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Toowoomba Mosque Open Day

TOOWOOMBA MOSQUE (The Chronicle): THE Garden City Mosque has continued its support of religious and cultural harmony with a low-profile open day.

As part of the National Mosque Open Day, the gates to the West St centre were opened to the community which, due to ongoing construction on the site, was kept low profile.

But it didn't dull the significance of the day for Islamic Society of Toowoomba founding president Professor Shahjahan Khan, who said it was critical to remain open with the community.

"The whole idea is to bridge the gap and make the understanding to live in peace and harmony," he said.

"Sometimes people wrongly mistake a mosque as an exclusive place. It has never been an exclusive place.

"Toowoomba can be proud of this religious and cultural harmony which is not available in many other places."


"One elderly non-Muslim visitor walked close to the rebuilding site of the burned Mosque and was so emotional that he almost burst in to tears in happiness. I was quite moved by the goodwill gesture of this person and his heartfelt support for the project. Another visitor said, "How hard is it to find 890 people in Toowoomba who would donate $1000 each to complete the project?" He said that for many people in Toowoomba $1000 is almost nothing."



Imam Abdul Kader, Sergeant Scott McGrath and Dr Aslam Nasir.

Obaid Khogyani, Dr Javaid Iqbal and Rahim Khogyani

 Catherine Chinnock, Daniel Chinnock and Amina Khogyani


Islamic Society of Toowoomba founding president Professor Shahjahan Khan

Prof. Khan said the Islamic community deliberately kept the national event in Toowoomba low-key due to the ongoing construction of the fire-ravaged mosque.

Construction is progressing on the new facility which is likely to be completed next year after two unsolved arson attacks in 2015.

Prof. Khan said worshippers had faith police would solve the crime after a recently renewed appeal for help from the community.

"The case is active and they are actively looking for the (suspect)," he said.

"We said in the past this person has committed a crime and by doing that has actually united the community beyond the religious and cultural boundaries."


GOLD COAST MOSQUE: The local public were given an opportunity to speak to members of the local community and take part in question and answer sessions throughout the day. The aim of the day was to break some barriers and show the public a true representation of Islam.


"It wasn’t about pulling the big numbers but fulfilling our duty as Muslims and spreading the word of Islam to the best of our abilities," Hussin Baba, Mosque secretary, told CCN.


A sausage sizzle was put on for the locals with a very talented henna artist and the Mosque shop stall.

"Alhamdulillah Allah blessed us with picture perfect weather for the day. Overall it was an enjoyable day for those that attended to show their support and may Allah guide those individuals that came on the day to the straight path, Ameen," said Baba.



Policewoman tries out hijab at Islamic Arabic Centre & Masjid Al-Khalil mosque open day in South Australia.



Various mosques in different states of Australia organised a variety of displays, programs, festivities and feasts in order to welcome fellow Australians in their house of worship and community centres.

Many Australians found the mosques a welcome place and made comments on their most positive experience.

Ella Haddad MP Labor Member for Denison said:

“I had a delightful afternoon today at the Hobart Mosque, including a lovely chat with Louise and her family. The Mosque was taking part in the National Mosque Open Day which happens on this day all around Australia, welcoming community into mosques. Thanks for having me!”

Katrine Hildyard MP Labor Member of Parliament for Reynell said:

“Thank you to everyone at the Islamic Arabic Centre and Al Khalil Mosque for welcoming Emily Gore – Labor for Senate, many community members and I during yesterday’s National Mosque Open Day – Adelaide and thank you for all that you do build a stronger, kinder, more connected South Australia.

Thank you also to Nasir Hussain and all from PACSA – Pakistani Australian Connections of South Australia for again looking after us and for your incredibly positive energy and love for our community!

Excellent to see Port Power stars Alipate Carlile and Emmanuel Irra and to see what they are doing to bring our community together through footy.”

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA had the opportunity to be involved with National Mosque Open Day 2018 at Masjid Al Khalil.

Attractions included a children’s jumping castle, face painting and a Henna stall, which added an exciting showground feel.

There was a program of speakers on different topics ranging from Women in Islam and Sharia Law to Islam in Australia. The speakers were available as a panel to answer questions from guests both in the morning and afternoon programs.


Hobart Mosque, TAS.

Young Mosque, NSW


Source: Australasian Muslim Times




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Far-right activist Tommy Robinson greets supporters outside the Old Bailey in London after his case was adjourned on September 27, 2018. The Former English Defence League leader spent two months in jail and is facing a retrial on charges of contempt.

