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Sunday 28 April 2019 | Issue 0755



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ICQ has issued a joint statement with the Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) regarding the attacks in Sri Lanka. Please see the attached statement.


We have also reached out directly to the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka and the Federation of Sri Lankan Organisations of Queensland to express our condolences and offer support.


We advise all organisations to make the effort to attend any services/vigils in honour of the victims. The message is clear and simple: different faith communities don’t have to agree on matters pertaining to religion, but we all agree that terrorism and hatred are antithetical to all faiths, and we must unite against the common enemies of intolerance, hatred and narrow-mindedness. Further to our affirmation that any loss of life is a tragedy for all of humanity, we also affirm that all places of worship and holy days are sacred to their own communities and must be respected as such.













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By Mrs. Preeti Saha & Miss Erin Frost   




On 24 April 2019, the Australian International Islamic College commemorated ANZAC Day.


We were honoured to have Mr Peter Mapp from the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL). He mentioned the pride he feels when he attends the ANZAC Day commemoration at AIIC, the positive friendships and camaraderie he witnesses between students and staff, and the respect shown by AIIC on such a memorable day.


Thank you to the primary school students Moussa Boukhriss, Hoda Jama Ali, Fathimath Madathil and Sarah Rehan for their wonderful recitation of the story, The Poppy.

We would like to congratulate our college captain Umme Kulsum, Sadiya Ismail and all the participants who lead the Anzac Commemoration ceremony at our college.


Our college leaders actively participated in the 2019 Anzac Student Commemorative Services held at the Anzac Square, Brisbane.


Our leaders laid wreath on the Anzac memorial in remembrance of the sacrifices made by our soldiers. When asked about the message they gained from attending 2019 Anzac Commemorative ceremony in Anzac Square, our students replied, “Nobody is a winner in war. No matter what the outcome of a war is, at the end both parties at war are losers. Such mature words from our High school student leaders made us proud.

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Report by Uzair Shuaib & Ma-azah Shah, College Captains, Islamic College of Brisbane



Islamic College of Brisbane school hall decked out for commemoration





Each year, we commemorate those who have made many sacrifices, for our freedom, on ANZAC day. In Islamic College of Brisbane, we hold an ANZAC ceremony every year, to show our respect to the fallen. We remember the service and sacrifice of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps from the landing at the Gallipoli as well as the other fallen countries. This commemoration marked the 101th year since the end of the war.


This year, Captain James Barret, from the Australian Army and Lieutenant Colonel Bradley Taylor, New Zealand Liaison officer at the Enoggera Barracks, both gave a speech on ANZAC day, showing their insight and commemorated the fallen. Mr David Forde, representing the Sunnybank RSL, also shared his insight before passing the ANZAC Spirit to a group of our student leaders. The Last Post historically has been used to signify the end of the day and was played during the assembly by a bugler from the Australian army as a tribute to the fallen, followed by a minute's silence as a time for reflection and a sign of respect. The Ode that has been recited since 1919 were then recited beautifully by our primary school leaders.

Every year, we show the perspective of the ANZACs on the war and of the Gallipoli landing, however we have also included the Turkish perspective. This was shown by one of our Turkish students, who shared their insight on the war. Then for the first time the Turkish national anthem was led by one of our brave Turkish students. Our Turkish student shared with us a speech by Mustafa Kemal, which he said to first Australians, New Zealanders and British to visit the battlefields since the war, which stated:


“Those heroes that shed their blood
And lost their lives.
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore, rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
Here in this country of ours,
You, the mothers,
Who sent their sons from far away countries
Wipe away your tears,
Your sons are now lying in our bosom
And are in peace
After having lost their lives on this land they have
Become our sons as well”.


The Queensland Maori Society led the New Zealand national anthem beautifully and the Islamic College of Brisbane Choir led the Australian National Anthem. As the ceremony came close to an end, the College Captains led the laying of the wreaths at the memorial, followed by the guests.

As we laid the wreaths, a moment was taken to show our respects to those who have fallen, and this concluded our service.









The Islamic College of Brisbane were well represented among the thousands who attended the Sunnybank RSL Sub-Branch's annual ANZAC Day Parade and Service.

ICB captains spoke as part of official proceedings. Other speakers spoke about the terrible impact of war, not just on service men and women, but also civilians, many who became refugees, and how ANZAC Day is about commemoration and not glorification. The RSL Chaplain commenced her talk by welcoming people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds. Among the wreath layers was Jenny Deen OAM on behalf of the Queensland Muslim Historical Society.







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Reported by Professor Shahjahan Khan, Founding President of Islamic Society of Toowoomba


Visit to St Anthony’s Church

On Tuesday, 23 April 2019 some members of Toowoomba Masjid visited St Anthony's Church with flowers. Led by President of Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Professor Shahjahan Khan, and Imam Abdul Kader the team felt a bit relieved to be able to reciprocate some of the humanity shown to the Muslim community by their Christian friends after the Christchurch mosques attacks.


Professor Khan said, “Unfortunately our friends and we had to do this again to stand together against the evil acts of some coward criminals. Let us send strongest possible message to the forces of division and hate that we are all untied to live in peace and harmony with mutual respect and care."



Community  leaders and members at the St Anthony’s Church with representatives of the Church




Prayers for Sri Lanka

Toowoomba Mosque organised a “Prayers for Sri Lanka” gathering after Magrib prayers (at 5:30pm) on Wednesday, 24 April at the Garden City Mosque. Muslims and Non-Muslims joined the prayers led by Imam Abdul Kader. Mr Ahamed Muneer a Sri Lankan Australian Toowoomba community shared his feeling about the massacre and how Sri Lankan Muslims have been living peacefully with fellow Christians for centuries. He appreciated the united stand of Toowoomba community in support of his country of origin.

Dr David Tutty of the Social Justice Commission of Catholic Dioceses of Toowoomba asked everyone to remember God all the time. And the one sincerely remembers God can’t do any evil.
Imam Abdul Kader said that everyone of us is created by Allah (God) from soil and decedent of Adam and Eve as brothers and sisters. Islam is a religion of peace and Muslims must protect religious freedom of people of other faiths, especially sacred places of worship, even at the time of wars.



