EST. 2004


Sunday 5 May 2019 | Issue 0756



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Ramadan Mubarak from CCN








Crescents Community News wishes all our Muslim readers, supporters and subscribers





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Taraweeh Salaah will be performed at 101 Franquin Crescent, Eight Mile Plains

Esha Jamaat will be 7:00pm

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Ramadan Messages










Ramadan Kareem from the MAA Team


We would  like to wish you and your families a blessed Ramadan.


We humbly request for you to make dua for our brothers and sisters around the world who are affected by poverty, conflict, and natural disasters. 


This Ramadan, MAA will continue to ensure your donations reach the poorest communities in 30 countries including Syria, Palestine, Yemen, and Somalia.


May Allah accept your duas and ibadah in the holiest of months, in shaa Allah.


From your Sisters and Brothers at MAA.








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Election Education








Dr Mustafa Ally and Ms Rita Markwell yesterday (Saturday) conducted an interactive workshop on behalf of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) and the Council of Imams (CIQ) on the How, Where and Why to vote in the upcoming Federal elections.


They covered topics on Australia's democratic institutions and process, policy positions of the various parties on a range of issues, and how to complete the ballot forms correctly.



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You are invited to the 2019 Iftar Community Dinner, hosted by the Greens

We are delighted to invite the Muslim community of Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast and surrounds to our third annual Iftar dinner, to be held on Sunday 12 May 2019 at the Logan West Community Centre. In previous years up to 300 people from different communities have attended Greens Iftar dinners!

We look forward to offering hospitality to our neighbours, and to help promote a culture of dialogue that brings in the many different cultures that make Queensland such a special place to live in. In the aftermath of the Christchurch attacks we saw many people coming together to support one another at a time of sorrow. For our society to be strong and cohesive, we must come together not only in times of sadness. Celebrating and learning from one another cultures is also key, and Ramadan is the perfect time to come back together and unite as a big community.

The evening will start with prayers led by Imam Mojib Ullah from Darra mosque. After the breaking of the fast we will hear from Greens Leader, Senator Richard Di Natale, who is travelling interstate for this event especially to meet Queensland’s Muslim community. Coming from a migrant family, Richard has been a vocal advocate against hate speech by politicians for many years. Back in 2016, he led the Greens team as we walked out on Pauline Hanson’s first speech in the Senate. The Greens recognise the need for equal representation in politics, and I am sure many of you would be familiar with our fantastic colleague, Mehreen Faruqi, who is Australia’s first female Muslim senator. Since she gave her first speech last year, Mehreen has spoken up about racism and discrimination often – including about online abuse.

At our community dinner on 12 May we will have a great line-up of speakers addressing contemporary issues in multicultural communities. There will a variety of food options for dinner including Halal, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food. This is a family-friendly event, and we will have a kids corner set up with interesting games, books and activities. As Ramadan is a month of giving, profits from sales on the night will be donated to our co-host, Refugees Welcome Australia, who help people find accommodation in private houses as they rebuild their lives in our community. Tickets start from only $5. You can buy your tickets here:

This will be a good opportunity for folks to share their concerns and queries in a casual setting. This event is open to people of all walks of life and everyone is welcome to come along. You don’t have to know anything about politics (or religion!) to join us.

We hope to see you there with your families!

Larissa Waters
Queensland Greens Senator
Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens
Spokesperson on Democracy, Women, Mining, Tourism and Gambling



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(l to r) Dr Abdool Haque Khatree, Farouk Adam, Galila Abdelsalam OAM, Yusuf Khatree and Chris Bowen MP


Shadow Treasurer of Australia, Chris Bowen MP, was the keynote speaker at the fund raiser for Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP at Michael's Oriental restaurant


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Challenge Employment & Training is seeking keen and reliable job seekers to undertake a PAID Construction Traineeship in the Redland and Bayside area.

Successful candidates must:

• Be enthusiastic and reliable
• Demonstrate a positive attitude
• Be physically fit and enjoy work outdoors
• Be ready to start work in May 2019

These fantastic entry level positions will enable job seekers to gain valuable skills and practical hands on experience whilst undertaking maintenance and construction projects for the Bayside Sea Scouts.


Projects may include general carpentry works, painting, framing and construction of walls, existing structure maintenance, demolition and other basic construction maintenance. Candidates will learn industry specific skills and complete a Certificate I in Construction.

Candidates will be employed for a 38 hour week for 18 weeks and paid under the National Training Award. This training is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government through it's Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative.
(eligibility criteria applies)

Apply now for your opportunity or call Challenge Employment and Training on 3282 8000 for further information.





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The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), The Grand Mufti of Australia and Muslim Community leaders visit to the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney in support and standing in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka after the recent terrorist attacks last week that left over 250 dead and 500 injured.

These are attacks not only on the Sri Lankan people but on all humanity. It’s an international tragedy that Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and many others from different faiths and races are all the victims of these barbaric attacks.

