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Sunday 26 August 2018 | Issue 0720



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With the drought conditions impacting farmers across Australia, Mosques around the country have held special prayers (Salaat-ul-Istisqaa) to ask for rain.


The Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) organized the prayers at the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) on Sunday 19 August.


Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) volunteers collected funds for drought stricken farmers at the prayers.





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Ms Faiza El-Higzhi (centre) wins Individual Achiever Award at awards ceremony.


The 2018 awards winners were announced at the Queensland Multicultural Awards gala lunch, held on Sunday 19 August at the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane.


The Queensland Multicultural Awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community.

The 2018 theme was, ‘Building a prosperous, fair and harmonious Queensland’.


Sudanese-born Faiza El-Higzi, an active campaigner for human rights and cultural diversity within the Queensland community, won the Outstanding Individual Achiever Award for 2018.


Ms El-Higzi is described as a "‘bridge builder’ who strengthens community ties by creating spaces for conversations and interactions. Her work on community and government boards are important opportunities to bring attention to community issues and enable discussions that lead to positive outcomes for people from diverse cultural backgrounds."


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Eid-ul-Adha prayer gathering at the Islamic College of Brisbane on the morning of Wednesday 22 August




President of the Islamic Council of Qld (ICQ), Ismail Cajee, thanked the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for their "professional support you provided in coordinating Eid al Adha (Eid of sacrifice) at the Islamic College of Brisbane on Wednesday 22nd August.

It is estimated more than 5000 people attended the special prayers and reports from ICQ coordinators confirm the day went without any incident, issues or traffic complaint.

Mr. Cajee made particular mention of the professionalism and efforts of  A/Senior Sgt Mark Pryer, OIC Calamvale Station and his staff including Sgt Atkins, S/C Danielle Bright and Constable’s Koh and Sheedy, as well as Sgt Magarry and Constable Koropatwa from Acacia Ridge Station, Constable’s Chand and Degn from Inala Station, and SBD PLOs Nasra Aden and Hamza Shale.





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By Janeth Deen    

Almost 200 people attended the annual evening of Jewish, Christian & Muslim Sacred Voices and Music at the ICD Griffith University on 23rd August.

For the first time children from bot the Muslim and Jewish faiths joined together to render a touching rendition of the national anthem. It was also the first time that the young Jewish children sang in public. The whole group received a resounding applause.


Students from Wisdom College sang a song about diversity and then a sacred song accompanied by Imam Ghazaleh.


The Jewish children than sang their Sacred song which was applauded by all as they were enthusiastic in their second only performance in public.

This was followed by the songs sung by the trainee priests from the Banyo Seminary and concluded with the rich voices of the elderly singers from the St James old boys choir some of whom were in their eighties and ninety.


The Muslims provided the hot meal, the Jews the desserts and the Christians the drinks.

A great time was held by all as the concert was followed by a sumptuous meal





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Abdul Bashar, Dr Azharul Karim, Prof Shakjahan Khan and David Forde present petition to Hon Graham Perrett MP (centre) to table in the Federal Parliament calling for the recognition of Palestine.

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the Director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. His debut novel, The Tribe, received the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award. Mohammed’s latest novel is The Lebs.


A Q&A literary special from Melbourne. Five acclaimed novelists: John Marsden, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Sofie Laguna, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Trent Dalton discuss reality, fiction and how and why they write about Australia.



SELECTED TRANSCRIPTS from the panel discussion of writers:


Q: Have any of the panellists ever felt uneasy, uncomfortable or unsafe when dining in a Melbourne restaurant?

Mohammed, I know you don’t live here, but...

No, I don’t live in Melbourne, but it doesn’t matter because, actually, my experience as an Arab Australian Muslim is that I don’t feel safe in Australia most of the time.

I want to add something to it. My name is both Michael and Mohammed. That’s kind of the condition of being a minority and living in Australia – that you have to live strategically between two identities all the time. And, you know, when somebody asks you your name, it should be the most immediate thing. It’s one of the first things you’re given when you’re born. And so the idea that you go into a restaurant in Australia and somebody takes your order and says to you, “What’s your name?” and you have to hesitate, you have to ask yourself, “Do I tell them my name is Mohammed?” is a tragedy. And it’s disgusting that our politicians and our government has let the demon of xenophobia bring us to this point.

Q: The tenure of Prime Minister Turnbull is once again the subject of intense speculation. If Peter Dutton were to become prime minister, do you believe that his actions and statements regarding African gangs and refugees would harm or help the Coalition at the next election? Is dog-whistle politics becoming a more or less successful tactic in Australian politics?

I don’t know the answer to the question, “Will it be harmful or not?” because I still am not sure just how much the influence and the rise of white supremacy has infiltrated the minds of Australian citizens. But I will say this about Peter Dutton – that two years ago he made comments about Lebanese Australian Muslims, specifically second-generation Lebanese Australian Muslims. That’s me. He said that we’re a mistake, that it was a mistake for the Fraser government to allow our parents into this country. And I have to say that when I heard those was the first time that I probably felt extremely proud to call myself a Lebanese Australian Muslim. Because I thought to myself I would prefer to wake up every morning knowing I’m a mistake and doing everything I can to make this country the best place it can be than to be brought into this world intentionally and to mean nothing but to cause havoc and trouble and bigotry.

Q: A week ago on Sky News, United Patriots Front’s Blair Cottrell, a man who has admitted to liking Hitler and been found guilty of violence against women, made comments about restoring Australia’s “traditional identity” and the need to protect the people of this country against foreign ideologies. And last week Senator Anning claimed that “the final solution to the immigration problem” should be a Muslim ban. Do you think that the media should censor this type of behaviour, or is it crossing the line of freedom of speech?

It’s not new rhetoric. This is something that I’ve been hearing my entire life. I’m 32 years old and I’ve been an Australian for 32 years. And this kind of hysteria, the language – reinstate a white Australia policy, ban immigration from the Muslim world, ban people of colour – has a cyclical model. We hear it every couple of months. And every time the Muslim community hears it, there’s a script that we have to follow. We have to say, “Stop being racist towards us. Stop stereotyping us. Stop essentialising us. Don’t be afraid of us. We mean you no harm.” How does that work out for the Muslim community when we follow that script? How did it work out for our sister Yassmin Abdel-Magied? If anybody who knows her told you about her, they’d tell you she’s the nicest person you’ve ever met, and she was still treated like a member of ISIS. You see, that’s the point, that it makes no difference what kind of a Muslim you are – good Muslim, bad Muslim, ignorant Muslim, educated Muslim, moderate Muslim, radical Muslim... Still Muslim.

And so, at this point in time, I’m not interested anymore in reassuring bigots not to be afraid of me. My position is actually quite the opposite. My position now is this – if you’re a racist, if you’re a white supremacist, an imperialist, a colonialist, an Orientalist, and Islamophobe and a xenophobe, you SHOULD be afraid of me, because I stand in solidarity with the majority of the people on this planet, who will say no to you, and we are going to stop this bigotry and hatred that you’re spreading.

Let’s be clear... Mohammed, in your case, you’re talking about with your pen or your typewriter, correct?

Um... Because you’re worried that I’m implicating some kind of violent actions.

No, I’m giving you the opportunity to say that you aren’t.

Well, of course I’m not. But I’ve got to be dead honest – I always find it really cheap when I’m being... when there’s a concern that Muslims are inciting violence, because if you looked at the foreign policies of the West, they are the most violent people on the planet.

Q: Through John Marsden’s novel Tomorrow, When The War Began and the movie adaptation, have we raised a generation in fear of invasion?

