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Anning Fanning the flames of racial and religious hatred Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
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'The sky doesn't fall in': refugees integrate well in Australia

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An Ayaat-a-Week

Toowoomba Mosque's divine answer to drought

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Migration & Multiculturalism: Stories from the Frontline

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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Sen. Fraser Anning (KAP-Qld) - Maiden Speech (Aug 14, 2018)








After Fraser Anning First Speech, Senators Kiss and Shake Hands






Was Fraser Anning right on Muslim immigration to Australia?








Anning speech 'disgraceful': Anne Aly



Australia's first Muslim woman to serve in the Parliament, Anne Aly, responds to Fraser Anning's 'final solution' speech.








Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s speech on Anning

I condemned the racist remarks of Senator Anning last night as soon as I heard of them. I’ve condemned them already today and I condemn them again here in this House.

Let me say Mr Speaker, we live in the most successful multicultural society in the world and our success is built on a foundation of mutual respect. We have one of the most successful immigration programs in the world. We are a migration nation.


Who could claim to have a better one? And we manage it on a thoroughly nondiscriminatory basis. It too is built on a foundation of strong leadership and the control of our borders, so that Australians know that people who come here, come here because the government has agreed to them doing so. The people’s representatives agree to them doing so.

We’ve managed that program in a world where there is so much disharmony. Where, in many places in the world, where people of different faiths and different races have lived side-by-side reasonably harmoniously for hundreds of years and now seem unable to do so

Despite all of that, here in Australia, in the midst of our diversity, we live in great harmony.


So we have so much to be proud of, but we can never take it for granted.

We must always stand up for our commitment to an Australia that defines itself by reference to shared political values; freedom, democracy, the rule of law, a fair go. Those are our values and they are accessible to people of every race, of any religion, or none, of any cultural background. So that is how we define our nation.





Queensland African Communities Council Incorporated (QACC) condemns Senator Anning’s call for “the final solution on immigration”

Senator Anning particularly singled out Muslim and African migrants, especially those who are both African and Muslim, falsely claiming that they are not assimilating and integrating into Australian society, and has unjustly and unfairly demonised and dehumanised the entire population of African birth and descent in Australia, as well as all followers of the Islamic faith.

He labelled the entire Muslim and African community in Australia as welfare dependents and exploiters, and as criminals, and insisted that there is need for “cultural reconquest” of Australia. These statements are abhorrent, appalling, hateful, racial and bigoted and reflect the ugliness of a belief in, and adherence to, the doctrine of the white supremacy.

They drag Australia back into the dark ages of prejudice and intolerance and do not, in any way, reflect or represent 21st century Australia, a nation that continuous to grow and flourish because of migration.

We know that the majority of our members (both Muslims and Africans) are law abiding people who are both proud and grateful to be in Australia. They are hardworking and educated people who appreciate, and take advantage of, the opportunity that living in Australia gives them to make better lives for themselves and their children, to be treated equally and fairly and to contribute to the country and society that has accepted them. They live in their homes, go to work, work hard, go to school, pay mortgage/rent and take good care of their families.

They have friends from all cultures. Many have made significant contributions to Australian society at all levels including, but not limited to, as lawyers, doctors, engineers, teachers, professors, researchers etc., as well as to Australian culture as singers, musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers and actors.


They play Australian sports and make valuable contributions to their teams. They serve and protect Australia and its people as members of their state police forces and defence and security services. What sort of non-integration is Senator Anning talking about?



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Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten MP, call for motion on Australia's non-discrimination policy

In the corrosive and fragmented climate of public debate, it’s become unfortunately common for some to seek out attention by picking on minorities, the less powerful, by attacking in the most vile terms, normally someone who can’t defend themselves.

Around the world, right-wing extremists are turning this into a political art form.

They say something hateful or homophobic or sexist or racist, something designed to humiliate and denigrate and hurt. And then when their comments are condemned they complain about ‘political correctness gone mad’ or the ‘thought police’ stifling their free speech, all the while basking in the media attention.

I understand that in one sense there might be a reason to simply ignore it, to starve the stupidity of oxygen, to treat it as beneath contempt.

But as leaders, as representatives of the Australian people, as servants of diverse communities in a great multicultural nation, we cannot stay silent in the face of racism.

We cannot ignore the kind of prejudice and hate that the Senator sought to unleash last night.

Free speech is a cherished value in Australian society but it is not an unfettered right to hurt, to bully, to intimidate, to make some Australians feel less equal than other Australians.

We have to call it out.

We must condemn it.

We have to speak truth.

We have to stand it against it, strong and united.


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Graham Perrett MP, Member for Moreton: Statement regarding Queensland Senator’s first speech

Anyone who is given the privilege of serving in our Parliament should use that privilege to make this country a better place for all Australians. Fraser Anning failed that test in his first speech in the Senate today.

In a throw-back to the ideology of the ‘white Australia policy’ he called for people of Muslim faith to be banned from coming to Australia. He didn’t stop there: his ignorance knows no bounds. He also said that: ‘Not all Muslims are terrorists but certainly all terrorists these days are Muslim, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?’ That is complete nonsense and completely untrue.

