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Sunday 2 June 2019 | Issue 0760



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Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc
Garden City Mosque
217 West St, Harristown, Qld 4350

Eid ul Fitr Prayers 2019

In Shaa Allah the Eid ul Fitr prayers will be held on Wednesday, 05 June 2019 at the Auditorium of Darling Heights State School (opposite of 60 Wuth St, Darling Heights).
The Islamic Society of Toowoomba has booked the venue from 6-8am for the Eid day and Salat at 7:00am (sharp).
Because it is a school day, we have to leave the School premises by 8am sharp. So we have to start the prayers a bit early.

Details activities are as follows:
1. Eid Prayer Time: Prayers start at 6:45am with Takbir
2. No parking inside the property of the venue. Lots of street free parking around the place.
3. Bring your Prayer mats/carpet, Sweets, Cakes etc (separate container for men and women, if possible)
4. Society Provides: Plates, cups, serviettes, juice etc
5. Venue: Auditorium, Darling Heights State School, Wuth St (access via Platz/West St, and Drayton Rd)
6. Separate Entrance: Main Entrance for men (first door from the entrance), and Second Entrance for women to pray at the rear end of the building (behind the men)
7. Shoes: Take your shoes inside, and put beside the wall (do not put them at the entrance)
8. Cleaning after Salat: Please help clean the place after the salat and sweet.

Please bring cakes/sweets to share with others. Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and support.











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Dear CCN Readers,

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Brisbane's Lord Mayor's Ifthaar


Brisbane's Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner continued with the tradition of his predecessor, Graham Quirk by hosting an Ifthaar at the SunPac Hall in the Brisbane suburb of MacGregor along with Clr Kim Marx and Clr. Angela Owens.










Islamic Society of Bosniak Ifthaar (Rochedale Mosque)










IWAA Ifthaar


The Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA) held its ifthaar at their Watland St offices where local politicians Clr. Kim Mark, Member for Stretton, Duncan Pegg and Minister of Housing and Public Works, Mick de Brenni graced the occasion.


In addition to the delectable dishes prepared by in-house chef Mohey Labib, it was an occasion for some of the women to share their stories of Ramadan and Eid in their countries of origin.


Ms Lema Hamid described her experiences through a poem she composed for the event:



Ramadan in Afghanistan
By Lema Hamid

The crescent moon is seen at night,
It brightens the sky with its shining light.
At 2 AM our eyes wide awake,
By the loud noise the neighbour’s drums would make.

Fresh bread with sweet tea was what we ate,
It kept us full till very late.
The elders gathered, together to pray,
While the kids went out in the park to play.

At 3pm the preparation would start,
The mothers would prepare a work of art.
Bolani, qabuli, mantoo and ashak,
These were counted as just a snack.

At 7 pm the table was made,
The beautiful adhan would then be played.
We’d break our fast with just a date,
We’d eat and talk till very late.

The men would go to mosque for tarawih,
Together they would Congregate.
Some would pray 20, some would pray 12,
The very impatient would only pray eight.

This was the ritual for 30 days,
How I wish, Ramadan would stay.
The last week of Ramadan is the very best,
The nights are long and very blessed.

The mothers and fathers prepare for Eid,
The kids prepare for a great feed.
The night before Eid the kids can’t sleep,
At the thought of the money that they will get to keep.

The day would come where it would finally be Eid,
New clothes, lots of money and delicious sweets.
From house to house we’d walk by,
The neighbours would invite us for some chai.

The house would be decorated with lights and balloons,
The families would gather for a feast at noon.
At night the women would put henna on their hands.
They would laugh, sing and perform traditional dance.

The beautiful nights, the blessed days,
How I wish, Ramadan would stay.




Sharing their stories (l to r) Nehal el Tahir (the evening's Master of Ceremonies), Sohair Elbagir (Sudan), Janeth Deen OAM (Queensland), Lema Hamid (Afghanistan), Fenti Forsyth (Indonesia), Galila Abdelsalam OAM (Egypt) and Sevkija Hodzic (Bosnia)







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On Friday night, certificates were awarded to students who had memorised certain chapters of the Quran under the guidance of Imam Sheikh Mohamed Ali of the Gold Coast Mosque.

Certificates were presented by Haji Aslam Nabi (Trust Chairman) and Haji Hussain Baba (Trust Secretary)





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Volunteers helping out at the Eid Ramadan/Eid stand


(front to back)

Sarah Ahmed, Reham Ali, Liyana Joosab and Nabila Seedat



The Islamic Council of Qld partnered with Westfield Garden City to promote Eid and Ramadan this year. Ms Laaiqah Ally initiated and organizing the programme with volunteers helping out at the stand during Ramadan.






The Westfield website includes articles on Eid and Ramadan and gift suggestions with Arshee, Sarah and the Khondikar family featured.




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Yassmin Abdel Magied, originally from Sudan, grew up in Australia and now lives in London


This past week, which is officially part of the last ten days of Ramadan, a sacred time when worshiping efforts are intensified, we spoke to some of the amazing Muslims fasting while working, studying, volunteering, and exercising.


On the final day of Muslims Who Fast, we speak to Yassmin, a writer who’s led a colourful life, working in Australia’s oil rigs as not only one of the few women but also a Muslim woman wearing a hijab. The author, of Sudanese descent, invites to see what an iftar combining her two different cultures looks like. Yassmin, who recently published her first work of fiction, remembers and compares what Ramadan was like in Sudan, in Australia and now in London where she lives. Her iftars are a fusion of different and delicious delicacies. Let’s see what she had for iftar:

So what are you eating tonight?


