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Sunday 30 June 2019 | Issue 0764



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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!

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Amongst this years finalists for the Multicultural Queensland Awards for 2019 are:






The winner of each category will be announced at a gala awards dinner held in Brisbane on 30 August 2019.


For the complete list of categories and finalists click here.



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Dr Iqbal Sultan


GATTON GP Dr Mohammed Iqbal Sultan has been recognised for his contribution to the Gatton and surrounding community as a dedicated GP supervisor.

Dr Sultan combines his busy patient load at Family Health Clinic with supervision of GP registrars, a training role he has been dedicated to for more than 10 years.

Dr Sultan is one of six GP supervisors recognised nationally by General Practice Supervisors Australia so far this year, having provided more than 10 years of service to the local community.

Dr Sultan said he felt "humbled” by the award.

He said his passion to become a GP came from growing up in South Africa where health care was not accessible.

"I always felt a desire to try and heal others and improve their quality of life by providing the best medical care I could,” Dr Sultan said.

He said when he and his family moved to the Lockyer Valley in 2006, he wanted to find a way to increase and up skill doctor services, and so completed the required training to become an accredited supervisor.

"I now find it very rewarding to be able to share my years of knowledge and wisdom with the doctors that will potentially be caring for myself in my retirement,” he said.

He said part of what kept his passion going for so long was the Lockyer Valley community.

"The community spirit and support that I have received since my arrival into Gatton is something that I have never experienced in my life as a GP,” he said.

"I have been accepted into a community as an immigrant to this community on my face value as a person and I have always felt blessed to have a growing practice and being able to offer health care and play an integral part of improving health outcomes for our patients at the practice.”

The Gatton Star


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#NoFathinCoal spokespersons. From left: Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black, Environmental Adviser, Australian Council of Progressive Rabbis, Thea Ormerod, President, ARRCC, Gawaine Powell Davies, President, Buddhist Council of NSW, Imam Ahmed Abdo, Secretary, Council of Imams, NSW, Sr Libby Rogerson, Loreto Sisters.


More than 150 religious leaders have called on Scott Morrison to acknowledge the world faces a climate emergency and block all new coal and gas projects, including Adani’s Carmichael mine.

In an open letter headed “no faith in coal”, the leaders say the climate crisis is a profoundly moral problem and Australia’s response will be crucial in addressing it.

“Simply put, opening up new coal reserves for mining is not compatible with any global response to avoid catastrophe. We call on you to show true moral leadership,” the letter says.

Signatories to the letter include bishops, rabbis, theologians, the grand mufti of Australia and the heads of the Uniting Church, the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, Muslims Australia and the National Council of Churches.

It asks the prime minister to make the climate emergency his number one priority and endorses the three demands of protesting school students: stopping the Adani mine in central Queensland, not allowing new coal or gas developments and moving Australia to run entirely on renewable energy by 2030.

“Despite the differences in our faith, we all regard addressing the climate emergency as our shared moral challenge. We stand together for our common home, the Earth,” the letter says.

“Will you and your government have the courage to agree to this simple threefold agenda? We pray that you will.”

The letter was organised by advocacy group the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. It concedes the shift will be challenging, not least for people in communities reliant on fossil fuel industries, but says a courageous leader would come up with a jobs plan based on clean energy.

Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson said burning fossil fuels was worsening extreme weather, crop failures and sea level rise. By continuing the practice, Australia was moving further away from “loving God and God’s creation and loving our neighbour”, she said.

“We have a sacred responsibility to care for the Earth and all living beings, especially the vulnerable people on the frontlines,” she said.

The Guardian



Letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister,

Congratulations on winning office. We wish you well as you form your new Government.

We are from many faith communities and from all across Australia. Today, we are speaking with one voice.

As you set your agenda, we ask you to make addressing the problem of climate change your number one priority.

The climate situation is much more than a political or even a scientific issue. It is a profoundly moral one.

These are times unlike any known before. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns us that nothing short of strong and immediate action on all fronts will avert massive threats to the climate system on which life on Earth depends. It is no overstatement to call this an emergency.

Many faith leaders around the world have made their views on this matter known. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has called climate change a “moral crisis” and “the human thumb on the scale, pushing us toward disaster.” A group of senior Buddhist leaders including His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to world leaders in 2015 saying that “through our lack of insight, we are destroying the very life support systems that we and all other living beings depend on for survival.” Pope Francis stated in his famous encyclical, “Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony and disdain.”

