EST. 2004


Sunday 26 May 2019 | Issue 0759



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Gold Coast Mosque


Gold Coast non-Muslim communities and dignitaries were treated to a fabulous ifthaar spread prepared by ladies from the Indonesian community on Friday.


It was also an occasion for the Islamic Society of Gold Coast to acknowledge  a number of people, including retiring Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart, who was indisposed and unable to attend in person; the late Superintendent Paul Ziebarth, who had pioneered the way for establishing close ties with the Mosque community and the QPS; the Police and Multicultural Community Safety Advisory Committee (PMCSAC) for their work in bringing communities together; and Mr Hamdi Bakar, who co-ordinated the event and contributed tirelessly and willingly to the Mosque over the many years.


Self-styled chef and regular social media vlogger, Mr Hussain Baba, was in turn presented with a gift by the PMCSAC for his role in fostering harmonious interactions between the Mosque and other community groups.


The evening concluded with a seemingly never-ending range of desserts








The Chefs

Acting Deputy Director General, Strategy, Governance and Engagement, Ms Chantal Llora (left) with Ms Zulaikha Goss

David Forde and Leon Jordan










The annual Queensland Police Service (QPS) was held this week at the Greek Club where several hundred invited guests joined the breaking of the fast on Monday.  Attendees included over 230 people from the Muslim community, QPS, representatives from Police Emergency Services Minister along with numerous other organisations.


Sisters Support Services (see details below) and Islamic College of Brisbane's Principal, Dr Ray Barrett OAM, were recognized by the QPS for their services to the community.


Ms Rachel Khawaja (wife of Australian cricketer, Usman) was the keynote speaker (see recording of her speech below).


Retiring Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart, was recognized for his service and positive engagement with the various communities in Queensland.


Indonesian performers, Zamania Brisbane, entertained with song and some precision synchronized movements.



















At the QPS Community Iftar, Sister Support Services was presented with a prestigious Recognition Award.


In presenting the award, QPS said:

Sisters Support Services Inc. has helped to bridge gaps, connect & empower women in our community and are strongly supported by Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford & Detective Inspector Karen Ballantyne from Brisbane Region.

Sister Support Services – “This organisation is being recognised for their support services of helping women from all backgrounds. This work includes counselling, case management, share accommodation, home visits and meals for those in need. They also offer support and general help for sisters who are isolated along with welcoming migrants and those newly-arrived in Brisbane. Last year, Sister Support Services partnered with Qld Police and Muslimah Mind Matters to run a series of one day workshops for Muslim women called SHE program. SHE stands for See me, Hear me, Empower me. It’s goal was bridging the gap – connecting and empowering Muslim and Police Women in our community. I ask Aliyah Berger and Angela Ishaq to accept this appreciation plaque.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the incredible hardworking team of Sisters Support Services and Princess Iqra Lakshman. Empowering our sisters in the community can only be achieved by empowered, dedicated and united women!
















Kuraby Mosque (last Saturday)








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MCF hands cheque to APAN's David Forde





Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) presented a cheque for $32,000 to the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN), raised at a recent joint dinner in support of Palestinian advocacy in Australia.


Another $32,000 raised on the night went to Muslim Aid Australia's (MAA) sustainable livelihood programs in Gaza.




MCF hands cheque to MAA's Riyaad Ally



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Among the Eid-focused stories and promotions, Brisbane's Garden City Shopping Centre's website is running this article:


Outfit inspo for Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is on its way, and just as important as finding a gift for your loved ones, is finding a fab new outfit for yourself to celebrate in on the day.

To inspire your look this Eid, we’ve worked with a few of our local friends Arshee and Sara (who you might recognise from last year) and the lovely Ally family to inspire looks for everyone in the family. As children, Arshee and her sister Sara say they were “taught to wear their best clothes and adorn themselves, which is a tradition that’s been practiced for centuries".

For them, Eid represents “…an exciting time when everyone’s out searching for that perfect outfit, be it either the perfect pair of shoes, or matching jewellery or even the latest shade of lipstick. We’re all going out of our way to buy a new outfit, to dress well and express the joy and happiness we feel really makes dressing up all that more special".

In the Ally family, Laaiqah says “the night before Eid, we give each other new clothes and presents”.

Whether it’s a full outfit, or a few accessories to change up an existing look, Eid presents a great excuse to treat yo’self or someone you love to something fun and new, so here’s some of our picks.




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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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CAIR Calls on Movie Reviewers to Address Racial, Religious Stereotypes Perpetuated by ‘Aladdin’




Muslim civil rights group says ‘the Aladdin myth is rooted by racism, Orientalism and Islamophobia’



Official trailer


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in the US, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on movie reviewers nationwide to address concerns about racial and religious stereotypes perpetuated by the Disney film “Aladdin” scheduled for release on May 24.

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“The Aladdin myth is rooted by racism, Orientalism and Islamophobia. To release it during the Trump era of rapidly rising anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and racist animus only serves to normalize stereotyping and to marginalize minority communities.