Non-Muslims and Muslims at the Prayers for Sri Lanka in Toowoomba Mosque.





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Gold Coast Mosque Secretary, Husain Baba, attended the services at the Robina Hospital on Friday.













The newly formed Sri Lankan Support Group in the Gold Coast held a prayer service gathering of over 500 people on Saturday morning at the Cricket Club across the road from the Gold Coast Mosque.


Prayers were offered up by a Buddhist monk, Christian priest and a Muslim Imam.

Speeches were delivered by Hussain Baba, Sam O’Connor (State MP) and Pastor Terry Ayling.





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Imam Uzair Akbar and Ali Kadri participated in the Anglican Church multi faith prayer service to pray for peace in response to the terror attacks in Sri Lanka.


"We went there as Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, atheists who came out with the same faiths we went in but with better understanding and respect for each other", Ali Kadri posted on Facebook.

"Listening to all the religious leaders speak about importance of peace in their faiths, one can not help but notice that above everything else the creator wants us all to live and let live in peace, said Ali Kadri.



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The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) has commenced an initiative called MyVoteMatters ( in the lead up to the federal election on May 18.


This follows on from the successful campaign ICV ran last year in the lead up to the Victorian state election.


MyVoteMatters (MVM) utilises all of the main digital channels (website, FB, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) to communicate with the community. The FB page ( is updated on a daily basis and does receive significant community comments.

MyVoteMatters (MVM) has three primary objectives:

1. Encourage Muslim community engagement with the political process via exercising their right to vote, and educating the Muslim community about how the political system works. The MVM website has a lot of information about this (

2. Providing easily understood material to the Muslim community about the issues that matters and the relative policies of the political parties so that they make an informed choice at the polling booth. The final product will be a Policy Scorecard (I have attached the Scorecard used during the Victorian state election last last year).

3. Developing Muslim community capability and capacity for grassroots, community-led, campaigning.

ICV Vice president, Adel Salman, said,"In relation to the second objective, we want to ascertain the relative priorities of the community on the many issues in the public domain. Many of these issues are common (i.e. common across the entire Australian society) and some are more more specific to the Muslim community.The shortlist is based on national poll results, anecdotal feedback from the Muslim community, and MVM team knowledge.

"Once we have the final shortlist, they will be converted into a SurveyMonkey online survey which will be open to the entire Muslim community insha-Allah. Our plan is to issue the online survey by Monday of next week (29/4). The results of the national survey will be used to identify the priority issues that will form the basis of the Policy Scorecard, which will be the tool used to assess and compare the relative policies of the three main parties inshaAllah."

Common Issues

1. Healthcare (affordability, access to services, mental health services, disability services)
2. Education (government funding, affordability, TAFE, NAPLAN)
3. Economy (personal and corporate taxation rates, government debt, support for small business, housing affordability)
4. Job Security (casualisation or the workforce, worker rights, living wage)
5. Immigration & Refugees (current intake levels, offshore detention, refugee settlement and temporary protection visas)
6. Aged care and pensions
7. Social justice (First Nations people, poverty, wealth disparity, homelessness)
8. Climate change

Muslim Community Issues

9. Islamophobia (racism and discrimination, media reporting, political rhetoric)
10. Foreign Affairs (oppressed Muslims in Myanmar and China, Palestine)



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Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed has convened a forum to promote the interests of Muslim Australians

The Grand Mufti of Australia has convened an election forum to advocate for the interests of Muslim Australians, as community leaders press for action on Islamophobia in the aftermath of the Christchurch shooting.

Islamophobia is not the only item on the agenda. The event invitation also lists social policy, employment and climate change as key interests.

But Australian National Imams Council spokesman Bilal Rauf estimated that combating hatred and vilification was "by far the most important issue" for the community.

"[Christchurch] highlights that words matter, and that they result in consequences ... the people who are most vulnerable are women and children," he said.

Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohamed has previously called on the Prime Minister to enact anti-discrimination laws comparable to those prohibiting anti-Semitic speech.

Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Labor member Tony Burke, and Greens leader Richard Di Natale will speak at the forum.

The organisers said their "objective is to present a positive and powerful impression on the Australian leadership, by the participation of Australian Muslims in the elections".

But community leaders said they recognised the limits of their political leverage.

Islamic Council of Western Australia representative Zouber Sayed said Muslim groups had limited resources in terms of "funding and political alliances", in addition to a relatively small population.

As of the 2016 census, 2.6 per cent of Australians identified as Muslims.

They comprised as much as 29 per cent of the electorate in Blaxland and 23 per cent in Watson, both in Western Sydney. These were safe Labor seats, held respectively by Jason Clare and Tony Burke.

Mr Rauf said that on issues such as protections from hate speech, politicians claimed to recognise the problem but failed to act.

"It's a problem of political will and momentum," he said.

The Australian National Imams Council has urged their 200 registered imams to use the Friday sermons to stress the importance of responsible voting.

The Curtin incident
Some Muslim and pro-Palestinian groups said their frustrations had been compounded by the Labor Party's decision to abandon its candidate in Curtin over her remarks condemning Israel.

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) said the move was an "outrage".

"Is it now a sin to criticise Israel? Is it against the law?"

"Isn't that what you want from politicians: the guts to tell the truth of what they saw on the ground?" APAN vice president Bassam Dally said.

Labor dumped human rights lawyer Melissa Parke as its candidate for the marginal Western Australian seat after reports that she had called Israel's treatment of Palestine "worse than the South African system of apartheid".

Co-chief executive of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry Peter Wertheim rejected the claim that Ms Parke's dismissal would deter criticism of Israel.

He focused instead on an opposite chilling effect: the harassment of Jewish organisations to deter them from speaking out against "false or misleading claims about Israel".

"They want to intimidate us into silence. It’s outrageous to suggest that we don’t have the same rights as every other citizen to support or criticise our politicians’ statements," he said.

APAN planned to campaign around the federal election under its recurring theme, "I support Palestine and I vote".

Mr Sayed, who is a member of the Labor Party and a resident of the electorate that neighbours that of Parke, said he was disappointed in his party's decision.

