EST. 2004


Sunday 20 October 2019 | Issue 0780



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Shahid Islam remembered fondly The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Wisdom College teacher Canan Coskun up for TEACHX award CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
MCF MAA Drought Appeal Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
Academy Alive Update Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Husic: Australia isn’t taking rise of far-right extremism seriously

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Islam in Australia survey: CLOSING THIS WEEK

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Ms Saeed speaks on Sexual Violence

 The CCN Classifieds

Exploring the Covenants

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Busy week for the IWAA Team

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Follow the adventures of Rowah and Amani

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

ANIC Portfolio

Keeping Fit with Kareema

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Rabia wins Dame Marie Bashir Peace Award Donations & Appeals Disclaimer
Halal Curls Real chat with Rita Write For Us
Baron helped Islam bloom in Australia  
People's Choice award public voting now open  
MAA Qurban Report  
Melbourne's first Mosque turns 50  
Halal Curls  
Muslim Crescent Scout Group begins  
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The 2020 Muslim 500 

The untold stories of the women Australia doesn’t want back 






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Overflow into the carpark of the Kuraby Mosque


Hundreds of mourners gathered at local Mosques to farewell 36-year-old Shahid Islam who was killed this week when his car was hit head-on by a stolen car in Brisbane's north.

Prayers were held at the Kuraby Mosque for the father of one who was a passionate cricketer about to embark on a new chapter in his life.

So many people showed up to pay their respects that an overflow prayer area was set up in the mosque's car park.

Mr Islam was preparing to move his family to their newly built home in Griffin, north of Brisbane.

He was travelling from his new house to the Windsor apartment where his family had been living when he was killed in Bald Hills around midnight on Tuesday.

A man driving in a stolen car on the wrong side of the Bruce Highway smashed into Mr Islam's hatchback.

Speaking outside the mosque before the service, family friend Maxi Haque said Mr Islam's wife was "devastated".

"She does not have any family here, which is a big challenge, but all her friends are here," he said.

"Trying to remember all the good moments that we spent together in the last eight years I've known him and cherish all the good memories.

"We had a lot of people visit her and come to support her. She's getting there slowly.

"Some people are really angry, but we are actually requesting that everyone cooperates with the authorities."

Mr Haque said family and friends had been amazed by the support they have received from people across Australia.

"People have been very supportive and sending their condolences. I thank everyone," Mr Haque said.

After the janaza on Thursday night, Mr. Shahid Islam was laid to rest at Mt Gravatt Cemetery on Friday at 3pm.






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She is known as the ‘Mother of Wisdom’ by students and staff. Now this Brisbane teacher has been recognised as one of the state’s most exceptional teachers. Canan Coskun is the head of primary at Wisdom College on Brisbane's southside.


SHE is known as the ‘Mother of Wisdom’ by students and staff.

Now Wisdom College teacher Canan Coskun’s has been recognised as one of the state’s most exceptional teachers.

Mrs Coskun’s deep care and concern for her staff and students, and her history at the Calamvale school, even before it opened, has earned her much-loved nickname and a finalist place in the Outstanding Contribution to School Community category of the Queensland College of Teachers TEACHX Awards.

Ten years ago, Mrs Coskun was involved in gaining the school’s accreditation, looking at the potential site, getting council approval, establishing resources and writing the school’s values.

The following year she was its first teacher, with a composite class of Years 2 to 4.

The college is a small, non-denominational, independent school, which has a community in which 45 national and ethnic backgrounds are represented amongst 305 students and staff members.

Every morning Ms Coskun is on a mission to have all of them share a positive experience there.

As part of her pastoral care goals, she visits families’ homes, which also provides invaluable information as to how to best teach the children.

“One year a refugee family arrived from Somalia, and I knew they were struggling,” she said.

“The lady had 10 children. I’ve got three adult daughters, they’re 19, 21 and 23. My oldest one, she’s also a teacher in high school. I said, ‘Let’s go and visit them. Let’s take some nice gifts for the mum and see if they need anything or if the school can assist them any further’.”

“It goes beyond education. It goes beyond the maths and English that their daughters are learning in the classroom. I wanted to make sure that those girls were happy … that they don’t have any anxieties about being in a new country.”

Mrs Coskun said the experience was an eye opener for herself and her daughters. Since the visit she and the mother have grown close and Mrs Coskun has assisted where she can.

She said the generosity of the families she meets is lovely and they display an innate kindness, something she highly values and tries to practise.

“Just be kind. Model kindness. Show kindness. To embrace everyone and have a heart so big that everyone fits into it,” she said.

Her generosity and skill at building positive relationships is reflected in gestures big and small.

Whether it be asking a relief teacher how their day was, or creating the ‘Fabulous Friday’ breakfasts where staff come before school and have breakfast arranged by Mrs Coskun and the Wellbeing Committee, it has built morale and connections, with people working together more.

