme to cast out the evil spirits from his body, starting with his tattoos.

Punk Muslims
"In some of the tattoos, the devil resides," says Ahmed Zaki, one of the founders of the Punk Muslim Movement. Zaki started a free tattoo removal service last year, with crowd-funded donations, to help "cleanse" his fellow Muslims.

"In Islam tattoos are forbidden. It's a sin to have them" he says. "And Allah condemns this sin."

Zaki believes even those who call themselves anarchists, deep down, want to embrace the rule of Islam. "They'll have one spot in their heart where they long to be ruled by God and men. This is where we make an entrance."

In another sign of Indonesia's move towards a more conservative brand of Islam, Zaki says the Punk Muslim movement was swamped with applicants as soon as word got out. "More than 50,000 people registered. And so we had to strictly select the worthy candidates for this programme," he says.

The pilgrimage
48-year-old Amsor bin Amsir says he "cried and begged" to be accepted into the program.

Waiting for his turn with the tattoo-removal-gun, he looks devout enough, with beautiful, flowing Arabic robes. But when he lifts the blue garment over his head, he unveils sleeves of colourful tattoos up both arms.

Despite the artistic merit of the work, Amsir now sees his tattoos as a badge of dishonour and sin. He blames the divorce of his parents for his decision to stray from Islam's teachings as a youngster.

"I had a broken home. I grew up with no love," he says. "My escape was alcohol. I continued drinking until I got married and had kids, but still, I didn't find the light.

"Now I'm old and I have got grandkids. So I want to thank God for all the blessings."

Planning a trip to the holy city of Mecca in December, he now wants the ink erased from his skin. "I want to do a pilgrimage and I want to be clean before I leave," he said.

"This must be a gift from God, that I can clean myself and my heart."

The exorcism
The painful process of tattoo-removal is only part of the journey to a clean soul.

Lasered flesh is nothing compared to the fear the "Rukyah" ceremony strikes in the hearts of those seeking redemption.   



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Patriotic songs and self-criticism: why China is 're-educating' Muslims in mass detention camps


Ethnic Uighurs sit near a statue of China's late chairman Mao Zedong in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China.


CHINA: China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies their existence. But extensive reporting by international media and human rights groups indicates upwards of hundreds of thousands of Uighurs — a Muslim-minority ethnic group — have been detained in sprawling "re-education" centres in the far-western Xinjiang region of China.

The camps are not only massive, with some exceeding 10,000 square metres, but have also been likened to prison-like compounds, with, "reinforced security doors and windows, surveillance systems, secure access systems, watchtowers, and guard rooms or facilities for armed police".

The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China calls it, "The largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today".

China has long been wary of its Uighur population, particularly in the wake of deadly riots, terrorist attacks and the flow of Uighur militants to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic State in recent years.

But the emergence of the re-education camps in Xinjiang raises a number of new questions: Why has the Communist Party come to rely on mass internment to control the Uighurs? What are the implications for China's future political development under President Xi Jinping? And how should the international community respond?            



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Mesut Ozil quits the German national team citing 'racism and disrespect'


Mesut Ozil was one of the scapegoats for Germany's unsuccessful World Cup campaign.


GERMANY: German football star Mesut Ozil says he will no longer play for the national team because his Turkish roots made him a target of "racism and disrespect".

His impassioned statement was one of the strongest issued by a player in recent years on the subject of racism.

It came amid a political debate in Germany about an influx of 1.6 million migrants since mid-2014 that has seen a rise of the far right at the expense of traditional parties.

Ozil, 29, was a key member of Germany's World Cup-winning side in 2014 and has been voted by fans as the team's player of the year five times since 2011.

But the creative midfielder faced a barrage of criticism at home for having his photograph taken with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May.


Ozil says declining a meeting with Mr Erdogan would have been "disrespecting the roots of my ancestors".

He and Ilkay Gundogan, a teammate also of Turkish descent who also posed with Mr Erdogan, were jeered by some German fans in warm-up games before the World Cup in Russia.

Germany failed to qualify from the group stage in Russia, making its earliest exit from the tournament in 80 years and Ozil was one of the scapegoats for its unsuccessful title defence.

Ozil, who also plays for English club Arsenal, said German Football Association (DFB) President Reinhard Grindel had blamed him for Germany's poor performance in Russia.

