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Sunday 11 November 2018 | Issue 0731



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by Sgt Jim Bellos    

Queensland Police (QPS) were once again invited to join Qld Islamic leaders (Imams), Officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and local politicians in a ‘5-a-side’ round robin football tournament to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the Bosnian Islamic Centre, Eight Miles Plains.

The QPS team showcased some creative footwork during their matches but ultimately fell short during a penalty shootout against the AFP, who would go on to meet the Qld Imams on their home turf in the grand final.

Despite the AFP’s valiant efforts, the Imams proved too strong and claimed a well-deserved 5-1 victory.


The Politicians were once again the perennial wooden spooners with no wins and no goals scored. The local State Member for Stretton and Team Captain Duncan Pegg committed to bringing a more competitive team in 2019. Federal Member for Moreton begrudgingly accepted the ‘award’ on behalf of the Stretton team.

Player of the tournament was Imam Ibrahim Hadzihasanovic from the Australian Bosnian Mosque based in Deer Park, Melbourne.

Despite the hot conditions, the tournament was enjoyed by all and was followed by a presentation and a formal luncheon for all delegates and participants.

“These events are the types of relationships that contribute to making our communities safer for all” said Chief Superintendent Brian Swan APM.


“Keeping communities safe is our core business and to do this effectively, the assistance and cooperation of the community is vital”

South Brisbane District Cross Cultural Liaison Officer – Sgt Jim Bellos, once again helped to organise the event. Sgt Bellos noted that “Sport is a fantastic way to break down barriers and through proactive engagement, we will continue to score many goals together as a community”.

Many thanks to all who came out to support this event






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At the annual “Leaders of Positive Change” dinner event organised by Multicultural Families Organisation, Haji Hussain Baba of the Gold Coast Mosque was a recipient of the “Leaders of Positive Change” award.


There were almost 500 guests from over 90 different cultural background in attendance.



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On Friday 26 October a Somali mother of nine children lost her Housing Commission Home in Inala due to a fire caused by an electrical fault.

A police Liasion officer contacted MCF to ask for emergency assistance as the family lost everything.

Due to generous donations from the Muslim Community MCF members, with the help of Brothers in Need, were able to supply white goods, furniture, linen TV kitchen goods and clothing. Brothers in Need raised in excess of $3000 cash for the family which MCF have transferred to the mother’s bank account.

A big thank you to the Indonesian sisters who personally delivered goods they donated. MCF also delivered food hampers and chicken donated by ABD poultry.

Glenalla State High School and the Australian international Islamic College provided free uniforms to the children for school.

The family are now well settled and back to living a normal life.

Thanks to Allah that no one was home when the house burnt down.


MCF receives a cheque from the Australian International Islamic College for the drought relief of Australian farmers



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Head Instructor Rami (centre) and his star team members


Students of Rami's Thunder Martial Arts are at the National Uni Games representing University of Queensland and QUT.


The students are aiming to win themselves university elites scholarships - a pathway offered by the Club.


For more Information about Rami's Thunder Martial Arts Academy cal them on 0424059597




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By Vahid Goga


The ongoing contribution by financial members, as well as the self-sacrifice of many volunteers over the years has played a pivotal role in the advancement of member services, educational programs and social activities provided by the Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) today.

Another equally important aspect of the Society is that it has always provided financial members with the opportunity to complete their religious obligations in the form of collecting and distributing Fiter, Kurban and Zakat (Charity) to people who are less fortunate in the world.


More locally, the AAIS was one of the very first (since 1971) Islamic Societies to mobilise its community to donate towards the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) appeal.

The annual RCH collection and donation, which has become a tradition at our Society, is still conducted to the present day and it is strongly supported by financial members and their families.

Additionally, over the last twenty years or more, the AAIS’s Executive Committee and Women’s Committee have greatly expanded the Society’s ‘Broader Community Engagement’ portfolio by initiating and actively getting involved in a number of social programs that have had a direct and positive impact on the lives of many people in the broader Australian community.

Such initiatives have provided a lot more opportunities for the Society’s financial members and their families to physically participate in extra charitable and public-spirited programs – something that many may not possibly have found time to perform on their own in the past.

Some of the local initiatives include: the biannual Group Blood Drives, annual Cars & Coffee (RCH), Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (Cancer Council), as well as the purchase and distribution of Back-Pack Beds for Melbourne’s Homeless community.

Since September 2017, the AAIS Executive Committee started working together with Community Care Network (CCN) to support their weekly Feeding Melbourne’s Homeless program.

