EST. 2004


Sunday 18 August 2019 | Issue 0771



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


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ICQ organized Eid al-Adha prayers at ICB: Monday 12 August








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Gold Coast Mosque Eid al-Adha prayers: Sunday 11 August








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Toowoomba Mosque Eid al-Adha prayers: Sunday 11 August









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QPS multi-faith dinner at the Greek Club in Brisbane on Thursday 15 August 2019







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Minister Stirling Hinchliffe welcome the new Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council for their 3 year term with the Queensland Government.

Dr Nora Amath is returned for a second term and the new council boasts a "great diversity and wealth of experience in the 10 new members joining us from across the state": Dealonna Bickey from Mount Isa, Cr Natalia Muszkat from Gladstone, Tej Man Monger from Cairns, Vicky Yu from the Gold Coast, Nkosana Mafico, Dr Aparna Hebbani, Faiza El-Higzi, Giri Sivaraman, Ignacio Correa-Velez and Irene Biedak OAM from Brisbane



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Muslim Aid Australia's Riyaad Ally supervising meat distribution in Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro


During the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) and Muslim Aid Australia provided meat to 4.5 million needy people all around the world.

Following Muslim tradition, the Turkish charity sacrificed and distributed meat from animals in 51 different countries in the Balkans, Central and South Asia, South America, the Mideast, and Africa, Naci Yorulmaz, Kızılay's deputy chair, told Anadolu Agency in Tanzania's semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar.

For the first time, this year Kızılay also distributed meat from sacrificed animals in Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, the Comoros, Rwanda, Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Georgia, Tatarstan (in Russia), Greece, and Suriname, he said.

The organization has been supporting the needy around the world for over 150 years, he added.

In Tanzania, Kızılay has sacrificed animals in four regions, including Darussalam and Zanzibar, he said, adding that the charity aims to reach half a million families nationwide.

Earlier, the charity announced that meat from sacrificed animals is also being cooked and canned at a facility located in the Turkish Aegean province of Izmir, allowing it to distribute the cans to those who are in need all year round.

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Revert Eid Picnic




By Sisters Support Services    



Our Revert Eid Picnic organised by Sisters Support Services and Brothers in Need was a success with many people attending. Held on a lovely sunny winters day in Calamvale Park.


Many new reverts attended from north and south Brisbane including travelling from the Gold Coast.


The picnic was a great way for them to interact with the wider community. Beautiful decorated tables were set up and sponsored by 'Picnic events by Deena'.

The community came together and generously donated drinks, salads & desserts. All the meat was donated by members from the community & local butchers. We like to thank everyone involved and all the volunteers who made this day a successful event.





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The Muslim Council of Britain today (14 August 2019) mourns the passing of former National Council member Nabeel al-Azami, who returned to our Lord in the early hours of this morning after a short illness. He was 39 years old, and is survived by his wife and three children.

Those who knew Nabeel can attest to his exceptional kindness, generosity and talent. Despite his young age, his achievements were towering. Many will know him as founding director of Murabbi Consulting, his organisation specialising in ethical leadership. Others will have met him during his earlier time at Islamic Relief Worldwide, as Head of Global HR. We at the MCB are indebted to his work alongside previous Secretary General Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari in initiating an Institutional Capacity Building Initiative (ICBI) for affiliates and wider Muslim organisations.

During his lifetime he received many accolades. As an Adair Accredited Leadership trainer, he won the Chairman's Leadership award two years in a row, was a finalist for HR Professional of the Year 2015, and won HR Team of the Year 2015. In June this year, he launched his monumental book "Muhammad (s): 11 Leadership Qualities that Changed the World", a culmination of 20 years of experience and work.

The legacy he has left behind in death is one that we can all look to for guidance, as we did in life. Many of Nabeel's family, friends and colleagues have shared how often they looked to him as someone who offered immense wisdom and clarity. Whether it was words of encouragement in times of uncertainty, or his living embodiment of the values we all aspire to, he was the impactful leader who led by example. Nothing underlines this more than his selflessness and courage after being diagnosed with cancer.

A significant part of Nabeel's life was spent in service to the communities he came from. As well as being a husband, father, brother and son, he was also a mentor to many young Muslims forging their way in life. Through his gentle conversations, challenging and reflective training sessions, practical advice and support, his insights have shaped many minds and characters. Though this is a tremendous loss for the world, we are thankful to Allah for the gift of a generous, patient and wise friend.

