EST. 2004


Sunday 22 September 2019 | Issue 0776



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


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






On Sunday 15 September, Academy Alive held their Quran Alive Demonstration Day, showcasing their Quran Alive course for 2020 intakes.


There was a live Quran Translation demonstration, a student story and homemade food by the students themselves.

All students were encouraged to participate in the 5-step process in translating the Quran.


For more information on Quran Live, click here.






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By Janeth Deen    



It was a heart-warming experience to drop in to the Australian International Islamic College on Thursday morning to share time with the children who were eating breakfast thanks to donations received by the Muslim Charitable Foundation and delivered by Brothers in Need.

Most of the children being fed were from migrant and refugee backgrounds and were in early primary classes.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and going without has detrimental effect on the behaviour and performance of young people.
Each child sat and ate his or her food, ensuring there was no wastage and each child was polite and well mannered.

The Muslim Charitable Foundation is constantly working to help the local community when needs arise.

Breakfast is also provided for needy students at the Islamic College of Brisbane.



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The protest started at 11am at King George Square yesterday (Saturday) to show solidarity with Kashmiris and to highlight the latest issue of revoking article 370 and 35A.


According to one of the organizers of the protest, after the Indian government revoked these articles from their constitution, Kashmiris had since "lost their identity". He told CCN:

"Now anyone from India can buy land in Kashmir, run his/her own business and by that, its now much easier for India to change the demography of Kashmir. As per UN resolutions, only people of Kashmir have the right to participate in free and fair plebiscite but with this illegitimate move to conduct ethnic cleansing in Kashmir by changing its demography in coming years, such plebiscite results will be altered. Kashmiris after 5 August don't have their own flag anymore. Now it's the Indian flag on all government buildings and having a Kashmiri flag is now illegal.


India knew that there would be strong reaction from Kashmiris due to this illegal and unilateral action and therefore, before announcing this decision, India sent 170,000 more troops to Kashmir to back up 700,000 troops already present in the valley. There has been complete curfew, serious shortages of food, medicines and basic necessities of life, there has been excessive use of force, pellet guns have been used on children and young people, mass rapes have been happening, approximately 6000-8000 people have been detained from Kashmir and they are not kept in Kashmiri jails but in Indian jails where they are severely tortured on daily basis. Such human rights violations were expressed in protest.


It was discussed that India doesn't respect any international law and UN security council's resolutions. And therefore, Australian government should play its part in calling on India to respect these resolutions, lift current curfew, provide relief to the affected people, release political leaders, and give free access to media to capture human rights violations in Kashmir."

A petition was signed by attendees to be sent to the government.

Regarding the next step in the campaign, the spokesperson told CCN:

"Future plans after this protest is to have another one with a march in that as well. But that future protest will be with the complete support of Islamic Council of Queensland where all Imams and speakers will be requested to participate with some Australian politicians as well. This is just the start and will be an on-going effort InshaAllah until Kashmir gets freedom."


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AMA Art Prize recipient Abdul Abdullah with La Trobe University Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar and IMA Chair, Moustafa Fahour OAM.


An Archibald Prize (2011) finalist, Abdul Abdullah was announced as the recipient of the inaugural $15,000 Australian Muslim Artists Art Prize 2019 at the official opening of ‘Australian Muslim Artists’ exhibition in Melbourne on Thursday 12 September.



Australian Muslim Artists Art Prize recipient Abdul Abdullah’s work entitled, You can call me troublesome.

Australian Muslim Artists is an annual exhibition hosted by the Islamic Museum of Australia, and 2019 marks the first occasion the Australian Muslim Artists Art Prize supported by La Trobe University has been offered.

Perth born Abdullah, now residing in Sydney, submitted his work, You can call me troublesome. Upon hearing the news, Mr Abdullah said it is an honour to be selected for the award.

“It’s really hard to describe how much I appreciate this recognition. I am looking forward to visiting the work in the exhibition and really look forward to seeing all the other finalists,” he said.

The thirteen shortlisted works will be on display as part of the exhibition alongside the five shortlisted works in the Future Australian Muslim Artists category, which was open to students in Years 10-12.

Fifteen-year old Hashim Mohamed, a student from Australian International Academy is the recipient of the $250 non-acquisitive art prize in the Future Australian Muslim Artists category.



Future Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize winning artwork, Solitude by Hashim Mohamed, 15.




