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Sunday 23 September 2018 | Issue 0724



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Muslim charity initiative goes viral with social media The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
ICB Tuckshop Tender CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
CIQ AGM and Election of new Executive Committee Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Janeth receives her medal Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

Logan Roos FC Update

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

iCare bins now in a place near you

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Scam petition calling for Eid Holidays

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Baasila Awards winners for 2018

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

SBS is sending Jacqui Lambie to a war zone

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Moeen Ali claims Australia player called him ‘Osama’

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Perrett MP tables Palestine petition on behalf of Southsiders

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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The Hajj’s massive scale, seen from the air
Nominees for the Women Acknowledging Women Award
CCN following Al Tadhkirah Institute Tour of Australia

The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims

American Muslims - most influential people in their fields.



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 Al Jazeera




Muslim Aid Australia








With NSW recording its driest year since 1965 and Australian farmers in the eastern part of the country suffering from extreme drought conditions affecting their crops and animals, Muslims have come to rescue in innovative ways from praying for rain to raising funds and supplying farmers with feed for livestock.

Last week Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) in partnership with other Muslim Charities in NSW and Queensland delivered 30,000 kg of hay bales to farmers hard hit by the ongoing draught.

Three trucks rolled into Goondiwindi in the NSW-QLD border, where the aid was delivered to dozens of farmers struggling with the current drought.


In the acute absence of rains across NSW and parts of QLD, the hay bales will go a long way in ensuring that the livestock are able to get a decent feed and continue being a source of income to the farmers.

MAA’s Drought Relief is part of ongoing efforts to relieve the suffering farmers in Australia and continues the aid delivered last month, where over 100 Food Hampers were provided to farmers in Rowena NSW.


The third phase of the programme is to deliver TEN truckloads of hay bales soon.



Facebook comment: Goondiwindi was chosen by Muslim Aid Australia to be gifted these three semi's of hay - and more to come. They are the loveliest people, Deen Brothers from Brisbane own the trucks - yep the demolition guys, 5th generation Muslims in Aus dating back to Pakistani camel herders. They bought the hay themselves, to help Aussie farmers. About 15 of them came out, prayer time and BBQ-picnic under the wilga tree at the saleyards. There is a wonderful side to multi culture Australia.





NEWS MEDIA REPORTING Muslim groups donate 33 tonnes of hay to Queensland farmers


SBS News: Muslim charity donates three truckloads of hay to drought-stricken farmers


Toowoomba Chronicle: Muslim charity groups donate 33 tonnes of hay to farmers


Courier Mail: Muslim groups donate 33 tonnes of hay to Queensland farmers





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Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ), convened on Saturday 15 September 2018, its Annual General Meeting for the election of office-bearers and the executive committee. The election, with a record 29 Imams in attendance,  followed the completion of the term by the outgoing interim committee.

The Council of Imams Queensland is proud to announce that Imam Uzair Akbar was elected as the new President and Imam Imraan Hussein as Vice President for the next three-year term. For further information regarding the CIQ statement please click here.


The full committee is made up of:


President Imam Uzair Akbar (pictured left) said: “With the addition of these nine names the Council is now ready to take CIQ forward into its second decade. The next few years will be momentous for the organisation and for Queensland at large. In our Council members, we have real expertise and diversity from across the various disciplines and professional skills we will be drawing on to make the most of the possibilities the Council can offer the Queensland Muslim Community.”


Imam Imraan Hussein, Vice President: “We are delighted to welcome these nine wonderful individuals to our Executive Council. The breadth of their experience is remarkable, and I know they will bring great energy to CIQ as we head towards a new term.”

CIQ would like to specifically thank the Former President Imam Yusuf Peer for his service to the Muslim community in Queensland, he provided unprecedented and invaluable service, for which he was warmly thanked. The community owes Imam Yusuf Peer a great deal of gratitude.

We ask Allah, the Almighty to guide, protect and keep us united.

