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Sunday 21 October 2018 | Issue 0728



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2nd Drought Relief effort by QLD's Muslim Community The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Holland Park Mosque fundraiser CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
Call to petition politicians on Embassy move Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
Women's Wellbeing Workshop Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Swimming Instructors Course

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Ruddock review sparks Islamic leader’s call for bill of rights

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Hilaly challenges gay teachers’ rights in Islamic schools

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Mosque in Turkey 'had been praying in wrong direction'

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Participants Needed for Mental Health study

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook


KB's Culinary Corner

Useful Links


Kareema's Keep Fit Column

  Donations & Appeals Write For Us
Latest Local Newsletters  




2nd International Conf on Organ Transplantation in Islam
Results of the AVS survey: One CCN bite at a time

The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims

American Muslims - most influential people in their fields.



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The Team delivering hay where the sun only shines (Saturday 20 October 2018)



Co-ordinated relief efforts for drought-stricken farmers




11 trucks will pick up 484 hay bales from Gatton weighing over 130 tonnes.


Six trucks were loaded on Friday afternoon at Gatton, five more trucks were loaded on Saturday morning and then all eleven trucks travelled to Goondiwidi. 5 trucks of hay will be distributed to farmers in Queensland and 6 truckloads of hay will be transported to Rowena in NSW.



  • MAA

  • MCF

  • ICQ

  • Deen Bros

  • Strike Fuels

  • Mactrans Heavy Haulage

  • Global Aid Foundation

  • Rotary Archerfield

  • and the may generous donors from the Muslim and non-Muslim communities




The truckers come rolling into town







Farmers acknowledge community effort 


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This video was played on the fundraiser night showcasing the old Mosque and its memories and the series of transformations


The Islamic Society of Holland Park held a very successful fundraising dinner last Saturday on 13 October for the much needed and aging Holland Park Mosque.


The dinner was well attended.


Around $140,000 were raised on the night.

The Holland Park Mosque Management Committee extended its regards to all those who help plan, organise, donate, attend and stood back for cleaning. They also thanked Hussin Goss and Imam Akram Buksh "for making it a successful event".





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The Australian Prime Minister has just indicated that he is 'open' to recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem.

Say no to the current Australian Government's intention to move the Australian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Click on the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network link and take 60 seconds to send an automated letter to your Federal MP and Senators. If Palestine matters to you, please take this 60 seconds

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Sisters Support Services coordinated a 'Women's Wellbeing Workshop' especially for Queensland Mental Health week at Sunpac Sunnybank last Sunday the 14th of October.


This workshop was facilitated by Angela Ishaq who has 8 years experience in Counselling and currently pursuing postgraduate Mental Health. She is also qualified in HRM.


One of our special speakers was Fitria Sari a registered Nutritionist and Dietitian who gave a very informative talk on nutrition and how what we eat can effect our mental health.


Aliyah (Alison Berger) a Community Service Worker gave a talk on the importance of Physical activity and how it impacts our mental health in a positive way with 5 tips to stay motivated with a fitness routine.


A heart touching poem was read by Princess Lakshman a Clarity Coach, Writer, Author and founder of Muslim Mind Matters.


The women and teen girls from many different cultures participated in interactive group activities led by qualified mentors.


A role play firstly on negative communication and then reflecting in a positive manner was acted out by two of the teen girls who attended.


The attendees enjoyed a delicious array and selections of savoury and sweet afternoon tea catered by 'Events by Aysha'. Beautiful flower arrangements with a spring theme by Yasmin Omar and the scent of aromatherapy created an ambient atmosphere in the room.


The workshop came to an end with a talk by Angela on mental health illnesses and awareness with group sharing, questions and discussions including tips on self compassion.


There were valuable resources available to everyone and the attendees left happily with gift bags of a note book, pen and related services information.


The organizers thank all the mentors, guest speakers, volunteers and all the community members who attended the workshop even in the rainy weather.