“It sounds really insignificant and small, but I noticed something happening and I noticed that teachers were actually happier. They would thank me, and they would tell me that they werereally looking forward to Friday for the breakfast,” she said. “Once we’ve got those relationships right, the rest will come.”

Mrs Coskun is very humbled to have even been nominated. She said she feels privileged to do her job.

“I tell my students, ‘Deep down in my heart I want every one of you to be successful,” she said.

You might be engineers, entrepreneurs, managers, teachers, one day’. I say that one of the greatest things you can do is give back to the society you are in.”

The winners of the TEACHX Awards will be announced on October 24, on the eve of World Teachers’ Day in Australia. Finalists receive $500 for professional development, with winners
receiving $5000.

The Courier Mail



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On Saturday 2nd November 2019, the Muslim Charitable Foundation and Muslim Aid Australia are co-ordinating an effort to distribute 10 trucks of clean water and 10 trucks of hay to drought affected farmers in Stanthorpe.

This is being done in co-ordination with various Muslim charities from NSW, Victoria and overseas. Various business organisations have also agreed to sponsor some of the trucks of water and hay.

The trucks will leave from Brisbane on Saturday morning and will travel to Stanthorpe’s Showgrounds to begin distributing the water and hay to farmers affected by the drought.

Last year, the community raised enough money to deliver 154 tonnes of hay to the affected areas in and around Goondiwindi; and in September this year we delivered 196 000 litres of water to Stanthorpe.

Anyone wishing to donate towards this worthy cause, can deposit directly into our account. Tax receipt will be issued on request.

Name: Muslim Charitable Foundation
Bank: Bank of Queensland
BSB: 124-155
Acc: 2089-7395
Ref: Water

Contact persons:

Yusuf Khatree (0401 246 228)
Riyaad Ally (0434 984 520)



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We are very excited to announce that the first Muslim scouting group in Queensland, the Muslim Crescent Scout Group, will be opening for registrations on October 27t.h . This is an initiative of the Hurricane Stars Club who wanted to be able to offer a consistence and structured youth program for the community that provided children and youth, from ages 5 to 25 years old, with a safe space to socialise, have new experiences and grow through adventures and activities. We want to create a safe space for Muslim children where their parents know that the food will be halal, prayer times will be observed, hijab will be respected and Islamic festivals will be celebrated.

Our plans to start a scout group happily coincided with a change in Scouts QLD policies, programs and organisational structure to be more multicultural and diverse. When we contacted them to discuss starting a scout group they were excited to support the initiative. As a part of their new diversity program they had a number of new scout groups that catered to a specific community. They have a Chinese group, a Buddhist group, Coptic group and a Polish group, who’s members were from specific demographics. That is why when choosing a name for the group they wanted our group name to have the word Muslim in it, so that it was clearly identifiable.

Starting the scout group has taken 9 months since first meeting with Scouts QLD management and then holding information sessions to recruit scout leaders to run the program. Finding scout leaders was the hardest part because although the scouting movement is the largest non-governmental youth organisation in the world, with 45 million members in most countries across the world, a large portion of the Brisbane Muslim community has no idea what scouts is.

The second biggest problem was that to be a scout leader, a trainee leader needs to go away on a 2 day training camp at the scouts training centre in Samford, 1 hour north of Brisbane. Going away on this camp was the major obstacle that stopped many people from wanting to train to be scout leader. Women thought that their families could not cope without them for 2 days and unmarried girls were not allowed to go away overnight. Alhamdillah we were able to find 4 females and 1 male who were willing to do the training.


Last weekend, October 11-13, they went on the training course and they are all completed their qualifications to be scout leaders. The trainee leaders attendance at the training course has been an important perception changing opportunity for many of the other scout leaders who had little contact with Muslims and we also started creating a change in the way Scouts QLD run their programs. We are very proud that as a result of us starting the Muslim Crescent Scout Group, they have started to think about how to make their programs suitable for Muslim participants. They consulted with us to develop an official policy for all scout groups to follow to accommodate Muslim members and it was sent out to all Scouts QLD members. On the training camp they used only halal meat so that they leaders could share the food and they arranged a special room for Muslim scout leaders to pray each day.

The biggest impact the trainee leaders had was by just attending the trainee camp. On the very first night, after talking to the Muslim trainee leaders about their needs and the challenges they face, the senior leadership of Scouts QLD realised (in their own words) that they were talking about being multicultural but they still conducted their activities to suit white, middle class, urban Australian young people. Our presence at the course has started discussions for how they can change to be more genuinely inclusive. The other scout leader trainees told our Muslim scout trainee leaders, on the last day of the camp, that they had little interaction with Muslims and did not kn
ow how to react and treat them when they first arrived. After 2 days the barriers had been broken down through working together on a variety of activities and the other participants realised that the Muslim leaders were no different than everyone else.