“The overall setting, tone and character development in the ‘Aladdin’ story continues to promote stereotypes, resulting in a perpetuation of Islamophobic ideas and images. We urge the public and film critics to scrutinize the new production of ‘Aladdin’ in light of its historical context and today’s toxic environment for all minority communities.”

CAIR urged reviewers to address the following concerns:

  • The Aladdin story, not just the Disney film, has always been associated with depicting Arabs and Muslims as barbaric, uncivilized “others,” following a long pattern of anti-Muslim attitudes in Hollywood. Film critics should consider commentary and scholarship by experts as they review the current Disney production.

  • The Aladdin Jr. play, a licensed Disney production that encourages elementary school children to perform a rendition of the play, has been the source of alienation and trauma for Arab, South Asian and Muslim children and has even been removed by some school districts for not being compatible with the values of culture equity, diversity and tolerance. This comes at a time when Muslim children face bullying at twice the rate of their non-Muslim peers, as reported by a CAIR-CA study.

  • As seen through the trailer, the racist themes of the original animated cartoon seemingly re-emerge in the live-action remake, despite efforts by Disney to address the concerns from 25 years ago.

  • While the film is set in a fictional country, Agrabah, the location will clearly be perceived as Middle Eastern, Muslim or the “Orient,” leading viewers to make the resulting associations with Muslim Arabs. In fact, a PPP survey in 2015 found an alarming number of Republicans and Democrats alike being in favor of bombing Agrabah.

  • Contrary to popular belief, the story is not originally found in the Middle Eastern literary tradition of “1001 Nights,” (Alf layla wa-layla) but is rather the invention of French orientalist Antoine Galland and made popular in English by Richard Burton who overly-sexualized the story to further exotify Arabs and Muslims.








Most Americans say ‘Arabic numerals’ should not be taught in school, finds survey




Seventy-two per cent of Republicans oppose Western world's standard numeric system, according to research designed to 'tease out prejudice among those who didn't understand the question

More than half of Americans believe “Arabic numerals” – the standard symbols used across much of the world to denote numbers – should not be taught in school, according to a survey.

Fifty-six per cent of people say the numerals should not be part of the curriculum for US pupils, according to research designed to explore the bias and prejudice of poll respondents.

The digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are referred to as Arabic numerals. The system was first developed by Indian mathematicians before spreading through the Arab world to Europe and becoming popularised around the globe.

A survey by Civic Science, an American market research company, asked 3,624 respondents: “Should schools in America teach Arabic numerals as part of their curriculum?” The poll did not explain what the term “Arabic numerals” meant.

Some 2,020 people answered “no”. Twenty-nine per cent of respondents said the numerals should be taught in US schools, and 15 per cent had no opinion.

John Dick, chief executive of Civic Science, said the results were “the saddest and funniest testament to American bigotry we’ve ever seen in our data”.

Seventy-two per cent of Republican-supporting respondents said Arabic numerals should not be on the curriculum, compared with 40 per cent of Democrats. This was despite there being no significant difference in education between the two groups.

“They answer differently even though they had equal knowledge of our numerical nomenclature,” Mr Dick said. “It means that the question is about knowledge or ignorance but [also] something else – prejudice.”

He said the goal of the research was to “tease out prejudice among those who didn’t understand the question”.

This bias was not limited to conservative respondents and attitudes towards Islam.

Another poll question was worded: “Should schools in America teach the creation theory of Catholic priest George Lemaitre as part of their science curriculum?” 









‘What is wrong with people!?’: Jacinda Ardern mural artist Loretta Lizzio hits back




Loretta Lizzio painted a mural of Jacinda Ardern on a Brunswick silo.


Eighteen metres above the ground in Melbourne’s north, a giant Jacinda Ardern wraps her arms around a woman in need of comfort.

The mural on a silo at Tinning Street in Brunswick took nine days to paint — from sun up to sun down — as well as 25 litres of paint and it took its toll physically on artist Loretta Lizzio.

“My body is broken,” the 32-year-old told from her home on the sunny Gold Coast.

Her arms ache from the constant sweeping motion and her back is stiff from bending down to lift four litre cans all day long.

But looking back at what she’s achieved, her heart is full.

Partly because the image of the New Zealand Prime Minister dressed in a headscarf and hugging a grieving Muslim woman after the Christchurch massacre means so much to her.

“When I first saw that picture, I thought ‘what a beautiful moment in such a terrible tragedy’,” she said.

“I thought about how genuine Jacinda looked. I love painting strong female figures so (when I was approached for this) I instantly thought, ‘Yes!’.”

The artwork towers over the suburb 4km from the Melbourne CBD but not everybody is supportive.




Critics have been vocal about their opposition to the mural. They’ve asked her why she painted a moment that was not Australia’s to celebrate.

To that, her response is simple and unequivocal.

“It’s like, f***. What is wrong with you people?! It was an Australian man that did this,” she said, referring to accused terrorist Brenton Tarrant who livestreamed the attack that left 50 worshippers dead.

“So if a message of love can be sent to Australia, then that’s great.”

Lizzio said she was shocked by the backlash to a piece of art she hoped would “send a message of love and acceptance”.