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The Hurricane Stars Club partnered with Metro South Queensland Health to offer a free swimming instructors training course for Muslims. The goal of the program is to have more culturally sensitive and multilingual swimming instructors to benefit the Brisbane community. This in turn will help to make learning-to-swim classes more accessible to culturally and linguistically-diverse communities of Brisbane.

Fifteen Muslim ladies spent two Sundays completing the theory and practical aspects of the course at an enclosed pool in Macgregor. They are now moving on to the next stage of training by completing their practical hours of on-the-job training as part of our existing ladies swimming program. They are also receiving training to get their first-aid and CPR certificates as well as a Blue Card for employment as part of the free course.

The good news is the Hurricane Stars Club will also be conducting another free swimming instructor course soon, this time for Men. The participants will also be offered the opportunity to complete the 2-day swimming instructor's course, go through First Aid and CPR courses, and obtain a Blue Card for employment, all for free. The only requirement is that the participants must be over 16 years old and are either a permanent resident or citizen of Australia.

If any ladies are interested in the course but missed out this time, do not worry! The Hurricane Stars Club is planning to organise another Ladies Swimming Instructors Course in the future if there are enough interest from the community.

To participate and register your interest, please contact Farah on 0432026375.




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President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Rateb Jneid

One of the nation’s peak Muslim bodies has strengthened its push for an Australian bill of rights following the leaking of the Ruddock review into religious freedoms and has dismissed the debate over the treatment of gay students and teachers.

President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Rateb Jneid told The Australian he would be looking for the government to introduce a bill of rights when it responded to the review led by former Liberal attorney-general Philip Ruddock.

“All individuals have the right to live their lives in accordance to their beliefs provided this does not harm or interfere with another individual,” Dr Jneid said.

One of the nation’s peak Muslim bodies has strengthened its push for an Australian bill of rights following the leaking of the Ruddock review into religious freedoms and has dismissed the debate over the treatment of gay students and teachers.

President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Rateb Jneid yesterday told The Australian he would be looking for the government to introduce a bill of rights when it responded to the review led by former Liberal attorney-general Philip Ruddock.

“All individuals have the right to live their lives in accordance to their beliefs provided this does not harm or interfere with another individual,” Dr Jneid said.

“This is the fundamental balancing exercise that takes place whenever competing rights come into play, and why a bill of rights is necessary.”





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Sheik Taj El-Din Hilaly at the Logan Mosque in Queensland

Australia’s 'Grand Mufti' has signalled open hostility to gay teachers in Islamic schools in defiance of Bill Shorten’s proposed changes to discrimination laws, saying they engage in “abnormal practices that contradict nature” and suffer from “mental illness”.

The intervention from Sheik Taj El-Din Hilaly, whose standing as Grand Mufti is disputed by the Australian National Imams Council, comes amid splits in the Coalition over how religious freedom protections should apply to teachers.

In the wake of the leaking of the Ruddock review into religious freedoms last week, the Opposition Leader has demanded the removal of legal exemptions allowing faith-based schools to discriminate against teachers on the basis of sexual orientation.

The push from Mr Shorten comes ahead of the crucial weekend by-election in Wentworth, which is home to one of the largest LGBTI communities in Australia.

Labor’s proposal would require Scott Morrison to expand his pledge to shut down laws, introduced by Labor in 2013, allowing students to be expelled from religious schools for being gay.

Mr Shorten’s proposal faces the prospect of opposition from some Islamic leaders, with nine of the 12 Sydney seats that voted against same-sex marriage being held by Labor MPs, including the electorates of Labor frontbenchers Chris Bowen, Tony Burke and Jason Clare.

Sheik Hilaly yesterday told The Australian that homosexual teachers should “not impose their lifestyle on the rest of society, especially schools which are supposed to provide an environment of learning and culture and not a club for those seeking to satisfy their desires”.

While Christian leaders have also defended the right of faith- based schools to hire staff who uphold their religious teachings and values, Sheik Hilaly yesterday demonstrated a stronger reluctance towards having gay teachers in Islamic schools.

Sheik Hilaly, whose reappointment as Grand Mufti of Australia last month by Imam Abdul Taub Raza at Logan Mosque in Queensland has been challenged, yesterday said gay people suffered from a “mental illness”.