The Muslim Crescent Scout Group will hold their activities at the Hurricane Stars Club Centre in Logan Central. They will meet every Sunday afternoon during school term from 3 to 4:30pm. They are starting with two scout group sections – Cub Scouts for children aged 7 to 11 and Scouts aged from 11 to 15 years old. On Sunday October 27 at the Hurricane Stars Club Centre there will be a registration session from 3 to 5pm for parents who want to find out more about what is scouts and enrol their children. At the registration session there will be a variety of scouting activities that children can have fun trying, like archery and learning simple survival skills, to give them an understanding of the various kinds of activities they will be doing as scouts. Scouts is not a free program and parents will need to pay a yearly membership fee to Scouts QLD.

For more information about what scouts is all about and the Muslim Crescents Scout group please go to our website -






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Academy Alive Update







It has been another busy week for Academy Alive. After returning from Melbourne their first event of the Australian Tour.

With over 60 keen learners showing up the their event at the Pillars of Guidance Community Centre. The event was a sell-out.

With the next stop being Darwin. The Academy Alive team requests the Duas of the Brothers & Sisters around Australia to continue their journies.

On another note, the Academy Alive team saw the release of their episodes 3 & 4 of Real Talk Podcast with Robbie Hamzah. and Nadia Saeed. Two individuals who have contributed so much to the community.

Like, share and support Academy Alive's Real Talk Podcast on YouTube and Spotify.





#3 Robbie "Hamza" Maestracci. The power of a mothers prayer (dua)






#4 Nadia Saeed. 2019 Winner of the Ministers Multicultural Award





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Labor MP Ed Husic is urging Australia to take the threat posed by right-wing extremism more seriously, in the wake of a spate of concerning incidents.

The rising tide of right-wing extremism in Australia needs to be taken more seriously, Labor MP Ed Husic has warned.

Mr Husic made the assertion in a powerful speech in Parliament’s Federation Chamber on Tuesday night, calling for a tougher stance on extremism.

“We have got to take seriously white supremacists and far-right extremism,” he said in his speech.

“We need to take this seriously. We need to deal with it now.”

His comments have been backed by counter-terrorism experts calling for increased vigilance to tackle the extremist threat.

Mr Husic, who is Australia’s first Muslim member of Parliament, cited an incident last week in which a “man with a machete” walked up to the Holland Park Mosque in Brisbane, terrifying four worshippers in the building.

The same mosque was the target of a graffiti attack last month when swastikas and a reference to the suspect behind the Christchurch terror attacks vandalised the building.

“This isn't right, and it is raising a point and reinforcing a point that I've been raising with the government,” the Labor MP said.

“This stuff is rearing its head in the US, and we've seen it a number of times this year where people have been the victim of some terrible behaviour that has resulted in the loss of life.”

In his speech, Mr Husic backing the concerns raised by the experts.

“The point is this: I don't care if it's Islamist-inspired or supremacist-inspired, if it represents a threat to the Australian people it should be taken seriously,” he said.

“And I'm telling you now, based on the briefings I've received, we are not taking this seriously. We reckon that we're only following a few people on this issue here in this country.”



On Thursday, Labor MP Anne Aly – a former academic specialising in countering violent extremism – said the recognition of the threat was “a long time coming” and suggested Australia had been slow to recognise the alleged Christchurch massacre shooter was “one of us”.

Ed Husic questioned why Asio had not noted the links between rightwing extremists in the United States and Australia, and suggested the federal government spends “more money on government advertising than on countering violent extremism”.

The Guardian



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

This survey hopes to find out how Islam is experienced, understood and expressed by Muslim Australians in relation to identity, sources of information that are most important and how they are interpreted. The survey also asks questions about various issues concerning Islam in society, social connections within Muslim communities and with wider society, as well as views on how Islam is represented.

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


Click here to take the survey now.



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Ms Nadia Saeed spoke at the 2019 Sexual Violence Awareness Month Afternoon Tea during the week. The Sexual Violence Prevention Framework was also officially released.


Ms Saeed said: "There needs to be a much stronger collaboration between schools, not-profits and the government on working out how to tailor this approach to particular communities. Education on consent and where the line is drawn between respect and harm is an area that needs much further development and I believe will be improved as a result of this framework."



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Assoc. Prof Halim Rane was in Istanbul last week for a second workshop on the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad.


"There has been quite a bit more evidence gathered since our last meeting in January," Halim Rane posted.


These documents are pledges of protection from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to Christian, Jewish and other monotheistic communities in Arabia, Persia, Egypt, Greater Syria and beyond.

In addition to the numerous copies that have been examined and found to have consistency with various verses of the Quran, matching phrases, accurate dates when compared with the Islamic calendar, the workshop also found references to the Covenants in early Muslim and Christian sources, including books by Islamic jurists and letters of Christian bishops.


Read the workshop proceedings here.




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Meet Rowah and Amani, this fierce mother-daughter duo are ready to take on the world and win the race no matter the obstacles.

The Amazing Race Australia | Premieres Monday October 28 on 10



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ANIC Portfolio









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Rabia Rasul (centre)


NSW: Rabia Rasul 17, a year 12 student at Mount Saint Benedict College was recognised with the Dame Marie Bashir Peace Award at a ceremony held at the NSW Parliament House on Monday 30 September 2019.

