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Woolworths will be the first Australian supermarket to develop and sell its own private label halal-certified product.

It is part of the retailer’s wider strategy to grow its range of ethnic and international groceries that are in demand from an increasingly diverse multicultural community.

Led by Woolworths head of supermarkets Claire Peters, the supermarket chain will look to develop other private label products and bring new brands that fit into the ethnic foods category, as well as devote more shelf space to these groceries in stores where a large ethnic community lives within its Woolworths will be the first Australian supermarket to develop and sell its own private label halal-certified product.

It is part of the retailer’s wider strategy to grow its range of ethnic and international groceries that are in demand from an increasingly diverse multicultural community.

Led by Woolworths head of supermarkets Claire Peters, the supermarket chain will look to develop other private label products and bring new brands that fit into the ethnic foods category, as well as devote more shelf space to these groceries in stores where a large ethnic community lives within its catchment zone.

The new Woolworths halal brand developed in-house is called Al-Sadiq, which in Arabic means truthful, and was created with the advice and certification from the Islamic Council of Queensland, which Woolworths believes will help it gain the confidence and trust of Muslim shoppers that rely on the credentials of halal food.

Woolworths director of buying Peter McNamara told The Australian the Al-Sadiq private label would first cover chicken products but could be extended to include other fresh and packaged grocery items if there was support from local communities.

The Al-Sadiq brand will initially be sold in about 20 Woolworths supermarkets where there are strong Muslim communities nearby, such as Bankstown, western Sydney, where around one in three shoppers are identified as halal eaters. The range will start selling in May or June.

It is the first step in a major strategic push by Woolworths to better curate the brands its 1000-plus stores nationwide carry, as changing demographics and growing multicultural populations look for ethnic foods and brands they enjoyed in their homelands such as China, Malaysia, India, South Africa and the Middle East.

Mr McNamara said the evolution of the Woolworths private label halal brand began when the chain wanted to be able to provide to its shoppers a consistent and quality offer.

“We have identified over a period of time that the opportunity to better serve what is an increasingly diverse clientele across particularly Sydney and Melbourne, and other parts of Australia as well, and when it comes to halal it is religiously sensitive,” he said.

“So when our fresh poultry team went looking to source product we found it difficult to find the quality and consistency and certification confidence for that style of product.’’

The creation of its own private label brand for halal goes to the heart of why the chains such as Woolworths and Coles have embraced in-house branding, as it puts the supermarket in charge of quality and supply while also generating fatter margins.

And it now joins hands with another trend running through the community that retailers are certainly taking notice of — the rich and growing multicultural flavour of many Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

“Woolworths has a strategy of trying to better serve our customers, and one of the macro trends, which has been in Australia for a while but has certainly accelerated at the moment, is the diverse nature of the population,’’ Mr McNamara said. “And we have done a lot of work strategically, a lot of customer work.’’

Woolworths will not rely solely on private labels to fill this gap, sourcing branded products that are already favoured by these customers and bought at specialty shops or local markets.

Woolworths is rolling out more branded Asian foods, both packaged and fresh, to its supermarkets and has even started to offer pork cut and prepared in ways that appeal to Asian customers and are better suited to Asian cooking.

Mr McNamara said some Woolworths stores would have more shelf space assigned to international or ethnic groceries, a strategy fleshed out by Ms ­Peters last year when she addressed the Australian Food and Grocery Council conference in Melbourne.

“What we are seeing happening over time in Woolworths is curating the range better to suit that store … and when it comes to ethnic or international it is about identifying those stores where clearly there is a concentration of customers of different backgrounds and we can better serve them,” Mr McNamara said.

“We have started with Asian because that is the biggest opportunity for us, but we have a road map that includes areas like Indian foods, Middle Eastern, halal, South African, kosher and we are doing some of that work today but in a lot of those areas we think we can do a better job.

“As we better tailor our stores we will not just modify the range but we will also play with what we call the macro space, the total available space or footage in that particular store.

“So if over time people are buying less DVDs, printer cartridges or dog food or whatever it is, we will look at that store’s data and see how best to optimise our space … so, yes, we will give international and ethnic foods more space if they require more space.’’

The Australian



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A short film presented by Shaykh Wesam Charkawi, followed by Q&A panel with special guests.


The History of Muslims in Australia

The short film documentary entitled "Before1770" is a film designed to encapsulate the history of Muslims in Australia before 1770.


Abu Hanifa Institute, a centre for education in traditional Islam and youth mentoring, utilised its resources and community support to document the facts in this space.