Instead, she said it became a target for some to sprout their racist views.

“There’s so many people out there who treat other people like shit because they don’t understand their background, or where they come from,” Lizzio told

“They should feel like they can walk down the street and not feel like they’re looked down upon. No matter who they are.

“People say to me, ‘What about Sri Lanka?’ Or, ‘What about the Christians? Where’s their mural.’ Well, go crowdfund for it.”

The idea for the project came about after residents of a building opposite the silo shared their grief over the massacre on a communal chalkboard.

Lizzio had painted a smaller piece there three years earlier and when a resident approached her she jumped at the chance.

First, organisers needed permission. So they went to the owner of the silo who was more than happy to get on board. They needed to raise some money for the project, too, and a crowdfunding project quickly took care of that.








Beer mats designed to teach drinkers about Islam spark criticism in Germany





Cardboard coasters feature different questions about the religion: 'Mohammed, what was he like?' asks one.


A project to promote better understanding of Islam in Germany by printing information about the religion on beer mats has been criticised.

Under the scheme, pubs and restaurants have been provided with specially-created coasters asking questions about Islam. On the flip side of each is a web link and QR code to the answer.

“Mohammed, what was he like?” wonders one in a deliberately informal tone. “What is it with Muslims and pork?” ponders another.

But now, despite the scheme running for three years and being approved by the Germany’s Central Council of Muslims, it has run into controversy.

The Foreigners’ Advisory Council in the central town of Maintal – where the cardboard mats have just been introduced – has said it is an inappropriate way to educate people about a religion which forbids alcohol.

“They could have used postcards, or adverts on the side of a bus. Why did it have to be the pub?” Salih Tasdirek, head of the council, told Der Spiegel magazine.

He also questioned if it was right for the coasters to include a symbol of a cider jug, despite it being a historic emblem for the region.

Orient Network, the small German NGO which runs the project as part of its work promoting interfaith understanding, defended the scheme.

Raban Kluger, from the organisation, said: “We wanted to give answers in local language to the questions that our members, mostly Islamic scholars, are always asked.

“It is not our intention to associate alcohol with Islam.

The questions and answers were all drawn up by Muslims and checked by Germany’s Central Council of Muslims, he added, while also saying that tens of thousands of mats had previously been sent out across different areas of Germany with no issues arising.





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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 Liverpool Muslim Institute in Britain played a significant role in reorienting the image of Islam and Muslims in Australia’s print media. The institute and British Muslim Association were founded by a local Liverpool solicitor, William Henry Quilliam (1856-1932), who converted to Islam following a visit to Morocco in 1887 and adopted the name Abdullah. In 1894, he received an invitation to visit Constantinople from the Sultan who appointed him ‘Sheikh al-Islam of Britain,’ a formal title that was also recognised by the Amir of Afghanistan. While the title, which has never been held by anyone since, provide

Quilliam with the legitimacy to claim leadership “of all Muslims in Britain and to represent their interests,” he was just as “devoted to the interests of Islam throughout the globe.”


Quilliam was particularly attentive to the diasporic communities from the British Empire and he actively assisted his “translocal agents, ”as Germain refers to them.


As well as responding to letters Quilliam provided these translocal agents with literature that challenged popular stereotypes that Islam was ‘fanatical,’ ‘backward’ or ‘opposed to Christian values.’


During the 1896 annual meeting of the Liverpool Muslim Institute, reference was made to the

large contingent of Afghan Muslims in Western Australia, with a very earnest brother, H. Musa Khan, among them. They seem to be making a good impression among the European settlers there, and their very presence has brought the question of Islam prominently before the minds of the inhabitants of the island continent.

Germain uses this speech, along with an article reference to the Liverpool Muslim Institute published in the spiritualistic Melbourne journal This World and the Next then reproduced in Quilliam’s 1896 issue of Islamic World, to illustrate the influence of the Institute “among the new religions’ networks.”


While these publications may have given literate Muslim settlers like Musa Khan a sense of place within a broader international Islamic brotherhood, they had little bearing on local politics or perceptions of these ‘coloured’ Muslims as unwelcome outsiders, particularly among the working class. Religion as well as race continued to be unnecessarily highlighted, even in documented civil cases, and used as an identifier and opportunity to place Islam against Christianity. In the case of a Fitzroy youth, Sydney Morris, who was charged with stealing shawls and other goods from a Muslim hawker, Terio Khan, part of the page one headline read “Mahommedan V. Christian.”


Musa Khan’s persistent writing of letters referencing the proselytising successes of the institute elicited scathing public responses. One letter from Vosper stated Islam had a “tendency to raise the fetish worshipper and override the Christian.”


Musa Khan’s position within Quilliam’s international Islamic brotherhood and his being a ‘British subject’ carried little weight in Australia, mainly because of his colour. He expressed his frustration in a letter he wrote to the Western Mailin 1898, which stated that under the provisions of the Immigration Restriction Act, he could not be a prohibited immigrant as he was “well educated in English ”and “not a pauper, idiot, diseased person or criminal.”