About CIQ:
COUNCIL OF IMAMS QUEENSLAND (CIQ) is the peak body for Islamic leaders and religious representatives in Queensland. It comprises more than 50 member Imams and Muslim scholars of different backgrounds and schools of thought across the state of Queensland. CIQ at all levels of the organization renders volunteer service to the Queensland Muslim community, Government and Non-Government entities, families, and young people.



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Ms Janeth Deen, along with other recipients, was formally presented with her Order of Australia Medal at a ceremony in Government House this week.




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The Logan Roos football club motto: TODAY'S YOUTH'S ARE TOMORROW'S FUTURE. Invest in what you consider to be good.

Once again Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) sponsored Logan Roos football club's under 12's team led by brave female captain Zobiya claimed two football Brisbane competition titles this year by winning the Premiership and the Grand Final by beating Ipswich city 3-1.


Last year our seniors won the grand final in the same fashion.


Congratulations to all players, management team, staffs, volunteers, mum's and dad's for their great efforts.

Head coach of the club Mr Abdullah Samim Khan told CCN:

"This year our juniors have done extremely well. The club had under 6's, under 8's, under 12's, seniors first and senior's reserve and over 35's. They all have done very well. The club and the youth's have a great future. Sports is one thing but the main aim is to protect our youth's from trouble, minimise the excessive use of social media, keeping them healthy, opening opportunities for the future careers in life. As there are many naturally talented juniors and if they are nurtured properly they can become great sport stars and sports can be a means for their livelihood, example Mohammed Salah who plays for Liverpool."

Under 12's coach Adil Jime Ali congratulated his team for playing the grand final as planned.

As 2018 season comes to a close Logan Roos football club will be preparing for 2019 season.


Those who are interested in joining Logan Roos Football Club either on senior or junior level please contact the club before the end of October via email: or Mobile: 0413 669 987.

Many thanks all those who have helped and supported the club for the season. The club has many sisters who hold very important position to make sure that our youths are looked after.

For further information please email the Secretary sister Katherine or Vice president sister Sahba via

Thank you all for supporting Logan Roos football club.




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It has come to our attention of CCN that there is a petition circulating on social media purporting to be from the Muslim community and seeking to have the Eid days declared as public holidays.

To the best of our knowledge this is a scam designed to cause division in the community. A cursory look at the wording is enough to raise suspicions about this petition.



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Islamic Care clothing bins are now operational around South East Queensland 



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By Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas


Finalists Aysha Tufa (left), Dr. Sara Hassan & Amona Hassab (right) with VMC chair Helen Kapalos and Hana Assafiri.

Brave, Strong, Courageous. These were the words encrypted on the awards certificates presented at the inaugural Baasila Women Acknowledging Women Awards Ceremony at Melbourne’s iconic Moroccan Soup Bar in Fitzroy on 8 September 2018.

The winners of the Women Acknowledging Women Award 2018 in four categories were:

Naima Usman: Women’s Empowerment
Dr Sara Hassan: Community Leadership
Amona Hassab: Youth Capacity Building
Aysha Tufa: contribution to STEM/Arts Innovation

The Baasila Awards is an incredible platform pioneered to celebrate the substantial contributions of Australian Muslim women, where all nominations are made by women for women.


From left: VMC Chair Helen Kapalos, Activitist Hana Assafiri, Senior Cons. Maha Sukkar, writer Nezahat Eryegit, Director of ISRA Zuleyha Keskin.

There was an overwhelming interest in the idea of these awards where more than 50 nominations across four categories were received this year.

Almost 100 Australian Muslim women took their seats as trays of aromatic mint tea was offered, circulating on silver trays amongst the crowd. The warm Moroccan colours and traditional decor of the venue, combined with the scents of a generous Middle-eastern vegetarian feast simmering in the kitchen, set a welcoming scene for social justice advocate and owner of Moroccan Soup Bar, Hana Assafiri to make her opening remarks,

“We created the Baasila Women Acknowledging Women Award to celebrate the contributions of diverse Muslim women in our communities. We are aware that against a divisive and hostile backdrop, Muslim women continue to transcend social barriers and find opportunities in social conditions of adversity and discrimination.