This meant embarking upon a journey to critical locations in the Northern Territory, such as Arnhem Land, Bawaka, and Groote Eylandt to see first hand, the places and people who hosted the Macassan Muslims.


This endeavour also meant speaking to academics specialised in the field as well as Aboriginal elders from the Yolngu clan.


The idea of this short film is to establish Islam's long-standing connection with Australia. It is not designed to cause pain or disrespect to any figure, person, organisation or a particular community.


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Musa’s one-man show, Since Ali Died, is a densely packed hour of theatre, hip-hop and spoken word


Omar Musa holds the stage on his own with little more than a sonorous voice and evocative writing.

Those who think Australia is a land of pretty beaches, long lazy Januarys and no culture wars should be marched tout suite to the Sydney festival, and made to watch Omar Musa’s one-man show, Since Ali Died. It’s all there, densely packed into an hour of theatre, hip-hop and spoken word.

There’s Musa’s own story of how his life fell apart after the death of his hero, Muhammad Ali. There’s his best mate, out of Goulburn jail and riding a self-destructive streak. There’s the woman he fell in love with – inscrutable, captivating him as she halves MDMA caps, and breaking his heart when she starts calling him “champ”.

But there’s also the other stuff. The Australia stuff.

It’s being told at school that your skin is the colour of shit. It’s being singled out by Mark Latham on Twitter. It’s shock jocks and far-right rallies and riots declaring war on the religion you were raised with. It’s race-baiting by politicians to win elections. It’s learning, Musa says, “what it means to be a young brown boy on black land run by white people”.

Born and raised in Queanbeyan, the son of Australian arts journalist Helen Musa and Malaysian poet and actor Musa bin Masran, Musa is a confident performer who can hold the stage on his own with little more than a sonorous voice and evocative writing (the river is a recurring motif that he invokes memorably with just a few lines of poetry, and a flowing movement of his hands).

But sitting in the gloom of the empty theatre before the second night of his show, he admits to feeling conflicted about the work.

“Since Ali Died is based on autobiography but still it’s fictive, conflating several people into one character. What I like to do with a lot of my work is take autobiographical elements and heighten them to the level of some type of myth – sometimes almost like a fairytale.

“Of course it’s fucking scary because, having said all of that, you are still putting your life out on show, your pain and grief – and the dark side of yourself. It’s a very vulnerable, dangerous spot and I’m still not sure how it makes me feel.”

The work was first performed last year, to rapturous public response. Doesn’t that somewhat ease the vulnerability? “I’d venture to say it makes me feel uneasy rather than overjoyed,” he answers.

“You are risking your sanity, you are risking your life every time you get on stage. I see art and writing as dangerous. I have made the mistake of thinking art is the best type of therapy. I can only present my words in a confident way because I have gone through a fire to make the work – but it’s all on unsteady foundations.”

Omar has been writing and performing for more than a decade; he has recorded albums, written a novel – Here Come The Dogs – and books of poetry, and performs as a slam poet. The play, his first, is directed by Anthea Williams, who Omar says “was able to identify some of the chaotic threads in my work”, and found a way to bring them together in one story. The pair spent ten intensive days nutting out a structure that combines rap performance with prose, and poetry with theatre.

But for all the praise and his increasing reach, Musa says he has grown ambivalent about writing and performing.

“I don’t think this play will live much longer than this year,” Musa says. “It’s painful, it’s difficult to dredge all that personal stuff up again night after night, when you are trying to write a new chapter in your life and put some of this stuff behind you.

“Maybe I’m just not professional enough to be more detached from it but I feel so depleted. Art destroys you as much as it fulfils you – even more – which is why I’m getting to a point where I might even give it up.”

He hesitates before qualifying this: “I would never be able to fully give it up – it’s within me. I want to do another novel. But making my passion into my profession, I sometimes wonder if that’s a big misstep. It feels like the audience is getting more out of it than I am and, as the audience is getting bigger and bigger, I’m getting smaller and smaller – and one day, am I just going to vanish into thin air? And what was it worth? Do I have to sacrifice my mind and life and my liver and my everything to make art? Maybe it’s better if I just go and tend to a garden in Borneo – grow eggplants and chillies.”

In fact, Musa is seriously considering spending more time in the archipelago, “towards Malaysia, towards Borneo, towards Indonesia”, he says.

