EST. 2004


Sunday 15 September 2019 | Issue 0775



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Responses to Holland Park Mosque vandalization The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Responding to Islamophobia CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
Local politicians visit AIIC Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
The Hurricane Stars Club Family Fun Day @ICB Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Muslim Women's Listening event

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Fund Raising in Sydney for Gold Coast Centre

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Exploring diversity in Australian and Malaysian societies

 The CCN Classifieds

AFR 100 Women of Influence

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Muslim aid gets local coverage

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Congratulations Naadirah!

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Awakening girls' passion for STEM through coding and robotics

Keeping Fit with Kareema

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Podcast: The South African station, Radio Islam,  spoke to Ml Uzair Akbar regarding the incident:









 Graham Perrett, MP - Member for Moreton


"We on the Southside of Brisbane are a close-knit community and we care for one another. The Holland Park Mosque is a part of that community. Good people love their neighbours and good people will always fight against religious discrimination......."




















 Joe Kelly, MP - Member for Greenslopes



"Holland Park Mosque arrived to morning prayer this morning to see this vile and abhorent vandalism. This is a disgrace. This is not how we operate in this community. We are a community that tolerates people, a community that celebrates diversity. We are a community of respect. We are a community of peace. I condemn this act and give all my support to the Imam and community at Holland Park Mosque."







Members of south QLD Anglican Church attended Holland Park Mosque and made a donation towards a security fund set up in the wake of the vandal attack. They were greeted by Imam Uzair (president of Councils of Imam QLD), Tanveer Ahmad (president of Islamic society of Holland Park), Ali Kadri (Spokesman) and other members of the congregation.


Details of the GoFundMe security fund raiser can be found here.




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The power of community knowledge sharing, truth telling and problem solving on the response to vilification


The "Love, Not Hate" workshop was held in Brisbane yesterday (Saturday) where participants learned about the difference between unlawful hate speech and free speech, and the importance of reporting incidents of vilification.


"The event today raised a lot of important issues and considerations from the coal face," AMAN's Rita Markwell told CCN.


"Was exciting to see sisters and brothers from diverse backgrounds. Many Muslimah lawyers too who are passionate about this issue."

In attendance were Queensland Human Rights Commission, Legal Aid Queensland, Islamic Council of Queensland, Australian Federal Police, Queensland Police Service, LGBTI Community Legal Service, Lawyers With Integrity, @Together for Humanity and community member.


The workshop was supported by:






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Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cr Adrian Schrinner & Cr Krista Adams STEM Tour at AIIC

Last Thursday 5 September AIIC had the privilege and honour to welcome The Right, The Honourable Councillor Adrian Schrinner Lord Mayor of Brisbane and Councillor Krista Adams for an exclusive private tour of our STEM building.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner addressed and thanked the audience for the invitation and briefly discussed the importance of education particularly for an independent school as he attended Citipointe Christian College an independent school.

He reflected about the similarities between AIIC and his former school stating the school began with demountables and with a small number of students. However, today its rapid growth has been mainly due to the hardworking teachers, staff, parent’s involvement and the support from the wider community.

Prior to politics, Cr Krista Adams was a secondary teacher and is all too familiar with the importance of education and how education can shape our students to adapt and be ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

To mark the special occasion Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Cr Krista Adams were presented with a plaque from our student leaders. .

Jessica Pugh MP for Mt Ommaney AIIC visit

Jessica Pugh MP for Mt Ommaney delighted us with her presence visiting our school Tuesday 10th September and addressed our secondary students during assembly.

On behalf of AIIC staff and students presented a certificate of appreciation for the generous contribution from the Queensland Government which went towards our STEM building.

Ms Pugh toured our existing science room and the new STEM building, to see first-hand how our new STEM spaces will improve our STEM learning experience.

She also dropped by to greet our little preppies.



Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cr Adrian Schrinner & Cr Krista Adams

Jessica Pugh MP for Mt Ommaney



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On Saturday 7 September the Hurricane Stars Club hosted their first Family Fun Day at the Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) to promote Child Protection Week. It was an incredibly successful day with more than 1000 people attending over the course of the day. Alhamdillah, the beautiful sunny day went smoothly without any major incidents except for light winds. Many were surprised that the entire event was organised and run by a team of sisters and they have since received multiple requests to make it a regular event. The Hurricane Stars Club volunteer team overcame the challenge of not being able to enter the hall to start setting up until 10pm on the night before, which resulted in them having to stay awake all night setting up both inside and outside the hall in preparation for the event.

The hall was filled with a variety of more than 50 stallholders selling a variety of goods from fashion, jewellery, essential oils, handmade goods, toys, books and linen, while other stalls promoted charities and community organisations. There were a wide variety of amazing food stalls, delicious desserts and refreshing drink stalls both inside the hall and under marques in the hall carpark. For many attendees the family fun day was a food festival, where they had so much fun trying all the different cuisines available, as a result of which many of the items had sold out by mid afternoon.

There were a wide variety of activities to keep the kids busy throughout the event. On the hall stage there was a native Australian animal display that allowed the parents and kids to see, touch and hold a wide variety of animal throughout the day, as well as doing a number of shows throughout the day. The Calamvale Station police came and allowed the kids to climb around and investigate their police car. We had amazing face painting, henna, fairy floss, show bags, animal farm, jumping castles and fun rides to keep the children happy for hours. The only downside for the day was that the day fireworks had to be cancelled because of the total fire ban issued by the Queensland Fire Service. Although the event was not, alhamdillah, affected by the extreme weather conditions predicted but the occasional wind gust meant that the ranger ride could not operate, one of the five jumping castles hired for the event and the inflatable obstacle course could not be inflated.

