EST. 2004


Sunday 21 July 2019 | Issue 0767



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The Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) took some brief time off from their busy charity work to celebrate their 10th year as a foundation.


The founding members, Yusuf Khatree, Osman Rane, Janeth Deen and Farouk Adam, continue to play a leading and active role in the organization.


MCF is a finalist in this year's Queensland Government Multicultural Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the end of August.



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On 16 July 2019 (Tuesday), Haji Aslam Nabi passed away at his residence in Gold Coast and he was buried on Wednesday in the Mount Gravatt cemetery.

Haji Aslam Nabi hailed from Fuji and he was one of the founding members of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast which was established in 1984. He held various positions in the Management Committee. In 2013, he was appointed as the first Chairman of the newly established Gold Coast Mosque Trust which he held till his time of death.

According the Trust Secretary Haji Hussain Baba:

“He is a well-known and well respected senior member of the Islamic Community in Queensland especially in Gold Coast. He is polite, friendly, well liked by the community and he was like a father figure to me and to most of the members of the community. He is well known for his generosity and his charitable work. He was the pillar of our Gold Coast Islamic Society and it is a big lost to our community. May almighty Allah have mercy on him and grant him Jhannathul Firdhous. Ameen”

Some 15 years ago, Haji Aslam was a founding member of the Taqwa Charity Welfare Association which raised funds for the Aboriginal Islamic Centre in Redfern, NSW. In 2004 he helped set up the Queensland Muslim Times - the first registered Muslim newspaper in Queensland.


Ms Naseema Mustapha posted on Facebook:

Uncle Aslam. Such a special soul. Years ago at a time of absolute crisis in my family, he came and offered his home to us to live in when we had no income as a family. He said stay as long as you need to without paying rent. An empty four bedroom house in Wishart was ours for 2yrs. My father's very very close friend. Who does that? An angel.

This Ramadan, Haji Aslam appeared in Baba’s Halal Kitchen cooking show called Cooking for 100 Homeless People and he also donated financially to purchase the materials (see below)


Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un
(We belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return)






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The Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) held a ground breaking ceremony on 16 July to celebrate the commencement of the building of a 5-storey block of classrooms at the campus.


Councillors Angela Owen and Kim Marx and Federal Member for Rankin and Shadow Treasurer, Jim Chalmers MP, were amongst the invited guests at the function.


School Board chairman, Ali Kadri, described the long and difficult road the Board had gone through to get to this stage and said that the school was now is a good position having benefited significantly from the stewardship of retired principal, Dr Ray Barrett OAM.


Board Treasurer, Junaid Qadri acknowledged the behind-the-scenes work of past ICQ president, Ismail Cajee, whose tireless efforts had seen this project come to eventual fruition.


Imam Riyaaz Seedat, Head of Islamic Studies and Arabic Department at the school, closed the function with a prayer.





Ali Kadri

Junaid Qadri

Dr Ray Barrett OAM

Councillor Angela Owens

Jim Chalmers MP

Imam Riyaaz Seedat



Mr Abdul Shariff (left), the school's Deputy Principal, has been appointed as the new Principal replacing the retiring Dr Ray Barrett OAM (right)



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Ninety women of mixed faiths attended the Women of Faith Dinner held at the Aspinall Centre on 17 July. This was the third dinner held by the Qld Faith Communities Council.


The aim of the dinners is to share a meal over a table of mixed faiths to enable a greater understanding of each other’s religions and break down barriers brought in by misunderstanding and stereotypes.

Two guest speakers Helen Paget, an Anglican minister and Janeth Deen from the Islamic Council of Qld spoke on how faith impacted their lives.

A variety of ethnic vegetarian food was on the menu followed by a range of sumptuous sweets.

Janeth Deen told CCN: "There was plenty of time for groups to interact and meet new people and share great conversations about culture and faith. A great time was enjoyed by all."

The multi-faith group from the Gold Coast was well-represented as were the women from The Abbey in Caboolture.






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The Bloody Long Walk






Hamid Kassim, Mustafa Ally, Yumnah Shamsodien, Farah Khatree, Nazeera Khatree, Raeesa Ally-Khatree and Sameera Docrat are seen at the end of The Bloody Long Walk - a 35km walk and run from Sandgate to South Bank which took place last Sunday (14 July) in support of people living with mitochondrial disease.



