EST. 2004


Sunday 1 September 2019 | Issue 0773



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


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






On Friday night, the Multicultural Queensland Awards 2019 Minister's Multicultural Award went to Nadia Saeed. Nadia is a 20-year old youth worker who is actively involved with the Muslim community in Brisbane.


As a member of the Queensland Government's Queensland Youth Engagement Panel, Nadia is working hard to break down barriers within communities and facilitate connections for harmony.



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By Academy Alive    


Alhamdulillah, Academy Alive Studio has been buzzing busier than a beehive recording their first podcast, their online tutorials and hosting esteemed guests who have been supporting Academy Alive since day one of inception. In our inaugural podcast, we were joined by Haji Hussin Goss from Gold Coast, taking the listeners down memory lane, causing lots of rapturous laughter, by a tear-jerker as well, as he shares some deep and personal life experiences. Haji Hussin also shared a piece of history, a letter that was written in 1971, readers will need to tune into the podcast to find out more.

The ICQ president, Haji Habib Jamal joined us to speak to our first live audience, the audience being the Quran Alive students. He spoke of the importance of education and his life as a teacher and the roles that the new generation of youth are taking. Without hesitation, Haji Habib Jamal endorsed Academy Alive and said that ICQ is behind Academy Alive one hundred percent, continuing the legacy of the previous pledge by the former ICQ president Haji Ismail Cajee.

The week wrapped up with visits from the Slacks Creek Director Dr Akram Hussein, congratulating the team at Academy Alive for striving continuously without hesitation. Culminating a huge week of esteemed visitors, was Uncle Abdul Hamid Omar, parting important advice which the team will take heed in order that they survive the hurdles of a startup.

Academy Alive is requesting doa from everyone that their endeavours are accepted by Allah.





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Two of Rami’s Thunder Martial Arts Academy have represented Australia at Oceania Presidents Cup 2019, and the Australian Open 2019.

The two competitions were over three days, with athletes from 47 countries, represented by 16 National Teams and 133 clubs from 99 regions, and over 700 fighters in each competition.

“The event was the largest ever gathering of athletes in the Oceania region, where were an Olympians and world champions competing,” Master Rami said.

“Our students have shown fantastic skills and an amazing level, this was their first international competition against world-class fighters.”

"We were able to come back home with silver medal at the Oceania, and bronze medal at the Australian Open."

Also, Master Rami was appointed to coach the Egyptian team, where they were able to win 2 gold medals in the Australian Open and 2 bronze in Oceania.

“It was an honour and privilege to coach two fine athletes from Egypt, I do wish them all the best and may God bless them,” Master Rami added.

“We are so proud of our students and whatever is coming next will be better Insha'Allah."

We do have so much talent and we will make sure to get this talent out to the world, our academy’s doors are open to everyone and we are willing to make the best of our students.


Book your FREE trial today, come and check us out and learn a lifetime skill.

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YCCC has won the warehouse 50 over championship (grade C, north) in their first year of participation. This highlights the wealth of talent we have in the community and small opportunity can facilitate big successes.

Captain's Quote “Our hard work throughout the season paid off. All the boys were really committed and I could not have asked for more. I would like to thank the players, all our sponsors and the team that worked behind the scene to bring the club where we are today. We are very grateful.”

YCCC, was founded last year to offer a platform to play cricket for the multicultural community of Logan. The club is supported by Youth Connect QLD, Islamic Council of QLD, Commbank Australia and Human Appeal International; and works closely with Logan Roo’s Football Club.


The team offers playing opportunity for all age groups and skill levels within reasonable fees.


This year the team is recruiting for a junior team.


For more details, don’t hesitate to contact team coordinator, Br Rasel (0481395397).




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In week 6 of term 3, AIIC competed in the Brisbane Futsal Challenge tournament, held at the Brisbane Futsal Centre in Oxley. Entering a junior team (U/14) and a Senior Team (U/16), the boys were playing against Marsden State High School, Grace Lutheran College Caboolture, Wisdom College Algester, Redeemer Lutheran College, Shailer Park State High School, and Carmel College Brisbane.

The tournament showcased colleges with futsal excellence programs, with students representing their schools, clubs, and also state teams. AIIC was pitted against these schools setting up a great competition.
The first game for our Senior Boys ended in a narrow defeat to Marsden SHS with the score 4-2. The Junior team played their first game against Shailer Park and emerged 6-1 victory in a very convincing display of skill, teamwork, and focus.

As the day progressed, results swayed with narrow defeats for junior boys, and wins for our seniors. The highlight of the day was our senior boys coming from 6-0 down to win the game 7-6 in the dying moments against Grace College Caboolture. Standout performances from Latif Ramazani as well as some heroics from Arman Mohammed in goalkeeping kept the boys on their way to the quarter finals.

Our Junior boys made the finals on goal differences, and were unfortunately beaten 6-5 by Shailer Park SS in the elimination. Overall, our AIIC junior squad finished fourth and can be proud of their work ethic and their performances as a unit.

The senior boys faced off against Shailer Park Senior team in the first of their games to the finals. A tight affair saw the AIIC boys win 4-2 and progressed to the semi-final against the day’s rivals – Grace Lutheran Caboolture College. An entertaining game saw AIIC win 5-1 and asserted their dominance in the tournament with convincing plays from all players.
In the grand final, the team standing in AIIC’s way of a maiden Futsal Challenge Cup gold medal was the much fancied Marsden State High. With MSHS being an excellent college and hand-picked players, it was all to play for in the final. After a quick first goal to AIIC, Marsden replied with 1 of their own and the teams went in at 1-1 at half time.

