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A NSW Supreme Court judge has called on Muslims to publicly disavow violent verses of the Koran that he says have been used by Islamic extremists to support terrorism in Australia.


It's time to speak out: Justice Desmond Fagan

Justice Desmond Fagan said the lethal messages derived from "hostile passages" of the Koran were not effectively countered by suggestions from "various quarters" that the verses had been "cherry picked" or that Islam was an "interpretive religion".

"The incitements to violence which terrorists quote from the Koran cannot just be ignored by the many believers who desire harmonious coexistence. Those verses are not ignored by terrorists," Justice Fagan said.

He said there were sometimes assurances offered to Western communities that “Islam is a religion of peace”.

"But in the absence of express public disavowal of verses which convey Allah’s command for violence, as quoted in the jihadist literature tendered in this case, such assurances are apparently contradicted," he said.

"Certainly that is how the matter is seen by jihadi propagandists and those who have followed them."

Justice Fagan made the remarks on Thursday during his sentencing of Sameh Bayda and Alo-Bridget Namoa, a young couple, both 21, found guilty in October last year of conspiring to do an act in preparation for a terrorist act between December 8, 2015 and January 25, 2016.

Justice Fagan, who has presided over many terrorism-related cases, said the Islamic religion's broad acceptance of the Koran without denouncing verses supporting "intolerance, violence and domination" would "embolden terrorists to think they are in common cause with all believers and indeed that they are the spearhead of the religion."

Keysar Trad, founder of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, said imams continued to disavow violent interpretations of sections of the Koran.

"We continue to be extremely vocal in countering that. As much as we can find an opportunity to put the correct context to these situations, we do," Mr Trad said. "The underlying premise of Islam is peace and peaceful encouragement for people to do what is right."

Justice Fagan said terrorists' perceived scriptural support for their actions couldn't be effectively rebutted by police or the courts.

"If the verses upon which the terrorists rely are not binding commands of Allah, it is Muslims who would have to say so," he said.

"If Australian followers of the religion, including those who profess deep knowledge, were to make a clear public disavowal of these verses, as not authoritative instructions from Allah, then the terrorists’ moral conviction might be weakened."

The phones of the convicted couple contained a vast amount of extremist material, including graphic images and videos of beheadings and soldiers carrying Islamic flags.

In one text message Namoa said she wanted to perform a jihadist attack with Bayda, or support him in such an attack, likening the pair to an "Islamic Bonnie and Clyde".

Mr Trad said he would be "very surprised" if the people the judge was talking about had read the Koran in its entirety.

"I'd be very surprised if they read any more than snippets. The concern is when they act on snippets without knowing the context," he said. "Unfortunately what we have in Australia from time to time, we get people who are ignorant of the religion, they hear a word here or there and want justification for their own behaviour.

"It's not an indictment on that religion, its an indictment on that person."

Sydney Islamic community leader Dr Jamal Rifi said what the judgment conveyed was already what most Australian Muslims believed, and that Bayda and Namoa had been taught by "Sheikh Google".

"We are grateful to the judge for his interpretation because that's what the majority of Australian Muslims interpret and practice," Dr Rifi said.

Justice Fagan jailed Bayda for four years, with a non-parole period of three years, which expired on January 25.

Namoa was jailed for three years and nine months, with a non-parole period of two years and 10 months, which expired on January 22. Both are now eligible to apply for parole.

The Crown alleged the couple's plan was for a New Year's Eve attack carried out by Bayda.

The judge accepted Bayda's evidence that he was inspired by jihadist propaganda to commit a violent street robbery, with two friends, of two non-Muslims walking down the street that night, but he backed out of the plan.

"It follows that I also accept Bayda did not intend to carry out on New Year’s Eve an attack of a kind likely to lead to his death. I find it plausible in all the circumstances that he exaggerated to Namoa the nature of what he was planning," Justice Fagan said.