ANTI-ISLAM campaigner Tommy Robinson is coming to Australia, with critics saying his arrival is of “grave concern”.

ANTI-ISLAM campaigner Tommy Robinson has announced he will join Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes on his Australian tour in December, in a move likely to increase pressure on the government to ban the right-wing activists from entering the country.

Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is the former leader of the English Defence League and is one of the most prominent anti-Islam voices in the UK. Earlier this year he spent two months in jail after being sentenced for contempt of court for live-streaming outside a “grooming gang” trial.

The 35-year-old was released on bail in August and ordered to face a retrial. A judge last week referred the long-running case to the attorney-general to determine whether it should be dropped.

In a Facebook video on Monday, Robinson said he was coming to Australia to “thank everyone” for their support, “providing all is good”. “We’re going to see over the next couple of days,” he said.

“I guess there’s going to be a lot of people getting triggered in Australia and hopefully a lot of people happy I’ll be coming. Eight weeks ago I was sitting in solitary confinement in prison, and now I’m probably going to address American Congress and speak in cities across Australia.”

The tour, dubbed “The Deplorables”, is being organised by Penthouse magazine and follows controversial visits by right-wing provocateurs Milo Yiannopoulos and Lauren Southern, both of which were marred by clashes between attendees and protesters.

There are growing calls for McInnes to have his visa rejected on character grounds. The former Vice co-founder has described his Proud Boys group as a “gang” and encourages members to brawl with left-wing groups like Antifa.

Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich called on Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to reject both men’s visas, saying the tour would “whip up fear and unrest in our nation and should be of grave concern”.

He said McInnes held “hateful, anti-Semitic and abhorrent views” and he would “not be surprised if one of his rallies will result in rioting in the streets as well as in violence and bloodshed”.





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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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Nusra Noorudheen and a friend show Sue Finnigan how the hijab is worn

The hijab has courted courted plenty of controversy, and now Muslim women in Queensland are harnessing people's interest in the headscarf to start conversations within their community.

At a recent open day at Rockhampton mosque, 34-year-old, mother-of-three Nusra Noorudheen and her friends showed non-Muslim women how the hijab was worn.

Ms Noorudheen said it opened up plenty of interesting conversations.

"If you have a hajib, niqab or burka on some people find it objectionable and think it's against women's rights," she said.

Nusra Noorudheen says she has not had many negative experiences regarding her choice to wear a hijab.

"When you have a negative image like that and then you try it on you see that it's not that bad, you still look beautiful — sometimes you even look better in a hijab!

"Going through that experience, you can get a different idea about it."

Ms Noorudheen said it was also a humanising experience to share your culture with someone directly.

"Sometimes when you are showing it to them they will tell you how they feel about it," she said.

"It opens up conversations because sometimes people don't talk about hijabs but this makes it more casual."

'Beautiful experiences' in growing community

The city of Rockhampton is better known for its beef than its religious and cultural diversity, but a growing Muslim community is calling central Queensland home.

Ms Noorudheen, who moved to Australia from Dubai eight years ago, said she had not encountered many problems when wearing her hijab in the city.

"I was worried when I first came that people could be prejudiced against me or judge me harshly, but I have had really beautiful experiences," she said.

"I have had many, many people come to me and compliment me on my hijab, they sometimes say they really love my scarf and they want to know where I got it."

Nusra Noorudheen says the mosque open day helped foster conversations with non-Muslims.


But what about wearing a head covering during brutal Queensland summers?

Ms Noorudheen said it was about choosing the right scarf and remembering the meaning behind the garment.

"You have to choose the right material," she said.

"The one I am wearing is light cotton and I don't feel it as much.

"It is also for a religious reason and you have to make some sacrifices if you want the reward.

"I've just had a baby recently but before that I used to go the gym regularly and I was always in my hijab, I also go to the beach for a swim, I have my burkini, as they call it. It doesn't stop me from doing anything."

A chance for connection

Rockhampton woman Sue Finnigan says it was interesting to try a hijab on.


Sue Finnigan tried on a hijab for the first time today and said while it was a warm accessory in the Rockhampton heat, it was nice to speak one-on-one with Ms Noorudheen.

"I don't think they should be judged — it's a part of their culture," she said.

"Trying on a hijab may remove people's negativity about it.

"It's been nice to experience wearing it and, not only that, I think it's also about experiencing the whole thing, trying on the hijab, tasting the food … I have nothing but pleasant thoughts about today; it was absolutely wonderful."

