EST. 2004


Sunday 14 July 2019 | Issue 0766



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At the annual Rotary Club of Archerfield changing of the guards, Haji Sultan Deen was installed as the President, his 4th stint as the club's leader in his over 30 years of service to the organization.


Many members of the Brisbane Muslim community were recognized for their contributions to the community and, in particular, for their efforts in supporting the Queensland Drought Appeal by way of hay deliveries and monetary donations.


In addition to members of the Deen Family, Dr Mustafa Ally (Crescents Community News), Riyaad Ally (Muslim Aid Australia), Mr Ismail Cajee (Islamic Council of QLD) and Mr Yusuf Khatree (Muslim Charitable Foundation) were acknowledged on the night with Rotary contributing 40 polio vaccines for each recipient of an award.


Mustafa Deen of MACTRANS was made a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his business's contribution to Rotary's causes.






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Members of the Queensland Faith Communities Council visited the Rochedale Mosque to gain some understanding of Muslim religious practices and an insight and better understanding of the Islamic way of life.

Resident Imam of the Mosque, Sifet Omerovic arranged for Dr Adis Duderija of Griffith University to present a talk and answer questions raised by the visitors. Dr Duderija teaches and researches on progressive Islam, salafism, Islam and gender, western Muslims' identity construction and inter-faith dialogue.

Dr Sadeq Mustapha also address the audience on spiritual values and Faisal Essof handed out a booklet he complied on the Islamic religion and each one was also given an MCF magazine.

The group have also visited the Quaker church and the Hari Krishna temple and have planned visits to other religious places of worship.

They appeared to enjoy their visit a great deal: "It was a pleasure to visit such a beautifully kept mosque and receive such a welcoming reception from Imam Sifet."






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Dr Mustafa Ally shares his experiences in online teaching and learning wit the Alims.



The Brisbane-based Academy Alliance plans to offer linguistic study of the Quran online starting in 2020.


Led by Imam Ikram Buksh out of Slacks Creek Mosque, this initiative will be run by young Alims who currently teach some 60 students in daily face-to-face classes.


Academy Alive will soon be embarking on a promotional Queensland regional tour. If you would like the team to visit your town or city message them from their Facebook Page.





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By Farah Scott    



For the past six months, the Hurricane Stars Club has been developing a workshop series with a local computer gaming expert, Dr Tania McMahon.


The workshops were developed as a result of constant feedback from parents about their concerns over the amount of time their children spent on electronic devices, either playing games, watching videos or on social media. Parents did not know how to break the bad habits their children were developing, while at the same time, it was apparent that their children did not listen to them about the dangers of too much screen time.

The Hurricane Stars Club team felt the best way to tackle this growing problem in society was to develop two-prong approach, one aimed at parents and the other at the children themselves.


This was developed into a workshop firstly for parents to advise them how to change both their own and their children’s behaviours regarding usage of screen time.


The second workshop especially for children was presented in a fun and interactive manner, so as it does not become just a boring lecture and so that they can understand better the important concepts being presented.


The workshops were a great success with around 100 parents and children attending both workshops. The workshops were held at the Hurricane Stars Club Centre in Logan Central and the venue was stretched beyond its capacity to fit in all the attendees.


Every kind of chair in the office was used; while some parents had to stand along the back wall and some children had to sit on the floor to be able to all fit in and listen to the workshop.


The presenter, Dr Tania McMahon was very happy with the amazing turn out and all the positive feedback she received for her presentation from all those who attended.


After the workshops, the Hurricane Stars Club provided afternoon tea for the attendees to allow them to socialise and discuss the workshop amongst themselves and talk to the presenter.


Hurricane Stars Club is very grateful to the Islamic Council of Queensland for their support of the workshops and Zapparas Lawyers for their sponsorship of the workshops.

Other school holiday activities
The Hurricane Stars Club also hosted a number of other school holiday activities. We had a make your own herb garden activity, in which the children planted three different herbs in specially -made pots which they could bring home to grow their own herbs. We are grateful to Muslim Aid for donating the seedlings and pots for this activity.