The part played by Australia in the response to this emergency is crucial. The IPCC has now told the world that global thermal coal use must drop by at least 59 per cent in the next 11 years if we are to avoid 1.5 Degree C warming. Australia is the world’s largest coal exporter, so we clearly have a particular moral responsibility to stop developing polluting coal mines.

Simply put, opening up new coal reserves for mining is not compatible with any global response to avoid catastrophe. We call on you to show true moral leadership.

As you know, thousands of school students have been protesting in our streets about this emergency. They have three demands. We are writing to urge you to agree to them:

Stopping the proposed Adani coal mine

Committing to no new coal or gas projects in Australia

Moving to 100% renewable energy by the year 2030.

We understand this will be challenging. To start with, the people who live in those communities where employment would be affected clearly need good reliable jobs. Yet a courageous leader would come up with a jobs plan based on renewable energy instead of coal, an industry with an uncertain future which is now threatening our very survival.

The Adani mine in Central and North Queensland is an excellent example. People there need new, reliable jobs. Yet serious investment in solar would yield far more jobs than the Adani mine would, as it is less automated. And rejecting new coal will also help to protect jobs that depend on the Great Barrier Reef. There are currently 60,000 people whose livelihood depends on the Reef.

We also know that the Adani mine would use huge volumes of scarce water from the underground aquifers including the Great Artesian Basin. Furthermore, it would add to the likelihood of droughts by fuelling climate disruption.

Despite the differences in our faith, we all regard addressing the climate emergency as our shared moral challenge. We stand together for our common home, the Earth.

Will you and your Government have the courage to agree to this simple threefold agenda? We pray that you will.



Signatories include:

  • Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, The Grand Mufti of Australia

  • Dr Rateb Jneid, President, Muslims Australia
    (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils)

  • Imam Ahmed Abdo, Secretary, Council of Imams NSW

  • Imam Hassan Elsetohy, President, Council of Imams NSW

  • Professor Mohamad Abdalla, Director, Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, University of South Australia

  • Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp, Director, Islamic Sciences Research Academy (ISRA)

  • Shiekh Dr Daud Batchelor, Brisbane Muslim Fellowship





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MAQ's ambassador program







Multicultural Affairs Queensland (MAQ) has officially welcomed a new group of corporate and cultural organisations to the Multicultural Queensland Ambassador Program.

At their second induction and workshop this week, MAQ formed new partnerships and shared ideas about how to practically implement diversity and inclusion in business.


Amongst the list of Cultural Advisors is the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) and the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland.


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After three years of providing advice to the Queensland Government on the needs and aspirations of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, the inaugural Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council has completed its tenure.


"This Council has played an important role in giving a voice to Queenslanders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and helped shape the state’s future for everyone."

During its three-year term, commencing in 2016, the Council met with government departments, local governments and directly with communities across the state.


Amongst the outgoing members are Dr Nora Amath, Mr Ali Kadri, and Ms Chammie Kamara.

The new council members will be named shortly and will serve from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2022.


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IWAA CEO Galila Abdelsalam OAM was a proud attendee of the Business Chicks, CommBank’s Women in Focus Breakfast with special guest the Hon Julie Bishop.


For the first time since announcing her retirement from politics, Ms Bishop met up close and personal with the Business Chicks audience.


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Parents should not be allowed to selectively remove their children from religious education (RE) lessons, headteachers say, as study reveals many withdrawal requests are over the teaching of Islam.

More than two in five school leaders and RE teachers have received requests for students to be withdrawn from teaching about one religion, research from Liverpool Hope University has revealed.

Islam is the dominant focus of these parental withdrawal requests, according to the study of 450 school leaders and heads of RE.

One participant, who received requests for children to be withdrawn from mosque visits said: “The students that have been removed are the ones that need to understand different cultures the most.”

The majority (71 per cent) of teachers believe a law allowing parents to withdraw their children from RE is no longer required, according to the study in the British Journal of Religious Education.

It comes after a report from Thurrock council revealed that parents in Essex were withdrawing their children from religious education lessons on Islam and stopping them from visiting mosques.

Iman Atta, director of Tell Mama, an activist group which records and measures anti-Muslim incidents in Britain, told The Independent: “We have been hearing about cases where parents are pulling their children out of mosque visits as part of religious education since they do not want them to be near a mosque.