"In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose," Ozil wrote in a lengthy statement posted on his Twitter account.

He added he did not feel accepted in German society despite paying taxes there, making donations to German schools and being part of the team that won the World Cup.

"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect," he said.

"I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't," he said.

"I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten." 



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Terrorism and Violence in Islamic History

and Theological Responses to the Arguments of Terrorists


Recep Dogan

(Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Wisdom College, Brisbane, QLD, AU) 




Starting in the mid-7th century CE, there have been various radical terrorist groups appearing in the Muslim majority communities that have interpreted the Qur’an and the Prophetic Traditions in very extreme ways in an attempt to justify their violence and mask their evil acts. As the title of the work, Terrorism and Violence in Islamic History from Beginning to Present and Theological Responses to the Arguments of Terrorist Groups suggests, it presents a brief history of violence and terrorism through the course of Islamic history and then provides a comprehensive theological response to the arguments of the extremist groups.

In Chapter One, the author highlights the sanctity of human life and provides abundant evidence from the primary Islamic sources¯ the Qur’an and the Traditions of Prophet Muhammad, proving that it is strongly prohibited to kill human beings regardless of their ethnic, cultural or religious background. Condemning all evil acts of terrorists who violate God-given inalienable right to life, he asserts that it is not right to attribute terrorists to a certain religion or faith tradition, thus labeling their evil acts as “Islamic” or “Christian” terror.

In Chapter Two, the author sheds light on the extreme sects appearing in Islamic history that have misinterpreted the primary Islamic sources to legitimize their violent extremism and terrorism. In Chapter Three, he provides the theological responses to refute the claims of these extremist terrorist groups, thus proving their sick, violent mentality on the basis of primary Islamic sources. In Chapter Four, he explains in great detail some of the key Islamic notions, such as struggling in the way of God and martyrdom, which have been exploited by the extremist terrorist groups.

In the last chapter, the author discusses the necessity of mutual understanding and respect for the sacred as an alternative method to prevent radicalism and extremism. He argues that showing disrespect for the sacred causes radicalism in the Muslim world, and in turn this radicalism feeds Islamophobia in the West. He further puts forward that the international community should benefit from the ideas of the moderate Muslim scholars in order to combat terrorism effectively, using their compelling arguments to refute the violent arguments of the extremist groups. (Nova)

Book Reviews
“Having an excellent command of Arabic, Turkish and English, Islamic theologian Dr. Recep Dogan has used essential primary texts in these three languages and produced an excellently analytical but also encyclopedically detailed account of not only pre-modern and contemporary violent extremists who justify their inhumane ideologies by reference to Islamic sources but also Islamic scholars’ refutation of these radical ideologies. The book is a must-read for those who want to learn about how Islamist violent extremists abuse Islam and how they have been responded to by Islamic scholars.” - Professor Ihsan Yilmaz, Research Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

“This book proves a comprehensive overview of the history of some of the main Muslim groups who have resorted to violence in the name of Islam. This book also makes a passionate plea and a thoughtful rebuttal of some of the most important theological arguments these groups have used to justify their actions in the religiously couched terms.” - Dr. Adis Duderija, Lecturer in the Study of Islam and Society, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia





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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: Recipe kindly shared by Shahnaz Faatharally: If you want to make it ahead of time, cover with cling film and keep in refrigerator. Take out of fridge 20-30 mins before serving time and bake. I usually make it in the morning and bake just 30 mins before dinner time and I serve it piping hot.


Baked Fish





3 red fish fillets (or any other firm fleshed white fish)

In a baking dish (big enough to fit fish) add:

10 cherry tomatoes
6 - 8 cloves garlic crushed
Zest of one lemon
Capers (optional)
Drizzle olive oil on top
Drizzle some peri peri oil on top
Toss all ingredients until coated in oil

Separately mix together:

3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp steers garlic sauce
Juice of ½ a lemon
Pepper (freshly crushed)

Apply on both sides of fish.

Place fish on top of the tomato-garlic in the baking dish.

Top with fresh bread crumbs and some parsley.

Drizzle more olive oil on top.

Bake for 20-30 mins in a pre-heated 180deg oven or until slightly golden on top.

Serve hot with salad mash/chips, lemon wedges, onion rings, etc.