Yeah. That’s right. Through fiction, you can go so deep into humanity. And I’ve found this myself, like, writing a bloody book. And you realise these answers about your own life, about the lives of the people you love. And you find that truth through a completely adventurous, fantastical world.

Mohammed, do you agree with that? I mean, you’ve chosen to delve into part of your own life with The Lebs, your novel, your recent novel. And it’s quite an extraordinary and visceral experience which you lived through.

What’s the question?

The question is, are you also using your experiences to tell us a story about Australia?

Um... Look, I’ve got to...

And I guess to change Australia, or perceptions about certain people in this country?

The answer’s yes, but I don’t think there’s any literature in Australia that doesn’t do that. And so I would really like to answer the question from the audience member about the Tomorrow series. Because, you know, it is about 20 years old, and I remember growing up in the western suburbs of Sydney, where there was tremendous xenophobia towards Vietnamese Australian communities. And with all due respect, the language of the book and the implications in the book genuinely impacted and damaged the lives of a lot of the young people that I grew up around. And, you know, for me, reading, it’s not about the ability to put words together, it’s about the ability to pull words apart. And when I pulled the words apart in the Tomorrow series, I did interpret a paranoid, white nationalist fantasy about a group of coloured people illegally invading this country. And I always find that narrative deeply ironic, because that’s what the white population did to the Indigenous population.

Q: The artistic director of the Melbourne Writers Festival, Marieke Hardy, says that she wouldn’t invite Germaine Greer to speak at her discussions because she’s not interested in having debates that hurt people. This follows Germaine Greer being uninvited from the Brisbane Writers Festival. But isn’t the role of arts festivals to promote discussions and debates, even if they aren’t attractive or appealing to a lot of people, as long as they’re reflective of society?

Was she not invited from Brisbane?


OK. I would rather not talk about Germaine Greer, because we’ve said quite a bit about her already. I would like to talk, actually, more specifically about Bob Carr and his relationship to the Brisbane Writers Festival. Because, you know, when I was 13 years old, he was the Premier of New South Wales, and this was at the height of the demonisation of Arab and Muslim communities, specifically under the term Lebanese.

And I remember one time coming home from school and seeing Bob Carr on the news, and he was saying – when I was a boy, he was saying to me – “Obey the laws of the country or ship out of the country.” I knew that that comment was targeted at someone like me, a young Lebanese-Australian Muslim, because no matter how horrendous the crimes of white Australians may be, the politicians are never insinuating that the solution is to kick them out of their own country.

And I’ve got to say that when I heard that comment, I remember feeling extremely silenced and disempowered by the comments, because I knew that my community, the Arab-Australian Muslim community, did not have the platform and the power to respond to that kind of bigotry. And so what I hope is that in this moment, where Bob Carr has been temporarily silenced by a writers’ festival, he is given the opportunity to reflect on what it’s like for most people from minorities in Australia most of the time.

Mohammed, just talk about your book for a minute... So, The Lebs will be controversial in some people’s minds because it’s actually quite a visceral account of the lives of these young men at Punchbowl High when you were there.

So, you experienced it – effectively, it’s autobiographical. And they’re pretty abominable in the way they treat women – they call them either sluts or virgins – they offend a whole group of people, they’re anti-Semitic. They’re also funny. And I guess you’re calling on a kind of tradition here of The Sopranos and Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese films. So you’ve got these conflicted and conflicting and sometimes violent characters, but I guess the point is here, it’s your privilege as a writer to write about them because they’re real and we never get this perspective.

Look, as a writer, I’m not interested in telling another positive story about Arabs and Muslims to counteract all the negative stories. My business as a writer is to represent the truth as I see it. And the truth of the experiences I had growing up is that we had a lot of antisocial behaviour in our community. Now, one of the main bits of rhetoric which you’re touching on, Tony, in my book, in The Lebs, is that it’s a confronting novel, and that’s usually the reaction that I get. People are offended. They’re confronted. That’s the words they use.

And that’s something that I can’t apologise for, because if you think it’s confronting to read a book about Lebs, you should have tried being a Leb in the year 2000, at the height of the media campaign, the political campaigns, around the September 11 attacks, the Skaf gang rapes, and the way they turned all of us into sexual predators, gangsters, and terrorist conspirators. And so I have to speak the truth to my reality of what it was like at that particular moment in time.

You mentioned September 11, and I’m going to bring this up because, effectively, what happens – September 11 attacks occur, and some of your characters are watching and cheering as the towers go down.

Yeah, I mean, look, it’s certainly true that, at the school that I went to, which was 95% Arab-Australian Muslim, even though it was a public school, it was a school that was surrounded by barbed wires and cameras, and our student body were under constant surveillance and pressure, and I do remember on the morning of the September 11 attacks that a lot of the young men were celebrating. I can’t deny that or sugar-coat that just to protect my community.

But here’s the part that you have to contextualise and that you have to keep in mind – what happens at the school that day, which I write about in my book, is there’s a young boy from a Palestinian background. The principal brings us all to the library and he tells us how disgusted he is with our behaviour in reaction to these events. Now, it just so happened that the school that morning had put the flag, the Australian flag, at half mast, And this young Palestinian boy put his hand up, waited for an hour to get to speak to the principal in front of the rest of the school, and here is what he said – he said, “I’ve been a student at this school since 1998. In that time, hundreds of thousands of Muslims and Arabs like us have been slaughtered because of foreign policies in the West. And never once did the school mourn or grieve or show us any respect or dignity. And today, the events of September 11 have taken place and you are going to mourn. But we don’t want to mourn selectively like this.”

Q: How can diversity and insight in literature be provided by writers if they are restricted only to write about their own culture and not able to express their an understanding and empathy of other cultures in their society?

Mohammed, it’s an interesting one, isn’t it? You’re... Could anyone else, for example, write a book set in Punchbowl High? Because we know that SBS tried to do a TV series, which you’ve been very critical of, partly because they didn’t get the humour right.

Well, to answer your question, no. No-one can do it like me, because you... I mean, this is the... Can I...? I’d like to try to answer the question.

Sure, sure.

And I think it will incidentally answer your question, too. It’s about cultural appropriation. The debate about cultural appropriation, the basis of the debate is, who is allowed to speak for who? And for me, as a teacher of creative writing, not just as a writer myself, but as someone who every single day works towards teaching other people how to write creatively, and how to read, I’m not interested in what one person has to say about another person. I’m especially not interested in what a person from a privileged position has to say about somebody who is not privileged. My work as a teacher of creative writing is to give marginalised people the tools, the resources, and the platform to speak for themselves.

Can I just say something?

Yes, go ahead.

Would you not be touched or moved, at all, Mohammed, if I spent a year stepping into your world, wrote my arse off to write about it and try and connect? ‘Cause I feel that could be a way to solve some of the issues?

It’s been done, and none of the issues have actually been solved. All the research in this area has already been done. You can’t pre-package our liberation and hand it to us. We have to go through that process ourselves. And here’s the thing about this question of me stepping into your shoes – the problem for me is that a lot of white Australian writers step into our shoes and it actually makes it difficult for us to step into our own shoes and speak for ourselves. And when it comes to Peter Dutton or any other politician making comments about the Lebanese-Australian Muslim community, I’m sorry, but I’m not interested in hearing what another white man has to say about me.

OK, I just want to get Mohammed to answer that point. Could you write, for example, a novel inside Peter Dutton’s brain, from his perspective?

It’s actually a really interesting question. Here’s how I would answer it – and this is the most sincere thing I can say – that the debate about who is allowed to speak for who is fundamentally broken. Because of course you can speak for whoever you want. What I’m trying to understand as a scholar who’s been working in this particular area for the last 10 years, is actually, why would you want to do it? I have absolutely no desire to get into Peter Dutton’s head.