“This has been taking place over the last five years and shows that there are parents who have fears or dislike Islam. This is also concerning, since what kinds of views are their children being exposed to? It does not bode well for the future of people and communities living together”.

The right of parents to withdraw their children from RE and from collective worship has been in enshrined in law by both the 1944 and 1988 education acts. Parents can withdraw their children from some or all of the RE curriculum without giving a reason.

Teachers warned in April last year that parents were increasingly abusing the right to withdraw their children from religious education lessons due to their prejudices.

Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers section of the National Education Union called on the government to take steps to prevent parents from selectively withdrawing youngsters from RE classes.

“Cases of parents withdrawing selectively from teaching of one religion, predominantly Islam, were often presented by participants as representing a hostility and intolerance to those of other faiths,” the new research says.

But it concludes: “While it was true that Islam’s prominence as a target for withdrawal implies prejudice, our findings suggest that teachers saw the reasons for this withdrawal as misunderstanding more than prejudice.”



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Budget Final: US Rep. Ilhan Omar

Penny Appeal



I can’t keep listening to people blaming poverty and hunger on “personal choice.”
No child chooses to go hungry because she can’t afford a meal.
No one chooses to die because they can't afford insulin.
We need to stop blaming others for our broken system and start fixing it.







Remember Deah, Yusor and Razan










Roy Moore's spokesman: Muslims can't serve in Congress because the Constitution says "you have to swear on a Bible."

Occupy Democrats














Brazilians take the Shahadah

at Gold Coast Mosque

Hussin Goss








Why did I convert to Islam? | Korean girl interview

Islam is the Religion of Peace and Love







Who Is the First Anti-Racist?

Emir-Stein Center



Who was the first anti-racist? Rooted in both ignorance and arrogance, racism has plagued civilizations since the advent of man. Hear the remarkable story of a pioneer who addressed this disease of the heart and mind from its root cause. Watch Dr. Craig Considine of Rice University as he presents the story of the first anti-racist, from the 7th century, who set in motion universal principles that forever changed the discourse on racial equality.







Is Islam to Blame for Violent Groups?

Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research



History shows that violence does not come from any religious teachings. But if religion does not teach violence, where do violent groups come from?

This video explains how violent groups emerged and how they misuse religion to further their agendas.

Adapted from the publication "Islam and the Charge of Violence" by Dr. Nazir Khan: https://bit.ly/2n1DuKF






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.







.....continued from last week's CCN.....




While there was a sense of resignation in the reporting of converts to Islam in England and the other colonies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Australian cases were closer to home and were presented with a little more fanfare.


Like the British media who remained relatively respectful of English converts, often made up of Victorian gentlemen, property owners, political elites or Britain’s gentry, the Australian media generally followed suit.


Some of the local converts, like T. M. Mitchell from Melbourne, were inspired and influenced by the Liverpool Muslim Institute and had access to Quilliam’s publications.


There was nothing like the Liverpool Muslim Institute in Australia.


In his correspondence with them, Mitchell described the Victorian Muslim community as “Indians, and very few of them can speak good English’ and while there were some meetings between them and Australian converts, ‘nothing particularly satisfactory has been done.”


Unlike the British Muslim community, which had a substantial educated class, Australia’s early Muslim settlers were largely illiterate and often led a nomadic lifestyle due to their work.


This did not stop converts like Mitchell from seeking to improve the image of Islam, and in doing so, create public awareness that would ease the burden of ignorance for the Australian Muslim community as a whole.







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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



‘SINGLE TOUCH PAYROLL (STP) - how this impacts you as either an employer or an employee

A brief outline compiled by Farida Lambat (BCom, FICB, BAS Agent)



STP is payroll reporting, by employers, to the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) when pays are processed. That is, when or before a person is paid a salary or wage the ATO is informed.

STP became mandatory for large employers (20+ employees) on 1 July 2018.

From 1 July 2019, STP extends to ALL employers.
Employers with 19 or less employees will need to start reporting between 1 July and 30 September 2019. If you are not ready to commence reporting by 30 September, you must apply for a deferral.

The focus of STP is reporting and providing transparency between employers, the ATO and employees. It is part of the Standard Business Reporting (SBR) approach to online or digital record-keeping to simplify business reporting obligations.  








