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EST. 2004


Sunday 23 June 2019 | Issue 0763



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

Zambeekas St. Lucia opened on the 1st of May 2019 boasting the same delicious flame grilled BBQ chicken flavour that Zambeekas is renowned for.

What started as an inherited recipe of homemade basting sauces from a small town family of the Zambezia Province has evolved into an intriguing range of Portuguese cuisine tempting even the finest taste buds!

Who would have thought the flavours of a small Portuguese settlement in Mozambique in the 1500’s would unite these two vastly different flavours so wonderfully!

This fusion is what Zambeekas is known for.  Pop into our St.Lucia Store and get to know why Brisbane loves Zambeekas!

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The final day of the Group 1 Coding Bootcamp yesterday (Saturday) ended with Certificates of Attendance and prizes for innovation and creativity, improvement and helpfulness. Today (Sunday) Group 2 takes on a range of coding challenges in a variety of computer programming languages.


Nothing like a sausage sizzle to get the coding juices flowing

All participants receive a Certificate of Attendance

Ayesha Azeem receives her Innovation/Creativity Award from Hafizah Suleman


Zayan Latha wins the Helpfulness Award


Sameera Suleman and Saffiya Latif share the Most Improved Award

Susan Scott and Mariam Adli work together to find the bug.



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Multicultural Affairs met with the Somali Community Association of Queensland to discuss issues relevant to them.


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CEOs Sleep Out







This was Walid Yassine's bed this week at the CEO sleepout run by Vinnies to raise awareness about homelessness in Australia.


"The stories from homeless people were extremely eye opening and very much broke down the stereotypical view of who a ‘homeless person’ is or could be. Australians like you and I who had a few bad turns in life, some out of their control, had nothing to lean on and become homeless," said Yassine who is MD at Bauerfeind Australia and Director at Crescent Institute.


"Thousands of every day Aussie’s sleep on the streets and go hungry daily and the reality is quite harsh out there...it was cold! It all starts with awareness," Yassine added.




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Manal Shehab uses her own experiences to encourage others to stand up against domestic violence.


Community leaders in Melbourne have come together to inspire, empower and support multicultural groups to stand up against domestic violence.

More than 40 people took part in an intensive 12-week program that aimed to break down the stigma around domestic violence.

The initiative was formed by White Ribbon in a bid to combat the difficulties faced by migrants living in Australia.

White Ribbon Australia CEO Delia Donovan said in 2018, there were 7.3 million migrants living in Australia, with 29 per cent of the population having been born overseas.

The Empowering Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Leaders Project is based on alarming statistics that showed 87 per cent of women from Afghanistan, Iraq, Nepal, Myanmar and Ethiopia did not know that that domestic violence was a criminal offence in Australia.

Ms Donovan said there were many complexities for CALD communities accessing the support they need and that rates of abuse, disrespect and violence continue to need addressing through a strengths-based approach.

Muslim-Australian councillor Manal Shehab is a survivor of domestic violence.

"Leaving was not the hardest part, the hardest part was the war I had to fight after leaving," she said.

"I found myself going to the faith leaders I had on such a high pedestal. I thought, I am coming to you for help."

Ms Shehab said many told her "to go back and stay at home".

"I remember tears streaming down my face - they were not listening,' she said.

Sadly, Shehab’s story is one of many across the nation. White Ribbon CEO Delia Donovan labelled the domestic violence rates in Australia as a national crisis.

"This project has supported emerging leaders from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to engage with the communities on this issue and make a positive change," she said.

"Prevention alongside other modes of practice continues to be fundamental if we are to stop the violence before it starts and address this as a whole community."

White Ribbon hopes that by empowering community leaders to deliver a targeted message to their peers, it will provoke change and challenge outdated attitude towards domestic violence.

Suad Rejak has been inspired by the program and now wants to use her knowledge to help others.

"Every night I was suffering," she said.

"I would wake up in the morning and put a smile on my face. When I spoke to women in my community…I was surprised by the stories they told me.

