EST. 2004


Sunday 6 October 2019 | Issue 0778



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Muslim community submission on Religious Discrimination Bill The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Anti-Semitic bullying at Melbourne schools CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
Alumni get together Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
MCF Case Report Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Academy Alive's 'Amazing Race'

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Salt March makes lunch stopover at Holland Park Mosque

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


BRAQA Award Ceremony

 The CCN Classifieds

Hurricane-led school activities

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


AAIMS for excellence in Islamic education

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Churchill Fellow Yasmin Khan

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Crafting Conversations

Keeping Fit with Kareema

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ICQ Youth Dreams workshop provides opportunity to brainstorm Donations & Appeals Disclaimer
Muslim Film Festival packs cinemas in Perth and Melbourne Real chat with Rita Write For Us
Getting drinking water to thirsty Stanthorpe  
Popular speaker visiting Sydney and Melbourne  
Bachar Houli gives back after AFL premiership win  
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Australia's Muslim community is urging the Morrison government to redraft its religious discrimination laws to include an anti-vilification provision, saying incitement of hatred and violence is a "fundamental threat to Australian Muslims".

A coalition of about 150 Muslim groups say Australian Muslims are vulnerable because they are "readily identifiable" by their names, appearance and dress and the places they worship. The groups, which include the Australian National Imams Council, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils and the Lebanese Muslim Association, say anti-Muslim content has become "mainstream" online, which in turn, makes it "normal" to attack Muslim Australians.

In a submission to the government's consultations on the religious discrimination laws, they say the new bill must include extra measures to allow them to express their religious identity and feel safe.
"Australians Muslims - and people of minority faiths more generally - need a form of recourse to challenge those who openly vilify them," they say.

The submission says there have been worrying Islamophobic attacks since the deadly Christchurch mosque shooting earlier this year. It points to the Holland Park Mosque in Brisbane which was vandalised last month with the words "St Tarrant", in reference to the Christchurch shooter, as well as a Nazi swastika.

It also says harmful content about Muslims has become "mainstream" online.

"[This is] radicalising potentially violent individuals and making it 'normal' to attack other Australians in public places because they are readily identifiable as Muslim."

The groups say Muslim Australians do not have the same level of protection as some other religious groups - such as Jewish people and Sikhs - because they get extra protections under the Racial Discrimination Act as ethno-religious communities, from behaviour designed to "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate".

An upcoming Charles Sturt University report on Islamophobia in Australia is expected to show Australian Muslims experience attacks on mosques and Islamic schools, as well as verbal assaults, posters and graffiti and physical attacks.

According to a 2016 eSafety Commissioner survey of 2448 12-17-year-olds, 53 per cent of young people said they had seen hateful comments about religious or cultural groups online. More than 50 per cent of those surveyed believed Muslim people were a target.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said the government will "respond substantively after all submissions have been received and considered".




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A Jewish year 7 student at Cheltenham Secondary College was filmed while being forced to kiss the shoes of a Muslim boy in July.


A 12-year-old Jewish student was forced to kneel down and kiss the shoes of a Muslim classmate, while a five-year-old boy was allegedly called a "Jewish cockroach" and repeatedly hounded in the school toilets by his young classmates.

The two incidents this year – the first involving a year 7 boy at Cheltenham Secondary College and the second a prep student at Hawthorn West Primary School – have prompted the Anti-Defamation Commission to sound an alarm about what it says is a "rapidly spreading" crisis involving anti-Semitic bullying in Victorian state schools.

Both boys, whose parents have asked to remain anonymous, have since left the schools where the incidents occurred, with the five-year-old boy currently being home schooled.

The older boy’s act of kissing another student’s shoes, under threat of being swarmed by several other boys, was filmed, photographed and shared on social media.

No disciplinary action has been taken against the group of boys involved in the incident, which took place in a public park.

The mother said she was bitterly disappointed by the response of Cheltenham Secondary College and the Education Department.

The school and the department have denied having responsibility for the incident, because it did not take place on school grounds, the mother said.

"I took such offence with the Education Department, because there was nothing they did to protect my son at all, at any point in time – that’s what’s cut me up," she said.

The mother sought out the parents of the Muslim boy, who were horrified by their son’s actions.

"We sat down, his parents, the two boys and myself, around the table and explained the velocity of [the bullying] and what it meant to us as parents as far as building bridges between Jews and Muslims in society and not creating division like that photo does," she said.

One of the boys who watched on was later suspended for five days for assaulting the Jewish student in the school locker room.

The Jewish boy was punched in the face and left with a bruised back and had skin gouged out of his shoulder, his mother said.




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Alumni get together







The Alumni Association of the Australian International Islamic College held its 2nd annual dinner on Friday to acknowledge the role of the school in affording its members the opportunity to build a career for themselves and contribute to society.


One student eloquently and passionately spoke of his first arrival at the school as a refugee and being placed in Year 8 knowing no word of English. With the help of his teachers, he succeeded in completing his Year 12 with distinction.




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Loading water into lineup of cars of the locals.


Haji Sultan Deen and his family members took another 25,000 litre tanker of clean water to the drought stricken Stanthorpe town.


The water was donated by listeners of River 94.9.





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DAY 1: 28 September

Alhamdulillah. Our Sheikhs have finally arrived in Gympie. We spent time with the locals, and we have had the ability to teach our children the role Gympie has played in Queensland's history. Our next stop is the Bundaberg Mosque for our children and adult programs. We cant wait to see the brothers & sisters of Bundaberg, Queensland there.