Arab world turns its back on religion – and its ire on the US




Survey of 25,000 people in Middle East and North Africa



Trust in religious leaders decreased in each of the 11 states and territories surveyed bar Lebanon.

The Arab world is turning its back on religion and on US relations, according to the largest public opinion survey ever carried out in the region.

A survey of more than 25,000 people across 10 countries and the Palestinian territories found that trust in religious leaders has plummeted in recent years.

The study, compiled by BBC News Arabic and Arab Barometer, a Princeton University-based research network, also identified a marked rise in the proportion of people describing themselves as “not religious” – from 11% in 2012-2014 to 18% this year.

Just 12% of the countries surveyed – which included Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen – had a positive view of Donald Trump. More than twice as many (28%) felt positively towards Russia’s Vladimir Putin, while Turkey’s Recep Erdogan fared the best (51%).

At least 60% of respondents in eight of the 11 places surveyed said violence against the US was a logical consequence of interference in the region. The sentiment was most pronounced in Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen, where 75% or more of those surveyed were of this view.

Respondents also expressed concern over rising disquiet in their home countries: people in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Palestine and Sudan, said they felt they were sliding towards dictatorship. More than six in 10 Algerians, and four in 10 Sudanese, believe the last elections were not free and fair, the survey found.

Michael Robbins, the director of Arab Barometer, said the survey – which was conducted at random in private and face-to-face, and consisted largely of multiple-choice questions answered on a tablet – presented a number of significant findings.

“Most importantly, in the vast majority of countries surveyed, governments are not meeting the expectations of their citizens,” said Robbins.

“Often, trust in government tracks more closely with performance on providing security than on economic issues.”

Respondents expressed a change in attitudes over a number of other issues, from migration and mental health to women’s and LGBT rights.






A daughter's tribute to her father: Dr Sadeq Mustapha

By Naseema Mustapha





Born in 1940 raised in little African village near the border of South Africa and Botswana, he was sent to boarding school at the age of six, from that time onward his journey of education commenced and never ceased. He was blessed to be the first in his family to obtain tertiary education in Dublin Ireland where he graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1964 as a General Practitioner. He completed his medical internship in Detroit USA amongst the African American communities then returned to South Africa to work in a little town called Mafikeng where his surgery still stands.

In 1977 he migrated to Australia and did locum work amongst the Aboriginal community in the outskirts of Brisbane before starting his practice in Brisbane. He was the first non white doctor in the northern suburbs of Brisbane in private practice in 1978 and faced enormous opposition from patients and colleagues who were still overcoming the White Australia Policy which ended in 1974. The degree of animosity, envy and jealousy lead to the most enormous trial of his life which he lives with until today.

From the time he arrived into Australia he has been highly active in the Brisbane community including holding the position of Secretary at Holland Park Mosque, Founder of the Lutwyche Islamic Society, Founder of Queensland's first Mustim newspaper the Queensland Muslim Times. He continues to actively raise funds for local mosques and community initiatives and international charities on a daily basis. He is an active volunteer with the Leukaemia Foundation and Heart Foundation.

A participative and deeply loving father of four children, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren, role model father, son and husband to a marriage now celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

At the age of 65 he went back to University to study his Master of Public Health and inspired all his children to continue their pursuit of education.

I've learnt from him to embrace all people, to love humanity, to see My Creator through nature, to love Islam, to be forgiving, to show gratitude. The lessons he has taught me are immense.The trials he has suffered are immense and yet he smiles and is deeply forgiving.

A true humanitarian by heart and soul, he has always embraced other cultures, religions and races and embedded that philosophy in all of his children and grandchildren.

A Legend of a Man who has been trialled and suffered immense pain, yet smiles and embraces life with utmost positivity.

He is also my father, of which I am incredibly blessed and honoured.  





Fifty years after his imprisonment, the activist example of Imam Abdullah Haron lives on




Imam Abdullah Haron is known in South Africa as one of the most renowned martyrs of the anti-apartheid struggle. He is pictured here at a mosque library in 1967. (The Haron Foundation)

It was an anniversary that passed much of the world by. Last month marked the fiftieth anniversary of the arrest of a South African anti-apartheid activist who was reportedly killed, following months of torture, at the hands of the authorities. His name was Abdullah Haron, and he was a Muslim religious leader who left an indelible mark on South African Muslims.