Today we have a bit of a cultural mix, reflecting my life here in London. We have fool (Sudanese broad or fava beans) and bayd (arabic for eggs), and shorbat adas (lentil soup) – they’re the Sudanese staples I can make quickly and confidently.

We also have salatat zabadai (yoghurt and cucumber salad), variants of which can be found all over the Mediterranean and North Africa.

What does a traditional Sudanese iftar look like?


We break fast like many others with a date and water. The first course is usually a soup: cauliflower, pumpkin, or lentil soup. At that point we take a digestion break to pray, before getting into the main meal.

Growing up, that usually consisted of tameeya (like falafel), fool, eggs, salads, eggplant (either in a salad or in a béchamel) and then on special occasions something like aseeda wa mullah, like a porridge with the local stew, or a protein like fried fish, chicken or lamb.



We typically also have sweet drinks like carkadeh (hibiscus drink) hulumur, mishmish (apricot), and guava. My grandmother also used to make a mean lemonade! We’ll almost always finish up with tea, coffee and a sweet dessert like basboosa (semolina cake). For suhoor (pre-dawn meal), we usually have um Ali (puff pastry soaked in sweet milk and raisins) or run bi laban (rice porridge).

Sounds delicious. So what do you crave while fasting?


I often hanker for the easy, simple, food of home: fool, bayd and tameeya. The smells, tastes and textures make me think of warmth, comfort and family, and who doesn’t want that in a holy month? I generally don’t miss food. But coffee! Oh, I do miss that.

Same. So, what does Ramadan mean to you? Ramadan is a spiritual reset button, an opportunity for me to take a moment – a month, in fact – to not only spiritually detox, but physically do so as well. My routines change: so rather than the day being structured around food, it’s around prayer times. I also try to make a more conscious effort to slow down, read more Quran, connect more with family and community. I look forward to it every year, and although sometimes on long London days it can be exhausting, it’s a month I am grateful for.

How old were you when you first began fasting?


I went to a Muslim primary school in Brisbane, so my early years were filled with trying to compete with the other kids in class to see who could fast the most. My parents let me start slow – one day a week, then the weekends, then I moved up to every second day and by the time I was 10 or 11, I was proud to be fasting all of Ramadan without needing to take much of a break at all!


Did you ever accidentally break your fast as a child?


One morning, observing Ramadan in Sudan, I woke up and got out of bed and then for some reason started scoffing the lollies in the ‘guest tray’ in the living room! I must have really needed some sugar. Hand full of lollies I froze and realised I’d completely forgotten it was Ramadan. My parents said that because I hadn’t done it on purpose, the fast counted and so I fasted the rest of the day as normal.

Is it hard to fast away from home?


Being away from my family and the traditions I grew up with is always a challenge. I think when you’re living on your own in a big city, Ramadan feels much more difficult than when you are at home with a group of people, all in it together. Ultimately, it’s meant to be a shared experience, bringing people together.

If you’re not naturally in that space you have to put in a little extra effort to get the most out of the month. I do try to work around it: when I am in London I make an effort to have Iftar with friends every night, and the Open Iftar project is a lovely effort towards alleviating loneliness.

Do you have any traditions or rituals during Ramadan?


When I think of traditions, I think of the food that I eat during Ramadan. The process of making um Ali, of soaking dates in sweet water before the month arrives, of the cool sweet tang of carkadeh. I think of praying taraweeh, or listening to Quran, of not swallowing when I brush my teeth! I think I’m in the process of creating new traditions here in London – like breaking the first fast of the month with the same friends every year.



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'Egg Boy' Will Connolly donates $100,000 to help Christchurch mosque attack survivors

Australian teenager Will Connolly, who became an internet sensation for smashing an egg on Fraser Anning's head, has donated $100,000 to help those affected by the terror attacks in Christchurch.

Funds raised by “Egg Boy”, the teenager who smashed an egg on an ultra-conservative senator Fraser Anning, have gone to the victims of the Christchurch shootings.

The GoFundMe pages were set up for Will Connolly after he smashed an egg on Mr Anning's head during a press conference at a Conservative National party rally.

On Tuesday night, Mr Connolly announced on Instagram the money raised from two GoFundMe pages, a total of $99,922.36, had been donated to the Christchurch Foundation and Victims' Support.

“For those of you who don’t know, there were two GoFundMe pages set up to help cover the cost of my legal fees and to ‘buy more eggs.’

“Gratefully, Gordon Legal acted pro-bono for me so I don’t have any legal fees.

“I decided to donate all monies to help provide some relief to the victims of the massacre … it wasn’t mine to keep.”

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Western Sydney University has launched Australia's first branded hijab for nursing students along with a suite of cultural resources for teachers and students aimed at reducing drop out rates.

University is a daunting time for most students, but for Muslim nursing and midwifery students a lack of cultural and religious awareness can make going out on clinical practice even more nerve-wracking.

Simple things like NSW Health's 'bare below the elbow' rule - which mandates health practitioners roll their sleeves up above their elbows when treating patients for hygiene reasons - and having to intimately care for members of the opposite gender can, in some cases, be difficult for Islamic students to navigate.

"Over the past few years, probably the past decade or so, we've seen an increase in the number of Muslim students who were entering nursing and midwifery compared to previous years," Rakime Elmir, a lecturer in nursing and midwifery, told SBS News.

But when Western Sydney University noticed that many Islamic nursing students were dropping out before the end of their degree, they decided to do something about it.

In consultation with community leaders and Muslim students, the university's School of Nursing and Midwifery developed a suite of resources addressing common concerns and last week released Australia's first-ever branded clinical hijab, available as part of the university's nursing uniform.

