EST. 2004


Sunday 25 August 2019 | Issue 0772



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On the 16th of August 2019, members of the Queensland Muslim Community attended a community forum engaging in the topic of Mental Health from a Muslim community perspective. The program consisted of 3 rapid fire presentations by the panellists, live digital polling and collaborative audience activities which was then followed by an interactive Q&A.


The forum proved to be an excellent opportunity for community members to challenge realities they are facing in their everyday lives and acknowledge strengths and weaknesses the Muslim community is contending with. It was attended by both young and old participants and as well as non-Muslim community members.

The presenters were Aneesa Kathrada, officially representing the Department of Education Queensland, in her capacity as a Mental Health Coach for the Queensland South East Region. Dr Mohamed Ghilan, a Neuroscientist providing an Islamic and scientific background to mental health, neuroscience and a psychiatric perspective. Dr Riyad Rahimullah, a psychology researcher providing insight on research examining the interaction between mental illness and terrorism. The program was facilitated and moderated with energy, care and enthusiasm by Rita Markwell.

The forum was attended by over 200 participants from diverse backgrounds; health, law, academia, social work, education, business and officials from Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) and the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) respectively. The program was live streamed and was viewed by 900 participants over 4 continents.

Shameera Osman was part of the Q&A panel, providing insight as a local mental health clinician, who mentioned "From a purely practical perspective, perhaps we can make an effort to recognise strengths/skills of each other and how we can channel these meaningfully. Particularly for people who may be feeling a bit lost because of retirement or loss of connections due to migration etc, community mentoring (as was raised) is a great idea and maybe something to explore."

Hajji Habib Jamal, President of Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) said,

"The forum was excellently organized and enabled the community to openly discuss issues that are often considered taboo. It was great to be part of a forum that provided a safe and positive space for our Muslim community members to work through the challenges they are facing in the space of mental health and to be able to contribute to the discussion of a culturally responsive approach to mental health in Queensland. ICQ is working with other responsible stake holders to further improve our understanding of these issues that affect all of us at some point in time. We value community support at these gatherings."

Moulana Abdullah Gardee from Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) concluded by saying,

"It was a great opportunity for people young and old to have exposure to topics such as digital addiction, educational frameworks, an Islamic perspective on mental health, help seeking and the engagement of elderly loneliness to the challenges facing young people from a diverse community background. The council of Imams Queensland has organized a series of training for its Imams on child protection, mental health and community engagement strategies. The discussion and engagement of Mental health is vital as a Muslim community and must be dealt with in a respectful and a timely manner. Furthermore, the need for building of the social and civic capacity for young people to feel a sense of belonging through a range of approaches is a community obligation which also includes building upon the current specialities and expertise in our local communities."

Challenging Realities is a quarterly forum that combines quick and high calibre presentations with dynamic Q&A to inspire Muslims to work together and advance the common good across society.




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IndOz Festival 2019




Report by Janeth Deen




The Indonesian and Australian Festival known as Indoz was held in King George Square on 23 and 24 August attracting wide audiences with cultural displays, entertainment and food stalls. It had many sponsors including many of Queensland Universities.


It was an opportunity to promote Indonesian culture through art, music, dance, craft and food.


The Indonesian Ambassador and Consul General came from Canberra to intermingle and discuss issues that were on the agenda.


A VIP business dinner was held in the Ithicia Room in the City Hall and during the course of the evening there was ample time for networking to take place.


The entertainment was provided by Indonesian artists from different parts of Indonesia and was enjoyable to watch. The Brisbane Lord Mayor and several councillors also attended.


Indonesians intermingled at the various tables as well as during networking time.


The Festival was a great opportunity for Australians to learn something about the culture of our nearest neighbours.




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Coping with DMD







Farzeenah Deen (pictured with her son) is a mother of three, living in Brisbane. Her son has a genetic disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Her brother lost his life to this disease at a young age, her sisters son also has this condition.

"We often think why us, why our boys even though we would never wish upon this on anyone truth being these angels where given to us because there is a lesson and a deeper love that not just anyone deserves, we fight and give them 100 percent even on our weakest days they always come first.

The struggle as a family day in and day out even to the very end is hard but we keep pushing and never give up on giving them the best life.

We were chosen because no matter what, we will do the best for our boys and give them the best life they can have, even when we want to give up we are a DMD family and no matter how long the fight is, it is worth it forever to be called their Mum and have chosen to give them birth."



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Embrace Multicultural Mental Health is run by Mental Health Australia and provides a national focus on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

It provides a national platform for Australian mental health services and multicultural communities to access resources, services and information in a culturally accessible format.

The Embrace Project builds on the important work of previous national multicultural mental health projects - including the MHiMA and the Multicultural Mental Health Australia project - and works towards an equitable mental health system which reflects and responds well to the needs of Australia's multicultural population.

Read more here.



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The Federal government cabinet met this week to discuss draft proposals for federal laws that would protect faith-based-organisations from vexatious cases launched through state anti-discrimination tribunals.