I tell you… But, but, but, but...

I want to answer. I’m gonna answer.

OK, go ahead.

Look, here’s the thing, right – this is the actual debate that’s going on. We need to be really transparent and honest about it. We don’t actually have a problem in Australia with Arab-Australians going to Indigenous communities and wanting to speak for Indigenous people. We don’t have a problem with Indigenous people coming to Bankstown to investigate and research Lebs. We have a problem in Australia where one cultural group – and it happens to be the dominant white cultural group – think they have a right to speak for everyone else.

OK. I’ll just say one thing... if you do write that book about Peter Dutton, I’ll buy it. The next question is from Abby Thevarajah.

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, as far-fetched as it may seem, has many similarities to modern-day society and what the future may look like. What are your thoughts on this, and how we can make changes now to prevent such a dystopian society from becoming our reality?

I think writers... The first factor in being a writer is that there’s something that you have to get off your chest. Whether you’re conscious of it or not is irrelevant. But when I think about my writing and its relationship to children, because I have written from the perspectives of children, it’s an autobiographical version of myself.

But here’s the thing – I’m not too sure if we should get too romantic about how powerful and significant it is to speak from a child’s voice. I recognise the impact that literature from a child’s perspective can have, but my work, fundamentally, is an educator. And, you know, I draw from the philosophies of an important African-American cultural theorist, feminist, social activist and writer named bell hooks who talks about literacy. She says all steps towards freedom and justice in any culture are always dependent on mass-based literacy movements, because degrees of literacy determine how we see what we see. And so if we’re really serious, to me, about empowering children, our focus should be on making sure that every Australian child can read, write and think critically.

Q: What do you consider essential reading for young people today, which texts were formative for you when you were younger, and how have they shaped your work?

It’s not what you read, it’s how you read.

Hm, what do you mean by that?

Um, OK, we live in extremely troubling times, where the rise of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy threatens the existence of all organised human life. And the only way we can counteract that as critical thinkers is to make sure that we are engaging in literature, in reading and writing, that is as diverse as the world that we want to see.







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By Ursula Muncaster, Head of Primary    

At Durack on Saturday 3 August, the Australian International Islamic College held its annual fete, followed by another fete on Saturday 18 August at the Gold Coast campus in Carrara – we have been extremely busy! Both events were blessed with beautiful winter sunshine and wonderful support from members of the community.

Stall holders set up early for the expected crowds and from 11 am it was great to welcome family, friends and neighbours to our college. Throughout the day people arrived and enjoyed the formal welcome program, shopping, rides, games and food on offer.

At Durack, the fete formally opened with a Qu’ran recitation followed by the College’s Nasheed group singing the national anthem. Mariam Banwa (College Principal) and Imam Abdul Qudoos Azhari (College founder) addressed the many parents present. Our Year 4 students gave a presentation on the topic of ‘resilience’ which is part of the college-wide positive behaviour program ‘You Can Do It’.

The stalls were busy – everybody went home with something, ladies can never have enough scarves, children love eating sweet things, parents like time to rest and have a chat with friends and as for the food – it was possible to feed your whole family whatever their taste in food, be it Indonesian, Indian, Middle Eastern of just good old fish and chips. There was something for everyone and when heat of the day left and the sun went down, it was time to end such a successful day with a big bang – a firework display.

The support from the community was immense, the day was exhausting but very enjoyable and rewarding. We will be back next year and thank all our sponsors and the community for their continued support.




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Sen. Mehreen Faruqi (Greens-NSW) Maiden Speech (Aug 21, 2018)

First speech by NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi, who filled a casual vacancy created by the resignation of Lee Rhiannon.




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Tens of thousands of Muslims have braved freezing conditions to show solidarity with their fellow Australians who are affected by drought.



Lakemba Mosque conducts prayers for Eid Al Adha and rain, collecting donations to send to affected farmers

LAKEMBA: More than 30,000 Muslims braved freezing conditions this weekg as they converged on a suburban road in Lakemba to pray for rain.

Tens of thousands more joined the special “rain prayers” which were part of yearly Eid al-Adha celebrations, as mosques around the country conducted the prayers in solidarity with drought affected farmers.

Worshippers arrived on Wangee Road in Lakemba, from as early as 5am to secure their position, with proceedings beginning shortly after 7am. The long stretch of road was closed to traffic as attendees laid prayer rugs down.

Sheik Yahya Safi, right, leads the prayers at Lakemba Mosque in Western Sydney.


Also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha honours the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son.

They wore parkas and beanies over their traditional garb, as the smell of falafels frying and “kaak” bread grilling over coals travelled along the street.

After the ceremony finished, the warm snacks were sold to families from stalls in front yards, with money collected being donated to help farmers around the country struggling with drought.

“It’s a really good thing,”


The special rain prayers were part of a larger campaign being run by the Lebanese Muslim Association “in support of our farmers and all those affected by the drought”, with 16 mosques across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria taking part.

“This festival is always about family and friends and being together,” said Farah Elomari of Lakemba. She told The Australian that the special prayers for rain are “a really good thing”.

“Muslims do care about other Australians.”

“It’s our country too, and we care about it just as much as other Australians do.”

Ms Elomari walked to her family’s home after attending the prayers, where they had gathered to sell kaak from their driveway to passers by. They were donating the proceeds to be distributed to farmers.

“Everyone’s excited for it”, said Mohammad El-Mohamad of Auburb, Ms Elomari’s husband. “We play our role as Muslims here. Without farmers there’s no food for anyone.”

Sheik Yahya Safi, Imam at the Lakemba Mosque and leader of Tuesday mornings ceremony, told the crowd “we ask everyone to donate generously to help our farmers in their crisis” as he led the prayers. “It is our duty to help Australians, especially the farmers.”


Worshippers arrived in Lakemba from as early as 5am..

The special rain prayers were part of a larger campaign being run by the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) “in support of our farmers and all those affected by the drought”, with 16 mosques across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria taking part.

The campaign also includes a fundraising component, which will be collecting donations within different Muslim communities over a six week period. The funds collected will be given to partner charities to distribute to affected farmers.

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The claim
In his headline-grabbing first speech last week, Katter's Australian Party senator Fraser Anning made a number of claims relating to Muslim immigrants.

Among them was a claim that Muslims in Australia were overrepresented in crime rates, "vastly exceeding other immigrant groups".

"Muslims in NSW and Victoria are three times more likely than other groups to be convicted of crimes," he stated.

Is this correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check takes a look.

The verdict
Senator Anning's claim is baseless.

A slew of government departments and data collectors from both NSW and Victoria confirmed that they did not collect data categorising convicted criminals according to religious affiliation.

Indeed, experts said there was a dearth of data relating to the subject, which makes Senator Anning's claim unsustainable.

Is there any data?
Senator Anning's office did not respond by the time of publication to Fact Check's request for the source of his claim.

A variety of government departments and data collection agencies in both NSW and Victoria indicated that there was no available data on convictions that could be used to support the claim.

A spokesperson for the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), which is a statistical and research agency embedded within the NSW Department of Justice, told Fact Check:

"As this data is not collected by the NSW Criminal Courts, BOCSAR could not provide any data on the religious affiliation of persons convicted by the courts."


ABC News: Marco Catalano Senator Fraser Anning says that Muslims are three times more likely than other groups to commit crimes. Victoria's Crime Statistics Agency indicated it did not collect data on convictions and referred Fact Check to the Sentencing Advisory Council.

