EST. 2004


Sunday 10 March 2019 | Issue 0748



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Women's Day Breakfast




By AIIC College Captain, Umme Kulsum    

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with Mrs. Banwa (AIIC’s Education Advisor) and Umme Kulsum


Mrs. Banwa and I were invited to attend the International Women’s Day breakfast held at the Brisbane Convention Centre to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday the 8 March.

In attendance where a number of school principals accompanied by their female College Captains.

It was a delightful morning. The guests were treated to a delicious breakfast. There were many guest speakers who spoke about the important role that women play in our society.

Our Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke about the progress that Queensland as a state has achieved so far in recruiting more women into entering politics.

She also encouraged women to focus on entering careers that were previously male dominated areas e.g. in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.

It was an enjoyable morning, meeting with students from other schools as well as well as other invited guests who were from non-educational backgrounds.

We felt very honoured to be invited to attend such a prestigious event and we would like to thank Ms. Palaszczuk for extending this invitation to our College.





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This year, the well known *International Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Quran and Hadith competition* will take place from 11th -15th in Jakarta, Indonesia with contestants from 25 countries.

Five contestants from Australia will participate:

1. Alaa Yassir of Sydney (category of the entire Quran) [TOP LEFT ABOVE]

2. Umair Khokhar of Gold Coast (category of 20 Juz) [TOP MIDDLE ABOVE]
3. Uzair Shuaib of Brisbane (category of 15 Juz) [TOP RIGHT ABOVE]
4. Abdur-Rahman Seedat of Brisbane (category of 10 Juz) [BOTTOM MIDDLE ABOVE]
5. Abdullah Sarhan in the branch of the Prophetic Sunnah in the category of memorisation for over 400 Hadith. [BOTTOM LEFT ABOVE]

This group was selected under the supervision of Sheikh Mohamed Ali (Imam of the Gold Coast Mosque) [BOTTOM RIGHT ABOVE].



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ANIC Press Release    

ANIC president Imam Shadi Alsuleiman addresses the Council

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) held its 12th General Assembly and AGM on Sunday 3 March 2019 in Sydney.

The AGM was honoured by the participation of the Chairmen and members of the respective Councils of Imams from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the ACT.

The General Assembly of ANIC discussed and considered various topics and affairs that concern Australian Muslims. It also discussed various proposals and strategies relating to, and the future direction of, ANIC and the Australian Muslim community.

Among the matters discussed was the importance of the ongoing unity of Imams in Australia and the Australian Muslim Community.

The ANIC General Assembly also resolved to establish the Australian Fatwa Council which will focus on Fatwas (Islamic Verdicts) on contemporary issues and matters pertaining to Australian Muslims and preservation of the Islamic Identity. The Fatwa Council will be chaired by the Mufti of Australia.


Another matter which was canvassed was the importance of encouraging the Australian Muslim community to be more politically active and engaged, particularly in the upcoming State and Federal elections.


Finally, all of the Imams affirmed their commitment to serving Islam, the Australian Muslim community and Australia.

The ANIC General Assembly elected new Executive Committee office bearers for a three-year term. ANIC also takes this opportunity to thank the outgoing Executive Committee members for their dedication, contributions and achievements.








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By Vivi Shahrain     

Queensland Member for Woodridge, Hon Cameron Dick MP, acknowledges the work of Hurricane Stars in the Queensland Parliament this week.

For two years the Hurricane Stars Club has been running a ladies-only swimming program. The program was founded and developed by Farah Scott, who saw a strong need and demand in the community for ladies-only swimming classes. As a result of her regular interaction with ladies in the community, she realized that the majority of Muslim women did not know how to swim and they were often very terrified of the water. This limited the lady’s ability to exercise because for many ladies exercising in a gym or very walking was too difficult due to problems with their joints and muscles. They needed the low impact of exercising in water so that they could exercise effectively. Many women’s lack of ability to swim limited their ability to participate in activities with their families because most of the time their children, who had been raised in Australia could swim but they could not, so they had to sit on the sidelines and watch. There were even a few tragic occasions in which children got into difficulty while swimming and the mother was unable to help because she could not swim.