Community open to learn

The day's activities were a part of the Lebanese Muslim Association's National Mosque Open Day.

Islamic Society of Central Queensland president Binil Kattiparambil said welcoming 200 people through the doors of the mosque aimed to demystify their community.
"The purpose is to break down barriers and any sort of stigma around Muslims and Islam," he said.

Mr Kattiparambil said the conversations had between women about the hijabs were as important to the Muslim women as they were to the visitors.

"The Muslim women feel quite empowered when they see people from other faiths come forward and try on the hijab," he said.

President of the Islamic Society of Central Queensland, Binil Kattiparambil.

"The non-Muslim people who try it on get to experience a bit of culture that another woman experiences throughout her lifetime."

He said women wearing hijabs were mostly treated well within the broader central Queensland community.

"There are a few instances, maybe a shove of a trolley at a supermarket, but you expect that everywhere," Mr Kattiparambil said.

"There are much more things that happen in the bigger cities. The people of Rockhampton are really lovely and they are welcoming; they like to live a really relaxed life.

"What we do see is sometimes they don't understand different cultures because they haven't experienced it, but they are willing to learn."

ABC News




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Report and photos by Hurricane Stars Club    

The Australian International Islamic College, Durack campus’s P & C Association together with the Hurricane Stars Club hosted Brisbane’s second screening of the latest animated movie Bilal: A New Breed of Hero.


The P & C Association, school administration and support staff worked hard to organise a successful movie night for AIIC families and the community.


The night was a great success with more than 150 people attending the movie night.


Unlike the previous screening that was indoors, this time the movie was screened outdoors on an inflatable screen.


It was a beautiful and windy weather for a lovely night sitting under the clear sky to watch the movie.


The P & C Association had a stall selling hot dogs, chips and drinks, while the Hurricane Stars Club sold popcorn, fairy floss and chocolates.

The Hurricane Stars Club is happy to be able to expand and cooperatively organise a family-friendly program for the Muslim community in Durack and look forward to offer more programs for women and families in the surrounding areas in the future, in shaa Allah.




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The Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue is happy to announce we are currently hiring.

We are looking for an energetic full time Administrative Officer. Candidates will have high level organisational, administration and computer literacy skills. Candidates will have excellent communication skills, events management experience and a strong client focus. In addition, you will have strong cross-cultural skills and the ability to communicate and work sensitively with people from a range of diverse cultures and faith traditions.

Applications for this position close Sunday 11 November 2018 at 5 pm AEST. More information on the role can be found here.



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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 Australians are describing themselves as atheists, and fewer are describing themselves as religious. In 1981, only five per cent of Australians identified as atheist, compared with 20 per cent in 2018. The number of ‘religious people’ has fallen from 57 per cent of the population to 37 over that same period.




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. 





Tariq Jameel


Maulana Tariq Jameel is a prominent Deobandi scholar who is also one of the most popular preachers in Pakistan. He belongs to the Tablighi Jamaat group and his lectures focus on the subject of self-purification, avoidance of violence, observance of Allah’s orders and pursuing the way of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Background: After completing pre-medical studies, Maulana Tariq was admitted to the King Edward Medical College in Lahore. It was there—under the influence of members of the Tablighi Jamaat—that his focus changed to Islamic Education. His Islamic training is from Jamia Arabia, where he studied Qur’an, Hadith, Sufism, logic, and Islamic jurisprudence. Maulana Tariq’s background in the sciences allows him to explain Islamic matters in a way that appeals to modern urban Muslims. Additionally, his simple lifestyle and eloquence in Urdu, as well as his fluency in Arabic, catapulted his fame across the Muslim world.

Tablighi Jamaat: Tablighi Jamaat is an apolitical missionary movement founded by Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi in India 1927. It focuses on encouraging Muslims not to neglect the basic practices of their faith. It has informal affiliations with the Deobandi movement but targets a more general audience. The sub-continent diaspora have carried its message to nearly every country in the world and its adherents number in the millions. It has annual gatherings in Pakistan and Bangladesh which number in the millions.

Influence: In addition to running a madrasa in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Maulana Tariq has delivered thousands of lectures around the world. He has been very effective in influencing all types of the community ranging from businessmen and landlords to ministers, actors, and sports celebrities.






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Police drop terror charge but the damaging headlines remain

Media Watch 






Muslim American Night At Baseball Game




America's Pastime is for ALL Americans — and Muslim Americans were celebrated with their own night at this Major League Baseball game.






