EST. 2004


Sunday 12 August 2018 | Issue 0718



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.





Hajj Mabroor








Crescents Community News (CCN) wishes all those making their pilgrimage to Makkah this year, a safe and rewarding Hajj, insha'Allah.

This will be the journey of a lifetime where you will, insha'Allah, return sinless like a new born baby. May Allah (SWT) shower you with his blessings on every step you take.





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Leading for positive change: Community consultation dinner



Gold Coast-based community organization, Multicultural Families Organization (MFO), in liaison with the Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA), introduced their Leaders of Positive Change initiative to local Brisbane community leaders at a dinner at Michael's Oriental Restaurant.


MFO provides services for newly arrived migrants and their families, and CALD women and children victims of domestic violence.


Dr Nora Amath delivered the keynote address an Ms Reaa Ali was the Master of Ceremonies.





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By Zia Ahamd    

The Daily Telegraph, a Sydney based tabloid newspaper published by Nationwide News Pty Ltd has been widely condemned for its Islamophobic headline “ALLAH AK BARRED!” appearing against a background of flag waving ISIS gunmen on its front page published on Thursday 9 August 2018, while reporting on “Five Aussie terrorists stripped of their citizenship.”

The headline is a highly insensitive and malicious distortion of the Islamic invocation “Allah Akbar” meaning “God is Great” widely used during Islamic prayers and at various other occasions in times of stress or as an expression of joy.

The continuing exclusive full story by Sharri Markson & Jack Houghton on pages 8 and 9 appears with yet another provocative headline “EXILED TO AN ISLAMIC FATE” with photos of the five people stripped of their Australian citizenship against a background of guns, barbed wire and Arabic writing.

Dr Anne Fairbairn AM, grand daughter of an Australian Prime Minister, a celebrated poet and regular columnist of AMUST was highly stressed by the sight of the headline and called AMUST office early on Thursday morning drawing attention to the offensive headline.

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) in its Media statement issued on Thursday 9 August has condemned the choice of words used in the headline that it considers an attack on Islam and demonising the Muslim community.

The statement reads:

“The Australian National Imams Council and the Australian Muslim community are extremely outraged and offended over the disrespect portrayed by the choice of title and wording in this article.

While The Australian National Imams Council and the Australian Muslim community respect and advocate for freedom of speech, this freedom must not be exploited in disrespecting any community or religion and further demonising and unfairly targeting specific communities.”

ANIC has demanded an immediate removal of the headline and an apology from The Daily Telegraph for causing offence to the Muslim community in what it considers an “ongoing campaign against Muslims and Islam” by The Daily Telegraph that leads to incitement and hatred against the Australian Muslim community.

The President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), Dr Rateb Jneid has also called for the retraction of the offensive headline and issue of an apology saying, “This headline is inappropriate in the extreme and media outlets should be held to account for such irresponsible practices. It just represents another example of the continued attack on our religion from some sections of the media.”

Muslim Australians have been outraged by the offensive headlines and defamatory articles continually published by The Daily Telegraph and there was widespread condemnation of this edition of the tabloid in the social media.





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The Hon Graham Perrett, Member for Moreton, hosted over 200 locals and community groups at Michael's Oriental for a Multicultural Community Dinner "to celebrate what makes the Southside so wonderful." 


The special guest speaker, Hon Tony Burke MP, Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia spoke about the importance of always staying united, as a community.

Mr Perrett said:

The vibrancy of our community is something to be proud of. We see time and time again, multiculturalism under attack from the far right, fringe political parties and our own LNP Government. It's my commitment to you that I will never entertain voices that seek to divide us and make us weaker.

We've seen very recently our local community come under threat. I know the Southside community is stronger than these divisive voices. The Southside that so many of us love and call home has more that unites us than divides us.

As the Master of Ceremonies on the night, Mr Lewis Lee, OAM, was both competent and entertaining in his usual trademark style.






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Mayor Greg Williamson speaking at the Mackay Mosque open day on Sunday 5 August.


Federal member for Dawson George Christensen accepted an invitation to speak at the Mackay Mosque Open Day, along with member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert.

Mr Christensen spoke about religious liberties, the need for freedom in expressing all religions, extremism in Islam and his maintained belief about the need to ban the burqa.

The event has attracted over 100 community members along, to learn more about the Muslim faith and to hear from guest speakers.



