EST. 2004


Sunday 3 March 2019 | Issue 0747



CCN - a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ....


We find the week's news, so that you don't have to




Riyaad Ally on the ground in Yemen







Muslim Aid Australia's Riyaad Ally in Ma'arib, Yemen, this week finalizing plans for the construction of a much-needed borehole well.

This massive WASH project, in a heavily populated region of one of the world's poorest countries, was funded through MAA's 'Dig Deep for Yemen' campaign with donations from over 1000 people and will benefit over 6000 Internally Displaced People (IDP's).

If you'd like to continue supporting these projects in Yemen, visit the MAA website or call 1800 100 786.








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By Imam Mohammed Azhari




Friday 1st March saw the inaugural Challenging Realities forum held at SunPac in Sunnybank. The audience of more than 200 attendees were treated to 4 unique and diverse presentations (by Dylan Chown, Dr Mohamed Ghilan, Rehana Bibi and Anas Abdalla) on social activism, and a spoken word segment by Ayesha Tauseef highlighted the challenges of being an activist in this day and age.

But the real kicker was the latter half of the event which consisted of a Q&A session, where the audience was keen to understand how to tackle current issues and avoid remaining complacent. It was evident that Brisbane is seeking to become more astute in addressing social, political, religious and cultural matters, and there was a great energy felt in the air after the event, peppered with commentary such as "that was great! How can I become more active in our community, and who can mentor me?"

The organisers led by Imam Mohammed Azhari thank the volunteers for their assistance and of course the community's support in attending what is the first of many community forums under the Challenging Realities banner, Insha Allah.

Special thanks to our sponsors Brisbane Diagnostics and Kelly's Distributors.



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Brisbane screening of Before 1770

Yesterday (Saturday 2 March) a predominately Muslim crowd took their seats in the Hoyts cinema theatre in Sunnybank (Brisbane) to watch the much anticipated screening of Before 1770.


The film which explores Australia’s Muslim history was directed by Wesam Charkawi.

Prof Regina Ganter, who teaches Australian History and heritage studies in the School of Humanities at Griffith University, specialising on interactions between indigenous, Asian and European peoples in northern Australia, facilitated the Q&A session after the screening.


Sheikh Wesam explained “Knowing that Muslims had a long-standing relationship with Aboriginal people from North East Arnhem Land (Yolngu Clan) is profoundly significant in terms of the Australian Muslim identity. It allows Muslims to draw strength from such a relationship and realise that Islam is no stranger to the first peoples of this land.”


“Australia has a vast and rich history. Aboriginal people have been on this land for sixty to eighty thousand years and are the world’s oldest continuing culture,” Sheikh Wesam further added.

The moving and inspiring short film shared many surprising scientifically proven facts which demonstrate the peaceful relationship between the Makassans and the Yolngu clan who treated each other with friendship and respect over many centuries.



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MCF Update





MCF has spent around $40,000.00 in February alone attending to 48 families with a variety of complex issues.

A distressing fact is that we have had four individual women, two of them with children needing emergency accommodation. Three of them are from a domestic violence situation. Their stories are horrific. The MCF house has been full for the whole month.

We have paid rent for 16 families. Many of these have been here more than 5 years and have had their visas revoked and all entitlements cancelled. With ongoing legal appeals we have been paying all their rent, utility bills and providing food and essential items.


Many families are single parent, divorced or separated women, making them vulnerable and in extreme hardship. Many simply cannot pay their electricity bills with rent taking more than half of their income. Other agencies are referring them to us as their only means of support. The Muslim Charitable Foundation needs your support.


We are undertaking building a fully enclosed 6mx6m shed to store much needed furniture and other items. We sincerely thank all our supporters and encourage everyone to give Zakaat or Sadaqa locally, so our community can benefit.