Seeing the need and demand in the community, Farah arranged in a private swim school, that gave the women complete privacy, to start a class for Muslim ladies to learn to swim. When she first posted an advertisement on social media advertising the first class she had 150 ladies contact her within a few hours. Since that time the classes have grown to multiple learn to swim classes per week and even a variety of different classes were added to the program, as a result of feedback from the ladies. Classes expanded to include aqua aerobics, mums and bubs learn to swim, kids lessons and men’s learn to swim classes. More than 100 ladies a week attend classes and over the past two years more than 500 ladies have participated in the program.

As a result of Farah’s tireless efforts to promote swimming for women, her program came to the attention of Access Community Services and one of their departments, the Multicultural Sport Club, chose Farah’s program to coordinate their ladies only swimming program. The Multicultural Sports Club’s is funded by Metro South Queensland Health, therefore Farah began working closely with these two major organisations to provide more opportunities for ladies only swimming. As a result of their sponsorship of the program, the Hurricane Stars Club now runs swimming classes in two different pools, one in Kingston and one in Sunnybank Hills. Metro South Queensland Health funded the Hurricane Stars Club to train 15 Muslim ladies to become culturally sensitive swimming instructors, enriching the community to sustain the program longer.



As a result of Farah’s efforts to promote the program, Brisbane City Councillor for the Runcorn ward, Cr Kim Marx, has visited the Sunnybank Hills program herself while the Queensland State Member of Parliament and Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, the Hon Cameron Dick, has visited the program in Kingston. They both congratulated Farah on what she has achieved for ladies swimming through this program and were happy to offer more help in the future. Last week, the Hurricane Stars Club was extremely honoured and grateful to be mentioned by Cameron Dick MP in the Queensland Parliament, for their efforts in promoting water safety for women. Members of the Hurricane Stars Club were grateful to Cameron Dick MP for acknowledging the tireless efforts of Farah Scott to promote ladies swimming.

Many think that Farah is employed by the swim schools as an agent or she receives a commission from the swim school for her efforts but she does not. She has spend more than two years volunteering her time and paying expenses though her own fundraising efforts, and earning nothing more than the grateful thanks of the participants. She continues to passionately promote ladies swimming because of the positive effect she has seen it have on so many women’s lives. The Hurricane Stars Club earns no money from the swimming program. They charge the participants the same cost price that they are charged by the swim schools to make it affordable for all ladies. In fact they made a loss of $800 last semester because of the need to pay a minimum charge to the swim school per class, even if the ladies do not show up for the class they are booked to attend.

The Hurricane Stars Club looks forward to continuing to support women in the community to learn water safety and have a variety of water based exercise.



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by Mei Nee Cheong


Ged Kearney, Federal Member for Batman with Islamic Museum Founder, Moustafa Fahour OAM (left) and Islamic Museum of Australia's Chief Executive Ali Fahour (right).


An afternoon tea to celebrate five years since the opening of the Islamic Museum of Australia was attended by more than 80 guests joined by staff and volunteers at its Melbourne premises on Thursday 28 February 2019.

Images revealing the former water bottling facility on the site where the Islamic Museum of Australia now stands, and its transformation into an architecturally designed centre of learning are now on display at the Museum to celebrate five years since opening.

Keynote speakers at the event included Ms Ged Kearney, Federal Member for Batman and IMA Founder Moustafa Fahour OAM.

Islamic Museum of Australia CEO, Mr Ali Fahour, said he was excited to share and re-live memories from the Museum’s early days with the community.

“The Museum opened on 28 February 2014, there was a heightened sense of anticipation in the community after years of fundraising to make it happen. Looking through our archived photos brought back great memories, especially for those who have been involved from the beginning,” said Mr Fahour.

The Museum was established as a space that both portrays the beauty of Islam and imperatively, offers educational experiences that deepen the visitor’s understanding of Islam.

