EST. 2004


Sunday 9 June 2019 | Issue 0761



CCN - a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ....


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Eid in Brisbane







As with most Muslim communities in and round the South East Queensland, prayer venues were filled to capacity on Wednesday 5 April for the Eid Prayers and celebrations.


The Islamic Society of Queensland (ICQ) coordinated the largest gathering of close on 10000 at the Islamic College of Brisbane.


Amongst the speakers and Imams were Mr Habib Jamal of the Islamic Council of QLD giving his first Eid speech since taking office this year; Imam Ahmad Naffaa of Kuraby Mosque with an Eid lecture; Qari Faizan of Holland Park Mosque who explained and led the salaat (prayer); and
Imam Akram Buksh of Slacks Creek Mosque who delivered the Arabic Eid khutbah (sermon).


The Deen Family once again did an amazing job of providing the Eid lunch to the community and there were long queues of people attracted by the aroma and hot pots of curry and rice.




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The annual ICQ Eid Down Under celebration of Eid al Fitr in Brisbane, Queensland got underway yesterday (Saturday) with thousands of people descending on the Islamic College of Brisbane for fun, food and festivities.








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In solidarity and friendship between the Uniting Church and the Muslim community, the moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod, Reverend David Baker, with the President of the Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ), Mr Habib Jamal, hosted an ifthaar dinner at the Uniting Church Centre in Auchenflower.



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Crescents Community News (CCN) has covered the South African Comrades Marathon accomplishments of ex-Brisbanite dentist Dr Anver Omar over the past several years (interrupted only by the month of Ramadan in recent years).


On Sunday (today), Dr Omar attempts his twelfth 87km Durban to Pietermaritzburg run at the age of 61.


"There’s been a 3-year Ramadan break and training with 9pm UK iftars and hot Northern Territory runs has been challenging," he told CCN.


"For me, the slogans of a previous year 'it will humble you' is pertinent but on the other hand, this year's slogan .... 'together we triumph"....... is what I am hoping for, insha'Allah."



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"Naseema Mustapha has been a member of the Student Administration Team at QCGU since early 2019 and has been a great asset in terms of her client service. As a current student she has an understanding and empathy for our students and a great ability to communicate across all levels of staff.

She has received the Griffith Global Community Service Award for community engagement on a global and national level and received the Queensland Government Outstanding Volunteer Award for community engagement and service on a State level.

Her current volunteer roles at Griffith and in the broader community where her role impacts on the Griffith community include: - Postgrad Representative Griffith University Academic Committee - Postgrad Representative Griffith Business School Teaching & Learning Committee - Vice President ERTHS Club - Events, Real Estate, Tourism, Hospitality & Sports - Equity Officer GUPSA - Griffith Uni Postgrad Students Assoc - WALi - Wellness Advocacy & Leadership Initiative Griffith Uni - CALD Representative for Queensland National Mental Health Forum - CALD Representative for Queensland Mental Health Australia - Justice of the Peace services to the Griffith community via Student Services and to the broader community.

It is with great pleasure that we nominate Naseema for this award".


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On 13 April Rami’s Thunder Martial Arts Academy had started their yearly competitions season with the annual in-house tournament.


The competition was in recognition of the victims of the Christchurch attack; hence the competition was named after the last words of the first victim “Hello Brother”.


The students were able to express their feelings and showed solidity to the New Zealand community by signing and writing messages on a Taekwondo uniform to the victim’s Family and the New Zealand community.

"The tournament was a huge success, where the students showed amazing skills and the parents' support was extremely appreciated,"

Master Rami (head instructor) told CCN.


For more information about the academy please contact us on 0424059597 or FB: Rami’s Thunder tkd or Insg: Rami’s Thunder



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Prue MacSween, who also hacked into Yassmin Abdel-Magied in 2017 ".....she might have been right there because if I’d seen her I would have been tempted to run her over, mate …"


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Mohamed Salah has contributed to a decrease in hate crimes and islamophobia in Liverpool, according to a report from the Immigration Policy Lab (IPL).

Researchers - based at Stanford University and in Zurich - found the Egyptian’s excellent performances for Liverpool since joining the club in 2017, culminating in Saturday’s Champions League final triumph against Tottenham Hotspur, coincided with a marked decrease in anti-Muslim posts on Twitter.