May Allah forgive him, accept his deeds and bless him with Jannat al-Firdaus. May Allah grant his family patience and relief. Ameen.



Nabeel al-Azami's book, Muhammad (pbuh): 11 leadership qualities that changed the world, was reviewed in the CCN Readers' Book Club (issue no. 762) on 16 June 2019.




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One of the biggest problems in the community is social isolation; community members feeling unsupported and lonely. Language barriers, transportation problems, financial constraints and being busy looking after young children all contribute to making women feel isolated. However, in certain circumstances, even for those who do drive, have no financial constraints and speak English fluently can also feel disconnected from the community for various reasons. In some cases, this can lead to women experiencing depression or for younger girls feeling lost in a community where they don't feel they fit in. This was one of the issues highlighted in Friday night's Radical Addictions and Indulgent Obsessions forum in Brisbane, Australia.

At the Hurricane Stars Club, we are trying to create a variety of regular programs that will provide greater support for women, teen girls, and children by offering them with a safe and supportive space where they can be inspired, make friends and have fun. We will be running these projects in collaboration with leading female community members like Kholoud Abdulla, Nadia Saeed, Salam Elmerebi and Susan Al Maani amongst others. Currently we are offering women's weekly swimming, fitness and pilates classes to help improve the ladies' mental and physical health, on Monday and Thursday mornings at our Activities Centre. We have weekly female only soccer training on Tuesday afternoons at Gould Adams Park.

We are also starting our once-a-month Ladies Only social gatherings and luncheons with guest speakers from the community as well as fun art sessions, beginning this Tuesday, the 20th of August 2019. We will also begin to offer a monthly fun Girls Night hosted by Nadia Saeed and other young women from the community to give teen girls a safe space to relax and have fun, starting this Friday the 23rd of August 2019. We will also be having fortnightly Art sessions with Salam Elmerebi, a highly experienced mentor for girls in our community, starting Friday the 30th of August 2019.

We will continue to organise our successful school holiday activities for kids and teens, as well as starting Brisbane's first official Muslim Crescent Scouts group beginning the 20th of October 2019. This will provide children in the community with personal development opportunities as well as a wide variety of activities to participate in.

We are also working with local mental health professionals to run a variety of beneficial workshops for the community. Last month Kholoud Abdulla hosted a very successful workshop for expecting and new mothers. This month Salam Elmerebi will be hosting an important workshop for child protection week. Next month we will be presenting an important information session on being a foster carer, which is a great need in our community.

Our biggest upcoming community project is the Family Fun Day at the Islamic College of Brisbane on September 7th, 2019. The goal of the event is to provide a fun day out for families as well as promote the wide variety of local businesses in our community. The day will provide young people with a safe and halal space for families to have fun. It will have amazing rides for all ages, farm animal petting zoo, native Australian Animal Show, amazing daytime fireworks, face painting, henna, fairy floss, popcorn and show bags, a wide variety of multicultural food, and multicultural market stalls selling a variety of goods from books and clothes to woodcraft and essential oils.

To keep up to date with all our upcoming programs and activities, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram on @hurricanestarsclub. Buy Family Fun Day arm bands for the rides online and save at




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Since Ali Died | 'UnAustralia'


Poet, rapper and novelist Omar Musa is a revelation on stage: inspiring and eloquent, with a buoyant comic presence and an emotional authenticity - an openness to sharing the pleasures and pains of life - that stands as a vital opposite to the bane of "toxic" masculinity.

Since Ali Died merges a full-length hip-hop album of the same name into rich currents of spoken-word poetry and autobiographical reflection. It uses the death of Muhammad Ali, Musa's childhood hero, to explore a dark night of the soul.

The charismatic boxer and civil rights leader functions as a kind of spirit guide to the underworld - a Virgil to Musa's Dante - as the poet dives into his past.

Musa evokes the turbulent years he spent growing up brown and Muslim in Queanbeyan, near Canberra, with a mix of affection and clear-eyed intensity, and continues his story into adulthood.

One of the joys of Musa's work is the way he transforms painful memories into passionate song. He raps about a friend who became addicted to meth and died young, through a series of rebellious elegies; he ducks and weaves against blows from his own demons - a descent into binge-drinking, unrequited love, a crisis of faith - with similar finesse.

