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Azmeena Hussain's legal ambition was ignited at the tender age of three.

Exactly one century after the law firm Maurice Blackburn was founded, the firm has promoted its first ever Muslim woman to the role of partner.

Azmeena Hussain, a Sri Lankan-Victorian Muslim lawyer born in Melbourne, said law was the only career she had ever considered.

Ms Hussain joined the Melbourne-headquartered Maurice Blackburn at 22 after a partner at a different firm said in a job interview she'd be "bad for business" and clients "would not trust her advice" because she wore hijab.


Azmeena Hussain (23), pictured with her boss and mentor Liberty Sanger.

Ten years on, Ms Hussain's mentor and supervisor burst into her office with another partner to scream: "I don't know what to say or how to say this but... you're a principal!"

Ms Hussain called her Mum immediately with the exciting news.

"Growing up, my mum had a difficult journey accessing legal representation when she had to wade through the aftermath of a divorce. I witnessed first-hand how difficult it can be to navigate our legal system without expert guidance," said Ms Hussain.

"I also vividly remember the ultimate relief my mother experienced when she met people who were able to assist her legally, and put her mind at ease. Later on in life, I found out these people were lawyers."

Ms Hussain's older brother is the well-known Australian comedian Nazeem Hussain, who ditched his own law degree and now appears in Netflix stand-up appearances and TV show Orange is the New Brown. Breaking down the reality and absurdity of social malaises like racism and Islamophobia in Australian society is a recurring theme of his work.

Ms Hussain's promotion comes off the back of a decent year for Australian law firms in terms of getting women to upper management roles.

Many law firms scrambled across 2018 to try and correct the gender status quo that has predominated partnership levels for decades. Herbert Smith Freehills appointed eight women and no men to its partnership in the first half of 2018, 7 out of 11 new partners at King & Wood Mallesons in the first half of 2018 were women, and 7 of 10 new Australian Ashurst partners were women.

But cultural and racial diversity at the partnership level remains a work in progress.

Final year law student and Sydney University Law Society's first ethnocultural officer Ferdous Bahar described Ms Hussain's appointment as "absolutely fantastic".

"I'm a brown, visibly Muslim woman starting out my legal career, so it's obviously profoundly encouraging to see a brown, visibly Muslim woman like Azmeena killing the game," she said. "It's just empowering."

"Unfortunately, people who look like me and people of colour generally just don't occupy senior positions in both the public sector and private sector.

"It's fascinating because you see how dynamic and culturally diverse we are at the law school, but the moment you step outside and enter legal practice, you realise how under-represented we are in the more senior roles. Whether it is partnership or the bar, the higher up you look the fewer people of colour there are, until you see literally no people of colour at all as judges on the High Court."

In 2015, the Asian Australian Lawyers Association published a report on cultural diversity in the legal profession that found Asian Australians accounted for only 3.5 per cent of partners in Australian law firms. The study included lawyers hailing from a diverse array of countries, including China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Vietnam and Korea. It also found that six large firms and 44 medium firms had no Asian Australian partners at all.

As for Ms Hussain's main goal going forward?

"I'd really like to help grow our practice, and play an active role in mentoring and developing aspiring women and lawyers. If I can help make it easier for other women to reach their goals – I think I'll be even happier than I am now, which is pretty happy."




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Tarek Elrich has been sent an abusive message by a fan.

Tarek Elrich has received a ton of support from the sports community after the A-League star exposed a sick message that was sent to him on social media.
The Western Sydney Wanderers player revealed the disgusting words written to him on Twitter after his side’s 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

The message referenced the treatment of Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.

It read: “Professional footballer — more like professional weak c*** you scummy dog. Throwing elbows at unsuspecting keepers.

“If I was Lawrence Thomas I would’ve knocked out your dumb Lebbo a***.

“Now p*** off to where you came from you ugly Muslim.”

Elrich responded to the message, tweeting: “No need for this. Call me s***, call me ugly, call me a lebbo whatever but keep my religion out of this.”

There was no shortage of support for the 32-year-old, who has three Socceroos caps to his name.

Former A-League and Socceroos star Archie Thompson replied to Elrich’s tweet, saying: “They have no idea brother.”

Fox Sports football presenter Adam Peacock wrote: “There is one weak c in this exchange and it sure as hell ain’t Tarek.”

Former Socceroo turned football analyst Craig Foster praised Elrich’s response on Twitter, saying: “Well done for exposing this disgusting, racial, religious abuse Tarek. Too many Australians are subjected to it every day and as a prominent figure you help create awareness of the ongoing challenge to educate. This needs a formal complaint. This is not our game or our country.”

Football writer for The Australian Ray Gatt and former Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond were also among those to stand by the veteran.

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Senator Mehreen Faruqui


In a statement sent to AMUST, Senator Mehreen Faruqui has condemned a Daily Mail article by Stephen Johnson published on Wednesday 9 January as fake news implying that she opposed the halal slaughter of animals.

She said that the article was false and completely misrepresented her views on the halal issue denying that she has called for the banning of halal meat.