I am very disturbed that this rhetoric would be spoken in our Parliament.

This is not a voice from modern Australia. This is a myopic, red-neck reaching out from another time to another people. Modern Australia has moved on.

I represent the most multicultural electorate in Queensland. And I am very fortunate in Moreton to have a very inclusive multicultural community. We have wonderful community leaders like Ali Kadri, Lewis Lee, Melody Chen, Michael Ma and Elijah Buol who do so much to sow the seeds of inclusivity. They come from the four corners of the globe but they all call Australia home.

The hateful rhetoric of Fraser Anning has no place in my community or my Australia.



Muslim Member of Parliament, Ed Husic MP, on a multicultural Australia






Waleed Aly's thoughts on Anning saga



Will Parliament's Fraser Anning moment simply be self-congratulation?

Imagine for a moment that Fraser Anning walks into the Senate and delivers his now-infamous maiden speech, but without the phrase “final solution”. What happens? Do we see anything like the condemnatory response we’ve just witnessed this week? Do we see the cross-party unity? Do we see the Parliament so firmly stand up and declare that some inviolable line has been crossed, which must be re-drawn for the good of the country?

It’s a damn important question because its answer determines whether we’re condemning a form of words, or a set of ideas.


And here’s my problem. Take away that ghastly phrase and you’re left with a speech that sounds increasingly familiar in our public discourse. What, precisely, did Anning say that can any longer be considered radical? Is it the argument that all terrorists are Muslims? You can hear that just about every day even as you inspect the wreckage of non-Muslim attacks in Oslo, Quebec, Portland or Charleston.

Is it the idea of banning Muslim immigration? One Nation has long advocated that, and so has some of the Coalition backbench. Is it the suggestion that we should have a plebiscite on a matter as incendiary as which groups belong in our country? That sounds strangely familiar, too.

Or is it the idea of a discriminatory immigration policy? The Howard government was quite happy to slash African immigration on the basis of Africans’ alleged inability to integrate, an idea only recently spruiked by Tony Abbott.


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"I'll have a go at him next time I see him," said Muslim cane farmer Abdul Ghani Mohammed, who considered Bob Katter as a friend.


Muslim leaders from Bob Katter's north Queensland electorate say they are dismayed he has adopted a hard-line stance against Muslim immigration, saying he only just recently helped a local imam with a visa extension.

The Katter's Australian Party (KAP) federal leader this week threw his support behind his senator Fraser Anning's controversial maiden speech, which praised the White Australia policy and called for a Muslim immigration ban.

Mr Katter described it as "magnificent".

But prominent Muslims in Mr Katter's seat of Kennedy said they felt hurt and betrayed by a man they had considered a long-time friend and supporter of the local Islamic community.

Cane farmer Abdul Ghani Mohammed, 75, said he had known Mr Katter for three decades.

"He's come here to our place three or four times and had dinner with us, he's even come as late as 11 o'clock at night to see us and he's always had the utmost respect for the whole family," he said.

"I could not believe that Bob was saying it.

"He's just helped the Muslim community here in Cairns to get a permit for their Imam to stay here for another six months.

"He's helped us to get that, and how can he say what he said when he does those sorts of things."

Mr Katter said he had been happy to help the local Muslim community on this instance.

"I would do it, and I would it again, and I would do it again," he said.

"Don't ever call them Muslims, these are Australians. They happen to have a religion and it's their business, nobody else's.

"They said this bloke is preaching the gospel of peace and we need him to stay here."

But Mr Katter maintained his opposition to Muslim immigration, particularly from the Middle East, despite criticism from Mr Mohammed.

"I'm sorry that they feel hurt and betrayed … They are all good Australians," he said.

"But we have got to protect ourselves … Surely someone should be talking about our immigration policy that is bankrupting us and drowning our values.

"These people that are coming in and overwhelming us, and I'm just talking about people from the Middle East, they're coming in and overwhelming us, they don't have our values."

'Is that the real Bob or not?'
Mr Mohammed's father came to Australia in 1900 from what is now Pakistan, and moved to Cairns in 1932.

"He brought Islam to the north," Mr Mohammed said.

Mr Mohammed speaks with a broad Australian accent and flies an Australian flag on his property, south of Cairns.


Abdul Ghani Mohammed has known Bob Katter for 30 years.

His family helped establish the Cairns Mosque and were stalwarts of the local Rotary, Canegrowers, Cairns Show Society and football club.

"For people to say that the Muslims don't contribute anything to the community, I would like to challenge them and ask them where they got their information from," he said.

"In those days we never heard of racism … When we were young nobody ever said anything bad to us … Our family has been always able to hold our head up.

"I think it's pretty sad that a few minority people will make trouble for the rest of the Muslims."

Mr Mohammed said it concerned him Mr Katter appeared to be trying to shore up anti-Muslim votes in the area.

"I'd like to talk to Bob about that, see what he's got to say … Ask him is that the real Bob or not? Or is he just saying it because this bloke [Fraser Anning] is new in his party and he's got to stand up for him?" he said.

"He shouldn't put himself down to stand up for this bloke … If he's saying all this just to cover this new party member of his then that's wrong anyway.