Terrorism DOES NOT have a religion, colour or race.

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and the Muslim community stand strong in solidarity with the Sri Lankan people and all the victims and their families.

A special thanks to the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, Consul General Mr Lal Wickrematunge, Consul Mr M. Abdul Raheem and all staff for their warm welcoming.

The delegation consisted of:
The Grand Mufti of Australia - Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamad, The President of ANIC - Imam Shadi Alsuleiman, The President of the Council of Imams NSW - Imam Hassan Elsitouhi, Council of Imams NSW members - Imam Fadi Elbaba and Imam Taher Michroui, Community leaders, UMNSW President- Brother Talal Elcheikh, AICC President- Brother Mohammad Alzoabi, Imam of Muhajirin Mussalah - Imam Adid Alrubai and Sister Sarah Elzoabi.




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The following pre-election concerns of the Muslim community was compiled and released by the Australian Muslim Community National Summit in the forerunner to the upcoming Federal elections.



1. A balanced narrative towards Islam and Muslims and other minorities.

  • The danger of Islamophobia

  • Stereotyping the Muslim community because of the action of few.

  • The discourse by political leaders should be inclusive of all Australians and not divisive.

  • The standard of discourse must be lifted; dog whistling and scapegoating to score cheap political points at the expense of minorities should not be tolerated and swiftly and publicly rejected by the political parties.

  • White supremacy must be acknowledged as a problem. More must be done to stop its growth and extremism.

  • The rights of all minorities matter and especially that of our indigenous brothers and sisters. If their situation is not addressed as a matter of priority, then we cannot expect much to be done with regard to the rights of other recent minorities.

2. Laws against vilification and hateful speech on religious grounds.

  • Laws that protect vilification against religion.

  • Over the last few years, there has been an increase in Islamophobia in Australia. Most of it has been directed at the vulnerable people within our community, including women who wear veils.

  • Since the Christchurch tragedy, the experience of Islamophobia and extreme right wing hatred, as reported to us, has sadly increased and intensified.

  • There is NO legal protection at a national level and in most States, against vilification or hateful speech or acts because of a person’s religion. This is causing Australian Muslims concern and distress.

  • We see it to be of critical importance that the Parliament quickly legislate to provide legal protection against vilification and hate speech and actions because of a person’s religion.

3. Immigration laws targeting Muslims.

  • Australia's offshore detention regime is cruel and inhumane. Most of those that have suffered are people of colour and Muslim. We demand an immediate closure of these detention centres and for the asylum seekers to be brought to Australia.

  • Australia is a wealthy nation that does not contribute its fair share to dealing with the global refugee crisis.

  • Australian governments have often allowed the narrative that the country is at risk of being overrun by the hordes from the north, and that our very identity is being threatened. Immigrants are often scape-goats for all sorts of social and economic ills when in fact they contribute to the advancement and wealth of this country.

  • At face value, Australia has a non-discriminatory immigration policy. But with the current hurdles in place, and the emphasis on skilled migration and/or those already with financial means, those from poorer, non-English speaking backgrounds are disadvantaged. Muslims are typically in this category.

4. National Security and Racial profiling targeting Muslims.

  • Security agencies targeting Muslims, in particular public places, airports etc.

  • Stereotyping and profiling people based on their travel patterns and other travel habits is quite usual but it seems that religious identity plays a big part when it comes to Muslim travellers. This creates an environment of fear and alienation amongst Muslim Australians, it also diverts resources from other threats such as drugs, smuggling, Domestic violence etc, to a relatively minor but politically hot threat.

  • Despite evidence of close ties between extreme right groups in Australia and that of Europe and North America, there seems to be little to no increase in scrutiny of individuals who are known affiliates of such groups, when they travel.

  • Security concerns on the rise of right wing extremists and white supremacy.

  • White supremacy groups must be acknowledged as a problem. More must be done to stop its growth.

  • Australian security agencies must apply counter terrorism laws equally and social media service providers that fail to remove extremist posts should face consequences.

5. Foreign policy.

  • Recognition of the State of the Palestine and right of return for the Palestinians. New Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories must be condemned as they are illegal and against UN resolutions.

  • Justice for Syrians, Rohingya and East Turkistan people, and the end of mistreatment for minorities,
    in particular Muslims in Myanmar and East Turkistan.

  • The Australian Government's obligation and responsibility under international lawto respect, protect and fulfil human rights, in accordance with charters it is bound bye


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On behalf of the Toowoomba Masjid and Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Prof Shahjahan Khan expressed their heartfelt thanks to the Muslim community of Gold Coast for organizing a successful fundraising dinner in Gold Coast last week.

There was a large turnout to support the re-building efforts of the Toowoomba Mosque. 

Cash and pledges of donations amounted to over $60,000, including auction $4015 and clothing sales $495.


Donations are expected to continue to be received after the fundraising dinner.