The Australian understands Attorney-General Christian Porter's proposals that were considered aim to provide religious groups with exemptions from discrimination laws, which the government argues will satisfy their demands and offer protection for faith-based schools.

The proposals would ban discrimination on the basis of faith in areas such as employment, housing and the use of services.


Australian National Imams Council spokesman Bilal Rauf said it was important that religious -organisations were given legal protection to teach in accordance with the tenets of their faith.

"There are presently some protections. For the most part, these have been effective. However, there is concern about a changing legislative landscape. In this context, there needs to be a measured and considered approach," Mr Rauf said. "From a minority faith community perspective, we also hope that the proposed laws will provide a level of protection against vilification on the ground of someone's religion or religious belief, particularly against speech or conduct which may reasonably incite hatred or violence."

The Australian



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The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) is calling on Australian Muslims to share their experiences and raise their concerns by filling out a survey conducted by the Australian Human Rights commission.

ANIC says that it has provided guidance in this initiative "in an attempt to get a better understanding and evaluate the experiences of Australian Muslims."

ANIC said: "We emphasise when completing it you should use it as an opportunity to highlight the following:

- Your concerns around Islamophobia and concerns relating to some of the rhetoric and media coverage which has targeted Muslims because of their faith and beliefs

- The absence of appropriate legal protections against vilification because of their religion

- The stress and concern it has caused people in their everyday lives.

You can take the survey here.

ANIC said that individual contribution to this project was important and vital because "Raising our concerns will play a positive role in pressuring the Australian Human Rights Commission in advocating and lobbying the government to protect the Muslim community from further discrimination and attacks on Islam and Muslims."



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Thank you from MCF








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Kicking off Queensland Multicultural Month with a reception hosted by the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk MP at Queensland Parliament House this week.


(l to r) Yusuf Khatree, Farouk Adam, Nadia Saeed, Galila Abdelsalam, Habib Jamal



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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed concern after it emerged that the accused Christchurch gunman's "manifesto" is being sold as a book in Ukraine. Ardern said the idea was "abhorrent and disgusting."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed concern after it emerged that the accused Christchurch gunman's "manifesto" is being sold as a book in Ukraine. Ardern said the idea was "abhorrent and disgusting."

The New Zealand premier said on Thursday that she planned to contact the Ukrainian government after the revelation that print versions of the "manifesto" written by the accused Christchurch gunman were being sold in Ukraine.

Details of the online sales were published by the investigative website Bellingcat, which found an online forum in Ukraine was selling the 87-page long translated document in a paperback format. The forum was said to openly praise the shooter, who killed 51 people in the Christchurch mosque attacks in March.

Ardern told reporters on Thursday that she was prepared to contact the Ukrainian government to express her concerns.

"It's abhorrent but we only have the ability to control what occurs within our jurisdiction. But I would have no hesitation sharing New Zealand's view with Ukraine," Ardern said in the New Zealand Herald.

The document has been classified as objectionable in New Zealand, meaning that individuals found to be distributing it in the country could face a prison sentence of up to 14 years, or a fine of NZ$ 10,000 ($6,400, 5,770 euros).




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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?




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

#1 They develop Muslim characters like developing any other character.
Ali's Wedding resonates with the audience because the characters are relatable, realistic and emotionally complex.


Dianne (Helana Sawires), the female lead, is smart, ambitious, charming and aspires to study medicine. Her obstacle, however, is her father who doesn't want her to 'mix with Westerners at university'. She is also interested in Ali (Osamah Sami), the male lead, but he's already engaged.


Whereas Ali is rebellious - he lies to the community that he has passed the entrance exam to med school, Dianne has a more realistic view of her setbacks and is less inspired to take risks. Yet, she is not passive, either, which is evident when she takes advantage of the loopholes in Islamic marriages law to date Ali.


Ali and Dianne's complexity makes the audience root for them: we don't see them only as Muslims, but as flawed individuals who are trying their best to pursue their goals and be with the person they love while navigating their own cultures and familial expectations. It is nuanced and authentic. It is a human story that everyone can relate to.


The importance of a nuanced Muslim character with emotional complexity is also amplified in Degrassi. Being portrayed as a feminist and wearing a hijabi right from the first episode, Goldi clearly passes the Riz test and challenges several stereotypes.


Yet, it isn't until season 3, where her insecurities about herself, her bias towards her LGBTQ friends, her feelings for her non-Muslim classmate Winston and her journey to acknowledge her own shortcomings make her much more interesting and relatable.


This shows that what we need are not just amazing and perfect Muslim characters who would pass the Riz test. What we need are nuanced and complex Muslim characters whose desires and goals can be thwarted by various factors - personal, familiar, social, cultural and religious, all the factors that make us humans.




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






Ali's Wedding - Official Trailer





Degrassi: Next Class | Official Series Trailer





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Leaders Sports Awards search for and recognise companies and individuals shaping the future of sport.





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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....