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The Race Discrimination Commissioner is undertaking a project to listen to and share the stories of Australian Muslims. He is holding national consultations with members of the Australian Muslim community about their needs and experiences of discrimination, Islamophobia and hate speech and their right to safely practice their religion.

The project is an opportunity to identify community strengths, concerns and priorities and hear from the community about ideas for change.

The national face-to-face consultations are supported by a national online survey of Australian Muslims aimed at collecting data about Islamophobia, racism and related intolerances.


Complete the survey to share your experience as an Australian Muslim.

The project aims to build robust intelligence about the experience of Australian Muslims to inform the Australian Human Rights Commission’s work in promoting social cohesion and providing evidence for change.

The consultation program is below. If you’d like to register to participate in the consultations, please follow the relevant link below. These links will be available very soon.



The Australian Human Rights Commission



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Queensland Multicultural Awards finalists received their certificates on Friday at the Parliamentary Annex’s 7th floor roof terrace from the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 30 August.



Osman Rane and Yusuf Khatree representing Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) a finalist in the Community category

Nadia Saeed, a finalist in the Outstanding Young Achiever category

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Four Corners' full documentary on the atrocities being perpetrated by China against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkestan (Xinjiang): Mass internment of adults, forced assimilation of children, wiping out of religion and culture, inflicting mass trauma.


Documents reveal this is “the largest imprisonment of people based on religion since the Holocaust”.



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The Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe MP Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs hosted an official luncheon on behalf of the Queensland Government in honour of His Excellency Mr Babar Amin, High Commissioner for Pakistan.



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Eman Younus studied a Bachelor of Electrical and Communications Engineering at Ajman University in the UAE, and is now a Network Engineer Specialist at Telstra in Melbourne. In her role, Eman designs radio networks for the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program in Victoria and Tasmania.

Curious to know what a day in the life of a Network Engineer Specialist is like? Here’s a typical day…

5.30 AM

I’m an early bird on weekdays. The first thing I do after waking up is to do my morning prayer, then I pack my snacks and get ready to go to work.

7.15 AM

I catch a train into the city and then another tram to the office, which is close to the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne. While commuting, I check my work email and calendar to see if there’s anything I need to prioritise when I get into the office. It’s also a good time for me to relax and prepare for the day.

8.30 AM

I arrive in the office – it’s time to say ‘good morning’ to my co-workers and make myself a cup of green tea.

8.40 AM

After settling down, I log onto my computer while enjoying my cup of tea.

9.00 AM

A big part of my role is to look after a fascinating project - the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, which aims to provide mobile phone coverage to regional and remote parts of Australia.

Some of these sites will be designed and delivered through mobile base stations, and some through Telstra’s 4G small cell technology.

I’m currently assigned to sites in Victoria and Tasmania, and my task for the day is to look for potential site locations around a specific search ring in regional or remote areas.

11.00 AM

It’s now time for our fortnightly team meeting. We go through things like current Victorian and Tasmanian coverage, customer complaints, incident reports and priority site status’.


12:30 PM

I run a program on my laptop, which looks for errors in our mobile towers. This takes some time to finish, so I leave for lunch and catch up with my co-workers. We usually pick a restaurant around the office to avoid walking outside in the heat in summer.

1:00 PM

I’m back in the office after indulging in delicious fries and a burger from a local shop. I check my laptop for the results on the program I ran earlier. Now I just need to review the outcome and pass the information onto my Manager.

2.30 PM

Every fortnight, I host the Telstra Innovation Challenge (TIC) team meeting. The TIC is an IoT hackathon Telstra runs each year, which is open to university students and the general public, with new themes every year. As the Project Manager for the 2019 challenge, I go through the tasks that have been completed by the team and assign new tasks for the upcoming weeks.

3:45 PM

I take a brief break to perform my afternoon prayer in the prayer room. It’s so helpful that every Telstra building I have worked in has a dedicated prayer room and I’m able to complete my religious obligations.


4:15 PM

Back to my desk – completing my radio networks designs for the project I started in the morning. Each design takes about a day or two. As I may come across a site that could be too close to residential areas or schools, I like to involve my colleagues and ask their opinions in case I stumble upon a challenging design project.