For the teen boys, we organised the program Boys Day Out ! with Male adult volunteers sacrificing their time to mentor and guide the boys in a fun day at the Daisy Hills Conservation Park. More than 18 boys participated in a walk, visited the Koala Conservation Centre, played games, listened to motivational talk as well as had a BBQ picnic.

We then had a sewing class for teen / tween girls where they made their own beautiful pencil cases, guided by a sister who is passionate about sewing . This activity not only introduced the art of sewing but also helped the girls to learn perseverance and patience. We are thankful for the beautiful fabrics used that were donated by a lovely sister in the community.

This School Holidays was also an opportunity for the Hurricane Stars Club to join the Logan City Council’s Krank school holidays program as a provider.


This school holidays we hosted a successful Soccer Workshop for girls and Alhamdillah the program was a resounding success. More than 15 girls enjoyed the Soccer Workshop that was held at the Multicultural Sports Club in Kingston and they are looking forward to joining our free weekly girls soccer training every Tuesday afternoon at Gould Adams Park as part of the Live Well Logan program.

For more exciting and fun activities for all members of the family, please like and follow the Hurricane Stars Club Facebook page and Instagram. 






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Filming for part 2 of Before 1770 has begun. Public help is being called for, given that this project is entirely community funded. The film will be a movie-length feature and will play on major networks.


In 2020, Australia will be introduced to this part of history in a very positive, yet significant way. There are many surprises and stories to tell, especially on the back of the team's visit to Sulawesi Island Indonesia.


The producers have also made the decision to build a replica ship (prau) and sail it to Australia in Nov/Dec 2019.


To coincide with the screening, Dr Annie Clarke from Sydney University will be compiling an illustrative book with details, which will fit well into the Australian curriculum.


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The elements maketh the human


In the mountains she dwells.
Away from all that shines, dazzles, glitters and sparkles.
I met her there, appearing from the woods suddenly, standing next to my tent, I looked up.
She smiled.
She watched me set up camp,
perch my Apple gadgets on the thick sleeping bag, unpack the knapsack of muesli bars, bottled filtered water, canned tuna, a dog-eared travel magazine, pen-torch, my sneakers...
She watched me.
I smiled and said, "Just wanna chill in nature for a bit, you see."
She began to walk away.
"Come chill with me. I've got cool things. Come see," I said.
She looked at me, then at my neatly arranged tent, then she looked far at the valley, then she walked up to me and looked into my eyes, and said, "I see it. In your bottled water, I see trapped rainfall. In the torch, I see trapped light. In the tinned food, I see trapped dead fish. In your magazine, I see trapped dreams. In your sneakers, I see trapped steps. In your tent, I see a trapped city. In your space, I feel trapped."
Her confronting stare pierced my eyes.
She touched my hand and gently placed it over my heart.
"You are in nature. Be one with elements. Untrap yourself" were her final words before she disappeared into the woods forever.

- written by Princess R Lakshman




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Yousuf Karimi says he is not giving up on his dream of a job in the architecture industry.


A new study has found migrants from Muslim backgrounds in Australia are still facing significant barriers to employment, despite having good English language skills.

Yousuf Karimi migrated to Australia from Afghanistan in 2007 when he was 17.

His first priority was to improve his English language skills and fulfil his dream of being the first person in his family to go to university.

"I worked very hard to improve my English because that was my goal," he said.

"I have to study something, you know?

"I just don't want to be like the rest of my friends who couldn't have the chance to study.

"They want to go to university but they don't have that chance.

"Here we have opportunities, here we can go and study."

Mr Karimi did just that, graduating with his bachelor's degree and then his master's in architecture from RMIT at the end of last year.

However, while almost all of his classmates now have jobs in architecture, he has not even been given an interview after applying for more than 50 roles.

Instead, he is working in retail.

"It's very, very frustrating," he said.

"Especially when you keep getting all the rejections - you just want to say you're sick and tired of applying for a job.

"Because it keeps you discouraged, there's no more motivation that you keep on applying for the job.

"At least you receive some good emails saying to keep trying."