We were honoured to be visited by a number of local dignitaries throughout the day. The ICB principal Mr Shariff came twice to visit the festival and the Hurricane Stars team are grateful for his support, without which the event would not have been as successful. Brisbane City Council Councillors Angela Owen and Kim Marx attended the family fun day, as well as state MP Duncan Pegg.

The Hurricane Stars Club volunteers team would like to thank the stallholders and attendees for making the event a very successful day for everyone.







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The Muslim Women's Listening Event event was held at the Garden City Library last week to hear the every day pressures of Muslim women in the community, and to share ideas on strategies that could assist community organisations in overcoming them.

AMAN's Rita Markwell said, "AMAN was delighted to partner with the Islamic Council of QLD to run this first dedicated women’s listening event. One sister spoke powerfully about the need to ´denormalise’ Islamophobia. ´If we don’t speak up now about verbal abuse, the next generation might think that physical abuse is normal.’ A powerful listening experience, hearing a range of issues."



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A multicultural symposium held in Malaysia explored the strengths and problems of diversity in Australian and Malaysian societies.


The day-long symposium, initiated by Prof Shahjahan Khan of the University of Southern Queensland and supported by AFIC, took place on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at the Library Auditorium of IIUM, Malaysia.


Speakers included Professor Dr Shahjahan Khan (USQ), Dr Rateb Jneid (AFIC), Dr Leon Moosavi, (University of Liverpool), Professor Peter T C Chang (University of Malaya), Professor Siraj Siat (WASD), Assoc. Professor Muniruzzaman (IIUM), Professor Dr Tahir El Mesawi, (IIUM), Dato Faruk Musa, (IRF, Malaysia), Assoc. Professor Imtiaz Yusuf, (ISTAC, IIUM), Dr Gary Dargon (Sydney, Australia), and Assoc. Professor Isharaf Hossain, (MWRC, Malaysia).

Prof Khan covered the Multicultural Statement (united, strong, successful) of the Australian Federal Government (2017), Multicultural Queensland Charter (2017) and USQ Multicultural policy and strategies. Dr Rateb Jneid stressed the problems faced by Muslims in Multicultural Australia, especially that fuelled by the extreme, divisive, hateful and anti-Muslim political activism.

the full report on the symposium by Prof Shahjahan Khan




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Maha Sukkar and Mariam Mohammed have been selected as this year's 100 Women of Influence on behalf of the Australian Financial Review and Qantas.


Each year, The Australian Financial Review Women of Influence awards recognise the most influential, inspirational and visionary women.





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Last week's humanitarian effort to deliver water to drought affected areas of Queensland made the local newspaper.

The South-West Satellite



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Coach Rami and Naadirah Peer


Year 9 student, Naadirah Peer, recently took home gold medals at the QLD State Taekwondo Championships and the Australian National Taekwondo Championships.


This is the first step towards Naadirah’s goal of becoming an Australian Professional Athlete and competing in the Olympics.



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Lina Qasem is a finalist for The Australian Women's Weekly 2019 Women of the Future Awards

Lina Qasem's passion for coding and robotics has made her a rising star in the tech world, and it's a passion she wants to share. Nothing makes Lina happier than seeing young girls come to life as they learn about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Two years ago she launched Robofun a coding academy for kids that uses children's natural curiosity to teach them STEM. The academy is open to all young people, but focuses on girls to address gender imbalance in the industry.

Lina's Robofun academy gives kids hands-on experience with STEM subjects.

"My dream is to engage more girls in STEM to create a more diverse tech industry and achieve gender equality," Lina says. Working with schools, libraries and parents, she provides children with a hands-on learning experience. "We hire qualified female instructors to provide role models to our students."

Lina holds free workshops in disadvantaged areas and offers instalment payment plans to ensure STEM learning is available to all. The Women of the Future bursary would allow her to purchase more equipment, expand her marketing efforts and invest in more training for her instructors.



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Tayeba Quddus found an anti-Islam campaigner's untested claims in a lecture slide.


Tayeba Quddus was shocked when she saw a lecture slide from a subject on diversity suggesting that while "most Muslims are peaceful", up to 300 million Muslims were "radicals who want to destroy and murder".

The quote — sourced from a prominent anti-Muslim activist and presented without qualification in online lecture material — left Ms Quddus feeling "disempowered" and bewildered that a claim she described as "sickening in its bigotry" would be part of her tertiary studies.

"Given what happened in Christchurch, and a huge movement we have of far-right extremism and political campaigns that seek to vilify most Muslims, within that climate it's not very helpful to be discussing these things in a way that seems like it supports these ideas," Ms Quddus said.

The 26-year-old had already been disturbed by a classroom discussion early in the unit at Melbourne's Holmesglen Institute, where she said students had been allowed to talk over her and share false cliches about Muslims.

So she complained to her teachers, who she said took her comments on board but initially left the material online.



Unsatisfied, Ms Quddus took her complaint to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Shortly afterwards, Holmesglen Institute took the material down and has since offered an unreserved apologised to her, promising training for the teachers involved.

In a statement to the ABC, Holmesglen Institute said the "inappropriate" content, which had been uploaded to the student portal but not yet delivered in lectures, was removed after an investigation into Ms Quddus's complaint.

