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Sunday 9 September 2018 | Issue 0722



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The Logan Roos Football Club held an awards presentation and dinner last Saturday at the Islamic College of Brisbane.











The Roos Under 12 beat the Tarragindi Tigers 6-0 yesterday (Saturday) and go into the grand finals next week.


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The Islamic Society of Gold Coast (ISGC) hosted the members of the Multifaith Advisory and Action Group (MAAG) at the Gold Coast Mosque.

MAAG is an organisation represented by members of different religions and faiths including Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Bha’hai etc.

MAAG is lead by its Chairman Pastor Bryan Gilmour and assisted by the ‘ever active’ Terry Ayling.

ISGC was represented by Imam Mohamed Ali who started the event by reciting a verse from the Koran, followed by a welcome speech from Haji Hussain Baba (ISGC secretary), and an introduction to Islam presented by Dr. Mohamed Khateeb (ISGC member) followed by a spiritual speech by Haji Aslam Nabi (Chairman of Gold Coast Mosque Trust).

Dr. Ibrahim Abdool was instrumental in engaging the Islamic community with MAAG.



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Sheik Shady Alsuleiman


The president of the Australian National Imams Council has been banned from entering Denmark after he was placed on a sanctions list that targets preachers.

According to the Danish government list of “religious preachers with entry ban”, Sheik Shady Alsuleiman has been subject to a two-year prohibition from entering the country since April 10.

Danish Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Stojberg, who this year was criticised for claiming Muslims should not work during Ramadan because they posed a potential safety risk to society, announced the ban against the Australian cleric in a Facebook post in April.

In the post, she said Sheik Alsuleiman would be banned from entry as the Danish government, which last month implemented a ban on burkas, sought to stop certain preachers from entering the country.

“Shady al-Suleiman … from today will not be let in so he can preach … in this country,” Ms Stojberg said.

It is unclear whether a visa application triggered the ban; a spokesman for the Danish immigration service last night said: “We are not at liberty to talk about specific cases.”

The Australian




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Mr Serge Voloschenko (ECCQ president) and Mr Farouk Adam enjoy the pomp and ceremony of the occasion


The 3rd of September is observed as Australia’s "National Flag Day". The ceremony was held in Brisbane's King George Square.





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Bilal (second from left) with Mosque members

After Friday prayers, the Islamic Community of Gold Coast was presented with a wooden boomerang by new Muslim, Bilal. The boomerang was made by made by Bilal's ancestors who belong to the Anewan Aboriginal community.

Brother Bilal is also the cousin of the famous aboriginal Muslim boxer Anthony Mundine.

The Anēwan, also written Anaiwan/Anaywan, are the traditional owners of the land around Armidale and the New England tableland in New South Wales.


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Ms Janeth Deen accepts an award on behalf of the Qld Muslim Historical Society inc by Mr Peter Russo MP as part of the celebration of Multicultural month in his Toohey electorate. The Muslim Charitable Foundation was also recognized for their work in the electorate.

The ceremony was held at the Sunnybank Bowls Club on Friday 7 September.



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Nigel Farage is a former UKIP leader, and is in Australia for a national tour.

British politician Nigel Farage says Australia should strongly reject calls for a ban on Muslim migrants but must cut the pace of immigration to avoid -ghettos, cut congestion and ensure “quality of life”.

Mr Farage, who began a national speaking tour in Perth last night, said he was “bewildered” that anti-racism activists were threatening to protest outside the event.

“The only people who think I’m racist tend to be upper middle-class and where Daddy’s got lots of money,” he told The Australian yesterday.

Mr Farage is one of the most divisive political figures of recent years and has courted controversy with many of his policies, including his belief that Britain should reject migrants with HIV because they would be a burden on the health system.

He will meet several Australian politicians during his tour. Among them will be Tony Abbott, who he said he greatly admired for stopping the flow of asylum-seekers into Australia.