The report, titled ‘Can Exposure to Celebrities Reduce Prejudice? The Effect of Mohamed Salah on Islamophobic Behaviors and Attitudes’ was published last month.

“We find that Merseyside county (home to Liverpool F.C.) experienced a 18.9% drop in hate crimes relative to a synthetic control, while no similar effect was found for other types of crime,” the report claimed.

“We also find that Liverpool F.C. fans halved their rates of posting anti-Muslim tweets (a drop from 7.2% to 3.4% of tweets about Muslims) relative to fans of other top-flight English soccer clubs.

“The survey experiment suggests that these results may be driven by increased familiarity with Islam. Our findings indicate that positive exposure to outgroup role models can reveal new information that humanizes the outgroup writ large.”

Salah has been a revelation since moving to Merseyside from Roma. The 26-year-old scored his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool in April, reaching the landmark faster than any other player in the club’s history.

He finished third in the 2018 FIFA Best Awards, which acknowledge the world’s finest players. Salah scored Liverpool’s opening goal in their victory over Spurs, helping the Reds become champions of Europe for a sixth time.



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LONDON: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said that Pakistan faces major challenges like many other Islamic countries but there are opportunities and hopes of improvement and progress through correct policies.

In an interview with Geo and The News here at the St Pauls’ Cathedral, the Mayor of London commented that the month of Ramazan teaches compassions and charity for others and this message can be utilised to alleviate the lot of common people who face hardships including in countries such as Pakistan.

One of the world's most iconic places of worship, St Pauls’ Cathedral hosted its first-ever Iftar for Muslims and also invited members of other faiths to open fast with the Muslims. The Naz Legacy Foundation together with St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London Corporation had organised the interfaith Iftar.

The Bishop of London Rt Rev Sarah Mullally welcomed the guests. The Mayor of London said when he was young and fasting his friends used to ask him how he could survive without drinking water but now greater awareness exists about Ramazan. He said: “We should redouble our efforts in Ramazan to make sure we end inequalities. It’s important we remain optimistic.”

He added: “There is no place like London in this world. It’s the city that got a Muslim elected as its mayor. It brings together everyone irrespective of their creed, colour and ideology. The Iftari at this iconic place is demonstration of London’s togetherness and greatness. I am proud that we are celebrating our diversity.”

For the past four years, Harris Bokhari, co-founder of the Naz Legacy Foundation, has used his close friendships with some of the UK's leading faith leaders, including the Church of England, to organise ground breaking iftars in the some of the most important places of the worship in London; including Lambeth Palace, Archbishop’s House and St John Wood’s Synagogue.

The Bishop of London said: “What this has demonstrated is that everyone is welcome – people of all faiths and no faith – because that’s London. There is no more important time than now for people of all backgrounds to come together to rejoice at what we have in common, but also celebrate our differences. It is the powerful combination of diversity and unity that helps us thrive and benefit one another.”

The Bishop of London and Mayor of London both gave speeches at the event and afterwards met young people to hear the challenges they are facing in London and how they think their political and faith leaders can tackle these problems. After opening the fast with dates and water under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, the young people, together with members of the City of London Corporation shared a meal together at the Guildhall.

Speaking to The News, Bokhari said: “Sharing food together is one of the greatest ways to bring people of different backgrounds together. From a young age, I have always enjoyed kosher salt beef sandwiches and latkes from Blooms or Reubens, iconic London eateries, and more recently the mouth watering vegetarian food from Shayonas, Neasden Temple. Bringing young people of different faiths together to share iftar together this Ramadan again shows the beauty of food, and the role it plays in bringing our diverse communities together.”

Following the initial celebration in St Paul’s, the group moved to join the Chief Rabbi and enjoyed an iftar meal in the nearby Guildhall.

During the event, the young attendees discussed ways to celebrate diversity and bring communities together. They spoke of the importance of understanding other people’s traditions, and the sense of empowerment brought about by attending such a gathering in St Paul’s.