Speaking through a translator, he told The Australian: “We are a free democratic society that believes in diversity and human rights and we reject constrictions on the rights of others even if they are afflicted with abnormal practices that contradict nature.

“In such cases, we must respect their humanity and deal with the issue as a mental illness that requires care and treatment.”

The Australian




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Key part of building is misaligned


Congregants at a mosque in Turkey had been praying in the wrong direction for nearly four decades before its new imam realised the error, according to reports in Turkish media.

The mosque in Sugoren, in the country’s western Yalova province, had a key flaw in its construction that meant faithful Muslims – who are instructed to kneel in the direction of Mecca during prayers – had misaligned themselves by as much as 33 degrees, the Daily Sabah reported.

Hurriyet, citing the Demiroren News Agency, said imam Isa Kaya was appointed last year and that, following rumours about the alignment of a niche in the mosque’s wall indicating the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca, he decided to ask the advice of local muftis.

The officials confirmed the niche, or mihrab, had been constructed in the wrong place when the mosque was built in 1981, it was reported.

Rather than tear down the niche immediately, Mr Kaya used a temporary measure to point people in the right direction – placing arrows made of white tape on the mosque’s carpet.

“We have explained the situation to our congregation and most of them have reacted positively to our solution,” the imam told Demiroren News Agency.

An architect will be given the task of redesigning the structure.

Dr Mustafa Baig, Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, explained the misalignment.

“It is important to emphasise that Muslims do not worship the Ka‘ba but it is the direction (or qibla) to which Muslims pray,” he said. “Worship is to Allah.”

“In the Qur’an it states: ‘Wherever you turn, there is the countenance of Allah (2:115).’ Moreover, the direction (or jiha) is determined by a 90 degree span and not at the exact angle of the Ka’ba.”

Dr Baig added: “The Qur’an mentions: ‘Turn your face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque’ (2:149) and the word shatar in this verse has been defined as one of the four cardinal directions, giving a leeway of 45 degrees to either side of the Ka‘ba: in other any aspect of the forehead should be facing the Ka‘ba. In this particular case, the niche was ‘misaligned’ by 33 degrees so it is with the 45 degree limit.

“Even in the event of praying outside the range of direction, the jurists stipulate that if one has made an effort to determine the direction of the qibla (where due diligence was made) then if later (after the prayer time has lapsed) it becomes known that the prayer direction was completely wrong, the prayer will be considered valid and need not repeated,” the lecturer added.

“In this case, therefore, the previous prayers would not be considered invalid and the placement of the prayer niche is also not ‘wrong’, although they may want to reposition it in order to be facing in the exact direction of the Ka’ba.”





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Mental health is an important part individual health and wellbeing. Better understanding and taking care of your mental health will provide beneficial rewards.

My name is Ali Ghafoor and I’m currently conducting a Masters of Health Services Management research project looking at coping strategies people may adopt post a recent episode of psychosis. Moreover, this research will aim to identify how participant experiences can help health service managers better understand participant experiences, stories and their coping strategies.

Interested participants can contact me for a project brief and if deemed eligible a suitable date and time for an interview can be arranged.

Participation is voluntary, and participants can withdraw from the research at any point.

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In immaculate condition with spectacular ocean views and on the Tram Route (line).


To rent on long lease at $500.00 per week inclusive of water and electricity. Walking distance to shops and amenities  with resort facilities and is available  from  1st November 2018.


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The Second International Conference on Organ Transplantation in Islam will be held at the Western Sydney University on 22 and 23 November.


This conference explores a rare topic in Islamic theological and social scientific discussions; how Islam deals with organ transplantation.


Existing studies on organ transplantation, rare as they are, either look at the argument in support of organ transplantation and donation, or the argument that considers organ transplantation and donation to be prohibited in Islam.


What is missing is a clear and authoritative response to the question of organ transplantation and donation in Islam.


