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Sunday 7 October 2018 | Issue 0726



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Quran Competition at Gold Coast Mosque The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Fitria on Food Appears monthly
QPS and Microsoft deliver Cyber-Safety Awareness CCNTube Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Rami's students clean up the competition Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Chuckle
Book launch review Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences The CCN Food for Thought

Update on rebuilding of Toowoomba Mosque

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Sisters Support Services Holiday Activities

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

The first episode of 'Go Back to Where You Came From Live'

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Hurricane Stars Club School Holiday Activities

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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More responses to last week's attempted coup d'etat

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Queensland Youth Engagement Panel

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The Gold Coast Mosque organised and held the Australian International Quran Competition at the Mosque on 9 September.

The entire event was broadcast live by the Al Jazeera network over the internet.

The judges:
1. Sheikh Mohamed Ali Abdelkaget: (Imam of the Gold Coast Mosque)
2. Sheikh Akram Buksh (Imam of Slacks Creek Mosque)
3. Sheikh Sayed Abdelalim (Imam of Islamic House in Sydney)
4. Sheikh Ahmed Nafaa (Imam of Kuraby Mosque)
5. Sheikh Bassem Zeini (Imam from Sydney)

The winners:

1st : Hafiz Fikreth from Brisbane
2nd: Hafiz Ali Sehab from Sydney
3rd:  Hafiz Zayan Nadeem Mohamed from Brisbane


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By PLO Ricky Lashand     


Officers from the Queensland Police Service, along with representatives from Microsoft Australia, led a special cyber-safety presentation to parents and community members from the Islamic College of Brisbane in Karawatha late last month.

The initiative, ThinkUKnow, is a joint Australian Federal Police and Microsoft program that seeks to educate young people and parents about the dangers of online activities and provide resources to minimise the impact of such dangers through education based cyber-safety awareness.

Acting Senior Sergeant Darnielle Fioriti and industry expert Grant Clayton addressed some of the issues that young people are facing when using modern Information Communication Technology, including phishing scams, online relationships and cyber-bullying.

Dr Ray Barrett, the Principal of Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) said that he was impressed with the effort the parents have made especially to attend the event.

“This is a new school record in attendance for this type of presentation.’ he said.

Farah Scott from the Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) said as parents, we can’t stop our children from using the Internet.

“We can though help them to make the right choices to stay safe online through programs like this.” said Farah Scott

The Queensland Police Service acknowledges the ICB community for hosting this presentation. A special thanks to Deputy Principal Abdul Shariff and PAC members for organising the Morning Tea.

MyPolice South Brisbane




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Congratulations to all the students of Rami Thunder Martial Art Academy on their outstanding achievements at the Brisbane Open 2018.


The club came back with 10 Gold, 10 Silver, 4 Bronze medals and a Team Trophy.


"Many thanks to all the parents. Well done, keep the good work, and what is coming next is better insha Allah," coach Rami told CCN.


For more Information about Rami's Thunder Martial Arts Academy

You Can Contact us on: Mobile: 0424059597
Facebook: Rami's Thunder
Instagram: Rami's Thunder Academy

Head Instructor: Coach Rami





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By Aliyah (Alison Berger), Sisters Support Services Inc



Sisters Support Services had the pleasure of hosting Kathryn Jones at her Book Launch on Tuesday the 25 September at Michael's Oriental.


Kathryn was set up on arrival with her books ready to greet and personally sign each book of all the attendees of the evening. Whilst the ladies tucked into some delicious entrees the event began with an introduction of Kathryn by welcoming her to Brisbane to share her knowledge and her many skills learnt over the past years along with a talk about her recently published book 'Step up Embrace the Leader Within'.


At Sisters Support Services we are very big on empowering women and jumped at the chance to coordinate this event with Kathryn due to her extensive experience and background. She is the founder of the 'Beautiful Muslimah Academy', the annual 'Me First Summit' and known internationally as the 'Peaceful Parenting Coach' as well as being a Business Performance Coach.


Kathyrn's main focus is on supporting Muslim women to step us and embrace the leader within themselves so they can take charge of their lives, rather than have life take charge of them.

Personally I was very excited to introduce Kathryn as I first met her at Sydney airport before we were about to embark on our Hajj tour in 2013. Kathryn is from Adelaide my hometown and I had been keen to meet other Muslims from there as I had embraced Islam in Brisbane and welcomed the opportunity to connect with the community there. Our Hajj experience was a journey of a lifetime and was one of tears, joy, spiritual fulfilment along with the bonus of making lifetime friends.


Over the past five years I had tracked Kathryn's success with her online peaceful parenting courses, joined in on the annual Me First Summit' with amazing talks from professionals from different fields; and now had the wonderful opportunity to present this Book Launch on such an important topic for Muslim women.


Kathryn engaged the Brisbane sisters with her warm and friendly nature and inspired us with stories of her past and how she had overcome them. Prompted by a slide show we learnt new techniques and strategies to embrace the leader within.


A beautiful evening with Kathryn who inspired all the sisters in the room to embrace the leader within and to have the confidence to make the right decisions to benefit themselves and those around them whether they are a home maker, community leader or working within in a professional role.

I highly recommend reading the book and I am sure that it will be a treasure and a great reference for every Muslim women to keep and cherish. I personally found myself entranced with the content and not wanting to put the book down but a busy schedule got in the way, Alhumdulillah.