"I wasn’t alone."

‘There is a lot of red flags for us women that we ignore, as I did. I think doing the course is important to empower me personally and I will be able to give back to the community,' said Ms Rejak.

Both Ms Shebab and Ms Rejak are now educating other women about what their rights are.

"I thought this is bigger than I thought. We can’t have this,’ Ms Shehab said.

"When you are passionate and driven and understand what these women are going through… We all have to work together to eradicate violence against women.

"It’s about shifting mindsets. We still have a long way to go.’



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The holy month of Ramadan, which sees Muslims all over the world fast during daylight hours, begins this weekend. Does having type 2 diabetes exclude a person from fasting? Not necessarily. The decision belongs to the person, but getting some advice from health professionals can help.

Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia. About 6% of Australian adults report they have diabetes, although this is likely an underestimate of the true prevalence.

Type 2 diabetes, which constitutes the majority of diabetes cases, occurs when the body becomes resistant to the actions of insulin, or loses the capacity to produce sufficient insulin from the pancreas. Insulin keeps the body’s blood glucose levels within a healthy range.

People with type 2 diabetes can manage the condition by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including doing exercise and keeping a healthy diet. In more serious cases, people with type 2 diabetes may need to take medications such as metformin, sulfonylureas, or other glucose-lowering tablets, or self-administer insulin injections.

Type 2 diabetes affects some ethnicities more than others. It’s more common in people of Middle Eastern, north African and south/south-east Asian backgrounds. Many Muslim Australians are from these ethnic backgrounds.

Using 2016 census data, and conservatively estimating an adult diabetes prevalence of 10% among people of Muslim background (the exact prevalence is unknown), as many as 40,000 Muslims may be living with diabetes in Australia. And this number is likely to be increasing.

Dietary practices such as fasting, feasting, and consumption of special foods are an essential component of many religious and cultural celebrations.

For Muslims, fasting during the month of Ramadan is obligatory for all healthy adults, who must refrain from eating, drinking and taking oral medications between dawn and sunset.

During Ramadan, most people have two meals per day, at sunset and before sunrise. This can be risky for people with type 2 diabetes – particularly those who use insulin or certain oral diabetes medications – for a couple of reasons.

First, fasting during the day can increase the risk of low blood glucose levels in people who usually take insulin or other blood glucose-lowering medications.

And conversely, the evening meal to break the fast, called “Iftar,” often involves eating large amounts of calorie-rich foods in a relatively short space of time. This can put people with diabetes at risk of high blood glucose levels overnight.

Omission or changes in the timing of medications may also contribute to instability of blood glucose levels.

Low blood glucose levels can cause symptoms of sweating, shakiness and confusion. If severe, they can lead to seizures, coma, or even death. High blood glucose levels make people feel tired and generally unwell and can lead to dehydration and poor concentration. Extremely high levels are a medical emergency.

There are guidelines
According to Islamic teachings, the elderly, pregnant, or those with illnesses requiring regular medication – like diabetes – can be exempted from fasting on medical grounds. They do not need to seek special permission from a religious leader.

Certain groups of people with type 2 diabetes who do not use insulin or particular oral medications can safely fast during Ramadan under the guidance of their health-care professional.

But as diet, lifestyle and medication use are key factors in maintaining stable blood glucose levels and minimising diabetes complications, many people with type 2 diabetes can also be considered medically exempt from fasting.

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Abbas Nazari (centre), with United States Ambassador Scott Brown (left) and Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs at last night's awards.


He arrived in New Zealand aged 7 after being rescued from a sinking fishing vessel off the Australian coast 18 years ago.

There were 430 people on board with Abbas Nazari, along with his parents and siblings.

He has gone on to the battle the odds, after not knowing a word of English, to yesterday being granted a Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Award to study at Columbia University in New York.

The awards are valued at up to US$40,000 ($61,550), plus $4000 travel funding, for up to one year of study or research in the US.