“I support the stunning of animals before slaughter and the majority of slaughterhouses in Australia, including Halal, already comply with this,” Senator Faruqi said.

The article also implied that she abstained from consuming halal meat. Senator Faruqi clarified that the real reason she did not eat any kind of meat was that she was a vegetarian.

The Daily Mail article was subsequently updated on Thursday 10 January incorporating statement from her spokesman Matt Hilton, “Senator Faruqi supports mandatory standards for slaughter to ensure all animals are rendered insensible and unable to feel pain prior to being killed.”




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Nick Vallelonga (right) appeared with his Green Book co-writer Brian Currie and their Golden Globes


The writer of Oscar-tipped film Green Book has apologised for a 2015 tweet in which he said he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks.

Nick Vallelonga tweeted his support for Donald Trump, who said he had seen "thousands and thousands" cheering - a claim that's been widely discredited.

Vallelonga wrote that Mr Trump was "100% correct", but has now said sorry "for the hurt I have caused".

He won a Golden Globe Award on Sunday, and the Oscars are now six weeks away.

Vallelonga wrote Green Book about the story of his father Tony Lip, who drove black concert pianist Don Shirley through the US Deep South amid the racism of the 1960s.

Viggo Mortensen plays the driver, while Mahershala Ali, a Muslim, portrays Shirley. But its Oscar chances may be affected by a string of recent controversies.

Shirley's family have criticised the film, saying it is filled with "lies"; co-writer and director Peter Farrelly has apologised after an old interview surfaced in which he talked about flashing his genitals; and Mortensen has said sorry for using the N word in an interview.

The latest controversy comes after the re-emergence of the tweet Vallelonga sent following a rally in November 2015, where Mr Trump - then a presidential candidate - said: "I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down."

Vallelonga wrote: "100% correct. Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news."

There has never been any evidence to support Mr Trump's claim that "thousands" celebrated after the attacks in 2001.

A clip has emerged of a WCBS correspondent at the time reporting that police found eight men celebrating in one building in New Jersey, but it did not show footage of the men.

In a statement reported by Hollywood Reporter, Variety and other sites, Vallelonga said: "I want to apologise. I spent my life trying to bring this story of overcoming differences and finding common ground to the screen, and I am incredibly sorry to everyone associated with Green Book.

'This lesson is not lost on me'

"I especially deeply apologise to the brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali, and all members of the Muslim faith, for the hurt I have caused. I am also sorry to my late father who changed so much from Dr Shirley's friendship and I promise this lesson is not lost on me.

"Green Book is a story about love, acceptance and overcoming barriers, and I will do better."

Participant Media, which produced the film, also released a statement saying: "We find Mr Vallelonga's Twitter post offensive, dangerous, and antithetical to Participant Media's values. We reject it in no uncertain terms."

La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz was among those criticising the writer on Twitter, calling his comments "too disgusting".




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They’re everywhere – in the air, on the pavement, on the robes of worshipers and on the walls of the Great Mosque. A swarm of locusts has descended on Mecca, prompting a large-scale cleaning operation.

Mecca attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe every year, but this time it became a site of completely different pilgrimage. The insects have been plaguing the holy site in Saudi Arabia for a few days now, with social media relaying a detailed account of the havoc they caused.

Local authorities have assigned 22 teams, each consisting of 138 people and armed with 111 pieces of specialized equipment, to curb the infestation.

“We have harnessed all efforts available to speed up the eradication of the insects in the interest of the safety and comfort of guests to God's house,” they said is a statement

The masked workers were spraying insecticide in the area around the Great Mosque, paying extra attention to the locust breeding sites near open water drains. They were then seen sweeping thousands of the dead insects from the pavement.

Saudi officials said that the insect invaders were identified as ‘black grasshoppers’ and that their invasive descent upon Mecca was migration-related.




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The CCN Classifieds








Muslim Funeral Services Ltd provides funeral director services to the Muslim community across South East Queensland.

We have paid positions available for male assistant/s to work on a part-time, on-call basis, with our team to facilitate with the funeral arrangements in Brisbane.

Duties will include driving and doing all transfers of the Janaza, assist with the preparation of the grave, assist with the Ghusl if required, the burial process and liaise with the family of the deceased.

No specific experience is necessary but the ability to work with a team, be available on-call, be empathetic, be fluent in English and have a valid class C driver’s licence are essential. Training for the position will be provided.

For further details of the position including remuneration please contact Muslim Funeral Services at 1300 896 786 or 0412 845 786 or via email




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The Transit Lounge Episode 7:


 Riyaad Minty – AJ+, TRT and everything in between.


Riyaad Minty grew up in a South Africa just recovering from decades of oppressive apartheid.


With a keen interest in human rights in a post 9/11 world, Riyaad chose to do a Law degree at university; but only for so long.


With a vision in mind and a company to build, Riyaad dropped out of university after his first year of study.


Starting off in the animated greeting cards and ringtones industry (back when it was revolutionary, that is), Riyaad eventually moved to Doha to pursue an e-marketing role at Al Jazeera.