Our bank details are:
Zakaat: BSB 124155 Account 20897312
General: BSB 124155 Account 20897392



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By Farah Scott     


On Sunday 24 February, the Hurricane Stars Club had the Grand Opening Day for its new Activities Centre. Alhamdulillah it was a beautiful sunny day, making the event a great success. We had more than 100 people attending, a combination of mums, dads and kids of all ages.


The Hurricane Stars Club greatly appreciated their own personalized marquee, donated to the club by Duncan Pegg MP, which thankfully arrived the day before the opening day. We were able to use the marquee for our delicious sausage sizzle, as the Hurricane Stars Club volunteers are expert sausage sizzlers after 10 months of organising the only Brisbane 100% Halal sausage sizzles at Bunnings Underwood.


We are also very grateful to Mabrouk and Sons butchers for sponsoring the delicious sausages. There was also a fun jumping castle for the kids outside on the carpark area, hired from two local Muslim sisters home business.

Inside the centre, we had our most popular stalls, which always had a long queue of kids excitedly waiting for awesome face painting by Jaz and beautiful henna design by Henna Me, all for just a gold coin. We were very grateful to several lovely ladies who graciously donated delicious cupcakes for fundraising, that quickly was sold out. Popcorn and Fairy floss stalls as well as the Fundraising Chocolate stall were also bestsellers.

The Hurricane Stars Club volunteers had a number of different kids activities for the children to enjoy. We had fun playdough play, bracelet making, painting table and Marble Your Own Cup activities. While the children had fun doing the kids activities, the mums enjoyed relaxing massages, manicures or pedicures by the wonderful ladies of Sam and Billy’s Beauty Box, all in a private room in our centre.

Alhamdulillah the Hurricane Stars Club looks forward to running many different classes and activities for ladies and kids in our new Activities Centre over the coming year to benefit the community. We currently have Ladies Fitness and Pilates classes, Reverts Sisters Gatherings and beginning in March, we will be starting our new Little Stars Islamic Playgroup, in shaa Allah.

In the near future, we will also be looking to start ladies social activities and faith-based support groups for people experiencing different trials and challenges in life such as grief and bereavement, serious illnesses and carer of those with disabilities. After Ramadan, we are also planning to start Brisbane’s first Muslim Scouts group, in shaa Allah.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or look up our website, for updates on our latest activities.



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Tim Fung with Crescent Institute's Talal Yassine, OAM

Crescent Institute's first Sydney event for 2019 saw Tim Fung, co-founder and CEO of AirTasker, share his story and give a glimpse into the world of a successful startup.

Tim Fung’s presentation was an "insightful and even comedic discussion" on his eventful journey with Airtasker




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Muslim News UK readers nominated the following illustrious men, women, children and projects deemed worthy of short-listing for a Muslim News Award for Excellence. These exemplars of good practice, excellence – future role models – will be treated to a Gala Evening in the presence of their peers and other renowned guests in April, when the finalists are announced for the 15 coveted Awards for Excellence



Annemarie Schimmel Award for CHAMPIONING A MUSLIM CAUSE

Acorns Children’s Hospice makes every day count for the children and families of all cultures, faiths and beliefs that use their services. Over the last year, they have cared for over 870 children and more than 1,141 families at their three hospices in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester and in their outreach support in families’ own homes. Since opening 30 years ago, 29% of the children in their care have been Muslim, (39% of families using Acorns are from Black and Asian Minority ethnic backgrounds). For parents like Amjid and his wife, whose two children, Subhan and Zara were both diagnosed with Joubert’s syndrome, a rare brain disorder, the support provided by Acorns has been a lifeline. Sadly, Subhan passed away in November 2016, aged just seven, and the couple knows that they face the loss of another child. Amjid says: “The pain is unbearable but with the support of our friends at Acorns we’ll deal with that day when it comes, I don’t know how we would cope if we didn’t have that.”