His rationale attracted no adequate response or interest, and Australia moved towards Federation, racism and discrimination towards Australia’s early Muslims would be legislated.







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Delicious Ramadan eats from around the world




Warning: this video will make you salivate.


Fasting is only one half of Ramadan, the other half is feasting on some of the most delicious food from around the world.

Pop quiz: what is a Jalebi? Is knafeh from Africa or the Middle East? And sahlab — drink, dessert or both?

If you've never seen these words before, then welcome, new friend, have we got a treat (or two) for you.

You may be aware that Ramadan is the month where Muslims fast, but that's only from sunrise to sunset — after dark, it's all about feasting.

With Muslims hailing from many corners of the globe, there's a huge variety of foods that are eaten specifically during this month.

In the bustling Ramadan night market in Lakemba, in Sydney's west, food lovers talk to ABC Life about their favourite iftar dishes, from Somalia to Singapore, and everywhere in between.

ABC Life









Kay Burley from Sky News speaks to Imam Ajmal Masroor

about LGBT lessons at schools





"The current protest is directly as a consequence of a safe space honest conversation between those who oppose LGBT lifestyle and those who subscribe to it. The way forward is not to recriminate each other or call anyone any disparaging names. The solution lies in accepting both peoples rights to express and practice their beliefs."









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Who was Omar Khayyam?


His poetry did not become popular until 1859, when it was translated by Edward FitzGerald



Google Doodle celebrates pioneering Persian astronomer and poet


Omar Khayyam, a celebrated Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and poet, is being remembered with a Google Doodle on his 971st birthday.

Born in the town of Nishapur in what is now Iran in 1048, Khayyam is most commonly recognised for both his astronomical expertise, which led to the reform of the calendar, and his poetry.

Having studied under scholars including Sheik Muhammand Mansuri and then the imam Mowaffaq Nishapuri, Khayyam made great strides in both mathematics and astronomy during his lifetime.

At the age of 22, Khayyam was already making a name for himself in the field of mathematics through the publication of Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra and Balancing.

In the text, Khayyam explained his observation that cubic equations can have multiple solutions, as well as his methods for solving quadratic equations.

Shortly after, Khayyam’s astronomical knowledge was requested by Malik Shah, Sultan of the Seljuq Empire, in helping to reform the calendar.

Upon receiving an invitation to the Persian city of Isfahan, Khayyam worked in an observatory where he eventually succeeded in precisely measuring the length of the year, leading to the development of the new Jalali calendar, which was used until the 20th century.

His observations and the subsequent calendar was based on the sun's movement, as well as quadrennial and quinquennial leap years, with the calendar consisting of 25 ordinary years with 365 days and eight leap years that had 366 days.

In the West, however, it is Khayyam’s work as a poet and his collection of quatrains that is recognised and celebrated. The poems, written in four lines, were translated by Edward FitzGerald in the 1800’s and published in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

Khayyam became famous for his poems posthumously, having died at the age of 83 on 4 December 1131.

In 1963, the Shah of Iran ordered Khayyam’s grave exhumed and his remains moved to a mausoleum in Nishapur where tourists could pay their respects.

Although not much is known about the personal life of Khayyam, it is believed that he had a wife, a son, and a daughter.



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Jews and Muslims pray together at Africa's oldest synagogue   


This year's annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue, coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan for the first time since 1987


TUNISIA: Muslim and Jewish leaders also shared a fast-breaking meal as they came together for the holy month of Ramadan and the annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia.

Afef Ben Yedder delicately placed an egg inscribed with wishes in a cavity in Africa's oldest synagogue in southern Tunisia, hoping they will be granted even though she is a Muslim.

Five years ago, she said, her prayers were answered after visiting the Ghriba synagogue on the Mediterranean island of Djerba, where Jews go to ask a mysterious saint to grant their wishes.

"I prayed for a friend who had difficulty having children and now he has a three-year-old boy, and for something else I don't want to mention, and it has come true," she said with a big smile.

This time Ben Yedder returned with her Jewish childhood friend Karen who moved to France as a teenager, after they were reunited on Facebook.

It is a chance to pray together and reminisce about their times spent together in a district of Tunis where they grew up living alongside Jewish, Christian and Muslim neighbours.

This year's annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan for the first time since 1987.

Muslim and Jewish leaders shared a fast-breaking meal on Wednesday evening on the island, a symbol of cohabitation that Tunisia is keen to promote.      



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Ramadan police: Malaysian officials disguise as waiters to catch Muslims who skip fasting   



MALAYSIA: If you are a non-fasting Muslim in Malaysia - be warned, a local official in disguise might serve your next meal having already snapped a photo of you and sent it to the local religious affairs department.

Thirty two enforcement officers in the Malaysian district of Segamat are dressing up as cooks and waiters to catch Muslims eating during the holy month of Ramadan, the New Straits Times newspaper reported on Thursday.

The best tea-brewers and noodle chefs were selected from the ranks of the department’s officers to carry out the task, which will be conducted at 185 food premises. Another prerequisite for the job was skin color as many restaurant staff are migrants workers.