Better English language skills lead to higher education levels
A new study from Deakin University is shedding some light on why highly qualified migrants like Mr Karimi are having trouble breaking into the job market.

The study found the education levels of Muslim migrants improve when they have higher English skills.

However, their employment prospects do not.

Doctor Cahit Guven, the economics lecturer who led the research project, said this is not the case for non-Muslim migrants.

"If you compare, you know, a non-Muslim immigrant with better English skills to another non-Muslim immigrant with lower English skills, we find that they actually have much better labour market outcomes, which means they are much more likely to [find] work and they have better wages.

"Once we look at the Muslim immigrants, we find that this is not the case.

"If you compare a Muslim immigrant with better English skills to another Muslim immigrant with, you know, lower English skills, that, you know, there is no difference in terms of their employment."




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The Lebs is the second novel by Michael Mohammed Ahmad — a journey deep in to the heart of the real life Punchbowl Boys High in Western Sydney where the boys ignore the teachers and are routinely sent to the Principal's office.

It follows the gifted student Bani Adam who loves Lolita and lusts after his English teacher.

It also explores what it means to be a Leb, which doesn't just refer to Lebanese Australians, but encompasses the broader Muslim Australian experience of boys at the school.


Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the first Arab-Australian Muslim man from Western Sydney to be shortlisted for his award.

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement.



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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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There is no doubt that British or European Muslims would not have faced the same immigration, work or social restrictions as their Asiatic counterparts, simply because they were ‘White’.


Although Grafton was once a man of the Church, he came from an ordinary family.


Conversion to Islam did not improve his economic status and, while he was made a leader of the local Muslim community, his newfound position and the associated publicity, afforded him little material gain.


One article assured the reading public that “he will not starve” and praised his “keen brain,” adding that he was not the sort of chap “gone wrong” but a “well-read, well-balanced man, with extensive knowledge, and a lot of common sense.”


Grafton used the publicity and engaged Australian audience to clarify popular misconceptions about Islam, including polygamy and blasphemy, and share the aspirations of his growing community.


He made no attempt to hide the fact he was “training” converts including “two ex-Presbyterians” as well as a Roman Catholic whom he “took from the Communist camp.”


As a more acceptable member of the emerging Australian nation, Grafton was also in a better position to play the role of go-between, which gave him access to press media.


Other literate Australian Muslims like Musa Khan also had access to the press; however, they were more often than not ridiculed and shut down, based solely on their colour and race.


That is not to suggest that converts were completely immune to Australia’s protectionist program. Grafton’s public statements were cleverly worded, with subtle innuendos to occasional institutionalised discrimination.


One of the greatest challenges facing his community was social engagement, as they had no adequate meeting place. Grafton spoke of building a large mosque in Sydney that would not be primarily a place of worship, but “a sort of social club,” and perhaps knowing this was not easily achievable, he added “the sky is our mosque to pray under.”


Grafton continued to work towards meeting this essential need; however, the possibility ended with his death in 1935.The existence of what can be referred to as “closet European Muslims” was also raised by Grafton who claims: Among the European Mahommedans in Sydney are many well-educated men in the Civil Service. One of our most prominent men is a high official in the Education Department.


He dare not reveal his religion, for there would be an outcry at a Mahommedan teaching young Australians.


This idea was certainly supported by numerous other articles published about Australian Muslim converts. Australian diggers feature most prominently in these pieces, which often reveal the conversion following the death of the soldier.


One such example was that of Aly Azireldin, who died in Cairo in 1939.


Azireldin was formerly Australian Peter Austen, who enlisted for the Great War and “served on Gallipoli and in Egypt with the Australian Army Medical Corps.”


Austen, who was a journalist, returned to Australia following the war, but decided to go back to Egypt in 1920 where he worked selling carpets and curios before starting a private school in 1924. His death in Egypt revealed the digger’s conversion to the press and, unwittingly, his story.


The respectful and objective reflection was republished, with little variation, in at least five different Queensland newspapers.







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Pakistan's mansions of heartache

BBC Stories




In small towns across Pakistan, emigrant families have been building huge mansions for decades. But behind every mansion lies heartache. This is Ahsan's story..







