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Sunday 7 July 2019 | Issue 0765



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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On Saturday 22 June, RAL (Refugee Association of Logan) hosted a Refugee Week barbeque picnic, along with the Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA), at Karawatha Forest Discovery Park.


The picnic was attended by over 200 individuals and families from migrant and refugee background.


Attendees enjoyed the food, cultural music and dancing, as well face-painting for the young ones.



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Imam Akram Buksh lead a group of young men to the town of Marree 700kms from Adelaide and the site of the first Mosque in Australia built over 150 years ago by Afghan cameleers


Imam Akram led the Fajar prayer at the very spot where the Mosque was first established.


Reflecting on the experience, Imam Akram said, "It is amazing to find out how long Islam has been in Australia. If it had not been for the Afghan Cameleers and their contribution to Australia this country might have been a very different place. It is sad that this strong Islamic heritage has been so underplayed in Australian history and it is therefore important that we make Dawah about our Islamic heritage in Australia."






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AIIC Community Forum







Dr Mustafa Ally delivered the keynote address at the Australian International Islamic College Community Forum held at the Durack campus yesterday (Saturday). Dr Ally spoke on the future of education in the light of new models of learning and teaching, and the skills needed to survive in a world in which robots will replace humans at many current tasks.


The community leaders present at the college's annual event also got to learn about the school's future development plans and the implications of the newly introduced ATAR grading system.


The forum was topped off with a delicious lunch in the main hall.


A similar forum will be held today (Sunday) at the school's Carrara campus on the Gold Coast.




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Retiring Queensland Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart, alongside his portrait, with Hajji Sultan Deen and Janeth Deen


Members of the Muslim community were amongst the 570 people who attended the farewell party of retiring Police Commissioner Ian Stewart held on the Members' Green at Parliament House on Friday night.


Other dignitaries included Consuls, faith leaders, police personnel, multicultural leaders, parliamentarians, ASIO staff, lawyers and others who came to acknowledge the work of the police chief.


The Commissioner was also joined by his wife Carol, his children and nine siblings. Ex-Commissioner Bob Atkinson and the new incumbent Commissioner Katarina Carroll were also present.

Songs and Music were performed by a voluntary police group and a guest book with photos of his forty six year police service was also on the table for guests to sign.

Janeth Deen presented Ian Stewart with a gift from the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) and Yasmin Khan handed him a plaque from Eidfest Services.

"It was a fitting farewell for a great supporter of the Muslim community and a dedicated police officer who served a forty year period with distinction," Janeth Deen told Crescents Community News (CCN)..



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55th AFIC Congress






The 55th Annual Congress Dinner of Muslims Australia AFIC was held on Saturday 22 June at the Stamford Hotel Sydney Airport.


It was attended by leading religious and community leaders, scholars, members of Parliament, Mayors, diplomats and prominent personalities from all over Australia.











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Women Acknowledging Women have nominated Naseema Mustapha for a 2019 award.


The award acknowledges "amazing Australian Muslim women who go unnoticed in their contributions and effort".



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Labor MP Ed Husic meets Farid Ahmed, whose wife Husna was murdered in the Christchurch attacks. Ahmed survived the attack at the Al Noor mosque.


Politics is all too often about the negative but on Tuesday, the first Muslim elected to Parliament, Labor's Ed Husic, will be carrying with him a message of forgiveness - the Koran belonging to Farid Ahmed, one of the survivors of the Christchurch massacre.

It is the fourth time Husic will be sworn in as the Member for Chifley and his most poignant, with the symbolism stretching between two countries so close they are more family than neighbours.

"The reason I asked for Farid's permission to do this is because of what it will do - in its own small way - to reinforce the bonds between our countries based on a shared and steadfast commitment to unite in the face of those who want to split us apart," he said.

Mr Husic had dinner with Mr Ahmed at his house in Christchurch last week, after visiting the Linwood Islamic Centre and the Al Noor Mosque where, in March, an Australian born far-right extremist allegedly unloaded his hate and massacred 51 people - among them, Farid's 44-year old wife Husna.

