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To the QLD Muslim community, and the wonderful organisations and people whom we have worked with over the past five years,

We, Ismail Cajee (pictured right), Ali Kadri (centre) and Fahim Khondaker (left), would like to inform you that after serving two complete terms on the Executive Committee of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ), the three of us have voluntarily chosen to abstain from nominating ourselves for re-election at the ICQ Annual General Meeting on 10 February 2019.

In 2014, we had set out to raise the profile of the ICQ within the Muslim community both at the individual and institutional levels. We also aimed to increase the organisation’s role in advocating for the Qld Muslim community to the broader Australian society.

With the blessings of Allah, we believe that ICQ has made significant progress on this front and that it is now timely to provide others with the opportunity to take ICQ to the next level.

We had always dreamt of ICQ becoming a brand that every Queenslander is proud to be associated with and a platform which creates leadership opportunities for talented Muslims from across the state.

There are many initiatives undertaken by ICQ which we will reflect on with fond memories InshaAllah. Some these initiatives include:

  • Delivering over $1m worth of community development projects into the QLD Muslim community. The target audience were young people and Muslim women and our projects included the support of up to six football clubs in Logan, the provision of driving and swimming lessons, youth camps, and a range of other education and employment outcomes

  • Delivering the ICQ Eid Down Under Festival in 2017 and 2018, and the two Eid Prayers each year

  • Representing the community on various political forums and in the media, including the production and delivery of a three part SBS series called ‘The Mosque Next Door’

  • Establishing a prison chaplaincy program (more than 300 visits) and supporting at-risk and marginalised youth outside of prison with a range of socioeconomic issues

  • Establishing a credible halal certification business, which was subsequently selected by Woolworths for its integrity after a nationwide search for certifiers

A comprehensive transition plan will be in place to ensure a smooth hand over to the incoming ICQ Executive Committee and to ensure that we set them up for success. This includes an offer from us to work closely with the new committee on some of the key projects for an extended period to ensure that there is complete knowledge transfer and that the delivery of services to ICQ’s stakeholders is not at risk. It is also comforting to note that four of our current ICQ committee members have been nominated for re-election next week.

We would like to thank the Qld Muslim community for the opportunity to serve on the ICQ committee - it has been a privilege and an honour to represent you.


We are bound to have made countless mistakes along the way, so if we have caused you any offence or hardship, we humbly seek your forgiveness.

A special thank you also to all the countless organisations and people from the broader Australian community whom we have had an opportunity to work with over the past few years. It has been a pleasure to work with you and we hope that you will continue to support the ICQ for many years to come.

Finally, we would like to sincerely thank our families for their unwavering support, understanding and sacrifices which allowed us to serve the community at large for such an extended period.

Our best wishes to the new ICQ Executive committee, we look forward to your every success InshaAllah.

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
Ismail Cajee, Ali Kadri and Fahim Khondaker




Nominees standing for positions at today's (Sunday 10 February) ICQ Annual General Meeting include:


Habib Jamal - Gold Coast
Shahjahan Khan -Toowoomba

Vice President:
Tanveer Ahmed - Holland Park
Nasser El Cheikh - Logan Mosque

Muhammad Khatree - Algester

Assistant Secretary:
Imam Akram Buksh - Slacks Creek
Moemin Dawood - Holland Park
Muhammad Khatree - Algester
Yahya al Kholed - Logan Mosque
Abdirahmaan Sheikh - Logan Mosque


Ahmad Gundru - Gold Coast
Saba Ahammad - Slacks Creek

Assistant Treasurer:
Farouk Adam - MBN
Ahmad Gundru - Gold Coast
Nasser El Cheikh - Logan Mosque
Sam Naman - Logan Mosque

Executive Members (5 to be elected):
Janeth Deen OAM - MCF
Moemin Dawood - Holland Park
Hamza Maestracci (Robbie) - MCF
Professor Usman Malabu - Townsville
Binil Kattiparambil - Rockhampton
Junaid Qadri - West End
Farouk Adam - MBN







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Bilal Rauf


The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) has appointed Mr Bilal Rauf as its Media Spokesperson.

ANIC is an umbrella organisation consisting of Muslim Imams, clerics and Islamic scholars representing each Australian State and Territory. ANIC represents the wider interests of the Australian Muslim Community. As the ANIC spokesperson, Bilal will speak on ANIC’s behalf on matters involving ANIC and affecting the Australian Muslim Community.

Bilal has been active in the Muslim and broader Australian communities over many years. In NSW, he was formerly the President of the Muslim Legal Network (NSW) and also assisted with drafting ANIC’s Explanatory Note on the Judicial Process and Participation of Muslims (which is now referred to by judicial officers and lawyers throughout Australia). Professionally, Bilal is a barrister and has been a member of the legal profession since 2001. More information about his professional background and community activities is attached.