He said that though the pair were 18 at the time of the offending, "it should have been apparent to both of them that citing verses of the Koran and recounting deeds of the prophet from 1400 years ago" couldn't reconcile violence with legitimate religion.

"In the belief of the propagandists, shared by Bayda and Namoa at the time of their offence, violence toward non-Muslims is not merely an incidental tactic for attracting attention to the faith or to issues which concern its followers," Justice Fagan said.

"Relying upon the parts of the Koran which they cite and upon the example set by the prophet, the ideology espoused in the online jihadi literature embraces never-ending war against non-believers as an inherent and central element of belief."




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By Farah Scott    


The Hurricane Stars Club is excited to announce that we are currently working with Scouting Queensland to create Brisbane’s first ever Muslim scouting group, Alhamdulillah. There are already Muslim Scouts groups in Sydney and Melbourne but there is yet to be one in Brisbane. Due to popular demands from our Muslim parents in Brisbane, we listened and worked hard to bring Scouts to the Muslim community in shaa Allah.

Scouts provide girls and boys aged 5 to 25 years old with fun and challenging opportunities to grow through adventure and activities. The purpose of the Scout Movement is to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they contribute and take a constructive space in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. Scouts become inspiring and resilient leaders in the future and by completing the Scouting program can assist young people into entering universities, in shaa Allah.

Muslim scouts are different from other scouting groups because there is an Islamic undertone to all activities; all scouting leaders are local Muslims, time is set aside in all activities for prayer times, separated activities for teenage boys and girls, special activities are done for Muslim celebrations and all food provided will be halal. The purpose of establishing a Brisbane scouting grouping group is to create a structured program for the Muslim youths in Brisbane and offer an alternative for Muslim children who crave and will thrive in a more structured movement. A Muslim scouts group also will offer a safe place where they can go to make friends, learn new things, have adventures and most importantly – HAVE FUN, CONFIDENTLY.

Today’s Scout takes part in extraordinary outdoor activities, from ‘traditional Scouting skills’ like camping and bushcraft to even more extreme challenges like abseiling, rafting, overnight hiking, rock climbing, sailing… even flying! Scouts also provide an opportunity for kids and youths to engage in regular camping activities which are in high demand in the community.

Scouting groups are divided into subgroups – Joeys for ages 5 – 7 years old, Cubs for ages 8 – 10 years old, Scouts for ages 11 – 14 years old, Ventures for ages 15 - 17 year old and Rovers for ages 18 – 25 years old. The first step in creating a Brisbane Muslim Scouting group is to recruit scouting leaders, either men or women, who are interested to lead a scouting group. We hereby invite Mums and Dads, Sisters and Brothers, and Community Activists and Leaders to work together with us to make this dream of establishing Brisbane Muslim Scouts come to fruition.

As a Leader, you can gain formal leadership qualifications, develop programs, work with like-minded individuals, and teach young people life lessons through offering them the experiences of a lifetime. Leaders complete a nationally recognized course to learn how to run their groups and receive ongoing support from the movement. The course will give those who complete it, credit towards professional qualifications that can lead to employment. Leaders need to be over 25 years old and commit to only 2 hours each week to run the scouting group of their choice, either Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Ventures or Rovers.

If you are interested to become a Scout Leader, please come along to an information session on Wednesday the 27th of February at 6.30pm at 91, Wembley Rd, Logan Central. Refreshments will be provided.

Please share this exciting news with friends and families and those who have been waiting for this news. Let us all work together to offer more beneficial and constructive programs for the young in the community.



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Muslims in Western Europe



By Centre for Global Policy

The Center for Global Policy (CGP) announced the release of a new special report that examines the challenges that Muslims face as they seek belonging in Western culture amid rising cultural tensions.

"Muslims in Western Europe and the United States," written by CGP Senior Fellow Myriam Francois, and Bethsabée Souris examines issues of integration faced by Muslims in Europe and the United States.


The report highlights some of the major lessons learned from Europe with suggestions for thought leaders in the United States.


