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Sunday 30 December 2018 | Issue 0738



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Ansam Sadik (Vic Police), Dr. Zuleyha Keskin (ISRA), Gulhan Yoldas (AMUST), Kris Pavlidis (ECCV), Manal Shehab (SHARC), Zainab Mourad (ISRA), Senior Constable Shanice Vilone.

The Muslim Leaders Forum for Gambling Harm Awareness was held on Wednesday 5 December in Melbourne equipping them with resources to help families experiencing gambling harm.

The event, held at Al Siraat College was sponsored by Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and supported by Victoria Police, City of Whittlesea, Arabic Welfare, SHARC and Banyule Community Health.

The purpose for the gathering was to raise awareness on gambling harm in Victoria and equip Muslim leaders with the local resources available to them in supporting families experiencing gambling harm.

Keynote speaker, former mayor of City of Whittlesea and ECCV chair, Kris Pavlidis said that residents of her municipality currently lose 300 thousand dollars at the Pokies every single day.

She explained that the council has petitioned heavily this year towards having fewer machines and reducing operating hours for pokies venues.

She shared some of the successes they’ve had in blocking new pokies machines being introduced to the City of Whittlesea.

One case with Commercial Hotel who wanted to introduce pokies machines went all the way to the Supreme Court but was later withdrawn, a significant win for the community.




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The Cairns Mosque has been desecrated with graffiti of a Nazi swastika and KKK. Imam Waseem Jappie stands beside the graffiti on the outside of the mosque.

A CAIRNS plasterer blamed “peer pressure” as the reason he allegedly sprayed racist graffiti on a mosque, a court heard.

Jai Wiltshire, 20, was arrested after he allegedly defaced the Cairns Islamic Society and Mosque on Dunn St on Saturday. He appeared in court yesterday.

Cairns Imam Waseem Jappie was on leave at the time but was alerted by one of mosque members, who sent him photos. He called the vandalism “childish”.

Imam Mohamed Isa yesterday said “as long as there was race, there would be racists”.

“This is a place of worship – it is a praying place and these acts hurt us as well.”

Cairns Magistrates Court heard the alleged vandalism included Nazi and white supremacist symbols.

“There are some racist motives behind it,” police prosector Megan Howard said. “There was a swastika and KKK.”

The swastika is an ancient symbol adopted by the Nazi Party in the 1930s and is associated with the holocaust, white supremacists and right wing extremism.

It has been banned in Germany and some European countries.

KKK is the abbreviation for the Ku Klux Klan, an American terrorist group known for racial hate crimes and is also associated with white supremacists and Neo Nazis.

Ms Howard told the court Mr Wiltshire told police he was aware the graffiti was racially offensive but did not know the history behind it. “He did not know the Islamic Society was a mosque but knew Muslims did frequent it,” Ms Howard said.

The court heard the defendant was “egged on” by drunken mates and later blamed “peer pressure” for the alleged act.

Mr Wiltshire is charged with breaching probation and wilful damage using graffiti. He has not yet entered a plea.

“There are some disturbing aspects to the facts alleged,” acting magistrate Scott Luxton said.

Despite the police opposition to bail, he released Mr Wiltshire to reappear in Cairns Magistrates Court on January 21 next year.

“It has to be considered given the nature of the charges, that prison is not inevitable.” Mr Luxton said.

This is not the first graffiti attack on a Far Northern mosque. Just over five years ago, vandals spray painted offensive statements on the front gates of the North Cairns mosque. The culprits called for worshippers to “integrate” or return to their “homelands”.

In 2014 the word “evil” was scrawled in yellow paint on the Mareeba mosque.




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The Transit Lounge Episode 5:


Naz Shah – British Parliament via Poverty


Abandoned by her father at six, Naz’s family was jumping from squalor to squalor and living meal to meal.


Far from a normal upbringing, she was sent to Pakistan at 12, to protect her from the man sexually exploiting her mother over a mortgage.


She was forced into an abusive marriage at 15, and upon return to the UK, was beholden to her mother killing her abuser.