In an email, the council told Fact Check:
"An offender's religious affiliation is not recorded by Victorian courts and so is not within any of the court data available to the Sentencing Advisory Council.
"Religious affiliation is not a relevant consideration for a court when sentencing an offender under Victorian law."

The Magistrates' Court of Victoria also told Fact Check it "does not capture religious affiliation data of accused persons" and could not confirm the validity of Senator Anning's claim.

Fact Check also approached the national research body on crime and justice, the Australian Institute of Criminology, which said it did not hold data on the religious affiliation of convicted criminals.

The prison population
While Senator Anning's claim related to convictions, past media reports have referred to an alleged overrepresentation of Muslims in the Victorian and NSW prison systems.

A 2015 report in The Australian stated that Muslims made up 9 per cent of prisoners, but just 3 per cent of the general population. In Victoria, 8 per cent of the prison population identified as Muslim (versus 2.2 per cent).

A spokesperson for Corrective Services NSW told Fact Check self-identifying Muslims made up 10.3 per cent of the prison population, which includes those held on remand but not yet convicted in July 2018.

Muslims made up 4 per cent of the general population of NSW at the time of the last census.

This comparison with the general population, however, does not show whether Muslims are more likely to be prisoners — or convicted of a crime — than "other groups", which Fact Check takes to mean other religious groups.

Corrections Victoria did not provide Fact Check with data relating to the religious affiliation of prisoners.

Dr Karen Gelb, a criminologist and lecturer at the University of Melbourne, suggested that religious affiliations reported by prisoners was an unreliable gauge in assessing Senator Anning's claim.

"With convictions, ideally you'd be getting that from court data," Dr Gelb said.
"Obviously not everyone ends up in prison, only a small minority of people [with convictions] are ending up in prison."

Given the focus of Senator Anning's claim relates to convictions and not prison sentences, Fact Check considers that data on the religious affiliations of prisoners is not relevant in checking the veracity of his claim.

What do the experts say?
Dr Gelb told Fact Check that as far as she was aware the Census of Population and Housing was the only place religious affiliation was officially recorded in Australia.

"And, of course, the census has nothing to do with crime," Dr Gelb said.
She added that for NSW data, the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research was the most reliable source.

"BOCSAR deals with police and courts and corrections ... so they are the absolute authority, and if they say they don't have anything, then, they don't have anything."

Dr Gelb had herself searched for evidence in a bid to assess the accuracy of Senator Anning's claim.

"As far as I can tell, [the claim] is baseless."

Dr Richard Evans, a lecturer of criminology at Deakin University, told Fact Check that, apart from Indigenous status, there was very little demographic data recorded in Australia, which made it difficult when researching crime in relation to different cultural and religious groups.

"The notion that anyone could definitively say that Muslims are overrepresented as offenders is just nonsense — there is no data along those lines."





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Venue: Brisbane City Hall

Mr Farouk Adam, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk and Ms Janeth Deen


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Richmond's Bachar Houli and Essendon's Adam Saad hug at the coin toss.

RICHMOND’S Bachar Houli and Essendon’s Adam Saad have tossed the coin alongside captains Jack Riewoldt and Dyson Heppell as a showing of solidarity for the Muslim community.

Houli and Saad accompanied Riewoldt — standing in for the injured Trent Cotchin — and Heppell to the centre of the ground for the coin toss.

The pair shook hands and embraced, evoking a quiet round of applause from members of the crowd before running back to their respective huddles.

Houli and Saad are both practicing Muslims and have come together with the support of their respective clubs.

In a statement released on Thursday, Essendon said the club was “standing in solidarity” with the community “in light of” Anning’s divisive comments.

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.

The Tigers also expressed their support for Houli and Saad.

“Both Richmond and Essendon celebrate and embrace diversity in our great game, through our players, staff, partners, members and supporters, and by extension, we celebrate the diversity of our country,” the Tigers said in a statement on Thursday night.


Bachar Houli and Adam Saad at the coin toss, alongside Jack Riewoldt and Dyson Heppell.

“(On Friday) both clubs will take the opportunity presented by the AFL’s Friday night centre stage to stand alongside these young men and their community, and remind everyone that our great game and our country values people of all cultures and communities.”

Anning’s speech — which contained racist sentiments, and a number of factually incorrect statements on immigration and Muslims — called for a plebiscite on eliminating immigration for all Muslims and non-English-speaking people, while it also referenced a ‘final solution.’

It has been condemned across Australia’s political parties and by the general public as racist, divisive and inaccurate.

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Sam Newman

FOOTY Show co-host Sam Newman has torn the AFL administration to shreds in a controversial attack on Australia’s Muslim community.

The shockwaves of Senator Fraser Anning’s debut parliamentary speech last week in which he called for a ban on Muslim immigration and a return to the White Australia policy continued on Wednesday as Newman declared Australia’s Muslim community shares “no common values” with traditional Australian society.

Newman told his Sam, Mike and Thommo podcast this week he has concerns surrounding what he says is the Australian Muslim community’s failure to “nationalise” — creating a divided community.

“They don’t generally nationalise, they colonise,” Newman said.

“There are 600,000 Muslims in Australia, they share no common interest with what we’re on about.

“They have no common values, they preach to a different, deity, god.

“This has been a huge problem in Europe and it’s beginning to be a huge probl
em in America.”

Newman’s comments surrounds a decision from the Essendon Football Club and Richmond Football club to stage a display of multicultural inclusion last Friday night.

Bombers star Adam Saad and Bachar Houli embraced in a hug during the toss of the coin at the MCG before Richmond’s win over the Bombers.

The AFL reportedly supported the idea, but did not once link the display with Fraser Anning’s controversial speech.

Newman also described Saad and Houli as “fine young men” and “fine young “Muslims”.

Newman said the AFL is playing with fire with its insistence of “inserting itself” into Australia’s political debate.

He said the AFL has routinely put half of its fan base offside by taking a public stand on complex societal and political issues.

“When you insert yourself into the political arena to lecture people on their politics and to tell people what they should be thinking then you make a rod for your own back,” Newman said.

“Because you then invite people to disrespect the flag, the anthem and the nation by doing what the NFL do in America and that’s to sit down or take a knee and it shows that you aren’t patriotic and it becomes a hornet’s nest.

“Keep out of our minds... let people go to the games and not be lectured on politics by the AFL, the NRL the basketball or anyone else.

“People do not want to be told what they should think.

“They just need to put a game on and get the rules right and get it umpired properly and get a match review system that’s competent. That’s all they have to do. Keep out of our lives.”

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Mareeba mosque Imam Benjamin Murat.

A Queensland Imam says his community is saddened by Bob Katter's comments praising Senator Fraser Anning's controversial maiden speech calling for a ban on Muslim immigration.

Benjamin Murat, a chartered accountant and Imam of a mosque at Mareeba, west of Cairns, said he was shocked by Mr Katter's views given the support he's shown the Muslim community in his electorate of Kennedy in the past.

"We don't understand it because we've been here for such a long time, our community has been here over 90 years," Mr Murat said.

"We've integrated well, we've assimilated well with the community. We have no issues with our community and I'm sure any other new Muslim migrants over a period of time would do the same."

He said Muslims living across the Atherton Tablelands, many of whom are descendants of those who settled in the region in the early 20th century and worked in the sugercane and tobacco industries, despaired at the comments.


"We just don't understand where this is coming from... It seems to be out of character for Bob," Mr Murat said.

"We still don't know why it's all happening and why Muslims have been isolated as such for some political agenda. Only Bob knows, we really don't know."

"Australia is a very, very nice place to be in. The security we enjoy, we give thanks to Allah every day. We give thanks to the community at large, we are working together, we have no cultural or racial issues."

