EST. 2004


Sunday 5 August 2018 | Issue 0717



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From the get go, Australia has been a multicultural nation, but where do we stand when it comes to rights, perceptions and representation in politics?
Senator Andrew Bartlett from the Queensland Greens will be hosting an open forum event, with soon-to-be NSW Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi at the Newmarket Bowls Club on Sunday August 26, from 2pm –5pm. The panel discussion aims to understand where Australia’s migration system works, and where it is broken.

Discussions will include the erosion of family reunion principles, why it’s becoming harder to become a citizen, and the need for a greater representation of migrants in Australian politics. We will also consider the long hangover of 9/11 and how it shaped society’s perceptions.

“The 2016 Census shows 49% of Australia’s population are either migrants, or have at least one parent born overseas. The remaining 50.7% have been here for at least three generations, yet these percentages are not always reflected in politics.”

The Queensland Greens are encouraging members of the community to engage with them in this upcoming public forum, with guest speakers Dr Mehreen Faruqi and Navdeep Singh. More speakers to be announced.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi
Mehreen is the member of the NSW Parliament's Upper House and the first Muslim woman to win a seat in an Australian parliament.

She is an engineer, academic, and activist, working for social and environmental justice.

Since migrating from Pakistan, Mehreen has spent the past two decades working and raising her family in regional NSW and Sydney.



Navdeep Singh
Navdeep is a proud working class man who migrated from to Australia from Punjab, India, in 2006 and runs a vehicle workshop in Moorooka, Brisbane.

He was the Greens candidate for the seat of Inala in the 2017 Queensland election.

This venue is wheelchair accessible, while there is parking available it is limited, so it is important to arrive early to secure a spot. Public transport is also available on the day, with routes: 345, 357, 359, 360, 361, 372, 373, 390, 921, 934, 935 to Enoggera Rd at Newmarket (Bus stop no 20) being the routes that stop the closest to the venue.

An AUSLAN interpreter has been arranged for this event, and volunteer childcare and a kids' corner can be arranged if parents who wish to attend request it.

This forum is open to everyone in the community. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend. We expect this to be an informative and interesting afternoon.

If you have any other questions, ring the office of Senator Andrew Bartlett on 3367 0566 or drop us a line on

Authorised by Andrew Bartlett, Queensland Greens, L2/251 Given Tce, Brisbane 4064




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THE academic and wife of Waleed Aly has been announced as the host of a new quiz show.


SUSAN Carland has landed her own TV show.

The academic, who is married to The Project’s Waleed Aly, was yesterday announced as the host of an SBS quiz show called Child Genius which will air later in the year.

“Presided over by quizmaster, Dr Susan Carland, this brand new six-part series to find Australia’s brightest child in a unique competition documentary format, follows the lives of some of Australia’s brightest children and their families,” an SBS statement said. “These gifted children all have very high IQs and showcase phenomenal cognitive abilities in maths, general knowledge, memory and language.

“Presented in association with Australian Mensa, the series features participants and their families from all over Australia, and provides unique insight into the joys — and challenges — of parenting a gifted child.”



Carland converted to Islam pre-9/11, and has now watched her religion become closely linked to global terrorism in many people’s perceptions. Even now, Carland says her life would be “so much easier” if she wasn’t a Muslim: Time and again, she says she comes up against people who “cannot believe that someone, especially an educated woman, would possibly choose it for herself.”

But this hasn’t swayed her from her religious beliefs.

“I really believe in Islam as a religion. I really believe it has something to offer the world and it’s a thing of beauty. I just want people to see that,” she says.




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Senator Richard Di Natale

In late June, Senator Richard Di Natale, Federal Greens leader, granted Manarul Islam, representing AMUST, an exclusive interview in his offices at Parliament House in Canberra.

AMUST: What is your view on the approach some political parties take on targeting Muslims and other minorities.

RDN: Well there’s no question that Islamophobia is on the rise. Muslims are an easy target and that the political parties of different persuasions attack Muslims because they see political advantage in doing it.

