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Voting in the Senate… finding your gold and avoiding the danger


By Rita Jabri Markwell


[CCN Editor: The views expressed in this article are Ms Markwell's own. This information is provided to better inform the Muslim community in the election process and options and to promote discussion.]



I don’t want any of my preferences to go to Islamophobic parties in the Senate, which means they cannot be in my top six when voting above the line. I could just take a "How to vote" card from my preferred party at the polling booth. If I follow the LNP How to vote card, I’ll be putting 2-3 Islamophobic parties in my top six. If I'm following Labor’s How to Vote, I will end up with one Islamophobic party in my top six. If I’m following the Green’s How to Vote card, there might not be any Islamophobic parties, but there are ones I might think twice about including as top priorities: for eg. The “Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party”, rated sixth or the “Animal Justice Party”, rated 5th by the Greens.

So how do parties come up with their preferences? It’s partly about which parties their views align with the most, but usually it’s just a matter of ‘suring up’ the most votes.

That’s why it’s good to know the micro parties and independents for yourselves. If you can’t find 6 parties that you would definitely approve of in the Senate, then you need to vote below the line. Because even if you put an unknown party as number 6 above the line, you could help that unknown party get elected.

If you’re voting below the line, there are lots of options – some with potential, some with danger. Insha-Allah by sharing with you my process, you might get a sense of the field.

First, I began by eliminating parties:

I ruled out the parties with Islamophobic views or policies:

• Pauline Hanson One Nation Party
• Rise up Australia Party
• Love it or Leave Party
• Katter’s Australian Party (Bob Katter called Fraser Anning’s maiden speech “magnificent”)
• Australian Conservatives
• Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party

Then I ruled out other parties for different reasons:

Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party doesn’t appear to have Islamophobic policies, but given their lack of policies, they have a strange assortment of candidates. Some have expressed Islamophobic views. I also don’t like their negative track record on climate action.

The Great Australia Party had a broad range of ideas but want Australia to withdraw from the refugee convention and return to zero net immigration. This party was created by a former One Nation member. They have also preferenced Islamophobic parties such as Australian Conservatives and Fraser Anning’s party in their top 5. Fraser Anning has put them second.

The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party want to free up firearm laws, which combined with rising Islamophobia and far right extremism, is a deadly recipe. They support offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru and they want an immediate review of the impact of immigration and refugees on domestic aid supplies and projects. So I’m putting them in the dangerous category.

Liberal Democrats and the Pirate Party believe in absolute free speech. They would oppose any move to make hate speech and vilification unlawful, even if that hate speech leads to hostility and violence. The Pirate Party wants to repeal existing anti-discrimination provisions. That rules these guys out for me.

The Citizens Electoral Council believe that global warming is a fraud, so out they went.

Climate Action! Immigration action! Accountable politicians!...Is a party wanting to introduce an online polling system, Pollyweb to replace party politics…. Voters would vote direct on legislation in parliament. I don't know... this just sounds risky.

Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party, Involuntary Medication Objectors (Vaccination/Fluoride) Party and Animal Justice Party did not reflect my top priorities...

The remaining parties I investigated:

Australian Workers Party is socially and environmentally progressive. Their asylum seekers policy reflects Australia’s international human rights commitments, and they have a detailed Indigenous policy too. Their economic policies are geared around protecting Australian jobs and resources in free trade agreements and foreign ownership laws:

The Democratic Labour Party (Labour DLP) also state their position on a wide range of social and economic topics. Their gist on asylum seekers seems humane and they are open to marginally increasing Australia’s immigration. They are silent on hate speech and are reportedly dismissive of climate change.

Australian Better Families… has a focus on family law, child support, mental health and in particular supporting men’s health, through the creation of a Minister for Men. They also have positions on clean energy, foreign ownership, family violence and other areas. No position on asylum seekers, foreign policy or Islamophobia. Worryingly, they have preferenced One Nation after themselves, followed by the Shooters party.

The Sustainable Australia Party… They have strong environmental policies but they want to bring immigration levels down to the same number as One Nation is proposing: 70 000 per year (down from 160 000+). They’re also an unknown when it comes to issues such as Islamophobia, foreign policy. They do have a range of policies however:

Independents for Climate Action… claim to be from across the political spectrum but united in their passion for ‘pushing radical and rapid action’ on climate change policy. Having some independent voices that can negotiate with other parties might be really healthy for the next parliament given party politics killed action over the past decade.

Then I investigated the independents and found a few interesting ones…

A hard working and capable independent can really help to enhance the quality of discussion in parliament. But note if you plan to vote for an independent in the Senate, you will have to to vote BELOW the line.

  • Debby Lo-Dean supports the human rights of asylum seekers, clean energy sources, and believes that war should be an absolutely last resort. She also has extensive views on supporting small business and economic policy.

  • Jane Hasler, a mental health nurse, strongly supports the human rights of asylum seekers, and is passionate about addressing climate change and high Indigenous incarceration rates. She doesn’t have much of a detailed policy platform on most issues though. No website found.

  • Hassan Ghulam, president of the Hazara ethnic society, has been an outspoken advocate for asylum seeker rights. His platform in other areas however is not known. No website found.

  • John Woodward supports multiculturalism, and says banning Muslim immigration is nonsense. Supports family reunion. Critical of both Muslim haters and Muslim extremists – says the real enemy are bankers and connection between bankers and Wahabism. If you don’t like the monetary establishment, this might be your guy.

Now it’s over to you

Want to start planning how you will vote? Go to this link for a full list of all the candidates running for the Qld Senate. You’ll need to either find 6 parties you support if voting above the line, or at least 12 individuals you support if voting below the line:

If you would like to know how different parties are recommending you distribute your preferences, go here:





Author of article: Rita Jabri Markwell









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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






Khan and candidate King currying cooperation


Prof Shahjahan Khan and David King

Prof Shahjahan Khan: Today anti-Muslim party, One Nation's candidate for Groom (Toowoomba Region) came to my office. Mr David King is nice person but did not know that disgraced politician former One Nation state leader, Steve Dixon moved a motion in the parliament to ban mosques in Queensland. When I showed him some of the policies of his party, he said he does not agree with many of them. I told him that I invited his leader Ms Hanson to Toowoomba Mosque but she did not respond. He said, he will bring her to meet me. He is keen to meet me again and join us for Iftar dinner at Toowoomba Masjid on 25 May.


