EST. 2004


Sunday 17 March 2019 | Issue 0749



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Muslims in Australia have been warned to be extra vigilant in coming days particularly when attending local mosques in the wake of the Christchurch tragedy.


The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Dr Rateb Jneid extended deep sorrow for the victims and families of the attacks in New Zealand.

In the wake of the atrocities and the links to Australia, he urged all Muslims in Australia to be vigilant particularly as Islamophobia increases.

“We encourage all Mosques and places of worship in Australia to be extra vigilant and for members of the Muslim community to be particularly mindful of their safety in the coming days,” he said.

“This act of terror on innocent worshippers is an atrocity and we grieve with the victims and their families. We will reach out to our compatriots in New Zealand and offer any support and assistance that we are able to.”

He added the massacre was a product of the “ever-increasing Islamophobia and marginalisation of Muslims”.

“It is a reminder to all concerned including political leaders and media commentators, of the horrific consequences that an atmosphere of hate and division can lead to,” he said.

“No country or community is immune to such atrocities. We urge governments in Australia, both at a Federal and State level, to give extra attention to the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment and extremism and ensure that the concerns of the Muslim community are being genuinely heard and responded to.”

The Courier Mail



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 Waleed Aly On New Zealand Mosque Shooting












Australian National Imams Council's Bilal Rauf speaking on Christchurch Terror
Christchurch Terror:  "What has occurred is a terrorist attack, it's something that's very difficult to comprehend."















Gold Coast man visits local mosque to lay flowers

following Christchurch terror attack














OnePath Network: A response to the Christchurch Terror Attack















Messages of support left at Kuraby Mosque














Messages of support left at Holland Park Mosque
















Messages of support left at Buranda Mosque









Gold Coast Mosque Prayer Service





Yesterday (Saturday) over 1000 people attended the prayer services at the Gold Coast Mosque

Muslims and non-Muslims gathered to express their solidarity and condolences to the families of the victims. There were several media groups presented at the event.

Speeches were made by:

• Hon Stuart Robert (Federal Asst. Treasurer)
• Hon Sam O’Connor (State MP)
• Asst.Police Commissioner Brian Wilkins
• Pastor Brian Gilmor (Chairman of Multi Faith group)
• Pastor Terry Ailing (Compassionate Gold Coast)
• Members New Zealand Community in Gold Coast
• Imam Imran Hussain
• Haji Habib Jamal (ICQ-President)
• Haji Hussin Goss (ISGC-President)

The dua (supplication) was made Imam Mohamed Ali.







Believing Women for a Culture of Peace joins with the Muslim community of Brisbane as it deals with the horror and mourns the terrible tragedy in the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  We are shocked that such a dreadful terrorist act could be committed against innocent men, women and children at prayer.  We join our prayers with yours for the families of the victims and pledge our on-going commitment to building a culture of peace which respects and honours people of all faiths and cultures.

Believing Women for a Culture of Peace







Melbourne tribute







The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland is the peak body in advocacy for the CALD communities of Queensland. We join with others to show our solidarity with the people of New Zealand and others who are experiencing trauma following the tragic events in New Zealand yesterday. The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland advocates for a cohesive but diverse community in which we all live in a multicultural Queensland, Australia and New Zealand.

The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland advocates for the safety and wellbeing of all communities across Queensland and each member of our community to have the opportunity to live a free life, to be able to go about their life in safety and to be able to practice their respective faith in a safe environment. We join with our Muslim communities, all faith communities and other fair minded Australians to mourn their respective loss of family and loved ones and to condemn the right wing extremist terrorist attack on free living people in Christchurch, New Zealand. There is no place in our society for this or any type of terrorism in our multicultural society.

Alton Budd, the Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland states “that we find any notion or form of racism whether mild or extreme to be a vile exposure of race hatred and a blight on Australia and New Zealand’s diverse multicultural societies. The condemnation for this evil attack in New Zealand should be as extreme as the attack itself. There needs to be a greater political will by our State and Commonwealth politicians to raise the level of objection to racism in this country.”