"I'll have a go at him next time I see him."




Bob Katter defends 'magnificent' Anning speech






'He's tarring all Muslims with the same brush'
Benjamin Murat is a farmer from Mareeba, also in Mr Katter's electorate, and Imam of the local mosque.

His father settled in the area more than 90 years ago, having fled war-torn Albania as a teenager.

"Dad came to Mareeba which is very virgin country. They cleared land by axe," he said.

"They came for a better life, they worked very hard, contributed to Australian society, contributed to the economy, and here we are also doing the same thing.

"We're Australians, we love this country as much as any other Australian loves … as much as Bob loves Australia."

Mareeba Imam Benjamin Murat (left), pictured on his farm with his neighbour and brother, said he was "saddened" by Mr Katter's comments.


Mr Murat said he was also shocked by Mr Katter's anti-Muslim remarks.

"I was quite saddened to hear those comments because we've known Bob for a long, long time," he said.

"These sorts of thoughts and comments regarding Muslims have never come out with Bob.

"He's been helpful and supportive, so I just don't understand what's happened for this to all have changed."

Mr Murat said new arrivals needed to be given time to integrate and contribute to Australian society.

"They've come with who knows what they've experienced over there with calamities, loss of life, families," he said.

"And we've welcomed them and it's been very nice of the Australian people to welcome them here and care for them and show that beautiful Australian hospitality."

Mr Katter said new arrivals from the Middle East were different from integrated Muslims like Mr Murat who he "loved" and respected.

"Some of these Australians that are proud Australians came out here and have been the pioneers of this country," he said.

"We love them and they're Australians … I'm not the slightest bit interested in their religious persuasion."

But Mr Murat rejected the distinction.

"I don't think it lessens it at all … He's tarring Muslims all with the same brush," he said.

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The refugee survey’s co-author says it shows Australia has great potential to take more refugees.

Research suggests fears of linguistic isolation among new arrivals are unfounded

A new study from Australian researchers shows that refugees and new immigrants integrate well in Australia – especially in regional areas.

Contrary to recent comments from the multicultural affairs minister, Alan Tudge, that migrants who reside together “largely communicate in their mother tongue [and] are slower integrating”, the research found that refugees were welcomed by their new communities, found it “easy” to get along, and felt a strong sense of belonging to their new homes.

Researchers surveyed 214 refugees – 155 adults and 59 children – from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who all had been recently settled in Queensland across Brisbane, Logan and Toowoomba.

81% of those in regional Toowoomba said they found it “very easy” or “easy” to make friends in Australia. 62% of refugees in Brisbane and Logan said the same, for an average of 68% across Queensland.

82% of refugee children said they felt they belonged to the local community – either “always”, “most of the time” or “often”. Only 18% said they belonged “occasionally” or not at all. Half of all refugees surveyed said it was “very easy” or “easy” to talk to their new neighbours.

The study’s co-author, Professor Jock Collins from the University of Technology Sydney, said this refuted the idea that migrants formed linguistic bubbles.

Only 6% of the new arrivals said they spoke no English. 47% said they spoke it “not very well”, 38% spoke English “well” and 9% spoke it “very well”.

“In our experience the people we are talking to are really, really keen to learn English,” he said.

Measures of belonging were generally higher in Toowomba, which the researchers said was due to a proactive and welcoming community, and worse in Logan, which has a higher index of social disadvantage.


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"IT'S hard to watch anyone suffer," Toowoomba Imam Abdul Kader said at a special drought prayer ceremony yesterday.

"It's Islamic practice, when we are in need of something or a solution, to ask God to help give us the strength to overcome the adversity."

More than 200 people packed the Toowoomba Garden City mosque to pray for a respite for Qld farmers trapped in drought.

The men added the drought prayer, known as the Salatul Istisqa, to their Friday Jumma.

"We need to stand by our farmers," Toowoomba Islamic Society president Shahjahan Khan said after the prayer.

"They produce the food that we have on our tables - if they can't survive out there, we can't survive.

"It's our obligation to protect our farmers."

Dr Khan said the mosque prayer went out to everyone impacted by the dry.

"As believers, we feel for the farmers but also the living creatures who have been affected by this weather," he said.

"Where I live, I used to see kangaroos in the morning - but now they have gone, because the grass has died."

Dr Khan had also organised a donation collection to run alongside the prayer, all proceeds going to the drought appeal.

"In our religion, charity to others is a duty," Dr Khan said.

"Everyone is family and everyone goes through hard times - and this is how we show that we are standing beside the community.

"This is similar to what happened during the floods, and we worked to help donate money to those in need during that trying time."

The Salatul Istisqa prayer consists of a sermon calling on God's help and kindness, which is followed by a collective prayer - a format that is similar to prayers performed during Eid.

In good news for the Garden City mosque, renovations on the main building damaged by fire are set to begin later this month.

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By Salam El-Merebi     

AMARAH (Australian Muslim Advocates for the Right of All Humanity) have held their much anticipated second community art exhibition fundraiser in Brisbane.


