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Sunday 2 December 2018 | Issue 0734


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A young man has to have surgery to remove a brain tumour.


Only one surgeon in Australia is willing to perform this high risk operation.


The surgery is critical for this young man to have any hope or any future. It simply has to be removed.


The operation is happening on Monday 3rd December. It will cost at least $100,000 and half of that must be deposited before the operation.


We are appealing to one and all to donate generously and quickly. Please reflect and think how Allah almighty tests his servants and how we should respond in this time of need.

JazakAllah Kheir for your support.

Bank details:
Bank of Queensland
Muslim Charitable Foundation – Emergency Account
BSB 124155
Account 20897395



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Defeating Algester State School 1-0 our girls have done us proud!!!

If you see any of the team or their parents, their coaches Mr Burchill and Miss Ahmed, please congratulate them on an outstanding effort.


They have worked super hard and deserve their success.

Commiserations to Algester State School who are long time training partners and rivals of ICB. They always challenge our girls to play their very best and very much deserve their runners up trophy


The games were played from 23-25 November at Cornubia Sports Complex.



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This week three members of the Islamic Community of Gold Coast were awarded certificates in recognition of their significant Compassionate Work in the Gold Coast Community

Certificates were awarded by Gold Coast City Councillor Glenn Tozor on behalf of COMPASSIONATE GOLD COAST to:

1. Imam Sheikh Mohamed Ali
2. Haji Hussain Baba
3. Sister Ree Ali



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Rami's Thunder students competed in one of the best known competitions in Australia which was organised by the former National and Olympic Coach.


The competition included the disciplines of Taekwondo, Kickboxing and Weapons.


The students have done a great job, showing an amazing amount of spirit and fantastic skills.


The team came home with 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.


A special thanks to the parents as their support was phenomenal.

Rami's Thunder Martial Arts Academy
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An Overview from the President

As Salam Aliekum wa rahmatullahi wa baraktu,

On Friday the 30th of November we held our 8th Annual General Meeting at the Logan North Library in the community meeting room. This year we welcomed new committee members from the human services, education, counselling, IT, graphics industries to strengthen and build our organisation. Our financial were put together by our Treasurer Angela Ishaq and audited by Acro Accounting. We are grateful to the team at Acro for offering this Pro bono service to us.

During the last couple of years since transitioning officially to Sisters Support Services Inc, our organisation has blossomed and grown and gone from strength to strength. A new website was created and has been upgraded and maintained by Zainap Hardien. Our Sisters Support logo was designed by the talented Anosh Khan with new business cards and a revised flyer was created with our programme along with a re-designed new banner.

It has been a very productive year with many new opportunities and avenues working towards empowering and best supporting sisters, their families and youth in our community. A time to reflect, re-focus and remember our intentions in pleasing Allah first in best serving our community.

In the past year we have achieved many amazing things through Sisters Support Services….

AFIC - We were blessed to be granted funds from Australian Federal Islamic Council which enabled us to purchase a new laptop, work mobile and a printer. Part of the funds were used to support new reverts with prayer kits, prayer outfits, Hijabs, Eid gifts, along with catering for Eid celebrations and social gatherings.

NZF - We had the opportunity to share office space with National Zakat Fund at 4/3 Fermont Road Underwood. Our Bookcase with Islamic books, Islamic resources, prayer kits plus our filing cabinet are all at the office. We are now working in alliance with NZF and are very grateful for their support in sponsoring many of our events over the past year and look forward to working together on other projects in the future insha Allah. NMC - we aligned with New Muslim Care to hold the original 101 basic Islam classes along with beginners Arabic taught by Maryam Um Khawla, which we hope to continue in the future.

Workshops and events – Youth Empowerment workshop last march created a lot of interest with around 70 participants. A free workshop sponsored by NZF and QPS. Our Winter Wonderland – Dinner and event last November was a great success with our youth girls coordinating the event with fun games prizes and over 70 participants attended dressed in a blue and white theme.
KJ Book Launch – It was our pleasure to host and organise a Book launch for revert sister Kathryn Jones. A successful evening with many sisters benefiting from the talk and by getting a personally signed book ‘Empower the Leader with in’ by Kathryn Jones.