“We have specially selected enforcement officers who are dark skinned for the undercover job,” Segamat Municipal Council president Mohamad Masni Wakiman told the paper.

“They sound convincing when they speak in Indonesian and Pakistani lingo, so that customers will believe they are really hired to cook and serve meals and take menu orders.”

Islam’s holy month of Ramadan runs from May 5 until June 4 this year. During this time observing Muslims are obliged to fast from dawn until dusk unless they have a special health condition.

In certain parts of Malaysia Muslims are subject to Islamic laws. If a Muslim is caught breaking the fast by one of the officers, he or she might face a fine of up to $329 or up to six month detention or both.

The large Muslim population of the multi-ethnic Malaysia has traditionally followed a tolerant form of Islam. In recent years the spread of increasingly conservative interpretations have been a source of worry in the country. A human-rights group advocating for Muslim women in Malaysia, Sisters of Islam, has lambasted the restaurant initiative calling it a “disgraceful act of spying”.




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Boris Johnson: Tory leadership frontrunner's history of racist comments, from Muslim 'letter boxes' to African 'piccaninnies'   


Former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson,  has repeatedly been forced to apologise for offensive language


UK: Boris Johnson is widely regarded as favourite to be the UK’s next prime minister after Theresa May announced her resignation.

The former foreign secretary, who has confirmed he will stand in the Tory leadership race, has long eyed the job despite doubts among his party colleagues about his suitability.

If he moves into Downing Street, he will carry with him the baggage of a lengthy history of racially inflammatory remarks that could complicate international diplomacy.

Muslim women ‘letter boxes’ jibe

In an August 2018 column for the Daily Telegraph, Johnson wrote that women who wore the niqab looked like ”letter boxes” and “bank robbers”. He suggested it was “absolutely ridiculous” that people would choose to wear the “oppressive” religious headgear.

His comments infuriated other Tories and led Labour MP David Lammy to accuse him of “fanning the flames of Islamophobia to propel his grubby electoral ambitions”.

But the Conservative Party cleared him of breaching its code of conduct after an independent panel ruled his column was “respectful and tolerant”.

Picanninnies and ‘watermelon smiles’

In another Telegraph column, this one written in 2002, Johnson used two racial slurs to refer African people.




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First female Omani novelist to be translated into English shares £50,000 prize with translator Marilyn Booth – the first time an Arabic book has won   


Jokha Alharthi with translator Marilyn Booth.


OMAN: Jokha Alharthi, the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English, has won the Man Booker International prize for her novel Celestial Bodies.

Alharthi, the £50,000 award’s first winner to write in Arabic, shares the prize equally with her translator, American academic Marilyn Booth. Celestial Bodies is set in the Omani village of al-Awafi and follows the stories of three sisters: Mayya, who marries into a rich family after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries for duty; and Khawla, waiting for a man who has emigrated to Canada.

Chair of judges for the prize, historian Bettany Hughes said: “Through the different tentacles of people’s lives and loves and losses we come to learn about this society – all its degrees, from the very poorest of the slave families working there to those making money through the advent of a new wealth in Oman and Muscat. It starts in a room and ends in a world.

“We felt we were getting access to ideas and thoughts and experiences you aren’t normally given in English. It avoids every stereotype you might expect in its analysis of gender and race and social distinction and slavery. There are surprises throughout. We fell in love with it.”

Celestial Bodies was selected from an almost entirely female and independently published shortlist to win the award, which goes to the finest work of translated fiction from around the world. Alharthi saw off competition from writers including former winner Olga Tokarczuk, acclaimed French author Annie Ernaux and Colombia’s Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

Hughes said the judges had loved “the subtle artistry” of Alharthi’s novel. “It’s less flamboyant than some of the other books, there’s a kind of poetic cunning to it. It starts feeling like a domestic drama in a fascinating world, but with the layers of philosophy, psychology and poetry, you are drawn into the prose, through the relationship between the characters. It encouraged us to read in a slightly different way.”

In an interview after the novel was longlisted,Booth said she was delighted that the award was bringing Omani literature to the attention of a wider audience. But she added that Arabic fiction had a tendency to be seen as “a road map to the Arab world rather than first and foremost as art, as imaginative writing, pushing the boundaries of what can be thought and said”.

“What one really learns here ‘about the Arab world’ is that there are amazing fictionalists … throughout the region, not only in the better-known hubs of literary creation such as Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco and many other places, but in a country that is less literarily mapped, like Oman,” said Booth. “And perhaps what one learns most is how alike they are in their dailiness, human exchange and emotions, and how societies that might appear so different are really so very much alike.”

Celestial Bodies is published by Inverness’s Sandstone Press and is its first venture into Arabic literature. Alharthi, who has written two other novels, two short-story collections and a children’s book, and has been translated into languages including German, Italian, Korean and Serbian, said she hoped Celestial Bodies would help “international readers discover that Oman has an active and talented writing community who live and work for their art”.