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Multicultural communities urged to use poll power against Pauline

Brisbane’s multicultural communities have formulated a plan to “put Pauline last” with a how-to-vote card that is expected to have nationwide impact by polling day on May 18.

One of the leaders of Brisbane’s Chinese community Peter Low OAM is one of five signatories on a how-to-vote leaflet being circulated by email and published on Facebook, in newsletters and newspapers produced by multicultural groups.

Chinese community leader Peter Low OAM says Pauline Hanson’s comments have gone “from bad to worse”.

“When Pauline Hanson was first elected her speech was against Asians and from there it went on, from bad to worse, attacking any minority group, the latest is the Muslims,” Mr Low said.

“She is still harping on.

“We have been too scared of bad publicity when we need to stop the far right from hurting the community and getting elected.

“Malcolm Turnbull made a big mistake when he changed the Senate rules, it is too easy for these people to be elected.”

Indian community leader Surendra Prasad OAM, one of the people supporting the put Pauline last campaign.

Mr Low said his how-to-vote leaflet complied with Australian Electoral Commission requirements for election publicity and contained his name and address and the names of four other supporters representing multicultural groups.

Mr Low said his how-to-vote leaflet complied with Australian Electoral Commission requirements for election publicity and contained his name and address and the names of four other supporters representing multicultural groups.

Indian community leader Surendra Prasad OAM, one of the people supporting the put Pauline last campaign.

The other supporters are Peter Ho AM, Indian community leader Surendra Prasad OAM, Robert Zee OAM and Queensland Chinese Forum president Vicky Yu, whose group represents 20 different Chinese cultural organisations in greater Brisbane.

The how-to-vote information has easy-to-read instructions on putting a number in every box on the ballot paper, with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation to be numbered last in each case.

The leaflet says: “We strongly advocate and request the multicultural community to put the candidate for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation last on both ballot papers, due to their history of creating disharmony and divisiveness in the multicultural society.

“And please put second last the candidate who gives preferences to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate.”

Mr Low said the leaflet was purposely kept simple and easy to read and had no party-based affiliations other than an overriding message to put Senator Hanson’s party last.

“It will be published in the Chinese newspaper, all the multicultural communities are getting it and will put it into their newsletters and online,” Mr Low said.

“The African community is very interested, and have 20,000 followers on Facebook.

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MPs criticise 'normalisation of hate speech' at Grand Mufti dinner for Muslim voters

Representatives of Australia's major parties have appealed to Muslim voters at a dinner hosted by the Grand Mufti, where hate speech ahead of the federal election was a hot topic.


The Grand Mufti of Australia and New Zealand Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed held an invite-only event in Sydney on Thursday night for hundreds of Muslim voters and campaigning federal politicians, including Labor MP Tony Burke (pictured top left), Greens leader Richard Di Natale and Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.

The event, attended by SBS Arabic24, was held to gauge the sentiments of voters amid tensions within Australian politics over anti-Muslim comments.

Three Liberal candidates were dumped this week after their anti-Muslim comments on social media were unearthed.

NSW Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells recognised the rise of religious intolerance, telling the reception that the Coalition had the "right measures to deal with it".

“We have seen the rise of religious intolerance around the world and as we pray for the victims and families of the recent NZ terror act it reaffirmed the need for stand-alone legislation to protect religious freedoms,” she said.

“This is the practical and necessary response to religious intolerance and the time has come where this is crucial and it is part of the government response to religious intolerance.”

Labor MP Tony Burke is campaigning in the Sydney seat of Watson, where 23 per cent of the population was Muslim.

He told the reception that the past three years have been the worst in the history of Australian politics in terms of hate speech.

“Obviously every election I hope to win, that’s how it goes, but I really want a change of government this time more than ever before. I believe the last three years have been the worst three years I have seen in Australian politics.”

Mr Burke referenced comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton in 2016 that it was a “mistake” for Australia to welcome Lebanese Muslim refugees in the 1970s.

“We are seeing right now the Liberal party and Liberal National Party in Queensland referencing One Nation, we were told by senior Liberals that One Nation is more sophisticated now, while all they said instead of being swamped by Asians, they now say swamped by Muslims," Mr Burke said.

“You know when people give a normalising on hate speech and prejudice, it affects how people treat each other at work at schools on public transport and at shopping centres and it must stop.”

The Grand Mufti called on federal politicians to "listen to aspirations" of Muslim voters when campaigning.

"[We're] concurrently urging all Australians of Islamic faith to vote, properly and accurately, to ensure their votes are valid and a significant part of the political process,” he said.

“As the Muslim communities grow in size and organisation you need your local state and federal representatives to represent your values and interests.”

Dr Mohamed doubled down on calls for new laws to combat Islamophobia, something he considered as a “necessary response” following the Christchurch attack.

“We have seen the rise of religious intolerance around the world and as we pray for the victims and families of the recent NZ terror act. It reaffirmed the need for stand-alone legislation to protect religious freedoms,” he said.

“This is the practical and necessary response to religious intolerance and the time has come where this is crucial and it is part of the government response to religious intolerance.”

Greens leader Richard Di Natale made a connection between his party's stance on climate change and the Islamic faith by referring a story the Grand Mufti shared with him.

“I want to talk to you about the challenge of climate change and how critical it is and it is something the Grand Mufti about how essential told me about the Quran. We need to treat the earth like we treat each other because it is God’s creation. When someone plants a tree and a person or an animal eats from that tree it is an act of charity and will be rewarded for it.”

Mr Di Natale reminded the audience that Australia's Muslim senator, Mehreen Faruqi, was from the Greens.

"I am a proud product of Multiculturalism. My family were post-war Italian migrants, I see the way my family was treated. I think of my grandmother who spoke no word in English but raised a family and contributed greatly to this country," he said.

"We are one people together regardless of our skin colour or our religion. We are one people and we share our humanity.” 












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LOCAL young achievers were recognised for their work in women's health, promoting diversity, cultural education and performing arts.