DAY 2: 29 September

Alhamdulillah. Day 2 of the Queensland Regional Tour, we got to spend the morning on-farm Mulu with Uncle Shahid Khan in Gympie before making our way to the Bundaberg Mosque. Stay Tuned for our Bundaberg diaries.




DAY 3: 30 September

Mash'Allah. How time flies. Day 3 of the Academy Alive Queensland tour we visited Bundaberg Mosque and drove into croc country (Gladstone) being greeted by a large crowd. Follow our mini adventures as we travel around regional Queensland. Stay Tuned for Ep # 3 of Rockhampton Mosque-ISCQ and Islamic Society of Mackay - Mackay Mosque adventures. Islamic Society of Mackay - Mackay Mosque We are coming your way for a Children's & Adults program!! See you there.




DAY 4: 1 October

Alhamdulillah. All praise belongs to Allah, we have safely made our way through Rockhampton Mosque-ISCQ & Islamic Society of Mackay - Mackay Mosque such beautiful locations greeted with beautiful people. We are deeply humbled to be given a chance to spend time with our brothers & sisters. Next stop Townsville Mosque time to hit the strand!




DAY 5: 2 October

Alhamdulillah. It was a long day. Day 5 done and dusted. We made our way to Townsville Mosque to be greeted by so many beautiful brother & sisters who showed us so much hospitality which we are extremely humbled by. We are sad to leave Townsville Mosque. We are extremely excited to make our way to Cairns Islamic Society & Cairns Mosque & Mareeba in Sha Allah. See you there!




DAY 6: 3 October

Alhamdulillah. The second last stop on our Regional Queensland Tour with Mareeba, Queensland being our final destination.
We loved meeting the locals here in Cairns Islamic Society & Cairns Mosque with a few surprises along the way. A beautiful meal with beautiful people. Stay Tuned for as we wrap up our regional Queensland Tour!




DAY 7: 4 October

Alhamdulillah. We have reached our final destination in Mareeba, Queensland. Once again greeted with open arms by the beautiful locals. Alhamdulillah. We had the ability to try some of the fresh produce our muslim brothers and locals are producing for Australia.

JazakAllah to all the viewers who have supported us and JazzakAllah Kheir to brothers & sisters in regional Queensland who opened their doors, their hearts and showed us great hospitality. We will definetly return you have helped us create memories for our children & In Sha Allah for our next regional tour, we will upgrade from a Torago to a Bus.

Stay Tuned for more!




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This week the Indian community of Brisbane celebrated the 150th birth year of Mahatma Gandhi by undertaking a symbolic Salt March visiting a Sikh Temple, a Christian Cathedral and the Holland Park Mosque and the Queensland Muslim Museum.

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) spokesperson, who undertook the trip along with Mr Curtis Pitt, MP (Speaker of the Legislative Assembly), said:

"Engaging with people of other faiths does not dilute your faith or weakens it. It makes it stronger. This 388 km trip I believe makes me a better person than I was before this trip. Religions are a force for good and those who misuse them are doing a great disservice to their faiths and to humanity."

Islamic Society of Holland Park president, Mr Tanveer Ahmed, welcomed the travellers and showed them around the Mosque.


ICQ president, Mr Habib Jamal, spoke of the Gandhi's days in South Africa and the legacy Gandhi had left on the local Indian community in the 1920's.

Gandhi aged 23, spent 21 years in the country developing his political views, ethics and politics.





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BRAQA Award Ceremony






The Burmese Rohingya Association in Queensland Australia (BRAQA) held its annual Extraordinary Achievers' Award Ceremony and AGM at the Australian International Islamic College Hall yesterday (Saturday).


It was an occasion to recognize, award and celebrate the academic success of Rohingya youth in Queensland Australia, through the years of persistent hard work, dedication and determination.


The Association's message to the community:

In a short time spectrum on the Australian soil, after fleeing unspeakable persecutions in Myanmar, our Rohingya youths have achieved far greater than ever before. Most of our achievers came to Australia with very low literacy. Ten years on, the Rohingya men and women who came to Australia are now graduates seeking to contribute and give back to Australian society.

We are grateful for the generosity of Australia and specially the people of Queensland who welcomed us.



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This school holidays the Hurricane Stars Club organised a variety of fun activities to keep children busy. We started with a fun pool party for teen boys at Acacia Ridge Pool where they enjoyed playing water polo, water ping pong and having swimming races. Then they jumped out from the pool and enjoyed Sam’s Pizza for lunch followed playing volleyball. Then they went back into the water and continued playing by throwing a football.

After numerous requests by parents to do activities for younger children and those with special needs. We organised our first Sensory Play session for children in Svoboda Park. Children had fun doing all the activities parents are not enthusiastic to do at home because it will make a mess. The children played with play dough, finger painted, played with shaving foam, melted ice eggs to find the fossil inside, dug for tinsel worms, found animals buried in the sand, made bubbles, twisted balloon animals and played with squishy bags. Kids had fun playing with their hands, engaging all their senses, squishing all the different textures and mixing colours together.

We then had our regular school holiday programs that are part of the Logan City Council’s Krank School Holiday program – Be A Junior Vet and Girls Soccer. We had 64 children attend our Be a Junior Vet program, almost all of them from the general local Australian community, helping to break down barriers and misconceptions in the local community. This time the kids were excited to have a special visit from Minx the cat from Monte and Minx’s Vet in Calamvale.

This school holidays the Hurricane Stars Club partnered with the Ultimate Disc Association of QLD to introduce a new sport to kids in the community. Ultimate Disc (or Frisbee) is the fun game of throwing a disc between team members, similar to soccer, but instead of kicking a ball the children threw a disc to their team members and then through the goal posts to score a goal. Twenty-six children came to have fun learning to play Ultimate Disc for the first time at Gould Adams Park. All of them can’t wait to play it again and they left nagging their parents to buy them a frisbie if they didn’t already have one.