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The funding round for multicultural events under the 2018-19 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program is now open.

$1.4 million is available for established and new events under this funding round, forming part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to increase the CMQ program to $2 million per annum from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

The CMQ program promotes multiculturalism and supports communities to celebrate diversity and connect and welcome migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities.

The increased annual budget offers an opportunity to achieve wider coverage of a range of cultural events and broader involvement of community groups in celebrations of diversity.

This funding round is for multicultural events to be held in 2019 that aim to:

• welcome migrants and refugees into local communities, and to increase their sense of belonging
• promote an increased understanding and acceptance of a particular or an emerging culture across the wider community
• celebrate, promote and increase opportunities for intercultural connections within local communities and across Queensland.

Through this round, funding of up to $20,000 will be available per individual event.


Community groups, non-government organisations, P&C Associations, and local councils that involve or support migrants and refugees, are encouraged to consider submitting a funding application under this funding round.

I also encourage funding applications from small and emerging cultural and community groups, as well as funding applications for events to be held in regional areas.

Pending availability of funds, multi-year funding or sponsorship may be offered to selected events.

To view the 2018-19 Funding Information Paper for multicultural events, and to access the online application form, please visit the website.


For more information, please email Multicultural Affairs Queensland.




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Prof Shahjahan Khan made the list of Toowoomba's Power 100 of the city's most influential people in position number 65




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Winners of Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Australasian Awards were announced recently and Wasim Malik of Sydney won the “Continuity and Resilience Professional Private Sector 2018” for the second time in 3 years.


Mr Malik is currently the Global Head of Business Continuity Management at Bravura Solutions, and, in the past successful implemented a BCM Program in two major banks in Saudi Arabia and for a major Group in Bahrain, including branches in Kuwait and Bahrain.




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Amna and her sisters lost their brother Fathi in a road accident last year.



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


The power of volunteering

Don't worry if you don't know where to start. Start somewhere. Just start.

Volunteering and that mindset of giving back is where I learnt everything. It's what equipped me for the workforce and what has taught me important life lessons.

I hold a strong value of compassion, but compassion can't be dormant.

We can't say we care about our society then sit on our hands and be armchair critics.

I am a public speaker and I sit on two boards, the Council for Australian Arab Relations and a not-for-profit women's health initiative called Go Active. I live and breathe the stuff around active, healthy lifestyles.

I recognise that we can influence change at many levels, from the grassroots to contributing to policy and strategy on boards.

I struggled for a long time with imposter syndrome but I spent a good amount of time working through issues that made me want to be less visible.

Now I claim words like "boss"..



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. 







Moez Masoud

Preacher and Televangelist

Moez Masoud is an Egyptian preacher, television and radio presenter, and activist who focuses on the fields of contemporary spirituality, interfaith dialogue, and Islam in the modern world. His influence is derived from ongoing academic work as well as media.

Religious and academic work: Founder of Al-Tareeq Al-Sahh (The Right Way) Institute, Masoud is trained in the Islamic sciences and is currently a research affiliate at the University of Cambridge. His writings are primarily centred around religious identity and spiritual quest, as well as religious radicalization, He has spoken at such key global events as the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

Media and Social Media: His engagement in media has been significant since 2007 when his first Arabic TV show debuted, and by now his programs and appearances have acquired millions of viewers across the Arab world. His latest work, broadcast during Ramadan, “Khutuwat Al-Shaytan;” was widely viewed across the Arab world programs and was ranked 9th most viewed in the Gulf even when competing with conventional TV dramas.

In 2017, Masoud produced the Egyptian film “Clash” which has been hailed as “one of the most telling depictions of modern Egypt yet filmed” and the film has been selected to represent Egypt in the Oscars’ 2017 Best Foreign Language Film race.

Masoud is active in various social media sites, including Youtube videos (over 10 million views), Facebook (8 million likes) and Twitter (3 million followers). Masoud participated in the brief post-Tahrir “Egyptian National Dialogue” and has continued that dialogue on socio-political issues in Egypt from within the perspective of traditional Islam.






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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......



Farhana Khera: The strategist



Farhana Khera was raised in Painted Post, a small town in upstate New York. The fact that her religion was different from 99% of her classmates, Khera says, was more a source of curiosity than conflict.


After a foray into the corporate world, Khera served the US Senate Judiciary Committee as an expert on constitutional law, where she fought to amend the USA Patriot Act and built key connections with lawmakers.