I particularly liked the fact that it is referenced with Quran and authentic hadith, which is great evidence and back up to incorporate and implement into our everyday lives, to use as a tool to benefit ourselves as empowered women in Islam and those around us.

If anyone would like a copy of the book we have some available to purchase for only $20.

Please contact us on 0404 921 620 or email on:

Aliyah (Alison Berger)
Sisters Support Services Inc




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By Prof Shahjahan Khan    


Alhamdulillah with the duwa and support from every one of you the construction of the rebuilding of Toowoomba Masjid is progressing well. The earth moving and removal of damaged parts, foundation of the front extension and ground work for the rear extension are completed.

The estimated cost for the rebuilding is $900,000 and the current shortfall is $570,000.


As agents of Allah we are trying to make His Light to be clearly visible in the region as declared in Surah As-Saff of the Holy Qur’an:

يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ
61-8. They intend to extinguish the Light of Allah with their mouths. But Allah will spread His Light even though the disbelievers dislike it.

Please pray to Allah for the timely completion of rebuilding of the only Masjid in the city/region with over 2000 Muslims. A full-time Imam teaches round 100 children in the after hour/weekend Madrasa in the Masjid.


Muslims in Toowoomba are financially stressed and request you, your family, relatives and community to share this appeal to potential donors in the local, national and international levels with a request to make financial contributions for the project.

Bank Account Details:

Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Toowoomba Plaza Branch
A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation

BSB No 064459

A/C No 1034 1586
Swift Code: CTBAAU25XXX


Prof Shahjahan Khan Ph +61421081048, Email:

Dr Mainul Islam Ph +61432533550, and

Br Shahbaz Rafiq Ph 0402398608 (Brisbane).



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Sisters Support Services Inc had the opportunity to coordinate some excellent activities these school holidays.


The mosaic art frame making activity was a great success and a lot of fun for all ages.


At the macramé activity the youth girls learnt new skills and brought home some beautiful wall hanging and plant holders that they had created. Mash Allah.


We would like to thank Sr Amra Zlatic-Dhedhi for coordinating the activites, Sr Eve Boyer for her creativity with the mosaic art and Sr Marliana Abdullah for sharing her brilliant skills.


Whilst we are keeping our youth engaged with hands on activities we are also empowering our Muslim mothers to share their skills and knowledge.



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Sydney immigration lawyer Marina and Jacqui Lambie in Syria.


Audiences around the country tuned in to watch Go Back To Where You Came From Live tonight, pegged as a groundbreaking insight into the complexity of mass human migration.

Labelled SBS's "most ambitious television event to date", the live broadcast/documentary special sent a group of eight well-known Australians into overseas war zones, all in the hopes of gaining first-hand experience of the global refugee crisis

Audiences were joined by journalist Ray Martin and SBS World News presenter Janice Petersen, who watched on from the “Nerve Centre” in Sydney as participants including former senator Jacqui Lambie, Spida Everitt, Gretel Killeen and Meshel Laurie left the comfort of their respective homes for the terrifying unknown.

Jacqui and Marina in Syria
Right off the bat, viewers were warned that the show may contain "unexpected elements", cutting to live shots on the ground in South Sudan and Syria. Martin and Petersen then informed audiences that Jacqui Lambie and immigration lawyer Marina had already been caught up in an attack in Syria - witnessing bursts of gunfire and being rushed to safety.

Sharing footage from the terrifying incident, which took place earlier this week, the politician and lawyer were quick to get emotional.

"We have these vests on, but people around us don't," Marina said through tears, a taut-faced Lambie handing her tissues. "I cry partly from fear, but partly from sadness."

Meanwhile, Lambie claimed that she did not feel scared, citing her strong faith in God.

"If it's my time to go it's my time to go," she said. "It's as simple as that with me."

In a pre-recorded documentary component, Lambie and Marina visited the home of Muslim migrants in Sydney, where they shared an intense discussion over the dinner table. Throughout the discussion, Lambie made it clear that she fundamentally opposed Marina's perspective on refugee policy - saying that she believes Australian politicians need to prioritise Australians.

Steve and Gretel in Turkey
Former prison guard Steve and TV personality Gretel Killeen were next up, visiting the war-torn city of Antakya in Turkey, where they were shown joining the Red Cross and delivering food to refugees on the Syrian border.

"There are a lot of people who don't deserve to come to Australia," Steve said a prerecorded interview.

He adds: "In fact, there are a lot of people who don't deserve to BE in Australia."

Killeen disagrees - referring to refugees as "an investment" in Australia and suggesting Steve's views could be thinly veiled racism.

"You're using emotion when we should be using common sense," Steve told Killeen.

"I'm definitely not a racist.


"You're not going to die here..."
Back in Syria, Marina and Lambie were warned about live landmines, with one local guide warning an SBS camera man not to move.

"Be careful my man, you're not going to die here," the local said, gesturing to some ground nearby.

As gunfire goes off nearby, Marina and Lambie once again had incredibly different reactions, highlighting to two sides of the refugee debate.

"It sounds terrible, but it makes me want to pick up a weapon and go help them," Lambie said, before firing a gun at a target.