For all enquiries involving or relating to ANIC, please contact Bilal on 1300 765 940 and You can also follow him on Twitter @BilalRaufMedia.



ANIC's president, Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, posted the following Facebook message regarding the appointment:

Congratulations to Br Bilal Rauf for being appointed as the Spokesperson of ANIC. I’ve known Br Bilal for a number of years and worked closely with him on a number of community initiatives and projects. I find Brother Bilal sincere, humble, open minded and very well spoken. I’m confident that he’ll do an outstanding job as the spokesperson of ANIC and serve his community in his best of ability, I’m also optimistic that Bilal will bridge the gap between the Australian Muslim community and the wider Australian society.




Profile of Bilal Rauf

Bilal has been active in the Muslim and broader Australian communities over many years. He has also been active in the media, including participating in panel discussions and interviews, in addressing matters relating to the Australian Muslim communities.

In NSW, Bilal is a member of the Australian Asian Lawyers’ Association and was also a former President of the Muslim Legal Network (NSW). In 2017, he assisted with drafting ANIC’s Explanatory Note on the Judicial Process and Participation of Muslims (which is now referred to by judicial officers and lawyers throughout Australia).


Bilal also spent many years in Queensland, where he was the Secretary of the Muslim Business Network and a member of the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Round Table group.

Professionally, Bilal is a barrister and has been a member of the legal profession since 2001. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998 and Bachelor of Laws in 2000. From 2001 until 2014, Bilal worked at national law firms. He has been practising as a barrister since 2014. Bilal appears in courts and tribunals throughout Australia, including forsome of Australia's largest corporations, employer associations and government entities.

Bilal has been active in supporting initiatives to build bridges and provide opportunities for engagement and understanding between Australian Muslim communities and the broader Australian communities. In recent years, he has been focussed on the legal profession and assisting members of the profession, including judicial officers, to understand and appropriately handle religious matters affecting Australian Muslims. Bilal also assists with initiatives to achieve diversity in the legal profession, including participating in mentoring programmes.



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Rohingya students have established the very first Rohingya cricket team in Australia which was sponsored by state government.



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ANIMAL sacrifice and Sharia law have been used to approve Australian citizenship for a Pakistani boy from a polygamous Islamic marriage.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton denied citizenship to five-year-old Mohammad Azan Ghalzai last May after two DNA tests revealed the Australian man who claimed to be his father was not his biological dad.

But now the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has ruled the child should be granted citizenship because his “father’’ always believed the boy to be his son.

It said the father had accepted paternity through an Islamic ritual to whisper the name of Allah in the newborn’s ear, and to sacrifice an animal in the name of Allah. He also provided financial, emotional and physical support.

“The Islamic ritual of adhan, whereby the name of Allah and the Professor of the Faith are whispered in the ear of a newborn, was undertaken by a male relative on behalf of the father,’’ the decision states.

“Members of Mr Ghalzai’s family … were present at the baby’s circumcision. And the Islamic ritual of aqiqah, the sacrifice of an animal in gratitude to Allah, was undertaken by members of the family.’’

The application for citizenship by descent was lodged by Sydney man Mohammed Ibrahim Ghalzai, who was born in Afghanistan but took out Australian citizenship in 2004, and lives in Sydney with his first wife and seven children.

In 2012 he flew to Pakistan and used Sharia law to take a second wife, who gave birth to the boy 15 months later.

The department of Home Affairs insisted Mr Ghalzai take DNA tests to prove his paternity, which proved the boy was not his biological son.

However the tribunal ruled Mr Ghalzai was still the boy’s parent and directed the department to grant citizenship by descent.

The Courier Mail



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Report by Farah Scott    


The Hurricane Stars Club is excited to announce that we have established an Activities Centre at 91, Wembley Rd, Logan Central. This centre, in shaa Allah, provides an opportunity for us to do regular activities and programs to benefit the community at a location that is central as well as accessible for all community members. There are ample on-site parking for those coming with their own vehicles and for those without transport, there are options to come by buses or trains, with a bus stop right in front of the centre and only a 10-minutes walk from the Woodridge train station.

We are also glad to announce that we are sharing the centre with an accredited Muslim woman Mental Health Social Worker who has more than 15 years experience of counselling members of the community.

The centre will also allow us to organise a wide variety of activities to serve the needs and wants of women, youth and children in the community. We will in shaa Allah have regular weekly or fortnightly classes in the centre. Some of the classes we hope to offer are : Ladies Fitness Classes that are child-friendly [mothers are welcome to bring their children with them], Ladies Pilates classes (both classes taught by a qualified female instructor), Arts and Crafts workshops, Sewing classes, Mental Health workshops and various suitable activities and programs for Youths and Children.