The International News


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Amir Khan ‘stupid’ not to take £7million purse for fighting in changing Saudi Arabia






UK: Amir Khan has defended the choice of location for his next fight in the face of human rights concerns by claiming Saudi Arabia is undergoing significant change.

The 32-year-old faces unheralded Indian Neeraj Goyat at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on July 12, less than three months after he was controversially stopped in six rounds by Terence Crawford.

Amnesty International have described the Saudi human rights record as “abysmal”, adding that the nation is in the “grip of a sweeping crackdown against critics of the government”, and implored Khan to travel there with his “eyes firmly open”.

Khan is reportedly being paid £7million – £3million more than he earned against Crawford – to headline a team event between fighters representing Pakistan and India.

The former unified world welterweight champion is a Muslim and has embarked on pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia on a number of occasions, offering him his own perspective on the country.

“When I was there last, it had all changed. I started seeing women not wearing head scarves. Women were out driving,” Khan said.

“They had a huge concert where everyone was dancing and enjoying themselves. I’d never seen that side of Saudi Arabia before.

“Maybe now they are changing to make it that new place where people can enjoy themselves and it’s fair for women. I think they’re trying to change now.








An amazing display of unity

By Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman




Auburn Mosque

Our Turkish Muslim Community in Australia celebrated eid on Tuesday, many others in Australia followed the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) announcement to celebrate eid on Wednesday. Having said that, an amazing display of unity was displayed here in Sydney Australia during these amazing days of Eid.

While our Brothers and Sisters from the Turkish Muslim Community in Australia prayed Eid on Tuesday morning at Gallipoli Mosque in Auburn, which is one of Australia’s largest mosques and landmarks, I was so amazed to hear that the following day (Wednesday morning) our brothers at that same mosque facilitated and opened the mosque with open arms and hearts to the brothers and sisters in the same area in particular from Auburn Islamic Community Centre to conduct their Eid prayers, who took a different opinion on the commencement of the Day of Eid.

How amazing is this?

I’m extremely overwhelmed and impressed by this action and gesture.

This is indeed a DISPLAY OF UNITY.

UNITY doesn’t mean that we have to agree on everything, or only support each other on what we agree on.

UNITY means that we respect each other’s opinions and try to accommodate each other when we disagree.

UNITY means that we understand each other and look at the bigger picture when we disagree.

UNITY means that we love each other for the sake of Allah and continue working together for the sake of Allah even when we disagree.

My highest respect and regards to the Brothers and Sisters from Gallipoli Mosque in Auburn Sydney.

This is a great example and lesson for all Muslims around the world to learn from and act upon.

May Allah keep us united and grant us understanding of unity. AMEEN




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Why Mo Salah's wife is the secret of his success











Hijab & Me

 Islam is the religion of Peace and Love


Three young Muslim women called Ambar, Ilhan and Athena give their personal (and different) opinions on what it means to wear hijab, and the status of women in Islam. 









Azem Elmaz helps homeless




More than 300 people are expected to be sleeping rough around Shepparton this Winter.

For nearly 30 years Azem Elmaz has been helping the homeless, but he says he's noticing more people in need...including one man who shared his story with WIN News.











It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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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.







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The Pan-Islamic movement, of which Quilliam was a part, gave Muslimsa renewed purpose despite colonial rule.


One article stated Muslims were not only increasing in number, but ‘in zeal’ despite the “young men studying at Christian Colleges and Universities.”


Racial inclusion and equality were often at the centre of discussions around the appeal of Islam.


Referring to the “Pan-Islamic movement of which so much has been heard of late,” one article stated a “potent influence in conversions to Islam is that the convert is thereby raised at once to the social state of the converter,” and in countries where the caste system prevails, Islam is “an almost irresistible temptation.”


While the threat of a takeover is included in this article, with the writer pointing out that “far from remote, too, is the risk of a general rising of Mussulmans wherever they are to be found,” comparisons with Christianity feature far more prominently:

Hence is where Moslemism has an advantage over Christianity. By becoming a convert to Christianity the coloured man gains nothing socially. The white-faced Christian will continue to regard him as degraded, their nominal brotherhood ceasing when they part company on leaving a church, if indeed, the coloured man is not excluded altogether.

Articles published in Australian Christian papers certainly supported this perception of coloured people.


