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Sunday 29 September 2019 | Issue 0777



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Putting smiles on children's faces The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
World’s first hijabi comedy series, Halal Gurls CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
Saalihah on NCWQ Committee Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
Academic Alive Update Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Cape Town

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Trading flights for trains to ‘Live the Change’ in God’s creation

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


SBW says sorry after Instagram photo 'misunderstanding'

 The CCN Classifieds

IWAA at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Dr Susan Carland wins 2019 Churchill Fellowship

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Saudi Arabia brands Australia 'racist'

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Riyaad Ally of Muslim Aid Australia returned to Brisbane after overseeing relief efforts on the Syrian/Turkish border.


He also took bags of clothing and sunglasses donated by local well-wishers.


The organization Uniforms 4 Kids turned old uniforms supplied by the Australian Federal Police into winter clothes which the refugee children accepted with delight and sincere appreciation.




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HALAL GURLS - Official Trailer


HALAL GURLS, a new online series filmed in Western Sydney, is being proclaimed as the World’s First Hijabi Comedy Series.

Created and Directed by Award-winning Australian filmmaker Vonne Patiag, the series celebrates Muslim women and the cultural diversity in Western Sydney. The show follows workaholic hijabi Mouna, played by Aanisa Vylet, as she navigates a cross-cultural balancing act between her structured career-driven life and the chaotic mess of her personal life.

“How often do we get to see a show about Muslim women where their religion, sexuality, and form of expression are not brought into question?” asks Vylet, who is also one of the five writers of the series. “The intelligence, inclusivity, lightness, and the very apparent respect towards the culture and community is what drew me towards the team and the webseries that is HALAL GURLS.”

For producers Patiag and Petra Lovrencic, it was crucial that HALAL GURLS was created via inclusive practice. “We wanted to show Muslim women in their best and most authentic light, and we couldn’t have done that without engaging with and listening to the community,” says Lovrencic. “We’ve collaborated with the community every step of the way, from writing through to the amazing soundtrack we produced. It all comes out of Western Sydney talent.”



“It’s definitely time for a groundbreaking series like this to exist,” says Patiag, who grew up in Blacktown and still resides in Western Sydney. “Some of my closest friends are Muslim, and I’ve grown up and worked with Hijabis in the past – they have always been some of the most funniest and fiercest women out there, full of resilience and sass, but unfortunately society likes to paint them a different way. HALAL GURLS is an opportunity to reclaim the representation of modern Muslim women in a humanised and nuanced light, and to spark discussion about diversity on-screen and behind the camera.

Sara Mansour, co-founder of the Bankstown Poetry Slam and one of the writers of HALAL GURLS, praises the series for its authenticity. “I love that the show is exactly about my lived experience as a veiled Muslim woman living in Sydney”, says Mansour. “The show draws on shared values and experiences and examines them through the lens of Muslim women in Australia – a group that have been subjected to a lot of scrutiny.

Bryan Brown stars as Mouna’s no-nonsense boss, Gordon Rudd, who runs a successful law firm. “With a number of friends in the Australian-Lebanese community, I reckon it’s about time we got to see them on-screen on Australian television and film,” says Brown.

Vylet adds, “Because of HALAL GURLS, more Australians from diverse backgrounds can watch the series and begin to believe that one day their stories and their community can light our screens.”

The series is one of three series produced as part of the Digital First Comedy Initiative, which was commissioned by ABC, Create NSW, and Information + Cultural Exchange. The initiative supports comedy storytelling by content makers from Western Sydney, something Patiag is passionate about. “There is such a wealth of talent out here! We made our aim to have a female-led crew of Western Sydney creatives working on this show, and the area really delivered. Diversity doesn’t have to be an after-thought if you include the right people from the beginning.”

“HALAL GURLS really shows that Muslim women, just like any other group of people, have agency and are navigating a bunch of their cultural rules and social codes in order to achieve what they want,” says Mansour. “The series shows that we are in fact empowered, and all we ever needed is the platform.”

“They are a funny vibrant lot,” adds Brown. “Here’s to HALAL GURLS.”

HALAL GURLS will premiere on ABC iView on October 4, and will stream on iView as well as ABC’s YouTube channel in the following weeks. The trailer was recently launched and is available to watch on the Official HALAL GURLS Facebook Page.




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Ms Saalihah Seedat (pictured above left) was appointed on the executive of the National Council of Women of Queensland as Adviser and Mentor to the National Council of Young Women of Queensland at the AGM on 15 September.


The National Council of Women of Queensland (NCWQ) is a non-party-political, non-sectarian, not-for-profit, umbrella organisation with broadly humanitarian and educational objectives.

It seeks to raise the awareness of members as to their rights and responsibilities as citizens and encourages their participation in all aspects of community life.


