EST. 2004


Sunday 11 August 2019 | Issue 0770



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


We find the week's news, so that you don't have to






EID-UL-ADHA Programmes













































Eid prayers will be held on 11th August (Sunday) at Gold Coast Masjid.
7.00am: Takhbeer
7.30am: English Talk
8.00am: Eid salaat & Khutbhaa







Please send your Eid Day programme to for inclusion here.



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Academy Alive wishes you and your family Eid Mubarak.
























As we celebrate the Eid al-Adha with our family and friends, the MAA and MCF teams would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and blessed Eid Mubarak!

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah. (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

We would like to thank you for your generosity in sharing your Qurban with the world's poorest communities in over 25 countries.

Not only have you provided the poor and needy with the best quality meat available, you've allowed them to continue to practice the Sunnah of our Prophet PBUH.

Thank you for bringing joy and happiness in to the lives of those less fortunate.
If you have not donated your Qurban yet, you still have time. To donate, call 1800 100 786 or visit

Riyaad Ally
Chief Marketing Officer

+61 434 984 520 I +61 2 8016 9500 I 1800 100 786


















On behalf of ICQ and its member organisations I take this opportunity to wish the Muslim community of Queensland a joyous Eid Ul Adha.


May your efforts in the first ten days of this blessed month be rewarded in abundance.


To those that had the privilege of performing Hajj this year, we wish you Hajj Mabroor.


We pray that those who have not yet been on this journey of a lifetime, be invited soon to fulfil this compulsory obligation.


Whilst we celebrate let us not forget the plight of our Brothers and Sisters in many parts of the world that face starvation, misery, suffering and bombardment.


Let us all unite and pray sincerely to ease the burden of all those that are suffering.


Eid Mubarak to one and all.


Habib Jamal

President: Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)








Eid Mubarak from IWAA Staff and Management Committee

May you have a Blessed Eid Al Adha 2019












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Migrant Expo 2019







A range of speakers shared their migration stories at the 2019 Migrant Expo yesterday (Saturday) along with cultural stalls, food and entertainment.


Organized by the Queensland Multicultural Council (QMC), the event showcased the contribution of the migrant community to Australia and in so doing transformed it "from a white nation to one of the world's most successful multi-cultural country".  


The event was put together by Janeth Deen and the members the QMC.

Umesh Chandra and Mohammed Mamdu Bah took on the role of Master of Ceremonies, and Aunty Betty did the Welcome to Country.









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As Salaamu Alaikum,

I have landed in Tanzania to implement MAA's Qurban project. We'll be carrying out the final inspections on the animals to ensure they meet the right Islamic specifications to be accepted as Qurban as well as to ensure the Qurban is sacrificed humanely and the distribution is provided to those in need.

I humbly request your duas and forgiveness if I have wronged you in any way.

If you have not yet made your Qurban donation you can contact me today or tomorrow before 3pm. You can also visit the links below or call our office on 1800 100 786.

➤ $100 Fresh Qurban:
➤ $145 Ready-to-Eat Canned Qurban:
➤ $295 Fresh Qurban in Syria/Palestine/Lebanon:


🏦 Bank transfer:
BSB 082057 & Account No. 251725137
Ref: Q100/Q145/Q295























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Ms Rita Markwell joins the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN) as its first Policy Advisor.


Rita Jabri Markwell is a writer, advocate and lawyer. She was adviser to Minister Jenny Macklin and Shadow Minister Chris Evans across the portfolio of Indigenous Affairs from 2005-2010.


In this time, she worked on the National Apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples and focussed on building stakeholder relationships and common ground across the political spectrum.


Her interest in the Stolen Generations began early in her career in her role as research legal assistant for the Trevorrow test case, which became the first and only successful Stolen Generations compensation outcome.


In following years, she was contracted by various Indigenous non-government bodies to translate their aspirations, knowledge and insight to the government sphere, contributing to government policy.


As a member of the Muslim community, Rita was inspired following the Christchurch massacre to research what would be needed in a national response to vilification and hate crime in Australia.


Ms Markwell told CCN:

I'd like Muslim sisters and brothers to know they can be involved in shaping our country and our democracy.