Our political leaders ought to be willing to lift the levels of concern for right wing extremism and race hatred which has not only grown in our society but has been allowed to permeate our political institutions. Right wing extremism antennas should be placed on the same level as it is applied to other cohorts of extremism. Plausible comments and affected outrage is not the answer. Deliberate public action where the leaders are not only active but seen to be active in the fight against racism and extremism on all levels of the spectrum is needed.

Alton Budd

Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ)


















A petition has been filed to cancel Senator Anning's senate membership.

Already received around 30000+ signatures in Australia.


REPORT FRASER ANNING - This petition has been recommended by experts in the field of law and politics.

E-petitions are great but unfortunately they are rarely ever reviewed in Parliament. Here's a better option:

Report Fraser Anning, you can consider a letter to the President of the Senate, urging censure and expulsion for abusing his position, inciting violence and in the interests of public safety.

You can find him here.

Go to 'Connect' tab and fill in the contact form

Here’s a sample letter:

Dear Senator
As President of the Senate, I draw your attention to the media statement released by Senator Anning in relation to the terror attack in New Zealand.

His statement is abhorrent to all decent people, and is being shared, on AU Govt letterhead, around the world.

I urge you to refer this to the Privileges Committee as a matter of urgency and in the interests of community safety, and ask that you consider this abuse of position seriously and censure
or expel this person from the Senate.

I look forward to your response and action.







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We stand united with the community and the world in condemning the senseless act of terrorism in New Zealand.

MCF and MAA are assessing the needs of the families of the victims in Christchurch and preparing a plan of action.

Meanwhile, to honour them and their families, we are immediately launching a Sadaqah Jariyah campaign.

Sadaqah Jariyah is the charitable gift that keeps on giving. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased)." - Bukhari.


Bank Account:
Muslim Charitable Foundation
BSB: 124 155
A/C: 2089 7392
Ref: NZ




Donate here



RIYAAD ALLY (Muslim Aid Queensland): We have already begun our assessment of the situation. One of our reps from Auckland has flown to Christchurch and is coordinating with FIANZ to assist with the funeral services at this point in time. 

We working with locals to coordinate a few things here:

1. Support from local funeral services to use their facilities and vehicles 
2. Assistance pre-cutting shrouds
3. Doctors/ surgeons to repair bodies
4. Supper services on hand to provide acute grief counselling 
5. Funeral costs covered for those in need
6. Financial assistance for families




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By Dr Zakaria Amin    


On Saturday 9 March, Human Appeal-QLD held their 3rd annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards at the Fitzy's Hotel in Loganholme. The more than 80 guest included proud parents and local community leaders.


This year there was total NINE Award Winners ( i.e. students who received an OP of 1 to 6) with their family. The event recognised their hard work and dedication and acknowledged the great support of their parents. Each student was presented with a certificate and gifts. Similar events have taken place or will soon on a national level in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth.

Dr Abdnaser Ali from Human Appeal Australia head office Sydney delivered the introductory speech. The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Dr Mustafa Ally who kept the crowd engaged and entertained through the evening's proceedings.


The sponsors of the event was Islamic College of Brisbane, Terry White Chemmart, Zone Medical Centre and Maximize Accountants.

The key note speakers were Mr. Farouk Adam, president of Muslim Business Council, Mr. Mohammed Ally, Principal of Australian International Islamic College, Dr Ray Barrett, Principal of the Islamic College of Brisbane and Mr. Habib Jamal, newly elected president of the Islamic Council of Queensland.


Imam Akram, Manager of Human Appeal QLD office, thanked all for attending and making thee vent a success.