“The idea was conceived post 11 September 2001, negative sentiment towards Muslims and Islam was on the rise. A comfortable learning space that, among other things, offered the opportunity to dispel myths about Islam was more than necessary.”

Five years on, the Museum’s Director of Education, Ms Sherene Hassan said the Museum continues to meet these objectives.

“The most rewarding aspect of the museum is to witness firsthand the transformation of students after a visit. Many look tentative and visibly uncomfortable when they first enter the museum. By the end of their visit, they are relaxed and smiling with a newfound respect for Islam and Muslims,” said Ms Hassan.

Caulfield Grammar teacher, Ms Ellen Langmead agrees with this sentiment,

“The Islamic Museum of Australia is one of the most valuable venues our students visit as a part of the Year 9 program. The space combines the beauty of a gallery, the information of a museum and the education of an immersive classroom. Most crucially, the staff offer students a chance to interact, ask questions and break down misconceptions. Without a doubt, all students leave this venue as more informed young people who are infused with a new confidence about how the world and all of its people fit together.”

Mr Fahour said the education sector is important to the Museum, “Since opening, the Museum has welcomed over 50,000 guests, around two-thirds of whom have been school students. We have been well supported by educators who see the value in including a visit to the Islamic Museum in their teaching plans. Our curriculum linked activities ensures the Museum experience is relevant to learning areas across primary and secondary levels.”

“We are pleased the Museum continues to be high on the list not just for educators but the community at large. It’s a great privilege to share the beauty of Islam with our guests.”

The Islamic Museum of Australia is located in Thornbury, in Melbourne’s north. It is the only Islamic museum in the country and provides educational and cross-cultural experiences for all ages. The Museum is open 10am – 4pm, Monday to Saturday.




Ged Kearney, Federal Member for Batman with staff and volunteers at the Islamic Museum during their Five Year Anniversary celebration.



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Frida Deguise is Australia's first Muslim comedian. After multiple sold-out shows and receiving 4 stars from Time Out at MICF 2018, she is bringing her new show 'Living on a Prayer' to Adelaide Fringe. Frida will take you on a journey of being raised in Australia by Muslim Lebanese parents. Be ready to see how she won by failing as a Muslim girl.


It’s not easy being a mother of four, Lebanese and Muslim. But with a hijab and a microphone, Frida Deguise is smashing any stereotypes people might have of Muslim women in comedy. She is funny and outspoken, pushing the boundaries of perception and making her own rules about what a Muslim woman is allowed to say and what her audience is allowed to laugh at.

Frida performed in her first solo stand up show at the Sydney Fringe 2016 and toured with the annual comedy hit show, A Very Woggy Xmas Gala with Joe Avati, and Gabriel Rossi.


You can see Frida breaking down preconceptions with her explosive comedy act in regular appearances in comedy clubs around Sydney.



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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



Imams Hasan & Husayn CHILDREN’S Award for Excellence

Jena Al-hashimi Grant is 12 years-old and in training to be a British Olympian in taekwondo. She started training in martial arts in 2011 when she was 6 years old. She achieved a black belt in karate in 2013, a black belt in taekwondo in 2014 and an orange belt in Hapkido. She is now preparing for her second dan grading in taekwondo which she hopes to achieve this year. In 2016, she competed in 10 competitions and took away 13 medals. Of these, 9 were gold medals. In 2017 Jena took part in the 2017 Ultimate Taekwondo Championships in Barnsley. She missed her target weight by 0.15kg and was put up to the -41kg category. She won the semi-final 30-12 and went on to bring home gold. Jena also recently returned from a championship in Lisbon, Portugal and achieved a 1st in the under 14 female teams.

