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Sunday 18 November 2018 | Issue 0732


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The vision of the Brisbane Islamic Centre Management is to provide a place of worship for Muslims and a place of learning and cultural awareness for Non-Muslims.

Our fervent hope is to ensure that the teachings and message of Islam creates a spirit of understanding and harmony for the Muslim community in Brisbane in particular, but also Australian society as a whole.

Our purpose is to work with other faiths and communities to inform, educate and bring about closer co-operation between different teachings, cultures and customs.

Our aim is to encourage integration not separation, and understanding not ignorance about Islam & Muslims.

From the time of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) — the mosque has been the central focus of the Muslim community.

Indeed, the Prophet’s mosque in Medina was not just a prayer facility. It was a multipurpose family-centered institution that served as a school, a meeting place, a venue for sport events and other celebrations.

Our objective is to build on this powerful heritage and help shape the identity of future generations of proud Australian Muslims.

Brisbane Islamic Centre Ltd (BIC) was founded in 2007, primarily to establish and develop an Islamic Centre at 161 Underwood Road, Eight Mile Plains, on the Southside of Brisbane.

The Islamic Centre is in response to a need for a comprehensive facility for the benefit of the Brisbane community.

The ten acre block on which the Centre is to be established is owned by BIC Ltd, and was donated waqf to the community. The land is freehold and unencumbered financially.

The location of the Centre promises to be one of the more exciting developments on the Southside Brisbane Landscape.

The development will take place in two stages.

Stage 1 of the Centre will include the following:

• Masjid with male and female facilities
• Parking for 400 cars
• Community hall
• Several serviced offices, with an adjoining Board room
• Library
• Auditorium with seating with audiovisual facilities
• Islamic Museum
• Coffee shop
• Book shop
• Education services
• Interfaith and cross cultural dialogue facilities
• Youth facilities

The Development Approval application for Stage 1 of the project was approved by the Planning and Environmental Court in December 2016.

Land clearing and earthworks on the site has already been completed.

Construction is expected to commence in March 2019.

The Masjid block will consist of 3 levels:

• Underground car park & a proposed Ghusl facility,
• Ground floor Masjid for men, and
• Upper level Masjid for ladies with easy access
• Madressa classes

The Community Hall will accommodate about 800 people and will include a commercial kitchen.


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Round up of the event by Lester R Drew, President Rotary Archerfield

Community Fundraising Dinner 10.11.18

I would like to commence by congratulating Past President Ray Deen for bringing together MCF (Muslim Charitable Foundation) ICQ (Islamic Council of Queensland) MAA (Muslim Aid Australia) and Rotary (Rotary Club of Archerfield) to raise urgently required funds for the following recipients and allocated as follows:

• Rotary District 9630 – local drought appeal – 50%
• Disaster relief for devasting floods in Kerala, India – 25%
• Disaster relief for earthquake/tsunami in Indonesia – 25%

Past President Ray Deen has worked tirelessly for the past six weeks to ensure the evening was a success. I would like to thank Dan Breaden for his assistance with artwork for flyers and promotion of the event, Graham Perrett MP for his continued support by printing in excess of 1000 flyers on short notice, Riyaad Ally from MAA assisted greatly in the organisation of the venue and collection of funds and Auctioneer extraordinaire Farouk Adams who did a sterling job on the night assisted by PP Ray.

Past President Zaffar Khan donated two iPads and keyboards that were eagerly snapped up and once again Drake Trailers gave a donation along with a genuine collectable Die Cast Drake Trailer to scale.

The evening went smoothly with MC Mustafa Ally and all of the speeches were excellent – encouraging all present to assist in the appeal to help those less fortunate.


Rotary District 9630 Governor Jitendra Prasad addressed the audience by giving an inspiring speech in both English and Hindi - Gary Hardgrave a dear friend of Archerfield Rotary gave the closing address thanking all involved – including those that I have not mentioned.

$15,000 in Cash Donations was received by supporters listed below who were unable to attend – their generosity was greatly appreciated:

6. Moores Track Parts
8. Rotarian JOHN BURKE

10. iCARE

There were other amazing auction items – Mercedes Benz G65 AMG 12V Ride on 4x4 - along with a BMW i8 Sports Car 12V Ride on (for Children).

As a result of the supreme effort exerted by PP Ray the evening should see in excess of $35,000 being distributed to the various recipients.


Auction Items

Cr Kim Marx, DG Jitendra, Nim

DG Jitendra - PP Ray Deen

Ray, Mark, Lester , DG Jitendra



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Press Release    


ANIC condemns crime in Melbourne and outraged by the PM’s Comments: Press Release


The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) strongly condemns the criminal act perpetrated by a deranged individual on Friday on Bourke street in Melbourne. Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families.
This incident is a national tragedy impacting all Australians of all faiths and belief systems.

These are the times where all Australians should be standing side by side in solidarity, countering all forms of extremism and violence.

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and the Muslim community has and continues to work hard to teach the true and ethical teachings of Islam countering the distortions and misrepresentations that might exist and to counter all forms of extremism, violence and crime.

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and the Muslim community are also outraged by the recent comments by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison connecting Islam to a “radical and dangerous ideology.”

It is extremely disappointing in such difficult times and during a national tragedy, when all Australians of all faiths and backgrounds should be called upon to unite and stand together against any form of extremism and violence, to see our nation’s leader politicising this incident and using it for political gain.