Through the arrangement of volunteer teams and the active participation of members from our Society, the AAIS has continued to support the program on a regular basis.

Recently, the AAIS organised three (3) more teams of volunteers that took part in three separate sessions of the corresponding program (i.e. 14 July 2018, 4 August 2018 and 15 September 2018).

What is really pleasing to see is that there are always new faces from the AAIS community joining our volunteer teams, as well as the fact that everyone who takes part in the program thoroughly enjoys the whole experience – actually, many have expressed their interest in joining the AAIS volunteer team again to participate in the program.





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Police stand guard in a Uighur neighbourhood in the Xinjiang region.


Shanghai: Australia has urged China to end the arbitrary detention of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic groups in its vast western province of Xinjiang, at a United Nations review of China’s human rights practices.

The focus on China’s new policy to systemically detain hundreds of thousands of Uighur’s for re-education came on the eve of foreign affairs minister Marise Payne’s first visit to Beijing.

Australia was among 13 countries to raise the treatment of Uighurs during China’s third Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Speeches were limited to 45 seconds, but in its full written statement, Australia was more scathing, noting "significant regression" in China's civil and political rights since the last review five years ago.

Australian diplomats are not permitted to travel to Xinjiang, and Australia, which is a member of the UN Human Rights Council, urged China to allow the United Nations and foreign officials access to Xinjiang.

Fairfax Media travelled independently to Xinjiang last month, obtaining rare photographs of some of the massive new re-education centres for Uighurs, before being detained by Chinese police.

Xinjiang residents in Turpan told Fairfax Media that 40 per cent of the town was being held inside large white buildings surrounded with razor wire and surveillance cameras, across seven sites in Turpan.

No inmates had left the centres since they were built two years ago, although Turpan inmates were allowed one phone call a week and a visit from family every 15 days.

Fairfax Media witnessed Uighurs undergoing repeated identity checks at road blocks to enter towns, and having to prove to police their reasons and permission to travel to exit train stations.

Australia’s statement to the UN review called for China to cease restrictions on Uighur’s freedom of movement.

Australia has one of the largest populations of expatriate Uighurs outside of Turkey and central Asia. The department of foreign affairs told a recent Senate hearing that Uighur Australians had sought assistance from their local members of parliament after losing contact with family members in Xinjiang.

China argues its new policy of sending Uighurs to what it terms vocational training centres to learn Chinese, study national laws and acquire work skills, is a preventative measures to stop terrorism.

But the Australian statement to the UN review said Australia shares the alarm of the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) at "numerous reports of detention of large numbers of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim groups held incommunicado and often for long periods without being charged or tried, which exacerbates rather than prevents religious extremism".

China’s delegation to the UN review included Yasim Sadiq, the mayor of Xinjiang’s capital Urumuqi, who said that the Uighurs inside the centres were students being shown how to resist religious extremism. They were discovering “how rich and colourful life could be”.

“The extreme terrorism in Xinjiang was quite serious,” he said.

When Fairfax Media travelled to Urumuqi, journalists were forced to delete photographs of police guarding mosques, and were followed by six secret police in two cars.

Other countries to question China on the treatment of Uighurs included Canada, France, Germany, Britain, the Czech Republic, Finland and the United States.

China’s vice minister of foreign affairs, Le Yucheng, said: “We will not accept the politically-driven accusations of a few countries that are fraught with biases and in total disregard of the facts.”

He added that “stability is most important” in Xinjiang and the training centres were “a preventative measure to combat terrorism”.

Trainees would receive a diploma when they graduated from the centres, the UN review was told.

The Sydney Morning Herald




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By Mohammad Faisal Siddiqi    

The AMU Alumni Association of Victoria celebrated ‘Sir Syed Day’ on the occasion of the 201st birth Anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan on 20 October 2018,at Lynbrook Community Centre in Melbourne.

The Alumni paid tribute to the founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, who established Mohamedan Anglo-Oriental College (MAO) in Aligarh, India in 1875, which became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920.

It was a memorable event attended by nearly 200 members and their families.

Mr Faisal Siddiqi said that he was fascinated by Sir Syed’s life and work especially his focus on Islam, Science and Modern Education.

“The mixing of the east with the best of the west to see if there could be a new identity, culture and vision. It was not just about the future of India and Muslims but the future of humanity, Mr Siddiqui said.

Prof Parveen Rukhsana, a retired professor of history from Gulbarga University, Karnataka, mentioned Sir Syed’s famous quote – “India is a beautiful bride, whose one eye is Hindu and the other Muslim.” This is the hope of humanity and Sir Syed’s thinking.