My week as a Muslim

Islam is the religion of Peace and Love


Documentary About a Christian Lady Being Muslim for a week








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Islamic headscarf: Iran's promotional video divides opinion

By BBC News



An "inappropriately dressed" woman is encouraged to switch attire

As part of Hijab week in Iran, a video endorsed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps promoting the Islamic headscarf has created a social media stir.

In the clip, produced by the Basij Cyberspace organisation, an "inappropriately dressed" young woman enters a shop that sells fake jewellery.

The woman, who is also the film's narrator, says the male shopkeeper gives her "a peculiar look and a meaningful smile".

When she asks about real jewellery, he tells her she needs to go to a store where jewellery is "kept in seven boxes and locked in seven safes".

He also tells her anything that is valuable is "hard to access and commands special respect", while appearing to lean low and stare at her.

When a woman enters wearing a full-body veil, the chador, the man stands up straight and bows his head.

The clip ends with the first woman - now dressed in a chador - saying: "I realised I had to make a change. I understand the difference between fake and genuine jewellery."




It has been viewed on Twitter 114,000 times since posted, and has inspired some people to share their views.

Responses to the animation have been mixed. One woman, apparently pro-establishment, felt it did not help promote the hijab at all and disliked being compared to jewellery, tweeting: "I'm a human being. Don't downgrade us to goods,"

A man who claimed to be a shopkeeper said he was more vigilant with chador wearers as they could sneak things under their clothes.

Another woman tells the "absolute jewels" to "leave us fakes alone", implying that she does not like being told to wear the full-length veil.

Some have lamented that the animation is "ridiculous" and a waste of mobile data.

In Iran, the law requires women to wear modest "Islamic" clothing. In practice, this means women must wear a chador, a full-body cloak, or a headscarf and a manteau (overcoat) that covers their arms.

In 2018, there were posters in cities and towns comparing unveiled women to unwrapped candy and lollipops attracting unwanted attention from flies.   








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)




That may be changing, however. Around the time of the fiftieth anniversary of Imam Haron’s arrest, a completely unrelated letter was issued seeking clemency for several Muslim preachers who are currently in detention in Saudi Arabia. The letter was drafted, hosted and supported by very traditional mainstream scholars, particularly Shaykh Faraz Rabbani of Canada and Shaykh Salman Younas of the United States. It’s an interesting development, and one that is new in the contemporary context. First, it was conceived and continues to be dominated by traditional scholars, rather than Brotherhood or certain sorts of Salafi types, who might have been expected to voice their thoughts loudly on political matters. Second, the letter wasn’t issued about a traditional mainstream scholar, like a Sufi shaykh or someone of that ilk. It was issued in support of several more moderate leaning Salafi preachers ― that is, not the same ‘camp’ as Rabbani and Younas.

For Younas, the reasoning was quite simple. As he told me, it was about “transcending the activist-scholar frame and recognising that being a scholar in Islam means being a leader and exemplar for the wider community who has a religious duty to be a voice of moral clarity to people.” His training in mainstream, traditional Islamic teachings had taught him that, “especially in contexts of oppression and suffering, it requires some of us to speak out firmly and courageously with wisdom, and lend whatever little support we can to the oppressed and their families.” Maybe not everyone with that training had to do it, but some do ― and those that do not are still obliged not to side with oppression.









Ten years ago, I thought Britain was becoming more tolerant. I was wrong

Autobiography and memoir by Sarfraz Manzoor 



Sarfraz Manzoor recalled the racism of his childhood in Luton in his memoir Greetings from Bury Park. As a film adaptation is released, he asks how much has really changed


A scene from the new film adaptation of Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir, Blinded by the Light


Boris Johnson was still a backbench Conservative MP and Donald Trump was a property developer and reality television star in the summer that Greetings from Bury Park was published. It was June 2007. I was 36, a journalist and broadcaster living in London. The world I worked in was white, middle-class and metropolitan – a long way from the world in which I had been raised. I had grown up in Luton, the working-class son of Pakistani parents.


