EST. 2004


Sunday 13 October 2019 | Issue 0779



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


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ICQ spokesperson, Ali Kadri, writes to political and community leaders:




ANIC response:




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On Wednesday 18 September, John Paul College officially announced and inducted the Class of 2020 Student Leadership team including School Captains, Vice Captains, House Captains and Prefects.

Starting their official duties in Term Four 2019 in conjunction with the current student leadership team, students are excited at the opportunity to serve and lead the College into the new year. The leadership team for 2020 represent a wide range of students from different backgrounds, culture and expertise.

Vice Captain of the Years Seven to Nine cohort, Farah Solwa, is a proud Muslim community member and is excited for the challenge and opportunity to be a leader in the College in 2020.

‘As a long-time learner and member of the JPC Family since 2007, to be able to not only guide but mentor and encourage my fellow students in this community is both honouring and exciting. I will strive to encourage others and create everlasting change within JPC’ says Farah.

At John Paul College our purpose is To Educate, To Inspire, and To Make a Difference through a variety of educational programs and techniques which push the status quo when it comes to learning and excellence. As a Christian Ecumenical College, we are an inclusive college of all faiths and cultures and celebrate our diversity with initiatives such as Mother Tongue club.

‘Our College Community is very important to us and we believe our Student College Leadership team should represent the whole of our community and what it has to offer’ says Mrs Karen Spiller OAM CF, Principal of John Paul College.

‘We believe all of our students are leaders in one way or another, but our College Captains are their too support, guide and lead the College to excellence and live by the JPC ethos’ says Mrs Spiller.



Farah and proud mother, Jamilah Solwa, at the Captains' Assembly

Class of 2020 induction



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The Logan Roos Football Club held its 3rd Awards night yesterday (Saturday) at the Islamic College of Brisbane hall where some 300 players, parents, club members and well-wishers were in attendance.


Zapparas Lawyers were acknowledged for sponsoring an all-expenses paid trip for 27 of the under-16 players to Melbourne where they played in the local league and won all their fixtures.


Te Roos Club manages over 200 yousgters from 33 different nationalities made up largely of migrant and refugee background.

The unassuming and tireless Abdullah Samim Khan has been their inspiration and motivator since the club's inception.


Mr David Forde was the Master of Ceremonies on the night.


Nuruddeen, who scored 76 goals during the season,

with proud Mum.



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Report and photos supplied    


This past week has been Mental Health Week and we were excited to organised two amazing workshops for ladies at our centre in Logan Central. At our monthly sisterhood gathering we were thrilled to have Saalihah Seedat present her inspirational ‘Recharge Your Life’ presentation for the sisters. For an hour the ladies sat enthralled by her presentation, as she inspired the ladies about ways to relax from the many pressures of life and to make changes to their lives to really start enjoying life. All the sisters really left recharged with enthusiasm to change their mentality to be a more positive and adventurous in outlook. After the presentation was finished the ladies were able to relax and enjoy meeting news sisters and catching up with old friends, while enjoying a delicious lunch.

On the following day we were excited to have Dr Nada Hassan come to our Little Stars Playgroup to present a relaxed discussion on women’s health (with a particular focus on mothers). Her presentation was based on her many years of experience as a general practitioner and the patterns she sees in the concerns and experiences of mothers. Her amazing presentation encouraged the mothers to realise that they are not alone and their feelings and experiences are normal and common. She encouraged mothers to seek professional help if they feel they need more support. The presentation was followed by a fun question and answer session where the ladies discussed their experiences and found support with the other mothers. Once again, after the presentation was finished the ladies were able to relax and enjoy meeting news sisters and catching up with old friends, while enjoying a delicious lunch.

Both sessions were such a success that after the sessions finished the attendees were busy arranging with the presenters for them to come again and do more sessions on other topics.


The Hurricane Stars Club looks forward to organise more such beneficial sessions for the different segments of our community, but especially for ladies of all ages and walks of life. Our closest upcoming activities are the Fundraising Halal Bunnings BBQ in Underwood Bunnings on 14th October 2019 (Monday) and the Morning Tea On Us! program for both men and women aged over 50 in Abboud Bakery, Underwood on 17th October 2019 (Thursday). For more information on our future programs, please like and follow us on Instagram and Facebook "Hurricane Stars Club".



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Well-being workshop







A workshop on cultivating practical habits to boost your brain's performance for happiness and well being was presented yesterday (Saturday) by occupational therapist Aneesa Kathrada with guest speaker neuroscientist Dr Mohamed Ghilan

Seventy women came together in Brisbane for this special event following the Challenging Realities panel on mental health.