The women we seek to recognise are the future leaders of our communities, those breaking new ground, despite facing oppression and severely limited opportunities. We specifically aim to recognise women who are seldom seen, yet whose contributions and efforts go a long way in maintaining social harmony. These women are nominated by their female peers, to embody the adage ‘when we lift and enable women we progress our entire society.”




Hana Assafiri presenting award to nominee Rida Khan



From left: Nada Kalam & finalist Amona Hassab




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Just days before heading into a war zone in what is being called "SBS's most ambitious television event to date", former senator Jacqui Lambie has strongly dismissed the notion that Australia could do more to help refugees.

"Do we need to bring their problems here?" Ms Lambie told SBS News.

"Are we bringing in the right people for our grandchildren and their grandchildren? … Are they compatible with our society? Will they blend in?"

On Sunday, Ms Lambie will travel to one of the world's most dangerous countries as part of SBS's Go Back To Where You Came From Live. The TV show will see Australians with a range of views on immigration get a first-hand experience of the global refugee crisis.

Ms Lambie, 47, will be paired with 28-year-old Sydney immigration lawyer Marina, who came to Australia as a refugee of the Bosnia War. Along with six other previously announced participants, they will find out where exactly they are heading, live on the show.

As part of the experience, the pair spent time with a Muslim-Christian family in Sydney last weekend who had been on a refugee journey. Ms Lambie said it was "difficult to listen to what they went through. I won't deny that".

'Our backyard first'

According to UNHCR, 68.5 million people were displaced as of the end of 2017, but Ms Lambie said Australia's infrastructure and public services were far too stretched to further assist those in need.

A total of 24,162 humanitarian arrivals settled in Australia in 2016-17.

"If we take more in, what's that going to do to our security? … Will we have enough food and water supply in ten years' time? Will we have enough power supply if we continue to bring them in at the rate we're bringing them in?" Ms Lambie said.

She said while some refugees are "very grateful" to be in Australia, others "just don't integrate and are not trying to pull their weight, and they're isolating themselves which is making things very, very difficult".

In a promotional video for the show, Ms Lambie says:
"You have the Chinese in one place, the bloody Muslims in one place, the Indians are taking over the suburbs. That's not integration."

Banning the burqa
Ms Lambie served as a senator for Tasmania from 2014 to 2017, first with the Palmer United Party then as an independent, before forming her own party. She campaigned on foreign affairs, veterans' affairs and youth unemployment issues but was forced to resign last year due to holding British dual citizenship.

Ms Lambie told SBS News she "absolutely" stands by some of her more controversial comments while she was in parliament.

She pushed for a burqa ban, telling parliament in 2017 that full face coverings make Australians fearful.

Discussing the ban this week, the former senator said: "I want to see everyone's face, it's a national security issue".

But Ms Lambie dismissed the idea that she was Islamophobic, saying "I don't care what religion you are" and was only concerned about people "not assimilating into [our] culture".

In 2015, following the Paris attacks, she suggested some refugees in Australia should be forced to wear electronic monitoring bracelets.

"[And] maybe the first person that should have an electronic device put on them is the bloody Grand Mufti," she told the ABC.





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The Inbox



Assalamoalikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatahu,

I was overwhelmed by the effort the committee of the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) employed in organising a function to celebrate my community work and the awarding of the Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

The Muslim community came together in a way that really showed their support for me in every way possible.

In the early days of the Welfare shop, goods flowed into the shop from all sections of the community and in great quantities from the Gold Coast. The shop won a prestigious award from the Logan City Council and helped so many in the community at large. This showed Muslim participation in the community. This was thanks to the support of the donors. The Qld Muslim Welfare Association Inc, then merged into the Muslim Charitable Foundation which has gone ahead in leaps and bounds and has built itself the reputation of being the charity solely for Queenslanders.


Thanks to this organisation, I have been able to continue the work I have pleasure in doing and to continue my spiritual journey after the Haj. Thank you all for the continued support you have given. It has and will continue to help so many,. From working on the inside, I can honestly say that the MCF committee is a unified group who support each other and devoted to helping those in need.