Finding connections I wouldn't have at home

I will not say that all my interactions with people in Rockhampton were based on racism. I admired progressive local residents who had grown up in conservative, regional Queensland and were active on social justice issues. A local conservative politician created a big sign in the middle of town reading "We'll keep the boats out". It was graffitied and changed to "We'll keep the goats out".

Whenever there was anything about Arabs or Muslims sensationalised on the news, a work colleague would check in with me. On one occasion he told me that if I did experience any racism in Rockhampton he would be sorry and wanted me to know that he had my back.

This colleague was a gardening guru. He had a huge garden with a variety of herbs and vegetables. I used to get lost exploring his garden. He had a sophisticated system of creating compost and growing fresh produce.

Interestingly, he enabled me to culturally connect to Arab cuisine in ways that I had not while growing up in Western Sydney. The taste of the herbs and vegies that grew in his garden reminded me of the tastes of vegetables I had eaten in Palestine. It was an unexpected nostalgic outcome of moving to regional Queensland.

Unlike Western Sydney, Rockhampton does not have a smorgasbord of Arabic restaurants selling hummus, felafel and tabouli (unlike the previously mentioned dishes, I have a feeling that I might not need to explain these to readers). The convenience is all over Western Sydney and I realised that I had taken it for granted.

Living in regional Australia means you are deprived of this convenient access to your own mob's cuisine. There was no Arab bakery, butcher, grocer or restaurant in Rockhampton - and no, I will not recognise the doner kebab shops that offered pineapple as a filling.

In regional Australia you need to find someone who grows your produce or grow it yourself. It means that your lazy ass needs to take the initiative and make your ancestral food from scratch. With the advantage of fresh produce on my side, my life in Rockhampton encouraged me to have several Arab "aha" moments.

For the first time in my life I made labneh using a cheesecloth (I didn't even know what a cheesecloth was!) I mixed my own herbs to make za'atar. I mastered loubiyeh bil zeit (green beans with tomato, onion and garlic) after my first attempt.

I even made kibbeh (the oven-baked version) with the help of a 90-year-old amto (auntie) who skyped with me, inspected the bulghur through her phone and asked when I was going to get married and start giving her grandnieces/nephews. My amto had a typical Arab ability of passing on recipes with a side of guilt.

I called my amo in Mount Druitt, too - the one who notoriously makes the best hummus.

"Amo," I pleaded. "I have been trying to make my hummus really smooth. What's your secret?"

"When you come visit, I'll show you."

Darn it. In desperation I bought hummus from a supermarket. It had khal (vinegar) in it. I threw it out.


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.....



At the start of the 20th century, the whole world was in turmoil, which erupted into accelerated conflicts. The impact of World War I on the colonies was profound and multi-faceted. This was a conflict that began in the Balkans and became a general European and world war in 1914. Different nations and armies were on the move along many roads and this proved to be a turning point in the history of the 20th century.16 The Australian army in World War I was involved in Gallipoli (Turkey), Palestine, France and Belgium.


Compulsory military training existed during 1911-29, but only volunteers were enlisted into active service in World War I, serving overseas as the Australian Imperial Force. Training began in Australia and included basic fitness, discipline and weapons handling.


Across major centres, patriotic gatherings were held. For instance, when war was declared in 1914, Muslims gathered in Redfern, Sydney, for the feast of Ramadan -- "a special prayer was offered for the success of British arms and European peace." Afterwards, money was collected, which was given to the Lord Mayor's Patriotic Fund as a sign of Muslim loyalty.


In 1914, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote that a well-known Afghan, Abdul Wade of Bourke, known as the "Prince of the Afghans," demonstrated his loyalty to the Empire by providing the use of his 500 camels as transport for defence purposes free of charge.


On the Western Front, one could hear diverse languages among the men. Soldiers from many different parts of the Empire served alongside each other and this contributed to a deepened cosmopolitan experience. Though the British and ANZAC troops and the Indian Sikhs and Muslims ("Musalmans," as the army quaintly termed them) had little shared language; Hindi and Urdu speakers were found among the Australian troops. Indian troops also learned English as they lived with and fought alongside British and ANZAC troops.









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The Goss & Baba Show




Hussain Baba and Haji Hussin Goss of the Gold Coast Mosque were invited to do a cooking demonstration at the Eid Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand







From Islamophobe to Muslim Believer: Why I Left the Far-Right

Islam is the religion of Peace and Love




From extreme nationalism and far-right politics to compassion and empathy, watch the incredible transformation story of Joram van Klaveren, a former Dutch parliamentarian. 









Kanoute 4 Seville Mosque





Twelve years ago, in 2007, the footballer Frederic Oumar Kanoute helped the Muslim community of Seville by purchasing a musallah. This is the converted commercial unit that has been serving the Muslims of the city until now.

Since then the community has grown bigger and with it the need and desire to have a dignified place of worship and a centre for the Muslim community. With this intention, Kanoute has joined this campaign to help the project become a reality - with your help, inshAllah.