Hasan Patel, from East London, was just 15 when he rose to prominence as a political activist. In September 2018 he was the youngest ever delegate to speak at a national party conference, representing his constituency of Leyton and Wanstead. He addressed the annual Labour party conference in 2018, saying “school’s are being run like businesses and failing our school children”. In his speech, he talked about how his local youth centre was shut down as a result of the financial crisis and Government austerity programme, even though he was only 7 when the financial crash of 2008 happened. In an interview with Vice magazine, he spoke about why he became active in the Labour party: “The policies that most appeal to me are abolishing tuition fees so that everyone has the chance to go to university without any financial disincentives; the introduction of a £10/hour living wage, because the minimum wage discriminates against young people; and Labour’s pledge to build more homes, because youngsters around here are all worried that, once we’re enough to live on our own, we’re just gonna get priced out of this area.” Hassan has amassed more than 18,000 followers on Twitter.

Suffering from allergies from a young age, and seeing a lack of available desserts suited for his needs and others like him,
Husayn Yahya Merali decided to fill the gap by founding his own baking company at the age of 10 years called HY Bakes. His delicacies cater to those suffering from dairy, egg and nuts allergies. The allergy-free cakes and biscuits are sold through Facebook. Along with his sister and cousins, he has led and fundraised over £12,500, with a recent fundraiser for Yemen still open and collecting funds by hiking through the desert between Najaf and Karbala, Iraq in October 2018. As an avid sportsman, Husayn plays numerous sports including cricket, badminton and table tennis, and represents his school and community in tournaments, receiving numerous trophies, including Stanmore Jaffery’s Sports Personality 2018 for his age group.






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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.


The Converts


In addition to Muslim migrants, there were European and Indigenous converts to Islam. Many of these converts married “in”, such as Jean Emsley, Allum’s wife,and Emily Ozadelle (née Murcutt), Abdul Wade’s wife. Others adopted it once the beliefs and practices became clear,such as Allum’s secretary, Halimah Schwerdt. Another significant individual was the indomitable Winifred Steger, possibly the first Australian woman to perform Hajj. Steger’s story is remarkable. Born in England in 1882, she migrated to Queensland around 1890 with her father. Winifred married Charles Steger at the age of 16, giving birth to four children then deserting them; possibly due to issues of domestic violence. In 1915,she married Indian hawker Ackba Nuby and converted to Islam.


Following his death, she re-married, this time to Karum Bux in an Islamic ceremony at Marree Mosque. In 1927, accompanied by Bux and her small children, she made Hajj to Mecca, an account of which was published in the Adelaide Register on her return. The entire journey was eventually serialised in the Register. She also wrote14 novels, along with a range of other writings, most of which never saw a printing press.


Her account of the Hajj is one of the first by an Australian, maybe one the earliest accounts by a ‘white woman’. In her narrative, she is matter of fact, describing the scene from a unique perspective. The sad pity is that her voice was not heard outside of a few regional areas until a few years ago, indicating that, despite all her writings and reporting on various aspects of Islam, her contribution to meso level dialogue was largely unsuccessful.


Steger’s marriage was not unique. Christine Steven’s seminal work on the Afghans outlined problems with isolation and a lack of suitable brides. Stephenson adds that cultural convergence and kinversion played a part, given both groups were marginalised by white society and the options available to Muslim men were limited.88A range of solid relationships did form between Muslims and both indigenous and Europeans. Nameth Khan married an Aboriginal Sunday School teacher in Hermannsburg; Beejah Dervish married an Irishwoman, Amelia Shaw; and Gool Mahomet married a French courtesan, Adrienne Lesire.

Camel Cup, demonstrating a local instance of social harmony. Many of the descendants of these unions still identify as Muslims, even though they may have lost the language, beliefs and practices their forebears brought with them. It clearly remains a significant contribution to many peoples’ cultural heritage and provides localised social harmony in country towns such as Marree. The marriages of Muslim men to Australian women demonstrate some significant issues regarding early Islamic dialogue in Australia.


Marriage demonstrates micro level dialogue, despite cultural and language barriers. Furthermore, the Muslims gained a sense of belonging in their new homeland, putting down roots and enabling the foundations of a family, a key aspect of Islamic society. In some aspects, it showed a desire for permanency on behalf of the Muslim men, and the acceptance of Islam by their wives demonstrated that Islam can be a universal religion; not just the religion of Muslim immigrants but also, new Australian converts.








