EST. 2004


Sunday 8 September 2019 | Issue 0774



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With the dams of Queensland's town of Stanthorpe just weeks from drying up, locals fear that the 'community cannot bear the cost'.

Yesterday (Saturday) Muslim Aid Australia, the Deen Family and the Muslim Charitable Foundation worked with the local council and community to dispatch 10 truckloads of drinkable water to Stanthorpe with 1000L water tanks, as well as thousands of 10L water bottles.

The water was targeted to beneficiaries affected by severe water shortages and those affected by the fires which hit the area on Friday 6th September.

100 x 1000L IBC Pods filled with clean water and over 9,600 × 10L bottled water were picked up by the locals.

Contributors to the initiative were:

- Muslim Aid Australia
- Muslim Charitable Foundation
- Deen Family
- Islamic College of Brisbane
- Islamic Council of Queensland
- Granite Belt Drought Assist
- Global Aid Foundation
- Holistic Sustainable Solutions



















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Member for Stretton, Duncan Pegg, has announced over $47,000 in capital assistance funding for Islamic College of Brisbane.

Mr Pegg said that the latest funding round for the Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority and the Queensland Catholic Capital Assistance Authority was part of the Government’s capital assistance grants program for eligible non-state schools – valued at $100 million for the 2019-20 financial year.

“The funds provided through these grants help to significantly ease the external infrastructure costs associated with capital works projects.

“Schools typically use the funds for a wide range of important works such as new buildings including specialist classrooms, libraries, canteens and sports courts,” he said.

“Funds can also be used for refurbishing or converting existing facilities,
improvements to schools ground including pick-up and set-down areas, covered walkways and landscaping.

“For the Islamic College of Brisbane, this funding will assist with infrastructure charges for the connection of sewerage and water supply.”

Mr Pegg said that this particular grant program helped to ensure all Queensland students have access to a quality education with the best possible school facilities.

“Capital grant funds are made available on the recommendations of the two nonstate schooling sector Capital Assistance Authorities – the Queensland Catholic Capital Assistance Authority and the Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority.

“Our Government remains committed to ongoing support for non-state schools and I’m pleased that the Islamic College of Brisbane has received this much-needed assistance,” Mr Pegg said.




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During the week, Mr. Graham Perrett, the Member for Moreton, held a multicultural round table meeting with local community leaders to give them a chance to discuss issues that concerned their communities with the Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese MP.

Anthony Albanese has just arrived from Biloela and spoke of how an Anglo Saxon origin population rallied to support the Sri Lankan family awaiting a decision on deportation.

He also spoke of his experience being from a migrant background and his journey to becoming a politician.

He emphasised the fact that it takes time and experience to become a good leader and does not stop when you reach this position, you have to keep working on it.

The main issues discussed was the problems boat people are facing with no government support whilst awaiting appeals, problems refugees have finding employment and the stigma afforded to African gangs many of whom are of African descent but Australian born, so should be regarded as Australian youth.

The invitees took the opportunity to pose a number of questions to the Opposition Leader.



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The Community Leaders forum held by IWAA discussed problems migrants were experiencing in settling into the local community.


Community leaders addressed the problems and support available to solve some of the issues.


Many migrants had limited awareness of the range of community run support services that were available to them.



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The Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) Titans won the 13/14 Division Grand Final Netball at the Macgregor Netball Courts on Saturday (yesterday).


ICB entered 3 teams into the Saturday season of the MacGregor Netball Competition.

The season started in March and consisted of 15 games every Saturday morning. The girls have trained every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon with their coaches, Miss Ahmad and Mrs Cousins.

The Titans are made up of:

  • Aisha Ghafoor

  • Samah Daud

  • Nadia Ali

  • Tahzeeb Alam

  • Laila Ali

  • Hafsa Khan

  • Saffiyah Seedat

  • Khadra Nor

  • Laaibah Ahmed

  • Hanaa Arakukkunnel

  • Zeinab Deya




photos Nadia Saeed

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This week, Crescent Institute Brisbane welcomed the Chair of AMP Capital, Ming Long to address its audience gathered at the BDO office in Brisbane.


Ming addressed many issues throughout her speech with two key standouts being her example of authentic, ethical leadership and her views on how facing adversity and failure in life can lead to some of the greatest opportunities to succeed.

Ming’s consistent determination to push past stereotypes, challenge “social norms” and persevere in the face of challenging corporate exclusions is testimony to her drive for a more socially inclusive corporate Australia.







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Why is the research being conducted?
It is hoped this research will contribute to better mutual understanding and social relations. Much has been said about Islam over the past two decades but this has not given enough voice to Muslims overall. The information provided will help address currents gaps in knowledge and misinformation about Islam and Muslims. It may also assist educators and service providers that work with Muslim communities.

This survey hopes to find out how Islam is experienced, understood and expressed by Muslim Australians in relation to identity, sources of information that are most important and how they are interpreted. The survey also asks questions about various issues concerning Islam in society, social connections within Muslim communities and with wider society, as well as views on how Islam is represented.