SHE – the success of the She workshops was tremendous in bridging gaps with our community and Queensland police. The four full day workshops gave muslim women the opportunity to have open dialogue with female police women. The participants learned about personal safety, healthy relationships and techniques to manage stress with good mental health facilitated by Angela Ishaq and coordinated by Alison Berger. These workshops wouldn’t have been possible without the help from our dedicated volunteers. This collaboration with Queensland Police Service has opened doors for other opportunities and future events. Last Wednesday we had a coffee meet at San Cheros with female police officers to have coffee and a chat, continuing with our work together and for a more harmonious community.

Women’s Wellbeing Workshop - In October this year we received funding from QLD Alliance to offer a free Women’s Wellbeing workshop to celebrate mental health week facilitated by Angela Ishaq and coordinated by Aliyah Berger. Invited special speakers from nutrition, community services and life coaching backgrounds gave beneficial talks and our selected mentors and volunteers supported the event.

Iftars - Last Ramadan, we hosted weekly iftars through Sisters support service and generously catered by families in the community and held at the Oates Soccer Club. Many reverts and refugees families joined us to experience the blessings of these Iftars during Ramadan.


Coffee Club - continues with our monthly gatherings, promoted and run by Aliyah and supported by Kerry Pevy. We hope to continue our monthly Revert Lunches along with beneficial lessons in the coming year insha Allah.

Sisters in need - many sisters that slip through the system and may not be able to access other organisations come to us for our unique service. We have been able to support sisters in many ways like offering them food vouchers, Islamic clothing, groceries, meals and finances when needed. Our organisation is unique in the way that we offer an ear to listen to when a sister is at her most vulnerable where we can show compassion and real sisterhood. Over the past year we have supported many sisters with hospital and home visits, our volunteers have driven them to medical appointments and delivered meals and food packages. We have the ability to listen to our clients and offer them the best care we can through Sisters Support Services; after assessment and when necessary we refer them to other related organisations and offer ongoing case management.

Home Visits and meal Rosters - Our Halal meals and visiting rosters are continuing strong and going well with more than 85 sisters on our volunteer group. We have helped many sisters over the past 8 years who have struggled with illness, being new mums, isolation along with reverts needing social support. Regular rosters are organised to visit sisters who are isolated, volunteers drive sisters to appointments and bring them to social gatherings. We welcome anyone else wanting to be on board with coordinating meal rosters. ‘Many hands make lighter work’

Counselling Service - We have been blessed to have Angela Ishaq who volunteers a lot of her time in the running of programs at Sisters Support Services whilst studying her masters in counselling and specialising in mental health. She offers free counselling to sisters who are sometimes at their lowest and most vulnerable. This is a valuable service that we are able to offer the community and are most grateful to Angela, may Allah reward her abundantly. This year we awarded Angela with a ‘Quality Volunteer Award’ for her outstanding commitment and dedication to Sisters Support Services over the past 8 years.

Youth Activities – Amra Dhedhi has come back on board to assist and coordinate youth holiday programs with a recent macramé activity and the mosaic activity with the creative Eve Boyer in the last school holidays. We look forward to expanding our team to work on our youth program and to do more interesting and interactive activities in the future.

We welcome new volunteers, and members wanting to join Sisters Support Services and any innovative ideas brought forward to seek ways to improve and strengthen our organisation to run more efficiently and to therefore best service the community.

I would like to sincerely thank our management committee for their many hours of commitment to the running of Sisters Support Services and to each and everyone of our volunteers and members who dedicate their time and energy to making this organisation a unique place to work towards supporting sisters in our community. We would also like to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You our sponsors and to those community members who have supported us and donated generously over the years.

Jazak u Allah Khair,

Aliyah Alison Berger







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Wisdom College pupils performing a Turkish dance routine at their recent graduation ceremony.



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SYDNEY: All three of Unity Grammar’s Robotics teams have successfully qualified for the 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League National Championships to be held at Macquarie University on 8 – 9 December 2018.