Waseem Jappie, an Imam at Cairns mosque said Mr Katter had been "extremely helpful" to the community in the past.

He said when comments like Anning's were made, it was left to the Muslim community to "fix" the public's perception of them.

"It takes a bit of work but it's possible," he said.

"I think it's just misinformation. I am trying to assume the best of him (Katter)."

Cairns mosque Imam Waseem Jappie.


Mr Katter yesterday said he's sorry some voters feel hurt by his stance on Muslim immigration, but also said, "We've got to protect ourselves".

"Surely someone should be talking about our immigration policy that is bankrupting us and drowning our values," he told the ABC.

Liberal National MP Warren Entsch, whose electorate neighbours Mr Katter's, said the Labor party should stop helping him with its preferences.

"Quite frankly, I think he's almost certifiable," Mr Entsch has told Fairfax Media.

"He only stays in the parliament because of support of the Labor Party. We should all be putting them (KAP) last."

Labor's chief tactician Tony Burke has already said the party would reconsider giving its preferences to Mr Katter.

"We've always put One Nation last ... because of the racist element of that party," Mr Burke said.

"All the reasons that lead us to put One Nation last need to be applied to any party playing the same racist, divisive games ... I think it's pretty clear where we're headed."








"If we stay silent now we give racist voices exactly what they want."





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Cleared land at the Colo property of the Diwan Al Dawla religious guild.


A religious leader accused of illegal land clearing on a rural property used for religious prayer has claimed a Western Sydney council is infringing on his group's religious freedoms by pursuing him over the allegations.

Hawkesbury City Council has launched civil action against Dr Mustapha Kara-Ali and Diaa Kara-Ali in the Land and Environment Court, alleging they carried out illegal land clearing, earthworks and built gates, fences and driveways without seeking any of the relevant development approvals at a property in Colo, in Sydney's north west.

Mustapha Kara-Ali, a former member of then Prime Minister John Howard's Muslim Community Reference Group and past postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, is the Imam of religious guild Diwan Al Dawla.

A letter he wrote to a council staff member, filed in the court documents, says the members of the guild live "separated from secular lifestyles to pursue a religious mode of worship and an ascetic lifestyle under an oath of self-sacrifice and dedication to the purposes of Diwan Al Dawla".

The Colo property was owned by the members of Diwan Al Dawla and used "for the carrying out of religious activities of devotion, self-discipline, ritual baptism, inter-community prayers, contemplation and religious study," the letter said.

A council compliance officer visited the property in October last year following an anonymous complaint to find land clearing, including a number of large native trees and the removal of metal waste, according to court documents.

Over the following months, more complaints were made and council staff returned several times to find people clearing vegetation, knocking down trees and that a main gate, driveways and a boat ramp on the river bank had been built, the documents state.

The Council also issued a $8,000 fine for pollution or potential pollution caused by failed sediment erosion fencing.

The property is actually owned by Southern Chariot Stud, of which Diaa Kara-Ali is the director.

But Diaa Kara-Ali's correspondence, filed to the court, states the Stud owns it in trust for Diwan Al Dawla, and that Mustapha Kara-Ali is responsible for all works being undertaken.

The conflict between council and the Kara-Alis came to a head last month when three council officers visited the property to provide them with court papers.

A dashcam video tendered to the court shows a man, standing beside Mustapha Kara-Ali, spitting on council staff and attempting to throw a large rock, which hits the fence and then falls to the ground.

"Both men were repeatedly yelling obscenities from the other side of the gate, calling out 'you dogs, I step on your cross'," one of the council staff alleged in an affidavit.

"The unknown male person said 'I spit on you'. He then lunged his head forward towards me and spat at me."

Religious charity 'not required to comply' with law

When the council wrote to Mustapha Kara-Ali directing him to remove a boat ramp and retaining walls at the property, he responded by claiming his organisation was exempt from Australian law because it was classed as a basic religious charity.

"The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Act 2012 stipulates that when it is carrying out religious activities that are related to the practice, study, teaching or propagation of its religious beliefs, or other activities ancillary to them … Diwan Al Dawla, as a basic religious charity is not required to comply with Australian laws," he wrote.

"As the Imam of Diwan Al Dawla and its spiritual leader, I, therefore, ask the Hawkesbury City Council to revoke its letter … on the basis that its demands infringe upon our religious freedom and tamper with our mode of worship in contravention of our ACNC status as a Basic Religious Charity."

An ACNC spokesperson said basic religious charities did not have to comply with the ACNC Governance Standards.

"However, the exemption of basic religious charities from complying with the Governance Standards does not mean that they do not have to comply with Australian laws," the spokesperson said.

"A registered charity cannot have a purpose of engaging in or promoting unlawful activity — this can be grounds for revocation of charity status."


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Position: Front Desk Administrator
Job type: Temporary Part-time 20hrs/week (minimum) - (until end of December 2018)
Location: IWAA Office: 11 Watland St, Springwood, QLD
Reports to: Office Manager and IWAA Director
Commencement date: Immediate start

The Islamic Women’s Association of Australia Inc. (IWAA) established over 25 years ago, is a not-for-profit organisation aiming at providing a wide range of services to the community in Queensland, New South Wales and Melbourne. IWAA receives funding from the three levels of government to provide aged care services, disability and settlement services. IWAA is also involved in a range of other community activities.

Position Objectives
The Front Desk Administrator is responsible for providing effective service at front desk including administration duties for IWAA to best serve the organisation’s office staff, members, clients and visitors.

Key Duties & Responsibilities
1. To provide administrative support and technical information to the IWAA team (including taking incoming calls, mailing, filing, taking minutes etc).
2. To assist with administration for the Senior Administrator and/or IWAA Director.
3. To coordinate implementation of IWAA events and activities - arrange bookings, organise invitations, flyers etc.
4. To assist in maintaining an auditing system for internal administration procedures (including stocktaking, ordering, lending of IWAA equipment, archiving, etc).
5. To maintain an updated list of IWAA members.
6. To assist in the compilation of a volunteer database and where necessary mobilise the volunteer taskforce.
7. To assist in the compilation of Client/carer, staff and IWAA newsletters and website.
8. To ensure the operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques

Essential Selection Criteria:
1. Experience and/or interest and willingness to work in culturally and linguistically diverse community service environment
2. Excellent interpersonal skills including effective personal and telephone communication techniques as well as the ability to initiate written correspondence as required.
3. Demonstrated administration skills including the preparation and production of documents, maintenance of organisational records and operation of office equipment
4. Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office word processing spreadsheet and database. Experience in Desktop publishing desirable.
5. Ability to prioritise tasks, manage own area of work responsibility without supervision and utilise effective time management
6. Ability to demonstrate an enthusiastic and flexible attitude and make a positive contribution to the team environment

Desirable Selection Criteria:
1. Ability to communicate in a second language
2. Background in personal management

Mandatory Requirements
1. As an absolute condition of employment, employees are required upon hiring to produce a valid Police Clearance Certificate and signed Statutory Declaration (overseas criminal history clearance).
2. Open current driver’s licence and access to a vehicle

Submitting your application:
Send your application to the HR Manager including:

 VERY IMPORTANT: A cover letter addressing the Essential Selection Criteria
 resume (or CV)
 contact details of two referees

By email:
By mail: PO BOX 412, UNDERWOOD QLD 4119
By fax: (07) 3208 6933

Applications that have NOT addressed the essential selection criteria will NOT be considered.









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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The WAW awards celebrate the quiet achievers through nominations of Muslim women who have contributed to family and community or promoted peace, human rights, advanced arts, education, STEM, public health and environmental or social justice.

