EST. 2004


Sunday 16 June 2019 | Issue 0762



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


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The first session of the Crescents of Brisbane's Coding Bootcamp drew a capacity enrolment of over 50 young boys and girls, parents and individuals to the library of the Islamic College of Brisbane eager to learn how to program in languages like SCRATCH, HTML, JavaScript and Python, as well as control robots via code.


Two separate groups of 50+ will spend this, and the next weekend, immersed in the capabilities and complexities of computer code.


Participants work in pairs and at their own pace, helped along by volunteer mentors who come from all walks of life. There are also prizes for creativity and innovation, helpfulness and improvement as an added incentive.


One parent wrote: Today's Coding Bootcamp day 1 was a success, alhamdullilah. All three of my kids learnt something new and challenging for their age and hope they will learn more in the next session The team of volunteers was also very helpful.


Champion of the Coding Bootcamp initiative, Dr Mustafa Ally, told CCN: "It is so rewarding to see the enthusiasm and passion that people demonstrate for problem solving and critical thinking, given the opportunity and a conducive environment."








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Eid Down Under 2019













photos courtesy of AQEEL HAFEEZ



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Brisbane's Lord Mayor's Round Table


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The students of Rami's Thunder Martial Arts Academy participated in the Gold Coast Open on May 5th and 6th. The competition was held in the Leisure Centre. This competition is the largest non-state competition in Australia, where over 500 fighters came from all around Australia and overseas to compete for glory.

"Our students showed fantastic skills, courage and were so brave. We were able to win against current national champions and current Australian national team members," Master Rami told CCN.

The team came back home with 5 gold, 9 silver, and 1 bronze medals.

"We would like to congratulate all the students on their brilliant efforts, thanks to the parents for their continued support and what is coming will be better Insha Allah," Master Rami added




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Sgt. Jim Bellos: Humbled to be bestowed with the Community Service Award in yesterday’s Stretton Queensland Day Awards. Presented by Commissioner Stewart and Police Minister Mark Ryan. Thank you Duncan Pegg MP for your continued support in my important multicultural role in QPS. This award would not have been possible without all my community support, so please accept my earnest gratitude to each and every one of you.




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Dr Anver Omar at the finish with daughter, Dr Adila Omar, who, with mom Bilkish, saw him through to the end.


Dr Anver Omar (61) completed the gruelling 87km South African Comrades Marathon up-run from Durban to Pietermarizburg last Sunday for the12th time in a very creditable 10 hours and 47 minutes.


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by Zia Ahmad



Mufti Menk speaking at UMA centre on Monday 10 June 2019.


Mufti Menk, the popular Islamic social media celebrity paid a short but highly productive visit to Sydney early June addressing thousands of people gathered at the Liverpool Eid Festival and inspired school students with his unique personable style at the Unity Grammar and the Western Grammar School.

Dr Ismail ibn Musa Menk is the Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe considered as the top 500 influential Muslims in the world with millions of followers, over social media platforms, who are attracted to his down to earth lectures exposing the Islamic message of peace and justice in the language of today, resonating with young people.


Mufti Menk (right) with Steve Dabliz at the Liverpool Eid Festival.

At the Liverpool Eid Festival held over the long weekend early in June, he addressed huge crowds gathered to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr marking the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

On Monday 10 June the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) hosted Mufti Menk for dinner at its office in Sydney with the attendance of Imams and Community leaders, including the Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed and President of ANIC Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman.


Mufti Menk (right) with Steve Dabliz at the Liverpool Eid Festival.


Mufti Menk complimented the great work that ANIC had achieved, in particular in uniting the Imams and creating a platform for Imams to communicate and network. Mufti Menk also reiterated the importance of the unity of Imams and the Muslim community in particular during challenging times.


Mufti Menk with Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman.


He also visited UMA Centre on Monday 10 June addressing hundreds of young people gathered there entertaining them with his inspirational words.