And he swims against the strong current of Islamophobia, racism and aggressive cultural assimilation in mainstream Australia with uncompromising strokes of brilliance. There's a terrific invective against Mark Latham that flows into a rap about what being un-Australian really means.

Musa has it all: a superlative gift for rhythm and metaphor, a finely tuned bullshit detector (his own, as well as the lies our country tells itself), an irreverent sense of humour and a humility in the face of a creative drive that's as close a thing to divinity as the artist has found.

A soulful, genuinely uplifting experience, Since Ali Died more than deserved the instant standing ovation it received.

The Guardian





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This year AIIC held a very successful Haj enactment at its Durack and Gold Coast campuses.


Students learnt the essential principles related to Haj, its important rituals, the locations of the Haj and the significance of Haj in a believers' life.


Parents and the wider school community members also enjoyed the event and they felt that these types of simulations would boost the learning process of students.

College Principal Mr Mohamed Ally inaugurated the program and the Imams in the College led the activities of the day.


The replicas of the Kaaba, Mina, Arafa, Safa and Marwa and the Jamarat were built and students were given the full details of different stations.




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By Mai Nguyen    

Cinespace Fellow Mai Nguyen on creating nuanced characters to counter racial profiling, with examples of Muslim characters from two case studies, Ali's Wedding and Degrassi : The Next Class


The representation of Muslims in Western media has been deeply problematic and led to Islamophobia and discrimination. With the push for diversity in the screen industry, it is important more than ever to have better Muslim characters on screen. The question is, how? How can screenwriters write stories about Muslims for the mainstream non-Muslim audience?

A useful starting point for the discussion is the Riz Test. The problem with Muslim representation on screen has become such a familiar issue that it inspired British actor Riz Ahmed's to take it up in a speech to the British House of Commons when he was asked to speak on diversity on screen. The Riz test is designed to evaluate how Muslims are portrayed on film and TV, thereby discourage film producers from using images and tropes that perpetuate stereotypes. Thus, if your Muslim character fits the following stereotypes, reconsider writing the character because he or she has failed the Riz test.

Are the Muslims in your script:

- portrayed as the victim or the perpetrators of terrorism?
- Presented as irrationally angry?
- Presented as superstitious, culturally backwards or anti-modern?
- Presented as a threat to a Western way of life?
- If the character is male, he is presented as misogynistic? Or if female, she is presented as oppressed and passive?

Although the problem of the portrayal of Muslims on screen is an ongoing issue, a few shows have been getting it right, and it is useful to explore how they do that.





For the purposes of this research project, I am going to focus on the feature film Ali's Wedding (2018), an award-winning Australian romantic comedy set in a Muslim Iraqi community in Melbourne and Degrassi's Next Class (2016), a Canadian TV show that follows the diverse student body of Degrassi Community School and features the character of Goldi Nahir (Soma Chhaya) as a member of the main cast. Goldie appears right from the first episode and is featured wearing the hijab (Islamic headscarf) in most of the show's promotional posters.


Both dramas are popular and critically appraised for their portrayal of Muslims. They are therefore good examples worth learning from if you, whether you are a Muslim or non-Muslim writer, ever decide to include a Muslim character in your screen story.

Here are the reasons that I believe make Ali's Wedding and Degrassi: Next Class successful in their portrayal of Muslims





Mai Nguyen was a Fellow in the 2019 Cinespace Social Cohesion on Screen Writer's Fellowship, funded by the Victorian Government.
Mai is a writer and video maker who wants to tell stories to make people think and reflect about identities and humanity. Mai has produced several short videos and photo essays, some of which have been screened at festivals (Mokhtar Film Festival and Victorian's Cultural Diversity Week 2017), exhibited at museum (Islamic Museum of Australia), and featured on Meld Magazine, SBS and ABC Online. You can see her work at






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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).


The only way to get "Lebanese zucchini" which is different to Australian zucchini in a town like Rockie is to grow it yourself.


Continued from last week's CCN....


My Cuisine survives

I wasn't the first Arab to set foot in Rockhampton. Anne Mansour is a Brisbane historian who has documented the presence of Lebanese across Queensland since the 1800s.

I spent Easter with a Lebanese family whose grandparents moved to Rocky in the 1850s. They did not speak a word of Arabic. They did not identify with their religion of origin.