He recently stayed with his father in Sabah, Borneo. Each day “you just trundle down to the local restaurants, grab a plate of kway teow, squeeze a calamansi lime over it, have an iced lime tea, sip on that – get a nice mangostein, the princess of the fruits, or the king of the fruits: a durian.”

Writing comes easy there, he says. “The humidity ignites my creative mind.”

But one also gets the sense that, at 35, Musa has not only grown weary of Australia’s rolling culture wars, but of being betwixt and between. “I’m Australian-Malaysian – I am in between. I will be forever stuck on the hyphen. You have access to different identities and different eyes, but it can also be very dislocating. You can feel lost a lot of the time, as much as you try to let these dual identities enrich you. But they sometimes can leave you feeling completely lost.”

Right now, his imagination is fired up by the stories and myths of Borneo. “It’s good to have a change every few years and shake things up. Yes, Australia does get me down a lot, but I’m choosing Malaysia because it interests me and I have a lot to learn, not because of an outright rejection of Australia.”

So what does he love about Australia?

He thinks about his answer carefully.

“I love the landscape. I love the river in my hometown. I love the smell of Australia – fire and smoke and earth and salt, the height of summer – there’s nothing else like that smell. You’re on the edge of an adventure. But also its dangerous – it feels like things could blow up or combust.

“I also love the sort of interconnected ethnic groups that would happen nowhere else in the world – Aboriginal kids friends with Macedonian kids friends with the Malaysian kid. Where else would you have that kind of mix?

He continues: “There’s a sense of possibility – but that’s also what disillusions me. It could be a really great place if we managed to grapple with our past. There’s still a small enough population on this big island that we could sort of negotiate an outcome that’s as fair and as even minded as [Australia] pretends to be – whereas you look at America, and it’s inexorably fucked. The wealth disparity, the population, the guns; you think, ‘What could anyone ever do with that mess?’ That’s what kills me. Australia could be so much better – but instead we indulge our worst instincts and we’re small-minded and we’re petty, we lack empathy and it’s like, ‘Why?’”

Maybe Musa will spend his early middle period tending to a garden in Borneo and writing “only for lovers or friends” but his is a restless, hungry mind. Even through the burnout, there’s a sense that he’s not done yet.

Since Ali Died runs at SBW Stables theatre, Darlinghurst, until 19 January, and at Riverside theatres, Parramatta, 22-25 January

The Guardian



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The Moonlight actor has followed his Oscar win with a Golden Globe for Green Book. He talks about fatherhood, being a Muslim in Trump’s America and years of typecasting


Mahershala Ali: ‘I wouldn’t wear clothes that allowed people to identify me with what they would view as the typical black man.’


Exactly two years ago, in early 2017, the actor Mahershala Ali and his wife were about to give birth – one after the other. “It’s something we still joke about,” says the 44-year-old American, sitting in a London hotel, smiling at the memory. “My wife was pregnant with a baby. And I was pregnant with an Oscar.”

The actor knows that sounds glib. He knows that however exciting or worked-for an industry prize – Ali won his best supporting actor award that year for a standout performance in the coming-of-age drama Moonlight – nothing compares to the graft of bearing an actual child. But aspects of the comparison stand. There’s a lot of build-up and then things go crazy all at once. Taking home a newborn, like taking home an Oscar, turns life on its head. And forget about sleep. Ali’s wife, the artist Amatus Sami-Karim, gave birth to their daughter, Bari, that February, and 100 frazzled hours later Ali was on stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, looking blinky and delighted, and bringing an audience of grandees to their feet when he croaked: “I just wanna thank my wife.”

He considers his answer carefully. The actor is an observant Muslim, a thoughtful guy who speaks in long, unhurried sentences. Combined with today’s outfit – a navy blue kimono-like gown, buttoned to the throat – it projects a potent sense of spiritual calm. Ali says that having the baby and the Oscar “was like a jigsaw puzzle which my wife and I had to try to put together. And as soon as we felt like we’d figured it out, it changed. It took a lot of listening to each other. Reacting. Every now and then we had to hit a tuning fork, to make sure we were in sync.”

Ali grew up close to his mother until he was in his early 20s, at which point there was a difficult breach over religion. “We lost a lot of years. Being in a relationship with God through Christianity had carried me for a period of time,” he remembers. “And then I felt like I needed to understand something deeper. So I went through a process of digging through different religions and philosophies, and ways of connecting to God. And that ended up being Islam for me.” He converted at the start of 2000, changing his name from Gilmore to Ali. His mother was upset and many of his friends were politely confused. But on the whole, Ali recalls, “it didn’t necessarily seem that deep a thing to do. And then 9/11 happened.”