After half time, a new found determination and hunger from AIIC was shown and the team rallied and scored 3 unanswered goals. A brilliant solo goal from Latif Ramazani settled the victory with AIIC winning 5-1.

A first championship win for AIIC and also a stand-out performance by the Senior Team highlighted the talent and abilities of the athletes at AIIC. Their dedication and sacrifice of their personal free time at college for training with head coach Mr Gowreah paid off and the gold medals were given to AIIC for the first, but not the last time.




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By Rishi Gowreah – HPE Coordinator    


The Bachar Houli Cup is an initiative by Richmond AFL star Bachar Houli which encourages the participation in AFL by young Muslims in Australia.

The day started with both AIIC Durack and AIIC Gold Coast meeting at CJ Greenfield Park, the home of westside AFL. After an introduction by head coach Sally Young, the athletes were introduced to former professional St. Kilda AFL legend, Ahmed Saad. Through his years of playing AFL and professional career, Ahmed was a cult figure at St Kilda and was a pioneer for Muslim athletes to make the transition to Australia’s own football code, being one of the very first to play professionally since the leagues inception.

The athletes took part in routine fitness tests presented by the Brisbane Lions AFL Academy and the Gold Coast Suns Academy. Twenty metre agility sprints, vertical-leap tests, as well as rucking and kicking drills were all undertaken by the students under careful watch of professional coaches as well as Ahmed Saad.

The climax of the day saw AIIC Durack against AIIC Gold Coast in the Bachar Houli Cup. AIIC Durack took an early lead in a hotly contested match, winning the first quarter 8-0.

AIIC Gold Coast took a surprising but well deserved lead in the second quarter 12-8 and followed it up by winning the third quarter 16-12, leaving it all to play for in the last quarter. AIIC Durack dug deep and scored a quick goal and the last 2 minutes were a very gripping and entertaining affair.

By the end of the match, AIIC Durack had won the game 22-16. Both colleges played fantastically and showcased their talents and abilities not only for the coaches, professionals, or teachers; but for themselves and their teammates.

The highlight of the day was Ahmed Saad leading the boys in their Salah after the match and reminding them of the importance of faith and the role it plays in being a good athlete.

The boys celebrated with lunch provided by AFL Queensland and had some time to chat with Ahmed about his career and also about what it means to be a Muslim professional athlete.

On behalf of Mr Gowreah and Mr Celahmetovic, we thank the students for a great day of sport, friendship, and camaraderie.




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DECEMBER 1 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAAs) attempt to raise the profile of Australian Muslim individuals and organisations, promote their achievements and prominence in the Australian society and encourage Australian Muslims to participate and excel in areas within the Australian community.

The Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA), hosted annually by Mission of Hope, aims to acknowledge and celebrate some of our most respected community leaders from across the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Now in its 13th year, the AMAA has established itself as a much-anticipated and well-respected award’s night, with a robust selection process to ensure that assessments of nominees are fair and transparent.

The AMAA’s 2019 aims to recognise the success and vitality of the Australian Muslim community. This unique annual awards program has been established specifically to acknowledge, encourage and celebrate excellence amongst Muslim individual, community, businesses and professionals by giving them the opportunity to gain valuable exposure and well-deserved recognition for their contributions and ambitions.

The AMAAs are the highest honours within Australia for Muslims. The main goal of the Award program is, therefore, to help the Muslim community grow and prosper, and to acknowledge their achievements.

If you would like to submit your nomination for 2019, click here.



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The show will centre on Marvel's first Muslim superhero to star in her own comic book title.

With Captain Marvel flying high on the big screen, Marvel Studios is now focusing on its other marvellous heroine, Ms. Marvel.

Marvel is developing a live-action series for Disney+, its upcoming streaming service, based on its acclaimed comic Ms. Marvel, hiring British writer Bisha K. Ali to write and act as showrunner. Ali is a comedian who is currently a staff writer on Hulu’s remake of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The show may be announced during Friday’s Disney+ presentation. Marvel had no comment.

Ms. Marvel as a comic and heroine has existed since 1976, with the character Carol Danvers using the name for her crime-fighting escapades. Several other characters have briefly taken up the mantle, and Danvers herself became Captain Marvel in 2012.

The latest incarnation, and the one the show will be focusing on, is a teenager named Kamala Khan. Khan broke ground by becoming Marvel’s first Muslim character to lead her own comics title. Her identity as a Pakistani-American living in a religious family in New Jersey whilst trying to find her own way has been a major focus of the stories. Her powers have been described as polymorphous, meaning she has the ability to stretch and change her shape.

The comic has appeared on numerous year-end top 10 lists and won a Hugo Award for best graphic story in 2015.

No timetable has been set for the show, and it's unclear whether the show will fit into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel is developing several other shows for the streamer that will be tied to the MCU. These include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, to debut in late 2020; WandaVision, to debut in spring 2021; Loki, also for early 2021; and Hawkeye, for late 2021.

Ali is repped by CAA and Del Shaw.

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Hundreds of decision-makers, thought leaders, influencers, and practitioners from government, civil society and the private sector will gather at Western Sydney University for the 3rd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference – The Way Forward.