Special thanks were offered to: Br. Mozammel Chowdhury (Babul) who took the initiative and coordinated the event; Br Habib Jamal, President of ICQ; Br Hussin Goss and Br Hussain Baba, President and Secretary of Islamic Society of Gold Coast; Imam Mohamed Ali of GC Masjid; Imam Abdul Kader of Toowoomba Masjid; and Br Nedzad Izmirlic for their valuable time and unqualified support and duwa.

The Garden City's revised DA was approved by the Toowoomba Regional Council this week allowing for all facilities under the same roof that will allow 500 Muslims to pray inside the Mosque.




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Report and supplied supplied by Hurricane Stars Club






On Tuesday the 30th of April, the Hurricane Stars Club were excited to host Saalihah Seedat (Consultant Pharmacist and MH4L Accredited Facilitator) at their centre, as she presented an overview of the Queensland Government initiative called My Health For Life. The My Health For Life is a free lifestyle program available to eligible participants who want to improve their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic disease.

Fifty women registered to attend the information session all interested to see how the program can help them to make small changes to their lifestyles that will have major health benefits and prevent serious illness long term. There are two programs scheduled to start in July for those who are eligible and expressed interest in the program.

To support the success of the information session, the Hurricane Stars Club’s volunteers provided lunch for the ladies who attended. This allowed the attendees to enjoy a gathering of sisterhood at the end of the information session whilst they enjoyed delicious Turkish food and it also gave them opportunity to make make new friends and catch up with old friends.

For more information regarding the My Health for Life program,
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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.



S1E1: Muslims during WW1 – 1400 OMG Podcast





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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 Battuta Award for Excellence in MEDIA

British Muslim TV was founded to provide a platform to understand and explore what it means to be confidently Muslim and comfortably British. Now in its fifth year of operation, 2018 has seen the channel grow exponentially. Last year saw its first feature film production, Finding Fatimah, open in over 45 cinemas across the UK. It has also served as a springboard for young people to gain vital media experience and a leg up into the industry. Many of its presenters and producers have gone on to launch careers across mainstream media outlets. The channel attracts a number of mainstream TV credits, including BBC and Channel 4, and over 50% of its staff are non-Muslim. In addition to multimedia content, British Muslim TV has a regular grassroots presence in communities by organising a number of events and partnering with dozens more throughout the year.

Amandla Thomas-Johnson is a reporter who has worked on documentaries for Channel 4 Dispatches, Vice News, and Al Jazeera. He also reported for Middle East Eye and BBC Radio 4. Currently, he resides in Senegal where he is writing a book about radical black women in London in the 1970s. One of his most compelling investigations was carried out in Trinidad and Tobago where he explored ISIS influence and recruitment in the country. This led to follow-up reports on the subject, and separately, scrutiny of counter-terrorism and counter-extremism policy in Britain. His news interview last year with a Syrian doctor who operated on a child victim of the Manchester attack also stands out as a stunning example of strong journalism. It so happened that the same doctor had also treated children with similar wounds in Syria as a result of the bombardment of Aleppo and attacks by the Islamic State group. Thomas-Johnson’s reporting provided a reminder of our common humanity in the face of indiscriminate violence.

Dr Myriam François is a journalist and broadcaster with a focus on current affairs, France and the Middle East. Her work focuses on issues like Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and the polarisation of society. Myriam writes a regular column for the New Statesmen and the Middle East Eye, but her articles also feature in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and The Huffington Post among others. She also regularly contributes to public debates on Sky News, BBC Newsnight and Channel 4 News. In 2016, Myriam presented the most watched religion programme on BBC iPlayer, called The Muslim Pound. Myriam is currently a PhD researcher at Oxford University, focusing on Islamic movements in Morocco. In 2015, Myriam translated Asma Lambramet’s exploration of Islamic feminism in Women in the Qur’an: An Emancipatory Reading.     






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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 desire to curb the ‘influx of Asiatics,’ other than the Chinese, was by no means new and neither was class-consciousness. The targeted attacks on ‘Mohammedans’ in the Australian newspapers was. This was certainly not lost on members of the predominantly Muslim cameleer community and other Muslim immigrants. Mohamed Hasan Musa Khan, a well-educated clerk and nephew of an older cameleer, addressed this when he wrote to the editor of the Daily News:

From the addresses delivered by Mr Vosper and other members at the last meeting of the so-called Anti-Asiatic League, it is evident that the object of the league is to prevent the influx into W.A. of Chinese, Hindoos and Mohammedans in particular. It is the religious prejudice and not the colour prejudice that has prompted certain individuals to organise an association under the name of the so-called Anti-Asiatic League.

Musa Khan was outspoken and did not shy away from writing to the newspapers on behalf of his countrymen to “protest against such seditious agitations” as those expressed by Vosper.


Many of his statements, including “Australian jealousy and prejudice against the Asiatics is well known, ”would have been seen as uncharacteristically aggressive, rather than defensive or indicative of a frustrating reality.