Set up in September 2009,
The Refugee Cricket Project was originally a safe place for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children to come together once a week for some recreation time, to learn and play cricket, to eat at least one healthy and nutritious meal per week, and to receive casework support for their asylum claims. In 2018, it still provides those basic functions, but it has also helped over 400 young Afghan, Bangladeshi and Pakistani Muslims to integrate into British society through joining local cricket clubs, organising work experience, and challenging Home Office and Local Authority decisions around age disputes, housing, and to enable the young people to attend school and university.


Pamela Christine Evans is a former Head of Religious Education at a secondary school in Carmarthenshire in south-west Wales. Following the 9/11 attacks, she witnessed young Muslim pupils face bullying from their peers and although this was challenged she saw the prejudice in the climate of the time soon spread to other faith minorities and visible minorities in the school. Pam acted to address this fear brought on by ignorance through education and came up with a simple but powerful hands-on project called
Peace Mala. The list of personal endorsements Peace Mala has received reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of world faith ‘heavy-weights’ including, but not limited to: the late Pope Saint John Paul II, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Lord Williams of Oystermouth (former Archbishop of Canterbury) and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.






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Salih Yucel and Abu Bakr Sirajuddin Cook, editors Australian Journal of Islamic Studies




Editors' Introduction (Vol 3 No 3 2018): The history of Islam within Australia is an important, yet often overlooked, part of Australian history. Muslim presence in Australia has helped shape multicultural experience facilitating intercultural dialogue as well as contributing significantly to the development of the Australian nation. However, to date, it has received minimal scholarly attention. There have been significant studies on the engagements of the Maccasans, Muslim fishermen from Indonesia, with the Indigenous peoples of northern Australia. These studies have detailed the cultural interactions and trade between them and the lasting impacts of the inclusion of language foreign to Australian soil. There is also an increasing awareness of Australia’s cameleers, many of whom were Muslims, and the contribution they made to maintaining trade routes and assisting early Australian explorers. Despite the growing interest in the field, the history of Islam in Australia remains an understudied area of research. This rich history dates back further than we thought and has possibly had a greater impact than what is recognised. Given the current political and social climate surrounding Islam globally, it is timely that this volume of the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies is published. This volume brings to light the depth and richness of Australia’s Islamic heritage, challenging some of the prevalent assumptions on the topic, and calls for further studies in this field. Australia has proclaimed itself as being a successful example of a multicultural society. It is a society that has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by a diverse range of cultural inputs. With this being the case, it is justifiable to ask how and why the contributions of Muslims to Australia have been largely overlooked.

Over the weeks, CCN highlights extracts from the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies which is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scholarly study of Islam.







Interfaith dialogue has been touted as a means to solve many of the religious divisions that have arisen in an increasingly global and multi-faith society. In Australia, now a multi-cultural and multi faith society, a range of organisations exist to facilitate this dialogue, most coming in to existence after the 1960’s This paper will review the early dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims as portrayed in the public record.


By examining the public record and the narratives surrounding the Macassans, Afghans and other early Muslims, this paper will firstly argue that micro and meso dialogue prior to the 1950s’ between Muslims immigrants and non-Muslims made a contribution to the social harmony in Australia.


Significant Contributions


Then, as now, health problems transcend racial and religious boundaries. Just as we may see a physician of Islamic, Jewish or other faith, so too did early colonial Australians.

In Adelaide, Mahomet Allum (d. 1964) established a successful practice. Described variously as a ‘herbalist,’ ‘healing wonder’ and ‘miracle man,’ he was born around 1858 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Allum migrated to South Australia between 1884 and 1890. Employed variously as a camel driver, station-hand, butcher, storekeeper, sailor and mine-hand, he settled in Adelaide in 1928 or 1929. Prominent as a devout Muslim, he established a business as a herbalist and by all accounts managed a thriving practice, recorded as ministering to 2,000 patients a week. Testimonials pronounce him curing all range of ills.