The Regional qualifying round for the Senior Girls team, STEM Cells X, took place at Unity Grammar in mid-November where the girls won not only the Robot Performance Award but the overall Champion’s Award, securing them a place in the NSW State Competition.

The following week the Senior Boys Team, STEM Cells Y, won the same two awards at their Regional competition at Cranebrook and the brand-new Junior Team, STEM Cells Z, won the Project Award for the most innovative and creative Project Presentation at Bossley Park.

STEM Cells X, Y and Z went on to compete at the NSW Tournament in Wollongong on 24 November. STEM Cells Y were awarded a trophy for Gracious Professionalism while STEM Cells X were awarded a trophy for Research and all three teams qualified for the National Tournament to be held at Macquarie University in December.

Unity Grammar CEO, Mr Aaron Boyd, said “We are so proud of all three teams who have shown great dedication and a generous amount of grace in the competitions so far. I have no doubt that they will put in their absolute best at Nationals and I look forward to seeing the result.”




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Dr Mehreen Faruqi was inundated with xenophobic and racist abuse

Muslim Australian politician, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, was trolled with xenophobic and racist abuse after she tweeted that the Melbourne Cup was deadly to horses on November 5.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi was called a ‘maggot’ and told to go back to Pakistan after she tweeted a photo of a horse with the caption ‘Horse racing kills. This is CliffsofMoher who was killed for the sake of gambling by racing in the Melbourne Cup this afternoon #horseracingkills #nuptothecup’.

The Greens MP, who moved to Australia in 1992, received a barrage of abuse on social media following the death of Irish stallion The Cliffsofmoher.

The New South Wales politician, who is also the Green’s Animal Welfare Spokeswoman, was told to leave Australia by several social media trolls.

‘P*** off back to where you came from,’ one man wrote on her Facebook page.

‘Clearly, you have no intention to assimilate or embrace the culture that has dragged you into equality as a woman and provided you with a wage well beyond the slums of your homeland.’

The 55-year-old said she was targeted because of her skin colour, three months after telling the Senate ‘everyone’ who was not a white, straight male experienced ‘online harassment, bullying and toxicity’.

‘This is what happens when people of colour speak out on almost any issue,’ she tweeted.

Faruqi has posted a compilation of the vilest social media messages.

‘F*** of you filthy unelected foreign interloper,’ one man said of the lawmaker who in August filled Lee Rhiannon’s casual Senate vacancy. ‘P*** off back to your s***hole of Pakistan. Ya maggot.’


Source: Muslim News UK



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The CCN Poet's Corner: The Crow and the Pidgeon



One fine, glorious day,
When the friendly sun was oozing its warmth,
A large-beaked, black-velvety crow
Eyed hungrily for some food.

Its beady eyes roamed the great forest,
Green and lush as could be,
But in varying shades, light and dark,
Until it stopped on a sizeable chunk of bread.

The kingly crow lifted its wings
And flew gracefully but nimbly to the bread.
It landed softly and began its feast.
But this precious moment was just that.

A set of noisy wings flapped down in front.
The crow, annoyed, saw an awkward pigeon staring at his food.
This is My territory, he thought.
The pigeon, unafraid, edged forwards
As if desiring some bread.

Acting quickly, on which he prided himself,
The crow caught the bread in his sharp beak,
Immediately flew to a nearby tree.
This bread is meant for me, only, he mused.
He placed it carefully on a branch,
Ready to take a mouthful,
But a clever squirrel plunged for it
And ran for his life, out of sight.

Prophet Muhammad said: “The reality of faith is knowing that what has passed you by was not going to befall you; and that what has befallen you was not going to pass you by.” (Tabarani).

Umm Hafsah © 2018






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The Second International Conference on Organ Transplantation in Islam will be held at the Western Sydney University on 22 and 23 November.  This conference explores a rare topic in Islamic theological and social scientific discussions; how Islam deals with organ transplantation.

Existing studies on organ transplantation, rare as they are, either look at the argument in support of organ transplantation and donation, or the argument that considers organ transplantation and donation to be prohibited in Islam.  What is missing is a clear and authoritative response to the question of organ transplantation and donation in Islam.  Whether organ transplantation and donation is permissible or not in Islam, robust theological and social scientific discussions are necessary for individuals to make an informed determination


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




Read Imam Quddoos' presentation




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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. 





Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi


Sheikh Al-Yaqoubi is a widely respected religious scholar who also has a significant spiritual following worldwide.

Background: Sheikh Al-Yaqoubi was born in Damascus and was trained in Islamic studies by his father, who was an Imam and instructor at the Grand Umayyad Mosque. Sheikh Al-Yaqoubi followed in his father’s footsteps teaching in the same mosque, and becoming a world renowned Islamic scholar of theology, jurisprudence, and Hadith. He is widely-recognised as one of the reliable authorities for the issuing of fatwas in Islam.

Against Extremism: He was one of the first scholars to speak against DA’ISH, denouncing its atrocities and showing that its actions are unIslamic. His book Refuting ISIS has become essential reading. His criticism of the Syrian government’s response to protests made his stay in Syrian untenable, and so he had to flee the country.

Educator: As a teacher, he has trained several hundred Imams and teachers who work in the Arab World, the West, in the Far East and South Africa. As a spiritual guide he focuses on the spiritual well-being of Muslims and gives personal spiritual instruction to his disciples, of which he has a significant following in Europe and the USA. He is a charismatic public speaker in both Arabic and English and one of the most vocal moderate voices of Islam making a huge positive impact via his public talks, writings and numerous media appearances worldwide.






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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





From last week's ABC's Q&A



Thanks, Tony. I have a question for the whole panel. Following on from the recent terror attacks in Melbourne, or terror attack and arrests, and the Prime Minister’s proposal for a meeting with Muslim leadership, what does the panel think of the refusal of those leaders to attend the meeting?

Mehreen, I’ll start with you.

Yeah, go straight to the Muslim, Tony.

It seems to make sense.

Yeah. So, obviously, the attack was horrific. You know, my heart goes out to the victims of that attack, but I think the response of the Prime Minister was also very divisive. Like, to immediately vilify a whole community for the actions of one person is not how society works. You know, I do...

He didn’t do that.

Well, he did do that.

He didn’t.

And, you know... Every time something like this happens and it’s a Muslim who...

Could you just explain? ‘Cause Eric Abetz said he didn’t do that. Can you explain, if you believe that, how did he do it? Because essentially what he did was to say to imams, “If you see something going on in your church, and even if you don’t, if you suspect it, you should intervene in some way.” So, I mean, how disrespectful was that?

Sure, OK. So his immediate reaction was that the Muslim community needs to do more about this. You know, when we have criminal activities like this, when we have attacks like this, when we have violence like this, it is the responsibility of the whole community. We have to come together as a whole community. Just vilifying and picking on one community is not the way to do it. And, you know, the Muslim community has been doing quite a lot in terms of getting young people’s programs, engaging them in, let’s say, mateship programs or harmony programs. They even run programs in prisons for Muslim prisoners in terms of how to get back into the community. So, it’s not a lack of the Muslim community doing something.

But, Mehreen, vilification is quite a strong charge to lay against the Prime Minister. Based on what he said, is that really justified?

Sure. I think after that, he said was the Muslim community wasn’t serious about this issue and, you know, they didn’t want to deal with this issue. I think those are pretty strong comments. So, I mean, I think we should always have dialogue. It’s always, always very important, but the dialogue has to start on the basis of good faith and trust and it cannot start on the basis of where this community is not interested in dealing with this issue. Let’s sit together and have a conversation. We need to have that conversation...

That’s what the Prime Minister wanted.

We need to have many conversations, but they need to happen in good faith and with trust.

OK. Eric Abetz, good faith and trust, did the Prime Minister...

The Prime Minister referred to extremists, and I think that is the vital word here. And some leaders of the Islamic community were in fact willing to meet with the Prime Minister, because they understand the seriousness of the issue. Others decided not to. What is the Australian community to make of that, that some are willing to condemn the activity, others, not so sure?

So what did you make of it, Eric Abetz?