The former leader of the UK Independence Party was a key player in the 2016 “Brexit” vote and has forged close links to US President Donald Trump.


“A global revolution happened in 2016,” he said. “We had Brexit and Trump within months of each other, and I am the only human being on Earth who was actually in the front of both of them, which was a remarkable thing to be part of.

“I come with a message. If anybody in Australia looks at Brexit and shakes their head, looks at Trump and puts their head in their hands, looks at Italy and begins to despair, I’ve got some really bad news for you: the global revolution has barely started.”

Mr Farage said he strongly opposed calls by some Australian politicians — including senators Pauline Hanson and Fraser Anning — for a ban on Muslim migrants entering the country.

“I think that in the great battle against Islamism, if we choose to alienate the whole of Islam, we will lose,” he said.

“I feel that very, very strongly.

“I get criticised by many on the Right for saying that. There are some on the Right who seem to want an all-out cultural war against the entire religion, and I think that would be one of the biggest mistakes we could make.

“But being careful about who comes in is absolutely vital, and integration is very, very important. From Europe, I think the danger of divided communities, the danger of ghettoised cities, is there to see.”

He said cutting population growth in Australia would improve the lives of millions of people. “All of the people I know who’ve come to Australia over the last 50 years, one of the main arguments for coming has been the quality of life,” he said.

“If you clog your cities up more and more, you have to ask yourself a very real question whether that is a benefit. We are living in an age of global corporatism. Who are the biggest drivers of the argument of free movement of people? The giant multinationals. Why? They want cheap labour.”

Perth activist group United Against Bigotry and Racism was planning to protest outside Mr Farage’s speech at the Perth Town Hall.


“Figures such as Farage come to Australia to try to galvanise a far Right that is capable of growing and becoming more organised,” the group said.

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VACANCY: Primary School Teacher

Australian International Islamic College, Carrara, QLD


Primary Teacher
Contract Type: Contract Position, Full Time
Applications Close: 14 September 2018

The successful applicant will:

• Hold an approved Degree/Bachelor of Teaching/Education or equivalent
• Hold current registration with the Queensland College of Teachers
• Possess current knowledge of effective pedagogy
• Well-developed classroom management skills
• Effective communication skills
• An ability to work in partnership with colleagues, students and parents/carers in a professional learning community
• Be able to creatively use ICT to enhance a rich learning environment
• Possess a passion and enthusiasm to enrich children’s learning

Employment Tenure: Full Time, Term 4 2018
Contact: Administration
Phone: 07 33721400

Applications to be received by 3pm, Friday 14 September 2018

AIIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

This position involves working with children. The appointment of successful applicants will be subject


AIIC has 3 campuses in South East Queensland and we are seeking an experienced primary school teacher for the start of the Term 4 in October 2018 for our Carrara Campus on the Gold Coast.
Our College Mission and Vision statements indicate that we strive to provide an “Unwavering commitment to deliver excellence in education and develop students of good character and benefit to the wider Australian community and nations” - Excellence in education, character and service”. Our College is rich in diversity of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.




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Acres of cars used by pilgrims in Mina, Aug. 20.


Source: QUARTZ



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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.





Rose works at an Islamic School as a School Counsellor/Welfare Coordinator where she positively impacts the lives of hundreds of young Muslim people.

Meet Rose Bogarts. Rose works at an Islamic School as a School Counsellor/Welfare Coordinator where she positively impacts the lives of hundreds of young Muslim people.

She also volunteers at Benevolence Australia, assisting converts who have embraced the Islamic faith, providing advice and support as they transition both spiritually and practically.

Rose volunteers at the Victoria Police Academy for the Community Encounters program in which new recruits and PSOs (Protective Service Officers) are trained to have better community awareness and better understanding of Islam and Muslims; she received the highest Command Commendation award for this program.

She was also part of a new pilot with Vic Police Lead by Senior Constable Maha Sukkar Community liaison officer, called “Tell someone”, which entails educating students on rights and legality on underage/forced marriages. She is an ambassador of white ribbon with the Intouch organisation that assists and empowers women affected with family violence.