Whether organ transplantation and donation is permissible or not in Islam, robust theological and social scientific discussions are necessary for individuals to make an informed determination


Each week CCN presents the abstract and biography of one of the speakers at the conference:






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Since 1981, the World Values Survey has tracked changes in the values and beliefs of citizens in 97 countries, including Australia. These surveys have identified considerable change in what people want out of life and what they believe.


This is the seventh wave of the World Values Survey, allowing the researchers to track changes between countries but also over time.


In each country, people were asked the same questions (across a range of different languages) to measure their views on religion, gender roles, work, democracy, good governance, social capital, political participation, cultural diversity, and environmental protection. Countries will have until the end of December 2019 to complete their survey fieldwork.


The Australian component of the World Values Survey is referred to as the Australian Values Study or AVS.


The Australian National University has been responsible for the AVS since 2005, with data collection carried out by the Social Research Centre.


More than 1,800 Australians were surveyed during 2018, and several key themes have emerged.


God and the afterlife


More than half – 57 per cent – of the Australians surveyed report
that they believe in God. Similar numbers believe in an afterlife
generally and heaven specifically, but only 31 per cent believe in




More survey results in next week's CCN.....



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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. 





Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi

Leader of the Houthi Movement


 Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi Leader of the Houthi Movement Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi is the current leader of the Houthi political, religious and militant movement in the Sa’dah governorate in Yemen.

Houthi: The Houthi movement was established in 1992 by Hussein Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi, a Zaydi Shia’a scholar and anti-Wahhabi who had written a number of books criticizing Wahhabism and the leading authorities of Yemen. The Zaidis ruled most of Yemen for over 1,000 years until 1962. They believe that Muslims should be ruled only by a descendant of Prophet Muhammad U, whom they call an Imam.

Leader: Abdul-Malik has made major changes in Yemen through tactical and strategic plans that have enabled him to reach the position where he is today. In 2007, he founded the Al-Minbar website and in March 23, 2012 he launched Al-Masirah TV channel.

Taking Yemen: Abdel Malik emerged as a leader after the February 2011 uprising. The Houthi authority seized control over Saada and Jawf provinces in March 2011. Then in 2014, the Houthis seized control over the Demag region in the Saada and Amran provinces and in September 2014 they stormed the capital Sana’a, seizing a large number of ministries and military facilities. He has driven Al-Qaeda out of the regions which the Houthis have taken.

Humanitarian Toll: Since 2015, they have been subject to aerial bombing by a Saudi led coalition. This bombing of one of the world’s poorest countries has led to 10,000 civilian deaths and a humanitarian crisis which has left around 70 per cent of the population (27 million) reliant on humanitarian aid and over a million people infected by cholera.






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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......



Amani Al-Khatahtbeh: The ‘MuslimGirl’



In her New Jersey high school, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh was the rare teenager obsessed with C-SPAN.


“The conversation always centered on us, but it was never Muslims on the air doing the talking,” she says.


So Al-Khatahtbeh spent hours calling the station’s hotline, hoping to share her voice.


Then she started her own platform,


With “Muslim Women Talk Back” as its motto, the online magazine challenges everything from ridiculous religious edicts -- one section is called WTF?, meaning “What the Fatwa?” -- to gender dynamics in Islam and American foreign policy.

Al-Khatahtbeh’s mission: “To revolutionize the representation of Muslim women in Western media.”




Another American Muslim in next week's CCN




Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


From home to home

Wisdom College pupil, Amar Zoubi, reflects on her identity in this essay (written in Arabic and edited and translated into English by her teacher Sr. Noura Sabih Ghazaleh)


Amar Zoubi and Mrs Wendy Hill (EALD teacher)


It was not an ordinary day neither a seasonal wintery cloud that visits the sky in winter and pours rain then passes. I surely never predicted in a million years to be where I am now nor for my brain to be a host of so many battles……………


Through this small introduction, I convey to you the uproarious war sounds splitting my ears and the countless tears dripping from both my heart and my eyes. This is what I remember about my homeland “Syria”. A home that I lived in its dark times and sadly I only remember its peaceful sunshine through my parents ‘eyes.


I was ten years old when explosions were part of my daily life and I don’t know whether I should call myself brave or abnormal to being accustomed to war blasts.