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The year four students at the Australian International Islamic College raised $367 for the drought relief water drive and presented the cheque made out to the Muslim Charitable Foundation on Thursday morning during the primary school assembly and collected by Janeth Deen.

Janeth made an acceptance speech telling them how important their donation was to the drought stricken areas when it goes into the drought fund, especially when the food growing areas are so dry. It is because of donors that charities can carry out their work. She thanked the students for their sacrifices to raise the amount of money handed over




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The sign was changed from "non halal" to "not halal" after a complaint.


An Adelaide butcher at the centre of a complaint over window signage which said the business was "non halal certified" has now made a concession to the advertising watchdog.

Valley Butchers in Adelaide's north-east was the subject of complaints to Ad Standards which claimed the sign "pokes fun" at Muslim people and "perpetuates a culture of vilification towards religious minorities, that results in harm towards them".

The Canberra-based watchdog upheld the complaint, finding the sign — which also has images of native Australian animals — breached its code.

When contacted by the ABC, a spokesman confirmed the sign had since been changed by one letter, and now read "not halal certified".

Ad Standards said this meant the case was now considered closed.

"It would appear from media reports that the advertiser has modified the advertisement in line with the determination of the community panel," a spokesperson told the ABC.

"The case report will be changed to state that the advertisement has been modified.

"If Ad Standards receive complaints about the modified content of this advertisement we would create a new case to be assessed by the community panel."

Watchdog approves wording change
Ad Standards chief executive Fiona Jolly earlier told ABC Radio Adelaide that changing the phrase's wording from "non" to "not" made a key difference to the meaning.

"Saying that something is non halal certified is making fun of halal certification because there's no such thing," she said.

"Saying that something is not halal certified is a statement of fact.

"This is a self-regulation system and it does really rely on the goodwill of advertisers to follow our rulings."

ABC News



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Puffin UK has snapped up the first fiction book from writer and social advocate Yassmin Abdel-Magied (pictured left).

Ruth Knowles, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding ANZ, from Nerrilee Weir, senior rights manager at Penguin Random House Australia. You Must Be Layla will publish in February 2020.

Described as "warm and funny", the pre-teen book follows schoolgirl Layla. "With her long skirt and headscarf Layla certainly stands out at her new school. Everyone thinks they know her, just from a glance. But do they? Layla's determined to show everyone that she does deserve her scholarship and sets her sights on winning the big robotics invention competition," reads the synopsis. "Layla will need to come to terms with who she is and who she wants to be if she has any chance of succeeding."

Knowles said: “Yassmin is an inspiring and exciting talent and force for change, and we are delighted to welcome her and her debut novel for young people to Puffin UK. Layla isn’t someone we yet see often enough in books for our young people and so we are proud and pleased to give this sparky, incredibly loveable character and her story the chance to charm and entertain fans of Jacqueline Wilson and readers of books like Ella on the Outside.”

Abdel-Magied is a 28-year-old Sudanese-born Australian mechanical engineer, writer and social advocate who lives in London. Her TED talk, What Does My Headscarf Mean to You?, has been viewed over two million times and was chosen as one of TED’s top ten ideas of 2015. Her writing has appeared in many publications including Teen Vogue, the Evening Standard and the Guardian. She also contributed an essay to Mariam Khan's It’s Not about the Burqa (Picador). You Must Be Layla was published earlier this year by Penguin in Australia.

She added: “You Must Be Layla came from a place of wanting to create and share a character that I hadn’t seen in books growing up: a young, Sudanese-Australian kid who was just trying to live her best life. Layla’s story talks to the relatable dramas of family, friendship and school, but also notes the racism and islamophobia that many young people must take into their stride as part of the diaspora experience. I’m so excited to bring You Must Be Layla to the UK with Puffin: to be able to share a book that is so close to my heart through a publisher with such history, reach and passion for story is a dream come true!”

The Bookseller



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You are encouraged to take the time to complete this survey and encourage your  family and friends around Australia to participate.

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.

This research is essential to combat misinformation and ensure better understanding about Islam and Muslims in Australia!


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Fraser Anning bankruptcy hearing starts tomorrow, but far-right former senator is believed to not be in Australia

Fraser Anning bankruptcy hearing






Fraser Anning is believed to currently be in the US ahead of bankruptcy proceedings.


Fraser Anning's short political career was built on a platform of nationalism and rhetoric about Australian values.