The first purpose-built mosque in Seville after 700 years

The great legacy of Islam in Spain is still present in every city today, and which attracts millions of visitors every year. The contribution of this period of history (Al-Andalus), to the sciences, arts, philosophy, and society in general, are remarkable.

The context is now obviously different, and this Mosque and Cultural Centre will be a positive contribution by both serving the religious needs of Muslims and be open to all members of the community, including non-Muslims. Thus helping to dispel misconceptions about Muslims and Islam.

Seville is the capital city of Andalusia, which attracts millions of international visitors each year. A large percentage of these visitors are Muslims.

The Muslim population of the city is around thirty thousand. Although there are several converted small spaces in the city for Muslims to pray, there is no purpose-built mosque to allow the Muslims to worship in a dignified way.
The Mosque and Cultural Centre will thus not only serve the religious needs of local Muslims, but also become a global centre, visited by the hundreds of thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims who visit Seville each year.

As the majority of the Muslims in Seville are first generation of immigrants with very limited financial means, the cost of building a Mosque and Cultural Centre is beyond their capacity - which is why we need your help.

The Seville Mosque Foundation was registered in 2004 with the aim of establishing a Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre in Seville.

For the past five years, the Seville Mosque Foundation has been working tirelessly on the project of the purpose-built Mosque and Cultural Centre. The project has been received with great enthusiasm from all corners of the world, however we are still short of our fundraising target. 











Quran recitation in Tanzania

by Mubarak Shaban from Burundi







It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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HEY LADY! A Lesson in Life

By Shifa Mustapha




Seeking knowledge is something which is highly recommended in Islam. It is reported that the Prophet (S) has said: "Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave" and again, "Seek knowledge even if it means going to China." However, we do not always have to go far afield to learn some of life's most important lessons and herein I share one of mine.

It was my birthday. A bleak August day! Leaves swept past, carried by the cold wind as I wended my way to the station. I felt tired as I thought of the hour-long journey home. I also felt quite dejected as I realized that I was now 30 years of age. "Thirty! Good grief, thirty! My life is almost over," I moaned.

Arriving at the station I thankfully sat down on one of the benches and closed my eyes hoping for a short nap. However, this pleasant thought was pushed aside as I sensed someone standing very close to me. I looked up and saw a tall, well-dressed young man standing patiently waiting for me to make space for him. This I did, immediately closing my eyes once more.

"Hey Lady!" came a voice from beside me. Perhaps if I kept my eyes closed it would just go away. But no! "Hey Lady!" came once again. "Yes," I whispered while forcing my heavy eyelids open. "Hey Lady, what is that over there?" I looked to where he was pointing. "That's an old bus depot," I replied, hoping that he would be satisfied with that answer. "Oh!" he said in his loud, clear voice, "Lady, how old are you?" Was I hearing correctly? "I don't know how old that depot is," I said obligingly, "but it is very old."

"No Lady. Not that! How old are you?" My worst nightmare had now materialized. Here was this young man, who wanted to noise my age abroad. How could I admit to myself, let alone the world in general, that I was Thirty? How was I going to put off having to answer him?

"Well perhaps you can guess," I said. Big, Big mistake!
"Are you twenty?" he asked. I should have nodded but honesty was something cherished in our home.
"No, not twenty."
"Ah. Forty?" How quickly he went down in my estimation.
"No? Fifty?" By now thirty was beginning to look much brighter. I shook my head.
"Seventy?" At this the titters of laughter could not be disguised.
"Lady, are you younger or older than eighty?"

Just then our train rounded the corner... "Here's the train!" I almost shouted. Just like the cavalry, it had come in the nick of time, or so I thought.

We joined the crowd as it headed toward the train doors. He had gone further to the left of me and as he was about to enter the train, his head bobbing above the crowd, he called out once again:

"Hey Lady, it's my birthday today. I'm 21!" The light suddenly dawned. It wasn't about my age at all, it was about his joy. He had wanted to share with me this wonderful day, but because of my introspection, self-pity and lack of empathy I had almost spoilt it for him. We could have shared it together.

"That's wonderful!" I called back to him, "Happy birthday!"
"Thank you Lady!" he shouted back with a big smile on his face which touched me deeply. What a sweet patient young man. How very ashamed and saddened I was at how shabbily I must have treated him. Tears filled my eyes as I travelled home, and to be truthful, as I remember this even now, tears fall and I just pray that something beautiful happened for that young person. As for me, it was a lesson well learned.

That day, even though I was not Muslim, I was brought face to face with myself. Aristotle once said, "Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom." To know yourself and your weaknesses, to gain the mastery over these weaknesses is true strength, and as the Prophet (S) said, "the Greatest Jihad is the overcoming of one's self."



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To know the future just look to the past




Friday essay: how a Bengali book in Broken Hill sheds new light on Australian history

This is an edited extract from Australianama by Samia Khatun, UQP, rrp $34.95, out from 6 September.