Despite never learning to write in English, he was a prolific contributor to the media of the day as well as producing a range of pamphlets expanding on the virtues and beliefs of Islam. This interaction with the citizens of Adelaide shows interfaith dialogue and interaction attempting to move beyond the micro to the meso level through the network of patients who became reliant on his unique services. He ran afoul of the law in 1935 for not being registered under the Medical Practitioners Act of 1919 In his defence, he produced “a motor car load of documentary evidence,” including hundreds of testimonials.

When the case came before the courts, the defence called upon the Commissioner of Police (Brig.-Gen R.L. Leane) who stated he knew the “defendant well” and Allum had donated “large sums for charitable purposes.” The case was also raised in Federal Parliament by Mr Riches (ALP, Newcastle) who inquired as to whether the case was an issue of persecution, given “many of the people who visited Allum did so on recommendations of the police officials and other officers (of the crown).”


Allum married for the third time in 1950 to a local Adelaide girl, Jean Emsley, and at the age of 83, he fathered a daughter with his 20year-old bride. Headlines focussed on the age difference, not his religious beliefs.60Jean died from smallpox in 1954 in Afghanistan while they were returning from hajj (pilgrimage). On his return, he continued to live in and serve the community of Adelaide, using his skills as a healer without charge, for the benefit of all.

He died in 1964 and the funeral procession was allegedly over “a mile long.” Given there were less than 400 Muslims in South Australia at that time, the majority of the crowd must have been Christians; a clear indication of the influence and public respect afforded to Allum. Importantly, it demonstrated his commitment to and engagement with micro and meso level dialogue that was not always reciprocated.


As a role model of the most extraordinary nature, he demonstrated the altruistic, peaceful and caring aspect of Islam that appears to have been forgotten over the last half century. From looking at the public record of Mahomet Allum, it is clear he was engaged in a broad range of dialogue with individuals and officials at state and national levels, including communications to the Prime Minister.


He was philanthropic and was described as a “Friend alike to Human Beings and Dumb Animals.” He espoused the positive virtues of Islam through his compassion and observance of zakat (charity). When many of his compatriots were suffering under the racism and prejudice imparted by the Immigration Restriction Act, Allum rose above it. He was never able to obtain citizenship; however, he contributed beyond the levels expected of any Australian. T








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The Transit Lounge Episode 11


 Magid Magid – Sheffield’s unlikely Lord Mayor


Magid Magid may have lived the most unconventional journey to politics there is. After leaving Somalia as a refugee, he arrived at Britain at the tender age of 5. After schooling and working long shifts at factories for cash, Magid eventually enrolled into university to study Aquatic Zoology.


Apart from an exotic degree, Magid got a lot out of his time at university. He found a voice to speak out for things he believed in passionately, and eventually got elected as the President of the University Union.


A strong believer in principle over politics, Magid joined the Greens party and quickly became an active member. Before he knew it, he would be elected as the youngest Lord Mayor of Sheffield (with quite a fancy inauguration). We trace Magid's journey and the challenges he's faced as a proud Muslim in politics.

Mohamad Zaoud is a brand enthusiast and consults businesses and NGOs on brand & growth strategies. He’s currently the Manager of Digital Growth – EMEA, and formerly Head of Marketing MENA, at Al Jazeera Media Network where he’s worked on flagship brands including Al Jazeera and AJ+. 


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





Female Reciters Of The Quran




British Muslim Madinah Javed shares her experience of reciting the Quran in public as a woman at the British Islam Conference organised by New Horizons in British Islam #FemaleReciters #BritishIslam2019

The video opens with a recitation of the first chapter of the Quran, al-Fatiha (the opening). Madinah then shares some insight before the video closes with the last few verses from Chapter 59 of the Quran, al-Hashr (the exile).

“The female voice is important and powerful and must be heard.”