The Australian Muslim community, its Imams and leaders, have always been at the forefront of countering violent extremism in all its forms.

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) calls upon the PM, his government and all political leaders to be more responsible in their rhetoric in order not to cast aspersions on a segment of the community based on the actions of one deranged individual and to act in the best interests of the Australian people, by calling for unity and solidarity, rather than alienating any group of Australians.




Sheik Mohammed Omran: ‘blame police … not us’

Sheik Mohammed Omran outside the Hume Islamic Youth Centre in Melbourne’s Coolaroo.

The spiritual leader of the Islamic youth centre where Bourke Street terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali -attended prayer sessions has accused Scott Morrison of making the Muslim community a scapegoat to distract from the failure of police and intelligence services to prevent Friday’s attack.

Mohammed Omran, the emir of the Hume Islamic Youth Centre close to Shire Ali’s Meadow Heights home, dismissed the “bloody Prime Minister’s’’ call for imams to do more to stop Islamic extremists, saying the greatest power he had was to dial triple-0 when confronted with a threat.

Scott Morrison has hit back this morning, saying Muslims must ‘stop wolves coming among the sheep’.

The HIYC, a sprawling mosque, cafe, gym and bookstore in the Melbourne suburb of Coolaroo, has seen a procession of jihadists and would-be terrorists through its doors, including domestic terror plotters and suicide bombers who killed themselves in Iraq.

Sheik Omran — the most senior Australian figure in the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah movement, which adheres to a strict, salafist interpretation of Islam — said the “Prime Minister’’ needed to be -accountable for the failure of government agencies before he blamed Islamic leaders.

“This person was on the watch list,’’ the sheik told The Australian. “So what did they do? Nothing.

“After he jumped in the street and started waving his knife to them — sometimes they are running after him and sometimes they are running after them, and even the public interfered to take his attention because the police, they couldn’t handle him.

“First, we want to be really truthful with each other. This bloody Prime Minister, instead of turning the heat on somebody else, he should answer us about what he did.

“He has spent billions of dollars — billions — on security service. And what is the end result? We have crazy people in the street.’’

Mr Morrison has urged imams to identify “infiltrators’’ in their mosques and to be more alert for and proactive towards any signs of radicalisation.

The Australian


This political dog-whistling needs to stop: OnePath Network



The Bourke Street tragedy was horrific, but blaming the Muslim community is irresponsible

Last Friday, Melbourne’s Bourke Street saw another unspeakable tragedy, this time at the hands of a young man whose family and religious teacher have confirmed was afflicted with mental illness. Hassan Khalif Shire Ali stabbed three people, killing the beloved Melbourne community figure Sisto Malaspina before being shot dead by police.

As the nation came to grips with the tragedy, some Australian media outlets and politicians took the opportunity to score some cheap political points. The Home Affairs minister wasted no time in announcing potential changes to immigration laws, and our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison went as far as to “call out” what he said was the “real problem”, which was “radical, violent, extremist Islam that opposes our very way of life.”

This reaction bears comparison with a similar incident that occurred on the same street in 2017, when James Gargasoulas drove his car into a crowd of people, killing 6 and wounding 30. Since the incident, Gargasoulas has had continuous coverage about the impact of mental illness on his crime, none of which was declared a “lame excuse” by Scott Morrison, as he said on Monday in response to a statement by Shire Ali’s family.

The responses by the Prime Minister, the Home Affairs Minister, and the numerous media outlets who took the opportunity to dog-whistle about the Muslim community has been roundly criticised by Muslim leaders, with the Australian National Imams Council and the Islamic Council of Victoria both releasing statements expressing their condolences to the family of the victim, and condemning both the horrific attack, and the irresponsible response.

In their statement, the ICV said,

“the religion of Islam had nothing to do with the attacks last Friday. To insinuate otherwise is absurd.”



The big problem with Scott Morrison’s attack on the Muslim community after Bourke St terror


In the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack, the PM has pointed the finger at Muslims for not doing enough to stop extremists. Is that fair?

Shannon Molloy

n the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack in Melbourne last Friday, which left one person dead and two injured, Scott Morrison has pointed the finger of blame at Muslim leaders.

The Prime Minister claims they’re not doing enough to stop extremism, criticising the community for “making excuses”, looking the other way and ignoring potential risks.

“I won’t cop the excuses,” Mr Morrison said on Tuesday, doubling down on his attack.

“For those who want to stick their head in the sand, for those who want to make excuses for those who stick their head in the sand, you are not making Australia safer.”

But experts said there’s just one issue with his strong criticisms — the Muslim community appeared to be doing all it could to stamp out extremism.

Greg Barton is the chair of Global Islamic Politics at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation and said an objective view of the situation was required.

“One of the problems with suggesting that Muslim leaders need to ‘do more’ is that it implies they have information they are not sharing, or that they’re failing to take action when they see a problem,” Mr Barton wrote in analysis for The Conversation.


“The reality is that Islamic leaders generally have little to do with the troubled young people most likely to be involved in lone-actor attacks like the one in Melbourne.”

Despite perceptions, it was not usually the “actively religious” members of the community that posed the biggest risk. Instead, individuals who are alienated or angry, and who turn their back on the Muslim community and its leaders, are the real concern, he said.

He described Mr Morrison’s remarks as “politically charged” and took a swipe at the timing of his pointed remarks, in the lead up to the Victorian Election.