But he said he would not stop advocating for issues of importance to Muslims.

"The only way to have your voice heard is through social, political and economic action. It's to be an active participant, rather than to keep yourself distant.

"There's a lot of work to do," he said.

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IT IS that time of the year again once again, alhamdulillah  our NZF EID TOY DRIVE 2019. 


We will be collecting brand new toys for the less fortunate and the children at the qld children's hospital in sha Allah 


So make this Ramadan the most rewarding by earning the pleasure of Allah swt and making a child happy on EID al Fitr. 


For more info and toy requirements contact Amra 0430589383 (NZF Toy drive coordinator) 




































MAA Preparing to Distribute Your Donations in Ramadan


For over 30 years, Muslim Aid Australia has been delivering your donations to the poorest communities around the world including in Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Burma and across Africa. 

This Ramadan, donate your Zakah & Sadaqah or opt for some of our special 'Donate & Elevate' packages that focus on Food, Sadaqah Jaariyah, the Environment, Women's Empowerment and more. 

Don't wait - help change the lives of your brothers and sisters today to ensure they can benefit this Ramadan and beyond. 


Donate online or find out more at or call 1800 100 786. 







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The brand new podcast series with Professor Saeed Khan - the millennial Muslim’s guide to what the “hell” happened in Islamic history. 

1400 OMG is your guide to what the heck happened in Muslim History.

Muslim lands are currently wrought with war. The Caliphate formally ended. Sectarianism rampant. Terror in the name of Islam. Barely any theological progress.


This series will reflect on the last 1400 years in the Muslim world and dig deep into some of the root causes of the situation many Muslims find themselves in today. The series is inquisitive and reflective.


Get ready for season 1 of 1400 OMG, a Toledo Society original.


Season 1 dives into key events during the last 200 years including the fall of the Islamic Caliphate, Muslims and WWI, the 1979 Mecca siege and the Iranian Revolution.

Saeed A. Khan is currently in the Department of History and Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University-Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Islamic Civilizations and History of Islamic Political Thought. Mr. Khan is also a Research Fellow at Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship. He is also Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, co-teaching a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity. With areas of focus including US policy, globalization, Middle East and Islamic Studies, as well as genomics and bioethics, Mr. Khan has been a contributor to several media agencies, such as C-Span, NPR, Voice of America and the National Press Club, as well as newspapers and other outlets, and is also a consultant on Islamic and Middle East affairs for the BBC and the CBC. In addition, he has served as consultant to the US-Arab Economic Forum. Mr. Khan has founded the Centre for the Study of Trans-Atlantic Diasporas, a think tank and policy centre examining and comparing the condition of ethnic immigrant groups in North America and Europe, consulting the US and UK governments on their respective Muslim communities. Most recently, Mr. Khan has become co-host of the radio show “Detroit Today” on Detroit Public Radio.




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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



Ibn Sina Award for HEALTH

Dr Faheem Ahmed grew up from humble beginnings in a South London flat. He was awarded a prestigious academic and sports scholarship at one of the UK’s leading independent schools – Dulwich College. Faheem excelled both in academia and sports, playing at the highest level in football and cricket, subsequently being elected by his peers as the College’s first Muslim Vice-Captain. After achieving the top grades in GCSEs and A-levels, he secured a place at King’s College London Medical School where he was also elected as the first Muslim President of Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ Medical Students’ Association. He has published extensively in major high-impact journals such as the Lancet and British Medical Journal and presented at over 50 different conferences internationally. Faheem is also a founding member and Director of Selfless UK, an award-winning international NGO that addresses health inequalities through technology.

Professor Naveed Sattar was born in Sheffield, lived for 10 years in Cardiff, and in 1977 moved to Glasgow where he went to school and university before becoming a clinical academic and Professor of Metabolic Medicine in 2005 at the age of 37. He is now amongst the most widely published academics in the world (over 750 peers reviewed papers) and for the last 5 years has been in the top 1% of cited individuals in clinical medicine worldwide. He is well known for his expertise in diabetes, heart disease and obesity. However, it is in diabetes where he is best known, currently in the top 10 diabetes experts in the world as measured by objective criteria on the expertscape website, a metric used by academics around the world.

Dr Omar Mahroo is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and senior lecturer in medical retina and electrophysiology. He undertook his undergraduate medical training in Cambridge, where he also completed a PhD in electrophysiology. He was previously an academic clinical lecturer at Kings College London, where he continued his study of the electrical activity of the retina in health and disease. Omar has recently secured a Wellcome grant of over £1m to continue his research at Moorfields, where he is investigating how the electrical activity of the retina can help in the early diagnosis of disease.    






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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.









The development of a distinctive Australian identity towards the end of the 19thcentury sought to embed pure British roots within the idea of a ‘national type’.


Many newspapers perpetuated the ideal of a largely exclusive male domain where, as Clive Moore suggests, “dominant colonial Anglo-Celtic manhood and masculinity was constructed against the image of the multiple ‘other’: women; recent immigrant males; non-Caucasian males.”


This was combined with discussions of the other pressing issues of the day, including the threat of cheap foreign labour, abolition of private land ownership and new protectionist policies.


While Australia’s economy was booming in the 1870s and 1880s,a severe drought lasting four years from 1890 crippled the economy. The frustrations from the resulting unemployment, poverty and industrial strikes played out in contemporary newspaper coverage that sought to curtail the ‘unfair’ competition.


The camel industry had grown by the late 19thcentury and rural communities felt threatened. Although the working conditions of the cameleers were appalling, the growing ‘Afghan’ owned camel teams were seen to be in direct competition with the bullock drivers and horse teamsters who were ‘White’.


In December 1894,Frederick Vosper, the editor of the Coolgardie Miner and an ardent trade unionist, began a media campaign against the Afghans to have them deported from mining regions. Vosper was a prominent Queensland radical in the early 1890s and used his position as editor to further alienate the cameleers, who he claimed “weren’t wanted here or anywhere near the goldfields, which should be kept for the benefit of the white races.”


Referring to what he perceived to be a cordial relationship between Britain and its ‘coloured’ subjects, he urged his readers to “let them conserve their friendship. We don’t want any of it, but what we want is for Australia to be free from such a complication.”