Hana Assafiri, an activist in honouring the contributions of women in our community said she is proud to be part of enabling and celebrating an amazing Australia.

“Congratulations to these amazing women; one after another in the face of much hostility and aggression, they embody the example of humility intelligence compassion. True champions of social harmony and humanity. Thank you” said Hana Assafiri





Meet Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas is a remarkable Muslim woman, dedicated to serving the community.

Gulhan is on the advisory board for Ethnic Communities Council Victoria’s Gambling Harm project. She’s an active member of Whittlesea Interfaith Network and for her day job she works as the Community Engagement Facilitator for Al-Siraat College in Melbourne’s outer north.

Gulhan has a regular column in the Australasian Muslim Times Newspaper and has a robust history of advocacy for Interfaith dialogue & social cohesion and building resilient, compassionate communities.

She volunteers regularly for Department of Human Services’ Cultural Awareness program sharing her story as a Muslim woman growing up in Melbourne. This year in August, Gulhan was a speaker on behalf of ECCV at the Gambling Harm Conference in Geelong sharing her reflections on Gambling Harm and the solution of reconnecting with faith to build resilience against any current social epidemic.

She is passionate about empowering and developing Muslim youth, especially girls, as spokespeople for their communities and has facilitated several platforms for young Muslim women to be mentored by women in leadership. This includes the Walk With the Mayor program where senior girls from Al Siraat College had the opportunity to shadow City of Whittlesea’s Mayor Kris Pavlidis.

Gulhan credits her supportive mothers and husband for being able to do what she does and is blessed with three daughters.


To be continued in CCN next week...


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82 year old fourth generation Australian, her family came to Australia in the 1800s, around the time of the Afghan Cameleers.





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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. 







Rania Al-Abdullah

Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

 Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah is the wife of HM King Abdullah II, but is also in her own right an educational activist with global appeal. Through sheer hard work, she has developed the biggest virtual following of any Muslim in the world, and she defends and humanizes Islam and Arab causes in-and to-the West as effectively as any Muslim scholar in the world.

Educational Ambassador: HM Queen Rania is the initiator and key leader behind the launch of several educational initiatives such as the Jordanian Madrasati, ‘My School’, a project for the development of Jordan’s public school system. She is also the co-founder and global chair of the ‘1 Goal: Education For All’ campaign which calls for the complete primary schooling of all boys and girls in the world by 2015. She attends high-level meetings (Davos, WEF etc) to promote her vision of education for all.

Intercultural Dialogue: In April 2010, Queen Rania launched her children’s book ‘The Sandwich Swap’ (which made the New York Times bestseller list) through the United Nations Bookshop in an initiative to promote cross-cultural understanding among youth. In 2017, Queen Rania received the Global Trailblazer Award and the Fellowship Award from “Fashion for Relief” in Recognition of her humanitarian efforts towards children caught in conflict.

Online Presence: Queen Rania embraced the new technologies early on and wholeheartedly. She has an amazingly popular YouTube channel with over 15 million views and a very popular website ( She also has 8 million followers on Twitter and nearly 14 million likes on Facebook.






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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......



Hasan Minhaj: The comedian



Hasan Minhaj says his faith doesn’t inform his comedy, exactly, but growing up Muslim in California offered a unique perspective on American life.


“I had the whole course of my life to think back on all these situations where I was on the sidelines, whether it was, like, not being able to eat pepperoni pizza all the way up to (President Trump’s) travel ban.”


After several years at “The Daily Show,” a popular stand-up special, and a star-making set at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2017, Minhaj just inked a deal with Netflix to host his own weekly talk show.

What other Muslims say about Minhaj: “It’s a big thing for a Muslim-American to be on cable TV every night, especially a show as popular as ‘The Daily Show.’”




Another American Muslim in next week's CCN




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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.’

To come even close to self-awareness as a nation, white Australia must be prepared to ask and answer these questions. It must also be prepared to accept that Australia is a very different place for a racialised person. In a country in which whiteness patrols how we define racism, how do people like me talk about the fact that one of the most insidious effects of race is the way it instrumentalises us? The way our value as a non-white multicultural “other” is measured by how useful we are? When, in August 2017, Senator Pauline Hanson entered the Senate wearing a burqa, what offended many Muslims more than Hanson’s unhinged stunt was the standing ovation and widespread praise heaped on the then attorney general, George Brandis. Brandis reprimanded Hanson and asked her to “reflect” on what she had done given how “vital” it was for “intelligence and law enforcement work” to be able to “work cooperatively with the Muslim community”. Rather than object to the ridicule, marginalisation and mocking of a community on moral and ethical grounds, Hanson’s actions were attacked because of the possibility they might undermine the Muslim community’s willingness to “cooperate” in the “war on terror”. Time and time again, the Muslim “other” in Australia is an object of management or extraction.

As for white Australia’s other “multicultural others”, there is also, always, food. I can never forget a 2015 episode of the ABC program Kitchen Cabinet. The host, Annabel Crabb, visited the former immigration minister Scott Morrison in his home, where he cooked Crabb a meal of Sri Lankan curry and homemade chapatis. Morrison told Crabb he had fallen in love with Sri Lankan food while visiting Sri Lanka and meeting with its government in relation to his government’s “stop the boat” policies – in this case, Sri Lankan boats. Morrison happily cooked chapatis and spoke about how “fantastic” the food was in Sri Lanka without the slightest hint of irony. He encapsulated everything about the bitter and racist ironies of this nation: content to exclude Sri Lankan refugees, but not Sri Lankan food. We will eat your food, but we will not protect your lives.

Truly, whiteness is fascinating in the lies it tells itself and the moral contortions it insists upon. Given the continuing abuses against black and brown bodies – in the name of “interventions”, “security”, “democracy”, “stop the boats” – white Australia’s self-idealisation is remarkable. White Australia must own the violence that is enacted in its name, the histories it denies, the injustices it allows.

The truth will not set it free. It will hold white Australia to account. It will demand it lives up to the lofty ideals and values it professes to stand for. In facing race, white Australia may just start to humble itself enough to redress its continuing wrongs and give way to new identities, new imaginings of nation, new ways of living with each other.

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?






You can’t ban Muslims – who would bat three?
By Matt Cleary, 17 Aug 2018 Matt Cleary is a Roar Expert



Robbie Farah

Bachar Houli

Usman Khawaja



Fraser Anning wants a ban on Muslim immigration to Australia and a return to the White Australia Policy. And I wish a virulent pox upon him.

Anning, the Senator from Bob Katter’s party the ‘Katter’s [White] Australians [Only] Party’ (my brackets, same diff), believes Muslims and not-white people, do not “assimilate” with “Australians”, or at least his version of Australians, that being people who look like him.

Leaving aside the vacuous, sheltered idiocy, the flat-out rank bigotry and racism of such views, let’s debunk the funk out of it.

Let’s show old mate Anning how Muslims and various brown people from the Middle East and elsewhere have assimilated into Australian culture.

Because Australia is a sporting culture.

And Muslims and not-white people have achieved as much as anyone within it.

Indeed, Muslims and various not–white people have:

• Won AFL premierships;
• Won NRL premierships;
• Won world title fights;
• Won the Rugby World Cup;
• Captained NSW in State of Origin;
• Scored more points than anyone in rugby league;
• Batted three for Australia in Test cricket.

How much more Australian can you get than a bloke bats three for Australia? Don Bradman batted three for Australia. And so does Usman Khawaja. Who is a Muslim.

Bradman and Khawaja are equally Australian.

Because all of us come from somewhere.

Because Australia, mate – we bring ‘em in from everywhere.