It is being conducted by Griffith University headed by Professsors Halim Rane and Adis Duderija.

It will take approximately 30 minutes or less to complete this survey. It's being conducted according to the ethical standards required by Griffith University and is not funded by any government department, agency or any other organisation. The responses provided will be completely anonymous.

In addition to deepening our knowledge and understanding of Islam in Australia, our hope is that this research will be beneficial for a range of Muslim organisations engaged in service provision, social support, education and other relevant activities to assist Muslim communities and relations with wider society.


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Sydney's Punchbowl Mosque, which is yet to officially open, has been recognised as one of the top 10 concrete public architectural wonders of Australia.

Punchbowl Mosque, home of the Australian Islamic Mission, can proudly take its place as a nationally recognised icon after being recognised as one of Australia’s top 10 concrete buildings.

The mosque, which is due to open within the next month, has been recognised as one of Australia’s top 10 most outstanding concrete public architectural works for the past 90 years.

“The architecture brings the artistic and spiritual element to the structure and you can feel you are close to God,” Australian Islamic Mission board member Chaaban Omran said.

The mosque, designed by Campsie-born Angelo Candalepas, joins iconic structures, including the Sydney Opera House, Australia Square in Sydney and the High Court building in Canberra in the top 10 list.

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The mosque, which cost more than $13 million to build, has been 23 years in the making according to Mr Omran.

“We very honoured to be selected among the top 10 iconic institutions because our aim was to build an icon for the Australian community,” Mr Omran told The Express.

““The mosque won the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture in 2018 which is why we were not totally surprised by the top 10 list.”

“We are totally delighted with the list because we have had a lot of hardships to get where we are.

“The council (Canterbury Bankstown) wanted us to build a three-level car park which set us back and also cost us more money, but in the end, we won the right to have two basement levels.

“Our architect Angelo Candalepas, who is an orthodox Catholic, put his heart and soul into the mosque and it’s a big credit to him.

“We are happy we made the right decision with the architect.”


Mr Omran said the 102 mini domes, called muqarnas in Arabic, are unique not only for Australia but the world because they are so numerous. They used a Turkish calligrapher to inscribe all the 99 attributed names of God on them.

Mr Candalepas, who has won many awards for his work, said during the construction, that the single-material concrete design gave the building an ancient dimension with “no tense or time”.

NSW Governor Margaret Beazley toured the mosque recently with Watson federal Labor MP Tony Burke, Lakemba state Labor MP Jihad Dib, Campsie police Superintendent Kerrie Lewis, AIM president Bashar Al-Jamal, Mr Candalepas, Canterbury Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour, councillors Nada Saleh and Bilal El-Hayek.

During the tour Mr Candalepas told the governor that “this is a project that offers the gifts of the worth of the Islamic community to this nation”.

The other structures in the top 10 are: the Australian Academy of Sciences’ Shine Dome in Canberra; Australia Square in Sydney — the country’s first round skyscraper, the Gladesville Bridge in Sydney, James Cook University Library in Townsville, Melbourne University Carpark, Victorian State Offices and the Queensland Art Gallery.

Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia CEO Ken Slattery said the list highlighted the aesthetic, environmental, and social contribution concrete has made, and continues to make, to Australia’s urban landscapes since the organisation began 90 years ago.




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Tony Abbott took questions from the floor at Policy Exchange on Monday.


Former prime minister Tony Abbott has joked he would be “happy to meet” 72 virgins in a bizarre moment after giving a speech on Brexit in the UK.

The remark came when he was questioned about a novel current British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote in 2004 titled Seventy Two Virgins.

Mr Abbott was speaking at the centre-right think tank Policy Exchange to a room made up of mainly Conservatives and pro-Brexit figures and urged the British government to deliver Brexit.

As he took questions from the floor, one man asked him if he was aware of Mr Johnson’s first novel.

“I too am a keen student of Mr Johnson, I’m not sure if you’ve read Seventy Two Virgins as well as his book on Churchill?” the man asked.

“No, but I’d be happy to meet them though,” Mr Abbott replied laughing.

“If you knew where you do meet 72 virgins, I don’t think you’d be so keen on that,” the questioner responded.

“You obviously have more intelligence over these things than I do,” Mr Abbott then said.

Mr Johnson’s novel is about an MP’s bid to halt a suicide bomber trying to assassinate the US president in London.

Its title is reference to the highly-contentious idea that Muslim suicide bombers believe they will receive 72 virgins if they sacrifice their own lives as martyrs for their faith.

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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


#3 They show a gamut of views and perspectives within the Muslim community.

As a drama about a Muslim community, it’s not surprising that Ali’s Wedding features a wide rainbow of Muslims. There are patronising conservatives who believe women should not go to university and mix with men, and there’s Sheik Mahdi (Dony Hany) who reminds them that they are living in the twenty-first century. There’s Yomna (Maha Wilson), the daughter of a parishioner who can’t wait to get married and start a family, and there’s Dianne, an Australian-born Lebanese Muslim who is smart and aspires to become a doctor. The dramatic division within the mosque in Ali’s Wedding further highlights the diversity within the Muslim community. It’s a community, like any community, where people hold different views and always argue and debate.