"We have called the complainant to acknowledge their concerns and issued an unreserved apology for the offence caused," the statement said.

"The teachers involved are being suspended until the investigation concludes."

Ms Quddus said she had spoken out because she feared other Muslim students might be, or already have been, "shut down" by such views being discussed in an approving light for the sake of free speech.

"This isn't about free speech or trying to police what people are saying," she said.

"I think it's more a matter of the teacher publishing overtly fear-mongering material online that has no evidence, and the fact that that's completely inappropriate for [the lecturer] to have done."

Anti-Islam campaigner cited in lecture
The lecture slides were to be delivered within a unit focused on "managing diversity in a culturally competent environment", which was part of the institute's certificates in youth work and drugs and alcohol.

In the offending slide, titled "Most Muslims Are peaceful", a YouTube link takes students to a video published in 2017, featuring prominent anti-Islamic activist Brigitte Gabriel.

She is the founder of ACT For America, an organisation which critics including the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as a hate group and the US's largest anti-Muslim organisation.

Ms Gabriel has written that "in the Muslim world, extreme is mainstream" and has been widely accused of spreading distorted views on Islam.



Brigitte Gabriel's anti-Islam activism has been criticised by civil rights groups in America.

In the video, which has been widely shared online, Ms Gabriel claimed that intelligence services around the world estimated "radical" Muslims to be between 15 to 25 per cent.

"That leaves 75 per cent of them [Muslims] peaceful people," Ms Gabriel says in the video.

"But when you look at 15 to 25 per cent of the world Muslim population, you're looking at 180 million to 300 million people dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization."

The text in the Holmesglen Institute slide praises Ms Gabriel, saying, "her response could not have been any more perfect".

"The fact is, 180 million to 300 million people are radicals who want to destroy and murder. You can't ignore those numbers," the slide read.

'Fact' cited in slide untrue
Deakin University's Professor Greg Barton, an expert in Global Islamic Politics, said Ms Gabriel was "the sort of person that somebody like Pauline Hanson goes to for research".

He said people like Ms Gabriel were "not only Islamophobic, but they make the mistake of conflating 1.8 billion people into either one undifferentiated group or at least claim that a large number of them support the authoritarian regime and politics that may play in their country".

"And that obviously is both inaccurate and misunderstands the plight of Muslims all over the world, where people are stuck with governments they don't like. There are radical groups as a result but they're not broadly popular."

He said her claim about "radical" Muslims was not true.

"There's a small community of people who make a living out of demonising Islam and Muslims and some of them are more academic, some of them less academic," Professor Barton said.

"But they cherry-pick data and then they take a very jaundiced approach to analysis.

"So you might find for example … polling where a question is asked in a Muslim-majority country, 'Do you support Islamic law?'

"And for most people, it's like somebody from a Christian background being asked 'Do you support the Ten Commandments?', the answer is 'well of course', you can't say you don't.

"But that's a long way short of saying they would support an Islamist government or would support hudud punishment [harsh punishment for religious transgressions including stoning and amputation of hands]."

'This isn't a teaching resource'
In initial correspondence with Ms Quddus, seen by the ABC, the institute suggested there would be "contextualisation and discussion" while discussing the material in the classroom.

Ms Quddus rejected the suggestion that any discussion would have justified the material's inclusion.

"What I felt from reading that slide wasn't that it was there for an objective discussion," she said.

"It looked more like it was there to teach these ideas.

"I would say that I don't really see a context in which talking about 180 to 300 million Muslims being radical exists.

"I would say that there is no context in which you can use anti-Islam activists who aren't academic. This isn't a teaching resource in a class.


"There's no other slide that kind of talks about Islamophobia, there is no resources of anti- Islamophobia activists. You are using an anti-Islam activist and then following up with this this statement. I don't think there's anything there that's ambiguous.

"I think in the teacher's own words, it says, 'the fact is 180 to 300 million Muslim people are radicals who want to destroy and murder'. It's very overt. There is no room for interpretation with that. It's just a statement."

Another slide within the same presentation, which was titled "Terrorist Attacks," named as its source a Wikipedia page specifically listing Islamist terrorist attacks.

Student felt need to 'out' herself as Muslim
Ms Quddus decided to take action about the online material because she believed it wasn't the first time she had felt marginalised as a Muslim in the unit.

In the very first week, she said a fellow student said a "big movement" in the UK to impose sharia law was "terrifying", and that some "ideologies are more prone to extremism than others".

Ms Quddus said the teacher "didn't intervene or try to steer the discussion" as it escalated to a point where Islamophobic claims were being made.

She said she felt the need to "out" herself as a Muslim, something she normally does not feel the need to do.
"I don't see how in the context of a class about working with diverse people, sharing such overtly Islamophobic ideas aids any kind of conversation, and it kind of gives more air to already quite negative ideas that exist in society."

She said even after she spoke to rebut the false claims, she was spoken over, and in ensuing weeks became nervous about sharing her ideas in class.

"I was worried that everything I said from then on would just be seen as an angry Muslim or someone who is highly defensive. I felt quite nervous about the class targeting me after that and anyone else would probably feel the same way."

Institute vows to use incident as 'catalyst'
The institute's chief executive, Mary Faraone, said in a statement that the institute had taken steps to address the issue and prevent it happening again.

"Holmesglen is using this incident as a catalyst to further review its professional development in diversity, cultural safety, and competency with the Institute's educators," she said.

"We welcome the opportunity to receive feedback, to assess it, and to act upon it in order to improve processes.