Meanwhile, a clearly affected Marina spoke to camera, describing the sight of a decomposing body mere metres away. Speaking to Lambie later on, Marina distilled their fundamental difference in opinions - saying that it would be her gut reaction flee for her life, while Lambie would feel more compelled stay and fight for an ideology.




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To help parents keep their children active during the school holidays, the Hurricane Stars Club ran a few exciting activities. On the weekend just before the school holidays, we organised a female-only abseiling activity at Kangaroo Point with 14 mothers and daughters having fun climbing down the cliffs while looking out at the beautiful view of the Brisbane River. It was certainly a challenging experience to conquer our own fears.

We then organised four varied activities during the school holidays.
On the first week, we had a day camp for boys and girls on separate days while during the second week, we partnered with the Multicultural Sports Club to offer a Little Gardeners program for primary school aged children and to offer a Learn-to-Surf lesson for teenagers.

The Hurricane Stars Club hired buses and transported 19 boys on one day and 15 girls on another day to Mount Tambourine for the Day Camp activity. They spent the day having non-stop fun practicing archery, collecting wood and making their own camp fire. The kids cooked their own damper (traditional Australian bush bread) over hot coals and then enjoyed eating it with golden syrup. They then did various treetop activities where they had fun flying around in the treetops suspended by a rope.


Finally they climbed to the top of a tree and rang the bell at the top to symbolize their successful achievement of reaching the top. Doing two days of the same activities, once with boys and once with girls, was a clear demonstration of how Allah created boys and girls differently. While the boys were bursting with energy to do every activity, the girls did each activity quietly and calmly but somehow completed them quicker than the boys did.

For the Little Gardeners activities, the kids painted and decorated their own flower pot and then filled it with potting mix and planted a flowering plant. It was a good introduction to basic gardening for the young children.

In the Learn To Surf program, participants were taken by bus to Kurrawa Beach, Gold Coast where they had fun learning to surf. They might not be ready to surf at Bell’s Beach yet but they had fun learning basics of surfing.
All in all, the holidays activities were fully-booked and enjoyed tremendously by all the participants. The activities were able to be offered at subsidised rates because of the support and kind donations of the community.



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The Queensland Youth Engagement Panel (QYEP) will provide young Queenslanders with opportunities to influence and inform decisions that affect their lives.

A key element of the Queensland Youth Strategy is ensuring young people can have their say in shaping relevant government policies, programs and projects. It also sets the vision and priorities for government in improving outcomes for young Queenslanders.

The QYEP is one of our many actions to ensure we hear from young Queenslanders. The panel will:

• provide input into the development of the Queensland Youth Engagement Charter
• inform government on the best ways to engage with young people
• share their ideas and views on government policies, programs and projects
• design and deliver a youth project related to a Queensland Youth Strategy priority
• have a major role in shaping Queensland Youth Week.

As a QYEP member you will be expected to connect with your networks and peers to gather ideas on agreed topics and bring what you learned back to the QYEP for consideration.





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Radiothon is one of the 3 core sources of operating funds for the Radio 4EB station alongside our CBF funds and memberships, and our major fundraiser each year. It is annual event, where within that we ask our listeners and supporters for their favourite Radio Station to broadcast and remain on air.

People who donate to Radio 4EB during Radiothon over $25, can go into a draw to win some prizes and here is where you can get into a mutually beneficial relationship with the station.

Our Radiothon this year will happen between 10th of October to the 21st of October, 2018.

What’s in it for you?





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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)






Suhana Salim is an influential leader of her community and founder of the Multicultural Melton Sisters association.

“Meet Suhana Salim, a truly wonderful woman, who demonstrates great leadership for City of Melton community.

Suhana is an influential leader of her community and founder of the Multicultural Melton Sisters association. She goes above and beyond each day to advocate for her community and achieve fantastic outcomes against great odds.

Suhana worked to establish the Multicultural Melton Sisters Association and has provided isolated Muslim women a space to gather together for social connection. She tackles social isolation by encouraging women to participate in broader community activities. Suhana advocates for women in her group and community and has achieved wonderful outcomes, such as working with the local council to organise regular outings and a space for sharing multicultural cooking lessons for women.

Her next project is working with Melton Council to establish women’s only physical activities -particularly swimming and exercise. Suhana is also active in the Malay Australian community. She is a fantastic role model, especially for other women. She loves to share her culture with others, working towards growing a cohesive intercultural Australian society.”


To be continued in CCN next week...


Source: Australasian Muslim Times




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Following Imam Luqman and Imam Ikram Buksh


Gungahlin Mosque in Canberra


(3 September)





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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. 





Karim Al-Hussayni

The Aga Khan IV, 49th Imam of Ismaili Muslims


Shah Karim Al-Hussayni, also known simply as the Aga Khan (Imamate: 1957-present), is the leader of the Shia sect of Muslims known as the Nizari Ismailis. For 5–15 million Nizari Ismaili Muslims the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam, with lineage descending back to Ali, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. He is only the fourth Aga Khan, a hereditary title bestowed upon the Imam by the Shah of Persia in the mid-nineteenth century. The period from July 2017 to 11 July 2018 has been designated the Diamond Jubilee Year of the Aga Khan’s 60th year of reign.