The conference, to be held from 10-13 February 2020, will provide leaders with the opportunity to discuss challenges to social cohesion and community resilience and explore ways to more effectively address them through social, economic, cultural, legal, religious, and sexual/gender identity perspectives.

Convenor of the forum and Director of Equity and Diversity at Western Sydney University Professor Sev Ozdowski AM said that as an academic leader in combating racism and harnessing social diversity, Western Sydney University is well placed to host this important gathering.

“Despite Australia’s strong commitment to the equal participation of diverse groups, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, people living with a disability, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities – more can always be done and it is important to ensure there is continuing respect and opportunities for all.”

“This Conference is designed to achieve practical outcomes and inform participants’ ongoing work in the social cohesion space, contribute to policies and strategies at national, state and local levels as well as provide opportunities to build new networks to facilitate partnerships and collaboration,” said Professor Ozdowski.


Amongst the list of speakers are:


Mr Aleem Ali, National Manager, Welcoming Cities, Brisbane
Dr Anne Aly MP, Member for Cowan, Western Australia
Dr Hass Dellal AO, Executive Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation, Melbourne
Assoc Prof Farida Fozdar, The University of Western Australia, Perth
Mr Ahmet Polat, Affinity Intercultural Foundation, Sydney





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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


#2 They don’t water down their characters’ Muslim identity.
Being a Muslim is complex and different from person to person; yet, as Leila Fadel observes in an article entitled Muslims Are Having a Hollywood Moment Muslim characters on screen often fall into two camps: devout individuals who can’t tolerate differences (those that would fail the Riz Test) or confused Muslims who abandon their culture for the secular and Western way of life (e.g.: Master of None).

There’s also the third camp which has become more popular: the Muslim ‘exemplaries’ and ‘heroes’ without any real engagement with Muslim culture. They are characters who are made to appear Muslim through their look or their names (as with Abed in Community) but don’t do anything else that is culturally or religiously specific; rather they default to the Anglo Celtic norm. Goldi, in the first two seasons of Degrassi, falls into this camp. Other than the hijab that makes Goldi visibly Muslim, we hardly know anything about her background, cultural and religious heritage and if that has anything to do with her activism. While this approach can help challenge stereotypes by showing that Muslims are like anyone else (we go to school, we play sports, we binge watch TV shows, etc.), it does little in helping the mainstream gain any further understanding about the Muslim community. In fact, it actually perpetuates a tokenistic representation of the Muslim community (women in headscarves, men with a long beard and a Middle-Eastern name) and the dichotomous “The West versus Islam” view of the world.

To see the difference a show makes when it takes the Muslim character’s faith and cultural heritage seriously, look at Goldi from season 3 of Degrassi’s The Next Class. Goldi’s faith then plays a more crucial role in her storyline and personality development. Seeing her being questioned by her lesbian friends over the Quran’s attitude to gay people, seeing how she gradually changes her attitude arrives at a conclusion that breaking one rule doesn’t mean you are no longer a Muslim, and seeing her take off the hijab and then put it on again, the audience are positioned to realise that being a Muslim is not a fixed thing, but rather a journey of learning, rethinking, acknowledging one’s mistakes and changing one’s perspectives of the world. Goldi grows to be more accepting of different viewpoints and lifestyles and accepts her position in the world. It is refreshing to see that she does so without having to blame and/or abandon her religion.

Another Muslim character in the series is Saad Al-Maliki (Parham Rownaghi), a Syrian refugee character introduced in season 4 of Degrassi. Described as someone who has seen the horror of wars in his homeland, Saad struggles to explain to his fellow students that he would not wear the T-shirt to support Belgium after the recent terrorist attack there because he finds it hypocritical to pray for Belgium, and not for other countries, including the Muslim ones, that are also affected by terrorism. The fact that Saad’s storyline and reactions are included demonstrates the writers’ genuine attempts to allow the audience to consider an issue through the lens of a Muslim refugee and understand how being ostracised can make one vulnerable to radicalisation. As the show’s producer Stephen Stohn said, it is easy to dismiss the view of someone whose approach to life is different to us, and that’s why characters like Saad are necessary — they show us that an issue is never black and white, and it’s not enough just to be tolerant (put up with) of each other; we also learn to listen and understand where both sides are coming from.

If you find Degrassi’s approach too theological and political, have a look at Ali’s Wedding. This feel-good, family-driven dramedy, as writer Osamah Sami himself asserts, is “without the politics”, but it has what many shows featuring Muslim characters lack: authenticity and specificity. Many positive reviews about Ali’s Wedding often mention the way the film unapologetically features customs and practices of an Iraqi Muslim community such as scenes at the mosque, chaste courtship, arranged marriages, and the search for workarounds for the Quran. Zoe Crombie from Film Inquiry describes her experience watching Ali’s Wedding as being like “an outsider [being] invited to Sami’s family gathering”. Like her, many audiences on IMDB also appreciate the fact that the film doesn’t hold back for the sake of the white audience. Not only are these scenes educational and eye-opening, but accompanied by scenes of Ali’s family bonding over AFL and him striving to get in Melbourne University’s medical school, these warm and affectionate peeks at the Muslims’ way of life provide the audience with a vivid and nuanced portrait of Muslim minorities living in Australia.