It was a day packed with Islamic perspectives to wellbeing; gratitude, kindness, mindfulness.


The workshop was supported by the Islamic Council of Queensland.






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Imam Shady Alsuleiman has been recognised as one of 2020's 500 most influential Muslims around the world.

xImam Shady Alsuleiman is the president (second term) of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), which represents over 200 member Imams from each of the Australian States and Territories.


It is also the body that elects the Mufti of Australia.


Imam Alsuleiman is an Australian born Imam who has strongly connected with the Muslim youth and helped integrate the Muslim community with wider Australian society.


He’s an international speaker with many followers on social media.



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The CCN Classifieds






Male Quran Teaching position

Al-Noor Institute is urgently seeking a male Quran teacher, assistant or volunteer.

Interested parties are encouraged to apply for this paid position.

Days/times required: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 3:30-5:00pm during school terms only.

Contact: Mohammad 0416 941 116



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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.

When Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister in April 2018, he made it clear that he wished to resume peace talks with Eritrea. In close cooperation with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement to end the long “no peace, no war” stalemate between the two countries. These principles are set out in the declarations that Prime Minister Abiy and President Afwerki signed in Asmara and Jeddah last July and September. An important premise for the breakthrough was Abiy Ahmed’s unconditional willingness to accept the arbitration ruling of an international boundary commission in 2002.

Peace does not arise from the actions of one party alone. When Prime Minister Abiy reached out his hand, President Afwerki grasped it, and helped to formalise the peace process between the two countries. The Norwegian Nobel Committee hopes the peace agreement will help to bring about positive change for the entire populations of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

In Ethiopia, even if much work remains, Abiy Ahmed has initiated important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future. He spent his first 100 days as Prime Minister lifting the country’s state of emergency, granting amnesty to thousands of political prisoners, discontinuing media censorship, legalising outlawed opposition groups, dismissing military and civilian leaders who were suspected of corruption, and significantly increasing the influence of women in Ethiopian political and community life. He has also pledged to strengthen democracy by holding free and fair elections.

In the wake of the peace process with Eritrea, Prime Minister Abiy has engaged in other peace and reconciliation processes in East and Northeast Africa. In September 2018 he and his government contributed actively to the normalisation of diplomatic relations between Eritrea and Djibouti after many years of political hostility. Additionally, Abiy Ahmed has sought to mediate between Kenya and Somalia in their protracted conflict over rights to a disputed marine area. There is now hope for a resolution to this conflict. In Sudan, the military regime and the opposition have returned to the negotiating table. On the 17th of August, they released a joint draft of a new constitution intended to secure a peaceful transition to civil rule in the country. Prime Minister Abiy played a key role in the process that led to the agreement.

Ethiopia is a country of many different languages and peoples. Lately, old ethnic rivalries have flared up. According to international observers, up to three million Ethiopians may be internally displaced. That is in addition to the million or so refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. As Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice. However, many challenges remain unresolved. Ethnic strife continues to escalate, and we have seen troubling examples of this in recent weeks and months. No doubt some people will think this year’s prize is being awarded too early. The Norwegian Nobel Committee believes it is now that Abiy Ahmed’s efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee hopes that the Nobel Peace Prize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace and reconciliation. Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country and has East Africa’s largest economy. A peaceful, stable and successful Ethiopia will have many positive side-effects, and will help to strengthen fraternity among nations and peoples in the region. With the provisions of Alfred Nobel’s will firmly in mind, the Norwegian Nobel Committee sees Abiy Ahmed as the person who in the preceding year has done the most to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019.




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For this year’s nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, two young Muslim women from Africa were nominated – Ilwad Elman, 29, from Somalia and Hajer Sharief, 26, from Libya. Both are a part of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Extremely Together initiative, which brings together 10 young activists from around the world.

Ilwad Elman is originally from Mogadishu, Somalia, born to parents who were both involved in humanitarian and peace work themselves, Fartuum Adan and Elman Ali Ahmed. While her mother, alongside herself and her sisters, received asylum in Canada, her father was assassinated for being involved in youth rehabilitation and humanitarian peace work after the war of the 1990s and early 2000s. Returning to Somalia in 2010 at the age of 19, Elman worked tirelessly in both the humanitarian and women’s rights sectors within Somalia to continue the work of her father as well as to bring her own unique courage and strength for peace in her country. One of the many achievements of Elman’s work in Somalia is founding Somalia’s first rape crisis center for survivors of gender-based violence and abuse.