Rose is a volunteer for “Speed date a Muslim” at the Moroccan Soup Bar, an initiative by Hana Assafiri, which is a forum for non-Muslims to ask Muslim women about their faith.

Rose is a Director of “Muslim Mental Health Professionals” for schools, a first of its kind program which entails sharing information and delivering programs to Muslim schools throughout Victoria.

Rose is also a mother to two fantastic young men, who are incredibly proud of her achievements.


To be continued in CCN next week...


Source: Australasian Muslim Times




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Following Imam Luqman and Imam Ikram Buksh


Cloncurry (Muslim Cemetery)

 (15 August)






Mohammedan Priest


Died 4th July 1915


Aged 45 years





Source: Facebook Page




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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. 





Mahmood Madani

Leader and Executive Member of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, India


Maulana Mahmood Madani, a leading Islamic scholar and politician in India, has gained influence for his forthright condemnations of terrorism and unfaltering support of the Indian Muslim community.

Religio-Political Heavyweight: Madani has served as Secretary General of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, or Organization of Indian Scholars—one of the most prominent Islamic organizations in India. He has been outspoken in his opposition to the misuse of the term jihad as a tool of terrorism in India. Following fatal bomb blasts in 2008, he and others of the Darul Uloom Deoband institution hosted events condemning terrorism as inherently un-Islamic.

Defender of the Faith: As a respected political leader and Islamic scholar of India, Madani represented the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and the esteemed community of scholars from Deoband when he addressed the Pakistani government, and Pakistani High Commissioner Shahid Malik in particular, in an open letter regarding the commissioner’s remarks in December 2008 at the UN Security Council about terrorism stemming from ‘mullas in Deoband’. Maulana Madani is also a strong opponent of government interference in the madrasa system.





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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......



Rami Nashashibi: The ‘genius’



Rami Nashashibi says he didn’t fully “convert” to Islam until he met Muslim social justice advocates in Chicago.


“What has made Islam dynamic in America has been this extraordinary intersection with activism,” he says.


For more than 20 years, Nashashibi’s Inner-City Muslim Action Network has been at the forefront of intersectional activism in Chicago, bringing together Latino teenagers, elderly nuns, progressive rabbis, as well as immigrant and native-born Muslims for projects ranging from artwork to health clinics and housing for former inmates.


Nashashibi has been an adviser for President Obama’s Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and in 2017, the MacArthur Foundation awarded him one of its prestigious “Genius Grants.”

Nashashibi’s mission: “To be a force for good and mercy, and to make connections among disconnected communities.”




Another American Muslim in next week's CCN




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My multicultural Australia

By Madina Mohmood



Madina with Homa Forotan, Ayesha Tauseef, Nyrah Jaffar and Sediqa Karimi at the UQ Cultural Ball organised by AfSA and other UQ cultural societies.

I was born in Australia and raised in an Afghan household.

My parents came to Australia as refugees two years before I was born and started their life together from square one. My dad was a doctor in Afghanistan and his qualifications were not initially recognised here. He studied for the Australian Medical Council, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine exams while working in remote areas of Australia away from any Afghan community.

Eleven years later, with my mum’s unwavering support and three small children cheering for him, he received his Fellowships - among other degrees - and has been working as a General Practitioner ever since.

So, from a very young age, I was inspired by the example of my parents. They taught my siblings and me that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to and work hard for. They taught me about my cultural heritage and the political situation in Afghanistan and how lucky we are to live in such a peaceful country. They taught me that education is a privilege and to take advantage of the opportunities available to me in Australia to make a positive change in the world.

These values have guided me to find my passions. In high school I pursued my interest in humanities subjects, and so the decision to study law and arts, majoring in Peace and Conflict studies at UQ, felt like the natural next step. I'm now in my fifth year of a Bachelor of Arts/Laws, and I aim to use this education to speak out against injustices and to use my knowledge to benefit others.