Race, faith + femininity with Yassmin Abdel-Magied

By Nisha Patel



Pinning down certified style icon Yassmin Abdel-Magied was not easy. She’s busy. Busy making a change. Busy writing her second book, You Must Be Layla which is out in a few weeks. Busy being questioned about her faith and subsequently – busy being questioned about other Muslim women. The level of questioning and explanation required from women of colour, about other women who share the same race or faith is remarkable. We don’t question Fiona Bruce about Hatey Dropkick’s behaviour, yet WOC, and particularly Muslim women in the last two weeks, are expected to be experts on a British Bangladeshi teenager in Syria.

This week, Yassmin went on BBC news to talk about Mariam Khan’s release of ‘It’s Not About The Burqa’ a collection of essays by Muslim women – exploring the different individual experiences and thoughts on faith, race and sexuality – and without any irony, Yassmin and Mariam were asked about their thoughts on Shamima Begum. The media narrative continues to be one dimensional when it comes to Muslim women.

Imagine having your race and faith constantly questioned (and having to continuously defend your existence on the behalf of a multitude of people). The sheer strength to deal with it would drive most of us to destruction, but Yassmin is not most of us. As well as being an author, she’s also a broadcaster and an activist (and previously a mechanical engineer). An all round super human.

Speaking last year, she said “I’ve never had the space to explore what it means to be a Muslim woman of colour without everybody asking me all the time what it means to be a Muslim woman of colour.” That’s exactly why we’re hosting her at Second Home – to do just that.

Yassmin comes to our new site in London Fields, for a conversation on Race, Faith and Femininity on Monday 25th February. Joy Francis, founder of Words of Colour will be hosting the discussion, find more details here. We asked her a few questions ahead of the event.

What would be your advice on overcoming adversity?

“I hated hearing this when I was first told this, but it’s really true. Time will pass. If something feels like it will never end, take stock in knowing that it will, eventually. Nothing is forever. Also, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and my faith allows me to believe that no-one is given more than they can handle. So when you’re uncomfortable, you are growing (as long as you are safe, of course!)”

What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

“I recently read All About Love by bell hooks and thoroughly loved it. It’s a classic. I’m also partway through Death of the Gods by Carl Miller and it’s a great look at how tech is changing power.”

What have you been working on lately?

“I’ve just finished my second book, launched in a couple of weeks – You Must Be Layla – and I’m heading to Australia to go on tour next week! I’m also in the process of writing a couple of screenplays. In other news however, I’ve partnered with The Other Box to do some cool things for creatives of colour (stay tuned on that) and am building an online / mobile platform to record sexual harassment anonymously at events so that we can push the accountability of a safe space onto organisers rather than individuals.”

Like we said, Yassmin’s busy.


Second Life





How Islam Spread Throughout the World

By Hassam Munir





As mentioned in the introduction to this article, the examples presented above are not exhaustive, nor has their relation to the spread of Islam been discussed as thoroughly as it could have been. However, they collectively serve the purpose of this article: to illustrate that Islam could—and historically did—spread by means other than “the sword” (i.e., forced conversion). The examples demonstrate the role of daʿwah, trade, intermarriage, migration, influencers in the communication of the message of Islam, the role of Islam’s characteristic emphasis on justice and unity, and the universality of Islam in the widespread acceptance of this message.

It is hoped that the many historical “moments” which make up the larger “story” of the spread of Islam will inspire readers to explore particular moments in more detail through their own research. This is essential for developing our appreciation of the complexity of the spread of Islam, which is one of the most transformative processes in human history—comparable in scale and intricacy to Christianization or secularization—and which certainly cannot be oversimplified in a slogan such as “Islam was spread by the sword.” It is also hoped that the discussion in this article can inspire and inform daʿwah efforts in the present.

Lady Evelyn Cobbold (d. 1963), a Scottish noblewoman who declared “I am a Moslem” during a private audience with the Pope, recorded the following in her diary: “The more I read and the more I studied, the more convinced I became that Islam was the most practical religion, and the one most calculated to solve the world’s many perplexing problems, and to bring humanity peace and happiness.” The discussion in this article has focused primarily on some of the more prominent structural factors that have contributed to the spread of Islam, such as trade and migration.