Similarly, even though Degrassi is not a Muslim-universe story, the show’s writers made conscious choices to create different types of Muslim characters. As Linda Schulyer, the show’s co-creator told Entertainment Weekly, the character Rasha — a student from Syria — is introduced to contrast with Goldi. Unlike Goldi, who consistently wears hijab and is careful in her interaction with the opposite sex, Rasha doesn’t wear hijab, is a lesbian and has a more open approach to religion. Also, even though Rasha and Saad are both Syrian refugees, their experience settling in Canada are different: Rasha enjoys the liberality that Canada offers, while Saad feels isolated and ostracised here. We also see Goldi’s brother unable to fathom her decision to stand out with the hijab, showing that having the same upbringing doesn’t mean Muslims would have the same outlook.

Both Ali’s Wedding and Degrassi: The Next Class challenge the stereotypes normally ascribed to Muslim characters by creating a variety of Muslim people with different outlooks and lifestyles who interact, discuss, debate, compromise or corner one another within the story. After all, the Muslims characters in your show might be the only Muslims some people are exposed to. It helps if you have at least two types of Muslim characters so that your audience may realise how ridiculous it is to abstract the experience of 1.5 billion people into a singular presumption.




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






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Salih Yucel and Abu Bakr Sirajuddin Cook, editors Australian Journal of Islamic Studies




Editors' Introduction (Vol 3 No 3 2018): The history of Islam within Australia is an important, yet often overlooked, part of Australian history. Muslim presence in Australia has helped shape multicultural experience facilitating intercultural dialogue as well as contributing significantly to the development of the Australian nation. However, to date, it has received minimal scholarly attention. There have been significant studies on the engagements of the Maccasans, Muslim fishermen from Indonesia, with the Indigenous peoples of northern Australia. These studies have detailed the cultural interactions and trade between them and the lasting impacts of the inclusion of language foreign to Australian soil. There is also an increasing awareness of Australia's cameleers, many of whom were Muslims, and the contribution they made to maintaining trade routes and assisting early Australian explorers. Despite the growing interest in the field, the history of Islam in Australia remains an understudied area of research. This rich history dates back further than we thought and has possibly had a greater impact than what is recognised. Given the current political and social climate surrounding Islam globally, it is timely that this volume of the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies is published. This volume brings to light the depth and richness of Australia's Islamic heritage, challenging some of the prevalent assumptions on the topic, and calls for further studies in this field. Australia has proclaimed itself as being a successful example of a multicultural society. It is a society that has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by a diverse range of cultural inputs. With this being the case, it is justifiable to ask how and why the contributions of Muslims to Australia have been largely overlooked.

Over the weeks, CCN highlights extracts from the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies which is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scholarly study of Islam.






ANZAC Muslims: An Untold Story

By Dzavid Haveric, Charles Sturt University



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


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




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ANZAC Muslim servicemen also served in the first AIF. Abdul Rahman Kaus, born in Inglewood, Queensland, of Indian descent, a motor driver from Mt Gravatt, Brisbane, enlisted in 1916.


Abraham Mohamed (also recorded as Abram Mahomet) was described as a “fine young Indian,” who was saying he was going out to “bash the blooming Turk for the honour of Australia ...” He wanted to be an Australian, otherwise “he would remind the well-wisher that he was a Mohammedan not a Hindoo.”


This soldier had been born in Bombay, and was, in reflecting contemporary mores, discharged in 1918 because he was not of European descent.


A Muslim resident from Fremantle, Pte Thabet Subeih, a Yemeni national, born in Bombay, India, enlisted in the AIF in Perth in 1915. On his enlistment papers, his birthplace is given as Bombay around 1878-80 and his occupation as “tea and coffee merchant.” Thabet was in a partnership with well-known Muslim businessman Mockbell.


He served under the surname “Suby” and was assigned the rank of private and service number 3937. On 12 February 1916, he embarked on HMAT Miltiades with the 9th Reinforcements, 28th Battalion. He returned to Australia on 17 March191.


A famous artist, Cassim ‘Cass’ Mahomet, served in the AIF. Cass Mahomet was the first Indian digger in the AIF. He enlisted without his parents’ consent. His parents did not relish the idea of a son fighting the Turks, who was also committed to the Islamic faith.


Being a Muslim, he was rejected the first time he attempted to enlist. He was recorded as a Roman Catholic on his army record when he enlisted as a private in the AIF in 1916 in Adelaide. His regimental number was 7036 and he was assigned to the 23/10th Battalion. Mahomet embarked on the Berrima in 1916 from Adelaide, destined for France and in 1918 was part of the 3rd Brigade Concert Party that entertained the troops in France and England.