The award was presented to Rabia by the former governor of NSW Professor Marie Bashir helself along with the National Council of Women of New South Wales, in recognition of her commitment and her efforts to raise money for charity.

The Dame Marie Bashir Peace Award recognises women who have made an outstanding contribution to harmony in many ways, and those who have fostered harmonious relationships and shown persistence and courage in the field of peace and harmony within the wider society.

Rabia’s involvement in various multicultural activities, including her organisation of Harmony Day events in 2016 and 2018 where she raised over $7500 for Careflight and her role in advocating and embracing the need for cultural diversity in the community have led her being the recipient of this award.

Through the eagerness and vision that she possesses, she has been the recipient of many awards honoring her devotion towards great causes, and her passion in going out of her way to help others has officially been recognised.




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Halal Curls







Episode 1 No Naseeb
After getting passed over for a promotion, Mouna, a 20-something workaholic Hijabi, decides to take control of her 'naseeb' (destiny), but her pushy fiancee, Tarek, and overbearing family have other plans in store for her.

Episode 2 Not Even Water
When Mouna misses 'suhoor' (morning meal) during Ramadan, her limits are tested when she's tasked with buying a new outfit to meet Tarek's parents and comes up against a gossiping group of Hijabis, while absolutely starving.

Episode 3 Going Up
When a new diversity position is announced at her work, Mouna must face off against Rakesh a pansexual South-East Asian co-worker, and prove to her boss who is more diverse and suitable for the top job.

Episode 4 For the Likes
After her younger sister Fatty is catfished, Mouna must protect her family name by breaking into a private chat group of sinister men before 'nude' photos of her sister are leaked online.

Episode 5 After Hours
During a Layliah (Muslim Hen's night), Mouna and her older cousin Foufou agree to have a 'drama-free' night with no men. Chaos ensues when Tarek turns up unannounced.

Episode 6 Driving Lessons
After Mouna is offered a scholarship to study at her dream grad school, family drama makes her question whether she's ready to accept her uncertain future or not. (Final)


Watch all episodes on ABC iView.




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 Baron von Frankenberg reinvigorated Sufism in Australia when he arrived in 1927.


Baron Friedrich von Frankenberg was an unusual pioneer of the Sufi movement in Australia.

The German aristocrat was known as a bon vivant with an early and strong spiritual compass.

But his real quest for meaning came after he was conscripted to the German army during World War I.

"He prayed to whatever God he conceived, that if he could be released from the army he would devote his life to spiritual matters," says Celia Genn, vice president of the Sufi Society of Australia.

While Sufism had been present in Australia well before 1927 — some of the cameleers who came from Afghanistan, India and surrounding countries in the 19th century were Sufis — the baron's arrival reinvigorated the mystical religion.

And it signalled the start of the multi-ethnic blooming of Islam in Australia, which would expand when new arrivals from across Europe, Russia and Cyprus gathered after World War II to form a diverse group.

A 'unity of religious ideals'
Baron van Frankenberg was "quite an extroverted character", says Dr Genn, who completed her PhD on the history of Sufism in Australia.

It was a family connection that brought him to Australia in 1927, where he would stay until his death in 1950.

He was born to an Australian woman, Jessie Elliot, and into the German aristocracy on his father's side.

The young baron was searching for spiritual direction when he first encountered Sufism — the mystical arm of Islam, concerned with an inwards, spiritual connection to God through meditation.

After his release from the army, he encountered Inayat Khan, the Sufi master who brought Islamic mysticism to the West, and whose writings were published in newspapers at the time.

Dr Genn says these writings prompted the baron to travel to France to study with Mr Khan in 1925 — an experience that cemented his commitment to Sufism.

The "training in how to explore the inner life really struck a note with him", Dr Genn says.

He was drawn to the "unity of religious ideals … that honours all religions equally", and wanted to tap into the wisdom that might be gained from learning about other religious traditions.

According to Dzavid Haveric, this plurality is a theme that defined Islam in Australia in the post-war years.

A 'rather invisible' Islam
The baron was a "pioneer of the Sufi movement in Australia", says Dr Haveric, an adjunct research fellow at Charles Sturt University.

The German collected a large library of books of "oriental traditions and literature", which Dr Haveric says formed "the core resource for Australia's first Sufi group".

He was an important example for Muslim traditions that would grow in later decades.

Following World War II, under the White Australia policy, Muslim migrants from Cyprus, Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia made Australia home.

Ships started to bring "a polyglot multi-ethnic and multicultural human cargo", according to Dr Haveric.

He writes that during the early post-war period, "Islam was ignored in the public arena simply because there was a small number of Muslims and they were in dispersed settlements."

"Visible Islamic buildings like minarets didn't exist," Dr Haveric explained to RN's Religion and Ethics Report. "The Muslim community was a rather invisible community."