Together with Muslim Aid Australia, the art auctioned off raised over $20,000 in much needed funds for the Trauma and Rehabilitation Centre (TRC) in the Occupied West Bank, Palestine.

TRC provides psychological assistance and treatment to Palestinians who have been tortured in Israeli jails and have been victims of trauma in Occupied West Bank in general. TRC also provides essential humanitarian services to the wounded, women in domestic violence, martyrs’ family members along with the poor and marginalized, to find more about TRC please visit their website on:

Salam El-Merebi (Human rights chairperson, AMARAH) curated, organized and encouraged five aspiring local artists to participate and contribute their art.


The art consisted of hand-made Palestinian cross stitch, weaving, digital art, mixed media paintings, photography, hand made crochet, visual paintings and prints. Due to it being a different type of fundraiser and its relative success, Salam intends to make this an annual event.

AMARAH would like to take this opportunity to thank all the amazing volunteers, community caterers, artists and sponsors.

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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.


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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 follow their Facebook event to keep updated


Dr Mehreen Faruqi
Mehreen will be sworn in as the Greens Senator for NSW in the Federal Parliament on 21 August.


For 5 years she has been a member of the NSW Parliament’s Upper House, and is the first Muslim woman to win a seat in an Australian parliament.


Since migrating from Pakistan two decades ago, she has worked as an engineer, academic and activist for social and environmental justice.



Navdeep Singh
Navdeep is a proud working class man who migrated to Australia from Punjab, India, in 2006. Nav runs a vehicle workshop in Moorooka. He is a Senate candidate for the Greens, and has previously run as 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



Mehreen Faruqi to become first female Muslim senator amid Fraser Anning outrage


Greens senator says Anning has ‘spat in the face of our successful multicultural society’




Mehreen Faruqi, who will on Wednesday become Australia’s first female Muslim senator, has slammed Fraser Anning as a “merchant of hate” who has “spat in the face of our successful multicultural society”.

Faruqi is due to become a Greens senator for New South Wales this afternoon during a joint sitting of the state parliament, where she will be chosen to fill the casual vacancy left by the outgoing Lee Rhiannon.

The timing of Anning’s hateful speech means Faruqi will become Australia’s first female Muslim senator less than 24 hours after a fellow senator called for Muslim immigration to be halted entirely.

Faruqi told Guardian Australia Anning’s speech had thrown millions of decent Australians under the bus in a “desperate attempt to remain relevant and reignite a long gone racist policy”.

“Senator Anning has spat in the face of our successful multicultural society, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from an ex-One Nation senator,” she said.
“These merchants of hate in the Senate will stop at nothing to keep attacking non-white people simply for the sake of sowing division in our country for their narrow political interests.”

Faruqi became Australia’s first Muslim woman to enter any Australian parliament when she joined the NSW Legislative Council in June 2013.
Her life gives lie to Anning’s hateful rhetoric about Muslims. She arrived in Australia from Pakistan in 1992, and forged a successful career as an academic and engineer, working on improving vital infrastructure across the country. Faruqi held leadership roles on major engineering projects, developing stormwater, recycling, cycleways, and hydropower infrastructure. She has a PhD in environmental engineering, led University of NSW’s Institute of Environmental Studies, and managed environment and water-related services for both the Mosman and Port Macquarie-Hastings councils.

Ed Husic, the federal Labor member for Chifley, became the first Muslim MP when he was voted into the house of representatives in 2010.

Faruqi said Anning’s comments were part of a deliberate strategy to create fear and wrongly attribute society’s ills to immigrants. She said she would use her career in the Senate to call out such vile comments.

“The use of the term ‘final solution’ is a disgusting and deliberate telegraph to appease people who hold deeply sickening and violent white supremacist views,” she said.

“It’s pretty sad that such dangerous fringe and racist politics continue to make its way into debate but as a Senator I will call it out every time.”

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Muslim footballers Bachar Houli and Adam Saad are set to make a statement of protest ahead of tomorrow night's clash between Richmond and Essendon at the MCG.

The pair are set to protest Senator Fraser Anning's maiden speech to Federal Parliament earlier this week.

Anning called for a return to a "European Christian" immigration system and a ban on Muslim immigration to Australia.

Houli and Saad will accompany their respective captains to the pre-game coin toss in a show of solidarity and celebration of diversity.

"Dashing defender Adam Saad and Tiger Bachar Houli, both practicing Muslims, will join the teams’ captains in the centre of the ground to toss the coin in a simple but symbolic gesture," the Bombers' statement read.

"The Bombers and the Tigers are proud to celebrate diversity in football and the broader Australian community and wish to emphasise this on the big stage in light of recent comments made in Federal Parliament.

"Essendon is proud to provide a safe, inclusive environment for people from all walks of life and looks forward to standing in solidarity through two of the league’s greatest role models."


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Mackay high school student Imaan Ashraf says she's always happy to answer questions about her religion if it comes from a place of curiosity and tolerance.

A simple trip to the chemist to buy perfume is etched into the memory of a young Muslim woman from regional Queensland.

Imaan Ashraf was just 14 when she and her mother, who wears a niqab, were approached by an older lady in Mackay.