InshaAllah AMAN will become a source of strength to the community.

Advocacy is labour intensive - it's all the research and relationship building that happens behind the scenes. Getting to understand the full picture by talking to people across the political spectrum.

We will be able to support and partner with Muslim peaks and other bodies.

Our first priority is responding to rising Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred. Extremism can't be normalised in a liberal democracy like Australia. And as one of affected groups, it's our responsibility to push back and argue for action. We want to keep Australia safe for everyone.




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Sisters Support Services received an amazing and overwhelming response for donated toiletries for hygiene packs for the homeless.


The items were generously donated by the community and we have received enough good for over 100 packs.


This week Brothers in Need distributed around 50 packs along with the hot meal, fruit and food packs that they normally do on Friday night's.

We would really like to thank each and every one for their generous donations over the last week, may Allah reward you all for your efforts.


Unfortunately we cannot take anymore personal items as we do not have storage space at our office





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Australian International Islamic College primary and secondary students received their student-of-the-month awards for the month of August.


The awards were presented by AIIC's Adopt-A-Cop Sgt Jim Bellos and PLO Nasra Aden.





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Canberra doctor Nathem Al-Naser can continue to perform circumcisions after a ban imposed by the Medical Board of Australia was overturned.

ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) documents revealed in September 2018 Dr Al-Naser performed a circumcision on a five-month-old boy.

For the next two days the boy continued to bleed.

The boy's father said his son was distressed, crying and had "a lot" of blood in his nappy.

His mother said the child was screaming continuously.

According to the documents, the parents said they sent Dr Al-Naser a photo and claimed that in a follow-up phone call, Dr Al-Naser said it "looks normal" and "you don't need to worry".

The boy ended up having to be admitted to the Canberra Hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot and received a blood transfusion.

A month later, the boy's mother complained to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and an investigation was launched.

The ACT Board of the Medical Board of Australia banned Dr Al-Naser from performing circumcisions in December last year.

Dr Al-Naser appealed the decision to ACAT and the matter was heard in July.




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By Ryan Al-Natour - This is an edited extract from Racism and Recipes by Ryan Al-Natour, published in Arab Australian Other: Stories on Race & Identity (Picador Australia).


Ryan Al-Natour as a toddler in Palestine


Continued from last week's CCN....


I'm proudly 'of Middle Eastern appearance'

My father's side of the family is fair-skinned. When my father and amo (uncle) sailed to Australia during the white Australia policy era, people often read their appearance as European.

I am dark-skinned and proudly "of Middle Eastern appearance" - despite the media/policing abuse of this as a racialised descriptor. Unlike my uncles and some of my cousins, no-one would mistakenly think I am white.

The waitress didn't do anything unusual in assuming that I was Muslim. Perhaps it is common for non-Arabs to assume that all Arabs are Muslim - even though the majority of Arab-Australians are Christians.

I don't have a problem with being mistaken as Muslim. A sizable portion of Palestinians are Orthodox Christians and we are proudly a culturally Islamic society.


Avoiding stereotypes

Back to Rockhampton, where it had taken two hours for me - a Palestinian-Arab-Christian - to experience some form of Islamophobia in my new home. Surely this was a one-off incident? I was just unlucky? Right?


The next day a white man delivering my new fridge informed me that he knew I was a "wog" from my last name on the customer receipt. The day after, a white woman told me (yes, again - out of nowhere) that Australia was under threat from Middle Eastern men who were secretly working for Islamic State.

Within my new workplace, things were not easier. Behind my back, colleagues identified me as "someone from overseas". One colleague told me that her husband was "like me" because he was an Indonesian. In passing, another person described me as a "really good-looking Indian".

Perhaps one of the most memorable instances was when a random white male talked about me - in front of me - to his friends as they walked past.

"Look at Raul over there!" he yelled as if this was an insult. Something within me snapped. I responded with rage. "MY NAME IS NOT RAUL!"

He looked scared. The crazy angry Arab male that he probably saw depicted on A Current Affair had just paid him a visit.

"Oh sorry, I thought it was."