The decades following World War II were an important time in Australia.

The country signed the UN's International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1966, the White Australia policy was coming to an end and multiculturalism was becoming the focus.

Moving to Australia was an enriching experience for Muslim migrants, who "found Islam more pluralistic and more sophisticated", Dr Haveric says.

Unlike their countries of origin, "they met Muslim fellows from many different ethnic, racial, cultural, sectarian and linguistic backgrounds".

Sufism in Australia
Soon after his arrival in Australia, the baron settled in Camden, in south-west NSW with his Australian wife, Olive Pauline Ward Taylor, also known by her Sufi name, Lila.

The couple was well-liked — the baron's generosity and learned nature attracted mureeds, or students, to his house, where they would work and study with him.

He had wide-ranging influence in the worldwide Sufi community, and in 1939 he organised the visit of a renowned Sufi leader, or Murshida — a woman who was a devotee of Mr Khan.

Murshida Rabia Martin was born Ada Ginsberg, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants to America.

"She made and felt an immediate connection with Inayat Khan," Dr Genn says, and the two stayed in close contact through letters for many years until Mr Khan's death in 1927.

Rabia Martin's visit to Australia was significant because she provided a strong link between Australian Sufis and their founder, Mr Khan.


Murshida Rabia Martin was born Ada Ginsberg to Russian Jewish immigrants to America.

After the baron's death in 1950, he was succeeded in Australia by the poet and artist Francis Brabazon, a devoted student of Meher Baba, another early spiritual teacher who gained a loyal following in the west.

Several Sufi orders are flourishing in Australia today.

Dr Haveric writes that through their "thankfulness to God", renouncing certain aspects of materialism and interfaith interactions, the various Sufi orders in Australia have become "anchored in the multicultural milieu".




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The Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA), hosted annually by Mission of Hope, aims to acknowledge and celebrate some of our most respected community leaders from across the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors.

The People’s Choice award category is a public vote:

Please note the following voting guidelines:

– Voting is only for Muslims living in Australia.
– Only one vote per person permitted.
– Duplicate votes and unverified accounts will not be considered
– You must include a valid email and contact number for verification
– You must be at least 16 years of age

Deadline for voting is Friday the 10th of November 2019.

Please email  or any enquiries.

Click here to access the voting form



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The Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their mosque in Drummond Street, Carlton North. It was the first mosque in Melbourne when it opened in 1969, and it became a place for Albanian Muslims in Australia to express their religion, as well as providing a sense of community and unification.

“Over the years the mosque has been used not only for worship, but also for wedding services, religious education, funeral services, meetings, tours and also social gatherings,” says Indira Kulafi, who is part of the AAIS Women’s Committee.

The AAIS holds community events and activities, including getting involved in National Tree Day, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Red Cross blood donation, AAIS open days and a number activities out of their youth centre in Truganina.

“The mission has always been to not only be an organisation for the Albanian community, but also to reach out by promoting harmony, mutual understanding and cooperation among the broader Australian community as well,” says Indira.

Street festival celebrating 50 years
AAIS are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the mosque with a free street festival open to the whole community. Join them at the mosque in Carlton North on Sunday 17 November for guided tours, Albanian folk dancing, arts and craft activities, face painting, food trucks, Albanian desserts and more!

Visit the AAIS Facebook page for more information. 



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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 2020 Muslim 500








We have to strike a balance of responsibility between our duty to update other sources of energy, protecting our environment and ensuring a proper legacy for the next generation.”

“We have to ensure the new generation is equipped with knowledge and science so they can represent our competitive advantage in front of the whole world. Our only choice is quality.”

20% – of Abu Dhabi’s population is Emirati.

$2.3 billion allocated for defence spending in 2019.

Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces


Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as well as next in line to be President of the United Arab Emirates. He is the third son of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the widely-respected first President of the UAE who ruled from independence in 1971 until his death in 2004.


Military Leadership: Sheikh Mohammed has transformed the military capabilities of the UAE not only through buying military hardware (over 80 F-16 jets), but also by developing UAE’s own industry, both hardware and special forces. All of these have also been deployed in various conflicts including Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen. The UAE is increasingly becoming an important centre for global weapons trading, with Abu Dhabi host to one of the world’s largest defence expos.

Influence in the US and Beyond: Sheikh Mohammed had an excellent relationship with President Obama until the US-Iran nuclear deal was brokered. With the arrival of President Trump, Sheikh Mohammed has found someone who again listens to his views and by increasing his lobbying power in the US he has managed to have his views heard on Iran, the Muslim brotherhood, Palestine and the support of a young Saudi prince. Further, Sheikh Mohammed has shown that he is his own man, following policies that the US does not support publicly; the support of Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, and the blockade on Qatar. Involvement in other key issues show that the UAE is punching above its weight in international affairs. Its involvement in Yemen has become increasingly complex with a recent split with Saudi policy meaning their respective proxies on the ground fighting each other as well as local forces and proxies of Iran. The humanitarian disaster in Yemen is of an immense magnitude with many voices squarely laying the brunt of blame on UAE and Saudi.