List of recipients:




St Laurence’s College



Brisbane Bayside State College

Rafif Habibi


Queensland Academy



All Saints Anglican School



Islamic College of Brisbane



Islamic College of Brisbane



MacGregor State High School


Amir Hamzah

Mountain Creek State High School



A.B. Paterson College









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By Hurricane Stars Club    

On Sunday, 10 March, the Hurricane Stars Club hosted an elegant afternoon fundraising high tea in the Stamford Plaza in Brisbane City. The event was organised to celebrate International Women’s Day and to honour the most important person in a woman’s life, their mothers, grandmothers or daughters. It was a sold-out event with 130 ladies attending and enjoying a buffet high tea. The Stamford Plaza did not disappoint by serving a variety of delicious desserts, sandwiches and quiches. The event took up the entire Terrace area, allowing the attendees an amazing view overlooking the beautiful Brisbane river with the picturesque Storey Bridge in the background.

The event was hosted and co-organised by the amazing Susan Al-Maani who ensured, as usual, that all the attendees had an amazing time full of laughter, great company and delicious food. One of the attendees decided to use this event as a birthday celebration for her daughter. It was a brilliant gesture as not only it was a gorgeous setting with minimal preparations, the mothers also got to come, and enjoy themselves on different tables, but it served also the higher purpose of contributing to fundraising for a good cause.

The High Tea was also a success with sponsored games and lucky door prizes from Jas – Makeup and Styling, The Cheesecake Shop Sunnybank Hills, Sam and Billy’s Beauty Box and Ella Bache New Farm and giftbags for all attendees. It was a successful event and the Hurricane Stars Club look forward to organising more similar events in future which celebrates being a Muslim woman in a fun and halal way.





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Zreika kicks her first AFLW goal on day of Christchurch



mosque shootings





After a rollercoaster year, Western Sydney's Haneen Zreika finally made her debut with the Giants

On a horrific day following the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, GWS’ Haneen Zreika - the first Muslim player in AFLW - has kicked her first ever goal.

Players in GWS’ game against Geelong wore black armbands and paused for a moment of silence before the AFLW clash, paying tribute to the victims of the shootings in New Zealand.

Those horrors meant the UNSW Canberra Oval crowd recognised the importance of the moment as Zreika kicked her first ever AFLW goal late in the first quarter.

“It’s been a big day for Haneen,” Giants coach Alan McConnell said at quarter-time.

“Hopefully she continues going well.”

The Giants led 2.1 (13) to 0.1 (1) at the first change.


A  moment of silence in remembrance with players wearing black armbands


When Giants debutant Haneen Zreika took to the field against the Lions in the opening weekend of the AFLW, she was looking forward to two things.

"My first touch of the footy" is one of them, she says. "And just making history, I think."


"I never thought I’d ever be playing AFL. Ever," she says.

Zreika is from a Lebanese family in western Sydney and was raised on rugby league, with two older brothers who were avid fans of the sport.

"I just wanted to play with them," she says.

There was a park across the road from their home, so years of Zreika's childhood was spent throwing a ball around with her siblings in the park or their backyard.

It was Zreika's mother who steered her towards playing more competitively, which she acknowledges is quite an anomaly.

"My mum’s pretty easy going for a Muslim and my culture," she says. "Some girls won’t be allowed to play sport, so I have amazing support from her and my family.

Zreika's mother registered her in a rugby league mixed gender competition when she was just six years old and never missed a single game.

She stopped playing club sport once she turned 13, however, when her options became limited. "I used to play with the boys, but I couldn't play after 12," she says. "There was nothing in rugby league for girls at that time."

She was introduced to Australian rules by chance when she was 15, at the invitation of one of her school teachers.

"I used to just do school sport, and I had a PE teacher that called me out and said: 'What are you doing? There's an [AFL] guy here that's an agent for the boys, but do you want to join?'" Zreika said.

She told the teacher that she didn't know what AFL was.

"It's all good," he told her. "Just catch, kick, tackle and you'll be fine."

Four years later, these are the aspects of the sport that Zreika enjoys most. "I love the contact and I love how big it is," she says. "It's an athlete's sport - running, catching - it's not just one thing so you have to be athletic."

The past year has been a rollercoaster for the zippy midfielder: she was picked as a GWS Giants rookie in 2018 before being delisted at the end of last season, and then relisted again for 2019.

