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Sunday 14 October 2018 | Issue 0727



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The Transit Lounge: Prof. John Esposito

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Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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Netflix New Series, ‘Elite’, Features an Ambitious Muslim Girl

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By Osman Rane    

The Muslim Charitable Foundation assisted 34 families or individuals this last month.


This ranged from paying medical bills, rental assistance, school fees, electricity, gas and water bills.


We also provided emergency accommodation for a couple at our house who would have been homeless if we did not have a place for them.

Some are permanent residents, some are in Community Detention, some are on Bridging visas, some have no visas, some have no work rights and some have no income. Yes, that’s correct, NO INCOME. Some are single parents, widows, divorced or separated. Some have their partners in jail.

A mother, separated with 4 kids has exactly $215.68 per fortnight to live on after paying rent. A family on a Humanitarian Stay Temporary visa with no work rights, has no income.

Where do they go for help, how do they feed their children, how do they pay their rent.

These are real cases, real people. These are our Muslim brothers and sisters, right here on our doorstep.

MCF is your trusted charity using volunteers with 100% of donations used for the needy. Fully tax deductible. MCF acknowledges the tremendous trust and support the community has given us and will continue to serve those in need in our own community.

Zakaat Account: BSB 124155 A/C NO. 20897312
General (Sadaqah): BSB 124155 A/C NO. 20897392



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The Hurricane Stars Club was honoured to be chosen to receive funding from the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health to offer a program for October’s Mental Health Week. The program was held in the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia’s hall in Springwood on 4th October 2018. It was a parenting workshop specially for mothers with the theme ‘Mums Get Moving Forward Together’.

The workshop was a relaxed and informal session conducted by two highly-trained and experienced presenters – Susan Al-Maani and Joan Burrows. Attended by mothers from different backgrounds with children of a variety of ages from adults children who are married to those who’s child is only 6 months old. The session discussed responsible parenting practices among mothers through focus on self-care, self-esteem and improved respectful communication. The session also helped the mothers to be more resilient in facing day-to-day challenges by identifying psychological barriers that they may have and building on their own existing skills and strengths.

It was a free event that included babysitting, so mothers can relax and participate in the workshop, a healthy morning tea and a delicious lunch by Sara’s Catering. Everyone felt welcomed and certainly gained a lot of insights into stress and anger management in being a mother.


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Radio 4EB interview on the topic of Racisms impact on Mental Health Interview with Naseema Mental Health Week 2018







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Elite, a new Spanish drama which premiered on Netflix this week, explores prejudice and Islamophobia targeting Muslim students in high school.

“We wanted to work with this character because it’s something that is happening in Europe. This is the reality that we see every day,” co-writer Dario Madrona told Arab News, speaking about the character of the Muslim student Nadia.

Nadia, played by Mina El-Hammani, is an ambitious Muslim-Palestinian girl. The story is based on a prestigious private school in Spain where three newly enrolled working-class students upset the status quo.

In the first episode, Nadia is ordered to remove her hijab by the principal or face expulsion in a scene that plays heavily on the debate over whether to ban hijab in schools that has gripped Europe in recent years. It is in this context that the show’s co-writers sought to use Nadia’s character to highlight the challenges some Muslims face when integrating into European society.

During the series, Nadia is also faced with hateful comments from her fellow classmate Lu, played Danna Paola, who refers to her as ‘Taliban’: “(Nadia) reflected the idea of what Muslims have to face in Europe every day. Because you are part of a different culture, you don’t know if you can integrate. People look at you funny sometimes,” Madrona added.

Discrimination At Large
The challenges facing Muslims in Europe are not limited to schools and hijab, as the show highlighted discrimination at workplaces.

In the series, Nadia’s brother, Omar, played by Omar Ayuso, faces a challenge to find work, where his friend Samuel was accepted and Omar rejected though they submitted their resumes together. Aside from Islamophobia and ethnic discrimination, the show also explores the identity crisis some teenagers go through in high school.


“My parents are from Morocco, they are Muslims, so I know what it is like to live in a closed environment. Nadia is from Palestine so it’s different, but the same clash of cultures can be felt in both cases,” El-Hammani said, adding that she has been facing Nadia’s challenges during her real life.

