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Sunday 16 September 2018 | Issue 0723



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Muslim community supporting drought affected farmers The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
Hurricane Stars Club Activities CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Roos on a rampage Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
School students speak at Victorian Parliament Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

Inna lillahi wainna elaihi rejiun

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Refugee advocate among Australia's most influential women

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

ANIC condemns Uyghur persecution

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Malek Fahd has funding restored

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

NSW AG criticises the views of Sydney Auburn Imam

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Moeen Ali claims Australia player called him ‘Osama’

KB's Culinary Corner

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Perrett MP tables Palestine petition on behalf of Southsiders

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Nominees for the Women Acknowledging Women Award
CCN following Al Tadhkirah Institute Tour of Australia

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8AM Saturday 15 September:

First truck loaded in Gatton and ready to go


9AM Saturday 15 September:

3 trucks each loaded with 44 250kg hay bales heading for Goondiwindi


2PM Saturday 15 September:

The offload in Goondawindi



Due to the ongoing drought affecting farmers in west Queensland and New South Wales, Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) has partnered with local NGOs to help Aussie farmers in their time on need by trucking hay bales and delivering food hampers to farmers.

"Farmers impacted by drought often struggle to ask for help and many due to the financial strain of trying to keep the farm afloat also battle mental health issues," MAA's Riyaad Ally told CCN.

"By providing bales to help farmers feed their animals you'll be taking a huge financial burden from them as well keeping their livestock alive."


Organizations and businesses involved in this initiative are:

Muslim Aid Australia (MAA), Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Deen Bros., Global Aid Foundation, Macktrans Heavy Haulage, Strike Fuels and Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)

You can still donate towards this bale project and help our Aussies farmers:






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Report by Farah Scott


On Saturday, 8 September, the Hurricane Stars Club held the first and currently only Brisbane screening of the latest Islamic movie, Bilal: A New Breed of Hero.


The event was held inside the Islamic College of Brisbane’s multipurpose hall and it was proudly sponsored by Human Appeal International.

The event was a great success Alhamdulillah. There were 330 people who attended, 164 adults and 166 children, showing that adults were interested as kids to see this wonderful animated version of the life of one of the sahabah, Bilal (R.A).


We were honoured to have Brisbane City Councillor Kim Marx and Sgt Jim Bellos attend our movie night to show their support for the community and our projects.


The Hurricane Stars Club also sold popcorn, fairy floss, chocolates, desserts, drinks, hot dogs, hot chips and burgers to the attendees. The school's tuckshop run by Bosthan's Catering, opened to sell their delicious special dishes. All the funds raised from the event go towards subsiding the Hurricane Stars Club’s ladies and family activities.

The day after the movie night, the Hurricane Stars Club held a fundraising sausage sizzle at the new Bunnings Warehouse on Compton Rd, Underwood.


On the second Monday of every month, the Hurricane Stars Club have been holding a 100% halal Bunnings BBQ as part of their fundraising efforts. This was our first opportunity to meet the community demand to hold it on a weekend so more can come to enjoy it. At the same time it was also a good dahwah opportunity to the wider community. We are happy to report that the reception was amazing with long lines formed by Muslims and non-Muslims just to order the sausage sizzles!

Alhamdulillah we are very grateful for wonderful community support at both of these events. The funds raised have been used to subsidise the cost of our upcoming Mothers and Daughters dinner, ladies only swimming classes and kids' school holiday activities.

To buy dinner tickets, register for the holiday activities or just to get further information, please go to or our Facebook page Hurricane Stars Club.






Sausage Sizzle



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The Logan Roos under 12 team celebrate their win yesterday (Saturday) in the Grand Finals against Ipswich City (3-1)



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By Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas    

Speakers from left, Fatima Mohamed & Hafsa Sarwar


Students from Al Siraat College spoke at the Victorian Parliament House on Friday 31 August 2018 on the theme “My Vote My Voice: Diversity in Community Organisations.

The annual event is organised by the National Council of Women of Victoria (NCWV) and in 2018 it was designed to encourage students to investigate the level of diversity (gender, ethnicity, age, disability), in community workplaces by visiting and conducting interviews.

The focus of research is on diversity of leadership, decision-making and/or composition and then to make three-minute presentations in the Legislative Council Chamber to an audience of students, community members and a panel of eminent women.


Al Siraat College students and staff together with Tina Hosseini former VMC Youth Commissioner

A select number of students from twelve reputable schools from across Victoria attended the event including students from Al Siraat College: Fatima Mohamed (Year 12), Hafsa Sarwar (Year 11), Aisha Arain (Year 10), Sondos Mahmandar (Year 10), Melike Cokmez (Year 10) and Nur Naziihah Hafidi (Year 8).

The student speeches included reflections on Prophet Mohammad’s (s) wife, Khadijah (r) as an investor, entrepreneur and a respected leader of her community.