It’s not just in Australia – although in Australia there’s been a significant shift. I mean One Nation represents obviously the focus of that and you only need to look at Pauline Hanson’s first speech which was disgraceful – where the Greens stood up as a team and walked out as a show of our disgust with those comments.

I suppose my own personal experience is informed by that as a son of migrants I see some of the things that have been said about Muslims and I reflect on some of the things that were said about my parents and grandparents.

I see politicians, Peter Dutton for example, criticising Lebanese Muslims and saying that it was a mistake “to let in” Lebanese Muslims. What I hear is not just an attack on Muslims but an attack on people like my family and the many immigrants from right around the world that have settled here.

Those of us who value multiculturalism and believe that we’re a better country because of the contribution of Muslims and many other faiths cultures need to take the stand and so that’s why we’ve continually been a strong voice in support of Australian Muslims.

AMUST: Regarding refugees, how do you balance the human rights aspect which you seem to focus on with the idea of protecting Australian borders and the risks that refugees take in crossing the seas to get here.

RDN: This is it’s a very difficult and complex area but our response is one that is guided by compassion and decency towards fellow human beings. People often talk about protecting Australia’s borders but what are we protecting them from? I mean we have people who are fleeing persecution and torture, who are coming here seeking our help.

Refugees are not a threat. In fact refugees have made a huge contribution over many, many generations to the Australian community. The language of border protection is intentionally designed to try and create a sense that somehow we have something to fear when the reality is the complete opposite – that we can enrich the country and improve the lives of our fellow human beings by showing more compassion and decency.

If (the loss of life) is the concern, and of course we are all concerned about that, then we have to direct resources in those areas that refugees are coming from to ensure that there have an opportunity to be processed – where there’s an ability through the UNHCR assess people’s refugee status and to bring people to Australia. If that’s the concern that should be the response.

The reality is for most people who argue against what the Greens are saying, their concern is not driven by compassion or humanity or a concern about the welfare of refugees.

In fact when this first become a big political issue with Tampa, the government at the time wasn’t talking about concern for the welfare of those people – in fact it was doing the opposite. It was implying that they were prepared to throw their children overboard.

John Howard’s famous cry “we will decide who comes and the circumstances in which they come” wasn’t born out of compassion or concern.

So there’s a bit of a rewriting of history here.

I think that many people who continue to advocate for indefinite detention and for the cruelty that that is our refugee policy right now are not driven by those concerns.

If they were they’d be putting in place a number of policies like a greater investment in the UNHCR process and increasing the humanitarian intake.

The Greens want to see a doubling, at least, of our humanitarian intake – that’s what you’d be doing if you were concerned about the welfare of refugees.

AMUST: Muslims tend to see the Greens as faithful allies however they see a conflict of values when it comes to LGBTI and the current issue of voluntary euthanasia. How do you counter that amongst the Muslim supporters?

RDN: Well, I think firstly I would say that Muslims, like any other religion, are not a monolithic group. They don’t all share exactly the same beliefs and I have met Muslims who do support LGBTI equality and who do support the choice of people being able to choose the terms on which they die.

The second thing is we fight for the rights of minority groups whether that be on the basis of sexuality or on the basis of ethnicity, culture or religion and we say that is a universal proposition that we should be supporting individuals who are discriminated against no matter what the reason for that discrimination whether that be gender sexuality religion, race, culture and disability.

AMUST: Why should Muslims vote for the Greens?

RDN: Firstly, because we’re a party that values the contribution of the Muslim community. We’re very proud supporters of multicultural Australia. We think that Muslim Australians have made an enormous contribution to the Australian community and will always be strong allies.

We are also a party that believes in the notions of equality between people, economic equality and equality on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity and agenda.

We’re a party that is founded on the notion of protecting our environment. In fact I’ve been to many Muslim events and it’s interesting that one of the central features of the Qur’an is this notion of protecting the earth that sustains us.

Also a recurrent theme in the Qur’an is the notion of equality between people.