The focus would be better placed on detecting and preventing the types of attacks that police are increasingly concerned about before they happen, Mr Barton said.

“Friday’s attack was the sort of terrorist attack that police have identified as being their primary concern. When one or two people decide to launch an attack with little planning and no communications across a larger terrorist network, the methods of intelligence that are so successful in preventing large-scale attacks have little utility.”

Rather than attack and potentially alienate the Muslim community, Mr Barton said engaging with them for the purpose of targeted outreach could deliver far better results.

“Simply finding the resources to employ a hundred properly trained and equipped youth workers to engage with at-risk youths would likely yield considerable dividends.

“In comparison with the many tens of millions of dollars spent at the hard end of countering terrorism, the resources provided to youth workers and community intervention programs remain pitifully small.”

Keiran Hardy, a criminology researcher at Griffith University, said programs countering violent extremism were critical components of successful counter-terror strategies.

“Australia’s counter-terrorism strategy remains focused on prosecuting individuals for offences like being a member of a terrorist organisation or conspiring to plan a terrorist act,” Mr Hardy said. “Prosecution is a necessary response to terrorism, but it remains a short-term solution.”

Since the creation of the Home Affairs Department, funding for initiatives to counter violent extremism all but disappeared, he said.

“Community-based programs are not a silver bullet, nor are they a replacement for law enforcement and intelligence gathering,” Mr Hardy said.

“But even a small amount of money for (countering violent extremism) programs … would signal a commitment to this strategy and allow for new pilot initiatives to be developed.”

In addition to investment in cutting-edge counter-terrorism initiatives, Australia should aim to be “a world leader in developing innovative, community based approaches”, he said.

Mr Morrison’s comments have caused upset and worry in the Muslim community, with Australia’s Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed telling SBS Arabic that they constituted “serious discrimination”.

The group Muslims Australia also wrote to the prime minister to request that he apologise for inflaming tensions.

And on Tuesday, Mr Morrison came under fire from Sheik Mohammed Omran, the spiritual leader of the youth centre where Ali attended prayer sessions.

“This person was on the watch list. So what did they do? Nothing,” Sheik Omran told The Australian.

“We want to be really truthful with each other. This bloody Prime Minister, instead of turning the heat on somebody else, he should answer us about what he did.

“He has spent billions of dollars — billions — on security services. And what is the end result? We have crazy people in the streets.”



The link between terrorism and mental illness is complicated, and vilifying communities doesn’t help


Following another act of fatal violence in Melbourne’s CBD last Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed claims the perpetrator, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, had a mental illness. He said this was a “lame excuse”, saying he wanted imams and the Muslim community to pay greater attention to people at risk of radicalisation.

Media reports have stated Ali suffered delusions and substance abuse problems in the lead-up to his attack and believed he was being chased by “unseen people with spears”. Ali’s family and religious teacher have also attested to him being mentally ill.

To be sure, most Australians will find it hard to forget the horror of this incident where three people were stabbed. Regardless of our cultural and religious backgrounds, we stand united in grieving for restaurant owner Sisto Malaspina, who was killed in the attack. But we must also try to make sense of it by analysing the perpetrator’s actions and developing ways to prevent further acts of violence.

It is difficult to ignore similarities with an incident that occurred on the same street in 2017, when James Gargasoulas drove his car into a crowd of people, killing six and wounding 30. He too was said to be suffering delusions, though, interestingly this was not labelled as an excuse.

If we blame Muslim communities or cultural minorities as responsible for acts of terrorism, we are likely to continue to alienate at-risk individuals and the communities that support them. This can, in itself, lead to mental health problems. While this doesn’t mean the result will be violence, it can increase the chances of young people dropping out of the social support system, which can lead to criminality, anti-social behaviour, self-harm or suicide.



The Conversation



Senator Richard Di Natale


Bourke Street
I spoke in the Senate today about the Bourke Street tragedy. How we respond to this crime is a test for all of us.

It's a test of our decency and of our humanity. It's a test of whether we are prepared to come together as a community to prevent further violent crime or whether we are going to seek to use this as a political opportunity.






Australia's Grand Mufti slams Morrison, Dutton over Bourke Street attack reactions


Australia's Grand Mufti has rejected government calls that Muslim leaders needed to do more to combat radicalism in the community following the Bourke Street attack.

Australia's Grand Mufti has rejected government calls that Muslim leaders needed to do more to combat radicalism in the community following the Bourke Street attack.

Mr Dutton on Sunday said police and other government agencies could not stop spontaneous acts of terror without tip-offs or alerts from the public.

Mr Dutton on Monday stressed that the Muslim community was key in alerting authorities, a call rejected by Dr Mohamed who pointed the finger of blame for the attack at security agencies for "failing to evaluate the threat level".

"We do not need Dutton’s plea to remember our duties. I’d like to remind him that security agencies failed to do their job; the offender’s passport had been cancelled and he was being monitored," Mr Mohamed said.

"I demand Dutton open an investigation in his department to find out why the crime happened, it isn’t because he’s [Shire Ali] Muslim or mentally ill, it’s because the threat hadn't been properly evaluated."

Dr Mohamed said the Muslim community was "experiencing a difficult time" following the attack, and that such comments did more to "plant seeds of extremism" rather than deter it.

"Linking crime to religion is what frustrates us the most and the duty of politicians is to defuse conflicts rather than inflame them," he said.

"We should not use the word ‘terror’ to intimidate people the way other dictatorships do to oppress their own people, it should not be used in politics.