"It was hard, to be honest," she says. "I didn't know what to do."

Giants coach Alan McConnell says Zreika has had a "fabulous preparation" leading up to this season.

"She's done it pretty hard," he says. "I delisted her at the end of last season. She had to earn her spot back on the list and she's had a great pre-season."

Now she's confirmed to debut in Sunday's round-one game, Zreika says she's a bundle of mixed emotions. "I’m really excited, nervous and all over the place," she says.

She will be helped along by the immense community support that has rallied behind her, both from her family and her local AFL club, the Auburn-Penrith Giants.

While most of her GWS teammates have come from around Australia and NSW, she counts herself extremely fortunate to be representing home.

"The feeling is amazing," she says. "If I had to move, I’d have to move, but representing my own state and western Sydney is a big thing to me."

Equally as significant is the example she'll be setting for those in her community.

"I know it’s hard in our culture for girls to play sport, but if they see me maybe it gives them a little [hope], and their fathers might have second thoughts about letting their daughters play," she says.

"It’s a big thing," she adds. "I feel like I’m making a pathway for them."





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New GM of IMA, Maryum Chaudhry

The Islamic Museum of Australia in Melbourne this week announced that Maryum Chaudhry had been appointed as the Museum's new General Manager.

According to the Museum's media release, Maryum "brings a wealth of experience with her and has a deep passion for strengthening and volunteering with communities."

She is also the President of Sanad Foundation and Vice Chair of Centre for Muslim Wellbeing. She was previously a Commissioner for the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Vice President of Islamic Council of Victoria and CARE With ME (foster care), Member of the Women’s Legal Service of Victoria, Alumni of the Williamson Leadership Program and an AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador.

She has worked in government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations for various sectors: taxation, multicultural affairs, youth engagement and education. She has studied Bachelor of Business and Executive Masters of Arts.

Two new board members have also been appointed to the IMA Board, Farah Farouque and Jevan Bouzo.

Farah is the Principal Advisor, Public Affairs and Policy, at the national anti-poverty group the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Prior to this, she was a senior journalist at The Age. Her diverse career in the newsroom included covering social affairs, law and justice issue and working as a political journalist in the Canberra Press Gallery and Victorian Parliamentary Press Gallery. Farah’s international assignments for The Age and sister paper The Sydney Morning Herald include covering the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Asia.
Farah is also the board chair of The Social Studio, a Collingwood-based social enterprise and fashion label working with young people from refugee backgrounds. She has degrees in law and arts from the University of Adelaide.

Jevan is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of ASX listed company, Viva Energy Australia. Jevan has been with Viva Energy since 2015 having led the organisation through IPO in 2018. Prior to becoming CFO, Jevan was responsible for corporate finance and played a lead role in the IPO of Viva Energy REIT. Jevan is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University and is a director of several not-for-profit organisations and two companies part owned by Viva Energy.



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The Transit Lounge Episode 12:


 Omar Hamid | Design Extraordinaire and Co-Founder of LaunchGood


LaunchGood has become the biggest Muslim-specific crowdfunding platform across the globe.


Whilst many comfortably use the platform, they are unaware of the story behind its inception.


Co-Founder Omar Hamid's journey started in late high school, as he kicked off his design career by starting his own agency - that’s right - during high school.


The design agency turned out to be a stunning success, and all was well and good, until Omar got his most engaging project yet - the LaunchGood website.


He would soon realise that this project drew him in like none other before and lit a passion deep inside.


Eventually, Omar went all in as a Co-Founder and began his journey to develop the Muslim World's largest crowd funding platform. 


Listen to the full interview





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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



Uthman Dan Fodio Award for Excellence in COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Ibrahim Adewusi is a Nigerian-born British accountant, lecturer, community leader and the current Project Coordinator for the rebuilding of Old Kent Road Mosque & Islamic Cultural Centre. He was a former general secretary and president of the Muslim Association of the UK. He also served as the first publicity secretary of the UK Nigerian Muslim organisation’s umbrella body, Council of Nigeria Muslim Organisations. In a professional capacity, Ibrahim is the chair and chief executive of Threadneedle Training and Management Consultancy.