Fear and hostility toward Muslims has risen in the United States and Europe since the early 2000s. Muslims in Europe face challenges that have led to their marginalization, feelings of alienation and, in some cases, the rise of extremism.


Muslims in the United States are facing similar difficulties albeit to a lesser extent.


The worry is that the marginalization of some within the community could open it up to increased discrimination and subsequent alienation.


Therefore, the United States should work to prevent this by reaching out to those that are marginalized.


The United States should draw on the measures European countries have already taken to curb Muslim alienation while remembering America's historical success in integrating its immigrant communities.

The Special Report is available for download at the CGP website,




How Islam Spread Throughout the World

By Hassam Munir




I: The Spread of the Message


The conversion of social, political, and/or personal influencers to Islam has historically played an important role in drawing their followers, admirers, subjects, and/or acquaintances closer to the message of Islam.

In the life of the Prophet ﷺ, a prominent example of an influencer was Saʾd ibn Muʿādh. Saʾd was a chieftain of one of the clans of the Banu Aws tribe of Yathrib. The Prophet had sent Musʿab ibn ʿUmayr to teach the converts in the city and to invite others to Islam, but Saʾd strongly disapproved of this and confronted Musʿab. After a conversation, Saʾd embraced Islam, and then convened his clan and asked them how they felt about him. They replied that he was their chief, excellent in judgment, and committed to their best interests. He then informed them that he had embraced Islam, and by nightfall his entire clan had followed him.[87]

The Prophet ﷺ also sent letters to rulers in the vicinity of Arabia, implicitly acknowledging their role as social influencers and inviting them—and, through them, their followers—to Islam. These included the rulers of Abyssinia, Byzantium, and Persia, and the governors of Ghassān (an Arab Christian client state of Byzantium), Yamāmah (an Arab kingdom in present-day central Saudi Arabia), and Alexandria.[88]

Part of the wisdom behind the Prophet’s decision to send these letters is revealed in the fact that in many parts of the world, the conversion of an influential political leader to Islam was an important milestone in the spread of Islam in that region. The case of the Umayyad leader ʿAbd al-Malik ibn Marwān (r. 685-705) is illustrative, especially because it implicitly reveals that this process (i.e., conversion by influence) played a role even in the Islamization, even of regions that had been conquered by Muslim forces. (Shām was the first region outside of Arabia to fully come under Muslim rule).[89] However, as Thomas Carlson has argued, the Islamization of Syria was “a multi-faceted social and cultural process” that could not be considered complete even in 1516, when the Ottomans conquered the region―nearly a thousand years after it fell under Muslim rule.[90]

Many factors played a role in the Islamization of Shām. One of them was Shām’s centrality to the early Muslim empire, as the Umayyad dynasty (r. 661-750) chose Damascus as its capital. The Umayyads sought religious legitimacy as a means to justifying their rule, and Syria was the first region in which efforts toward that end took shape.[91] ʿAbd al-Malik publicized Islam in Shām as a matter of policy: he made Arabic the official language of the empire’s administration, minted distinctly Islamic coins for the first time, had milestones featuring the basmalah set up to help travellers find directions, and had the iconic Dome of the Rock constructed in Jerusalem.[92]

By institutionalizing Islam in Shām, ʿAbd al-Malik and other influencers in the region after him―including leaders such as the famous Salāh ad-Dīn (Saladin, d. 1193) and prominent Islamic scholars such as Ibn ʿAsākir, al-Nawawī, Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn al-Qayyim, Ibn Kathīr, and al-Dhahabī (all fl. c. 13th century)―inevitably enabled non-Muslims to engage closely with Islamic beliefs, practices, and worldviews. From there, many non-Muslims chose to embrace the faith, some rejected it, and others may have even borrowed from it.