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Multi-faith Redfern in 1900 and observing the 'Sabbath'...






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DATE: 8 March 2019

TOPIC: "Islamic Significant Huqooq (Rights): 01 Haqq of Allah
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 DATE: 8 March 2019

TOPIC: "How to improve your love for Allah" PART 8

IMAM: Uzair Akbar











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DATE: 8 March 2019

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Man who deliberately mowed people down in car near Muslim centre jailed for five years   

UK: A man who deliberately drove a car into a group of pedestrians outside a Muslim community centre has been jailed for five years.

Martin Stokes (pictured), 25, injured three people when he hurled “racist and anti-Islamic taunts” while he veered into the group outside the Hussaini Association hall in Cricklewood, northwest London, last September.

One man, in his 50s, sustained a serious leg and hip injury that kept him in hospital for nearly a month, the Metropolitan Police said.



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Meet the woman searching for planet Earth's twin

Astronomer and National Geographic grantee Munazza Alam is on the hunt for planets beyond our solar system that have a climate like ours with the potential to host life.


US: Munazza Alam didn’t grow up gazing at the stars. But an inspiring teacher and a passion for math led her to dive deep into the hunt for habitable planets.

ARE WE ALONE in the universe? It’s a question that often sparks debate. For a young woman named Munazza Alam, it sparked an entire career path.

Alam wasn’t always interested in the cosmos. “Growing up, I was not a space nerd,” she says. There was no telescope in her backyard, and trips to the museum centered on dinosaur exhibits. As a kid, she preferred playing outside and riding around on her bike to gazing at the stars.

But by her freshman year in college, she’d fallen completely under astronomy’s spell.

Field of view
Alam, 24, is bright in every sense of the word. She is intelligent and vivacious, and her voice radiates warmth. She can discuss the merits of condensed matter theory as comfortably and clearly as her feelings about her family background.

A first-generation Muslim American, Alam grew up on Staten Island, a borough of New York City that is predominately white. Her mother was born in Hyderabad, India, and her father is from Lahore, Pakistan. “I always had this sense of otherness, this idea of questioning belonging,” she says. For one thing, her relatives on the Indian subcontinent viewed her and her two older sisters as Americans, while “here we were viewed as not American, because our parents are immigrants,” she says.

Adding another dimension to her experience, Alam and her sisters attended Catholic school from kindergarten through 12th grade. A cousin had done well at the school, and her parents wanted their daughters to get the best education possible, so they enrolled all three girls. “It was a great way to learn to foster these ideas of acceptance, being among different groups and just learning how to understand what other people believe and the ethics that they live by,” Alam says.

Catching fire
Her attraction to physics began in high school, thanks to an inspiring teacher with infectious enthusiasm. Alam had always enjoyed math, science, critical thinking, and problem solving, but this teacher’s passion for physics and her ability to break down complicated concepts stuck with Alam.

Her teacher was also inspiring on another level. “She moved from Israel as a little girl to New York City,” says Alam, who adds that she felt they shared a “kind of overlapping identity: She was first generation, and she loved physics, and was a minority student when she went through graduate studies as a woman.”

By the time she began her freshman year at CUNY Hunter College in Manhattan, Alam had settled on physics as her major. She soon began her first research project on the low-mass objects known as brown dwarfs, and by the end of the year, she had a chance to visit the Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona.

“I was 19,” she says, “and it was the first time I had ever seen the Milky Way.” The sight solidified her decision to pursue astronomy long-term. It also reminded her of how far she’d come: “I mean, I grew up seeing a handful of stars at a time at best,” she laughs.

Rising star
Alam, who is a National Geographic grantee, is now earning her graduate degree at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her current research focuses on a category of large, bright exoplanets called hot Jupiters. 