The cameleers’ religious practices were directly targeted and this is evident in the coverage of the 1894 incident at ‘Afghan Rocks,’ where the ritual of ablution led to the murder of Noore Mahomet by a digger and the “outbreak of racial war.”


Thomas Brandon Knowles faced a “charge of double murder” for shooting Mahomet and for the death of Jehan Mahomet, who was hit by a stray bullet.


The trial was documented in the local papers and closely followed by the Anti-Afghan League, which was formed by Vosper in December 1894. One article referred to a “telegram received during a meeting of the Anti-Afghan League” stating Knowles had been acquitted and described the “great cheering ”that followed.


Two critical points were raised during the meetings of the Anti-Afghan and Anti-Asiatic Leagues, both of which operated along the same discriminatory premise, and were documented in the local papers. The first was the appeal to grassroots action and the advice given to attendees “not to put their trust in Prince or Premier who were notoriously great in promise, but small in performance ”was used to garner greater ‘individual effort’ “to give effect to public opinion.”


The second point, and what appears to have been the driving force behind this popular movement, which could attract up to 2000 attendees, was the importance of grappling with “the sneaking, crawling, insidious Mahomedan invasion now going on.








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Australian Elections – What, Why and Who Deserve Your Votes?
By Professor Shahjahan Khan, Professor of Statistics, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba; Former Vice President of Islamic Council of Queensland, and Founding President of Islamic Society of Toowoomba.

Australian election system is ‘preferential’, unlike many other countries where ‘majority’ wins the election. Also, the election system of the Members of the House (Parliament) is different from that of the Senate (Upper House). In both cases some rules of mathematics of proportion (preference) are used to determine the winning candidate. These make the system more complicated and difficult for many ordinary Australians. Good information on election system is found at

Although different colours of the ballot papers distinguish between House and Senate vote, the practice of voting above and below the line of the ballot paper is complicated. Voting above the line is easier but it is tantamount to voting for all Senate candidates and candidate for the House of the specific party you tick. On the other hand voting below the line requires more knowledge of the candidates to determine the preferences. The matter is further complicated as there are too many political parties in the country and even more independent candidates, especially for the Senate, adding to the long list of candidates below the line.

In the recent past, very small number of voters (only 37) made the difference between win or loss. An anti-Muslim Senator received only 19 primary votes. So, every vote matters, and it matters more in the marginal seats. Ironically, only a few racist Senators from right wing parties have dominated and directed agendas of the outgoing government. In some cases they forced the government to change its policies and modify legislations to pass the bills.

Voting in the federal and state elections is compulsory in Australia. If any eligible voter fails to vote in the election for unacceptable reasons, she or he is required to pay fine. The fine for failing to vote in Queensland state election is $126.15. Australians could take the advantage of pre-polling voting or postal voting if they can’t vote on the election day.

The above scenario should alert every Australian to have sound knowledge about the election system of the country. They must conduct research on the political parties to find the political views and background of the candidates before deciding their voting preferences. This is more so for the migrants turned citizens who have decided to permanently settle in Australia, and hence they are required to know its system of government and election to exercise their voting right correctly.

Every Australian citizen must register with the Australian Electoral Commission before being able to vote. More info at

Australia is a very successful migrant nation, like Canada and USA. Diversity is our identity and strength. The division of ‘us’ and ‘them’ is un-Australian and should be eliminated. Other than the First Nation, the custodian of the land, indigenous Australians, everyone is either a migrant or a descendent of migrants.


Voters should reject anyone dividing the nation based on ethnicity or religion, and reject all forms of political extremism and religious radicalism.


No Australian should vote a racist, bigot, extremist or promoter of hate and division.











Allah (swt) tells us: “He is the one who made you khalifahs (vicegerents, stewards, guardians) of the earth” (6:165).


Dear Masjid and Islamic Centre Leaders,
As-Salam-u- Alaikum wa Rahmat-u- Lillahi wa Barakatuhu

ISNA leadership and ISNA Masjid Committee Green Initiative requests your Masjid/Islamic Center to join us this Ramadan in “Greening Our Ramadan” Campaign.


Being sensitive to the harm that we do to our environment and committed to living in harmony with nature, we, as Muslims, must seek to implement practices and policies that are environmentally friendly.


Let us live up to our role as stewards of the earth by joining the “Greening Our Ramadan” campaign again this year.

We ask every masjid/Islamic center to adopt and pledge at least the following five practices during the coming Ramadan:

Conserve food during Iftar and avoid being wasteful by giving excess food to people in need. Conserve water, especially during wudu. Follow the tradition of the Prophet (PBUH)

Use relatively quick degradable paper products for Iftar and not at all use Styrofoam cups and plates

Recycle material, especially plastic water bottles

Replace all light bulbs with energy saver bulbs and thus conserve electricity

Give a khutbah on the Islamic imperative to conserve and protect the environment

Please fill out the online pledge form (below) on ISNA website that your masjid/Islamic center will implement these five practices this Ramadan. Display the poster showing your commitment to “Greening Our Ramadan.”

For participating in the ISNA Green Ramadan Campaign and as a sign of our gratitude, the Pen and Inkpot Foundation (Pi Foundation) will plant trees through the Arbor Day Foundation on your behalf and a certificate will be sent to you like in the previous years by the Pi Foundation for participating in the ISNA Green Ramadan Campaign.

Please fulfil your obligation of being the Caretakers of this earth as ordained by Allah (SWT). Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Re-think.

Have a blessed Ramadan

President of ISNA: Azhar Azeez
Masjid Committee Green Initiative: Huda Alkaff, Ihsan Bagby, Saffet Catovic, Nana Firman, Uzma Mirza, S. Masroor Shah (Chair)










Capitalism is failing us all. Could Islamic economics be the answer?

By Muhammed Yesilhark



Muhammed Yesilhark is a philanthropist, a trustee of the UK National Zakat Foundation and founder of the Q2Q Foundation

Billionaire Ray Dalio, manager of the world's largest hedge fund Bridgewater, recently shocked the world when he announced that "capitalism is failing" and that a "revolution" is coming.