A social influencer involved in the spread of Islam in parts of Southeast Asia was the famous Chinese Muslim admiral Cheng Ho (d. 1433). Between 1405 and 1433, Ho led seven maritime expeditions for the Ming dynasty, which took him to the major ports of the Indian Ocean and as far away as Mombasa (Kenya). Curiously, many of Ho’s crew were Hui Muslims like himself, and some performed hajj during the voyages.[93] Ho, his Muslim shipmates and the Chinese Muslim envoys who followed them to Java and other parts of Southeast Asia all helped Islam spread in this region, primarily by establishing mosques.[94] Their pioneering efforts can be appreciated through the fact that, today, there are over 105 million Javanese Muslims, making them the fourth-largest ethnic group among Muslims (behind only Arabs, Bengalis and Punjabis).[95] To this day, many mosques in the region are named after the mariner, such as the Cheng Ho Mosque in Palembang, Indonesia.

A more recent example of a social influencer’s role in the spread of Islam is that of Warith Deen Muhammad, the Supreme Minister (1975-6) of the pseudo-Islamic, US-based movement known as Nation of Islam (NOI). Having embraced Sunni Islam privately, he gradually reformed the NOI to conform to the orthodox Islamic tradition, and called on his followers to do the same.[96] In what may be considered the largest mass conversion to Islam in US history, an estimated 70,000 NOI members followed W. D. Muhammad into the fold of orthodox Islam.[97]

It is important to note that influencers were not always in privileged positions within society; “grassroots Islamization” led by personal influencers also occurred. This was the case, for example, in the Lindi and Mtwara regions of southeastern Tanzania in the early 20th century. In the late 1800s, most people in the region were not Muslim, but today Muslims form a large majority of the population. Many conversions took place between 1910 and 1950 through a process in which ordinary villagers served as “crucial mediators.”[98] Muslim traders and Sufi scholars had long been present on the Tanzanian stretch of the Swahili Coast, but they had not been able to deliver the message of Islam in the rural areas that were further inland. At the same time as the peak of an anti-colonial struggle (culminating in the Maji Maji war of 1905-7), “ordinary villagers who had spent some time on the coast began to work as Qur’an teachers, while local networks of lineage elders endorsed the construction of mosques.”[99] German officials described these men as schamba-waalimu (“field-teachers”). They were “otherwise undistinguished villagers, respected for their learning and commitment, but neither particularly wealthy nor of high ritual or social status,” but they are remembered for taking the initiative to “fetch” Islam from the coast and spread it across the region.[100]

Another case of conversion via influencers who were not in particularly privileged positions in society occurred in the early centuries of Islamic history in the form of the mawālī system of patronage. The Arabic word mawla may be used to refer to a “client” in a patron-client relationship. During the early period of Muslim rule in what is today known as the Middle East, non-Muslims would commonly become “clients,” or mawālī, of the emerging Arab Muslim elite as a way to protect and pursue their own interests. As Patricia Crone has noted, this did not necessarily require the client’s conversion to Islam.[101] However, the opportunity to engage with their Muslim patrons is likely to have influenced many clients to convert. Soon, many of the mawālī had mawālī of their own, thus creating a “snowball effect” of conversions to Islam through personal networks of influence, especially in the first four centuries of Islamic history.[102]

Lastly, on the topic of the spread of Islam via influencers, it is important to briefly revisit the pioneering thesis of Richard Bulliet in this field of research. Through a quantitative analysis of the names listed in biographical dictionaries from the early centuries of Islamic history, Bulliet showed that Islam spread very slowly as evidenced by the slow rate of the change, for example, from names that were identifiably Christian to those that were clearly Muslim.[103] Looking primarily at the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain, Bulliet also showed that the regional “conversion curves” of this period are ‘S’-shaped, accelerating as more and more of the population converted before leveling off, thus implying that people primarily chose to convert due to their personal interactions with Muslims.

Bulliet helpfully compared the spread of Islam to the model of diffusion for a new technology or technique, a process which generally also follows an ‘S’ curve: “a few innovators would first adopt the new technique, then it would catch on with a bandwagon effect causing the steep rise in the middle of the curve, and finally there would be a steadily diminishing number of new adopters as the potential market for the new technique became saturated.”[104] Thus, Bulliet posited that the more Muslims a non-Muslim was surrounded by and personally interacting with, the more likely they were to convert to Islam, until most non-Muslims in the region had converted.