But now the former senator appears unlikely to return to his homeland to face court over bankruptcy proceedings brought by the Bendigo Bank.

The case is due to be heard in the Federal Court in Adelaide on Tuesday, but a source close to Mr Anning said he has not returned to Australia to attend the hearing.

Mr Anning, who is not required to attend the hearing, did not respond to emailed questions about whether he intends to fight the bank's efforts to put him into bankruptcy.

If Mr Anning does not appear in court Bendigo Bank will be able to proceed to the next stage of pushing him into bankruptcy so it can recover its debt.

Bendigo Bank's subsidiary, ABL Nominees, is chasing $185,000 that is understood to relate to Mr Anning's investment in a failed agribusiness scheme.

But even if the bank succeeds in pushing Mr Anning into bankruptcy, it is unclear what assets it will be able to sell to recoup its money.

Property records show Mr Anning and his wife sold their waterfront Maroochydore apartment in 2017.

It is the second time the bank has brought bankruptcy proceedings against the controversial former senator.

Mr Anning reportedly settled the first case in October 2017, a month before he entered Parliament to replace a disqualified One Nation senator.e


ABC News



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Real chat with Rita




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



Declare the fire


When you’re faced online with someone saying that Islam is an ‘evil barbaric cult’ or that we are ‘trained by the Qur’an to lie and deceive for the purposes of world domination’, our natural instinct is to leave the conversation, right?

The question is: by doing that, are we contributing to the virus of Islamophobia that is spreading online and creating immense identity stress for our youth and converts? Sure, you say, but how do we engage in a way that holds people to account without costing us huge emotional labour?


There is a way.

We are facing a real online problem that is translating into real world behaviour. See what happened to Holland Park mosque last week.

More than half of Australia’s youth (aged 12-17 years old) have witnessed extreme anti-Muslim harmful content online.


An Imam once told me that we are instructed to be very careful when engaging with foolish and ignorant people whose only goal is to create enmity. But he added this should NOT detract from our responsibility to engage with those who seek truth, and to put the truth out there.

A sister at the community discussion on combating Islamophobia last week also made this point. We need to have clarity on this concept of forbearance. Forbearance is about the wisdom of when and how to engage with foolish people, it is NOT about tolerating abuse. We have a duty to use the systems that are available to us to improve our situation.

We don’t want to add wood to the fire, but we also don’t want to pretend the fire is not there. An out-of-control fire is incredibly dangerous. We need to declare the fire when we see it. There may be firebreaks that can be created, controlled burning; firefighters can be called.

In the case of Islamophobia, what is that action? Head to the Islamophobia Register – you can use your smartphone to record every incident you see online and in person. Help our advocates to create an undeniably powerful and confronting story that politicians can’t ignore. Their website also lists who else to report to and how, so every authority in Australia cannot say they weren’t told. It’s surprisingly easy and can be done online.

Our sustenance is from Allah. We trust in Allah. And we use whatever means we have, material or otherwise, to be a channel for good. Next time you hear someone dimiss an incident with, ‘but what are you going to do’, ‘it’s best to just ignore it’, speak up. This thinking is wrong. YES - we must be the beacons of good character that we strive to be for the pleasure of Allah s.w.t. NO - that doesn’t mean ignoring the fire.

Declare the fire when you see it. Report, report, report.



Sister Rita Jabri-Markwell is an advocate, community supporter and connecter. She is allergic to cats, but has a cute human family. she can be reached 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.




....continued from last week's CCN.....


In service records, there is a note about Abdullah Bin Dahomey, originally from Zanzibar, of “black complexion” who served in 1915.


Another interesting example is Abdul Ganivahoff, a 30-year-old Muslim seaman from Kazan, a city in Tatarstan (south-west Russia). He was recorded as a “Russian subject” and enlisted in Melbourne for World War I. His service number was 1703.


Wade Abdul Hamid, born in Paddington, Sydney, enlisted and served in the navy in World War I. His service/reference number was 1204. Although he had a Muslim name, his record of service stated his religion as “Church of England.”


Some names of Muslim servicemen are preserved through their actions, bravery, sacrifice, commitment and awards. Among these are listed:

•Hassenain Suliman Joli for bravery under heavy shell and machine gun fire while leading camels bearing wounded men out of line at El Bur, morning of 1 December 1917.