Robbie Farah’s mum and dad came out from Lebanon in the early ‘70s. And they worked their ring out.

The old man worked in a factory, drove cabs, seven days a week. He’d come home to eat lunch. And that’s all he did. That’s Robbie’s memory of his old man – eating lunch and going to work.

Within 20 years of arriving in Sydney from Lebanon – with no English, no education and no money, as people Peter Dutton called ‘mistakes’ – five of their six kids had university degrees.

One captained NSW in rugby league, played for Australia, and owns an NRL premiership ring.

Robbie Farah’s story is a story of Australia. That is Australia. Not some gibbering bloke, all hat no cattle.

A pox on him. Anning’s desire for a White Australia Policy was brushed fifty years ago by Harold Holt. If it still existed today, Robbie Farah as we know him would not.

The irony would be lost on Anning and Katter – but Bob wouldn’t exist either. His grandad’s from Lebanon.

Damn these people are dumb.


Usman! How good does he go, Usman? Beautiful to watch: Silky, left-handed. The David Gower of our time. Hasn’t he scored some cracking Test hundreds? For Australia.

His mob came out from Pakistan in the ‘80s. Worked hard, brought up a family. Played cricket. Old man was mad for it.

And despite a few tangles early – mum struggled with ‘sandwiches’, she’d soak their white bread sandwiches with fish curry – they’ve assimilated, you’d suggest, right?

Hm? He bats at three for Australia!

Yet because Usman practices a faith – quietly, in his way, in his time, without shouting or preaching about it – apparently he’s one of Them: a brown person with a scary religion to whom we should bar entry to the country.

I had a coffee with him, Usman. Great bloke. You talk to him, couldn’t find a better bloke.

And he smiled when he was talking about his mates at Queensland, giving him stick about being Muslim. He’d give them grief back about being Christians, or whatever they were.

And that, Anning, is the Australian Way. You put shit on your mates. 




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Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired 'nap pods' for hajj

AFP News Agency



Saudi Arabia is introducing capsule rooms for pilgrims as an estimated two million Muslim faithful gather for the six-day hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.









Who brought curry to New York




As a child, he was embarrassed of his father's work in the restaurant industry. Now he's showing NYC who brought curry to their city.









New Publisher Sarah Jessica Parker Introduces Her First Novelist

Fatima Farheen Mirza




Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is now a publisher, and joins TODAY along with the author of her imprint’s first novel: Fatima Farheen Mirza, whose book “A Place for Us” is the story of a traditional Indian-American family in California torn between traditional and modern values. Parker calls Mirza “a new American voice.”








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China’s Mass Internment Camps Have No Clear End in Sight   


Around 1 million Uighurs have disappeared without trial. Worse may come.



Local police patrol a village in Hotan prefecture, in China's western Xinjiang region, on Feb. 17. The predominantly Uighur area has become one of the most policed places in the world.

CHINA: Last summer, online links between China’s western Xinjiang region and the rest of the world began to go dark. Uighurs, who make up the largest ethnic group in Xinjiang, started cutting friends and family members abroad from their contacts on WeChat, the dominant online communication platform in China. Many asked their family members not to call them by phone.


The family of one Uighur I spoke to smuggled a final communication through the chat function integrated into a video game. In 2009, the government had shut down the internet entirely for almost a year, but this was something different. Entire minority groups were cutting themselves off from the outside world, one contact deletion at a time.

As Uighurs were disappearing from cross-border conversations, distinctive new building complexes began cropping up throughout the region: large construction projects surrounded by double fences and guard towers, all clearly visible on satellite imagery.


Hundreds of thousands of minority men and women, mostly Uighurs but also others, have disappeared into these compounds in the last year, usually with no notice to family members and no charges of illegal activity.


As police have struggled to round up enough Uighurs to meet internment quotas, the tiniest signs of potential disloyalty to the authorities, such as giving up drinking or not greeting officials, have become grounds for disappearance. Contact with the outside world is one of those signs of purported untrustworthiness. 



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Swedish Muslim woman denied job for refusing manager's handshake   


SWEDEN: A Swedish Muslim woman has won thousands of dollars in compensation after a job interview was ended because she refused to shake a prospective employer's hand.

Farah Alhajeh, declined to shake hands with the interviewer when applying for a job as an interpreter.

Instead, the 24-year-old placed her hand over her heart, a common alternative greeting.

The male manager took offence and ended the interview immediately, and Ms Alhajeh was walked out of the office.

Ms Alhajeh then took the company to Sweden's labour court, where she was awarded nearly $6000 in compensation.

"The money was never important," she told SVT.

"The important thing for me was that it was right."

The ruling is a first for the nation.

Many Muslims avoid physical contact with non-family members of the opposite sex.

"I believe in God, which is very rare in Sweden... and I should be able to do that and be accepted as long as I'm not hurting anyone," Ms Alhajeh said after the ruling.

"In my country... you cannot treat women and men differently. I respect that.

"That's why I don't have any physical contact with men or with women.

"I can live by the rules of my religion and also at the same time follow the rules of the country that I live in."



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Apology for ‘jihadi’ kids parade   


Indonesian preschoolers dressed as jihadists march with cutout guns through an East Java street on Friday

INDONESIA: A kindergarten located within an Indonesian military housing complex has been forced to apologise after dressing its preschoolers in ISIS-style black uniforms and cut-out guns for the local Independence Day parade.

Hartatik, the head of the TK Kartika kindergarten in Probolinggo City, East Java, said the kindergarten had no intention of promoting radicalism and had simply drawn upon the costumes it had available for the parade.

Indonesia celebrated its 73rd Independence Day on Friday, and traditionally marks the anniversary of its emancipation from Dutch colonial rule with red and white flags, street parades and parties.

Photographs of the children parading with their faces partially covered in black veils and holding what appeared to be cutout replicas of AK47s caused a ¬social media furore, however, after the ¬photos were uploaded on the BBC Indonesia website.

The incident is a huge embarrassment as Indonesia hosts more than 15,000 athletes participating in the Asian Games and as many as 150,000 supporters and spectators from across Asia.

Ms Hartatik said her kindergarten had chosen as their parade theme “the struggle of the Prophet to increase faith and devotion to Allah”, and had used the same costumes their students wore in last year’s parade in order to save money.



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From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life


Kristiane Backer







Kristiane Backer was one of the very first presenters on MTV Europe.


She gained a cult following and became a darling of the European press, but something was missing from her life.


A fateful encounter introduced her to a completely different world to the one she knew, the religion and culture of Islam.


After reading the Quran and travelling widely in the Islamic world she knew that she had discovered her spiritual path and she embraced Islam.


This private memoir tells the story of her conversion and explains how faith at last gave her inner peace and the meaning she had sought.


With abundant colour photos. "From MTV to Mecca? From babe to burka is more like it!"--Bob Geldoff



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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

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KB says: Baba ghanoush, is a dish of mashed eggplant and sesame seed paste has an Arabic name that means spoiled father. According to Middle Eastern food lore, it alludes to an elderly, toothless father – or baba – whose daughter had to mash his food because he wasn’t able to chew it. This dish was famous in the Islamic golden times; the name came out of Syria and Lebanon later.


Baba Ganoush




1 large eggplant
1 crushed clove of garlic
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tab tahini
1 tsp salt
3 tsp olive oil

2 tab lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake eggplant for 30 minutes, or until outside is crisp and inside is soft. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.

  2. Cut open eggplant and scoop out the flesh into colander and allow to drain for 10 minutes.
    Removing the excess liquid helps to eliminate a bitter flavour.

  3. Place eggplant flesh in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mash together. You can also use a food processor and pulse for about 2 minutes.