So I would say to the Muslim Australians, as I would say to Australians right across the board, the Greens is a party that cares for the people, wants to protect the environment and thinks about the future.

I’d also say that if you want to see more accountability and transparency in politics, the Greens is a party that is there to ensure that whoever governs is accountable to the community, acts in a way that’s transparent and aims “to keep the bastards honest.”





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The day Brisbane's Agim Kruezi was arrested for planning a terrorist attack on home soil, he had arranged to meet with one of his most trusted friends for a gym workout.

But that friend was an undercover police officer who for months had been building a case against the 25-year-old radicalised Muslim.

Known as UCO317656, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer met Kruezi at the iQraa Islamic Centre at Underwood, south of Brisbane, in June 2014.

The centre was soon bugged with a listening device.

Kruezi had been on the radar of counter-terrorism authorities since he tried unsuccessfully to leave the country to fight with rebel forces in Syria.

He would eventually plead guilty to preparing for a terrorist attack in Australia and was yesterday sentenced to 17 years in prison.

UCO317656 played a critical role in foiling the attack by working tirelessly to gain the trust of Kruezi and his friends, even converting to the Islamic faith in a ceremony conducted by Kruezi.





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A documentary feature film on Australian Amateur boxer Bianca ‘Bam Bam’ Elmir. Australian Flyweight champion and Oceania Bantamweight champion,
'Bam Bam' aims to be the first Australian to win a World Amateur Boxing Title.

A Lebanese Muslim from suburban Australia, she smashes the stereotypes of her family, society and her sport, to prove she is the best in the world.






Female, Muslim and a boxer: Bianca Elmir comes out swinging in doco

Boxer Bianca Elmir recently turned professional but she’s hardly getting around in a limo and eating truffles.

‘‘Australia isn’t a boxing nation, so you’re really pushing shit up hill,’’ says the diminutive but outspoken 36-year-old, about being one of about 10 pro female boxers in this country.

She says she earns ‘‘pocket money’’, with maybe some tracksuits donated if she’s lucky.

‘‘There are women in the world who’ve made quite a lot of money being professional boxers, but mostly in Europe,’’ says Elmir, who is training for a national featherweight title fight (she's won two national amateur flyweight titles) in Canberra next month.

Her heart is set on winning a world championship.

She would like sponsors to contact her but she is afraid no one cares ‘‘unless I get my tits out’’.





The official trailer for the feature documentary Bam Bam, which follows Australian Flyweight Champion Bianca 'Bam Bam' Elmir on her journey to be a World Champion.


Bam Bam: Boxer. Woman. Muslim. from Jemma van Loenen on Vimeo.




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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.
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• Proficient at Microsoft suite.
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• Eager to learn all aspects of the role.

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Amna hopes to inspire other girls to take the field.



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


Helping others to heal my heart

I'm currently on a year's unpaid leave from the Australian Federal Police where I've been in community engagement for eight years.

I needed the time to heal after losing my younger brother Fathi in a road accident.

He was a tradie by day and a personal trainer by night and when he wasn't doing those things he was in the gym with my younger sister. We're a very active family; we've always supported each other. His death was heartbreaking.

The community response was unbelievable. Thousands of people came through the mosque for prayers, to the cemetery, to our home.

People were giving us a lot of money to do good work to honour his life. We built a deep water well in Somalia but we felt that was not enough because he was such a larger than life, generous person.

So we decided to build a school, in his memory, on a little island called Tanna in Vanuatu. We have teamed up with Muslim Aid Australia to help this remote community which was hit badly by Cyclone Pam.

We're half way with the fundraising to finish that school and we're hoping to do some other things to help the Tanna community become sustainable with good facilities.

This is my consistent way of being committed to honouring Fathi's life and healing my heart.


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. 







Abdel Fattah Saeed Al-Sisi

President of Egypt

Former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Saeed Al-Sisi was sworn into office as President of Egypt on 8 June 2014, having earlier that year resigned from his post as the Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

Army: Sisi first came to public attention when then President Muhammed Al-Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood retired the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ( SCAF) Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and promoted Sisi to take his place; to serve as the Commander-in-Chief as well as Minister of Defence in Morsi’s new cabinet.