Well, I made exactly what the Prime Minister made of it, and I think they are the undeniable facts, that a radicalised Muslim undertook an activity that has been described as absolutely horrendous, and correctly so, and then for that to be called out for what it is is not sin by the Prime Minister but a statement of fact. And that some Muslim leaders were willing to deal with that, I think, is to be applauded. Whereas others were willing to stay away, is a matter of concern.

Unless every single Muslim comes out and condemns attacks that happen, you think we don’t?

No, no, no.

Of course everyone condemns these attacks. I mean, these are terrible things, but you have to go back and address the issue at the root causes of it. Why is this happening? Why is radicalisation happening?

It’s the extremism.

It’s radicalisation, it’s isolation, it’s alienation, it’s power imbalance. We have to get to the root of this.

Look, there are many people...



I’m just going to let the other panellists talk. Tom, I’ll come to you first.


Well, I think the first point to make is that the broad cross-section of Australian Muslims are decent and law-abiding citizens. And that goes without saying. And the Prime Minister is not attacking Muslims or Muslim leaders, he’s attacking these jihadists, who are unashamedly embracing this radical extremist version of their religion.

Tom, he did say it was a lame excuse to talk about this man’s history of mental illness. Now, does that sort of twist the story a little bit?

Well, I think mental illness is a contributing factor, but he was also motivated by the ideology of militant Islam, and that’s what the Prime Minister is saying. And context is important. Both Sydney and Melbourne have seen violence and murder at the hand of radical jihadists, and our law enforcement officials have thwarted many terror attacks inspired by Islamic extremists. Now, on the political consequences of this, I don’t think it’s such a big issue these days. It was in the decade after 9/11, and the terror attacks in New York and Washington and Pennsylvania. Certainly in London, after the 2005 terror attacks. But at the last British election, when this issue was raised after a few terror attacks outside Westminster, this issue did not hurt the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who more or less talks your language on this question, which might indicate that the political climate on this issue is changing.

Well, let’s see if Doug Cameron is talking the same language as Mehreen, or a different kind of language. And are you talking the same language as Jeremy Corbyn?


Well, as a socialist, yes.

(LAUGHS) He’s not a Scot though, mate.


There aren’t many people left in the Labor Party who refer to them as socialists. We have to say that.

Well, I am.

There are in Britain! (LAUGHS)



You should go back to Scotland, mate.

Tom, you’re not saying, “Go back to where you came from”?


Because that would be quite a bad...

You see, you know, I’m a white guy, so you can imagine what happens to other migrants in this country if that’s the sort of attitude...

Come on, I’m just joking. It was a joke, Dougie, come on.

And it’s always easy...

That was a joke, Tony.

It’s always easy to say it’s a joke. I’ve been told I’m incomprehensible by members of the Coalition, I’ve been told to go back to Scotland. You know, I can stand up for myself. You know, I can. But you’ve got lots of migrants come here that don’t have that capacity, and I think they get treated terribly.

Australia is a very welcoming society, Doug. Otherwise, why do so many people come to this country?


No, seriously, that was a cheap shot by Doug. I was not...

Yeah, very.

It was clearly a joke. And this is the problem with identity politics.


You guys take it way too seriously. It was just a joke.

OK, so, we’ve gone beyond the air of the question.


I’d like to bring us back to the question.

So, I agree. You didn’t hear, you know, when it was the Christian churches…where, you know, kids were being abused all over the place, you didn’t hear, you know, for years, many of those leaders of the Christian churches being told, “It’s your responsibility. You fix it.” That didn’t happen. And I just think it’s terrible when you’ve got, you know, One Nation coming into the Senate dressed in a burqa, you know, and people are going, “Oh, this is OK,” and just copping it. You know, I thought that was terrible. And I think this is going to get worse. I think the politics of terrorism, the politics of Muslims is going to get worse as we get closer to the election, because as it gets tougher for the Coalition, then they’re going to try and divide, they’re going to run fear campaigns. I think it’s terrible, and I think they should be concentrating on decent policies for all Australians, including Muslim Australians.


And notice that, not once, not once, not once did Dougie condemn radical extremist Islam. Not once.

I wasn’t asked to condemn...

Not once.

This was all in the context of the question.

You were. That was the question, Doug.