"We condemned the crime in an official statement while I was overseas. However, we have a take on those who link Islam to crime and those who blame the Islamic community for not fulfilling its duties."

Dr Mohamed said maintaining the security of Australia was part of the culture of the Muslim community and that it was a top priority.

The Grand Mufti said he'd like to remind politicians that himself and other prominent Muslims were also considered targets by extremist organisations.

On Saturday, Mr Morrison strongly condemned the attack, saying that "we would be kidding ourselves if we did not call out the fact that the greatest threat of religious extremism in this country is the radical and dangerous ideology of extremist Islam".

The PM doubled down on Monday, affirming that there was "a very positive level of cooperation" from community leaders, but there needed to be a "heightened sense" because security services can't "watch everybody".








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The Australian International Islamic College held its annual Year 12 graduation ceremony at the SunPac Events Centre on 15 November.


Invited guests, staff, alumni, students and their families were present to see the students reach a major milestone in their lives.


Founder of the College, Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari, congratulated the staff and students on their hard work, successes, sacrifices and dedication to the school.


He noted that AIIC had been selected by the Education Department as the most improved school in Australia as well as being listed in the top 10 most improved secondary colleges.


He also pointed out the progress the school was making toward the construction of the STEM building.




The Islamic College of Brisbane held its graduation ceremony this week.


Pictured are Mr David Forde, representing Multicultural Affairs Queensland, School Dux, Sumaiya Bharadia, her proud father, and College Principal, Dr Ray Barrett OAM who is retiring after 60 years service and dedication to education.


A Captain from the Australian Army presented the Long Tan Youth and Leadership Awards to students, and the school captains received awards from Sunnybank RSL.



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The team has been blown away by the number of cricket grounds in Sydney.


Just a few months ago Maaz Khan was playing cricket on the war-torn streets of northern Pakistan.

Today the 18-year-old leg spinner is one of the country's rising stars.

"My life has completely changed," Khan said.

"I was wandering the streets or working as a labourer [before] coming here.

"I never imagined travelling to Australia."

Today, Khan is a member of the Lahore Qalandars — a Pakistani domestic T20 Super League team that was last season captained by New Zealand star Brendon McCullum.

The team is touring Sydney this week taking on some opponents from the domestic Big Bash League.

But Khan's journey to Australia, along with a number of his teammates, is an extraordinary tale of talent, luck and coming together.

Khan was one of a handful selected from 500,000 boys and young men who have trialled for selection for the team over the past three years.

They come from disadvantaged areas such as Punjab, Kashmir and Gilgit.

A chance in the bigtime, even if you don't have shoes

Farzan Raja, 21, is another lucky one.

"I thought let's give it a chance," he told the ABC at a suburban ground in Sydney this week.

"This is the moment I've been waiting for, this trial has turned my life into something that I always wanted to be."

The initiative is the brainchild of Aaqib Javed, a former Pakistani international who was part of the country's golden era during the early 1990s.

The 46-year-old former fast bowler turned Qalandars head coach was part of Pakistan's winning 1992 World Cup team and played 22 tests and 163 One Day Internationals for his country.

Yet, he said his biggest achievement in his cricket life has been his involvement with the Qalanders program to give disadvantaged youngsters a chance in the bigtime.

"This is different, bringing opportunity to all of the people, everyone, whoever is interested in this game," he said.

"Even if you don't have shoes, if you don't have pads, or a bat, you don't have to bring anything [to the trial]."

Brilliant fast bowling with a tennis ball

The initiative is unearthing some promising prodigies for the team.

Haris Rauf unleashes the ball down the pitch at 150 kilometres per hour, the type of speed recorded by Pakistan fast-bowling legend Shoaib Akhtar.

Before he was discovered by the Qalandars last year Rauf had only played with a soft tennis ball.

In July's T20 against Australia, Qalandar teenage quick Shaheen Afridi claimed three Australian scalps, including captain Aaron Finch.

He was discovered along the war-torn Afghan border.

"The trouble areas, the hate zone of terrorism, we went there and the people wanted to play," Javed said.

"They wanted to impress, but there's no opportunities."

Today, there is.

ABC News




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The comments were circulated on video that surfaced nine days before the Victorian election


Disendorsed Victorian Liberal candidate Meralyn Klein


The Victorian state opposition has disendorsed a Liberal party candidate who appeared in a video that called for a ban on Muslim immigration.

Meralyn Klein, who has been disendorsed nine days out from the election, was running for the party in the marginal seat of Yan Yean, which takes in Melbourne northern-fringe suburbs and towns. Labor MP Danielle Green holds the seat on a margin of 3.7%.

In the video, Klein told Avi Yemini, of the Australian Liberty Alliance, about her experience being attacked by two teenage boys who “were not so happy with two blond women running their own restaurant”.

“Unfortunately, they were of a culture that didn’t accept white Australian women,” she said in the video.

“There are people in this country who are not coming here to get the best out of the country and give the best that they can. I’d like to see us look at immigration,” Klein said in the video before the clip ended with #MUSLIMBAN.

Klein denied being anti-Muslim and said her comments were taken out of context.

“They cut it, they sliced it and they put it up as their own claiming it was an anti-Muslim video,” she told ABC radio on Thursday.

“Nowhere in anything I said was anti-Muslim.”

Yemini is standing in the Victorian election for the Australian Liberty Alliance. He has previously appeared in videos with the English far-right activist Tommy Robinson, who co-founded the English Defence League.