Mahomet returned to Australia in 1920 with his battalion and was discharged from the AIF in Sydney in1920.


In his AIF service with the 10th Battalion, Mahomet threw aside all barriers of caste and religion, and became a “dinkum Aussie.” He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. He died aged 61 in 1955 and was given a soldier’s burial on 21 November at Auckland, New Zealand. During his relaxation times away from the fighting, he successfully organised many concert parties and one of them, “The Boomerangs,” became well-known on the Western Front.


Mahomet was also the vice-president of the Showmen’s Guild of Australia, and while overseas, was the representative for the New Zealand Showmen’s Association and member of the Actors’ Equity.


He also contributed to humanitarian programs. On Armistice Day, he helped with the Poppy Appeal, singing and conducting auctions from a lorry. He also raised funds to help widows and children.


Mahomet expressed his loyalty and love for Australia in a poem he wrote and sung titled Australia for Mine! The music for it was composed by W.E. Naunton.


A few lines of his poem said:

Far away from home, I don’t rave about places,

But, I say, there is Australia my home

I am thinking of it every day and night,

Not another possie like dear old Aussie...

Anywhere in Aussie for mine!









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UK Labour MP demands apology from Boris Johnson

for "derogatory and racist remarks"

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP











Bernie Sanders





"We must speak out at hate crimes and violence targeted at the Muslim community and call it what it is—domestic terrorism." -Bernie Sanders..









Emaan Booster: Sheikh Ikraam Buksh

Academy Alive





Sheikh Ikraam Buksh highlights in the latest Emaan Booster from Academy Alive the importance of a positive mind frame, and complete 100% Yaqeen in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala for nothing in this world is impossible for Allah the All-mighty.







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To know the future just look to the past




 The News, Friday, June 13, 1947

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Wisdom College/Brisbane, has done it again!!!

By Mrs. Ayesha Yusuf, grandparent of a student in Wisdom College




Ms. Canan Coskun

Ms. Canan Coskun, the Head of Primary in Wisdom College, has been nominated for a number of QCT (Queensland College of Teachers) Awards for 2019. This follows closely the nomination of Ms. Tahnee Brown, a Preparatory teacher in the same school. Ms. Brown was chosen as the finalist of a QCT Award, from 60 nominations!

Every year QCT offers the opportunity to teachers to be nominated for their TEACHX Awards. These Awards ‘recognise and celebrate the inspiring work of classroom teachers’. Canan’s nomination was proposed by Ms. Noura Ghazaleh.

Ms. Coskun has been nominated for three QCT TEACHX Awards, e.g. Excellence in Teaching, Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning and Outstanding, and Contribution to School Community.

I have known Ms. Canan Coskun for a number of years during her role as Curriculum Coordinator and Head of Primary. She has played a key role in the development of Wisdom College from its early years, right until now. Canan initiated the Wisdom values, e.g. Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence, which form the basis of the School’s vision and mission. These values truly play a key role in every facet of the students’ development as the aim has been not only for the students to understand the values, but to observe them in their daily attitude and daily behaviour, thus enabling them to develop respect, not only for themselves, but also for the culture, beliefs, ethnicities and abilities of others.

Canan’s colleague, Olivia Starkey/Lower Primary Coordinator, has commended Canan’s efforts to ‘encourage and lead the staff to reflect on their teaching practices and help to develop programs that are both beneficial to staff and students. Canan has implemented the wellbeing program “You Can Do It” (YCDI), into Wisdom College. This is something she is very passionate about, knowing that the students’ psychological and social development is as important as academic learning. Canan has led the development of a five-year curriculum plan. In doing this she was able to highlight the areas in need of development as well as the schools strengths. Her knowledge of the curriculum has allowed her to review, modify and extend on a variety of teaching practices and programs around the school’.

Canan has been involved in many interfaith and community projects. She has also initiated various school projects the longest one being the 3-year Self improving Schools project. Canan states that she ‘has worked together with an Independent Schools Queensland consultant and the Wisdom executive team to devise action plans in an effort to establish a whole school pedagogy and teacher development programme, and has developed in conjunction with other coordinators the Wisdom College School vision and mission as well as a whole school pedagogical framework upon which the curriculum is based’.

Ms Canan Coskun has also trained staff in various areas such as inquiry learning, and the YCDI wellbeing program. She has organised a variety of professional development programs such as differentiation, behaviour management, and has used ICT (Information and Communications Technology) effectively in the classroom. Canan has assisted teachers in implementing a whole school-inquiry approach which aims to develop in Wisdom College students, 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and higher-order thinking. Her hard work and efforts have even extended outside the Wisdom community, and she initiated and ran a successful fundraising project whereby Wisdom College students together with the school community raised $5K to build a water well in Cambodia.

I believe that Canan’s key strength lies in her ‘approachability’, and she is always ready to meet with parents to discuss any issues of concern. Students and staff refer to Canan as the “The Mother of Wisdom”.