We have a Memorandum of Understanding with Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) to distribute funds to overseas countries experiencing disasters and wars. Riyaad Ally is a great person to work with, as he knows the community both at home and abroad. JazakAllah for all the help donors have given.

Receiving the OAM shows the community at large that Muslim have given back to the community and it is not just an honour for me but for our whole Ummah who have made this work possible. Remembering that 'no man is an island' and 'it takes a village to raise a child', I was raised as an Australian Muslim in the early days of Islam in Australia. You all contributed to this award.
I thank all those people from so many organisations and groups who attended the function and those who travelled from the Sunshine and Gold Coast as well as Gatton and other suburbs to attend the dinner. You are all special people in my life.

I also want to thank Dr Mustafa Ally OAM, the dynamic MC, and our uplifting singer Dr Sadeq Mustapha for the dedication to making the evening so enjoyable.


My daughter and her family as well as the dedicated MCF Committee, you have given me memories to treasure for he rest of my life.





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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Buses 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.


(continued from last week's CCN)






Ayesha is the founder of SalamFest, and works with a crew of dedicated volunteers to organise this yearly festival seeking to celebrate the contributions of Muslims in the fields of arts and culture.

“Ayesha is the founder of SalamFest, and works with a crew of dedicated volunteers to organise this yearly festival seeking to celebrate the contributions of Muslims in the fields of arts and culture. In 2017, Salamfest occurred at the State Library of Victoria and saw hundreds of visitors experience calligraphy workshops, Middle Eastern cuisine, spoken word poetry, pottery workshops, Sufi qawwalis and a myraid of other activities. Salamfest is poised to make its return later on this year and is no small undertaking.

Ayesha’s ancestors first arrived in Australia in 1860. Her family is of Pakistani heritage and is in its seventh generation in Australia. She has a Masters in Computer Science from RMIT University and has taught at various universities.

Ayesha is on the board of JCMA (Jewish Christian Muslim Association) and the chair of the women’s committee. Ayesha has served on the board of SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council and as the Honorary Investment Consul for Pakistan in Melbourne. She has presented globally at various conferences and events including CHOGM Perth, WexNet and Education without Borders.

She is an avid supporter of and volunteer for various causes including women’s empowerment, interfaith harmony, and empowerment of marginalised groups of the community. She gained a valuable insight into the traditions and practices of the Abrahamic faiths during her Catholic schooling. This inspired her ongoing support of interfaith initiatives. She works tirelessly to ensure that her community members feel supported and heard, whether its feeding the homeless or amplifying the voice of migrant women experiencing family violence.

Ayesha lives by a simple principle: to be able to answer her Creator and say that she tried her best in this world. She is a strong believer in letting her actions speak for her values and beliefs, and lifting others up.


To be continued in CCN next week...


Source: Australasian Muslim Times




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Following Imam Luqman and Imam Ikram Buksh


Maulana Ikraam addressing students at his former school in Perth.

Australian Islamic College

 (24 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. 





Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum

Prime Minister of UAE


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum is the constitutional monarch of Dubai, as well as the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates. After taking a heavy hit during the financial crisis of 2007-2010, Dubai’s economy is back in full swing, and stands out as a regional leader.


Philanthropist: He has launched multiple charity initiatives from Dubai, such as ‘Dubai Cares’, which has reached over 13 million beneficiaries in 39 developing countries since its inception in 2007. In 2008, Sheikh Mohammed launched ‘Noor Dubai’, an initiative helping one million people suffering from treatable blindness and visual impairment in developing countries.

Visionary: In 1995, as Crown Prince of Dubai, his chief objective was to make Dubai a resort and business destination. To that end, he helped develop the Palm Islands, the Burj Al-Arab hotel, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the Dubai World Cup and the Godolphin Stables. In June 2017, two new initiatives were added to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, the “International Institute for Tolerance” and the “Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Tolerance”. In lieu of these efforts, Sheikh Mohammed issued a law forbidding discrimination among people on the basis of religion, sex, race, colour or language.

Arts: Al-Maktoum and his children are patrons of the arts, including participating in poetry competitions, as well as horse and camel racing. In addition to authoring poems in the traditional Nabati style, Sheikh Mohammed produced an electronic compilation of Arabic poetry that includes the work of 3000 poets spanning more than 3.5 million lines of poetry.