Then another twenty children then had fun learning to make sushi. They made a variety of different types of sushi (inari, maki, nigiri, to name few) and also learned how to make Japanese omelette (tamagoyaki). After watching the demonstration by the chef, the children learned to make their own sushi. After everyone had finished they enjoyed eating their own sushi with pride and also tried the sushi made by the chef. Our final activity for the school holidays was rocket science, where the children enjoyed a lovely day in the park learning to make and launch their own rockets made with soft drink bottles.

The Hurricane Stars Club continues its wonderful programs for the community next term. We will have our monthly Sisterhood Gatherings, we have had fascinating presentations last term from our special guests Eve Boyer and Baayan Grant. This term we continue with an exciting presentation by Saalihah Seedat called Recharge Your Life for this week’s Mental Health Week. Our weekly Little Stars Playgroup continues every Wednesday and this week we have a special presentation by Dr Nada Hassan at the playgroup for mothers for Mental Health Week. Our popular ladies only fitness and pilates classes continue twice a week to get ladies out of the house and getting fit and active. Our female only soccer classes continue all year along at Gould Adams Park. Our Teen Chilli Out program for girls aged 15 to 25 continues with the amazing Salam Elmerebi to support and inspire young women. We will be having a fun morning tea for men and women over 50 years old at Abboud’s Bakery Underwood coming up for Get Online Week. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on upcoming and ongoing programs. Look out of our exciting program coming up for Cyber Bullying Month.




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Newly elected executive committee of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS).

President: Associate Professor Halim Rane

Vice President: Dr Zuleyha Keskin
Secretary: Dr Raihan Ismail
Treasurer: Dr Leticia Anderson
General executive: Dr Josh Roose
General executive: Dr Jan Ali


AAIMS is an association for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about Islamic and Muslim societies. AAIMS promotes teaching and research excellence on Islam and Muslim experiences as a minority or majority.



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Yasmin Khan received her Churchill Fellowship medal for her work in 2017 on best practice methods to support victims of domestic violence from the Indian subcontinent, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, Canada and USA.


The purpose of this Fellowship was to explore how other countries with large Indian sub-continent populations engaged with community, educated them around domestic abuse, minimized occurrences of domestic abuse and maybe offered innovative solutions that could be adopted in Australia. Even though this community is rather an old community in Australia, dating back more than 150 years, it is a small community, which is rapidly increasing with student visas and skilled migrant visa applications. Ms Khan wanted to see what other countries were doing that she could utilize in this country "before the population got too big and create unnecessary social issues".


Read Ms Khan's report here.




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For the last two weeks on a Friday night, IWAA has been hosting Crafting Conversations, a program aimed at combating social isolation and improving conversational English skills in individuals of a refugee background.

For over 2 hours, those who attend have the opportunity to practise their conversational English skills, with fluent English-speaking volunteers, while learning a new craft, in a casual setting. Different crafts are on offer such as knitting, painting, sewing, stamping, clay modelling, beading, stick building and so forth. Although the program is aimed at refugees, it is open to other community members who may also be vulnerable and socially isolated.

There are still volunteering opportunities for those who have a craft and would like to teach it to the participants, while conversing with them in English. Please note, no experience in teaching English is necessary, this volunteering opportunity is open to anyone who is fluent in the English language and would like to converse with the participants. If you or anyone you know would be interested in volunteering their time, please get in touch with IWAA.

IWAA Office: (07) 3208 6333.






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An ICQ inspired Dreambuilding Workshop was conducted during the week with a group of young men and women who want to make "meaningful and sustainable changes to promote social, economic, mental, physical and emotional wellness in the lives of Muslim youth in Queensland and Australia". 


The workshop was facilitated by Princess Lakshman.





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Raheel by Ayat Asadi Rahbar.


The winners at the first International Muslim Film Festival in Australia held in September included film Nooreh by Ashish Pandey (India) in the fiction category and Dolls Fiction by Amir Karami (Iran) in the documentary category.

This year’s festival also highlighted local talent including films by Kauthar Abdulalim (Found), Guner Hussein (Just by Your Voice), Fazal Subhani (Overcoat), Shejuti Hossein (Creed) and Ayan Yusuf (Bittersweet). All films were of a high calibre and entertained crowds.

Festival Director, Joanne McKeown was happy with the first run and is confident it will just grow from here.

“I am very excited about making this an annual event, that will be screened not only in Perth and Melbourne but Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, inshallah,” she said.

The film Raheel was just one of the many films and documentaries from the 2019 Muslim Film Festival which recently screened in Perth and Melbourne.

Raheel is a moving short film that captures the plight of so many Afghan women who are caught between their marriages and poverty.

Director, Ayat Asadi Rahbar, portrays one woman’s plight, so poignantly and evocatively, in this short half-hour drama.

We are exposed to several themes of exploitation, domestic violence and rare displays of compassion and kindness all wrapped up in this moving story of a desperate woman on a mission.

A distraught Raheel, feeling hopeless and despondent, stands on the edge of a bridge about to jump. The camera closes in on her hand as it lets go of the railing.

Since the last two decades of war and instability in Afghanistan, there have been very few opportunities for employment for thousands of men, who have found labouring work in Tehran.

Raheel has not heard from her husband in months and decides to travel there to find him.

Initially, she is met with disappointment discovering that he has moved to another part of the city and in the middle of the night she tries to find a taxi.

A driver stops to assist and after some awkward tension, he agrees to take her to a hotel. Thus, this uneasy friendship begins.