"Mum was really decked out in a bright pink niqab with flowers, and this lady came up and started asking things like 'why do you cover your face? Don't you like our country?'" Imaan said.

"Mum handled it really well, she smiled and said she was happy to show this person her face, it was no big deal".

Imaan, who also chooses to wear a headscarf, said while she is happy to answer any questions, they need to come from a place of openness.

"As long as people are asking out of curiosity, and they have a real reason for asking, that's OK," she said.

"It opens up discussion and dialogue.

"I'd much prefer you come and ask me a question rather than silently ponder about it."

Nervous neighbours
In the days after the September 11 terrorist attacks in America, Mackay resident, Michelle Stewart said she became very nervous.

"For weeks after I was consumed by the tragedy and became anxious and depressed," she said.

"I became a recluse and started having anxiety attacks."

Ms Stewart, who lives next door to Imaan and her family, said their kindness and openness helped her overcome her fears.

"They are a beautiful family," she said.

"Not long after they moved in they knocked on the door and had a plate of food for us and we've become so close."


Imaan Ashraf with her neighbour, Michelle Stewart, and her parents Zubia and Muhammad at recent open day at the Mackay Mosque.


She now admits to being embarrassed about her fears.

"It's not until I grew to know my neighbours that I [came to have] a different outlook on it all."

Imaan is uncharacteristically lost for words when Ms Stewart's words are read to her.

"It goes to show what you can do by just being friends with people," Imaan said.

"They've had the same impact on us.

"If more people got to know their neighbours the world would be a better place."

The smiling game
Imaan said the encounter with the older woman at the chemist several years ago taught her a lot about how to try and overcome misconceptions in the community.

"Mostly I remember how my mum responded to the situation," she said.

"She told me, smile and show them you're harmless."

The mother and daughter now have a game they play each time they go out.

"We smile at as many people as possible and if people look at us, we'll just throw the biggest grin on our faces and they'll either smile back or they'll look away, like 'oh, we've been caught'," she laughed.

"But it always makes us laugh.

"Smiling is in every culture, every language in the world."

Ask a Muslim
Imaan recently organised a forum at her school to help students get a better understanding of her faith, with scholars flying up to Mackay for the Let's Talk About Forum.

Whitsunday Anglican School Principal, Maria McIvor, said Imaan has shown great passion and ability in breaking down barriers.

"She's a young woman with a voice and she was able to do something to give students an opportunity to ask questions that they may have felt embarrassed about," Ms McIvor said.

"It really helped improve understanding and there's so much support for her in the school community."


A young girl has her hand painted with henna during an Open Day at the Mackay Mosque.


Imaan said the forum was eye-opening not only for her peers, but for her as well.

"Many of the students said they learnt so much, and it was things I thought they already knew," she said.

"Primary sources are the way to go, don't rely on other sources or what you hear on TV.

"If you see a Muslim in the street, ask them the questions — no-one is going to turn you away if you ask out of curiosity.

"I want you to ask me questions and I can clear up any misconceptions you have."

Young achiever
Imaan's work within the Islamic and broader community has seen her named as a finalist for the Queensland Multicultural Awards, which will be announced in Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

She said she is very proud to be the only high school student named as a finalist.

"It's great to show that everyone can have a positive impact if they want to.

"But it's not about the award, it's about creating discussion and showing people if I can do it, you can too."





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Multi-Faith Dinner at the Greek Club

Over 200 faith, cultural and community leaders graced South Brisbane’s Greek Club to attend the 12th Annual Queensland Police Service Multi-Faith Dinner on Thursday, 16t August 2018.

The event featured several cultural performances, guest speakers and an inspiring keynote address by Hathor Singh, founder of Turbans & Trust.


Dr Brian Adams held the event together as the perennial Master of ceremonies, other speakers included the Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart, and the Minister for Police and Emergency services, Mark Ryan.


MDA CEO, Kerrin Benson, condemned Fraser Anning's Parliamentary speech and the "dog whistle politics in the lead up to this".


"It was one of those events you were disappointed it actually concluded," one of the guests told CCN.





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The Islamic Society of Darra invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of an Imam for its Mosque at Oxley, Brisbane. The applicant should preferably be a Qu’ran Hafiz and must have a good command of written and spoken English. Ability to speak Urdu and Arabic will be an advantage.

Duties will include, inter-alia, leading daily prayers and running the madrassah classes at the Mosque.

Further information can be obtained from Mohammed Yusuf, email: or Mobile 0413 038 610.


Written applications together  with a CV should be sent to :


The Secretary, Islamic  Society of Darra, P.O. Box 333, Inala, Qld 4077 by 15 September 2018.



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

On Saturday night, the Gold Coast Mosque invited all the participants of “RIDE FOR PALESTINE” to have dinner at the Mosque.

The riders started their journey from Brisbane and rode all the way to Gold Coast where they stayed overnight and continued with their ride to Byron Bay the next morning.

In the group, there were two familiar public faces Hon. Peter Russo (MP for Sunnybank) and Mr. Gordon Price (Marketing Director of Gold Coast Tourism.