The Principal of Wisdom College, Mr. Fethullah Erdogan states: ‘Ms.Canan Coskun has been my best support and asset in Wisdom College. She deserves to be nominated for her teaching and leadership skills’.



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Train station experiment reveals one way to counteract bias against Muslims

By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times




An unusual experiment carried out on train platforms revealed a way to counteract bias against Muslims.

An experiment conducted in German train stations involving paper cups and escaping oranges has found that people are less likely to help a woman if she appears to be Muslim — but they’re more likely to help that same woman if she somehow proves that she shares their social values.

The findings, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal that discrimination is a somewhat fluid phenomenon that can be mitigated — within certain limits.

Nicholas Sambanis, a political scientist at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the study authors, says he has long been interested in the discrimination faced by immigrants. In his home country of Greece, he watched as two waves of immigration in the 1980s and 1990s led to conflict in what was once a very ethnically homogeneous country.

“It’s a common argument, mainly by parties on the right, that immigrants are resistant to integrating,” Sambanis said. “They justify conflict and negative attitudes toward immigration and arguments to reduce immigration by referencing these fears that immigrants don’t want to integrate.”

But would ethnic-majority citizens feel more welcoming if they knew that immigrants were indeed adopting the cultural norms of their new countries?

To probe this question, Sambanis set up an ambitious experiment with his former colleagues Donghyun Danny Choi (now at the University of Pittsburgh) and Mathias Poertner (on his way to Texas A&M University). The work took place in 29 train stations across three German states and involved 7,142 “bystanders” who became test subjects.

The researchers chose Germany for several reasons: It has the largest immigrant population among European countries, according to a 2017 United Nations report; it’s among the most powerful countries in Europe; and it has a strong set of social norms about public behavior, which the scientists could tap into for their experiment.

German society is famous for its norm enforcement, researchers said. For example, if you leave litter lying around in Germany, there’s a good chance someone will ask you to clean it up.

With that in mind, seven teams of five people staged this scene for unsuspecting bystanders gathered at train stops:

A man at the platform would intentionally drop his used paper cup on the floor. A woman of colour who appeared to be an immigrant would then ask him to pick up the cup and discard it in a nearby garbage can.

The woman’s request “signaled to bystanders that [she] shared their norms and was a civic-minded person,” the researchers explained in the study.

Moments later, her phone would ring. After she answered it, her bag would suddenly “break” and spew oranges across the platform.

At that point, the experimenters would document how many of the bystanders moved to help her gather the scattered fruit.



Research assistants prepare a bag of oranges before the experiment begins.

The scenario was repeated multiple times over several hours but varied in key details. In about half the cases, the woman would ask the litterbug to clean up; in others, that request came from another female member of the team.

The researchers also varied the orange-spiller’s appearance. The same woman of colour would sometimes wear a hijab (a headscarf indicating she was Muslim), sometimes a cross (indicating she was Christian), and sometimes no religiously defined garb at all.

In some cases, the woman answered the phone in German; in other versions, she spoke in a foreign language.

Finally, in some instances, a white, German-speaking woman in secular clothing played the fruit-losing character in need of help.

The researchers performed 1,614 iterations of this two-step scene for more than 7,142 bystanders over three weeks in the summer of 2018. Then they analyzed the results.

When the orange-dropper was a white, German-speaking woman, bystanders helped her 78.3% of the time. A nonwhite “immigrant” wearing a cross or wearing only secular clothing was helped 76.4% of the time — which was not significantly different from the first scenario.

It seems that appearing to be of immigrant background does not reduce onlookers’ inclination to be helpful, at least in this particular experiment.

“It was very surprising,” Sambanis said. “It might say something about the level of multiculturalism that Germans have become accustomed to.”



One of the researchers dressed as a Muslim immigrant, left, and a Christian one.

But the bystanders’ helpfulness dropped if that woman appeared overtly Muslim. For instance, if the “immigrant” woman wore a headscarf, bystanders helped her only 66.3% of the time.

Acting more “German” appeared to mitigate this discrimination. The researchers found that when that Muslim woman asked a litterbug to pick up his trash, bystanders came to her aid 72.9% of the time; when she didn’t, they offered help only 60.4% of the time. That 12.5-percentage-point difference was large enough to be statistically significant, the researchers calculated.

However, a white German woman who did nothing to stop the litterbug was helped about as often (73.3%) as the Muslim woman who went out of her way to do some social good.

In other words, the Muslim woman had to work harder just to be treated the same as a white German — reminiscent of the adage that certain minority groups have to “work twice as hard to get half as far.”

To top it off, if a white German woman stepped up and told the man to clean up, the bystanders helped her the most often — a full 83.9% of the time.

The researchers also noticed big regional differences: In eastern Germany, bystanders were more likely to discriminate against the Muslim woman than were their counterparts in western Germany.

The reasons for that difference are unclear, Sambanis said. Perhaps it’s due to eastern Germany’s legacy of communism, or because economic conditions there are worse, or because residents in the east have less contact with minorities. The experiment could not discern which of these factors (if any) might have been linked to the heightened discrimination.