•Khalile Mohammed Talel, final rank driver, Egyptian Camel Transport Corps attached to the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance.

•Ali Hamod Mohamedain, served in the AIF in World War I as a driver in the Egyptian Camel Transport Corps attached to the 3rd Light Horse FieldAmbulance.

•Suliman Abu Zaid, driver, and Abdul al Belnhit Khomis, native, were leading camels and organising cameleers under heavy high explosive shellfire at Beit Sira on 30 November 1917, displaying coolness and bravery. One camel at the time was conveying two British wounded patients from the front line and Khomis, at the risk of his own life, led them to a place ofsafety.47

•Mohammed Ali, previously the servant of Lieutenant General Henry Gordon Bennett, employed in the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade at Heliopolis, near Cairo.

Further honours and awards were recommended to Sarbaland Khan, Jemadar (junior officer) in the 19th Lancers; Igbal Khan, a driver in the 28th Mule Corps; and Naik Piri Khan, a Naik Corps Troops.









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Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman




Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman receives Chancellor’s Medal at University of Pretoria.









Putin Quotes The Holy Quran During His Speech



Russian President Vladimir Putin quoted a verse of Holy Quran during his speech at Ankara, Turkey along with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Putin while calling for peace in the war turned region of Yemen quoted a verse from the Surah-Al-Imran of the Holy Book.

“And remember the favour of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favour, brothers,” Putin quoted the Holy Quran.

His remarks for peace were acknowledged by the Turkish and Iranian President. Saudi-led invasion in Yemen has resulted in thousands of casualties. The leaders urged for an end to the war in Yemen and called for peace. Putin also gave another reference from the Quran regarding the legitimacy of violence in self defense.
























Rebuilding lives in America’s poorest big city





“Nurses are supposed to fix things. We are healers."

CNN Hero Najah Bazzy is providing food, clothes, furniture, education and job placement for those in need in America’s poorest big city. She's healing an entire community at the same time.







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


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





The Saga of the Crow

By Shifa Mustapha



Every part of Allah’s creation is worthy of admiration. There are so many facets which are thought-provoking if we will just take the time to look around us. The Sea, the Earth and the skies and everything which Allah has made is an incredible work of art and ingenuity far beyond that which we are ever capable of appreciating.

Modern science and technology often only replicate the Greatest Science which is incorporated in Allah’s Creation. We could well look into many things, such as how the study of bats and whales reveals the characteristics of radar and sonar location; how bees are absolutely miraculous in their coded communication skills, to mention but a few. Then, as Allah has instructed us, there are the birds and their flight modes.

In his retirement my Father took up Gliding, flying non-powered aircraft, a Blanik actually. He went very deeply, into this, becoming an Instructor and travelling around Australia and overseas. He was particularly observant of how the birds used air currents in flight. Some of these updraft currents, thermals, may lift a bird, or aircraft, up for thousands of metres. This is dependent upon barometric pressure systems. There are several factors involved here and pilots become very familiar with causes and what to look for, but what of the birds? Science tells us that the birds have what is called the Vitali organ which is a small sensory organ located in the inner ear, alerting the bird, quite naturally, to any barometric pressure changes, thus allowing them to source and soar the updrafts.

Note well how Allah, in the Qur’an, mentions the spreading of the wings (gliding or soaring) and the folding them in (flapping). This is very interesting because birds travel great distances and many migrate from continent to continent with the seasons. How do they manage those thousands of miles of land and seas? Allah Most High has equipped them with the ability to use the air currents by which they may glide. Have you ever seen a flight of birds moving in a circle? They are making use of the thermal updraft which carries them forward, but to stay in this thermal they have to retain a spiral soaring pattern. The flapping or folding of the wings takes place at other times and may be likened to power flight. Just think - all birds, large and small, have these abilities. Subhan Allah!





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Two Muslim men say American Airlines cancelled their flight to DFW because crew 'didn't feel comfortable' flying with them    


'Airports are a scary place for Muslims,' says D-FW imam.


Muslim community leader Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh (right) spoke during a press conference at the Council on American-Islamic Relations office in Dallas on Thursday. Alkhawaldeh and another Muslim community leader, Issam Abdallah (second from left), said they were profiled and discriminated against during a recent American Airlines flight in Alabama.

US:   Two Dallas-area Muslim men say their American Airlines flight was canceled because the crew "didn't feel comfortable" after they waved to one another boarding a flight from Birmingham, Ala., to DFW International Airport.