Through a mixture of pure genius, a desire for impact and a deep spiritual drive, Riyaad went from the junior no one had time for to the man that would play a major role in bringing AJ+ to the world; a purely digital news outlet that has changed the way humans consume news. 


Listen to the full interview





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The Second International Conference on Organ Transplantation in Islam was held at the Western Sydney University on 22 and 23 November 2018.  This conference explored 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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Muslim cleansing: A global pandemic?

By Hamid Dabashi


Muslims across the world persecuted, abused and murdered by Muslim and non-Muslim regimes.


Two boys show signs during a protest against Islamophobia in Brussels, Sunday, October 26, 201


What is happening to Muslims around the globe? In China they are put into concentration camps, in Myanmar they are slaughtered en masse, in India they have been the targets of systematic pogroms, in Israel along with Christian Palestinians they are mowed down on a daily basis, in Europe and the United States they are subject to increasing demonisation and persecution.

The fate of Muslims in their own homeland is not particularly rosier. From one end of the Muslim world to the next, Muslims - in Iran, Syria, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia in particular - live under tyrannical regimes, ruthless dictators, murderous military juntas, with their most basic civil liberties and human rights denied. In Yemen, they are being slaughtered and subjected to man-made famine by the Saudis and their partners - and if one journalist dared to raise his voice he is chopped up to pieces in his own country's consulate.

What is this? What is going on? What does it all mean? 

Al Jazeera




China’s brutal crackdown on Uighurs shows no sign of slowing down


By hasnet Lais



The shameful silence of Muslim politicians over the treatment of this community is more than a story of betrayal. It’s a tragic tale of how globalisation has exalted wealth over human rights

Having endured the brunt of the US military machine for decades, the Muslim world is today confronted with another leviathan forcibly seeking its political acquiescence: China.

The People’s Republic is currently pursuing an unprecedented crackdown on the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, previously East Turkestan, for whom the region has become a real-life dystopia.

More than a million Muslims have been arbitrarily detained in re-education centres under the guise of combating extremism and are forcibly undergoing indoctrination programmes, which involve studying communist propaganda and renouncing fundamental pillars of the Islamic faith.

Uighurs can be prosecuted for the most benign manifestations of faith, such as wearing headscarves, growing “abnormal” beards and reading the Quran. Their details, collected from facial recognition, identity cards and DNA samples are fed into a database to determine their loyalty to the communist creed.

In the clutches of a surveillance apparatus very much the stuff of Orwellian nightmares, Uighur Muslims find themselves the foremost target of the Sinicisation of religions, a policy which the Communist Party secretary of Xinjiang, Chen Quanguo, previously modelled in Tibet to accelerate the political and cultural transformation of local people.





How Islam Spread Throughout the World


By Hassam Munir




I: The Spread of the Message


The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ himself was a merchant at one stage of his life, and trade has historically been instrumental in the spread of his message. The lands that came under Muslim rule after the early conquests included some of the most important trade routes (e.g., large parts of the Silk Road), commercial centers (e.g., Damascus), and ports (e.g., Aden) of the pre-modern world. The Muslims also inherited the ever-lucrative spice trade flowing across the Indian Ocean. As Muslim merchants traveled, they inevitably―and, it may assumed, often very deliberately―exposed non-Muslims to their beliefs, values, and way of life.

The early emergence of Muslim communities on the Malabar Coast in southwestern India is a fitting example of the role of trade in the spread of Islam. The pre-Islamic Arabs and Persians frequently visited the ports of the Malabar Coast to trade with merchants coming from further east. These connections were so strong that there is a mosque, called Cheraman Jāmiʿ Masjid, that is widely believed to have been originally built by Muslim traders in 630―during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.[27]

The narrative of the origins of this mosque is unverifiable, but it does indicate the possibility of a very early Muslim presence on the Malabar Coast. The Muslim traders who settled in Malabar and intermixed with the local population came to form the Māppila Muslim community that is prevalent in the region today.[28] By the 10th century, according to the ʿAbbāsid historian al-Masʿūdī, a settlement called Saymur (south of present-day Mumbai) was home to about 10,000 Muslims.[29] Many of these are likely to have been indigenous converts, the “great majority” of them embracing Islam to escape their status as downtrodden, low-caste Hindus.[30]

Looking further east, it is arguably no coincidence that China’s oldest and largest mosque―the Great Mosque of Xi’an, thought to have been built in 742 CE―stands in the city (then known as Chang’an) that marked the easternmost point of the Silk Road.[31] In addition to Chang’an, early Persian and Arab Muslim merchants also traveled by sea to Guangzhou, Quanzhou, and Kaifeng; the ʿAbbāsid ruler al-Mansūr (d. 775) boasted that there were no obstacles for trade between his new capital, Baghdad, and these commercial centers.[32] An estimated 120,000 “non-Chinese,” including Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians, were killed in Guangzhou in 877 during a rebellion, providing us with a sense of how many Muslims (most of them merchants) traveled to and settled in Guangzhou alone.[33] Trade took Muslims as far as “al-Shīla” (Korea), where many of them had settled by the late 800s.[34]