My father arrived in Britain in 1963 and my mother followed 11 years later with their three children. I was almost three years old. Bury Park was the Asian district of Luton, and my father worked on the production line at the Vauxhall car factory while my mother was a seamstress at home.


My childhood was defined by a lack of money and a vivid awareness that my future was limited by my class and my colour. When I managed to get to university and build a career in the media, it became apparent that what I had considered an ordinary upbringing was very different from those of the people I worked among.

It was also striking that I never saw lives like mine depicted in popular culture or in books. Working-class lives, Muslim lives, lives defined by their apparent ordinariness. When I started working on a memoir, I did so with the ambition of opening up the world in which I had been raised. I pictured my mother, Rasool Bibi, walking along a street in Bury Park in her traditional shalwar kameez.


What would a white person, someone who could not speak Urdu, think of her? What questions would they wish to ask her if they could? I set about writing my book with the hope that by writing very specifically I might tell a more universal story. Perhaps it was possible that sharing my family’s history would help to normalise this immigrant tale, and confirm that stories like ours belonged within the larger narrative of British history.






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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


Many families attended the opening ceremony




The shared Mediterranean

Despite never having studied archaeology, Leila Ali, a visitor to the Mertola festival, agrees. Originally from Egypt, Ali has been living in Portugal for twelve years.

“I lived in Germany before moving to Portugal, but I didn’t like it. It was cold, and people were cold. In Portugal, people are like Arabs. They are warm and friendly,” she adds with a smile.

Ali has been coming to the festival since 2011, but she tells MEE that this year’s festival, held between 16 and 19 May, was more difficult because it coincided with Ramadan.

“It’s hard to reconcile the programme with fasting,” says Ali.

Hussein Beddar is another regular visitor, having been coming to Mertola for 15 years. Originally from Algeria, he has been living in Madrid for 35 years. Despite being tired from fasting and the heat, he spent the day serving tea to guests and selling Arabic sweets in the market.

“I don’t mind serving tea while I’m fasting,” says Beddar, describing at length what he plans to eat when the sun sets. “Mertola is special and I love being here,” he adds.

But many regret that local Muslim communities were not more involved in planning the festival. Others fear that despite good intentions, the Islamic festival in Portugal might perpetuate Orientalist fantasies and reproduce cliches about Islam.

“There is the danger of the festival becoming a 'folklorisation', which is also a way of creating distance,” warns Cardeira da Silva. “The aim should be contradicting the problem of othering. Mertola should show that the other is also part of us.” 




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Vandals target a billboard advertising an Islamic art exhibit   


The vandalized billboard has been replaced.

USA: A billboard advertising an Islamic art exhibit at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa was vandalized Tuesday, according to the museum's director.

The billboard, which has since been replaced, featured a piece of ceramic pottery and text that read, "1,200 years of Islamic Art." Someone wrote "HOME GROWN TERROR!" in black spray paint on the billboard and the one below it.

The Tulsa Police Department has not responded to a request for comment.
Museum Director Scott Stulen said he has seen an outpouring of community support since the incident.

"What's been really great is seeing the community rally behind us for this," he said. "Even if they don't necessarily want to support the museum, they don't want to see this hate in their community."

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it was both saddened and frustrated.

"Philbrook's exhibition shows now, more than ever, the importance of our understanding and appreciation of the Muslim community, both here and abroad," CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure said.   



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Saudi Cabinet warns Hajj pilgrims not to mix politics with religion   


Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers, chaired by King Salman, urged pilgrims to be considerate of the privacy and spirituality of the holy places and not to engage in political acts

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia warned pilgrims on Tuesday not to mix politics with religion while performing Hajj.

During a meeting of the Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, pilgrims were urged to be considerate of the privacy and spirituality of the holy places and not to engage in political acts.

The warning follows a veiled threat by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei of disruption and possible political demonstrations by Iranian pilgrims at this year’s Hajj, and criticism of Saudi organization of the pilgrimage.

“Among major mistakes is that they say, ‘Do not politicize Hajj’,” Khamenei said. “Creating unity is a political matter. Supporting and defending the oppressed in the world of Islam, like the Palestinian and Yemeni nations, is a political matter, based on Islamic teachings and obligations.