From here on, Naz was thwarted into a life juggling between campaigning for her mother’s rights, visiting solicitors, working odd jobs and raising her younger siblings.


We sit with Naz and hear of the incredible set of events which took her from homeless, abused and uneducated, to eventually gaining a sweeping victory over George Galloway as the Member for Bradford West.


If there is any story that embodies true perseverance, it is this one. 


Listen to the full interview





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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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Three mosques in Melbourne


By Tajuddin Rasdi






The Newport mosque


The Newport mosque is a unique building as it was designed by Glen Mercut, the Hijjas Kasturi of Australian architects. It had no fence, in order to encourage the participation of the larger community. The forecourt, which is usually like a fortress enclosed on all four sides, was only enclosed on three sides. Overlooking the court was a serambi or roof-covered porch with ablution areas for the men.

The main prayer space was enclosed by a glass wall, which made it visible from the outside. The mosque had a restaurant in the front area which was also part of the complex. The restaurant was open to all. When my student asked what would happen if someone came with a dog, the builder smiled and said they would put a sign asking for dogs to be kept tied in a designated area.

The mosque had no dome, no minaret and no arches. The architect, I assumed, had done away with these traditional structures because he knew they were not a sacred requirement. Secondly, I assume, he did not want the mosque to stand out in the skyline of the community buildings around the neighbourhood which had no tall structures or church steeples. This is called urban contextualism, which means to be “friendly” to your neighbours by not being obtrusive.








Meet the former garbageman now running NSW schools


By Jordan Baker


Murat Dizdar is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the state's 2200 schools





His first job was as a social sciences teacher at Ashcroft High, which he juggled with the garbage run. He advanced quickly, thanks in part to excellent mentors, becoming a head teacher at Belmore Boys, then deputy principal, then principal of Punchbowl Boys. Many of the students at Belmore and Punchbowl were muslim, like Dizdar, but he "never played that card".

"My philosophy is you've got to be a great educator, a great human being, and willing to serve," he says. "I don't believe you are going to get respect and credibility that way, it's got to come from what you are actually doing each and every day."

When Dizdar took over at Punchbowl, it had a bad reputation, and he worked hard to remedy that by engaging with both the boys, and the community. But he believes reputation is misleading when it comes to schools. "The reputation never matches what you see in there," he says. "Schools that have marginalised reputations are often doing phenomenal things inside the school gates, and schools where parents line up, try to rent and be in the zone area for - it's not quite what you might see on the My School website."

His wife Ceyda's old school, Glebe High - now the senior campus for Sydney Secondary College - was a case in point. By the time Dizdar was in year 12, there were just 25 students in her year, and the school had one of the worst reputations in the state. "She will swear black and blue that the school was phenomenal," Dizdar says. "[Reputation] doesn't match what's actually inside. Every site has its complexity. That's what makes public education so strong in the tertiary realm, for completions, attainments. We do breed resilient kids."

These days, Dizdar is responsible for the 2200 principals across the NSW education system. But he can't keep himself out of the classroom. He'll drop into a school, without telling staff he's coming, and run a class for 10 minutes, "to test whether I've still got it".

"You see phenomenal practice in action - inspirational practice," he says of his impromptu visits. "When you are a high school teacher standing in front of young people five times a day for 60-minute lessons - there are not many professions that ask you to do that. You have to be a believer in the job, a believer in young people, you have to stay sharp and informed. I think broader society should show greater respect for that."

Dizdar has been in his role for nearly two years; his boss, Education Department secretary Mark Scott, has been there for two-and-a-half. Dizdar speaks highly of Scott, and hopes he will remain in the job for years. But what would that mean for Dizdar's rapid rise?

Dizdar says his loftiest ambitions are for the education system. "My own children are in the system," he says. "I am not a martyr; my kids are not expendable. I just know that what we provide inside the school gates is just as good if not better than anywhere else. We've said that we want to be Australia's best education system, one of the finest in the world, not because of our own ambition, but because we service 800,000 students. If we are the country's best, it's going to be the best of outcomes for the young people we serve. I'm a product of the system. I saw the transformative power of that."