Interestingly, one component of Arab culture that had managed to survive in Queensland was the cuisine. At this particular gathering I was stoked that there was Arabic food! There was malfoof (cabbage rolls stuffed with rice and meat), imjadereh (brown lentils, onions and rice) and rice pudding.

The Lebanese have a variation of the popular Arabic dish kibbeh (minced lamb or beef with bulghur, onion, spices and pine nuts), a raw version called kibbeh nayeh. This variation makes my stomach turn. It was served at this particular Easter gathering in Rockhampton.

Of all aspects of Lebanese culture that survived in a racist Queensland climate - kibbeh nayeh of all things!


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.




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Articles on them in newspapers showed little or no interest in their religious orientation, although there was some puzzling information on their ethnic backgrounds. There was also some fear Muslim troops would be reluctant to fight their Ottoman co-religionists. Stories on Muslim soldiers in the Australian army are largely unwritten, as opposed to the many stories about Gurkhas, Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims in the Indian army. Muslims managed to enlist despite the impact of the White Australia Policy on ethnic diversity.


Most Muslims, recruited from different parts of Australia, were British subjects in Australia or natural-born British subjects, and their Muslim identities were noticeably heterogenic. Most Muslim servicemen, whose names can be found in military lists and records, were Indians, Afghans, Malaysians, Indonesians and Albanians along with those of an Arabic background. There is also a record of one Zanzibari and a Tatar.

Over time, Muslims would reflect their own Muslim Australian identity. They developed a tremendous bond and attachment with officers and soldiers, further reinforcing their loyalty to Australia. Many Australian brothers-in-arms shed their blood or gave their lives hoping for a better world and fought with honour. Those of Islamic ancestry in the Australian army who survived the heat of battle returned home to generally lead productive lives and head families. These brave men, ANZAC Muslims, "were members of what has come to be known as the Heroic Generation". They are all remembered with respect and gratitude.










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Being Human in the Muslim Community

By: Anonymous (Brisbane Muslim Teen who is fed up with her so-called Muslim Community)




Being Human in the Muslim Community. You must be confused or curious about this topic. Well I am here to explain.

As an Australian Muslim teenager, I have been observing, listening and participating in the Muslim Community and let me tell you, I don't have great news.

Our community has lost understanding and sensitivity to being human. We have become so discriminative within our community and outside our community. Outside our community, we always have to view people as "Non-Muslim or Muslim". Its always about us against them. Our actions, our clothing, our way of life. We label people as Non-Muslims or sadly Kafir. For example, "Oh we can't mingle too much with the Non-Muslims because they will lead us astray". Or, "We shouldn't eat in this restraint because there are too many Non-Muslims". Since when did our community became so focused on Non-Muslims and fearing them? They are just people! Humans to be specific, just like us.

'Muslim' is the identity of our faith, but we are still human. As a Muslim, you shouldn't be fearful of going or being led astray. Aren't you strong enough in your deen and faith to not have that fear? As Muslims, we should be equal and be normal like the rest of faithful people. Our community will never be understood or accepted if we are so judgemental and discriminative with others in the world. Also remember. Allah is the creator of all. He is not just the creator for Muslims. He has the power to grant Jannah to someone who may not even be Muslim. Someone who did better deeds than the people who call themselves Muslims. Remember.

Sadly, the news doesn't get better. Within our own community, Subhan Allah it's a nightmare! We judge each other so much. About our way of life, our clothing, how much faith we have in Allah, how everything we do is either haram and halal (and to their standards of it) and how we should follow every single hadith and sunnah. Our community is always about rulings. Rulings from this mosque or this imam or this scholar and Muslims put them on such a high pedestal, its crazy! They're not bigger or higher than us. The crazier thing is if we don't follow the rulings, the hadiths, the sunnah, we as Muslims are just labelled by other Muslims that we are less or not a good enough Muslim.

Our youth, our adults, our elders are suffering from mental health issues, stress, anxiety from receiving the constant criticism and judgements. It's so sad to see our community tell Muslims how they lack in their faith, or if we don't follow the hadith or sunnah, Allah will punish us or will never forgive us. Once I received a comment from a Muslim who said I will not receive protection from Allah if I don't follow all his commandments. Wow! Okay. Who does this person think she is? How would they know who Allah protects and who he doesn't? Its his choice. He is our ruler. If he didn't protect the people who didn't follow his commandments, we wouldn't have Muslim reverts today. Because in their past, they certainly didn't follow his commandments and it was from His protection that lead them to finding the truth - Islam.