Nazari, originally from Afghanistan and who now lives in Christchurch, will complete a master of international affairs degree after graduating with a BA (Hons first class) in international relations and diplomacy from the University of Canterbury in 2016.

He is one of three from the University of Canterbury to receive the award, part of a group of 21 graduates from across Aotearoa to be heading overseas.

Nazari and his colleagues will receive their awards in a presentation ceremony at Parliament tonight, hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

Nazari's accomplishment has received high praise.

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark took the time to congratulate him, along with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff who was foreign minister at the time the Tampa refugees arrived and welcomed them into the country.

Graduate awards are for New Zealanders with an undergraduate degree to go to the US to undertake further study or research, including towards a masters or PhD.

The Herald spoke to Nazari in 2014, when he was in his third year of a political and history degree at the University of Canterbury and had the goal of joining an international aid agency.

NZ Herald


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Council on American-Islamic Relations and University of California Berkeley report names 74 groups they say contributed to Islamophobia in the US


Corey Saylor, the report’s author, said: ‘The hate that these groups are funding and inciting is having real consequences.’


US: Inciting hate toward American Muslims and Islam has become a multimillion-dollar business, according to a report released on Monday.

Released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) and University of California Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender, the report names 74 groups it says contribute in some way to Islamophobia in the US. Of those groups, it says, the primary purpose of 33 “is to promote prejudice against, or hatred of, Islam and Muslims”.

The core group, which includes the Abstraction Fund, Clarion Project, David Horowitz Freedom Center, Middle East Forum, American Freedom Law Center, Center for Security Policy, Investigative Project on Terrorism, Jihad Watch and Act! for America, had access to almost $206m of funding between 2008 and 2013, the report said.

Corey Saylor, author of the report and director of Cair’s department to monitor and combat Islamophobia, said: “The hate that these groups are funding and inciting is having real consequences like attacks on mosques all over the country and new laws discriminating against Muslims in America.”

Saylor added that the Washington-based Center for Security Policy and Act! for America have the most impact, because they are trying to push their anti-Muslim rhetoric beyond their formerly fringe following.

Two groups on the list, the Center for Security Policy and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, have given awards of recognition to Jeff Sessions, a US senator from Alabama who chairs Trump’s national security advisory committee and is a possible vice-presidential pick.

On Monday, the headline on the David Horowitz Freedom Center website was “Muslim privilege killed 49 people in Orlando”, a reference to the mass shooting on 12 June in an Orlando LGBT nightclub by Omar Mateen, a Muslim American from Port St Lucie, Florida.

Two other Trump foreign policy advisers have ties to groups named in the Cair-UCB report. The Center for Security Policy lists Joseph Schmitz as a senior fellow; Walid Phares reportedly served on the board of Act! for America.

The Guardian contacted Brigitte Gabriel, the founder of Act! for America, and the Center for Security Policy, which is led by Frank Gaffney, who advised Ted Cruz on national security during the Texas senator’s presidential campaign. Neither group responded immediately.

The Trump campaign and Sessions’ Senate office also did not respond to requests for comment.

Act! for America Education runs the Thin Blue Line Project, a password-protected database of information about Muslim communities in the US. According to the group’s website, the project “provides educational and informational content about issues relating to national security and terrorism and how the call to Jihad is accelerating homegrown terrorism”.

In a 2 June article, Stephen Piggott of the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that the Thin Blue Line Project’s key component is a “Radicalization Map Locator … which lists the addresses of every Muslim Student Association (MSA) in the country as well as a number of mosques and Islamic institutions – all listed as suspected national security concerns”.

The Cair-UCB report also tracks anti-Islam bills, which it says have become law in 10 states, and 78 recorded incidents in 2015 in which mosques were targeted. Saylor said this was the highest yearly number of attacks on mosques since Cair started tracking in 2009.

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Visit to Mosque







Students from Hope College in Varsity Lakes visited the Gold Coast Mosque to find out more about Islam and visit the Mosque.