The success of Degrassi and Ali’s Wedding tell us that the mainstream audience do want to know more about the Muslim community beyond the headscarf, the Middle Eastern look and the label “Muslim”. Thus, the next time you develop Muslim characters, think carefully about whether the Muslim faith plays a small or large place in their identity. Don’t hesitate to present an uncomfortable Muslim perspective, rituals and customs in a respectful way. It would not only break down the sense of otherness and mystery around the Muslim communities in Australia but would significantly enhance the development of your characters and the storyline.




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 connects senior industry leaders and creates essential market intelligence to professionally develop sport on and off the field.


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....


A recipe is history

A year after moving to Rockhampton, I visited Sydney. It alarmed me to realise how much I had changed as a person. I found the traffic unbearable. Giant buildings had appeared in my old stomping grounds. I loved showing all my old friends pictures of the kangaroos around my home, the two giant emus that chased me, the geckoes that lived in my kitchen, the possum that ate all my parsley, and giant crocodiles! I went to Mount Druitt and saw my amo. I had waited a whole year for the perfect hummus recipe he had promised to share. I turned up, eager to watch and learn.

My amo didn't show me how to make hummus as I'd expected. He told me his secret ingredient and the significance of blending certain ingredients in a particular order.

When I flew back home, I thought to myself: why couldn't he have told me this over the phone? Why did he have to wait until I visited him?

Then it clicked.

My amo didn't want to share this over a quick phone chat. Rather, he wanted to see how his nephew was doing up north. Arab cuisine is traditionally passed down from one generation by watching and learning. Recipes can be part of storytelling conversations — about life in the motherland, exploring Australia with my father, politics in Palestine, discussions about current affairs, how certain ingredients help you focus, and how certain foods are eaten at certain times of the year. This is all served with reminders that my amto has probably already picked out the names of my children.

A recipe is history. It's ancestry. It's culture. It's language. It's family. It's about surviving in the diaspora on Aboriginal land as Arab Australia.

I get it now.

By the way, no, I will not be sharing the secret ingredient for the perfect hummus.







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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.....



Gallipoli looms large in Australia’s national story. Korpein The Gallipoli campaign highlight the foresight of John Monash, the commander of the AIF 4th Infantry Brigade, as he wrote in a letter to his family about the forthcoming event of Gallipoli:

“Long before this letter can possibly reach you ... great events which stir the whole world and go down in history will have happened, to the eternal glory of Australia and all those who participated.”

In the very first report on the Gallipoli landing, the British observer Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett described heroic images of ANZAC soldiers –they are “cheerful, quiet and confident” going into battle, “rather than nervous or excited” and the “physique of the men is remarkable.”


Soon after landing, men of the various allied forces were deepening their respect and admiration for each other.


ANZACs tell stories of how they fraternised. Indian soldiers were comrades in arms with Australian and New Zealand troops on the rugged hills of Gallipoli from day one –“they fought together were wounded and died together, ate meals together and shared dugouts together.”


One Australian soldier also noted what he described as a “Mohammedan native” observing Ramadan and making “the air noisy with their prayers and recitations from the Qur’an.”


The Ottoman victory at Gallipoli was relayed throughout the empire and beyond.


When peace was restored, from another side of the battle lines, Turkish field marshal and statesman Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) would say words of compassion and wisdom to the mothers of the ANZAC soldiers who fell in Gallipoli: “those heroes ... after having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well.”


These words are often quoted for good purpose and resonated in the future and constituted a foundation for Turkish–Australian friendship. In 1935, Tasman Malcolm Millington, of the Imperial War Graves’ Commission, stationed at Gallipoli, gave some impressions in The Mufti, a booklet-tabloid of the Returned Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia –Victorian Branch. Living in the little town of Chanak (Canakkale) in the Dardanelles, Millington gained some insights into the Gallipoli campaign from the enemy’s view-point:

They [Turks] have the greatest respect for the Australian soldiers and the way they fought... They in no way regard the Gallipoli campaign as a victory for themselves. They are simply thankful to Allah that it ended when it did, and they look upon it as a very bloody and very regrettable conflict for both sides.








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The Girl from Ipswich Town















My neighbour just died | Mohamed Hoblos

OnePath Network




An emotional tribute to one of the greatest people Hoblos ever met. May Allah have mercy on Mustapha Dadoun, a man who was for more than just a neighbour.







Daily Booster: Sheikh Ikraam Buksh

Academy Alive




Daily Booster
Sheikh Ikraam Buksh daily booster highlights the benefits of waking up early in morning. How it eliminates many stressful situations. Allowing us the opportunity to implement new habits and routines.







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Arabic will be one of the most important languages, say young Brits

By Elham Asaad Buaras



One in three young Brits (18 to 24-year-olds) thinks Arabic will be one of the world’s most important languages by the next decade, according to YouGov data published on July 1.

However, fewer than 15 per cent of 55-year-olds and over believe Arabic will become an important language in 2029.

Only one in five older people believe French and German will remain important in the next 10 years, compared to one in three 18 to 24-year-olds.

English tops the list as the world’s most important language across all age groups except for 18 to 24-year-olds where Chinese (Mandarin) ties with English.

Despite believing non-European languages will become increasingly important, young people would still choose Spanish (73 per cent), French (75 per cent) and German (65 per cent) as the only foreign language that should be taught in schools, ahead of Chinese (Mandarin) (58 per cent) and Arabic (36 per cent).

According to language learning apps providers, the importance of non-European languages will soar. “As the world becomes more global, being able to communicate in a non-European language like Chinese and Arabic will become increasingly important for travel and business,” said Colin Watkins, Duolingo’s Country Manager in the UK.