We also hope to start Muslim Ladies Support groups for vulnerable women that need the support of others in the community as a result of the hardships that they are facing. We have had requests from women in the community to establish avenues of support for women facing particular issues such as for Women with Serious / Terminal Illnesses, Mothers and Carers of Handicapped /Disabled Children, Mothers / Women needing Bereavement Support for those who have lost family members, Women Suffing from Infertility, Reverts Social Circle for old and new Reverts to get support from the wider Muslim community and many others.


Our aim for the support groups are so that the different sections of Muslim women in the community feel welcomed and able to make new friends, feel supported and socialise comfortably with other Muslim women. We hope the centre will help to breakdown barriers and allow women who may feel socially-isolated or culturally-compartmentalised to come and get together with other Muslim women. We also hope to welcome and allow new and long-term reverts to meet and make friends with other sisters in the community.

We are also happy to announce that the centre will be the base of our upcoming Muslim Scouting program, to help provide regular and structured social and creative activities for children.

Alhamdulillah, we are very grateful to the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) for assisting us by donating a large refrigerator as well as partitions so that we can successfully run our programs in a more private setting comfortable for women. We are also grateful to many generous members of the community who donated various items for us to use.

We are pleased to invite everyone to our Grand Opening Party on *Sunday, February 24th, 2019 from 10am to 1pm* to introduce our new centre. We will in shaa Allah have lots of fun activities for ladies and kids on the Opening Day. This will allow everyone to come along and see the centre and find out about all the programs and activities that are being offered as well as give us suggestions and recommendations.


We welcome anyone who would like to suggest or volunteer to help us run beneficial activities for the community. We would love to partner and support anyone who has skills or passions in particular areas and would like to share that by organising activities for the community. Lets work together for a better and more inclusive Muslim community in Brisbane inshallah.



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A former Dutch Politician has just accepted Islam after spending years campaigning against the religion.

Joram Van Klaveren, a former member of Geert Wilders’ Anti-Islamic Freedom Party, PVV, announced his conversion to Islam earlier this week.

Van Klaveren said he made the decision last October whilst writing a book initially intended to demonise the religion.

“During that writing, I came across more and more things that made my view on Islam falter,” he said in an interview with Dutch Radio.

Van Klaveren was a member of the PVV Party from 2010 to 2014. During this time, he campaigned harshly against Islam, stating that “Islam is a lie” and “Quran is poison”.

In a recent interview, he expressed his guilt over these past statements and stated that he was “simply wrong”. He also added that it was part of the PVV policy to link all negativity to Islam in one way or another.
Van Kalveren however left the PVV in 2014 after hearing Geert Wilders make racist remarks regarding Moroccans. He then went on to set up his own party, however he quit politics in 2017 after failing to win a seat in the national elections.

Van Klaveren is in fact not the first person to convert to Islam from the right wing PVV party. Arnoud Van Doorn, a former PVV official, had also converted to Islam in April 2013.

Van Doorn had also campaigned heavily against Islam during his stretch with the PVV, even going to the extent of filming an anti-Islamic documentary. However this all changed after he visited a Mosque one morning and was warmly welcomed by the Muslims present. He ended up staying the entire day. This triggered his spiral into learning more about Islam until he eventually accepted the religion and performed the pilgrimage to Hajj, that same year.

Van Doorn congratulated Van Klaveren on his Twitter and offered him a free trip to Umrah in celebration of his new found decision.

He also posted “[I] never thought that the PVV would become a breeding ground for converts.”

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





The abuse and hate I get when I speak out hurts – but shutting up isn't an option



By Mehreen Faruqi

I’m not usually afraid to say what is right, though sometimes I’ve wanted to crawl into bed and not get up

Dr Mehreen Faruqi makes her first speech in the Senate.


Do all Australians have the same right to express a public opinion without being harassed, abused and defamed? Unfortunately, I’ve learned the hard way that the answer to this question is no.

Practically every day, I receive directly targeted messages on social media and through abusive phone calls, letters and emails that attempt to push me out of the political conversation simply for being who I am – a brown, migrant, Muslim woman from a Pakistani background.

As soon as I speak out publicly, it’s met with relentless abuse and hate. It’s immaterial what the topic is – cruelty to animals, public education, women’s rights – the criticism isn’t about policy, it always boils down to my race, gender, culture and religion. At the core of it is a belief that I don’t have the same right to voice my views on matters of concern as white people do.

This situation is not new to me. I’ve copped the lies about swearing in to parliament on the Qur’an, or supporting despicable practices like female genital mutilation and forced marriages. None of them true.

I’ve had my face photoshopped onto Isis flags. I’m now used to the tabloid media amplifying lies about me and other Muslims for clickbait. But the barrage of abuse is reaching fever pitch as the loud voices of hate want to drown out our voices. They want to silence me and others that look like me.