5:30 PM

I head to the train station to catch my train home. I usually listen to music, or I catch up on an online lecture part of the master’s degree in Astrophysics from the University of Southern Queensland that I'm pursuing.

7:20 PM

I get home and promptly perform my evening prayer, then I exercise at home or go for a walk, shower and have some dinner.

8:15 PM

It’s my favourite time of the day – I either watch something on Netflix or play games on my PS4.

10:00 PM

It’s bedtime! I perform my final prayer for the day and get ready for bed after a busy day. Looking forward to seeing what’s in store for me tomorrow?




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Among the pieces performed by the wind band include a classical version Siti Nurhaliza’s ‘Cindai’


Malaysia’s Sekolah Seri Puteri Symphonic Winds Orchestra (SPWinds) grabbed the gold at the 30th Australian International Music Festival 2019 in Sydney.

The band of the all-girls boarding school in Cyberberjaya wowed the festival jury with their unique renditions of Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin’s Cindai, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian’s Spartacus and Primavera by Satoshi Yagisawa.

The 59 students from Malaysia competed against more than 1,000 participants from Australia, US, China, Europe, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand.

The festival features all ensembles types including wind bands, orchestras, choirs and jazz bands.

The week-long festival was held from July 4 until July 11 with the aim of providing youths with performing opportunities and educational workshops at some of Sydney’s most iconic venues including the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and the heritage-listed Conservatorium of Music.

“On behalf of the administration of Sekolah Seri Puteri, we would like to express our utmost appreciation and gratitude to the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) of Sekolah Seri Puteri, the SP Parents Support Group, the main sponsors and those who contributed endlessly to the victory of SPWinds.

“To the SPWinds team, we are absolutely proud to see you stand in the eyes of the world,” Sekolah Seri Puteri PTA chairman Hasnal Hashim said.

Hasnal also took the opportunity to thank Malaysia Airlines for sponsoring the students’ flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney.


Malay Mail



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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 place of Australian Muslims and Islam in Australia’s print media has evolved within a specific Australian context, as well as a peripheral one partially influenced by British colonial affiliations.


The arrival of the first cameleer settlers in the 1860s saw them occupy a rather ambiguous place in the local papers, eclipsed by the explorers they were hired to assist and secondary to the camels they handled.


As drought and economic hardship hit Australia’s outback communities towards the end of the 19th century, the contentious place of the increasingly successful cameleers dominated the local papers.


Unionists and miners were among those who drew on growing nationalist sentiments to highlight the need to stop coloured immigration, lobbying for policies that sought to exclude the very Muslim pioneers who had helped open Australia’s harsh interior.


As the influence of protectionist policies heightened, particularly after Federation, stories of White converts to Islam were already appearing in Australian newspapers.


Partly inspired by the Liverpool Muslim Institute and the pan-Islamic movement, the curiosity surrounding the conversion of ‘White’ people opened the world of everyday Islam to the Australian public.


While it may not have been enough to make significant changes to the lives of Australia’s early Muslim pioneers, it saw a change in the presentation and perceptions of Australian Muslims and Islam.


This article is only the starting point for discussions surrounding the role of converts to Islam during this period, and the importance of their efforts in clarifying misconceptions and mobilising local Muslims to end discrimination and ignorance..







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'We had Allah with us':

Captain Eoin Morgan praises England's diversity after World Cup win

TEN News





England’s Eoin Morgan hailed the diversity of his World Cup-winning team after the hosts beat New Zealand in the final at Lord’s.

Morgan, who was born in Dublin and switched allegiance from Ireland to England a decade ago, was asked: “Do you think the luck of an Irishman got England over the line?”

His response has since gone viral on social media.

“We had Allah with us as well,” said Morgan. “I spoke to Adil (Rashid), he said Allah was definitely with us. I said we had the rub of the green.

“It actually epitomises our team. It has quite diverse backgrounds and cultures... to actually find humour in the situation that we were in at the time was pretty cool.”

Rashid and Moeen Ali are two Muslims who featured in England’s World Cup triumph, while the team includes several players who were born in other countries.

Bowler Jofra Archer is Barbados-born to a Liverpudlian father, all-rounder Ben Stokes was born in New Zealand, and batsman Jason Roywas born in South Africa.







A Community Story- The Logan Roos

Zaparas Lawyers



Zaparas Lawyers have a long history of involvement with community and sporting groups, but every now and then we come across a group that really touches our heart.