When they got off, they said they were trailed by law enforcement officers, interviewed by an FBI agent and had their bags searched again by TSA during their trip Saturday.

Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh, a Muslim motivational speaker from Irving, and Dallas nonprofit leader Issam Abdallah said it was a blatant act of racial profiling and they have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation against Fort Worth-based American. They said they want to talk with the airline's leaders about their treatment and what they say is an increasing number of cases of discrimination against Arabs and Muslims.

"It was the most humiliating day of my life," Abdallah said, speaking Thursday at the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

American spokeswoman LaKesha Brown said the flight was cancelled as a result of "concerns raised by a crew member and a passenger."

"American and all of its regional partners have an obligation to take safety and security concerns raised by crew members and passengers seriously," she said in a statement. "All customers on Flight 5886 were rebooked on the next flight to DFW. We're committed to providing a positive experience to everyone who travels with us. Our team is working with Mesa to review this incident."

Brown said the airline has reached out to Alkhawaldeh and Abdallah to "better understand their experience."

The Dallas Morning News


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









The Young Muslim's Guide to Modern Science



Nidhal Guessoum











The Young Muslim’s Guide to Modern Science is aimed at high schoolers, university students and teachers, and anyone wanting to understand what modern science says.


This book presents a wide range of topics, from the Big Bang to genetic engineering, in simple, clear, and scientifically accurate language, but also showing the Muslim or religious reader how this all fits with his/her beliefs and cultural background.


Dr Nidhal Guesssoum shows how it is possible to uphold both one’s religious teachings and the scientific education that we acquire in schools, in total harmony and without sacrificing one or the other.



by Gary Dargan


Modern science poses challenges to most religions, including Islam and students getting their first exposure to science at high school or university level often find it difficult to reconcile the logic and reason of science with the tenets of their faith.

The Young Muslims guide to Modern Science by Nidhal Guessoum, who is an astrophysicist at the American University of Sharjah, addresses this problem.

The introductory chapter opens, under the heading Science and Islam Mixed Up with an account of a Saudi sheikh lecturing to university students stating that the earth does not move and presenting religious and “scientific proofs” for his claim which included the claim that the moon landings were a Hollywood fake.

After a discussion of the poor state of scientific literacy in the world, (strange ideas are not just confined to Muslims), Nidhal goes on to outline the importance of scientific literacy and objectives to achieve it.

He points out that the major problems such as climate change renewable energy, healthcare and population dynamics all need scientific understanding and input. He closes with a brief discussion of the interaction of Muslim culture and science, setting the stage for subsequent chapters.

A brief discussion of the history of science in chapter two covers the early Greek foundations and contributions by Egyptian, Indian and Chinese science and of course the golden age of Muslim science and the development of the scientific method.

A discussion of the development of modern science from the mid-16th century beginning with Newton and Copernicus then follows and covers key developments in most scientific fields up to the current era, concluding with the words; “The grand adventure continues…”

The third chapter discusses modern science, its characteristics and foundational principles. After an explanation of scientific terms such as law , hypothesis, theory and model the discussion turns to the criticisms of science most notably its practice of reducing a subject to smaller more easily studied parts then using this to build up a bigger picture.

While this criticism has some validity Nidhal reminds us this has resulted in major scientific advancements. The significant criticism from some Muslim scholars is that science only looks for explanations of nature from within nature itself and neglects a higher spiritual connection with God.

However Nidhal points out that simply deciding God is responsible bypasses the search for explanation of how things work or happen.

While some scholars such as Ziauddin Sardar and Mohammad Hashim Kamali have minor issues with some aspects of modern science, Nidhal points out that they acknowledge that hadiths encourage openness to knowledge from other sources.

He also mentions the great Indian thinker, Mohammed Iqbal who saw the birth of intellectual thinking in understanding the Qur’an, thus making the mastery of the inductive methods of science a religious obligation.


The next two chapters are the main course of the book. Chapter four gives concise essentials of modern physics, astronomy and cosmology and biology and reviews the various forms of evidence supporting these sciences.

The biology section is the most interesting, dealing with genetics which is the real cutting edge of biological science and the contentious topic of evolution, including human evolution.

These short pieces provide a taste of the topics and assume the reader will encounter more detail in the course of their study. As with the rest of the book these sections are accompanied with simple, informative diagrams to aid understanding.