Over the years I’ve tried many different ways to deal with the vitriol, from ignoring it to reporting it and highlighting some of the worst examples, sometimes with a touch of humour. But when you dare publish the vile messages, there are always a few typical responses. Sometimes the rationale is laughable. One man sent me a sexually explicit abusive message with a signature from his church. When I brought it to his church’s attention, he sent me an apology saying he was upset because Turkey had invaded Greece – 400 years ago. But more often than not there is no remorse from the haters, just more abuse. The denial that their hostility has anything to do with racism is as immediate and unequivocal as it is obviously wrong.

There is an inexplicable assumption that I speak out on issues not because I believe in them, but to attract loathing so I can then play the victim. People have called my office to tell my staff I’m a drama queen. People accuse me of always making it about gender, race and colour – as if that’s not the constant subject of the abuse.

But most of all they want to grind me down. And sometimes it works.

The cries of “it’s just social media” and “ignore the trolls” just don’t ring true to me any more, even when they come from well-meaning allies. Social media is as real as the “real world”.

There are actual people behind every offensive comment. And I am only human. Their name calling, vicious insults and threats do hurt. It also hurts to hear good people unwittingly perpetuate the idea that I should stay silent because “responding only emboldens them”.

The idea that people like me, who in some people’s eyes can’t be “real” Aussies, should just continue their work stoically and feign indifference to the volleys of abuse that come our way, denies us our agency to feel just like anyone else does.

But doing nothing causes harm. Exposing the messages and the messengers lays bare what so many of us experience more and more. It helps others to speak out. It helps build a community of supporters who make it harder for bullying behaviour to continue.

I’m not usually afraid to say what is right, but sometimes I’ve wanted to crawl into bed and not get up. I’ve thought of doing exactly what the haters want – shutting up. For the first time, I’ve seriously considered the question: Is it really worth it?

But when I meet people in the community, particularly young women of colour, who tell me they couldn’t consider a career in public life because they see the abuse that this would open them up to, I know shutting up isn’t an option. Our parliaments already lack the gender and cultural diversity of our streets and suburbs. Giving in to the abusers will only make it worse.

Creating a more civil discourse is incumbent on everyone. Don’t turn a blind eye to racist and sexist abuse on social media; use your privilege to intervene. Join calls for social media platforms to take a far more active role in policing their platforms.

Ultimately, we need to dismantle the perception that the relative anonymity of the internet entitles people to get away with violent and abusive hate speech without consequences. Keeping an artificial divide between the virtual and the real only emboldens bad behaviour. We on the receiving end live in the real world, same as you.

• Mehreen Faruqi is Australian Greens senator for NSW


Source: The Guardian




How Islam Spread Throughout the World

By Hassam Munir




II: The Acceptance of the Message

The preceding discussion focused on how the message of Islam spread. The question of why it was accepted by individuals is more difficult to explore, simply because we are unable to determine their exact motivations. Some converts, such as Malcolm X, wrote about their journey to Islam, thus giving us a glimpse into the reasons behind their decision. However, for the overwhelming majority of cases in Islamic history, we can only speculate broadly on three of the motivations that were arguably most prominent. These motivations have already been discussed in relation to the examples offered above, but are elaborated on in this section.


The Islamic emphasis on justice

The historian Bahjat ʿAbd al-Latif has pointed out that, “[f]rom its very inception, the message of Islam showed great concern for the poor and the disadvantaged who often comprise the majority of the population, and it aimed to liberate them and raise their standing. This was perhaps one of the strongest incentives for accepting the call to Islam…”[105] Richard Eaton has described this as the “religion of social liberation” thesis.[106]

This thesis is rooted in the Islamic emphasis on the pursuit of justice, in contrast to other faith traditions which allowed for (if not encouraged) passivity and promised only otherworldly salvation. Discussing the origins of Islam and the very reason for Prophet Muhammad’s personal retreats to the Cave of Ḥirāʾ leading up to the first revelation, Ahmed Afzaal has argued that “[s]ooner or later, the crisis of meaning caused by a sensitive person’s encounter with the brutal fact of injustice has to be addressed in the realm of social and material reality. While one’s ideal interest lies in developing an appropriate theodicy and a hope for salvation in the hereafter, the problem of injustice can only be adequately addressed by pursuing the fulfilment of the material interest of the weak, poor, and the marginalized.”[107] Thus it has been widely noted that many of earliest of the ṣaḥābah (companions) of the Prophet ﷺ were those who were disadvantaged in Makkan society.[108]

It should be noted that the cases in this category, which may readily appear to be mere “conversions of convenience,” were not necessarily devoid of conviction on part of the converts. Many disadvantaged converts, such as the companions Yāsir al-ʿAnsī and Sumayyah bint Khayyat, did not convert to Islam merely because it promised to change their material reality; if that had been the case, they likely would have relapsed under the severe torture which led to their martyrdom.[109] Rather, it is plausible to assume that they had conviction in the truth of the Islamic worldview, the appeal of which included—but was not limited to—its emphasis on social and economic justice. Of course, this is not a denial that some conversions probably were nominal, but a reminder that convenience should not simply be presumed to have been the primary motivation.