We recently had the honour of getting to know a very special club we sponsor, The Logan Roos. Many members of the club are refugees who have left their families behind in search of a better life. The Logan Roos has given them a sense of family and community that we are very proud to be a part of.







Khaled Flint takes on the course with massive support

Australian Ninja Warrior 2019














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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Explainer: what Western civilisation owes to Islamic cultures




Sculpture of ninth-century Persian scholar Al-Khwarizmi in Khiva, Uzbekistan. Latin discovery of Al-Khwarizmi’s work introduced the numerals 0-9, one of many ways in which Islamic cultures have contributed to Western civilisation.

Algebra, alchemy, artichoke, alcohol, and apricot all derive from Arabic words which came to the West during the age of Crusades.

Even more fundamental are the Indo-Arabic numerals (0-9), which replaced Roman numerals during the same period and revolutionised our capacity to engage in science and trade. This came about through Latin discovery of the ninth-century Persian scholar, Al-Khwarizmi (whose name gives us the word algorithm).

This debt to Islamic civilisation contradicts the claim put forward by political scientist Samuel Huntington in his book The Clash of Civilizations some 25 years ago, that Islam and the West have always been diametrically opposed. In 2004, historian Richard Bulliet proposed an alternative perspective. He argued civilisation is a continuing conversation and exchange, rather than a uniquely Western phenomenon.

Even so, Australia and the West still struggle to acknowledge the contributions of Islamic cultures (whether Arabic speaking, Persian, Ottoman or others) to civilisation.

In an initial curriculum proposed by the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, only one Islamic text was listed, a collection of often-humorous stories about the Crusades from a 12th-century Syrian aristocrat. But Islamic majority cultures have produced many other texts with a greater claim to shaping civilisation.

Philosophical and literary influences
Many of the scientific ideas and luxury goods from this world came into the West following the peaceful capture of the Spanish city of Toledo from its Moorish rulers in 1085.

Over the course of the next century, scholars, often in collaboration with Arabic-speaking Jews, became aware of the intellectual legacy of Islamic culture preserved in the libraries of Toledo.

Their focus was not on Islam, but the philosophy and science in which many great Islamic thinkers had become engaged. One was Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna), a Persian physician and polymath (a very knowledgable generalist) who combined practical medical learning with a philosophical synthesis of key ideas from both Plato and Aristotle.


Portrait of Ibn Sina (Avicenna) on a silver vase from Museum at BuAli Sina (Avicenna) Mausoleum, Hamadan, Western Ira.

Another was Ibn Rushd (or Averroes), an Andalusian physician and polymath, whose criticisms of the way Ibn Sina interpreted Aristotle would have a major impact on Italian theologist and philosopher Thomas Aquinas in shaping both his philosophical and theological ideas in the 13th century. Thomas was also indebted to a compatriot of Ibn Rushd, the Jewish thinker Moses Maimonides, whose Guide to the Perplexed was translated from Arabic into Latin in the 1230s.

While there is debate about the extent to which the Italian writer Dante was exposed to Islamic influences, it is very likely he knew The Book of Mohammed’s Ladder (translated into Castilian, French and Latin), which describes the Prophet’s ascent to heaven. The Divine Comedy, with its account of Dante’s imagined journey from Inferno to Paradise, was following in this tradition.

Dante very likely heard lectures from Riccoldo da Monte di Monte Croce, a learned Dominican who spent many years studying Arabic in Baghdad before returning to Florence around 1300 and writing about his travels in the lands of Islam. Dante may have criticised Muslim teaching, but he was aware of its vast influence.


Domenico di Michelino, Dante and the Divine comedy, fresco, 1465. Dante is thought to have been influenced by Islamic cultures. 

Islam also gave us the quintessential image of the Enlightenment, the self-taught philosopher. This character had his origins in an Arabic novel, Hayy ibn Yaqzan, penned by a 12th-century Arab intellectual, Ibn Tufayl. It tells the story of how a feral child abandoned on a desert island comes through reason alone to a vision of reality.

Hayy ibn Yaqzan was published in Oxford, with an Arabic-Latin edition in 1671, and became a catalyst for the contributions of seminal European philosophers including John Locke and Robert Boyle. Translated into English in 1708 as The Improvement of Human Reason, it also influenced novelists, beginning with Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe in 1719. The sources of the Enlightenment are not simply in Greece and Rome.