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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......



Nailah Lymus: The fashionista



Nailah Lymus has fashion in her bones.


When she was 6, she tied two stockings together to make a bow for her hijab, rather than settle for a store-bought model.


But as Lymus rose through the fashion industry, she noticed that for all the value placed on artistry, the models were rarely given creative freedom, and some were uncomfortable with the risqué clothing they were expected to wear.


In 2015, Lymus created her own fashion line and modeling agency, called UNDERWRAPS, for women of all faiths who are interested in modeling but wary of baring it all before the camera.

Lymus’ mission: “To show how beautiful modesty can be.”




Another American Muslim in next week's CCN




Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


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.


I've been encouraged to have these conversations with my art and my words and have come to realise the healing power of storytelling.



Despite our disappointments, the conversation is shifting

I witnessed this dynamic in the days after my mother's murder.

My father was not a religious man; his mosque attendance was restricted to funerals. He did not encourage hijab or any other overt displays of religiosity. Still, when my mum was murdered, Islamophobes wrote articles that ignored the reality of violence against women in Australia and reduced the incident to a caricature.

The Australia First Party proclaimed on its amateur website, "Muslim immigrant to Sydney murders his wife because she wouldn't pass the salt", while another source incorrectly referred to the murder as an "honour killing".

In these spaces, my mum's faith rendered her distinct from the 80 other women who lost their lives to violence that year.

Already contending with trauma and grief, and conscious of this broader context, I was paralysed at the thought of engaging with the media.

At the same time, I was frustrated by the lack of opportunities to be vocal about my grief within my family and community. I was able to give a speech at a mosque service that was held for my mum about a month after her murder — an empowering moment.

However, about a year later, I walked out of the same mosque, with my baby on my hip, in protest against an uninformed and harmful sermon in which the speaker shamed women who initiate divorce or 'embarrass' their (abusive) husbands by involving police.

When I wrote a long complaint to the organisation responsible, they responded with a one-line email telling me to telephone a sheikh directly. It left me feeling disappointed and exhausted.

I have come a long way since then, finding creative and empowering ways to share my mum's story.

But spaces for Muslim women to talk about sexism and abuse are too often limited by the hostility we face on the grounds of gender, race and religious identity.

Empowerment can only come if we feel safe enough to share our stories without being blamed and vilified.   




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A Message to Muslim Activists

OnePath Network



Dr. Mohamed Ghilan is a student of knowledge who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. He has previously given lectures on the biography of the Prophet Muhammed ﷺ, Fundamentalism in Islam, Islam and science, the message of Islam, Jesus in the Qur’an, in addition to others. He has also taught an introductory course on Islamic Jurisprudence according to the Maliki School as well as an introductory course on Islamic Theology.

In this episode, Dr Mohamed Ghilan sheds some light on the issues of activism, particularly with Muslim activists and how allying themselves with other minority groups may actually contradict Muslim beliefs.






Dr Sadeq Mustapha on the Great Barrier Reef and the climate







Divorce Sharia Style

Real Stories



Nasira is turning to Sharia Law to decide how to handle her husband's second wife







White, Female, Muslim and Proud | Mum, I'm a Muslim

Real Stories








It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 21 September 2018

TOPIC: "Hazrat Hussain Part 1"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 21 September 2018

TOPIC: "The Gift of Islam - Jummah Kuthbah"

IMAM: Sheikh Bilal Ismail










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 21 September 2018

TOPIC: ”Hazrat Umair Ibn Wahab assassination attempt Part 3”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 21 September 2018


IMAM: Visiting Malaysian Imam












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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 21 September 2018

TOPIC: "Crucial Lessons from the Quranic Advice of Luqman" 
Ahmed Naffa





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Car Hits Muslims Leaving London Mosque in 'Islamophobic Attack'


UK: A car drove into a crowd of Muslims leaving a mosque in London, England, while the vehicle’s occupants allegedly made “Islamophobic” comments. The incident left several people injured.