Hajer Sharief first began actively getting involved in humanitarian work and peace initiatives after witnessing the horrifying events of the Libyan civil war of 2011. Only 19 at the time, that same year Sharief founded her own organization called Together We Build It, aimed at supporting a peaceful and democratic transition in Libya after the war. Focusing on empowering women and the youth of the country, Sharief has continued to be an inspiration for many in both Libya and across North Africa. Co-starting the 1325 Network project in 2013, which is a collection of human rights organizations and activists from across 30 cities in Libya, Sharief is helping build a future where Libyans can come together for human rights and female empowerment. She is currently a law student.

The Muslim Vibe



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Denmark's ghettos: How one of Europe's most open countries took a hard line on immigration

Denmark has long had a reputation for being one of the most open and equal countries in the world.

Indeed, the small country of nearly six million people has welcomed about 700,000 migrants over the past 40 years.

But the Danish Government has recently passed a hundred laws which place strict controls on immigrants, and that's causing fractures in Denmark's once cohesive society.

RN's Hamish Macdonald travelled to Denmark for Foreign Correspondent for the episode called The State of Denmark.



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The 2020 Muslim 500








“Without a doubt, Islam is a demolisher of oppression and arrogance.”

“Today we see the signs of this thirst for the message of Islam, which is the message of monotheism, the message of spirituality, the message of justice, the message of human dignity.”

17 thousand – housing units constructed and delivered to families in poor regions of Iran.

9 million pilgrims visited Iran’s holy city of Mashhad during the long holiday of Nowruz.

Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran


Grand Ayatollah Khamenei is the second Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was born in Mashhad, and studied in the leading Iranian reli- gious seminary in Qom, before becoming involved in the struggle with the Pahlavi Regime in the sixties and seventies. He was a key figure in the revolution in 1979 and served as President between 1981-1989 before succeeding Ayatollah Khomeini as Supreme Leader upon the latter’s death. He has vocally supported most of the unrest in the Arab World, likening it to the Iranian Revolution.


Supreme Leader, Velayat-e Faqih: Khamenei’s current influence stems from his powerful position as a religious leader, which gives him a unique role in political affairs. His job is to enact the Velayat-e Faqih—the guardianship of the jurist. In real terms this means a system where scholars of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) have a controlling say in the political affairs of the state. The rule of the jurist was a concept created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, based on ideas that have run through Iranian political history since the time of Shah Ismail—who was the first to make Shia Islam the national religion of Iran in the early 16th century under the rule of the Safavids. It was conceived as a way of safeguarding the Iranian nation from tyranny; giving the final say in all matters to a group of religious scholars, the Council of Guardians. This Council is headed by a chief arbitrator—the Supreme Leader.

Leader of Shia Revolution: Khamenei gains much of his influence in Iran from his role as a leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran was forged out of the 1979 Revolution. Combating what many saw as the tyrannical rule of the Shah, Khamenei joined the Society of Combatant Clergy that staged demonstrations mobilizing many of the protests leading to the Shah’s overthrow. After the revolution in 1979, Khamenei was one of the founding members of the Islamic Republic Party, and a member of the assembly of experts that was responsible for drafting Iran’s new constitution. Sunni-Shia Reconciliation: On September 2, 2010 Khamenei issued a historic fatwa banning the insult of any symbol that Sunnis hold to be dear, including but not limited to the companions and wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). This fatwa was received with great appreciation by the Chancellor of Al-Azhar University, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb.

Sanctions: Since 1979, the United States has used sanctions to try to influence Iran’s policies, including Iran’s uranium enrichment program. The sanctions have had a detrimental effect on many aspects of life in the country. In 2015, Iran and the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which limited Iran’s nuclear activities and allowed international inspectors in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. This agreement worked for 4 years before President Trump unilaterally withdrew from it and subsequently imposed stricter sanctions on Iran and secondary sanctions for countries still buying Iranian oil. The Iranian economy has been hit hard with the currency losing about 60% of its values against the dollar and a very negative IMF economy prediction.

Current Issues: The USA’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions has put further strain on the economy. Iran’s role in the Syria and Yemen conflicts and how it maintains it relationships with the Arab world are further key issues that require Khamenei’s lead.





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Continued from last week's CCN.....


‘Conned by the boys’

In mid-2015, Mariam, Kaled and their 18-month-old child went on their first overseas holiday together to Lebanon, where they were later joined by Kaled’s parents.

Muhammad Zahab was already in Syria.

The family travelled from Lebanon to a house near the Syrian border in Turkey.

“My husband then came to me and told me it’s time to go, ‘We’re going to go somewhere else, I don’t feel like this is the right place’,” Mariam said.