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A message from a refugee

SBS News



This refugee has lived in a camp for 20 years and has an important message for the rest of the world. #RefugeeWeek 









Mini Imam and his Musallees

Motivational Muslims











Imaam Khalid Hussein on Habib Kadhim al Saqqaf on

 Habib Kadhim's Brisbane visit




Our Teacher Imaam Khalid Hussein’s (UK) message to Brisbane - on Habib Kadhim al Saqqaf






Tour de Hajj 2019 VLOG 1 London to Paris

Penny Appeal










Akala shuts down a bigot

Milkshakes Against Racism



Akala leaves the ex-EDL Leader Tommy Robinson speechless after laying down the facts and presenting the story of Christopher Alder, a black British army paratrooper who died who you've never heard of.











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 fear-mongering accounts about the threat of Islam were perhaps driven by other articles that were appearing in mainstream Australian newspapers at the same time, pieces that were written with reflection and a sense of curiosity.


A significant number of these were published as announcements of ‘White’ converts to Islam in Australia and abroad. The difference in the approach and language employed by the writers stands in stark contrast to the pieces concerning ‘coloured,’ ‘Black’ or Asiatic converts.


For instance, the announcement of Isabella Dunn’s conversion to ‘Mohammedanism’ highlighted her status as a “highly educated” young English lady who was the daughter of “an English engineer” formerly employed in Turkey.


Although the piece stated her conversion “created a painful impression in European circles at Constantinople,” it was respectful when referring to Islamic law that did “not require a Christian woman in marrying a Turk to abjure her faith.”


Numerous conversions were reported with similar objectivity and respect.


A short piece in the Daily Telegraph in 1907 noted the “well-known Egyptologist and excavator” Dr Ewald Falls, who “became so convinced of the virtues of Mohammedanism that he confessed the faith” and took on the name Musa Mohamed.


A rather interesting case is that of English chorus girl Edith Mabel Thatcher, who converted to Islam and married Prince Nasir Ali Khan, who was the son of one of India’s most powerful native rulers. Prince Nasir, who had been living in England for 14 years and was a “naturalised Englishmen,” was regarded as somewhat acceptable because, although he was “a tall, dark, athletic man,” he looked “more like a European than an Asiatic.”


Edith was by no means the first White woman to convert and marry an ‘Asiatic’.


The same article points out “many lovers have risen superior to the barrier of colour and of race” and rather than critiquing the union, it was romanticised.


Throughout the early years of the 20th century, conversions became more commonplace as papers continued to report “the most recent English converts to the Islamic faith.”  







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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.




Preserving Islamic heritage

“We wanted to explore the similarities between Portugal and the north of Africa,” says Jorge Revez, who was involved in the organisation of the festival’s first edition. Currently the president of ADPM, a local development association, Revez worked with Moroccan associations to preserve the cultural heritage of al-Andalus.

In the medieval period, Mertola’s port and mineral riches made it an important regional centre. After a period of decline, the town was revitalised by the discovery of Islamic artefacts in the 1970s. Mertola now claims to hold Portugal’s most significant Islamic art collection.

On Friday night, a diverse crowd gathered by the river to listen to the UK-based Palestinian band 47Soul. Singing in Arabic and English, the band mixes traditional Levantine music with synth hooks and electronic beats to create music they refer to as "shamstep".

Musicians with roots in Algeria, Tunisia and Niger brought different people together, dancing the night away. The sounds of the traditional oud, but also electric guitars and synths, filled the narrow banks of the Guadiana valley.




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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 21 June 2019

TOPIC: "" 
IMAM: Ahmad Naffa













Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 21 June 2019





No recording this week.


Imam Uzair is away.








Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 21 June 2019

TOPIC: "The hidden treasures of Istigfaar"

IMAM: Akram Buksh









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 21 June 2019

TOPIC: "I won the gamble"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 21 June 2019

TOPIC: "Hajj and it's importance"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali
















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Imam and solicitor suspended from jobs after BBC Tory debate   


Primary school teacher and employment lawyer criticised over social media comments


 Abdullah Patel appearing during the TV debate..