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Mawlana Tariq Jamil, named as one of ‘The 500 Most Influential Muslims’ having 2 million YouTube followers with 124 million views is scheduled to talk in Sydney on Monday 7 October hosted by OnePath Network and in Melbourne on Saturday 12 October hosted by Al Siraat College.

The Sydney event will be held on Monday 7 October 6.30 – 9.30 pm at the Whitlam Leisure Centre, 90 Memorial Avenue Liverpool, NSW 2170.

The lecture will be delivered in Urdu and is open to both men and women, as well as children above 10. Ticket for men and women with segregated seatings can be bought for $21.93 from:

The Melbourne event will be held on Saturday 12 October 3-5 pm at Al Siraat College, 45 Harvest Home Rd Epping, VIC 3076.

This will be an outdoors event where the lecture will be delivered in Urdu with English translation.

Mawlana Tariq Jamil is a scholar and preacher associated with Tablighi Jamaat and frequently delivers Islamic speeches at rallies in which he preaches peace and harmony, tolerance and respect for everyone.

He promotes ethnic and sectarian harmony and has been highly influential in transforming the lives of a large number of people including sportsmen, film stars and celebrities.

Mawlana Tariq Jamil’s lectures incorporate a wide range of issues of Islam and social concern with emphasis on self-rectification, self-accountability, honesty in social life, avoidance of violent ways, observance of God’s commands, and the following of the teachings and the model of life as suggested by the Prophet Muhammad (s).




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While most of his teammates were resting their hangovers the day after a premiership win, Bachar Houli was at the MCG coaching a junior team.

The unassuming veteran was again superb in Saturday's grand final-thrashing of GWS, gathering 26 disposals off a half-back flank.

In a repeat of the Tigers' 2017 premiership, Houli finished second in the Norm Smith medal count behind runaway winner Dustin Martin.

Not bad for a player who has been on one-year deals for the last few seasons.

But even more impressive was what the Richmond star was doing the morning after the premiership win.

The 31-year-old was up bright and early to coach his Bachar Houli Academy team against young footballers from the AJAX football club - a clash between players from Islamic and Jewish backgrounds.

Speaking on Channel 7’s Game Day, AFL great Leigh Matthews said he was “amazed” by the Richmond star's service, the morning after a premiership win.

Houli said it was an incredibly important part of his football career, watch his interview in the video at the top of the page.

“Yes Leigh, it’s a massive part of my football journey, football’s very, very important, but giving back to these young men and women in our community is just as important if not more,” Houli said.

"I feel like it's an obligation that I've got to be that role model for them.

“The best form of being a role model is being present and showing that I truly care.

“I’m very very proud of these young men, I just want them to be proud Australian Muslims and just be part of society, we live in such a fortunate society.

“Sometimes you can go into your shell a bit – the message I’m sending out is to be yourself, be humble, be grateful, be proud of your identity.”

Humble Tigers never lost hunger: Houli
Richmond backman Bachar Houli reckons the club lived by a key motto on the way to a legacy-shaping second AFL premiership in three years.

Remain humble.

And arguably no Tiger has better lived that ethos than Houli, whose reputation as a big-game player continues to grow.

The Tigers' second flag in three years places them in similar company to the great Hawks side in which Richmond coach Damien Hardwick cut his teeth as an assistant.

"But for us, we're very humbled by it. Very, very humbled.

"Our motto this year was 'remain humble' ... even when you're winning, stay humble, stay grateful.

"But at the same time, we were very, very hungry for success."

While he is showing no signs of slowing down after 13 seasons, Houli acknowledged the significance of winning another flag in the twilight of his career.

"It's a special feeling," he said.

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Real chat with Rita




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




A glimpse of our potential

Last week the Australian Muslim community made history in collaborating across organisations at the national and state level to get behind a common call.

150 organisations signed a submission to the Australian Government on the Religious Discrimination Bill.

That submission recognised a significant truth for our community – That, although many of us are readily identifiable as Muslim, and experiencing real dangers in the community, we have no protection at the federal level.
This lack of legal deterrent is contributing to the rise of radicalised speech and conduct against our community.

It was quite a journey to create this detailed submission, involving the contributions of many brothers and sisters from different organisations, all pushing in the same direction. Many worked tirelessly and quietly behind the
scenes, just wanting to see an outcome.

At every roundtable with the Attorney-General, every Muslim advocate has been on the same page, arguing the same points. Then sharing notes, so
advocates at the next meeting were prepared. It was noticed.

We are at an exciting point as a community because we are standing together for the benefit of the Ummah. Unity and clarity of message is a powerful thing. We are standing up for the most vulnerable community members who are being targeted.

We are prepared to build alliances and relationships, not only across the community, but across the political arena.

Our support can no longer be taken for granted by any politician. We are thinking and working in a pragmatic way.

Muslim advocates had to make the decision to distance ourselves from previous calls to broaden section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, to include religion. The Government has said this would place an unreasonable
burden on freedom of speech, and prevent religious criticism. Continuing to  talk about section 18C would take us nowhere.

But no politician can deny that religious peoples shoud be protected from violence, and from speech and conduct that endangers their communities.

So Muslim advocates have reframed the debate with a different proposal. It does not borrow from the wording of section 18C. It is about avoiding harm and danger, as well as preserving security, social harmony and social

Following Christchurch, there were sincere and heartfelt comments made by politicians from the LNP, Labor, Greens and Centre Alliance, rejecting incitement to       hatred and violence and making it clear that it wasn't 'free speech'.


Now it is time for us to ask what action they will support to give effect to those words.