In the case of Southeast Asia, there is evidence dating as far back as the 7th century that Arab traders were active in the region, especially in Sumatra (Indonesia).[35] A shipwreck found off the coast of Java and dated to the year 960 included a stone mold to make medallions that read “al-mulk lillāhi al-wāhid al-qahhār” (“All Sovereignty is Allāh’s, the One and Only, the Dominator”).[36] By the 10th century, communities of Muslim traders had started to settle in Southeast Asia, the most prominent of them in Champa (Vietnam), from which the present-day Cham Muslims of Cambodia and Vietnam originate.[37] By the 11th century they were active in present-day Brunei and the Philippines.[38]

A key turning point in the Islamization of Southeast Asia was the Mongol conquest of Baghdad in 1258. Given the damage done to infrastructure and the breakdown of authority in Iraq, the Persian Gulf and the Tigris-Euphrates river system could no longer serve as the primary trade route for the spice trade from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean, including rising European markets. The Red Sea route rose to prominence, including the ports of Alexandria, Cairo, Jeddah, Aden (from where Hadramī dāʿīs often embarked, headed east), Cambay (Gujarat and Mumbai), Calicut, and Pisai (Malacca and Aceh).[39] Freitag has noted that “the presence of high status and economically successful [Muslim] merchants seems in itself to have provided an example which seemed well worth emulating. Conversion to the faith of the economic elite held advantages such as the promise of becoming part of an international commercial network.”[40]

By the 14th century, the spread of Islam across Southeast Asia was well underway, peaking with the prosperity of the Sultanate of Malacca (1403-1511); notably, the rulers of Cambay and Aceh were also Muslim by the early 15th century.[41] According to the Portuguese apothecary Tomé Pires, who visited Malacca in 1507, it was the most important city in the world, and whoever controlled it “shall have his hands on the throat of Venice”―a reference to Europe’s reliance on the spice trade that flowed through the city.[42]

The spread of Islam in Eastern Europe offers another example of the central role of trade in this process. In the late 1930s, an Arabic silver coin dating from the time of the Umayyad ruler Marwān II (r. 744-50) was found in the village of Potoci in Herzegovina.[43] In nearby Hungary, Muslims had served as minters and money-changers for the court, had been heavily involved in the customs system, and had controlled the production and sale of salt, all before the Golden Bull of 1222 declared that no Muslim or Jew could serve in the administration.[44] Much earlier, King Ladislas I (r. 1077-95) had referred to certain merchants in Hungary, called “Ishmaelites” who had nominally converted to Christianity but continued to profess and practice Islam.[45] And in 2013, excavations at a cemetery in Orosháza revealed that the bodies had been buried with their heads facing south (i.e., in the direction of the Kaʿbah, as per Islamic practice). The village also showed an unusual “lack of pig bones” and the presence of measuring devices, strongly suggesting that its inhabitants were Muslim merchants.[46]

Another case of trade serving as the avenue for the spread of Islam is that of East, Central, and West Africa. Due to their proximity, Arabia and East Africa had a long pre-Islamic history of close political and trade relations. Soon after the advent of Islam, merchants took the lead in introducing the faith to this region. The East Africans developed and maintained close ties with Muslim outposts in the Indian Ocean, especially the ports of Yemen, the Persian Gulf, and India; this brought with it so much cultural exchange that Ibn Battūtah, traveling in the 1300s, noticed that the same food he had enjoyed in Mogadishu (Somalia), Mombasa (Kenya) and Kilwa (Tanzania) was offered to him in Sarandīp (Sri Lanka).[47] The merchants’ “delivery” of Islam was bolstered by a steady stream of refugees coming from Arabia in the 7th-10th centuries, many of them fleeing civil wars or natural disasters. One of them, ʿAlī ibn al-Hasan Shirāzī, later established the Kilwa Sultanate, which at its peak covered the entire Swahili Coast.[48] Despite all of this trade and settlement, it was not until the 13th century that the Islamization of East Africa started to accelerate.[49]

The baqt in Sudan played a key role in the spread of Islam in East-Central Africa. In 652, having completed the conquest of Egypt, Muslim forces moved south and met Nubian forces at Dongola (Sudan). Rather than press for a fight, the two sides agreed to a baqt, or peace agreement, which was remarkably honored for six centuries.[50] The baqt enabled Muslim scholars and traders to travel freely in the region, thereby introducing Islam to the Nubians. During the early 9th century, large deposits of gold and emeralds were discovered in the desert south of Aswan.[51] This prompted Egypt’s Arab Bedouin tribes, many of whom had firmly embraced Islam by this point, to migrate into this region, and, over time, to penetrate deep into present-day Sudan and settle down. It is clear that the spread of Islam in this region took centuries, and Islam could be said to have supplanted Christianity in the area of Nubia only by the 14th century at the earliest.[52]