The large book bearing a handwritten English label, 'The Holy Koran', was not a Quran, but a 500-page volume of Bengali Sufi poetry.

Some 1,000 kilometres inland from Sydney, over the Blue Mountains, past the trees that drink the tributaries of the Darling River, there stands a little, red mosque. It marks where the desert begins.

The mosque was built from corrugated iron in around 1887 in the town of Broken Hill. Its green interiors feature simple arabesque and its shelves house stories once precious to people from across the Indian Ocean. Today it is a peaceful place of retreat from the gritty dust storms and brilliant sunlight that assault travellers at this gateway to Australia's deserts.


The corrugated iron mosque in Broken Hill.

By a rocky hill that winds had "polished black", the town of Broken Hill was founded on the country of Wiljakali people. In June 1885, an Aboriginal man whom prospectors called "Harry" led them to a silver-streaked boulder of ironstone and Europeans declared the discovery of a "jeweller's shop".

Soon, leading strings of camels, South Asian merchants and drivers began arriving in greater numbers at the silver mines, camel transportation operating as a crucial adjunct to colonial industries throughout Australian deserts. The town grew with the fortunes of the nascent firm Broken Hill Propriety Limited (BHP) - a parent company of one of the largest mining conglomerates in the world today, BHP-Billiton.

As mining firms funnelled lead, iron ore and silver from Wiljakali lands to Indian Ocean ports and British markets, Broken Hill became a busy industrial node in the geography of the British Empire. The numbers of camel merchants and drivers fluctuated with the arrival and departure of goods, and by the turn of the 20th century an estimated 400 South Asians were living in Broken Hill. They built two mosques. Only one remains.

In the 1960s, long after the end of the era of camel transportation, when members of the Broken Hill Historical Society were restoring the mosque on the corner of William Street and Buck Street, they found a book in the yard, its "pages blowing in the red dust" in the words of historian Christine Stevens. Dusting the book free of sand, they placed it inside the mosque, labelling it as "The Holy Koran". In 1989, Stevens reproduced a photo of the book in her history of the "Afghan cameldrivers".

I travelled to Broken Hill in July 2009. As I searched the shelves of the mosque for the book, a winter dust storm was underway outside. Among letters, a peacock feather fan and bottles of scent from Delhi, the large book lay, bearing a handwritten English label: "The Holy Koran".

Turning the first few pages revealed it was not a Quran, but a 500-page volume of Bengali Sufi poetry.

Sitting on the floor, I set out to decipher Bengali characters I had not read for years. The book was titled Kasasol Ambia (Stories of the Prophets). Printed in Calcutta, it was a compendium of eight volumes published separately between 1861 and 1895. It was a book of books. Every story began by naming the tempo at which it should be performed, for these poems were written to be sung out loud to audiences.


The mosque’s interior..

As I strained to parse unfamiliar Persian, Hindi and Arabic words, woven into a tapestry of 19th-century Bengali grammar, I slowly started to glimpse the shimmering imagery of the poetry.

Creation began with a pen, wrote Munshi Rezaulla, the first of the three poets of Kasasol Ambia. As a concealed pen inscribed words onto a tablet, he narrates, seven heavens and seven lands came into being, and "Adam Sufi" was sculpted from clay. Over the 500 pages of verse that follow, Adam meets Purusha, Alexander the Great searches for immortal Khidr, and married Zulekha falls hopelessly in love with Yusuf.

As Rezaulla tells us, it was his Sufi guide who instructed him to translate Persian and Hindi stories into Bengali. Overwhelmed by the task, Rezaulla asked, "I am so ignorant, in what form will I write poetry?"

In search of answers, the poet wrote, "I leapt into the sea. Searching for pearls, I began threading a chain." Here the imagery of the poet's body immersed in a sea evokes a pen dipped in ink stringing together line after line of poetry. As Rezaulla wrote, "Stories of the Prophets (Kasasol Ambia) I name this chain."

Its pages stringing together motif after motif from narratives that have long circulated the Indian Ocean, Kasasol Ambia described events spanning thousands of years, ending in the sixth year of the Muslim Hijri calendar. Cocooned from the winds raging outside, I realised I was reading a Bengali book of popular history.

Challenging Australian history

In the time since Broken Hill locals dusted Kasasol Ambia of sand in the 1960s, why had four Australian historians mislabelled the book? Why did the history books accompanying South Asian travellers to the West play no role in the histories that are written about them?

Moreover, as Christine Stevens writes, the people who built the mosque in North Broken Hill came from "Afghanistan and North-Western India". How, then, did a book published in Bengal find its way to an inland Australian mining town?

Captivated by this last enigma, I began looking for clues. First, I turned to the records of the Broken Hill Historical Society. Looking for fragments of Bengali words in archival collections across Australia, I sought glimpses of a traveller who might be able to connect 19th-century Calcutta to Broken Hill.

As I searched for South Asian characters through a constellation of desert towns and Australian ports once linked by camels, I encountered a vast wealth of non-English-language sources that Australian historians systematically sidestep.