“I have had a childhood that was very similar to what Nadia has lived (through). Although I was born in Spain, when I go back to Morocco I am a Spaniard and when I am in Spain I am the Moroccan girl. So, you always wonder, ‘Who am I?’”

According to the Union of Islamic communities (UCIDE), Muslims make up 3.8 percent of the Spanish population, 40 percent are Spanish and the remaining 60 percent are immigrants. Muslims in Spain are mostly from Morocco, although there is a significant presence of Pakistanis and Senegalese Muslims in cities like Barcelona, Valencia and Logrono.





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About this Episode

Image result for Professor John EspositoTo say Professor John Esposito is an accomplished academic would be an understatement.


He's Professor of Islamic studies at the esteemed Georgetown University, has published 60 books (yes, within one lifetime) and is a senior member of the UN Alliance of Civilisations.


To make this seem all the stranger, we discover Professor Esposito spent a decade of his life away from his family becoming a Priest (from the impressionable age of 14 no less!).


From here, a web of coincidences, hard work and an ingredient we only later discover, take John Esposito from a 14-year old boy to a global authority on Islam.


This interview is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster; with lots of laughter, some tears and an abundance of wisdom.


It reflects on the Professor’s life and gain insights into the task ahead for the Muslims in Western contexts.



About the Show
The Transit Lounge chronicles the journeys of people who’ve had a considerable impact on the Muslim world. In season 1, we hear from successful entrepreneurs, academics, scholars and politicians.


Hosted by Mohamad Zaoud, each episode explores the highs and lows of our guests, and tackles the question of our time - what does it take to find balance when living a contemporary Muslim life.

Mohamad Zaoud is a brand enthusiast and consults businesses and NGOs on brand & growth strategies. He’s currently the Manager of Digital Growth – EMEA, and formerly Head of Marketing MENA, at Al Jazeera Media Network where he’s worked on flagship brands including Al Jazeera and AJ+.



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IWAA won the Excellence in Policing Award for its Connected Women project




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by Suraya Daly    

It’s been a few weeks of a brand new season, and after months of shivering in the early mornings, the change in temperature is very much welcomed this side of the world. Gone are the days where our morning coffees are going cold too soon. The sun shines all through the morning, giving us 25-degree averages by midday.

The highly anticipated warmer weather brings with it an array of places to see and things to do in the Sunshine State. Whether you’re into arts and culture, if you fancy yourself as a foodie, or you’re the outdoorsy type, this list of things to do this spring in Brisbane offers something for everyone.

Spring is known for the fresh produces we all delight over from the beautiful farmland as it gets warmer. So why not start the list with Brisbane’s best farmers’ markets?

The well-known-and-loved Rocklea markets offers the largest fresh food and lifestyle market in Brisbane. The Saturday Fresh Markets boast over 220 stalls with fresh fruit and veg, flowers and meats, plants and lifestyle products. Check it out when it’s on every Saturday, 6 am to 12 pm.

The city centre offers the Riverside Markets located at the City Botanic Gardens and Albert Street, being a favourite for locals and tourists for 30 years. Here, you’ll find Queensland art and fashion on display, with live music and international food and coffee every Sunday, from 8 am to 3 pm.

If getting out there and keeping active is how you enjoy making the most of the sunshine, the Toohey Forest tracks in the Southside runs for 3 km and takes about an hour to complete on a hike. You’ll find koalas, echidnas, and gliders that live in the forest.

Dubbed as Brisbane’s best wetlands, the Boondall Wetlands is an easy and flat walk through. A diverse range of wildlife and a bird-watching hut make for picturesque scenes through this trail.

Known to dazzle Brisbane music lovers every year at this time of the year, the Brisbane Festival will be doing just that this year when it transforms the city over three weeks from 8-29 September. The program includes theatre, music, dance, circus and opera, with the Riverfire fireworks display ending the spectacle with a bang, literally, on Story Bridge.

Boasting one of the world’s most significant collections of contemporary Asian and Pacific art, the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is a show not to be missed. It showcases contemporary art from the Asia Pacific when it arrives on our shores in late November.