Economic Development: With Abu Dhabi sitting on the 10th of the world’s proven oil reserves, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan maintains immense political influence in the Muslim World as a leading member of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company—which directs development efforts for the UAE’s role in the oil and gas industries. He also controls one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds (600 billion dollars). He has overseen a construction boom which includes man-made islands, entertainment parks and museum franchises of the Louvre and Guggenheim.

Sustainable Development and Conservationist: Sheikh Mohammed has been a champion of sustainable development in Abu Dhabi as an advocate for the implementation of green technologies. He pledged $15 billion for the development of clean energy through solar, wind and hydrogen power. He is also a keen falconer and is committed to protecting falcons and other species in the region.

Philanthropy and Tolerance: Sheikh Mohammed is noted for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts in charitable giving. He has donated billions of dollars to various causes, including DH55 million to the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, and purchasing vaccines in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The UAE is home to a diverse workforce and has been keen to show respect to other religions and cultures. It has allowed various houses of worship to be built and it hosted Pope Francis on a recent trip. The UAE has also created a “Ministry of Tolerance” and declared 2019 the official “Year of Tolerance.”





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

‘I’m broken’
As soon as they arrived, Kaled went off to be trained as an Islamic State fighter and Mariam was left to take care of the house.

Three months later, when Mariam was close to giving birth, Kaled was killed in a coalition air strike on his training camp.

“The first shock of entering and being in Syria, you’d think that would be the biggest thing. But every event that happened after that only got harder and harder,” she said.

Mariam tried to escape but was caught and returned to Islamic State.

She was forced to re-marry twice after Kaled died.

Her second husband was also killed when she was nine months pregnant.

As Islamic State suffered military defeat after defeat, she and her children were pushed deeper and deeper into catastrophe.

Mariam and dozens of other Australian women and children eventually ended up in Islamic State’s last stronghold, the town of Baghouz.

Among the last people living under IS, they were trapped, huddled in trenches covered by blankets and tarps, and starving.

Under constant bombardment, the town was surrounded by snipers.

“In front of our own eyes, three people got shot in one day. A five-year-old girl from my community was shot,” Mariam said.

For the young woman from suburban Sydney, the four-year nightmare in Syria had reached unimaginable depths.

“I was barely able to walk. I couldn’t wash clothes. I had to cook on a wood fire,” she said.

“I’m finished. I am done. I’m broken. I’ve been through so much, I can’t anymore. I’m a nervous wreck. I need my Dad.”.







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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.....




Mariyam-Elayne Crenan, an Australian-born Muslim of a Javanese heritage, remembered her childhood in Mackay in these terms: My family were poor and my father had a small cane farm with his two brothers.


I remember my father training with other Volunteer Defence Corps members in long grass using broom sticks as guns.


Fred Atim Shandiman, a third generation Javanese Australian, enlisted in the AIF having trained in Wacol, Brisbane, for about four months before being sent to Japan. However, he was brought back in an aircraft because “he looked like Japanese,” although he was not discharged from the army. His brother was killed in the war in Papua New Guinea.


Many other Islanders served the war efforts as civilians. Among them was Ali Drummond, who in World War II served in the Civilian Construction Corporation in the Torres Strait. His mother was from the Yadhaigana and Wuthuthi Aboriginal peoples of Cape York Peninsula, and his father was from Sarawak, Borneo. In 1999, Ali received a Civilian Medal for his services to the Defence Force in Torres Strait and later in Townsville.


About his Muslim Malay heritage and identification as a Torres Strait Islander, his granddaughter Samantha Faulkner recalled that Ali was a respected elder and recognised across Australia. He was a cultural ambassador for Thursday Island and the Torres Strait, educating people about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, thus assisting greatly in the subsequent reconciliation project.64 In 1998, he was named the NAIDOC Sportsperson of the Year for his contribution to lawn bowls and later named Senior Australian Achiever of the Year. He was considered “an outstanding role model for a lifetime of community service.”


Although both his parents were adherents to the Muslim faith, Ali was not taught their religion. He embraced Christianity.










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Real chat with Rita




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



Courage in Western Qld


A sister who lives in a small town in western Qld is telling her story of what it’s like to wear hijab.

She has been publicly taunted while walking down the street with her daughter. A young man would follow them closely behind and yell aggressively “Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar”. This happened on five separate occasions. Her daughter became very fearful. The police said there is nothing they can do. The young man is a player in the local football club where her daughter also plays. There is so much police could be doing, along with the football club.

She has received contemptible comments at public memorial events for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, because of a misguided view that she must be against the Australian Defence forces. It’s required of Islam according to popular extremist narratives that run online.

As an Australian Muslim, who reverted a number of years ago, she is deeply affronted by this suggestion. She supports many veteran services like Mates for Mates and Soldier On, and has had family and friends serve in various wars in the Australian Defence Force.