Mariam believes Muhammad (l) convinced his younger brother Kaled (r) to trick her into entering Syria.


They travelled to a dusty patch of land where people were waiting.

“We started hearing gunshots. I looked around thinking, what am I going to do? I’m in the middle of nowhere. I don’t even know where I am, there’s gunshots. I just started running.”

Mariam was bundled into a car and taken to an official-looking house.

“I entered that house and I saw a flag,” Mariam recalled.

It was the infamous black flag of the Islamic State group.

“We didn’t know where we were, they stripped us of our phones and passports,” she said.

“We just basically figured out that we just got conned by the boys.”

She believes ultimately it was Muhammad Zahab who duped her into entering Syria.

“[Muhammad] had convinced Kaled that this was the plan, this was the right thing to do,” she said.

“And he had facilitated the way, because Kaled wouldn’t have known anything.”








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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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A few decades later, Australians found themselves committed to another global conflict – World War II. Australia, as a young and peaceful nation, and as an example to others in the South Pacific, was immersed in the war against Japan until after its victory in this unprecedented event.


As World War II continued, more countries were dragged into it. It had a devastating effect globally, and the loss of life was at least 60 million persons, mostly civilians.


The events of World War II surpassed World War I in their “utter ruthlessness,” due to advances in military technology.


While many Australians served in Australia, New Guinea, South-east Asia, Japan and the nearby Pacific Islands, others found themselves in a variety of locations in Europe and the Middle East.


World War II was particularly significant for Australia, as it was the first time it faced the threat of invasion, requiring full mobilisation of the nation.


Like the United States, however, the war was largely fought beyond its shores.


As part of mobilisation, conscription for wartime service was introduced in Australia for the first time and almost one million Australians entered armed service, with hundreds of thousands more in auxiliary and war industries.


Consequently, in 1940, compulsory training was resumed. Young unmarried men were drafted for training.


During the war, when camels were needed for a special Northern Territory camel corps, Gool Mahomet, also one of the best-known members of the Australian Afghan community, offered 20 camels for free as his war effort.

“Malay” Muslims recalled their forebears’ contributions to Australia during wartime. A number of Javanese Muslims and “Malays” also contributed to the national defence during World War II, such as John Ismat Contor who was in his early 40s and actively involved with the Voluntary Defence Force in Mackay. He was given a certificate of acknowledgment after the war. His son, Vivian Sunim Contor, became a national serviceman at 18 years of age.









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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





'She told me that if I complained nobody would believe me'





Fajer Hamoud says she was bullied as a work experience teacher for her faith.


Early in 2016, nervous and learning the ropes, Fajer Hamoud stumbled her way into the teacher’s staff room at a northeast Victorian high school, looking forward to starting first day as a work experience teacher.

Three years on, Ms Hamoud still struggles to come to terms with what happened during her first teaching placement.

Her mentor came highly recommended and so did the school, so the last thing she was expecting to experience was bullying from her superiors. She still can’t recall the memories without tearing up.

“She told me that if I complained nobody would believe me,” she says.

Ms Hamoud’s mentor opened the front page of a popular Australian newspaper and made remarks she says "traumatised" her.

“Muslim terrorists, they call Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar and they bomb people,” her mentor said loudly, Ms Hamoud recalls.

The words still echo in her mind daily.

“Allahu Akbar is a very sacred phrase to me. I say it five times a day when I pray.”

Ms Hamoud, who proudly wears an Islamic headscarf, migrated to Australia from Kuwait when she was seven years old. She decided to become a teacher to help young kids receive a good education – something hard to come by in her homeland.

A 2005 Yale study showed recently arrived migrant and refugee women are among the most vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace worldwide. In Australia, migrant women are also less likely to pursue discrimination claims, an AMES study found.

Ms Hamoud says she didn’t immediately report the bullying and discrimination she faced at the school, in fear of being let go.

"I’ll never forget how she intimidated me, but when I complained and said she made direct bigoted comments about my religion they made up so many excuses for her."

Muslim women wearing head coverings especially suffer discrimination at work, says Aymen AlAssad, president of Victorian Islamic youth organisation Beacon of Hope argues.

“Discrimination definitely is a problem for young women in the workplace wearing a hijab. There’s a certain responsibility for young girls to represent their religion, they’re the flag barriers and that symbolism is a lot for a young girl to take on and often it can be a burden."

For Ms Hamoud, her first work experience as a school teacher resulted in so much self-doubt that she almost dropped out of her Masters degree to pursue a different career all together.

"When I complained and said she made direct bigoted comments about my religion they made up so many excuses for her."