“Hajj is a political act and this political act is … a religious obligation,” the ayatollah said.

The Iranian leader also suggested that Saudi security measures at the annual pilgrimage were too tough. “The Saudi government bears major responsibilities,” he said. “Among their responsibilities is protecting the safety and security of pilgrims, but they should not spread a security atmosphere.

“While the pilgrims are in Makkah and Madinah, they should treat the pilgrims properly, respectfully, and with honor, because they are the guests of God.”

The ayatollah’s remarks were also condemned by the exiled Iranian author and journalist Amir Taheri. “Khamenei has ended the 10-year truce on Hajj, and called for demonstrations during the next pilgrimage,” Taheri said.

“The stage is set for riots by pilgrims sent by Tehran to Saudi Arabia to incite violence during Hajj.

“Saudi Arabia may regret having increased Iran’s Hajj quota by almost 10,000. This year some 90,000 Iranian pilgrims may turn the Islamic ritual into an anti-American demonstration that could lead to clashes among pilgrims, and with Saudi security.”

The Saudi Minister of Media, Turki Al-Shabanah, called on worshippers to refrain from taking part in any political activities — such as the raising of slogans — that might disturb the pilgrimage. He said the Kingdom would not accept such behavior, and would take all necessary action to prevent misconduct.

Chairing the ministerial meeting in Jeddah, King Salman welcomed pilgrims and directed all Hajj organizing bodies to continue providing security, stability and tranquility for the visitors.     



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Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent



 Priyamvada Gopal


How rebellious colonies changed British attitudes to empire

Insurgent Empire shows how Britain’s enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. What is more, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom.

Priyamvada Gopal examines a century of dissent on the question of empire and shows how British critics of empire were influenced by rebellions and resistance in the colonies, from the West Indies and East Africa to Egypt and India. In addition, a pivotal role in fomenting resistance was played by anticolonial campaigners based in London, right at the heart of empire.

Much has been written on how colonized peoples took up British and European ideas and turned them against empire when making claims to freedom and self-determination. Insurgent Empire sets the record straight in demonstrating that these people were much more than victims of imperialism or, subsequently, the passive beneficiaries of an enlightened British conscience—they were insurgents whose legacies shaped and benefited the nation that once oppressed them.

Britain’s story of empire is based on myth. We need to know the truth
By Priyamvada Gopal


If we were taught just how much the UK was shaped by its colonies, the shared history would unite rather than divide us

The Indian Rebellion of 1857: ‘In reality, resistance, often violent resistance alongside famous non-violent movements, was a central part of the story.

These days we’ve become wearily accustomed to depictions of Brexit Britain as oppressed by a villainously imperial Europe. Annexed “without permission”, Nigel Farage claimed melodramatically, defending Brexit party MEPs against charges of “disrespecting” the European Parliament. In a particularly far-fetched comparison, Ann Widdecombe MEP has compared Brexit with the resistance of “slaves against their owners” and “colonies against empires”. Prime ministerial frontrunner Boris Johnson too has spoken of Britain’s supposed “colony status” in the EU though, with a familiar double standard, he also believes that it would be good if Britain was still “in charge” of Africa.

These bizarre comparisons can be made and go unchallenged because the stark fact remains that most Britons know very little about the history of the empire itself, still less the way in which its long afterlife profoundly shapes both Britain and the wider world today.

This great amnesia or “shocking lack of understanding” has led a respected race equality thinktank, the Runnymede Trust, to call this week for the teaching of the intertwined histories of empire and migration to be made compulsory in secondary schools. Migration and empire are “not marginal events”, its report rightly notes, but “central to our national story”.

Most students would welcome this move. Mine often tell me, regretfully, how little they were taught about the empire at school or, when it was addressed at all, how selectively. They want to know more and to know the truth. While some Conservative politicians, such as former schools secretary Michael Gove, have also stressed the need to teach the British empire, their preference is for mythology over history, a drums-and-trumpet “island story” in which Britannia munificently scattered “British values” across the globe like so much imperial confetti. The enormous scale of resistance to empire and the terrifying bloodshed it took to quell that resistance are either hidden or deliberately played down.