Fifty years on, Haron remains something of an exemplary figure for Muslims of the West ― the symbol of the kind of activist that is making something of a comeback, particularly against the background of internecine strife within broader Muslim majority communities in the Arab world and the wider region. But Haron also occupies a contested position within the mainstream of the Sunni Muslim community ― a contestation that reared its head recently against Saudi Arabia.

Imam Abdullah Haron is known in South Africa as one of the most renowned martyrs of the anti-apartheid struggle. He died in 1969, at the age of 46. By that stage, he had already been recognised as an imam in his community for fourteen years ― appointed at the age of 32, he was one of the youngest imams of his time. He was a fairly traditional Sunni Muslim ― an adherent of what I would call ‘normative Sunnism’, which accepts the validity of the canonical schools of law, the primary theological approaches and Sufism. Haron had travelled to Mecca as a young man in order to study under the noted traditional scholar, Shaykh ‘Abdurahman al-‘Alawi al-Maliki. His studies were eventually interrupted by the Second World War and he had to depart Saudi Arabia, but the experience evidently left an indelible mark on him.


Though an imam, Haron was an activist through and thorough. He was a vocal opponent of apartheid. He engaged with the Coloured People’s Congress, the Non-European Unity Movement and the Teacher’s League, among other organisations. Thanks to the research of South African journalist Shafiq Morton, we also know he was deeply involved in inter-faith relations, women’s empowerment and the building and strengthening of civic institutions such as newspapers. He was also an internationalist figure, responsible for the distribution of millions of rand worth of assistance to political detainees through the International Defence and Aid Fund, which he arranged during his travels to Europe.

Little wonder, then, that South Africa regarded him as a significant political threat. On 28 May 1969, Haron was arrested as he prepared to attend celebrations marking the birth of the last Prophet of Islam ― Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif. His family never saw him again. During the 123 days that Haron was in prison, he was tortured with batons, electric shocks and needles stuck into his spine. He died of a heart attack on 27 September 1969, no doubt due to the trauma he experienced. During his funeral, the first earthquake to hit Cape Town in 160 years occurred; it was 6.3 on the Richter scale. The symbolism of this seismic event was not lost on the 30,000 people who attended his funeral procession.





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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


Islamic architecture is still intact inside the church (MEE/Marta Vidal)




Understanding Islamic, Jewish past

In 1496, King Manuel I of Portugal issued an edict expelling all Jews and Muslims from his kingdom. The coexistence and cooperation of al-Andalus seemed to be at an end.

Today, Muslims make up less than 0.5% of a population of nearly 11 million. For centuries, Portugal’s Islamic heritage was largely forgotten.

“During the dictatorship, the traces of Islamic history were erased,” says anthropologist Maria Cardeira da Silva, a professor at NOVA University Lisbon who is interested in Arabic and Islamic contexts.

The Christian nationalist dictatorship that ruled Portugal from 1933 to 1974 depicted Muslims, known as Moors, as the enemy. After the end of the dictatorship, a new interest in Portugal’s Andalus period helped re-evaluate the country’s Islamic past.




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Two swimming pools shut down in France after protesters swim   



FRANCE: The two municipal swimming pools in the southeast French city of Grenoble have been shut down, despite the current heatwave, after a row over the use of full-body Islamic burkini swimsuit, the local mayor said Wednesday.

On Sunday, and last month, Muslim women clad in burkinis went to swim in the pools at the initiative of the Alliance Citoyenne rights group, despite a municipal ban on the full-body swimwear.

The lifeguards at the pools asked for the shutdown because "they are there to maintain safety and they can't do that when they have to worry about the crowds," generated by the controversial swimsuits, the town hall said in a statement.

"We are working towards a positive solution" to the problem, it added.

The row is the latest in France over face- and body-covering garments worn by Muslim women, which many perceive as subjugating women in a country with strict laws on secularism.

France -- the country with Europe's largest Muslim population -- was the first European country to ban the full-veil in public spaces in 2011.

The European Court of Human Rights upheld the ban in 2014, rejecting arguments that outlawing full-face veils breached religious freedom.

Earlier this year French sports retailer Decathlon was forced to back down from a plan to sell a runner's hijab in France after coming under fire.

Far-right politicians expressed their opposition to the burkini on Monday the day after the event in Grenoble.