Mr Rashid Sultan shared his thoughts to promote the importance of Urdu as a true reflection of great Indian culture and tradition. He appreciated the contribution of AMU Alumni and reiterated the need to foster bonds between AMU and Victoria.

The speakers were unanimous about Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s extraordinary contribution to Indian society and education.





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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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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. 





Halimah Yacob

President of Singapore

Halimah Yacob became Singapore’s eighth, and first female, President in September 2017 when she was elected unopposed.

Election: A former speaker of Parliament she gave up her parliamentary seat and position with the ruling People’s Action Party to run for President. The government’s criteria for the current President, including that the President must be an ethnic Malay, meant that Yacob was unopposed and became President unelected, a process which has drawn some criticism. She is the first ethnic Malay President for 47 years.

Background: Halimah Yacob came from humble beginnings, being raised by her Malay mother after her Indian father passed away when she 8 years old. She qualified as a lawyer before moving to work at the National Trades Union Congress, and then becoming Director of the Singapore Institute of Labour Studies She entered politics in 2001 and a decade later was appointed Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports and later on Minister of Social and Family Development.






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The true face of Islam won’t be found in mosques or Muslim schools, but at the British Museum




Right, a page from the Hamzanama, c.1558-73, depicting Elijah rescuing Amir Hamza's drowning grandson. Left, 'The Raven addresses an assembly of animals', c.1590.


In Britain today, Islam in its original essence is not to be found in mosques or Muslim schools, but on the first floor of the British Museum. There, the Albukhary Islamic gallery, newly opened to the public, dazzles visitors and defies every certainty promoted by today’s hardline Muslim activists. This spectacular exhibition of objects from across continents and centuries shows us a history of continuity of civilisations, coexistence of communities. It offers a compelling corrective to current popular notions of Islam as an idea and a civilisation.

Too often, we assume that Islam’s arrival on the world stage involved some violent break with the past that brought forth a new Muslim civilisation. The artefacts, coins, pottery and tiles on display here from the British Museum’s own collection from the 7th century onwards reveal a different and more accurate history. The Prophet Mohammed was born in 570 in a world dominated by the Sasanians and Byzantines. He and his followers broadly followed the art and architecture, empire and power structures, of this pre-existing world. The earliest Islamic coins were copies of the gold and silver drachms used by the Sasanians. Even the name of the Muslim gold coin, the dinar, was derived from the Roman denarius.

Euclid’s Elements taught Muslims the rules for the monumental mosques they built with their domes and perfect proportions. Gilded flasks from Syria from as late as the mid-1200s show designs with an eagle and dancer, popular motifs in the arts of the Mediterranean at the time. The Prophet’s shirt was ‘Made in Rome’. Medieval Muslim philosophers such as Averroes referred to Aristotle as ‘al-Shaikh al-Yunani’, the Greek shaikh. Islam did not kill the Greco-Roman past, but revived it. That spirit radiates through the British Museum’s exhibition.

Coexistence was the hallmark of Muslim civilisations, from China to the Philippines, from Malaysia to Africa and the Middle East. It was not isolated to Muslim Spain. Jewish, Christian and Muslim bread stamps, a practice from Roman times, thrived in Muslim-controlled Egypt. The gallery has a sample of remarkable stone stamps from between 1000 and 1200. Paintings and tile works, engravings on flasks, works by Sephardi Jews and Armenian Christians, but also perfume carriers from 11th-century Ismailis and 19th-century paintings from Bahais, show the diversity that thrived within Islamic civilisations.

A powerful corrective awaits schools and teachers from across the country who visit the museum. Today’s insular Muslim community leaders may reject science and Darwin, oppose music as a tool of the devil, and cover their women for fear of love and lust. But from the 700s onwards, scientists and thinkers built on pre-Islamic advances in the study of astronomy and other sciences. Astrolabes, the name derived from the Greek astro labos or ‘star-taker’, were the computers of the time. A magnificent 13th-century astrolabe reminds us of the patronage of innovation in science and free thought by medieval Muslim rulers.

Musical instruments from various Muslim civilisations are evidence that music, with its diverse regional styles, was significant in religious and secular settings. Theatre, dance performances, divine remembrance or dhikr using music were all popular in mosques, town squares and at Sufi gatherings. Yet Islamic State, the Taleban and other hardliners ban music today.

