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New leads in Toowoomba mosque arson attack investigation CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
ANIC Warning Regarding Fraudulent Ruqya Services Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
Muslim Hay drive aids Goondiwindi farmers at 'wit's end' Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

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Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

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Sinead O'Connor converts to Islam

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Insulting Prophet Mohammed ‘not freedom of expression’

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Board Chair – Ismail Cajee


On 5th December 2014, the Qld. NSSAB (Non-State Schools Accreditation Board) placed a “Show Cause” on the Islamic College of Brisbane following and audit by Oakton. This was followed by an audit of all AFIC schools across Australia by Deloittes and a resultant DET (Commonwealth Department of Education and Training) “Notice” which required satisfaction of 15 conditions and 11 sub-conditions.


On Monday 22nd October, 2018 the last and second most difficult to achieve of the conditions was finalised to the satisfaction of DET through a Deed of Acknowledgement of Debt between the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) and Islamic College of Brisbane Ltd. (ICBL Board). ICBL is now free to conduct its day-to-day operations without seeking permission from DET. DET further states that “ICBL must ensure that it continues to comply with its obligations under the Australian Education Act 2013 and the conditions placed on its approval”.


DET is particularly concerned that the first and most difficult condition to achieve that is, a new constitution without AFIC influence or the potential for AFIC to influence ICB is sustained. In fact, the only influence AFIC now has is that of landlord as they own the land on which ICB is located and ICBL pays rent through a lease at commercial value and not the inflated value that existed previously. The review and amendments to our constitution coupled with a better financial position, streamlined operational functions and enhanced performance lays the foundation of a much improved strategic direction leading to better academic and Islamic outcomes for our students.


The journey has been long and challenging; and as Chair for the majority of this period I have many people to thank. It has to be said that we owe a debt of gratitude and special thanks to our current and soon to retire Principal Dr Ray Barrett OAM, without whose professional leadership, insight and guidance we would not have achieved the positive outcomes.

Principal, Dr Ray Barrett OAM


A hearty thanks to my Business Manager, Ms. Sharon Lam for her dedication and devotion in addressing the difficult tasks she faced.



Business Manager,
Ms. Sharon Lam




My gratitude and thanks to Br. Ali Kadri (Acting Board Chair) for conducting the monthly meetings and supporting me with my duties during the periods of my absences.

Br. Ali Kadri (Acting Board Chair)



I want to thank my other Board of Directors Dr Mohammed Rabiul Alam, Junaid Qadri, Lyla Moshmosh, Suraya Nikwan, Shahid Bharadia, Mohammed Tilly (Former Director) and Assoc. Prof. Halim Rane (Former Director), for standing alongside me and providing me with insight and guidance. My role was made much easier given the wonderful management team and people behind me, bringing diverse sets of skills and expertise to contribute in maintaining the high levels of service delivery and addressing the challenges we faced.


CPAC (College Parents Advisory Committee) under the leadership of Maryam Kissane, Osman Rane (Remissions Committee Chair), Orhan Camkara (ICT Manager) and other staff of the school under the direction of Deputy Principal Mr. Shariff and Assistant Principals Mrs. Ashraf (Primary) and Ian Martineau (Secondary) who not only maintained operations but also improved financial, record keeping and student outcomes over this period cannot be thanked enough.


David Robertson (Executive Director) and the team at ISQ (Independent Schools of Qld); Paul Paxton (Paxton-Hall Lawyers); Michael Harding (General Manager) and the BGA (Block Grant Authority) team are others who have stood by and supported ICBL over this period of time.


ICB is now in a position to continue its building programme which has been paused during the compliance period and the long awaited Block ‘I’ will be with us some time next year. The good news is that by amalgamating subsidies from different years we are now able to construct a five storey building instead of separate buildings. Block ‘I’ will be able to accommodate the whole of the High School.


Another exciting development is the commencement of the Islamic Education Renewal Project at ICB. This will be conducted by Professor Abdalla and Dylan Chown from the University of Adelaide Centre for Islamic Thought and Education. The outcome of this project will provide the central direction for the College as it moves into its next phase of Development.


Ismail Cajee

Board Chair

25 October, 2018




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NEW information given to police investigating two unsolved arson attacks at the Toowoomba mosque in 2015 suggest the same person is responsible for the crimes.