One common example of the appeal of Islam’s “social liberation” is the spread of Islam in South Asia. Hinduism’s caste system, one of the most enduring forms of social stratification in history, relegates the lower castes such as shudras (labourers) or dalits (“untouchables”) to a severely disadvantaged position, with little to no hope of upward social mobility. Thus, early Muslims in South Asia “endeavoured to carry Islam to numerous Indian castes that were despised, rejected and discriminated against. These castes accepted Islam once they became aware that it was based upon justice, equality and solidarity among human beings.”[110] British officials observed this process underway as late as the early 1900s, and Indian historians such as Niharranjan Ray have also attested to it.[111]

In the context of the early modern Ottoman Empire, many Christian women chose to convert to Islam because it offered them a more favorable situation. Lady Elizabeth Craven (d. 1828) of England remarked that “the Turks in their conduct towards our sex are an example to all other nations.”[112] Muslim women in the Ottoman Empire—who were considered legal subjects at puberty—had access to many legal privileges, including the right to own and control property without male interference and the right to register their complaints in court.[113] Non-Muslim Ottoman women could also access these Islamic courts for judgment and often did, preferring them over their own Christian or Jewish community courts. They were particularly interested in the relative freedom that Muslim women enjoyed to obtain a divorce to escape an unfulfilling marriage.[114] Many of them went a step further and converted to Islam.

Another example is found in the context of the Second World War. In the months following the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941, many Jews tried to escape persecution by converting to Islam. Between April and October, at least 20% of Sarajevo’s Jews embraced Islam or Catholicism.[115] The Ustaša regime (the Nazi’s local Croatian fascist ally) was so alarmed by this that they quickly banned conversions. Nevertheless, Fehim Spaho, the Grand Mufti of Yugoslavia, urged Ustaša officials to protect the Jewish converts to Islam and instructed the ʿulamā (scholars) to offer them shelter, and many were saved from the Holocaust in this way.[116]

Even today, this trend can be seen in the rates of conversion to Islam in prisons, particularly in the United States, which has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. Up to 40,000 prisoners convert to Islam in the US annually, making up about 80% of all religious conversions in the prison system.[117] Prisoners convert for a variety of reasons, including protection (especially from the prisons’ gang and/or drug cultures), as a form of repentance and spiritual renewal, or because of the emphasis on social justice that they see as central to the Islamic tradition.[118] This last aspect is not an overstatement; Muslims have been at the forefront of the movement for all prisoners’ rights in the U.S. since the 1960s, and even today they are “arguably the most proactive litigants” in the prison system.[119]






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The Kids Nobody Wants:

Meet Mohammad Bezek, LA’s Muslim Foster Father





He’s fostered over 80 terminally ill children in the Los Angeles county. Going viral when he was featured in the LA Times, Mohamed Bzeek says Islam “teaches me if somebody needs my help and I can help, then I must help."







Bakery with no cash counter




There is a Bakery in Makkah, Saudi Arabia with no cash counter. Customers pick up what they want and drop the amount in the box provided. An example of honesty and trust.








Nasra Yusuf changing perceptions about Somalians

 BBC News Africa





"I use jokes to kill the stereotypes associated with us Somalis." 🇸🇴

Nasra Yusuf is the only Somali female comedian in Kenya and stars on the Churchill Show, one of Kenya's biggest TV hits. She's trying to change the negative perception that some Kenyans have of Somalis by confronting the stereotypes head on.









Muslim Kids React to Bullying videos

 OnePath Network



OnePath Network has invited kids to sit down and watch viral videos of Muslims from around the world being bullied. They tell us about how they feel about these horrific scenarios and also explain what they think they should do when confronted by a bully. They also share their own personal encounters with bullies in their schools and what they have done to stop them.

Bullying is common worldwide and most likely every one of us has encountered a bully at one point in our life. The Muslim youth must be able to feel comfortable when talking to a parent or teacher. This video encourages the youth to speak openly about their troubles to someone that they trust and also it encourages parents and teachers to sit down and listen to what they have to say.









Interview with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

 The Daily Show


“America has money. We don’t have a problem of scarcity, really. What we have is a problem of moral courage.”










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100 men in flowing white clothing, some on horses, riding through St Kilda (1950s)






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Muslim inmate executed alone after imam barred from death chamber during lethal injection   


Killer argued Alabama rules requiring Christian chaplain to be in death chamber are discriminatory



Dominique Ray had launched a legal challenge arguing Alabama's execution laws are discriminatory against non-Christians

A Muslim inmate who filed a legal challenge after the state of Alabama refused to allow his religious adviser to be present during his execution has been put to death.

Dominique Ray, 42, was executed by lethal injection on Thursday in Altmore over the 1995 rape and murder of 15-year-old Tiffany Harville.