My journey holds pain that is instilled deep within; In my childhood and adolescence. It is as dark and as scary as a grave yard at night. Frequently, when I look at myself in the mirror, I am almost sure that my eyes have extracted the black colour from so many black moments I have witnessed.

I have Physically faced death many times, but my emotional funeral was with the first bombshell that hit my state and tailed after it a war that lasted for eight years.


“We have to leave” A sentence that my father said after many dangerous, hungry and homeless days. Part of me was relieved that I am going to be as far as I can from death and horror, and, my other part was striving to find one green olive tree to take with me, so I can smell my homeland whenever I miss it.


Here I am on a tiny boat to Lebanon with many people who all look like me; Shocked, shaking and shoved on a piece of wood facing another way of death. The feelings of being nauseous drowned with the people who fell off the boat, and my voice escaped screaming to the captain to go back and pick the mothers, brothers, fathers and sisters who fell off. I was screaming for humanity that is worthless not just for the bombers but also to everyone around me who was only thinking how to survive.


Lebanon was another survival story; Homeless and hungry. It added though fighting for something no one can live without; Dignity.


We picked up our respect and dignity and left for Australia; My home now.

At last safety is no longer an issue, but where is the sense of belonging?

Where is my mum’s sister up the road where I can go for breakfast in the morning? Where is uncle Hassan the butcher? Where is Hiba; My friend at school there? How do I speak to people here?


I did overcome the language barrier and started to love Australia as my home because of so many beautiful souls who helped me and have become a part of my family; My school teachers, my school friends and also the Imam at my Madrsah who is from an Arabic descent and who is also my teacher at my school.


I thank you all and thank each Australian for embracing me, but do you think will I ever be able to go back to look for that olive tree???


(l to r) Gokhan Kot (Wisdom College coordinator), Amar Zoubi and Mr Murat Guzel (Principal of Wisdom College)

(l to r) Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh, Obayda Zoubi (Amar's father) and Amar Zoubi


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Blind Paralympian was disqualified for wearing the hijab!

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This is the moment a young Indonesian girl was forced to choose between her hijab and her sport.

She chose her hijab and ended up being gifted an umrah ticket

Blind 21-year-old Miftahul Jannah trained for 10 months to compete in the 2018 Asian Paralympic Games’ judo tournament.

However, minutes before competing, she was told she would have to remove her scarf in order to continue.

After refusing to remove it, she was disqualified from the tournament.

The president of the Indonesian National Paralympic Committee blamed the embarrassment on the judo teams coach.

However, the coach claims the rule was only put in place the day before the tournament.

After the disappointing incident, a friend of Miftahul said she was likely not to compete in the sport again.

Despite this, many Indonesians took to social media to congratulate Miftahul on her difficult decision.

Hearing of the incident, the country’s House of Representatives rewarded Miftahul with a ticket to Umrah

In response, Miftahul said,

“I am truly elated. It personally feels like a gold medal for me.”









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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To know the future just look to the past


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


Field Marshal Viscount Allenby and Viscountess Allenby being received on arrival at a garden party at the Woking mosque





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DATE: 19 October 2018

TOPIC: "The real keys to genuine sustainable success and happiness" 
IMAM: Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy (CEO of Muslim Aid Australia)








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 DATE: 19 October 2018

TOPIC: "Hazrat Hussain Part 4"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar










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DATE: 19 October 2018

TOPIC: "The sahabah ibn Abbas as a role model"

IMAM: Abdur Raheem










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TOPIC: ”The Prophet’s gift to Hazrat Aisha”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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DATE: 19 October 2018

TOPIC: "This world is a place of Deception" 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali








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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 19 October 2018

TOPIC: "Value Your Youth Before Your Old Age" 
IMAM: Imraan Husain



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‘They Took Them Quietly. All of Them Are in Jail Today.’


On the podcast: A woman who challenged the Saudi regime by getting behind the wheel of a car speaks out.