In 2005, Khera co-founded Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy group that is challenging President Trump’s travel ban and other perceived infringements on Muslims’ civil liberties.


“The last eight months have honestly been the craziest time in the 12 years of the organization,” Khera says.

What other Muslims say about Khera: “She doesn’t make a lot of noise, but Farhana knows how to work behind the scenes and get things done.”


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


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

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

When I think about Australia and white fragility, with all its moral pretensions, I marvel at the great hoax of it all. The sheer energy and wealth invested in concealing and denying racist policies, ideas, outcomes and reali­ties.


Who are “we”? Look around: race is everywhere. It is so pervasive, so embedded in the fabric of who we are, that its terrible fact is rendered almost banal. It is there in the flyer hanging on the pinboard beside my local GP’s computer, reminding me to notify the doctor if I am Aboriginal because of the additional health risks.


It is there in Aboriginal deaths in custody and families waiting for justice. It is there in the silencing, persecuting and hounding of Indigenous women and men who dare to demand justice. It is there in the manufacture of crises and panics when brown and black people refuse to engage in rituals of loyalty to the west.


Dissent against colonisation, against empire, against race is never heard as dissent but only as extremism, as being un-Australian. Who are “we”? There is no collective “we”.

very attempt to articulate or impose a vision of national identity exposes white Australia’s determination to negotiate belonging and rights around how closely one associates with white Australia’s vision of history, society and nation.


Minorities can be part of white Australia’s “we” and “us” but disassocia­tion from so-called normative “Australian values” and “identity” immediately reveals how quickly the black or brown dissenter can be relegated to the status of alien, to “you” and “them”. It is race that allows white moderators to create ideal non-white “moderates”.


The “moderate” Muslim, the “moderate Aboriginal”, the “moderate minority” are people emptied of their politics, dissent, resistance. They are only allowed to be a cosmetic addition to a multicultural display with no overt political inclinations and certainly no agenda to unsettle or destabilise the centrality of whiteness on which Australia exists as a nation.


Race is there, in the celebration and protection of the speech of men like Milo Yiannopoulos, Mark Latham, Andrew Bolt, the late Bill Leak, and on and on it goes. It is there in the rejection of the Uluru statement of the heart, in Tony Abbott’s “Team Australia”.

Race is everywhere. All nations lie to themselves about who they are. We are constantly reminded about our unique mix of “Australian values”. Even our “values” are racialised, deployed as a discourse of power, used as a disciplinary tool to school and tame unruly minorities.


As a Muslim, I see this all the time. The government’s dialogue with Muslims is almost always framed within the language of counter-terrorism, the needing-to-be-reminded-about Australian values.






Soutphommasane says sections of media exploit racism to make money




In his last speech in his position, released ahead of its delivery to the Whitlam Institute on Monday night, Soutphommasane says that “race politics is back”


Outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has accused sections of the media of “monetising” racism to hold on to their audiences.

In his last speech in his position, released ahead of its delivery to the Whitlam Institute on Monday night, Soutphommasane says that “race politics is back”.

“Right now, it feels like there has never been a more exciting time to be a dog-whistling politician or race-baiting commentator in Australia,” he says.

“Five years ago, I wouldn’t have said it was likely that we would see the resurgence of far-right politics. I wouldn’t have expected that the biggest threats to racial harmony would come from within our parliaments and from sections of our media. Yet here we are”.

He says “politicians are enthusiastically seeking debates about immigration, multiculturalism and crime.

"This is dangerous territory. When politicians resort to using race in advancing their agendas, they inevitably excite racial anxiety and stir up social division. They end up damaging our racial tolerance and multicultural harmony”.

Among various references, Soutphommasane cites comments by Malcolm Turnbull about Sudanese gangs, remarks by Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge and other ministers about separatism, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s proposing white South African farmers deserved “special attention” for visas, and Tony Abbott’s questioning of migrants from Africa. He also points to commentator Andrew Bolt last week arguing that a “tidal wave of immigration” was overwhelming Australia.

“Clearly we are seeing a challenge to the non-discriminatory immigration program that Australia has conducted since the end of the White Australia policy,” Soutphommasane says.

And he warns about the debate on preventing foreign interference in Australia allowing some to reprise old “yellow peril” fears.