Hereditary Leader of Ismailis: The Aga Khan derives his position of authority from his lineage. At the age of 21 the Aga Khan bypassed his father and uncle to become the 49th Imam, a choice that his grandfather made because he felt the community needed a leader ‘who has been brought up and developed during recent years and in the midst of the new age, and who brings a new outlook on life to his office.’

Unparalleled Philanthropist: The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a collection of development and humanitarian agencies working in areas of poverty. The network is widely known for its architectural and cultural work, including projects that revitalize historic cities. Some projects include the renovation of the Old City of Aleppo and the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo. The Aga Khan’s foundation maintains a strong and enduring presence in developing countries—building health care capacity, promoting economic development in rural areas and helping improve educational opportunities. The AKDN is particularly influential in Central Asia, where it works in areas that are often neglected by other organizations.






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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......



Dalia Mogahed: The data guru



In college, Dalia Mogahed studied engineering, but she also wrote about geopolitics for the school newspaper.


After a stint in the corporate world, Mogahed combined her interests in data and religion as executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where, through detailed surveys, she revealed “What a billion Muslims actually think.”


Mogahed is now director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she helps conduct “solution-seeking” research on American Muslims.


Her TED Talk on “What it’s like to be a Muslim in America” has been viewed 2.8 million times.

What other Muslims say about Mogahed: “People respect Dalia because she brings actual data to discussions about American Muslims. She has the ear of Muslims around the world.”




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.


A painting by Amani Haydar of two Muslim women

My faith has helped me rebuild my confidence and come to terms with the horror and sadness I've faced..



Are men prepared to help change the story?
Patriarchy has taken so much from women. It has deprived us of freedom, personal safety, and political agency.

It chips away at our confidence and muffles our voices. It undervalues our time and talents.

Those of us who rely on religion or spirituality to navigate these challenges do not want to be told that we should also let patriarchy take our faith. To suggest that our faith makes us complicit in our own oppression and that we should therefore abandon it is victim blaming.

So where to from here?

The address I gave at the masjid after my mum's murder was brief, but in it I urged the men present to honour her memory by reflecting on how they might become better husbands, better men.

I knew my mum's death was still vivid and raw for those men. I could see them, they could see me, and I saw that moment as an opportunity to connect.

Despite the slow progress and frequent disappointments since, I believe that speaking up was worth all the fear and vulnerability I confronted in that moment. And it was exactly what my mum would have wanted me to do.

So, to the men who are annoyed at outspoken women like me, who tell me my faith is holding me back, that I cannot be a feminist: you cannot have my story.

To the Muslim men I used to know, those who are silent and complicit, and those who see religion only as a validation of their desire for power and control: you cannot have my story.

I stand for neither of you. Whether you are my brother in faith or only in humanity, if you are not ready to listen, to help change the story, you cannot have mine.   





Ban niqab, burka in all public places

Opinion by Raheel Raza, Guest Columnist, Toronto Sun



As a Muslim mother who never saw a niqab when I was growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, I am astonished to see Canada’s judiciary caving in to Islamists who have nothing but contempt for Canada’s values of gender equality.

I write this as a Muslim Canadian who does not have any specific political leanings.

But in the 25 years I have called Canada home, I have seen a steady rise of Muslim women being strangled in the pernicious black tent that is passed off to naïve and guilt-ridden white, mainstream Canadians as an essential Islamic practice.

The niqab and burka have nothing to do with Islam.


They’re the political flags of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaida and Saudi Arabia.

Now I learn I have not only to fight the medieval, theocratic adherents of my faith for a safe space for myself, I have to battle the Federal Court of Canada as well, which has come out on the side of these facemasks.

The ruling concerns the case of Zunera Ishaq, a 29-year-old woman who emigrated to Canada from Pakistan in 2008.

After previously showing her face to an immigration official in 2013 when taking her citizenship test, she refused to take part in the citizenship ceremony because she would have to show her face while taking the oath of citizenship.     




Why Hollywood writer Ubah Mohamed hated her name

By Naima Mohamud





Getting a TV job in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in the US with a name like Ubah Mohamed was not easy.

"As a test, I changed my name and I immediately got offered work as a production assistant," says Mohamed, who opted for familiar Western names.

"I had a new alias every week. It was frustrating," she told me on the phone from California.

Growing up in the US, it was difficult being viewed as "different" and choosing an "American name" was a path many of her contemporaries with unfamiliar names took, she says.

Her family's move to Memphis from New York when she was aged 13 was when she found her Somali identity most problematic.

'I took off my hijab'

"'Are you a nun?' they'd ask me, because for the first year of school in Memphis I wore a hijab.

"I ended up taking off my hijab and changing my name after that year."

But this name-changing is a thing of the past, as the Somali-American is now proudly writing TV scripts in Hollywood under her own name.


Ubah Mohamed says she inherited her strong personality from her mother

She has written for shows such as The Whispers and Arrow and is currently a staff writer with The CW Television Network, working on the Legends of Tomorrow series.

Ironically, given her earlier rejections, she reached her current position by being more open about her heritage.

Now living in Los Angeles, Mohamed is the oldest of three children.

Her mother Asha Abdalla and father Saleh Mohamed, who met and married in Somalia, moved to the US to study and settled on the east coast before starting a family.