Seven burkini-clad women, accompanied by activists, went to the Grenoble pools on Sunday demanding the right to bathe despite the facility's rules. They said the ban was discrimination.

The women want the public pools, which currently require men to wear swim briefs and women to wear bikinis or one-piece swimsuits, to change their regulations to accommodate burkini wearers.

Local member of parliament Eric Ciotti, of the rightwing Republicans party, said on Twitter that the burkini "has no place in France where women are equal to men".

But the Alliance Citoyenne likened the women's action to that of US civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

The burkini was at the centre of a standoff in several French seaside towns three years ago -- some towns banned the garment, claiming it was a security threat, only to have the bans later overturned by a court.    



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Fierce debate as Modi government reintroduces Muslim ‘triple talaq’ divorce bill   


People shout slogans during a protest against the Indian cabinet's approval of instant Muslim divorce, or "triple talaq" making it a punishable offence, in Mumbai, India September 19, 2018.

INDIA: The party of Indian PM Narendra Modi faced tough opposition as it made another attempt to push through a bill that would criminalize divorcing a woman by saying the word ‘talaq’ three times.

The draft legislation, known as the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, was tabled by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a session of the new parliament on Friday as lawmakers gathered for the first time since the BJP party claimed a landslide victory in May’s general elections, winning 303 seats in the 545-member lower house.

“This is not a question of religion but about justice to women. This is a question of dignity of women and we are committed to protect it,” the minister said, as he threw his weight behind the contentious legislation.

The bill envisions a jail sentence of up to three years and a fine for men who divorce their wives by invoking an Islamic practice known as the ‘triple talaq,’ which has been outlawed in India since August.

Despite being confirmed as illegal by the Supreme Court, the ‘triple talaq’ has remained widely used, with Prasad reporting on Friday that over 200 cases have been registered since it was banned.

The motion to introduce the bill drew scathing criticism from the Indian National Congress and other opposition parties, but was passed with 187 votes against 74 in the lower house, with many MPs abstaining.

The vote was preceded by heated exchanges among members, with Congress MP Shashi Tharoor calling the bill “discriminatory.” The lawmaker argued that it “does nothing to protect Muslim women but punishes Muslim men.” Tharoor said that he believed the law to be one-sided, as it exclusively focuses on Muslim husbands “but exempts other men who desert their families without taking responsibility.”

Asaduddin Owaisi, leader of the All India Majlis Ittehad ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party, echoed the criticism and similarly denounced the bill as “discriminatory.”

“I would like to ask the government [why] they have all the love for Muslim women. Why don't they have the same sentiment for Hindu women of Kerala? Why are you against Sabrimala?” he said.

Owaisi argued that by jailing the men, the bill would only leave women penniless.

The husband will be three years in jail then who is going to pay for the maintenance? Are you going to give money for the maintenance? This is against rational nexus.

Modi’s party introduced the bill in December last year and it was passed by the lower chamber of the parliament, the Lok Sabha, but was met by fervent opposition in the Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber. However, the law has been enforced through two executive orders, in September last year and in February, while it awaits approval by the legislature.     



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Dalai Lama warns that the whole of Europe could become 'Muslim or African' if migrants are not returned to their home countries   


UK: The Dalai Lama has warned that Europe could become 'Muslim or African' if refugees who have been taken in are not then sent back to their home countries.

The Buddhist spiritual leader, who has been living as a refugee in India since fleeing Tibet in 1959, said only a 'limited number' of migrants should be allowed to remain.

During an interview with the BBC, the Dalai Lama added that refugees who have fled to Europe should be given skills before being returned.

He said Europe was under an obligation to take in those who needed help, but ultimately they should be returned to their homelands.

The 83-year-old said: 'European countries should take these refugees and give them education and training, and the aim is - return to their own land with certain skills.'

When asked what should happen to those who want to stay in their adopted countries, he replied: 'A limited number is OK. But the whole of Europe [will] eventually become Muslim country - impossible. Or African country, also impossible.'

The interviewer asked about his own refugee status, the Dalai Lama repeated his previous claims that 'Europe is for Europeans'.

He added: 'They themselves, I think [are] better in their own land. Better [to] keep Europe for Europeans.'

It is not the first time the monk has made such comments. In a speech last year in Malmo, Sweden, the Tibetan Buddhist said refugees should return to help rebuilt their own countries.