Fajer Hamoud

"It shattered me. I would have restless nights, waking up every hour from nightmares. I would break into a sweat, have anxiety attacks ... she shattered my confidence."

Advocacy and education on the effects of discrimination and racial vilification could be the solution to combat future discrimination,

“People need to be educated as to the effects of discrimination and prejudice and racial vilification," says Mr AlAssad, who finds instances of Islamophobia tend to escalate following incidents of terrorism.

The Islamophobia Register Australia research backs this claim. The academic report shows Islamophobic incidents in Australia spike significantly after every heavily reported incident of terrorism overseas.

“The prejudice intensifies and young women are targeted even more, in the workplace or wherever it may be. As an organisation dealing with young people this is a re-occurring issue,” he says.

According to research conducted by Centre for Multicultural Youth, a large percentage of Muslims in Melbourne feel they don’t belong in Australia. The study also found Muslim youth were less likely to say they could "definitely" find someone to help them if they were in trouble.

The organisation's CEO, Carmel Guerra, says what happened to Ms Hamoud, while unfortunate, isn’t uncommon among Muslim youth the Centre for Multicultural Youth has worked with.

“There are always going to be employers that are like that, and if they are we need to do something about calling them out, and making them accountable for what they’re doing and that’s what [the centre] wants to do,” Ms Guerra says.

Their research has found that many Muslims in Melbourne experience discrimination at work and also while trying finding work, which affects others from culturally linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Centre for Multicultural Youth has implemented employment programs which match youth who may have experienced discrimination with employers that are accepting of their faith and culture.

The need for better mental health support is an issue for Australian Muslims. After her experience, Ms Hamoud says she found herself depressed and anxious, however she was without mental health support and felt unable to turn to others in her community.

Next month, a specialist not-for-profit organisation, Muslim Mental Health Professionals, will launch nationally, to provide mental health support for Muslim and diverse cultural communities.

While the initiative could have come much sooner for Ms Hamoud, she believes it will help prevent others in similar situations feeling alone.

"Many Muslims who see mental health professionals find they’re often misunderstood due to their faith, which leads them to stop seeking help," says the organisation's president Aysegul Sertel, who wants to also to educate GPs and other mental health professionals about the particular cultural sensitivities to observe when treating Muslim clients.

“We have unique needs based on our faith, and other professionals working with Muslim clients experience resistance, or they don’t know how to reach out because of cultural sensitivities."





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Real Talk Podcast: Episode 2

Academy Alive





For episode 2 of  Adrian, Caz and Hajji Hussin Goss took the opportunity to sit down and spend time with one of the significant voices for the Muslim Community, Ali Kadri.

The Real Talk Podcast team got to hear the story of Ali Kadri, a man who moved to Australia to pursue his dreams, and his role as spokesperson for Muslims around Queensland and Australia.

Ali Kadri tell his stories on how he overcame his struggles as a community leader.


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"The Social Dimension of Justice in Islam:


The contribution of Theology"


Professor Syed Farid Alatas



Keynote Address 1#



On 13 and 14 July 2019, CITE held its 4th Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference: Islamic Schooling Renewal: A Focus on Social Justice. The conference and forum was held at University of Melbourne









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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 11 October 2019

TOPIC: "Mental health in Islam"
IMAM: Ahmed Naffa












Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 11 October 2019

TOPIC: "Renounce your right" Part 2 

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 11 October 2019

TOPIC: "Orphans in Islam"

IMAM: Akram Buksh










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DATE: 11 October 2019

TOPIC: "Prophet's advice to Abu Abbaas"

IMAM: Junaid Akbar



Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 11 October 2019

TOPIC: "The Umma is given double responsibility"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali









ANIC call for nationwide kuthbahs on Mental Health





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Controversial right-wing group will not host event at Trump's Mar-a-Lago    


US: The Trump Organization on Sunday said it would not host an event put on by a controversial right-wing group that has advertised its annual gala would take place next month at Mar-a-Lago.

"This event will absolutely not be taking place at Mar-a-Lago," a spokesperson for the Trump Organization told CNN Sunday.

The group, ACT for America, claims to be "the nation's largest national security grassroots organization." The organization is billed as "anti-Muslim" by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was the first to report on the gala.

According to the SPLC, tickets for the event started at $1,500 and VIP seats -- listed at $2,500 -- had already been sold out by the time the advertisement for the event stopped appearing on the organization's website.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations, told CNN Sunday that the Trump Organization's statement that Mar-a-Lago would not host the event was "welcome" news.

"I think our position from the beginning is no organization should profit from bigotry," he said. Hooper emphasized that the group's "hate-filled" reputation is well known and "a simple Google search would've uncovered it."