Despite growing up away from Afghanistan, Afghan culture is a big part of my identity. But it wasn’t until recently, when I met young Afghan-Australians in the same position as me, that I really embraced my background. Being ‘third culture kids’ means that we are uniquely positioned to create a culture that is inclusive of both Afghan and Australian ways of life. This prompted me to help form the Afghan Students’ Association (AfSA) at UQ in 2015 alongside a group of Afghan-Australian students who shared my passion for making a positive contribution to the community.


I was involved in the association for almost three years and served as its President in 2017. In this short time, AfSA has become a catalyst for unity and hope in the community. It has provided Afghan youth with the chance to learn more about Afghanistan and it has connected Afghan and non-Afghan youth in celebrating the beauty of our culture. It has even inspired others to create change in their own communities. From there, I have been a part of the Queensland Afghan Community Association as a Youth Representative and I am currently working on creating a youth committee to empower more young people to become community leaders.

I have been incredibly lucky to have supportive mentors while growing up in Australia. My high school teachers and principal believed in me and continue to be a major support network for me now. The compassion of the solicitors who I volunteered with at the Salvos Legal Asylum Seeker has left a lasting impression on me, and elders in the Afghan community constantly encourage me to continue my community work.

Through these experiences I have seen first-hand just how much value and richness multiculturalism adds to Australian society. My message to all young people from migrant backgrounds is that our cultural diversity is a strength and we all must embrace it if we want Australia to move forward.

A quick look into Australian history and recent political events shows us that Au

stralia still has a long way to go to become a fully inclusive and equal society. And I truly believe that this will only happen when young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to meaningfully engage in public conversations about cultural and religious diversity. We must have a seat at the table.

In the near future, I plan to continue and expand on my community work while completing my studies at UQ. I then hope to pursue postgraduate study in the area of International Law and ultimately I hope to practice in this area. 





While I lost my mum to domestic violence but I won't let fear or racists keep me silent

By Amani Hayda (lawyer, artist and executive board member at Bankstown Women's Health Centre dedicated to advocating for the health and wellbeing of women. In 2018 she was a finalist in the Archibald Prize and the Law Society of NSW Just Art Prize and is currently completing a Masters in Islamic Studies at ISRA/CSU.


A section of the author's Archibald Prize entry in which she's holding a photograph of her late mother.


At Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney's west, Islamic Burial Section 8 is by the telegraph tower and the train line.

As I pull over, I notice other people conversing quietly with God by the graves of their loved ones. It looks like a funeral has recently taken place. I remind myself, inna lillah wa inna illayhi raji'un: we belong to God and it is to Him we return.

I'm here to visit the grave of my mum, Salwa Haydar, who was just 45 years old when she was murdered by my father in 2015. She was preparing her dinner in the kitchen after a long day's work when he attacked her with a knife.

My sister, who was 18 at the time, fought him with her bare hands and was injured in the attack. My father's actions were cowardly, merciless and unrelenting: my mum died at the scene from about 30 stab wounds.

Arriving at my mother's resting place, I empty the vases that flank her tombstone and fill them with fresh water and blooms — daisies and dahlias — before turning to her neighbours.

In an adjacent row, 16-year-old Mahmoud Hrouk is buried. I take my spare flowers to him.

Mahmoud was sexually assaulted and murdered in 2015 by Aymen Turkmani who left his body in an abandoned house in Villawood. Turkmani was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to a maximum of 45 years in prison.

Mahmoud's youthful face is never far from my thoughts — his funeral happened soon after my mum's and the sadness of their two stories seems to have fused in my mind.

I notice that the lilies by his tombstone are still in the bud. I think of his mum.


Children without parents, parents without children. Who else is here because of male violence.

I then wander towards the back of Section 8, where, right by the fence line, lays baby Omaira: "Born without breath, but not without love".