Moving through airports became difficult. After a few years of being taken aside at security gates, Ali learned that his name was on a watch list for air travel. Meanwhile, his wife, also a practising Muslim, had stopped wearing a headscarf on city streets: too much grief. There was trouble with the couple’s bank account, their funds had been mysteriously frozen, Ali was told.

The SAG ceremony took place in January 2017, at the end of a difficult weekend. President Trump had just unveiled the policy that became known as his “Muslim travel ban”. Ali had a lot going on in his life (the baby was due, the Oscar was due) and he could have been forgiven for ignoring the politics of the moment. But it was rare for a Muslim actor even to be nominated at these ceremonies, and on the way to the SAG awards he kept thinking about Trump’s travel ban. The actor didn’t fancy declaiming or fist-waving – not his style. At the same time he felt it worth pointing out that here he was, up for famous prizes, “and if I was a person they felt enough respect for to honour with an award, well, I’m not that different from those people that are not allowed to travel into the country”.

When he won, Ali wound up telling a story about his mother. Tender, as personal as it was political, the speech has since been viewed hundreds of thousands of times online. “My mother is an ordained minister,” Ali said: “I’m a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her I’d converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, you put things to the side [and] I’m able to see her, she’s able to see me, and we love each other.” His was one of the first Muslim-American voices the country heard that weekend, certainly from within the arts, and it was a powerful moment. Talking softly from the podium about the particular pain of persecution that comes from within one’s own community, Ali’s voice cracked as he said: “I hope that we do a better job.”

The Guardian



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The Transit Lounge Episode 8:


 Hanan Dover – PsychCentral, Mission of Hope & a few taboos


Recent times have seen massive strides in Muslim mental health awareness.


The ways in which we understand wellness have shifted a great deal and it's increasingly clear that mental illness is not to be pushed under the rug.


However, we often don't hear of the individuals who tirelessly work on the ground to create this awareness.


One such personality is Hanan Dover: Vice President of the International Association of Muslim Psychologists and a Founder of PsychCentral.


Hanan’s fight against the taboos and superstitions surrounding Muslim mental health, alongside the struggles of being an outspoken Muslim woman, mother and community leader (who's on her fifth degree and counting!), Hanan's story is nothing short of inspiring. 


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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Brain scans show social exclusion


creates jihadists, say researchers



International studies of young Muslim men show that radicalisation follows a sense of isolation from society

For years western policymakers have tried to establish what causes individuals to be radicalised. Now a pioneering study has used medical science to gain fresh insight into the process – in the brains of potential jihadists.

University College London (UCL) researchers were part of an international team that used neuroimaging techniques to map how the brains of radicalised individuals respond to being socially marginalised. The findings, they claim, confirm that exclusion is a leading factor in creating violent jihadists.

The research challenges the prevailing belief among western policymakers that other variables, such as poverty, religious conservatism and even psychosis, are dominant drivers of jihadism. “This finally dispels such wrongheaded ideas,” said the study’s co-lead author, Nafees Hamid of UCL.


“The first ever neuroimaging study on a radicalised population shows extreme pro-group behaviour seems to intensify after social exclusion.”

The complexity of radicalisation was highlighted in the Old Bailey last week when a British Muslim convert who swore allegiance to Islamic State revealed he tolerated authorities trying to deradicalise him as he plotted an attack on Oxford Street, London.

The findings also emerge after recent Islamic State-linked attacks in Strasbourg and Morocco and as British police continue to investigate a possible motive behind the New Year’s Eve stabbings in Manchester.


Using ethnographic fieldwork and psychological surveys, researchers identified 535 young Muslim men in and around Barcelona, the Spanish city where in 2017 Isis supporters killed 13 and wounded about 100 people in the Las Ramblas district.

Of those identified, 38 second-generation Moroccan-origin men, who had “expressed a willingness to engage in or facilitate violence associated with jihadist causes”, agreed to have their brains scanned. The results showed a striking effect when they were socially excluded by Spaniards while playing a virtual simulation called Cyberball, a ball toss game with three other players who abruptly stopped throwing them the ball.

Later scans showed that the neurological impact of being excluded meant that when issues were raised that the individual had not previously considered inviolable – such as introducing Islamic teaching in schools or unrestricted construction of mosques – they became far more important and were deemed similar to “sacred” and worth fighting for. 