The early Muslim settlers often demonstrated “both physical and psychological strength, ”but in some instances, the provocation proved to be more than they could bear and Musa Khan sought to voice their frustrations.


For Vosper, a man like Knowles was a great representative of the “whole white race in Western Australia” because the ‘uppity’ Afghans needed to be put back in their place.







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Muhammad: an anticlerical hero of the European Enlightenment





Thomas Jefferson’s copy of George Sale’s 1734 translation of the Quran is used in the swearing in ceremony of US Representative Keith Ellison at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, on 4 January 2007.

Publishing the Quran and making it available in translation was a dangerous enterprise in the 16th century, apt to confuse or seduce the faithful Christian. This, at least, was the opinion of the Protestant city councillors of Basel in 1542, when they briefly jailed a local printer for planning to publish a Latin translation of the Muslim holy book. The Protestant reformer Martin Luther intervened to salvage the project: there was no better way to combat the Turk, he wrote, than to expose the ‘lies of Muhammad’ for all to see.

The resulting publication in 1543 made the Quran available to European intellectuals, most of whom studied it in order to better understand and combat Islam. There were others, however, who used their reading of the Quran to question Christian doctrine. The Catalonian polymath and theologian Michael Servetus found numerous Quranic arguments to employ in his anti-Trinitarian tract, Christianismi Restitutio (1553), in which he called Muhammad a true reformer who preached a return to the pure monotheism that Christian theologians had corrupted by inventing the perverse and irrational doctrine of the Trinity. After publishing these heretical ideas, Servetus was condemned by the Catholic Inquisition in Vienne, and finally burned with his own books in Calvin’s Geneva.

During the European Enlightenment, a number of authors presented Muhammad in a similar vein, as an anticlerical hero; some saw Islam as a pure form of monotheism close to philosophic Deism and the Quran as a rational paean to the Creator. In 1734, George Sale published a new English translation. In his introduction, he traced the early history of Islam and idealised the Prophet as an iconoclastic, anticlerical reformer who had banished the ‘superstitious’ beliefs and practices of early Christians – the cult of the saints, holy relics – and quashed the power of a corrupt and avaricious clergy.

Sale’s translation of the Quran was widely read and appreciated in England: for many of his readers, Muhammad had become a symbol of anticlerical republicanism. It was influential outside England too. The US founding father Thomas Jefferson bought a copy from a bookseller in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1765, which helped him conceive of a philosophical deism that surpassed confessional boundaries. (Jefferson’s copy, now in the Library of Congress, has been used for the swearing in of Muslim representatives to Congress, starting with Keith Ellison in 2007.) And in Germany, the Romantic Johann Wolfgang von Goethe read a translation of Sale’s version, which helped to colour his evolving notion of Muhammad as an inspired poet and archetypal prophet.

In France, Voltaire also cited Sale’s translation with admiration: in his world history Essai sur les mœurs et l’esprit des nations (1756), he portrayed Muhammad as an inspired reformer who abolished superstitious practices and eradicated the power of corrupt clergy. By the end of the century, the English Whig Edward Gibbon (an avid reader of both Sale and Voltaire) presented the Prophet in glowing terms in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-89):

The creed of Mahomet is free from suspicion or ambiguity; and the Koran is a glorious testimony to the unity of God. The prophet of Mecca rejected the worship of idols and men, of stars and planets, on the rational principle that whatever rises must set, that whatever is born must die, that whatever is corruptible must decay and perish. In the author of the universe, his rational enthusiasm confessed and adored an infinite and eternal being, without form or place, without issue or similitude, present to our most secret thoughts, existing by the necessity of his own nature, and deriving from himself all moral and intellectual perfection … A philosophic theist might subscribe the popular creed of the Mahometans: a creed too sublime, perhaps, for our present faculties.

But it was Napoleon Bonaparte who took the Prophet most keenly to heart, styling himself a ‘new Muhammad’ after reading the French translation of the Quran that Claude-Étienne Savary produced in 1783. Savary wrote his translation in Egypt: there, surrounded by the music of the Arabic language, he sought to render into French the beauty of the Arabic text. Like Sale, Savary wrote a long introduction presenting Muhammad as a ‘great’ and ‘extraordinary’ man, a ‘genius’ on the battlefield, a man who knew how to inspire loyalty among his followers. Napoleon read this translation on the ship that took him to Egypt in 1798. Inspired by Savary’s portrait of the Prophet as a brilliant general and sage lawgiver, Napoleon sought to become a new Muhammad, and hoped that Cairo’s ulama (scholars) would accept him and his French soldiers as friends of Islam, come to liberate Egyptians from Ottoman tyranny. He even claimed that his own arrival in Egypt had been announced in the Quran.