And don't get me started on WhatsApp? Well, let me tell you our community has abused this platform. All the chat forums have become a space for bullying, name calling and arguing about different rulings, hadiths, sunnah's, and even about what's haram and halal. Instead of answering a simple question, our being happy for another Muslim with their news, they instead have to find what's haram in it and start drilling ruling after ruling until the Admin blocks them out of the chat. Now is this being human? I don't think so.

With such despicable behaviours, we have lost the essence of being human. Where is the respect, kindness, understanding and supportive virtues? Allah is the only judge. The Only one to put us in our place. Yes, remind but once! I will stress on that. Once. That's it you have done your duty. Reminding is not about drilling and that is what our community has become. A DRILLING COMMUNITY!!! Filled with no respect and constant judging and being the boss and police of everyone's actions.

Enough is enough! Be human. Be kind. Be understanding. Know your place. Finally know that ONLY Allah is the decision maker. He shall grant protection, forgiveness, Jannah and Jahannam to whomever he pleases. Our purpose here is to be a good Muslim. Not a good Muslim for other Muslims. Not a Muslim who follows what other Muslims think are haram and halal. Just Muslim. Your faith, your actions, your thoughts, your deeds are between you and Allah. Being Muslim is being human and we need to start practicing that.


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Australian Muslim Musings: Missing history and silent stories

by Australian Muslim Musings


In the winter of 2018 a group of academics and researchers gathered at the picturesque Wagga Wagga Campus of Charles Sturt University. This was no stereotypical meeting nor an exercise in academic self-indulgence. We were there to learn, to share, to listen. Quite simply, we were exploring ways to ensure our work embodied yindyamarra winhanganha, the Wiradjuri phrase referring to the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.

Initially, Australian Muslim Musings was set up to act as a social media platform for two of the projects being conducted by the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation.

Looking through the extensive primary records archived by the Ahmad family in Sydney as well as the Imam and Kazi families in Melbourne, the enormity and complexity of the projects was soon realised. So too, were the implications for the unexplored areas of Australia's Muslim history.

As the title of this article suggests, Australian Muslim Musings is about social expression and exploration, an online museum and archive in progress, a space where forgotten Australian Muslim histories and stories can be documented, shared and discussed.

It is a journey of discovery where everyone is welcome and followers from all walks of life can come together to reflect and engage. It is a new history in the making....

As a forum for connecting people, communities and cultures, Australian Muslim Musings engages with past and existing projects and events with the aim of inspiring new ones.

It is also a useful educational resource for students and teachers as it incorporates a number of learning tools, forgotten and recently discovered archival material as well as new scholarly works.

In the coming months Australian Muslim Musings will share more stories as well as information about an oral history project, "Your Story in Your Words", being conducted with the support of Cumberland Council Sydney.

Feedback is always welcome on the page and anyone wishing to participate in this new project can message the page directly or call 9649 9040.

Australian Muslims Musings is the realisation of a dream, an ongoing journey to rediscover our past, and preserve the history being made today, for tomorrow.




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As China Cracks Down on Uighurs, a Uighur American Joins the White House   


USA: The Trump administration has appointed a Uighur American academic as director for China at the National Security Council in a symbolic move that could impact talks--and relations--between the two countries.

Current and former U.S. officials told Foreign Policy that Elnigar Iltebir, a Harvard Kennedy School-educated academic and daughter of a prominent Uighur intellectual and journalist, was recently appointed to the White House post. Under the U.S. President Donald Trump, there has been a trend of avoiding public announcements regarding National Security Council appointments.

In her role, Iltebir will be tasked with helping to manage China policy, one of the most critical priorities for the Trump administration, including issues related to trade, military, and human rights. Iltebir's family hails from the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, where Beijing has been accused of waging a cultural genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs.

"The possibility that there could be a Uighur negotiating opposite Chinese government officials is really powerful," said Francisco Bencosme, the Asia Pacific advocacy manager at Amnesty International.