A Coup by Popular Demand: On June 30 2013, millions of Egyptians again took to the streets in large numbers demanding that Morsi step down. The military apparatus led by Sisi removed Morsi from power and banned the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi supporters believed that the coup violated a democratically legitimate government, albeit a hugely polarizing and unpopular one. Outbreaks of violence ensued across Egypt that included the death of many hundreds of protesters at the hands of pro-military police at Raba’a Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo.

Presidential Expectations: Sisi has inherited a politically and economically battered Egypt, with a weak infrastructure, plummeting currency, and violent insurgency and unrest in Sinai. Under Sisi, Egypt has enjoyed excellent relations with members of the Arab League, most notably with Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Sisi supported the blockade on Qatar as well as the GCC-led military intervention in Yemen. He has publicly supported the Asad regime in Syria and has called on the Palestinian people to make peace with Israel in his UNGA speech in September 2017, promising the Israeli people “Egypt’s unwavering support.”






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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......



Rep. André Carson: The lawman



Raised in a Baptist family and educated in Catholic schools, André Carson converted to Islam when he was 16.


A year later, he says, he was arrested by Indianapolis police as they tried to enter his local mosque without probable cause.


The experience helped motivate Carson to become a police officer himself, and he gravitated toward counter-intelligence work.


Now a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Carson is one of two Muslims in Congress, where he represents Indiana’s 7th District.


“Having been a Muslim who was targeted by law enforcement as a young man, and having worked in counterintelligence as a police officer, I offer a unique perspective” on the tensions between safety and civil rights, Carson says.

What other Muslims say about Carson:
“André Carson is the first Muslim to sit on the House Intelligence Committee. That alone is a very big deal.” 


Another American Muslim in next week's CCN




Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Go ahead, white Australia, eat your kebabs while you remind us of your 'values'

By Randa Abdel-Fattah



‘We are endlessly reminded of our proud British heritage, of our inherited values and institutions. The bloodstains are almost always covered up.’

I know who I am. Most racialised people do. History matters to us. We know that the answers to who we are as a nation lie in a story that did not start with the last election or 9/11 or Tampa or deaths in custody or the stolen generations. We know that if we were to approach the question of who we are as a nation the way we would a jigsaw puzzle then the most logical and coherent approach is to first assemble the pieces that make up the frame to see its shape and how the border determines the shape and fit of all the pieces inside.

We know that the frame of Australia is race. As a white-settler colonial outpost of the British empire, it could only ever be race. The dispossession, genocide and exploitation on which this country was founded; the legacy of its status as a British settler colony; past efforts to build a racially exclusionary nation via the White Australia policy; its evolution from “racial” to “cultural” dominance through the vehicle of a highly politicised policy of multicultural­ism; and, above all, the denial of Indigenous sovereignty – racialised people know that this is where any discussion of this nation’s identity must start.

And so, who am I? I am writing this essay on the land of the Darug people. I was born in Sydney in the year that the National Aboriginal Conference called for a treaty between Aboriginal people and the Australian government. A treaty that has, 39 years later, still not been achieved. I am here only because my father had the good fortune to migrate on a scholarship to Sydney University in 1972, a time when the last vestiges of the White Australia policy were being dismantled. My father was a stateless Palestinian because the same imperial government that colonised Australia set the course for the theft of my father’s homeland, Palestine.

I am writing this on the land of the Darug people and not in, say, Cairo, my mother’s birthplace, because my mother migrated to Australia in 1974. Her family saw no future in Egypt after Gamal Abdel Nasser’s nationalisation of Egypt’s economy. My mother’s family left a country in the throes of resisting years of British colonialism and imperialism only to migrate to a former British colony because its government decided their brown skin was now palatable.