The students also shared the Islamic perspective that both men and women are equal in the eyes of Allah except in piety and righteousness. One student explained that Al Siraat College was part founded by the former principal Ms Rahat Arain, a Muslim woman who wears a face veil, a respected leader in our community.


Gulhan speaking at Parliament House

During their research the students were able to interview City of Whittlesea’s Mayor Kris Pavlidis who has supported the students in understanding the current gender pay gap in Australia and the lack of equality for women in leadership positions and on corporate boards.

The Al Siraat College students finished with the message that the underlying cause of gender inequality is lack of respect for the contributions of women, whether they choose to take up a role in leadership or take on a nurturing role.

The speeches by the students received thunderous applause across the Legislative Chamber of the Parliament House.


From left, Aisha, Sondos, Naziihah, Ms. Nurdan, Fatima, Melike, Hafsa, Ms. Noori from Al Siraat College




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Respected Sheikh Ahmad Odeh, the Imam of the West End Mosque, passed away in Brisbane this week. His janazah (funeral services) was conducted from the Kuraby Mosque.


Imam Odeh served the community for many years and made outstanding contributions for the Muslims in Brisbane and beyond.



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Shukufa Tahiri

Refugee advocate Shukufa Tahiri says she is honoured to be named as a "woman of influence" and says it will spur her on to continue her work changing peoples' attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers.

Twenty-four year-old Shukufa Tahiri has been named one of Australia's most influential women for her refugee advocacy work.

In its seventh year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards recognises the achievements of women who have overcome adversity to reach a position of influence.

As a 12-year-old, Shukufa arrived in Sydney in 2006 through the refugee resettlement program.

Her first thought upon arriving was "home at last".

“I was thinking my family is safe and that we have an educational opportunity," she said.

“I don’t remember much from the evening, but I do remember impatiently waiting for the sun to rise. For me, it was important to be able to see the light of day.”

A six-year journey fleeing the Taliban with her family took her from Afghanistan to Pakistan before reaching Australia.

“We fled the Taliban rule, they were infiltrating villages. They were executing people. We fled for safety,” she said.

“The journey of escaping Pakistan was a very difficult and uncertain. We spent two weeks on the road from Afghanistan to Pakistan. Then in Pakistan we were in a refugee enclave for six years before coming to Australia.”

The first order of priority was registering for school - and the learning curve would be steep.



Learning English would be the first challenge and then filling in the gaps in education was another.

But it was identity challenge which took a while to work out.

“Understanding whether I was Australian from then, you know my background being born in Afghanistan, then going to Pakistan. Which identity was mine? Where did I stand in terms of my belonging?”

“In the high school context, it was very difficult to navigate so many challenges and barriers at the same time. High school was a roller coaster until I graduated.”

Fast forward 12 years and Shukufa Tahiri has started a number of social enterprises, including a free driving mentorship program for refugee women.

She works as a policy assistant at the Refugee Council of Australia while also studying law.

Her report on the experience of refugees accessing assistance through government-funded employment services led to changes in service delivery.

Drivers licences empowering women
Seeing the looks on the women’s faces solidified the importance of Ms Tahiri's work.

“To take them to learner driver test, it was a huge obstacle for them. And once people get their licences, once they get behind wheel, it symbolically gives them a sense of empowerment - especially for the women who come from Afghanistan and Pakistan - who have never driven in their lives before," she said.
Ms Tahiri also started the Hazara Women for Change aimed at “bringing change at the grassroots level”.

She said comparison with Malala Yousafzai, who also escaped the Taliban, makes her uncomfortable.

But she acknowledges she shares some affinity with the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in her driving desire to give back and help others.

“I think that a large part of being recognised for anything, and I think the same is true with me, is that it increases the expectation, obligation and responsibility for me to do better for the community, for the Australian society, and the whole world at large.

She said she hopes her story does inspire others.

“I want to be a positive role model for people who want to pursue their goals and visions. To empower people, women, girls to move beyond what they expected to do.

“To tell people: as long as you have the capacity to learn and grow, you are able to achieve everything. It is about the work and effort you put into something. It is the grit and perseverance that will define to what extent you reach your goals.”

Changing attitudes towards refugees is also a key part of her work.

“I would like to influence people to see beyond categories, beyond labels,”

“Asylum seekers and refugees are not victims, they are people who are misplaced from their homes.”

The award ceremony is scheduled for October 17.





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Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP, tabled a petition in Federal Parliament signed by local Muslims calling on Australia to recognise Palestine.

"It saddens me that millions of Palestinians continue to live under occupation or as refugees, Mr Perrett said.