"Many students wanted to wear a skirt as opposed to the mandatory pants because in Islamic beliefs practice it's important to be [in] modest clothing ... the other concern was around women and girls not willing to roll their sleeves up in the clinical practice unit at University and also while on clinical placement," Dr Elmir explained.

"The other issue was around caring for the opposite gender ... we really needed to address that.

"We had one near miss incident where a student left a male patient in the shower and didn't attend to them and the patient collapsed."

A Muslim woman herself, Dr Elmir said the key was having Islamic community leaders on board to determine what practices were actually forbidden under the Islamic religion.

"There's a bit of misunderstanding and we really wanted to present clear information for students in a sensitive way," she said.

"We needed a community leader who was able to really endorse this information and say practising nursing is actually a good thing in Islam, it's doing a good act, you're not caring for the opposite gender for any other reason."

Director of Academic Programs (Clinical) Sue Willis said the Australian-first initiative "closes a significant gap" in resources for Muslim nursing students.

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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

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Federal Election: Miracle win, devastating loss and future implications

By Shahjahan Khan




A political miracle delivered the victory to the ruling Coalition of Liberal and National Party (LNP) in the Federal elections of Australia in May 2019. Out of 151 seats in the House of Representatives, LNP has won 75 (projected 78), opposition Labor Party has won 65 (projected 67), Greens Party 1 and others 5. As a result, Mr Scott Morrison will remain the Prime Minister of Australia for the next three years to lead a majority government.

Regardless of the outcome of the Australian Federal election on Saturday 18 May 2019, Muslims in Australia have shown unprecedented interest in the election as the risk of electing racist bigots in the Parliament was too high.

In a democracy, voting is the citizen’s power to elect leaders of their choice. Abstaining from voting should not be an option. It will give politicians with an agenda of hate and division easy access to parliament.

The defeat of former Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott in his long-held seat was a reflection on how out of touch this arrogant politician was. It is another favour to Mr Scott Morrison that this trouble maker backbencher is out of the parliament.

In the last several years, Labor Party was leading all the opinion polls consistently and even at the eve of the election this party it was favoured to win the election. Many Australians are asking, what went wrong with this party?

The election results were decided based in Queensland and Western Australia, especially in northern Queensland. This is where the Labor party lost most of its seats and the election.

This party did not win any single seat north of Brisbane. Preferences from conservative parties improved LNP performance significantly.

The voters in Australia often decide their voting preferences based on the local issues that affect them directly, rather than national priorities, and to a lesser extent any political ideology.

The reasons behind Labor losing the election includes its unpopular policies such as changing negative gearing and seniors tax credit.

But more directly, the Andani Coal Mining factor had the most devastating effect on the Labor party. People in north Queensland live on mining because it provides them jobs and economic growth. This overwrites anything else including the climate change issue.

The vicious TV ad campaign of United Australia Party of Mr Clive Palmer attacking Labor and its leader had seriously impacted on the voters in Queensland and Western Australia. This party spent $80m to run a successful negative campaign against Labor and its leader. Mr Scott Morrison must be grateful to his newfound political ally regardless of any under the table deal or not.

Although Labor has been consistently above the Coalition in the opinion polls over the years, its leader Mr Bill Shorten was never as popular as his opponent at any time. The ‘faceless’ man may not have recovered from the background role he played in removing Mr Kevin Rudd as the Prime Minister. Voters did not forgive him, but ironically, they forgave Mr Scott Morrison when he did the same to Mr Malcolm Turnbull.

In the Senate election, 40 seats were for grab, 6 each from 6 states and 2 each from two territories. The other 36 senators were elected for 6 years in the previous election and will continue to serve for the next three years. In the new Senate, Coalition will have 33, Labor 26, Green 8, Centre Alliance 2, One Nation 1 (maybe another one), Australian Conservatives 1, and Jacqui Lambie will return.

Interestingly, in the Senate vote, One Nation party received 10.2% primary votes in Queensland compared to 3.2% nationally, in spite of all division and scandals in the party. In the House, this party received 8.7% primary votes in Queensland and 3.0% nationwide.

In the 72 seat senate, the government will have to get support from 37 senators to pass bills that means they will need the support of at least 4 crossbench senators to get their agenda through the parliament.

With long-serving opposition leader, Mr Bill Shorten has already stepped down from his position taking the responsibility of losing the election, and Labor is already in the process to elect its next leader most probably Anthony Albanese.

With Anthony Albanese as the new opposition leader there is every chance that Labor will change its unpopular policies and take pragmatic, rather than ideological approach and remain united they may return to power at the next election.






South African elections pose a challenge for Muslim’s political future

By Mahomed Faizal in Durban, South Africa




Newly elected Ganief Hendricks will be sworn in as an MP using the first Qur’an written by Tuan Guru who wrote it from memory while in chains on Robben Island Prison

Since the advent of democracy in 1994, an avowedly Muslim party, will for the first time be represented in South Africa’s national Parliament. On May 8, the Al-Jama-ah Party, formed in 2007 by Cape Town-based Ganief Hendricks, secured a single seat in the country’s sixth national elections and will now represent the aspirations of a minority of Muslims in Parliament.

While the single seat in Parliament is unremarkable in itself, it points to a wider and more significant change in attitude amongst Muslims in exercising their vote and more broadly to issues of political participation.

During the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, where the African National Congress (ANC) under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, swept to victory with 62 per cent of the national vote, the overwhelming majority of the Black population voted for the liberation movement. Muslims of ethnic Indian and coloured backgrounds came out in support of the ANC as it was seen as a multiracial, multi-ethnic party that brought liberation to the country’s masses.