Three Redlands residents and one local business were finalists in the Young Achiever Awards for 2019.

The awards recognised the achievements of Queenslanders who are younger than 29 years old.

The finalists were presented and winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner held at Royal on the Park Brisbane on Friday, May 3.

Each category winner received a trophy and $2,000 from Auswide Bank.
One of the eight category winners will be chosen as the 2019 Queensland Young Achiever of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 from Auswide Bank and an overall state trophy.


Soroptimist International Women Empowering Others Winner


Madina Mohmood (right) takes empowering award

2019 Redlands Young Citizen of the Year Madina Mohmood, 22, was a winner in the Soroptimist International Women Empowering Others award.

The Redland Bay resident works to promote cultural diversity and empower young women.

Ms Mohmood helped to establish the Afghan Student Association and the Muslimah Student Society at the University of Queensland.

She is the current Youth Representative of the Queensland Afghan Community Association and has been responsible for creating a youth team and organising a multicultural festival for Nowruz (Persian New Year) supported by the Queensland Government.

In 2014, Ms Mohmood was chosen to travel to Rwanda, the 40 Hour Famine focus country of the year as the World Vision Queensland Youth Ambassador.

She then spent the year speaking to high school students across the state about her experience.

She currently holds state leadership position as part of the Queensland Vision Generation, World Vision's youth moment.

In 2017, she was chosen as university delegate to visit New York for the National Model United Nations.

BB Print Regional Achiever Award

Imaan Ashraf wins regional achiever award

Imaan Ashraf, 17 of Mackay is a powerful speaker and ambassador of Islam.


Imaan wants to create awareness that wearing a hijab should not hold her back from contributing to her community.


She organised "Let's Talk About," a forum attended by prominent Muslim speakers which raised $2,800. Imaan was the emcee at the Mackay Mosque Open Day.


She organised the medical chapter of the Mackay Homeless Expo where GPs provided free healthcare.


Imaan was nominated for Outstanding Young Achiever at Queensland Government Multicultural Awards.


She received the Australian Defence Force Youth Leadership Award, Rats of Tobruk Roll of Honour Award and CQU Change Maker Award.



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The Commonwealth Bank hosted its 2nd annual ifthaar in the Queensland Parliament this week.


Over 150 invited largely non-Muslim guests were treated to a dinner, and learnt about the five pillars of Islam from Dr Nora Amath and stories of living in multicultural Australia as told by a panel that included Ali Kadri, Nora Amath, Huss Mustafa OAM and Ms Dzenita Belic.


There was a range of speakers that included the Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Turkey, Mr Turgut Manli, Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner, Steve Gollschewski, CBA General Manager Multicultural Community Banking, Huss Mustafa OAM and Ms Jennifer Howard MP who represented the Hon Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe MP.


The Mashrabiyaa Duo provided a musical interlude.





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Ifthar in Toowoomba







Ifthaar at the Garden City Mosque in Toowoomba in the temporary prayer hall is being held every evening.

Many Muslims, especially students and people without family, regularly participate in the collective breaking of fast.

The Ifter-dinner for the first Ramadan on Monday, 6 May was attended by many non-Muslims including members of churches, politicians, community leaders, social workers and friends of Muslims.




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During the month of Ramadan, MAA is making it easier for you to donate and earn rewards!

We've set up a stall at Underwood Marketplace from Mon-Sat for the entire month of Ramadan.

MAA and Hurricanes Star Club will also be hosting a FREE Kids Ramadan Activities workshop every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-1pm for the entire month of Ramadan.

Come down and make an IMPACT this Ramadan and help millions in over 25 countries around the world.

Just a few of the items for Sale:

  • Prophetic Health Packs (Honey and Blackseed Oil)

  • Eid Decorations

  • Eid Envelopes

  • MAA Water Bottles

  • Arabic Learning Boards

  • Magnets

  • Umbrellas

  • Ramadan Lanterns
    and much more

You can also donate your ZAKAH, FITRAH, and SADAQAH to over 25 countries around the world, including Syria, Palestine, Myanmar, Somalia, and Yemen.

Stall Hours:
Mon-Saturday - 9:30am to 4pm

or call 1800 100 786 or 0434 984 520

Donations to MAA are 100% Tax Deductible















Every Saturday night after TARAWEEH


ALL WELCOME FROM 8.00PM until late


Great specials available this year.


Plenty of parking and plenty of room for all.








• An online written Islamic quiz Competition to increase our youth knowledge and awareness about Islam, symbols of Ramadan, Siyaam and Quran.

• Valuable prizes for the top winners to be distributed on the 27th night of Ramadan

REMEMBER, The submission cut off time is the 26th of May at 11.59 pm.











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

Esha Jamaat will be 7:00pm

Separate Facilities for ladies provided






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By Khadijah Um Abdullah    



When Sisters With Helping Hands asked for donations to make Ramadan food hampers for the community they were overwhelmed by the support of the community. It took the Sisters With Helping Hands Volunteers weeks of planning, a month of receiving, and days of packing, but the Ramadan Food Packages, made from everyone’s generous donations were finally delivered to families in need in Brisbane.

When we started the donation drive, we only thought of doing it in a small scale of 20-30 packs for our first year.

But little do we know, there are many many generous Muslim sisters and brothers out there who are just looking for opportunities to gain maximum rewards in the Hereafter, Tabarakallah !

We have had donations coming in even as soon as the drive was announced, and coming as far away as Sydney or even overseas like from Qatar. May Allah reward each and every one of the donors.

We had a scramble at first to widen our number of recipients, to correspond with the increased number of food packages being donated. We almost panicked halfway through, thinking of how to fulfill the amanah given to us. However, Allah is indeed the Best of Planners.

Alhamdulillah, through our network, we were able to help more families in need, struggling students with their families, single mothers, mothers with long term illnesses, disabled sisters and isolated new reverts. We worked in cooperation with the Muslim Charitable Foundation and their successful Ramadan Food Packs program to ensure their was no overlap in distribution and widespread support was given to those in need in the community.