The petition "requests the House to recognise the state of Palestine because, if the House is genuinely committed to a lasting two-state solution and advancing peace in the Middle East and beyond, then it must formally recognise the state of Palestine to ensure two sovereign states, based on the implementation of relevant United Nations resolutions and international law".


The Principal Petitioner David Forde told CCN, “This was a very significant show of community support and really does underline Australian foreign policy on this issue is out of step with community sentiment and the interests of peace based on international law”.


“You can’t say you support a two-state solution while only recognising one party (Israel) who is aggressively increasing its dispossession and occupation of the other party (Palestine)”.

"Special mention must go to the efforts of Prof Shahjahan Khan and Dr Mohammed Islam and to everyone else who signed.”


The petition is now being considered by the relevant Federal Parliamentary Committee.




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The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) issued a media statement condemning the "ongoing persecution and violation of human rights against the Uyghur Muslims by the Chinese authorities".


Violations highlighted in the statement include the banning of the Uyghur language in schools, fasting in Ramadan, wearing Islamic clothing, growing beards and wearing the hijab.

the ANIC statement



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Australia's largest Islamic school has had its funding permanently restored by new federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, after several years of court battles.

The Malek Fahd Islamic School's future hung in the balance after a full bench of the Federal Court dismissed an appeal against its $19 million federal funding cut earlier this year.

Former federal education minister Simon Birmingham cut the school's funding in 2016, saying it had several governance issues and was operating at a profit.

However, major reforms have occurred to bring the school, which has about 2,500 kindergarten to Year-12 students, in line with education department rules.

Mr Fahd's school board took Mr Birmingham's decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the Federal Court.

The school's largest campus is in Greenacre, on land owned by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC).

"The approval has been given subject to the board meeting numerous conditions and following a robust and rigorous assessment process," Mr Tehan said.

He added that the Australian Government would not tolerate the misuse of taxpayer dollars intended for schools.

"All school authorities must meet the requirements of the Education Act to ensure taxpayer dollars, as well as any private investment by parents, is spent to benefit Australian students," he said.

"To remain an approved authority, the Malek Fahd Islamic School must ensure the board is demonstrably independent of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, along with several other conditions."


Source: ABC News




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The NSW Attorney-General has criticised the “repugnant views” of a Sydney Muslim preacher who told members of an Islamic group in Sydney’s west it was a “major sin” for wives to refuse their husband’s demands for sexual intercourse.

Nassim Abdi made the comments condoning marital rape in a video posted and later removed from the YouTube page for the Auburn branch of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah, which means the Followers of Sunni Islam and the Community.

“If the husband calls the wife to be intimate and there’s no legitimate reason for the woman to say no, then she must answer the call of her husband,” Mr Abdi said in the ASWJ Auburn video on Friday. “She must answer the call of her husband and if not, she had committed a major sin.”

He goes on to say that women who refused marital intimacy would be cursed by angels. “The man calls the wife to bed and the woman refuses? The angels curse this woman and he sleeps with her while she’s angry the angels curse her until she wakes up.”

Mark Speakman slammed Mr Abdi’s comments: “Respect for all women is a central value of Australian society. The views expressed by this preacher are repugnant to those values.”

While Mr Speakman said non-consensual sex was a serious crime that should be reported to police, it was up to authorities to determine whether Mr Abdi’s remarks constituted a criminal offence.

NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said the preacher was “completely out of step with Australian values because nobody in Australia thinks it’s a sin to say no to sex.”

The centre, which describes itself on its website as a Masjid (mosque), youth centre and one of Sydney’s largest Islamic bookstores, practices the most strict form of Sunni Islam.

In December 2015, The Australian reported the national branch of ASWJ was founded in 1985 and has alleged ties with al-Qa’ida and Jemaah Islamiah, the group behind the Bali bombings in 2002.

The Australian




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England all-rounder Moeen Ali says he was called ‘Osama’ by an Australia player in 2015.

ENGLAND all-rounder Moeen Ali claims he was called “Osama” by an Australia player during the 2015 Ashes.

Moeen played a key role in England’s 169-run win in the first Test at Cardiff, scoring a half-century (77) and taking five wickets for the match in his first Ashes encounter. However, he says the memory was soured by an unnamed Australian player.

“An Australian player had turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama,’” Moeen wrote in his new autobiography Moeen, which the Times are currently running excerpts from. “I could not believe what I had heard. I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field.”

According to Moeen, England coach Trevor Bayliss took the issue to his counterpart Darren Lehmann, who in turn asked the Australia player for his version of events.

“Lehmann asked the player, ‘Did you call Moeen ‘Osama’?’ He denied it, saying, “No, I said, ‘Take that, you part-timer.’

“I must say I was amused when I heard that for there is a world of difference between the words “Osama” and “part-timer”. Although I couldn’t have mistaken ‘part-timer’ for ‘Osama’, obviously I had to take the player’s word for it, though for the rest of the match I was angry.”