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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The 2020 Muslim 500







Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Leading scholar for the Deobandis and in Islamic finance


Justice Sheikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani is a leading scholar of Hadith, Islamic jurisprudence and Islamic finance. He is considered to be the intellectual head of the Deobandi School of Islamic learning, as well as an authority outside of the Deobandi School. He served as Judge of the Shari’at Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan from 1982 to May 2002. He specialises in Hadith, Islamic jurisprudence and financial matters.

Deobandi De facto Leader: Usmani is very important as a figurehead in the Deobandi movement— one of the most successful of the Islamic revivalist initiatives of the past century. His views and fatwas are taken as the final word by Deobandi scholars globally including those at the Deoband seminary in India. Usmani was born in Deoband, India, to Mufti Muhammad Shafi (the former Grand Mufti of Pakistan) who founded the Darul ‘Uloom, Karachi, a leading centre of Islamic education in Pakistan. He has authority to teach hadith from Sheikh al-Hadith Mawlana Zakariya Khandelawi amongst others, and he traversed the spiritual path of Tasawwuf under the guidance of Sheikh Dr. Abdul Hayy Arifi, a student of the great revivalist scholar of India, Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanvi. His students in the thousands are spread across the globe, especially in the Indian subcontinent, central Asia and many Western countries. It is estimated that over 65% of all madrassas in Pakistan are Deobandi as well as 600 of the 2000 mosques in the UK. Deobandis consider themselves orthodox Hanafi Sunnis.

Leading Islamic Finance Scholar: Usmani’s other influence comes from his position as a global authority on Islamic finance. He has served on the boards, and as chairman, of over a dozen Islamic banks and financial institutions, and currently leads the International Shariah Council for the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) in Bahrain. He is also a permanent member of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, one of the highest legal bodies in the Muslim world.

Writer: He has translated the Qur’an both into English and Urdu. He is the author of a six volume Arabic Hadith commentary on Sahih Muslim. He is the Chief Editor of both the Urdu and English monthly magazine ‘Albalagh’, and regularly contributes articles to leading Pakistani newspapers on a range of issues. His legal edicts (fatwas), written over the period of 45 years, are published in 4 large volumes. He has authored more than 80 books in Arabic, English, and Urdu.

New Works: He is directly supervising The Hadith Encyclopaedia, a masterful, pioneering compilation which will provide a universal number to each Hadith in a manner that will make referencing any Hadith as easy as it is to refer to an Ayat of the Quran. The Encyclopaedia will be over 300 volumes. A second major work recently published is entitled “The Jurisprudence (Fiqh) of Trade”. The Book concludes with a proposed Code of Islamic Law of Sale of Goods and Transfer of Property, which serves as a powerful “Call to Action” for regulators and standard setting organizations alike.

Assassination Attempt: On March 22, 2019, as Mufti Taqi was on his way to deliver a Friday sermon, gunmen riding three motorbikes opened fire on his and an accompanying car. The Mufti, his wife and two grandchildren (a girl aged seven and boy aged five), miraculously survived the shower of bullets untouched, but two people lost their lives and a further two were severely injured. The Prime minister of Pakistan condemned the attack as did scholars and politicians across the board. As of yet, no-one has claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack.

“Since wealth is the property of God, humanity does not have autonomy in this ownership but through the specific path He has instituted in the Islamic Shari ‘ah.”

“Nothing destroys one’s respect in the hearts of others more than greed.”

143 – publications authored in Arabic, English, and Urdu.
10 thousand – students at the Darul ‘Uloom Karachi.






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Most of the Australian women stranded in Syria are not strangers to each other — they are relatives of one man.

Who they are and how they got there has until now remained a secret.

Mariam Dabboussy is risking her safety to reveal how her brother-in-law Muhammad Zahab delivered her and her baby into the grip of the Islamic State (IS) group.

“Of course we’re angry at him,” Mariam told Four Corners in the al-Hawl camp in Syria.

“If it wasn’t for him, none of us would have found ourselves here.”

Four Corners can reveal that Zahab was at the centre of a network that delivered more than a dozen Australians to Islamic State.

Like most of the Australian men he recruited to join IS, Zahab is now dead.

Many of the 20 Australian women and 44 children languishing in squalid tents on the other side of the world are a part of his legacy.


Mariam’s life in Syria is a far cry from her comfortable middle-class upbringing in Sydney’s western suburbs in the 1990s.

She worked at a migrant support service and in childcare.

She was not devoutly religious as a child but that changed when, at 22, she married a young man by the name of Kaled Zahab.

Kaled lived in the shadow of his high-achieving and deeply religious older brother, Muhammad.











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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.....


Newspapers Reveille and the Hobart Mercury in 1937 wrote about a unique scene at Kingaroy (Queensland), describing it as “an unusual tribute” in the Anzac Day remembrance services that year:

As the war veterans’ procession was nearing the memorial gates, a coloured man dressed in Oriental costume, red Turkish fez, and medals on his breast, was noticed. He jumped smartly to the salute, and held it till the procession passed. Then he joined the crowd and remained till hymns were sung, speeches made, the lament played, and the ‘Last Post’ sounded.


Then he walked smartly up to the memorial, which, by then, was covered in  flowers. He saluted and stepped smartly back one step. Then he prayed an Islamic prayer ... With his hands raised heavenwards, he ‘recited something in a foreign [Arabic] tongue.’


Another backward step and he went down upon his knees and placed his forehead on the ground for a few seconds ... Rising, he put his right hand over his left breast, saluted, and walked back into the ranks.


Several diggers spoke to him after the ceremony and ascertained that he was a ‘full-blooded Mohammedan Indian –Cass Mahomet, ex-10th Battalion, AIF.’