Napoleon had an idealised, bookish, Enlightenment vision of Islam as pure monotheism: indeed, the failure of his Egyptian expedition owed partly to his idea of Islam being quite different from the religion of Cairo’s ulama. Yet Napoleon was not alone in seeing himself as a new Muhammad: Goethe enthusiastically proclaimed that the emperor was the ‘Mahomet der Welt’ (Muhammad of the world), and the French author Victor Hugo portrayed him as a ‘Mahomet d’occident’ (Muhammad of the West). Napoleon himself, at the end of his life, exiled on Saint Helena and ruminating on his defeat, wrote about Muhammad and defended his legacy as a ‘great man who changed the course of history’. Napoleon’s Muhammad, conqueror and lawgiver, persuasive and charismatic, resembles Napoleon himself – but a Napoleon who was more successful, and certainly never exiled to a cold windswept island in the South Atlantic.

The idea of Muhammad as one of the world’s great legislators persisted into the 20th century. Adolph A Weinman, a German-born American sculptor, depicted Muhammad in his 1935 frieze in the main chamber of the US Supreme Court, where the Prophet takes his place among 18 lawgivers. Various European Christians called on their churches to recognise Muhammad’s special role as prophet of the Muslims. For Catholics scholars of Islam such as Louis Massignon or Hans Küng, or for the Scottish Protestant scholar of Islam William Montgomery Watt, such recognition was the best way to promote peaceful, constructive dialogue between Christians and Muslims.

This kind of dialogue continues today, but it has been largely drowned out by the din of conflict, as extreme-Right politicians in Europe and elsewhere diabolise Muhammad to justify anti-Muslim policies. The Dutch politician Geert Wilders calls him a terrorist, paedophile and psychopath. The negative image of the Prophet is paradoxically promoted by fundamentalist Muslims who adulate him and reject all historical contextualisation of his life and teachings; meanwhile, violent extremists claim to defend Islam and its prophet from ‘insults’ through murder and terror. All the more reason, then, to step back and examine the diverse and often surprising Western portraits of the myriad faces of Muhammad.

Faces of Muhammad: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today by John Tolan is published via Princeton University Press.








Wife-tracking apps are one sign of Saudi Arabia’s vile regime. Others include crucifixion…

By Catherine Bennett


Thanks to the Absher app, Saudi men can keep tracks on their wives and female workers 

Credit where it’s due. The Saudi Absher app, just described as “inhuman” by two clearly terrified Saudi refugees, also has some fabulous user reviews on its supplier websites, Apple and Google Play.

To read the surge of five-star tributes placed after the app’s invaluable contribution to human enslavement was widely exposed earlier in the year is to understand that, aside from adding value to Apple and Google, Absher is a boon to harassed owners of subordinate women, at a time when more and more of this human property is, reportedly, becoming fractious.

How, even with support from the religious police and fellow patriarchs, did busy men ever juggle endless personal admin with the nonstop supervision of potentially difficult wives, sisters, daughters and servants? Now, with surveillance at their fingertips, it’s goodbye to disobedience.

“Nobody outside Saudi Arabia could imagine where we were before Absher!” writes one reviewer, awarding five stars.

Other reviewers maintain that anything its critics have heard about tracking women on Absher is “all lies” and emphasise, lest anyone stumble across the evidence that woman-controlling is exactly what one section of the app is for, that foreigners don’t understand. “Those who are not from our country shouldn’t have the right to review this app since they have no idea what it is,” writes an Abdulkarim Khormi.

So it helps that runaway Saudi women such as the vulnerable al-Subaie sisters, Maha and Wafa, now seeking asylum from a hotel room in Georgia, and the earlier escapee Shahad al-Mohaimeed are also sufficiently familiar with digitised monitoring to be able to give outsiders some idea of what happens when big tech companies supply the tools to update sexual apartheid for the 21st century.

The Absher app has a section where men can, it appears with minimal effort, award or withdraw permission for their women or workers to travel abroad, cancel their tickets and register for SMS updates if unauthorised escape is attempted. “It gives men control over women,” protests Wafa al-Subaie. “They [Google and Apple] have to remove it.”

Usefully for Google and Apple, which have already disregarded similar demands from 14 members of the US Congress, the very fact that the al-Subaie sisters have – as we must hope – escaped the Saudi authorities (they took their father’s phone and accessed the app) has been cited in its defence.

Mona Eltahawy, the Egyptian-American commentator and a fervent opponent of guardianship, has quoted a Saudi feminist who argues, persuasively to some, that the app, though “an abomination”, is nonetheless an improvement on the earlier system. “Those who want to flee can do so with app access, but could never before with actual paperwork and the previous bureaucratic system.”