In recent years, Beijing has detained between 800,000 and 2 million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslim ethnic minorities in internment camps, according to estimates from the U.S. State Department, citing media and human rights watchdogs. Those interned have reportedly been subjected to prolonged detention without trial, torture, and other forms of abuse. Chinese authorities have also destroyed dozens of mosques in the Xinjiang region, where the Muslim minority remains heavily repressed, all in the name of allegedly combating religious extremism.

Iltebir's LinkedIn page shows that she attended George Washington University and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government before receiving her Ph.D. in International Security and Economic Policy from the University of Maryland in 2015..     



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Racism, anti-Islam claims at upmarket Joburg estate as Eid turns violent



SOUTH AFRICA: Kicks flew and car tyres were slashed as Muslims came under attack from other residents at a Midrand estate in Joburg over a sheep and bull being prepared for slaughter to celebrate a religious ceremony.

Ayman Fareed, a resident of Saddlebrook Estate in Midrand, described the "violent" attempt to block the slaughter of 6 sheep and a bull as "racist and anti-Islam".
Two Muslim families live at the upmarket estate in Kyalami, and Fareed said one of the families was prevented from celebrating the religious holiday on Monday.

Eid is a holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide as it marks Eid-ul-Adha, the Muslim celebration at the conclusion of the Hajj (pilgrimage). "This was our first year living at the estate; the other family didn't do it (celebrate the holiday) because they were afraid to be the odd ones out," said Fareed.

Fareed said the trouble started at around 6.20am when the vehicles transporting the animals for the feast reached the estate. Minutes later, he said, 10 to 15 cars blockaded the entrance.

He said estate management then suggested they use another entrance.

"My wife was driving in when a white Hilux bakkie intentionally blocked her off. We were literally shut off from our home at both gates," he said.

She resorted to going home through the boom gate of the complex. As she entered a car rammed into her. She stopped to inspect the damage and the bakkie driver came out wielding an army knife and slashed the tyres of the trailer transporting the animals.

Fareed said he and the bakkie driver almost exchanged blows, but fortunately police arrived and intervened.

The slaughtering eventually took place under police guard. The estate's board of directors confirmed that Fareed was granted permission to conduct the religious slaughter of animals on his premises. The board condemned the actions of the residents who tried to prevent the Muslim family from practising their religion.

"Representatives of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) visited the resident's premises and advised that they were suitable for the ceremony," the board told The Star yesterday. "It came to the attention of the board, ahead of the event, that a minority of residents objected to the SPCA permission being granted."

The board revealed that those who had complained threatened to obtain an interdict preventing the ceremony from proceeding.

"The interdict was not sought. Early on Monday morning, some residents used their vehicles to block entrances to the estate in an attempt to prevent access for the car bringing the animals for the ceremony," it said. "A series of altercations, some resulting in injury and damage to property, took place.

"The SAPS was summoned and subsequently one of the violent residents was arrested."

The board of directors said it wished to go on public record that it deplored the "intolerant and illegal actions in the estate of some residents".

It was considering taking legal action against those responsible for the violence.

Ceri von Ludwig, a Saddlebrook resident who has come under fire over the incident, said homeowners reacted with anger because the Muslim family had not complied with a council by-law. "It was simply about the failure to comply with the municipal by-law. The gentleman himself stated on various occasions that he had not complied with the by-law," said Von Ludwig. She insisted that residents were well within their rights to demand compliance for an act they found "distasteful".

"If the residents find out that something which is, and let's be honest, distasteful to them from an animal welfare perspective - we're not saying unlawful, but distasteful to them - is taking place surely they have every right to ascertain whether there has been compliance with the law.

"If there has, they have to back off. If there hasn't, they are entitled to rely on that, whether or not it seems to be unreasonable," said Von Ludwig.

Fareed and the board of directors, however, disputed this, saying the SPCA had given the Muslim family the green light to undertake their religious ceremony.

Von Ludwig acknowledged that "things got out of hand" but rejected the racism allegations. "Unfortunately, yes, it did get very unpleasant. I didn't hear racism. I didn't hear anti-Islam. I just heard a lot of grown-up people being very rude to each other. I did my best to dissipate that.

"It was certainly the Indian people who started to shout 'you're being racist, you're being anti-Islam'. I think our tendency to play the race card and the religion card wrongly has got to stop in this country."