The Guardian




Space for everyone? The Cambridge mosque project offers a new vision of community


By Dr H.A. Hellyer


One of Britain's newest mosques in one of England's oldest cities offers a elegant, ingenious vision of space open to Muslim men and women alike.

A recent article in The Economist lamented that in many of Britain's mosques women are excluded from leadership positions, with a large proportion of mosques not even accommodating women by providing space for worship. In a piece that appeared in The National, Shelina Janmohamed similarly levelled a critique of this phenomenon that is at once impassioned and bewildered. She asks:

If women are not able to join their friends and neighbours at the mosque, then where should they go? If they can't use places of worship to gain knowledge and discuss the issues of the day, to whom will they turn?

t the same, there are several Muslim women serving as MPs in the House of Commons, as well as Baronesses within the House of Lords. On the other side of the Atlantic pond, two Muslim women have just been voted into Congress ― and none of these women have denied their Muslim identities. Will the mosques catch up, one wonders?

I had the distinct pleasure recently of seeing the early stages of one of Britain's newest mosques in one of England's oldest cities, Cambridge. The mosque organisers, headed by a Cambridge University don in Islamic studies, Dr Timothy Winter ― otherwise known as Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad ― had clearly thought very carefully about the needs and requirements of this community. I am not familiar with many places of worship that send out opinion surveys as to what the mosque ought to provide in terms of services and spaces ― but this mosque did; including very specific questions, it seems, about the provision of space for female worshippers. This created, it appears, its own dilemmas ― but it also allowed for the opportunity to be rather creative.



As one walks into the mosque complex, one immediately finds a cafeteria, teaching area and a garden. The mosque organisers reminded me that all of these were obviously gender inclusive, but that, additionally, the garden was designed by an English Muslim woman, Emma Clark, who trained at the Royal College of Arts. So far, so good. But the real question for Muslim women in places of worship is simple: does it allow for their empowerment in terms of space, or does it entrench their disempowerment in the same?

The answer to this question is answered as soon as one enters in the main prayer hall. There are three prayer spaces: the main hall; another, smaller hall separated from the main hall by sound-proof transparent glass; and a balcony area above the smaller hall, from which the entirety of the main hall can be seen. The balcony is reserved for women; the smaller hall is reserved for women who might have crying babies, but who still want to be a part of the broader mosque community without feeling they might be bothering them with the infants' crying. The reserved "women-only" prayer spaces probably make up a good fifth of the overall prayer space. But that still leaves the main prayer hall.

A common topic of discussion in many mosques in the UK where there is provision for women is: do women have access to the main prayer hall and, if so, should there be a screen therein, separating the men from the women? The mosque organisers decided to ask the prospective community this question, in the form of a survey. Around 40% of respondents wanted a screen; the majority did not. So what was the mosque to do? Whom should the mosque try to satisfy?

The answer was easy: both. The mosque constructed arabesque screens that were a couple metres high for those who wanted to pray in complete seclusion, and screens that were about a half a metre high for those that did not. These smaller screens, nonetheless, functioned to demarcate the different spaces. Moreover, gaps existed in between those sections, so that families who came to the mosque with children who might want to go back and forth between the men's and women's sections could do so easily. If that was not flexible enough, the screens themselves are movable, so that the space can be adjusted to accommodate more women should the occasion demand it. Such a simple solution to a potentially divisive problem is as elegant as it is ingenious.

Perhaps crucial for the success of this project will be the appointment of the Mosque Director at the Cambridge Mosque Trust ― a position that, at present, is yet to be filled. On more than one occasion, the chairman of the Trust, Dr Winter, stressed that the position was gender neutral ― both men and women were welcome to apply. He volunteered that information without any prompt from me.

This is a thrilling new project, and one that is well placed to welcome all sections of the Cambridge Muslim community. It is also a project that is designed to be accommodating to Cambridge's ecosystem: the mosque will feature solar panels, as well as rain-gathering (for use in maintaining the grounds) and water conservation (such as motion sensors near the taps in the ablution areas) measures. Consistently, I saw a mosque that was designed to bring the wider community ― Muslim and non-Muslim alike ― into the mosque grounds, and to a means of regenerating the local surroundings as a genuinely communal space.

One can only hope that the Cambridge mosque serves as a new standard in England, the UK and Europe more generally for mosque design. It still needs support, and for the good of social cohesion throughout Cambridge and Great Britain, I hope it receives all the assistance it needs.