The prevalence of Muslims with struggle credentials within the senior ranks of the ANC was also a contributing factor in influencing the Muslim voting public to support the ANC.

Since the inaugural elections, there has been a steady decline in Muslim support for the ANC with a shift towards other parties, namely the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA). Lack of service delivery, rampant corruption, together with voter apathy, marginalisation of minorities and general disillusion with politics has fractured the once strong ties that the Muslim communities enjoyed with the ruling party.

According to a pre-election survey of Muslim voting trends undertaken by the South African Muslim Network (SAMNET), the majority of Muslims had shown a significant shift away from the ANC based on lack of service delivery and widespread corruption in the ruling party and Government. In areas with predominant working class Muslims, the vote went to the opposition DA.

This was very evident in the Western Cape, which has been governed by the DA since 2009. While 70 per cent of Muslims survey indicated that a party’s position regarding Israel and Palestine was important to them, the support for the pro-Israeli DA indicated that everyday issues were, nevertheless, the determining factor when casting their votes. The ANC victory in the predominantly Muslim majority district of the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town was attributed to the gentrification project by the DA-controlled Council of this historical Malay enclave.

The DA council had encouraged rapid economic development in the area which has led to the disintegration of the area’s distinctive character as wealthy foreigners and local investors snapped by the property at cut-rate prices. Prior to the elections, the national Minister of Arts and culture declared certain sites in the Bo Kaap as National heritage Sites offering protection and conservation of this unique cultural heritage. Many commentators attributed the ANC’s success in the district to this deft election ploy. Elsewhere in the country, ANC made small gains from the opposition through serious campaigning on the ground, however, the drift to other parties was significant.

Apathy and disengagement with politics were other contributing factors in Muslims staying away from the polls. While the characteristic calls to abstain from voting was made from a few marginal ultra-conservative Muslims groups, mainstream Ulama groups had urged Muslims to participate in the electoral process. The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa had urged Muslims to actively participating in the elections hereby becoming part of the political process in the future.

Secretary-General of JUSA, Moulana Ebrahim Bham, said that it was the responsibility of every South African irrespective of race or religion to register to vote. “Through the means of voting, we connect our self with our fellow citizens. We also safeguard the freedoms that we have which everyone cherishes in terms of our religious freedoms.”

According to the 2016 General Household Survey published by Stats SA figures show that South Africa is home to 892,685 Muslims, however current estimates put that number closer to a million. The majority of Muslims predominantly reside in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

While Muslims who were surveyed by SAMNET indicated their desire for a Muslim party, the voting patterns indicate that they are more inclined to give their vote to a mainstream party capable of addressing their day-to-day needs. The entrance of Al Jama-ah Party into Parliament is more of an exception than a decisive shift, as faced with a corrupt ANC and an unpalatable opposition, some Muslims took the easy route and gave their vote to the AJP. It was a case of less faith but more about dissatisfaction in the other political parties.

With the reduction in the number of Muslim ANC MPs in Parliament, South African Muslims find themselves at the crossroads of history once again. That the opposition DA will have an equal number of Muslim MPs, as the ANC is an indication that the party has incentivised that loyalty, while the ANC has shifted towards what analysts believe is an ‘Africanisation’ of the party. Lack of support for the party by Muslims has not gone unnoticed and as the ruling party embarks on a process of cleansing itself from the past excesses under President Cyril Ramaphosa, perhaps a period of serious reflection on future political realignment and re-engagement will serve the South African Muslim communities well.









You are what you Eid: Ramadan for vegans




A perfect vegan Ramadan feast: dishes including hummus, bean curry, vegetable biriyani and baba ganoush.


Muslims are coming to the end of a month of fasting, which in Britain often means evening meals featuring heaps of meat. But there is a plant-based option

he final days of Islam’s month of fasting are with us. And as Ramadan draws to a close, so does “Veganadan”, in which a growing number of Muslims adopt a plant-based diet for four weeks. I am keen to eat less meat in Ramadan, but it can be a challenge when you are invited to iftar, the meal with which Muslims break their day-long fast, and there is only meat on the table. After 18 hours without food (an extra 40 minutes if you are in Scotland), hosts like to lay on a generous banquet, and a typical iftar spread includes an array of lamb samosas, kebabs and roast chicken.

When I am at home, iftar tends to be a more vegan affair: a fresh fruit salad of mangoes, raspberries, blueberries and honeydew melon sprinkled with chopped dates, for example, along with a platter of peas fried lightly with cumin seeds, followed by yellow dal and aubergine curry.

The first Muslim community in seventh-century Arabia barely consumed meat. Muhammad lived largely on dates and barley. Ali, the prophet’s cousin, is said to have stated: “Do not make your stomach a graveyard of animals”, and the caliph Umar warned against the addictive nature of meat. Yet most of this seems to be lost on Muslims in Britain today, who, despite making up 4.6% of the population, consume more than 20% of lamb and mutton produced in the UK.

It is common for halal butchers to see a rise in meat sales in Ramadan – the most spiritual and supposedly most frugal month in the Muslim calendar. But a desire for a less indulgent lifestyle is one reason that veganism is gaining popularity. It is healthier, more ethical and, so we are told, more Islamic. As the Vegan Muslim Initiative (VMI), founded by two vegan Muslims from Canada and Australia, puts it: “If Muslims are going to be relevant and positive contributors to our planet’s future, then there must be a major paradigm shift in how we view and approach food.”