Ray had argued procedures in Alabama favour Christian inmates because a chaplain employed by the prison remains inside the execution chamber as the death sentence is carried out.

The prisoner had wanted his imam, Yusef Maisonet, present during the lethal injection process.

However, attorneys for the state said only prison employees were allowed to enter the chamber for security reasons.

Mr Maisonet was present for the execution, watching from an adjoining witness room after visiting Ray several times in the past week.

There was no Christian chaplain in the chamber, a concession the state agreed to make.

Strapped to a gurney in the death chamber, Ray was asked by the warden if he had any final words. The inmate said an Islamic statement of his faith in Arabic. 



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Pope Francis visits birthplace of Islam after condemning Yemen war backed by UAE and Saudis   


Head of Catholic Church urges sides to agree peace deal and deliver aid



Pope Francis was welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahya


UAE: Pope Francis has become the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula, just hours after issuing his strongest condemnation yet of the war in Yemen, where his host, the United Arab Emirates, has a leading military role.

The Pope landed in Abu Dhabi on the peninsula, which is the birthplace of Islam.

Shortly before departing, he said he was following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern, using his regular Sunday address in Vatican City to urge all sides to implement a fragile peace deal and deliver aid.

“The cry of these children and their parents rise up to God,” he told followers in St Peter’s Square.

“Let us pray strongly because they are children who are hungry, who are thirsty, they don’t have medicine and they are in danger of death,” he said.

The UAE supports Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, which has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

During his two-day visit, the Pope will aim to promote interfaith dialogue and visit Catholic peripheries, but Vatican officials said it was not clear whether he would address the sensitive subject of Yemen in public or private during his visit.

Pope Francis was greeted by Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

He will meet Muslim leaders and on Tuesday will celebrate an outdoor mass for up to 135,000 people in the city’s main sports arena – in what some have called the largest show of public Christian worship on the peninsula.

He has said the trip is an opportunity to write “a new page in the history of relations between religions”.

The UAE also faces criticism from human-rights groups for jailing activists, including Ahmed Mansoor, an Emirati who is serving a 10-year sentence for criticising the government on social media.

“We are calling on Pope Francis to raise the issue of their incarceration with his hosts, and urge their immediate and unconditional release,” Amnesty International said in a statement.

The Catholic Church believes there are a million Catholics in the UAE. Most are Filipino and Indian, many of whom have left behind families for work and can face precarious labour conditions, which human-rights groups regularly denounce.       




In his own words, Pope Francis said his pilgrimage this week to the United Arab Emirates wrote a "new page in the history of the dialogue between Christianity and Islam" and in promoting world peace based on brotherhood.

While in Abu-Dhabi, Pope Francis signed a document with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, the ancient seat of learning in Sunni Islam, condemning religiously motivated violence and other violence, The Associated Press reported.

“The document is a vibrant appeal to respond with good to evil, to reinforce interreligious dialogue and to promote mutual respect in order to block the road to those who add fuel to the fire of the clashes between civilizations,” said the director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, after the signing.

“The document is courageous and prophetic because it confronts, and calls by name, the most urgent issues of our day on which those who believe in God are encouraged to question their conscience and to confidently assume their responsibility to give life to a more just and united world.”

World Peace

On 4 February the pontiff and the grand imam signed the landmark document titled “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” which says it is “a document on a human fraternity for world peace and living together.”

“We call upon intellectuals, philosophers, religious figures, artists, media professionals and men and women of culture in every part of the world, to rediscover the values of peace, justice, goodness, beauty, human fraternity and coexistence in order to confirm the importance of these values as anchors of salvation for all, and to promote them everywhere,” it says.

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit commended the historic meeting between Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, as well as the participation and observation from more than 600 religious leaders.

“This first visit by the Pope to the Arabian Peninsula is a clear sign of hope for us all,” Tveit said. “it strengthens and challenges the common commitment to be one humanity together with our many differences.”

With a population of just over eight million, the United Arab Emirates is overwhelmingly a Muslim nation but is home to nearly a million Roman Catholics, says the Catholic publication Crux and most of them from the Philippines or India.

Pope’s Vatican report back

The Roman Catholic leader reported back to pilgrims at the Vatican on 6 February during his weekly Wednesday audience about making the first-ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula.

The pope described his encounter with leaders of Islam as a counterpoint to the "strong temptation" to contend there's a current clash between Christian and Islamic civilizations.

His visit was preceded by a call from Tveit at the international, interreligious conference in Abu-Dhabi, for the use of religious influence and institutions to nurture tolerance and respect.

Tveit had spoken at the 3-4 February conference organized by the Muslim Council of Elders, the Global Conference on Human Fraternity.

At a private meeting of the Elders on 4 February, Francis said, “Young people, who are often surrounded by negative messages and fake news, need to learn not to surrender to the seductions of materialism, hatred and prejudice. They need to learn to object to injustice and to the painful experiences of the past.”