Omaira died at 5 months' gestation when her pregnant mother was attacked by her abusive male partner. Omaira's tiny, humble grave has been decorated with pebbles and rainbow windmills. I remind myself to bring more flowers next time.

Children without parents, parents without children. Who else is here because of male violence? I ponder the question as I drive away with a heavy heart.

Why don't we talk more openly about the effects of male violence on our families? For Muslim women in particular, the answers are complex.

Recently, however, I've noticed a growing number of us are standing up to the forces that keep us quiet and I'm energised by the community's willingness to listen.   




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Muslim Illustrator on the Niqab




This Muslim artist wasn't feeling the sexualized portrayal of a niqabi superhero, so she decided to show us how it's done.









Fighting Extremism With Art

Yusuf Omar and Hashtag Our Stories









Why is France so angry at this Gap ad featuring a girl in a hijab?














Don’t be a keyboard warrior

OnePath Network 


It’s all too often that we come across such behaviour online. Whether we were on the receiving end of it, or we witnessed others who had fallen victim to it, or we’ve been unfortunately guilty of doing it ourselves – we’re all too familiar with the epidemic of keyboard warriors.

They’re a small online community who consider themselves entitled to police and bully others online to conform to their narrow worldviews and opinions. Through the anonymity of a pseudonym account and behind the comfort of a computer, they have hurled the most vicious of online campaigns of abuse to those around them.

To make matters worse, the religion of Islam is quite often used as the guise for this type of abuse and online-bullying. Unfortunately, it is for this reason, that many keyboard warriors themselves consider their pursuits not only justified but rewarding, yet such statements couldn’t be further from the truth.

No doubt, as Muslims we have the responsibility of advising one another towards goodness and steering one another away from evil – but by no means should we have mistaken this noble role with the kinds of abuse we are seeing online.

At the outset, many of these keyboard warriors engage in abuse, threatening behaviour, foul language and the worst of all, mass-Takfir (the act of declaring a Muslim a disbeliever). All such behaviours are shunned in Islam especially when exchanged between Muslims.

OnePath Network








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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 7 September 2018


IMAM: Uzair Akbar 




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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 7 September 2018

TOPIC: "Tour of Australian Mosques and Muslim Sites"

IMAM: Maulana Luqman













Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 7 September 2018

TOPIC: ”Hazrat Umair Ibn Wahab assassination attempt on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 7 September 2018

TOPIC: “The servants of Rahman Almighty” 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali










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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 7 September 2018

TOPIC: "Cell phone addiction and selfies"
Riyaaz Seedat





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The British Mosque: An architectural and social history

Shahed Saleem





Shahed Saleem’s The British Mosque is a welcome addition to the history of British Muslims. Uniquely the glossy book tells the story of mosques through its buildings.

“It is primarily an architectural history, exploring buildings, aesthetics and urban development,” says Saleem. The book also considers the “social and cultural context of the mosque, investigating the process by which it has come into being in Britain.”

The earliest mosque, called the Shah Jehan Mosque, was built on Maybury Heat, half a mile from Woking and that is why the mosque was known as Maybury Mosque.

Begum Shah Jehan [she was a queen] of Bhopal donated the bulk of the funds for the building of the Surrey mosque, which was consequently named in her honour. The Begum was a pious Sufi Muslim.

The second mosque was established in Liverpool a few months later on Christmas day in 1889 by Abdullah William Quilliam.

The book details the development of mosques from the conversion of houses, to purpose-built mosques, from traditional architect to modern ones without domes and minarets. The book, therefore, gives the first ever overview and explanation of Islamic architecture in the UK.

The book has over 350 new interior and exterior photographs of mosques, archive material and drawings. There are about 1,500 mosques, 16 per cent of which are purpose built.  The author, Saleem, is an architect, researcher and lecturer at the University of Westminster.