However, it is important to note that in recent years there has been a “cultural turn” in the historiography of conversion to Islam. Memoirs, diaries and other first-hand accounts of converts, in which they describe their journeys to Islam, are increasingly becoming available. These, along with a growing body of psychological research on why many people convert to Islam today, offer two important areas of further research on the subject of conversion to Islam in history.







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The incredible journey of an African Muslim Slave

OnePath Network



Born in 1701, Eastern Senegal Ayuba Suleiman Diallo went from being a slave owner in Western Africa to being captured and shipped to America as a slave. This is the Story of 'The Fortunate Slave'. 







Ali Davidson 2019 Charity Ride heading back to Melbourne

 Islamic Relief Australia










Ya Nabi Salam Alaika








Rami Malek: Becoming Freddy Mercury




Rami Malek told Patrick Abboud he thought he could never make it as an Arab actor in Hollywood. But he just won the Oscar for best actor.













Hadith with Imam Uzair 003

Hadith Jibreel Part 3









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


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To know the future just look to the past




Dressing 100 years ago in Britain





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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 March 2019

TOPIC: "Maintaining the ties of kinship in Islam
IMAM: Ahmed Naffa














Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 1 March 2019

TOPIC: "How to improve your love for Allah" PART 7

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 March 2019

TOPIC: "How to handle hardship and calamities"

IMAM: Akram Buksh













Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 March 2019

TOPIC: "The Prophet was sent to establish justice"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 March 2019

TOPIC: “Steadfastness in deen”

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali









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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 1 March 2019

TOPIC: "Motivation for Education" 
IMAM: Imraan Husain



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Dutch court rules against Muslim man who refused to shave beard for job   


Man’s benefits were cut after he refused to be clean shaven for asbestos removal training



When the man refused on the basis of his religious convictions, Amersfoort city council suspended payments to both him and his wife for a month.

HOLLAND: A Dutch court has backed the suspension of a Muslim man’s benefits over his refusal on religious grounds to shave his beard while on training for a job.

The unnamed man had been offered a job as an asbestos removal officer but was subsequently told he would need to be clean shaven in order to undergo the training course.

When he refused on the basis of his religious convictions, Amersfoort city council suspended payments to both him and his wife for a month under the Participatiewet, which provides a minimum income for every legal resident in the Netherlands.

The man appealed the decision at the court of central Netherlands, where he claimed that the removal of his benefits was an infringement of article nine of the European convention on human rights which protects the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

The council argued that there was a danger of asbestos particles ending up in the man’s beard, which is harmful to his health. They added that his facial hair would also impact on the effectiveness of the respiratory mask he would need to wear.

Lawyers for the council went on to conclude that the man, who had been unemployed for two years, would have received an automatic job on completing his training and that they had to act in the interests of the taxpayer.

The man responded that he would have been willing to wear an alternative respiratory mask on the market suitable for those with beards but the court concluded that the training required the use of a specific mask.

The court’s appeal board ruled that the decision was “unmistakably an infringement of [the man’s] right to religious freedom” but that this was tolerable if there was a legal basis and society required it.

In the summing up the judges took into account the lack of any prospect of other employment given the man’s history including time in jail, psychological problems and a gambling addiction.

“The provision offered … did not involve any internship or training, but was provided with a job guarantee”, the court said. “For the appellant, the training was therefore an excellent, concrete chance for regular work …

“Due to the refusal to participate in the training, the appellant did not make use of the guaranteed opportunity to gain access to the labour market. As a result, he put undue pressure on the public funds to the detriment of those who, in solidarity, bear the costs of the provisions in the Participatiewet.”

The judges ruled that the suspension of payments was “deemed necessary in the interest of the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.

The Dutch welfare system has undergone significant changes in recent years corresponding with a fall in unemployment from 6.9% in 2014 to around 3.9% today, the pre-financial crisis level. But real wage growth has been slow with work contracts being increasingly short-term.   