Dr H.A. Hellyer is senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Royal United Services Institute, and a visiting professor at the Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation in Kuala Lumpur. He is the editor of The Islamic Tradition and the Human Rights Discourse, and author of Muslims of Europe: The "Other" Europeans, A Revolution Undone: Egypt's Road Beyond Revolt and the forthcoming A Sublime Way: The Sufi Path of the Makkan Sages..





How Islam Spread Throughout the World


By Hassam Munir




I: The Spread of the Message


Migration, both forced (e.g., as slaves or refugees) and voluntary (e.g., economic migration), has played an important role in the spread of Islam, especially since the 15th century. However, there are earlier examples; in fact, the earliest presence of Muslims outside of Arabia was that of a group of Muslims who sought refuge in Abyssinia during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and at his instruction.[56]

It should be noted that though Muslims who have been forced to migrate have given daʿwah—an example of this was given in the section on daʿwah above, and another example is that effective daʿwah of Jaʿfar ibn Abī Tālib to the Abyssinian ruler, the Negus—the argument here is that their mere presence in the regions to which they were relocated can be seen as a form of the spread of Islam. In other words, as Sylviane Diouf and others have argued, wherever these Muslims went they commonly brought with them their embodied knowledge of Islam.

Forced migration brought the first Muslims to the “New World” by way of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, laying the foundations for an early Muslim presence in the Americas. It has proven difficult to reliably estimate how many slaves of African origin were Muslim, but they must have numbered at least in the hundreds of thousands.[57] The United States makes for a useful case study, and it may have held a higher proportion of Muslim slaves than any other region in the Americas. 24% of the African slaves brought to the Thirteen Colonies or, later, the United States were from Senegambia, which makes it likely that they were Muslims.[58] The city of St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest continuously-occupied European city in the mainland United States, and was originally built largely by African Muslim slave laborers.[59]

Gradually, the descendants of these forced migrants became distanced from Islam, but they held on to enough awareness of their heritage so as to establish pseudo-Islamic communities in the early 20th century, such as the Moorish Science Temple of America (MSTA) and the Nation of Islam (NOI), and to eventually return to mainstream Islam en masse starting in the late 1970s. Today, Muslims of African descent make up around 25% of the U.S. Muslim population.[60]

A less known case of forced migration of Muslims occurred by way of the Indian Ocean slave trade organized by the Dutch East India Company (DEIC). The first known Muslims in present-day South Africa, the Amboyan Mardyckers from Southeast Asia, had arrived in 1658 not as slaves but as political prisoners or mercenaries for the DEIC.[61] However, the DEIC soon began to transport slaves to Cape Town, obtaining them from the Muslim-majority regions of East Africa, South Asia (especially the Arakan-Bengal coast), and the Southeast Asian islands by raiding the coasts.[62] By 1731, 42% of the population of Cape Town were slaves;[63] it is noteworthy that a significant portion of these may have been Rohingya Muslims.

Educated Muslims from Southeast Asia―especially Shaykh Yūsuf al-Maqassarī (d. 1699) and Tuan Guru (d. 1807), both of them exiled political prisoners[64]―established the roots of Islam in South Africa. Shaykh Yūsuf’s farm at Zandvliet became a sanctuary for fugitive slaves from Cape Town. Tuan Guru established Cape Town’s first madrasah (Islamic seminary) in 1793, and the city’s first mosque was opened in 1798.[65] By 1850, about 40% of Cape Town’s population was Muslim, and by 1891 their number had risen to over 11,000, in part due to the arrival of indentured laborers from South Asia starting in the 1860s.[66]

Examples of voluntary (or economic) migration are more numerous, especially because this has been the driving force behind the spread of Islam to virtually every country in the world―even those as remote as Fiji[67]―since the 19th century. One example is that of the famous Afghan (and Baluchi) cameleers who “helped to pioneer Australia,” particular the vast Outback, where they did everything from exploring and conducting rescue missions to laying railway and telegraph lines.[68] In the process, they married European or Aborigine women and established their own settlements, which were generally built around a small, makeshift mosque. Another example is that of Canada, where Lebanese Muslim immigrants began to arrive in the late 19th century, often hoping to take part in the Klondike Gold Rush or the lucrative fur trade; some of them, such as Ali Abouchadi, became very successful entrepreneurs and laid the foundations for Canada’s present-day Muslim community.[69]






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There are Two Types of People: The Salih and the Muslih

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There are two kinds of righteous people in this world.

One is a صالح and the other is a مصلح.