But, leave aside Saudi women who can never dare, or afford to risk the unknowns of a successful escape, or the imprisonment or worse that could follow a failed one, and it remains hard to see how this design flaw (pending wider adoption of touch ID?) exonerates Google and Apple of complicity. Isn’t this technology as inherent, in its way, to the abuse as were once, say, scolds’ bridles or iron slave collars? A few years ago, Tiffany & Co hotly denied that it had ever made such collars, “nor have we ever made any jewelry in our 179-year history for this deplorable purpose”. It is not forgotten or universally forgiven that Brooks Brothers did, on the other hand, clothe enslaved domestics.

A conviction, as dear to some progressives as it evidently is to certain tech giants, that concepts such as equality of the sexes have no place in the lives of Saudi women such as the al-Subaie sisters perhaps explains why the anonymous feminist’s intervention retweeted by Eltahawy has been widely aired, along with tributes from Saudi men to an app that doubles as their means of persecution. You could easily get the impression from such reports that violently enforced male supremacy is not regarded, by many normally observant believers in universal human rights, as axiomatically barbarous nor its victims as thereby entitled to immediate asylum. The indifference of Google and Apple to the reputational impact of distressed Absher survivors tells the same story.

Why should Saudi Arabia comply with demands from US senators or Human Rights Watch when, for example, a journalist on the Columbia Journalism Review argues, better than a Saudi crown prince – or a UK one – ever could, that we shouldn’t judge?

The writer explains, for the benefit of people with overactive ethics but no access to Wikipedia: “The reason this wife-tracking feature is included in a government services app is that tracking your wife is legal in Saudi Arabia. A husband is his wife’s legal guardian and has control over her movement.”

Similarly, as he did not continue, crucifying and beheading prisoners is, as we have just been reminded, perfectly legal in Saudi Arabia. Maybe, if we could just understand a little more and judge a little less, there could be many more ways of monetising cultural relativism beyond arms sales and techno-collusion with the male guardianship system?

Not that we’d need to remind the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). While the al-Subaie sisters fear discovery by Saudi men, and the imprisonment and torture to which rebellious Saudi women have previously been subjected, the RFEF considers relocating its Super Cup, for six seasons, to Saudi Arabia, a country currently listed as the second worst in the world for women. Or, as the Scottish golfer Carly Booth preferred to describe it last week, when she celebrated Saudi sponsorship on the day the country mass-executed 37 citizens: “Culturally, they are in a different place to some countries.”

It must soon become dismally obvious to young Saudi women, who risk everything to escape guardianship, just how much of the world they now inhabit is equally hospitable to allies of, or apologists for, those same guardians.





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First model to wear a burkini in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Islam is the religion of Peace and Love




Halima Aden makes history as the first model to wear a burkini in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The 21-year-old Somali-American model is the first to wear a burkini and a hijab in the magazine's upcoming annual swimsuit issue.









Hispanics are converting to Islam

Islam is the religion of Peace and Love


A growing number of Hispanics are converting to Islam









a story based on the classic Islamic tale of Barsisa the Monk.




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Ramadan Dates 2019 Promo

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OnePath Network's Ramadan Dates is back! A series that brings Scholars and Imams together to answer and discuss all things related to the blessed month of Ramadan.

In this series we'll be discussing topics relevant to our everyday lives from family, social media, to contemporary youth issues, all with the intention of boosting our Imaan this Ramadan. Stay tuned for a brand new series with new episodes this Ramadan!




Episode 1 - How to Prepare for Ramadan

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In the very first episode of Ramadan Dates, Sheikh Khazen Zaoud explains how to effectively prepare for Ramadan. Watch the first episode below to find out how you can get ready to welcome the blessed guest, Ramadan.




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Creepy Chinese app tracks Muslims’ every move   


Imagine having all of your movements, including the door you leave your house from and how often you use your phone, monitored by authorities. In China, this is now a reality.


Chinese authorities are using an app to track the country’s Muslim population. The app records their every movement and raises the alarm if they do something seen to be out of the ordinary, Human Rights Watch says.


CHINA: Imagine not being able to fill up your tank with petrol, charge your phone or even leave your house without authority figures knowing about it.

This, according to Human Rights Watch, is the reality for up to 13 million Uighur Muslims in China’s autonomous region of Xinjiang.

Chinese authorities are using an app to track the country’s Muslim population. The app records their every movement and raises the alarm if they do something seen to be out of the ordinary.

The surveillance app tracks an individual’s electricity use and can raise an alert if someone other than the registered owner fills up their car with petrol.

The app is always monitoring them — including when they leave the house and use their phone.

The human rights organisation said turning your phone off for a long time could trigger an alert, as could leaving home through the back door or failing to socialise with neighbours. Those who “collected money or materials for mosques with enthusiasm” also fall under suspicion.

Repeat offenders may be restricted in their daily movements or even sent to one of Xinjiang’s notorious detention camps.

“Our research shows, for the first time, that Xinjiang police are using illegally gathered information about people’s completely lawful behaviour — and using it against them,” said Maya Wang, senior China researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Chinese Government is monitoring every aspect of people’s lives in Xinjiang, picking out those it mistrusts and subjecting them to extra scrutiny.”