When the attacks started, Husna helped women and children to safety. When she returned to the Al Noor mosque to try to help her husband who uses a wheelchair escape, she was shot in the back and killed.

Farid survived but bears no grudge. He told Mr Husic that he wants to travel to Australia and meet the family of the shooter to urge them that they should not bear any guilt or feel responsible for the atrocity. Mr Ahmed has previously also expressed this desire to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Over dinner, he also thanked the Australians who have expressed their sorrow and support, including a letter from students at St John the Evangelist High School in Nowra. Mr Husic plans to visit the school to personally convey Farid's thanks and his message of forgiveness.

Mr Husic said his time spent with Farid had been an "incredible moment in my life" and one "I was grateful to experience" and had asked if he could use Farid's Koran for Tuesday's swearing in of Parliament.

He said he had joined the locals who were "in awe" of Farid's ability to forgive.

"After the extraordinary pain of losing his wife in the way he did, it would've been easy to expect someone in Farid's position to be overrun by anger and bitterness," he said.

"But he did something that took enormous inner strength: he turned his back on hate, urged forgiveness and committed himself to doing whatever he can to build stronger communities across faiths.

"I think we can all proudly stand with that spirit and purpose, it's why I was so grateful for his blessing to use a copy of the Ahmeds' Holy Koran for my swearing in."

"Spending time with Farid, being able to see first-hand his determination to stop hate dividing people, is something that will stay with me forever.

The Sydney Morning Herald



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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 international diffusion of the Liverpool institute’s proselytising, as well as exposure to eastern Islamic countries through the world wars, saw an increase in Australian converts to Islam and their prominence in Australia’s media.


Unlike the ‘coloured’ Muslims who were discriminated against for their faith and colour, White converts were afforded an elevated status.


Interestingly, a number of them came from religiously conservative backgrounds as was the case with the ‘Blue-Eyed Sheikh’ John Alexander Grafton, who was “reared in the Presbyterian faith” but “embraced Mohammedanism.”


Sheikh Abdullah, as he became known, appears to have been interviewed in his home, which is described as being “simply furnished” with a “vase of Christmas bush” on his “Mohammedan dining table.”


His wife was a “staunch Christian” and, at 14, he went to the Royal Observatory for training “to be a minister of the Presbyterian Church.


The documentation of Grafton’s story through a series of articles published in Australian papers is significant for several reasons.


Following the publication of the 1 January interview, a brief piece appeared stating “the imminent announcement of this well-known divine’s conversion will cause a sensation in the Church” and local Muslims were keeping this “prospective conversion a closely guarded secret."


It went on to state “members of the newly-established Islamic Society in Sydney” had a “big place” for him in their community and he would occupy a “front-rank position.”


In the earlier publication he confirms he was made “leader of the Mohammedans of New South Wales,” and there were “3,000 or 4,000 of them, and they chose me as Sheikh, which means leader or teacher.”


What is particularly interesting is, in the interview, he makes it quite clear that, when he came to Australia in 1901, he was already “a firm Mohammedan.”







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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Rupert Murdoch's Islamophobic media empire

By CJ Werleman




A new study of six Murdoch-owned newspapers in Australia reveals that on average eight negative stories appeared about Islam or Muslims per day - and that's just a tiny fraction of the billionaire's global media empire.

“Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible,” media mogul and Australian born billionaire Rupert Murdoch tweeted in 2015.

If one sentence, from just one individual, could encapsulate why and how right-wing terrorism has replaced “jihadist” violence as the Western world’s number one security threat, then this passage from the man who has absolute control over how a majority of Australians, British, and Americans are fed their daily news, is it.

It’s highly likely that when future historians publish their books about the demise of democracy at the hands of authoritarianism and violent sub-national groups, there’ll be a photo of Murdoch looking over the ashes of the Western democratic civilisation we knew in the years spanning the end of the Cold War and start of the “War on Terror.”

Whereas Francis Fukuyama heralded the West’s triumph over Communism in 1991 as the “End of History,” suggesting liberal democracy would ultimately become the exclusive form of governance throughout the world, the Murdoch media empire’s ubiquitous and round-the-clock dissemination of racist, nativist, hyper-nationalist, conspiratorial and counter-factual propaganda and misinformation threatens the foundations of democracy.