“But it’s not just travel and commerce. We’ve seen a sharp rise in the number of people learning languages to challenge themselves. Learning a language like Arabic or Chinese requires you to rethink how you learn. Studies also show that learning a language like Arabic can improve cognitive ability and slow down the onset of dementia.”

Arabic is spoken by over 250 million people and is the official language of 27 countries around the world. Arabic is also the liturgical language of over a billion Muslims around the world, as it’s the language in which the Qur’an was revealed.  



Muslim News


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Five signs your Muslim-led organisation might be failing

By Hassan Joudi


In Part 1 of this series, we explored three common types of leadership crises that many voluntary groups or associations may encounter: Founder’s Syndrome, Power Vacuums and Splitting Up.

As Mosque Affairs Co-ordinator for the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), I’ve met with leaders of Muslim-led voluntary organisations across the UK, from Aberdeen to Plymouth, and from Wales to Yorkshire, and no matter where you are in the country or what the size of your voluntary group or association is, the patterns that lead to a leadership crises are the usually very similar.

So why do so many voluntary groups or associations suffer a leadership crisis? What are the root causes? And most importantly, what can we do to avoid them in future?

If you volunteer with a group or association, I propose five key ‘tests’ to ask yourself, to help you gauge what level your group or association is at in terms of leadership and governance:

You haven’t held an Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the past 2 years.

AGMs or reviews are an important opportunity for your active volunteers to come together, reflect on past successes and plan for the future. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said, “One hour of reflection is better than 70 years of worship.”

If you’ve had an AGM, you didn’t have anything to show off your work.

It may sound surprising, but I’ve been to many AGMs where the volunteers are just so stretched or limited in terms of resources, that there isn’t even a simple report, video or slide presentation – or anything else to summarise to their members what they’ve accomplished in the previous 12 months. Celebrating your achievements is an essential building block to a healthy organisation and acts as an important avenue for sharing information with your future potential leaders (see 3 & 4 below). Of course, for registered charities, reports and accounts must be filed to the Charity Commission as well.

You’ve had the same leader (Chair, President, CEO, Secretary-General) for more than 5 years.

Whilst a good leader may have a lot to offer, having the same leader for too long risks giving your group or association the image that it is an institution fashioned in the leader’s image. Fresh ideas and renewed purpose from a new figurehead are key to reinvigorating your volunteers and its passion for achieving the objectives your group was initially established to achieve.

Many incumbent leaders will often complain that there is no one suitable — or no one willing to put in the hard work they’ve put in — to handover to. This is understandable as finding a suitable successor is certainly not easy – no matter whether you are a small voluntary association or an FTSE 100 corporate – but having a plan is essential. As many business gurus will tell you, succession planning starts from before you need it.

If you’ve tried to have leadership elections, there’s only one candidate to choose from.

Your written Constitution or Terms of Reference (see below) should outline a mechanism for how the next leader is nominated, selected or elected. Whatever the mechanism, it’s important that either a) more than one person feels comfortable and empowered to put themselves forward for their role, and/or b) that more than one person has sufficient trust from the current leadership team such that the incumbent leader feels comfortable handing over the keys of the organisation to them without a nasty power struggle. Otherwise, at best look forward to a boring election at the AGM with only one candidate to choose from, or at worst a heated and emotionally draining power struggle that benefits nobody.

Finally, you haven’t got a written Constitution or Terms of Reference (ToR), or if you do, it hasn’t been updated for the last 5-10 years.

Why does your organisation exist? What are its objectives? How is the leadership selected? Whilst best practice is to have a full Constitution document outlining these and other key elements of your organisation based on model documents (e.g. Charity Commission model documents), a short ToR or other simple governing document that acts as a reference point that your members agree on can go a long way to minimising the risk of disputes.

And whilst there is no formal recommended duration for how often to update your governing document, it should ideally be reviewed whenever there is a major change to your group or association, or at least every 5-10 years, otherwise you may find it is no longer relevant or practical (and thus a barrier to your future growth and development).

If you answered ‘Yes’ to two or less of the above, well done! You’re probably faring better than most voluntary groups or associations in terms of leadership and governance – please share your successful formulae with other groups!

With strong leadership and governance being a necessary foundation of a sustainable group or association, you are more likely to have a stable platform from which your voluntary group or association can grow, remain true to your community’s needs and attract more active volunteers.

If you answered ‘Yes’ to three or more, don’t despair. Take a step back, remind yourself what your organisation is all about and why you got involved in the first place, and consider what small things you could initiate now, to ensure its long-term sustainability and future. A compilation of useful resources that may help you is provided at the end of this article.

In Part 3 of this series, we will explore what lessons we can draw from the life of Prophet Muhammad (p) for the leadership & governance of Muslim-led voluntary groups and associations in Britain today.

Hassan Joudi is the Deputy Secretary General of the MCB and also volunteers for several other Muslim-led organisations in the UK.

He can be contacted on twitter @HassanJoudi_




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Some businesses in Saudi Arabia have been opening during prayer times   


The kingdom continues to implement a law that forces outlets to close during Muslim prayer times.


SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia continues to implement a law that forces public amenities and shopping centers to close during Muslim prayer times, but some businesses seem to be defying this rule.

According to recent news reports, several outlets in Riyadh are no longer abiding by the legislation that states malls, restaurants, cafés, gas stations, and even hospitals must close during adhan (Islamic call to prayer) and throughout prayer time.