Crowdfunding for Pittsburgh

OnePath Network


Muslims have raised over $200,000 for the Pittsburgh shooting victims

Muslims have raised over $200,000 for the victims of a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday.

The campaign was jointly run by CelebrateMercy and MPowerChange on the Muslim crowdfunding website LaunchGood.

After the initial goal of $25,000 was reached in only 6 hours, the campaign went viral and attracted media coverage from around the world.

The shooting itself was described by FBI agent Bob Jones as “the most horrific crime scene” he had seen in 22 years.

The shooter, Robert Bowers, had made a number of anti-Semitic posts on social media before the attack.

May Allah protect all those in danger and bless this initiative.






Possessed (Fraud, Deception and Abuse)
OnePath Network



When it comes to the topic of Jinn possession – we’ve seen it all before.

The frightening voices, the horrific looks and the superhuman strength that comes out of people under the influence of demonic spirits; all while they are being treated with verses of the Holy Quran.

It’s a terrifying topic, yet it somehow manages to arouse the interest of Muslims and non-Muslims around the world; with videos amassing millions of views online.

The practice of removing such evil spirits and treating those who are affected is known as Ruqya and it is an Islamic form of spiritual healing. It is based on an authentic tradition of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ himself; whereby verses of the Quran would be used to heal those afflicted with sickness, black magic and evil spirits.





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


The mosque is still in use on the site on Oriental Road in Woking






The Thawb and Academic Dress



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DATE: 2 November 2018

TOPIC: "Your legacy" 
IMAM: Prof. Mohammad Abdalla








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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 2 November 2018

TOPIC: "Battling depression with the Quran"

IMAM: Akram Buksh








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DATE: 2 November 2018

TOPIC: ”The Prophet never Avenged”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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DATE: 2 November 2018

TOPIC: “Virtues of Ayatul Kursy" 

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali






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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 2 November 2018

TOPIC: "Rumours" 
IMAM: Imraan Husain



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Anti-blasphemy campaigners bring country to standstill in protest over acquittal of Bibi


Asia Bibi: anti-blasphemy protests spread across Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Thousands of Islamist protesters have brought Pakistan to a standstill, burning rickshaws, cars and lorries to protest against the acquittal of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row on false charges of blasphemy.

Traffic jams held up ambulances and forced mothers to feed their babies by the side of the road, while authorities shut schools across most of the country.

Footage from the protests shows anti-blasphemy campaigners clubbing and throwing shoes at posters of Pakistan’s chief justice and the new prime minister, Imran Khan, who on Wednesday night threatened a fierce government response if protesters did not disperse.

“We are ready to sacrifice our lives for this noble cause,” one told the Guardian, “and have rejected whatever rubbish the prime minister said in his speech”.

The landmark release of Asia Bibi, a 47-year-old farm labourer, has pitched the state into the latest of several battles with supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), a rabid, fast-growing political party that exists solely to punish blasphemers. Asia was charged with insulting the prophet Muhammad after she drank from a cup of water before passing it to Muslim fruit-pickers.

Police have so far shied away from arresting protesters and the powerful armed forces, which often appear to align with Islamists, have yet to issue a statement, despite TLP leaders daring to call for mutiny in its ranks.

The Guardian



Sir Professor Alimuddin Zumla awarded the prestigious UNION MEDAL   


LUSAKA, ZAMBIA: Sir Professor Alimuddin ZUMLA has been awarded the prestigious UNION MEDAL, at the 49th World Conference on Lung Health, The Hague, The Netherlands on 26th October 2018, where 4,000 people from 125 countries participated.

The UNION MEDAL is the ‘highest honour’ accorded by The International Union Against
Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) to individuals “who have made outstanding
contributions to the control of TUBERCULOSIS and LUNG DISEASES by their scientific
work and actions in the field’’.

Sir Alimuddin’s medal ‘acceptance speech’

Dr Matthew BATES:
On behalf of our UCL-CCM, UCL-TB, PANDORA-ID-NET, HerpeZ, UCL-TB, CANTAM2-EDCTP teams and collaborators from across all continents, I would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to ‘Sir Ali’ for this richly deserved accolade! As a global leader in the field of killer infectious diseases, the Union Medal reflects Sir Ali’s exceptional world class research, capacity development, training, advocacy and charitable contributions. Over 30 years he has brought together scientists, politicians, advocates, civil society groups to unite together in the fight against killer infectious diseases, particularly Respiratory tract infections with epidemic potential which threaten global health security. Numerous younger generation and senior scientists and healthcare workers in Europe and developing countries owe a deep debt of gratitude to Sir Zumla for his mentorship, guidance and support.