Cricket Australia has described the alleged remarks as “unacceptable” and is seeking further clarification from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

“Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and have no place in our sport, or in society,” a CA spokesperson said.

“We have a clear set of values and behaviours that comes with representing our country.”

“We take this matter very seriously, and are following up with the ECB as a matter of urgency to seek further clarification around the alleged incident.”

Moeen says the two teams barley spoke off the field until the end of the series – he believes the Australians were instructed not to interact with England’s players – at which point the unnamed Australian sought him out.

“He came up to me and said, ‘I know what you thought I said, but I didn’t say that. I’ve got Muslim friends and some of my best friends are Muslims.’

“I did not argue with him. But I was so clear that is what he said. Why should I invent it out of the blue? I’ve got nothing against him. I have never had any fights with him before. I did not even know the guy. And I thought his denial was a standard response.”

Earlier this week, Moeen told the Times Australia’s side under former captains Steve Smith and Michael Clarke were rude and lacked respect.

“Everyone you speak to...they are the only team I’ve played against my whole life that I’ve actually disliked,” he said. “Not because it’s Australia and they are the old enemy but because of the way they carry on and [their] disrespect of people and players.”

He also he feels no sympathy for banned trio David Warner, Smith and Cameron Bancroft.

“I’m someone who generally feels sorry for people when things go wrong but it’s difficult to feel sorry for them,” he said.

“The first game I ever played against them, in Sydney, just before the 2015 World Cup, they were not just going hard at you, they were almost abusing you.

“That was the first time it hit me. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, but the more I played against them they were just as bad, the Ashes here [in 2015] they were worse actually.

“Not intimidating, just rude. Individually they are fine and the Aussies we’ve had at Worcester have been fantastic, lovely guys.”





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A selection of domestic and family violence-related media articles from the past two weeks supplied by Queensland Government's Department of the Premier and Cabinet's Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council Secretariat.

Council member Wendell Rosevear talks about his fascinating life (so far) on the ABC’s Conservations. Listen or download the podcast here.


Minister Farmer has released the 2018 update on the Supporting Families, Changing Futures child protection reform program during Child Protection Week.  Find out more here and read the update here


As a Business, it is your Business’, an upcoming half-day symposium on workplace-related issues of domestic and family violence, is being hosted in collaboration between Queensland Police, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, True and Queensland Health.  See more here.


The North Queensland Women’s Legal Service and Women’s Legal Service Queensland will hold a free domestic violence workshop in Mackay next month to help agencies support local people experiencing domestic and family violence.  Read more here.


Find out about the school students who have been awarded joint winners of the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition for their app which is disguised as a cleaning app but allows victims of family and domestic violence to contact police here.



The NSW Government has announced it will introduce a new strangulation offence and longer apprehended domestic violence orders under proposed new laws. Read more here and here.


Read about the NSW respectful relationships program designed for women with intellectual disabilities here.


The Australian Government has introduced legislation to Parliament to provide for a guaranteed five days’ domestic and family violence leave for all employees covered by the Fair Work Act.  See more here


The Chief Executive of the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia discusses why business groups want to see family violence leave offered through the welfare sector and not through the workplace relations system. Find out more and listen to the interview here.


WA experts discuss the extent of domestic violence in the state, following the murders of five members of the same family in Bedford.  Read more here.


Find out about the Port Adelaide Football Club’s Power to End Violence Against Women program which teaches Year 10 boys how to recognise and stand up to disrespect of women here.


Rosie Batty has been appointed as official ambassador For Friends with Dignity. Read the announcement here.


The Our Watch media awards to recognise and reward excellence in reporting on violence against women have been announced. Read about the winners here and here.



Download the Australian Institute of Criminology’s latest trends and issues publication on Understanding domestic violence incidents using crime script analysis here.



The latest edition of the ANROWS Notepad is available here.




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VACANCY: Principal

Australian International Islamic College


The College is seeking a strong and experienced Principal.


 Dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced educational leaders are invited to apply for this position, commencing in 2019.


For information on qualifications and skills required and the selection criteria, download the document here.


Applications close: 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Email the complete application to:

Should you have any queries regarding this role, please contact Mr Aziz Khan on 0422132623.




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Thousands of hand-knotted carpets in fields owned by carpet companies near Mecca


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.






Currently, Naima is an educator at the Pillars of Guidance Community Centre (PGCC) – Al Miraaj Institute whereby she teaches Tajweed and delivers talks with her main focus on spiritual development and tazkiyyah (purification of the soul).

Meet Naima Usman. Naima received her B.A. Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the American University of Sharjah, UAE. During the pursuit of her education, Naima completed various short courses in Tafseer, Tajweed, Tazkiyyat an-Nafs and Da’wah training and conducted Islamic talks on various topics and seminars amongst many university students of all backgrounds.