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“My artwork signifies validation and acceptance. It highlights the different letters in Arabic which make up the word Australia. The Australian community is like these letters, we are different and unique but together we form a cohesive whole, hence the title Australia 1.”

Samia Khan, exhibiting artist, Australian Muslim Artists 2018e



This week marked the opening of Australian Muslim Artists (AMA) 2018 at the Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) (Melbourne), an annual shortlisted exhibition showcasing the work of emerging to established artists.

"The exhibition is wonderfully diverse, in both in artists and their work. Some engage with world politics and others deal with identity, including the image of self in the context of local societies. And collectively, the artists represent the rich, cultural diversity that exists in the wider Australian community."




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Raja' sStory

At the Bledisloe Cup Sydney launch this week, Raja Yassine was a guest speaker and according to her brother Walid "she rocked the house!"

Raja spoke to the board members, influencers and sports stars about her experiences in a hijab and the importance sport and rugby plays in ‘charging down’ barriers in Australia.


"From laughter and some to tears...the essence of Australia, sports and a fair go for all really shone through regardless of faith, gender, disability."









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Hear the khutbah/sermon as its being delivered from Mount Arafat, Mecca.


You can listen while you are doing Hajj or from anywhere in the world.


The Arafat Sermon will be translated in 5 languages - English, Urdu, Malay, French and Persian and broadcasted LIVE from Masjid An-Namirah.


(Arabic speakers can use the app to listen ‘as is’ in Arabic language)

Download the free ‘Divine Connect’ app NOW.

On the day of Arafat - Open the app - select the language - and listen!

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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. 







Yusuf Al Qaradawi

Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars

Yusuf Al-Qaradawi is a preeminent Egyptian scholar. Articulate and widely read, he is one of the most famous Islamic scholars of our time. Al-Qaradawi has been sentenced to death in absentia by an Egyptian court along with the ousted President Mohamed Morsi and over 100 other Egyptians affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile, Interpol removed Al Qaradawi from its “Wanted” list in 2017.

Return to Egypt: In February 2011, Qaradawi returned to Egypt after a 30 year exile and addressed a crowd of over a million people at Tahrir Square during Friday prayers. He addressed all segments of Egyptian society (including the Copts and the military) and called for unity and a return to civilian rule.

Leading Figure of the Muslim Brotherhood: Qaradawi is the intellectual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. He has twice turned down offers to be their leader—in 1976 and 2004—preferring to be free of institutional restrictions. As early as 1997 he stated categorically that he was not a member of the Brotherhood. Earlier in his life Qaradawi was jailed three times for his relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and subsequently stripped of his Egyptian citizenship in the 1970s—driving him to seek exile in Qatar.

Fatwas: Qaradawi vocally supported the ‘Arab Spring’ movements issuing fatwas for the killing of Colonel Gaddafi, and fatwas against the Asad regime in Syria. He also issued a fatwa condemning the overthrow of Morsi, saying that it was an obligation to continue to support Morsi. He advised Al-Sisi to remain neutral and protect the legitimate rule of government. Finally, he criticised the Sheikh Al-Azhar for supporting a rebellion against the ruler of a country.






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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......



State Rep. Ilhan Omar: The resilient refugee



Ilhan Omar’s journey to become this country’s first Somali-American Muslim lawmaker began in a refugee camp in Kenya, where her family was escaping Somalia’s brutal civil war.


After immigrating to the United States in 1995, Omar says, she was confused by the disparity between the country’s high ideals and the stark realities she encountered. But her grandfather, a student of American history, gave her a political pep talk.


“He told me I couldn’t just sit there and complain,” Omar says, “I had to serve.”


In 2016, Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, where she brings a personal perspective to this country’s heated debate about admitting immigrants and refugees.

What other Muslims say about Omar:
“Ilhan is leading the charge to get more Muslims involved in local politics.”







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.’

Consider something as routine as the prime minister’s message to communities celebrating religious and cultural festivals. Messages issued to the Jewish, Chinese or Hindu communities, for example, on their special celebrations contain a celebratory line or two along the lines of being “the most successful multicultural society” and so on. The messages are generic and bland. Perhaps the only particularly enthusiastic message is reserved for the Jewish community, which is given special mention for being a “well-established and integral part of Australian society” and for their “valuable contribution … to our nation’s cultural, economic and social life”.

Ramadan messages are rather different. A subtle disciplinary tone seems to be reserved for messages to Muslims. A reminder that, “We are a nation that respects each other’s right to freedom of speech, thought and religion. That right, supported by our principles of democracy and law, bind us together into what I believe to be the most successful multicultural society in the world.” And, “Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. And the key to our success is mutual respect; for each other and for our democratic way of life under the rule of law.” In 2016, Malcolm Turnbull suggested that Muslims “enjoy iftar with neighbours who may be unfamiliar with Ramadan and Islamic tradi­tions”. If any generalisation can safely be made about Muslims, it is regarding their hospitality – and yet even this we need to be advised on. Only if you’re Muslim do your religious festivals become a pedagogical opportunity to be schooled on “Aussie values”.