I am the child of the dispossessed. And I am complicit in dispossession. I know that this country’s wealth is bloodstained and that the ships that invaded these shores more than 200 years ago were built and financed by Britain’s slave trade. We are endlessly reminded of our proud British heritage, of our inherited values and institutions. The bloodstains are almost always covered up. But I know that I walk on bloodstained land.





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Sasha Baron Cohen building a Mosque



Sasha Baron Cohen unveils phoney plans for a $385 million mosque in Arizona to a room full of Trump supporters.

He tells them the project is being funded by the Saudi government and the Clinton Foundation





Gold Coast Mosque Revert Function







How a Pie Tells an Essential Story About Muslims in America




  This pie tells one of the most essential stories about Muslims in America. And it’s delicious.






Behind the Scenes: Trevor Noah



  Trevor chats with an audience member who had to change his name after 9/11.









It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 3 August 2018

TOPIC: "Hazrat Ibrahim" Part 2 

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 3 August 2018

TOPIC: "10 Blessed days of Dhul Hijjah"

IMAM: Akram Buksh











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 3 August 2018

TOPIC: ”Three types of Anger”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 3 August 2018

TOPIC: "Work hard to achieve the Goal” 

IMAM: Hafiz Rashid Ali (visiting Imam)





Past lecture recordings







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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 3 August 2018

TOPIC: "Virtues of the First 10 Days of “Dhul-Hijja"
Ahmed Naffa





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Islamic Leaders Have Nothing to Say About China’s Internment Camps for Muslims   


A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag attends a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018

CHINA: Internment camps with up to a million prisoners. Empty neighbourhoods. Students, musicians, athletes, and peaceful academics jailed. A massive high-tech surveillance state that monitors and judges every movement. The future of more than 10 million Uighurs, the members of China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority, is looking increasingly grim.

As the Chinese authorities continue a brutal crackdown in Xinjiang, the northwest region of China that’s home to the Uighur, Islam has been one of the main targets. Major mosques in the major cities of Kashgar and Urumqi now stand empty. Prisoners in the camps are told to renounce God and embrace the Chinese Communist Party. Prayers, religious education, and the Ramadan fast are increasingly restricted or banned. Even in the rest of China, Arabic text is being stripped from public buildings, and Islamophobia is being tacitly encouraged by party authorities.


But amid this state-backed campaign against their religious brethren, Muslim leaders and communities around the world stand silent. While the fate of the Palestinians stirs rage and resistance throughout the Islamic world, and millions stood up to condemn the persecution of the Rohingya, there’s been hardly a sound on behalf of the Uighur. No Muslim nation’s head of state has made a public statement in support of the Uighurs this decade. Politicians and many religious leaders who claim to speak for the faith are silent in the face of China’s political and economic power.

“One of our primary barriers has been a definite lack of attention from Muslim-majority states,” said Peter Irwin, a project manager at the World Uyghur Congress. This isn’t out of ignorance. “It is very well documented,” said Omer Kanat, the director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project. “The Muslim-majority countries governments know what’s happening in East Turkestan,” he said, using the Uighur term for the region.



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God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215


David Levering Lewis




Hailed by critics as an essential book, God's Crucible is a bold, new interpretation of Islamic Spain and the birth of Europe from one of our greatest historians.


David Levering Lewis's narrative, filled with accounts of some of the greatest battles in world history, reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus flourished—a beacon of cooperation and tolerance—while proto-Europe floundered in opposition.


At the beginning of the eighth century, the Arabs brought a momentous revolution in power, religion, and culture to Dark Ages Europe. David Levering Lewis's masterful history begins with the fall of the Persian and Roman empires, followed by the rise of the prophet Muhammad and the creation of Muslim Spain.


Five centuries of engagement between the Muslim imperium and an emerging Europe followed, from the Muslim conquest of Visigoth Hispania in 711 to Latin Christendom's declaration of unconditional warfare on the Caliphate in 1215.


Lewis's narrative, filled with accounts of some of the greatest battles in world history, reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus flourished—a beacon of cooperation and tolerance between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity—while proto-Europe, defining itself in opposition to Islam, made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, religious intolerance, perpetual war, and slavery.