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Thousands of Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer services at MetLife Stadiua


US: Thousands of Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer service, marking the last of day of the Hajj pilgrimage, at MetLife Stadium on August 11, 2019. Organizers estimate 30,000 Muslims attended from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.


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Being on the same field as you was special, Hashim Amla replies to Sachin Tendulkar's tweet



SOUTH AFRICA: In the last week, there have been quite a few retirements. However, none have been smaller than the ones of South African greats Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla. Steyn who is 8th on the list of most wickets in Test cricket bid adieu to the longest format of the game. However, he will play white-ball cricket and prolong his career.

On the other hand, Amla has called time on his career in all three formats of the game. The 36-year-old South African will continue to play domestic cricket and will also feature in the Mzansi Super League (MSL) later this year. His international career lasted for almost 15 years and it has been a decorated one.

Amla made his Test debut back in November 2004. But it took him over three years to make his white-ball debut. It was only in March 2008 that he made his ODI debut. However, since then, he was almost peerless in every format. He scored runs consistently in all conditions and all across the globe. He scored 9282 runs in Test cricket while he amassed 8113 runs in ODI cricket.

In fact, Amla was a pretty underrated white-ball batsman. He averaged almost 50 and was the fastest to 2000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 runs in 50-over cricket. He is also one of the only five batsmen who have more than 25 centuries in both Tests and ODIs. Moreover, he had an average of 33.60 and a strike-rate of 132.05 while aggregating 1277 runs in T20Is.

Moreover, he was one of the calmest and nicest cricketers in the modern era. Hence, wishes poured in from all around the world as Amla retired from international cricket. The great Sachin Tendulkar didn't miss out either. The Indian legend tweeted a picture of Amla and wished him well. He wrote, "You have served your country with great distinction and been a source of inspiration for many youngsters @amlahash! Wishing you a wonderful retired life. Good luck my friend."

Tendulkar sent out the tweet a couple of days ago. Amla replied to his tweet and said thanked the former Indian great for his wishes. Amla also termed being on the same field as Tendulkar was special.



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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World



 Peter Frankopan



For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the west - in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of riches and adventure. Sweeping right across Central Asia and deep into China and India, a region that once took centre stage is again rising to dominate global politics, commerce and culture.

A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is a dazzling exploration of the forces that have driven the rise and fall of empires, determined the flow of ideas and goods and are now heralding a new dawn in international affairs. 



"The Silk Roads is part of the genre of popular history books that purport to tell the history of the world through a particular lens. The historic Silk Roads have functioned as the world's arteries where people, goods, and ideas have flowed. In   


The Silk Roads, Frankopan provides an account of the creation and importance of these trade routes from Eastern Europe to Central Asia and into India and China. It is an ambitious undertaking that traces the history of what we would call the "West" from the early Greeks to the present day from the perspective of its commercial and other relationships, principally with the Asian part of the Middle East. Frankopan vividly describes the history of these regions.


His style is both engaging and informative as he offers an alternative view of history - one which concentrates on the importance and richness of "Eastern" culture, society and ideas.


He challenges the traditional view that the world we know today was shaped by the Romans and the Greeks. Instead, Frankopan places the centre of the world in the region of modern Iraq, Iran, the Caucasus, and the Russian steppes. While it has many shortcomings, it is better than most and well worth the read."

- Farid Senzai



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Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
The Baghdad Clock
Sad 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: .for something refreshing after all the indulging at Eid


Avocado and Apple salad







2 Avocados cubed and tossed in lemon juice
2 green apples cubed and tossed in lemon juice
1 cup of spinach
3 tablespoon chopped pecans
1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup of Feta cheese


Toss the above with the exception of feta cheese into your salad bowl


1 tab Apple cider vinegar
1 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp salt
Pinch of black pepper
3 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 green chilli

Liquidize dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad.

Before serving place feta cheese over the top

Sprinkle pecans and sesame seeds over the top.




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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:

Take a few seconds to observe your hands. Look at them closely. You will notice a slight movement. Close your eyes and feel the aliveness in your hands. That aliveness is called vibration. Vibration occurs because the atoms we are made of are constantly moving. It doesn't matter whether the creation is in the form of a solid, liquid or gas. Everything moves. Everything vibrates. This vibration enables things to transform from one state of matter to another. For example, water into ice or moth balls into fumes that keep the bugs away from your cupboards. Even the dead body disintegrates into dust because of this constant vibration. The force that fuels vibration is known as ENERGY.