A seafarer's travelogue narrated in Urdu in Lahore continues to circulate today in South Asia and in Australia, while Urdu, Persian and Arabic dream texts from across the Indian Ocean left ample traces in Australian newspapers.

One of the most surprising discoveries was that the richest accounts of South Asians were in some of the Aboriginal languages spoken in Australian desert parts. In histories that Aboriginal people told in Wangkangurru, Kuyani, Arabunna and Dhirari about the uphe aval, violence and new encounters that occurred in the wake of British colonisation, there appear startlingly detailed accounts of South Asians.

Central to the history of encounter between South Asians and Aboriginal people in the era of British colonisation were a number of industries in which non-white labour was crucial: steam shipping industries, sugar farming, railway construction, pastoral industries, and camel transportation. Camels, in particular, loom large in the history of South Asians in Australia.


Camel harnesses at the mosque.

From the 1860s, camel lines became central to transportation in Australian desert interiors, colonising many of the long-distance Indigenous trade routes that crisscross Aboriginal land. The animals arrived from British Indian ports accompanied by South Asian camel owners and drivers, who came to be known by the umbrella term of "Afghans" in settler nomenclature.

The so-called Afghans were so ubiquitous through Australian deserts that when the two ends of the transcontinental north-south railway met in Central Australia in 1929, settlers rejoiced in the arrival of the "Afghan Express". Camels remained central to interior transportation until they were replaced by motor transportation from the 1920s. Today the transcontinental railway is still known as "the Ghan".

As a circuitry of camel tracks interlocking with shipping lines and railways threaded together Aboriginal lives and families with those of Indian Ocean travellers, people moving through these networks storied their experiences in their own tongues. Foregrounding these fragments in languages other then English, this book tells a history of South Asian diaspora in Australia.

Asking new questions

I start by reading the copy of Kasasol Ambia that remains in Broken Hill, and interpret the many South Asian- and Aboriginal-language stories I encountered during my search for the reader who brought the Bengali book to the Australian interior. Entry points into rich imaginative landscapes, these are stories that ask us to take seriously the epistemologies of people colonised by the British Empire.

My aim is to challenge the suffocating monolingualism of the field of Australian history. In my new book, Australianama, I do not argue for the simple inclusion of non-English-language texts into existing Australian national history books, perhaps with updated or extended captions.

Instead, I show that non-English-language texts render visible historical storytelling strategies and larger architectures of knowledge that we can use to structure accounts of the past. These have the capacity to radically change the routes readers use to imaginatively travel to the past. Stories in colonised tongues can transform the very grounds from which we view the past, present and future.

In July 2009, when I first encountered Kasasol Ambia, the Bengali book long mislabelled as a Quran made front-page news in Broken Hill. With touching enthusiasm, the journalist announced that I would "begin work on a full translation shortly".


The author talks to local school children in the mosque in 2012 with Bobby Shamroze, a descendant of the original South Asians who worked in the area.

Overwhelmed by such a task, I began trawling mosque records held by the Broken Hill Historical Society, soon beginning a search through port records, customs documents and government archives. I did not know how to decipher the difficult book, and so in these archival materials I hoped to glimpse, however fleetingly, the skilled 19th-century reader who had once performed its poetry.

Slowly, it dawned on me that I was following the logic that Rezaulla outlines in his schema for translation. For I too had stepped into the imaginative world of the poetry in search of answers to some hard questions: How do we write histories of South Asian diaspora which pay attention to the history books that travelled with them? Who was the unnamed traveller who brought Bengali stories of the prophets to Broken Hill? Can historical storytelling in English do more than simply induct readers into white subjectivities?

Threading together seven narrative motifs that appear in Kasasol Ambia, I began to piece together a history of South Asians in Australia.



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Chechnia: Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has inaugurated what authorities say is Europe's largest mosque. Sitting just outside the capital of Grozny, the mosque can accommodate more than 30,000 people.

Opened by Kadyrov on Friday, the 'Pride of Muslims' mosque can accommodate 30,000 worshippers inside and up to 70,000 in its flower-decorated grounds. Kadyrov described the building as "unique in its design, and majestic in its size and beauty."

An aerial view of the mosque in Shali during its inauguration ceremony

Delegations from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan, joined Kadyrov for the ceremony, along with more than 200 guests from 43 countries.

The mosque is situated in the town of Shali, 35km (22 miles) outside the center of the Chechen capital Grozny. In 2008, Kadyrov unveiled another mosque in the city center, this one named after Akhmad Kadyrov, Ramzan's father and first president of the Chechen Republic, who was assassinated in 2004.


Since assuming power in Chechnya, Kadyrov has spearheaded an Islamic revival in the Russian region. Critics have accused the strongman-style leader of human rights abuses, while supporters have lauded him for bringing peace and stability to a once-volatile region.