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China’s frontier of fear   


CHINA: Satellite imagery captured over a remote and highly volatile region of western China lifts the lid on the size and spread of internment camps used to indoctrinate vast numbers of the region’s Muslim population.

An investigation by ABC News using new research collated by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) think tank, identifies and documents the expansion of 28 detention camps that are part of a massive program of subjugation in the region of Xinjiang.

Analysis of the data shows that since the start of 2017, the 28 facilities have expanded their footprint by more than 2 million square metres. In the past three months alone, they’ve grown by 700,000 square metres - that’s about the size of 35 Melbourne Cricket Grounds.

The nominally autonomous province is home to about 14 million Chinese citizens belonging to mainly Muslim ethnic groups, the largest of which is the Turkic-speaking Uighur (pronounced WEE-ger) people.

Xinjiang, which means “new frontier”, has long been the epicentre of ethnic unrest. At the heart of the conflict is a separatist movement which seeks to establish an independent Uighur homeland called East Turkestan.





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Growing Up African in Australia

edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke





Growing Up African in Australia is edited by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan.

This anthology brings together African-Australian writers from all the regions of Africa, and the African diaspora from the Caribbean to the Americas. Their stories are diverse, engrossing, hopeful and heartfelt.

This timely book is a valuable contribution to our understanding of black diaspora experiences in Australia, Clarke says.

‘The pieces range from learning to kick a football in a suburban schoolyard to dreading a visit to the hairdresser; from discovering a grandfather’s poetry to meeting Nelson Mandela in a local church. Here are tales of house-hopping across the suburbs, of facing racism and discrimination, of being too black and not being black enough. It’s my hope that these narratives, told with passion, power and poise, will assist in dispelling some of the stereotypes and misconceptions that exist about black migrants to Australia.’

Growing Up African in Australia will be in stores on Tuesday, 2 April 2019.



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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

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KB says: Where did Baklava originate from? The Greeks and the Turks still argue that the baklava originated in their respective countries and treat B]baklava as their national dessert


Easy Baklava Tarts






1 package mini phyllo cups (approx. 15)

1 cup mixed chopped nuts (pistachios, walnuts, almonds, pecans)

1 Tbsp. butter, melted

¼ cup honey, plus more for serving

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Place phyllo cups on a baking sheet.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together chopped nuts, melted butter, honey, cinnamon and salt until evenly combined.

  4. Spoon 1- 2 teaspoons of the nut mixture into each phyllo cup until they are filled.

  5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the nuts are fragrant and lightly toasted but not burned.

  6. Remove and drizzle with extra honey before serving.

Could be prepared earlier as it only needs 10 mins baking time.

Best served straight from the oven.




Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


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


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• Eat better foods (time for a diet-check)
• Perfect your bedtime routine (set a bed-time and stick to it)
• Exercise regularly for a healthier heart
• Drink more water (stay hydrated and watch your skin glow)
• Find balance in your everyday activities
• Farewell old habits (get a head-start on your new-year goals)
• Take time out daily for yourself (5-10 mins is all you need)
• Get your squad together and go for a walk first then coffee!



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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )




Princess Lakshman


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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: Finding Good in Every Situation

One could argue that it is impossible at times to find good in a terrible situation. For example, wars or children dying of starvation and many more such realities that are present in our daily lives. My goal today is to help you understand that we really can find good in any situation, every situation and best of all, not only find good but actually turn it into a statement of gratitude and praise for ALLAH.

Our Prophet (SAW) found good in a situation as terrible as his own son’s death. SubhanAllah, I shudder at the thought of even a little scratch coming upon my child. May ALLAH give us the same strength and endurance as our Prophet (SAW). Ameen ya rabb.

Train your mind to always be aware of these verses from the Quran, the book of truth and guidance.


“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient ones.” (Quran 2:155)

“Therefore, remember Me (God) and I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” (Quran 2:152)

“If God helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in God (Alone) let believers put their trust.” (Quran 3:160)

Four Simple Strategies to Train Your Mind to Find Good in Every Situation

Acknowledge that you are a soul dwelling temporarily in a body. You are not your body. Your soul is pure. Events, people, things may have an impact on your body through your sensory perceptions. However, they do not have an impact on your soul. Only connection with ALLAH has an impact on your soul. Acknowledge this and remember that events, people and things have no power over your soul. ONLY ALLAH can change your situation. Having faith in ALLAH helps you find good in every situation.