He said: 'Receive them [migrants], help them, educate them, but ultimately they should develop their own country. I think Europe belongs to the Europeans.'

Last September when he made a similar comments after being asked about refugees during his public talk in Rotterdam, the Dalai Lama issued a statement in response.

He said: 'When refugees from other countries have come to Europe, it's wonderful that Germany and other European countries have given them help.

'However, I think that most of those refugees think of their own lands as home, but just now there is lots of killing, bullying and suffering there.

'That's why they escaped. So, in the short term, European countries should provide them with shelter, and should particularly provide children with facilities for education and training, including mechanical training, for the young people.

'The aim is that they should eventually be able to return to rebuild their own countries. That has been my view right from the beginning.      



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Sumayyah working with prisoners   



Andrew at HMP High Down discusses how barber training has made a real difference to his future prospects. He also shares a story of how a prison officer helped him when it really mattered.

UK: Sumayyah graduated from University College London in Psychology in 2016 and instead of joining her friends in high-powered careers in Legal, Finance or Law she decided to work with one of the most neglected sections of society...prisoners.

She is on the first cohort of a scheme called Unlocked Graduates where top UK graduates are placed on the front line as prison officers. They are also funded for a Masters degree and a chance to write a policy paper based on their front-line experiences.

Sumayyah is the first officer to wear a headscarf in her prison and hopes to inspire more diversity in a space where Muslim prisoners are disproportionately represented and lack role models they can relate to.

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The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad



 Lesley Hazleton



The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited—and remade.

Muhammad’s was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known.


In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality.

Hazleton’s account follows the arc of Muhammad’s rise from powerlessness to power, from anonymity to renown, from insignificance to lasting significance. How did a child shunted to the margins end up revolutionizing his world? How did a merchant come to challenge the established order with a new vision of social justice? How did the pariah hounded out of Mecca turn exile into a new and victorious beginning? How did the outsider become the ultimate insider?

Impeccably researched and thrillingly readable, Hazleton’s narrative creates vivid insight into a man navigating between idealism and pragmatism, faith and politics, nonviolence and violence, rejection and acclaim. The First Muslim illuminates not only an immensely significant figure but his lastingly relevant legacy.



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to admin@ccnonline.com.au

CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: The texture of this refreshing and east to make dessert is something you will love and make you want to go for seconds.


Guava Desert







1 pkt strawberry jelly
250ml sour cream
250 ml fresh cream
1 tin canned guava, liquidized and strained
½ can condensed milk

Dissolve strawberry jelly in one cup of boiling water and set aside.
Liquidize all the remaining ingredients together and fold into the jelly until its well mixed.
Pour into your serving bowl and refrigerate
Decorate with cream, sliced strawberries and flaked almonds. 



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Send in your favourite recipe to me at admin@ccnonline.com.au and be my "guest chef" for the week.




Baba's Halal Kitchen


(Hussain Baba is the host and chef of *BABA’S HALAL KITCHEN*, a show where he uses his own unique style to cook 'Quick, Easy and Delicious' dishes.)


COOKING Chinese style Egg & Tomato Dish with Rice





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Keeping Fit with Kareema





After some drug-free pain relief?

• Stay active
• Try gentle daily stretching / walking
• Follow a healthy diet
• Get enough sleep – aim for 8 hours per night
• Pace your activities throughout the day
• Try getting massage
• Try to relax





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


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Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
Is Money Ruining Your Marriage?

Let’s get one thing straight...Money was created by humans, not ALLAH. Another truth...the lack of money or the abundance of it has absolutely NO connection to your peace of mind or your spiritual growth. So why is money one of the most common reasons for marital problems?

Your argument, like most of my clients’, may be: But it costs money to do everything and to have a good life. My answer to that is: If you are depending on money to bring you joy, you are living in a deceitful illusion. If your marriage lacks joy and soulful companionship, it has nothing to do with your bank balance but everything to do with your mindset.

See if you identify with one or more of the following issues in your own marriage. Often the problem involving money and marriage revolve around these:

• Couples feeling they don’t have enough money
• Couples accusing each other of making poor decisions regarding money
• Cultural paradigm that dictates that husband must earn more than wife
• Cultural and modern western paradigms that dictate that a wife who earns can spend her money however she wants, but a husband’s earnings must be spent for the welfare of the whole family
• Cultural paradigm that dictates that your self-worth is determined by the number of material possessions you accumulate (house, car, luxury brands etc.)