Some were particularly aggressive in their presentation of the missionary affairs conducted in the colonies, and seeking to inspire action in order to avert “humiliation of defeat at the hand of the Mohammedan religion,” they used crusader-like comparisons:

Difficult as the problem of the conversion of primitive or previously savage races has proved, it is said to be nothing in comparison with that which presents itself in the hand-to-hand struggle that must ensue in consequence of the close grips into which Christianity and Mohammedanism have come on the latter’s own ground...It is a religion –if such it may be called at all – of fanaticism and bitter hatred of all outside its own pale; a religion which in the past has not scrupled to gain its converts at the point of the sword.

The idea that this Islamic devotion should act as a stimulant to Christian enterprise was certainly followed up by some who entertained the idea of ending “Islam’s advance” in Africa and Asia.


In what was described as a “remarkable movement” sweeping over Australia as a result of the advance that Islam was making in Africa, “many business men of Hobart have caught the same spirit of enthusiasm.


They could not fathom the idea of the whole continent being overrun by Muslims and sought to fundraise in order to send their own missionaries abroad.







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To know the future just look to the past




Echoes of al-Andalus: The Portuguese town celebrating its forgotten Islamic past


Home to the only surviving medieval mosque in Portugal, Mertola doesn't hide a past shaped by Muslims, Christians and Jews alike


The church of Nossa Senhora da Anunciação was once a mosque but is now a church.

An imposing building with cylindrical towers stands out on the steep hill of Mertola, a southern Portuguese town on the banks of the Guadiana river, not far from the Spanish border.

Is it a church with a mihrab? Or a mosque with a cross?

The whitewashed building with horseshoe arches is known as the church of Nossa Senhora da Anunciacao. Those who come to visit its vaulted interior are told it’s the best preserved medieval mosque in Portugal.

“It’s a mixture of many things,” says Germano Vaz, who is from Mertola and lives nearby. “It was built on top of a Roman temple. It was a mosque and now it’s a church. We are very proud of this assemblage of religions and cultures.”

Inside the church that used to be a mosque, Christians still pray facing Mecca. The mihrab, a semi-circular niche in the wall, is directly behind the main altar.

A bell tower stands where, less than a thousand years ago, a minaret would call Muslims to prayer.

From the 8th to the 13th century, much of what is now Portugal and Spain was under Muslim control. Known as al-Andalus, the region became a hub for cultural exchange, where science, architecture and art thrived.

As long as they acknowledged Muslim rule, Christians and Jews were, for the most part, protected and tolerated. The three religious groups coexisted relatively peacefully in southern Portugal, known as Gharb al-Andalus.

Portugal is still replete with traces of its Islamic past, from architecture to the influences of Arabic in the Portuguese language and music.




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Wrecked mosques, police watch: A tense Ramadan in Xinjiang   


A carpark where the Heyitkah Mosque once stood.


HOTAN, CHINA: The corner where Heyitkah Mosque in China's restive Xinjiang region once hummed with life is now a concrete parking lot where all traces of the tall, domed building have been erased.

While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights the increasing pressure Uighurs and other ethnic minorities face in the heavily policed region.

Behind the lot in the city of Hotan, the slogan "Educate the people for the party" is emblazoned in red on the wall of a primary school where students must scan their faces upon entering the razor-wired gates.

The mosque "was beautiful," recalled a vendor at a nearby bazaar. "There were a lot of people there."

Satellite images reviewed by AFP and visual analysis non-profit Earthrise Alliance show that 36 mosques and religious sites have been torn down or had their domes and corner spires removed since 2017.

In the mosques that are open, worshippers go through metal detectors while surveillance cameras monitor them inside.

"The situation here is very strict, it takes a toll on my heart," said one Uighur, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals. "I don't go any more," he added, referring to mosques. "I'm scared."

In the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, no longer does the sunrise prayer call echo throughout the city - a ritual the manager of the city's central mosque once proudly shared with tourists.

On Wednesday (June 5), locals celebrating Eid al-Fitr quietly filed into the entrance of state-approved Idkah Mosque - one of the largest in China - as police and officials fenced off the wide square surrounding the building and plainclothes men monitored every person's actions.