After the Christchurch massacre, a parent of her daughter’s friend said, “Muslims had it coming.” She could only stare back, speechless.

His daughter also referred to her as ‘ghost’ to her face, referring to her hijab. Can you imagine how you would feel if a child referred to you that way? Knowing that prejudice is being imparted wholesale, generation to generation…

When her family applied to develop a plot of land for their family home, a petition was started to council against them, and they were harassed and stalked at their property.

She continues to feel very uncomfortable at school drop offs and pick ups, and has spoken to the school principal who didn’t propose to do anything in response. Her attempt to set up an interfaith community group was blocked by a community forum.

This is her testimony of what it is like living as a Muslim revert in a rural town.

Alhamdulillah, through all these tests, Allah gives her strength. But the impacts on her wellbeing and family’s wellbeing is huge and ongoing.

The Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN) is working with her to open doors of possible action through the QLD Human Rights Commission and Islamophobia Register. Community peace building is the goal but sometimes a bit of extra outside help is needed to get things started.

As the Holy Qur’an most beautifully surmises,


"People, We have created you all male and female and have made you families and nations so that you would that you may know each other. The noblest of you, in the sight of  God, is the best in conduct. God is All-knowing and All-aware.”


Sometimes the most difficult of community situations is an opportunity, insha-Allah, to build formidable ties.

If you have any ideas or a message of support you would like me to send on to this sister, please write to



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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Attacks at Australian Mosques Continue: An Interview With ANIC’s Bilal Rauf




ANIC Spokesperson, Bilal Rauf

A man carrying a machete approached a number of worshippers on their way to the side entrance of Holland Park Mosque in Brisbane’s southside at around 8.30 pm last Wednesday. After being alerted to his presence, the congregants rushed inside and locked themselves in.

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) issued a statement in the wake of the latest “potentially life threatening incident” at Holland Park Mosque, in which it calls on local authorities to “take more seriously the risks and dangers of white extremist and nationalist ideology”.

Sydney Criminal Lawyers spoke to ANIC spokesperson Bilal Rauf about the spike in Islamophobic attacks in this country, the inadequacy of the responses from authorities in the face of increasing white nationalism, and the need for legislative action.


Firstly, last week, a man carrying a machete approached a number of congregants at Brisbane’s Holland Park Mosque. Mr Rauf, what actually happened?

As I understand, there was a group of congregants, who were walking towards the mosque. One of the residents on the street saw a man walking towards them with a machete. The neighbour called out to them, at which point, they all raced into the mosque and locked the doors.

At that point, the man was seen to walk off and he didn’t return.

But, this is not the first time something like this has happened at the mosque of late. How is the local Muslim community feeling about it?

They’re feeling very distressed about what’s been happening. Recently, the mosque was subject to some graffitiing. And not just any graffiti, but the praising of Tarrant.

And also, with the graffiti “remove kebab”, which is a term that’s derived from overseas white supremacist groups, who have referred to it as meaning remove Muslims, or annihilate Muslims. That was scrawled on the wall of the mosque as well.

So, naturally, incidents such as that – and seeing somebody walking towards worshippers with a machete at a mosque – has created a heightened sense of fear and concern.

Recent Islamophobic incidents haven’t been limited to Holland Park Mosque either. What else has been occurring?

There have been other places of worship targeted as well. The Canberra Mosque was broken into, and books and things were strewn on the ground. Shelves were also pulled to the ground. It was left in a mess.

But, more generally, there’s certainly been increased reports coming back through to the Imams Council, and also the Islamophobia Register, whereby a lot of females have been approached in public spaces: shopping centres, public transport.

This has been particularly with women wearing the veil, who are identifiable. They’ve been approached and comments have been made. There’s been aggressive body language towards them. Some of them have also been with children.

So, there’s been a spike in incidents such as that. And unfortunately, those most exposed tend to be the ones most vulnerable.

What’s the Australian National Imams Council putting these anti-Muslim incidents down to? And are they on the increase at present?

Leading up to and close to the Christchurch tragedy, there was a more enabling environment, where media and politicians were more readily utilising language directed at Muslims, which fostered a certain contempt or hatred.

You had the Fraser Anning statement. There were the Pauline Hanson statements. Then there were media reports about Coalition ministers in the past suggesting an opportunity to utilise Muslims as a way to garner votes. All of that creates an enabling environment.

There’s no doubt there was also an increase in right-wing extremist ideologies coming to the surface, and people were feeling more emboldened to speak out as to those ideologies.

A lot of it culminates in conduct against the people who are the subject of those ideologies. And this leads to the feelings of hate and contempt being made manifest against them.

How would you say the authorities are responding to the issue at present?

The reality is it probably hasn’t been given the same level of urgency or priority, as say religious motivated terrorism, where you suddenly see a raft of legislation being passed.

Whereas here, there’s been nothing in terms of legislative response, and also in terms of how the authorities have responded to and reviewed such incidents, as well as the resources that have been directed to investigating and following up on such incidents.