If you love culture and interesting spaces, the Brisbane Open House will delight as visitors are invited to go behind the scenes in design studios, places of worship, heritage spaces, and medical labs over one weekend on 13 and 14 October.





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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)






Farheena is an Actuary and has worked for the Australian Government Actuary’s Office in Canberra before travelling to London and Leeds where she joined Bacon & Woodrow consulting actuaries.

Farheena Ahmad has been nominated for her dedication and vision in wanting to make a difference to the educational standards of children in the community by changing the way Mathematics is perceived and instilling a love for this area through highlighting its relevance and developing a deep understanding.

Farheena is an Actuary and has worked for the Australian Government Actuary’s Office in Canberra before travelling to London and Leeds where she joined Bacon & Woodrow consulting actuaries. Her work has ranged from designing and costing Employee Benefit schemes in the Australian public sector to UK pension schemes in the private sector. Farheena then joined the investment section of B & W in London working on investment management.

Farheena has been nominated because not only is she an excellent professional in her field and a mother but she is a strong advocate for the importance of STEM learning. She believes that Mathematics is the foundation of all other major disciplines. Farheena is on a mission to dispel fear and dejection associated with learning Mathematics and is keen on changing perspectives one student at a time.

To read further about Farheena and her mission, click on the link here.






Source: Australasian Muslim Times




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Following Imam Luqman and Imam Ikram Buksh


Interview with the secretary of the Islamic School of Canberra and Canberra president of Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle - IPDC


(4 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. 





Habib Luthfi bin Yahya



Habib bin Luthfi is currently: Ra’is ‘Amm of the Jam’iyyah Ahli Thariqah Al-Mu’tabarah Al-Nahdliyah, Head of MUI Middle Java, and the spiritual leader of the Ba Alawi tariqah in Indonesia. The Ba Alawi are descendants of the Prophet (PBUH) who migrated to Hadramaut in Yemen early on in Islamic history. They played the major role in bringing Islam to the Far East, including Indonesia and Malaysia, and they hold high prominence to this day.

Seeker of Knowledge: Habib Luthfi started his quest for knowledge early in life, and first studied under the tutelage of Ba Alawi teachers in Indonesia. He then travelled to Makkah and Madinah for further education and received authorisation (ijaaza) in all the traditional fields of learning including hadith, and sufism (tasawwuf). His authorisation to be a spiritual master comes from more than one tariqah (spiritual brotherhood).

Spiritual Guide: He has established thousands of schools, mosques and zawiyahs in Indonesia, and has a following numbering millions. He emphasises spiritual practices, especially the recitation of litanies (awraad).






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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......



Reza Aslan: The storyteller



Reza Aslan immigrated from Iran to the United States with his family in the early 1980s, at a time of escalating tensions between the two countries.


He was 7 and barely spoke English, but Aslan clearly remembers classmates calling him an “enemy,” and worse.


“The difference now is that you’re hearing the same vile language from inside the White House.”


But Aslan, the author of several best-selling books about religion, isn’t one to retreat from a verbal spat.


Last year, CNN cancelled his show, “Believer,” after Aslan used profane language to describe President Trump. But American Muslims say Aslan remains influential as a writer, Hollywood producer and public intellectual.

What other Muslims say about Aslan: “Reza is a genius, an actual genius, at telling stories about religion.” 




Another American Muslim in next week's CCN




Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


New research shows how Australia’s newsrooms are failing minority communities




Australians from culturally diverse backgrounds often feel frustrated about media coverage of news events and issues that portray them in a negative light. A new study analysing media coverage of issues related to multicultural Australia found that more than a third of stories reflected a negative view of minority communities.

Traditionally, so-called “hard news” stories are straight reports of “what happened”. This means they are reported in an objective and balanced manner, taking in diverse views on the issue.

Our study analysed 1,366 media articles, examining the sentiment towards minority communities in them. We found that over a third of hard news stories contained negative sentiments towards minority communities, while more than half of the editorials and commentary pieces portrayed minority communities in a negative light.

The sample included about 80% news stories, 4% features and 16% editorials and commentaries on selected events and issues during a six-month period.