It was another low-key Ramadan for Muslims in Xinjiang, with restaurants busy serving food to customers throughout the day, when practising Muslims fast.

In Hotan on Friday - a holy day for believers - the only mosque in the city was empty after sundown, an important prayer session when Muslim families typically break their daily fast.

Earlier in the day, at least 100 people attended a midday session but the vast majority were elderly men.

The ruling Communist Party "sees religion as this existential threat," said Mr James Leibold, an expert on ethnic relations and policy in China at La Trobe University.

Over the long term, the Chinese government wants to achieve "the secularisation of Chinese society," he told AFP.

The Xinjiang government told AFP that it "protects religious freedoms" and citizens can celebrate Ramadan "within the scope permitted by law", without elaborating.

The authorities have thrown a high-tech security net across the region, installing cameras, mobile police stations and checkpoints in seemingly every street in response to a spate of deadly attacks blamed on Islamic extremists and separatists in recent years.

An estimated one million Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking ethnic groups are held in a vast network of internment camps.

After initially denying their existence, Chinese authorities last year acknowledged that they run "vocational education centres" aimed at steering people clear of religious extremism by teaching them Mandarin and China's laws.

In those centres, it was a different Ramadan.

The Xinjiang government told AFP that people in the centres are not allowed to hold religious activities because Chinese law forbids it within education facilities, but they are free to do so "when they return home on weekends".

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Youngest female minister: Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 harnessing youth’s potential   


UAE’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs Shamma Al-Mazrui distributing iftar meals to motorists.


ABU DHABI — At 25 years of age she is the youngest female minister in the world.

Shamma Al-Mazrui was appointed as UAE’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs in Feb. 2016 at age 22, making her the youngest member of the UAE Cabinet and the youngest government minister in the world.

In an interview with Okaz/Saudi Gazette, she described the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as very ambitious and based on harnessing the youth’s potential.

“This comprehensive developmental initiative is the result of ideas by youthful leaders who believe in the capability of the youth and are keen to enhance their participation in supporting the march of the Kingdom’s advancement and prosperity in all fields,” she said.

Al-Mazrui stressed the need to create a joint regional initiative to infuse hope among the youth, empower them and improve their status.

She said Misk Foundation is one of the most prominent foundations that strive to empower the youth.

“We are extremely happy to cooperate with the Foundation in the exchange of experience and expertise, and working on many joint initiatives and projects to build a creative generation, successful business leaders and entrepreneurs by providing incubators for the youths’ innovations and their creative ideas.”

Al-Mazrui said, “We have a media initiative for the Arab youth that aims to build a system to enable the Arab youth to become pioneers in the various media fields and specializations.

“The objective is to prepare a generation of qualified young men and women in the media field in line with the highest standards that include transparency and professionalism.”




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Mohamed Salah claims he cannot leave house for Eid Al Fitr due to 'lack of respect' from media   



EGYPT: Mohamed Salah has criticised media and public attention in Egypt and complained he is not able to leave his house during Eid Al Fitr.

The Liverpool forward has returned to Cairo after helping his club win the Uefa Champions League with the first goal in their 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in Madrid.

But now back in his home country for the Africa Cup of Nations, which Egypt is hosting from June 21, Salah, 26, has been irked by the amount of public scrutiny and blames the media for it.

“One isn’t able to go out of the house for Eid prayer because of what some journalists and people are doing," he wrote in an Arabic tweet on Tuesday,

"This has nothing to do with love. What this is called is a lack of respect and especially a lack of professionalism."   




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Two Faiths, One Banner:

When Muslims Marched with Christians Across Europe's Battlegrounds



 Ian Almond


When, in our turbulent day, we hear of a clash of civilizations, it s easy to imagine an unbridgeable chasm between the Islamic world and Christendom stretching back through time. But such assumptions crumble before the drama that unfolds in this book. "Two Faiths, One Banner" shows how in Europe, the heart of the West, Muslims and Christians were often comrades-in-arms, repeatedly forming alliances to wage war against their own faiths and peoples.