“If we’re not more careful, we may end up demanding that Chinese Australians work many times harder than others to demonstrate their loyalty to this country. We may end up with what can only be described as a form of racial discrimination, justified as concern about national sovereignty”.

Soutphommasane says that beside the politicisation of racial fear we are seeing as well the “monetisation of racism”.

“Sections of a fracturing media industry, under the strain of technological disruption, seem to be using racism as part of their business model.

"Faced with competition from a proliferation of news and entertainment sources, some media outlets are using racial controversies to grab attention – as a means of clinging on to their audiences.”

He accuses some media outlets of fawning on far right political commentators from North America.

“These avatars of white nationalism are typically lauded as ‘alt-right showmen’ or ‘alt-right provocateurs’.

"They are fawned upon and given sympathetic platforms to spread their messages of hate and division. With this kind of licence, it is no surprise to find far-right groups being emboldened like never before.

"It’s got to the point where commentators on national television can tell people to go back to where they came from on air, and not experience any sanction from their network. Commentators can entertain fantasies on radio about running over a Muslim writer, with barely a slap on the wrist.

"Commentators with histories of inciting racism and of running foul of laws against racial discrimination have the audacity to label anti-racist speech as forms of ‘race baiting’,” Soutphommasane says.




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Former KKK Member & Syrian Muslim Refugee: An Inspiring Friendship

  More In Common Show 


“We are so divided now in this country that we’ve forgot what makes us strong is really reaching out to the other side.”

This unlikely and extraordinary friendship between a former member of the KKK and a Syrian refugee who both live in Georgia proves that hate is often times just a cry for help.





Protest burqa ban in Denmark




These Muslim women in Denmark are defying a new law against wearing veils in public.





The Frant: Different races, same racist headlines



(Warning: contains strong language)












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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 10 August 2018

TOPIC: "Hazrat Ibrahim" Part 3 

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 10 August 2018

TOPIC: "Protecting the honour of your brother"

IMAM: Akram Buksh









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 10 August 2018

TOPIC: ”Outstanding Akhlaaq of Prophet”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 10 August 2018

TOPIC: "What is in store in the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah” 

IMAM: Hafiz Rashid Ali (visiting Imam)





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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 10 August 2018

TOPIC: "Earthquakes and disasters: A test a reminder from Allah"
Ahmed Naffa





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Mufti Menk opens new multi-faith prayer room at Blackburn Rovers   



Mufti Menk opens new multi-faith prayer room at Blackburn Rovers8

UK: Mufti Ismail Menk joined Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray at the opening of new multi-faith prayer area at Ewood Park.

The new-look facility, which is located inside the Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End, has been designed to provide existing staff and supporters with a quiet space for prayer and reflection, as well as to encourage fans from all faiths and backgrounds to attend more games and functions at the stadium.

Following some introductory speeches in the club’s Media Theatre from Rovers’ Chief Executive Steve Waggott, Mufti Menk, Councillor Pat McFall, the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, and Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, the invited guests then made their way to the refurbished prayer room for the officially opening.

Steve Waggott said: “We are delighted to be able to offer fans of all faiths a fantastic facility of this kind.

“Everyone at the club remains committed to working towards inclusion under the #OneRovers banner and we look forward to welcoming supporters and members of the public to use the revamped room, starting from this weekend."

Mufti Menk is regarded as one of the leading scholars of his generation and travels the world helping to share his message of ‘peace and love’ to people of all faiths.



Speaking at the launch Mufti Menk said, “I would really like to congratulate the club because as we know communities are extremely important and this club serves all the communities.

“The fact that we have this afternoon the opening of the multi-faith room is another feather in the cap for the club in bringing the communities together. What stands out for me is that the prayer room caters for people of diverse faiths.”

He added, “I want to also congratulate those who made this possible and I think this initiative needs to be supported and it is one of the reasons I am here.

“Well done and I pray we witness great success and this can be model for others as well and it can be a model for the integration of peoples of diverse faiths.”

Rovers were among the first football clubs in the country to open a facility of this kind back in 2008.

Available to use for the first time at this weekend's Championship match with Millwall, the updated space is a continuation of Rovers' commitment to promoting inclusion and engaging with its diverse local community.

Last month, Rovers held its first ever #OneRovers Festival.

Waggott added: “The local community is hugely important to us as a club and is an area we take very seriously.

"We cater for all at Rovers - we already have a sensory room, have headsets for our blind supporters and almost every area of Ewood Park is accessible.