Naima volunteered as a youth co-ordinator for the Islamic Association at AUS. She also worked as a staff columnist in the Gulf Today newspaper in Sharjah.

Currently, Naima is an educator at the Pillars of Guidance Community Centre (PGCC) – Al Miraaj Institute whereby she teaches Tajweed and delivers talks with her main focus on spiritual development and tazkiyyah (purification of the soul). She is also currently head of the PGCC Sisters Committee.

"Naima is extremely well-loved by members of her community, and rightly so. We are incredibly privileged and honoured to acknowledge her work here!"


To be continued in CCN next week...


Source: Australasian Muslim Times




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Following Imam Luqman and Imam Ikram Buksh


Palmerstone Mosque....the last mosque before Alice Springs

 (17 August)  





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. 





Mustafa Hosny



Traditional Sunni Mustafa Hosny is a well-known televangelist and Islamic preacher who presented his first show back in 2004.

Changing careers: Mustafa Hosny started his career in sales after obtaining a BA degree in Business from the Ain Shams University in Egypt. His career witnessed a great transformation when he successfully received a Certification from the Institute of training preachers, an affiliate of the Ministry of Awqaf (Egypt).

Preacher: Mustafa Hosny delivers sermons and lectures worldwide and currently presents more than 13 programs on TV and radio channels. He also delivers weekly sermons and lectures at Yousef El Sahaby and El Hosary mosques as well as delivering the Friday sermons at Al Bilal Mosque compound in Mokattam twice a month in Cairo.

Humanitarian: Some of his activities include combating drug addiction amongst youth. He is a supporting member for the Children’s Cancer Hospital campaign in Cairo, and delivers seminars and campaigns for the “Life Clear of Smoking Association” in Egypt. He also supports blood donation campaigns.

Social Media: He has nearly 32 million fans on Facebook in addition to over 5 million on Twitter. He has a great following on social media where the combined followers and likes are over 37 million. His daily advice, closeness to the public and softly spoken words endear him to the public and account for his continued influence.





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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......



G. Willow Wilson: The writer



G. Willow Wilson thought breaking into the comic book world might take a miracle.


At the time, Dutch cartoons insulting the Prophet Mohammed had sparked protests across the Middle East; Islam and comics were seen as incompatible.


But, Wilson says, “no Muslim leader has ever told me that I can’t write comics. Ever.”


When she guest-wrote two issues of “Superman,” however, right-wingers were apoplectic, she says, accusing her of using the superhero to spread Shariah law.


Wilson appears to have had the last laugh.


Her Ms. Marvel series, the first to feature a Muslim-American superhero as the title character, regularly reaches the top of the bestseller lists.


She has also written books for young adults and a memoir about her conversion to Islam.

Wilson’s mission: “To tell stories that inspire you.”




Another American Muslim in next week's CCN




Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Faith and creation: Possibilities of an "Islamic" environmental ethic

By Rosemary Hancock



In August 2015, over sixty Muslim religious and political leaders from twenty countries gathered in Istanbul, Turkey to release an Islamic declaration on climate change in the lead-up to the Paris climate summit. The declaration came only a month after the release of Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si'; nevertheless, the Islamic declaration received significantly less media attention.

Following so close on the heels of Pope Francis's encyclical, the Islamic declaration on climate change appeared to be riding the wave of religious attention to environmental crises, but it in fact reflected decades of work by Muslim scholars and activists eager to find an Islamic response to environmental crises.

Working on the margins of Islam and the environmental movement alike, these scholars and activists looked to both the resources of the Islamic tradition and the learnings of the secular environmental movement to build a uniquely Islamic environmentalism.

The foundations of Islamic environmentalism lie within the Islamic scriptures, the Qur'an and ahadith (collections of the sayings and practices of the Prophet Muhammad). Unlike Christianity, where the creation story of Genesis 1:1-2:3 instructs humankind to "fill the earth and subdue it," the Qur'an does not give humankind dominion over nature. Rather, humans are made Khalifah: God's representative on earth. 

ABC Religion & Ethics



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.


Speaking up after my mum was killed was worth the fear I confronted. And it was exactly what my mum would have wanted me to do



The double bind Muslim women find ourselves in

In its ongoing series, ABC News has been investigating the role of religion in influencing the behaviour of perpetrators and victims of domestic violence in different faith communities.

The most recent piece reported on the confusion and harm being caused by popular translations of verse 4:34 in the Quran, which some Islamic scholars argue permits men to beat "disobedient" wives.

Such interpretations hinder the work being done by Muslims to tackle gender-based violence. Meanwhile, contemporary, non-violent interpretations of the same verse have not yet gained consensus.

There also appears to be a rift between what classical scholars and imams understand about trauma and gender-based violence and what victims, survivors, advocates and social workers know about it.