There is no denying that global inequality is at unsustainable levels, and that interest-based economies are no longer fit for purpose (in many countries interest rates are too low to incentivise saving at all).

I believe that Islamic economics, with its 2.5% zakat wealth tax (and much lower taxes in other areas) might give us a clue on how to eliminate the worst social inequality. And with a prohibition of abusive high-interest businesses and the incentivisation away from interest-based savings accounts, it can reinvigorate the global economy. These are not just Islamic economic concepts; these are universalist traditional Abrahamic ethics, and a common sense way for us all to enjoy a truly free market.

Once we strip away the Arabic terminology, concepts like zakat can return our economies to the common sense-based, transparent and equitable set up that the architects of modern capitalism envisaged.

Dalio’s statements matter, not only because of how strongly worded they are but also because of how topical they are in today’s news climate. They are significant because of who Dalio is, that is to say probably the most successful hedge fund manager in the world. One of my colleagues commented last week that this was the equivalent of the Pope declaring that Catholicism is failing.

Dalio’s words are perhaps more shocking because they violate one of the most sacred unwritten rules of the global rich: you’re not allowed to criticise capitalism if you have benefited hugely from it. Protest - or even displeasure - with the system is a luxury only the poor can afford. It’s normal to see cleaners, or even Uber drivers, angry at inequality. It is less normal to see the world’s wealthiest publicly stating that the order to which they owe their success is “not providing the American Dream.”

The “no protest for the rich” rule has led billionaires to channel their sense of responsibility, frustration or even guilt into philanthropy. This means that we seldom have the wealthy discuss these issues, let alone the root causes from which these problems arise. Those root causes go deeper than many of us realise and addressing them will mean re-examining not only our economics, but our politics and values.

Most of us want a societal order where there isn’t a huge vacuum between the classes. Unfortunately, this gap keeps widening as “casino capitalism” and high interest consumer products entrench divisions.

To create societies where there is mutual respect and compassion, we need an environment of reconciliation between the elites and the masses. The only way to achieve this is through a wealth tax such as the payment of zakat - one of the pillars of Islam - and an effective tool in addressing our current issues. But first, to reform a failing capitalism, we need to fix two things: taxation and the interest rate system. Taxation is easier (and far less left field) to critique since there is an emerging consensus that the global tax system simply no longer works. Through a combination of tax avoidance schemes, tax havens and even relatively innocent methods like transfer pricing, high net worth individuals and their corporations have very little (if any) tax to pay on their wealth. In the absence of effective wealth taxes, governments have no choice but to enforce taxes that perhaps unfairly target the poor, like sales tax and inheritance tax. The injustice of some of these taxes further normalises tax avoidance and polarises society even more.

Critiquing the interest rate system is more controversial. Most people feel that possessing money has some inherent value that should be recognised in a zero (or almost zero) risk way. But with negative interest rates spreading around in the developed world, interest rates are so low in many countries that they simply do not fulfil their purpose of incentivising consumers to save any longer. In short, as Deutsche Bank’s Jim Reid titled his research report last year, we might be witnessing “The Start of the End of Fiat Money.”

Therefore, our current fiat-based monetary system might require a rethink. After all, in the grand scheme of global economic history, it can still be considered an experiment as the vast majority of human history was based on gold and silver-backed sound money. Current proponents of digital currencies (such as so-called Bitcoin maximalists) are proposing a new form of supra-national sound money based on maths - quasi-“digital gold” for the globalised world.

Islamic economics, on the other hand, can give us clues to solve both these issues. Zakat, or Islamic alms, is a simple, transparent annual wealth tax of 2.5%. Let’s only consider tax havens, where estimated wealth of $10 trillion is held around the world. That means if zakat was paid on these funds (perhaps as some kind of amnesty agreement), there would be $250 billion per year flowing into the world’s poorest areas and worthiest causes.

At the same time, other taxes could be reduced or eliminated. In return for the wealth tax, Islamic economics suggests almost zero tax in every other area, including inheritance.

Solving the interest problem will be more gradual and will require a rethink of the monetary system we currently live in, as I previously mentioned. I can’t see a sudden global ban on interest but governments (particularly those with low interest rates) could incentivise other forms of investment, increasing regulation around abusive high interest products and businesses to start with.

Some of these might seem very drastic but once we strip away the Arabic terminology, concepts like zakat can return our economies to the common sense-based, transparent and equitable set up that the architects of modern capitalism envisaged.

When the richest guy in the room is telling you the game is rigged, it’s time to change the rules.  






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Jerusalem: Can Jews, Christians ,Muslims live together?

(Part II)


Al Jazeera





Jerusalem: A Rock and a Hard Place
A remarkable new two-part documentary special from Al Jazeera English, goes behind the scenes with residents from each of the three monolithic faiths who share one of the world’s most extraordinary cities: Jerusalem.

Here, Israeli Jews and Palestinian Muslims and Christians exist in close geographical proximity and are bound in many ways by a common history.

But as these films reveal, they are also worlds apart.

The stark, every-day challenges of life in a city shaped by 70 years of Israeli occupation – with its oppressive discrimination, security walls and endless petty restrictions – aren’t always fully understood by outsiders. To followers of different faiths, Jerusalem is a sacred and spiritual place, to many tourists it’s most famous for its culturally significant monuments, but to those who live here its status is much more complex.

These two insightful episodes go beyond some of the common misconceptions, tracing the roots of the occupation and exploring the relationship that Jerusalem’s different communities have with their city and with each other.

For Omar Harami, a young Palestinian Christian, and a lead character in the film, the consequences of Jerusalem’s divisions are too often ignored. “ This is an apartheid in the 21st century and the world is silent,” he says. “Israel builds walls to hide the [settler only roads] highway, so it becomes an invisible part. We Palestinians in East Jerusalem are invisible”.

Others, including some surprising voices from across the divided community, explain how the Zionist project to establish a Jewish homeland in the territory continues to reinforce inequality and prejudice in Jerusalem today.