Amongst it's goals are to unite associates and societies of women, and of men and women, into an organisation for mutual counsel and cooperation; work for the empowerment of women and families and to promote equal status for women in law and fact, develop policies and responses on behalf of women on a state wide basis; act as a voice on issues and concerns of women at state and regional levels, and link with the women of Australia and the International Council of Women through the National Council of Women of Australia and contribute to the implementation of their plans of action and policies.



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Imam Ikram Buksh at the Sunshine Coast


The Academy Alive team has embarked on their journey on the path of Allah, connecting with the Ummah across regional areas around Queensland in hope of building a relationship with the regional areas.

The first stop on their tour was the breezy and cool city of Sunshine coast as they make their way up to Mareeba.

We are very excited to meet our brothers and sisters across Queensland.


Visit the Academy Alive Facebook for your cities dates.

Also this week on the Academy Alive news:

The new Real Talk Podcast episode 1 with Hajji Hussin Goss went to air: "Life growing up as a Muslim in Australia."

The episode saw Hajji Hussin Goss president of Gold Coast mosque bring back some childhood memories which have helped shape him to who he is today. A community man who has helped many around Australia.

Bringing a rare piece of history onto the show a letter from 1971 which is a synopsis of practicing Islam (see below)

You can view Ep 1 of Real Talk Podcast on YouTube & Spotify by clicking the links below:

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visited Auwal Mosque
the first and oldest mosque in South Africa, which is located in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex ate traditional South African food and visited the country's oldest mosque on day two of their 10-day tour of Africa.

The royals visited the 225-year-old Auwal Mosque in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, on South Africa's Heritage Day - a public holiday celebrating national culture.

On their trip to the mosque, Prince Harry and Meghan met with local faith leaders, including Imam Sheikh Ismail Londt and Muslim community leader, Mohamed Groenwald.


They also got to view Tuan Guru's hand written Quran, drafted from memory while he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

Meghan wore a headscarf to enter the mosque which was built in 1794 in Bo-Kaap district, which is known for its neon-coloured terraced houses.

Ahead of the visit, the royals were pictured eating at a local family's home.

Shaamiela Samodien, 63, told AFP: "We (are) used to cooking for big parties and family. So it's no effort.

"They tried koeksisters (a traditional South African sweet) and apple crumble."







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People of faith around Australia are simplifying their lifestyles to help slow climate damage and drive positive change.



Adelaide event, Sept 21: Zaid Gheberkidan and Vegan Stew. (Credit Subodh Karvé)


Hundreds of people of faith have gathered in capital cities around the nation this month, attending workshops to discover how to lower their carbon footprint and live more sustainably. The workshops, run by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), are entitled ‘Living the Change’.

Participants in the workshops were encouraged to talk about lifestyle changes they were considering, including their fears and concerns. Coordinator for Living the Change at ARRCC, Mark Delaney, who ran the Brisbane event, said that when making lifestyle changes, it is vital for people to have the chance to ask questions and troubleshoot their concerns with others.

“It’s one thing to decide in your head that you want to live a more environmentally friendly life, but it’s another to actually do it,” Mr Delaney said. “Expressing our concerns and fears is key to overcoming them and putting our ideas into practice.”

Brisbane workshop participant and Anglican, Rob Farago, said he was committing to flying less to save carbon emissions. “I’m a bit worried, since we have family overseas and it’s nice to visit them, but I’m confident we can reduce our air-miles,” Mr Farago said.

Living the Change events were held in Sydney and Melbourne on 8 September, in Brisbane on 15 September, and in Adelaide and Hobart on 21st and 22nd September respectively, coinciding with the International Day of Peace.

Participants heard speakers from various faith traditions, including Imam Hassan Elsetohy, President of the NSW Council of Imams in Sydney, and Indigenous Anglican priest The Reverend Glenn Loughrey in Melbourne.




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Sonny Bill Williams has apologised to a photographer after his Instagram post was pulled over copyright.

The All Black asked Malaysia-based photographer Faiz Azizan to forgive him "for the misunderstanding" - and suggested he needed to teach himself some patience.

Williams had earlier questioned why the photo, which showed him and fellow All Black Muslim Ofa Tu'ungafasi in prayerful gesture at the All Blacks's opening Rugby World Cup match against South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday, was taken down.

"Hello @Instagram & to all that reported this photo. I'm wondering why this was removed from mine and @TuungafasiO pages?" Williams posted on Twitter.

"Surely a simple picture of someone expressing their gratitude for what they've been blessed with is ok?"


Williams re-posted the photograph on Instagram on Tuesday evening with a credit, saying "Asalamualiakum brother, please forgive me for the misunderstanding.
"I was sent the photo that already had your name cropped out, if I'd known before I posted I would've tagged you As you captured a beautiful moment."