Actually, I’ll come back to Doug...

I mean, that is very revealing, Dougie.

...but actually, Yasmin’s mother is a Muslim, and I’m just interested how you’re viewing this debate, or how you’re feeling it, perhaps.

Yeah. I mean, look, I’m certainly not representative of all young people, and I’m not Muslim myself, but, you know, has a mother who is Muslim. She doesn’t even wear the hijab anymore, um, because when she first came to the country she was discriminated against. Um, and now she’s working as a mental health nurse and contributing hugely to our society. So when you’re saying...when you’re blaming the Muslim community, I think it’s very counterproductive and just aside from the issue, which is… You know, the fact that she’s in mental health is ironic, because it’s mental health. 

At the end of the day, you know, there is a big Muslim community that are extremely moderate, and I think, by pointing fingers without focusing on security, without focusing on mental health reform, you know, without focusing on these things, it ultimately is going aside from the real problem. So, unfortunately, I think when we’re painting Muslims with a broad brush and when we’re, like I said, pointing fingers, it’s honestly counterproductive and unhelpful, and creates more divisiveness.

OK, and very briefly, I’m going to go back to Doug Cameron. The question was, what do you think of Muslim leaders refusing to attend the meeting with the Prime Minister regarding radicalisation?

I think it was being used by the Prime Minister, to some extent, for another photo opportunity. And I think, you know, if he was really serious about dealing with that, there could have been a meeting without all the publicity, all the nonsense that went on, and I’m sure that the Muslim leaders in this country would sit down, as they have been doing, working cooperatively with security and intelligence agencies, working cooperatively with the police, and working cooperatively with politicians. Because they know the dangers of terrorism, and they understand it, probably better than most. But to be used as a photo opportunity by the Prime Minister, I think was the wrong thing.

Well, it wasn’t a photo opportunity.

Yes, it was. It was.

Absolutely not. Then, you know...

It totally was.

Look, if Scott Morrison could walk on water, Doug would be saying, “This is proof positive he can’t swim.” This is the sort of nonsense that we are now getting out of Doug Cameron.

As long as he gets the baseball hat on, he’ll be OK.

OK, let’s...let’s...

A tinfoil one.


Let us move on. The next question’s from Jack Green.

ABC Q&A transcript


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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


Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie greeted by Sir Abdullah Archibald Buchanan Hamilton in highland dress in 1936.






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TOPIC: "The sublime conduct of Nabi (SAW)" 
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DATE: 30 November 2018

TOPIC: "Using the Blessing to Please Allah" 
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Mrs Zuleikha Mayat acknowledged at SANHA AGM


Dr Mustafa Ally and Ml Sulaimaan Ravat


DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: Dr Mustafa Ally accepted an achievement award on behalf of Mrs Zuleikha Mayat (age 93 and of Indian Delights fame) at the South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA) Annual General Meeting from Ml Sulaimaan Ravat (of Radio Islam and Channel Islam TV).


In accepting the award on Mrs Mayat's behalf, Dr Ally told the members present that he was particularly honoured to be doing so, given that he would not have survived the 6 years as a student in the UK without his trusty copy of Indian Delights.


Upon receiving her award and gifts in person at her home the next day, Mrs Mayat emailed SANHA to say:

My reluctance to present myself at your recognition award function was due to the 93 years that I carry on weak legs. I know you will understand. However, the plaque and the big box with skin rejuvenating lotions especially, may result in spring returning after the autumn years of my life. The femininity within me eagerly looks forward to massaging the creams into the furrows and wrinkles that are sketched across face and limbs. Jazaak Allah O Khairun Jaza.


With Duas and Salaams
Zuleikha Mayat.

Mrs. Zuleikha Mayat is renowned for her cookbook Indian Delights, which was first published in 1954. The 93-year-old was also active in the struggle against the apartheid government in Durban where she also organised a women's community group that has worked tirelessly for social change.

Mayat and her husband hosted the late president Nelson Mandela at their home while he was in hiding.

She formed a close relationship with Ahmed Kathrada while he was on Robben Island and published a book with their letters titled Dear Ahmed, Dear Zuleikhabehn: The letters of Zuleikha Mayat and Ahmed Kathrada 1979-1989.