  4. Place in serving bowl and top with lemon juice and olive oil. Add other garnish like chilli flakes according to your taste.

  5. Serve with warm or toasted pita, flatbread or Turkish bread and a great accompaniment to lamb



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 Don’t just train your body.


Train your mind as well..

The key to wellness is being mentally stronger than you physically feel.

Studies have proven that meditation or mindfulness, is beneficial to both your mind and body.

It’s not easy to relax, so take some time out every day to find some calm within.

Make it part of your routine and you’ll be more likely to stick to it.

Find a quiet spot and just simply sit and breathe, or journal, or read.


Whatever it is that you enjoy – just reclaim your calm.




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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’s topic is one of great relevance to the times we live in. It is probably the most frequently felt emotion on this planet, from a young child to the elderly, from homemakers to company executives, from those observing hijaab or full beard to those who do one is immune from this emotion.


Reflect on what made you angry recently. More importantly, why did it make you angry?

Was it a family member? A friend? Colleague? Was it at work? At school or college? At the mosque? In public transport? On the news channel? In traffic?

What happened and what triggered that anger?

In earlier weeks we delved on thoughts forming as a result of triggers from past memories and images that are stored in the subconscious mind. Today, we shall explore the definition of anger and the strategies to recognise it and control it.

Anger is an emotion which is triggered by memories of pain that is stored in the subconscious mind. The pain could be physical or emotional and it could be in the form of fear or insecurity.

There are two types of anger - Momentary Anger and Destructive Anger.

Momentary Anger occurs at the moment and subsides after a few minutes, for example, if you find that someone has spilled a drink on your freshly-cleaned carpet, you may feel anger in that moment. Once the carpet is cleaned again, your anger subsides and you feel better.

Destructive Anger, however, is dangerous to you and those around you. It is destructive to your health and wellbeing. Destructive Anger displays itself through you in the following ways:

• It is repetitive - your words and actions hurt you and others repetitively as though in a habitual pattern.
• It is when you lash out at the same person or people again and again like a toxic ritual.
• It is when you bring up past grudges to use in your present state of anger.
• It is when you want to be right and prove that the other person is wrong.
• It is when you act out of spite, making someone else feel bad on purpose.
• It is when your anger feeds on itself, getting worse and worse every passing moment.

Destructive Anger destroys relationships. It disconnects you from your inner voice which is pure. It disconnects you from your inner peace. It fuels negative thoughts about self and others. It creates barriers in the home and within the Ummah.

If you can relate to any of the signs of Destructive Anger, even if it is only one of them, it means you are suppressing a painful experience and you need to heal from it. It means that you need to find a safe, trusting outlet and find help to address this painful experience.

Personally, I lived with Destructive Anger for nearly 36 years until I realised I was suppressing immense pain and expressing Destructive Anger daily in my life. ALLAH has given us the gift of FREE WILL to acknowledge and take heed of HIS SIGNS.

Anger is a sign of suppressed, unhealed pain. You can heal from it. I did. It does not mean that we can eradicate anger completely from our lives. But we can choose not to let anger control us. Instead, we can choose to control it. We can choose to overcome triggers that cause unhealed, painful memories to resurface and provoke reactions from us. We can overcome these triggers and choose an appropriate response that empowers us.

How do you overcome anger at the exact moment that you feel it?

Use the S-T-O-P method as follows:

S - Stop everything you are doing.

T - Take long, deep breaths, bringing your awareness only to the deep breathing.

O - Observe your body and relax it. If you are walking, stand. If you are standing, sit. If you are sitting, lie down. Relaxing your body will normalise the heart rate.

P - Pray. Start making dhikr and duaa.

When you practise the S-T-O-P method regularly, you will start to become aware of triggers. Reacting to triggers makes you lose control. Responding to triggers empowers you. Choose to respond, not react.

Next week, In Shaa Allah, we will explore
the importance of True Forgiveness and strategies to develop a Daily Forgiveness Practice.


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Jallalludin’s wife got so mad at her husband, she packed his bags and told him to get out.

As he walked to the door she yelled, “I hope you die a long, slow, painful death.”

Jallalludin turned around and said, “So, you want me to stay?”

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An Ayaat-a-Week






That which is on earth We have made but as a glittering show for the earth, in order that We may test them - as to which of them are best in conduct.

~ Surah Al-Kahf 18:7


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"When I run after what I think I want,

my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety;

if I sit in my own place of patience,

what I need flows to me,

and without pain”

~ Rumi



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In most Western and historically Christian nations, social relations between majority populations and minority Muslim communities have been, and continue to be, strained. Even in New Zealand - one of the most socially progressive and tolerant societies - there have recently been several publicized instances of the maltreatment of Muslim communities. It has often been theorized that inter-religious tensions fuel Muslim prejudice; however, there are good reasons to suspect that inter-religious prejudice and acceptance are environmentally contingent. Specifically, we predicted that due to the unique religious ecology of New Zealand, religious identification would be associated with a reduction in prejudice towards Muslims. We used data drawn from a large national sample of non-Muslim New Zealanders (N=13,974) to test these alternative hypotheses regarding the relationship between religion and prejudice. In support of our model, analyses revealed that religious New Zealanders report significantly less anger and more warmth towards Muslims than their secular counterparts. Further analyses point to several drivers of Muslim prejudice, most notably frequency of exposure to the media. Importantly, media effects do not extend to other social groups and are observed regardless of political conservatism, suggesting that the media are partially responsible for the social problems experienced by New Zealand's Muslim communities. I conclude with a discussion of the practical implications of these studies and forecasts for the future.


John Shaver is Lecturer in Religion at the University of Otago. John's work is concerned with understanding how social and environmental factors influence the complex relationships between religion, cooperation and conflict. He as conducted research in the Czech Republic, Fiji, Mauritius, New Zealand and the United States, and his work has appeared in anthropology, biology, neuroscience, psychology and general science journals. John is Secretary General of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, Vice President of the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, and he sits on the advisory board for the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study.


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A thousand years ago, one boy with a dream of becoming a great warrior is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal finds the courage to raise his voice and make a change. Inspired by the true story of Bilal ibn Rabah Radhiallahu ‘anhu, this is a tale of a real hero who earned his remembrance in time and history.


Bilal: A New Breed of Hero debuted at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2015, won ‘Most inspiring animation’ in Cannes during its animation showcase and was shortlisted for last year’s Oscars.

And it is now coming to Brisbane thanks to the Hurricane Stars Club and Human Appeal International!


Bilal, is a universal story about humanity and courage – that everyone, despite their background or religious affiliation, can enjoy and learn from.
Be a part of this historical moment, as the tale of a legendary man from Islamic history hits Brisbane for the first time.


Limited tickets available for Brisbane’s only screening of the movie and don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!


Come along and enjoy this rare opportunity to go out for a family movie night to see an Islamic film.


100% of ALL money raise goes to charity. To fund projects for the local Brisbane Muslim community and at the Islamic College of Brisbane.

The film is being shown in the Multipurpose Hall of the Islamic College of Brisbane  45 Acacia Road Karawatha.


Gates open at 5pm and a variety of halal food is available to purchase for dinner before the movie starts at 6.30pm.

Food available for purchase will be-



Sausage sizzle

Hot chips

Bosthans catering tuckshop


Fairy floss

Cadbury chocolates

Dessert stall

Cold drinks

Hot drinks

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Children 3 years old and under free for movie entry.
Gold coin donation per car at the gates for parking.
All of the Islamic College of Brisbane grounds are off limits except for the multipurpose hall.

Thank you to our sponsor Human Appeal International.




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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.









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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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Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

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