The Muslim Council of Hong Kong also posted the image on Twitter, commenting: "Sonny Bill Williams posted this heartwarming picture today on his social media during Worldcuprugby2019, where it can be seen him making dua and helping newly reverted Muslim brother Ofa what to say too."

Dua is a Muslim prayer of faith.

Instagram sent Williams a message saying the post had been removed because "a third party reported that the content infringes or otherwise violates their rights."

A spokesman for Facebook, which owns Instagram, confirmed to Stuff the image was removed due to a claim of intellectual property infringement.

Williams converted to Islam in 2008. Tu'ungafasi, a close friend, converted shortly after the Christchurch mosque attacks in February, along with Williams' mother, Lee.




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Dr Susan Carland, Director of the Bachelor of Global Studies, knows what it’s like to encounter Islamophobia, and is determined to figure out what can be done to stop it in its tracks.

As one of the recipients of the 2019 Churchill Fellowships, Dr Carland is set to travel the world in 2020, meeting and working with the world’s leading experts in the fight against bigotry with the aim of shaping practical strategies for combating toxic anti-Muslim sentiment in Australia.

Churchill Fellowships are awarded to outstanding and passionate scholars seeking the freedom to learn from international thought leaders while striving to tackle issues that matter to Australian communities – and there’s no question that Islamophobia is one of the most challenging issues facing our region today. Dr Carland was galvanised to apply for a Churchill Fellowship after this year’s New Zealand terrorist attacks, where 51 Muslims of all ages were murdered while gathered in a Christchurch mosque.

‘Two days after the Christchurch attacks, I was at a memorial gathering and people were being so lovely to me. I just thought to myself, does this actually change anything? The people who are here don’t need to be convinced. I went away and started reading and realised there’s not actually a huge amount of work on how to counter Islamophobia. It’s a relatively new beast in terms of bigotry.’

At the same time, Dr Carland understood that, while bigotry might come in all shapes and sizes, each form carries some of the same flavour.

‘I started wondering what we can learn from other organisations fighting prejudice around the world – Jewish organisations, African American organisations? Would they say the same kinds of things about what’s effective and what’s not?’

Dr Carland will use her Churchill Fellowship to travel to the USA and UK to forge connection with individuals and groups conducting ground breaking work in the field. In addition to connecting with long-established grass-roots organisations fighting entrenched intolerance, she’s also looking forward to speaking to the researchers behind the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University, who produce original and accessible information, analysis and commentary on Islamophobia to the general public, and scholars at Leeds University, who have produced a Counter-Islamophobia Kit that seeks to detail best-practice in countering anti-Muslim hate across the European Union.

‘I think it’s important to look both at the work that’s being done inside universities, and the work that’s taking place in different kinds of organisations over long periods of time.'

‘I’m interested in seeing if themes emerge – will organisations have the same thoughts on the effectiveness of one-on-one interviews, for example, or the value of media campaigns? And how can we use these strategies to benefit the Australian Muslim community?’

As face-to-face conversations are essential to her research, Dr Carland understands the importance of travelling in scholarship. ‘Islamophobia is a sensitive topic. You can’t just call someone and talk about harrowing things over the phone. Just by looking at me – a woman in a hijab – people can see that I understand their experience of bigotry. They can see I have a real investment in the conversation.’

Dr Carland plans to turn her research into a tool-kit for Australian institutions and organisations committed to fighting Islamophobia, filled with evidence-based strategies that have proven to be effective in different contexts around the world. Through intensive academic engagement, she hopes a roadmap to social cohesion can become a reality, rather than a dream.

‘Academic investment in the conversation on Islamophobia is essential,’ she says. ‘The approaches we take are evidence-based. They’re not just pretty band-aids that look great – they’re informed, effective and designed to show how we can have the greatest impact.’

‘Social cohesion is important to everyone. Islamophobia, like any form of prejudice, is dangerous to everyone in our society.’



Source: Monash University



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Saudi ambassador Abdulaziz Alwasil speaks to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.


A scathing rebuke of the Australian government by Saudi Arabia at the UN Human Rights Council over alleged racism against Muslims has reached Saudi media.

Saudi Arabia has fired back at Australia, accusing the government of racism and even supporting anti-Islamic sentiment in the form of the accused Christchurch mosque shooter.

The rebuke came after Australia’s Ambassador to the UN Sally Mansfield delivered a joint statement on behalf of 25 countries, decrying the kingdom’s human rights record to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

But Saudi ambassador Abdulaziz Alwasil fired off a staunch defence of his Kingdom - singling out Australia as a nation where xenophobia and racism against Muslims had garnered government support.

“We see in some countries radicalism against Muslims, we see xenophobia, racism. And some governments sympathise with them, like Australia,” he told the UN Human Rights Council this week.

He cited the Australian background of the suspect beyond the Christchurch terror attacks on two mosques earlier this year.