Each one of the recipients were immensely grateful for the food package they received. Mothers and Fathers smiling, saying Shukr for relieving their hardship for the month ahead and assisting them to make a more meaningful Ramadan experience for their families. Children were happy to receive extra sweets and tidbits that we were able to add to the package from all the donations.

In total, 95 food packages went out to different families in Bald Hills, Inala, Woodridge, Holland Park and even all the way to Collingwood Park.

Jazakumullahu khair to all the donors for all the duas and support. Jazakumullahu khair for sharing the Spirit of Ramadan with the less fortunate. May Allah make our Ramadan ahead a means for us to attain Taqwa and be free from all sins.

Ramadan Mubarak !





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Matthew and mussallie Mojib at Darra Mosque


In the aftermath of the Christchurch attacks, one man, Matthew, a non-Muslim, has taken it upon himself to go to the Darra Mosque during Friday and evening (taraweeh) Ramadan prayers to stand guard and ensure the safety of the praying congregants.


Mojib Ullah, from the Mosque, was full of praise for Matthew's selflessness and told CCN: "Please keep him in your prayers!"


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The food stalls are back up during the evenings in Lakemba, Sydney.


Camel burgers, Syrian ice-cream, gozlemes, and culinary delights from the world over ..


Source: Bilal Rauf Facebook



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By Sowaibah Hanifie   


In a study of 340 people, the experiences of Muslim women in Australia disturbed researchers.


A four-year study into faith communities in Australia and the UK has found Muslims experience acts of violence on an individual basis like no other religious adherents, leading to calls for better early education in religious awareness.

In the midst of conducting her research, RMIT University's Professor Anna Hickey-Moody said she was disturbed when she heard the experiences of Muslim Australians, prompting her to lead the call.

"The mosque [where] I spent most of the week in Adelaide has had young men, white men, driving around the mosque in a car with the windows rolled down pretending to shoot it. I mean, that's terrifying," she said.

"No other religion has [had its adherents] experience acts of violence on an individual basis … but this has been consistent in Australia with the Muslim research participants."

Since 2016, 340 people from religious communities have been interviewed in six cities across Australia and Great Britain for the Interfaith Childhoods project.

They included lower socio-economic communities in Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, London and Manchester.

Professor Hickey-Moody brought together children and their parents, asking the children to create art about their identities and then interviewing their parents in-depth about their experiences of living in Australia.

Ending in 2020 and funded by the Australian Research Council, it will be the first Australian study to create a large-scale public art program discussing social values in relation to different faiths in young children.

"One child in south-east London drew a globe where he pinned where he began, as in where he was born in Somalia, and then the flight around the world and the different places where he's been and where he ended up. It was his story of home," Professor Hickey-Moody said.

But it was when she interviewed the parents, particularly the Muslim women, when she heard the full extent of difficulties of religious life in Australia.

"One of the mums was telling a story about a someone driving past and rolling down the window and pretending to shoot her with their fingers like a gun, and I had a feeling of disbelief about the violence of that act," she said.

"She was talking about how complicated that is to experience as a mother. She wants her daughter to have a religious life, but she's also scared to teach her daughter a way of life that might allow her to be vulnerable.

"One story that stuck in my head … [a woman] and her sister were in town in Adelaide and they saw an older woman that was struggling with her walking frame and they went to try and help her because they realised she wasn't going to make it across the lights.

"When they got to the walking frame to try and help her, she looked at them with this visceral hate and said 'get your hands of me you bitches, I'm just coming for you, I'm coming to tell you to get back where you came from'.

"Her sister burst into tears because she was so shocked, and she [the older woman] burst into laughter."

Adelaide seen to be the most unaccepting city
Across all of the cities involved in the project, the researchers found stories from Adelaide to be the most distressing.

"It has a less multicultural community, it's a less international community, and I think there's not the kind of cosmopolitan consciousness that requires understanding social difference," Professor Hickey-Moody said.

One Muslim woman in the Adelaide focus group burst into tears as she recalled the moment another women came right up to her face and yelled at her to "get out of here".

Another Adelaide woman said her son was on the bus when two men hopped on and said "let's slay them all" as they drove passed the local mosque.

Dr Samia Al Haque has been living in Adelaide for the past six years, and while most of her life there was free of racism there was an incident she could not forget when she went to take her English literacy test.

"One of the men [doing identity checks] commented on how I dressed," she said.

"He said [rudely] 'I don't understand why you Muslim women dress like this'. I was actually wearing a formal dress with a cardigan on top.

"It really disturbed me. I could feel my ears go red and my face flushing. I did cry later on, after I came home."

Dr Al Haque escalated the incident, was refunded her money and received a written, formal apology.

Rahmotollah Ahmadi moved to Tasmania when his refugee family were accepted into Australia.

He said he and his wife were verbally abused several times while walking, and his friends had been egged on a different day.

"It's very sad and depressing. They told us before we came to Australia [that] you are free to follow any religion. It's your right," Mr Ahmadi said.



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The YouGov data has revealed fascinating insights into the Australian identity, its place in the world, and its many contradictions.


Lovers of regulation, supporters of same-sex couples and very liberal when it comes to abortion – this is how a sample of a thousand Australians perceive themselves.

Australia is a country that accepts gay couples, hates the big banks, considers second-generation migrants “Australian”, but the majority feel negatively towards Islam.

New wide-ranging data released by YouGov has revealed fascinating insights into the Australian identity, its place in the world, and its many contradictions.

Australians were the second-highest out of 23 countries surveyed in not considering where someone’s parents come from as relevant to identifying as Australian, but in our personal lives, 47% admitted to having “very few” or no close friends of a different ethnic background. And 80% of us believe women still suffer discrimination, but a third also think the women’s rights movement has gone too far.

Islam and other religions
51% of Australians had unfavourable sentiments towards Islam, and only 10% looked upon the religion positively, making Australia more negative than 17 of the other 22 countries surveyed.

In fact, 37% of people said they were “very unfavourable”– the most negative response available. This was far higher than the milder option of “fairly unfavourable” (14%), and made it the single most common response to the religion. 23% of people were neutral.

In comparison, 45% of Australians were positive towards Christianity, and 21% were negative.