Donald Green, a professor of political science at Columbia University who was not involved in the study, said the experiment was “remarkable for its imaginativeness and also for the scale at which it was conducted.”

But he also pointed out a key distinction. Even though people were more likely to help a scarf-wearing Muslim woman if she engaged in a quintessentially German behavior, it didn’t necessarily affect any deeply held prejudices about Muslim women.

Those onlookers could just have been characterizing her as an exception to an underlying rule, considering her “one of the good ones” while still thinking poorly of most Muslim women who looked like her.

“At the end,” Green said, “we don’t know whether this is a prejudice-reducing intervention or whether this is simply an intervention that measures different proclivities to discriminate.”

Teasing out which of these mechanisms was motivating the bystanders’ behaviour will take further study, he said.

Sambanis said he and his colleagues would continue to probe the underlying processes at work. He said he planned to do a similar experiment in Greece, where the social norms are very different from those in Germany.

“If we want to think about policy interventions to reduce these behaviours,” he said, “first we have to understand exactly what is the mechanism that causes this bias.”



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Tartan to celebrate ties with Islam    


Launch of the official Scottish Islamic Tartan at Glasgow city chambers.

SCOTLAND: A NEW tartan has been created to celebrate Scotland’s historic ties with Islam and help “weave the Muslim identity” into the fabric of the nation.

Businessman Azeem Ibrahim consulted with tartan designers and Islamic scholars to produce the design after being unable to find an appropriate tartan for his own kilt.

The official design incorporates five colours to reflect the saltire and elements of the Muslim faith, including five white lines representing the pillars of Islam.

The tartan was launched in Glasgow City Chambers yesterday at an event attended by SNP MSP Humza Yousaf and deputy Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar MP.

Dr Ibrahim said: “My motivation was simply that I wanted to buy a kilt for myself, but didn’t know which tartan to get. First of all, I thought I would create one for my own family, but then I decided to come up with something celebrating the links between Scotland and Islam.

“I consulted Islamic scholars and went about trying to get it produced.

“It’s about bringing to great civilisations together – Scotland and Islam. Scotland has made a huge contribution to the world – you only have to look at the impact of the Scottish Enlightenment – and so has Islam.”

The tartan incorporates blue for the saltire, green for the colour of Islam, white lines for the five pillars, six gold lines for the articles of faith and a black square pattern representing the Holy Kaaba at Mecca, the most sacred site in Islam.

The tartan was milled at DC Dalgleish, of Selkirk, using original production methods on traditional shuttle looms.

Dr Ibrahim, who recently launched a new think tank, the Scotland Institute, to look at social issues and the impact of constitutional change, said the tartan would be available to buy through DC Dalgleish.

Yesterday the Muslim Council of Scotland welcomed the new design. A spokesman said: “Interaction between Scotland and the Muslim world stretches to over 500 years, with notable individuals including Michael Scot of Melrose whose translations of the philosophical works of Ibn Rushd were instrumental towards inspiring the Renaissance, John Yahya Parkinson of Kilwinning whose poetry honoured the Prophet Muhammad and Lady Evelyn Cobbold, the first British woman to make the pilgrimage to Mecca.

“With such a rich history, Muslims are today recognised as one of the most diverse and vibrant communities, representing an integral part of the tartan fabric of Scotland.



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M’sian Muslims are following Australian “Boycott Halal” FB pages



MALAYSIA: When travelling abroad, trying local cuisines is a key part of experiencing and immersing yourself in the country’s culture, lifestyle and traditions.

Unfortunately, looking for halal spots serving local cuisine can pose as a challenge for Muslim tourists who have halal diet restrictions.

Some countries, such as Korea, have realised the Muslim-friendly tourism opportunity and started promoting halal restaurants in their country.

However, it seems that some travel-savvy Muslims have found an easier way to look for good halal food to eat when overseas.

Twitter user @myadlan recently shared that Muslims in Australia have been following Facebook pages that boycott halal food for information on where to find halal restaurants in the country.

“In Australia, there is a movement where non-Muslims are boycotting halal food. However, many Muslims “like” those pages because it’s an easy way to find out which companies offer halal food”

Twitter users who weren’t aware of this genius travel hack were impressed by how tech-savvy these Muslims are.

“It’s the same in the UK. Usually, halal companies don’t display the halal logo to maintain their “non-halal” supporting customers, but somehow they still get found out. So, we Muslims can rely on the boycott list.”   



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A man in Islamic dress told a Starbucks employee his name was Aziz. She put 'ISIS’ on the cup.



US: In the same city where a Starbucks employee last year called police on black men for sitting quietly, two men in Islamic dress walked into a different Starbucks store for a drink.

Niquel Johnson paid for three drinks in Philadelphia on Sunday, and in typical Starbucks fashion, an employee asked for his name. Johnson, 40, told them “Aziz,” his Islamic name pronounced ah-zeez. He has used it for 25 years — and “countless” times at that particular store.