Toowoomba detectives have today renewed an appeal for the public to come forward with any information relating to the suspicious fires at the Garden City Mosque.

Police have revealed for the first time they believe the attacks are linked.
Security camera footage of the first attack on January 23, 2015, shows a hooded figure - believed to be a man - gain access to the West St building.
At precisely 9.48pm, flames can be seen igniting inside before the figure calmly leaves the building, closing the door behind them.

The footage then cuts to another camera which recorded the person walk through the adjacent car park towards West St, opposite the fuel station.
Police revealed the fire was lit in a plastic bin which caused damage to the floor of the building.

The second incident, on April 17 that year, caused far more extensive damage when a window was smashed and a fire lit inside.

The mosque was gutted and remained badly damaged until a rebuild began earlier this year.

Now, new information has been received which has led investigators to believe the person of interest in both offences is still living in the Toowoomba area.
"As the two fires are believed to be linked, it is understood the person of interest is believed to be of similar description and acting alone," police said.

"Detectives have again released CCTV footage of a male wanted in connection to the arson on Friday, January 23, 2015.

"Police encourage members of the public to come forward with information as to the identity of this male."

A possible $25,000 reward remains on offer under the Arson Reward Scheme or anyone who supplies information which leads to the conviction of the person responsible for the fires.

The arson attacks drew widespread condemnation and united Toowoomba in its outrage against the crimes.

Then Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller led the condemnation after the second attack, describing it as "shocking" and urged the community to report information.

"It is outrageous and we want people to come forward so that police can get the names of people so they can be investigated and, if necessary, they are charged," Ms Miller told national media in Toowoomba after the second attack.

Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with information.

The Toowoomba Chronicle


In response to this report, Prof Shahjahan Khan of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba said:

Let’s hope and pray that the criminal will be caught and brought to justice. In the light of Islamic and Prophetic (SWS) tradition, we will forgive him if he apologies and repents for his evil act.
We have nothing personal against him. Ironically, this criminal may not understand that he has united the community, and strengthen our resolve to take the challenge of rebuilding the house of Allah to spread His light in the region.




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The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) is issuing this precautionary warning to members of the Australian Muslim community regarding fraudulent individuals currently operating 'Ruqya' or spiritual healing services in an abusive, unislamic and illegal manner.

The practice of 'Ruqya' is a confirmed tradition of the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad PEACE BE UPON HIM, used to ward off the black magic, evil eye (Hasad) and as a general therapy. It can also be performed by the person seeking treatment on themselves or by close family members such as spouses, parents or an upright people.

In the unlikely event that the services of a spiritual healer or Ruqyah are required, it is important to be cautious of the following prohibitions:

- Physical abuse such as hitting, choking and use of excessive force is not permitted during healing.
- Excessive financial charges for treatment, and sales of remedies at inflated prices should not be accepted.
- No Muslim woman should be in seclusion with a male spiritual healer without the presence of her Mahram (A close male relative such as husband, or brother).
- Any individual that claims to be qualified in Ruqya or spiritual healing must be an upright person with good reputation and reference from the Imams and prominent community leaders




Report in the Goondiwindi Argus



HUNDREDS of hay bales will be donated to drought-affected farmers in the region.

Eleven trucks arrived in Goondiwindi carrying nearly 500 bales on Saturday. Adding to three truckloads already donated in previous weeks.

The Muslim Charitable Foundation from Brisbane and Muslim Aid in Sydney raised more than $60,000 in six weeks.

The fundraiser started with a prayer for rain, which seems to have worked.

MCF president, Yusuf Khatree, said their community understood the gravity of the situation.

“We realise how serious a situation this drought is and that the repercussions go down the line, and will eventually reach us,” Mr Khatree said.

Care Goondiwindi manager, Tracy MacDonald, said the organisation had fielded calls from people wanting to help farmers specifically in our district.

A meeting involving Care, council’s Megan Long with stock and station agents Darren Smith and Anthony Triggs saw the inception of Border Rivers Community Care.

A Facebook page has been started and application forms are now available.

Mrs MacDonald said Care had collated the information for requests while the agents took a more hands-on role with their rural connections.