"This is an ongoing undertaking and we want to ensure that all students, staff and broader stakeholders of the Holmesglen community experience learning in an inclusive way and in a place that is committed to positive action."

Ms Quddus will now enter mediation with the institute but worries that her experience is not an isolated one.

"I think there's something systematically wrong in the system that led to this happening," she said.

"It's really a tip of the iceberg situation in my opinion."

'They've been very naive and frankly rather slack'
Professor Barton said even giving educators the benefit of the doubt, the inclusion of the materials suggested a level of prejudice exists in the Australian community.

"I assume, to give them the benefit of the doubt, I assume there wasn't intention to cause offence," he said.

"But if we grant that generous assumption then it means that they've been very naive and frankly rather slack.

"Because it wouldn't matter which community you were talking about, whether it was religious community or racial group or ethnic or social group, you'd be very cautious about making grand claims, particularly claims that were likely to be offensive, and you would double-check your sources and [if] in doubt wouldn't put them in material that goes out to students.

"When people, perhaps fairly unintentionally, put up material in the classroom or elsewhere that is offensive and they don't understand it until it's pointed out, it suggests a kind of level of prejudice that leaves them open to believing those statements in the first place, otherwise they would have questioned them.





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AIIC primary


Students from primary and secondary are acknowledged and awarded with Student of the Month (SOM) certificates.


Student-of-the-month is an opportunity to award students for trying their best to improve academically and their behaviour.

Sergeant Jim Bellos from the Queensland Police Service officially presents the awards to the students of ICB, AIIC and Wisdom College.




AIIC secondary


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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell, Policy Advisor of Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN)



Listen up


“Recently at the airport after a late flight from Sydney, a group of young guys were yelling at me. And I didn’t even look twice,” Dina said. “It worries me that Islamophobia has become so normalised to me, I don’t even think about.”

As the women’s engagement officer at the Islamic Council of Qld, Dina is always thinking about issues affecting women – but recently she started to question her own beliefs. “I don’t want the next generation to think verbal abuse is normal. If we don’t speak up now, they might think that physical abuse is normal too.”

This is one of the stories she shared during Brisbane’s first Muslim women’s listening event. In a small group, every voice was listened to without interruption; Their messages recorded. And who was listening? Other Muslim women.

For so long, many sisters have looked to others to listen to them. Thinking it is the unlistening brothers who were the problem. The unlistening government. The unlistening leaders.

The event took us through stories about healing from trauma, the need for women to stand up and support other women, the deep humiliation of Islamophobic attacks, the identity crisis facing young people and the mental health of young women in particular when straddling different cultures. The struggles of parents trying to teach Islam in a changing world also surfaced. And how many spaces do we have to talk about this?

This was just the tip of the iceberg. One sister said that being vulnerable with each other was still a big struggle for many Muslim women. Many prefer to stay at the chit chat level.

Dina spoke about the layers of identity and her journey to finding herself as an Australian Muslim of Afghan background. She spoke about her desire to ‘de-normalise Islamophobia’ amongst Muslims and ‘normalise getting help with mental health.’

Dina had razor sharp insight for someone her age, and an engaging flair in the way she spoke, but to be fair, she was not the only one. All the women sitting around the table had amazing courage.

This is the regular story about how listening campaigns start.

“We should do more of these listening events,” she said. “Imagine how powerful it will be if women in our community come together, two hundred of them, and speak with one voice on an issue we feel deeply about?”

Dina was referring to the assemblies that develop at the end of these listening campaigns in QLD and overseas – community campaigns that have delivered all sorts of concrete outcomes.

In that moment, I realised many of us sisters are turning a blind eye to a huge resource. What could happen if we listened to each other? If our conversation was unleashed with vulnerability, with more courage and frank speaking? Insha’ALLAH, that could transform our world.




Rita Jabri Markwell has degrees Laws and Legal Practice (First Class Honours) and the Arts. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2003.

Rita has project managed events like the National Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples, advising on key negotiations, planning events on the day; advising the Prime Minister on the Apology and speech; introducing the Prime Minister to Nanna Fejo who featured in his speech.

She has also played a key advising role in Australia's support for the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and appointment of Indigenous human rights lawyer, Megan Davis to UN Human rights Council.




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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.


The survey link is here.





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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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Charles Khan, known also as “Charley,” was described variously as a Brahmin, Indian, Afghan, Sikh, Mohammedan, coloured man, but was actually an Indian Muslim from Calcutta who lived in Renmark, South Australia. Khan was a good soldier. He served in Gallipoli, France, Flanders (Belgium) and Egypt, and was badly wounded in the field at Bullecourt, France, in 1917.


He was a soldier with an excellent record and was entitled to wear four decorations. Khan was also mentioned in despatches by General John Monash.


His Aussie brother-in-arms remarked: Everybody in the battalion to which I belonged knew him as Charley. He was a most valuable ally. I can testify to that. He was an Indian and the only coloured man in the unit. Everybody liked him; there was no colour line in the trenches.


Khan’s work was always carried out efficiently and his cheerfulness and willingness in adverse circumstances made his services valuable to the battalion. The King was pleased to approve the award of the Meritorious Service Medal to Khan and he was proud of it. When Khandied in Renmark, the flags in the town were flown at half-mast.