On her first visit to her parents' homeland in 2000, Mohamed travelled to the northern city of Erigavo in the breakaway republic of Somaliland, where she visited a famous ancient graveyard.

"There were rocks as far as the eye could see. And all the rocks marked the sites of man-made graves, but there were no names on them."

The graveyard was also used to bury those who died in the civil war that began in the 1980s.

It was an experience that changed her life, making her count her blessings.

"Had my mother not decided to leave, I would have been left in that life," Mohamed's said.

This galvanised her to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood TV writer and she moved to Los Angeles.


Legends of Tomorrow premiered in January 2016 and its fourth season is soon to air

But it was a struggle.

"I was trying to get writing jobs and it was taking a while.

"In 2012 I was literally going to leave LA. I had been there for five years when I got accepted into the Cosby writing programme."

The 15-week workshop was designed to assist writers complete their scripts.

"I got to sit down and meet other writers and build relationships.

"Through the Cosby programme, I got to meet top TV writers like Raamla Mohamed and Safia Dirie [both had Somali parents]. It was great to meet them."

'My personality is Somali'
Though Mohamed felt ashamed to be different in her younger years, she now celebrates her African roots.

"My genes are Somali, my personality is Somali."


Writing under her real name now, Mohamed has other props in her life


The strong personality is in part inherited from her mother, Asha Abdalla, who in 2004 became the first woman to run for Somalia's presidency.

"My mother went home to try and save the country.

"She was minister for demobilisation and disarmament. She's been threatened and has survived bomb attacks."

Despite these challenges, Ms Abdalla, who has since retired from politics, has not lost her sense of humour.

"Just recently, I was trying to reach her. She was in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, and my brother finally got a hold of her.

"The phone lines were down because of a bombing. My mother said: 'They must have heard it was my birthday!'"

Supernatural stories
After many years of struggle, Mohamed learned to use Somalia's rich heritage of long-form storytelling in her own work.

She began writing a story about "djinns", spirits who take on different forms within our world.

"Growing up, my cousin told me stories about "djinns". The stories stuck with me. Writing a story about this world felt natural."

In 2014, Mohamed was one of just eight writers out of 2,000 applicants to be accepted into the Disney/ABC writing programme.


"I was so ashamed of being different that my friends of many years never knew my real name"


The TV pilot she submitted to get on the course was for a show she called The Gifted - a series about children with mental health problems who find out that they had the ability to see spirits.

During the interview, Mohamed recalled her experience and struggle as a writer.

"I sat down with head of the programme, Tim McNeal, and I told him I had been ashamed of my name because it made me feel so different," she says.

"I was so ashamed of being different that my friends of many years never knew my real name."

Ubah Mohamed is becoming a legend in her own right

McNeal encouraged her to be more open about her identity.

The Gifted became one of the first scripts she penned under her real name.

"People say that you can't get far in Hollywood with an ethnic name, still I just couldn't put a fake name to this script.

"I thought: 'This story is me.' I had this moment of: 'Wow it has taken me so long to be proud of who I am.'"

The Disney/ABC writing programme opened the doors for Mohamed.

In 2015 she pitched and wrote a drama series called Cold and wrote for several shows including The Whispers, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

"To be able to work in the fantasy and sci-fi genre universe I've been really lucky, it's been a blessing," she says.     



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A Muslim Convict Story: 1791
Muslim History Projects



Australia had a number of Muslim convicts and settlers. Here is the story of Zimran who arrived in 1791... 





Kazi Mannan




From poverty in Pakistan to prosperity in America, Kazi opened his restaurant to the hungry, both paying and non-paying customers alike. Today, he's fed thousands of people in need.












The role of Muslims in the West

Abdul Qayum (Imam of East London Mosque)

@ Slacks Creek Mosque

Friday 5 October evening lecture








An Ideal Muslim Family in the West

Imam Abdul Qayum
Sydney Tour by IPDC

Lakemba Mosque

3 October






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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 5 October 2018


IMAM: Uzair Akbar




Past recordings









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 28 September 2018

TOPIC: "Having meaning and hope in life by having faith in Allah"

IMAM: Sheikh Sulaimaan Ravat




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DATE: 5 October 2018

TOPIC: " "

IMAM:  Abdul Qayum (Imam of East London Mosque)









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 5 October 2018

TOPIC: ”Nine things commanded by Allah to prophet Muhammad (pbuh)”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 5 October 2018

TOPIC: "The purpose of Human Being" 

IMAM: Hafiz Munir (Karachi) founder of Darul Uloom Fawkner Melbourne










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DATE: 5 October 2018

TOPIC: "Short but very sweet: Reflections from Surah Al-‘Asr" 
IMAM: Ahmed Naffa





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Text message sent to wrong number leads to stranger attending family funeral


CANADA: A text message accidentally sent to the wrong recipient had a heartwarming result for one Canadian family.

On September 17, college student Leena Ali received a text from an unknown number.

The message was from a Toronto-based woman named Dawn Burke, who had intended the message for her nephew Quentin.

The message provided details about the upcoming funeral of her sister, Debbie.

"It’s auntie Dawn! Just to let you know Auntie Debbie's celebration of life will be Friday between 1 and 4," the text read.

At first Leena pretended to be Quentin, before revealing to Dawn that she had the wrong number.