One is a righteous person while the other is a reformer who aspires to bring about righteousness in others.

They might sound the same, but the truth is they are worlds apart. For starters, righteous people are loved, while those who try to reform society are quite often despised.

Just look at the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Before Prophethood, he was loved by all and praised for his righteousness, but the second he became a Prophet and attempted to bring about righteousness amongst others and called them away from evil; his people started to turn against him.

Nevertheless, the truth is, reformers who establish righteousness will always be far greater in the eyes of Allah than those who restrict their righteousness to themselves.





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Queensland 1918








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



Shah Jahan was one of the four female rulers or 'Begum' of Bhopal between 1819 and 1926






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Muhammad Ali's name to go on airport in Kentucky hometown   


US: Muhammad Ali's Kentucky hometown will honour the late boxer by renaming its airport for him.

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority's board voted Wednesday to change the name to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. Ali would have turned 77 Thursday. He died in 2016.

Ali's widow, Lonnie Ali, said in a news release from the board that she is proud of the name change. She said although Ali was a "global citizen," he never forgot his hometown.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer cited research showing that Ali's name recognition is greater than Louisville's and said he's organizing a group to work toward celebrating Ali's Louisville ties more broadly.

The airport board said the decision came after a working group studied renaming the airport for more than a year.



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Pakistan university rebrands Valentine's Day as 'Sister's Day' with free headscarves for women   



University of Agriculture in Faisalabad says it is attempting to encourage 'Eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth'

PAKISTAN: A Pakistani university is attempting to rebrand Valentine’s Day as “Sister’s Day” by distributing headscarves and shawls to female students.

The University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF), in central Punjab province, said the move was an attempt to encourage “Eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth”.

Valentine’s Day has become increasingly popular in many cities in Pakistan in recent years, but religious groups have denounced it.

In 2017, the country prohibited all public celebrations and any media coverage of the event, saying the celebration was not part of Muslim traditions.

“In our culture, women are more empowered and earn their due respect as sisters, mothers, daughters and wives,” the institution’s vice-chancellor, Zafar Iqbal, said on the university’s website.

“We were forgetting our culture, and Western culture was taking root in our society,” he continued.

“UAF was mulling a plan to distribute scarves, shawls and gowns printed with the UAF insignia among female students” on February 14, the statement on the site added.

The vice-chancellor said ‘Sister’s Day’ has been conceived with the aim of promoting respect for women.

“Unlike in the West, our religious values encourage respect for women and guarantee protection of their rights,” Mr Iqbal said at a university event last week.

He said that although some Muslims have turned Valentine’s Day into a threat, his “thinking is that if there is a threat, convert it into an opportunity”.

The attempt to relaunch Valentine’s Day as Sister’s Day has been criticised by some on social media.

“Faisalabad University, if you are so concerned about your sisters’ well being, why don’t you pledge to allow them to inherit equally. I bet that would mean more to them than this monkey’s tail of a day,” tweeted one critic.

“This is completely irrational. Like celebrating Sister’s Day won’t stop people from doing what they want to do, creating an opposite event to the existing one will only increase its value. If your purpose is to stop it, it won’t,” added another user.



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Saïd the Fisherman



Marmaduke William Pickthall


William Pickthall's masterpiece chronicles the story of a debauched, hypocritical, yet sympathetic Arab fisherman whose life begins and ends in tragedy.


The novel stirred Britain at the time of it's publication and drew high praise from HG Wells, EM Foster and DH Lawrence, each respectively citing Pickthall's permanent place in the canon of English literature as a result of this work.



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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: This recipe is so aptly named...the cupcakes turn out nothing short of amazing! They are moist, yet light and fluffy and absolutely delicious with a cuppa' tea.


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. Set aside.
2. Beat eggs till creamy. Add sugar and beat for half a minute.
3. Add vanilla essence and oil and beat for a minute.
4. Alternately add buttermilk and flour mix to the oil mix till all are incorporated.
Fill muffin cups to half full for flat cupcakes. This should yield about 15.


Bake 14-16mins till done.





Baba's Halal Kitchen


(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.)


COOKING Fish Balls in Sweet Chilli Sauce







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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Q: Dear Kareema, I’m trying to lose weight and was wondering what the difference between cardio and weight lifting is? Is either better for weight loss?

A: Both cardio and weights can help with weight loss and also getting stronger and fitter.


A cardio session might burn more calories than a weight-training session; however, your metabolism may stay elevated for longer after weights than cardio.