In historical accounts, other Muslims, following the examples of Mahomet and Khan, served in the AIF in various combat zones in World War I. For instance, Kiam Deen, 30-years-old, a labourer from Delhi, who lived in Sydney; Abdullah Ahmed, of Indian descent, a labourer born in North Melbourne; Mahomet Hassian, resident of Potts Point; Mahomet Hussen, born in Sydney; and Cecil Khan, an 18-year-old from Surry Hills, NSW

Glamallie Khan was a Punjabi Indian hawker who enlisted in Adelaide with service number 2019. He previously served in the Native Light Horse in Punjab for three years and was assigned to the 14th Reinforcement of the 3rd Light Horse Regiment.


He embarked from Adelaide as a trooper abroad the Warillda in 1916, landed in Egypt, and for short time remained there until he embarked for England. While in England, he was transferred to the infantry with the rank of private.


Glamallie then embarked for France abroad the Golden Eagle and joined the 32nd Battalion. He was wounded and hospitalised in Rouen and remained in France until February 1917. Once back in England, he marched to a convalescent depot and stayed there until May when he embarked for Australia aboard the Ayrshire. He was discharged from the AIF as medically unfit on 3 September 1917









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Sinéad O’Connor on The Late Late Show



Sinéad O’Connor has sang on first Late Late Show of the new season and in her interview with Ryan Tubridy she speaks about how she has embraced the Muslim religion.



Sinéad O’Connor: ‘I have been a Muslim all my life and I didn’t realise it’

The singer has described her experience of ‘reverting’ to Islam

 Sinéad O’Connor has described how she felt “at home” after reading the Koran and subsequently embracing the Muslim religion.

The singer, who has returned following a five-year hiatus from touring, announced her decision to “revert” to Islam almost a year ago and says she often wears the hijab as a means of signalling her new-found beliefs.

“The word ‘revert’ refers to the idea that if you were to study the Koran you would realise that you were a Muslim all your life and you didn’t realise it. That’s what happened to me,” she said on Friday night’s Late Late Show.

“I am 52. I grew up in a very different Ireland to the one that exists now and it was a very oppressed country religiously speaking. And everybody was miserable; nobody was getting any joy in God.”

The singer, who has long captivated audiences with her views on Irish life, spoke about reading the scriptures as a child and later exploring other religious texts “trying to find the truth about God”. She left Islam until last because she held her own prejudices about the religion, she said.


Source: The Irish Times













Sikh politician faces anti-Muslim attack in Canada

TRT World


Sikh politician Gurratan Singh was attacked by an anti-immigration politician at a Muslim event in Canada. Here is how he responded











The Dubai Quranic Park just made Time's list of 'The World's Greatest Places', here is a look inside the park, which is open and free to everyone, and how it is helping share who we truly are as Muslims.









The Military Genius of Muhammad Al-Fatih

OnePath Network





Muhammad Al Fatih – The Sultan who did the impossible

The life of Muhammad Al-Fatih
Known to the west as Mehmed II, he was born on 30th March 1432 in the northwestern province of Edrine, Muhammad al-Fatih was the son of Sultan Murad II (1404-51) and was an Ottoman Sultan who ruled from 1451 to 1481. Muhammad al-Fatih showed signs of leadership right from a young age, gaining leadership skills and experience from governing cities like Amasya. Muhammad al-Fatih’s father wanted to make sure that his son learned from of the best scholars at the time. Muhammad al-Fatih was a devout Muslim and learned under many teachers about the Islamic faith which moulded his mindset. He mastered seven languages; Turkish, Arabic, Latin, Greek, Serbian, Hebrew and Persian.








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With hajj under threat, it's time Muslims joined the climate movement

By Remona Aly



Scientists say global heating could endanger pilgrims as soon as next summer. This must be our call to action


‘The environmental threat to the holy pilgrimage is a panic button for British Muslims like me.’ Hajj pilgrims circulate around the the Kaaba in Mecca


According to research published last week by US scientists, hajj is set to become a danger zone. As soon as next year, they say, summer days in Mecca could exceed the “extreme danger” heat-stress threshold. The news comes just weeks after over 2 million people completed their journey of a lifetime. The environmental threat to the holy pilgrimage is a panic button for British Muslims like me, signaling that the climate crisis is endangering an age-old sacred rite.

Hajj is a pillar of Islam that I’ve yet to undertake, and the physical endurance required will only become more gruelling in coming decades – scientists predict that heat and humidity levels during hajj will exceed the extreme danger threshold 20% of the time from 2045 and 2053, and 42% of the time between 2079 and 2086.

Environmental stewardship may well be advocated by my faith – the Quran states that humans are appointed as “caretakers of the Earth” and the prophet Muhammad organised the planting of trees and created conservation areas called hima – but it hasn’t mobilised Muslims on a mass scale for what the world needs now: a global eco-jihad.

Fazlun Khalid, founder of Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences and author of Signs on the Earth: Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis, has been on a green mission for over 35 years, but his biggest challenge has been to motivate Muslims. “Islam is inherently environmental, but modernity has induced all of us to distance ourselves from nature. The reason I don’t give up is my grandchildren – what kind of planet will they inherit? How can they perform hajj under those conditions?”

Khalid previously gathered a team of scholars and academics who drafted the Islamic declaration on climate change adopted at the International Islamic climate change symposium in Istanbul in 2015 (an event co-sponsored by Islamic Relief, a global charity that is again calling on Muslims to take action now if they want to safeguard the pilgrimage for future generations). Maria Zafar of Islamic Relief UK said: “Hajj has physically demanding outdoor rituals which can become hazardous to humans. It isn’t only Mecca, other sacred sites will be at risk too, like the religious sites in Jerusalem, the Golden Temple in India – it will affect what we hold dear to our hearts. We think that climate change is distant from us, but there is no area of life that it won’t touch.”