Honey Nine


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Muslim Council of Britain to train women to run mosques



Six-month programme aims to increase diversity and follows calls for greater involvement

UK: Britain’s leading Muslim organisation has launched a scheme to train women for leadership positions in mosques and community bodies.

Twenty women have embarked on the six-month intensive programme run by the Muslim Council of Britain, aimed at equipping them for leadership positions. As well as one-to-one mentoring, the women will visit “best-practice mosques” and be given media and public speaking training.

A national conference in Manchester this weekend on the future of mosques, organised by the MCB, will include a session on the participation of women on boards of trustees and other bodies running places of worship and community programmes.

Few mosques in the UK have women on their trustee or management boards, and men outnumber women on all charity trustee boards by two to one, according to the Charity Commission.

The MCB said: “This lack of diversity is unacceptable and it is essential for the management boards of mosques and third sector organisations in general to reflect the communities that they serve in order to function effectively.”

The initiative comes as some Muslim women are demanding equal access to and greater involvement in running mosques. More than a quarter of mosques in the UK have no facilities for women, and in the remainder access is often restricted and the space they are allocated is limited.

In August, Scottish Muslim women launched a campaign for equal prayer space and inclusion in decision-making bodies.

The Scottish Mosques for All campaign said: “It is unfortunate that many mosques fail to provide basic access for Muslim women to use the facility to pray, or the quality of the space can often be inadequate and not suitable.

“It is also unfortunate that many mosques have limited or no women present at mosque trustee or managerial level, either intentionally preventing women from taking up these roles or not sufficiently providing a welcoming atmosphere where women feel comfortable to get involved. The place and role of women in mosques is in real crisis in the UK and elsewhere, and this status quo must change.”

Another organisation, Open My Mosque, is calling for a commitment from mosques to equality, and the Bradford-based Muslim Women’s Council is raising funds for a mosque led and governed by women, “based on the principles of openness, inclusivity, social justice and sanctuary”.

Andleen Razzaq, a former trustee of Al Manaar mosque in west London, who is lead facilitator of the MCB’s women in mosques development programme, said: “Muslim women are doing amazing work in the community, but often have no experience of being trustees or on decision-making bodies. We need to have big conversations around the barriers to women. Most are cultural; in Islam, men and women have equal spiritual standing.

“We can see the direction things are moving in. Women are feeling more empowered – their voices cannot be ignored, the momentum is definitely there. Young women in particular are hungry for change. If men won’t welcome them, women will be tempted to create their own spaces.”

All mosques should “reflect the values of equality, inclusivity and diversity”, she added.

Ghazalla Hussain, who is taking part in the programme, said it was helping her build her confidence and “believe in myself a bit more”. “A lot of mosque committees don’t understand what women want or need. But I think they know times are changing, and they have to change too,” she said.

In a speech on International Women’s Day in March, Harun Khan, the MCB’s secretary general, backed calls for gender equality. It was “time to ensure that everyone understands their own responsibility in achieving equal access and opportunities for men and women in British society today”, he said.

Referring to domestic violence, pay inequality, abuse and harassment, he said: “Closer to home, why is Muslim civil society still full of many mosques that only have prayer spaces for men and none for women, as if to imply that prayer and a sense of community is only for men?”

The marginalisation of women in mosques was “simply unacceptable”, Khan added.

The MCB’s training programme for women will be reviewed at the end of the current pilot scheme, and there are plans to offer a similar programme to men in the future. 



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UK's Oldest Mosque: Incredible pictures shine a light on Britain’s oldest mosque dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria


The beautiful place of worship was built by Hungarian Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner as part of a new school for the study of oriental languages and history






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A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way

Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari



Review by Hasan Salim Patel


Since the Satanic Verses affair in 1988, the British Muslim community has had its fair share of challenges, strains and opportunities. One individual who has had front row access through his own involvement for the past 30 years has been Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari.

Abdul Bari has played a significant role in the development and expansion of East London Mosque (ELM) into the London Muslim Centre.

His tenure (2006-10) as Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) came during the most challenging period in history as it coincided with the 7/7 terrorist bombings when the British Muslim community came under the spotlight.

Abdul Bari has also contributed to nationwide projects such an adequate living wage, tackling knife crime and creating urban community trusts through his support of Citizens UK through the partnership of ELM and the East London Citizens Organisation.

He has also served on the board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). The book is a personal biography of Abdul Bari but he uses the opportunity to highlight important issues of community, inclusion, radicalisation, family, activism and education from a personal perspective.

His memoirs are not just about community, faith and duty. The reader gets a glimpse of Abdul Bari who was a Bangladeshi air force officer and an educationalist working in special needs.

The renowned journalist Peter Oborne calls A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way as “a deeply moving personal story about how one British Muslim has dealt with courage and patience with very complex and sensitive issues for over three decades.” However, I found the book to be informative, yet, from my interpretations, there are at least four strands, which stand out in Abdul Bari’s memoirs.

Firstly, Abdul Bari gives us a historical understanding of the British Muslim community over the past three decades through his own experiences. One such experience is his insider perspective on the formation of the MCB in 1997.