On Tuesday 11 June Mufti Menk visited Western Grammar School in Plumpton in Western Sydney engaging the school students in a question and answer session followed by a private audience with the School’s Board members and staff led by WGS principal Mr Irfan Afzal.

Later the same afternoon Mufti Menk paid a visit to the Unity Grammar school in Austral, South West Sydney attending a reception in his honour attended by the School’s staff, board members and sponsors of its various humanitarian projects.



Mufti Menk addressed hundreds of students in the Unity Grammar school’s assembly hall mesmerising all those gathered with his unique style of delivery explaining some key Islamic concepts including the belief in the hereafter, Taqwa (God Consciousness) and respect for all including those who did not look like you or thought and practiced in a different way than you, thereby not only tolerating but celebrating diversity.






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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



‘Rich Muslims’ expense on Umrah, marriage can teach 3 lakh poor Muslim kids for 18 yrs’





With 120 million Indian Muslims living on Rs 67 a day, scholars want rich community members to spend less on lavish weddings, multiple pilgrimages.


Dr M. Aslam Parvaiz, author and scholar, is the Vice Chancellor of the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. Both Rahman and Parvaiz have been traveling all-round the country, interacting with Muslim community leaders with a plea to cut down spending on lavish marriages and Umrah.

Umrah is a “minor pilgrimage” undertaken by Muslims whenever they enter the holy city of Makkah. In Islam, it is optional for Muslims to perform Umrah. Its similarity to the major and obligatory Islamic pilrimage “Haj” has made some fusion of the two natural, though pilgrims have the choice of performing the Umrah separately or in combination with the haj.

These scholars are self-confessed practising Muslims and not against Umrah per se. They say they only wish to create awareness among Muslims that Umrah not being an obligatory ritual in Islam one need not perform it every year. Instead that money may be used for the socio-economic development of our community at a time when it desperately needs it.

Omeri insists that in Islam Huqooqul ibaad (humanitarianism) has been given precedence over Huqooqullah (duties towards God). He quotes an “eye-opening” statement from Imam Ghazali on multiple Haj wherein the Imam laments, “These rich people are very fond of spending their money on the Hajj. They perform the Hajj again and again sometimes even at the cost of their neighbours suffering in hunger. Abdullah ibn Mas’ud was absolutely right when he said: ‘During the last days of the world there will be a surfeit of people performing the Hajj unnecessarily. The journey will appear easy to them and there will be no shortage of funds. But they will return from the Hajj poorer without any real benefit. They will be travelling over deserts and open ground while their neighbour will be suffering deprivation. Neither will they empathise with him nor will they display civility.”  








Football star, Paul Pogba on being a Muslim

By Faseeha Hashmi




In a recent interview, French footballer star Paul Pogba has opened up on his Muslim faith and the influence it has played in making him a “better person”.

“Islam is not the image that everyone sees, terrorism,” Pogba told The Times’ Life Times podcast, “What we hear in the media is really something else. It’s something beautiful.”

The French World Cup-winner and $163 million Manchester United midfielder sat down at the Bulgari Hotel in Milan to discuss everything from his on-pitch achievements to the importance of faith to the criticism he receives over his unique haircuts.

In the interview, Pogba describes his upbringing as not particularly religious. Though his mother was a practicing Muslim, the footballer was not raised to be one.

He developed an interest in Islam as an adult. It was through facing tough personal experiences that guided him towards practicing the religion of Islam.

“I prayed once with my friends and I felt something different. I felt really good.”

Pogba has been proud to show his dedication and commitment to his faith on multiple occasions.

In 2017, just days after Manchester United grabbed the UEFA Europa League title, the footballer headed to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah – the minor pilgrimage to Mecca.


Paul Pogba, (third from right) in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Source: Instagram @paulpogba


He documented the pilgrimage on social media, and posted a video of himself standing in front of the Kaaba donning the traditional clothing worn by Muslim men during the pilgrimage.