This is far more intrusive than China’s social credit system, which assigns a citizen a score based on their behaviour, finances and public conduct.

HRW said it decoded a mobile app used by Chinese officials to connect to a policing program through which all this data is available.

They collect personal information, including an individual’s blood type, height and “religious atmosphere”.

“This is not just about Xinjiang or even China, it’s about the world beyond and whether we human beings can continue to have freedom in a world of connected devices,” Ms Wang said. “It’s a wake-up call, not just about China but about every one of us.”


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Islamic Affairs Ministry sets regulations for transmitting Adhan and prayers via loudspeakers   



SAUDI ARABIA: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance has set regulations for transmitting Adhan (call for prayer) and prayers via external loudspeakers, Saudi Press Agency quoted the spokesman of the ministry Abdulaziz Bin Saud Al-Askar as saying on Thursday.

Al-Askar stressed that the ministry has specified the regulations for loudspeakers in small and large mosques during the holy month of Ramadan only, in line with the circular in force for many years and is updated every year.

The regulations, Al-Askar mentioned, include: The number of external loudspeakers should not exceed four, the volume level should not exceed 4, as mosques are close to one another. The objective is also to prevent disturbing people and confusing worshipers in other mosques.

The prohibition on using external loudspeakers is only for Taraweeh and Qiyaam prayers in the Furoodh (obligatory prayers) mosques. Their use is restricted to large mosques (jawamea), but this should not be in an exaggerated fashion.

This is what is being practiced all these years in line with the circular which is updated annually, Al-Askar asserted 



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Karaoke bars destroyed ahead of Ramadan


Indonesian authorities pull down entertainment establishments ahead of the holy month


A Satpol PP officer demolishing a karaoke establishment.


INDONESIA: At least 22 premises that were being used as Karaoke bars in Bogor, Indonesia were demolished in the run-up to the holy month of Ramadan, which begins on the evening of Sunday, May 5.

According to the Bogor Public Order Agency (Satpol PP,) the buildings were located in the Kemang district of the West Java city, The Jakarta Post reported. A spokesperson said the demolitions were in accordance with regulations that prohibit entertainment centers operating during Ramadan.

The Satpol PP stated that they are pulling down night entertainment establishments and they hope that similar establishments do not surface again. The agency reportedly also plans to demolish similar establishments in areas such as Tajur Halang, Parung and Cileungsi.

The authorities informed the owners of the establishments of the demolition plans before actions were taken on May 2. It is reported that a number of owners voluntarily shut down operations, easing things for the Satpol PP.

During Ramadan, regions throughout Indonesia prohibit the operation of entertainment establishments such as karaoke bars and nightclubs, as Muslims are expected and required to focus on fasting and religious activities during the holy month.  



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Libya’s Grand Mufti Calls On Muslims to Boycott Hajj and Umrah


The money pilgrims pay to Saudi rulers through hajj perpetuates the Saudis’ “killings of Muslim brothers and sisters,” asserted the mufti.



MOROCCO: The grand mufti of Libya, Sadiq Al-Ghariani, has called on Muslims planning to perform a second hajj or umrah pilgrimage to Mecca to abstain, in a broadcast on the Libyan television channel Ean Libya.

Those performing the hajj annual pilgrimage or the umrah, a lesser pilgrimage performed at any time of the year, for a second time “will commit an act of sin rather than a good deed.”

The reason for the fatwa (Islamic legal opinions), the mufti says, is that the money pilgrims must pay to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage “help Saudi Arabian rulers to carry out crimes against our fellow Muslims.”

The money, he added, will contribute to the massacre of Muslims in Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, and Algeria.

“Nowhere in the world,” said the mufti in a video, “hasn’t been thrown into havoc by Saudi Arabia.”

The grand mufti said he assumed full responsibility before God for issuing the fatwa.    



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Sri Lanka bans burqas for 'public protection' after bomb attacks


Sri Lanka's president is banning burqas.



SRI LANKA: Calling burqas "a security risk and a flag of fundamentalism," Sri Lanka's president is banning the garment worn by some Muslim women.

The move follows a series of bombings on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 people and wounded at least 500 in Sri Lankan churches and hotels.

"President Maithripala Sirisena took this decision to further support the ongoing security and help the armed forces to easily identify the identity of any wanted perpetrators," according to a press release from the president's office.

The ban goes into effect Monday.     



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The Kabul Peace House



 Mark Isaacs



A story of peace in a land of unending war.

This is a story of hope and resilience in Afghanistan, a country constantly under siege from within and without.

Refugee advocate, activist and acclaimed author Mark Isaacs takes us inside a remarkable and unlikely peace project established in one of the most war-torn, violent countries in the world, Afghanistan.