As the illustrator of that piece, I was tasked with visually depicting the nuances of the topic, which required me to engage in a delicate balance: to highlight the seriousness of the issues while also resisting both patriarchy and Islamophobic stereotypes.

We don't need another image of an angry bearded man or a downtrodden Muslim woman and, as documented by the ABC in previous pieces, the fear of contributing to these harmful stereotypes deters many Muslim women from talking publicly about domestic violence.

Such is the double bind Muslim women survivors and activists find ourselves in. Between the screeches of Islamophobes and the booming voice of patriarchy within our own community, there is little room left for Muslim women to share their truths freely.

We want to critique patriarchy, to talk frankly about how rigid gender roles and inequality fuels violence and abuse. But we're also worried our stories will feed the racists or invite family disapproval, victim-blaming and slander.

So, we self-censor, and contain our struggles to private spaces, where our power and influence is limited.   




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Pauline Hanson threatens 9 year old girl

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This Muslim American fought to save his attacker's life




Ten days after September 11, Rais Bhuiyan was shot in a hate crime. Then he fought to save his attacker’s life.








3000 Jews and Muslims Sign Up to Learn a Song Together














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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 14 September 2018

TOPIC: "The 4 Sacred Months"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 14 September 2018


IMAM: Akram Buksh











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 14 September 2018

TOPIC: ”Hazrat Umair Ibn Wahab assassination attempt Part 2”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 14 September 2018

TOPIC: “Fasting on day of Aashurah” 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali










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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 14 September 2018

TOPIC: "Blessed Muharram: Hijrah and Ashoorah"
Ahmed Naffa




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Rashida Tlaib: First Muslim woman to be elected to US Congress


Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib's speech after it was announced that she won the Democratic nomination to become a US House representative for Michigan

US: Former Michigan state representative Rashida Tlaib will become the US’s first ever Muslim woman elected to Congress after she won a Democratic primary election to represent Michigan’s 13th district.

Running in a crowded field of candidates vying to replace John Conyers Jr, who served from 1965 until retirement last year following claims of sexual harassment, Ms Tlaib took 33.6 per cent of the vote following a strong grassroots campaign in which she raised over $1m (£780,000).

There are no Republican candidates contesting the seat, so Ms Tlaib will enter Congress unopposed following a special election on 6 November when she will formally replace Mr Conyers.

Ms Tlaib, the daughter of two Palestinian immigrants, was born in Detroit in 1976, where her father had a job at the Ford motor company. She studied politics at Wayne State University, and then law, graduating in 2004.

On Tuesday evening, she said her day had been filled with emotion and described it as “happy chaos” to The Detroit News.

“Especially meeting voters and talking to them, they are inspired,” she told the paper before the polls closed.

“One resident said she’s happy for me and has already written. It’s been amazing to interact with families at polling locations. I feel very much supported.”






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‘Strongest woman ever’: Hijab-wearing bodybuilder defying stereotypes in India   


INDIA:  A hijab-wearing female bodybuilder has been breaking stereotypes in India by winning medals in heavy-lifting championships. Her coach called her the “strongest woman I’ve ever seen.”

Currently a dentistry student, Majiziya Bhanu, from Kozhikode, Kerala, said she wants to show the world that wearing a hijab doesn’t have to be an obstacle to pursuing one’s dreams.

Defying stereotypes attached to Muslim women bearing the traditional headscarf, footage from Ruptly video agency shows Bhanu lifting heavy weights and arm wrestling in a gym as she trains for upcoming competitions.

Describing how what she does makes her feel special, Bhanu said: “I am really so comfortable in this hijab because my identity is my hijab and I do not want to change this identity for any reason.”


She said she wants to be an example of how “everything is possible with this hijab.”

Bhanu has already won silver medals in two international events, Asian Powerlifting - held in Indonesia, and a lifting competition in Aluva, Kerala.

Her coach, Saleesh, has high expectations for her and said he thinks the “very dedicated” Bhanu will win a medal for India. She is currently training for the World Armwrestling Championship in Turkey in October. 






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Man arrested in Saudi Arabia for having breakfast with woman   


Saudi authorities accuse Egyptian hotel worker who appeared in ‘offensive’ video with female co-worker

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi authorities have arrested an Egyptian hotel worker who appeared in what officials described as an “offensive” video eating breakfast with a female co-worker.

The footage – which was filmed by the man and showed the pair sharing a meal at a desk and joking together – sparked outrage on social media in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

The woman, draped head to toe in Islamic niqab, is seen waving to the camera and eating breakfast. The video has been shared widely on social media where it has caused outrage. The point that has prompted the most anger is at the end of the 30-second video when the woman appears to feed the man.