"We've had a prayer room before, but this is a real key area for us with our new, relocated, refurbished prayer room, which is not only available on matchdays, but 365 days a year.

"I see this as the next step and another part of the football mosaic that we're putting together here at Rovers."

Supporters who wish to use the multi-faith room should report to the Blackburn End Reception, where they will be provided with access to the facility.



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China is tracking Muslims embarking on the annual Hajj pilgrimage in what experts say is likely part of widespread government surveillance   


CHINA: Chinese Muslims embarking on the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca are being outfitted with GPS trackers in what experts are warning is likely part of China’s widespread surveillance program already in place.

This year, about 11,500 Chinese Muslims are expected to head to Saudi Arabia for the month-long Hajj celebration, beginning on August 19, a slow decline from 14,500 in 2016 and 12,800 last year.

State-run China Islamic Association, which claims to represent ethnic Muslim groups in China, posted photos of the first batch of Chinese Muslims preparing to depart for Mecca. Photos show pilgrims wearing GPS trackers around their necks as they prepare for their journey.

According to the Global Times, each device includes a QR code connected to an app that reveals the wearer’s photo, passport number, address, and name in both Chinese and English. The Islamic Association, which closely monitors and organizes the Hajj trips, claimed the devices make the trip safer for the user.

“Using the GPS, the app can also help Chinese organisers see the real-time location of the pilgrims, which organisers say will help facilitate management of the activity that lasts nearly 40 days,” a trip organiser who did not want to be identified told Global Times.

However, experts say that this system likely hints that the government is looking to exapand surveillance on its citizens – particularly those in the Muslim minority.

“Chinese Communist Party officials have often justified invasive policies with the excuse that they address legitimate “safety” concerns,” Timothy Grose, a China expert at the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, told Business Insider.

Muslims in China, including the 8 million Uyghurs of the Xinjiang region, are required to apply for permission to embark on the Hajj and are carefully vetted based on their age, ethnicity, and social standing. But Uyghur Muslims have been required to first pledge their allegiance to the Communist Party before they are allowed to leave the country.



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Boris Johnson: burqa wearers look like bank robbers, letter boxes   


Response to Boris's burqua comments

UK: Boris Johnson has sparked outrage after saying women who wear burqas look like “letter boxes” and bank robbers.

Britain Prime Minister Theresa May has joined calls for her former Foreign Secretary to apologise for the remarks, made in a newspaper column earlier this week.

Mr Johnson, who left Mrs May’s government last month in a dispute over Brexit, disparaged burka wearers in a column that, ironically, defended their right to wear the full face veil.

He said he opposed banning burqas and other face covering garments but felt it was “absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.”

Mr Johnson’s remarks came after Denmark last week followed France, Germany, Austria and Belgium in banning face-coverings in public places.

In a column for Britain’s Telegraph newspaper Mr Johnson said he felt “fully entitled” to expect women to remove face coverings when talking to him at his MP’s surgery, and said schools and universities should be able to take the same approach if a student ”turns up … looking like a bank robber.”

His article drew criticism from Muslim groups and fellow politicians. Mohamed Sheikh, founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, said the article had been “totally out of order.” Middle East Minister Alistair Burt criticised Mr Johnson for comments he said “many people would find offensive.”
Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis said in a tweet that he had asked Mr Johnson to apologise.

Mrs May agreed, saying: “I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use. And some of the terms Boris used describing people’s appearance obviously have offended.”

However Mr Johnson, who has a reputation for controversy and political gaffes, refused to back down.

“It is ridiculous that these views are being attacked — we must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on difficult issues,” a source close to Mr Johnson told reporters.

“We have to call it out. If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we are simply yielding ground to reactionaries and extremists,” the source said.

Mr Johnson resigned as foreign secretary in July, accusing Mrs May of killing “the Brexit dream” with her plan to seek close economic ties with the European Union after the U.K. leaves the bloc next year. The resignation solidified his position as a leader of the pro-Brexit wing of the Conservative Party, which is deeply divided over its attitude to the EU. Many expect Mrs May to face a leadership challenge if faltering Brexit negotiations don’t improve — and Mr Johnson is likely to be a contender to replace her.

Some suspected his burqa comments were intended to boost his appeal among right-wing members of the party.

Sayeeda Warsi, a Conservative member of the House of Lords, said Mr Johnson was using Muslim women as a “convenient political football to try and increase his poll ratings.”