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Muslim schoolgirls filmed by man in 'disturbing' racist video being investigated by police   


Man cites Nazi doctor as he calls for children to be sterilised 'so they can't multiply'


The man filmed a racist tirade while following schoolgirls down a road in Bow, east London

Police are investigating a “disturbing” video that shows a man following Muslim schoolgirls and calling for them to be sterilised.

Footage circulating on social media shows the man filming as he gets off a bus in Bow, east London, while pupils including girls wearing headscarves leave a nearby school.


Islamophobia monitoring group Tell Mama called the video “very disturbing”, while viewers expressed shock and disgust on social media.

The pupils were from the Central Foundation Girls’ School, a state comprehensive for 11 to 18-year-olds.

John Biggs, the mayor of Tower Hamlets, and local councillor Asma Begum said the school had been offered support. 



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3 men get at least 25 years in prison in Kansas plot to kill Somali Muslims   


USA: Three men were sentenced Friday to at least 25 years in federal prison for attempting to blow up an apartment complex in western Kansas where Somali Muslims lived, a plot that unnerved that refugee community.

Patrick Eugene Stein and Curtis Allen of Kansas and Gavin Wright of Oklahoma chose the apartment complex in Garden City, a city of 26,000, partly because it contained a mosque, authorities said.

"Today's sentence is a significant victory against hate crimes and domestic terrorism," acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a news release Friday from the Justice Department.

"The defendants in this case acted with clear premeditation in an attempt to kill innocent people on the basis of their religion and national origin. That's not just illegal -- it's morally repugnant."

The Somalis -- who settled in Garden City because of employment in the meatpacking industry -- appreciate the support they've received in the town and do not intend to harm anyone, according to one woman who spoke after the sentences were handed down.

"Please, we need peace and love," said Ifrah Farah, a member of the Somali community, according to CNN affiliate KWCH in Wichita. "Because we came here for better lives. We are refugees. We live here. We are not bad people. We love everybody."    



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Muslim doctors may upset Government abortion plans   



IRELAND: Ireland’s reliance on Muslim doctors in hospitals around the country may derail Government plans to roll out a national abortion service, a leading obstetrician has said.

Large numbers of non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) working in maternity units outside Dublin are Muslims from abroad, according to Dr Trevor Hayes of Kilkenny’s St Luke’s Hospital, who says he had been personally told that they have serious religious qualms about performing abortions.

“A lot of the NCHDs – a lot of the registrars and senior registrars and SHOs (senior house officers), so the front line – would be from Egypt, Sudan, and generally Muslim countries,” Dr Hayes told The Irish Catholic.

“These would be in the country hospitals, and because of that they have frontline exposure, and they would have religious objections to be involved in the abortion service.”

Dr Hayes, who was named Obstetrician of the Year in 2009 and 2013 by Maternity and Infant Magazine said a dependence on Muslim consultants is preventing Cavan General Hospital from introducing an abortion service, and that he suspects that conscientious objections from Muslims could block abortions from taking place in 12 of the country’s 19 maternity units.

“I’m not professing that I have huge knowledge about Islam, but they have religious objections to being involved in it,” he said.

Dire need
According to Dr Ali Selim, spokesman for the Dublin’s Islamic Culture Centre, abortion is unacceptable for Muslims except in cases of dire need. “In Islam abortion is the lesser harm, conducted only to save the mother’s life if all other options prove to be useless,” he told The Irish Catholic, adding: “Life is God’s gift.”

According to figures published by the Medical Council in 2016, roughly two out of five doctors registered to work in Ireland have trained abroad, with over three quarters of the country’s non-consultant hospital doctors being international medical graduates and with Pakistan and Sudan being the top countries from which internationally-qualified doctors come.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology is the field most likely to be staffed from doctors with overseas qualifications, with 58% of doctors in that area having graduated abroad.   