“They will judge us well, if we have given them a solid foundation for creating new encounters of civility. They will judge us poorly, if we have left them only mirages and the empty prospect of harmful conflicts of incivility.”

‘One human family’

At the Emirate’s Palace, the pope said, “The point of departure is the recognition that God is at the origin of the one human family. He who is the Creator of all things and all persons wants us to live as brothers and sisters, dwelling in the common home of creation which he has given us.”

In honour of the historic visit, a new church and mosque are to be built in Abu-Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates newspaper, The National, reported, noting they will be constructed in celebration of inter-faith relations.

Francis and Al Tayeb signed the foundation stone for the new places of worship, named the Church of Saint Francis and the Mosque of Grand Imam Ahmad Al Tayeb, alongside Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu-Dhabi, and other senior clerics and officials.

In his address Francis said, “We cannot honour the Creator without cherishing the sacredness of every person and of every human life: each person is equally precious in the eyes of God, who does not look upon the human family with a preferential gaze that excludes, but with a benevolent gaze that includes.”

He added, “The enemy of fraternity is an individualism which translates into the desire to affirm oneself and one’s group above others. This danger threatens all aspects of life, even the highest innate prerogative of man, that is, the openness to the transcendent and religious piety.”



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From Celebrated to Vilified, House’s Muslim Women Absorb Blows Over Israel   


Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, at a House Financial Services Committee meeting this week.

USA: Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were hailed as symbols of diversity when they were sworn in last month as the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, Ms. Tlaib in her mother’s hand-embroidered Palestinian thobe, Ms. Omar in a tradition-shattering hijab.

Four weeks later, their uncompromising views on Israel have made them perhaps the most embattled new members of the Democratic House majority. Almost daily, Republicans brashly accuse Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar of anti-Semitism and bigotry, hoping to make them the Democrats’ version of Representative Steve King as they try to tar the entire Democratic Party with their criticism of the Jewish state.

And while Democratic leaders publicly defend them, some Democratic colleagues are clearly uneasy. Representative Ted Deutch, Democrat of Florida and a founder of a bipartisan task force to combat anti-Semitism, said some of the lawmakers’ comments “fall into longstanding anti-Semitic tropes.” When Ms. Omar was named to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, its chairman, Representative Eliot Engel of New York, told her privately that he would not allow some of her “particularly hurtful” remarks to be “swept under the rug,” Mr. Engel said.

The tussle over Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar has exposed a growing generational divide within the Democratic Party, pitting an old guard of stalwart supporters of Israel against an ascendant wing of young liberals — including many young Jews — willing to accuse the Israeli government of human rights abuses and demanding movement toward a Palestinian state.

For the Democratic Party, where most Jews have long made their political home, the risks are clear — and visible across the Atlantic. In Europe, left-wing parties are courting Muslim immigrant voters with increasingly anti-Israel positions, while the populist right is wooing Jews and cozying up to Israel’s right-wing government. In Britain, the leader of the Labour Party is besieged by accusations of anti-Semitism, bringing British Jews to the streets of London in protest.

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Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate



 Abdel Bari Atwan


Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) stunned the world when it overran an area the size of Great Britain on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border in a matter of weeks and proclaimed the birth of a new Caliphate. In this timely and important book, Abdel Bari Atwan draws on his unrivaled knowledge of the global jihadi movement and Middle Eastern geopolitics to reveal the origins and modus operandi of Islamic State.

Based on extensive field research and exclusive interviews with IS insiders, Islamic State outlines the group's leadership structure, as well as its strategies, tactics, and diverse methods of recruitment. Atwan traces the Salafi-jihadi lineage of IS, its ideological differences with al Qaeda and the deadly rivalry that has emerged between their leaders. He also shows how the group's rapid growth has been facilitated by its masterful command of social media platforms, the "dark web," Hollywood blockbuster-style videos, and even jihadi computer games, producing a powerful paradox where the ambitions of the Middle Ages have reemerged in cyberspace.

As Islamic State continues to dominate the world's media headlines with horrific acts of ruthless violence, Atwan considers the movement's chances of survival and expansion and offers indispensable insights on potential government responses to contain the IS threat.




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CCN's Bookshelf

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
The Baghdad Clock
Saïd the Fisherman
Through The Peacock Gate
English Translation of the Qur'an
Home Fire
The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
The Cambridge Companion to Religion and Terrorism
Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal Of Its Religious And Ideological Foundations
Islam in Europe
Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World
From My Sisters' Lips
A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way
Rusted Off: Why Country Australia Is Fed Up
Step Up: Embrace the Leader Within
The Lebs
British Mosques
From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
I, Migrant: A comedian's journey from Karachi to the outback

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: So easy to make and tastes delicious. Fish and chips, served with lemon and coleslaw, a great idea for Sunday lunch.