West of the Caucuses, several houses of worship have been described as 'Europe's largest,' but measuring capacity is difficult when taking into account the buildings' often ornate and sprawling grounds. London's Baital Futuh mosque, Rotterdam's Essalam Mosque, and Cologne's Central Mosque have all been described as the continent's largest, but the new mosque in Shali can accommodate more worshippers than all three combined.   

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Muslims Raise Over $100,000 In Bail Funds To Free Detained Migrant Parents


The "Muslims for Migrants" campaign has already secured the release of six detained parents.


US: American Muslims have raised over $100,000 this month to help migrant parents detained by the U.S. government post bail and reunite with their kids.

The "Muslims for Migrants" campaign has already helped secure the release of six parents ― five fathers and one mother - according to CelebrateMercy, the faith-based organization managing the campaign.

"By reuniting these families, we wish to respond to hardship with hope, as our faith instructs us, and send a message of compassion through action," the organization wrote on the campaign's fundraising page, which launched Aug. 5.

The six parents, whose names are not being released for their safety, are from countries in Central America, the Caribbean and West Africa, according to CelebrateMercy. The parents had been living in the U.S. for several years before being held in detention centers for periods ranging from two months to four years.

CelebrateMercy is distributing its fundraising proceeds to the National Bail Fund Network, which is helping coordinate the bailout process. Weiss estimates the funds that have been raised to date will free at least another five parents.

Two prominent American imams, Imam Zaid Shakir and Imam Omar Suleiman, have signed on to promote the campaign. In a joint letter, the religious leaders used numerous scriptural references to outline exactly why their faith supports protecting individuals' "God-given rights to migration and asylum."

"When we view the sickening conditions those migrating to our southern borders are exposed to, we should be touched and moved to action knowing that our religion grants those fleeing persecution, oppression, or ecological devastation, the right to migrate and to be duly considered for asylum," the imams wrote. "We should further vigorously defend the dignity our Lord has afforded to all human beings, and our obligation to assist those who are suffering from recognized forms of oppression."

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Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey in Australia



 Samia Khatun



Australian deserts remain dotted with the ruins of old mosques. Beginning with a Bengali poetry collection discovered in a nineteenth-century mosque in the town of Broken Hill, Samia Khatun weaves together the stories of various peoples colonized by the British Empire to chart a history of South Asian diaspora.

Australia has long been an outpost of Anglo empires in the Indian Ocean world, today the site of military infrastructure central to the surveillance of 'Muslim-majority' countries across the region. Imperial knowledges from Australian territories contribute significantly to the Islamic-Western binary of the post- Cold War era. In narrating a history of Indian Ocean connections from the perspectives of those colonized by the British, Khatun highlights alternative contexts against which to consider accounts of non-white people.

Australianama challenges a central idea that powerfully shapes history books across the Anglophone world: the colonial myth that European knowledge traditions are superior to the epistemologies of the colonized. Arguing that Aboriginal and South Asian language sources are keys to the vast, complex libraries that belie colonized geographies, Khatun shows that stories in colonized tongues can transform the very ground from which we view past, present and future.



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Saucy T Bone Steak







4 T-Bone Steaks (800 grams - 1Kg)
1 teaspoon Ginger/Garlic Paste
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 teaspoon Chillie Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
1 teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon Lemon pepper Spice
1/2 teaspoon Dried Mixed Herbs
2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Butter

Marinate the T-bone steaks in all the above ingredients.
Heat the Oil and Butter in a large enough pan/pot
Add the marinated T-Bone Steaks to the pan/pot, and allow to brown for a few seconds on each side, turning once
Add a little water, and lower the stove heat, cook the T-bone steaks on medium-low heat until just tender.

3 Tablespoon Tomato Sauce
2 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon Peri-Peri Sauce OR Prego Sauce
1 Tablespoon Sweet Chilli Sauce OR Mrs Balls Chilli Chutney
1 Tablespoon Mustard Sauce
Mix all these sauces together until well blended.

As the Water/Liquid begins to evaporate from the T-bone Steak in the pan/pot, Baste them with the sauce mix.
Baste a few times, turning the T-bone steaks to brown well.
Do not dry out the steaks, use all the sauce to coat them well.




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

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
"Respect and Understand Your Children".

Children often do as we do, not as we say. It is vital that first we respect and understand them before we expect them to respect and understand us. As parents, we may have the benefit of age, experience and sometimes vocabulary, however, we too are children at the core of our being and we have the ability to relate to most or all of the emotional ups and downs that our children experience daily.

We expect our children to respect us. The real question is: Do we respect our children? And what do we say or do in order to display that respect?

Respecting anyone means to have regard for their feelings, rights and wishes.
When you respect, you are one step closer to understanding. When you understand someone, there is no room for assumptions or accusations.

Take a moment and ask yourself when was the last time you displayed regard for your child's feelings, rights and wishes? How did you display it?

Having an attitude of respect and understanding is not the same as practising them. As parents, it is vital that children actually see us practising respectful words and respectful actions towards them and others.