According to the Metropolitan Police, three men and a woman, all in their twenties, were sitting in the vehicle in the mosque’s private car park “behaving anti-socially, drinking and allegedly using drugs” before security told them to leave.

After driving near to the Islamic centre, the car’s occupants “were involved in a confrontation with a large group of people” visiting the mosque in Cricklewood, north London. Visitors were attending a lecture series on the Prophet Muhammad's grandson.

“Words were exchanged and comments of an Islamophobic nature were allegedly made by the group in the car,” the police release said.

“The car then reportedly sustained minor damage by some of those outside the centre. It proceeded to make off at speed colliding with three individuals as it left.
“The car and its occupants who failed to stop and injured three people are being sought by police. No arrests have been made.”

Two men in their twenties suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital. A third man in his fifties was hospitalized with a serious leg injury and remains under the care of doctors.

Police said the incident, which took place at around 12:35 a.m. Wednesday, London time, is not being treated as terror related "but the hate crime aspect of the collision is being looked at by detectives as an aggravating factor." 



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A Step Up: Embrace the Leader Within

Kathryn Jones




My dear Muslim sister!

You are amazing. You're an amazing mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, student, entrepreneur ...

You've given so much of yourself to the people around you. You're hard working ... devoted ... loving ...

And yet, do you sometimes feel like the world is trying to tell you what to do? Like you have to live according to everybody else's plan for you? Maybe you're not even sure what's wrong ... but you know deep down you want MORE?

MORE connection in your relationships. MORE respect from your children. MORE say in the community. STRONGER Eeman (closeness to Allah). And to live your life with Ishan (with excellence).

You can have it all when you embrace the leader within.

When you give yourself permission to be a truly brilliant, beautiful and powerful leader in your life.

Step up and embrace the leader within and discover:

– Fearless confidence
– Inner peace
– Effortless patience
– And real resilience

It is possible for anyone, even you!

"Asalamu 'alikum and thank you for providing me with the opportunity to review your amazing book.
"I found your story fascinating, to say the least. You have gone through so much but came out a very strong, resilient and insightful person.
"This is an exceptional account of your amazing story infused wonderfully in an Islamic perspective, for the benefit of many women (and men indeed).
"I wish you the very best, and pray that Allah Ta'ala place His Baraka in this work and make it the means of guidance for others, and reward you tremendously for your hard work."

Professor Mohammad Abdalla, Director, Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, University of South Australia

Kathryn Jones discusses what to expect at her one off Talk & Book Launch at Michael's Oriental on Tuesday the 25th of September.



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to

CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: Let us keep the fruit growers in business and support them by consuming lots and lots of strawberries.

An additional advantage are the health benefits of strawberries

Packed with vitamins, fibre, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium


Strawberry and Spinach Salad






2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
¼ cup castor sugar
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup distilled white vinegar
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoon of minced red onion
1 bag of fresh spinach or a mixture of rocket lettuce - rinsed and dried - However you can use any amount you desire
1 punnet of strawberries - sliced - you may add a second punnet if you desire
¼ cup of almonds - blanched and slivered.

1 Tab. feta cheese crumbled


  1. Whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover and chill for an hour.


  2. In a large bowl add the remaining ingredients (spinach, strawberries, feta and almonds) Pour the dressing over salad and toss. Refrigerate for 10 minutes before serving.



Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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A little exercise goes a long way


Fit Fact: Even small amounts of weekly exercise can lower blood pressure and improve fitness.

A recent 12-week study by the Queen’s Uni in Belfast found that those who did 30 mins of brisk walking five days a week, and another group walking three days a week had lower blood pressure and improved fitness compared to those who were sedentary (who showed no improvement).

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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 signs and symptoms of Anxiety and strategies to overcome them.

What is Anxiety?

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when the mind perceives Stress. This occurs when we feel that there are too many activities to manage in too little time. Or that these activities that need to be managed are “too expensive”, “too difficult”, “too embarrassing”, “too unfamiliar”, and so on. These perceptions of “too hard”, “too expensive”, “too embarrassing” and so on, trigger the brain to release stress hormones in the body. The most common stress hormone is Cortisol. As this hormone increases in the body, the physical reaction of the body is to feel overwhelmed.