Last month, the kingdom's officials decreed that businesses can have the option to stay open 24 hours a day. At the time, the news reports led some to think the country had scrapped its mandatory prayer-time shutdown rule; that wasn't the case. Authorities later clarified the law is still in place.

Despite that, a few malls in Riyadh took it upon themselves to lead with the change by remaining open day and night, including prayer times.

This month, a popular burger joint at a Riyadh mall didn't close its doors during prayer times as the restaurant's manager received a text from its Saudi owner instructing him to stay open.

"The (government) decides to allow shops, restaurants and markets to work for 24 hours and the decision includes... prayer times," the message the manager received read, according to AFP.

Restaurants, cafés, and an indoor amusement park located at Al-Nakheel, another huge mall in the capital, also remained open during prayer times. Speaking to AFP, Francis, a Saudi-based Asian coffee shop manager, explained that more places are staying open throughout the day than ever before.

"Most of the time stores here are (now) open during prayer time," he said.

Two other store managers who gave statements to AFP said the officials "appeared to be looking the other way" when it came to spotting stores open during shutdown times. However, many shops aren't yet ready to take the risk and continue to abide by the law.   

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Former royal surgeon has denied 'bullying' Muslim colleagues when they took time off for prayer


Professor Zygmunt Krukowski


UK: A former royal surgeon has denied "bullying" Muslim colleagues when they took time off for prayer, a tribunal hears. Professor Zygmunt Krukowski oversaw the medical care of the Royal family at Balmoral but was suspended from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after a misconduct investigation was launched in 2015.

He has now launched an employment tribunal into his “unfair dismissal”, after he was cleared by the General Medical Council in July 2015.

Professor Krukowski, 70, was cross examined by Ian Truscott who asked if he had said: “Some patients were more important than some religions.”

But Krukowski claimed he said: “What's more important? Patients or prayers?”

The solicitor said an NHS colleague had claimed Krukowski used the derogatory phrase “hairy-a***d Muslims” when talking to the then chief executive of the NHS trust.

But Professor Krukowski “strenuously denied” the claims. He said: “I have never used that phrase in my life.

“I would have been astonished that the chief executive of a national board would not take action immediately.

“I strenuously deny I would use that phrase and I would not be so stupid to use it at a chief executive.”

Another worker said he felt he was being “bullied, harassed and mobbed” after Prof Krukowski “raised his voice” at him.

Mr Truscott read from a diary entry that the surgeon was unable to go into theatre after being left “shaken”.

Krukowski said: “That is a falsehood. He was not scheduled for theatre.

“We worked and discussed it and I thought we had addressed the issue.

“He recognises that he misled me about the detail of the surgery and patient care was far below what should be accepted.”

He added: “I lost my temper with him and I was embarrassed and mortified. I have subsequently apologised.”

The then health secretary Alex Neil was first alerted by a whistleblower to concerns from senior medics of the management and clinical standards at ARI in March 2014.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland carried out a full review on performance and culture at the hospital, with inspectors raising concerns about a minority of consultants in general surgery.

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The Syrian refugee's poem that exposed England's 'joyless' curriculum


English students, Syrian refugees and sisters Ftoun and Amineh, from Oxford Spires Academy. Ftoun has won national fame in Britain with a poem remembering Damascus.


UK: A melancholy, evocative poem by a teenage Syrian refugee has put English education under the microscope, accused of ignoring creativity and imagination and rewarding mechanical memorisation and a dry regurgitation of the classics.

On Thursday writer and teacher Kate Clanchy, who uses her Twitter feed mostly to post her students’ poetry, shared ‘The Doves of Damascus’ by 14-year-old Ftoun.

The poem described fading memories of the beauty of Damascus, its sights and sensations, and hinted at the flight of refugees from its war and violence.

It was widely shared and attracted praise from some of Britain's most famous authors.

“Ftoun worked and worked, but only got 4 in her English GCSE,” Clanchy wrote.

The GCSE is an exam that students need to graduate from high school, as a precursor to university entrance level tests. In the GCSEs a 4 is the equivalent of the old C grade – barely a pass.

“She came here from Syria in 2016. Marks for her poem below please.”

Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, replied: "This kind of talent is unmeasurable, so naturally the system tries to measure it, and always fails”.

Clanchy responded to Pullman: “And wounds people as it does so. I hate GCSE. Why can’t we have one leaving exam at 18, like every other civilised country. Ftoun just needs a little more time.”

Compulsory GCSE at 16 was “stupid and awful”, she said. “Once you have failed it is so much harder to learn”.

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, said she had read out Ftoun’s poem as part of a keynote speech about the future of writing and the writers’ community “to which she undoubtedly belongs, Grade 4 or no”.

Last year Clanchy published a poetry anthology England: Poems from a School, from her time as a writer in residence at the Oxford Spires Academy, the university town’s chosen school for migrants where more than 30 languages are spoken.

Its students have won national poetry competitions with work that documents their experience and observations from their English lives.

Clanchy told The Times newspaper the new GSCE curriculum was “the last straw in a bundle of shallow thinking... overdetermined syllabuses and bullying of teachers which has been getting heavier for a long long time”.

The Association of School and College Leaders this month called the current English curriculum “joyless”.

Under the influence of conservative minister Michael Gove it moved towards a heavy focus on analysis of classic historic texts, while English literature switched to closed-book exams that rewarded students for memorising swathes of quotations.