It focused on six news topics with some level of public controversy around the issue of multicultural Australia. These included Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act; a discussion of Islam as a religion; US President Donald Trump’s refugee ban in January 2017; the Bourke Street attack in Melbourne’s central business district; youth gang crime, particularly in Melbourne; and the London terror attack on March 22, 2017.

The study collected articles from five mainstream online news sites: the ABC, the SBS, The Age, the Herald Sun and The Australian.

In our analysis, we found only a quarter of the stories about minority communities incorporated another point of view in the story. For example, this could be a member of the relevant minority community group, a scholar who may be able to provide an alternative view or comment on the bigger picture, or a shadow minister.

Most of the stories analysed between September 2016 and March 2017 were based either on a reporter’s observations (41%) or included a government source (31%). Only about 26% of stories had a second source (a non-government source, an individual or expert).





AN INCREDIBLE thing has just happened in Saudi Arabia.

IT’S a kingdom of unimaginable riches which has made an incredible move.



SAUDI ARABIA: In a first for the kingdom, a woman has been appointed as the head of a bank. Lubna Al Olayan (pictured) has just been announced as the chair of the new company, which is being formed from a merger between the Saudi British Bank and Alawwal Bank, BBC reports.

Currently the head of a family business, Ms Olayan is a trailblazing figure in the finance industry. She studied in the US and was scored first place in the Forbes list of Middle East’s Most Influential Women for 2018.

The stunning move has come amid a much-publicised push to liberalise women’s roles under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Known as Saudi Vision 2030, change is seen as crucial to modernising the kingdom.

There has been much excitement around changes to women’s rights in Saudi Arabia that have been unveiled this year. In June, a ban on women driving that had been in place since 1957 was finally lifted.

And last November, there was joy when the kingdom recognised yoga as a sport. Widely perceived as a Hindu spiritual practice, yoga was not officially permitted for decades in Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam where all non-Muslim worship is banned.



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For the love of God:

How the church is better & worse than you ever imagined

ABC Compass





Christian history offers plenty of ammunition to its critics: crusades, inquisitions, the oppression of women — not to mention the recent horrific incidence of institutional child abuse, covered up by the church. So would we be better off without Christianity? Join presenters from the Centre for Public Christianity on location around the globe as they weigh up the good, the bad, the ugly — and the unexpected — about some of the impact Christianity has had on the world we live in.







Who was Imam Shamil?
OnePath Network



Long before Khabib.

Dagestan was home to a fighter far greater and powerful in rank.

His name was Imam Shamil. And he was one of the greatest warriors to emerge from Dagestan in the 1800’s.

He was born in 1797 to an Avar family in the village of Gimri, Dagestan, at a time Russia was expanding into the Ottoman Empire and Persia. Originally named Ali, he was often sick as a child, and was thus renamed “Shamil” in hopes a new found name would grant him health.

As a young boy, he would spend his days gaining Islamic knowledge under the town’s Sheikh. And by the age of 20, he had travelled to Syria and mastered several Islamic sciences.

Upon returning home to Dagestan, he joined the resistance against Russian forces that sought to expand into his country.

However after being injured in the battle of Gimri in 1832, he retreated to the mountains in order to recover.

After recovering in 1834, and also after two of the subsequent Imams were killed in battle, Shamil was appointed as the new Imam and leader of the Dagestani army.

Due to his towering height, strong build and immense Islamic knowledge, he swiftly attained the trust of his people.

He was also able to strategically reorganise and unify the Muslim ranks throughout the Caucasus. The townspeople honoured him greatly and would always rush to accommodate his fighters. He signified a beam of light for Caucasian autonomy and provided hope of long awaited peace.

He was also able to rectify many of the social vices of the time and bring his people closer to Islam.

From 1834 to 1859 he continued to fight defiantly against the Russian forces, despite their advanced military equipment. News of his ability to forestall the gigantic Russian empire’s expansion soon spread across the world.

He was known as a man of bravery, courage and virtue. A man who would never surrender.

In 1859, his resistance however slowly lost grounding due to internal tribal conflicts and he was eventually captured by the Russian army.

He was taken prisoner by Russian forces and placed in a ten year exile under strict supervision in a small city near Moscow.