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Letters to a Young Muslim



 Omar Saif Ghobash


"In a series of personal letters to his sons, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly readable manifesto that tackles our current global crisis with the training of an experienced diplomat and the personal responsibility of a father.


Today's young Muslims will be tomorrow's leaders, and yet too many are vulnerable to extremist propaganda that seems omnipresent in our technological age.


The burning question, Ghobash argues, is how moderate Muslims can unite to find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world.


What does it mean to be a good Muslim?

What is the concept of a good life? And is it acceptable to stand up and openly condemn those who take the Islamic faith and twist it to suit their own misguided political agendas? In taking a hard look at these seemingly simple questions, Ghobash encourages his sons to face issues others insist are not relevant, not applicable, or may even be Islamophobic.


These letters serve as a clear-eyed inspiration for the next generation of Muslims to understand how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today's world. They also reveal an intimate glimpse into a world many are unfamiliar with and offer to provide an understanding of the everyday struggles Muslims face around the globe."  



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

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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: Stores in an air tight container for 1 week, so a great idea for the lunch box.


Coconut, Oats and Chia muesli bars







½ cup coconut oil
²/³ cup honey
¼ cup brown sugar
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup natural almonds chopped
¼ cup black chia seeds
½ cup pitted dates, finely chopped
½ tsp cinnamon spice


  1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees

  2. Place oats, coconut, nuts, dates, chia and cinnamon into a bowl and mix well.

  3. Place honey, coconut oil and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat and cook. Stirring for 3 to 4 minutes or until melted and combined.

  4. Add coconut oil to oats mixture and mix well until combined.

  5. Spoon mixture into baking pan lined with baking paper and press down with back of spoon.

  6. Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until dark golden in colour. Set aside and cool completely. And cut into desired size.



Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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Keeping Fit with Kareema







• If we don’t consume enough calcium in our diet, the body
takes what it needs from our bones

• Adults on average require 1000mg daily which equates to 3 – 5 serves of calcium-rich foods

• Try milk, yogurt, cheese, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, etc.

• Calcium is important for healthy strong bones and teeth

• As we age our absorption of calcium decreases so it is imperative that we get enough so our bodies keep working optimally

• It’s a good idea to have a chat with your GP to check your levels as they may have helpful information to share




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:
The Dangers Of Personalising Everything

Are you easily affected by people’s words? Do you retaliate and give a nasty comeback? Do you find that sometimes people’s comments are able to ruin your mood and frustrate you? Do their words play in your mind over and over, affecting you for the rest of the day or week?

When you operate on a reactionary mode, your default setting is to react. Anything that is said to you and done to you, no matter how small, will trigger you in some way so that you produce a reaction. Most times, these reactions are in the form of damaging thoughts. These thoughts can play over and over in your mind and slowly you begin to accept them as your reality. Assumptions about yourself and others are formed in your mind as a result of these recurring damaging thoughts.

These reactions from you perpetuate your habit of personalising everything that happens to you and around you. You become sensitive to even a harmless comment. I struggled with this for years. Even a simple comment like, “You look tired” was enough to make me feel useless and a failure. I was taking everything as a personal attack and felt that I had to constantly defend myself. My reactions ranged from aggressive outbursts to passive-aggressive gestures. I lost faith in goodness in people, thinking that everyone was critical about everything I did and no one was ever acknowledging my hard work.

I failed to understand that the only one attacking me was me. The only one critical of me was me. The only one doubting my abilities was me. All because I had chosen to personalise external factors and allow them to shape my reality. I was completely disconnected from my internal compass, my intuition.

ALLAH has blessed you with a mind with immense potential. You have the ability to use your mind and become aware of these damaging thoughts the moment they begin to occur. Once you do, you will shift from the default setting of reactions and begin operating from the mode of response. This mode requires you to understand that what is said to you by people and what is done to you by people is only one aspect of your life. HOW YOU RESPOND TO THESE WORDS AND ACTIONS governs how your life unfolds.