"You think every person with a tan has the same name?" He ran away. His friends followed him.

Stereotype confirmed.


to be continued in next week's CCN....





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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.






ANZAC Muslims: An Untold Story

By Dzavid Haveric, Charles Sturt University



Abstract: When the Commonwealth of Australia became immersed in two World Wars, Australian Muslims accepted the national call -they shed their blood and gave their lives for Australia's freedom and democracy. With their Australian brothers-in-arms and allies they fought courageously with honour against their common enemies in different battlefields -but this is an almost forgotten history. Muslims in Australia were challenged by Britain's imperial might and by their status as British subjects and 'aliens' to take part in ANZAC showing their commitment to their adopted country.


The virtue of justice, sense of responsibility and loyalty are peculiar qualities that find their full justification in the organised welfare of Australian society. This pioneering article, based on ongoing research on ANZAC Muslims, makes known their unique contribution. It reveals historic facts about ANZAC Muslims who were members of what has come to be known as the Heroic Generation. Although their names have not appeared in history books, they achieved the glory of victory for a better future for new generations to come. Their contribution is part of Australian National Heritage -Lest we forget.




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

Together, Australian soldiers, Muslim as much as those of other backgrounds, fought against their common enemies in different battlefields. Service records for recruited soldiers do not ask about race. Like other Australian soldiers, Muslims were recruited from all states to be trained to become an efficient military force, while maintaining their physical strength, stamina and strong spirit. They were treated well and willingly accepted the national call. Airmen, air traffic controllers, pilots, parachutists, sailors, gunners, horsemen, camel drivers, volunteers and others were accepted for service and commissioned according to their abilities, becoming responsible for carrying out whatever duties and tasks they were assigned.


Despite their involvement in Australia's defence forces, their Australian Muslim identities were not recorded accurately in historic accounts for a few reasons. Muslims were 'invisible' minority groups in Australia, hence they were absorbed by majority groups. They often were publicly silent about expressing their identities, while others used Anglicised names and/or nicknames and some embraced diverse cultures.


For instance, Mariyam Crenan, a third generation Australian from Mackay of Javanese origin whose father and brothers went to war, explained that many parents in the early 20th century did not know their children could be registered with Muslim names even though they were born in Australia.


Their identities were misperceived due to their part-or full-assimilation. Those who had a Muslim or part-Islamic family link did not always practise their religion, even though they had an awareness of their heritage. Some even converted to other faiths. At that time, there were no Islamic schools in Australia, which taught Arabic, a language of the Qur'an, nor an available English translation of the holy book for their generations to develop knowledge on Islam and to facilitate self-determination of a Muslim identity. Their identities were often misinterpreted by others due to their lack of knowledge of Islam. They were often recorded as 'Mohammedans' or followers of other religion, while others had blank spaces in their recruitment files.











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Arafah - The Biggest Bargain of the Year

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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 quest to belong … Sarfraz Manzoor.




So how will the film look to viewers today? Will the message of hope still resonate here, or in the US, where the election of Trump has overturned the happy ending of the Obama years? When it premiered at the Sundance festival, the film landed one of the biggest deals, for $15m from Warner Bros. Earlier this year I flew to Hollywood, Las Vegas and New York to attend preview screenings, and the responses of those who saw it were fascinating. After the Hollywood screening, a young woman approached me and told me she was raised in a Baptist community in Tennessee and had wanted to chase a dream of being a singer songwriter but her parents disapproved. "Your story was my story," she told me. In New York I met a couple who had come for the Springsteen plotline, but had been affected by the story of a boy wanting to belong. They said they did not know anyone Muslim, but that I was "basically just a Pakistani version" of them.

We are living in a time when many of the battles I believed had been won are having to be refought. But the strongest weapon against those who seek to sow division is empathy. That this film is being made now, that it will reach audiences who haven't read the book, gives me a reason to feel hopeful.





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Stacey Dooley: BBC apologises after Panorama host calls Muslim prayer gesture 'Isis salute'   


Blunder was described as 'insulting and offensive to Muslims and journalists'


UK: The BBC has issued an apology after Stacey Dooley referred to a Muslim prayer gesture as an "Isis salute".