Dr. Meir Margalit is a former soldier and settler turned human rights activist, who also researches the history of the Jewish community. “Forty percent of the city’s residents are not citizens of the state, “ he says. ““They don't have the right to be elected. More importantly, they can lose their right to live in their city.“

Sahar Vardi, a young Israeli woman who refuses to serve in the armed forces, also condemns the divisions. “The education system, media, everything around us is by definition defined by fear,” she says.

The film also features interviews with UN Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov and South Africa’s ambassador to Palestine talking about their experiences in one of the world’s most renowned cities.

Both episodes of A Rock and Hard Place have been produced and directed by Awad Joumaa and edited by Jameel Hodzic in cooperation with executive producer Stephen Phelps.








Sydney Imam delivers ANZAC prayer

SBS News





A special prayer for peace to honour the nation’s servicemen and servicewomen at an ANZAC dawn service in western Sydney.









Prince William at Christchurch Mosque


Prince William speaking inside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch.

“An act of violence was designed to change New Zealand, but instead the grief of a nation revealed just how deep your wells of empathy, compassion, warmth, and love truly run.”








Islamophobic attacks rebuked in US legislature





West Virginia Lawmakers Address Islamophobic Attacks From State Leadership and Activists
Islamophobic posters and remarks in the halls of this state legislature inspired furious rebukes from W. Virginia delegates, forcing a member of GOP House leadership to resign.









Why Turkish people love animals




Cats in mosques, decorated bird houses and blankets for stray dogs. These are common sights in Turkey. The special place animals have in the hearts of the Turkish people goes back to the Ottoman Empire when caring for animals was encouraged by the Sultan himself.











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"Anywhere in Australia for mine..."




"Anywhere in Australia for mine..."

Written, composed and sung by Private Cass Mahomet, the Indian 'Digger', c.1920

Born in 1896 at Wee Waa NSW, Cass enlisted as a Private in the AIF in 1916.

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TOPIC: "Drawing Near to the Quran" 
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 DATE: 26 April 2019

TOPIC: "How to react to calamities" PART 4

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 











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DATE: 26 April 2019

TOPIC: "Ramadhaan checklist and legal rulings pertaining to Fasting"

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DATE: 26 April 2019

TOPIC: "Four rich qualities"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 26 April 2019

TOPIC: "Preparation for Ramadan"

IMAM: Moulana Sarfaraz Sher Ali (visiting Imam from New Zealand)









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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 26 April 2019

TOPIC: "How to Approach Ramadaan" 
IMAM: Imraan Husain



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'Eco mosque' opens for prayers in Cambridge   


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UK: The architects behind the UK's "first green mosque" say the building will be a "cultural bridge" for Islam in Britain in the 21st Century.

Cambridge Central Mosque, in Mill Road, cost £23m and has capacity for 1,000 worshippers.

The mosque opened for prayers at midday on Wednesday after more than a decade in the planning.

Spokesman Dr Abdal Hakim Murad said the "global city" of Cambridge had been "slow off the mark".

Dr Murad, of the Cambridge Mosque Trust, said the city's estimated 6,000 Muslims have had to pray in shifts at smaller, overcrowded Islamic centres locally as well as converted houses.

"There has been an urgent need for a proper mosque in Cambridge, it's an overdue idea," he added.

"Cambridge is a global city but it's been slow off the mark in having a multi-cultural space like this."

The Central Mosque has been designed by Marks Barfield Architects, who won the original contract in 2009.

In 2011, anonymous leaflets were posted through doors of houses close to the proposed site, urging people to object on grounds of potential congestion.

However, Cambridge City Council said it received 50 letters opposing the plans - but more than 200 in support.

Planning permission was granted in 2012.

'Cultural bridge'
The mosque includes a prayer hall, ablution areas and accommodation for its Imam's family and visiting scholars.

It boasts zero carbon on-site emissions, rainwater harvesting and air source heat pumps.

Julia Barfield, principal architect, said the idea was to create "a truly British mosque in the 21st Century".

"This mosque can be a cultural bridge, and takes the environmental message to one of the biggest faith communities in the world," she said. 



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This photo went viral when a woman 'smiled in the face of bigotry'.   




The picture went viral on Instagram, with more than 100,000 likes, and on Twitter, where it was liked more than 150,000 times.

Shaymaa Ismaa'eel was attending a conference of the Islamic Circle of North America in Washington DC on Sunday when she saw a group of protesters holding signs against the Muslim faith and the Prophet Muhammad.

So she asked her friend to take a picture of her while she flashed a smile squatting in front of them.

"I really wanted to combat their hatred with kindness honestly," Ismaa'eel, 24, told CNN via Instagram. "I wanted them to see my face and simply walking by wasn't enough."

Ismaa'eel, who works as a therapist with children on the autism spectrum in the DC area, posted the photo on Instagram along with a quote from Prophet Muhammad reading: "Kindness is a mark of faith. Those who aren't kind have no faith."

The picture went viral on the picture-sharing platform, with more than 100,000 likes, and on Twitter, where it was liked more than 150,000 times.

"On April 21st I smiled in the face of bigotry and walked away feeling the greatest form of accomplishment," she wrote on a tweet accompanying the picture.

Ismaa'eel told CNN she noticed the protesters for the first time on Saturday, the second day of the convention, adding that most people were very upset by their presence and didn't appear to know how to react. She said that some teens tried to approach the men, but most people just walked by without giving them attention.

For her part, Ismaa'eel said she kept thinking about the protesters during the conference, which included sessions on different topics including the Quran, the life of Muhammad, lessons from the Christchurch shooting, and so on



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Salah Time



Mo Salah named in TIME magazine’s top 100 most influential people in 2019


Further evidence of Mohamed Salah‘s growing status not just in England and Europe but around the world, with the Egyptian named in TIME magazine’s most influential people of 2019.

"Mo Salah is a better human being than he is a football player. And he’s one of the best football players in the world.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a professional athlete in any sport less affected by their success or status than Mo, which is incredible because I can’t imagine the kind of pressure that comes with the intensity of adoration he receives. Mo is an iconic figure for Egyptians, Scousers and Muslims the world over, and yet he always comes across as a humble, thoughtful, funny man who isn’t taking any of this too seriously.

As a footballer, he plays with an infectious joy. I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to be able to play as well as him, and watching his face light up after he does something incredible, you get the reassuring sense that it’s exactly as fun as you’d want it to be.