If we are truly to tackle a catastrophe as huge as the climate crisis, we have to make it personal. Without a personal stake, it remains an abstract and we unite in perpetuating it. So if money is the only form of emotional investment for some, and if economics wields more power than the will to save our planet, we must use it. Next year Saudi Arabia is hosting the G20 summit, so let’s pressure the country to consider the financial threat due to a loss of religious tourism. Hajj is lucrative: economic experts have said revenues from hajj and umrah (a lesser pilgrimage undertaken any time of year) are set to exceed $150bn by 2022.


 ‘With approximately 100m plastic bottles left behind each year after the pilgrimage ends, it’s clear action is desperately needed.’ Pilgrims walk from their tents in Mecca.

“For the Saudis, hajj is more precious than oil,” says Dr Husna Ahmad, CEO of Global One, who’s been campaigning for a greener hajj for years. Ahmad created a green guide to hajj in 2011, and is now working on a green hajj app, which she plans to launch next year if funding is secured.

With approximately 100m plastic bottles left behind each year after the pilgrimage ends, it’s clear that action is desperately needed. Slowly, Saudi authorities are beginning to implement a more environmentally friendly hajj by installing recycling points around the holy sites, and they aim to cut waste volumes by two-thirds by 2030. Pushing for change has been a struggle in the kingdom, but apathy is a wider problem. It’s bound up in socio-economic deprivation, and too often “saving the planet” is seen as something for the rich, a kind of green elitism.

“Right now in the UK it feels like middle-class white women – and Sadiq Khan – are the only ones taking up the baton,” says Ahmad. “We know that climate change started with the European industrial revolution and poverty is inextricably linked to that.

“People are trying to survive, you can’t blame them if climate change is not their priority. This is why achieving the UN sustainable development goals are high on my agenda.”

The climate crisis does not exist in and cannot be tackled in isolation. While the big dogs must green-up their institutions and businesses, grassroots activists need better relations with governing bodies, more Muslims need to get involved with the broader debate and we all need to rethink our lifestyles – cut down on meat consumption, use less packaging and step back from throwaway consumerism.

We all have a part to play – institutionally, socially, morally, economically and religiously. Whether it’s through the lens of our conscience, faith or finance, it’s imperative to find our own catalyst for action. If the threat to hajj can motivate Muslims, then that’s all for the good.









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Sudanese artist Kamala Ishaq selected for Dutch award    


SUDAN: Born in Sudan, Kamala Ibrahim Ishaq is one of Africa's finest artists. A pioneer and feminist icon, she is well known as one of the founders of the Khartoum School.


Now in her 80s, she has just been announced as the recipient of the Netherlands's Principal Prince Claus Award for 2019.


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









In the time you spend on social media each year,

you could read 200 books












Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said,

Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will…

When I first found this quote of Buffett’s two years ago, something was wrong.

It was Dec. 2014. I’d found my dream job. Some days, I would be there, sitting at my dream job, and I would think, “My god what if I’m still here in 40 years? I don’t want to die like this…”

Something wasn’t right. I’d followed the prescription. Good grades. Leadership. Recommendations. College. Dream Job. I was a winner. I’d finished the race. Here I was in the land of dreams. But something was terribly, terribly wrong.

Every day, from my dream job desk, I looked out into their eyes. Empty, empty eyes.

There were no answers.

In January of 2015, I found Buffett’s quote. I decided to read. I was going to read and read and read and never stop until I got some damn answers.

I didn’t quite make 500 pages a day, but, in these last two years, I’ve read over 400 books cover to cover. That decision to start reading was one of the most important decisions in my life.

Books gave me the courage to travel. Books gave me the conviction to quit my job. Books gave me role models and heroes and meaning in a world where I had none.

I want to say reading 200 books a year is an amazing thing. But the truth is, it’s not. Anybody can do it.

All it takes is some simple math and the right tools.

1. Do not quit before you start

When average Joe hears the advice “Read 500 pages like this every day,” his snap reaction is to say, “No way! That’s impossible!”

Joe will then go on to make up reasons to justify his belief without doing any deep thinking at all. These might include “I’m too busy,” “I’m not smart enough,” or “Books just aren’t for me.”

But what if we go a little deeper? For example, what does it actually take to read 200 books a year? Two years ago, I stopped to do the simple math. Here’s what I found: Reading 200 books a year isn’t hard at all.

It’s just like Buffett says. Anyone can do it, but most people won’t.

2. Do the simple math

How much time does it take to read 200 books a year?

First, let’s look at two quick statistics:

  • The average American reads 200–400 words per minute (Since you’re on Medium, I’m going to assume you read 400 wpm like me)

  • Typical non-fiction books have ~50,000 words

Now, all we need are some quick calculations…

  • 200 books * 50,000 words/book = 10 million words

  • 10 million words/400 wpm = 25,000 minutes

  • 25,000 minutes/60 = 417 hours

That’s all there is to it. To read 200 books, simply spend 417 hours a year reading.

I know, I know. If your brain is like mine, it probably saw “417 hours” and immediately tried to shut off. Most people only work 40 hours a week! How can we possibly read for 417 hours?

Don’t let your monkey brain turn you away yet. Let’s do a quick reframe for what 417 hours really means…

3. Find the time
Wowsers, 417 hours. That sure feels like a lot. But what does 417 hours really mean? Let’s try to get some more perspective.