There’s no Brexit vote without Murdoch. There’s no Trump without Murdoch. Australia wouldn’t have had an absurd total of 7 prime ministers in 10 years without Murdoch, and the killer of 51 Muslims in New Zealand would have had less inspiration without Murdoch owned media outlets. These outlets have sought to profit from promoting hate and fear of Islam and Muslims.

A newly published discursive analysis of six Murdoch owned newspapers in Australia, which include The Australian, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail, and Adelaide Advertiser, accounting for a lion share of the country’s print journalism landscape, found 2,891 negative stories about Islam and Muslims in a single 12 month period (2017), which represents 8 stories per day.

Negative stories about Muslims and Islam were carried on the front pages of 152 daily editions, with six of the “most controversial commentators in the Australian news media” dedicating nearly one-third of their opinion articles to smearing Muslims and their religious faith.

“In every statistic we found, from negative coverage to front-page features to audience write-ins, we came to the same conclusion: the way the media talks about Islam in Australia is disproportionate, divisive, and dangerous,” observe the authors of the report, adding that with “incendiary front-pages…about government and police policy regarding terrorism, a casual observer would not be faulted for thinking that Australia was actively engaged in daily combat on its streets.”

The question must then be asked, is it any wonder the Christchurch mosque terrorist came to view the world, or Australia, as locked in a violent battle against Muslims he deemed “invaders,” and a threat to Australia’s identity, one that had to be reckoned with?

After all, Andrew Bolt, a columnist for the Herald Sun, published a piece titled “The Foreign Invasion,” which accused non-white immigrants, particularly Muslims, of stealing “our identity,” and in another he said “who could blame anti-Muslim vigilantes” if they take up guns against law-abiding Muslims in response to “Islamic” terrorist attacks.

Now given Murdoch owned newspapers account for 59 percent of all daily newspaper sales in Australia, selling a total of 17.3 million newspapers per week, it becomes clear why a slight majority of Australians hold negative views about Muslims, with a plurality supporting a permanent ban on Muslim immigrants, alongside a growing number that espouse the same kind of far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslims views as the terrorist who carried out the attack in Christchurch.

If Murdoch's media houses are growing a chorus of those who hate and fear Muslims in Australia—who express their animus mostly online or in the quiet confines of friendly company—then he’s fueling the ideology for an army of far-right thugs who openly and regularly take to the streets to carry out acts of intimidation and terror against Muslims in Britain’s streets.

Murdoch’s British tabloid newspapers are arguably even more vicious than their Australian counterparts, taking every opportunity to cloak any story involving a Muslim with negative stereotypes, often portraying him/her as backwards or barbaric, while also making every effort to tie Islam to terrorism or criminal behaviour.

“One in Five British Muslims Sympathize for Jihadis,” read the headline to the front page of the Murdoch owned newspaper The Sun on 23rd November 2015, which claimed 20 percent of Muslims in the UK supported those who had joined the terror group ISIS (Daesh).

The problem? The headline was determined by the media watchdog Independent Press Standards Organization (IPSO) to be completely misleading, while another that falsely tied Muslims to terrorism, including “Muslims Silent on Terror,” have been refuted by UK counterterrorism officials, while others such as, “Muslims Tell British: Go to Hell,” and “Muslim Schools Ban Our Culture,” and “Britain Goes Halal,” are commonplace.

The story has since then been deleted from The Sun - but the damage had already been done.

It’s little wonder then that polls reveal more than 50 percent of Brits perceive Islam to be a threat to British values. It follows then that there's been a double-digit year-on-year increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the UK, not forgetting the 2017 attack on Finsbury Park mosque by a right-wing extremist who had been radicalised within a month of consuming right-wing, anti-Muslim propaganda.

As for Murdoch’s cable TV channel in the United States - Fox News - one could dedicate an entire book to how the right-wing network has contributed to radicalising Americans into carrying out acts of anti-Muslim terrorism.