A cautionary tale, God's Crucible provides a new interpretation of world-altering events whose influence remains as current as today's headlines.



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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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: This recipe was inspired by the very popular Pigalle Restaurant in the mother city of Cape Town, South Africa where you can enjoy fine dining.  


Caramelized pear & toasted almond salad


with creamy Dijon dressing  





3 pears, cored and sliced to medium thickness
1 tbsp butter,
2½ tbsp brown sugar

Melt butter and sugar in a large frying pan, arrange pear slices neatly in pan so that the slices to not overlap or bundle. Cook on medium-high heat until butter and sugar caramelize and coats the pear slices. Turn over gently to brown the other side. Use a spatula or lifter so the pear slices do not break. Set aside and allow to cool down to room temperature before using.

On a platter assemble the following;

1 packet mixed lettuce leaves
1 packet butter lettuce leaves
1 avocado, sliced
½ a red onion, thinly sliced
Rosa tomatoes, quartered (you may use half a regular tomato and slice thinly)
½ a cucumber, seeded and sliced
Feta cheese is optional as it is not found on the original salad from the restaurant.

Place caramelised pears onto salad and scatter with toasted slivered almonds. Serve with creamy Dijon dressing.

Creamy Dijon dressing recipe:

* ¼ cup mayonnaise
* 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
* 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
* 3 tbsp honey
* ½ tsp salt
* ½ garlic clove
* ½ cup vegetable oil
* ¼ cup clear apple juice
* Freshly ground black pepper

* Gently heat salad dressing ingredients in the same pan used to caramelize the pears. Pour into glass jar and keep refrigerated, drizzle over the salad just before serving



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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 You Suffer From FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out?

If you are a social media user who feels symptoms of anxiety, jealousy or regret while looking at posts of other people having a good time at a party, event, trip or work, you could be suffering from FOMO - fear of missing out.

FOMO is a pervasive apprehension felt by those who think that they are missing out on great experiences and feel stuck in their current situation. It’s a vicious cycle that takes over your life whereby you feel you need to constantly check your social media to give yourself a dopamine hit to feel good about yourself by not feeling left out or miss the action of celebrity lifestyles and so on. The phenomenon of finding instant gratification of one’s own self-worth through Insta...or many other such social media front.

While you addictively obsess over social media updates, what you are really missing out on is LIFE. The moment of NOW. Your moment of NOW.

How you spend your moment of now will determine the quality of the past that you will look back on. Future is merely an illusion. It’s not happening. The only truth is your moment of now. You are living your future in this moment right now, through your thoughts, words, deeds, choices, decisions. NOW is all there is.

Once you begin living in the now, there won’t be any fear of missing out. Wherever you may be right now, ALLAH has put you there for a reason. That spot you are standing or sitting on. The clothes you are wearing. The country you are in. Everything that is happening to you right now is ordained for you by ALLAH. Feeling anxious in your moment of now is to deny HIS mercy. Instead, practise gratitude. Instead of asking ‘why me?’, practice saying ‘what lesson is ALLAH teaching me in this experience now?’

How To Overcome FOMO
Replace Regret With Gratitude

1. Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all that HE has already given you. Write down a list of everything you are blessed with.

2. Now, Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all the lessons you have learned from past experiences, negative and positive.

3. Replace all what-if statements with “Alhumdolillah”.

4. Avoid comparing your life with someone else’s. Your unique abilities and experiences make you different from the rest of the world. Focus on your soulful connection with ALLAH. Increase your own ibaadah and good deeds. Don’t worry about who is saying what and who is doing what. Focus on your deeds, your thoughts, your words.

5. Daily positive affirmations. Consciously choose positive words when talking about your situation.

If you give thanks, I will give you more…
(Al Quran 14:7)

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

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
What To Do When Your Child Tells You That He/She Has Been Abused

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Q: Dear Kareema, what can I do to strengthen or stabilise my hips? I do yoga and was wondering if there were other exercises I could try as well?