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No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison



 Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian (Translation)






Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...

In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since.

People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests...

This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains?


"A chant, a cry from the heart, a lament, fuelled by a fierce urgency, written with the lyricism of a poet, the literary skills of a novelist, and the profound insights of an astute observer of human behaviour and the ruthless politics of a cruel and unjust imprisonment." Arnold Zable, author of the award-winning Jewels and Ashes and Cafe Scheherazade

"In the absence of images, turn to this book to fathom what we have done, what we continue to do. It is, put simply, the most extraordinary and important book I have ever read." Good Reading Magazine (starred review)

"Not for the faint-hearted, it's a powerful, devastating insight into a situation that's so often seen through a political - not personal - lens." GQ Australia

"It is an unforgettable account of man's inhumanity to man that reads like something out of Orwell or Kafka, and is aptly described by Tofighian as 'horrific surrealism'. It is clear from Boochani's writing that he is a highly educated and philosophical man; he segues effortlessly between prose and poetry, both equally powerful." -The Australian Financial Review Magazine

"Behrouz Boochani has written a book which is as powerful as it is poetic and moving. He describes his experience of living in a refugee prison with profound insight and intelligence." Queensland Reviewers Collective



Behrouz Boochani: detained asylum seeker wins Australia's richest literary prize

The winner of Australia’s richest literary prize did not attend the ceremony. His absence was not by choice.

Behrouz Boochani, whose debut book won both the $25,000 non-fiction prize at the Victorian premier’s literary awards and the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature on Thursday night, is not allowed into Australia.

The Kurdish Iranian writer is an asylum seeker who has been kept in purgatory on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for almost six years, first behind the wire of the Australian offshore detention centre, and then in alternative accommodation on the island.

Now his book No Friend But the Mountains – composed one text message at a time from within the detention centre – has been recognised by a government from the same country that denied him access and locked him up.

It is, he said, “a paradoxical feeling”.

“I really don’t know what to say,” he told Guardian Australia in a conversation before the main award was announced, when he only knew of the non-fiction prize. “I certainly did not write this book just to win an award.

“My main aim has always been for the people in Australia and around the world to understand deeply how this system has tortured innocent people on Manus and Nauru in a systematic way for almost six years. I hope this award will bring more attention to our situation, and create change, and end this barbaric policy.”

Boochani speaks via text messages, because his internet connection keeps cutting out – the same method he used to write the book, an autobiographical account of his attempt to make the journey from Indonesia to Australia and his subsequent incarceration.

The Guardian




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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: A great idea for picnics and school lunches.


Apple, Celery and Fennel Salad







• ½ stick celery, thinly sliced
• ½ baby fennel, cut into julienne strips
• 1 green apple, cut into julienne strips
• 1 tsp. finely chopped dill
• 1 tab chopped pecans

Combine the following for the dressing and refrigerate
• Salt and Pepper
• 1 tab. Salad Cream
• 1 tab. mayonnaise
• Juice of ½ a lemon
• 1 finely sliced green chilli (remove seeds if you don’t want the heat)

Combine all the above ingredients for the salad and refrigerate.

Just before serving add the dressing.





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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Q: Dear Kareema, what can I do to reduce muscle aches and stiffness after my workouts?

A: Muscle soreness is a sign that you’ve overloaded or really challenged your muscles, or sometimes coming back after a short break from exercise, you’ll tend to feel sore.

Your warm-up and post-exercise stretching is just as important as the workout, so be sure to include it in every session.


Muscles need to recover and repair so that they are ready to fire up for your next session – hence the stretching.

Using a foam roller is a great way to alleviate the tightness and will allow muscles to work to their full potential.

Reward yourself with a massage every now and then too.