One assistant headteacher was quoted saying the school-leaver English exams were “sucking the joy out of the study of how we communicate: the power and beauty in words. English literature favours those with excellent memories; it has reduced our most magnificent pieces of writing to a collection of quotations”.

And there were reports that the reformed exams, introduced in September 2015, were behind a big decline in the number of pupils taking the subject at university entrance level.

This is Ftoun’s poem:


The Doves of Damascus

I lost my country and everything I had before.

And now

I cannot remember for sure

The soft of the snow in my country,

I cannot remember

The feel of the damp air in summer.

Sometimes I think I remember

The smell of jasmine

As I walked down the street.

And sometimes autumn

With its orange and scarlet leaves

Flying in the high Damascus sky.

And I am sure I remember

My grandmother’s roof-garden,

Its vines, its sweet red grapes,

The mint she grew in crates for tea.

I remember the birds, the doves

Of Damascus. I remember

How they scattered. I remember

Trying to catch them.

Ftoun (14)  




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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!








The Modern Shepherd: Leadership Lessons from the Desert



 AlBaraa H. Taibah












How can tending a flock of sheep empower leadership skills?

How does it build character and awaken wisdom?

And why was shepherding the starting point for so many of the great prophets, such as Mohammed, Moses and Abraham?

These questions had long intrigued MBA student AlBaraa Taibah before he decided to become a modern-day shepherd and herd sheep alone in the Sahara Desert. Confronting the dangers of desert snakes, getting hopelessly lost in the dunes and suffering from dehydration - all on the first day - made him ask himself, 'Why didn't I just take that leadership course back in Boston?'

The Modern Shepherd is a leadership book unlike any other. Inspiring and insightful, AlBaraa H. Taibah reveals the secrets of the ancient art of shepherding and how they can teach us to become effective and successful leaders.





The Modern Shepherd is a personal memoir, pegged on the lessons Taibah learned tending sheep in the desert. He claims all Prophets of the Holy Books learned the art of leadership from tending sheep, and so too would he. What resulted was a lesson in humility and the subtle art of caring for a creature before it is willing to be led. This book is Taibah’s philosophy on ‘care centred’ leadership peppered with stories about his achievements that serve as evidence of his proposed ‘Shepherding leadership.’

Taibah sets aside 10 days to survive in the desert – of which he survives 6 – coming out with a sense of profound personal change. The author sets up a challenge to learn the art of shepherding, but ‘the flock and I don’t speak the same language; I cannot become a shepherd before I connect.’ (p39). The sheep stay away from him and refuse to be led by him. It is only when he started caring, that they begin to gravitate towards him.

Taibah cites our human ability to care as a central theme in this book and states, ‘Care is not asking how you feel…Care is understanding why and individual is behaving the way they do. (It) adds value to the understanding of the current issues and empowers us to achieve higher results. Connect before offering care.’ (p 57).

Taibah credits all his successes down to this one idea. The shepherd leader cares about the people before leading them; which is genius in its simplicity, but I do question if it can be applied as a leadership principle across the board.

He uses the lessons learned in the six days to talk about his achievements, such as a national project to set standards and licence educators in Saudi Arabia which was previously met with a lot of opposition. However, when he flipped the organisational structure and put teachers at the centre of identifying and delivering standards, he was met with a lot more success.

Taibah also goes into his failures where he did not heed his lessons of the desert and damaged his team relationships in favour of meeting a deadline. He did not take the time to ‘care’ for his team, and although he met the deadline he damaged human relationships as a result.

These projects seem to be high profile projects but to me, they come across as abstract notions as Taibah does not give detailed descriptions nor does he go into how he achieved his professional positions. As a result, I found it superficial as an autobiography.

The only personal journey that we are given details of is the 6 days in the desert. It is, no doubt, a fascinating experience, but beyond that, the book lacks depth. There is no journey – except for his personal growth in the desert. As it is a biographical narrative, the entire journey of personal development is very important and has been grossly overlooked.

So if you wish to know what it feels like to spend (less) then a week in the desert taking care of sheep, by all means, do read the book. But if you are looking for ways to create a lasting impact into communities and societies that we live in, perhaps another book such as Karen Armstrong’s, Muhammed, a prophet of our time or Nelson Mandela’s, Long Walk to Freedom might be a better and more thorough alternative.

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

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: This chicken leg quarters recipe is one of the most tastiest of chicken recipes you are likely to come across. It's full of flavour and oven-roasting it adds heaps of extra flavour. The caramelized skin is just so tasty and crispy. You be able to get enough of this chicken!


Roast Chicken Leg Quarters







6 chicken leg quarters

¼ cup Honey
juice of one lemon
generous amount of dried thyme
lots of crushed pepper and lemon pepper
green chillies
zest of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil.

Slightly slit thighs and drumsticks, Rub marinade properly. Place on tray along with balance marinade.

Scatter 1 head of garlic (separate cloves but leave peels on)

Roast at 220 for around 25-30 mins or until done.
(In the last 10 mins place pieces of corn on the tray)

Remove from oven.

Heat olive oil in a pan. When very hot, place chicken quarters on pan to give it a golden exterior, at the same time remove the roasted garlic from skins and smash all over the chicken on both sides.

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Keeping Fit with Kareema





SPRING into your self-care routine

Looking after your wellbeing in the rush of daily life can be challenging.