Civilisation is always being reinvented. The civilisation some call “Western” has been, and still is, continually shaped by a wide range of political, literary and intellectual influences, all worthy of our attention.








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)




Younas’s letter echoes the example of another scholar in the contemporary age ― the Egyptian revolutionary shaykh, Emad Effat. As I have written elsewhere:

There was a sense of Shaykh Emad Effat bringing together what I would call the ‘Hasani’ and the ‘Husayni’ approaches to power. The former being an engagement with it, to minimize damage and lessen conflict. The latter being an opposition to it, through open declarations. For Shaykh Emad, they were intertwined ― by consistency, by persistent adherence to principle, by a refusal to bow to authoritarianism of any type.

How significant is this letter? It remains unclear. The letter is gaining a good deal of attention, and scores of rather important traditional scholars in the Sunni Muslim mainstream of the West are signing up to it, with efforts to get signatories led by Rabbani and Younas. But it is also non-sectarian, with a noted Shi’i Canadian scholar, preachers and scholars who are more Salafi- and Brotherhood-inclined, even though the list seems to be predominantly Sunni traditionalists in nature.

Such a letter would not be the most ground-breaking within Muslim majority communities― but in the context of the West, it certainly is a marked shift. Perhaps Imam Haron’s message lives on in different ways in different parts of the world after all..









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


Luton life … from left: Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra and Viveik Kalra in Blinded by the Light.




The book was, at its heart, the story of a brown boy who desperately wanted to belong. I grew up at a time when racist football fans would run through Bury Park smashing shop windows and abusing anyone who happened to be on the street. My parents would warn me to get home before kick-off in case things kicked off.


On television I would watch Tory politicians such as Norman Tebbit question the loyalty of folks who looked like me. White boys would urinate through the letterbox of my friend Amolak’s home.


The suggestion that, being brown-skinned and Muslim, I would never be fully British, was reinforced by my own parents. My father would tell me that Pakistan was my true home even though I had left before I was three. He would say that white people would never accept me – there was no point in trying to integrate because I would never belong.


Whenever I told myself or others that I was British, there was a nagging sense that I was a fraud. My right to say I belonged in this country felt fragile.

It was not until the election of Tony Blair in 1997 that this fragility began to be replaced with some sense of ease and confidence. I vividly remember the Observer headline on the first weekend of the Blair government, declaring “Goodbye Xenophobia”. Nine months after Blair was elected, indie band Cornershop were No 1 in the singles charts with “Brimful of Asha”, a song about a female Bollywood singer. The old certainties seemed to be giving way to exciting new possibilities. By the time Greetings from Bury Park was published, I was convinced that the arc of British history was bending towards tolerance. I was wrong.









'Utter ignorance': Boris Johnson claimed Islam set Muslim world 'centuries behind'




The man set to be the UK's next prime minister wrote that Islam hampered the development of the Muslim world.


"There must be something about Islam that indeed helps to explain why there was no rise of the bourgeoisie, no liberal capitalism and therefore no spread of democracy in the Muslim world," he wrote in an essay unearthed by the Guardian.

In the essay, titled 'And Then Came the Muslims', he also said "Muslim grievance" played a role in most if not all global conflicts.

"[The further the Muslim world has] fallen behind, the more bitterness and confusion there has been, to the point where virtually every global flashpoint you can think of – from Bosnia to Palestine to Iraq to Kashmir – involves some sense of Muslim grievance," he wrote.

"It is time to get deep down and dirty and examine the central charge made by everyone from Winston Churchill to the Pope, namely that the real problem with the Islamic world is Islam."

The Muslim Council of Britain hit back at the politician, telling the Guardian, "we of course are of the view that Islam has a role to play in progress and prosperity, be that in the Muslim world or here at our home in the west".

Mr Johnson's comments have attracted widespread criticism on social media.

Mr Johnson, the former foreign minister and ex-London mayor, has a history of inflammatory comments towards the faith.

Last year he said burqas were "ridiculous" and made women look like letter boxes and bank robbers, prompting an outcry from other politicians and British Muslim groups.







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Israel mosque find: Archaeologists unearth 1,200-year-old ruins in desert


The mosque was found in the Israeli Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert.