Here’s how much time a single American spends on social media and TV in a year:

  • 608 hours on social media

  • 1642 hours on TV

Wow. That’s 2250 hours a year spent on TRASH. If those hours were spent reading instead, you could be reading over 1,000 books a year!

Here’s the simple truth behind reading a lot of books: It’s not that hard. We have all the time we need. The scary part—the part we all ignore—is that we are too addicted, too weak, and too distracted to do what we all know is important…

All it takes to start reading a lot more is to take “empty time” spent Twitter-stalking celebrities or watching Desperate Housewives and convert some of it to reading time.

The theory is simple. It’s the execution that’s hard.

4. Execute

We all know reading is important. We all know we should do more of it. But we don’t. The main reason this happens is a failure to execute.

I’m not so perfect at it yet, but here are some tactics that have helped me get results.

I. Use environmental design
If you were quitting cocaine, would you keep it lying around the house? Of course not. Media is designed to be addictive. Moving away from media addiction can be as difficult as quitting drugs.

The biggest bang-for-buck changes here are environmental.

If you want to read, make sure (1) you remove all distractions from your environment and (2) you make books as easy to access as possible.

As an example, here’s my immediate environment:
I travel a lot. That doesn’t stop me from reading. The picture on the left is of my “bookshelf” in Thailand. I try to keep books everywhere so I can just pick one up and start reading.

The picture on the right is my smartphone desktop. Notice there are only two apps. One of them—the Kindle app—is for reading. The other is for habits… Which brings me to my next point.

II. Upload habits
Willpower is not a good tool for lifestyle change. It always fails you when you need it most. Instead of relying on strength of mind, build a fortress of habits—these are what will keep you resilient in tough times.

If you’re not familiar with habit science, my favorite book on the subject is Tynan’s Superhuman by Habit. It’s infinitely practical, and practical is all I care about.

Getting good at habit formation took me years. Many of the mistakes I made were avoidable. If I could go back, I’d find a habit coach. Here’s how I see it. One game-changing idea from a good book is worth thousands of dollars. If a coach helps you read ONE more good book a year, you already get your money’s worth.

(A shout out to Cherry Jeffs and Nathan Sudds, two coaches who have helped me out a lot.)

III. Go multi-medium
When it comes to reading, be a jack of all trades, not a specialist.

If your goal is to read more, you can’t be picky about where you read or what mediums you use. I read paper books. I read on my phone. I listen to audiobooks. And I do these things everywhere—on park benches, in buses, in the toilet… Wherever I can.

Make your reading opportunistic. If you have a chance, take it. If you don’t have a chance, find one.

I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.

— Orhan Pamuk

If I hadn’t started reading, perhaps I’d still be at my dream job. Perhaps I’d still be at my desk, taking peeks at the clock and wondering if that was how I was going to die…

If you’re looking for answers, give reading a try. You may find much, much more than what you were looking for.





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CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Something slightly different to serve with a cup of tea.... 


Tennis Biscuit Cake




Beat the following well
4 eggs
1 cup sugar

1¼ cup flour (sifted)
3 tsp baking powder
½ cup boiling water
½ cup oil

Place cake batter aside.


100g butter
½ cup pecan nuts (chopped)
½ cup brown sugar
¾ packet tennis biscuit (broken into small pieces) Mix all ingredients together, lay in an even layer at the bottom of a well-greased pan.
Pour batter over and bake at 180 for 20-25 mins
When cool, remove from pan and dust the topping with sifted icing sugar.



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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.)



This is part 2 of “Volunteers Cooking at Gold Coast Masjid in Australia”

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’ve just recently started running and find that I really enjoy it. How can I burn extra kilojoules during my treadmill-run?

A: The simplest way to boost the effectiveness is to incorporate strategies that constantly shift you in and out of your comfort zone, with your heart rate increasing then decreasing throughout your run.


Alternating your incline or speed is one way to do this – eg. try 1 minute sprint then jog for 30secs and repeat.


Or turn up the incline and get your heart pumping,  then slow it down with a 30sec jog/walk on the flat to recover.

Alternatively mix up your treadmill sprint with some body-weight exercises completed off the treadmill. Include squats, burpees, push-ups, etc.

Also remember that outdoor running is more challenging and typically burns more kilojoules than slogging away on the tready.


Food for thought… N-JOY!






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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:
Cultivating Joy In Your Marriage

ALMIGHTY ALLAH enjoins a man and a woman in marriage, a union so beautiful in every way. Admittedly, it is not always a bed of roses. Cultivating joy in your marriage is a daily challenge.It takes unconditional love, dedication, commitment, kindness and tremendous amount of respect and understanding to maintain a joyful marriage.

We may feel that love is the only ingredient in marriage. Truth is, it all starts with respect. Respecting anyone means to have a regard for their feelings, rights and wishes. When you respect, you are one step closer to understanding. And when you understand someone, there is no room for assumptions or accusations.

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

Having an attitude of respect and understanding is not the same as practising them. It is vital that your spouse actually sees you practising respectful words and respectful actions towards him/her.

Strategies to Cultivate Joy in Your Marriage

1. Look your spouse in the eye when you communicate. There is no barrier when you are together. ALLAH has enjoined you in marriage and permitted you to communicate openly. Looking in the eye when communicating reaffirms your commitment and caring nature.