The documentary presenter made the blunder in the Panorama episode "Meet the IS Brides", which was broadcast last night (Monday 5 August).

In the programme, Dooley, who is the Strictly Come Dancing champion, visited camps in northern Syria and spoke to women who had left their own countries to join Isis.

The offending scene, which showed Dooley using the term "Isis salute" to describe women raising their fingers in the air, was cut from the programme after being used in the documentary. A clip on Sunday's BBC News at Ten has also been taken off iPlayer.

Some Isis militants have attempted to co-opt the gesture by posing with one finger raised in propaganda images.

However, the raised index finger is a symbol of Tawhid, meaning "the unity and uniqueness of God as creator and sustainer of the universe". The gesture is a common part of Islamic prayer, and has been used by a number of Muslim football players during goal celebrations.

TellMamaUK, a social media watchdog for anti-Muslim incidents, condemned the moment and tweeted: "To reduce such a fundamental and important concept to a mere 'Isis salute' is grossly wrong, ignorant and damaging."

Award-winning BBC journalist Anisa Subedar tweeted: "Does Stacey Dooley know us Muslims raise it every time we pray (that's five times a day) to remind us of the oneness of God?

"This is what happens when you pass over real journalists to cover these kinds of stories - those that require cultural sensitivity and compassion.

"What happened here is insulting and offensive to Muslims and journalists."

Journalist Oz Katerji tweeted the BBC's response after he submitted a complaint, and linked the mistake to a lack of diversity in newsrooms.

"While I am disappointed Stacey herself has not apologised, I am satisfied with the BBC response and will draw a line under this here," he said.

"I have no doubt that this retraction was prompted not by me, but by dozens of female Muslim BBC journalists that were also offended and expressed their feelings about it. I can't stress this enough, newsrooms need to be diverse, and if you hire more diverse staff, this won't happen.

"I hope Stacey and producers involved also see how many racist responses my complaint instigated, and how many people tweeted me to tell me that there is no difference between IS and Islam. This is what incidents like this cause, and the media has a responsibility to prevent that."

In response to the backlash, a BBC spokesperson said: "We wrongly described a gesture made by women filmed in a Kurdish controlled detention camp in northern Syria as an 'IS salute'.

"While Isis have attempted to adopt this for their own propaganda purposes, for accuracy we should have been clear that many people of Muslim faith use this gesture to signify the oneness of Allah.

"We apologise for this error and have removed this description from the footage."

Dooley has been criticised in the past for her perceived lack of knowledge or understanding while presenting various documentaries.

Earlier this year, she became embroiled in a "white saviour" row with Labour MP David Lammy over her Comic Relief trip to Uganda, which the politician said perpetuated "tired and unhelpful stereotypes".     



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The Lost Arabs



 Omar Sakr







Visceral and energetic, Omar Sakr's poetry confronts notions of identity and belonging head-on. Braiding together sexuality and divinity, conflict and redemption, The Lost Arabs is a seething, urgent collection from a distinct new voice.




If you are a reader who seeks comfort or assurance, a sense of belonging and identity, or just entertainment - none of which are easily dismissed - then you might not welcome The Lost Arabs. This is a book written to disturb, about disturbance.

The lost Arabs are displaced peoples, men, women and children caught between cultures, lands, histories; travellers who have confronted borders, foreign languages and hard labour. There are lots of names for them. They are called - mostly by the rooted - diasporic, refugee, migrant, foreigner, rootless, and worse. Omar Sakr - the voices in these poems, not simply the man - speaks from within just such a whirlwind of displacement and loss.

But Sakr's poetry is also very much Australian and contemporary. It is written not to claim an identity - Arab Australian, Lebanese/Turkish man, gay or bisexual man - but to show how it is to live in and out of identity, between, lost, in "endless migration".

So what am I, a rooted, Christian, white Anglo-Australian reader doing, reading this poetry, the poetry of a first-generation Turkish and Lebanese, Muslim, bisexual man? Perhaps I am the most unsuitable of readers. Or, on another count, could I be the kind of reader who needs to read outside their own settled comforts?