Ten years later, he was granted permission to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, for the second time in his life. Following his pilgrimage, he visited the city of Madinah and subsequently died there in 1871. He was buried in Al-Baqi cemetery with many of the family and companions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

May Allah have mercy on Imam Shamil and may his story serve as a legacy for Muslims around the world.










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: 12 October 2018

TOPIC: "Hazrat Hussain Part 3"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 12 October 2018

TOPIC: "Domestic violence in Muslim Families"

IMAM: Akram Buksh









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 12 October 2018

TOPIC: ”Definition of Piety”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 12 October 2018

TOPIC: "Are we the minority people Allah speaks about in the Quran who are grateful?" 

IMAM: Hafiz Maulana Rashid Ali (visiting Imam)










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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 12 October 2018

TOPIC: "The true meaning of freedom in Islam" 
IMAM: Sheikh Zohair Rahman





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HIJABS FOR KIDS Marks & Spencer sparks online row after selling £6 school uniform hijabs for young girls


The store says it is selling the hijab after a 'number of schools requested the option'


UK: MARKS & Spencer has sparked an online row after it emerged the store is selling school uniform hijabs for young girls.

The company's social media pages have been flooded with messages regarding the black headscarf, which is on sale for just £6 in their 'School Essentials' section.

But radio presenter Maajid Nawaz has criticised the move,saying it 'facilitates medievalism'.

He said: "It’s their right to choose profit over values. But it’s our right to shame them for doing so. Little girls are told it is “immodest” to show their hair. And blessed be the fruit.

"To be clear, these are stocked for little girls as young as three years old.

"Hijab is still imposed (only on women) by law in Iran and Saudi Arabia, and many other countries.

"This is gender apartheid. Marks and Spencer are free to sell confederate flag tee-shirts too, but I bet they never will."

And some customers have threatened to boycott the store until it is removed from stock.

Lorraine Smith wrote: "Disgusting. How could you profit from something that promotes degradation to woman and children? It's obscene!

"For a company struggling with profits, bad move. I and many others will boycott until it is removed. Unbelievable."

Melissa Turnbull, from Renfrewshire in Scotland, posted on the store's Facebook page: "I won't be shopping in your stores until you stop this."

And Cassy Simmons-Thornton, from London, added: "Can you please explain why you are selling a hijab for young children and helping the oppression of women from a young age?

"A lot of people will now boycott your stores."

But @sandchick4 argued on Twitter: "Hijab is not primarily about modesty. It’s about obedience to God."

And addressing the complaints on their Twitter page on Thursday, Marks & Spencer wrote: "We provide bespoke uniforms for 250 schools across the country.

"They tell us which items they need as part of their school uniform list, and for a number of schools this year, they requested the option of the hijab."




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White supremacist admits being behind 'Punish a Muslim Day' hate campaign


A man has admitted being behind the Punish a Muslim day hate campaign ( Twitter )

UK: A white supremacist behind the Punish a Muslim Day letters who encouraged murder and sent hoax letters to The Queen, Theresa May, and David Cameron is facing years behind bars today.

David Parnham, 35, targeted Asian MP, high profile political figures, Royalty, and Muslim centres including Finsbury Park Mosque with hundreds of poison pen letters threatening violence which stretch over two years.

Also among the victims was Tory peer and former security minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

Parnham sent dozens of envelopes of white powder to his intended targets from his home in Lincoln.

He sparked full scale alerts over fears that it was anthrax or other poisons. However, the substances eventually turned out to be harmless.

He signed off letters to Asian MPs and Mosques as “Muslim Slayer” and included the phrase “P*ki filth”, according to prosecutors.

In a message to then-Prime Minister Mr Cameron, Parnham wrote the phrase “Allah is great”.

Mrs May, then Home Secretary, and The Queen were among the targets of a series of letters containing white powder which included the sinister phrase: “The clowns R coming 4 you”.

At the Old Bailey today, Parnham pleaded guilty to a series of charges including soliciting murder, making hoaxes, and sending letters with intent to cause distress.

He admitted being the source of the Punish a Muslim Day series of letters, which caused widespread alarm and panic when they spread on social media in March and May this year.