The Guardian produced a documentary titled “White Fright,” which narrates a foiled right-wing plot to carry out what would’ve been the largest terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11 in the predominately Muslim village of Islamberg in upstate New York.

During his trial, jurors heard how the leader of the plot, Robert Doggart, a Tennessee minister, and his co-conspirators, had been radicalised into orchestrating the terrorist plot by segments they had watched on Fox News that falsely claimed the village was a “terrorist training camp.”

Sowing hate and fear not only radicalises white men into carrying out acts of terrorism, but also undermines our best weapon against terrorism – social cohesion, and without the glue that keeps our “imagined communities” together, democracy is unable to thrive and prevail.

Furthermore, a healthy and thriving democracy is dependent upon informed voters. If the public is fed misinformation and disinformation, they’ll make choices that run counter to both their personal needs and that of the country. With that said, a 2016 scientific study found that Fox News’ viewers are less informed about current events than those who watch no news at all.

So, this is where we find ourselves today: Murdoch news media is making us ever more violent and less informed about the world around us.

RIP Democracy.

You had a good run.








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.








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 would be a mistake, however, to think that the mainstream Muslim community of South Africa shared Abdullah Haron’s commitment to activism. And, in this regard, there are interesting parallels with the contemporary world. In South Africa, there were traditional Muslim authorities and figures that preferred a more quietist approach ― they too loathed the system of apartheid, but deciding that to oppose it might bring about more harm than good as a result of the instability that might take place. There were others that made apologies for it. Perhaps Haron might have been sympathetic to the first group, even if they weren’t activists such as he, but certainly not the latter.

That same kind of tripartite division among traditional, mainstream Muslim figures exists in Western Muslim communities today. Within Muslim majority communities, there have always been ‘activist’ types ― one can think of historical figures such as Omar al-Mukhtar and the Sanusis of Libya, for example. In more recent times, many of the traditional religious scholars of Syria, who supported the Syrian revolutionary uprising, or the likes of Shaykh Emad Effat of Egypt, who was killed in late 2011 during a protest against the military authorities. There have also been quietists, who prefer to avoid making political statements, concerned that involvement in that regard might bring about more, not less, strife. And then there are others who have been active supporters of oppressive regimes ― again, using the argument from stability, but actively backing autocrats and dictators as a consequence.

But in the West, at least, there has been less focus on activism among traditional, mainstream Sunni Muslim scholars. When political activism has taken place, it has more often than not been the domain of Muslims who are distant from that traditional setup ― sympathetic to different types of Salafism or trending towards the Muslim Brotherhood. When it comes to mainstream authorities in the West, it is rare to see that same kind of political stance in support of social and political justice issues being actively pursued. Silence is more the norm.






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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


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




The shared Mediterranean

“The archaeological work done in Mertola challenged the idea that the Muslim was the 'other'. It showed us that our history is made of different layers that are interconnected. And that the Islamic layer is part of us, it’s included in our identity,” says Cardeira da Silva.

The pioneering work of archaeologist Claudio Torres helped debunk the myths of the Arab Muslim invader historically depicted as the enemy.

The research led by Torres at the Archaeological Field of Mertola emphasised continuity across the Mediterranean. Torres suggested that, contrary to widely held belief, Islam arrived gradually in Portugal through trade, and was not imposed in the battles documented by historians.

“Archaeology helps us focus on the continuities, on the contact and interaction between people on both shores of the Mediterranean,” says archaeologist Virgilio Lopes, who has been working in Mertola for the past 30 years.

Archaeologists in Mertola believe that Islam spread across the south of Portugal through its ports and that it expanded rapidly because of conversions and not as a result of violent conquest.

The theory that Islam came through trade and conversions, and the archaeological work that focused on continuities across the Mediterranean helped question the dominant nationalist historiography that depicted Muslims as the “other”.

“Archaeology shows us that the other is closer to us than we thought,” says Lopes. “We have a common past and a lot of cultural similarities. We are closer to northern Africa than we are to northern Europe,” he argues.