Ramadan iftar dinners hosted by state governments, Asio or police departments are another example of how race operates quietly in the shadows of the government’s engagement with Muslim communities. No amount of halal food or imams reciting from the Qur’an can detract from how such functions involve a measure of taming and moulding Muslim governmental and police/security allies in the “war against terror”/radicalisation.

Go ahead, white Australia, eat your kebabs or butter chicken and tell us more about democracy and mutual respect. Throw around words like “free speech”, “freedom”, “citizen”, “equality”, “fair go”. But if white Australia is going to do that – and do it with such laughable self-idealisation – then take seriously the intellectual genealogies and historical trajectory in Australia of such words. What does your “national identity” mean when we start not from your “British heritage”, but from the violent dispossession and near-genocide of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population? What does “social justice” mean to white Australia when it was only in 1992 that the law acknowledged the fiction of terra nullius?


What does your “equality” mean given Indigenous incarceration rates, deaths in custody and lower life expec­tancy? What does your “citizen” mean when it was only some 43 years ago that the White Australia policy was finally dismantled? What does your “free speech” mean when it is denied to angry, racialised people? Who pays the price for your “national security” policies? Where do you get your assumptions of sovereignty that justify Australia’s illegal offshore mandatory detention? What does “equality of opportunity” mean when studies show discrimination against job applicants with Chinese, Middle Eastern or Indigenous names? What does “freedom of religion” mean when certain practices are the subject of robust public debates?






Outgoing Travel is meant to be exciting, not be a reminder of inequality and your place in the geopolitical order

By Yassmin Abdel-Magied (EVENING STANDARD UK)



I’m an Australian and have been so for as long as I can remember. I’ve always considered myself “Aussie”, and proudly so — with the obvious caveats around our treatment of First Nations people, asylum-seekers, performance at the World Cup, etc. But no matter how Aussie I feel, how broad my ocker accent, or how blasé I am around poisonous creatures, customs lines at airports see me a little differently. There I’m less “Aussie”, more “Muslim”. Less “larrikan”, more “African”. Less “life of the party”, more “danger to national security”.

Standing in the UK customs line — or any customs line in Europe, for that matter — reduces me from being a real person with hopes, dreams and an Instagram page begging for holiday snaps to someone who (apparently) poses a threat to a nation’s social fabric.

The US poses even more challenges: dual citizens of Iran, Iraq or Syria, or Sudan in my case, or anyone who has travelled to these countries since March 2011 can no longer sail through on the visa waiver programme like other Brits or Australians: we are now asked to go through extra vetting. It is an additional process most fellow citizens don’t even realise exists.

The irony is that I’m doing nothing wrong by wanting to travel, but I’m worried that the folk at the border will think otherwise. I start to get anxious that they won’t believe me. I stress that they’ll see “Khartoum, Sudan” as my place of birth and decide it’s enough to warrant suspicion, to raise the alarm, to take me aside for further interrogation.

Am I being paranoid? Possibly, because most of the time I’m fine (Alhamdulillah). But it wouldn’t be the first time I had been turned away at a country’s border, humiliatingly told to “go back to where I came from”.

Travel is meant to be exciting, not remind you of structural inequality and your place in the world’s geopolitical hierarchy. Alas! Sometimes, all I want is a tan.

I just got back from my first group holiday. We were a group of five; one white man and four brown and black women. As we joked about the length of time it took us to get through security, the white guy chuckled self-consciously. “Me and my white mates do get through a lot quicker,” he said, a little surprised. “I’d heard it was like that, but wow!”

We laughed, but after it took me an hour to get through the non-EU queue, the laughter was a little more subdued. Will this be us next year, thought the British members of my group.

"It wouldn't be the first time I'd been turned away at the border, told to 'go back to where I came from'"

Of course, I know I’ve got it pretty darn good. Having an Australian passport is a ticket to a type of freedom my Sudanese born-and-bred cousins don’t have — they weren’t even allowed to visit me in Australia as tourists. I’m lucky, and I’m grateful.

But unfortunately it’s not enough. We still live in a world where my faith and birthplace speak louder than my paperwork, and where the freedom of travel is something to earn rather than be entitled to. It kind of kills that summer holiday vibe, you know?




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The Language Without "Yes" or "No"!




"If you don't speak my native language of Arabic, this video will make your life so much easier!

This word is so popular that my mom forbids me from saying yes anymore. "Say Inshallah instead". So I made this video as a comedic take on this entire phenomenon that I'm sure many can relate to.

It has no religious implications as this phrase is shared by Christians, Muslims, and Atheists alike"









"If you want to wear a burqa, go for it!"

Channel 4: The Last Leg


(warning: strong language)


"I'd much rather sit next to a good person in a burka, than a _____ in a suit"
The Last Leg discusses if Boris Johnson should have said Muslim women wearing burkas "look like letter boxes".









Japan welcomes Muslims to schools to turn the tide of ignorance

Islam is the religion of peace and safety








Why do Muslims Perform Hajj?