“They know the ones who aren’t going to ask and those who we are desperate to help,” she said.

Landholders in the border rivers region, including northern NSW, are urged to contact Care for support.

“It’s not too late,” Mrs MacDonald said.

She also wanted residents to know Care could help in other ways.

“If you are having difficulty paying accounts, especially essential services, please call us. Often, we can work with the companies and apply for hardship, especially now we are in a drought declared region.

“We also have food hampers available, and dog food will be going out with some of the hay donations,” she added.

“A lot of people think there is always someone worse off than them but we tell them, there’s enough to share around.”

Mrs MacDonald said landholders were at their wits end.

“It’s really sad. Most have never had to ask for help before.

“Some are spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed their stock. This is just a little respite; a little bit they don’t have to spend,” she said.

“I’m finding when people call to ask a question, that often turns in to a very long conversation. It’s often the wives who ring. They’re very concerned how this is effecting their family and their future.”

MAA’s Ahmed Baghdadi said he had spoken to one farmer who had three harvests in 18 years, but most remained positive.

Mr Baghdadi was inspired hearing first-hand accounts. “It’s very motivational,” he added.

“The farmers always seem to look for the silver lining,” Mr Khatree said.

Janet Deen of the MCF, and former Elders employee, said previously more support was available.

“Now, there’s little help at all. It’s sad when you consider the farmers feed our nation and now in their time of need the government isn’t helping them. That’s basically what we are trying to do here today.

“The government isn’t compassionate. It’s cruel,” she said.

“It’s a hard life for people on the land and Australia needs them!”

This donation was no easy feat either.

Aside from the huge coordination on a local level the charities had to source the hay from Gatton and pay a premium.

The Deen family – fifth/sixth generation Australians – provided the transportation.

Strike Fuels also came onboard and donated the diesel.

“One advantage that we have is that what we collected, we have used,” Mr Khatree said. “There’s no administration fees and no in-between. It’s 100 per cent collection and delivery. And it has also meant delivery has been a bit quicker too,” he said.

Mrs MacDonald said schools in the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba, the local St Vincent de Paul and Gundy Girls Shed had also provided considerable funds to assist with the purchase and delivery of water to local farmers.

The Goondiwindi Argus




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The Irish singer announced that she is "proud to have become a Muslim" and added that it is "the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian's journey."

IRISH singer Sinead O'Connor has revealed she has renounced Catholicism and converted to Islam, taking the new name "Shuhada' Davitt".

O'Connor, who last year changed her legal name to Magda Davitt, said she had ditched the Catholic Church for good in a message to fans on Twitter.

The 51-year-old was previously ordained a priest by a breakaway Catholic sect, the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church, in the late 1990s.

But in a series of recent tweets, the Dubliner revealed she had swapped the clerical collar for the hijab and become a Muslim.





"This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim," she wrote.

"This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant.

"I will be given (another) new name. It will be Shuhada’."

The musician, who underwent intensive mental health treatment in the US last year with the help of Dr Phil, went on to post a video of herself singing the Adhan - the Islamic call to prayer.


"Here is my 1st attempt at singing the Azan [sic]," she wrote. "I got some pronouncition [sic] wrong because emotions took me from my page... but there’ll be hundreds of others onstage to come".



In another tweet, she added: "Sorry re all the mistakes in my Azan.... 1st attempt. When I’ve practiced it 30 times i’m Gonna make the world stop turning".

O'Connor also revealed she had received her first Hijab with the help of a friend in Dublin.


"My best friend, Elaine just gave me my 1st Hijab and she got chills all over her body when I put it on," she wrote.

"Not gonna post a photo because is intensely personal. And I’m an ugly old hag. But I’m a very, very, very happy old hag."



In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail earlier this week, O'Connor - identified by her 'former' name - revealed she was collaborating with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Irish actor Cillian Murphy, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and singer Imelda May for a new EP.

'One More Yard' will pay tribute to a young Irish First World War soldier, Michael Thomas Wall, and uses words from 90 letters he wrote home during the conflict.

All proceeds raised from sales of the EP will go to a cancer charity.