10 ways to display respect and understanding

1. Talk to them. Put away your gadgets, look them in the eye and verbally connect with them. A great way to start is to ask an open ended question which invites an elaborate answer. For example, "What were some of the things that you did today or that happened today that made it a wonderful day for you?"
2. Listen when they reply. LISTEN. Do not formulate a response while they are speaking. Do not cut them off while they are speaking. Become fully engaged. Observe their body language. A lot is communicated through body language.
3. Always compliment a good behaviour. If the behaviour has been negative, look for moments when they are silent and compliment on their efforts to refrain from the negative behaviour. For example, "I am very pleased with you that you are trying your best to respect our agreement on Internet use."
4. Speak well about those they love. For example, you may not be close to your in-laws but that does not mean your child has to inherit your opinions about them. Respect their love for them. Speak well about those they love.
5. Respect their fears and sentiments. Fear is very real to the person experiencing it. You do not have to encourage it but you need to show sensitivity that it is real to your child. For example, "I know it makes you fearful when you think about your exams. I used to be the same. I know how you feel. I understand. I am so pleased that you are trying your very best. That is all that matters. Allah rewards efforts not results. Keep doing your best."
6. Do not bring up past behavioural issues when addressing a new issue. Telling them you can no longer trust them because they lied to you last year about a fake Facebook account is NOT going to resolve anything. Instead, have a respectful discussion about having boundaries around internet usage.
7. Show good manners so that they can emulate good manners. Saying "Please", "Thank you", "I'm sorry" to your child does not mean you are weak. In fact it displays good manners and your child will learn to treat you and others with the same respectful manners.
8. NEVER laugh at their mistakes, NEVER belittle them and NEVER insult them. Doing these will hurt them and scar them for life. You only have to access your own unhealed childhood pain to realise that somewhere deep inside you is a memory of an adult who may have laughed at your mistake or insulted or belittled you.
9. "I am big, you're small...I'm right, you're wrong" - NEVER imply or say this. Your children are human beings created by ALLAH and deserve the same respect and joy as you or any other human being on earth does. They are neither beneath you nor above you. They deserve equality the same way you do.
10. Explain yourself clearly when you set boundaries. If you need to prohibit something, get them to sit and discuss the best strategies that will benefit the entire family. Show them you treat them with fairness and that it is a home with love and understanding, not a house with a 'dictator'.


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The CCN Chuckle





Mula Nasruddin and the Boris Johnson are shown a time machine which can see 50 years into the future.


They both decide to test it by asking a question each.


Mula Nasruddin goes first: "What will my country be like in 50 years time?"


The machine whirls and beeps and goes into action and gives him a printout, he reads it out: "The country is in good hands under the new Sheikh, crime is non-existent, there is no conflict, the economy is healthy. There are no worries."


Boris Johnson thinks, "It's not bad, this time machine, I'll have a bit of that" so he asks: "What will England be like in 50 years time?"


The machine whirls and beeps and goes into action, and he gets a printout. But he just stares at it.


"Come on, Brother Boris," says Mula Nasruddin, "Tell us what it says."

"I can't! It is all in Urdu."

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But man wishes to do wrong [even] in the time in front of him. He questions: "When is the Day of Resurrection?".

At length, when the sight is dazed and the moon is buried in darkness. And the sun and moon are joined together, - That Day, Man will say: "Where is the refuge?"


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In Sarah's house, the Bible and the Koran sit together on a shelf - two books bursting with stories...

‘Sarah loves her two grandmas – Grandmother Azar and Grandmother Maria. Grandmother Azar tells Sarah stories from the Holy Koran, while Grandmother Maria tells her stories from the Bible. At Christmas time, Sarah snuggles in each of her grandmothers' laps and listens to two nativities stories about the birth of baby Jesus. They are the same in some ways, and different in others ... but both can be Sarah's favourite.’

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Janine M Fraser lives on Phillip Island in Victoria for most of the year, and three months of the year in Manhattan, New York. She loves books, writing and travel and looks for stories wherever she goes. Her previous books have been short-listed for the CBCA awards, the NSW Premier's Award and the WA Premier's Award. Janine is also a published poet.





Sarah's Two Nativities, written by Janine Fraser that I have illustrated. It is published by Walker Books, out in September.

The book, beautifully written, has a strong multicultural message that you might be interested in. The story is a bridge between Muslims and Christians, to be more precise.

I would love to invite you at the book launch on September 21st at 2pm here in Brisbane at the book store Where the Wild things Are.

It would be wonderful to have representatives of different communities as we think it is a great opportunity for families and children from diverse cultural background to share a special moment altogether around this picture book and its message.

So please feel free to invite some friends, families and people who might be interested as well.


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Award winning illustrator Hélène Magisson began her artistic career as a painting restorer in Paris, where she was also trained in the art of medieval illumination. Helene has lived all over the world, including Africa, France and India. She loves to discover other cultures through their arts and customs. She now calls Australia home and has begun a new career of illustrating picture books, some of which have been CBCA Notables.
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