I absolutely love him."

                    - Oliver is the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Speaking to TIME, Salah discussed women’s equality, saying: “I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture. It’s not optional.

“I support the woman more than I did before, because I feel like she deserves more than what they give her now, at the moment.”


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The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims



 Mustafa Akyol


When Reza Aslan’s bestseller Zealot came out in 2013, there was criticism that he hadn’t addressed his Muslim faith while writing the origin story of Christianity. In fact, Ross Douthat of The New York Times wrote that “if Aslan had actually written in defense of the Islamic view of Jesus, that would have been something provocative and new.”

Mustafa Akyol’s The Islamic Jesus is that book.

The Islamic Jesus reveals startling new truths about Islam in the context of the first Muslims and the early origins of Christianity. Muslims and the first Christians—the Jewish followers of Jesus—saw Jesus as not divine but rather as a prophet and human Messiah and that salvation comes from faith and good works, not merely as faith, as Christians would later emphasize. What Akyol seeks to reveal are how these core beliefs of Jewish Christianity, which got lost in history as a heresy, emerged in a new religion born in 7th Arabia: Islam.

Akyol exposes this extraordinary historical connection between Judaism, Jewish Christianity and Islam—a major mystery unexplored by academia. From Jesus’ Jewish followers to the Nazarenes and Ebionites to the Qu’ran’s stories of Mary and Jesus, The Islamic Jesus will reveal links between religions that seem so contrary today. It will also call on Muslims to discover their own Jesus, at a time when they are troubled by their own Pharisees and Zealots.

Interfaith Healer: The Surprising Role of Jesus in Islam
BOOK REVIEW By Lesley Hazleton


Akyol makes good use of both canonical and noncanonical sources, tracing where and why the Islamic approach agrees with Christian tradition (yes to Jesus as the messenger, prophet, word and spirit of God), and where it disagrees (no to the Resurrection, and no to divinity). Along the way, he ups the ante by finding what he calls “astonishing” parallels between the Quran and early Christian texts, though such astonishment seems unnecessary to this reader. Given the fertile interchange of ideas and lore in the multiethnic Byzantine Middle East, such parallels were not only likely, but even inevitable.

No new religion comes into being fully made, like Venus on her half-shell. And the Quran is quite open about this, as Akyol notes. It fulsomely acknowledges its debt by declaring that it comes to confirm both the Torah and the Gospels — to renew their ethical traditions. And since that was also part of the Jesus message — a renewal of Jewish tradition, not a break with it — Akyol presents the Islamic Jesus as more of a Jewish prophet than a Christian savior.

To bolster his argument, he delves into the split within the early Jesus movement: between the non-Jewish Hellenic church founded by Paul, which lasted and flourished, and the Jewish “Jerusalem Church” under James, which did neither. The idea is that remnants of these “Jewish Christians” might have survived into the seventh century to influence the Quranic concept of Jesus, though this seems something of a Dan Brownian stretch.

But Akyol excels in the last chapter, which will doubtless raise some eyebrows with its title alone: “What Jesus Can Teach Muslims Today.” In it, he makes a forceful argument for Jesus as the expression of the spirit instead of the letter of the law, and against the soulless legalism of both first-century Pharisees and 21st-century Islamic fundamentalists.




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Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
The Baghdad Clock
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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: A healthy choice for Ramadan this year. 








Step 1
Sift 2 cups flour, 3 tsp baking Powder, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper. Rub in 125gram butter to resemble bread crumbs.

Step 2
Beat 2 eggs and 1 cup buttermilk, (leaving 2 Tab aside to glaze) and mix with the above dry ingredients to form a batter.

Step 3
Steak Filling
Make a spicy steak filling (see below for a recipe)

Step 4
Using foil pie holders, (you could use cup cake or muffin pans) fill 1/3 of the container with the batter, you may need to wet your hands to spread the scone like batter.

Step 5
Layer with steak filling, you could use chicken as well.

Step 6
Cover with the remaining batter, glaze with egg/buttermilk mixture. Sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.

Step 7
And bake at 180degrees until light brown.


Steak Filling
½ kg rump steak cubed
1 tsp crushed green chillies
1 tsp crushed red chillies
Juice of ½ a lemon
¼ tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger garlic
1 onion diced
2 tomatoes diced
2 tab ghee

Heat the ghee, add all the spices, cook for a minute add the steak and lemon juice and cook until steak is tender and all the water has evaporated. Add the onion and tomato and cook until the mixture is dry, taste for salt.



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Keeping Fit with Kareema






• Never compromise on your form
• Always maintain good technique
• Know your limits, and challenge them safely
• Modify exercises when necessary
• Stay motivated – aim to be better
• Take rest when needed





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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:
Do You Suffer From The “what will people say syndrome”?

It’s time to say it like it is, without stigma and judgement. Out of 10,000 Australian women surveyed in 2017, nearly 40% suffered from depression and anxiety.

This figure is increasing daily. 100% of my clients have symptoms of depression and anxiety.

I also battled with depression and Complex PTSD most of my adult life. I had to go through intensive self-reflective therapy to understand my biggest fears and triggers and how to manage them or overcome most of them. Healing is a daily process for me.

The sessions made me understand what perpetuated my fears. I was suffering from, in my own words, the “What Will People Say Syndrome”. Every fear I had was based on insecurities of how people would view me, how they would judge me and whether or not I would measure up to their expectations. Bottom line was that I was in the business to constantly please everyone. Also commonly known as the ‘disease to please’ or ‘people-pleasing syndrome’. All I was doing was trying my hardest and still failing at getting approval from people. It never dawned on me that the people whose approval I was desperately seeking had displayed highly disrespectful and immoral behaviours for as long as I could remember. Not only did they not deserve my efforts to constantly please them but they also didn’t deserve any justifications of my choices. I was not answerable to them. Period.

So, now, I’m asking you to pause your life for a moment and reflect on your day today. How much of your day today revolved around pleasing people? Who are these people you are trying to seek approval from? And why?