Feeling overwhelmed results in the following symptoms for most people:

• Heart palpitations
• Sweaty palms
• Dry mouth
• Fatigue
• Worry (constant)
• Fear of going outdoors or interaction with people

To name a few.

The natural response to these symptoms is one of two things - Fight or Flight - that is, we choose to either fight back or to run away from the situation in order to minimise or eradicate the above symptoms.

The best part about knowing this science about Anxiety and its symptoms is that Anxiety can be controlled with the empowerment of your own mind. Anxiety is more often than not a feeling of “Exaggerated” reality or “Imagined” reality.

When we over think things and make it seem larger than it actually is in reality, we are “Exaggerating” reality.

When we over think things and start adding visuals in our mind of things that we fear may happen but are actually not happening in reality, we are “Imagining” a reality which is completely false at that moment in time.

Manage Anxiety

1. Acknowledge and admit that you have feelings of Anxiety. Tell someone you can trust that this is how you have been feeling. Once you acknowledge and admit it to yourself and someone you trust, the next steps of managing anxiety becomes easier.
2. Avoid caffeine and nicotine
3. Drink at least 2 litres of water daily
4. Get at least 8 hours sleep
5. Eat wholesome, fresh food with more protein and fewer carbohydrates
6. Walk for 30 minutes daily
7. Sit quietly for at least five minutes daily and breathe deeply, staying aware of each breath
8. Tell yourself this positive affirmation: “Everyday in every way, I am better and better. Thank you, Allah.”

Thought Switch helps overcome Anxiety

A daily practice of Thought Switch technique helps overcome anxiety. When we suffer from anxiety our thoughts begin to control us to the extent where we begin to believe them to be real. For example, fear of a job interview, fear of new parenthood, fear of a new relationship and so on.

You can control your thoughts.

Here is how to practice Thought Switch to change a fearful thought to a faithful thought.

1. Every time a fearful thought occurs in your mind, become aware of it.
2. Feel the fear. Fear is never a pleasant thought.
3. The moment you are aware of this unpleasantness, immediately start imagining a happy and joyful outcome of your situation in your mind.
4. The mind is not able to differentiate between what is real and what is imagined. It will entertain any thought you plant in it.
5. Consciously choose only happy, positive and joyful mental images and thoughts.
6. Repeat this daily in order to form a habit of only positive thoughts.

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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Jallaludin: "I JUST bought my mother-in-law a Jaguar?"


Mula Nasruddin: "I thought you didn't like her."


Jallaludin: "I know what I'm doing. It's bitten her twice already."

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An Ayaat-a-Week




Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the East nor of the West, whose Oil is well-nigh Luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah guides whom He will to His Light: Allah sets forth Parables for men: and Allah knows all things.

Surah An-Nur 24:35


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"When you are happy you enjoy the music,

but when you are sad, you understand the lyrics.”


~ Abdul Kalam



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

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Events & Functions









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.










The Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue invites you to the book launch of

Islam and Muslims in the West: Major Issues and Debates

At the book launch, Associate Professor Halim Rane and Dr. Adis Duderija will talk about their recently published book.

This will be followed by Q and A discussion facilitated by Dave Andrews.

Two books will be gifted and a discount flyer will be available for those attending.

Tea coffee and biscuits will be served. 6:30 for a 7 pm start. Free parking available at N 38

Please RSVP to by September 27







Mental Health Week is an annual, national event that aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.

Research has shown that high levels of mental health are associated with creativity, learning and productivity, and positive personal relationships, with improved physical health. Mental health is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy – the way we think, feel and develop relationships.

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women (women from non-English speaking backgrounds) face multiple challenges, which can affect their mental health.

What does positive mental health and wellbeing mean ? Are you copying well with everyday life stressors ? What works for you ?

Come and participate in this interactive Women’s Wellbeing workshop and learn and share together and find good coping strategies to keep ourselves mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.







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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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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


Islamic 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


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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