The Irish Post




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Tasneem Chopra on being awarded one of La Trobe University's highest honours - the Distinguished Alumni Award


Tasneem Chopra is a cross-cultural consultant who speaks across the private and public sector to issues of cultural competence, gender, leadership and intersectional discrimination.


Ms Chopra completed a Masters of International Development at La Trobe before she was appointed the Board Director for Ambulance Victoria, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), NOW Australia, the Luke Batty Foundation and Chair of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. Tasneem is also a TEDxMelbourne presenter and a media commentator.




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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that insulting Islam's Prophet Mohammed is not covered by freedom of expression.

Defaming the Prophet “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate" and "could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace,” the ruling stated.

The decision by a seven-judge panel came after an Austrian national identified as Mrs. S. held two seminars in 2009 in which she insulted the prophet.

The court said that the woman's comments could not be covered by the freedom of expression, stating that it had found that "the applicant's statements had been likely to arouse justified indignation in Muslims" and "amounted to a generalization without factual basis."

An Austrian court convicted her of disparaging religious doctrines in 2011 and fined her 480 euros (548 dollars), a judgment that was upheld on two appeals.

“Mrs. S. appealed but the Vienna Court of Appeal upheld the decision in December 2011, confirming, in essence, the lower court’s findings. A request for the renewal of the proceedings was dismissed by the Supreme Court on 11 December 2013,” it said.

“Relying on Article 10 (freedom of expression), Mrs. S. complained that the domestic courts failed to address the substance of the impugned statements in the light of her right to freedom of expression.”

On today’s ruling, the ECHR said it “found in particular that the domestic courts comprehensively assessed the wider context of the applicant’s statements and carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected, and served the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria.”

Al Arabiya




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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.

For more information:
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Large one bedroom fully furnished apartment in Surfers Paradise available for renting.


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


The percentage of Australians who consider God ‘not at all important’ in their life is increasing. In the 1981 World Values Survey, 14 per cent placed themselves in this category, compared to 35 per cent in 2018. At the opposite end of the scale, the percentage replying that God is ‘very important’ in their life has declined from 25 per cent to 17 per cent between 1981 and 2018 (after increasing slightly in 2005).




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. 





Mahmud Effendi

Turkish Scholar and Preacher


Sheikh Mahmud Ustaosmanoglu, also known as Sheikh Mahmud Effendi, is one of the most popular Islamic teachers in Turkey today. He emphasizes the Sunnah and is well-known for having revived many of the Sunnah practices.

Life: Sheikh Effendi became a Hafiz (one who has memorized the Qur’an) at the tender age of 6. He then started studying Arabic and Persian at first, and then went on to study the Islamic Sciences. Sheikh Effendi was appointed imam of the Ismail Agha mosque in Istanbul in 1954, where he remained until he retired in 1996. He devoted three weeks per-year to teach people across Turkey and made several missionary and educational tours in several countries, including Germany and the United States.

Students: He has millions of followers and has established various religious, social and charity organisations such as the Marifet Association, the Federation of Marifet Associations and Ahle Sunnah wal Jamaah Confederation. Although he himself has moved to the suburbs of Istanbul, his stronghold is still the Fateh area where his followers are easily recognised by their traditional dress. He emphasises service to humanity on the basis of sincerity.






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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......



Wajahat Ali: The ‘Muslim fireman’



Wajahat Ali jokes that he’s tired of being the media’s “Muslim fireman,” the guy called upon to explain Islam to America, usually after a deadly terrorist attack.


He’d much rather be the “Muslim gardener,” he says with a smile.


“You know, planting some seeds and maybe eating a mango or two.”


It’s hard to imagine Ali sitting still long, though.


The New York Times contributing opinion writer seems to always have a long list of projects, from penning plays to investigating Islamophobia to writing dystopian fiction about life inside Muslim concentration camps.


The Wi-Fi is sparse but the weed is plentiful, he jokes.


Ali is also developing a television series with novelist Dave Eggers about a Muslim police officer in the San Francisco Bay area.

What other Muslims say about Ali: “It’s easy to go into online spaces and complain all the time, but one of the things about Wajahat is that he is always trying to tell positive stories. He believes that there is a way out of this mess, and he wants other people to believe that, too.”