He described his experience to the holy city as life changing.

“It made me change, realise things in life. I guess, maybe, it makes me more peaceful inside,” he said in the podcast.

Pogba explains that for him this peace manifest through his prayer.

“You have to pray five times a day, that’s one of the pillars of Islam. It’s something that you do. The meaning why you do it, you ask forgiveness and be thankful for everything you have, like my health and everything.”

Indeed, there is certainly a lot to be thankful for as France took home the FIFA World Cup Trophy in 2018.


French President Emmanuel Macron and Paul Pogba after France won the World Cup. Source: Twitter/MUFCScoop

When asked what Islam means to him, he explained, “It’s really a religion that opened my mind and that makes me, maybe, a better person. You think more about the afterlife. This life …(is) a test.”

He explains that his religion has made him appreciate the diversity within humanity.

“Islam is just this – respect of the humanity and everything.”

Listen to the full podcast on LifeTime. 







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Visiting Sadio Mane's hometown

BBC World Service   



Sadio Mané may now be a Liverpool local, but what was it like growing up in Bambali, Senegal for the UEFA Champions League winner?

We went to get a tour of his hometown.









First UK mayor wearing hijab

 Middle East Eye














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 Deakinite protectionism, which supposedly curbed this ‘threat’ from reaching Australia and historicised a narrative of modernity and ‘pure’ nationalism, was perhaps unable to quell the apprehension of those who feared an impending Islamic resurgence.


While the majority of the world’s Muslims lived under British dominance, the prestige and supposed power this afforded the Empire depended “upon the protection of their faith and of the countries who hold the faith.”


News of the early Australian Muslim pioneers, many of whom lost their livelihood with the advent of the motor vehicle and discriminatory policies, was eclipsed by stories of the external threat of Islam that was “advancing with rapid strides” on the “Dark Continent.”


Despite the numerous articles that purported “Islam may mark the world wide dominance of the creed of the Prophet and the death of Christianity” and the “Mohammedan faith” was increasing “by leaps and bounds,” there was a feeling among some that this was not being taken seriously by the majority of the population.


In a review of the book The New World of Islam, one article pointed out, despite the Orient “now under Christian control, ”the Muslim population “speaking out, and the eastern birthrate filling the world with our enemies, ”this book by Lothrop Stoddard, which the author presumed “would awaken the world” to the “rising tide of colour,” did not because he concludes, “who heads? Who cares?"


Less than a month later, a second, more detailed review of the same book was published. The fear of the Chinese ‘coolies’ and the Eurocentric stereotypes that had haunted the Australian psyche for decades were evoked with heightened urgency as they were coupled with Islam:

Just think of it, Moslems in China! I had never heard of them, and I take the liberty of assuming that what I’ve never heard tell of is unknown to the man in the street... No other religion has such a grip on its votaries. Islam has won vast territories from Christianity, and Brahamanism, and has driven Magiasm from the face of the earth.

The ‘enormous’ progress of ‘Mohammedanism,’ particularly in Africa, did not alter perceptions or approaches to race over time despite it being presented as one of the main reasons why “Islam is strong.”


In an article that offered a brief history of the religion, the author stated Islam “definitely offers to the Black a superior social position, which we Whites, as a race, neither dare nor intend to give to them.”


While the perceived ‘threat’ of Islam saw little change to public perceptions of race, the articles that appeared were absorbed into a broader public discourse inspired by growing community of White converts to Islam.







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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.




Living together is possible
In mid May, the sound of the Islamic call to worship could be heard again on the streets of Mertola. It didn’t come from the tower that replaced the medieval minaret, but from loudspeakers placed around town for the 10th Islamic Festival of Mertola.

“With this festival, we want to show that there are still a lot of similarities between people across the Mediterranean,” says Manuel Marques, the head of Mertola’s Culture and Heritage office.

“With intolerance and extremism rising all over the world, we want to show that it is possible to live together. Mertola was a great example of coexistence, a lot of different people lived here.”