In 2015 the Mayor of Southwark awarded Ibrahim with a Civic Award Letter of Commendation in recognition of his contribution to the community. It stated that ‘Ibrahim Adewusi for many years has been a committee member, a project coordinator and a driving force of the Muslim Association of Nigeria based at Old Kent Road’.


The Hubb Community Kitchen. After the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre based in North Kensington invited the victims to use the kitchen canteen facilities.


A group of women gathered and were soon joined by the women who worked at Al Manaar. As they cooked, they began to heal and move forward. This was the start of the Hubb (which means ‘love’ in Arabic) Community Kitchen. During this time, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex made regular private visits to the kitchen and was inspired by the power of coming together over a home-cooked meal.


However, due to funding, the kitchen was only able to open for two days a week. The Duchess suggested creating a cookbook, using the women’s own recipes to raise proceeds to open the kitchen all week. The cookbook became a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. The women are now able to use the kitchen seven days a week and have been upskilled to gain food hygiene qualifications and empowered to start their own projects.


Sajid Rashid BEM is a multi-award winning philanthropist; the ‘Youngest’ Muslim ever to receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) from Her Majesty the Queen on the New Year’s Honours List 2016 for services to the community as well as charitable fundraising.


Born on 2nd November 1989; Sajid is regarded as one of Britain’s most inspirational figures scooping many international accolades.


Sajid, who works for Rolls-Royce professionally, started off his journey volunteering for Staffordshire Youth Service and quickly progressed to become a Millennium volunteer after helping young people around East Staffordshire set up youth centres in his spare time. In addition to his charitable fundraising, Sajid has since decided to become an ambassador under Rolls-Royce to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to inspire the future generations.






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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.







Federation. A White Australia is invented,1901 -1945


Although the records are hazy, in 1901 it has been estimated there were between 2,000 and 4,000 Muslims in Australia, representing less than 0.001% of the population. As a result of the passing of the Immigration Restriction Act of 1901 (aka the White Australia Policy), many Muslim migrants returned to their place of birth, as, apart from British Indians, citizenship would not initially be conferred on them.


This legislation was initially designed to prohibit the immigration of Asians; however, its net spread wide, capturing anyone the new country deigned to be undesirable. This prevented the predominantly male Afghans from bringing brides over, leaving some to return to their homelands and others to marry Australians. In addition, employment patterns for the Afghans were changing.


Within 20 years, the motor vehicle would render the camel surplus to requirements; in fact, great herds were soon liberated into the Australia bush. Being unable to have their voices heard at a meso level in State and Federal Parliament, they were not able to have the discriminatory policy changed to allow family based immigration.


Additionally, a lack of government support following the cessation of their livelihood showed that attempts at meso level dialogue failed, leaving many of the remaining Afghans destitute and reliant on the limited largesse provided in cities such as Adelaide.








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Jewish-American Activists Stand With Ilhan Omar

Middle East Eye





"Criticising Israel for violating the human rights of Palestinians is not anti-Semitic."

Jewish-American activists are standing in solidarity with Rep. Ilhan Omar.



‘I know what it feels to be someone who is [of] a faith that is vilified.'










Billy Dib - Former World Champion

 OnePath Network










From MTV to Mecca: Kristiane Backer

Islam Religion of Peace







Mehdi Hassan on Ilhma Omar

















Hadith with Imam Uzair

Hadith:Tenets of Islam









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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Australia's Oldest Mosque






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Iran sentences human rights lawyer to 38 years over headscarf defence   

 IRAN: A prominent Iranian lawyer who defended women arrested for protesting against the country's mandatory headscarf law has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her husband.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been imprisoned since being taken from her home on June 18 last year, is already serving a five-year sentence.

The 55-year-old human rights lawyer was sentenced to an additional 33 years - and the 148 lashes - after being convicted of several more national security crimes this month, her husband, Reza Khandan, wrote on Facebook.