In the Central-West African region, too, Islam was introduced by Muslim merchants from North Africa. It is no coincidence that some of the first towns to develop a significant Muslim population in this region were Awdaghust (Mauritania) and Tadmekka (Mali), two of the southern termini of the famous Trans-Saharan trade route.[53] The geographer Ibn Hawqal (d. c. 988) recorded that Kumbi Saleh, the capital of the Ghana Empire, had a neighborhood of Muslim merchants. Around the years 1009 and 1040, respectively, the kings of Takrur (Senegal) and Gao (Mali) had embraced Islam. By 1085, Islam was spreading quickly in Kanem (Chad-Nigeria).[54] These developments, virtually all initiated by Muslim merchants, paved the way for powerful Afro-Muslim empires such as that of Mansa Musa, which in turn facilitated the further spread of Islam in the region, as described above. And, as was the case in many places, Islamization here was a very long process, and was still observably underway when the German explorer Heinrich Barth travelled through the region in the 1850s.






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



Begum of Bhopal, after whom the mosque was named, visited with her princess granddaughters in 1925






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Man who shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ in public fined $213 by Swiss police   


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SWITZERLAND: Swiss police have defended their decision to fine a man who shouted “Allahu Akbar” in public, arguing that they would have reacted the same way if someone had been shouting obscenities in public, local media reported.

The 22-year-old man, named as Orhan E., claims that he used the Islamic phrase, meaning “God is great” to express surprise after unexpectedly seeing a friend in a parking lot in Schaffhausen, a town in northern Switzerland.

The exclamation – often shouted by Islamic terrorists before carrying out attacks – caught the attention of a police officer, Schaffhauser Nachrichten (SHN) reports. The policewoman promptly approached the male and later handed over his case to city law enforcement, which fined him 150 Swiss francs for causing a public nuisance. An additional 60 francs in administrative fees brought the total to 210 francs ($213).

The incident occurred in May 2018, but was only revealed to the public this week after the man went public with his story.

Police have stood by the fine, arguing that the phrase was used in a “loud and clear” manner and could have caused panic among the public.

“At that time of the day, there was a possibility that people could have become afraid and horrified,a media spokesperson for the town’s police force, Patrick Caprez, told SHN.

Police chief Romeo Bettini said that officers would have acted in the same way if someone had shouted obscenities in a public space. He also stressed that “it is completely wrong to say this phrase [Allahu Akbar] is forbidden in Schaffhausen.”

Orhan E. for his part claimed that he did nothing wrong, saying that he decided to go public with his story because he had heard of a similar incident from December. Back then, a border guard allegedly punched a young man who had said “Allahu Akbar.”

“I was born here [in Switzerland] and have never experienced anything like this,” Orhan E. said.

Just because terrorists misuse these two words doesn’t mean I have bad intentions when I say them.

The incident has sparked a Zurich anti-racism group to file a criminal complaint against Schaffhausen’s police department, The Local writes.

The picturesque town may be justifiably skittish when it comes to potential acts of violence: In 2017, Schaffhausen was the target of a chainsaw-wielding attacker who injured two people in a rampage. 



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Texas Republicans fail to oust Muslim official over religion   



Shahid Shafi is a trauma surgeon, city councilman, and Republican party delegate

US: A Republican county official in Texas has survived a vote to oust him after several local party members took issue with his Muslim religion.

The motion to remove Shahid Shafi from his position as vice chairman of the Tarrant County Republican party failed by a vote of 139-49 on Thursday night.

The effort was led by several county Republicans who argued that Dr Shafi was more loyal to Islam than the US.

The movement led to criticism from prominent state Republican officials.

Speaking to reporters after the vote at a church in Fort Worth, Dr Shafi said: "As an immigrant to this great country, I am honoured and privileged to receive the support of my fellow Republicans."

"We were fighting for religious freedom - a founding principle of our nation. And today, we have come out victorious," he declared.

In addition to serving as the Republican vice chairman of Tarrant County - the third largest county in Texas - Dr Shafi is a surgeon and Southlake City Councilman who immigrated to the US nearly 30 years ago.

He reportedly is originally from India, and became a US citizen in 2009.

'Because he is Muslim'

After he was appointed by party officials to his post in July 2018, several of his colleagues took issue with his religion and claimed he had connections with terrorist organisations.



Grand Prairie precinct chairwoman Dorrie O'Brien, who led the effort to oust him, recently reiterated her views in a Facebook post.

"We don't think he's suitable as a practising Muslim to be vice chair because he'd be the representative for ALL Republicans in Tarrant County, and not ALL Republicans in Tarrant County think Islam is safe or acceptable," Mrs O'Brien wrote on 31 December 2018.

"There are big questions surrounding exactly where Dr Shafi's loyalties lie, vis a vis Democrat and Republican policies."

She also previously slammed her Republican colleagues for not intervening in what she called a "stealth jihad" and "Leftist/Shari'a Zuckerberg-ization of Tarrant County".

Tarrant County Republican Party Chairman Darl Eason, who appointed Dr Shafi to his post, told the Star-Telegram when the vote was scheduled: "It's just outrageous that we are doing this."

"It's disgusting," he added.

Former Tarrant County precinct chair Sara Legvold sat outside of the meeting room during the vote in protest, wearing a burqa which she said was to "represent the Islamisation of our county, our state and our country".