Yemini told the Herald Sun that the video was shot on Wednesday, and that he edited it to include the fact that her alleged attackers were Muslim, because it was vital to his party’s cause.

“She just didn’t want to say it herself, because she told me that story numerous times for months. That is why I went out and did the video with her,” he said.

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It’s now too late for the electoral commission to take Klein off ballot papers as the Liberal candidate for Yan Yean.

Liberal opposition Leader Matthew Guy said the party asked for Klein’s resignation “within an hour” of finding out.

“Meralyn made a video with some of the material, which was grossly inappropriate and [for] which her resignation was sought,” he told reporters.

The Guardian




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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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Saudi Arabia Is Misusing Mecca

By Khaled M. Abou El Fadl, Professor in law at the University of California, Los Angeles




In the aftermath of the Jamal Khashoggi murder, the kingdom has exploited the podium of the Grand Mosque in Mecca by using its imams to praise, sanctify and defend the rulers and their actions.


The rulers of Saudi Arabia derive much of their legitimacy and prestige in the Muslim world from their control and upkeep of the Grand Mosque and the Kaaba in Mecca and the mosque of Prophet Muhammad in Medina. King Salman, like the rulers before him, wears the title of the “Khadim al-Ḥaramayn as-Sarifayn,” which is translated as the “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” or, more precisely, “The Servant of the Two Noble Sanctuaries.”

Despite the humility of the royal title, the Saudi monarchy has a long history of exploiting the podium of the Grand Mosque in Mecca by using its imams to praise, sanctify and defend the rulers and their actions.

In the aftermath of the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as the world’s accusatory gaze was transfixed on Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi monarchy has again used the Grand Mosque to defend and deify the crown prince in a manner that makes its legitimacy and control of Mecca and Medina morally troubling like never before.

On Oct. 19, Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Sudais, the officially appointed imam of the Grand Mosque and the highest religious authority in the kingdom, delivered his Friday sermon from a written script. Friday sermons at the Grand Mosque are broadcast live on cable networks and social media sites, watched with great reverence by millions of Muslims and carry a great deal of moral and religious authority.

Imam Sudais delivered a troubling sermon, violating the sanctity of the sacred space he occupied. He referenced a saying attributed to Prophet Muhammad that once every century, God sends a mujtahid, a great reformer to reclaim or reinvigorate the faith. He explained that the mujtahid is needed to address the unique challenges of each age.

He proceeded to extol Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a divine gift to Muslims and implied that the crown prince was the mujtahid sent by God to revive the Islamic faith in our age. “The path of reform and modernization in this blessed land … through the care and attention from its young, ambitious, divinely inspired reformer crown prince, continues to blaze forward guided by his vision of innovation and insightful modernism, despite all the failed pressures and threats,” the imam declared, from the podium where Prophet Muhammad delivered his last sermon.

Invoking the debate following the Khashoggi murder, Imam Sudais warned Muslims against believing ill-intended media rumors and innuendos that sought to cast doubt on the great Muslim leader. He described the conspiracies against the crown prince as intended to destroy Islam and Muslims, warning that “all threats against his modernizing reforms are bound not only to fail, but will threaten international security, peace and stability.”

He cautioned that the attacks against “these blessed lands” are a provocation and offense to more than a billion Muslims. Imam Sudais used the word “muhaddath,” or “uniquely and singularly gifted” to describe Prince Mohammed. “Muhaddath” was the title given by Prophet Muhammad to Umar Ibn al-Khattab, his companion and the second caliph of Islam. The imam implicitly compared the crown prince to Caliph Umar.

Imam Sudais prayed for God to protect Prince Mohammed against the international conspiracies being woven against him by the enemies of Islam, the malingerers and hypocrites, and concluded that it was the solemn duty of all Muslims to support and obey the king and the faithful crown prince, the protectors and guardians of the holy sites and Islam.

Saudi clerics had never weaponized the podium of the prophet at the Grand Mosque so brazenly to serve the monarchy. No imam of the Grand Mosque had ever anointed a Saudi ruler as the mujtahid of the age or dared to imply as much.

The sermons in Mecca and Medina are read from a script, which is approved beforehand by Saudi security forces. While the king appoints a leading imam for the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, each imam has a number of officially appointed deputies who rotate in leading prayers and delivering sermons.

For decades, the sermons delivered in Mecca and Medina have been pietistic, dogmatic and predictable. They have always concluded with a prayer for the Saudi royals, but the imams would not attribute sacred qualities to the monarchy and insisted that the rulers should be obeyed only to the extent that they obey God.

A lot has changed since Prince Mohammed’s rise to power. The crown prince has imprisoned hundreds of prominent Saudi imams who have shown even a modicum of resistance — including very prominent and influential jurists such as Sheikh Saleh al-Talib and Sheikh Bandar Bin Aziz Bilila, former imams of the Grand Mosque. Saudi prosecutors have sought the death penalty for Salman al-Awdah, a prominent, reformist cleric who was arrested last September. Some reports claim that another prominent cleric, Sheikh Suleiman Daweesh, who was arrested in April 2016, has died in a Saudi prison after being tortured.

The only imams who seem to be allowed to lead prayers and give sermons at the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina are those who have agreed to go along with whatever the crown prince wants. Some influential Saudi scholars such as Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al Rayes went as far as saying in a lecture that even if the Saudi ruler “fornicates in public on television for half an hour each day, you are still required to bring people together around the ruler, not to aggravate people against him.”