Muslims arrived here in the 8th century and governed the region for around 500 years. The old town’s monuments still retain Islamic features.

“Mertola celebrates its Islamic heritage with pride. We want to show respect for Islam and for our common heritage. This town has always been a place where different cultures meet, connecting southern Portugal with the rest of the Mediterranean,” says Marques.

The festival has been celebrating Portugal’s Islamic heritage with music, arts and crafts, workshops and exhibitions since 2001.




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TOPIC: "How did Hazrat Bilal endure torture"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



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TOPIC: "When does Hajj become obligatory"

IMAM: Moulana Shabbir Ahmad (visiting Imam from Sydney)









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DATE: 14 June 2019

TOPIC: "The Miraculous Nature of the Qur'an"  PART 1
IMAM: Imraan Husain



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US: Animal rights group slams Muslim ritual   



U.S.-based animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) came under fire Thursday for posting an inaccurate video on Twitter attacking a Muslim tradition.

“This is heartbreaking. Animals don’t need to die for you to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Have a #vegan holiday,” PETA said in a tweet accompanied by a clip showing a truck dragging a dead goat with a young goat walking alongside it.

PETA confused the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which is being celebrated this week and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, with Eid al-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca or Hajj during which Muslims slaughter goats, sheep and some other animals under strict religious guidance to minimize pain.

The meat of the slaughtered animals is then shared with the poor.

The post was retweeted more than 18,000 times while getting close to 30,000 likes.

PETA’s Muslim followers slammed the misleading post and asked the organization to remove it, saying it exploits growing Islamophobia at a time when Muslims and their places of worship are under pressure from daily attacks.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said PETA employed unnecessary, fear-mongering tactics in its Twitter posting.

“To use this kind of knee-jerk Islamophobia and to exploit the unfortunately growing Islamophobia in our society is completely inappropriate,” Hooper told HuffPost.

He called on the group to “remove this video and, second, to post an apology or clarification of why they thought this was appropriate when it’s clearly designed to exploit the growing Islamophobia in our nation.”

Past posts from PETA appear to show the same video being used in different contexts, without any attachment to a Muslim holiday.  

Muslim News UK


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Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Hungary’s Orbán to lament their “growing Muslim populations”   


This continues the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s fall from grace.



Aung San Suu Kyi and Viktor Orbán meet in Hungary on June 5, 2019.

HUNGARY: Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who was once lauded internationally for her efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar, made a rare trip to Europe this week.

But the civilian leader’s purpose this time wasn’t to champion human rights and democracy. It was to meet with far-right Hungarian autocrat Viktor Orbán to lament the “continuously growing Muslim populations” in both of their countries.

“The two leaders highlighted that one of the greatest challenges at present for both countries and their respective regions — South East Asia and Europe — is migration,” read a statement released by the Hungarian government after the summit. “They noted that both regions have seen the emergence of the issue of coexistence with continuously growing Muslim populations.”

That’s a chilling statement. Over the past two years, Suu Kyi has stood by during the genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya, a long-persecuted Muslim minority group. Hundreds of thousands have been killed or have fled their homes to escape the widespread crackdown.

Orbán, meanwhile, has described migrants from the Middle East and central Asia who are fleeing violence and economic hardship as “Muslim invaders” and has taken dramatic measures to curtail the number of immigrants entering Hungary, including constructing a massive barbed-wire fence along the border with Serbia.

In that context, the statement from the two leaders basically translates as: “We either want to keep Muslims away from us or kill them.”

The statement makes two things depressingly clear. First, followers of Islam are increasingly persecuted all around the globe, not just in Europe, even though much press has been devoted to that trend in recent years. Second, Suu Kyi’s fall from grace isn’t slowing down — it’s accelerating.