Sakr's landscapes are simultaneously earthed, fleshy, sexual, and they are existentially and politically questioning. But "questioning" seems too ordinary a word for the incendiary, devastated places this poetry visits. Sometimes they are recognisable places of war and war-mongering - Lebanon, Turkey, Israel and Palestine, western Sydney, and that place where so many wars begin, America, where "Everyone has the blizzard on their lips./ Batten down. Turn the word over:/ a large or overwhelming number of things/ arriving suddenly. What could be/ more appropriate to sum up the American/ condition?" (Waiting for the American Spring.)

Poetry and politics are constantly spun together, are inextricable, in Sakr's work. America as origin of wars and ideological mayhem becomes a metaphor, and an actual landscape, in a world "where the stolen/ refuse to remain lost, buried in snow./ They get up on lips...You can't build a wall around a season, a forest of bone, a land always dying". (Waiting for the American Spring.) So the metaphors of suffering, oppression, borders and walls keep exploding, both for nations and for individuals, in Sakr's poems.

But further, the terrors of war and human displacement are also routes. They lead to death, of course, but while the poet takes us to places where "... every dead body is impossibly foreign", "Still their names my name will be lodged/in throats. I will replace the lost with my blood." The un-grammar of "their names my name" contains a deep humanity, a hard-won value that refuses sentimentalism or easy association.

We are in Kafka country, visiting places where there is barely hope of redemption, and yet the poet keeps looking: "Would you believe I keep trying to find the poetry/ In a wound? How foolish. How graceless. And yet:/ a man who knows his history told me it was in my blood/ What idiot put it there? .../ My certainty collapses. That I am lost. Or can be found./ That there is such a thing as Arab." (The Lost Arabs.)

Poised between identities, between faith and cynicism, Sakr's poetry is a restless, heaving practice. But in these in-between states of his poems, the poet manages to create a tentative, imagined wisdom. In the midst of the war zone "you never know/ what you'll be bending to recover, whether your fingers will meet skin,/ or plastic, or metal. No matter, the result/is always the same: a name erupting." (Boys with their pins pulled.)

This wisdom could be called stoicism, or existential acceptance. But in fact it finds its roots, tangled and tentative as they are, in a fragmented faith. The god of lost Arabs is both believed in and is as absent as those lost parents, the lost family who can be remembered only at the cost of great pain. And yet ... in dreaming of heaven, the speaker of the last poem conjures al-Jannah - paradise - in this way: "I can't imagine it, whatever it is, as a place/ gated. What need the spirit for doors? What god/ bothers with a wall?" (Heaven is a Bad Name.)

At once political and spiritual, Sakr's poetics embrace restlessness, a constant travelling away: "Don't stay/ home or still. You can't be rewarded/ if you're never there and lack/ of reward is where poetry lives." (Great Waters Keep Moving Us.)

To claim, in any way, that Omar Sakr's poetry is "Australian" is an honour for Australia. A multi-voiced, multi-faithed, diasporic people, we are slowly learning both the Indigenous stories and beginnings of this place, and the restless, questing nature of its peoples. It is possibly redemptive to see why and how our "certainty collapses".




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CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Just the treat for Eid!


Caramel Peppermint Crisp Cake





120g butter, softened
400g Caster Sugar
360g cake flour
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
40g desiccated coconut, toasted
pinch of salt
3 large eggs
360ml coconut milk

Caramel Mousse Filling
2 tsp gelatine powder (agar agar powder)
3 tbsp water
2 x 400g tins condensed milk, boiled (or take a shortcut and use tinned caramel)
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
500ml cream, whipped to stiff peaks
400g peppermint crisp chocolate,
200g coconut tea biscuits, crumbled

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C and line 3 x 20cm springform tins with baking paper.

  2. Beat the butter, caster sugar, flour, baking powder, coconut and salt together on a low speed until a sandy texture form.

  3. Whisk the eggs and coconut milk together in a jug then slowly add to the dry ingredients while the mixer is running, to form a batter.

  4. Divide the cake batter evenly between the prepared tins and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean, and the cakes are golden.