Before learning she had won, the author added: “They take on sacrifices and struggles and find joy in writing, or in art, much the same way as anywhere else. This is something the whole world has in common. Omanis, through their writing, invite others to look at Oman with an open mind and heart. No matter where you are, love, loss, friendship, pain and hope are the same feelings and humanity still has a lot of work to do to believe in this truth.” 




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Muslim Members Of Congress Host A Historic Iftar In The Capitol   


Trump held a Ramadan dinner at the White House just last week but without any Muslim Americans.


Three congressional lawmakers ― Ilhan Omar, André Carson and Rashida Tlaib ― hosted Monday night's groundbreaking event.


US: On Monday evening, three Muslim members of Congress ― Reps. André Carson (D-Ind.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) ― hosted a historic iftar in the U.S. Capitol to recognize the holy month of Ramadan and honor the contributions of the Muslim American community.

The gathering to break that day’s Ramadan fast was the first iftar to be hosted by Congress’ own Muslim members. The event, which was co-hosted by the national civil rights organization Muslim Advocates, was also set to be the first congressional iftar to be addressed by any speaker of the House.

“It’s important to take a moment to recognize how historic this iftar is,” Tlaib said in a statement. “This event lifts an entire community that has felt unseen for far too long. We have been unjustly targeted to ignite fear and promote an agenda of hate. Tonight, we recommit to being rooted in justice, inclusivity, and a sense of belonging.”

Along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) were also set to attend.

Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, told HuffPost that the event was significant not only because it celebrated the unprecedented number of Muslims in Congress but because it came at a time when anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate crimes are at an all-time high.

“This is particularly meaningful now given the increasing public role that Muslims are having in civic life,” Khera said. “To have this opportunity to have members of Congress recognize our community, and to say that they see us and they support us, is just absolutely crucial, especially in the holiest month on the calendar for Muslims.”

Last week, President Donald Trump hosted his own iftar at the White House, but without the presence of American Muslims. (The White House declined to share the guest list for this year’s event.) 

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Austria approves headscarf ban in primary schools   


Law against ‘religiously influenced clothing’ exempts male Sikh and Jewish headwear



The ban was proposed by the ruling rightwing government.


AUSTRIA: Austrian MPs have approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling rightwing government.

The text refers to any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head”.

Representatives of both parts of the governing coalition, the centre-right People’s party (ÖVP) and the far-right Freedom party (FPÖ), have made it clear that despite its wide description, the law is targeted at the Islamic headscarf.

The FPÖ education spokesman, Wendelin Mölzer, said the law was “a signal against political Islam” while the ÖVP MP Rudolf Taschner said the measure was necessary to free girls from subjugation.

The government said the patka head covering worn by Sikh boys and the Jewish kippa would not be affected. Medical bandages and protection from rain or snow are also not covered by the law approved on Wednesday.

Austria’s official Muslim community organisation, IGGÖ, has condemned the proposals as “shameless” and a “direct assault on the religious freedom of Austrian Muslims”. The organisation has signalled that it will seek to challenge the validity of the law at Austria’s constitutional court.

The government has already said it expects the law to face legal challenges, since similar legislation affecting schools is normally passed with a two-thirds majority. In this instance almost all opposition MPs voted against the measure, with some accusing the government of focusing on garnering positive headlines rather than child welfare.

Irmgard Griss, of the liberal Neos party, said the ban threatened to do more harm than good by making girls at Austrian schools responsible for the repressive policies of authoritarian regimes in Iran or Saudi Arabia. There was no evidence, Griess said, that girls found it more difficult to learn when wearing a headscarf.

The ÖVP and FPÖ formed a coalition in late 2017 after elections in which both parties took a tough anti-immigration stance and warned of the dangers of “parallel societies”. The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, said in April 2018: “Covering up small children is definitely not something for which there should be space in our country.”

In a speech on Wednesday, the bestselling Austrian-German novelist Daniel Kehlmann condemned Kurz’s leadership. “I want to ask our silent chancellor very matter-of-factly whether he is fully aware that history books of the future will remember him as the man who enabled a party of rightwing extremists to damage the outer image and inner fabric of this country to such an extent that it will soon no longer be repairable.”

Kurz oversaw an Austrian ban on full-face coverings in 2017, introduced as part of an “integration” policy aimed at limiting the visibility of orthodox Islam in public life. It was criticised by police after it mainly resulted in the issuing of warnings against people wearing smog masks, skiing gear and animal costumes.

“If this law was intended as a contribution in the fight against conservative Islam, then I can only say: it’s gone belly-up,” a representative of the Austrian police union said at the time, adding that many officers were declining to enforce the law.

Denmark enacted a ban on the wearing of face veils in public in 2018, joining other EU countries including France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Bulgaria, and the German state of Bavaria. 




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Dr Keith Wolverson says he will quit profession after being investigated for asking patient to lift her niqab   



UK: A doctor who is facing an inquiry for asking a Muslim woman to remove her veil so he could hear her during a consultation has said he no longer has any interest in working in the profession.

Dr Keith Wolverson, a GP who has been in medicine for 23 years, said he was "deeply upset" at being accused of racial discrimination over the incident.