Imam Sudais’s recent sermon put Muslims at an axial turning point: Accept the crown prince as the divinely inspired reformer of Islam and believe and accept his words and deeds or you are an enemy of Islam. Muslim scholars reacted to the sermon primarily on social media with disdain and outrage. Numerous Arabic language comedy shows and talk shows on YouTube reacted with mockery and condemnation.

When an imam of the Grand Mosque calls upon Muslims to obediently accept Prince Mohammed’s incredulous narrative about the murder of Mr. Khashoggi; to accept his abduction, jailing and torture of dissenters, including imprisonment of several revered Islamic scholars; to ignore his pitiless and cruel war in Yemen, his undermining the democratic dreams in the Arab world, his support for the oppressive dictatorship in Egypt, it makes it impossible to accept the imam’s categorization of the crown prince as a divinely inspired reformer. The sanctified podium of the prophet in Mecca is being desecrated and defiled.

The control of Mecca and Medina has enabled the clerical establishment and the monarchy flush with oil money to extend their literalist and rigid interpretations of Islam beyond the borders of the kingdom. Most Muslims will always prefer a tolerant and ethically conscientious Islam to the variant championed by the crown prince and the acquiescent Saudi clergy.

By using the Grand Mosque to whitewash acts of despotism and oppression, Prince Mohammed has placed the very legitimacy of the Saudi control and guardianship of the holy places of Mecca and Medina in question.



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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 Saudi Arabian Minister in London, Sheikh Hafiz Wahabn, conducted the Festival of Idu I Fitr marking the end of a 30-day festival






Forgotten Muslim soldiers of World War One 'silence' far right



A hundred years since the end of World War One, historians think recognising the contribution of Muslims can help tackle contemporary issues such as Islamophobia.

"Muslim soldiers have been forgotten about over time," Hayyan Bhabha, from the Muslim Experience, says.

"The core far-right narrative is that Muslims have never done anything for us.

"Well, actually, with facts that are over 100 years old, we can say Muslims fought and died for the history and security of Europe."

It is estimated that 1.5 million Indian troops fought to defend Britain. Of those, 400,000 were Muslim soldiers.

The Muslim Experience is working to highlight the global contribution of Muslim soldiers to World War One and says raising awareness could silence anti-Muslim rhetoric by far-right groups in Britain today.

Mr Bhabha says his team is now opening up documents and discovering new information about their role in the War.

"Accessing archives from 19 countries, we have discovered that more than four million Muslims either fought or served as labourers during the War, from around the world," he says.


Muslim graves in French military cemetery Notre Dame de Lorette.

One of those was Sepoy Khudadad Khan, an Indian soldier who fought alongside British troops.

He was the sole survivor of a team assigned to defend vital ports in France and Belgium from German forces.

According to accounts, Khan managed to hold off the enemy advance long enough for British reinforcements to arrive.

On 31 October 1914, Khan, of the 129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis Regiment, became the first South Asian to receive the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest military honour.

'Feel more British'
Groups such as the Muslim Experience want stories of soldiers to be heard.

They also want more British Muslims to find out if they have a personal connection to World War One.

Just as a local GP in Nottingham, Dr Irfan Malik, did after he had a chance conversation with a patient that led him to discover two of his great-grandfathers had fought for Britain.


It is estimated that millions of Muslims fought for the Allied forces globally

Dr Malik's great-grandparents, Capt Ghulam Mohammad and Subedar Mohammad Khan, were two of 460 soldiers from a tiny village called Dulmial, in modern-day Pakistan, sent to fight in the 1914-18 conflict.

"One of my patients is a researcher of Commonwealth contribution to World War One and I told him about a village in modern-day Pakistan where I'm from that has a cannon commemorating the Great War," he says.

"From that point four years ago, my journey began and I found out my two great-grandparents fought for Britain.

"I'm very fortunate to have images from 100 years ago. It means a huge amount to me. It's made me feel more British as we have this shared history in common and I believe it helps community cohesion."


Dr Irfan Malik has collected pictures of his great-grandfather Subedar Mohammed Khan

But how connected do British Muslims feel to the War and how aware is the community itself of its links to British military history?

Mr Bhabha thinks some young Muslims in particular are not engaged with British military history.

"Most Muslims are not engaged with military history because they can't relate to it," he says. "The way it is taught currently is very European-centric.

"The history that is taught doesn't show the true diversity of everyone that took part in the First World War."

A study by think tank British Future found just 22% of people in Britain knew Muslims had fought in the Great War.

So, it has launched a campaign, Remember Together, to raise awareness in schools.

Steve Ballinger, from British Future, says: "Finding out that Muslim soldiers fought and died for Britain to protect us and to protect the freedoms we enjoy today, that's an important history for everyone to know."


Pupils at Eden Girls School learn about the Muslim contribution to World War One

It has certainly meant a lot to Daleesha Naz, 14, of Eden Girls School, in east London.

"Today I learned that 400,000 Muslims fought in the British Indian army and it has made me feel closer and more connected to British history," she says.

As the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One is remembered, historians, campaigners, and descendants of the soldiers are making sure the contribution of Muslims is never forgotten.

Luc Ferrier, who chairs Forgotten Heroes 14-19 - the umbrella group for the Muslim Experience - says:

"If the world really wants to reach out to the international Muslim community, then they need to know the enormous contribution these people have made, fighting a war none of their making.