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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









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

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
How To Communicate With People Who Negatively Trigger You

Two kinds of people exist in your life. One kind brings love, light, peace, and joy into your life and enhances you in your journey to get closer to ALLAH. The other kind does exactly the opposite. They are the toxic kind and they suck out of you love, light, peace, and joy and become a hindrance in your practice of becoming closer to ALLAH.

In the core of your being, you are always able to identify these two kinds of people. However, there may be times when you are unable to effectively build, maintain and respect your protective boundaries that stop these toxic people from affecting you. They seem to get their way, manipulate you into believing in their falsehood and convince you that their way is the only way. Sadly, sometimes their toxicity rubs off on you and you begin to dwell in their toxic energy so much so that your own decision-making and your choices become affected. Ultimately, you become so engrossed in their toxic cycle of gossiping, bullying, put-downs, name-calling or constant bickering and criticising that you begin to participate in that cycle and even seek their approval to find meaning in your own life. You may do this because you care for them and don’t want to hurt their feelings.

The toxic behaviours displayed by these people may be negatively triggering you. It is now time to become aware of these people in your life and re-evaluate your relationship with them. Your life is a gift from ALLAH and you have every right to protect your emotional and physical health from toxic people the same way you would if you were around toxic chemicals.

10 Strategies On Dealing With People Who Negatively Trigger You

1. Make a list of people in your life who often cause you to feel drained and tired after you interact with them.
2. Write down exactly how these interactions affect your body and your mind. Describe in detail the way you feel whenever you are in contact with them.
3. Become mindful of these physical and mental responses so that whenever these people interact with you, you will immediately notice these signs in your body and mind.
4. If the person is physically with you or talking to you on the phone or online, spend more time LISTENING. While you listen, observe your own bodily sensations...Is your heart rate getting faster while you are interacting with them? Is your chest feeling painful or heavy? Is your throat becoming dry or painful? Are your ears hurting? Is your mood becoming angry or negative? Are you holding your breath more?
5. Use these observations as a sign that this person is in need of your duaa. Start making silent duaa for him/her.
6. Take deep breaths and start focussing on ALLAH. You will notice that the person will begin to feel your calm energy and will either take your leave, become silent or begin to say something positive.
7. If the person is communicating with you via text messages, allow yourself time to read first and then put your gadget away to respond to their message at a later time. You do not have to respond immediately. Change the settings of your phone app so that the person is not aware whether you have read their message or not. It’s not an emergency. If it were an emergency they would be calling 000, not texting you.
8. If the text messages become too aggressive, delete them. You don’t need to read them at all. You are in charge.
9. Identify your boundaries in your relationships and respect them. Once you respect your own boundaries, others will learn to respect them too.
10. Always remember, you are answerable ONLY to ALLAH, no one else.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Do You Suffer From FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out?


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A: Choose exercises like stair-climbing, walking, swimming, cycling, etc.


These type of exercises are not too stressful on the joints and can help with strengthening the muscles around them which in turn will give them more support.


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Jallalludin's wife asked him over breakfast if he had a newspaper to pass over to her.


Jallalludin: How backward are you, my dear! Technology has developed so much, and you are still asking for the newspaper! Here, take my iPad.


Mrs Jallalludin took the iPad and promptly killed the crawling cockroach with it.


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An Ayaat-a-Week




And it is He Who spread out the earth, and set thereon mountains standing firm, and (flowing) rivers: and fruit of every kind He made in pairs, two and two: He draws the Night as a veil over the Day. Behold, verily in these things there are Signs for those who consider.


~ Surah Ar-Ra’d 13:3


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"If you reject the food,

ignore the customs,

fear the religion and avoid the people,

you might better stay home.”

~ James A. Michener



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I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.

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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.

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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.

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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.
















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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4 August



United for Palestine – A Fundraiser Art Exhibition by Australian Artists


AMARAH and MAA International

Sunnybank RSL

19 Gager Street, Sunnybank

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6.30PM to 9.30PM

4 August



16th Annual College Fete


Australian International Islamic College (AIIC)

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

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18 August



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45 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA


4PM to 9PM

21 August





(Day of Arafah)

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22 August





10th Zil-Hijjah 1439


26 August



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Broadwater Parklands

0422 082 785

10AM to 9PM

29 August



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Michael's Oriental Restaurant

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1 September



Awards Presentation & Dinner Night


Logan Roos Football School

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 669 987


17 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



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Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
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Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

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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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Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

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

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Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

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