In 2017, ACT for America organized events in multiple US cities protesting Sharia law. While Sharia law doesn't exist in the United States, that hasn't stopped it from becoming a political issue. During President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, he said he wanted to test Muslims coming into America to make sure they don't want Sharia law to supersede the US Constitution.

More than a dozen states have passed laws to curb the possibility of Sharia law making its way onto the books in the US. ACT for America often promotes this legislation.

The organization says in its mission statement that it doesn't tolerate "any bias, discrimination, violence against anyone."



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Cambridge eco-mosque wins award for ‘innovative design’    


“It’s a very encouraging sign that an often neglected community can produce symbols of real excellence”


The new Cambridge Central Mosque

UK: The new Cambridge Central Mosque, the first purpose-built mosque in Cambridge, has been awarded a major regional planning award at the University Arms in Cambridge, an event attended by over 100 regional planning professionals.

The mosque, which opened earlier this year in March, was declared the winner at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s East of England Regional Awards for Planning Excellence 2019. The judges said the project represented “the pinnacle of public involvement, learning and understanding for planning professionals”.

The £23m project, Europe’s first eco-mosque, was built with thoughtful environmental consideration. The website states that “environmental concerns have been paramount in the design”. With natural lighting, vaulted ceilings, efficient heat pumps and rainwater used to flush WCs, the building seeks to combine elegance with environmental consciousness.

The convenor of the judging panel, David Potter, praised the “innovative design” of the “impressive community facility”. He said that the careful construction and design of the building and its surrounding gardens had resulted in “a building that will become a cultural and physical landmark in the area.”

Trustee of the mosque and Professor of Islamic Studies at Cambridge University, Abdal Hakim Murad, also known as Tim Winter, said that the award was a “very encouraging sign that an often neglected community can produce symbols of real excellence”.

The new Cambridge Central Mosque


When asked about the significance of excellent design to houses of prayer, he said that these kinds of projects can be “tricky for architects”, as “ego and rampant self-expression are frowned on, and because they have to be serene sanctuaries for so many different kinds of people”.

“The mosque, which symbolises the city's global status and multicultural population, is an important symbolic addition to a very long-standing tradition of adding wonders to the built environment which we all inhabit.”

Designated places of prayer for faiths that are not orientated towards Christianity have been hard to come by in Cambridge. An investigation this year by Varsity showed that 19 of 31 Cambridge colleges had no provision for a permanent prayer space independent of a college chapel, and other colleges only offered temporary use of rooms for prayer and meditation.

Hakim Murad said that with “census figures suggesting a Cambridge Muslim population of over five thousand, it became clear that a significant purpose-built mosque was long overdue”. He noted that, since its opening, the building “reaches its capacity of a thousand worshippers every Friday”, and that this only highlights the continued need for more purpose-built houses of prayer for the community. 





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Far right poses as protectors of women to target Muslims, official extremism report finds


Commission for Countering Extremism warns groups are ‘distorting truth’ to spread hate



Tommy Robinson was among the far-right activists who ‘exploited local grievances’ in Sunderland, report finds


UK: Far-right activists are exploiting concerns about the safety of women and children to target Muslims and ethnic minorities, an official report has found.

The Commission for Countering Extremism said some groups “deliberately distort the truth to persuade their audience to adopt discriminatory and hateful attitudes”.

The government agency’s first major report, seen exclusively ahead of its release by The Independent, warned that the tactic was drawing in white communities who would not normally support the far right, and worsening social division.

As part of research into all forms of extremism across Britain, the commission examined a series of protests sparked after a woman claimed she was gang raped by Middle Eastern migrants in Sunderland.

The report said prominent far-right figures including Tommy Robinson, Jayda Fransen and former UKIP leadership candidate Anne Marie Waters used rallies in 2016 and 2017 to “spread anti-minority and anti-Muslim agendas”.

“The marchers said they aimed to improve the safety of women and children locally,” the report said.

“However, their rhetoric targeted ethnic minorities, despite nearly 85 per cent of people convicted of sexual offences in 2018 in the Northumbria Police force area being white.”

Robinson started an online petition with more than 100,000 signatures, and funded a large advertising board and legal support for the complainant via online donations.

“Far-right agitators exploited these local grievances. Members of the movement had links to banned group National Action. The shared belief of these figures and groups was their antipathy towards minorities, immigrants and particularly Muslims.”

A similar pattern has been seen with the use of grooming gangs as a major far-right recruiting tool, which sees extremists characterise the abuse as committed solely by Muslims.