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How Mohamed Salah inspired me to become a Muslim






Ben Bird, a season-ticket holder at Nottingham Forest, writes: ‘Mohamed Salah was the first Muslim I could relate to.’


I have gone from hating Islam to becoming a Muslim – and the Liverpool forward is the principal reason for that

Mohamed Salah really and honestly inspired me. I’m a Nottingham Forest season-ticket holder, I can be myself but because I made the declaration of faith I’m a Muslim. I’m still me and that’s what I took from Mohamed Salah. I’d love to meet him, just to shake his hand and say “Cheers” or “Shukran”.

I don’t think my mates quite believe that I’m a Muslim because I’ve not really changed. I just think my heart is better. I’m really trying to change on match days. Normally it’s pub, put a bet on, then after the game back to the pub and realise you’ve lost a lot of money. It’s hard when you’re used to such a culture and it’s part of football for a lot of people.

I’m embarrassed to say this but my opinions on Islam used to be that the religion, the culture and the people were backward; that they didn’t integrate and wanted to take over. I always looked at Muslims like the elephant in the room. I had a hatred of Muslims.

When I was in sixth form it was a period where I think I needed someone to blame for my misfortunes. Unfortunately Muslims got the brunt of it and I quickly discovered right-wing media pages. They sort of groomed me by sending me long propaganda pieces and suchlike.

Even though I had these horrible ideas of Islam, I would never say them to a Muslim. At this point I didn’t know any Muslims. My degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds changed everything.

We had to do a dissertation and I wanted to do something a bit different. I remember my dyslexia tutor telling me: “What about Mohamed Salah’s song?” I was aware of it and I thought it was fantastic but I hadn’t considered it in those terms.

I finally got the question: “Mohamed Salah, a gift from Allah. Is the performance of Mohamed Salah igniting a conversation that combats Islamapobia within the media and political spheres?”

The Liverpool fans’ song – to the tune of Dodgy’s hit Good Enough – includes the line “If he scores another few then I’ll be Muslim too”, and I literally took that to heart.

I was a typical white-boy student who went to a different city, would get absolutely hammered and lived the student life. My degree was the first time I learned about Islam in an academic way.

University gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of students from Saudi Arabia. I thought they were evil people who carried swords but they’re the nicest people I’ve met. The conceptions I had about Arab countries completely dissolved.

Mohamed Salah was the first Muslim I could relate to. It’s the way he lives his life, how he talks to people. The other week he posed for a picture with a Liverpool fan who suffered a broken nose chasing after him. I know some other footballers would do that but you expect it now from Salah.

At university I interviewed Egyptian students and when they found out my research was about “Mohamed Salah, a gift from Allah” – which is also another Liverpool song – they would talk to me for hours about how great he is and what he’s done for their country. One million Egyptians spoiled their ballots and voted for him to be president last year.

One of the Egyptians I talked to told me that Salah encompasses what being a Muslim is, following Islam correctly. He believed that Salah is making people love Muslims again.

That really resonated with me. When Salah scores I think he’s scoring for the faith.



Ben Bird, a season-ticket holder at Nottingham Forest, writes: ‘Mohamed Salah was the first Muslim I could relate to.’


When he won the Champions League I said to my friend that was a victory for Islam. After each of his goals Salah practises the sujood (prostration) and exposes a very Islamic symbol to the world. How many people watch the Premier League every week? Millions globally.

Salah showed me that you can be normal and a Muslim, if that’s the right phrase. You can be yourself. He’s a great player and is respected by the football community and his politics, his religion, don’t matter – and to me that’s what football can do.

When people read the Quran, or read about Islam, they see something different that is not always portrayed in the media. I’m new to the Islamic community and I’m still learning. It is hard. It’s a lifestyle change.

What would I say to the Ben of old? I’d give him a smack, to be honest, and I’d say: ‘How dare you think like that about a people that are so diverse. You need to start talking to people. You need to start asking the questions.’ We live in a multicultural, multifaith, multinational society.

Last season Chelsea fans were singing “Salah is a bomber”. That’s the first time on my social media that I had a right go. I was livid because I’m for football banter but you know when things are just not true.

Now, I’d say to Muslim kids: ‘Don’t be afraid to go to a football match.’ I think that’s an issue we have to look at from both sides. I was afraid of being segregated. I don’t want to lose my mates because I look at them as brothers to me. Now I’ve got a fifth of the world’s population as brothers and sisters.

The community has to branch out, play football, go to football. It’s up to us to realise that we’re in this together. And the best spokesman for that could be Mohamed Salah.



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Interfaith Childhoods project




Animation on identity, belonging and refuge 2 from Interfaith Childhoods on Vimeo.



An international research project working with art to explore identity, values and beliefs of children and communities


The Interfaith Childhoods project works with schools, communities and religious organisations to collect and share stories of community belonging in everyday life, told by both secular people and those of faith in Australia and the U.K.

The project is lead by Professor Anna Hickey-Moody, and funded by The Australian Research Council and RMIT University, it has over 400 participants in 6 cities and 2 countries. We have just returned from Canberra, are heading to Adelaide next week, and will be in London soon for an exhibition of works created by children attending previous art workshops.














Astronaut Hazza answers questions from space

The National



“All of the astronauts were waiting for the moment to pass above the UAE to see The Palm …” Astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri answers questions from the International Space Station









Muslim Woman Suing Company


After Being Denied Job Over Religion

NowThis Politics



This Muslim woman says her request for a prayer break cost her a job — now she’s suing for discrimination








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 DATE: 4 October 2019

TOPIC: "Renounce your right" Part 1 

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FIFA: Iran 'assures' women can attend World Cup qualifier    


Iranian female fans have been denied access to football matches in the country

IRAN: Body's president says Iranian officials have guaranteed that women will be allowed to attend match against Cambodia.