But three unusual things happened on this occasion, he said. When his order was ready, a staffer announced them by drink type, not his name.

The second unusual part was the employee wrote his name as “ISIS” — the acronym for the Islamic terror group — in the printout attached to all three drinks.

Johnson didn’t even realize it until later, when a friend pointed it out at a bookstore.

“I was shocked and angry. I felt it was discrimination,” Johnson told The Washington Post on Friday.

The third unusual part: Four days later, after the story hit social media and a reporter tweeted about it, Starbucks called Johnson to claim the company had already rectified the situation in conversation with Johnson’s niece — a person Johnson says doesn’t exist. 



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








Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane



 S. Frederick Starr










In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds--remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world. Because nearly all of these figures wrote in Arabic, they were long assumed to have been Arabs. In fact, they were from Central Asia--drawn from the Persianate and Turkic peoples of a region that today extends from Kazakhstan southward through Afghanistan, and from the easternmost province of Iran through Xinjiang, China.

Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects. They gave algebra its name, calculated the earth's diameter with unprecedented precision, wrote the books that later defined European medicine, and penned some of the world's greatest poetry. One scholar, working in Afghanistan, even predicted the existence of North and South America--five centuries before Columbus. Rarely in history has a more impressive group of polymaths appeared at one place and time. No wonder that their writings influenced European culture from the time of St. Thomas Aquinas down to the scientific revolution, and had a similarly deep impact in India and much of Asia.

Lost Enlightenment chronicles this forgotten age of achievement, seeks to explain its rise, and explores the competing theories about the cause of its eventual demise. Informed by the latest scholarship yet written in a lively and accessible style, this is a book that will surprise general readers and specialists alike.





Judging from the realities of the here and now it is hard to believe that Central Asia was once at the pinnacle of human civilization. After almost 250 years of being under Russian influence the region is the most under-studied in the world. S. Frederick Starr, however, has done a phenomenal job of informing us that the Turkic peoples of this region, having embraced Persianate culture and writing in Arabic represented the intellectual leadership of the world during the medieval era (800-1200).


This extremely well-written and well-researched tome goes into excruciating detail to narrate the story of how the region - a land bridge connecting Europe and Asia - excelled in philosophy, mathematics, the natural and social sciences, religion, and the arts. If you are interested in how European Enlightenment took place then you must understand how it emerged in Central Asia. If you are interested in how European Enlightenment took place then you must understand how it emerged in Central Asia. And for that this book becomes a must read. - Kamran Bokhari



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CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: A great idea for the lunch box or as a starter.... 


Chicken Nuggets







˝ kg chicken fillet and ˝ kg chicken thigh fillet
1 onion
green chillies
1 cup milk
2 eggs
4 slices bread
˝ bunch coriander leaves
fine salt
˝ tsp lemon pepper
2 tsp ginger garlic
1˝ tsp baking powder

Process all ingredients in a food processor
Fry spoonfuls in shallow oil until light brown.
The nugget can be frozen at this stage
Before serving steam with butter and lemon juice



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Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.




Baba's Halal Kitchen


(Hussain Baba is the host and chef of *BABA’S HALAL KITCHEN*, a show where he uses his own unique style to cook 'Quick, Easy and Delicious' dishes.)



1. “Indonesian Lamb Curry”
2. “Malaysian Chicken Curry”
3. “Crispy Fried Chicken”
4. “Mini Vege Pizza”
5. “Beef Burger”

All the above dishes were made by the volunteers at the Gold Coast Masjid, Australia.








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Keeping Fit with Kareema





Q: Dear Kareema, I’m feeling very sluggish and un-motivated. What can I do to get going but keeping it simple?

A: Why not make September you STEP-tember. Start a walking challenge, either just you or get the family involved to keep it interesting and stay motivated.

The aim would be to get moving and keep a record of the number of steps you take daily.

Challenge yourself by beating your previous day’s record or find steeper tracks and include mini-workouts along the way.


Simple, safe and stress-free! Better still, you’ll put a Spring in your step and find a spark in your day.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




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Send your question to Kareema at

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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )





Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing




















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

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
Surviving Separation

Relationships begin, they evolve and sometimes they dissolve. Relationships are complex things to understand. Perhaps this perception needs to change. It is not relationships that are complex to understand, it is people who fail to understand themselves first, so that they may understand another.

Having survived 11 years in a marriage that was physically violent, emotionally abusive and psychologically traumatic, I have first hand experience in feeling like the whole world was against me, like I was worthless, like I was better off dead and there was no need for me here, like it was never going to get better, like a part of me was empty and meaningless, like I couldn’t even breathe again. All of these feelings of self-loathing, self-neglect and negative perceptions became my daily companion when I separated from my ex-husband.

Now, eight years later, I know firmly in my heart with absolute faith that the following ayat from Surah Al-Baqarah is most relevant when I reflect on how I survived those terrible feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness:

Surat Al-Baqarah (ayat 286)

َّلا ُ و ْسَعَها ِ ًسا إ نَفْ ِّ ُف االلهَُّ َلا ُ یَكل

“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns...”