Another American Muslim in next week's CCN




Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Ireland 'leads the world in Islamic values as Muslim states lag'





Ireland best embodies the Islamic values of opportunity and justice, according to a survey by a leading US academic


Ireland best embodies Islamic beliefs, according to survey


The Koran's teachings are better represented in Western societies than in Islamic countries, which have failed to embrace the values of their own faith in politics, business, law and society, a leading academic at George Washington University has said.

A study of 208 countries and territories has found that the top countries in both economic achievement and social values are Ireland, Demark, Luxembourg and New Zealand. Britain also ranks in the top ten.

The first Muslim-majority nation is Malaysia ranking at 33, while the only other state in the top 50 is Kuwait at 48.

Hossein Askari, an Iranian-born professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University, said Muslim countries used religion as an instrument of state control. He said: “We must emphasise that many countries that profess Islam and are called Islamic are unjust, corrupt, and underdeveloped and are in fact not ‘Islamic’ by any stretch of the imagination.

“Looking at an index of Economic Islamicity, or how closely the policies and achievements of countries reflect Islamic economic teachings - Ireland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, Finland, Norway, and Belgium round up the first 10”.

“If a country, society, or community displays characteristics such as unelected, corrupt, oppressive, and unjust rulers, inequality before the law, unequal opportunities for human development, absence of freedom of choice (including that of religion), opulence alongside poverty, force, and aggression as the instruments of conflict resolution as opposed to dialogue and reconciliation, and, above all, the prevalence of injustice of any kind, it is prima facie evidence that it is not an Islamic community,” he said.

An Overall Islamicity Index analysing social rules and human rights measures found that similar rankings were generated in 2010.

"New Zealand, Luxembourg, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands; and again only Malaysia (38) and Kuwait (48) make it into the top 50 from Muslim countries,” he said. “Islam is, and has been for centuries, the articulation of the universal love of Allah for his creation and for its unity, and all that this implies for all-encompassing human and economic development."

The Telegraph UK




Why non-Muslims are converting to sharia finance





Competitive savings rates are attracting non-believers


The halal restaurants established by Muslim migrants in Britain quickly inspired an almost religious following among non-believers. Now a similar conversion may be under way in banking. Al Rayan Bank, Britain’s biggest sharia-compliant retail bank by assets, says around one in three of its customers is non-Muslim, up from one in eight in 2010. The Bank of London and the Middle East (blme), another halal outfit, also has a following outside the faithful: the “vast majority” of customers are not Muslims.

A bank prohibited from paying interest might seem an unlikely choice for savers. The practice is banned under sharia. Instead, Islamic banks invest deposits and return a cut of the profits, which amounts to much the same thing as far as many savers are concerned.

Some non-Muslims may be drawn to pious banks for ethical reasons. Sharia forbids investments in sin stocks like arms, alcohol and tobacco. Simon Walker, head of retail sales at Al Rayan, compares his firm to Charity Bank and Ecology Building Society, which market themselves as ethical alternatives.

But more are probably persuaded by competitive rates. Funds deposited for two years at Al Rayan return 2.32%, the best deal on the market according to Moneyfacts, a data firm. Price-comparison websites bring in clients who might not otherwise have considered Islamic banking. Some 90% of savers who opened fixed-term deposit accounts with Al Rayan last year were non-Muslims.

How do sharia upstarts beat the market? Returns on ordinary savings accounts are steered by the Bank of England’s base interest rate, which has been at rock bottom since 2009. Sharia accounts do not follow the base rate so closely. Nor do Islamic banks benefit directly from quantitative easing (in which the Bank of England creates money to buy assets from financial institutions), since no sharia-compliant facility exists. Sharia banks seem to pay for their generous savings accounts by offering much worse deals on lending. Al Rayan’s home purchase plan (its sharia-compliant version of a mortgage) charges 4.24% in the first two years, almost double the market average. Even so, 12% of Al Rayan’s home-purchase customers are non-Muslims.



The Economist


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This is how Albania prays!!

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Fortnite, The Game Capturing Hearts and Minds

OnePath Network



It’s the game taking the world by storm, children, teenagers and even adults.

Fortnite Battle Royal – is a free multiplayer-shooting game, where the last one standing wins. The game can be played on nearly all devices and players enjoy the ability of being able to speak to one another while they play.