He gives his own personal account of the challenges he himself faced as Secretary-General and dealing with events and circumstances. He explains in detail about the pressures from the Blair Government in the wake of the 7/7 attacks and how individuals went out to systematically discredit the MCB by creating Government backed organisations that lacked the legitimacy and support from the community and how in 2018 they are nowhere to be seen. Yet, despite the pressures the MCB were under during this period, it was an opportunity for Abdul Bari to engage with civic organisations, trade unions and connect with the wider British Muslim community.

Throughout the summer of 2006, Abdul Bari travelled across the British Isles which brought him in direct contact with mosques, organisations, youth clubs and women associations. This nationwide tour presented Abdul Bari not only an opportunity to introduce the MCB, but also a chance for the MCB to listen to people and learn from various grass-roots organisations on the challenges the community was facing.

Secondly, another strand in the book I picked up was Abdul Bari, through his various roles such as with Citizens UK and LOCOG, reaffirmed the belief that British Muslims can be British and Muslim, and strive to achieve the common good by working together as part of the mainstream society.

In the foreword to this book, Neil Jameson, Executive Director of Citizens UK, says the book is “a vision, or blueprint for ‘getting on’ and (of) ‘common good’, including both social and political as well as spiritual dimensions.”

Whether as a young officer in the Bangladesh Air Force training in the UK, to his post-doctoral research in Physics and as a teacher of students with special needs, Abdul Bari shows that as a British Muslim one can and should contribute to the wider society. His role as a board member of LOCOG demonstrated how he ensured the 2012 games was a celebration for all of London and went to great lengths to ensure the Muslim contribution was instrumental as part of the fabric of what the city of London had to offer.

Abdul Bari also highlights his own professional role as a teacher specialising in Special Educational Needs in Tower Hamlets had given him an insight into the day-to-day struggles of many lives. Abdul Bari strives to tell the message of how important it is for British Muslims to be active members of society whether at school, college, university or workplace and to look to achieve the common good.

Thirdly, Abdul Bari’s book is an opportunity to present his personal views on the concept of identity, on how to handle extremism, the need for education and inclusivity to name a few. Abdul Bari does not hold back and argues there is a need for the wider British society to deal with the Muslim community and how the community is here to stay and to play a positive role in society.

Yet, Abdul Bari quite rightly says the British Muslim community is under the microscope and scrutiny due to the rise in populism, Islamophobia and right-wing rhetoric. He is critical of the right-wing media, think tanks and politicians who have unfairly put the blame on the Muslim community and how Islamophobia is becoming normalised. He uses the example of the 2010 Channel 4 Dispatches programme, which depicted the Islamic Forum Europe (IFE) as some sinister cult trying to take over Tower Hamlets and turn it into ‘Londonistan’. The programme tried to prove Muslims were self-ghettoising, yet not taken the views of the people they were reporting on and how Channel 4 did not give the ELM and IFE adequate time to respond to the allegations they were accused of.

Abdul Bari also does not shy away from accepting that the community needs to find positive ways to empower young people, women and even the wider community, which it is currently not doing so. He is also critical on how British Muslims should internally and externally create stable homes; giving a greater emphasis on education and how mosques throughout the country should provide more than just access to the five daily prayers as only then can the British Muslim community be equipped to challenge the issues.

Finally in the title Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way, the word ‘jihad’ is significant. Jihad is a term that has negative connotations; and in the eyes of many, the word is associated with war, violence and extremism, due to media and political narratives. Abdul Bari throughout the book uses the opportunity to highlight what is meant by jihad. Whether through his own life experience or views, Abdul Bari shows how his dedication to his religion, community, society and nation and staying on the middle path is a mandatory social and religious requirement. Abdul Bari in some ways is trying to reclaim the word ‘jihad’ by speaking out against extremism and how the believers are required to live a life of ‘middle way’ and adopt moderation. He refutes the argument that walking the middle way does not mean walking a thin line of ‘dos and don’ts’, but making an effort to remain around the centre and avoid the two extremes. Abdul Bari shows ‘jihad’ is a struggle to endeavour and change for the common good and also a commitment of self-purification through pure intention and a collective effort to fight against inequality, injustice and oppression in a civil way.

Abdul Bari’s memoirs are necessary for any young person (anybody under the age of 40) from the British Muslim community and beyond to understand the issues and the evolving of the British Muslim community over the past three decades.

I have seen for myself Abdul Bari’s commitment and contribution to achieving a ‘common good’ for all.
Abdul Bari is one of a handful of British Muslim individuals who has maintained a community role and influenced nationwide outcomes at the same time. In his retirement, he has dedicated his life to mentoring and advising the next generation of leaders in becoming model citizens. His memoir is a leadership manual on how to strive the middle way for any aspiring community servant in Britain.

Hasan Salim Patel works in communications.

He has also worked for Al Jazeera and the BBC in broadcast journalism and in PR.   

Source: Muslim News



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KB says: Shakshouka is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin. Its present egg and vegetable-based form originated in Tunisia. It is quite popular now in the Middle East and North Africa.







½ tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 large red capsicum, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 long fresh red chilli, thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon caster sugar
2 x 400g cans Diced Tomatoes
4 eggs
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon dried chilli flakes


Step 1
Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Cook onion for 3 minutes or until soft. Stir in capsicum, garlic and fresh chilli for 5 minutes or until soft. Stir in paprika, cumin, ground coriander, dried chilli flakes and sugar for 1 minute or until aromatic. Season.