Judaism had a favourability rating of 18%, and unfavourability of 20%. The largest segment was “neither favourable nor unfavourable” and “don’t know” – which added to 58%.

Age was one of the biggest factors that correlated with anti-Islam sentiment.

Those aged 45 and over had negative sentiments above 60%, and positive sentiments at 5% or lower. Those between 25 and 34 had negative sentiments 30 points lower (31%), and positive sentiments at 20%. Those 18-24 had similarly high positivity, but higher negativity too (at 41%).

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Hala Ramadan: "We flip the model and treat our students as strong individuals who are survivors, not victims."


Hala Ramadan remembers only too well the “agony” of making sense of her new world in Australia, the country she fled to as a 15-year-old with limited language skills.

Ramadan grew up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, and recalls studying by candlelight in an underground shelter with the sound of war above. In Sydney she was given a new chance, a way out that was defined by education; first an HSC, then a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Teaching.

Now the principal of Belmore Boys High School, Ramadan says her struggles are what shaped her to be the person she is today.

This challenging background is always what gives her the empathy to lead a diverse school population, where 98 per cent of students come from language backgrounds other than English. Many are from refugee or refugee-like backgrounds.

“Belmore Boys is not a place of employment for me; it is my home, and my family,” Ramadan says. “It is at Belmore that I fully understood my role as an educational leader in shaping the educational journey for my students.”

With 380 students, the school’s population represents 35 language backgrounds. Many have come from disadvantaged circumstances. Ramadan says that with the correct level of support and “lots and lots of love”, the sky is the limit in terms of achievement and success.

As the mother of the school, which is how the kids refer to her, Ramadan’s door is literally always open for staff, students, parents and local community members. Care takes many forms, as varied as family sessions with a psychologist to training for parents so that they can upskill and improve their lives.

Vocational training in subjects such as agriculture and personal training is offered to ensure young men have career paths in place. Multicultural celebrations at the school include Chinese New Year festivities and gathering for Iftar, the traditional meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan.

“We focus on wellbeing as a necessary tool for learning for our boys, because learning will not take place at a deep level, unless our boys feel safe, supported and nurtured,” she says.

“Our students have a range of soft skills that emerge from living a life of complexity and disadvantage. We flip the model and treat our students as strong individuals who are survivors, not victims.”




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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) wishes you, your families and your organisations Ramadan Mubarak.

May this month be full of blessings, mercy, collective improvement, tolerance and understanding for all.

We ask Almighty Allah to grant us such sincerity that we leave this month closer to Him than ever before.


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How to perform prayers (salah/namaz) on an airplane?

Performing your prayers (salah/namaz) while on an Airplane is not that easy as most Airlines do not provide such facilities. The following tips will help you perform as best as possible:

1. Ensure you know all the rules and dispensations pertaining to wudhu and salah as a traveller. You can find here a list of areas that one should ensure they have the knowledge of.

2. Since it is not easy to perform wudhu and salah on an Airplane, if there is a choice, it is better to choose flight timings which allow one to perform all salah before departure or after arrval

3. If you are on a long flight and need to transit through an Airport, if there is a choice, it is better to choose to transit through an Airport which has comfortable prayer and wudhu facilities as well as Halal food. You can find brief overviews of Airport facilities under the Airport guides section.

4. If after considering all of the above, your flight timing is such that have to perform Salah while on air, then it is about managing the four key elements for salat efficiently; time, wudhu, direction & space.

5. Time: First thing is to know the correct prayer times for the flight using the Air Travel Prayer Times calculator here or using the HalalTrip mobile app.

6. Wudhu: Taking wudhu on a plane is not easy as well. As such it is better as much as possible to take wudhu before boarding the plane. Especially if the next prayer time comes soon after take-off. If you have to take wudhu on a plane, it is very important to make sure that proper care is taken not to mess up the aircraft toilets, so as not to inconvenience other passengers or staff. Understanding the rules of "masah" (wiping over socks) will help ease the performance of wudhu while travelling.

7. Space: If you are flying first or business class, finding a place to spread your prayer mat and pray properly is not generally an issue. However if you are flying economy class, due to space constraints, it a bit more challenging. In this case, the best is to approach the airline staff and see if they are able to provide some space. If that is not possible, then one can perform salah while seated. Consult your scholar to know the exact ruling regarding the performance of salah while seated in a plane.

8. Qiblah direction: If you are able to find space to pray properly, then you can find the approximate Qiblah direction by using HalalTrip mobile app. If you are praying seated, then facing the Qibla direction will not be always possible. Consult your scholar to know the exact ruling regarding facing qibla in such a situation.


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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. 


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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. 


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Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial and Cyber Crime Group have issued a warning to Queensland residents about a scam using a Queensland Police Service phone number to legitimise a government or Australian Taxation Office (ATO) impersonation scam.

In this instance the criminals are using a practice known as caller ID spoofing where they inappropriately manipulate the telephone network to indicate the incoming call is from a different number (in this case a QPS number).

The scam starts when the criminal calls the victim impersonating a government department. They advise the victim has an outstanding fine or fee with them (for example, the ATO). While this type of scam has been doing the rounds for some time, police are concerned this version of the scam has an additional layer which may result in more members of the community falling victim.

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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



Faezeh Hashemi Award for Excellence in SPORTA

Asma Elbadawi is a basketball player and coach from Bradford, West Yorkshire, who successfully lobbied for the Basketball governing body the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) to allow Faezeh Hashemi Award for Excellence in SPORTMuslim players to compete in hijab. Asma, who was born in Sudan, began campaigning against Fiba’s ban on headgear using social media and the #FibaAllowHijab hashtag. Asma argued Fiba should follow football authority Fifa in removing restrictions on hijabs, turans and other religious headwear as she claimed there was no correlation between the item of clothing and players’ safety. On May 4, 2017, the first-ever Mid-Term Congress – which brought together representatives from 139 national federations – unanimously ratified the Fiba Central Board’s decision for a new rule that would allow players to wear headgear. Not one to rest on her laurels, Asma is now advocating sport for young British Muslim girls. An accomplished spoken word poet, she also won BBC Radio 1Xtra’s ‘Words First’ 2015 Competition.