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Meet Saudi Arabia’s first female commercial pilot   


Despite various barriers Yasmin Al Maimani defied the odds and achieved her dream to fly

SAUDI ARABIA: It was a bright and sunny morning on June 9 when Saudi Arabia’s first female commercial pilot, Yasmin Al Maimani, embarked on her national debut flight from Hail to Qassim, soaring high through the Arabian sky.

“The moment I sat in the cockpit to fly I realised that dreams do come true. I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes as memories of years of struggle flashed through my mind,” Al Maimani said.

The 29-year-old Jeddah-based pilot told Gulf News that she believes in Saudi Arabia will have more female pilots in the next few years.

“I’m proud that I’m the inspiration.”

As a child, Al Maimani loved traveling and exploring different cultures.

“As time passed I saw myself as a pilot. I would wear a jacket and cap and pretend I was a pilot while looking at myself in the mirror.”

Al Maimani had excellent grades throughout her academic career, receiving full scholarships in medicine from various good universities in Jeddah.

“I should’ve been happy but I was not. What I really wanted to do was fly but I wasn’t sure if my family could afford it.”

Pilot school and training is usually very costly.

Supportive father
One day she decided to tell her father about her aspirations. Even though it was an unconventional career choice for a woman, he immediately supported her.

He even went so far to take her to Jordan where he enrolled her in pilot school.

“I thought he would just make me see the airplanes there and then bring me back home. But, I was surprised and amazed when he got me admitted there,” she said.

In 2009-10, Al Maimani received her first private pilot’s license from the Royal Jordan Air Academy.

Financial strain
However, she didn’t continue with her other licenses because her piloting education was putting a financial and emotional strain on the family.

She also faced a lot of sexism from her classmates, as she was the only female trainee in her class.

“I felt like an empty person when I returned home,” she said.

However, Al Maimani could not stay away from planes.

She soon got a job as an assistant for a chief pilot in a reputable airline company.

“While working with pilots everyday I took it as a sign that I should also be flying and not just doing paperwork for other pilots,” she said.

She began searching for scholarships and finally received a partial scholarship from Aerosim, an aviation academy in Florida.

In 2013, after a year of rigorous training, Al Maimani returned to Jeddah with commercial pilot and instrument weighting licenses.



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Tory Leadership: Almost Half Of Conservative Party Members Don't Want Muslim PM – Poll   


And fewer than one-in-10 members would be proud of Britain if the country elected a Muslim leader, Hope Not Hate study found.


Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who is of Muslim heritage, used a live TV debate to encourage an inquiry into alleged Islamophobia within the Tory party.

UK: A poll of Conservative Party members has shown almost half do not want a Muslim prime minister.

Some 43% of card-carrying Tories agreed with the statement: “I would prefer to not have the country led by a Muslim”, the survey by YouGov found.

The same study found 45% believe there are “areas in Britain in which non-Muslims are not able to enter” and 67% believe there are areas “that operate under Sharia law”.

Hope Not Hate, the anti-racist campaign group which commissioned the research, described these as “lies” and “Islamophobic myths”.

The poll of 864 party members, carried out this month, also showed just 8% would be “proud of Britain if we were to elect a Muslim as our prime minister”.

It came as Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who is of Muslim heritage, used a live TV debate to encourage all his fellow leadership contenders to hold an inquiry into alleged Islamophobia within the party.

Both Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, who are now in the final race to become PM, agreed to Javid’s suggestion.

His call follows a series of expulsions and investigations by Tory chiefs into allegations of anti-Muslim comments by party activists and Conservative councillors.

Yet the latest survey found 79% of members do not believe the party has an Islamophobia problem.

And only 15% of members believed the party should be doing more to combat any Islamophobia or other racism within it.     

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: ………for those cold winter evenings.