  OnePath Network








The Virtues of Thull Hijjah

OnePath Network








Is Shari'ah the most barbaric form of law?
The Deen Show







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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 17 August 2018

TOPIC: "Hazrat Ibrahim" Part 4 

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 











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DATE: 17 August 2018

TOPIC: " "

IMAM: Shiekh Abdur Raheem Hasse








Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 17 August 2018

TOPIC: ”The worst of people”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 17 August 2018

TOPIC: "Price of Jannah is not cheap” 

IMAM: Hafiz Rashid Ali (visiting Imam)





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I, Migrant: A comedian's journey from Karachi to the outback


Sami Shah




Despite nearly being killed by a kangaroo and almost lynched and run out of town after his comedy was taken far too seriously, Sami Shah is very happy to be living in Australia. He has fronted his own satirical show on TV in Karachi, worked as a journalist and been a highly regarded newspaper columnist - all dangerous occupations to be involved in - when the combination of seeing the aftermaths of a devastating bomb attack and being the target of death threats convinced him to leave Pakistan. Under the terms of their Australian migration visa, Sami and his wife and young daughter were obliged to settle in a rural area, and so they moved to Northam in Western Australia.

Now Sami is battling a crippling addiction to meat pies, but at least is no longer constantly mistaken for an escaped asylum seeker from the nearby detention centre. He has also been the star of Australian Story, the subject of an article in The New York Times, and has performed countless comedy shows to ever-growing and appreciative audiences.

I, Migrant tells the hilarious and moving story of what it's like to leave the home you love to start a new life in another country so your child can be safe and grow up with a limitless future. Australia is lucky to have Sami Shah. Read I, Migrant, and laugh till you cry. 



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KB says: A suggestion for your Eid table, its tasty, looks good and so scrumptious (I was told).


This recipe was kindly shared by Fatima Latif.


Mini Choc Cakes






6 eggs separated
²/³ cup castor sugar
½ cup flour
2 tablespoons cornflour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence



Beat egg whites till very stiff.
Add castor sugar and beat till glossy.
Add egg yolks and vanilla essence
Sift dry ingredients 3 times and fold into egg white mixture.

Line 2 swiss roll trays with baking paper.
Spread batter evenly onto the tray and bake at 180 for 10-12 mins.
Turn over onto a dish cloth and peel of baking paper from the long side up and allow to cool.
Once coolled, sandwich together with cream cut into mini squares and top with chocolate ganache and sprinkle with flake.

Melted dairy milk (3 slabs-240g or more if you like) and add a large can of nestle cream

A Good Tip:
To add a variety and make it look colourful, you can divide the batter in two and place green colouring in one and a tab of cocoa in the other and sprinkle with grated green aero chocolate.



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Q: Dear Kareema, what is it that older Aussies can do to avoid falls and strengthen their bones?

A: Balance is very important, especially as we’re ageing. Joining exercise classes like Tai Chi, Yoga, aqua-aerobics, etc. is great for building bone and core strength.


Any weight-bearing exercises will encourage better balance and posture (so make sure your core is locked on) and go for your daily walk or jog.


It’s easy, it’s safe and it’s a great way to get out, meet new people and stay active.

Using light weights is another option for strengthening and toning.


The key is to constantly challenge yourself and be consistent in your activities.




My Health and Fitness

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A small herd of camels was wandering around an oasis in the Sahara desert.

Touring the place, Jallalludin complimented the local Bedouins on the quality of their camel milk... and asked how long it took to milk them.

"Not very long" they answered in unison.

"Why don't you try and milk more of the camels?"

The Bedouins explained that quantity they milked was sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.

"But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"We sleep late, tend to the camels a little, play with our children, and take afternoon naps. In the evenings, we go to the neighbouring Oasis to see our friends, have coffee together, play the daf, and sing a few songs. We have a full life."

Jallalludin interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by milking more of the camels each day. You can then sell the extra milk. With the extra revenue, you can buy more camels."

"And after that?"

"With the extra money the extra camels will bring, you can buy more and more until you have a large herd of them.
Instead of selling your milk to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing wholesalers. You can then leave this little Oasis and move to Dubai, Riyadh, or even New York City!!! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."


"How long would that take?"

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years." replied Jallalludin.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the Bedouin.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a Oasis, sleep late, play with your children, milk a few camels, take afternoon naps and spend your evenings drinking coffee and enjoying your friends."

"With all due respect brother, but that's exactly what we are doing now. So what's the point wasting twenty-five years?" asked the Bedouin.

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Verily it is your Lord that knows best, which (among men) have strayed from His Path: and He knows best those who receive (true) Guidance.

~ Surah Al-Qalam 68:7


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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.

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Join us for a night of fun, games and prizes. Ladies enjoy dressing in your finest and enjoy a girls night out with your favourite person. Mothers and daughters of all ages are welcome. Weather you are a 30 years old with your 60 year old mother or with your 10 year old daughter, or both.

Hosted by Susan Al-Maani.




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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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20/21 August




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25 August



Eid Family Night @ Dreamworld




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26 August



Eid Al-Adah Celebrations


Gold Coast Mosque

Broadwater Parklands

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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

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22 September



The Final Rites - Fiqh of Janazah, Burials and Inheritance course


AlKauthar Institute

Griffith University, Nathan Campus

0438 698 328

8.30AM to 6.30PM

17 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



3PM to Maghrib



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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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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.

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Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

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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