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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: A simple and easy dish packed with flavour for the holidays. 


Chicken Casserole





1 large onion chopped
1 cup cooked chicken
1 tsp salt
1 tsp green chillies
1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
2 tbs oil
4 tsp butter
Handful of grated cheese
½ cup mixed vegetables
½ cup boiled spaghetti
Chopped coriander

Place the above in a large bowl and mix well

In another separate bowl, beat 250ml fresh cream, 3 eggs and 4 tablespoons of flour.
Pour into chicken mixture mix well, pour the mixture into a casserole, sprinkle with cheese, chopped peppers and bake at 180 deg until nicely browned.




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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.)



Baba’s Potato Dhaal (Lentil)
with Caramelised Onion








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Keeping Fit with Kareema







Don’t wait for the end of the year or the start of a new one to set your fitness goals.


Reframe your thoughts – DO what you tell yourself you will.


Aim for small achievable goals and you can continue throughout the year, getting stronger and better at what you set out to do.


Don’t think about exercise as something that you have to do, rather as something that you are blessed to get to do.

Fight that battle within and maintain your motivation.






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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:
Practise Understanding and Give Up the Need to Be Right All The Time

Take an honest account of your life these past few weeks...have you in any way been operating on a default program to feel the “need to be right all the time”? By this I mean, have you stubbornly persisted with a certain mindset about a situation without practising any kind of understanding?

Understanding does not mean agreeing. It means to open your mind to listen to another person’s perception about a particular situation. It means to acknowledge that the other person has the exact same right to an opinion about an issue as you do. It means to respectfully listen to each other’s viewpoints.

When you fail to open your mind, you fail to understand. When there is no understanding, there is an ongoing need to be right. And when there is this addictive need to be right, there is the obsessive attachment to judge others.

For example

Notice the tone of this conversation between a father and his son who has recently lost his job and despite all efforts, remains unemployed.

Father: “Shouldn’t you be looking for a job? You are locked up in your room every day.”
Son: “Whatever.”
Father: “So, you’re just going to give up? When I was your age I supported an entire family.”
Son: “What’s your point?”
Father: “My point is that you are lazy because you have everything given to you on a platter.”
Son: “Abba, I’m trying.”
Father: “Yes, but you’re not trying hard enough. You are lazy, spoilt and think that you are entitled.”

The Son storms off to his room and bangs the door shut.

Father to Mother: “He is the laziest boy on earth. Shame!”

In the above scenario, the Father failed to open his mind and understand his son. The moment he said the words, “Yes, but you’re not trying hard enough” was when he was operating on his addictive need to be right.

Practise Understanding - Give Up The Need To Be Right

Now, let us look at the following conversation from an angle that displays understanding and empathy.




Father: “Shouldn’t you be looking for a job? You are locked up in your room every day.” Father: “What was the most interesting job you applied for recently?
Son: “Whatever.” Son: “Whatever.”
Father: “So, you’re just going to give up? When I was your age I supported an entire family.” Father: “Yes, I know. It is challenging. Back in my day, it was probably different, now times are different.”
Son: “What’s your point?” Son: “What’s your point?”
Father: “My point is that you are lazy because you have everything given to you on a platter.” Father: "My point is that perhaps we could sit together one day and talk about your dreams. I’d like to know what your passion is, what gives you joy. I was a young man once too. I understand how frustrating it can be when you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. I just want you to know that I’m on your side, son. I understand."
Son: “Abba, I’m trying.” Son: “Abba, I’m trying.”
Father: “Yes, but you’re not trying hard enough. You are lazy, spoilt and think that you are entitled.” Father: “Alhumdolillah, son. May Allah reward you for your efforts. I know you are trying. Is there any way I can help you in your efforts, son? I’d really like to. Like I said, I understand. I’ve been there."
The Son storms off to his room and bangs the door shut. Father and son hug it out.

When you consciously practise understanding you are in fact detaching from ego. It is ego that demands the addictive need to be right all the time. Remember to catch yourself out every time you feel the need to be right. Detach from that and embrace an open mind with which to practise understanding.   

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Jallalludin and his wife were having a domestic argument. 


Jallalludin called his mother and said: "She fought with me again, I am coming to live with you."


His mum said: "No, no, my boy, that girl must pay for her mistake. I will come and stay with you."



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