“The labour ministry arrested an expatriate in Jeddah after he appeared in an offensive video,” the ministry said.

Local media identified the man as an Egyptian national.

Strict segregation between men and women is enforced in Saudi Arabia. In workplaces and many restaurants, women and men who are not close relations must sit separately from one another.

Women are also not allowed to go about many activities without being accompanied by a male guardian – often a male family member.

The ministry said the hotel owner had been summoned for failing to adhere to government regulations that stipulate a gender-segregated workplace.

As the video sparked a torrent of criticism from arch-conservatives, the public prosecution urged expats in the kingdom to respect “values and traditions of Saudi society”.

The incident comes in the midst of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s far-reaching liberalisation drive that has ended a decades-long bans on women driving, has seen cinemas reopen after 35 years, and some mixed-gender concerts allowed.

The backlash underscores the challenges facing the prince as he seeks to modernise a country steeped in conservatism.

In April, Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness centre in Riyadh over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in tight gym clothes.

Later in June, Saudi Arabia sacked the head of its entertainment authority, following an online backlash against a circus featuring women wearing skin-tight leotards. 



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The Lebs

Michael Mohammed Ahmad




A confronting new novel from award winning Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

'Bani Adam thinks he's better than us!' they say over and over until finally I shout back, 'Shut up, I have something to say!'

They all go quiet and wait for me to explain myself, redeem myself, pull my shirt out, rejoin the pack. I hold their anticipation for three seconds, and then, while they're all ablaze, I say out loud, 'I do think I'm better.'

As far as Bani Adam is concerned Punchbowl Boys is the arse end of the earth. Though he's a Leb and they control the school, Bani feels at odds with the other students, who just don't seem to care. He is a romantic in a sea of hypermasculinity.

Bani must come to terms with his place in this hostile, hopeless world, while dreaming of so much more.

Review (James Whitmore): I found this an immersive and thrilling reading experience. We meet Bani Adam at Punchbowl Boys High School in Western Sydney sometime around 2001. Punchbowl Boys is more of a prison, or a pressure cooker, than a school, where the boys casually fling knives, fists and insults at each other down the corridors. Bani calls many of these boys 'Lebs', but they are not all Lebanese. He uses the term to refer to any number of Muslim and Arab identities. He wants to be a novelist, which makes the other boys say he thinks he's better than them (he does). But much to his horror, outside the school his 'Middle Eastern appearance' (a term used widely in Australian media) causes him to be lumped in with the other boys.

You could call it a coming of age novel. The major turns of the narrative are the boys witnessing the September 11 attacks, Bani getting his first girlfriend, and Bani joining a multicultural arts project. For me the most enjoyable part moment of the plot was a character sashaying in from another novel, Bucky from Peter Polites' Down the Hume. Polites and Ahmad are both members of Western Sydney's Sweatshop literary movement, raising the enticing possibility that they have some master conspiracy at play. The ending is subtle and heartbreaking, a moment of catharsis earned by every word in the previous 200-odd pages.

This novel touches on many themes: race, religion, class, sexuality, gender. I guess where it will be seen as most relevant is its window into 'multicultural' Australia (and not in the bureaucratic sense championed by Australia's politicians). It is also a window onto particular moment in time, when, in the wake of September 11, Muslim and Arabic men were all lumped together as terrorists and rapists. I thought it was a clever and provocative technique to write from Bani's outsider perspective, which is in someways aligned discomfortingly with my own as a white Australian (except, as Bani says, he would not be seen as white). The writing conveys an admirable complexity around some pretty heavy moments. For example, Bani describe the boys' reaction to September 11 as 'orgasmic'. At the same time it's clear this reaction comes from a mix of pride, teenage rebellion, hyper-masculinity and pain at the stigma from being different.

My favourite part of this book is its writing, which is a thrilling mix of the sacred and profane. Never before have I read romantic desert imaginings juxtaposed with lyrical odes to Big Macs and KFC, insults hurled by Bani's compatriots (usually variations of "slut" and "faggot" - it's always women and gays), Arabic phrases and prayers, and quotes from Nabakov's Lolita, often all within the same sentence. I can't wait to read it again to pick up on more of the nuances.

Review (Anne Fenn): Boom!!! As my grandson writes when he's making an impression, this novel will knock you off your feet! It's hugely energetic, packed full of incident, emotion, action and reaction. It opens in Sydney's Punchbowl High, a pack, a gang of young Lebanese males set about destroying the joint. Well, not really, just in their thoughts and dreams. We follow Bani, he's the outsider, smart and not afraid of it. I can't describe how dramatic the nature of Ahmad's writing is...chockfull of strong language, violent words, sometimes actions too. Division is a key theme, we're all divided by so much - ethnicity, religion and religious tribes within religion were most powerful and interesting to me. It's eye-opening in its account of how Sept 11 is regarded in one high school in Australia. I couldn't sleep after I finished it, my poor old brain was just too wired.