Lifting weights is better for building / toning muscles, while cardio will strip fat.

So try incorporating both training styles into your workout routine for faster results. N-JOY!





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





Princess Lakshman


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














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

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
How to Trust Again

Three decades ago when I started my own journey of learning to trust again, my counsellor asked me to define what trust meant to me. Today, I ask my clients the same question. Take a few moments and reflect on what trust means to you. Often, after naming different emotions and experiences that revolve around the practice of trust, we come to two words that pretty much sum up what trust means to almost all of us - safety and security.

Learning to trust again requires you to first identify, acknowledge and understand two things:

• Where do you feel safe and secure?
• With whom do you feel safe and secure?

The process of identifying, acknowledging and understanding these two aspects of your life requires you to be completely honest with yourself.

Remember not to confuse love with trust. Sometimes we may love people, however, we may not be comfortable trusting them.

Trust gets damaged when your sense of safety and security is attacked. It may happen in your marriage, at work, in your other relationships with friends and siblings. It may happen with your doctor, dentist, tenant, landlord. Each time you feel unsafe or insecure, that small, calm voice, known as intuition, will caution you to “be careful”.

Following this intuitive voice of caution is crucial to living authentically. However, be mindful that you are not obsessing over it and letting it manifest in you as fear. It is vital to understand that safety and security depend on the choices that you make in your daily life. Where you go and with whom you spend time are as a result of your own choices.

This world would be difficult for us to live in if we stopped trusting each other. If you have experienced a time where your safety and security, in other words, your sense of trust, was damaged, your safety violated, it is vital that you heal from that experience and learn strategies to live from acceptance, forgiveness and faith. When you dwell in those past experiences you begin to live in fear, not faith.

Learn To Trust Again

Try these strategies to help you to accept, forgive and allow yourself to trust again.

1. Know that first and foremost, you need to trust ALLAH. If you feel uneasy, unsafe or insecure, ask ALLAH to give you strength to let go of your fears and move on in life fearlessly. Being fearless means having less fear and more faith. It is difficult to have zero fear, but it is possible to have less fear and more faith. Try it.
2. Know that trust happens gradually and respectfully. Building a wall around you and shunning people out in the fear that they may hurt you is NOT the answer. Let go and let in...gradually and respectfully. Do not feel compelled to share intimate details about your life with a new friend. Wait for when you feel totally comfortable, safe and secure.
3. Make choices with confidence that only ALLAH is your protector, not people.
4. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that your past choices are in the past. Right now, this is your present moment and you are mindfully choosing with utmost faith in ALLAH.
5. Listen attentively to the small, calm voice inside you and follow it fearlessly. Your intuition will never lie to you. Your intuition is always joyful and loving. If you hear negative whispers instead, that is NOT intuition. That is Shaitaan. Recognising intuition requires constant and consistent faith in ALLAH and total abandonment of fear.
6. Observe people without judging. Observe how they treat other people. Trusting people who practise kindness is important. People who display kindness will not gossip about others or use unkind words.
7. Learn to respect confidentiality. For you to trust others, you must also display trustworthiness.




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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin went to a dentist in Australia for a tooth extraction and first enquired about the cost.


The dentist said it would cost $1200.


Jallalludin thought that this was too much.

After some thought, he asked about cheaper methods.

The dentist said, "Yes, it can be done without anaesthesia and will cost only $300, but it would be very very painful.

Jallalludin said, "OK Dr, do it without anaesthesia".

The dentist removed the tooth without anaesthesia and during the entire procedure Jallalludin sat quietly, even smiling a little.

The dentist was not only surprised, but was quite impressed and said he have never seen such a brave and patient man like him.. "I don't even want my fees, instead, take this $500 as a reward, you've taught me such a powerful lesson today about mastering one's pain and feelings!".

In the evening he met his fellow dentists and told everyone about Jallalludin.

One doctor jumped up and shouted: "That Jallalludin fellow first came to me, I gave him an anaesthesia and asked him to wait outside for half an hour! After half an hour when I called him he had left.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






To any that desires the tilth of the Hereafter, We give increase in his tilth; and to any that desires the tilth of this world, We grant somewhat thereof, but he has no share or lot in the Hereafter.

~ Surah Ash-Shura 42:20


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“Don't fear moving slowly.


Fear standing still.”

~  Chinese Proverb



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

Notice Board














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





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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To claim your date for your event email






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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


6 April



Change for Palestine



Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0405 035 786


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

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

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

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