The situation arose last year when he asked a woman to lift her niqab, a face covering garment worn by some Muslim women, which he claims he did politely and was so he could communicate with her better while trying to diagnose the woman's daughter.

However, last week he received a letter from the General Medical Council telling him his conduct was under investigation.

He has since told The Mail on Sunday: “I absolutely no longer want to be a doctor.”


Dr Wolverson said his “quest to perform the very finest consultation for the safety of the patient has been misinterpreted in a duplicitous manner to suggest there has been an act of racism committed”.

“I feel a major injustice has taken place,” he added. “This is why you are waiting so long to see your GP and doctors are leaving in droves. This country will have no doctors left if we continue to treat them in this manner. I’m deeply upset.”

He said the woman was speaking to him about her daughter, who she feared had tonsillitis, and he asked her to move the veil so he could hear her more clearly.

He claims she did so with no complaint during the consultation at Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent last June.

However, he said the woman's husband arrived later and said he would be making a complaint.

A spokesman for the Doctors' Association UK told the Mail on Sunday: "It is of utmost importance that the religious wishes of our patients are respected.

"However, evidently there are some circumstances where removeal of a niqab or burka is necessary for medical assessment and treatment.

"The GMC should consider issuing clear guidelines to protect both doctors and our patients."




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‘The Butterfly Refugee’ and ‘It’s Jummah Day’



 Roger Ibn Tyrone






Book Review: ‘The Butterfly Refugee’ and ‘It’s Jummah Day’

by Suraya Daly

Roger Ibn Tyrone and wife Devina are based in Sydney, Australia and write and illustrate Islamic children’s books with Minaret Mountain Books which all have a common thread of underlying positive teachings.

Roger was brought up in a creative family where his parents encouraged “all roads of making art and music”. He reverted in 2000 and frequently expresses his creative and artistic side and finds inspiration for the stories through his four children.

Similarly, wife Devina did not see herself represented on TV, in toys and dolls, and books, and felt that she needed to make this change herself after she had children.

Their children’s book The Butterfly Refugee was the first one I read out of two. I feel the story describes well the very real experience of a young child in war-torn conditions. While the descriptions illustrated the bleak realities of war, deep symbolism and indirect references were prevalent so that children can properly follow through the stories without a rising fear through their imagination.

Some adjectives and nouns were quite realistic so I would recommend the reading age to start from 8 years with parental supervision, so as to explain further certain meanings to prevent the child’s concerns.

I feel the child is taken through a journey, where he or she is not sheltered away from the harsh truths of war, but they are carried through until the triumphant moments in the story.

They are instilled hope and faith in the story and a message that despite hardship and deep sorrow, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, if they never stop believing. I especially liked the symbolism of the Bunny, that Roger described perfectly in his own words:

“Bunny represents time, acceptance, coming to terms with loss and the strength and courage to move on.”

I feel this book can inspire compassion in young hearts, and to live with the belief that there is sunshine after the rain. I feel it is important to instill positive messages in the early years so young minds can appreciate that while there is sadness, there is also bountiful kindness, beauty and happiness in the world.

It’s Jummah Day is the second children’s book out of the Minaret Mountain Books written by Roger and Devina which I have had the pleasure to read. I really enjoyed the illustrations from this particular book because although they depict everyday activities like getting ready together, heading to a destination in a car together, and playing in a park together, I could feel the joy and imagination sparked from the ideas for the illustrations.

As I understand, Roger’s illustrations are inspired by his children’s imagination and wonder. When viewing the images, I feel like I’m stepping into the beautiful inventive creative minds of a child, always hopeful and joyful, in wonderment.

These feelings complement the story well. It is a simple story of Jummah Day which is a special day that the children spend with their Dad, putting on their best clothes and head to the mosque together.

They pray together and listen to the Imam intently together, and learn valuable lessons on how to purify the hearts and how to treat one another, as well as learning to honour and love your parents.

They then engage in more leisurely activities together. This book has a great simple and positive story that encourages the bond with the family, the value of spending time together, and to be thankful of one’s blessings and reflective of one’s actions to date.

While these activities involve rather complex thinking for a child, they can carry these positive messages and lessons to adulthood to become an exemplary member of society.





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CCN's Bookshelf

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

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: A Ramadan favourite.


Laakri Ghos (Meat on a stick)



Kindly shared by Nasreen Vawda




4 pieces of chicken fillet cubed
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp chicken spice or Aromat
1-tab vinegar
1-tab lemon juice
4 tabs nestle cream
2 tsp crushed green chillies

Marinate for a few hours

Take a few pieces and pierce through the wooden skewers
coat in bread crumbs
Dip in egg and fry

Serve hot with chutneys

If you are not frying immediately, then freeze after the coating of bread crumbs.
No need to thaw out when using in its frozen state, just dip in egg and fry.



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Keeping Fit with Kareema






Q: Dear Kareema, I’m trying very hard not to give up my workouts at home as I’ve been consistent during all of Ramadan and would love to keep on going. What are some of your favourite at home, no-machine workouts?