Here are a few tips to get that Spring in your step:

• Meditate – take 5 mins out of your day to just sit & breathe. It can reduce the negative impact of stress.
• Nourish – Energise your body with food. Eat good wholesome food that fuels your body and makes you feel good.
• Sweat – Can’t beat a good sweat sesh a few times a week. Find something you enjoy and add it to your regular routine. Make this your game-changer & reap the rewards!
• Hydrate – Track your water-intake. Everything from tiredness to overeating can be due to dehydration. Our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water, so keep topping up.
• Sleep – A lack of sleep can impair your wellbeing, productivity and brain function.

Be sure to get some shut-eye – at least 8hours a night if possible.






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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
Strategies To Develop And Maintain Healthy and Positive Relationships with people in our lives.

From the moment we wake up in the morning to the time we retire to bed, our lives revolve around other human beings. They all impact our lives in ways that propel us to respond or react. These responses and reactions shape the life we lead. How we choose to respond to people is completely up to us.

When someone says, “I didn’t have a choice”, it simply means they chose to remain in the situation instead of choosing an alternative. The truth is, there are always alternatives.

Our daily relations and dealings with family members, friends, colleagues, strangers and virtual entities (those who are communicating with us online) form a vital part of our existence. These dealings and relations give rise to experiences. Experiences become memories and memories subsequently become a significant component of reasoning. Most of these memories are as a result of inherited memories. For example, how we respond to an angry outburst of another person is often the same way our parents and guardians respond to such outbursts. We grew up watching their reactions and responses and adopted them accordingly.

Relationships are formed and maintained with some basic ingredients in life, such as love, trust, respect, compassion and duty. The following communication exercise will help you nourish your relationships to be more meaningful, joyful and engaging.

The vital thing to remember for this exercise is one has to be able to hear the tone of the voice of the other person. Text messaging will not work as you are unable to hear the actual tone of the voice. Telephone or face to face is always the best way to have an engaging, effective communication.

Married couples
Spend a few minutes daily with each other alone in conversation regarding the following specific topics and ensure that when one person is talking, the other is listening with full attention without any interruption whatsoever. When you engage in a meaningful conversation such as the one below, your mind opens up to embrace the joys of life.

“What was most joyful about your day today and why?”
“What are you most grateful for today and why?”
“What did you do today that has made you a better person than yesterday?”
“How can I be of help to you to realise your purpose in life?”

Spend time daily with your child and have the following conversation. If you have more than one child, spend time individually to have this conversation. Remember, every child is different and experiences the world differently. Ask your child the following questions and give full attention to her/his responses.

“What was most joyful about your day today and why?”
“What do you feel most thankful to ALLAH for today?”
“What was uncomfortable for you today and why?”
“What would you really like to tell me but feel scared to share? You can tell me anything. You can trust me.”
“What would you like to do to improve yourself?”
“How can I help you to be better?”

Siblings and Friends
Often the people who manage to irritate us most are our siblings and close friends. The following exercise may help open the mind to enjoy a meaningful, loving relationship with siblings and friends. Again, the tone of the voice is a vital part of this exercise.

Spend a few minutes at least once a week to touch base with your sibling(s)/ friends. Ask them the following questions and pay attention to the answers without interrupting or formulating a counter-argument.

“What was the most joyful part of your week so far?”
“What challenges did you face last week?”
“What can I do to be of help to overcome those challenges?”

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Jallaludin's cooking has always been the target of family jokes.


One evening, as he prepared dinner a bit too quickly, the kitchen filled with smoke and the smoke detector went off.


Although both of his children had received fire-safety training at school, they did not respond to the alarm.


Annoyed, Jallaludin stormed through the house in search of them. He found them in the bathroom, washing their hands.

Over the loud buzzing of the smoke alarm, he asked them to identify the sound.

"Its the smoke detector," they replied in unison.

"Do you know what that sound means?" I demanded.

"Sure," his oldest replied. "Dinner's ready."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are true [in word or deed].


~ Surah Al-Tawbah 9:119


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More about the book:
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.’

About the author:
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.


About the illustrator:
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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At Sisters Support Services Inc we have qualified volunteers who help women in their darkest moments & time of need to empower them to make the right choices for better outcomes for their own lives.

Here are some examples of our cases over the past few months. ALL names have been changed to protect client identities.

1. Aisha, a victim of Domestic Violence came to us for assistance. We assisted her by giving her money to buy clothing and personal items as she left her home quickly and with very little. Aisha has also needed ongoing counselling which she has been receiving from us for the past few months. She was taken to appointments and connected with the right people who helped her start a new life in a safe environment.

"Thank you so much for your help. I am so very grateful. Thank you to Sister Services. Allah bless you all."

2. Katie, a revert sister with young kids needed ongoing counselling and support as she had not been coping well at home and was not able to look after herself and her family. Sisters Support Services was there for her;
"I can't tell you enough in words how grateful I am, just by listening to me when I was feeling so low. Life is not looking so dark anymore !"

3. Sarah also a revert sister recently divorced with a young child arrived in Brisbane with virtually nothing. We have helped her with everyday essentials, food supplies & assisted her to find suitable accommodation. Sarah has some health issues & needed financial support with purchasing medications & by being driven to medical appointments by our volunteers.

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(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1441


7 September



Family Fun Day


Hurricane Stars Club

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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10AM to 3PM

14 September



Palmerston Mosque: Fund Raising Dinner


Islamic Society of Palmerston

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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15 September



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


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National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

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

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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


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