My new book, Insurgent Empire, shows how this resistance and repression influenced another strand of British history few Britons know anything about – criticism of empire and colonialism within Britain itself over centuries. There is much to be proud of here, especially those clear-sighted Britons who refused mythmaking and insisted on solidarity with those at the receiving end of exploitation and dispossession, whatever their skin colour.

the Guardian





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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: A quick and easy meal for the weekend.


Spicy Portuguese Fillet burgers





500 g chicken fillets
Make slits in the fillets

¼ tsp mustard powder
1 tsp ginger garlic mix
1 tsp red chillies
1 tsp green chillies
1tab lemon juice
1 tsp Aromat
2 tsp Robertson Portuguese chicken spice
2 tsp Nandos Portuguese Spice
1 tsp lemon pepper

Marinate the chicken fillets in the above and set aside

Heat your non-stick pan and drizzle with olive oil.


Fry on high until cooked and add a piece of butter at the end.

Serve in your Portuguese bun with a mix of your favourite salad and sauces as a chicken burger.



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Keeping Fit with Kareema





 (continuation from last week)

We lose bone density as we age and women are primarily affected.

Three-quarters of the almost two million Aussies with osteoporosis
related conditions are women.


Some of the main risk factors include inadequate dietary calcium and not doing enough weight-bearing or strength-training exercise.


Early menopause is another factor (before the age of 45).

Osteoporosis also affects men so be sure to have your bone-density tests done to determine your bone health.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )





Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing




















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

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
Foster A Healthy Marriage With Couple Goals

Your marriage is a soulful platform where you and your spouse can thrive with love, mutual respect, understanding, kindness and service to each other to become better in your deen.

It’s not always easy. Marriage is hard work, and like everything that is hard to practise, you will require patience, compassion for self and your spouse and daily goals to work towards fostering a healthy and meaningful marriage.

It is one thing to say “I love you” and another to practise it. Great virtues, such as, love, kindness, understanding, respect and service must be cultivated every single moment in one’s life and practised consciously, every single day.

Seven Couple Goals

These seven couple goals could be a great start. Try practising one a day for a week and see how you both feel on the eighth day.

1. Find a quiet moment, hold each other’s hands, look into each other’s eyes and say these words: I thank ALLAH for blessing my life with you. Thank you for being my soulmate.

2. Sit together in a quiet space, take one ayat from the Holy Quran, read it together and ponder over it. Tell each other how this ayat is relevant to your marriage.

3. Have a journal where you both can discuss your hopes for the future. Write them down. Don’t worry about how or when you are going to do them. Trust ALLAH to help you both to realise those hopes.

4. Sit facing each other. Take turns in paying each other a compliment. Really mean it when you say it. Graciously receive the compliment.

5. Write a heartfelt letter to each other and leave it on the pillow as a surprise.

6. Take a walk in nature, just the two of you and speak only about ALLAH. Admire all HIS creations in nature.

7. Pray extra two rakat salah to express gratitude to ALLAH for your healthy marriage.  

Download the above article.



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If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786.



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The CCN Chuckle





TEACHER: Jallalludin, your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?

Jallalludin Jnr: No, sir. It's the same dog.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah, and follow up not their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, - for them their reward is with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, not shall they grieve.


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:262


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Smile because it happened!”



~ Dr. Seuss



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Located in the hear of St.Lucia and open from 11:00am-9:30PM Daily, Zambeekas St.Lucia is always available when you need it.


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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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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Winter Ball


Susan Al-Maani

Hillstone, Hillstone St Lucia

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3 August



College Fete


Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

0411 045 156

11Am 'til LATE

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(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1440


12 August





10th Zil-Hijjah 1440


17 August



Eidfest @ Dreamworld




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1 September 2019





(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1441


7 September



Family Fun Day


Hurricane Stars Club

Islamic College of Brisbane


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16 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


0422 433 074

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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
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
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Useful Links




HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

Sisters Support Services Programs and activities for women in need ( and 0404 921 620)


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