VMI member Anita Nayyar, 37, is a convert to both Islam and veganism. She went strictly vegan two and a half years ago, after hearing an account of Muhammad rebuking one of his companions for taking a baby chick from its distressed mother. “The prophet spoke of the bird in human terms and said that animals are communities like us,” she says. “I think about that when I consider how a dairy cow is separated from its calf and the mother cries for her baby – just so we humans can take its milk.” Nayyar says Muslims are neglecting the other condition for meat to be halal – not only must the animal be slaughtered in a certain way, but the meat must be tayyab (Arabic for pure and wholesome). “When we eat meat of an animal that has suffered, or lived its life in a tiny cage, we are consuming that trauma into our bodies,” she says. “We have to consider when we eat a chicken wing, we are most likely eating an animal that hasn’t seen daylight. How is that Islamic?

“Since going vegan, “I’m able to connect to my faith better and I feel lighter in my heart.”

She is also lighter in the stomach – Anita’s iftar often includes baba ganoush, hummus and a kidney bean curry spiced with paprika, chilli, onions, garlic and ginger, and fragranced with fresh coriander.

Next week, when Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid, Nayyar will host a tea party in her garden for Muslim converts who do not get to share festivities with their non-Muslim families. She normally bakes Nigella Lawson’s vegan chocolate cake, but this year will be trying a recipe from the blog One Arab Vegan – salted-caramel date cake, using all the leftover dates with which Muslims typically break their fast. I am tempted by another recipe from the same source: vanilla saffron doughnuts drizzled with rose-scented glaze and topped with pomegranate seeds and pistachios. With recipes like this, it is easy to understand the vegan appeal.

David Stelzer, a customer service professional in his 30s, originally from Singapore and now living in north London, decided to go part-time vegan last Ramadan but continued throughout the year and kept the habit this Ramadan. “I’ve lost weight, my gut feels lighter and I sleep better,” he says. His suhoor (pre-dawn meal) consists of porridge sprinkled with chopped dates, figs, nuts, banana and a dollop of peanut butter. During the week, his sunset meal tends to be an oriental dish of noodles and vegetables with tofu. While he went vegan for purely health reasons, Stelzer says, veganism also helps him to focus on prayers and meditation. I ask if he will be vegan for Eid. “It’s unlikely,” he says. “It will probably be one of my days off from the plant-based diet.”

Dawud Marsh, from east London, has not had a day off in 35 years. Along with his wife, he runs a project for adults with disabilities, and converted to Islam 11 years ago. He sees a natural fit between being vegan and being Muslim. “Meat production has a huge negative effect on the planet. Islam is all about transformation for the better, and that sat well with me when I became Muslim.”

s a veteran vegan, Marsh recalls having to make do with simple (boring) food such as brown rice and brown pasta – he even ground his own soya powder. This Eid, with so much more choice, he is looking forward to vegan biriyani, and his wife’s “gateau piment” or Mauritian chilli cakes – crunchy deep-fried balls of split peas and finely chopped onions and coriander, fired up with green or red chillies.

A more recent vegan convert is Mara Whyte, a 23-year-old student from Birmingham, who went vegan overnight in 2017 after watching What the Health, a Netflix documentary on food production. She now distributes leaflets about veganism – along with vegan cakes – every weekend in the city centre. As the only British Pakistani Muslim in a group of mainly white atheists, she attracts a more diverse crowd. “Muslims come up to me and are generally curious, but sometimes question why I’m so involved in animal rights when there are people dying from starvation in the world. But they don’t realise how it’s all connected and how the grain produced in developing countries for global meat consumption drains their resources and land, leaving billions hungry.” Her passion has even encouraged her 16-year-old brother to go vegan. For iftar, they enjoy a fresh fruit salad and chana chaat – a cool and refreshing chickpea and potato salad mixed with kidney beans and chopped onions.

For Eid, Whyte will visit family and friends, who always prepare a separate vegan curry for her – although one Eid, when she asked for vegan food, she was told to pick out the potatoes from the meat and aloo curry. That’s the sort of experience any vegan, Muslim or not, will be able to relate to. 





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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.

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If the British government, for the sake of political stability prompted by “Indian frontier troubles,” publicly chose not to aid nor hinder religious enterprises for fear of accusations of racism, Australia had other concerns.


During the Colonial Conference in London in 1887 and in the presence of 121 representatives of the British Government and her colonies, including legislatures from the six disunited Australian colonies, Alfred Deakin spoke out against the Colonial Office.


The criticism from this self-professed “strong protectionist” from Melbourne surprised many of the delegates.


However, Deakin echoed a view that was prevalent in the national newspapers: that Australia was different to other colonies in the Empire because it was surrounded by ‘coloured’ nations and needed to legislate to protect itself.


The early ‘Asiatic’ Muslim settlers had no place in the ‘one nation’ Deakin sought nor were they of the ‘one stock’ that would enjoy this ‘one inheritance.’


From 1901, as the new protectionist program manifested through Deakin’s defence and support of the White Australia Policy, there was a subtle yet historically significant shift in the way Australian written media engaged with Islam and Muslims. Deakin saw ‘unity of race’ as an “absolute essential to the unity of Australia.”


While Australia’s ‘Asiatic’ Muslim settlers struggled with legislated discriminatory policies, the number of converts to Islam was increasing. In the numerous articles included in the local papers, some presented this as a challenge, while others were intrigued by stories of their own kind embracing Islam.


Perhaps one of the main reasons for perceiving the spread of Islam as a challenge was due to the mid-century crises of faith that had “weakened the intellectual authority of the church.”







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Meet the fourth generation of a Baluch Afghan cameleer

By Besmillah Mohabbat



Marium Martin (left), Goolam Badoola (right) and their two sons.