“The Lady” with the iron fist
Suu Kyi, known as “The Lady,” spent 15 years under military house arrest in Myanmar for her pro-democracy activism. Largely locked away for chunks of time between the late 1990s and the early 2000s, she earned a global reputation for quiet strength in the face of a brutal military junta. Suu Kyi refused to leave her country, even though it meant forgoing a life with her sons and husband, who lived overseas.   



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Muhammad (pbuh)

11 leadership qualities that changed the world




 Nabeel Al-Azami


The author Nabeel Al-Azami has worked on this monumental book – in the making for over 20 years, on the 11 leadership qualities of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

About the book: "Each of you are a shepherd, and each of you are responsible for their flock.

This profound statement by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) compels us to recognise that we are all leaders at some level. But what makes someone a good leader? And how do each of us measure up against the leadership standards set by the Prophet (pbuh)?

This book presents a well-researched leadership framework combined with extensively applied contemporary practitioner case studies for the first time to readers interested in a Sirah (prophetic life) based universal model for good leadership.

Drawing on scholarly findings from eastern, western and other sources, and having examined an extensive range of Sirah works, an original framework of 11 Prophetic leadership qualities are presented with an entire chapter devoted to each leadership quality.

Well known and lesser known events from the Sirah are explored and analysed like never before, and viewed with a specialist leadership lens, extracting insights on effective people management, authentic leadership and succeeding despite the odds. Each chapter on the leadership qualities offers not just what the quality means and where it can be found in the life of the Prophet but how one can develop those qualities within themselves as well.

Nabeel Al-Azami is a CIPD award-winning HR and leadership specialist. He is the founder and managing partner at Murabbi Consulting which specialises in Values-based HR, ethical leadership development and People-centred Strategy. He is a also trustee of Citizens UK, former Head of Global HR at IR Worldwide, as well as former HR business partner and analyst at Ford Motor Company (UK & Europe Division). This is the author’s first major leadership publication, drawing on his research and professional experience over the past twenty years.





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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: Looking for healthy comfort food, well this dish will receive the thumbs up from the whole family.


Saucy Fish with Almonds







1kg white fish filleted, washed and drained (I used the Red Emperor)

Fish Masala
1. 2 tsp ground garlic
2. 2 tsp crushed coriander seeds
3. 2 Tab lemon juice
4. 1 small onion grated
5. 2 tsp crushed jeeru (Cumin)
6. 1 tsp salt
7. ½ tsp turmeric
8. 2 tsp fresh red chillies
9. ¼ cup almond meal
10. 2 tsp fresh or desiccated coconut
11. 1 tsp coconut oil/vegetable oil
Mix all the above into a smooth paste, leave a quarter aside and smear the rest on the fish fillets.

1. 1 large onion
2. A handful of curry leaves
3. 2 cups of tomatoes cut into cubes.
4. ½ tsp salt or more
5. ¼ of the fish masala above.
6. ¼ cup lemon juice
7. ¼ cup oil

Fry the onions and when they become light brown add the curry leaves, simmer for a minute, add the fish masala, simmer for 2 mins and then add the tomatoes and allow to cook until the sauce thickens, add lemon juice and cook for a further 5mins. You could puree the sauce if you like.

Putting it together.
1. Shallow fry the fish in hot oil, vey quickly one minute on either side, do not overcook.
2. Place the fried fish in a baking casserole and pour the sauce over.
3. Bake for 30mins in 180 degrees oven.
4. Garnish with slivered almonds and chopped coriander.
5. Serve hot with Saffron Rice.



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Keeping Fit with Kareema






Next Friday June 21st is International day of yoga.


A perfect excuse to get stretching,work on core strength and flexibility, and taking some time to just breathe..

Don’t leave it for this day only though, make it a habit to take time out for yourself from your busy schedule.


Yoga benefits the entire body by nourishing from the insideout.


It’s a great stress-reliever and I find it calms the mind.. What’s not to love.