  5. Allow to cool a little in the tin before turning out onto a cake rack.

  6. Trim the cooled cakes by levelling the tops. Place one cake layer back inside one of the cleaned
    springform cake tin.

  7. Next, make the mousse; sprinkle the gelatine over the water and allow to bloom. Microwave in short bursts until just melted the stir in half the tin of cooked condensed milk (reserve the rest), vanilla and salt. Fold in the cream until no streaks remain.

  8. Spread the remaining caramel on top of the sponge then pour half of the mousse on top.

  9. Crumble over 1/3 of the peppermint crisp and biscuits and top with another cake layer.

  10. Repeat with the remaining caramel, mousse, peppermint crisp and biscuits, ending with a cake layer.

  11. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.

  12. To unmould, run a warm palette knife around the edges.

  13. Decorate with peppermint crisp shards, tennis biscuits and caramel.




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Keeping Fit with Kareema








Dear Kareema, I'm fairly new to exercising and am already struggling with stitches during my workouts. Any suggestions?



The good news is, if you're getting a stitch it probably means you've been totally smashing your workouts. Although rarely serious, the stitch or stabbing sensation you feel while working out can affect your performance and reduce the effectiveness of your session.

Because you're new, I'd suggest you pace yourself - stitches seem to be more common in newcomers. Take little sips of water during your workout rather than too much before as this could increase the chances of stitches. Also, don't eat too close to the start of your sweat sesh. Try focusing on deep breathing while working out. If you haven't already, be sure to get clearance from your GP for exercising.







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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:
Do I Stay Or Leave?

Thinking back to that Mother's Day afternoon in 2011, I don't exactly remember whether it was the electric cord that he strangled me with that triggered the warrior in me or the one solid punch on my head where I was housing a golf-ball sized brain tumor. What I do recall vividly is when I saw my tiny seven-year-old daughter from the corner of my eye, shivering with fear and screaming at the top of her lungs "Papa, let her go, please, let her go!" was when the moment of truth hit me like a ton of bricks...Was this the legacy I was leaving for my daughter? This was not about her father being violent to her mother...this was about her parents mentally torturing her, abusing her in a way that may never heal. Astaghfirullah.

Being in a toxic relationship brings about death. Death to peace, love, light, joy and abundance. It slowly sucks life out of you until you start mirroring toxicity in your thoughts, words and deeds. Not all toxic relationships are physically violent. Emotional torture, insults, money-control, spying (hacking into social media accounts, or checking phone messages), constant accusations are some of many signs of a toxic relationship.

What happened in 2011 to me was not a one-off incident. It started when I began dating him back in 2001. All these little things and signs that I chose to dismiss because a part of me convinced me of two things; one, that I deserved them - taking blame, making excuses for his violence. And two, that I could change him if I tried harder. These two reasons were a clear indication that I lacked self-worth, self-respect, self-love, self-compassion and gratitude to ALLAH for the beautiful life that HE had blessed me with. Instead of choosing love, light, peace and joy, I was choosing toxicity and perpetuating it further. When motherhood happened, the excuse to stay became even more ridiculous: I'm staying because my child needs a complete family, she needs both parents.

It's not fun sharing this truth with my readers. However, self-transformation is only possible when there is self-reflection and awareness of patterns of thinking. Self-sabotaging thought patterns that trap you into staying on in toxic relationships (marriages, friendships and business partnerships) only bring about darkness, ill health, resentment and fear.

Before you know it, you become addicted to this toxicity and fear propels you to find excuses to remain stuck in this stagnant existence. ALLAH created you to live your life to your full potential and worship HIM. How can you do that if you are stuck in existing in such toxicity? Know the difference between merely existing and actually living. Where are you in your life right now? How do you feel about your growth? How is your relationship helping you grow? Is it helping you grow? If not, why not?

So, Stay Or Leave?
No one can make you leave. You need to decide that for yourself. People sometimes say things like, "If it's that bad, just leave." Well, it's not that simple...because you need to understand that in order to leave a toxic relationship, you need to first and foremost become aware that you are in fact living in the toxicity. Choice is the most fundamental and crucial part of decision-making.