Muslims pray at the newly discovered remains

One of the world's earliest known mosques, built around 1,200 years ago, has been discovered by archaeologists in Israel's Negev Desert.

The remains, dating from the 7th or 8th century, were found in the Bedouin town of Rahat.

Israel's Antiquities Authority (IAA) says the mosque was unearthed during building work in the area.

It is the first known mosque from this period in the area, rivalling the age of those found in Mecca and Jerusalem, the IAA said.

Excavation directors Jon Seligman and Shahar Zur said the mosque would be "a rare discovery anywhere in the world".

Researchers believe the mosque's congregation were likely to have been local farmers.

The building was open-air, rectangular-shaped and had a "Mihrab" - or a prayer niche - facing south toward Mecca, Islam's holiest city.

"These features are evidence for the purpose for which this building was used, many hundred years ago," said Mr Seligman.

It is one of the first mosques constructed after the arrival of Islam in what is present-day Israel, when the Arabs conquered the then-Byzantine province in 636, according to Gideon Avni, an expert on early Islamic history.

"The discovery of the village and the mosque in its vicinity are a significant contribution to the study of the history of the country during this turbulent period," he said.




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Muslim cleric who hid Christians during attacks honoured in the US   


Imam Abubakar Abdullahi saved Christians who ran to his home in central Nigeria.

NIGERIA: The US government is honouring an 83-year-old Muslim cleric who hid 262 Christians in his home and mosque during an attack in central Nigeria.

Imam Abubakar Abdullahi, along with four religious leaders from Sudan, Iraq, Brazil and Cyprus, were awarded the 2019 the International Religious Freedom Award, which is given to advocates of religious freedom.

Abdullahi was recognized for providing shelter for hundreds of Christians fleeing attacks from Muslim herdsmen who had launched coordinated attacks on Christian farmers in 10 villages in the Barkin Ladi area of Plateau State on June 23, 2018, the award organizers said in a statement.

The cleric refused to give them up when their attackers asked about their whereabouts, International Religious Freedom Ambassador Sam Brownback said at the awards ceremony in Washington on Wednesday.

"The imam gave refuge to his Christian neighbours, sheltering 262 Christians in his mosque and his home.... then stood outside the doors confronting the Muslim attackers, pleading with them to spare the lives of the Christians inside, even offering to exchange his own life for theirs," Brownback said.

"His actions bear witness to true courage, true selflessness, and true brotherly love," he said.

More than 80 people were killed in the attacks by suspected herders who also set fire on many homes in the villages. Violence between the nomadic Fulani herdsmen, who are mostly Muslims, and farmers, who are predominantly Christians, in Nigeria's middle belt dates back to 2013.

The State Department, organizers of the award, given to advocates of religious freedom, said the Muslim cleric selflessly risked his own life to save members of another religious community who without his intervention would have been killed.     



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Historical Istanbul mosque brings fresh hope to homeless   


TURKEY: A historical mosque at the center of a populous Istanbul district is providing free showers, clothing, and food to the homeless.

Selime Hatun Mosque - a small Muslim house of worship in the Beyoğlu district dating back to the 17th century - has emerged as a place of hope and temporary shelter for dozens of rough sleepers in the metropolis.

Through the efforts of its philanthropic imam Osman Gökrem, 52, who has been working at the mosque for 17 years, homeless individuals have a chance to meet more of their basic needs.

“This is the only mosque across the country where at least 50 homeless people are able to take a free bath on a daily basis,” Gökrem told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.

The project, designed by the leader of the worship service - who dedicated his life to providing help for the needy - started in 2017 when a bathwater heater was installed inside the mosque.

“At first, three to five people were coming and taking a shower here. Now it's risen to at least 50 people daily. There are also some homeless individuals who come from throughout the city to take a bath,” he said.

The helping nature of the selfless imam has always motivated him to rush to the help of the needy.

“I was always wondering where they can take a bath, where they can eat, how they buy what they need, because nobody wants them.

“When a homeless person goes to a barbershop, the barber doesn't let them in. Not because they have no money, but because they're dirty and smell bad. Hamams [Turkish public baths] do the same, they don't want to let them in,” Gökrem said.

Thanks to the support of donors, the imam also delivers free food every Saturday at the mosque, which is open 24/7, and donates clothing.