"Here we refer to the massacre perpetrated by Brenton Tarrant – an Australian – which was based on hate speech," he said.

In a statement a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said the Australian government "rejects xenophobia and racism", when asked about the matter.

"The Australian Government strongly supports the human rights of Muslims around the world, including Uighurs and Rohingya," the statement read.

"We are confident that we can engage in constructive dialogue with each other on human rights while maintaining and advancing many strategic, commercial and multilateral interests."

The rebuke was also reported in Saudi media, with the Arab News running the headline: “Saudi Arabia rejects interference in its internal policies” before laying out Mr Alwasil's defence - claiming the kingdom's recent reforms is in line with “Islamic pillars”.

Ms Mansfield's joint statement to the UN had expressed “deep concern” over human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.

“We are concerned at reports of torture, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, unfair trials, and harassment of individuals engaged in promoting and defending human rights, their families and colleagues,” she said at the UN Human Rights Council this week.

“Human rights defenders, women’s rights activists, journalists and dissidents remain in detention, or under threat.”

Mr Alwasil had labelled the joint statement misinformation for its attack on the Kingdom.

“We have listened with great surprise to the statement of Australia on behalf of a group of states,“ he said.

“In it, there are many mistakes and misleading information against my country.”

Saudi Arabia is a member of the 47-member UN Human Rights Council. But despite progressive reforms, widespread concerns around the kingdom's spotty human rights record remain.

Ms Mansfield spoke out in support of Saudi Arabia's recent liberalisation in her speech citing promises to lift restrictions on the rights of women to travel.

But she said there was still need for greater action to end systemic abuses.

“We call for an end to impunity for torture and extrajudicial killings; and we appeal to Saudi Arabia to end its use of the death penalty,” she said.

The joint statement honed in on the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamaal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year.

Riyadh initially said it had no knowledge of the murder, but later blamed it on rogue agents.

Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has rejected knowing anything about the plot.

“It is important that truth be established and accountability achieved,” Ms Mansfield said in her speech.

Conservatism remains prominent in the Kingdom despite reforms allowing women to drive and a more liberal approach to music and entertainment.

In Saudi Arabia, public places are often segregated and women are required to wear Abayas – or loose robes to cover their bodies in public.

Alongside his rebuke of Australia, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador raised serious concerns over the treatment of Muslims throughout the world.

“We express concern vis-à-vis the horrific violations of human rights, of minorities, migrants, and Muslims, they face racist and extremist policies,” Mr Alwasil said.

Countries supporting the joint statement against the Kingdom's human rights record included Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and 20 others from across Europe and South America.





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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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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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The group of surviving World War I veterans that comprised “Other” at the time of the national 1930 census would register their religious adherence in more than 30 denominational categories, including Islam.


On the Australian War Memorial website, the following Muslim soldiers from World War I are recorded: gunner Mahomed Khan; member of the Camel Transport Corps Bash Rais saved Ahmed Zeir, service number B10529 (award date: 3 April 1918); member of the 1st Remount Brigade Fatte Allie Khan; member of the 7th Battalion AIF Khyat Wady; member of the 32nd Battalion Khan Glamallie; member of the 21st Kohat Mountain Battery Sultan Ali; gunner Ali Ahmed (recommended for Order of Merit – award date 16 August 1915); Havildar Dost Mohammed (equivalent to sergeant); Mohamed Alam; Reemat Khan; and Mahomed Baksh, Liakat Ali and Ghulam Mohamed of the 26th Jacobs Mountain Battery.


The bravery and patriotism of these soldiers was well-known. In 1916, the Hobart Daily Post remarked on a story of a patriotic Indian – Fattee Allie Khan – who was a Launceston resident.

The Indian wag dressed in the khaki uniform of a member of the Australian Expeditionary Forces. He said that he, when a boy of 15 years of age, took part in Lord Roberts’ famous march to Kandahar. When the war broke out he offered his services to the Australian forces and was accepted. He got as far as Lemnos, but there contracted muscular rheumatism and was ordered back home. Upon recovery he again volunteered for service, but was told he had done his bit, and would be kept in Tasmania for home duties. Fattee Khan said he was a Mahommedan and was a native of Northern India. He is also proud of the fact that he has a son now serving with the Australian forces abroad.

When World War I ended, those Muslim heroes who returned home were greeted with a hearty welcome. Under cheerless conditions, these men had “done their bit” on the frontline. The enthusiasm of hundreds of relatives and citizens welcomed the returning men, and the squares and streets were thronged with well-wishers. Many moving scenes occurred as soldiers were re-united with their loved ones.