Going through separation or divorce can bring about negative perceptions of the world, others and self. More than ever, it is during this phase that one needs to consciously practise daily ibadah and self-care. As muslims, we know that ALLAH is the best of planners.

Practise these self-care strategies and have faith that ALLAH has put you to this and HE will put you through it and give you what is best for you and your deen, In Shaa ALLAH.

9 Self-Care Strategies When Going Through Separation or Divorce

1. Self-Compassion - blame is pointless and keeps one stuck in the past. The whole idea is to live “through” the pain and grow from it to be better and to move on with hope and faith. Blaming yourself or another will cause further pain and anguish. One of the best ways to practise self-compassion is to express gratitude for everything, even those experiences that were painful. Thank ALLAH for helping you survive them. Thank ALLAH for making you stronger and wiser.
2. Re-visit your life’s purpose and dreams - when you were younger you must have had some dreams or goals about how you envision your life to be. Re-visit these goals and dreams and try to understand how you can move towards them. Perhaps you never pursued them because of various reasons. Now that you have started a new chapter in life, use your energy into realising your purpose.
3. Talk it out but don’t gossip - speak to positive people and a trusted professional about your feelings. Let things out and unburden, however, be mindful that you are not bad-mouthing your ex-spouse. Refrain from talking all day, everyday about your breakup to different members of the family and relative circle. This inevitably turns into a gossip session. As Muslims, our communities are close knitted and people know each other. Be mindful of your words, in case they may be misconstrued and cause hurt to another person.
4. Eat, pray, sleep, exercise - keep focussing on the daily basics of life. Eat healthy meals on time, engage in daily exercise so that your body releases endorphins,the “happy hormones”, sleep for at least 7 hours, and be sure to commit to daily prayers, dhikr and silent moments of reflection.
5. Tahajjud salah and silence - try getting up for Tahajjud salah as much as you can. This will help you overcome any kind of confusion you may be going through regarding your separation or divorce. After your Tahajjud salah, ask ALLAH the questions you need answered and sit in silence. Have faith that HE will give you wisdom, signs and inspiration to make choices that will be good for you and your deen.
6. Start learning something new - whether it is something creative like a new craft or a new language, now is a good time to start learning something new. This will help you keep your mind engaged in something productive instead of allowing your mind to dwell on the past and bring about anxiety for an imagined future.
7. Rearrange your room and de-clutter your living space - movement of energy and positive vibrations in the home is vital. Create a space for yourself which will be your sanctuary. Rearrange furniture and add new colours in order to breathe new life into your home, filling it with light and joy.
8. Detox your body daily - one of the best strategies for detoxing your body is to drink plenty of water and excrete toxins from your body. When your body repairs and replenishes from the inside, your immunity and overall health improves.
9. Practise awareness exercise daily - practise a 3 to 5 minute body scan meditation activity. Email or text me if you would like a FREE AUDIO to practise a guided awareness exercise. This daily exercise of the mind brings about clarity and awareness. It makes you understand the difference between your responses and reactions. Mastering your responses is how you begin living life with immense joy and absolute faith in ALLAH alone, instead of reacting to circumstances and living in fear.  

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The CCN Chuckle





The first time Mula Nasruddin went to London he walked into a corner shop and picked up a can, and the can said 50 pence on it.


When he took it up to the counter the cashier went:


"That's 60 pence."


Mula Nasruddin went: "But it says 50 pence on the can."


Cashier: "Yeah, but it's actually 60."


Mula Nasruddin thought to himself that this man is making up inflation as he goes along.


So he hands the cashier a 50 pence piece.


The cashier got really aggressive about the situation.


"This is the last time I am going to tell you, it is sixty pence!"


Mula Nasruddin: "Yes brother, but that coin says 50 pence on it......but it's actually sixty!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah; and Allah is full of kindness to [His] devotees.


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:207


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"I've learnt that people will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel."



~ Maya Angelou




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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 Hélčne 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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This is a DFAT full scholarship program bringing 18 young Indonesians to Australia to do work placement and live with local families. Participants will spend 3 weeks in Canberra and 3 weeks in Brisbane.

We are super excited to have them in Brisbane this year during November 4 and 27th.

We are looking for host organisations for them to do their work placement as well as local families willing to host them. There is no cost for the organisations as students come fully insured and their transport to work covered. Families will receive a $600 groceries/fuel voucher for the 3 weeks program.


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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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Palmerston Mosque: Fund Raising Dinner


Islamic Society of Palmerston

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0412 601 152

6.30PM sharp

15 September



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


AlKauthar Institute

Griffith University, Nathan Campus

or 0438 698 328

8:30AM to 5PM

19 October



Victims of War: FUND RAISER Dinner



Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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9 November




Citizenship Ceremony

Islamic Council of QLD


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16 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


0422 433 074

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HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

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Al-Nisa Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

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AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

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Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter Sultana's Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

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

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

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