Manal al-Sharif reads from her book, Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening, in Munich on Oct. 8, 2017

SAUDI ARABIA: Few people around the world have been following the story of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi more closely than Saudi dissidents. Many of them fled Saudi Arabia to avoid being jailed or persecuted for their acts of protest. That the regime would target Khashoggi outside the country—he was apparently killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul—raises questions about their own safety.



One of those dissidents is Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi activist who now lives in Australia. Back in 2011, Sharif got behind the wheel of a car in Saudi Arabia and went for a spin, defying the driving ban her country imposed on women. She was briefly jailed and eventually left Saudi Arabia but was forced to leave her son behind. Sharif tells her story on our podcast this week and describes the plight of other activists who stayed in Saudi Arabia.




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Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo

Seth Anziska





On the fortieth anniversary of the Camp David Accords, a groundbreaking new history that shows how Egyptian-Israeli peace ensured lasting Palestinian statelessness

For seventy years Israel has existed as a state, and for forty years it has honored a peace treaty with Egypt that is widely viewed as a triumph of U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East.

Yet the Palestinians--the would-be beneficiaries of a vision for a comprehensive regional settlement that led to the Camp David Accords in 1978--remain stateless to this day.

How and why Palestinian statelessness persists are the central questions of Seth Anziska's groundbreaking book, which explores the complex legacy of the agreement brokered by President Jimmy Carter.

Based on newly declassified international sources, Preventing Palestine charts the emergence of the Middle East peace process, including the establishment of a separate track to deal with the issue of Palestine.

At the very start of this process, Anziska argues, Egyptian-Israeli peace came at the expense of the sovereignty of the Palestinians, whose aspirations for a homeland alongside Israel faced crippling challenges. With the introduction of the idea of restrictive autonomy, Israeli settlement expansion, and Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the chances for Palestinian statehood narrowed even further.

The first Intifada in 1987 and the end of the Cold War brought new opportunities for a Palestinian state, but many players, refusing to see Palestinians as a nation or a people, continued to steer international diplomacy away from their cause.

Combining astute political analysis, extensive original research, and interviews with diplomats, military veterans, and communal leaders, Preventing Palestine offers a bold new interpretation of a highly charged struggle for self-determination.



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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: These tuna fish cakes are ideal for lunch boxes or for a picnic and can be prepared in advance! 


Mini Tuna Fish Cakes






4 tins tuna drained
1 large onion finely chopped
4 slices brown bread soaked & water squeezed out
1 tab. ground green chillies
½ tsp ground coriander seeds
1 tsp fine cumin seeds (jeero)
1 tab. coarse red chillies
3 tab. dry parsley
1 tsp salt (to taste)
1 beaten egg
Chopped spring onions
Chopped dhania (coriander leaves)
Combine the above together

Take a small amount, roll round balls in palm of hands,

than flatten.


Fry in shallow oil on medium to high heat.


Turn over so both sides are golden in colour.


Serve hot with a sauce or use as a burger patty



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Q: Dear Kareema, I need to do some strength exercises and was hoping to get some ideas on what safe exercises I can try apart from using weights?

A: Body weight exercises are a great option.


Try walking, jogging, squats, push-ups, tricep-dips, etc.


Keep it simple, safe & build from there.


Be sure to use good posture and technique and stretch after every session.

Using a resistance band or medicine / weighted ball while exercising will turn up the intensity and challenge you to work harder and see results quicker.

Yoga and pilates will strengthen deep muscles and core, so be sure to give it a go if you have access to a gym.



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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 “Respecting Psychological Personal Space”.

Self-Reflection is only possible when we spend moments in silence and create a personal space for ourselves whereby we are in complete immersion within our own being, in order to look back and learn from all that happened in the past several months.

Personal Space exists in two forms - physically and psychologically - when a person feels comfortable in a region surrounding them which they regard as their own. That region could exist within physical boundaries or within the mind. When this personal space is encroached upon, the person feels anger, frustration, discomfort or anxiety. Alhumdolillah, our Deen reminds us of this space with examples of our Prophet’s (SAW) retreats to the mountain caves and his regular practice of I’tikaf.