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









Halal If You Hear Me: The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3



Fatimah Asghar (Editor) and Safia Elhillo (Editor)




We live in an Islamophobic world, where Muslim people are constantly under attack, and must prove their innocence when they’ve not even committed a crime.


We also live in a world of rigid gender roles and gender violence, where women, gender non-conforming and trans people are victims of violence, and have their gender expressions, freedoms, and desires policed.


There’s pressure from both Muslims and non-Muslims to fit into severe stereotypes of Muslim identity and the ways in which it is acceptable to be Muslim.

The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me is a celebration of intersectional identity that dispels the notion that there is one correct way to be a Muslim.



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to

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: An incredibly easy loaf cake with the best crumb ever! You will love the coconut and lime flavours together!


A Quick and Easy Coconut Cake



3 eggs
1 cup yoghurt
1 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 tsp lime zest

1. In a blender jar add eggs, yoghurt, sugar, oil and vanilla. Blend well till combined
2. In a bowl sift together flour and baking powder, add in coconut and lime zest
3. Pour the blended mixture into the flour mix and fold it in. do not over mix.
4. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan, sprinkle with shredded coconut on the top and bake for 35-40 minutes at 180C.
5. When golden brown remove from the oven and wait for it to cool before slicing.




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




Baba's Halal Kitchen


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



Thick Pancakes

Thick Pancake spread with Maple Syrup (“sweetner”) and topped with Banana and Blue Berries

Brother Mostafa, who is a businessman in the Gold Coast, will demonstrate how he makes “Thick Pancakes”.









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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:
How To Love Yourself Unconditionally

How many times in a day or week do you tell someone you love them? How many times do you tell yourself that you love yourself? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? Almost never?

Observe your body and your thoughts as you try this little exercise - read this affirmation out loud:
I Love Myself.
Say it again, a few times. If you’re feeling a little uncomfortable saying it, ask yourself why. It took me 38 years to learn to love myself. My goal now is to love myself unconditionally. I am yet to master the ‘unconditonal’ aspect of self-love.

I usually do a “mirror” exercise with my clients where they look at their face in a compact mirror and say “I love you”. Only a handful of my clients have been successful at completing this exercise. Some even told me they ‘hate’ themselves. Some expressed that ‘love’ was a very strong word and they didn’t feel they deserved it. Some said ‘there was nothing there to love’. I resonate with all these statements. It’s not easy to love yourself. In fact, it’s easier to keep living in shame or guilt. But remember, what is easier to do isn’t always in alignment with ALLAH’s commandments.

“Be steadfast, enjoin kindness, avoid ignorance, and bear with patience whatever befalls you.”
(Holy Quran: Surah Luqman)

Ponder on this ayat. One can only implement this commandment if one lives with unconditional love. That unconditional love must start from unconditionally loving yourself first.

So why is it so difficult for so many people to love themselves?
It’s because we tend to forget that we are not our experiences. We are a force that can overcome experiences, no matter how negative they may be. Whatever you have been through in life, you are still here, well and alive. You made it.
I realised something when I learned to love myself. It wasn’t that I hated myself - it was that I hated all the choices I made in my life that brought about the negative experiences. It was that I hated my behaviours that I was displaying most of my life. It was that I couldn’t differentiate that my body was different from my soul. I learned self-love when I began to connect with my essential self - my intuitive voice, the voice of my soul. The voice which never misguides because it is pure and isn’t affected by past conditioning. When I began to acknowledge my authentic, essential self, I understood that I am a pure being created by ALLAH and I must love this being that dwells inside my body.


You say you care about the world
Yet you care not for yourself
You say you love the children of the world
Yet you love not the child in you
You say you forgive others
Yet you forgive not yourself
You say you want the best for others
Yet you embrace not the good that comes your way
You say you want to heal from all that causes you pain
Yet you choose to re-live painful memories everyday
You say you love ALLAH
Yet you are unkind to ALLAH’s creation that is closest to you
Yes, you are ALLAH’s creation that is closest to you
Appreciate yourself
Care for yourself
Be kind to yourself
Be compassionate with yourself
Forgive yourself
Love yourself
You are ALLAH’s creation that is closest to you.

© Princess Lakshman

Daily Practice of Self-Love

1. After salah, sit on your prayer mat for about five minutes and focus on your breathing.
2. With each in-breath, feel your body energised with light. Imagine light entering through the crown of your head and dispersing through every part of your body..
3. With each out-breath, praise ALLAH for creating you and giving you this precious body to live in. Imagine the light pouring out of your body and reaching other members in your home, your neighbours, your community, the nation, and to the rest of the world. Your mind is powerful enough to create this imagination. Praise ALLAH for the power of your beautiful mind.
4. Say these words in your mind or out loud if you are comfortable: I am a beautiful creation of ALLAH. I love myself. I receive only love, light, peace and joy. I give out only love, light, peace and joy.