Step 2
Add the tomato. Cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat. Use the back of a spoon to make 4 large, evenly spaced indents in the mixture. Crack an egg into each indent

Step 3
Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes for soft yolks or until cooked to your liking. Sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves or parsley and serve hot with toast.




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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 topic
“Emotional Blackmail”.

Experience and observations from my sessions with clients have confirmed to me a notion I have had for several years now - that Emotional Blackmail is the root cause of fear.

Emotional blackmailing involves threat in exchange of fear. The act of threatening someone to succumb them into believing that they need to perform a certain act or behave a certain way or else the consequence would be negative is known as Emotional Blackmail.

Believe it or not, Emotional Blackmail is practised in most homes on a daily basis, especially in parent-child and husband-wife relationships.

Notice the next time you say to your child something that sounds a bit like this - “If you don’t score above 90% in your exams this year, you certainly won’t be getting that new PlayStation game you’ve been asking for.”
Or, how often have you heard something that may sound like - “If you don’t do as I say, I’ll leave you.”

What happens to relationships when there is Emotional Blackmail?

When there is emotional blackmail in a relationship, love, respect and understanding get replaced by dictatorship, bullying and oppression. Instead of understanding why the child’s exam results are lower than expected and trying to address the underlying causes, the parent emotionally blackmails the child into fearing a situation that is undesirable. Instead of understanding and empathising with our spouse, we give emotional ultimatums.

Adults who resort to emotional blackmailing are often suppressing anger and have an intense need to control. Adults who give in to emotional blackmailing are often lacking self-worth and self-esteem and identify themselves as victims of situations.

Each time a fear-inducing statement is made to emotionally blackmail another, fear takes over. As Muslims, we must understand that where there is fear, there is no faith. If we are to truly fear only ALLAH then we must live from the space of understanding, compassion and meaningful conversations.

Often the argument my clients make is that if they don’t use emotional blackmailing, they feel things don’t happen according to their expectations. But think about this for a moment - are you really in control? Do you really feel that succumbing to fear of situations would ever yield positive outcomes in the long term? People may obey you the first time or even several times, however, eventually resentment takes over and arguments, retaliation, rebelliousness and sometimes violence become the norm of the home.

3-Step-Strategy to avoid Emotional Blackmail

1. Self-reflection is important. Spend a whole day or week to be mindful and become aware of what you say to people and what they say to you. Do this as an observer without judgment.
2. Write down these observations in a notebook. Analyse these statements and look for those that revolve around fear and punishment.
3. Have a conversation with the people involved and say: “Let us discuss this issue with the goal to understand what is actually causing it. Once we understand the cause, we can work on a solution.”

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: "Have you got any plans for today?"


Habibullah: "I am going to do nothing today "


Jallaludin: "but you did that yesterday "


Habibullah: "I didn't finish."

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An Ayaat-a-Week





“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you,
And perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you.
Allah knows while ye know not.”


Surah Al-Baqarah [2:216]


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"Now is no time to think of what you do not have.

Think of what you can do with what there is.”


~  Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea



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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.








Journalist Ms Gabrielle Chan will deliver the keynote address on Thursday 25 October. Ms Chan is a renowned political journalist and author with over 30 years experience working for The Australian, ABC Radio Australia, Daily Telegraph and Guardian Australia.


She has a passion for bridging the economic and cultural divide between the city and the country, and has authored a book on “Why Country Australia is Fed Up”. This is arguably one of the most important topics of discussion in Australia today.


Register for a ticket below. Discounted early bird tickets are available now!




Why Country Australia is Fed Up - A perspctive on Politics, Media and the Economy (see this week's CCN Book Club section)








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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services




It is that time of the month again- the second Monday of the month. Time for Brisbane’s ONLY 100% halal BBQ at Bunnings warehouse. Come along this Monday and enjoy a halal sausage sizzle. All money raised goes towards our community activities.








































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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Abu Darda reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,
“Seek out the vulnerable among you. Verily, you are only given provision and support due to your support of the weak."- Sunan al-Tirmidhī

In Indonesia, MAA’s relief operations now are in full swing after the devastating earthquake, tsunami and volcanic eruption rocked the island of Sulawesi and caused thousands of deaths and displaced people.

Our relief operations are in two phases:

The first phase is taking place right now, and we are distributing fresh water, emergency food packs, hygiene kits, bedding and other essential items in the worst affected town of Palu.

The second phase will be focused on long-term aid, and on providing a source of income to the victims, so they can get their lives back on track as early as possible.

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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

Islamic Care clothing bins are now operational around South East Queensland 






Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre





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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


20 October



The Family Muslim Night Bazaar



45 Acacia Road, Karawatha (ICB Hall)


3PM to 9PM

27 October



Fund Raiser for Renovations


Islamic Society of Toowoomba



6.30PM to 9PM

27 October




Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0413 155 809

9PM to 5PM

10 November



Muslim Community's 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

0456 426 523

6.30PM for 7PM

17 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



3PM to Maghrib

18 November



Brisbane Islamic Centre (Underwood) Open Day


Brisbane Islamic Centre

161 Underwood Road Eight Mile Plains



10AM to 4PM


19 November

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(Milad un Nabi)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1440


2 April 2019

3 April 2019


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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


12 August 2019





10th Zil-Hijjah 1440





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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.

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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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