He had also sent out hate letters under different titles, including “The Great Cleanse” which was aimed at Mosques around London in August last year. In those notes, he suggested that Muslims should be “exterminated”.  



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Chinese authorities launch 'anti-halal' crackdown in Xinjiang


Party officials also urged government officers to speak Mandarin at work and in public


A Uighur Muslim prays on his prayer matt during Friday prayers in Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang province.

CHINA: Authorities in Xinjiang have launched a campaign against the “spread of halal”, claiming the growing number of halal products is encouraging religious extremism in the heavily monitored Chinese region.

Party officials in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, which is home to about 12 million people from Muslim minorities, on Monday called on government officers to strengthen the “ideological struggle” and fight “halalification” or the “pan-halal tendency,” a post on the Urumqi People’s Procuratorate Wechat account said.

The term refers to extending halal labelling – food that adheres to Islamic law – to non-food items to appeal to Muslim consumers. Officials and state media say the growing number of products labelled halal allows Islamic rituals to penetrate secular life in China.

“The pan-halal tendency blurs the boundary between religion and secular life. So it is easy to fall into the mire of religious extremism,” the state-owned Global Times said in an article about the new campaign in Urumqi.

The campaign comes as protest over China’s counter-terrorism policies in Xinjiang mounts. Rights advocates, researchers and media have documented the use of mass surveillance and internment, as well as the curtailing of religious freedoms of Muslims minorities such as Uighurs, Kazakhs, and Hui in the north-western territory.

Critics say China is trying to assimilate minorities into the dominant Han Chinese by stamping out Muslim traditions. Local authorities have put restrictions on long beards, head coverings, or other Islamic clothing – that can “whip up religious fanaticism”. All Hajj pilgrimages must be taken through state-organised tours. Uighur activists say mosques are being torn down. 



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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


Worshippers at the "Mohammedan" Festival of Eid marking the end of Ramadan in 1916, during World War One






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From My Sisters' Lips

Na'ima B. Robert





Covered from head to toe with only her eyes visible, the sight of a Muslim woman on a western city street rarely fails to provoke a strong reaction. Feelings of shock, horror, repulsion, pity or even fear are not uncommon. But have you ever wondered who it is behind the veil and what makes her tick? Ever wondered what her life is really like and whether her dreams, hopes and aspirations differ from yours?

From My Sisters' Lips offers a rare glimpse into the lives of a community of women, most of whom are converts to Islam, and invites you to share their joys, sorrows, convictions and faith. When Na'ima B Robert abandoned her western lifestyle and embraced Islam six years ago, it was not a decision taken lightly.

Yet soon after she took her first tentative steps towards covering, she felt empowered; no longer judged on physical appearances alone, no longer seeking the approval to feel beautiful — or using her looks to wield power over men — the experience effected her greatly. Before long she grew in confidence and courage.

As she says, "Something just clicked." I thought, "Good, don't look; don't compare me with your latest squeeze, don't try and guess my measurements - my body is my own business!"' From My Sisters' Lips offers a glimpse into the lives of just some of the extraordinary women who, like herself, have chosen to live behind the veil.

What emerges is a vivid and intimate portrait of a sisterhood; as they speak candidly and with conviction on a diverse range of subjects ranging from marriage to motherhood, stereotypes, submission and self-image, we hear the strong, proud voices of those who are seldom heard.



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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: Banana Nut Muffins - quick, easy, moist and full of flavour. These delicious muffins are one of my all-time favourites - soon to be yours, too! 


Banana Nut Muffins





• 1 cup flour
• ½ cup whole wheat flour (You could use 1½ cup flour without any whole wheat flour if you'd like)
• 1½ teaspoon baking soda
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
• ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
• 113g salted butter (½ cup), melted
• 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
• ½ cup sugar
• ¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed
• ¼ cup milk
• 1 large egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ¾ cup - 1 cup walnuts (toasted if you'd like)

1.     Preheat oven to 180degrees.

2.     Sift flours, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

3.     Melt butter. Set aside.

4.     In a separate mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Mix in butter, both sugars, milk, egg and vanilla. Stir until well combined.

5.     Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir until just combined - do not over mix.