Here we read of savage battles, deadly sieges, and acts of individual heroism; of Arab troops rallying by the thousands to the banner of a Christian emperor outside the walls of Verona; of Spanish Muslims standing shoulder to shoulder with their Christian Catalan neighbours in opposition to Castilians; of Greeks and Turks forming a steadfast bulwark against Serbs and Bulgarians, their mutual enemy; of tens of thousands of Hungarian Protestants assisting the Ottomans in their implacable and terrifying march on Christian Vienna; and finally of Englishman and Turk falling side by side in the killing fields of the Crimea.

This bold book reveals how the idea of a Christian Europe long opposed by a Muslim non-Europe grossly misrepresents the facts of a rich, complex, and above all shared history. The motivations for these interfaith alliances were dictated by shifting diplomacies, pragmatic self-interest, realpolitik, and even genuine mutual affection, not by jihad or religious war. This insight has profound ramifications for our understanding of global politics and current affairs, as well as of religious history and the future shape of Europe.



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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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: The nutrients in fennel are linked to a range of health benefits. Bone health. The vitamin and mineral content in fennel contributes to building and maintaining bone structure and strength, lowers blood pressure. Improves heart health. Helps with Immunity. Inflammation. Metabolism. Digestion and regularity.


FENNEL, Apple & celery salad







• ½ stick celery, thinly sliced
• ½ baby fennel, cut into julienne strips
• 1 green apple, cut into julienne strips
• 1 tsp. finely chopped dill
• 1 tab chopped pecans

Combine the following for the dressing and refrigerate
• Salt and Pepper
• 1 tab. salad cream
• 1 tab. mayonnaise
• Juice of ½ a lemon
• 1 finely sliced green chilli (remove seeds if you don’t want the heat)

Combine all the above ingredients for the salad and refrigerate.

Just before serving add the dressing.



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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve recovered from a knee injury and finally have the all clear to get back into exercise again. What can I do that won’t be too jarring on the knees? I’ve been in the pool every other day and would like to change it up.

A: Biking would be great for strengthening the muscles around the knee. You can make it more intense as you get stronger by upping the resistance and also doing some hill-climbs etc.

If you’re in the gym environment, try the elliptical trainer. It fuses the motion of stair-climbing with cross-country skiing which is a rock-solid challenge for knees, glutes and thighs.

The gliding motion is easy on the joints and great for fat burning. N-JOY!




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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:
Listening To Your Intuition

When was the last time you had a gut feeling about something and you actually listened to it? Most times, people ignore their gut feeling. Intuition is that still, small voice that speaks to you from the core of your gut, the core of your being and acts as a compass to point you to your true north. It’s that voice that tells you to hold your tongue when you are really angry with someone and you feel like lashing out at them with unkind words. It’s that feeling you get about someone and you know you just have to call them to see if they are okay. It’s that voice of absolute certainty that helps you give your final decision on something without any doubt whatsoever.

A common phrase being used by my clients more often now than ever before is “I’m so confused, I don’t know what to do.”

Confusion happens when you become disconnected from your intuitive compass. Take a look around you and you will notice why there is this disconnection in people nowadays. People are so busy maintaining online connections on several social media platforms, that they are actually deeply disconnected with one’s own self. In experiencing this disconnection, you become deaf to your intuitive voice and once this happens, you start feeling confused about things. You lack clarity in your vision of how you want to live this life. You lack clarity in your purpose.

Maintaining clarity in life is vital. Avoiding confusion is essential. Clarity comes when you look within yourself to find your core’s purity and then connect with ALLAH in that state of purity. For as long as self-criticism and self-loathing exist in your mind, achieving clarity remains challenging, sometimes impossible.

Connecting with ALLAH and pondering over the verses from the Holy Quran are the only ways to find answers to these three questions:
- Who am I?
- Why am I here?
- What is my true purpose?

A Daily Practice To Connect WIth And Listen To Your Intuition
As you embrace this daily practice and avoid negative patterns, you will notice your inner world will become peaceful, your mind settled, your decision-making ability much better and your beliefs and goals much, much clearer and steadfast.