“These were offensive comments but clever politics,” she said. “Boris knew the effect and the impact that this kind of dog-whistle politics would have.”



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Rashida Tlaib set to become first Muslim woman elected to US Congress   


Former Michigan state lawmaker has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for a House seat

US: Former Michigan state lawmaker Rashida Tlaib is set to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress after winning the Democratic primary on Tuesday for a House seat in the state.

Tlaib, 42, is a Detroit native. She is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and the oldest of fourteen children.

She served in the Michigan state house from 2009 to 2014, and was also the first Muslim woman ever elected to the state’s legislature.

Tlaib has said her decision to run was prompted by increasing attacks against American Muslims and immigrants since Donald Trump was elected.

“I didn’t run because my election would be historic,” she told ABC News last week. “I ran because of injustices and because of my boys, who are questioning their [Muslim] identity and whether they belong. I’ve never been one to stand on the sidelines.”

“When you see a Palestinian person with your name and faith succeed, it shows [the government] can ban us from coming into the country, but not from getting elected,” Tlaib added. “Showing people it can be done would be a victory to my family.”

There are two Muslim American men serving in the House, Democrats Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana, but no women.

She was among a dozen protesters who disrupted a speech by Trump at the Detroit Economic Club during the 2016 campaign, writing in an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press that despite criticism it was “unbecoming” behaviour for a former state legislator, she concluded that “confronting Trump was the most patriotic and courageous act I could pursue” because of his anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

‘This is a huge victory for the Arab and Muslim American communities – it’s also a huge victory for the city of Detroit,’’ Sally Howell, director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, told the Associated Press.

‘‘Rashida Tlaib brings forward the legacy of John Conyers in terms of the groundbreaking role he played in Congress and his commitment to civil rights.’’



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The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan


Rafia Zakaria




A memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women

For a brief moment on December 27, 2007, life came to a standstill in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto, the country’s former prime minister and the first woman ever to lead a Muslim country, had been assassinated at a political rally just outside Islamabad. Back in Karachi—Bhutto’s birthplace and Pakistan’s other great metropolis—Rafia Zakaria’s family was suffering through a crisis of its own: her Uncle Sohail, the man who had brought shame upon the family, was near death. In that moment these twin catastrophes—one political and public, the other secret and intensely personal—briefly converged.

Zakaria uses that moment to begin her intimate exploration of the country of her birth. Her Muslim-Indian family immigrated to Pakistan from Bombay in 1962, escaping the precarious state in which the Muslim population in India found itself following the Partition. For them, Pakistan represented enormous promise. And for some time, Zakaria’s family prospered and the city prospered. But in the 1980s, Pakistan’s military dictators began an Islamization campaign designed to legitimate their rule—a campaign that particularly affected women’s freedom and safety. The political became personal when her aunt Amina’s husband, Sohail, did the unthinkable and took a second wife, a humiliating and painful betrayal of kin and custom that shook the foundation of Zakaria’s family but was permitted under the country’s new laws. The young Rafia grows up in the shadow of Amina’s shame and fury, while the world outside her home turns ever more chaotic and violent as the opportunities available to post-Partition immigrants are dramatically curtailed and terrorism sows its seeds in Karachi.

Telling the parallel stories of Amina’s polygamous marriage and Pakistan’s hopes and betrayals, The Upstairs Wife is an intimate exploration of the disjunction between exalted dreams and complicated realities.



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KB says: Known for its light texture and rich flavour, chiffon cake isn't difficult to make, but it does require a little attention to detail.

1. Eggs must be at room temperature, to left out of the fridge for at least 30mins.
2. Do not beat after the addition of the dry ingredients, gently fold it in.
3. Make sure that the pan is greased and the oven pre-heated.