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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: Make this Portuguese peri-peri at home and add your personal touch to this popular take-away.


Nando-STYLED Chicken Strips on Savoury Rice






  1. Boil 2 cups rice with ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp turmeric powder
    Strain and then add
    2 tsp spice for rice
    leave aside

  2. Separately stir fry in
    1 tbsp olive/coconut oil
    1 sliced onion
    Julienne red /green peppers
    Julienne carrot
    And toss into rice
    Steam the rice with 2-tab ghee or butter and ½
    cup of water and ½ cup of milk

  3. Chicken
    Cut ¾ kg fillets into strips
    Marinate in
    1tsp steak and pepper spice
    1 tsp garlic
    Lemon juice
    1 TSP red chillies/garlic paste
    1 Tbsp Nando’s sauce

  4. Cook on med high & remove from heat when done but not dry
    Add the following to the chicken and set aside.
    2 tbsp Nando’s garlic sauce
    2 tbsp mayonnaise
    4 tbsp tomato puree
    1 tbsp Nando’s peri peri sauce

  5. Place the rice into your large serving bowl and place the chicken in the centre.

  6. Garnish with chopped coriander and chopped cashews fried slightly in butter.



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Q: Dear Kareema, what can I do to change things up in my fitness routine now that we’re coming into the warmer months?

A: Summer or the warmer months is the ideal time to move your fitness up a gear and add an outdoor sport to your regimen.


Try taking up a summer sport to add some fun and a different dimension to your fitness routine.


Then do some targeted gym workouts to compliment your chosen sport. Why not give one of the following a go: tennis, swimming, cycling, etc.


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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














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

Today, In Shaa Allah, we will explore the meaning of Silence and strategies to practise moments of silence daily in your life so that you are able to “hear” the answers to your prayers.

We often voice our supplications to ALLAH, but rarely do we practise silence to hear HIS answers to our questions because we are caught up in reacting to circumstances.

We behave similarly with other people as well. Have you noticed how we talk more and listen less? We sometimes ask people how they are, however, we do not spend time in silence to listen to their response. We either walk right past them or busy ourselves with other chores or we start talking about ourselves. Sometimes, when another person is speaking, instead of listening to them attentively, we start formulating a reply to their words to make a point.

Practising daily moments of silence can calm us and make us attentive to people and things around us. Silence does not mean we need to be away from noise. It means that even in the midst of noise we are still able to hear and listen to our inner voice and keep calm.

30-seconds of Daily Practice of Silence After Fajr Salah, DO NOT GO BACK TO BED.

1. Sit in silence on your prayer mat.
2. Straighten your back and let your upper body feel tall
3. Breathe in slowly and deeply, so that you feel your belly expanding
4. Hold for a few seconds
5. Breathe out slowly
6. Repeat for 10 long, deep breaths in and 10 long, deep breaths out

We are generally shallow breathers. Repeating long, deep in-breaths and out-breaths supplies oxygen to all the organs in your body. This abundant supply of oxygen energises your mind and calms your nervous system.

Practising moments of silence, whether for 30 seconds or 30 minutes a day will transform your physical, emotional and mental health. Do try it.

Find Clarity with Silence

If there is an issue that is bothering you, ask ALLAH’s guidance to find answers to your questions. With each in-breath and out-breath, submit to ALLAH’s wisdom and HIS PLANS for you. Let go.

Total submission to ALLAH will enable you to feel calm and joyful. It will bring clarity to your mind and enable you to make decisions mindfully. In doing so, you will live a life of love, compassion, kindness and service to all of ALLAH’s creation, including yourself.


If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please email me on If you wish to have a FREE one hour Clarity Coaching phone session, contact me on 0451977786


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Mula Nasruddin says to Jallaludin: "I found this pen, is it yours?"


Jallaludin replies: "Don't know, give it here."


He then tries it and says, "Yes, it is."


Mula Nasruddin asks: "How do you know?"


Jallaludin replies: "That's my handwriting."

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An Ayaat-a-Week





And the parable of an evil Word is that of an evil tree: it is torn up by the root from the surface of the earth: it has no stability.

~  Surah Ibrahim 14:26


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"The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve,

but a reality to experience”


~ Frank Herbert



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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. Whether 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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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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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

0422 122 249


10 November



Fundraising Dinner/Auction for Australian Drought Relief, Kerala-Indian Floods and Indonesian Earthquake Victims


Combined ICQ,

Rotary Club of Archerfield,

MCF, and


slamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 738 432


17 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



3PM to Maghrib


19 November

20 November


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(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


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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





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9th Zil-Hijjah 1440


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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



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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.

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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

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Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

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Islamic Relief Australia

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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

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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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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

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Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

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