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PM Imran Khan Historic Speech


UN General Assembly | 27 Sep 2019  











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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 27 September 2019

IMAM: Ahmad Ghazaleh





IMAM AHMAD GHAZALEH: For those who attended the Jumu’ah at Kuraby Mosque today, I just realised that I used a quote which I said belonged to Ibnul Qayyim (Rahimahu Allah). I’ve just checked and found that it’s a saying of Ibnul Jawzi (RA) in his book Saidul Khatir. Also, I left out a couple of words in Arabic unintentionally, I remember giving a close translation in English to the complete Arabic quote.

Here’s the correct quote:

‎إن مشقة الطاعة تذهب ويبقى ثوابها .
‎وإن لذة المعاصي تذهب ويبقى عقابها

Certainly; the “feeling” of hardship and difficulty while being obedient will go away eventually, however, it’s reward and blessing will remain. On the other hand, the “feeling” of pleasure and delight while being disobedient will go away eventually while it’s unpleasant consequences and punishment remain.









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 DATE: 27 September 2019

TOPIC: "What we need to do" Part 4 

IMAM: Uzair Akbar     











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DATE: 27 September 2019

TOPIC: "Build your Ahkirah"

IMAM: Akram Buksh











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DATE: 27 September 2019

TOPIC: "Second category of people"

IMAM: Junaid Akbar



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DATE: 27 September 2019

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Muslim Hands gets Queen’s award    


UK: International Muslim NGO Muslim Hands has been honoured with the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises the global work Muslim Hands has achieved in alleviating poverty, as well as its community initiatives in the UK, such as The Open Kitchen which provides food to the homelessand low-income families in Hounslow, London.

Nottingham-based Muslim Hands is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

The Award was created over a decade ago by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers. It sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.

Representatives of Muslim Hands who work in over 30 countries received the award from Sir John, Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham on September 26.

In a statement to The Muslim News Lakhte Hussanain, Muslim Hands Chair, said, “We are delighted to be honoured and recognised for the work Muslim Hands staff and volunteers have achieved.

For over 25 years we have remained committed towards supporting and empowering communities both globally and in the UK, over the long term. This award is a testament to how far we have come and we are dedicated to continuing the vital work that we do in collaboration with our volunteers who are the backbone of our organisation.”

Minister for Civil Society and Sport, Mims Davies, said: “Volunteers make an incredible difference to so many people’s lives and their communities.

These prestigious awards recognise the wonderful work being done by many voluntary organisations across the country. I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to all the worthy winners for their continued hard work and dedication.”

Muslim News UK


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A church, a synagogue and a mosque planned together for the Arabian Peninsula    



Abrahamic Family House Animation

UAE:  When Pope Francis visited the United Arab Emirates last February, he not only became the first pontiff to step foot on the Arabian Peninsula, but he also stood next to the leading religious figure in Sunni Islam and signed a landmark document pledging all believers to work together for the good of all and against religious extremism.

“Now the impossible has been accomplished!” Francis told Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, in an aside heard by a few close aides.

That appears to have been an optimistic take, given the river of unsettling news from the Middle East and around the world since then: rumors of war, fears of climate apocalypse, resurgent nationalism — all of it seemingly exacerbated by religious divisions.

Yet in spite of the challenges, the “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” as the initiative is known, has pushed ahead with unusual speed for such high-concept plans, holding its first meeting with Francis at the Vatican on Sept. 11, a date chosen to mark the 9/11 anniversary.

The initiative has now followed up with its most visible and concrete gesture yet, as Catholic, Jewish and Muslim representatives came to New York on Sept. 20 to unveil plans for a church, synagogue and mosque on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE.


The three houses of worship, collectively known as the Abrahamic Family House, will stand together as a symbol of the kind of religious tolerance that the UAE wants to be known for and is meant to be seen as a sign of hope.

“There is a wounded humanity today, we see this dark moment of history, with so much hate speech, fake news, the culture of insult and blaming the other,” Archbishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, head of the Vatican’s office for interreligious dialogue, told Religion News Service. “How do we heal this wounded humanity? I think we have, with this document, a path forward.”

Ayuso, whom Pope Francis will elevate to the rank of cardinal on Oct. 5 in Rome, noted that the document on Human Fraternity and the construction of the Abrahamic Family House was not a theological dialogue but an invitation to “all people of good will” to live together in peace.

As an example, the document specifically invites nonbelievers as well as believers of all faiths to join the initiative.

“This document was a decision to make a change,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, a top Abu Dhabi official and member of the so-called Higher Committee charged with implementing the Human Fraternity initiative. Mubarak noted that the presence of Francis and el-Tayeb together to sign the document was major news in itself. But the follow-through is what will make the difference.

“A major differentiating factor is that we are action-based,” he said. “To have the Abrahamic House in the Arab world, in the Muslim world, showcasing that in this part of the world — where all the news is about hate and darkness, pushing an agenda of division — we are basically planting a beacon of light.”

Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, added: “We need to put hope over hate and faith over fear at a time when no religious faith or institution has been immune to the type of violence we have seen.”

Lustig and Mubarak were among the Higher Committee members at the unveiling of a model of the Abrahamic Family House at the New York Public Library — an event that symbolized both the high-profile glamour and the captivating aesthetic of the Human Fraternity initiative.

A meeting room inside the grand library had been completely redecorated to resemble a tent-like majlis — akin to a parlor and often adorned with pillows for seating — which is a traditional feature of Arab homes and is where visitors are welcomed. Hundreds of guests across the faith spectrum mingled and drank fruit juice ‘mocktails’ and nibbled on dates and pistachios.

Sir David Adjaye, a rising star architect who designed the $540 million National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, won the competition to design the three houses of worship in the Abrahamic Family House. The Tanzania-born Adjaye was there and unveiled a scale model of the project, which is set to be completed in 2022.

The church, the temple and the mosque are not going to be museum pieces or tourist attractions but are instead aimed at serving the religiously diverse population of the UAE, where the huge influx of migrant workers means there are hundreds of thousands of Christians — largely Catholics — as well as members of other religions, including an active Jewish community that numbers about 3,000.

For all the good will and elegant surroundings, however, one notable development since the pope and the imam signed the Human Fraternity document is the opposition from within the respective faith communities — a counterpoint to the comity among them.

Pope Francis, in particular, faced a sharp pushback from some Catholic traditionalists who accused him of indulging in syncretism — the merging of all beliefs into one — by signing on to this initiative.

But the Vatican delegates said Francis made it clear that each faith retains its own identity, and, as Cardinal-elect Ayuso put it, “there should be equal dignity for everyone.”

“This will not become a melting pot but a rich mixed salad!” said Ayuso, a native of Spain.

Msgr. Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a Coptic Catholic priest from Egypt who serves as a personal secretary to Francis, added that the criticism is welcomed as a chance to clarify concerns. “In Arabic we have a saying, ‘The palm that you hit with rocks is the one that drops good dates.’ So the criticism is evidence of the strength of the document,” Gaid said.

Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, a New York-based rabbi who last March was installed as the first Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of the UAE, was also at the unveiling last Friday and said having the event in New York wasn’t just about selling the UAE as an oasis of tolerance; it was also, he said, about sending a signal to the United States as well.

“I think as Americans we need to use this (event) as an opportunity to hold up a mirror to ourselves: what are we doing about religious tolerance?” Sarna said. “At the grass-roots, yes, it’s largely there. But on the national level? I would use this as a mirror. How does this reflect back on me?”

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Why many Muslims treat Bernie Sanders like a rock star


Muslim supporters pose with Sen. Bernie Sanders in San Francisco in June.


US: An Egyptian American woman in a black hijab kicked off the volunteer meeting, invoking God in Arabic as she stood in front of a handwritten poster that read, “Muslims and Arabs for Bernie.”

Volunteers had gathered at a Syrian-Palestinian cafe in Oakland to talk politics over falafel and shakshuka. The few dozen graduate students, tech workers and lawyers strategized on how best to pitch their favorite presidential candidate, a 77-year-old Jewish man raised in Brooklyn.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders “supports Muslims like no other candidate,” the woman, Rusha Latif of San Jose, explained after the April meeting of the group she founded, Bay Area Muslims for Bernie.

The Facebook invitation for the get-together was titled, “Inshallah, Bernie!” — “God willing, Bernie!”

Sanders has maintained a fervent following as he campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination and tries to attract key voting blocs such as African Americans and Latinos. He has found success among a smaller group rarely on the radar for White House hopefuls: Muslims.

Other Democratic presidentialcandidates have visited mosques on the campaign trail this year or spoken to Muslim groups. But Sanders has done it first and done it bigger, building on relationships with Muslim communities that took off during his previous presidential campaign, said Youssef Chouhoud, a political science professor at Christopher Newport University who studies the role of Muslims in politics.


Rusha Latif, left, founded Bay Area Muslims for Bernie. The volunteer group met in April at Reem's, a Syrian-Palestinian cafe in Oakland.

“Historically, engaging with Muslims when you’re seeking federal office has been seen as politically dangerous,” Chouhoud said. “Bernie Sanders seems to be doing something different.”

Since February, Sanders has named a Muslim to be his campaign manager, tapped a prominent Muslim Palestinian American activist as a surrogate and visited a Los Angeles mosque to commemorate the victims of a New Zealand terrorist massacre at two Islamic houses of worship.

Last month, he headlined the Islamic Society of North America convention in Houston, where he got a standing ovation for his promise to overturn President Trump’s travel ban blocking most visitors from five predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. It was the first time a presidential candidate addressed the largest and most prominent Muslim gathering in the country, and more than 7,000 people packed in to hear him.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, the only other presidential candidate to speak at the event, followed Sanders, but many in the crowd left after hearing the senator.