How To Respond To Triggers

ALLAH has blessed you with a mind to articulate your response in any situation where you are being triggered, by doing the following:

1. Pause
2. Breathe
3. Listen
4. Observe your body while someone is speaking to you. Is it getting hot, sweaty, muscles are tightening, heart palpitations, shallow breathing, heavy breathing, forehead frowning, nose squinting, eyes narrowing? By observing these body sensations, you will raise your awareness that these sensory manifestations are your physical signs to guide you on choosing the appropriate response.
5. Make the choice to remove yourself from the triggering situation.
6. Understand that other people’s words and actions have nothing to do with your purpose in life.
7. Find a quiet space and breathe deeply. Drink water to hydrate yourself during these few moments of silence.
8. Close your eyes and spend some quiet moments thanking ALLAH for giving you strength to choose calm over aggression.




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Mula Nasruddin and Jallaludin live in a retirement centre and were sitting on a bench under a tree when Mula Nasruddin turned to Jalladudin and says:


'Brother, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?'

Jallaludin says, 'I feel just like a newborn baby.'

'Really!? Like a newborn baby!?'

'Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.'


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Say: "It is He Who has multiplied you through the earth, and to Him shall you be gathered together."


~ Surah Al-Mulk 67:24


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not a higher fence.



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Smash-hit Super Muslim Comedy Tour returns for its second successive year

The side-shattering Super Muslim Comedy Tour makes a welcome return for its second successive year in the spotlight. Following on from the tour’s 2018 success, this year’s iteration of the spine-tingling night of hilarity is hosted across four cities in Australia, from 13th March to 16th March.

The tour has been organized by Penny Appeal Australia, an international humanitarian charity. All funds raised will support Thirst Relief projects, in which Penny Appeal supports initiatives to provide clean and safe drinking water within impoverished communities around the world.

With a diverse array of comedy styles and unique voices, the Super Muslim Comedy Tour is guaranteed to hold audiences rapt. The charity has lined up 4 world class comedians for the events. Each evening will consist of 4 stand-up acts, including Australia’s very own Khaled Khalafalla best known for his performance in Ali’s wedding. Attendees will also be entertained by the likes of US comics Azeem Muhammad who returns after captivating our audiences during last year’s tour and newcomer Salma Hindy. Also returning is the UK’s Abdullah Afzal, best known for his role as Amjad Malik in BBC One’s long-running Citizen Khan.

Abdullah Afzal said, “Following on from the huge success of last year’s tour, I can’t wait to get out on the stage again with my fellow artists, in aid of what is a fantastic initiative. Through a great night of entertainment, we can really transform lives around the world; I’m really looking forward to it!”

Penny Appeal Head of Fundraising and Tour Manager, Aamon Sayed, added, “We expect this year’s tour to be an even bigger success than last year’s. We have some of the best Muslim comedians from Australia, the UK, the USA, and Canada, who will have the audience roaring with laughter.”

“We hope that everyone can come together, enjoy a fantastic night of entertainment, and really help to aid those living without access to clean drinking water- one of life’s most basic necessities. We are sure that with the support of the public, and everyone who comes to this year’s comedy tour that we will be able to make a big difference.”
The tour will run from 13th March to 16th March, visiting Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Early Bird tickets are priced at $10 but won't last long, with standard ticket prices at $20.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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9 March



Mother & Daughter High Tea


Hurricane Stars Club


0432 026 375


16 & 17 March

Sat & Sun


'The Real Deal - Halal and Haraam of Transactions' by Sh Sajid Umar


AlKauthar Institute

Nathan Campus, Griffith University

8.30AM to 6PM

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

10 April



QPS/Muslim Community reference group meeting



Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB), 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

3364 4159

7PM to 8.30PM

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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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
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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Date: Wednesday 10 April 2019
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB), 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

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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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