As Muslims, we must constantly remind ourselves this truth: We are here to please only ALLAH, not to please Muslims or any other being. You may be displaying symptoms of the Disease to Please Syndrome without even realising it. It’s because we want to be liked by everyone. The yearning for acceptance and a sense of belonging is natural. However, acknowledging that you are NOT a slave to people’s expectations is vital if you are seeking better mental health and wellbeing.

7 Strategies To Overcome People-Pleasing Syndrome

The following strategies will hopefully help you understand your tendency to seek approval from others and better equip you with ways to beat this syndrome.

1. Know that you probably don’t like everybody in the world and that not everybody in the world has to like you. It's better to respect someone and celebrate your differences than to like someone for the sake of it.

2. ‘No’ is a complete sentence. Use it. Don't feel the need to justify it. If something doesn’t feel right in your gut, SAY NO.
3. Examine the boundaries you have set in your life with people. What do these boundaries look like? How much do they get away with? If you haven’t set boundaries yet, now is a great time to do so. (If you are struggling with setting boundaries, contact me and I may be able to help).

4. Write down all the things that would be different in your life if you stopped pleasing people and started pleasing ALLAH.

5. Take your time to respond to people’s requests or favours. You have the right to say “I’ll think about it and let you know”. You don’t need to react immediately to their requests. You are not their puppet. You are a human being who deserves respect.

6. Become comfortable with the thought that you are not here to please people. You are here to please only ALLAH. When you are pleasing people you may be compromising on being in alignment with ALLAH’s commandments as per the Holy Quran.

7. Read and re-read your Holy Quran often to remind yourself why you are here. Knowing your ultimate purpose will empower you to banish all fears, insecurities and yearning for approval from people.



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Habibbulah: "Brother Jallalludin, I am thinking of buying a Labrador."


Jallalludin: "Habibi, have you seen how many of their owners go blind!"



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An Ayaat-a-Week






It is not righteousness that you turn your faces toward East or West; but is righteousness - to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask....


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:177


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not their slavish obedience"


~ Edmund Burke



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You are also invited for a Memorial Mass which will be celebrated by Most Reverend Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane. This will take place at Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane.

Date: Sunday 28 April
Time: 8am
Address: Cathedral of St Stephen, 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

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Following the tragedy in Christchurch, it is imperative that we continue to constructively engage with our non-Muslim brothers and sisters.


As part of this initiative, during the month of April, Kuraby Masjid will open its doors to the public between 10am-1pm every Saturday.


The program will be very informal. The purpose is to make people feel welcomed and to engage in dialogue with them.


Volunteers are required.  If you are able to assist in any capacity, please contact Ismail on 0431800414.














The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) is hosting its annual Eid Down Under festival on Saturday 8 June. More than 15,000 people attend for hours of fun, food, rides, entertainment, competitions, cultural performances and more. Brisbane City Council considers this a major event in Brisbane. It provides a chance for the Muslim community to connect with other groups and communities in Queensland, promoting an inclusive and harmonious Australian society.

Many companies and organisations host stalls at the event to sell products and showcases their services. The promotion opportunity is huge as the event brings together people from all walks of life, and many different communities from across Queensland.

ICQ invites business and organisations to host a stall at the event. For stall information and prices, email

ICQ is also seeking sponsorships to help make this year and even greater success. Contact if your organisation is willing to sponsor.

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Increase your children’s excitement about the coming of Ramadan with this fun new experience.  A brand new Zaky Ramadan film made to welcome the coming of Ramadan 2019. Don't miss your only chance to watch this new Zaky Ramadan film in Brisbane.


Enjoy the ultimate luxury in this Gold Class movie style family event (dad’s welcome) for the whole family to enjoy. Attendees will be served a 3 course meal while they enjoy sitting and watching the film, in this one of a kind experience. All children attending the movie night will receive a free Zaky Dua Frame Set (worth $10).


Come along and join us, as all the work is done for you, so all that is left to do is sit back and enjoy the company of your loved ones with a good Islamic movie.





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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.

For further information please contact via email:

Or you can call the secretary Abdul Samim Khan on 0413669987.





























On 31 December 2017 the only Islamic childcare centre in the whole of Brisbane had to unfortunately close its doors due to the Department of Transport requiring it for their future expansion. To date they are still in the process of securing new premises to continue serving this very important need of the community and the wait continues….

In the interim the need is still there. The question most Muslims would be asking themselves is “Where do I send my child so that he/she can learn, grow and develop in an Islamic environment, and establish a sound Islamic foundation?”

Msasa Montessori is a private home based learning centre for 3-5 year olds. The focus is an Islamic based learning environment alongside the Montessori method of teaching. Children will be taught their basic duas, surahs, tasbeehs, stories of the Prophets will be read and enacted, and Inshallah their love for Allah and His Noble Prophet Muhammed S.A.W will develop. Supported by the Montessori method of teaching they will develop their independence and will utilise equipment which will enable them to develop and grow.

Montessori is a method of education based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. The Montessori materials cover developmental activities designed to meet the needs of children in five curriculum areas:
Practical life skills, Sensorial activities, Mathematics, Language and Cultural Studies.


By providing such an environment, the children will develop a strong sense of wellbeing and identity as Muslims and they will become confident and involved learners with the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence.

For further information call 0434519414.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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4 May



Pre Ramadan Muslimah Night Bazaar


Muslimah Night Bazaar

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha


4PM to 9PM

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


8 June



Eid Down Under



ICB, 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha


10AM to 9PM

30 June



Safe Gaming Workshop


Hurricane Stars Club


0432 026 375

from 10.30AM

20 July



Winter Ball


Susan Al-Maani

Hillstone, Hillstone St Lucia



11 August





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1440


12 August





10th Zil-Hijjah 1440


17 August



Eidfest @ Dreamworld




0418 722 353

from 6PM

1 September 2019





(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1441


16 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


0422 433 074

from 3.30PM to Maghrib




1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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Masjid As Sunnah



Every Sunday Quran Tafsir or Islamic Lesson or Arabic Class.
After Magrib
Conducting by Imam Yahia Baej

Children Arabic/Quran Class every Tue-Wed-Thursday after Magrib




Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040















Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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

Email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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Useful Links




HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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


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