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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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Keeping Fit with Kareema









My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786






Straight off the back of mental wellness awareness week, do your best to turn your negatives into positives. Not only do you need to take care of yourself, but just check-in with those around you every now and then. A snippet of your time could mean the world to someone else!

I find that exercise and taking time out on a regular basis really helps improve my mindset – believing that I can develop and improve on my skills and abilities.

Work out ways around your ‘roadblocks’ and re-think the way your think. Nurture both your body and mind.

After all, the key to wellness is being mentally stronger than you physically feel!!




Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.




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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin and Mula Nasruddin were walking down the road from the local kebab shop.


Jallalludin: "I am telling you brother, that is the Moon."

Mula Nasruddin: "No, that is the Sun."

It just happened that Habibullah was walking past.

They decided to ask him.

"Sorry! Brothers," says Habibullah. "I don't know, I do not live around these parts."





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An Ayaat-a-Week






Verily, for the righteous, are Gardens of Delight, in the Presence of their Lord.


~ Surah Al-Qalam 68:34


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"If you can't explain it simply,

you don't understand it well enough"



~ Albert Einstein




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


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Join us for this Free Women's Wellbeing workshop next Wednesday. In light of 'Mental health week' Dr Noor Azizah Tahir will enlighten participants with Quranic Remedies for better mental health with an Islamic perspective. For more details & to secure your spot please RSVP to 0404 921 620




























For details, click here




QPS/Muslim Community Reference Group



Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Date: Tuesday 12 November 2019
Venue: Australian International Islamic College
724 Blunder Rd, Durack QLD 4077

Please email any agenda items you wish to include

to by Friday 8 November.

Kindly RSVP for this meeting by Friday 8th November to










































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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(07) 3272 8071 OR 0401 971 471



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Offers Hijama Therapy and Biodynamic Cranio Sacral therapy by a Therapist who is qualified with many years of experience.

What is Hijama Therapy?
Cupping (hijama) is the best remedy recommended and used by the Messenger peace be upon him. The Messenger SAW said, "Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (hijama)…" [Sahih al-Bukharii (5371)]. He also said that on the night of Isra on SAW’s ascension to the heavens) Nabi SAW did not pass by an angel except that it said to him, "Oh Muhammad, order your Ummah (nation) with cupping (hijama)." [Sahih Sunan Tirmidhi (3479)]. This shows the importance and greatness of this Sunnah.

'Hijama' in arabic is derived from 'hajm' which means 'sucking'. Cupping (hijama) is the process of applying cups to various points on the body by removing the air inside the cups to form a vacuum.

Hijama cupping therapy can be either wet, dry or moving but the most effective is wet unless existing conditions disallow. Dry and Moving are not from the Sunan but the treatment grants relief from a large number of ailments.

Hijama is from the Sunan, using Hijama in an extended way brings healing using the Sunan way.


This month’s Sunnah days coincide with October on the 17, 19 and 21. Make your appointments timeously and prepare for the procedure by fasting for at least 3 hours prior.

What is Biodynamic Cranio Sacral therapy?

BCST is an advanced body/mind therapy that combines a Western scientific understanding of the body with mindfulness skills, a unique type of touch and an appreciation of the body’s ability to heal itself.


Biodynamic touch is a particular type of touch. It is light and reverential. There is never any pressure, manipulation or force. Your therapist is trained to create a calm, still and embodied presence. This type of touch and presence enables you to feel safe, supported and held. This sense of safety allows your brain to switch from flight or fight to rest and repair. It is in this state that healing and change can begin to take place.


What Makes BCST Unique?

 BCST is gentle, non invasive and no force or manipulations are used in the treatment

 The therapy is client led, the treatment pace is set by you and the requirements of your body

 BCST acknowledges the whole person and that emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health are all interconnected

 The understanding of the body’s intelligence to heal and facilitate self repair is central to the therapy

 Clients report feeling deeply listened to on all levels

 BCST is a progressive therapy that embraces the latest findings in medical science and the wisdom of traditional healing arts

 Biodynamic touch is a powerful tool to stimulate the brain to make new connections






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Donations & Appeals







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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"If it's not here's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email






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19 October



Victims of War: FUND RAISER Dinner



Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0415 786 643

6.30PM sharp

2 November


Muslimah Night Bazaar
$2 entry
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















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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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