2. Listen to the reply when she/he speaks. REALLY LISTEN. Do not formulate a reply while she/he is speaking. Do not interrupt. Become fully engaged. Curb your urge to correct or argue. You will have your time afterwards to respond appropriately. First, LISTEN.

3. Give undivided attention to each other. Multi-tasking is a wonderful skill but NOT when you are communicating with your spouse. No matter how important certain chores or tasks may seem, remember ALWAYS that your marriage is more important than any task you are concerned about.

4. Ask each other this question: “What matters to you most in life?” Understand the response given and honour those wishes. Knowing what matters most to your spouse helps you understand what you can do to fulfil his/her wishes.

5. Speak well about the people who matter to your spouse. You may not get along with all the people who matter to your spouse and that is fine. There is no obligation to get along. However there is an obligation to show respect. If you speak ill about people who matter to him/her, it is hurtful. Causing your spouse hurt will eventually turn the relationship sour.

6. Respect each other’s fears and sentiments. Fear is very real to the person experiencing it. You do not have to encourage it but you need to show sensitivity that it is real to the person experiencing it. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about our new baby. It is overwhelming for both of us. I am with you all the way. I am so pleased that you are trying your very best. That is all that matters. Allah rewards efforts not results. Keep doing your best.”

7. Do not bring up past arguments/ negative events when addressing a new issue. Be clear from the beginning of any discussion that the topic of discussion is to remain a specific one and you both need to respect that rule. For example, if you need to discuss the budget for your next family vacation, it is NOT advisable to talk about how the last vacation was horrible because one of you forgot to book a hotel and ended up staying with in-laws!

8. Thank your spouse regularly for being your soulmate. Expressing gratitude increases positivity in your relationship.

9. Emphasize each other’s good points. Dwelling on mistakes or negative traits will only put stress on your relationship. Instead, acknowledge that you are human hence you have your own shortcomings. Similarly, your spouse may slip every now and then too. Say sorry, forgive and move on.

10. When leaving for work, exchange Salaams and a loving hug. There is no shame in hugging your spouse. ALLAH has enjoined you in marriage and allowed you to display affection towards each other.

11. Spend COUPLE TIME at least once a week where you are by yourselves for a couple of hours to share an activity you both love. This increases your compatibility.

12. Follow ALLAH’s commandment that the husband is the guardian of the family. The wife is created equal and has different responsibilities. Following this commandment increases harmony in the home. Disharmony creeps in when these roles are reversed.

13. Be content with life and however much your spouse is doing for you. Express gratitude to ALLAH. If you want more from life, ask ALLAH instead of nagging or complaining to your spouse.

14. Admire one another. Pay a compliment. Your spouse feels nice every time you compliment him/her.

15. Protect each other’s honour. Guard it fiercely. Do not speak ill of your spouse to another person, even if that person is a close family member. Remind yourself that ALLAH is watching you if you backbite about your spouse. If the matter is serious and your spouse’s behaviour concerns you, seek appropriate guidance and professional help. Speaking ill about your spouse shows your poor character - it doesn’t fix your marriage.

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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin went to an Inter-Religion Integration Seminar.

The Bishop came, laid his hands on Jallalludin's hand and said, “By the will of Jesus Christ, you will walk today!”

Jallalludin smiled and told him that he was not paralysed.

The Rabbi came, laid his hands on his hand and said, “By the will of God Almighty, you will walk today!


Jallalludin was less amused when he told the Rabbi there was nothing wrong with him.

The Hindu sadhu came and said "Beta, you will walk on your legs today."

Jallalludin said "Babaji - nothing wrong with my legs"

The Buddhist Monk came, held Jallalludin's hands and said, “By the will of The Great Buddha, you will walk today!”

Jallalludin rudely told him there was nothing wrong with him.

Mula Nasruddin came, took Jallalludin's hands and said, “Insha Allah, you will walk today!”

Jallalludin snapped at him, “There’s nothing wrong with me!”


After the Seminar, Jallalludin stepped outside and found his car had been stolen.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single Person, created, of like nature, his mate, and from them twain scattered [like seeds] countless men and women; - reverence Allah, through Whom you demand your mutual [rights], and reverence the wombs [that bore you]; for Allah ever watches over you.


~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:1


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"You have to belong to the intelligentsia to believe some things - no ordinary man would be so silly."



~ Winston Churchill




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


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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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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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Holland Park Mosque Safety Fundraising Drive 








This historic 111 years old mosque was unfortunately targeted today with threatening graffiti, symbols of hatred and reference to the Christchurch terrorist. Sadly, in recent times these hate crimes have become common and many of our patrons have been victims of abuse, threats and even bottles thrown at them.

We are an open and welcoming mosque. We want peace and wish to keep the community safe. After the repeated attacks we are looking to upgrade the security of the mosque to include more cameras, security locks and gates.

The Australian community has always shown great support, for which we are very thankful for and proud to call Australia our home.

We welcome people from all communities to join us and stop hatred and spread the message of peace and love!

Please help us collect these much needed funds and show the offenders that peace and love will always win!

















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

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

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

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

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

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

"So happy with the help I've received from Sisters Support Services."







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


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0422 433 074

from 3.30PM to Maghrib




1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr - these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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Masjid As Sunnah



Every Sunday Quran Tafsir or Islamic Lesson or Arabic Class.
After Magrib
Conducting by Imam Yahia Baej

Children Arabic/Quran Class every Tue-Wed-Thursday after Magrib




Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040















Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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

Email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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Useful Links




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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

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

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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


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