Iran has "assured" FIFA that women will be able to attend a World Cup qualifying match in Tehran next month, according to Gianni Infantino, the president of football's global governing body.

A female Iranian fan died this month after setting herself on fire to protest against her arrest for attending a game.

"We need to have women attending - we need to push for that with respect but in a strong and forceful way and we cannot wait any more," Infantino told a FIFA conference on women's football on Sunday.

"We have been assured that, as of the next international game of Iran, women will be allowed to enter football stadiums," he said.

"This is something very important, it is 40 years that this has not happened, with a couple of exceptions, but it is important to move to the next level and to the next stage," he added.

Al Jazeera


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Dakar's Massalikul Jinaan mosque: The 'biggest in West Africa'    


SENEGAL: Senegal's Sufi Mouride Brotherhood will inaugurate a mosque that can hold 30,000 worshippers, described as the largest in West Africa, in the capital Dakar on Friday.

Work on the Massalikul Jinaan mosque, which means "the Paths to Paradise", began a decade ago on a swampy six-hectare site in the poor area of Bopp, on land donated by the government of the majority Muslim nation.

The name is derived from the title of a poem by Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke, the 19th-century founder of the Brotherhood, who is revered by followers as a Sufi saint.

Based in the city of Touba, the movement is a pillar of Senegal's reputation for religious tolerance.


Mouride derives from the Arabic word for "one who desires to learn". The Brotherhood preaches service to humanity and upholding the principles of Islam.

The movement also holds considerable economic and political influence in Senegal and in neighbouring Gambia.

With a Carrara marble exterior and five minarets, the tallest of which is 78 metres, the mosque has a capacity of 15,000 worshippers inside and another 15,000 in an outside esplanade.



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Renowned Muslim scholar lauds PM Imran's UNGA speech



SOUTH AFRICA: Renowned Muslim scholar Maulana Ahmed Akoo on Thursday lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, thanking him on behalf of the entire Muslim ummah.

Hailing from South Africa, Maulana Akoo, in his video message praised the powerful speech of PM Imran and said that he presented a strong case for Muslims all over the world at the UNGA.

“My message to you is that you’ve touched the hearts of millions of Muslims across the globe,” he said.

Maulana Akoo also thanked premier Imran for highlighting the plight of many Muslims around the world and said that the speech gave him a ‘great sense of hope’ by shedding light on the ‘myth of radical Islam’.

“The bravest and the most courageous of actions that can be undertaken by a Muslim is when the word of truth is spoken against oppression and against the opposition – and that is exactly what you [PM Imran] have done,” he said.

The scholar also praised the premier for giving a voice to the ‘sensitivities of the Muslims,’ adding, “Love, respect and honour for the blessed Prophet (PBUH) is something that resides in the heart of every single believer.”

He ended the video by officially inviting PM Imran to visit South Africa.



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









From Victims to Suspects



Shakira Hussein
















This book is a scholarly piece of work, well written and rich in the conversations that the author has had with Muslim women, primarily from Australia and Pakistan. Shakira Hussein has compared her findings to the experience of Muslim women in the Western hemisphere.

Hussein discusses how Muslim women cannot be placed in any given narrative, and are often used as a PR opportunity to further a foreign agenda. Their susceptibility to being used – with or without their consent – leads to scepticism both abroad and at home.

Gender norms have always been a sticky subject in Muslim communities across the globe. They revere the traditional roles that are played by women as carers and the patriarchal system is sceptical of the feminist woman, who is right to question the misogyny that she finds on the home front and is also unexpectedly supported for she becomes the purpose of an external liberation even if she might not desire it.

What is interesting is that nobody asks the woman for her opinion, and this book is an attempt to give women across the divide a platform to explain their viewpoint which is often unfathomable to her counterparts in the Western hemisphere.

The case of Malala Yousufzai illustrates this well. Malala championed secular education and so-called enlightened moderation and was targeted horrifically as a result. In the furore that followed, the masses in Pakistan did not resent her for championing education for girls, they questioned her motives for removing the role of religion in educating girls.

Malala was taken abroad and symbolised as an image for secularisation, which has led to scepticism for her cause at home. Hussein highlights this inciting a conversation with Raheel Qazi, the head of the women’s wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, a political party in Pakistan, who states that secularization cannot exist in a society that is 97 per cent Muslim.

That viewpoint is completely disregarded in the discussions about gender norms in the countries that the West seeks to liberate. Hussein doesn’t go on to provide solutions but scrutinises who and what shapes the narrative about Muslim women. She also talks about the ‘lighter’ aspects of life such as fashion which is also an indicator of the sentiments against Muslims. On the subject of burqini bans and the resentment to its appearance on French and

Australian beaches, Hussein states, ‘If the burqini was permitted to become an unremarkable feature on our beaches then Islamic dress indeed come to be regarded as representative of “our” cultural identity. The case of the burqini illustrates differing attitudes to secularism and multicultural governance, but also the capacity for both fashion and racist moral panics to travel across borders.’ (p91)

This is a marked shift from the hijab as a symbol of oppression to a symbol of terrorism. The Muslim woman’s connection with terrorism came after stories of them leaving their homes to become a part of the “Islamic State”, and they are regarded as the traitors within: ‘The Muslim woman who refuses “rescue” is considered to be an agent of Islamisation by default’ (p95). She is then pitied and reviled in one go.