How Islam Spread Throughout the World


By Hassam Munir


Historians have widely discredited the narrative that the prevalence of Islam in the world today can be explained as a result of forced conversions. Without denying that there may have been some exceptional cases of forced conversion―in blatant violation of clear Islamic directives―this article describes some of the prominent factors in the Islamization of different regions of the world in history, including daʿwah, trade, intermarriage, migration, influencers, Islam’s emphasis on justice and unity, and the universality of Islam. The examples used in this article are not exhaustive, but they help us develop an appreciation of the complex nature of the spread of Islam, a process which certainly cannot be oversimplified into a slogan such as “Islam was spread by the sword.”

In 1993, the historian Richard Eaton claimed that “Islam was history’s first truly global civilization.”[1] While the present status of the Muslim ummah (community) as a functional “civilization” is up for discussion, the scope referenced by Eaton is more accurate today than ever: Islam today is undeniably a global dīn (way of life), professed by an estimated 1.8 billion people as of 2015.[2] For some, the prevalence of one of the world’s youngest religions can only be explained by the “fact” that historically, Islam “spread by the sword”―that is, through systematic forced conversion. As discussed in the first article in this series, this is a very shallow assertion. However, the previous analysis does raise another important question: if Islam was not spread by the sword, what are the factors that have led to its prevalence across the world today?

The current article discusses these factors and their role in Islam’s historical trajectory in different regions of the world. This analysis is organized in the following way. The first section covers five prominent factors that explain how non-Muslims were exposed to the message of Islam: daʿwah, trade, intermarriage, migration and influencers. The second section covers three prominent factors which primarily explain why non-Muslims embraced this message after they were exposed to it: Islam’s emphasis on justice and unity, and the universality of Islam.

It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list―in fact, every individual convert had his or her own particular experiences that led them to embrace the faith. However, to discuss each case would be redundant, even if it were possible. It is therefore necessary to generalize the discussion on the spread of Islam for the sake of a meaningful analysis, but not in such a way as to lose sight of the reality: there have been virtually countless different means used to deliver the message of Islam, and countless different reasons for accepting it.






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Are Muslims Trying to Cancel Christmas?

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Is it true there's a chapter in the Qur'an named after Mary?

Dr Bilal Hassam talks through the role Jesus plays in Islam and more in this clip.







The Muslim family that looks after a church

 BBC News





St Matthew's Church is in a rural area of Pakistan where there are hardly any Christians.

For the last 100 years it's been looked after by a local Muslim family.

Current caretaker, Waheed Murad, is the only person who still knows how to ring the bell. He told the BBC why he feels proud of his role.












It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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To know the future just look to the past


UK's Oldest Mosque: Incredible pictures shine a light on Britain’s oldest mosque dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria



Khadir Bux with his two sons at the mosque in 1929






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Germany mulls ‘Mosque tax’ to help distract Muslims from ‘foreign influence’


Sehitlik Mosque in Berlin.


GERMANY: In a bid to curb a potentially radicalizing foreign influence on its Muslim residents, German lawmakers are considering a new “mosque tax,” intended to make Muslim communities self-reliant and under more control.

Many German mosques are sponsored and are de-facto controlled from abroad, leaving local authorities in the dark about what happens inside. Now, several MPs have come up with an idea that they call a “solution” for a problem that has become increasingly unnerving for Berlin in recent years.

The MPs’ proposal involves the introduction of a special tax to be paid by all practicing Muslims in Germany, which would then be redistributed by the state among all officially registered Islamic religious institutions. A similar tax already exists in Germany and some other European countries for Catholic and Evangelical Christians.

The initiative is aimed at helping “Islam in Germany free itself from the influence of foreign states and get a stronger domestic orientation,” Thorsten Frei, the deputy head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) faction in the German Parliament, said, calling the proposed tax “an important step in that direction.”

Frei’s idea immediately received support from other members of the ruling Grand Coalition. “Independent financing” would make the communities congregating in mosques in Germany more “transparent,” Michael Frieser, a legal expert and a member of the Bavarian Christian Social Union – a long-time CDU ally, said. A prominent member of the Social Democratic Party, Burkhard Lischka, called the suggestion “worthy of discussion.”