The crucial thing to ask on a daily basis is do you want more money or a joyful marriage? When there are arguments in your marriage relating to money, negativity spreads to all areas of your life and soon you begin to notice that the so-called money problems are getting worse.

Understand that arguments are not resolving your money problems but actually aggravating them and ruining your marital peace and harmony.

How To Tackle Money-Arguments In Your Marriage

1. Muslims know and firmly believe that rizq, sustenance, comes ONLY from ALLAH. Remind each other of this utmost truth and help each other in submitting to this truth.

2. Have a weekly sit-down meeting to discuss and plan the household budget. Focus on joy and harmony, not just money. Need and greed are two different things. Whatever you need, ALLAH provides. Greed may lead to engaging in riba. Riba is prohibited in Islam.

3. Give daily or weekly sadaqa from the money you have. Even if it is $1. The more you give the more ALLAH gives you.

4. If you feel anger or frustration building up within you regarding money, voice your concerns to your spouse without displaying aggression. Tell your spouse that you are feeling anxious about your finances. Voicing your concerns makes it easier to discuss solutions.

5. Do not bring up the past. Everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps one of you took a poor decision with money. It’s not the end of the world. Everything can be repaired with love, care and support. Support each other to repair what went wrong.

6. Remember that there is a difference between money problems and addictive behaviours. If either or both of you are always spending money on buying material things and filling the house with “stuff”, this indicates that there is a need for deeper self-reflection to address issues such as self-worth. People often buy things because they feel they are not good enough or that they must keep up with others in their friends or relatives circle. Will Smith, a wealthy and well-known Hollywood actor once said, “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” Recognise this addictive behaviour to ‘buy and please” and seek professional help to overcome this addiction. (Email me if you feel I could be of service)

7. Find at least ten things everyday to be grateful for and tell ALLAH how thankful you are for the blessings in your life. Once you list ten things, add five more for good measure :) Do this daily. Being in the practice of gratitude increases barakah in your home.

8. Remember that your marriage is sacred...money is not. If all the money in the world were to disappear right this moment, your marriage will still survive, provided you connect with ALLAH and understand that obsessing over money comes from fear. Fear leads to shaitaan. Replace fear with faith. Faith leads to ALLAH.  

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The CCN Chuckle





Habibullah was a jobless man when he applied for the position of ‘Office Boy’ at a very large company.

The employer interviewed him, and then made him sweep the floor as a test of his abilities.

“You are hired,” the employer said. “Give me your email address, and I’ll send you the application to fill, as well as when you will start.”

Habibullah replied, “I don’t have a computer, nor an email.”

“I’m sorry,” said the employer, “if you don’t have an email that means you do not exist. And who doesn’t exist, cannot have the job.”

Habibullah left dejected and with no hope. He didn’t know what to do, with only $10 USD in his pocket.

He then decided to go to the supermarket, bought a 10kg tomato crate, then sold the tomatoes door to door. In less than two hours, he succeeded in doubling his capital.

He repeated the operation 3 times and returned home with $60 USD.
Habibullah realized that he could survive by doing this, and started to go everyday earlier, and returned late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled everyday. Shortly later, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.

Five years later,
Habibullah’s company was one of the biggest food retailers. He started to plan his family’s future, and decided to take out a life insurance.

He called an insurance broker and chose a protection plan. When the conversation was concluded, the broker asked him for his email address.
Habibullah replied: “I don’t have an email.”

The broker was taken aback, “You don’t have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an empire. Do you imagine what you could have done if you had an email?”

Habibullah paused for a while, and replied: “An office boy!”

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An Ayaat-a-Week






On the Day that the Hour [of reckoning] will be established, the transgressors will swear that they did not tarry but an hour: thus were they used to being deluded!


~ Surah Ar-Rum 30:55


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“Death is not the greatest loss in life.

The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive.

Never surrender.”



~ Tupac Shakur



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


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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 pleasing to Allah, and truer 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.

Dates: Sunday 30th June 2-5pm
Venue: St Andrews Anglican church, 160 Vulture St, South Brisbane. RSVP






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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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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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




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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
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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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

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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

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Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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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

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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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