Sabah Rind is the fourth generation descendant of a Baluch Afghan cameleer who came to Australia in the late 19th century and married an Aboriginal woman.

Sabah Rind is a descendant of a Baluch Afghan cameleer and a Badimaya-Yamatji Aboriginal woman and says she is proud of her identities.

“In Aboriginal communities, I would identify myself as a Yamatji-Badimaya woman and I would also say I am an Afghan Baluchi woman and Muslim as well - so I am proud of all my identities,” the 34-year-old told SBS Dari.

Her great grandfather, Goolam Badoola, arrived in the South Australian town of Port Augusta in 1885 at the age of around 12 and worked as a cameleer on the Ghan, the 2,979-kilometre railway between Darwin and Adelaide.

He then settled in the Geraldton area of Western Australia.

‘Rare citizenship’

“In the early 1900s there was a flood in the Geraldton area in Western Australia and because he saved a lot of people from the flood, the Australian government granted him citizenship, which was quite rare at that time, because a lot of Afghan cameleers had to go back home,” Ms Rind said.

Goolam Badoola set up a sheep station and in his 40s in December 1917, married a 16-year-old Badimaya-Yamatji Aboriginal woman whose name was Marium Martin.

Marium Martin was daughter of a Malay Muslim man and a Yamatji Aboriginal of the Badimaya clan who worked at Badoola’s pastoral.

But it was not an easy task for a Baluch Afghan cameleer to marry an Aboriginal woman at the time with the Chief Protector of Aborigines, A. O Neville, deeming the marriage illegal and wanting to take Marium away from her husband and put her in an Aboriginal settlement.




Before marrying Goolam, Marium Martin's name was Marian Martin.



“Because of his culture, he wanted to marry her and at that time the Afghan men honoured the Aboriginal women by marrying them, not raping them, if you know Australian history,” Ms Rind said.

“We have a lot of documents showing what problems they went through trying to get their Nikah - the Arabic word for marriage - done”.

But finally, a court in Cue, in mid-west WA, approved their marriage.

‘Hiding in the bush’
Marium’s death at the age of 27 left Goolam with their four children - three sons and a daughter.

He not only had the task of raising the children but also had to hide them from the government that wanted to take them away from him.

“At that time 'Neville the Devil', who was the commissioner for child protection wanted to take half-cast Aboriginal children away,” Sabah Rind said.

Auber Octavius Neville - known as A. O. Neville - was given the role of Chief Protector of Aborigines of Western Australia in 1915 and held the position until 1940. It gave him the power to dominate Aboriginal life for over two decades. He was responsible for the removal of mixed-heritage Aboriginal children from their families, later to be known as the Stolen Generations.



Marium Martin died at the age of 27.

Ms Rind remembers Goolam and Marium’s only daughter Nora who died in 2005, recounting the story of them hiding in the bush with her older brothers to avoid being captured by the department of child protection.

To save his children, Goolam decided to ship them back to his homeland, Baluchistan, which was an autonomous region at the time.

Next generations
When the children were old enough to not be captured by the department of child protection, they started coming back to Australia.

However, Nora Badoola had to fight for her children to come to Australia until she passed away in 2005.

One of Goolam and Marium’s sons, who was Sabah’s grandfather, then married an Iranian woman and moved to London.

Sabah’s mother, born in London, was one of ten children by the couple. She then married a Baluch man and Sabah is the eldest of the couple's four children.

“My mum met him overseas. He is a Baluch, he speaks Baluchi and I am the eldest of four siblings, and when we were growing up, my dad forced us to speak his language”.

Sabah herself is married to a Turkish man.

She is a Master of Human Rights and works in legal education and community engagement with Aboriginal communities in WA.

She knows people from the emerging Afghan community in Australia, “but that’s not through the Afghan connections, that’s probably through just everyday Muslim connection at the mosque or Muslim community here,” she said.

She believes National Sorry Day (May 26) and National Reconciliation Week (May 27 to June 3) are great opportunities for “communities to come together and reflect on the past atrocities that have happened to Aboriginal people”.  





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Almost 200 Muslim councillors elected in local elections   


Councillor Mohon Ali won the Chadderton North ward for the Labour Party


UK: 187 Muslim councillors were elected (out of 589 Muslim candidates) in the local elections on May 7.

According to data exclusively compiled by The Muslim News, 144 (77 percent) Muslim Labour councilors, 31 Conservatives, 9 Liberal Democrats, 1 Respect, 1 TUSC and 1 UKIP were elected in 116 English Councils.

163 of the 279 councils up for election did not have a Muslim candidate. Twenty three of 86 Muslim female candidates who contested wards were elected. However, the overwhelming majority (88 percent) of successful Muslim candidates elected were male.         

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Limerick City and County Council: First Muslim councillor elected   


Abul Kalam Azad Talukder


IRELAND: Limerick’s first Muslim councillor has been elected to rapturous celebrations from supporters at the Limerick count centre.

Abul Kalam Azad Talukder was elected around 4am Monday, on the final count (count 14), in the Limerick City West area.

Talukder, a first time election hopeful, thanked Fianna Fáil for “believed in me and trusted in me” as well as “all those who voted for me”.

“I promised them I would bring this seat. I’m delighted.”

“It is a dream come true. It is history. It doesn’t come overnight or with dreams - you have to work at it,” he added.

Talukder said his priority would be to weld together the migrant and Irish community in Limerick.




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Who are the Muslim community patrols protecting US mosques?   



US: Days after the deadly attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, a private patrol service was launched in New York to protect Muslim places of worship there. The additional security has proved controversial.