There are some observations that need to be addressed in the book. The author says the Prophet’s first mosque “had no mihrab, as we recognise today, but rather a block of stone on the floor indicating the direction of the Ka’ba. (p4)”. However, it is important to indicate that the first direction of prayer would have faced Jerusalem and later changed to Makkah.

The author says in the Glossary that the Shi’a Ithna’ashari Muslims “originate in the Indian subcontinent…” (p275). Shi’a Muslims originate from Makkah and Madinah, that is, from the Hijaz and many migrated to various parts of the world including the Indian subcontinent. Many converted to Shi’a Islam in the subcontinent. Majority of the Shi’a Muslims are from the Middle East, the largest number being in Iran and Iraq. Even those who migrated to the UK, the majority are from the Middle East and not East Africa or the subcontinent.

I highly recommend the book, being the most informative on the history of the mosques and Islamic Architecture in the UK I have come across. Shahed Saleem should be congratulated on his endeavour.

Abdul Adil

Source: Muslim News UK



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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: Mac and Cheese a great accompaniment to your meat dishes or on its own as a main meal. This recipe is kindly shared by Munira Gangat


Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese






  1. Boil 3-4 cups of macaroni or penne and set aside

  2. Heat about 55g butter and a little olive oil in a medium deep pot.

  3. Sauté half a chopped onion until it starts changing colour

  4. Add 1 level tsp chopped garlic to this and allow it to sauté for a minute- (taking care not to burn the garlic)

  5. Add 1tsp mixed herbs or 1T fresh chopped parsley and thyme mixed (I used Ina Paarman's garlic and herb seasoning), 1 tsp Dijon or English mustard and sauté quickly

  6. Add 1/4 cup flour and braise well- at least 2 mins

  7. Whisk in a cup of milk, stir well until all lumps dissolve

  8. Then whisk in 1 cup of fresh cream and let the mixture thicken

  9. Add a final cup of milk and simmer gently until the mixture is thickish and free of lumps

  10. Remove from the heat and stir in salt and black pepper ( 1 level tsp salt and half a tsp freshly ground pepper)

  11. Add 2 cups of grated cheddar to the sauce and mix until the cheese is melted in

  12. Mix pasta and cheese sauce together

  13. Transfer to an oven-proof casserole dish

  14. Sprinkle 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese over the casserole

  15. Top with 2 tab. panko or regular crumbs- just sprinkle all over for a crunch.

  16. Sprinkle some paprika or cayenne pepper over this

  17. Bake uncovered for about 15mins or until the cheese has melted and the crumbs have browned- on 200C

Serve immediately



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Q: Dear Kareema, I try to do at least 10 000 steps a day but would like to know if that is enough for fat loss?

A: While those numbers are great, what you also want to do to lose fat is turn up the intensity. For cardio exercise to be effective, you need to get your heart rate up for at least 10mins to start burning fat and torch calories. You can get away with fewer than 20-30mins a day when you’re working harder, eg. 15mins of jogging would be the like a 30min brisk walk.

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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )




Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing














Muslimah Mind Matters videos

available on YouTube.

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

Today, In Shaa Allah, we will explore
Strategies To Develop And Maintain Healthy and Positive Relationships with people in our lives.

From the moment we wake up in the morning to the time we retire to bed, our lives revolve around other human beings. They all impact our lives in ways that propel us to respond or react. These responses and reactions shape the life we lead. How we choose to respond to people is completely up to us.

When someone says, “I didn’t have a choice”, it simply means they chose to remain in the situation instead of choosing an alternative. The truth is, there are always alternatives.

Our daily relations and dealings with family members, friends, colleagues, strangers and virtual entities (those who are communicating with us online) form a vital part of our existence. These dealings and relations give rise to experiences. Experiences become memories and memories subsequently become a significant component of reasoning. Most of these memories are as a result of inherited memories. For example, how we respond to an angry outburst of another person is often the same way our parents and guardians respond to such outbursts. We grew up watching their reactions and responses and adopted them accordingly.