Other suggestions voiced by MPs include legally obliging the imams preaching in Germany to upload their sermons on the internet uncut. “The mosques must be open and transparent,” said Frieser.

However, any potential legislation on that matter has a long way to go before it could be implemented. Any draft bill should be first discussed with the German states as it falls within their jurisdiction, Lischka explained. So far, no detailed account of the future legislation has been presented.

Still, the idea also seemingly received backing from the Interior Ministry, which said “it can be a solution.” However, the ministry also said that the initiative would mostly rely on grassroots support from the Muslim communities themselves as it would still require a great deal of self-organization on their part.

The German Muslim community has so far remained conspicuously tight-lipped about the initiative. An outspoken unorthodox female preacher, Seyran Ates, founder of the first “liberal” mosque in Berlin, has been the only one to comment on the initiative so far. Ates backed the proposal by saying that “in the future everything that the community needs could be paid-for by its members themselves.”

For now, most Muslim religious institutions in Germany rely on foreign aid in some form. The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), directly controlled by Ankara, is considered to be one of the largest organizations contributing to German mosques as it exerts influence over 896 Muslim communities across the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally opened one of the newly built mosques in the German city of Cologne during his visit in September.


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Church welcomes its special Muslim visitors on Christmas Eve


Every year worshippers from the nearby mosque attend service at St Alban’s in London


For the past 10 years, worshippers at the Shia Ithna’ashari Community of Middlesex have been attending midnight mass at St Alban’s.


UK: On Christmas Eve, churches all over the country will welcome into their midnight mass services people who rarely take part in acts of Christian worship but find candlelit carols irresistible.

In the pews of St Alban’s in North Harrow there will be a special group of visitors: about three dozen Muslims from a nearby mosque.

For the past 10 years, worshippers at the Shia Ithna’ashari Community of Middlesex have been attending midnight mass at St Alban’s as a way of meeting their neighbours and taking part in Christmas festivities.

“For us, attending midnight mass is a great chance to participate in an important part of Christmas celebrations and meet people from our local church, many of whom have become our friends,” said Miqdaad Versi, an executive committee member of SICM.

“Ten years ago, this was one of the first times we met, and now it has flourished into a much stronger and long-lasting relationship as we meet regularly, work together and organise joint events.”

The Christmas visits were initiated by young members of the mosque. The executive committee checked with the church that they would be welcome, and every year since up to 50 Muslims have attended the midnight service.

Versi said that most Muslims enjoyed Christmas celebrations and the focus on family. “There are differences in belief, of course, but in the Islamic faith Jesus is revered as a major prophet.”

Each year, the group from the mosque includes some people who have never been inside a church before. “We prepare them before the service, so they know what to expect. It’s up to individuals whether they want to sing carols or go up to the altar to be blessed. Some do, some don’t.”

The mosque also provides volunteers to local churches that provide shelter for homeless people on a rota basis over the festive period.

“We work with churches throughout the year,” said Versi. “They come to us during Ramadan for iftar [the meal that breaks the daily fast], and church leaders have spoken at the mosque.”

Kate Tuckett, the vicar of St Alban’s, said the attendance at midnight mass by members of the mosque was a “really positive sign of friendship”.

She added: “We’re delighted to welcome them. They come in a spirit of respect and their presence reinforces the strong links that have developed between our faith communities. Given the world we live in, anything we can do to foster dialogue and understanding will always be a good thing.”

The Guardian


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Pogba, Salah, Mane and Džeko make UEFA Team of the Year short list





Transfers: Eden Hazard revealed contract talks with Chelsea have stalled – opening the door for his dream move to Real Madrid once again. The winger, 27, has just 18 months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge and admitted he still has not decided on his future.

Arsenal are considering selling Mesut Özil for a cut-price £25 million in the January transfer window, according to the Sun. The German has struggled to make Unai Emery’s first team in recent weeks and the Gunners have been on sensational form. Arsenal would weigh up letting Özil go for a reduced transfer fee in order to shed his massive £350,000-per-week wage from the books.

Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane has agreed to terms on a new long-term deal at Anfield. The 26-year-old joined the club from Southampton on a five-year contract in June 2016 for a fee of £34 million. Since then he has gone on to make 89 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring 40 goals. Talks over the new deal, which is believed to run until 2023, were opened at the end of last season but have only been finalised now.

UEFA 50-man team of the year shortlist: Paul Pogba is the only Manchester United player to make Uefa’s 50-man shortlist for the team of the year published on December 10 and is made up of five goalkeepers, 15 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards. It means Marseille, Roma and Tottenham all have more nominees than the Old Trafford club. Six Liverpool players have made the shortlist including Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Mane, Seven Serie A (Italy) based players also secured a spot including Bosnia’s Miralem Pjanić of Juventus and Edin Džeko of Roma.

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Hugo Lloris (Spurs), Keylor Navas (Real), Jan Oblak (Atlético), Marc-André Ter Stegen (Barcelona).

Defenders: Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Kostas Manolas (Roma), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern), John Stones (Man City), Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), José Giménez, Diego Godin, Lucas Hernández (Atlético), Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo (Real).

Midfielders: James Milner (Liverpool), Paul Pogba (Man United), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Miralem Pjanić (Juventus), Saul Niguez (Atlético), Eden Hazard, N’golo Kante (Chelsea), Luka Modrić, Casemiro, Isco, Toni Kroos (Real), Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva (Man City), Dimitri Payet, Florian Thauvin (Marseille).

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético), Harry Kane (Spurs), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), Gareth Bale (Real), Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Kylian Mbappé, Neymar, Edinson Cavani (PSG), Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

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Home Fire



Kamila Shamsie



The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences

Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred.


But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew.


When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.

Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives.


Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love?


The means of Parvaiz’s salvation?


Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks:


What sacrifices will we make in the name of love? 



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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: This recipe is so aptly named...the cupcakes turn out nothing short of amazing every time! They are moist, yet light and soft and flop proof.


Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes








1¼ cups flour
1¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
2 eggs
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup oil
½ cup buttermilk


1. Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
2. Beat eggs till creamy and slowly add sugar and beat for another minute.
3. Add vanilla, oil and beat for another minute.
4. Add buttermilk and flour mix alternatively to the egg mixture, folding it gently until all the ingredients are incorporated.
5. Fill muffin cups to half full.

6. Bake 180°C for 14-16mins till done.

Caramel topping
½ tin caramel
4 tab milk
Mix together until slightly thin but not to runny. Spread over cake. Decorate with aero mint chocolate & pistachios

Or ……just leave it plain, perfect with a cup of tea.






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(Hussain Baba is the host and chef of *BABA’S HALAL KITCHEN*, a show where he uses his own unique style to cook 'Quick, Easy and Delicious' dishes.)


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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Q: Dear Kareema, I’m trying to move that last 5 kilos and struggling. Please help..

A: Change it up a little.


Your body might be plateau-ing so any little change to your workout routine will make a big difference.


Remember too though that slower is better when it comes to weight-loss as the body needs time to adapt to the changes.


Don’t be too hard on yourself.


Check your diet and tweak it wherever possible.


Make healthier choices and drink lots of water.





My Health and Fitness

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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:
Cultivating Joy In Your Marriage

ALMIGHTY ALLAH enjoins a man and a woman in marriage, a union so beautiful in every way. Admittedly, it is not always a bed of roses. Cultivating joy in your marriage is a daily challenge.It takes unconditional love, dedication, commitment, kindness and tremendous amount of respect and understanding to maintain a joyful marriage.

We may feel that love is the only ingredient in marriage. Truth is, it all starts with respect. Respecting anyone means to have a regard for their feelings, rights and wishes. When you respect, you are one step closer to understanding. And when you understand someone, there is no room for assumptions or accusations.

Take a moment and ask yourself, when was the last time you displayed regard for your spouse’s feelings, rights and wishes? How did you display it?

Having an attitude of respect and understanding is not the same as practising them. It is vital that your spouse actually sees you practising respectful words and respectful actions towards him/her.