The vote was widely condemned by Texas Republican, including Governor Gregg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz and Republican Land Commissioner George P Bush.

"Religious freedom is at the core of who we are as a nation and state," Gov Abbott said in a statement on Wednesday, "and attacks on Dr Shafi because of his faith are contrary to this guiding principle."



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Belgium bans halal and kosher animal slaughter


Belgium is the latest European nation to ban ritual animal slaughter in the EU

BELGIUM: A Belgian ban on the Muslim and Jewish ways of ritually slaughtering animals went into effect on New Year’s Day, part of a clash across Europe over the balance between animal welfare and religious freedom.

With both animal welfare advocates and right-wing nationalists pushing to ban ritual slaughter, religious minorities in Belgium and other countries fear that they are the targets of bigotry under the guise of animal protection.

“It is impossible to know the true intentions of people,” said Yaakov David Schmahl, a senior rabbi in Antwerp. “Unless people state clearly what they have in mind, but most anti-Semites don’t do that.”

Laws across Europe and European Union regulations require that animals be rendered insensible to pain before slaughter, to make the process more humane. For larger animals, stunning before slaughter usually means using a “captive bolt” device that fires a metal rod into the brain; for poultry it usually means an electric shock. Animals can also be knocked out with gas.

But slaughter by Muslim halal and Jewish kosher rules requires that an animal be in perfect health — which religious authorities say rules out stunning it first — and be killed with a single cut to the neck that severs critical blood vessels. The animal loses consciousness in seconds, and advocates say it may cause less suffering than other methods, not more.

Most countries and the EU allow religious exceptions to the stunning requirement, though in some places — like the Netherlands, where a new law took effect last year, and Germany — the exceptions are very narrow. Belgium is joining Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Slovenia among the nations that do not provide for any exceptions.

Ann De Greef, director of Global Action in the Interest of Animals, a Belgian animal welfare group, insisted that stunning does not conflict with kosher and halal doctrine, and “they could still consider it ritual slaughtering,” but the religious authorities refuse to accept that.

“They want to keep living in the Middle Ages and continue to slaughter without stunning — as the technique didn’t yet exist back then — without having to answer to the law,” she said. “Well, I’m sorry, in Belgium the law is above religion and that will stay like that.”

Belgium, with a population of about 11 million, is home to roughly 500,000 Muslims and more than 30,000 Jews. Those who adhere to their religious rules will soon be forced to order their meat from abroad, which community members say will mean paying more, and could even lead to food shortages.

Leaders of both groups say they hope that lawsuits they have filed in Belgium’s Constitutional Court might still lift the ban on slaughtering without stunning later this year.

“The government asked for our advice on the ban, we responded negatively, but the advice wasn’t taken,” said Saatci Bayram, a leader of the Muslim community. “This ban is presented as a revelation by animal welfare activists, but the debate on animal welfare in Islam has been going on for 1,500 years. Our way of ritual slaughtering is painless.”

Joos Roets, a lawyer representing an umbrella organization of Islamic institutions, said the ban was motivated more by stigmatizing certain groups than concerns over animal welfare. The government could take other steps to reduce animal suffering, he said, “without violating the Belgian freedom of religion and the European regulation regarding this matter.”

The law that took effect Tuesday applies in the northern Belgian region of Flanders; a similar one will take effect later this year in the southern region of Wallonia.

The idea for the ban was first proposed by Ben Weyts, a right-wing Flemish nationalist and the minister in the Flanders government who is responsible for animal welfare. Weyts was heavily criticized in 2014 for attending the 90th birthday of Bob Maes, who had collaborated with the Nazi occupation of Belgium in World War II and later became a far-right politician.

Animal groups applauded the legislation. When it was approved by the Flemish Parliament in June 2017, Weyts hailed the vote on Twitter, writing: “Proud animal minister. Proud to be Flemish.”

Right-wing politicians in several countries, particularly those opposed to the presence of growing Muslim populations, have seized on the issue of religious slaughter as an example of Western societies bending over backward to accommodate minority communities.

“The truth is that this measure was an easy win, which had the backing of large parts of the population concerned with animal rights,” said Bayram, aligning them, at least momentarily, with the far right.

Schmahl cited another Belgian law that was recently enacted, to regulate home schooling — a common practice in his community — as an example of a pattern of laws in Europe making it increasingly difficult for observant Jews to live according to their traditions.

“It definitely brings to mind similar situations before the Second World War, when these laws were introduced in Germany,” he said.



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Saudi Arabia: Women will get text messages to confirm if they're divorced   


Women in Saudi Arabia divorced by their husbands will now be sent a text message to inform them of their new status.

SAUDI ARABIA: Women in Saudi Arabia divorced by their husbands will now be sent a text message to inform them of their new status.

The move is designed to stop the practice of men ending marriages without telling their wives.

The Saudi courts started to send such notifications Sunday in "a step aimed at protecting the rights of female clients, and enhancing digital transformation with more services," the country's Ministry of Justice said in a statement.