Amid his busy schedule as imam, he also shaves and gives rough sleepers free haircuts in order to boost their chances of reintegrating into society.

“I shaved some 15-20 homeless people this Saturday. If we think that it's not our business to shave them or give them haircuts, then we'll lose them,” he said, stressing the importance of helping the needy.

Helping them find a job is the other part of Gökrem's self-designed project. When they find one, Gökrem lets them sleep at the mosque for over a month until they can afford an apartment themselves.

“When they tell me 'I got a job,' I discreetly go to their workplaces to see if it's true or not,” he said.

Currently, the mosque hosts five people at nights.



Gökrem said many people hesitate to approach a homeless person to help them, as they worry about the reaction.

“People often think if a person lives on the streets, he must be a thief, may attack them, carry a knife, or have mental problems.”

“You need patience, love, and mercy to help them. You need to show them empathy,” Gökrem said.

There are many reasons why a person might become homeless, he stressed, adding that anyone could end up homeless one day.

“Once-wealthy people or people with a good career could become homeless. You get a paycheck today but you don't know what will happen to you tomorrow. They're also human and have their reasons for sleeping on the streets.”

He also listens to their problems and tries to help solve them, sometimes reuniting them with their family members.


A sign at the entrance of the mosque calls on homeless people to come inside if they need shower, clothing or shelter.

The imam called on everyone, no matter their income level, to do something for the needy and the homeless.

“Come here and hand out the supplies yourself,” he urged.

“Do something personally. I oppose donations made only through a bank account. The rich need to look into the poor' eyes and invite them into their homes in order to understand their situation.”

The imam concluded the interview with a verse from the Quran: “Whoever saves a single life it is like saving the whole world.”        



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The Good Muslim

(Bangla Desh #2)



 Tahmima Anam


From prizewinning Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam comes her deeply moving second novel about the rise of Islamic radicalism in Bangladesh, seen through the intimate lens of a family.

Pankaj Mishra praised A Golden Age, Tahmima Anam's debut novel, as a "startlingly accomplished and gripping novel that describes not only the tumult of a great historical event . . . but also the small but heroic struggles of individuals living in the shadow of revolution and war."


In her new novel, The Good Muslim, Anam again deftly weaves the personal and the political, evoking with great skill and urgency the lasting ravages of war and the competing loyalties of love and belief.

In the dying days of a brutal civil war, Sohail Haque stumbles upon an abandoned building. Inside he finds a young woman whose story will haunt him for a lifetime to come. . . . Almost a decade later, Sohail's sister, Maya, returns home after a long absence to find her beloved brother transformed.


While Maya has stuck to her revolutionary ideals, Sohail has shunned his old life to become a charismatic religious leader. And when Sohail decides to send his son to a madrasa, the conflict between brother and sister comes to a devastating climax.


Set in Bangladesh at a time when religious fundamentalism is on the rise, The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith, family, and the long shadow of war.



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

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Rusks and a cup of tea mmmm ……….. a match made in heaven.


Rusk biscuits


Recipe shared by Maryam Vanker





125g butter
1 ¼ cup flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup corn flakes roughly crushed
¼ cup all bran flakes roughly crushed
¼ cup coconut
¼ cup oats
¼ tsp bicarb
Pinch of salt
1 Weetabix
2 tbsp oil
½ cup milk
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
¼ cup chopped nuts (almonds & pecan nuts)

  1. Cream together butter and sugar.

  2. Toast the nuts and seeds together and leave to cool.

  3. Mix together the dry ingredients, add to the butter mixture and add toasted seeds and nuts.

  4. Add oil and milk and mix into a dough.

  5. Roll out, scrape with a fork, sprinkle some sesame seeds and cut into desired shapes.

  6. Bake at 180deg until golden.

  7. Leave in the warm oven to make the rusks crisp.




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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Q: Dear Kareema, my schedule is constantly changing and I was hoping to get some ideas on keeping my fitness up?

A: Try not to over think your fitness routine.


Keep it simple by working out whenever you find you have some free time. I’m a firm believer in 5-10min mini-workouts.

Keep your skipping rope handy for a cardio-kick and follow it up with some body-weight strength exercises like lunges, squats, push-ups, wall-sits, etc.