Strategies to Cultivate Joy in Your Marriage

1. Look your spouse in the eye when you communicate. There is no barrier when you are together. ALLAH has enjoined you in marriage and permitted you to communicate openly. Looking in the eye when communicating reaffirms your commitment and caring nature.

2. Listen to the reply when she/he speaks. REALLY LISTEN. Do not formulate a reply while she/he is speaking. Do not interrupt. Become fully engaged. Curb your urge to correct or argue. You will have your time afterwards to respond appropriately. First, LISTEN.

3. Give undivided attention to each other. Multi-tasking is a wonderful skill but NOT when you are communicating with your spouse. No matter how important certain chores or tasks may seem, remember ALWAYS that your marriage is more important than any task you are concerned about.

4. Ask each other this question: “What matters to you most in life?” Understand the response given and honour those wishes. Knowing what matters most to your spouse helps you understand what you can do to fulfil his/her wishes.

5. Speak well about the people who matter to your spouse. You may not get along with all the people who matter to your spouse and that is fine. There is no obligation to get along. However there is an obligation to show respect. If you speak ill about people who matter to him/her, it is hurtful. Causing your spouse hurt will eventually turn the relationship sour.

6. Respect each other’s fears and sentiments. Fear is very real to the person experiencing it. You do not have to encourage it but you need to show sensitivity that it is real to the person experiencing it. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about our new baby. It is overwhelming for both of us. I am with you all the way. I am so pleased that you are trying your very best. That is all that matters. Allah rewards efforts not results. Keep doing your best.”

7. Do not bring up past arguments/ negative events when addressing a new issue. Be clear from the beginning of any discussion that the topic of discussion is to remain a specific one and you both need to respect that rule. For example, if you need to discuss the budget for your next family vacation, it is NOT advisable to talk about how the last vacation was horrible because one of you forgot to book a hotel and ended up staying with in-laws!

8. Thank your spouse regularly for being your soulmate. Expressing gratitude increases positivity in your relationship.

9. Emphasize each other’s good points. Dwelling on mistakes or negative traits will only put stress on your relationship. Instead, acknowledge that you are human hence you have your own shortcomings. Similarly, your spouse may slip every now and then too. Say sorry, forgive and move on.

10. When leaving for work, exchange Salaams and a loving hug. There is no shame in hugging your spouse. ALLAH has enjoined you in marriage and allowed you to display affection towards each other.

11. Spend COUPLE TIME at least once a week where you are by yourselves for a couple of hours to share an activity you both love. This increases your compatibility.

12. Follow ALLAH’s commandment that the husband is the guardian of the family. The wife is created equal and has different responsibilities. Following this commandment increases harmony in the home. Disharmony creeps in when these roles are reversed.

13. Be content with life and however much your spouse is doing for you. Express gratitude to ALLAH. If you want more from life, ask ALLAH instead of nagging or complaining to your spouse.

14. Admire one another. Pay a compliment. Your spouse feels nice every time you compliment him/her.

15. Protect each other’s honour. Guard it fiercely. Do not speak ill of your spouse to another person, even if that person is a close family member. Remind yourself that ALLAH is watching you if you backbite about your spouse. If the matter is serious and your spouse’s behaviour concerns you, seek appropriate guidance and professional help. Speaking ill about your spouse shows your poor character - it doesn’t fix your marriage.




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The CCN Chuckle





Young Javed migrated to Australia with his parents from Pakistan.


He gets admitted to the local school.

Teacher : What's your name?

Boy: Javed

Teacher : No, now you are in Australia, your name is Johnny from today.

He goes home and his mother asks: How was your day, son?


Javed: I am an Australian now, so call me Johnny.

Mom and Dad both get very offended and beat him up.

The next day he is back at school all bruised ...

Teacher: What happened Johnny?

Javed: Ma'm, just 6 hours after I became Australian, I was attacked by two Pakistani terrorists.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






And among His Signs is the sleep that you take by night and by day, and the quest that you (make for livelihood) out of His Bounty: verify in that are Signs for those who hearken.

~ Surah An-Nur 24:46


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“The standard you walk past,


is the standard you accept.”