6.     Fold in half the walnuts.

7.     Spoon batter evenly into 12 greased or paper lined muffin cups.

8.     Sprinkle remainder of walnuts over top of muffins.

9.     Bake for about 20- 25 minutes or until muffins are golden brown and toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean.

10.  Let muffins rest in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack.


A perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea.



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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ladies take the time this month to find out what you need to know about breast awareness.


Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women, so use this opportunity to find out more & share information with family and friends.



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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
“Live from Abundance”.

In recent times, due to an increase in popularity of New Age Philosophy, certain words have been trending on social media with a purpose to motivate people into living better lives. Words such as Mindfulness, Gratitude and Abundance, to name a few. Whilst motivational quotes may be poetic and profound, their purpose is only fulfilled if the one who reads them truly understands the essence of these words and actually practises them by having a mindset that aligns with these words.

Abundance (plenty) is a mindset. Living from Abundance is a conscious practice.

As Muslims, when we ponder on ALLAH’s creations, we realise that HE has actually blessed us with ABUNDANCE. All limits or lack that we perceive is self-imposed.

For example, how often do relationships suffer due to arguments concerning money? Or the lack of it? How often do we find ourselves feeling anxious because we fear we may not have enough - enough courage, enough money, enough knowledge about a subject, enough physical beauty, enough intelligence, enough children, enough material possessions?

Notice, it is only humans who have this fear. ALLAH has created this entire planet for our benefit and yet we live from fear. Unless we open our minds to embrace this abundance, we will go on living from lack.

If you take a teaspoon to the ocean, you will fill only a teaspoonful of water. The abundance of the ocean remains before you and yet you only fill a teaspoonful. Similarly, ALLAH has blessed us with an abundance of joy, kindness, love, creativity, peace - all in nature within us and outside of us - yet we present our own limiting vessels (our closed minds) to capture only a fraction of this abundance. Furthermore, we begin to believe that the vessel is the source and its limitation gives us an illusion of a false security. All along, the one and only source - ALMIGHTY ALLAH - bestows us with an abundance that we reject because we begin to live in fear of the lack of space in our own vessels.

Let us transform ourselves right this moment and cultivate a mindset whereby we live from abundance.

How to change the mindset from “Lack” to “Abundance”

1. Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all that HE has already given you. Write down a list of everything you are blessed with.
2. Now, Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all the things you wish you had but don’t have. Believe it or not, there is goodness in all that you don’t have.
3. Consciously choose positive words when talking about your situation. The more you affirm your life positively, the more positive outcomes arise from situations. Refer to examples below:

Situation Negative Self -Talk Positive Affirmation



Someone wise once said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

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 tells his Imam: "Imam, I have a strong desire to live to eternity. What am I supposed to do?"


Imam Mula Nasruddin replies: "Get married."


"It's that simple? Would that allow me to live forever?"


"No, but the desire will disappear very quickly."

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An Ayaat-a-Week





Restore the property of the orphans to them (when they reach their age), nor substitute (your) worthless things for (their) good ones; and do not devour their substance (by mixing it up) with your own. For this is indeed a great sin.


~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:2


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"Before you criticize someone,

you should walk a mile in their shoes.

That way when you criticize them,

you are a mile away from them,

and you have their shoes.”

~  Jack Handey



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

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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



AMYN Sunday School is reopening for the term 4.


The Brisbane AMYN Sunday School will start on Sunday (14 October '18). Classes will be on same time. Please use the following contact details for more info.

Official Mobile number: 0414 156 900 (SMS Only)
Class Day & Time : Every Sunday from 9am - 12pm (Starting 14 October 2018)

If you want to register please use the link below to download the enrolment form, fill it and email back to

Please Note: Due to load on volunteers, the Pre-School Students class (5 years old or less) is full. We cannot accept admission until 2019.

All classes and academic materials are supervised by Sheikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel.





























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.

Please help save lives in Indonesia by donating now:

➤ Online:

💰 Donate via our App:

☎ Call 1800 100 786

🌐 Bank Transfer:
MAA International
NAB (Branch: Sydney)
BSB: 082 057 & Account No.: 251 725 137


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

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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

4 November



4th Anniversary Celebrations


Bosniak Islamic Centre of QLD



9AM to 3PM

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

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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