You are using your energy now as you read this column. Through sensory perception of your sight. Your energy fuels your brain to perform all physical, mental and emotional activities. Energy for physical activity comes from what you eat and drink. Energy for mental and emotional activities come from what you think.

The law of energy states that energy does not stop. You can't switch off energy. Energy continues. Everything you eat and drink, every thought you think, every word you speak and every action you perform is fuelled by energy which passes through you to impact the rest of creation. Even when your body dies, the soul continues in the formless being. Your soul was in existence well before Allah placed your soul in the body in which you dwell. Your soul energy was created when Allah created your soul.

Your energy comes to you and through you to affect all of ALLAH's creation. Subhaan ALLAH. Do you realise what this means? It means you have the beautiful mercy from ALLAH to use this powerful energy to impact the entire creation. You are doing it right now. If your thoughts are negative, your feelings become negative and therefore your behaviours are negative which then impact upon your family, your community and sets off a ripple effect that impacts every being on this planet.

Do you ever feel that the month of Ramadan 'feels' so beautiful and calm? Well, that's because nearly 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world are vibrating in the same frequency and passing the same type of energy to each other and the rest of the world - the energy of peace, submission, compassion, kindness, charity, gratitude, love and joy.

Understand your energy and how it impacts everyone and everything around you. You are responsible for the state of this world. If the world isn't up to your expectation, change your energy so that you can change the world for the better.

Observe Your Energy Input and Output

People Make a list of all the people you interact with everyday. Beside each person's name, write down how you feel after interacting with them. Name each feeling, such as, joyful, sad, angry. These feelings will give you a better idea of the energy you are consuming when you interact with these people in person or online or through any other medium. Once you are able to identify your feelings, you will be able to reject negative energies and absorb only positive energies from people. You do not have to break ties with anyone. Simply, be mindful on what to accept and what to reject, keeping in mind that whatever energies you accept from anyone else will absorb into your own life and pass through you to the rest of the world.
Food and Beverage Make a list of all the foods and beverages you consume on a daily basis. Beside each, write down how it makes you feel. Acknowledge these feelings and decide which ones you wish to continue consuming and which ones you need to let go of.
Thoughts Write down thoughts that you obsess over repetitively. They be thoughts about your finances, your relationship, your appearance, any many more. Beside each, write down how it makes you feel when you think that thought. Acknowledge these feelings and decide which thoughts you can change into a gratitude statement. For example, if your thoughts are about lack of money in your life, change the thought into a gratitude statement such as, "Ya ALLAH, I am grateful for the abundance you have blessed me with. Everything I need, you provide immediately. Thank you, ALLAH"


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The CCN Chuckle





Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all Muslims had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy.


There was a huge outcry from the Muslim community, so the Pope offered a deal.


He'd have a religious debate with the leader of the Muslim community.


If the Muslims won, they could stay in Italy; and if the Pope won, they'd have to convert or leave.


The Muslim people met and picked an aged and wise the wise Mula Nasruddin to represent them in the debate.


However, as Mula Nasruddin spoke no Italian and the Pope spoke no Arabic, they agreed that it would be a "silent" debate.


On the chosen day the Pope and Mula Nasruddin sat opposite each other.


The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.


The Mula Nasruddin looked back and raised one finger.


Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.


Mula Nasruddin pointed to the ground where he sat.


The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.


Mula Nasruddin pulled out an apple.


With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten and said that Mula Nasruddin was too clever.


The Muslims could stay in Italy.


Later the cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened.


The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God! Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin. He beat me at every move and I could not continue!"


Meanwhile, the Muslim community gathered to ask Mula Nasruddin how he'd won.


"I haven't a clue," Mula Nasruddin said. "First, he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I gave him the finger. Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Muslims and I told him that we were staying right here!"" And then what?" asked someone, "Who knows?" said Mula Nasruddin. "He took out his lunch so I took out mine".

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An Ayaat-a-Week






If any do seek for glory and power, - to Allah belong all glory and power. To Him mount up [all] Words of Purity: it is He Who exalts each deed of righteousness. Those that lay plots of evil, - for them is a terrible penalty; and the plotting of such will be void [of result].


~ Surah Fatir 35:10


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