  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • soda water

  • salt

  • A pinch of chili powder

    Make the batter with soda water.
    The batter must be not too thin. slightly thick but drop consistency.
    Dry fish well
    Dip first in plain flour then into batter
    Deep fry till nice and crisp. the turmeric will give you a lovely golden colour





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.)


Delicious Halal Potato Beef Curry

with Asst. Police Commissioner







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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Q: Dear Kareema, I have a really weak core and was wondering what I can do to strengthen it?

A: The good thing is that with every workout you have to engage your core.


This will automatically improve your all-over strength and give you a stable base to work from.

Lift your shoulders up and pull them back and down towards your spine, draw your abs in gently and lift your chest. This will improve posture and protect your back while working out.

Your abs and back form part of your girdle (they work as one) and this is where all the movement comes from so it is vital to work both areas.

The key is to draw your belly button to backbone and focus on abs and back exercises. 






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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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:

Has anyone ever called you dramatic? Or a drama-queen? Or that you are blowing things out of proportion? Or that you are creating a mountain out of a molehill? If so, then it may be because you have interpreted a situation in an exaggerated manner whereby you perceived it to be worse than it actually was in reality.

So, how do you know if you are catastrophising? Well, next time you are in a situation which evokes a reaction in you to say “Oh No!” or “What if!!!”, it may be that you are catastrophising.

Catastrophising is to present or perceive a situation to be a lot worse than it actually is. Often when people harbour unprocessed emotional pain or trauma, they may have a tendency to catastrophise events in their lives. The reality may not be as bad as they may perceive it to be, yet they become defensive and react to the situation with high caution.

For example, statements like the following:

“Oh no, I haven’t received his/her text reply. Maybe he/she just doesn’t care about me”
“He hasn’t said much today...what if he’s having an affair?”
“Oh no! I’m having a chest ache!...what if I’m having a heart attack”

All these statements have one thing in common - a negative thinking pattern known as “unhelpful thinking styles”.


Identify Your Thinking Style

Think of a situation where you may have catastrophised.


Describe the situation What were your thoughts at the time? What were your feelings during this situation?

Strategies To Stop Catastrophising
Constant catastrophising zaps away all joy from your life. The following strategies may help overcome the habit of catastrophising.

1. In any given situation, identify what is real. Resist the temptation to exaggerate things in your mind. If you are confused about what is real, ask someone.
2. Belly breathing - the moment you feel the need to express “Oh no!” or “What if”, bring your awareness to your breathing. Take in slow, deep breaths and feel the movement of your belly as you inhale and exhale. This brings your awareness to the present moment.
3. Focus on the situation at hand, NOT on a similar situation that may have happened in the past or with someone you know. Every single situation has its unique set of reasons and deserves to be examined without comparison.
4. Lie down - whenever the feeling of “Oh no” or “What if” overwhelms you, lie down. Try to have a nap to relax the nervous system.
5. Make wudu - bring your awareness to make wudu with complete mindfulness. Perform each action with focus.




If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please email me on If you wish to have a FREE one hour Clarity Coaching phone session, contact me on 0451977786




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If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786.



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The CCN Chuckle





Mula Nasruddin: "Brother Jallalludin! Why are you still watching cricket and not working?"


Jallalludin: "I lost my job due to illness and fatigue."


Mula Nasruddin: "What nonsense! There's nothing wrong with you."


Jallalludin: "I know. It's my boss that could sick and tired of me!"



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An Ayaat-a-Week






To Allah belong the East and the West: whither soever you turn, there is the Presence of Allah. For Allah is All-Pervading, All-Knowing.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:115


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"We revolt simply because,


for many reasons,


we can no longer breathe."



~ Frantz Fanon



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


Notice Board




















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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Young Muslims are being confronted with ideas that challenge their faith.

Their minds are riddled with unanswered questions regarding the existence of God, the truth of Islam, morality of Islamic Law along with ideas about gender, orientation and family.

On top of this, young Muslims struggle with typical teenage problems of mental health, self-esteem, peer pressure and relationships.

Faith Circle is a safe space for young Muslims to nurture their faith through deep understanding of what it means to be Muslim.

Beyond mere memorization of texts and prayers, Faith Circle takes students on a journey through the ocean of Islamic Sciences, engendering appreciation, confidence and certainty in one’s Faith.


Starting Wednesday Feb 13 @ Maghreb - WEEKLY - Until Ramadan.

Venue: Rochedale Mosque

Suggested Age 15+ - Although this is primarily for youth - adults and elders are also welcome to benefit!
















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(07) 3272 8071 OR 0401 971 471




















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)

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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

Boorabbin Picnic, Grounds

0404 921 620


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

13 April



Open Day and 6th Annual Toowoomba International Food Festival


Islamic Society of Toowoomba

217 West St., Harristown, Toowoomba

0421 081 048

11AM 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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