The curators do a fantastic job of tackling modern shibboleths with intelligence and subtlety. The Taleban detonated the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas and Islamic State exploded parts of Palmyra because the statues and figurative art offended the sensitivities of today’s literalist monotheists. A centuries-long collection of tiles and jugs and other objects shows us that figurative art was normal in the Islamic world. Umayyad coins from the 7th century, decades after the passing of the Prophet, carry the image of the caliph Abd al-Malik (r.685–705). Verses of the Quran appeared on tiles with peacocks as late as 1308; Persian dishes from the 1600s, possibly from Muslim hunting lodges, were decorated with pheasants.

This love of beauty and divinity did not shy away from human desire. The British Museum has a copy of the Mughal’s Hamzanama (Book of Hamza), an epic romance inspired by the Prophet’s uncle Amir Hamza. Also on display is the other classic tale of deep yearning, the story of Layla and Majnun, lovers who met at school and have inspired generations of Muslims. That true love is remembered at the British Museum. Although Layla loves Majnun, the two are forbidden to marry — the eternal story.

Where is that Islam of love, compassion and coexistence? Hasan al-Basri, an 8th-century Muslim thinker from Basra, was so frustrated with the Muslims of his day, compared with earlier believers, that he wrote: ‘The Muslims are all in their graves and Islam is only to be found in books.’ In Britain today, it seems that real Islam is only to be found in the British Museum. 



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5 Things I Love About Muslim Culture

Drew Binsky



I am Jewish.

As a kid, I was always told that Muslims are bad people. Evil people. I was brainwashed to be intimidated by them.

But then, I visited dozens of Muslim countries, and I realized that they are THE MOST amazing, humble, and hospitable people on this earth.

The truth is that roughly 1/4th of the world is Muslim. So if Islam was a religion of "violence," then there would be no people left on earth.

This video explains my honest feelings for the world of Islam, and I hope you will listen to every word I say because it's 100% the truth.





Muslims and Jews unite in wake of Pittsburgh synagogue massacre




"Immediately when we got the calls about the tragedy, my phone was filled with phone calls and text messages from community members: 'what can we do?'"

Wasi Mohamed, the Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, has helped lead an effort that's raised more than $190,000 for those impacted by the synagogue massacre.

Rabbi James Gibson, of nearby Temple Sinai, tells Anderson Cooper the two Pittsburgh communities have a longstanding relationship:

"History may have divided us, but faith brings us together."








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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







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Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon
("We belong to God and to Him we shall return")

Brother Fazul Elahi Mohammed (brother-in-law of Haji Hussin Goss passed away last Friday afternoon after a short illness. His funeral was held at the Southport cemetery.

Brother Fazul leaves a legacy in his involvement in construction of the Gold Coast Masjid 23 years ago as he was instrumental in obtaining a major donation to cover the cost of construction.

Apart from operating an ice-cream business, he spent most of his time in the Mosque or travelling with Jamaat. He was an icon of the Gold Coast Mosque and affectionately called "Pop".

May almighty Allah forgive all his sins, give him mercy and grant him Jhannathul Firdous. Ameen


Hussain Baba (Secretary, Islamic Society of Gold Coast)




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Night of firsts: Candidates make history in US midterms


Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee who won a House seat in Minnesota, was one of two Muslim women elected to Congress for the first time

USA: It was a night of firsts in the midterm elections as US voters elected two Muslim women, two Native American women and their first openly gay governor.

The election of two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress, marks a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise.

Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House of Representatives seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Rashida Tlaib, a social worker born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents, won a seat in a district where she ran unopposed by a Republican candidate.

The two politicians will increase the total number of Muslims in the house to three.

Congressman Andre Carson, who is Muslim and African American, won re-election in his safely-Democratic district in the state of Indiana.





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Islam in Europe

Jack Goody





This vigorously argued book reveals the central role that Islam has played in European history.

Following the movement of people, culture and religion from East to West, Goody breaks down the perceived opposition between Islam and Europe, showing Islam to be a part of Europe's past and present.

In an historical analysis of religious warfare and forced migration, Goody examines our understanding of legitimate violence, ethnic cleansing and terrorism.

His comparative perspective offers important and illuminating insights into current political problems and conflicts.

Goody traces three routes of Islam into Europe, following the Arab through North Africa, Spain and Mediterranean Europe; the Turk through Greece and the Balkans; and the Mongol through Southern Russia to Poland and Lithuania.

Each thrust made its mark on Europe in terms of population and culture.

Yet this was not merely a military impact: especially in Spain, but elsewhere too, Europe was substantially modified by this contact.