On a Friday afternoon, minutes before the Muezzins at Brooklyn mosques give the call to prayer, a group of young Muslims is headed to nearby mosques in what look like New York Police Department (NYPD) squad cars.

The cars, with their red and white emergency lights on, will be parked right outside the mosques and stay put while worshippers go in and offer prayers.

The cars and volunteers represent the Muslim Community Patrol, a self-funded group, launched to provide additional security to neighbourhood mosques and Islamic schools in the area at times when they are most crowded.

Noor Rabah, a volunteer and co-founder of the group, calls it "security on steroids".

By keeping the emergency lights on and making the siren go on when there's any trouble, they hope the vehicle can act as a deterrent.

"We are not the muscle of NYPD. We are the eyes and ears to report to the proper authorities," says Mr Rabah, who formally launched the patrol service after 51 people were killed in the attack on two mosques in New Zealand in March.

Security has long been a concern for worshippers - but since the Christchurch attack it's become a priority.

During this month-long Ramadan, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the country's largest Muslim advocacy group, has urged the Muslim communities to stay vigilant and step up security.

Many mosques in the country have conducted security drills including active-shooter training.

The Muslim Community Patrol, too, has beefed up its presence in and around Brooklyn mosques - but ever since the idea of such a patrol was floated, they have also faced backlash, particularly on social media.

A few far-right commentators have accused them of being enforcers of Sharia law.

"It's the fear of the unknown," responds Mr Rabah.

"Allow our actions to show you what our way of life teaches," he says.

But the patrols are not the police, they are unarmed and don't carry any legal authority.

While many in the community have welcomed their presence in the neighbourhood, there are others who question the need for this patrol and the motives of the group behind it.

Somia Elrowmeim, who works for the Arab American Association of New York, says there are lots of questions about the group and who they are.

"We want them to stay out of the community. Any small problem that they cause would reflect really badly on us," says Ms Elrowmeim.

She says the Muslim community pays its taxes like any other community and it's the NYPD's job to provide security.

Most prominent mosques now have a heavy police presence - and in New York senior officers have made a point of reaching out.

The city's police department even has a Muslim Officers' Association - which gives the force a direct link to the community (the association has chosen not to comment on the patrols).

New York police, and other law enforcement agencies, have had a troubled history with the Muslim community post- 9/11, and there's still a deeply ingrained fear and suspicion within the community. Many are wary of a continued police presence at their places of worship.

A Michigan-based lawyer and community activist, Namira Islam, urges the community to explore other options for security instead of relying on police and federal agencies.

"I do not feel safer seeing armed police in front of mosque doors. I do not feel safer with federal agents attending my events," says Ms Islam.

She says there's a history of implicit bias within the law enforcement against the Muslim community in general and at times the law also requires them to act on issues like immigration enforcement.

"Just because it's legal doesn't mean it's just," she says, citing the example of undocumented worshippers being turned over to federal agencies by the local police guarding the mosques.

There's also a concern that increased police presence will keep many worshippers, who are suspicious of law enforcement, out of the mosques.

It's too early to say whether communities will embrace the Muslim Patrol as the other option, but for now the group is busy signing-up and training new volunteers with plans to expand nationwide by next year.  




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Britain’s coolest mayor is now Europe’s coolest MEP   


Magid Magid has won a seat in the European Parliament for the Green Party


UK: The mayor who branded Donald Trump a ‘wasteman’ and banned him from his city has won a seat in the European Parliament. Magid Magid was hailed as the coolest mayor in the UK last year after posing on top of a staircase banister for his official photo.


The 29-year-old, who moved to Sheffield from Somalia when he was five, was both the youngest Lord Mayor the city has ever seen and the first Green Party councillor to take on the role.


He hung up his mayoral boots earlier this month and announced he would be running in the European elections.


After winning his seat tonight, he tweeted: ‘We did it. Today is about a Green Wave cascading through Europe & landing on the shores of Yorkshire for the first time. We’re just getting started.

‘This’ll be more than a fleeting midsummer night’s dream in Brussels. We’re going to turn the tide of history!’


The pro-EU politician was one of six MEPs elected in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Magid told last year that he wanted to bring attention to how ‘awful and disrespectful’ Trump is to the ‘lovely people of Sheffield’.


He said: ‘Not that I think he will come to Sheffield, but it’s about sending a message to everybody else.



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Saudi women runners taking to the streets


SAUDI ARABIA: Women have been taking to the streets of Saudi Arabia's cities in increasing numbers - to go running.

Jeddah Running Community was founded in 2013, challenging cultural norms under which it has long been widely considered inappropriate for women to participate in sport in public.

It was one of the first groups to hold mixed training sessions for women and men, though it also holds women-only meet-ups. The idea has gained traction more widely, with groups forming in other cities.

In recent years, the conservative Gulf kingdom has reversed a ban on sports for girls in public schools and allowed women to watch football matches in stadiums. It sent its first female athletes to the Olympics in 2012.

But although some rules for women have been relaxed - including the lifting of the ban on driving - women are still not free to travel, marry, divorce or even leave prison without the permission of a male relative. 

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Islam in the West: Perceptions and Reactions



 Abe W Ata (Editor), Jan A Ali (Editor)



This book focuses on the way Muslims and mainstream societies in the West, especially in America, Australia, and Europe, perceive each other.


It focuses on the meaning of being a Muslim in a multicultural, multi-religious, and technologically developed world.


The essays in the volume explore the socio-political, cultural, and historical differences between the two groups, Muslims and Western societies, while attempting to reconcile some of these differences in creative ways by initiating constructive dialogues between them.


It also takes into account the tensions, challenges, and complexities between these communities across various contexts, including, schools, universities, media, government, private, and public institutions.