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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:
Self-Care During Separation or Divorce

Relationships begin, they evolve and sometimes they dissolve. We usually say relationships are complex things to understand. Perhaps the perception needs to change. It is not relationships that are too complex to understand, it is people who fail to understand themselves first, so that they may understand another.

Having survived 11 years in a marriage that was physically violent, emotionally abusive and psychologically traumatic, I have first hand experience in feeling like the whole world was against me, like I was worthless, like I was better off dead and there was no need for me here, like it was never going to get better, like a part of me was empty and meaningless, like I couldn’t even breathe again. All of these feelings of self-loathing, self-neglect and negative perceptions became my daily companion when I separated from my ex-husband.

Now, 7 years later, I know firmly in my heart with absolute faith that the following ayat from Surah Al-Baqarah is most relevant when I reflect on how I survived those terrible feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness:

Surat Al-Baqarah (ayat 286)
لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا

“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns...”


Going through separation or divorce can bring about negative perceptions of the world, others and self. More than ever, it is during this phase that one needs to consciously practise daily ibadah and self-care. As muslims, we know that ALLAH is the best of planners. Practise these self-care strategies and have faith that ALLAH has put you to this and HE will put you through it and give you what is best for you and your deen, In SHAA ALLAH.

9 Self-Care Strategies When Going Through Separation or Divorce

1. Self-Compassion - blame is pointless and keeps one stuck in the past. The whole idea is to live “through” the pain and grow from it to be better and to move on with hope and faith. Blaming yourself or another will cause further pain and anguish. One of the best ways to practise self-compassion is to express gratitude for everything, even those experiences that were painful. Thank ALLAH for helping you survive them. Thank ALLAH for making you stronger and wiser.

2. Re-visit your life’s purpose and dreams - when you were younger you must have had some dreams or goals about how you envision your life to be. Re-visit these goals and dreams and try to understand how you can move towards them. Perhaps you never pursued them because of various reasons. Now that you have started a new chapter in life, use your energy into realising your purpose.

3. Talk it out but don’t gossip - speak to positive people and a trusted professional about your feelings. Let things out and unburden, however, be mindful that you are not bad-mouthing your ex-spouse. Refrain from talking all day, everyday about your breakup to different members of the family and relative circle. This inevitably turns into a gossip session. As Muslims, our communities are close knitted and people know each other. Be mindful of your words, in case they may be misconstrued and cause hurt to another person.

4. Eat, pray, sleep, exercise - keep focussing on the daily basics of life. Eat healthy meals on time, engage in daily exercise so that your body releases endorphins, the “happy hormones”, sleep for at least 7 hours, and be sure to commit to daily prayers, dhikr and silent moments of reflection.

5. Tahajjud salah and silence - try getting up for Tahajjud salah as much as you can. This will help you overcome any kind of confusion you may be going through regarding your separation or divorce. After your Tahajjud salah, ask ALLAH the questions you need answered and sit in silence. Have faith that HE will give you wisdom, signs and inspiration to make choices that will be good for you and your deen.

6. Start learning something new - whether it is something creative like a new craft or a new language, now is a good time to start learning something new. This will help you keep your mind engaged in something productive instead of allowing your mind to dwell on the past and bring about anxiety for an imagined future.

7. Rearrange your room and de-clutter your living space - movement of energy and positive vibrations in the home is vital. Create a space for yourself which will be your sanctuary. Rearrange furniture and add new colours in order to breathe new life into your home, filling it with light and joy.

8. Detox your body daily - one of the best strategies for detoxing your body is to drink plenty of water and excrete toxins from your body. When your body repairs and replenishes from the inside, your immunity and overall health improves.

9. Practice awareness exercise daily - this is a 3 to 5 minute body scan meditation activity. Email or text me if you would like a FREE AUDIO to practise a guided awareness exercise. This daily exercise of the mind brings about clarity and awareness. It makes you understand the difference between your responses and reactions. Mastering your responses is how you begin living life with immense joy and absolute faith in ALLAH alone, instead of reacting to circumstances and living in fear.