The fundamental thing to remember is that everyone has a right to personal space and no one has the right to encroach upon another’s personal space. Respecting one’s own personal space and that of others is vital if one wishes to live a joyful, peaceful and harmonious life.

Psychological Personal Space In Your Home

Often people may feel that the mosque is a preferred choice to practise self-reflection and connection with ALLAH. However, every Muslim’s home can be perceived as a sanctuary to practise self-reflection. Every member of your family is entitled to this space and must have respect when spending time in silence - bearing in mind that silence can also be practised while being in a room full of people. Respecting that psychological personal space is vital.

How to Respect Psychological Personal Space

As Muslims, we have a wonderful advantage in that we have been reminded countless times that a harmonious family unit is a compulsory prerequisite to having a harmonious Ummah. The question is, are we actually practising this? Look at the state of our Ummah and understand that it is a direct reflection of the state of your own family unit, your dealings with extended family members and the rest of the community.

Below are ways to be mindful and respectful of your own psychological personal space and that of others.

• Dedicate a time daily to be in your personal space. This is aside from Salah times.
• Let people around you know that you are retreating for some quiet time and you wish not to be disturbed.
• Whilst in quiet time, leave gadgets in a different room so that you are not disturbed by notification tones, texts or phone calls.
• Discuss the benefits of personal space as a family,
• If a family member practises being in their personal space whilst in a room full of other family members, DO NOT ask them why they are quiet. Let them be.
• During this practice, acknowledge and become aware of every part of your being and give thanks to ALLAH for this precious time of reflection.
• Minimise loud noises and distractions in the home so that people who are in practice of this time can feel more at peace.
• Go into the practice with an intention to know ALLAH better and find answers to questions that are on your mind.
• Encourage and support your family members to experience Psychological Personal Space daily.

A daily practice of psychological personal space will not only transform you as a person but also inspire people in your family and community to imbibe this practice. In a world where the terms ‘communication’ and ‘connection’ are reduced to defining the latest electronic gadgets, we are sadly the most disconnected Muslims to have dwelled on this earth.

Disconnect from the outside and connect within so that you may connect better with ALLAH.

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Jallaludin was sitting in the living room, talking to his wife about life.


In-between, they talked about the idea of living or dying.


Jallaludin told her: 'Never let me live in a vegetative state, totally dependent on machines and liquids from a bottle. If you see me in that state I want you to disconnect all the connections that are keeping me alive, I'd much rather die.'

His wife got up from her seat with the look of admiration towards her husband and proceeded to disconnect the Cable TV, DVD, the computer, the mobile phone, the iPod, and the Xbox, and went to the kitchen and threw away all his Pepsi, Coke, drinks from the fridge...

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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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"When I run after what I think I want,

my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety;

If I sit in my own place of patience,

what I need flows to me,

and without pain”

~  Rumi



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

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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)








NETWORKING with Peter Fitzsimons


The Queensland Council of Social Service and BDO would very much welcome your participation in a networking function with guest speaker Mr Peter Fitzsimons.


Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona and written over 27 best-selling books.


Peter supports a number of community organisations, and is passionate about creating healthy, engaged communities where everyone has equal opportunity and often writes and presents on a range of difficult social issues through media and telling stories of hope and realisation rather than pain and demonisation.


Date and Time: Monday 5 November 2018 between 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Light refreshments will be provided


Venue: BDO Offices

           Level 10, 12 Creek Street



RSVP : Friday 19 October  Click here to register 






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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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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

Contacts: Prof Shahjahan Khan Ph +61421081048, Email:, Dr Mainul Islam Ph +61432533550, and Br Shahbaz Rafiq Ph 0402398608 (Brisbane).

17 October 2018

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 AUD.


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.






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



Islamic Care clothing bins are now operational around South East Queensland 



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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

Aust International Islamic College
724 Blunder Road, Durack

0422 433 074

3.30PM to Maghrib

18 November



Community Information Day (BIC)


Brisbane Islamic Centre

161 Underwood Road Eight Mile Plains


0402 898 741

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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Kuraby Mosque

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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...

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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

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

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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