This volume thus explores this interplay between perceptions and misperceptions by delving into the societal structures of Western host and immigrant communities.




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CCN's Bookshelf

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
The Baghdad Clock
Saďd 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 less sinful and less decadent choice for Eid.


I want to wish my CCN readers and contributors, Eid Mubarak, and pray that all our Ramadan prayers and duas are accepted, insha'Allah.


An Easy Carrot cake



Kindly shared by Nasreen Vawda




In your cake mixture whisk
4 eggs
1˝ cups sugar
1˝ cup oil

Sift and fold into above mixture
2˝ cups flour
1˝ tsp level bicarb of soda
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp baking powder

Add in
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped almonds
250g crushed pineapple tin (strain)


Pour mixture into a well-greased baking pan and bake at 180 degrees for approx 45mins.

For topping, beat the following ingredients:

2 Tab. butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup sifted icing sugar
250g cream cheese

Decorate with pista, almonds, pecans, julienne carrot



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Keeping Fit with Kareema






Q: Dear Kareema, I’m very happy with my diet this Ramadan as I’ve steered away from the sweet stuff and am noticing some weight loss. My focus now will be on toning – especially my upper body / arms, any suggestions apart from weight training?

A: Well done. It’s always great when determination and hard work pays off.


Give tennis a go. The advantage is that you’ll still be burning calories along with fat all while toning the chest, arms, shoulders and upper back.

Swimming is also good for a strong, toned upper body. Pulling against the water provides resistance which in turn, challenges the muscles to work harder.

Finally, pop on some boxing gloves and get punching. It’s a great stress-reliever and oh so good for great looking shoulders and arms.


N-JOY & Eid Mubarak to all!




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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )





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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:
Awaken The Brave Within You

So, here’s a question for you...Are you brave? What’s the first response that comes to your mind when you read this question?

I know my answer. Today, I want you to ponder on yours. If you know you are brave, great. You probably don’t need to read on, but maybe forward this article to someone who may benefit from acknowledging their inherent courage and learn strategies on how to awaken the brave within them.

To be brave is to feel the fear without letting fear own you. It is to feel the fear by listening to what it’s saying to you rather than believing in what it’s saying to you. When you can feel your fears as and when they arise, observe them without judgement and put your complete trust in ALLAH to protect you, that’s when courage is born.

The trigger for courage is fear. But first, you must allow yourself to observe your fears without judgement and banish all preconceived beliefs about those fears. Once you start observing your fears, you will begin to notice that they are merely other people’s fears that you have inherited as you were growing up...other people’s beliefs imposed upon you that you were then conditioned to adopt as your own.

9 Strategies To Awaken The Brave Within You

1. Make a list of all the things you want to be, do, or have in life but are too scared to pursue them.
2. Choose one thing from this list and put a circle around it. Perhaps choose the thing that causes you the least fear in comparison to the others on the list.
3. Now write down what is the worst thing that could happen to you if you decide to pursue this.
4. Write a detailed description of the fear you are feeling about pursuing this particular thing. Describe how this fear is making your body feel. Is it causing hurt or pain? Write down who all are affected by this fear of yours.
5. And now write down what is the best thing that could happen to you if you pursued this thing.
6. Write down a detailed description of how your body is feeling when you think about all the great things that you could feel from pursuing this thing. Write down who all would be affected if you felt this great.
7. Now take time to read what you have written and observe how your body feels when you read both scenarios.
8. Which of these two scenarios makes you feel closer to ALLAH?
9. Now answer if you are still feeling fearful about pursuing this or do you have trust in ALLAH. If you are still feeling fear, keep analysing deeper as to how you came to hold this fearful perception.

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The CCN Chuckle





Bob and Steve, two non-Muslim friends who happen to be lost in a desert. After days of walking without any water or food, they noticed a Mosque.

Bob said: "Yes, thank God! I will walk in saying that my name is Mohammad, and you say that your name is Ahmed, this way we'll get some food! Deal?"

Steve said: "No, I'm sticking with my name."

They walked into the Mosque and Imam Mula Nasruddin saw them.

Imam Mula Nasruddin asked: "What are your names?"

Bob said: "My name is Mohammad."

Steve said: "My name is Steve."

Imam Mula Nasruddin said: "Hababi, please bring some food and water for Steve.

And you Mohammad, Ramadan Mubarak.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






"When the Scrolls are laid open; When the World on High is unveiled; When the Blazing Fire is kindled to fierce heat; and When the Garden is brought near; - [Then] shall each soul know what is has put forward."


~ Surah At-Takwir 81:10-14


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You can speak with spiritual eloquence,

pray in public,

and maintain a holy appearance......

but it is your behaviour that will reveal your true character.



~ Unknown



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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.

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

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

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Crescents of Brisbane (CODERDOJO)

ICB (Library)

0402 026 786

9AM to 3PM

30 June



Safe Gaming Workshop


Hurricane Stars Club


0432 026 375

10AM to 11.30PM

30 June



Masquerade Eid Ball


An-Nur Youth Club & Sisters Support Services

Michael’s Oriental  Restaurant

0404 921 620


5.30PM to 9.30PM

27 July



Winter Ball


Susan Al-Maani

Hillstone, Hillstone St Lucia

0433 182 520


11 August





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1440


12 August





10th Zil-Hijjah 1440


17 August



Eidfest @ Dreamworld




0418 722 353

from 6PM

1 September 2019





(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1441


16 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


0422 433 074

from 3.30PM to Maghrib




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


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



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Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




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















Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Time: TBA
Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB), 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

Email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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Useful Links




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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

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

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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


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