You can CHOOSE to:

• Fight and argue daily OR be in a peaceful, soulful companionship
• Fear being yourself OR feel the freedom to be who you are and live your purpose
• Feel useless, hopeless, anxious and depressed OR feel positive, light, loving and joyful
• Cry alone and blame others or self OR cry it out to a trusted professional to guide you
• Retaliate with violence and aggression OR realise your self-worth and rise above these toxic behavioural choices
• Continue making excuses for this toxic situation OR take action to do something to change your life for the better
• Continue being ignorant about your rights OR find the right people to help you understand your rights
• Remain in this prison till you die OR walk out of this prison NOW because you actually can. 

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The CCN Chuckle





Mrs. Jallalludin: Habibi, let's play a game.

Jallalludin: Ok, what is the game all about?

Mrs. Jallalludin: If I mention a country, you will run to the left side of the room and touch the wall. And if I mention a bird you will run to the right side of the room and touch the wall. If you run to the wrong direction, you will give me all your salary for the month.

Jallalludin: Ok and if you fail, I will have your salary too right?

Mrs. Jallalludin: Yes darling

Jallalludin: OK

Mrs. Jallalludin: Are you ready?

Jallalludin: Yes ready.

Mrs. Jallalludin: Turkey

It has been 4 hours now and Jallalludin is still standing at the spot wondering if she meant the country or the bird.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Those who love the life of this world more than the Hereafter, who hinder (men) from the path of Allah and seek therein something crooked: they are astray by a long distance.


~ Surah Ibrahim 14:3


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"I tell my students,

'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for,

just remember that your real job is that if you are free,

you need to free somebody else.

If you have some power,

then your job is to empower somebody else.

This is not just a grab-bag candy game.' "




Toni Morrison




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


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A narrative on engaging the community's Mental Health Issues

This is a FREE event

The growing interest regarding the state of Mental Health (MH) nationally has stoked discussions on how and what the Muslim community is doing to support and resolve the concerns of its community members particularly in regards to addiction and radical behaviourism.

Major factors that influence/cause mental health disorders are social, psychological and environmental. This forum will explore aspects of mental health from a clinical, Islamic worldview and social perspective.

Panel Members:
Dr Riyad Rahimullah - Academic Researcher in Psychology
Aneesa Kathrada - Dept of Education, EQ Mental Health Coach
Ustadh Aftab Malik - Guest Lecturer, Dept of Law, Uni of Sydney
Dr Mohamed Ghilan - Neuroscientist

Brought to you by Brisbane Muslim Conference.
Contact Muhammad Khatree on 0401 972 865.


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Do you have a disability?
You could be eligible for financial support from the government.

As-salaamu Alaykum,

ICQ is pleased to offer a free seminar on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Please see the attached poster. We are running this seminar in partnership with Carers Queensland.

This seminar will explain how NDIS works and how to apply for funding. We have people in our communities who are not aware of the process, or don't know how to apply, or have language difficulties. As a result, they miss out on funding that would otherwise make their lives a bit easier.

Please share this with your mailing lists and encourage people to attend. The details are as follows:

Saturday 17 August, 10am
Bottom hall, Islamic College of Brisbane (45 Acacia Road, Karawatha)
Register here:
If asked for a password, enter "NDIS2019"

This is run for the benefit of all Muslim communities so please don't miss out on this opportunity.















































































(07) 3272 8071 OR 0401 971 471



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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 Support 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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"If it's not here's not happening!"l)

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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

18 August



Free Qurbani BBQ


Deen Family

AIIC, 724 Blunder Rd Durack

0418 722 353

12PM to 2PM

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

14 September



Palmerston Mosque: Fund Raising Dinner


Islamic Society of Palmerston

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0412 601 152

6.30PM sharp

15 September



Sh. Yahya Ibrahim - 'Know Thyself' - Course on Purification of the Soul


AlKauthar Institute

Griffith University, Nathan Campus

or 0438 698 328

8:30AM to 5PM

19 October



Victims of War: FUND RAISER Dinner



Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0415 786 643

6.30PM sharp

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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Bald Hills, Brisbane




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
Ph: 0403338040















Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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

Email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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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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