Make your surroundings orderly and uncluttered

Involve yourself in situations that are disordered and stressful

Take a close look at stresses that need to be addressed

Push your work time to the limit of exhaustion, mental or physical

Keep away from negative influences

Be tied down by other people's opinions and attitudes

Find a friend or confidant who shares your virtues

Let stress go unaddressed

Centre yourself several times a day whenever you feel distracted or unsettled

Let a good night's sleep slip by more than once a week

Go outside to experience the calm and inspiration of nature

Immerse yourself in bad news and the world's chaotic unrest

Follow a regular, daily routine (salah, dhikr, silence, awareness meditation, exercise, sleep)

Ignore your body's signals; be aware of when it wants rest, nourishment, downtime, and a chance to reset itself through meditation and quiet time alone

Gadget detox - keep all gadgets away from bedroom so that your sleep is uninterrupted

Forget to provide yourself with pure food, water, and air

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The CCN Chuckle





Jallaludin: Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive double-pane energy-efficient kind.


Mula Nasruddin: So how did the installation go?

Jallaludin: Yesterday, I got a call from the contractor who installed them. He was complaining that the windows had been installed a whole year ago, and I hadn't paid for them yet.


Mula Nasruddin: Had you?

Jallaludin: No, because I told him just exactly what his fast-talking sales guy had told me last year..namely, that in just ONE YEAR these windows would pay for themselves!

Habibi! ! (I told him). 'It's been a year'!


Mula Nasruddin: How did he take it?

Jallaludin: There was only silence at the other end of the line, so I finally just hung up. He hasn't called back, probably too embarrassed about forgetting the guarantee they made me. Bet he won't underestimate my intelligence again.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






....Let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling in the Hajj. And whatever good you do, [be sure] Allah knows it. And take a provision [with you] for the journey, but the best of provisions is right conduct.....


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:197


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Politics is the art of looking for trouble,

finding it everywhere,

diagnosing it incorrectly

and applying the wrong remedies.



~ Groucho Marx



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


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The An-Nur youth group presents our 'Youth Masquerade Ball' at Michael's Oriental coming up at the end of this month on Sunday the 30 June.

Celebrate end of term with your friends & join in with some fun games, Quizzes, competitions with prizes & loads more.

Check out the latest designer clothing range by Kira House of Fashion.

The Ball's theme is black and gold with a formal but modest dress code. Get creative & design your mask for the Ball as there are prizes to be won.

Don't miss out, secure your seats, taking bookings now. Contact details on the flyer please call Anosh on 0410 049 881 or 0404 920 621 for more information.




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Living the Change Workshop


“And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth gently, and when the ignorant address them harshly, they say words of peace.” (Qur’an 25:63)

“Islamic environmentalism is embedded in the matrix of Islamic teachings. The Qur’an, the holy text of the Muslims, is inherently conservationist and much of it has to do with how humans being relate to the natural world and the benefits that accrue from protecting it. The Qur’an is holistic and it defines humanity’s place in creation as khalifa or steward. There are two layers to Islamic environmentalism: A body of ethics based on the Qur’an which we would define as Knowledge of Creation (Ilm ul khalq) and a body of practical action which we would define as natural resource management (Fiqh al bi’ah).”


Excerpted from “Exploring Environmental Ethics in Islam – Insights from the Qur’an and the Practice of Prophet Muhammad” by Fazlun Khalid


Creation is being put under enormous strain by climate change. There’s been much debate about who should do what to address this grave issue. Encouragingly however, there’s actually a lot we can do ourselves.

Join Mark Delaney (author of Low Carbon and Loving It) and others from the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, as they explore how we can reduce our own carbon footprint, and in so doing, lead a life that is not only more environmentally responsible, but is also more fulfilling and true to our spiritual heritage.

The workshop will be highly interactive, with plenty of discussion, and group work. This is an interdenominational and interfaith event - open to all people of good will. The workshop is free and includes a shared afternoon tea. Tea, coffee and juice will be provided. Please bring a plate to share.

Dates: Sat 15 June, 2-5pm, repeated on Sun 30th June 2-5pm.

Venue: St Andrew's Anglican Church, South Brisbane
160 Vulture St, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101









































(07) 3272 8071 OR 0401 971 471



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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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15/23 June





Crescents of Brisbane (CODERDOJO)

ICB (Library)

0402 026 786

9AM to 3PM

16/22 June





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

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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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