But the semi-official Islamic Republic News Agency reported that a judge at Tehran's Revolutionary Court said on Monday that, in addition to the five years of Sotoudeh's earlier sentence for "colluding against the system," she was sentenced to two years for "insulting" supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Sotoudeh told her husband in a brief phone call from prison that she was informed she faces 38 years and the lashes, according to the Centre for Human Rights in Iran. 

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We Hunt the Flame
(Sands of Arawiya #1)



 Hafsah Faizal


People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.    



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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: This versatile dessert can be served cold in summer or warm with a dollop of cream in winter. 


Bread Pudding







2 Tbsp. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Water
Pour the above into your greased baking pan.

Combine the following:

4 Slices Bread (crusts removed)
2 eggs
¾ tin condensed milk
1 litre Milk
½ cup desiccated coconut

Pour over milk mixture

Bake for approx. 30 to 35 mins on 180 degrees.



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


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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Yoga is the New Black

Convince a workout buddy to try yoga with you..

Not only is it a great deep muscle workout, it’s a great stretch-sesh for improved flexibility and is good for heart-health too.

Other benefits include strengthening and toning muscles.


According to new research, adding some yoga to your life can decrease your risk of heart disease by encouraging weight loss, lowering blood pressure and dropping cholesterol levels – just like walking or cycling.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




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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:
What You Feed Your Mind Determines What You Feed Your Body

For years I used food for comfort. Any emotional occurrence such as happiness, sadness, anger, guilt, frustration, and more, would be my cue to hit the pantry and finish a whole packet of crisps or an entire family-size chocolate bar (the giant Toblerone from Airport Duty Free?...Oh boy...Don’t even get me started on that story!).

Every Monday morning I would decide to eat healthily and every Monday lunchtime I would decide to postpone the healthy-eating commitment to next Monday. That was my pattern. Apart from the weight gain, I was also feeling lousy about my sugar addiction. Yes, sugar is poison and yes, sugar addiction is very real and detrimental to mental and physical wellbeing. And I was tired of feeling lousy about myself, my weight, my lack of energy and my irritability. This had to stop.

I was aware of my pattern. As Oprah says, when you know better, you do better. I had to find out why I had this pattern and address the elephant that incessantly roamed the jungle of my mind. I sat myself down with my journal and fiercely wrote. It took three hours for me to trace my pattern back to an incident that happened when I was around five years old. It took another few hours to link my eating pattern with my life’s major incidents where I had to make choices that affected my wellbeing. Most of those choices were harmful to my wellbeing and when I connected the dots between my dietary pattern and those lifestyle choices and how my mental state was back then, everything became crystal clear.

A paradigm shift, which I now call my Gut-Shift, revealed to me that for me to make better choices in life, stay strong in my imaan and nourish my soul with love, light, peace and joy, I must first and foremost, nourish my mind with the right mental foods so that I could then choose better foods and beverages to nourish my physical self. If my essential self, my soul and my mind, was starving, how was I ever going to choose the right foods for my body?

How To Feed Your Mind And Body

Good thoughts, good words, good deeds. I had to heal from my emotional eating pattern one thought at a time. The following are strategies to feed your mind, process your emotions and then choose the right foods to manage your emotions:


Junk Thought Healthy Thought
I hate myself I am a beautiful creation of ALLAH
I’m a failure I have survived through my tests and learnt my lessons
I need food to feel better ALLAH is my comforter. Only ALLAH can make me feel better. I submit to ALLAH.
I’m stuck My life is unfolding according to ALLAH’s plans for me. Alhumdolillah.
I hate feeling like I’m always struggling I am grateful for everything I’m learning through this experience. ALLAH has put me to it and HE is putting me through it. I am wiser and stronger now that I am going through this experience.
No one loves me. I will end up alone I am a beautiful creation of ALLAH. I deserve love, light, peace and joy. I give love, I receive love.


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Mrs. Jallaludin wakes her husband up at 2 in the morning.