The message will include the divorce certificate number and the name of the relevant court where the women can pick up the documentation.

Women can also inquire about their marital status through a website and view details of any probate certificates.

The government move comes as part of social and economic reforms known as Vision 2030 being promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The reforms have included women being given the right to drive.

Bin Salman was considered a reformer until the horrific murder last October of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The Saudi government has denied bin Salman's involvement in the killing.



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Message of unity: New cathedral and new mosque inaugurated in Egypt   


President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi congratulates Pope Tawadros II with the opening of the Cathedral of the Nativity.

CAIRO: A new Cathedral of the Nativity for Egypt’s Coptic Church of Alexandria was inaugurated near Cairo on 6 January, the eve of Coptic Christmas. The Al-Fattah Al-Aleem Mosque was inaugurated the same day.

Located about 45 km east of Cairo, the cathedral hosted its mass under heavy security, a day after a bomb near a Coptic church in Nasr City, an eastern suburb of Cairo, killed a policeman.

The cathedral can accommodate 8,000 worshippers and the mosque twice as many.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi inaugurated the cathedral in what many regarded as a message of unity across the country. In remarks at the inauguration, El-Sisi said this is an important moment in Egypt’s history.

“We are one and we will remain one," he said, referring to Egyptian Christians and Muslims. Coptic Christians make up about 10% of Egypt’s population. More than 100 Copts have been killed in attacks since December 2016.

The head of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb said that this was a momentous occasion and “an embodiment of the soul of brotherhood and love.”

Pope Tawadros II said: “"This is a day of joy as we see our beloved country write a new page in the history of civilisation. We pray for our unity to continue as the world witnesses such tolerance and love in our country, God bless you all, long live Egypt.”



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Through The Peacock Gate



Sandy Mccutcheon



This novel is a rare example of contemporary English fiction drawing on traditional Moroccan folklore. Written in gripping English prose fused with Arabic words, the novel gives an authentic insight into a Westerner’s experience of modern Moroccan society, whilst simultaneously exposing the reader to the country’s rich cultural history by weaving classic Moroccan folk takes and the mysteries of Sufism into its fabric. The book not only explores the point where East and West merge, but the collision of the human world with the world of the djinns - mysterious shape-shifting creatures of an unseen realm. (Amazon)


Sandy McCutcheon’s latest novel Through the Peacock Gate is the kind of book those of us who live between Occident and Orient have waited an entire lifetime to read.  The interweaving layers, the quality of the prose and, most of all, the raw bedrock of cultural knowledge on which it is founded, makes this an invaluable handbook to the mysteries and complexities of Eastern lore.  Its pages conjure the mesmerising, magical heart of secret Morocco.

(Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph’s House)


SANDY McCUTCHEON is a New Zealander but lived most of his adult life in Australia as an author, playwright, actor, broadcaster and journalist. He has written twenty plays and a number of novels, including Black Widow (2006) which won the Christina Stead Award for Literature, and The Magician's Son (2005), an autobiographical work on the true nature of his ancestry. He currently resides in Morocco where he has close ties with a Sufi brotherhood, and has a large following on his website 'The View from Fez' which he runs with his wife, the photojournalist Suzanna Clarke.



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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Experience a flavour explosion with this batter fried, crispy chicken chunks tempered with mustard seeds, chili flakes and curry leaves served with a spicy mayo sauce.


Crispy Chicken








For the Chicken
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp red chili powder
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 egg
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp coriander powder
1 tsp soya sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
2-3 drops of red food colour, optional
Salt to taste
300g boneless chicken cut into cubes
1 tsp rice flour
Oil for deep frying


Marinate the chicken pieces in all the ingredients (except oil and rice flour) mentioned above.
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight.
Just before frying, add in the rice flour. Deep fry on medium high till chicken is cooked and golden brown in colour. (It will take about 8-10 minutes) Drain and place on paper towel.

For tempering
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
A sprig of curry leaves
½ tsp red chilli flakes

Throw over just before serving

For the accompanying sauce

¼ cup mayonnaise
½ tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp honey
½ tsp mustard sauce
1 small clove garlic grated
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce/sriracha
1 tsp coriander leaves chopped
Salt to taste





Baba's Halal Kitchen


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COOKING Pasta in Beef and Vegetable Sauce








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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Try Yoga for instant energy


Yoga can give you an instant energy boost.


So on the days that you’re feeling a bit flat, try some yoga poses to re-centre, re-focus and re-energise.

Yoga will also help with stress relief and muscle recovery..


Just breathe





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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:
Raising Daughters

She is unique
She has unlimited potential
She can change the world
She is your daughter.

Raising daughters can be quite a challenge. I have a teenage daughter and I write this column today with the utmost respect for all parents raising daughters.

It is vital that we respect and understand them first before we expect them to respect and understand us. As parents, we may have the benefit of age, experience and sometimes vocabulary, however, we too are children at our core of being and we have the ability to relate to most or all of the emotional ups and downs that our daughters experience daily.