Chocolate Chiffon Cake





4 eggs separated
125 ml water
85ml oil
250ml castor sugar
300ml flour
75 ml cocoa
10ml baking powder


1. Beat Egg whites, water and vanilla until foamy.
2. Add the oil then the yolks and then add the sugar slowly and beat well.
3. Sift in flour, cocoa and baking powder and gently fold in.
4. Place mixture in a well-greased chiffon baking pan (a tube pan)
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180degrees and bake for approx. 25mins.
6. When cool decorate with chocolate ganache and fresh cream (optional)



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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:
What To Do When Your Child Tells You That She/He Has Been Sexually Abused

One of the things that were normalised in the paradigm of my childhood life was pedophilia. Until I was 33 years old and sobbing uncontrollably in the first session with my psychologist, I was under the misconception that every single home in the whole world had children who were being sexually abused. It took me several psychotherapy sessions to understand that pedophilia was not the norm of every household. That realisation crushed me because now I was faced with the great big question - Why didn’t anyone stop these heinous acts from happening, especially when stories were being told and exchanged as though they were talking about mundane things. These acts were carried out on children by adults and young adults - an intergenerational cycle of sexual abuse - and no one stopped them from happening. No one stood up for the children, even when few children did fathom the courage to speak out.

According to a news report from ABC in February 2017, there are 4,444 alleged cases of child sexual abuse recorded against the Australian Catholic Church, where ninety percent of the victims were boys and ten percent girls, all under the age of 12. Source: ( )

The heartbreaking truth is that children tend to block such traumatic experiences from their mind when their trust is betrayed and when no one listens or acknowledges their story. Later on in life, these same children live a life yearning for justice. Some pursue their yearning through becoming abusers themselves, some resort to self-harm, alcohol and substance abuse, and some become the voice to advocate for justice for these children and the child that still dwells in them, broken and deeply hurt.

It’s never easy hearing a child talk about their experiences of abuse. Here are ways you can help deal with this sensitive issue. It doesn’t matter whether the child is under 18 or much older. Treat the person with the utmost respect and dignity.

1. Believe the child’s words. Listen and for God’s sake, believe the child. No child, no adult for that matter, is ever going to create a story about this traumatic experience. Most children don’t even have a language to express what happened and why it happened because they are made to feel like it was her/ his fault.
2. DO NOT cross check the child’s story with the person she/ he is naming as the perpetrator.
3. Document everything, record everything.
4. Comfort your child and tell her/ him how very sorry you are that this happened.
5. Assure the child that she/ he is now safe and will NEVER have to see the perpetrator again.
6. Have a close family meeting with trusted individuals. Gather all the recordings.
7. GO TO THE POLICE. It doesn’t matter how young or old your child is - 4 or 40, doesn’t matter, the incident(s) happened and now it is time to report this heinous crime.
8. Take the child to the GP and get a referral for a psychologist to begin the healing process.
9. Keep the matter private and do not discuss this issue with the perpetrator or the perpetrator’s family members. The perpetrator will receive appropriate communication from the law enforcement agencies and the court.
10. Teach the child that while the justice system on earth has limitations, ONLY ALLAH’s Judgement Day will give true justice to all. This will help the child heal better.

Remember, you are not your traumatic experiences, you are the force that overcomes them. Alhumdolillah.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic:
Tactful Texting...How To Write

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It’s still cold, but it’s great to get out into the fresh air and bike!


Get your family or friends together, jump on your bikes and enjoy the sights while you get fitter and stronger.

We tend to find every excuse not to exercise.


Cycling is easy, fun and without a doubt, will make you feel better mentally and physically.


So get out and move!




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A lady in a taxi leaned forward to ask Jallalludin the driver a question. She gently tapped his shoulder to get his attention.

Jallalludin screamed, lost control of the cab and nearly hit a bus. He drove over the curb, almost going through a shop window.

For a few moments the inside of the cab was silent. The shaken Jallalludin turned and said, "Are you ok? I'm very sorry, but you scared the hell out of me!"

The passenger, very startled at this point, apologizes to Jallalludin and says "I didn't realize a mere tap on the shoulder could scare some one so bad"

Jallalludin replied "No, no, I'm the one who is sorry, today is my first day driving a cab. I've been driving a hearse for the last 20 years!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Do not say of anything, ‘I will do that tomorrow,’ without adding, ‘God willing,’ and, whenever you forget, remember your Lord and say, ‘May my Lord guide me closer to what is right.’

~ Surah Al-Kahf 18:23-24


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"You must never be fearful

about what you are doing when it is right.”


~ Rosa Parks



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Events & Functions









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.




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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.

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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DarulUloom Islamic Academy of Brisbane







Masjid As Sunnah



Every Sunday Quran Tafsir or Islamic Lesson or Arabic Class.
After Magrib
Conducting by Imam Yahia Baej

Children Arabic/Quran Class every Tue-Wed-Thursday after Magrib




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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