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




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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:
Why Trying To Change Someone Else NEVER Works...Change Comes From Within

Several years ago, when I was in the process of analysing my behavioural patterns to make sense of my life, I realised that the reason I was stuck for a decade in a marriage that was violent was that I was putting all my energy into trying to change someone else (the man I was married to at the time). Never once did I reflect on my own thoughts, words, actions and patterns to understand that that man was not the maker and destroyer of my happiness...I was, through my own choices and through my resistance to submitting to ALLAH. Mind you, at the time I wasn’t Muslim so I didn’t quite understand what submission to my creator meant.

Trying to change someone else always backfires because there is this sense of control that we assume over another. There is never harmony in a home where there are people trying to control others. It’s an oppressive nature to control. How many times have you heard people say “I’ve tried everything to make him/her change but they just won’t listen”? Well, the key is to become the change yourself. Changing yourself will require you to respect and understand and love yourself. Playing victim is not the solution. Placing blame on another keeps you stuck in your self-imposed prison. You can walk out of this prison by changing your mindset from blame to responsibility. Stop blaming, start taking responsibility for your own thoughts, words and deeds.

Once I realised my own patterns, I was aware of what I deserved in life. The moment I became aware of my self-worth, I realised that what I thought I deserved was false and based on fears and insecurities, such as, if I leave him, who will marry me? Who will ever love me? I can’t have a failed marriage. All these dark, fearful thoughts shackled me into believing that the circumstances I was living in was what I truly deserved. It was only after realising that I am a pure soul temporarily dwelling in this body and that I had a purpose in my life that I gathered the courage to end the repetitive cycle of attracting, condoning, perpetuating and justifying violence in my life.

Steps On Becoming The Change You Want To See In Others

Be honest when filling out this table. Be willing to change. Be willing to learn from your patterns. Be willing to change your mindset from blame to responsibility.


1. Identify what is hurting you, who is hurting you.  
2. Identify why you feel you deserve to be hurt in that way.  
3. Identify what behaviours about others affect you.  
4. Identify what behaviours in you match those same behaviours you dislike in others.  
5. Identify what feelings of fear you have regarding your relationships, your job, your financial security.  
6. What have you learnt from identifying your patterns so far?  
7. What do you want to change about yourself?  
8. How do you want to change? Give yourself achievable, realistic goals. (Contact me if you need help in understanding your patterns)   

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The CCN Chuckle





Jallaludin and his wife walked past a swanky new restaurant.


"Did you smell that food?" she asked. "It smells absolutely incredible!"


Being the 'kind-hearted man' that he was, he thought, "What the's Mother's Day...., I'll treat her!"


So, they walked past it again!


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An Ayaat-a-Week






"And do not swell your cheek [for pride] at men, nor walk in insolence through the earth; for Allah does  not love any arrogant boaster."


~ Surah Luqman 31:18


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My pain may be the reason for somebody's laugh.

But my laugh must never be

the reason for somebody's pain.



~ Charlie Chaplin



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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 the 'Youth Masquerade Ball' at Michael's Oriental Restaurant coming up at the end of this month on Sunday the 30th of June.

Celebrate Eid & end of term with your friends & join in with some fun games, Quizzes, competitions with prizes & loads more. There will be a Fashion parade where you can view the latest designs by 'Kira House of Fashion'

Enjoy a 2 course Dinner with a variety of entrees & meal selections including a delicious Dessert Bar. This event is coordinated by the An Nur Youth Group & a fundraiser to raise funds for their ongoing activities. Note this is a female only event for youth 12+ girls & Sisters.

The Ball's theme is black & 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.
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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













































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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


3 August



College Fete


Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

0411 045 156

11Am 'til LATE

11 August





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1440


12 August





10th Zil-Hijjah 1440


17 August



Eidfest @ Dreamworld




0418 722 353

from 6PM

1 September 2019





(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1441


16 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


0422 433 074

from 3.30PM to Maghrib




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


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



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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




Nuria Khataam
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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