After decades of war, few Afghans remember what it is like to live in peace, and many have never known a time without war. Yet, a group of Afghan youth, male and female, have come together – led by the charismatic and idealistic Insaan – to form a model community, a microcosm of how a new Afghanistan could be: a place of peaceful coexistence, a nation without violence and war that embraces the values of peace and humanity.

Mark takes us on a journey to the streets of Kabul, where day-to-day life involves terror and extreme danger, and lives alongside these inspirational and courageous young people in 'The Community’.


Mark reveals their personal stories of trauma and loss that ultimately lead them to defy the risks and stand up to demand peace, a seemingly impossible dream. He witnesses their acts of non-violent protest, their small steps in making life better, their setbacks and struggles, but mostly their bravery and hope for a future that shines with peace. 



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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Ramadaan Mubarak to all our readers. I hope you continue to enjoy trying out our recipes.


Chicken Strips in Bajia Batter




Recipe credit: Mariam Mahomedy
Picture credit: Fatima A Latif



4 chicken fillets cut into strips

½ tsp garlic
1 tsp ground green chillies
¼ tsp lemon pepper
2 tbs lemon juice
Combine above ingredients, add chicken strips and leave aside for an hour.

½ cup gram (besan) flour (sifted)
½ cup cake flour (sifted)
1 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander
Salt to taste
1 small onion finely chopped
¼ cup dhania (coriander) leaves chopped
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup cheese grated
1 tsp oil
1 cup water
Oil for deep frying

Mix ingredients to make a thick batter.
Add the chicken strips to it and leave aside for a few minutes.

Deep fry each chicken strip on medium to high heat.
Serve hot with your favourite sauce or chutney.



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Keeping Fit with Kareema






Q: Dear Kareema, what can I do during Ramadan to tweak my workouts as I do not want to stop exercising completely?

A: Keep it simple and work with the time you have available. Try short walks after your evening meal if time permits or early morning before it gets too hot. You
don’t have to do it all at once either. 10-15 min walks at a time is good for the heart.

Be sure to re-hydrate at night and introduce more fruit and veggies into your diet rather than too much fried or sweet foods.

Move beyond the gym.. Fit in 10 min mini-workouts wherever you can, using body weight to strengthen and tone the muscles. Deep stretching, plates, or yoga are
good options too as you won’t raise your heart rate too much and won’t feel as thirsty as you would with high-impact exercises.

Ramadan Kareem.





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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:
Forgiveness of Self and Others

As we enter the holy month of Ramadan, we ask Allah subhaan wa tala to forgive us for our the errors we commit knowingly and unknowingly. Ramadan is a great time of reflection where we are able to learn from our thoughts, words and deeds and practise patience and forgiveness towards self and others.
Trusting in Allah’s judgment day and knowing that true justice is promised on the day, will help you to let go of any grudges you may be holding onto. Remember, letting go of grudges even when you haven’t received an apology is true forgiveness. It liberates you and frees you from the burdensome grudge that weighs you down.

What is true forgiveness?

1. True Forgiveness is when you can no longer feel a person’s or incident’s control over your response to life’s situations.
2. True Forgiveness is when you no longer blame a person or circumstance for how things are turning out in your life.
3. True Forgiveness is when you no longer NEED an apology because you have decided to have a NEW PERSPECTIVE of the situation - the perspective that lets you be FREE from carrying a grudge or resentment of any kind whatsoever.
4. Forgiveness does NOT mean you need to start having dinner parties with that person or start re-connecting. NO.

Four steps to practise true forgiveness
Step 1 - Think of the person who has hurt you, the person you need to forgive.
Step 2 - Now think of this person in a child form as if they were a little girl or little boy.
Step 3 - Now, in your mind, say to this child: “I forgive you; you did what you because someone hurt you too. I forgive you”.
Step 4 - Now imagine this person back in the adult form and in your mind, say to him/her: “I forgive you. You have no power over me. Your words and your actions have no power over me. I release you from my mind. I forgive you. ALLAH guide you to the path of love and peace.”

Forgiving Yourself

Sometimes we feel guilty of something we have done and we find it difficult to forgive ourselves. Try practising this affirmation to yourself. Close your eyes and say:
“I forgive myself and set myself free. I seek refuge in ALLAH’s mercy.”


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The CCN Chuckle





Little Habibbulah wanted $500, so he prayed for weeks, but nothing happened.

Finally he decided to write a letter to God requesting $500.

When post office staff received a letter addressed to God, they forwarded it to the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister was so amused, he instructed his secretary to send the little boy $100 as he thought $500 would be a lot of money for him.

Little Habibbulah was delighted with $100 and decided to write a thank you note to God.

'Dear God, Thank you very much for sending the money. However, I noticed that you have sent it through the Government and those corrupt buggers stole my $400'

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An Ayaat-a-Week






What is the life of this world but amusement and play? But verily the Home in the Hereafter, - that is Life indeed, if they but knew.


~ Surah Al-Ankabut 29:64


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but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.



~ Nelson Mandela



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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.

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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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