Ramla Ali is the first female Muslim to win a British boxing title, and the only female boxer to ever represent Somalia in an international competition, including recent tournaments in Istanbul and New Delhi last November. Her accomplishments in and outside of the ring secured her Nike sponsorship deal in 2018. Outside of competing, Ramla donates her time to charity including Fight 4 Change where she teaches women-only self-defence classes among her students are war and domestic violence survivors. She was featured on the front cover of the Guardian Observer Magazine in November with a two-page spread about her ambitions of qualifying and participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

As the only Muslim Ambassador of a Premier League Club,
Mohammed Bhana has connected the club to a new British Muslim fan base, who have been welcomed with open arms. His appointment has helped open breakfast clubs in areas with a high Muslim population. But his talents go beyond playing football. Mohammed has an innate ability to market and grow brands in both the marketing and automotive sectors, paying dividends for Huddersfield Town A.F.C. of the Premier League and the globally-recognized Kahn Design. At Kahn Design, his ability to creatively market on a limited budget quickly put the automotive company on the map. In one example, the ‘F1’ number plate purchased by Kahn for more than £400,000 in 2008 – a record for the time – was pushed by Mohammed who had been tracking its value for some time. The value of it has since skyrocketed to £15 million, making it the most valuable number plate in the world. Mohammad’s efforts have been recognised by the Yorkshire Asian Business Association, who recently awarded him under the Professional of the Year category.     






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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.









There is no one simplistic discourse that articulates the representation of Muslims in Australian newspapers during this period. The shift from references to them as workers and handlers, even oddities, to rivals and a ‘Mohammedan’ threat was not entirely born within an Australian context. What John Esposito described as a “powerful wave of Muslim religious revivalism” in the 18th century, inspired by a perceived external challenge and threat of conquest by Europe, was partially responsible for this change.


Despite a clear shift of power in the 19th century and the dominance of European colonialism, Christian religious figures in particular were weary and warned of complacency. In 1883, the South Australian Christian Colonist published an article titled “Islam and Christianity,” which described the work of the missionaries and the “civilisation advances” in Mount Lebanon and Damascus.


Despite their elevated social status and economic success, the author reminded Christians in the region and Australia that it is “not possible that the Mohammedans can rest contented with the present state of matters,” and given the opportunity, they will “attempt to regain their former power.”


This ‘threat’ was given as the reason why “Christians are to some extent always uneasy, and when any excitement arises among the Moslems the alarm and fear of the Christians may be easily imagined.


The alarm and suspicion referred to by a number of Australian mainstream publications focused mainly on the “active subtle Mahommedan missionaries” who through the “ignorant convert to Islam” sought to give the “Crescent the upper hand throughout the world” and subvert Christian rule.


When The West Australian included a note about the visit of “an interesting Eastern gentleman” Mulla Mirza Khan from Bombay, it listed the number of people he had converted to Islam within 12months. These converts, according to the article, numbered “no fewer than 109 persons of whom, it may interest some of our readers to learn, 30 are Europeans and Englishmen.”


The writer also referred to the newspapers he had seen with Khan from Liverpool, New York, Cairo and other cities, “all printed and published in English at the places named solely for proselytising purposes.”


The purpose of Khan’s visit to Western Australia was, according to the article, to prove to the local people that Islam is not a faith “befitting only a barbarous and unenlightened people, but the most cultured and highly civilised as well. ”As well as helping to establish a mosque in Perth, Khan was interested in “founding a free Mohammedan library.”


It is no coincidence that Khan’s visit to Australia occurred at around the same time agitation towards Muslims in Australian print media was increasing. Towards the end of the 19th century, the elite of Indian diasporic communities were advocating the mobilisation of an international Muslim brotherhood. This transnational movement, which played out implicitly in Australian newspapers through the letters written by Musa Khan to various editors, may have been the reason for Mulla Mirza Khan’s visit.


It may have also been the key motivator behind Musa Khan’s public expressions of frustration in these letters. According to Eric Germain’s study of southern hemisphere diasporic communities, members of this literate Muslim elite were:

In search of recognition of their religious specificity but also of their “Britishness,” a colonial citizenship meaning equal rights and opportunities with white settlers in the Crown’s colonies. Among the external signs of this Anglophilia – truly felt but, at the same time, consciously used as a political claim -was the English language that the Indian elite chose to use in their political expression.

For Australia’s early Muslims, this link with Britain offered some hope amid the discrimination and racism that played out in the local media







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Piers Morgan slams 'grotesquely offensive' Madonna for wearing a burka to walk through JFK airport




Piers Morgan has branded Madonna “grotesquely offensive” after she was pictured walking through JFK airport wearing a burka.

The Good Morning Britain anchor hit out at the singer for “shameless attention seeking” after seeing snaps of her arriving in New York.

Writing in his Mail column, he said: “Madonna wore a burka as she walked through one of the world’s most famous airports, not from any desire for anonymity but from a craven desire to be spotted. She put on the burka because she wanted the whole world to see her in a burka.

“When I stopped laughing at the headlines, I suddenly realized that her latest publicity-grabbing move wasn’t actually very funny at all. It was actually grotesquely offensive.”

Morhan then accused Madonna of “mocking” Muslims and “sporting a burka because she has a new tour coming up”.

His scathing rant continued: “This Muslim-mocking stunt is a new low, even by her low standards.

“It manages to be the very worst kind of cultural appropriation, the very worst kind of casual religious taunting, AND the very worst kind of publicity scam. On every level, it’s toe-curling and offensive.”  







ISIS’s Church Attacks Break Mohammed’s Own Pledges

By Azeem Ibrahim



Assaults on Christian sites show terrorists are apostates as well as murderers.



A crescent moon is seen over St Anthony's church after it was partially opened for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo on May 7, 2019

The attacks by an Islamic State-affiliated group against Christians on Easter morning in Sri Lanka last month fall into a long-established pattern. Back when the Islamic State was expanding in northern Iraq in 2014 and 2015, the region’s 1 million Christians were some of its main targets, as well as Yazidis, Shiite Muslims, and other religious minorities. Churches were razed and Christians issued with an ultimatum: exile, conversion, or death.