"Only by recognising and honouring the global Muslim sacrifices, not only these of the British colonies, we are reaching out to them and saying a genuine thank you".




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Dear Prime Minister,

‘YOU CAN’T LOOK THE OTHER WAY!’ As the leader of our wonderful nation you too have a ‘duty of care to be aware of what’s going on’. In the wake of the horrific Bourke Street terrorist attacks last Friday, we have done nothing but listen to you perpetually pointing the finger of blame at Imam’s for these heinous attacks – claiming that they are not doing enough and ‘should know who the infiltrators are’.

It’s quite disturbing to see that in the first instance of a national threat and terrorist attack in your term, you have not only single-handedly placed the nation’s security interest on the shoulders of religious leaders but are also sticking your ‘head in the sand’ and ignoring expert opinions.

Experts such as Professor Greg Barton, Professor and Chair of Global Islamic Politics in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University have stated that an ‘objective view’ is required.

‘You are not making Australia safer’ Prime Minister. Instead of providing an ‘objective view’, you are only adding fuel to the fire by pointing the finger at Imam’s and further alienating the Muslim community by using them as a scapegoat.

The job description of a Minister of religion listed on the Australian Government Job Outlook website, ( states that a Minister of Religion performs “spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faiths, and provide motivation, guidance and training in religious life for the people of congregation and the wider community”. Nowhere does it state in their tasks that they must identify or ‘know the infiltrators in their community”, particularly not on their measly $932.00 weekly pay (also listed as a fun fact on the same website). Nor does it state in their skillset and knowledge requirements that they must be trained in counter terrorism or psychology to identify mental health conditions of community members. To suggest otherwise is reckless and irresponsible.

Let's recount a similar Bourke Street terrorist attack committed by James (Dimitrious) Gargasoulas in January 2017. Only yesterday was the Supreme Court Trial concluded finding James (Dimitrious) Gargasoulas guilty of six counts of murder and 27 counts of reckless conduct endangering life. Should the Pastor at the local Greek Orthodox Church ‘have known’ of James Gargasoulas’s intentions?

Perhaps we should leave the counter terrorism to the experts the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). ASIO who are funded by the Australian Government to: counter terrorism; counter espionage; protect border integrity; and protect security. The Australian Federal Police and ASIO have both confirmed that the perpetrator Hassan Khalif Shire Ali was known to them and held radical views. ASIO’s role in countering terrorism as stated on their website is ‘to predict and anticipate terrorist acts.’ If the experts whose whole role is focused on ‘knowing who the infiltrators are’, weren’t able to foresee this crime how do you expect religious leaders to.

Instead of pointing fingers Prime Minister perhaps you should use your role as leader to inspire and unite and build our nation to work together to defeat terrorism. Good people died in this attack, let’s mourn them as a nation. Please don’t use this as an excuse to incite fear and create division in gaining an advantage in your political agenda to win votes. Australia is not America nor do we want to follow in their footsteps. We don’t need slogans to ‘Make Australia Great Again’. Australians are greater than that.





Is India waging a 'war' on Islamic names?


The northern Indian city of Allahabad has been renamed Prayagraj

INDIA: What's in a name? For India's cities and villages, seemingly plenty.

More than 100 of them, including the most prominent, have been renamed since Independence - Bombay to Mumbai, Calcutta to Kolkata, Madras to Chennai.

Names mangled by British rulers have been corrected, and colonial names rejected.

Identity pride, cultural assertion, linguistic nationalism and plain whimsy have all led to renaming in the past. And now, to appease its Hindu nationalist base, Narendra Modi's ruling BJP appears to have embarked on a new renaming frenzy.

It began in July with the renaming of Mughalsarai, an iconic British-era railway station in the BJP-ruled state of Uttar Pradesh, after its ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya.

Last month, the city of Allahabad in the same state was renamed Prayagraj, apparently to restore the city's ancient identity as a major Hindu pilgrimage centre. (The city is located at the confluence of three holy rivers.) More significantly, BJP leaders were peeved by the fact that the city's 435-year-old name was given by a Muslim ruler.

As if that was not enough, the local government, led by a controversial Hindu religious leader, has changed the name of Faizabad district to Ayodhya, best known as the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram.

It was in Ayodhya that hardline Hindu mobs razed an ancient mosque in 1992, sparking one of the worst episodes of religious violence in which nearly 2,000 people were killed across the country.

Now BJP leaders want to give more Hindu-friendly names to the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh, home to the iconic Taj Mahal, and to Ahmedabad in the western state of Gujarat. Earlier this year, BJP-ruled Rajasthan changed the "Islamic-sounding names" of three villages.

The new names heap glory on what the BJP calls India's "glorious" Hindu past, and pour scorn on its Islamic heritage. With general elections barely a year ago, the renaming is seen by critics of Mr Modi as a blow to India's fabled syncretism - the merging of different faiths and cultures.

Gaganpreet Singh, who teaches at Delhi University, says the politics of renaming in India is often "rooted in the nationalisation of heritage".