A: Yoga is great as there are many poses that target the hip and core area. Try Pilates – You’ll find that there is a lot of pelvic floor engagement, working your hips and core muscles. Other exercises such as lunges, side-leg lifts, squats, and plank-holds are all great moves to build your hip stability.




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Jallalludin goes into a large shopping centre and at the escalator is a sign:


"Dogs must be carried on the escalator."


Jallalludin to his wife: "Now where are we expected to find a dog this time of the day!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty.

~ Surah An-Nur 24:23


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"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.

We have guided missiles but misguided men.”


~ Martin Luther King Jr.



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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.

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























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A lot of people are doing it tough right now, but instead of standing up against big corporations and a morally corrupt banking industry, politicians are turning us against one another, blaming migrants of non-European backgrounds when they should be blaming our broken economic and political systems.

The government has been pushing massive tax cuts for big corporations and cutting basic services, while simultaneously whipping up fears about immigration, scapegoating migrants for everything from traffic congestion to crime rates.

Racism and anti-immigrant rhetoric is on the rise in mainstream discourse, and we need to stand up against it.
Everyone seems happy to condemn isolated examples of overt racism on public transport. But when racists like Tony Abbott and Andrew Bolt make similar comments in parliament or in the mainstream media, they are rewarded with more coverage.

All this happens against a backdrop of ongoing colonial racism against First Nations peoples - the theft of land, wages and children, and the continued rejection of Aboriginal sovereignty.

In the next few months, the federal government will try to change citizenship and immigration laws. If passed, these changes will:

- Make the English language tests and ‘Australian Values’ tests even stricter
- Require permanent residents to have lived here for 4 years before becoming citizens, when it’s already very difficult and can take many years just to get permanent residency
- Require citizenship applicants to ‘prove they have integrated’
- Make it harder to reunite with elderly parents and disabled relatives, even after you become a citizen 
- Make it harder to have overseas educational qualifications recognised in Australia
- Make it harder for asylum seekers to be accepted as refugees
- Give the Immigration Minister stronger powers to deport people and reject visa applications without going through fair processes

Without strong public opposition to these changes, anti-immigrant policies will become the new normal, and refugees will continue to languish in offshore concentration camps.

Please join us at a positive, family-friendly public rally to say no to racism and imperialism, and yes to unity and multiculturalism.

This will be a short rally and march, featuring poets and performing artists but not too many speeches. After the poetry, we'll be marching down Adelaide St to the Immigration Department building, then back up to King George Square.

We want to remind politicians of all parties that racist policies and messages are a vote-loser, not a vote-winner, and remind broader society that with the exception of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, everyone on this continent has come from somewhere else. Multiculturalism should be celebrated and encouraged, not undermined.

This event is taking place on stolen land. We acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbul peoples, and pay respects to their elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded, and the struggle against racism and anti-immigrant xenophobia is fundamentally a struggle for decolonisation and justice for First Nations peoples.

Event banner image by artist James Fosdike.





This workshop is designed to educate/encourage youths of Islamic background re the recruiting process in Queensland Police Service (QPS).



Date : Sunday 9/9/2018

Time 10.30am

Venue: Darra Mosque, Oxley




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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services



"Let's Talk Women" is a monthly support program for Women in the community. It is an opportunity for women to seek knowledge and most importantly, to connect with one another. Our first event will be a panel discussion on Women's Health.

This event is organised by women, for women, and is supported by the Islamic Council of Queensland.











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.

















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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18 August



Pre Al Adha Muslimah Night Bazaar
Sisters Only Event



45 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA


4PM to 9PM

21 August





(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1439


22 August





10th Zil-Hijjah 1439


25 August



Eid Family Night @ Dreamworld




0418 722 353


26 August



Eid Al-Adah Celebrations


Gold Coast Mosque

Broadwater Parklands

0422 082 785

10AM to 9PM

29 August



Celebrating Janeth Deen



Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0405 035 786


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



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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