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First Book Award goes to Shahad al-Rawi


Winner of the First Book Award, Shahad Al Rabi


SCOTLAND: Iraqi author Shahad al-Rawi has won Edinburgh International Book Festival’s prestigious First Book Award for her debut novel The Baghdad Clock.

Set in Baghdad during the first Gulf War, the novel tells the story of a girl growing up in a city at war.

Announcing Al-Rawi as the winner on November 2, the festival’s Director, Nick Barley, said the novel exemplified the importance of telling stories.

“Even in extreme situations like the one portrayed in Shahad’s novel, it’s stories that keep people going. Maybe that’s why her novel is so affecting and so powerful,” he said, in comments published by the festival.

Al-Rawi said she was “extremely happy” to be honoured. “I’m very proud for two reasons; first because this prize came from the Edinburgh International Book Festival itself. Secondly, because the competition was extremely strong and the books drew on so many different subjects.

“Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the most important festivals in the world. It has the best reputation, and I’m very grateful that I was part of it this year,” she said.

Al-Rawi was born in Baghdad in 1986 and moved with her family to Syria after high school. She now lives in Dubai and is pursuing a PhD in anthropology.

The First Book Award celebrates the new fiction from the UK and around the world featured in the Book Festival public programme and is voted for by readers and visitors to the Festival. The winner was chosen from the 49 debut novels and short story collections for adults and young adults eligible for the Award this year.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is billed as the largest such festival. It coincides with the city’s famous Festival Fringe.


Source: Muslim News UK



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Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal Of Its Religious And Ideological Foundations


Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi (Author & Translator)




The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) constitutes the most serious threat Islam has ever faced.


To justify its horrible crimes and appeal to Muslims around the world, ISIS has based its ideology on a superficial and literalist approach to the Sacred Texts of Islam - the Holy Qur'an and the Prophetic Tradition.


ISIS manipulates religion to brainwash angry young Muslims, who have little knowledge of Islamic theology and jurisprudence.


Therefore, the Muslim scholars are obliged to respond with a counter-narrative that elucidates the reality of Islam and its commitment to tolerance.


There exists a plethora of proofs that demonstrates ISIS’ actions do not represent Sunni Islam and its claims are based on clear fallacies.


The author, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi, a renowned scholar and one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world today, presents in this invaluable book a thorough refutation of ISIS’ beliefs and crimes.


Providing authentic quotes that destroy the allegations of ISIS, Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi reaches the conclusion that this group does not represent Islam, its declaration of a caliphate is invalid, and fighting it is an obligation upon Muslims.



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CCN's Bookshelf

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's Culinary Corner





KB says: This is perfect for children’s parties or for a treat during the holidays and together with this week's recipe, I thought I would share with you a recently posted video on a Food Tour of Islamabad, Pakistan.



Drop Doughnuts


Guest chef-of-the-week: Yaseera Peer






2 cups self-raising flour
2 eggs
½ cup sugar
1 cup yoghurt
2 tab ghee/melted butter

  1. Beat eggs and sugar well and add yoghurt and flour and melted butter to form the dough.

  2. Drop ball size dough in hot oil and fry on medium heat.

  3. Roll in castor sugar and serve immediately



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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Q: Dear Kareema, as we’re approaching the summer holidays, I feel like I’m ‘burning myself out’ and December gets even busier. Any tips on still keeping active and stressing less?

A: That is why it is very important to take care and manage your health and fitness first.


Schedule in a workout before you even look at other events in your diary.

You’ll feel better and be more energised to take on your other ‘must-do’s’.

If you’re really pressed for time, try 10min-mini workouts whenever possible.

You’ll be amazed with the results and how much you can actually achieve in a short challenging session.


Take time out daily to de-stress.


Whether it is a yoga session or just sitting in a quiet spot and focusing on your breathing.


Find what works and run with it..