The end result has been a brutal and depressingly thorough religious and ethnic cleansing. For the Islamic State, destroying churches and killing Christians came second only to its top priority of killing other so-called apostate Muslims—Shiite and Sufi Muslims in particular. But although the Islamic State claimed to be acting in the name of Islam, its actions were not only horrific but also clearly and universally recognized as blasphemy.

All the world’s leading Muslim scholars have pronounced that attacks on Christians and other terrorist tactics are antithetical to Islam, strictly against sharia as jurisprudence based on the Quran and hadith, and a hideous blasphemy against the message of the Prophet Mohammed. For example, the Pakistani-born cleric Tahi-rul-Qadri, who is recognized as one of the world’s leading Islamic scholars, issued a fatwa to this effect back in 2010.

The Quran in verse 4:59 commands Muslims to follow Mohammed and his example. And the Prophet Mohammed was very clear about how Muslims should treat Christians. He entered a treaty with Christians in the year 628 that deserves to be quoted in full here, since its words speak so clearly against terrorists’ actions:

“This is a message from Mohammed ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.

Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by God! I hold out against anything that displeases them.

No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.

Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.

No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”

This agreement was signed with the prophetic seal by Mohammed in Medina and given to a delegation of Christian monks from St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai.



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“Muslim Women in Islam & Queensland”


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Time for Reflection | Scottish Parliament

Madinah Javed




"My Time for Reflection and Qur'an recitation at The Scottish Parliament. Thank you to my family, friends, neighbours, mentors and wider Glasgow community for all of your supportive words, advice, kindness and encouragement."









Al-Fatihah in Sign Language

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“It’s changing everything,” Surya Sahetapy said of videos that translate the Quran into sign language for deaf Indonesians.


For These Muslims, Learning the Quran Starts With YouTube

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Every year, as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan approached, Surya Sahetapy and his close friends would start to feel depressed.

They were at their wits’ ends about how to help more Indonesians study the Quran, Islam’s holiest book, which may seem surprising in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.

Traditionally, Muslims around the world recite the entire Quran during the month of Ramadan, which began in Indonesia on May 5. Learning all 114 chapters, known as surahs, can take years, and many here learn the melodic Arabic recitations — as well as Indonesian translations and interpretations — by listening to audio recordings.

But Mr. Surya, 25, and his friends had a unique challenge when it came to studying the sacred texts: They are deaf.

“My deaf friends and I felt depressed because we didn’t have any way to help other deaf people to access Islam,” he said in an interview, accompanied by a sign-language interpreter.

All that changed last year when Mr. Surya teamed up with a local Islamic organization on a project to produce sign-language videos, translating all 114 surahs.


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A Prayer at the US House of Representatives Chamber





Imam Omar Suleiman delivers the invocation this morning from the House floor.

“We pray for peace; not war. Love; not hate. Benevolence; not greed. Unity; not division. And we commit ourselves to not betraying our prayers with actions that contradict them.”








UAE's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque hosts first iftar of Ramadan













Here we go AGAIN!

Some people began fasting for Ramadan on MONDAY, others began fasting on TUESDAY.

Why are Muslims in the same country divided about when to start fasting for the holy month?

Sit back and watch this explainer video to find out!!

















How to Visit a Mosque




How to Visit a MosqueThis is What Happens Inside a Mosque... How to Visit a Mosque
The Mosque we're visiting is Jama Masjid in New Delhi, #India but the process is the same in all Mosques around the world. I was so shocked by the Christchurch terrorist attack in my home country of New Zealand that I decided to make this video to help people better understand their Muslim brothers and sisters.










Black Women Supporting Ilhan Omar





“They cannot stand that a refugee, a Black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim shows up in Congress thinking she's equal to them.” Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke to supporters at the “Black Women in Defense of Ilhan Omar” rally.

















Hoblos and Ramadan

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Ziyech refuels amid Ramadan fast to put Ajax in Champions League driving seat against Spurs   



UK: Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech, who is a practising Muslim, was prohibited from eating until the 24th minute of the semi-final against Tottenham due to Ramadan but doubled Ajax's advantage just minutes after refuelling.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which takes place between May 5 and June 4, is observed by Muslims across the globe as a month of fasting between dawn and dusk as a way to mark the passing of the first chapters of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

Ramadan ended for the day in Amsterdam at 9.18pm local time, some 18 minutes after kick-off.

While this presents obvious challenges for those who partake in it, it is especially so for sportspeople whose nutrition is of utmost importance.

Ajax duo Hasim Ziyech and Noussair Mazraoui are two such athletes. Eagle-eyed viewers of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final between Ajax and Tottenham in Amsterdam will have noticed both players taking a break to receive 'energy gels', substances provided for athletes to provide an energy boost and optimize hydration.

Raymond Verheijen, a Dutch coach who specializes in nutrition, has criticized athletes competing during Ramadan in the past, saying that competing with the necessary energy could hinder both the team and their own health.

"It would be irresponsible if Ziyech and Mazraoui stick to the fasting requirements of Ramadan at this stage of the season," Verheijen said. "Ajax’s situation is extreme - everyone is aware of that.

"The players’ bodies will be deregulated, as they will be changing a pattern of training and diet of the past 11 months.

"If you do this now, in the ultimate performance weeks of the season, it is like throwing a spanner in a wheel. Their blood sugar level will be lower - and that means less and less energy. Not only does that make athletes less alert, it will also send weaker signals to the muscles of the body."

If this is indeed the case, it would appear that no one told Hasim Ziyech, as the 26-year-old scored Ajax's second goal of the night - just ten or so minutes after his fast ended.       



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How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship



 Ece Temelkuran


An urgent call to action from one of Europe’s most well-regarded political thinkers. How to Lose a Country: The Seven Warning Signs of Rising Populism is a field guide to spotting the insidious patterns and mechanisms of the populist wave sweeping the globe – before it’s too late.

‘It couldn’t happen here’

Ece Temelkuran heard reasonable people in Britain say it the night of the Brexit vote.

She heard reasonable people in America say it the night Trump’s election was soundtracked by chants of ‘Build that wall.’

She heard reasonable people in Turkey say it as Erdoğan rigged elections, rebuilt the economy around cronyism, and labelled his opposition as terrorists.