Today it takes the form of some eleven million immigrants, not to speak of the possible incorporation of further millions through Bosnia, Albania and Turkey.



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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: Chasing a recipe for light, fluffy scones this recipe is delicious and they're perfect for entertaining friends and family at afternoon tea.


Sprite Scones







3 cups self-rising flour
1 cup cream
1 cup Sprite
2 tablespoons milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius (425 degrees Fahrenheit).

  2. Combine all three ingredients in a large bowl and mix lightly to form a soft dough.

  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured workbench and press the dough with your hands to a 2cm thickness. Use a 6cm round cutter to cut out scones.

  4. Place on a baking tray and brush the tops with milk or egg.

  5. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned.

  6. Serve warm with jam butter and whipped cream.

Handy Hints

Scones require a very soft hand, so ensure you sift your flour to

aerate it and avoid lumps in the mix.


~*Keep it separate*

Mix wet and dry ingredients using a flat bladed knife. Make a well in

the centre of the mix and use a knife to mix scones quickly.


~*A gently hand*

Mix the dough until just combined (do not over mix). Avoid kneading

or it will soon become tough and heavy.


~*Pick your top*

If you like your scones with a crispy brown top, try brushing them

with a little milk before adding to the oven. However, if floury tops are

more your thing, dust with a little plain flour before adding to the




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Q: Dear Kareema, I try to get to the gym as often as possible but I still feel
overwhelmed most days. Help?

A: Make mindfulness your new mantra when it comes to taking care of your health.

Try not to over think everything and don’t be too hard on yourself.


The key is to set small achievable goals.


Don’t aim for perfection, aim to be better at what you do, including taking care of your health.

Be the best that you can be daily…the rest will follow.


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




Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing














Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
How to Overcome Jealousy

One of the most common, complex emotions felt by humans is known as Jealousy. It originates from the root Greek word, Zeal, meaning extreme passion or enthusiasm.

Jealousy manifests in the body when a person has thoughts of envy towards someone’s achievements, relationships or material possessions. Jealousy usually creeps into the person in the form of fear, anger or humiliation.

From the Islamic perspective, the story of brothers Qabil and Habil, sons of Adam (AS, fabulously portrays the manifestation and consequences of jealousy in humans.

Why do we feel Jealousy?

The underlying cause of jealousy is lack of self-worth. Self-worth is how you feel about yourself. If you lack love, respect and trust in your own self and your abilities, your self-worth diminishes. It makes sense then to be negatively affected by someone else’s joys and accomplishments. Your negative thought patterns (whisperings from Shaytaan), will find ways to justify those feelings of jealousy in ways whereby you hold other people responsible for your own lack of self-worth.

For example, if the husband feels jealous about his wife’s close bond with her brother, it is time he reflected on his self-worth, especially with regards to feelings of rejection he may be harbouring from the past. Another example is when a woman is jealous of the accomplishments of another woman. This indicates deep rooted insecurities and requires the woman who is feeling jealous to process the memories and feelings that evoke her insecurities.

Jealousy is nothing but a yearning for approval because somewhere deep in your subconscious mind there is a belief, toxic and unchallenged, that you are beneath others. This negative perception of self convinces you that you are worth less than another and therefore you feel hurt, humiliated, fearful and sometimes angry with this feeling of “inequality in worthiness”.


Jealousy = False Perception that someone is better than you

The Truth = You are neither beneath nor above anyone else.

How to Overcome Jealousy

My motto in life is “awareness is the first step towards transformation”. Like anything in life, if you wish to transform something, you first need to become aware and identify what it is that requires transformation.

1. Become aware of how your body behaves when you feel jealousy.
2. Acknowledge that you are feeling this negative emotion called jealousy.
3. Express this feeling to someone you trust by saying these words: “I am experiencing feelings of jealousy towards....and I need to understand why.” The moment you express it verbally, you are no longer letting the emotion control you. You empower yourself to respond appropriately to this emotion rather than react mindlessly and be controlled by it.


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Jallalludin read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day ......  30,000 to a man's 15,000.


His wife replied, "The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men".


Jallalludin then turned to his wife and asked, "What?"


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An Ayaat-a-Week





When the Qur'an is read, listen to it with attention, and hold your peace: that you may receive Mercy.

~ Surah Al-A'raf 7:204


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"You are the author of your own book of deeds.

Make sure it's worth a read on the Day of Judgement.”


~  Anon



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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).

November 2018





Islamic Care clothing bins are now operational around South East Queensland 



Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre






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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.

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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Kuraby Mosque

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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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