UK: An imam and a solicitor who asked questions on the BBC’s Conservative leadership debate have been suspended from their jobs after they were criticised over past comments on social media.

Abdullah Patel, an imam and deputy head teacher, was suspended from the private Al-Ashraf primary school and the Masjid Umar mosque, both in Gloucester, on Wednesday, after it emerged he had made negative comments about Zionists and said women needed “to be smarter” to avoid being assaulted.

Aman Thakar, an employment lawyer, was suspended by the City firm Leigh Day in relation to a tweet in which he said Hitler’s worst legacy was “his abuse of the term nationalism”. His employers said they were investigating, despite Thakar stating it was a parody of a speech by a rightwing US activist.

The controversy surrounding the members of the public who asked questions overshadowed the third round of voting in the Tory leadership contest.

Sources quoted by the Times, Telegraph and Mail claimed that some of the campaigns were unhappy with the BBC’s handling of the event, and were threatening to boycott future debates hosted by the corporation, such as a planned episode of Question Time with the final two candidates.

The often noisy and chaotic discussion was the first debate to feature Boris Johnson, who had refused to take part in Sunday night’s programme on Channel 4.

It subsequently emerged that Patel had previously tweeted: “Every political figure on the Zionist’s payroll is scaring the world about [Jeremy] Corbyn. They don’t like him. He seems best suited to tackle them!”

He also tweeted a map of the US, suggesting Israel should be moved there as a solution to the conflict with Palestine.

In another tweet, Patel said women needed “to be smarter” to avoid being assaulted, saying: “Don’t be alone with a man!”  



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Hijabi police officer recognized as a ‘leader among peers’ at academy graduation”   


Hijabi police officer recognized as a ‘leader among peers’ at academy graduation

US: A Paterson police recruit called a “leader among peers” at the Bergen County Police Academy was named the recipient of the graduating class’ Role Model Award.

Officer Serein Tamimi, who broke a historic barrier as the first Palestinian-American woman and hijab-wearing police officer in the City of Paterson, received the award at graduation Thursday night in Hackensack. The vote by academy instructors was unanimous.

“This officer displayed excellent characteristics of leadership,” said Officer Daniel Solares, an academy instructor who introduced her for the award. “She from Day One until today always had a positive mental attitude, always led by example, always volunteering for extra duties.”

Tamimi’s achievement comes at a time of growing anti-Muslim bias and negative stereotyping about Muslims, especially those who wear the hijab. The rise in Islamophobia, seen in politics, media and hate crime reports, comes even as more Muslim Americans take on roles in government and public service

However, in North Jersey’s diverse police class, the hijab barely registered as Tamimi quickly stood out, serving both as a platoon leader and an emergency medical technician in the class of 91 men and women.

During six months of rigorous physical and academic training, she not only excelled but also drove others to be their best, said instructors and fellow officers who described her as “always smiling” yet “tough” and “determined.”

“I admire her so much,” said Paterson recruit Gabriela Toribio. “She never fell back from any run. When I messed up my leg [during our physical exam], she saw that I was falling back, and she pushed me and that’s why I think I made it.

“I know she’s going to do amazing great things for Paterson. I don’t have any doubt about that.”

Capt. Jason Love, the commanding officer at the police academy at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute, said instructors had a “very brief discussion” about who should get the award and that she was the clear favorite.

“She was a natural leader,” he added. “She was a confidant to many at the academy. She was the go-to person. She was physically fit. She was an all-around model recruit.”

“Every moment and every opportunity she had, she stood out,” he said.

‘Whatever she sets her mind to’
Tamimi's family moved to the United States when she was less than a year old, and she was raised in South Paterson, home to a large Muslim community including many Palestinian Americans. During high school at Passaic County Technical Institute, Tamimi ran track in winter and spring.