How to Lose a Country is an impassioned plea, a warning to the world that populism and nationalism don’t march fully-formed into government; they creep. Award winning author and journalist Ece Temelkuran, identifies the early-warning signs of this phenomenon, sprouting up across the world from Eastern Europe to South America, in order to define a global pattern, and arm the reader with the tools to root it out.

Proposing alternative, global answers to the pressing – and too often paralysing – political questions of our time, Temelkuran explores the insidious idea of ‘real people’, the infantilisation of language and debate, the way laughter can prove a false friend, and the dangers of underestimating one’s opponent. She weaves memoir, history and clear-sighted argument into an urgent and eloquent defence of democracy.

No longer can the reasonable comfort themselves with ‘it couldn’t happen here.’ It is happening. And soon it may be too late.



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Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
The Baghdad Clock
Saïd the Fisherman
Through The Peacock Gate
English Translation of the Qur'an
Home Fire
The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
The Cambridge Companion to Religion and Terrorism
Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal Of Its Religious And Ideological Foundations
Islam in Europe
Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World
From My Sisters' Lips
A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way
Rusted Off: Why Country Australia Is Fed Up
Step Up: Embrace the Leader Within
The Lebs
British Mosques
From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
I, Migrant: A comedian's journey from Karachi to the outback

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: This gluten free recipe was requested for by a CCN reader - healthy and able to be frozen.


Zucchini and Spinach fritters


(gluten free)




2 cups zucchini -grated
1 cup spinach - shredded fine
1 medium onion -grated
1 tsp salt
2 tsp crushed coriander seeds (dhana)
2 tsp crushed cumin (jeeru)
½ tsp crushed pepper
Green chilies to taste
½ cup almond flour
½ cup flour coconut flour
½ cup almond milk
2 eggs
1 Tab of feta - crumbled
2 tsp baking powder

1. Beat eggs and milk together.
2. Add remaining ingredients with the exception of baking powder.
3. Add the baking powder when ready to fry.
4. On a greased tawa or griddle place I tab of the mixture, flatten it and allow to cook for a minute and then turn over and cook on the other side.
5. Fry till golden brown.
6. Serve with tomato salsa (see below)


1. Boil 2 to 3 tomatoes on the stove or microwave with a little water.
2. When it's soft, liquidize and strain.
3. Discard seeds and peels.
4. To the juice add: 1 small chopped onion, 1 Tab. vinegar, salt and green chillies.
5. Adjust seasoning to suit your taste buds.
6. Refrigerate.

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, I try to drink as much water as I can in the evenings during Ramadan and was wondering if sports drinks are a good option to include while working out?

A: Most of us don’t really need anything more than water while working out.


Sports drinks are more suited, or made for marathon runners, high-level athletes, etc.

You’ll only have to work harder to burn off the extra calories from sports drinks, so stick to your water intake instead.

If you’re planning an intense workout session for more than an hour or more, then taking a sports drink might make sense.





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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:
Religion And Children...Why Parents Need To First Display Virtues Before Preaching Them

In my clarity coaching sessions with families, one of the recurring issues discussed is parenting. And the most persisting parenting challenge identified in these sessions is how to guide children to imbibe Islamic virtues. As a parent of a teenage daughter, I face the same challenge, more so because I am also learning Islam every day, since embracing Islam in February of 2012. It’s highly challenging to try and balance Islam and culture, depending on your cultural perceptions of life. Over time I have come to understand that children do as we do, not as we say. It is vital to first display Islamic virtues ourselves before we preach them to our children.

Take a moment and reflect on how you are displaying Islamic virtues in your home...or ask yourself if you are in fact displaying these virtues at all...unless we as parents display and model behaviours that are in alignment with these virtues, we can’t expect our children to imbibe them. The virtues of righteousness, generosity, gratitude, contentment, humility, kindness, courtesy, purity, good speech, respect, wisdom, tolerance, justice, mercy, dignity, courage, frankness, hope, repentance, patience, perseverance, discipline, self-restraint, balance/moderation, prudence, unity, frugality, sincerity, responsibility, trustworthiness, honesty, fairness, spirituality.

The best part about being Muslim parents is the direct guidance from our Holy Quran. Spend a few minutes on reading this valuable link to inspire yourself with how our Holy Quran’s verses can help you imbibe these virtues.


Daily Practice
Spend a few minutes to reflect on a daily deed you can perform in order to practise these Islamic virtues. Invite your family to fill out this table and agree on displaying these virtues every single day. Islam is a daily practice. It’s easier when we are all in it together as a family.

Download the above article.




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DOWNLOAD Muslimah Reflections - my new ebook of poetry and affirmations
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DOWNLOAD Muslimah Meditation Moments - audio files for self-awareness meditation.

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At the Kuraby Mosque, they have weekly husband's marriage seminars.

At the session last week, the Imam asked Jallalludin, who said he was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, ‘‘to take a few minutes and share some insight secret how you had managed to stay married to the same woman all these years.’’

Jallalludin replied to the assembled husbands, "Well, I've tried to treat her nice, spend money on her, bought her enough jewellery and abayas, but best of all is, I took her to Saudi Arabia for the 25th anniversary!"

The Imam responded, ‘‘Brother Jallalludin, you are an amazing inspiration to all the husbands here! Please tell us what you are planning, for your
wife for your 50th anniversary?’’

Jallalludin proudly replied, “I’m going back to Jeddah to pick her up."


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An Ayaat-a-Week







O you who believe! Do not follow Satan's footsteps: if any will follow the footsteps of Satan, he will (but) command what is shameful and wrong...


~ Surah An-Nur 24:21


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Politics is the art of looking for trouble,

finding it everywhere,

diagnosing it incorrectly,

and applying the wrong remedies.



~ Groucho Marx



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I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.


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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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Stall applications are now closed. We will no longer be accepting any requests for stalls. If you have sent your stall application form to us, we will be reviewing and responding to you within two weeks with the outcome of the review. Please remain patient as we aim to ensure this year's event has an attractive range of stalls, rides and stage events. 4 weeks to go!











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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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1 June





(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

27 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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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
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Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
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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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