Wife: 'Who played the part of Ertuğrul Gazi in "Resurrection: Ertugrul"?'

Jallaludin: 'Engin Altan Düzyatan.'

Wife: 'How many wickets did Imran Khan take in  Test cricket'

Jallaludin: '362.'

Wife: 'How many goals has Mohammed Salah in the Premier League?'

Jallaludin: '51.'

Wife: 'When did the Karrim family move into the house down the road?'

Jallaludin: 'Two months and 12 days ago.'

'But, why are you asking me all this in the middle of the night?'

Wife: 'Yesterday was my birthday.'


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An Ayaat-a-Week






But he who is a greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient, and gives the lie to the Best, - We will indeed make smooth for him the path to Misery; nor will his wealth profit him when he falls headlong (into the Pit).


~ Surah Al-Lait 92:8-11


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One 4 Kids productions is a Sydney based Islamic production company that has been producing animation films with the famous cartoon character Zaky since 2006 alhamdulillah.  Director and founder of One 4 Kids, Mr. Subhi Alshaik is a former musician who was living the lifestyle and caught up in the hype of the entertainment industry. After meeting Yusuf Islam in London several years ago he decided to turn his life around. He combined his production skills with his newfound enthusiasm for Islam and in 2004 came up with the idea of creating a children’s character.


Mr Alshaik created the animated characters Zaky and Friends with the intention of filling the gap for ethical and educational family entertainment and media with an Islamic ethos that existed in this market. One 4 Kids diversified its business structure and is now made up of four segments; animated film production, consumer products, events, appearances and school packages and interactive media. One 4 Kids is committed to producing films, merchandise, games and events that promote positive messages to children. It seeks to win the hearts and minds of children by providing quality Islamic entertainment to a global audience.


Since the first cartoon produced Zaky loves teaching children about Allah, the Prophet (SAW) and encouraging good character and manners.  One 4 Kids have introduced many new characters over the years that can be seen on the new TV show, Zaky's Learning Club on the One 4 Kids TV channel  One 4 Kids online TV channel was launched mid-2016.  The channel features hours of entertainment for your children on demand. The channel can be viewed on iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, Android devices, Roku, Airplay and Chromecast.


Every single day children and young adults spend an inordinate amount of time consuming various forms of media. One 4 Kids mission is to promote positive behaviour in young children by providing them with high quality fun and educational experiences. It does this with the help of its educational role models and animated characters, Zaky and Friends. Zaky and Friends were created to fill a void that existed for quality educational entertainment for Muslim children in a mainstream environment.


Zaky performs live shows at various festivals, events and schools as well as visits sick children in hospitals.  He has travelled to the USA, UK, Malaysia, South Africa and Canada. One 4 Kids have produced over 20 animated films, 100’s of educational videos, over 20 Apps, plenty of merchandise and over 35 songs.  Zaky has a YouTube channel with nearly 300,000 subscribers and over 200 Million views, with over 5 million views per month.  His Facebook page has over 415,000 likes and growing walhamdulillaah. 


Directly support One 4 kids and help them provide your children with more content by sponsoring their films or subscribing to One 4 Kids TV which is available on the Apple App store, Google Play store or online here 


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Zaky and Friends are coming to Brisbane next week.  For their first and only Brisbane show. 













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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CRAFTING THE FUTURE: A DAY FOR WOMEN Thursday 28 March, 10:00-2:50 pm IWAA Hall (Islamic Women’s Association of Australia) 11 Watland Street, Springwood QLD 4127 Come along for a relaxed day of conversations and activities. Together we will hear from women from all walks of life working in Brisbane southside to create lasting changes in attitudes. Enjoy crafting activities, a delicious light lunch, a bit of light exercise and the pleasure of one another’s company! Bookings essential for this half-day activity at IWAA on Thursday 28 March, 10:00-2:50 pm.  Please note that this event is open to women only. People of all backgrounds and ages encouraged to attend! Tickets: $5 concession / $10 waged.





























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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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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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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)

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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!

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