A: I love both high-impact and strength training workouts, so to break out into a sweat I combine the two for double the impact.

My skipping rope and gym ball are my ideal fitness tools.
I enjoy the 30-sec work, 30-sec rest rule for about 5-10min at a time and I constantly modify as I go depending on the time I have and how my body is feeling.

Squats, walking lunges, wall-sits, tricep-dips, mountain-climbers, etc. are but some of the bodyweight exercises I incorporate into my sessions. I love using my weights too as it adds that extra challenge.





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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:
The Whirlpool Of What-Ifs

Ever heard of the saying “curiosity killed the cat”? My philosophy professor at college had a great comeback for this adage:

“Stupidity killed the cat. Curiosity got the blame,” he told us.

What-if questions in life are vital, in fact necessary. They open the mind to embrace different perspectives. The curious mind thrives on seeking more knowledge to find the truth and to become a better human being. In doing so, one becomes closer to ALLAH.

The mischief-maker, shaitaan, knows how to intercept your curious mind and whisper stupid suggestions that can suck you into a whirlpool of what-ifs that end up diluting your faith in ALLAH. It suggests fearful outcomes and grips you into believing them, so much so that you lose trust in ALLAH’s plans and give in to fear rather than explore life with faith and curiosity. Ever felt that your imaan was getting low? Next time you feel that way, observe your thought patterns and identify how much of your day you’re wasting anticipating negative outcomes about your life. Such as:

• What if I fail?
• What if I eat this and gain weight?
• What if I can’t please my husband/ wife?
• What if my children go astray?
• What if I end up poor?
• What if I end up alone?

• What if I can’t deliver what I promised?
• What if nobody loves me?

See what I mean? This thought pattern is what I call the whirlpool of what-ifs. It’s the stupid kind of what-ifs that kills the cat, not the curious type that opens your mind to greater potential and innovation. It’s shaitaan’s whisperings that suck you deeper and deeper into this whirlpool of negativity which has only one destination - extreme fear manifesting in symptoms of anxiety, depression and incessant worrying.

Eight Steps To Exit This Whirlpool For Good
So, how do you become aware of this when it starts to happen?...Trust me, it happens to every single person at some point in life. Unless you become aware while it’s happening and take charge, the negativity of the experience aggravates and makes you even more anxious as you anticipate the next anxiety/ panic attack.

1. Ask yourself, how am I feeling right now?
2. Answer the question with regards to physical sensations, for example, if you are anxious, how is your body reacting to the anxiety? How is my breathing, my heart rate, my body temperature?
3. Now examine what thought is affecting your body to react that way...for example, is it the thought of something on social media, or the thought of a family member or the thought of your job?
4. Analyse how true this thought really is, challenge yourself to come up with solid evidence to back this thought, for example, if you are obsessively thinking that you are not good enough, write down what evidence you have that proves that you are beneath others.
5. Analyse the evidence you have gathered from your mind and ask yourself, “Is this absolutely true and correct that the future will unfold exactly as I am thinking? Am I the absolute best of planners? Or am I overthinking and creating a false reality?
6. Remind yourself that ALLAH is the absolute best of planners. That only ALLAH knows what will happen to anyone.
7. Remind yourself that these negative thought patterns bring about negative body sensations and symptoms.
8. Acknowledge that you can control your body sensations immediately by doing the following:

• Breathe - inhale deeply and exhale deeply
• Become aware that your nafs (body sensations) are in your control
• Remind yourself that your soul is purer than your nafs
• Connect deeply with your breath and your soul and connect with the purity of your soul
• Make continuous dhikr of ALLAH with each long breath in and out.

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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin goes to his Imam, Mula Nasruddin, for some advice.


Jallalludin: I am married to one of twin sisters who look identical. How do I recognize my wife?


Mula Nasruddin: Just pinch one of them. If she screams at you, she is your wife. If she smiles, then she's your sister-in-law.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






"Not on earth nor in heaven will you be able (fleeing) to frustrate (His Plan), nor have you, besides Allah, any protector or helper."


~ Surah Al-Ankabut 29:22


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When arguing with a fool,


make sure the other person


isn’t doing the same thing.



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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) would like to invite you to support the upcoming EID DOWN UNDER festival taking place on Saturday the 8th of June at the Islamic College of Brisbane. Eid as you know is a time for celebration for Muslims and more than 15,000 people are expected to attend the social event for hours of fun, food, rides, entertainment, competitions, cultural performances and much more, the Brisbane City Council considers this a major event in Brisbane. It also provides a chance for the Muslim community to connect with other groups and communities in Queensland, promoting an inclusive and harmonious Australian society. Insha Allah this year the festival will be bigger than previous years.

The event provides a platform for businesses to promote their activities and the opportunity is huge as the event brings together people from all walks of life, and many different communities from across Queensland. Over the years, the event has seen major sponsorships from well-established leading Muslim businesses and Insha Allah this year we hope to see your kind support. In doing so, you’ll not only be promoting your business but also be supporting social cohesion, mutual respect and understanding within our society, which is a key focus for ICQ and cornerstones of our Muslim identity.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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