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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger



 Soraya Chemaly


A transformative book urging twenty-first century-women to embrace their anger and harness it as a tool for lasting personal and societal change.

Women are angry, and it isn’t hard to figure out why.

We are underpaid and overworked. Too sensitive, or not sensitive enough. Too dowdy or too made-up. Too big or too thin. Sluts or prudes. We are harassed, told we are asking for it, and asked if it would kill us to smile. Yes, yes it would.

Contrary to the rhetoric of popular “self-help” and an entire lifetime of being told otherwise, our rage is one of the most important resources we have, our sharpest tool against both personal and political oppression. We’ve been told for so long to bottle up our anger, letting it corrode our bodies and minds in ways we don’t even realize. Yet our anger is a vital instrument, our radar for injustice and a catalyst for change. On the flip side, the societal and cultural belittlement of our anger is a cunning way of limiting and controlling our power.

We are so often told to resist our rage or punished for justifiably expressing it, yet how many remarkable achievements in this world would never have gotten off the ground without the kernel of anger that fueled them? Rage Becomes Her makes the case that anger is not what gets in our way, it is our way, sparking a new understanding of one of our core emotions that will give women a liberating sense of why their anger matters and connect them to an entire universe of women no longer interested in making nice at all costs.

Following in the footsteps of classic feminist manifestos like The Feminine Mystique and Our Bodies, Ourselves, Rage Becomes Her is an eye-opening book for the twenty-first century woman: an engaging, accessible credo offering us the tools to re-understand our anger and harness its power to create lasting positive change.    



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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

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Avocado is one of the few fruits that will provide you with "good" fats. That means it can help keep your cholesterol levels already in the healthy range, and help lower your risk for heart disease.


Avocado and Apple salad







2 Avocados cubed and tossed in lemon juice
2 green apples cubed and tossed in lemon juice
1 cup of spinach
3 tablespoon chopped pecans
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup of goats cheese

Toss the above with the exception of goats cheese into your salad bowl


1 tab Apple cider vinegar
1 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp salt
Pinch of black pepper
3 tablespoon mayo
1 green chilli

Liquidize dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad.

Before serving place goats cheese over the top




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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Time poor? No excuses!

• Blitz your fitness – It’s the intensity of your workout that’s key!
• Short bursts, high intensity
• Try skipping for 1 – 3 mins
• Stair climb – faster than you would normally go
• Running / jogging instead of walking
• 10 - 15 min quick routines – using body weight
• Move a little more everyday
• Boost your metabolism and tone your muscles
• Don’t forget to stretch!




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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:
Women Respecting Women

There is no other way to say this, so brace yourself, because what I’m about to tell you is not pretty at all. I grew up in a household where sexual abuse on children and emotional and physical violence on teenage females were perpetuated by women.

There, I’ve said it. This is in no way to gain your sympathy but merely to request that you take a moment and reflect on your life to understand the women in your immediate and extended family. Most of you may not relate to my experience and that’s fine. In fact, I’m grateful if you don’t relate. However, if you examine your life carefully, somewhere along the way you too may find that there have been times where women have failed to respect each other.

Through observation and understanding of case studies of my own clients, I see a pattern where women may choose to surround themselves in deep insecurity, self-loathing and negative self-talk which then perpetuate disharmony in their relationships with other women in the home and in the community.

Sisterhood, a great blessing and mercy from ALLAH, is deeply affected when women disrespect each other.
Some of the negative behaviours women tend to display with other women are:

• Passive-aggressive remarks
• Sarcastic remarks
• Aggressive outbursts
• Cyber-bullying
• Backbiting
• Interrogation (trying to get personal information from someone - such as husband's salary)
• Commenting on physical appearance (“you’ve gained weight”, “you’ve lost weight”, “you look really tanned, don’t go in the sun so much”, “you should go on a diet”, “you need to get with the program”).
• Commenting on and judging another sister’s practice of her deen (“she took her hijab off”, “why does she wear the niqab?”)