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Cairns Mosque Queensland:

Biographies of

Hajji George Fateh Mohammed


Hajji Imam Abdul Aziz Mohammed

Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan






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Author Crystal Jordan: I wrote a biography of Imam Abdul Aziz Mohammed from Cairns in 2016 after researching his family history for some time. He asked me to write the full story as his health was failing. Sadly he died in 2017. I am happy that I was able to write his history before he passed. He learnt a lot through our journey together especially about his sister Zainib who died in Pakistan six weeks after her marriage and also her account of the journey, that he had never read years ago as it was written in 1937. He also enjoyed reading of his father's account of his trip to Mecca 1954. The book touches slightly on the Holland Park Mosque and George's time in Mt. Gravatt and Eumundi and his marriage etc.




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KB says: Make this recipe for your family and I guarantee it will be an instant hit especially during the holiday season.


Chicken Kebaabs in Lemon Butter Sauce


Recipe credit by Jameela Sayed






1 kg chicken mince (buy pre-washed)

2 slices of bread (process in food processor to make crumbs)

2 onions (process in food processor with
1 bunch fresh coriander leaves, (coarse texture)

2 tsp crushed garlic paste
2 tsp green chilli paste
2 level tsp salt
½ tsp white pepper
2 tsp crushed jeero/cumin
2 tsp crushed dhana/coriander seeds
2 tsp chicken spice
2 tsp BBQ spice
1 tsp Aromat/salt
1 tsp crushed red chilli
1 tsp tandoori spice spice
2 tsp baking powder

  1. Mix all ingredients well together.

  2. Shape into long kebabs with oiled hands.

  3. Refrigerate for an hour.

  4. Drizzle some oil in a non-stick pan.

  5. Fry on medium heat for a few min on each side (do not overcook kebaabs as it will get hard

  6. Make lemon butter sauce and pour over.

  7. Serve hot with any flat bread (eg. puri)

Lemon butter sauce
4 tbls butter
½ tsp garlic
½ Aromat/salt
1 tbls lemon juice
2 tbls mayo
½ cup fresh cream
(Boil all together and pour over cooked kebaab)



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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:
Practise Understanding and Give Up the Need to Be Right All The Time

Take an honest account of your life these past few weeks...have you in any way been operating on a default program to feel the “need to be right all the time”? By this I mean, have you stubbornly persisted with a certain mindset about a situation without practising any kind of understanding?

Understanding does not mean agreeing. It means to open your mind to listen to another person’s perception about a particular situation. It means to acknowledge that the other person has the exact same right to an opinion about an issue as you do. It means to respectfully listen to each other’s viewpoints.

When you fail to open your mind, you fail to understand. When there is no understanding, there is an ongoing need to be right. And when there is this addictive need to be right, there is the obsessive attachment to judge others.

For example

Notice the tone of this conversation between a father and his son who has recently lost his job and despite all efforts, remains unemployed.

Father: “Shouldn’t you be looking for a job? You are locked up in your room every day.”
Son: “Whatever.”
Father: “So, you’re just going to give up? When I was your age I supported an entire family.”
Son: “What’s your point?”
Father: “My point is that you are lazy because you have everything given to you on a platter.”
Son: “Abba, I’m trying.”
Father: “Yes, but you’re not trying hard enough. You are lazy, spoilt and think that you are entitled.”

The Son storms off to his room and bangs the door shut.

Father to Mother: “He is the laziest boy on earth. Shame!”

In the above scenario, the Father failed to open his mind and understand his son. The moment he said the words, “Yes, but you’re not trying hard enough” was when he was operating on his addictive need to be right.

Practise Understanding - Give Up The Need To Be Right

Now, let us look at the following conversation from an angle that displays understanding and empathy.




Father: “Shouldn’t you be looking for a job? You are locked up in your room every day.” Father: “What was the most interesting job you applied for recently?
Son: “Whatever.” Son: “Whatever.”
Father: “So, you’re just going to give up? When I was your age I supported an entire family.” Father: “Yes, I know. It is challenging. Back in my day, it was probably different, now times are different.”
Son: “What’s your point?” Son: “What’s your point?”
Father: “My point is that you are lazy because you have everything given to you on a platter.” Father: My point is that perhaps we could sit together one day and talk about your dreams. I’d like to know what your passion is, what gives you joy. I was a young man once too. I understand how frustrating it can be when you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. I just want you to know that I’m on your side, son. I understand.
Son: “Abba, I’m trying.” Son: “Abba, I’m trying.”
Father: “Yes, but you’re not trying hard enough. You are lazy, spoilt and think that you are entitled.” Father: “Alhumdolillah, son. May Allah reward you for your efforts. I know you are trying. Is there any way I can help you in your efforts, son? I’d really like to. Like I said, I understand. I’ve been there.
The Son storms off to his room and bangs the door shut. Father and son hug it out.


When you consciously practise understanding you are in fact detaching from ego. It is ego that demands the addictive need to be right all the time. Remember to catch yourself out every time you feel the need to be right. Detach from that and embrace an open mind with which to practise understanding.



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The Mayor of the town wanted to paint the local City Hall.


He called for quotations.


Habibullah quoted 3 million.


Karimmudin quoted 7 million.

Jallalludin quoted 10 million.


The Mayor asked Habibullah, "How did you quote 3 million?"


Habibullah replied, "1 million for paint, 1 million for labour, 1 million profit."


The Mayor asked Karimmudin the same question,


He replied, "3 million for paint, 2 million for labour, 2 million profit."

The Mayor then asked Jallalludin.


Jallalludin replied, "4 million for you.. 3 million for me.. .. .. and we will give 3 million to Habibullah  and ask him to paint it!"

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Closer and closer to mankind comes their Reckoning: yet they do not heed and they turn away.

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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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