Sanders’ campaign representatives said they hope Muslims will help him repeat his 2016 Michigan primary win and capture other states. The campaign credited outreach to Michigan’s large Arab American and Muslim communities — including Arabic campaign ads — as a factor in his win there.

Muslims and Islamic organizations, meanwhile, have sought out Sanders, inviting him to talk to their communities, praising his policy positions and offering endorsements. Many have taken to social media to show their support, using the hashtags #Muslims4Bernie and #InshallahBernie.

Over the summer, Latif, the Bay Area supporter, launched the website “Iftars with Bernie.” The name refers to the meals at sundown that end the daily fast during Ramadan, when extended families and friends take turns eating and praying together in each others’ homes. The website encourages Muslims to share literature about the senator at the dinners.

“Muslims appreciate how he is giving them opportunities to be part of his movement,” said Cynthia Ubaldo, a physical therapist in Columbus, Ohio, who hosted a similar event for Eid, a holiday at the end of Ramadan. She passed out homemade “Muslims for Bernie 2020” pins decorated with stars and crescent moons to her 30 guests.



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









White Tears/Brown Scars



Ruby Hamad




When white people cry foul it is often people of colour who suffer.


White tears have a potency that silences racial minorities.


White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood.


Never is this more obvious than the dealings between women of colour and white women.


What happens when racism and sexism collide?


Ruby Hamad provides some confronting answers. 



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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 slightly healthy alternative to an ordinary cake because carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. 


Easy Carrot Cake Tray Bake





4 eggs
1¾ cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups cake flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
4 cups grated carrots
100g pecan nuts

Combine eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until very light and creamy.
Beat in oil.
Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt together and stir into mixture.
Lastly fold in the carrots and nuts.
Pour mixture into a greased and lined deep 23x30 cm oven pan and bake at 180deg C for 40 to 50 min or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Cool in pan 15 min before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Ice with cream cheese icing and decorate with pecan nuts if desired.

Cream Cheese Icing:

125g thick cream cheese
80g butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups icing sugar

Combine cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl and beat well
Add vanilla essence and gradually beat in icing sugar until mixture is thick and fluffy.
Decorate with pecan nuts and zest of an orange (optional)




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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.)



Ginger Honey Chicken

Chef Abu Rashid shows us how to make “Ginger Honey Chicken with Rice”







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Keeping Fit with Kareema















My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786






10 tips to exercise safely


Exercising regularly has wide-ranging physical, emotional and social health benefits. You need to exercise safely to remain healthy and injury-free. If it’s safe and painless, you’re more likely to stick to it! Safety is about using common sense, understanding basic techniques and listening to your body.

See your doctor for a check-up before embarking on a physical activity program. Your doctor, physiotherapist or local sporting club can offer you tips about staying safe while exercising.

Here are some tips to stay safe and injury-free:

  1. Be aware of your body. Think about how the particular exercise is making you feel. If something doesn’t feel right, stop immediately and seek medical advice.

  2. Warm up and cool down. Try slow stretches and go through the motions of your sport or activity before starting. Cool down with slow stretching.

  3. Pace yourself. Have at least one recovery day each week to rest. If you are experiencing pain, rest until the pain has gone.

  4. Mix it up. Try other sports and exercises to reduce the risk of overtraining.

  5. Strap or tape. If a joint is prone to injury, consider strapping or taping it before exercising. Even better, see an exercise physiologist or physiotherapist to obtain a program to strengthen the injured area and get advice on proper taping techniques.

  6. Stay hydrated. You can lose around one and a half litres of fluid for every hour of exercise; so drink water before, during and after a session.

  7. Be weather aware. Take it easier in hot weather and wear clothing and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements.

  8. Do it right. Try to get the technique right from the beginning, to ensure you are using your muscles correctly.

  9. Check your gear. Make sure your shoes and equipment fit properly and are right for the activity. Look after your equipment and check it regularly for safety.

  10. Be sensible, especially at night or in secluded areas. Take a friend or your dog, stick to well-lit areas and wear bright or light-reflective clothing so drivers can see you.





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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:
The Healing Experience of Decluttering

Your home is meant to be a peaceful abode where there is light, love, laughter, abundance, and peace. If there is at least one of these things currently not being experienced in your home, it is time to declutter.

Decluttering is a healing experience in more ways than one. Often we hang on to objects the same way we hang on to memories. Just like not all memories are pleasant and need to be processed and let go of, objects too can create clutter and block the flow of light in your living spaces and need to be let go of.

Decluttering will help you in letting go of old patterns and detach from stagnant energy. It will create spaces where fresh air will better flow and light will begin to shine upon spaces that once were trapped in darkness.