But in all its fun and excitement – there’s a dark side no one seems to be talking about.

Fortnite is addictive and we are now seeing an epidemic of children consumed with unhealthy gaming habits.

The World Health Organisation has listed “Gaming Disorder” as a mental illness in its latest International Classification of Diseases. 









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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


A British soldier being warmly greeted in July 1917





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Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World

Mohamed Keshavjee, Raficq S Abdulla





Sharia has been a source of misunderstanding and misconception in both the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.

Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World sets out to explore the reality of sharia, contextualising its development in the early centuries of Islam and showing how it evolved in line with historical and social circumstances.

The authors, Raficq S. Abdulla and Mohamed M. Keshavjee, both British-trained lawyers, argue that sharia and the positive law flowing from it, known as fiqh, have never been an exclusive legal system or a fixed set of beliefs.

In addition to tracing the history of sharia, the book offers a critique concerning its status today.

Sharia is examined with regard to particular issues that are of paramount importance in the contemporary world, such as human rights; criminal penalties, including those dealing with apostasy, blasphemy and adultery, commercial transactions, and bio-medical ethics, amongst other subjects.

The authors show that sharia is a legal system underpinned by ethical principles that are open to change in different circumstances and contexts, notwithstanding the claims for 'transcendental permanence' made by Islamists.

This book encourages new thinking about the history of sharia and its role in the modern world. 




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KB says: Cannelloni are a cylindrical type of pasta generally served baked with a filling and covered by a sauce in Italian cuisine. I prefer using the Lasagne sheets for the cannelloni as its easier to fill and will cook al dente in the sauces. Other popular stuffing include spinach and ricotta or minced beef 


Cannelloni with Chicken and Béchamel Sauce


Indian style





½ kg Chicken breasts cubed
Fresh Lasagne sheets – cut into 3
1 bottle of Béchamel sauce
1 tsp green chillies
1 cup Tomato Chutney (see recipe below)
1tsp salt
1tsp ginger and garlic
1 tab olive oil
1 tsp chilly powder
½ cup water
1 cup of pizza cheese (a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella cheese)

  1. Place ginger garlic in olive oil

  2. Add cubed chicken, salt and chilly powder and cook until chicken is done.

  3. Add chutney and braise until mixture is fairly dry but still a little saucy.

  4. In a casserole layer tomato chutney to cover the base.

  5. On a third of the lasagne sheet place 1 tab chicken filling on the edge and roll.

  6. With the seam side down place the cannelloni in the casserole and continue until the casserole has been filled.

  7. Place ½ cup of water into it.

  8. Mix the béchamel sauce with the green chillies and pour over the cannelloni to cover it completely – as any exposed cannelloni will dry out.

  9. Top with cheese and cover with foil.

  10. Bake on 180deg for half an hour, then remove the foil and bake for further 5 mins.

Tomato Chutney

  1. Braise 2 chopped onions in 1 tab olive oil until light brown add 2 tsp garlic.

  2. Braise for a minute before you add 6 chopped tomatoes, 2 tsp salt 1 tsp chilly powder and ¼ tsp turmeric, 1 tab tomato paste, 1 tab vinegar and allow it to simmer until the sauce thickens.

  3. Puree the chutney and its ready to use in pizzas, pastas or as base for curries, baked beans, fish curry etc

Note: Very handy to have it in the fridge and I normally double this quantity.




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Q: Dear Kareema, I have a reunion coming up in a few months and would like to shed just a few kilos. I’m on track at the moment but was wondering if there were some simple do’s & don'ts leading up to the event?

A: If you are on track with your goals, just stay focused and keep going at the rate that you are. Make your workout routines a priority and stay consistent. Don’t leave anything for the last minute. That’s when you’ll tend to push yourself too hard in your last few training sessions which could lead to injury.



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Jallaludin asked his wife to let him marry a second wife,

"But I have one condition" said his wife.

Jallaludin jumped with joy and said ; "Tell me, tell me please I will agree with your every condition."

His wife answered; "You will have to sign the Nikah paper in the Turkish Saudi Consulate, and I will be waiting for you outside the embassy.

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

~ Surah Ibrahim 14:26


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It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.”


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

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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



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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 



Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre





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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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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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