Daily practice of simple strategies can help with reminding yourself about your faith in ALLAH.

1. No matter what the situation, avoid blame and accept the responsibility of your own actions. Once you identify what role you play in that situation, you can turn it into an act of faith and gratitude. For example, if you are constantly watching negative news regarding Islamophobia and as a result, you take off your hijab or shave off your beard because of fear, the strategy to use would be to first identify your own responsibility towards your deen. Is living in fear of people part of Islam? No. So, what responsibility do you, as a Muslim, have on upholding the commandments of your deen? Once you are honest with yourself and live by your deen, the negativity of situations and people become invisible. Only goodness remains.

2. Detox from people who are constantly complaining and seeing only negative. It is challenging but try. People who display negativity can affect the mood of the whole family or community. Avoid spending time with such individuals. Whenever you are in the company of such people, use their complaints and turn them into gratitude statements. For example, if someone is always complaining about not having enough money, say this to the person: “Alhumdolillah, Allah has really blessed us with an abundant supply of all the things we really need to sustain ourselves. We are truly blessed.”

3. Consciously find the best possible result of the situation at hand. Take any given situation that may seem terrible and deconstruct it to deliberately find a positive in it. For example, the ongoing plight of the refugee Muslims, we can find good in that situation by reminding ourselves that it is now a must that we commit to our deen more strongly than ever before. We may not be able to physically stop drone attacks, however, we can wake up in the middle of the night to pray Tahajjud salah and beg ALLAH to help these refugees reach safety.

4. The glass is refillable. Yes, it is not about whether the glass is half full or half is about acknowledging that rizk comes from ALLAH alone and that HE has provided us with an abundance that can be used in our daily lives to keep replenishing our lives. If you are breathing, you are alive...that is a start...the idea is to keep breathing and keep being of service. If you are stuck, get help from those who have knowledge. If you are feeling really down, fall in sajda and refill your emaan. You are never alone. ALLAH is with you.

Daily affirmation to help see the good in everything

ALLAH gives me wisdom every day to be his servant and to practise my deen with love, light, peace and joy. Alhumdolillah



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Jallalludin is working for a large construction company.


He always gets into trouble with his boss, Habibibullah.


Habibibullah always swears at him and treats him like a slave.

Jallalludin, deciding to lay a complaint at the highest of office of the land, makes an appointment to see Prince Abdullah at his palace.


Prince Abdullah tells him: “He cannot treat you like this! He doesn’t know things have changed in my country?"

So they decide to go together to confront boss Habibibullah.


Jallalludin points out his boss to Prince Abdullah.


Prince Abdullah calls him aside and says to Habibibullah: “You cannot treat your workers this way. It is not the way we do things in our country anymore! You will get a severe flogging for this.”

Habibibullah says, “Sorry your highness, but he is stupid and I can prove it.”


He tells Jallalludin: Go to the 18th floor and see if I’m there.”


Jallalludin runs up the stairs, opens the office doors, looks in, and runs down the stairs all huffing and puffing, and says, “Habibi, you are not there.”

Habibibullah says: “See how stupid he is!”


Prince Abdullah answers, “Ha ha ha ha, yes he is very very stupid… if it was me I would have used the lift!

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An Ayaat-a-Week





O you who believe! When you deal with each other, in transactions involving future obligations in a fixed period of time, reduce them to writing. Let a scribe write down faithfully as between the parties: let not the scribe refuse to write: as Allah has taught him, so let him write. Let him who incurs the liability dictate, but let him fear his Lord Allah, and not diminish anything of what he owes...

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:282


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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

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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:

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Islamic Care clothing bins are now operational around South East Queensland 



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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

17 November



Parents & Carers Cyber Safety Presentation


QPS & Hurricane Stars Club

Slacks Creek Mosque, 16 Queens Rd, SLACKS CREEK

0432 026 375

10AM to 12PM

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


24 November



Muslimahs in Business BRUNCH


Muslimahs in Business

IWAA Function Hall, 11 Watland St, SPRINGWOOD



11AM to 3PM

9 December



Annual Meelaad un Nabi


Islamic Society of Algester

48 Learoyd Road, Algester


0431 620 629


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.

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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

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Islamic Relief Australia

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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

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Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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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

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