Her hijab and long pants and sleeves were not a hindrance and she never complained, said Jeff Cioletti, a track coach at the high school. He described her as upbeat and hardworking, with many friends.   



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Its Impact on Global Intellectualism and the Renaissance



 M. Jamal Haider



Islam and education are synonymous with each other. That learning is central to Islam is clear from the very first revelation Iqra, meaning ‘read’.

There are many Hadiths (Prophetic traditions) which encourage Muslims to seek knowledge even if they have to travel all the way to China.

Wisdom, the Prophet said, is the lost property of the believer and he should take it wherever he finds it.

No wonder early Muslims acted on these commands in letter and spirit and made tremendous contributions to the advancement of science, social sciences and other disciplines.

How come the later day Muslims fell back and regressed intellectually? And thereby hangs a tale.

Some Western scholars refuse to acknowledge the ‘golden age’ of Muslim intellectualism. They have misgivings about how the Muslims influenced the world in general and the West in particular with their knowledge and wisdom.

Answers to all these questions can be found in the book – The First Command. Its author, Jamal Haider, unveils the secret behind the success of Muslim scholars and the source of their knowledge, Quran.

Through painstaking research and analysis, he tells in detail how and why Muslims remained the best of scholars and scientist for nearly a thousand years.

Not just this, Mr Haider seeks to correct the prejudice against Muslim scholars in a rational way. Hats off to Mr Haider for writing a gem of a book. Such a book was long overdue.

Moreover, it is the need of the hour to show to the world how Muslim scholars developed knowledge in various disciplines – science, social science, theology, philosophy, literature and other areas of learning which later got transferred to Europe.

The book, divided into three sections clearly explains the high value placed on education by Islam.

Mr Haider adopts a historical approach and explains how the world was at the advent of Islam. Then he goes on to discuss the growth of education during the Prophetic period, Rashidun Caliphate, Umayyad dynasty, Abbasid dynasty, the quest for science, influence of Muslim scholars, scientists, philosophers and the influence of Muslim literature and culture.

The author also talks in detail about female scholars and how they were no less passionate than men in the acquisition of knowledge.

All in all The First Command is the last word on Muslim education. It is an eye opener to many of those who are unaware or harbor prejudice against Islamic views on education.

Mr Haider’s lucid writing makes for a good read.




Jamal Haider is a Geologist, It (ECM) Specialist and Writer. He completed his Masters in Nottingham University UK after graduating in Dhaka University of Bangladesh. He worked there as a Deputy Director in a government research organisation. He has written and published a number of papers and reports. In Australia he completed a graduate diploma in University of New South Wales and worked as an Enterprise Content Management Specialist in a government organisation. Now he is a full-time writer.

His previous book, “In the Name of the Lord” has received critical acclaim. It is the history of knowledge, religion and civilisation from the Islamic perspective. It is divided into three parts – the Ancient Civilisations, The Islamic Age and the Modern Age. His present book “The First Command” is about Muslim intellectualism and its history.

The author comes from an elite family of Kolkata, India. His grandfather is Nawab Badruddin Haider, and father Nawabzada Kamruddin Haider (MLC, Bengal legislative Council of British India). Both were assiduously devoted to the social welfare of Muslims and promoted their education and emancipation.



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CCN's Bookshelf

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

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: ……… in preparation for the upcoming school holidays.


Chicken Nuggets







1 kg chicken fillet (or a mix of chicken thigh fillet and normal fillet)
1 onion
1 tsp green chillies
1 cup milk
2 eggs
4 slices bread
¾ bunch fresh coriander
1 tsp fine salt
½ tsp lemon pepper
2 tsp ginger garlic
1½ tsp baking powder

Process all ingredients in a food processor.
Fry spoonfuls in shallow oil, until golden brown.
Can be frozen at this stage.
Steam with butter and lemon juice, just before serving and serve hot with a sauce of your choice. 