The thought of decluttering may be overwhelming. But you will feel so much better afterwards. Start with small, baby steps. Maybe one room, Or one chest of drawers, Or even just a single drawer. Begin somewhere...anywhere. Here are some popular methods to help you start.


5 Popular Decluttering Methods


Watch for inspiration

KonMari - Marie Kondo’s methodical approach to “sparking joy” in one’s life through keeping only what brings or sparks joy or else thanking and discarding what doesn’t.
Minimalist Game - the number of things you declutter corresponds to the day of the month. One item on the first day, two items on the second day, three on the third, and so on. It’s fun and playful for the whole family.
Four Box Method - Set up four boxes in a room and label them: Put away, Give away, Throw away, and Undecided. Place the clutter in the room into one of the four boxes. Then action each box according to the name.
One Method - Get rid of one thing every day. Simple and builds a habit of declutter.  
Packing Party - Have some friends over and pack everything you own into boxes as if you were moving. Throughout the next few months, only take what you need to use. After three months, items left inside the boxes can be sold or donated.

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If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786.





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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin and Mulla Nasruddin were contemplating life when Jallalludin asked, “If you had to get one or the other would you rather get Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s?

”Sure, I rather have Parkinson’s”, replied Mula Nasruddin.

“’Tis better to spill a couple of ounces of your tea than to forget where you left the cup!”


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of Night and Day, - there are indeed Signs for men of understanding.


~ Surah Al-Imran 3:190


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"The only person you should try to be better than,

is the person you were yesterday."



~ Anon




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


Notice Board

















Dear CCN Readers,

Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) Alumni Association is formed by a group of AIIC Alumni to help connect with the wider community and be part of the School development. AIIC Alumni Association aims to facilitate professional networking, advocacy and development opportunities. We also aim to connect AIIC alumni through opportunities to bond socially over common interests and contribute to a cohesive and harmonious society.
AIIC Alumni Association will be hosting a Get-Together Dinner to meet and greet all the alumni, AIIC Board of Members, local MPs, community leaders and influential figures within the community.

AIIC Alumni Association is delighted to invite you to its Alumni Get-Together Dinner.

Your presence at this event will be wholeheartedly appreciated.

Event Details:
Event: AIIC Alumni Get-Together Dinner 2019
Date: Friday, 4th October 2019
Time: 6:15 PM
Venue: Australian International Islamic College
Multipurpose Hall
724 Blunder Road, Durack QLD 4077

Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0469 082 631 or through our Email at

Yours Sincerely,
Nurul Hakim
AIIC Alumni Association









Logan Roos Football Club's under 16's wins the double: Premiership and Grand Final.


Joins the clubs presentation awards and dinner night on Saturday 12th October 6pm at Islamic college of Brisbane Hall.


Come along and support our youth's.


For further information contact Brother Abdul Samim Khan on 0413669987 or







The 2019 National Report on Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention system has just been released.

The report makes key recommendations to help improve our mental health system.

Download the full report including messages from National Mental Health Commission's CEO Christine Morgan and Chair Lucy Brogden.


Presented by Aneesa Kathrada
Ladies only event
Saturday 12 October, 9:30 – 3pm
IWAA, 11 Watland St, Springwood

Mental health is important for every single one of us, yet it is a part of life that is often overlooked. Busy lives get in the way of us caring for ourselves. Queensland Mental Health Week (5-13 October '19) is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on what all of us can do to look after our mental health. This years theme is "Take Time for Mental Health".

This event will help you develop practical methods to manage your mental well being, including mindfulness and gratitude, all from an Islamic perspective. The modern age places much strain on us with the many roles we fulfil, and the outcomes of this workshop will help you to take charge of your state of mind.

$10 per person. Register here.
Pay on the day

Brought to you by the Islamic Council of Queensland



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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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Before 1770


The Before 1770 team is requesting a medium donation of $200.

We are nearing completion and need your urgent assistance to complete the project. We believe that this endeavour will be of great benefit for many long years to come. When you give, please know that you are actually investing. The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Charity does not reduce wealth." See the video below.

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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!


















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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19 October



Victims of War: FUND RAISER Dinner



Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0415 786 643

6.30PM sharp

9 November




Citizenship Ceremony

Islamic Council of QLD


0435 086 796



11 November(tentative)




(Birth of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441


16 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


0422 433 074

from 3.30PM to Maghrib


23 March 2020





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1441



10 April 2020(tentative)




(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1441



25 April 2020(tentative)




(Start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1441



21 May 2020(tentative)




(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1441



25 May 2020(tentative)




(End of the month of fasting)

1st Shawal 1441



31 July 2020(tentative)




(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1441



1 August 2020(tentative)




10th Zil-Hijja 1441



21 August 2020(tentative)




(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1442



30 August 2020 (tentative)




10th Muharram 1442



30 October 2020





(Birth of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1442





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

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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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