Hussein’s richness in the book lies in her ability to detangle the different narratives that exist about female gender norms within and outside of our community and it also considers the different impacts depending on our differing geographies. She cites that Muslim women who — out of their own free will — choose to be visible, are abiding by their principles, thereby rejecting mainstream thought which is then resented.

I haven’t read anything like this before, but if a (complex) conversation on women’s rights and gender norms is what you are seeking, then this book is for you. It is not a study based on empirical evidence but anecdotal, and this creates a warmth in the writing which I thoroughly recommend.

Aasiya I Versi





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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: This quiche is a great accompaniment to your afternoon tea or your Sunday brunch.


Quiche – 3 steps







Step One – Combine
1¼ cup of sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
A pinch of salt
110g grated butter
Add ¾ cup milk to make a soft scone like dough.
Pat down the dough (you may need to wet your hands) onto a rectangle oven tray (30cm X22cm) which has been greased or lined with baking paper.

Step 2 – Mix the ingredients below and place on one above.

1 cup cooked chicken – shredded
½ cup frozen vegetable (thawed and steamed in a microwave)
Pinch of salt
Pinch of lemon pepper
¼ tsp green chillies (if you like it hotter)
¼ cup cheese

Step 3 - beat ingredients below and pour over the ingredients in step 2

1 cup cream
2 eggs
¼ tsp green chillies

Top with slivered almonds or finely diced green peppers

Bake in a pre-heated oven of 180 degrees until the quiche is light brown.
Cut into squares and serve warm.

1. I prepare steps 2 and 3 first.
2. It’s easier if you have cooked up chicken in the freezer, it’s a great help.




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Sudanese Chicken Curry with boiled Eggs

Chef Balla Abdulrahim shows how to cook “Chicken Curry with boiled Eggs” prepared in Sudan, Ethiopia, Eriteria etc.








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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:
Do You Suffer From FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out?

If you are a social media user who feels symptoms of anxiety, jealousy or regret while looking at posts of other people having a good time at a party, event, trip or work, you could be suffering from FOMO - fear of missing out.

FOMO is a pervasive apprehension felt by those who think that they are missing out on great experiences and feel stuck in their current situation. It’s a vicious cycle that takes over your life whereby you feel you need to constantly check your social media to give yourself a dopamine hit to feel good about yourself by not feeling left out or miss the action of celebrity lifestyles and so on. The phenomenon of finding instant gratification of one’s own self-worth through Insta...or many other such social media front.

While you addictively obsess over social media updates, what you are really missing out on is LIFE. The moment of NOW. Your moment of NOW.

How you spend your moment of now will determine the quality of the past that you will look back on. Future is merely an illusion. It’s not happening. The only truth is your moment of now. You are living your future in this moment right now, through your thoughts, words, deeds, choices, decisions. NOW is all there is.

Once you begin living in the now, there won’t be any fear of missing out. Wherever you may be right now, ALLAH has put you there for a reason. That spot you are standing or sitting on. The clothes you are wearing. The country you are in. Everything that is happening to you right now is ordained for you by ALLAH. Feeling anxious in your moment of now is to deny HIS mercy. Instead, practise gratitude. Instead of asking ‘why me?’, practice saying ‘what lesson is ALLAH teaching me in this experience now?’

How To Overcome FOMO
Replace Regret With Gratitude
1. Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all that HE has already given you. Write down a list of
everything you are blessed with.
2. Now, Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all the lessons you have learned from past
experiences, negative and positive.
3. Replace all what-if statements with “Alhumdolillah”.
4. Avoid comparing your life with someone else’s. Your unique abilities and experiences
make you different from the rest of the world. Focus on your soulful connection with
ALLAH. Increase your own ibaadah and good deeds. DOn’t worry about who is saying
what and who is doing what. Focus on your deeds, your thoughts, your words.
5. Daily positive affirmations. Consciously choose positive words when talking about your

If you give thanks, I will give you more…
(Al Quran 14:7)

Someone wise once said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  

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Keeping Fit with Kareema









My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786





Why Move?

The way you grow older is specific to you. Lifestyle, among other
things, can play a role in this process. Try some of the following to
slow down the signs of ageing:

• Get active. Make walking part of your daily routine
• Stress less. Don’t sweat the little stuff, if it’s out of your
control, let it be
• Bone health. Make sure your vitamin D intake is sufficient (calcium) and keep doing your body weight exercises. Getting enough sunlight is vital too.
• Healthy diet. Opt for healthier versions whenever possible. Steer clear of sugar, fried, or processed foods.
• Stay hydrated. The body sometimes confuses thirst with hunger. Keep drinking the clear stuff!
• Water works. Stay cool in the pool this summer. Try aqua-aerobics for a great workout which is gentle on the joints & is good for sore, tired muscles
• Just move. Not only is it good for heart-health, it keeps the brain young too.




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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin and his wife were walking through a garden when  suddenly a dog ran towards them.

They both knew it will bite them...

Jallalludin lifted his wife to let the dog bite him rather than his sweetheart.

The dog stopped before them, unsure what to do, barked a little and ran away.

Jallalludin put his wife down, expecting a hug and a few kind words of gratitude from her.

But his wife shouted "I've seen people throwing stones and sticks at a dog, this is the first time I see someone trying to throw his wife at a dog"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give [freely] of that which you love; and whatever you give, of a truth Allah knows it well.


~ Surah Al-Imran 3:92


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if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed"



~ Mark Twain




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


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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


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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



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2 November


Muslimah Night Bazaar
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Sisters only event

Muslimahs in Business

45 Acacia Ridge, Karawatha

0406 273 434

3PM to 9PM

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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