Relationships are formed and maintained with some basic ingredients in life, such as love, trust, respect, compassion and duty. The following communication exercise will help you nourish your relationships to be more meaningful, joyful and engaging.

The vital thing to remember for this exercise is one has to be able to hear the tone of the voice of the other person. Text messaging will not work as you are unable to hear the actual tone of the voice. Telephone or face to face is always the best way to have an engaging, effective communication.

Married couples
Spend a few minutes daily with each other alone in conversation regarding the following specific topics and ensure that when one person is talking, the other is listening with full attention without any interruption whatsoever. When you engage in a meaningful conversation such as the one below, your mind opens up to embrace the joys of life.

“What was most joyful about your day today and why?”
“What are you most grateful for today and why?”
“What did you do today that has made you a better person than yesterday?”
“How can I be of help to you to realise your purpose in life?”

Spend time daily with your child and have the following conversation. If you have more than one child, spend time individually to have this conversation. Remember, every child is different and experiences the world differently. Ask your child the following questions and give full attention to her/his responses.

“What was most joyful about your day today and why?”
“What do you feel most thankful to ALLAH for today?”
“What was uncomfortable for you today and why?”
“What would you really like to tell me but feel scared to share? You can tell me anything. You can trust me.”
“What would you like to do to improve yourself?”
“How can I help you to be better?”

Siblings and Friends
Often the people who manage to irritate us most are our siblings and close friends. The following exercise may help open the mind to enjoy a meaningful, loving relationship with siblings and friends. Again, the tone of the voice is a vital part of this exercise.

Spend a few minutes at least once a week to touch base with your sibling(s)/ friends. Ask them the following questions and pay attention to the answers without interrupting or formulating a counter-argument.

“What was the most joyful part of your week so far?”
“What challenges did you face last week?”
“What can I do to be of help to overcome those challenges?”


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Every Saturday morning Grandpapa Mula Nasruddin found himself babysitting his two grandchildren.


The kids always wanted to play 'war', and Grandpapa somehow always got coaxed into the game.


His son came to pick up the kids early one Saturday and witnessed Grandpa take a fake shot as Aadam pointed a toy gun and yelled, "Bang!''


Grandpa slumped to the floor and stayed there motionless.


The son rushed over to see if he was all right.


Grandpa opened one eye and whispered, "Sh-h-h, I always do this. It's the only chance I get to rest."

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An Ayaat-a-Week





O you who believe! Give of the good things which you have (honourably) earned, and of the fruits of the earth which We have produced for you, and do not even aim at getting anything which is bad, in order that out of it you may give away something, when you yourselves would not receive it except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of all wants, and Worthy of all praise.

~  Surah Al-Baqarah 2:267


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if you don’t have integrity nothing else matters.”


~ Alan K. Simpson



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

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Queensland Police Service (QPS) is organising a recruiting seminar specifically targeting people from non-English speaking background to join QPS.

This seminar will be held at the Darra Mosque on Sunday 9th September 2018 at 10.30am and is designed to educate/encourage members of the community in the recruiting process in QPS.

To be eligible for this program, you must:
Be born in a non-English speaking country or a child of someone born a Non-English speaking country.
Be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia
Be 18 years of age or older.
You must have successfully completed Year 12 OR have three years of full-time paid employment (or the part-time equivalent) since leaving high school.

For further inquiries please contact A/Sgt Sundip Borse @





The fortnightly IQRA discussion circles return – where discussion is around various issues related to Islam and its teachings in an nvironment that is fun and casual, yet challenging, inclusive and thoughtful.

This third discussion circle will focus on Sharia Law & Islamaphobia!

- Is Sharia Law barbaric?
- Is Islam inherently violent?
- Does Sharia Law fit in Western Law?
- How are Islamophobia and Sharia law interlinked?

UQ Muslimah will be joined in this discussion by Dr. Mohamed Ghilan – a teacher of Islamic sciences and PhD in neuroscience.