I confess that I am guilty of at least one of the above. The state of the ummah can only improve if the state of each household and family relationships improve. This heavily depends on how women treat each other. It’s time to develop strategies to at least respect our differences and make a genuine attempt to understand one another.

Alhumdolillah, women are powerful beings. ALLAH has blessed women with inherent power to persevere through life with resilience and courage, provided that she acknowledges these attributes in herself and use them to positively empower other women in her family and community. The following poem is dedicated to my fellow sisters.


She means well, just like you
She has been hurt before, just like you
She was once a little girl with dreams and demands, just like you
She has her daily battles, just like you
And sometimes loses her cool, just like you
She cries every so often, just like you
She loves wholeheartedly, just like you
She deserves respect, just like you
She is a unique creation of ALLAH, just like you
Together we share a blessed sisterhood
So treat her with love, compassion and respect
Just like how you wish for her to treat you
She is after all, just like you.

© Princess R. Lakshman

10 Strategies To Foster Sisterhood

1. Listen without commenting.
2. If you feel the need to comment, THINK before speaking.
3. Send a kind text message to inquire how other sisters in your family/ community are doing. Your caring message could be exactly what they need that day.
4. Always ask for forgiveness if you cross the line.
5. Always forgive when another sister seeks forgiveness from you.
6. Refuse to part-take in backbiting. Walk away, simply and absolutely refuse.
7. Give a genuine compliment about the sister’s wellbeing, not only about her physical appearance.
8. If you are unable to help another sister, tell her you will find someone else to help her. Do not leave her hanging on false hopes.
9. NEVER COMPARE her with anyone else. Never compare her circumstances with another person’s circumstances. We are all fighting our own unique battles daily.
10. STOP JUDGING. Judging involves ego and ego is a sin. Be ALLAH conscious and stop judging your fellow sisters.

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Jallaludin parks his brand new Porsche in front of his office in Brisbane to show it off to his colleagues.

As he's getting out of the car, a truck comes speeding along too close to the kerb and takes off the door before speeding off.

More than a little distraught, Jallaludin grabs his mobile and calls the police.

Five minutes later, the police arrive.


Before the policeman has a chance to ask any questions, Jallaludin starts screaming hysterically:

"My Porsche, my beautiful black Porsche is ruined. No matter how long at the panel beaters it'll simply never be the same again!"

After Jallaludin finally finishes his rant, the policeman shakes his head in disgust: "I can't believe how materialistic you bloody foreigners are," he says. "You lot are so focused on your possessions that you don't notice anything else in your life."

"How can you say such a thing at a time like this?", snaps Jallaludin.

The policeman replies, "Didn't you realise that your right arm was torn off when the truck hit you."

Jallaludin looks down in absolute horror "WHAT THE HELL!!!!"

He screams........"Where's my Rolex????"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: and whatever good you send forth for your souls before you, you shall find it with Allah: for Allah sees well all that you do."


~ Surah Al-Bagarah 2:110


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Part of what fascist politics does is get people to disassociate from reality.


You get them to sign on to this fantasy version of reality,


usually a nationalist narrative about the decline of the country


and the need for a strong leader to return it to greatness,


and from then on their anchor isn’t the world around them


— it’s the leader —


~ Yale philosopher Jason Stanley



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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.

For more information about Penny Appeal Australia’s Super Muslim Comedy Tour, to buy tickets, or to donate to Penny Appeal, call 1300 347 947 or visit












Please mark your calendars for Sisters Support Services Multicultural Fete on Sunday the 31st of March ! There will be a selection of exquisite multicultural food stalls, exotic homewares, Islamic bookstall, Henna, Islamic Art workshops and a tremendous selection of FREE kids activities including animal farm, jumping castle, face painting and exciting prizes for best dressed multicultural outfits ! 

Our event is supported by Queensland Government and our generous sponsors for the event are Acro Accounting & Financial Planning, Mabrouk & Sons Halal Meat, National Zakat Foundation and Sha Sha Fashion. 

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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.

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










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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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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
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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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