Always finish with stretching for muscle recovery. Change it up as your schedule changes, your body will love you for it.


Some mindful stretching / yoga every other session will be good for flexibility and re-setting mind and body. N-JOY!




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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:
Get Marriage-Ready

Congratulations! You’re getting married! The venue is booked, wedding outfits are curated, guest-list looks on point, the caterers have been instructed about dietary requirements, the limo is hired and the cousins have been warned to not post wedding pics online until the professionally airbrushed photographs have been formally released to the bride and groom.

You’ve met people who are preparing for their big day. Rarely do you meet people who are preparing for their marriage, a lifelong commitment to another human.

People meet or get introduced to each other. In most cases, what follows next is the exchanging of a barrage of texts and DMs to try to get to know each other before they decide they want to be married. The focus is on the momentary joy of being in love or having that attraction. People forget to ask the tough questions that later begin to frequently emerge in the marriage and the one thing that keeps recurring in the mind is “I wish I had known this or that about him/her before I got married.”

In my previous marriage, I was that person who focussed on the physical and material readiness of the wedding day ceremony and pre-wedding henna celebrations and hair and makeup and the perfect outfit. Not once did I pause to question if I was spiritually, mentally and emotionally prepared for the days that would follow the few hours of glitterati of the wedding day.

I learned the hard way. But you don’t have to. The following strategies may help you and your future spouse become aware of the different facets of your commitment to each other in marriage. These strategies are for you both to do together in a halal and safe manner.

1. Meet with a professional counsellor, coach or a spiritual guide, to openly discuss the expectations you both have from each other in the four common areas in your life: Love, Relationships, Career and Money.
2. Spend time with a mentor couple who has a solid marriage and can share their wisdom with you both.
3. Have regular one-on-one, face to face meetings in a public place where the two of you can sit down and discuss these relevant topics:

• Values - if your values are similar, you feel valued in the relationship.
• Beliefs - if your beliefs are similar, there is less conflict.
• Self-confidence - if there is a healthy level of self-confidence, there is no competition, rather everything becomes a collaboration.
• Mental health - talk about anxiety and how you manage it.
• Physical health - talk about exercise and how you can plan on incorporating that in your marriage.
• Emotional health - talk about how you feel about the way anger, suspicion and jealousy need to be displayed in your marriage. There is a healthy way of expressing these emotions that is constructive rather than destructive.
• Spiritual health - talk about your Creator and share your inner-most thoughts about spirituality and how you practise this daily to be close to your Creator
• Trauma - being transparent about trauma means that you will feel safe in the marriage and not feel anxious every time there may be a trigger. Your future partner will be able to understand why you may be acting out and support you through healing from trauma. It’s okay if you don’t wish to share specific details but at least tell your future partner if “something bad happened in childhood”.

Falling in love with the person you are marrying is beautiful. Remember though that love is a verb and needs to be demonstrated through ways where you value each other, believe in each other, are collaborative in your daily life, enjoy optimal mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health and respect each other’s trauma triggers and help with each other’s healing.   

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The CCN Chuckle





Wanting to qualify as a driver, Jallalludin reported for his Uber test which consisted of "yes/no" type questions.


He took his seat in the examination room and stared at the question paper for five minutes.

In a fit of inspiration, he took his wallet out, removed a coin and started tossing the coin and marking the answer sheet - Yes for Heads and No for Tails.


Within half an hour he was all done, whereas the rest of the fellow drivers were still sweating it out.

During the last few minutes, he was seen desperately throwing the coin, muttering and sweating.


The moderator, alarmed, approached him and asked what was going on.


He replied, "I finished the exam in half and hour, but I'm rechecking my answers."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you people! Eat of what is on earth, lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps of the Evil One, for he is to you an avowed enemy.


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:168


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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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27 July



Winter Ball


Susan Al-Maani

Hillstone, Hillstone St Lucia

0433 182 520


28 July



Muslimah Night Bazaar


Muslimah Night Bazaar

ICB, 45 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA


3PM to 9PM

3 August



College Fete


Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

0411 045 156

11AM 'til LATE

10 August



Migrant Expo 2019


QLD Multicultural Committee

Multi-faith Center, Nathan Campus, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

0435 086 796

10AM to 3PM

11 August





(Day of Arafah)

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, KARAWATHA

0432 026 375

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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Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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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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