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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve been advised to do some weight-bearing exercises in order to strengthen my bones. What are some good, easy exercises I can start off with?

A: The easiest and safest would be to get out and start walking.


Because it’s weight-bearing it will strengthen bones and help protect against osteoporosis.


Start off slow and then switch to jogging as you feel stronger.


Push-ups, triceps-dips, etc. are good for an upper body challenge.




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



website: http://www.princesslakshman.com


email: info@princesslakshman.com















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:
How Conditional Is Your Relationship With Your Spouse?

Divorce rates are pretty high nowadays. More and more people are jumping into relationships with unrealistic expectations and soon after, finding themselves in situations that are no longer loving and romantic. One fine day, the romance, cuddles and compliments fly out the window and you realise you are angry, upset, insecure and lonely because the one whom you thought completed you is no longer the same person he/she was when you first met.


No one completes you. ALLAH has created you in a complete state. You are enough. You are fine. Even when you think you are lonely, think again, because at that precise moment ALLAH is with you and HIS angels are with you. Another thing that is with you at that time is shaitaan’s on-going whisperings. However, ALLAH has equipped you with a free will to choose whether you want to dismiss those whispers or fall for them.

Take a moment today and do a relationship stocktake. Make a list of all the conditions you have placed upon your relationship with your spouse. Ask yourself - do I love him/her unconditionally? Understand that there is a difference between loving someone unconditionally and being loyal to someone unconditionally. Often in domestic violence, people choose to unconditionally remain in toxicity due to loyalty and fear.

Once you understand the conditions you have placed on your relationship, decide if you really actually love your spouse or do you simply ‘approve’ of him/her because he/she is meeting most of your conditions. And now, take a moment and ask yourself this: Do I merely approve of myself or do I actually love myself unconditionally? Unless you are completely and unconditionally accepting and loving of yourself, you can’t practise it on another.

Unconditional love is rarely practised today. People are engrossed in measuring their own worth and their spouse's worth by material yardstick such as financial success, family status, education and so on. Sadly, this is due to our cultural conditioning from childhood. We have been taught to value materialistic accomplishments over virtues such as kindness, generosity, peaceful, helpful, pious and joyful. Truth is, it is only when your relationship can thrive on virtues such as these that you will feel joy with your spouse. Anything other than these virtues will always bring about conditions such as not enough money, too busy, not enough time for me and the kids, too loud, too quiet, too fat, too lazy, too insensitive, too sensitive...too this, too that.

How To Embrace Unconditional Love
The only strategy to practise daily in order to shed conditions and embrace unconditional love for self and others is to completely surrender to ALLAH and equip yourself with knowledge and positivity so that you are able to see the difference between what brings your relationship love, light, peace and joy and what brings it darkness and depression. Awareness is key. Unless there is awareness, there is no transformation. Stop reacting, start being aware of what is causing you to react. Manage those triggers. Work on yourself. Daily.

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Jallaludin: "Darling, remember 25 years ago I had a rented one room apartment, a table fan, a black and white television and a bicycle to use. But, at night I used to sleep besides a 25 year old beautiful girl.

Now I own a luxurious centrally air conditioned penthouse, 4 LED big screen televisions and a limousine but I sleep with a 50 year old woman..."

Mrs Jallaludin: "Do not worry darling. Just find yourself a 25 year old beautiful woman and I will make sure that you go back to a rented one room apartment, a table fan, a black and white television and a bicycle in no time....!!

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An Ayaat-a-Week






It is Allah Who has created you: further, He has provided for your sustenance; then He will cause you to die; and again He will give you life....


~ Surah Ar-Rum 30:40


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I'm fed up to the ears

with old men dreaming up wars

for young men to die in.



~ George McGovern



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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.

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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


7 September



Muslim Child Expo


Hurricane Stars Club

Islamic College of Brisbane


10AM to 3PM

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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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
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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

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)

      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)

      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)

      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)

      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (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 subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

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 (contact@sisterssupportservices.org.au and 0404 921 620)


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