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The CCN Chuckle





Statistician and Maths expert, Mula Nasruddin asked his wife: Will you let me go out alone and enjoy time out with the boys over the weekend, every month?


Mrs Nasruddin: What is the probability of me saying yes as per your calculation?


That's when Mula Nasruddin suddenly got a whole new appreciation of the number Zero.



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An Ayaat-a-Week






And you (should) know that your possessions and your progeny are but a trial; and that it is Allah with whom lies your highest reward.

~ Surah Al-Anfal 8:28


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Any idiot can face a crisis -


it's the day to day living


that wears you out.


~ Anton Chekhov



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


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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.


Date And Time
Sat, March 2, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM AEST
HOYTS Sunnybank
McCullough Street




















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Do you have healthy lifestyle and wellbeing goals planned for 2019?

The good news is, if you feel like you’re ready to make a change, the My Health For Life program is now available, making it easier for Queenslanders to get their health back on track!

This free lifestyle modification program is designed to help eligible participants improve their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke.

It takes a fresh, personalised approach to help people move past the barriers that stand in the way of making healthy choices and positive lifestyle change.

The program is run by a qualified health professional over six sessions.

See flyer for upcoming program details.
For further information and to check eligibility :
tel 0404 296 297 or





























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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At Sisters Suppprt Services Inc we have qualified volunteers who help women in their darkest moments & time of need to empower them to make the right choices for better outcomes for their own lives.

Here are some examples of our cases over the past few months. ALL names have been changed to protect client identities.

1. Aisha, a victim of Domestic Violence came to us for assistance. We assisted her by giving her money to buy clothing and personal items as she left her home quickly and with very little. Aisha has also needed ongoing counselling which she has been receiving from us for the past few months. She was taken to appointments and connected with the right people who helped her start a new life in a safe environment.

“Thank you so much for your help. I am so very grateful. Thank you to Sister Services. Allah bless you all.”

2. Katie, a revert sister with young kids needed ongoing counselling and support as she had not been coping well at home and was not able to look after herself and her family. Sisters Support Services was there for her;
“I can’t tell you enough in words how grateful I am, just by listening to me when I was feeling so low. Life is not looking so dark anymore !”

3. Sarah also a revert sister recently divorced with a young child arrived in Brisbane with virtually nothing. We have helped her with everyday essentials, food supplies & assisted her to find suitable accommodation. Sarah has some health issues & needed financial support with purchasing medications & by being driven to medical appointments by our volunteers.

"So happy with the help I've received from Sisters Support Services."










Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre





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

To claim your date for your event email






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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


16 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


0422 433 074

from 3.30PM to Maghrib




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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Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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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















Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Date: Thursday 21 February
Time: 5.30pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Upper Mt Gravatt Police Station

You are cordially invited to attend the South Brisbane District Police /Islamic Leaders Working Group meeting on Thursday the 21st of February 2019 at the Upper Mt Gravatt Police Station from 5.30pm – 7:00pm.

The South Brisbane District Police aims to develop strategies and services that reflect the needs of our diverse Islamic community in order to foster a respectful, peaceful and harmonious District through knowledge sharing and dialogue.

This SBD working group will also include community leaders from our neighbours in South East Region and Southern Region.

The purpose of this working group is to focus on broad issues of the Islamic faith, culture and religion and their influence on policing.

The role of the working group is to:

 Establish an information exchange mechanism that allows the community to provide feedback on QPS Services on an ongoing basis.
 Consult with, and provide advice to our community.
 Identify any emerging religious issues or trends likely to create community interest or concern.
 Facilitate effective communications between the QPS and the Islamic community.
 Formally report to QPS on matters of religious significance.
 Promote strategies and achievements to the broader community.

To RSVP, please email Sergeant Jim Bellos by Friday 7th of February 2019 at

Light refreshments will be provided.

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

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

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

Sisters Support Services Programs and activities for women in need ( and 0404 921 620)


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