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




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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 Unlearn Your Fears

For many years I harboured within me two major fears - fear of abandonment and rejection and fear of spiders. It was only two years ago that I was able to unlearn these fears and am now a spider-friendly person who loves her own company and could not give a hoot about being rejected or abandoned. It didn’t happen overnight, especially overcoming arachnophobia :)

Fears are learned. The environment we grow up in and the mindset we are conditioned to operate from govern our fears. I watched a horror film when I was very young called Arachnophobia. I had no problems with spiders until I saw that film. And then I watched Harry Potter Chambers of Secret and Aragog the Spider was enough to keep me awake a few nights. That is a classic example of physical fear.

Emotional fears are slightly different but learned in a similar way. They too are as a result of experiences and conditioning. My fear of abandonment and rejection came from childhood experiences of inadequate emotional care.

So how do we unlearn our fears?

In any journey of transformation, one must first identify what needs to be transformed. Similarly, in order to unlearn fears, one must first identify what one fears.

5-Step Process to identify and unlearn your fears

1. Make a list of what you are fearful of. These things could be emotional or physical.
2. Beside each fear, write down where you got this fear from? (parents, friends, TV or Film or books)
3. Write down what exactly would happen to you physically if you had to face this thing that was causing you to fear
4. Write down positive aspects of the thing you fear from a logical and rational point of view
5. Every time you feel fear, remind yourself about the positive aspects of that thing that is causing you to fear

It is the fourth step that people struggle with most. For example, one of my clients had a fear of dying in a car crash. She didn’t fear death, however, the car crash was not how she wanted to die. She said she couldn’t find anything positive to say about a car crash.

You may agree with her. At some level, I do too. However, let us look at this from a Muslim’s perspective. Once I did this with my client she was able to overcome this fear completely.

Where there is FAITH there is NO FEAR.
As Muslims, we are not to fear people, places, things or situations. We are to fear (have ‘khawf’) of ONLY ALLAH.

Example of how to unlearn fear

Let’s look at how my client unlearned her fear of dying in a car crash using the above 5 steps.

1. She listed her fear - Dying in a car crash
2. She listed how she developed this fear - She saw pictures of a car crash in a newspaper clipping when she was very young
3. She wrote down what would happen to her physically if she was in a car crash - broken bones, brain damage, blood everywhere (notice she didn’t mention death)
4. She wrote down the positive aspect of this car crash - death, returning to ALLAH, and inshallah Jannah
5. She wrote what she needed to remind herself every time this fear gripped her - That dying of a car crash will not matter when her soul is released from her body because she will no longer exist in human form. She will be awaiting her judgment day. She needs to focus on the now and do good deeds to be able to reach Jannah when she dies.

This rather logical confrontation of her fear gave her a renewed perspective of her temporary existence here in this Duniya.

As Muslims, we are wonderfully equipped with this realisation that life in the Duniya is temporary. Fear is shaytaan’s whispers to make you think otherwise. Faith overcomes fear. Faith and fear can never coexist. ALWAYS CHOOSE FAITH OVER FEAR.



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The CCN Chuckle





Teacher: “If I gave you two cats and another two cats and then another two, how many would you have?”

Jallalludin Jnr.: “Seven!”

Teacher: “No no, listen carefully… If I gave you two cats, and another two cats and another two, how many would you have?”

Jallalludin Jnr.: “Seven.”

The teacher starts to get frustrated.

Teacher: “Come on my boy, you’re better than this. Let me put it to you differently. If I gave you two apples, and another two apples and another two, how many would you have?”

Jallalludin Jnr.: “Six.”

Teacher: “Good. Now, if I gave you two cats, and another two cats and then another two, how many would you have?”

Jallalludin Jnr.: “Seven!”

Teacher: “Jallalludin Jnr., where in the heck do you get seven from?!?”

Jallalludin Jnr.: “Because I’ve already got a b@34*& cat!”

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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! Devour not Usury, doubled and multiplied; but fear Allah; that you may (really) prosper.

~ Surah An-Imran 3:130


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Silence is the strong fence around wisdom.

If your foot slips, you can regain your balance,

but if your mouth slips,

you can never rebuild your image again.


~  Anon



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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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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


17 August



Eidfest @ Dreamworld




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1 September 2019





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1st Muharram 1441





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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



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Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha QLD 4117

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Useful Links




HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

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