Muslim Money Matters

A Joint Workshop of NZFAUS and MCCA


Learn how to navigate the complex financial system to increase your wealth while ensuring you are aligned with Islamic principles & rulings.

Join our financial experts from MCCA Islamic Finance and Investment and National Zakat Foundation for this practical workshop.

Date: 16 September (Sunday)
Time: 10-1pm
Venue: SunPAC, 470 McCullough St, Sunnybank QLD

Register at:

FREE event, light lunch and refreshments provided.




This is open to community members, advocates, activists, future makers and anyone interested in community development, action and building a culture of peace.

Admission is free, but numbers are limited.
21 September 2018 9:30am - 2.30pm
LOCATION: Maleny RSL, 1 Bunya Street, Maleny, Queensland 4560






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.





Kathryn Jones is the author of Step Up. Embrace The Leader Within, a book dedicated to supporting Muslim women discover their inner leader and step up in every aspect of their lives.


She is the founder of the Beautiful Muslimah Academy, the annual ME First Summit and the Great Ramadan Giveaway. She is known internationally as the Peaceful Parenting Coach, as well as a Business Performance Coach for Muslim women experts & professionals who wish to launch a legacy by bringing their life's work online. Her primary focus is on supporting Muslim women to step up and embrace the leader within themselves so they can take charge of their lives, rather than have life take charge of them.


Kathryn’s mission in life is to make a difference in the world of Muslim women and lead them from oppression to success and purpose in life. She is particularly passionate about addressing the ‘tough’ subjects, such as depression, child abuse, domestic violence, bullying, abusive parenting and other topics that are often swept under the carpet. Although she would love to change the lives of every individual touched by these experiences, she realises that to fulfil this mission she needs other Muslim women to be successfully doing this work. To build a revolution of Muslim women coaching Muslim women, she established the annual ME First Summit and her own online marketing program especially to fast track their success.


She loves to bust the stereotypes people have about Muslim women just by being herself and supporting other Muslim women to follow suit. It is possible for every Muslim woman to be a part of the solution by embracing the leader within themselves. Kathryn’s program Step Up: Leadership For Muslim Women helps Muslim women take charge of their lives and live purposefully.









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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services




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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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You would be pleased to know that the construction of burned Toowoomba Masjid has started last week, Alhamdulillah.

The concrete work has begin.

We are in short of AUD$650,000.

As you know our community is small and financially stressed and hence we need generous help from people like yourself to complete the project.

Our request to you is for a contribution (donation or loan or mix of donation and loan) to complete the project.

But we also request you to reach your relatives and friends on your mailing lists or social media who may be able to make more significant contributions.

Bank Account Details:

Commonwealth Bank of Australia,
Toowoomba Plaza Branch
A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation
BSB: 064459 A/C Number: 1034 1586

Swift Code: CTBAAU25XXX


For more information, call Prof Shahjahan Khan on +61421081048




Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre







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"If it's not here's not happening!"l)

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1 September



Awards Presentation & Dinner Night


Logan Roos Football School

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 669 987


11 September








19 September

20 September




Wed (EVE)







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

25 September


Book Launch: Step Up & Embrace the Leader Within

Sisters Support

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0407 164 721

6.30PM to 9PM

13 October



Holland Park Mosque FUND RAISER


Holland Park Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA



17 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



3PM to Maghrib


19 November

20 November


Monday (EVE)




(Milad un Nabi)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1440


2 April 2019

3 April 2019


Tues (EVE)





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1440


20 April 2019

21 April 2019


Sat (EVE)





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1440


6 May 2019





(start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1440


26 May 2019





(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1440


5 June 2019





(end of the month of fasting)

 1st Shawal 1440


11 August 2019





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1440


12 August 2019





10th Zil-Hijjah 1440





1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040




Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha QLD 4117

Community Contact Command, who are situated in Police Headquarters, manages the secretariat role of the QPS/Muslim Reference Group meeting.

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

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