~  General Hurley



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

Notice Board













What and When: Oz Sports has been hired for the community's sole use on Saturday 19 January 2019 from 6pm to 8pm.


Activities will include netball, soccer, cricket and volleyball all in the name of fun.


Teams will be randomly selected and participants will be able to play at least 2 different sports on the night. Salaah facilities will be provided.


For food, there will be a sausage sizzle.

Who's Invited:
Everyone! Men, women, boys and girls 4 years old and above are invited to participate. Kids under 4 and non-sports participants are also invited to join us on the night.

Why: The purpose is purely for the community to get together, network and have some fun through sport.

How do I Sign On: Registration can be done online.

Click here.





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Logan Roos Football Club is in the heart of Logan City.

As 2019 season preparation has already started. All interested players from 5 years old  to senior level are welcome to  join. Limited spaces available.

For further information please contact via email:

Or you can call the secretary Abdul Samim Khan on 0413669987.


















































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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Donations & Appeals







Assalamu Alaikum wrb

This is urgent plea to all our brothers and sisters.


We have paid a deposit to purchase a church on the Gold Coast to make it into a Masjid, the church is already approved as a place of worship as a Masjid.


So far we have raised $2.6m in loans qarz e hasna and donations and are $500,000 short.


Our settlement is in just over 1week time. We are pleading pay back in 12 months.


We cannot miss out on this church which can accommodate 500 people. We will not get this opportunity again in the middle of Gold Coast.


There is only 1 Masjid on the Gold Coast which is overflowing, again I point out we can not miss this opportunity we will never get this opportunity on the Gold Coast again.


Please help towards this house of Allah as the reward great - a house in Jannah Insha’Allah.


Complete the Pledge Form or please message or contact me...... .

Please contribute whatever you can and share with family and friends.

May Allah swt grant you and your family a dwelling in Paradise.


Imam Akram Buksh










Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre








Bank Account Details:

Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Toowoomba Plaza Branch
A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation

BSB No 064459,

A/C No 1034 1586,
Swift Code: CTBAAU25XXX

Contacts: Prof Shahjahan Khan Ph +61421081048, Email:, Dr Mainul Islam Ph +61432533550, and Br Shahbaz Rafiq Ph 0402398608 (Brisbane).





Water scarcity is a major concern for those living in Yemen, especially those in conflict areas. This has resulted in people seeking water from unclean sources and the spread of water-borne diseases to over 1 million people.

MAA has embarked on a major project to provide water to over 3,000 people by digging an artesian well with a depth of 170m.

The structure will include a concrete reservoir, generator room, and pipes networked to distribute water to local areas.

You now have the opportunity to invest in the construction of this life-saving Sadaqah Jaariyah project for just $50.

Invest on behalf of yourself, your family, and your friends and reap the rewards!




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"If it's not here's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email






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19 January 2019



Sports Family Fun Night



OZSPORTS Springwood

0410 977 161

6PM to 8PM

9 February 2019



Muslimah Night Bazaar



45 Acacia Rd,



3PM to 9PM

9 March 2019



Mother & Daughter High Tea


Hurricane Stars Club


0432 026 375


24 March 2019



Zaky and Friends Show


Hurricane Stars Club

Islamic College of Brisbane,


0432 026 375


2 April 2019

3 April 2019


Tues (EVE)





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1440


20 April 2019

21 April 2019


Sat (EVE)





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1440


6 May 2019





(start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1440


26 May 2019





(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1440


5 June 2019





(end of the month of fasting)

 1st Shawal 1440


11 August 2019





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1440


12 August 2019





10th Zil-Hijjah 1440


17 August 2019



Eidfest @ Dreamworld




0418 722 353

from 6PM

1 September 2019





(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1441





1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Masjid As Sunnah



Every Sunday Quran Tafsir or Islamic Lesson or Arabic Class.
After Magrib
Conducting by Imam Yahia Baej

Children Arabic/Quran Class every Tue-Wed-Thursday after Magrib




Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040




Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

Download the programme here.














Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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

Community Contact Command, who are situated in Police Headquarters, manages the secretariat role of the QPS/Muslim Reference Group meeting.

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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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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