Spiced Butternut Soup




2 cups butternut, peeled and cubed
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup cubed chicken fillets
¼  cup pasta (alphabets, stars or rice noodles)
1.5 litres boiling water
1 tablespoon butter
125ml fresh cream or coconut cream
1 green chilli, sliced
Chopped spring onions, to garnish
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled, grated
½ teaspoon cumin seeds

1. Cook butternut in ½ cup water until soft. Puree with remaining ½ half cup of water and set aside.
2. Braise green chilli, garlic and cumin in butter. Add chicken, pepper and salt and cook until chicken is tender.
3. Add carrots, butternut and boiling water and allow the soup to simmer for approximately 10 mins. Lastly add pasta and simmer further until pasta is done.
4. Stir in cream and heat through.
5. Garnish with chopped spring onions and chilly flakes.
6. Serve hot with croutons.



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Keeping Fit with Kareema






Move for a healthier mind and stronger bones.


Not only is a sedentary lifestyle bad for our physical health, it can also affect the brain.

Studies found that moderate-intensity morning exercise plus short bursts of walking throughout the rest of the day boosted short-term memory and concentration.


It also had a positive impact on decision making, so keep on
moving – step it up every day, no matter the season.

It keeps the brain healthy and the bones strong.






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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



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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:
The Art Of Saying Sorry

I often got into trouble when I was a little girl, all feisty and opinionated. Mother used to reprimand me with tight slaps. Dad, on the other hand, used to ask me to say sorry. I grew up saying “sorry” many times and soon it became a habit. Soon, I was saying sorry for things that weren’t even my fault. Worst part about saying sorry out of habit was that I no longer attached meaning and value to my apology. It became a word which was convenient to use when trying to justify my behaviours.

Upon reflection, much later in life, I became aware of my habit of saying meaningless sorrys to people and never really admitting responsibility for my actions. I dug deeper into my behaviour patterns and discovered that I actually was never taught the meaning of the word sorry and why it needed to be said. For years I believed in the misconception that when I’m bad, I can turn it into good by saying sorry.

And then one day, during my self-reflection, it dawned on me that it’s not about me being good or bad. It’s about the undeniable truth that my actions, my words, my behaviours have actually caused hurt to another human being. Acknowledging that hurt and feeling genuine remorse is the only way to say sorry.

Saying sorry is actually about SEEKING FORGIVENESS.
Saying sorry is NOT ABOUT JUSTIFYING your actions.
Saying sorry is about forgiving yourself and seeking forgiveness from the one who was hurt by your words, actions and behaviours.

Have you ever received an apology which seemed more like a slap on the face than an actual sincere apology? Where you felt more hurt than when the person initially hurt you?
Have you ever said sorry to another and not really meant it?

Try practising the following steps to ensure that you are mindfully saying sorry and sincerely seeking forgiveness.

Seeking Forgiveness
1. Before approaching the person, pray your salah and ask ALLAH to give you clarity of speech and help you express a sincere apology. Ask ALLAH to help the other person with the act of forgiving you.
2. Express genuine remorse when you are talking to the person. A good way to start would be to say something along the lines of : I am genuinely sorry for causing you hurt. I feel terrible about it. I seek your forgiveness. I promise to be mindful to never repeat this behaviour again, In Shaa ALLAH. Please forgive me.
3. Wait for the person to process your words. Even if there is silence, remain calm. The person may need time to think about your apology. He/she has a right to take this time. Do not pressure him/her to respond immediately. Respect their silence.
4. Tell the person that you respect the time needed to think about this. Leave the room to show that you genuinely respect the person’s space during this time.
5. Sit somewhere in silence and make duaa and dhikr, express gratitude to ALLAH for giving you this opportunity to express your remorse. Ask ALLAH to forgive you for causing hurt to another.  

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The CCN Chuckle





Young Habibullah's mother taught for 11 years at a day-care centre.


One winter afternoon she was trying to show Habibullah how to zip up his coat.


"The secret," his Mom said, "is to get this piece of the zipper to fit in the other side before you try to zip it up."



After struggling with the zipper for several minutes, Habibullah sighed and said, "Why does it have to be a secret?"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! Guard your own souls: if you follow [right] guidance, no hurt can come to you from those who stray. the goal of you all is to Allah: it is He that will show you the truth of all that you do.


~ Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:105


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~ Anon



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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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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



Family Fun Day


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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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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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
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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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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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