We expect our daughters to respect us. The real question is: Do we respect our daughters? Are we constantly expecting them to toughen up, or soften down, or do as we say?

What strategies do you use to cope with your daughter’s mood swings, tantrums, demands and emotional meltdowns?

Our daughters are future leaders of this world. We need to put our ego aside and raise them with sensitivity, compassion, empathy, respect and understanding.

There is no doubt that you love your daughter unconditionally. However, the following strategies, when implemented appropriately, may strengthen your relationship with her. Do try them.

Strategies to Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Daughter

1. Talk to her. Put away your gadgets, look her in the eye and connect with her verbally. A great way to start is to ask an open-ended question which invites an elaborate answer. For example, “What were some of the things that you did or that happened today that made it a wonderful day for you?
2. Listen when she replies. LISTEN. Do not formulate a response while she is speaking. Do not cut her off while she is speaking. Become fully engaged. Observe her body language. A lot is communicated through body language.
3. Always compliment good behaviour. If the behaviour has been negative, look for moments when she is silent and compliment on her efforts to refrain from the negative behaviour. For example, “I am very pleased with you that you are trying your best to respect our agreement on Internet use.”
4. Speak well about those she loves. For example, you may not be close to your in-laws but that does not mean your daughter has to inherit your opinions about them. Respect her love for them. Speak well about those she loves.
5. Respect her 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 your daughter. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about your exams. I used to be the same. I know how you feel. I understand. 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.”
6. Do not bring up past behavioural issues when addressing a new issue. Telling her you can no longer trust her because she lied to you last year about a fake Facebook account is NOT going to resolve anything. Instead, have a respectful discussion about having boundaries around internet usage.
7. Show good manners so that she emulates good manners. Saying “Please”, “Thank you”, “I’m sorry” to your daughter does not mean you are weak. In fact, it displays good manners and your daughter will learn to treat you and others with the same good manners.
8. NEVER laugh at her mistakes, NEVER belittle her and NEVER insult her. Doing these will hurt her and scar her for life. You only have to access your own unhealed childhood pain to realise that somewhere deep inside you is a memory of an adult who may have laughed at your mistake or insulted or belittled you.
9. “I am big, you’re small therefore I’m right, you’re wrong” - NEVER imply or say this. Your daughter is a human being created by ALLAH and deserves the same respect and joy as you or any other human being does.
10. Explain yourself clearly when you set boundaries. If you need to prohibit something, get her to sit and discuss the best strategies that will benefit the entire family. Show her you treat her with fairness and that it is a home with love and understanding, not a house with a dictator.




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The CCN Chuckle





A woman seeks advice from her Imam : “I don't want to marry. I am educated, independent, and self sufficient. I don't need a husband. But my parents are asking me to marry. What do I do?”

The Imam replied : “You undoubtedly will achieve great things. But some things inevitably will not go the way you want. Some things will go wrong. Sometimes you will fail. Then who will you blame?
Will you blame yourself ?”

Woman : “NO...”

Imam: “... That's why you need a husband!”

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An Ayaat-a-Week






And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and do not make your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loves those who do good.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:195


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“Don't punish


the one in front of you,


for the mistakes made


by the one behind you.”

~  Anon



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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.







Salam all,

Brisbane Muslim Fellowship is having another BBQ for converts, their families and friends on Saturday 2nd February at 12.30pm at the site of the planned Brisbane Islamic Centre at 161 Underwood Road, Eight Mile Plains.

Our thanks to BIC for allowing us to use the old house on the site. As the road is very busy, please be careful in entering the site and park inside rather on the side of the road.

Imam Ahmed from Kuraby Mosque will give a short talk insha'allah and we are hoping that there will be some that want to throw a football around. It's a huge block of land if you have not seen it before. See

It would be great if you could bring some food to share but we will have plenty and to bring a picnic rug or blanket if you have one.

The aim is that this will be relaxed social occasion to meet other converts - new and old and their families and will allow anyone to ask any questions they would like to.

Please let us know if you can attend.

















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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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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.


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Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre





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

BSB No 064459,

A/C No 1034 1586,
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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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19 January



Sports Family Fun Night



OZSPORTS Springwood

0410 977 161

6PM to 8PM

2 February



Converts Kick-Off BBQ


Brisbane Muslim Fellowship 

BIC, 161 Underwood Rd, EIGHT MILE PLAINS



9 February



Muslimah Night Bazaar



45 Acacia Rd,



3PM to 9PM

9 March



Mother & Daughter High Tea


Hurricane Stars Club


0432 026 375


24 March



Zaky and Friends Show


Hurricane Stars Club

Islamic College of Brisbane,


0432 026 375


31 March





Sisters Support Services & Youth Connect QLD




2 April

3 April


Tues (EVE)





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1440


7 April





Logan Roos Football Club


0413 669 987

10AM to 3PM

20 April

21 April


Sat (EVE)





(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1440


6 May





(start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1440


26 May





(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1440


5 June 2019





(end of the month of fasting)

 1st Shawal 1440


11 August





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1440


12 August





10th Zil-Hijjah 1440


17 August



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

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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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

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

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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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

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

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