It appears, at least anecdotally to us, that the response has been somewhat limited. So, that makes it all the more challenging.

But, these are things that we are having written dialogues with the agencies about, in the hope that more urgency will be attached to it.

For instance, following the Holland Park incident, a statement was put out by the Queensland community imploring politicians and agencies to put more resources and attention into these matters, because there hasn’t been to date.

The last thing we want is a tragedy such as Christchurch happening here.

And lastly, Mr Rauf, what is the ANIC calling on the Australian government to do about increasing nationalist mobilisation in this country?

Acknowledge that it is a real issue. It is an issue that’s now beginning to have impact at a broader level. And it also carries significant risks and dangers, so there needs to be attention given to it in terms of legislative response.

But, also allocating resources so that appropriate agencies are able to investigate and pursue these issues with the same vigour that they have in pursuing other matters in the past. For instance, so-called religious-based conduct.

We have now an increasing threat from a certain ideology and a group of people, who prescribe to that ideology, yet it appears there’s very little being done. And certainly, on social media and other places it’s rampant.


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Far-Right French Politician's Racist Abuse Against Muslim Woman






When a far-right French politician told a Muslim woman to take off her hijab, this is how the region's president clapped back.










One of the world's fastest bowlers!


Meet Shabnim Ismail






She's one of the world's fastest bowlers and she's playing for Yorkshire Diamonds in the Kia Super League this summer.

Meet South Africa speedster Shabnim Ismail.


She is currently one of the fastest bowlers in women's cricket and has come a long way since her international debut in January 2007. Meet Shabnim Ismail – South Africa's best in the business.

"I always set goals for myself in every game or every tournament I play, I want to be first the best human being that I can be, and then be the best bowler of my team and to always be a team player. I want to be the best bowler in the world."

Ismail had an annus mirabilis, finishing as South Africa's highest wicket-taker in the limited-overs formats in 2018, claiming 14 scalps in one-day internationals and 20 in Twenty20 Internationals.

She opened up to ICC Cricket 360 about how she started her cricketing journey, on becoming her country's first-choice fast bowler, her bowling partnership with Marizanne Kapp, the recent growth of women's cricket, and more.


Watch below!










Mental Illness is NOT a Punishment

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Mohamed Hoblos speaks out on mental health..








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Muslim families weren't allowed to board NYC ferry after being labeled a 'security issue,' complaint says    


US: Three Muslim families were not allowed to board a New York City ferry after they were told they posed a "security issue," according to a discrimination complaint filed with the New York City Commission on Human Rights this week.

The complaint was filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on behalf of the families, which included eight children, against HNY Ferry, LLC; New York City Economic Development Corporation; the City of New York; and two employees referred to as John Doe 1 and Jane Doe 1.

The suit seeks disciplinary actions, a formal apology and compensatory damages for "humiliation, embarrassment, and severe emotional distress," claiming that not being allowed to board was based on discrimination and that the security concerns were an "after-the-fact false excuse."

A day out and a change of plans
September 21 was meant to be a day for three women and their children, ages two months to 14 years old, to enjoy before one of the families went to Pakistan for an extended period of time, the complaint said. Two of the women wore hijabs, according to the complaint.
The plan was to visit Governor's Island, but after taking the first ferry from their Brooklyn home to Wall Street they realized that it was getting late and changed their plans to go to Brooklyn's Pier 6 instead, the complaint said. Instead of navigating the line with young children and a double stroller, the women got permission to wait to the side and board last.

When their turn came, two ferry employees allegedly told them he had been informed by security not to let them on, the complaint said. But when he and another employee escorted the families to security, the officer "was confused and did not know why Jane and John Doe 1 were blaming security," according to the complaint.

The families said the ferry left without them.

As they were discussing the situation, another employee of HNY Ferry allegedly raised her voice, telling the families that they weren't allowed on the ferry to Pier 6 because the children were standing on the seats on their last ferry ride. But when they returned to their starting destination, a crew member they had spoken to early in the day said she did not remember the children behaving inappropriately, the complaint said. 



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Kate Middleton in Pakistan    


Duchess goes barefoot and wears traditional dupatta headscarf in visit to ancient mosque on fourth day of royal tour in Pakistan

PAKISTAN: The Duchess of Cambridge continued her excursions on the fourth day of the royal tour of Pakistan in a green shalwar kameez and a matching dupatta headscarf which she used to cover her head.

Pakistani designer Maheen Khan is behind the ensemble, with Kate having opted to wear Khan’s pieces several times already this tour.

Earlier today 37-year-old Kate sported a scarf by Khan, and on day two of the tour, she modelled a cobalt design of hers.

Khan has been working in the fashion industry since 1972 and has done embroidery for multiple films and television shows, including Snow White and the Huntsman and The Jewel in the Crown.

A shalwar kameez is the national dress of Pakistan: the shalwar refers to the trousers, which are often loose and baggy, while the kameez refers to a long-line shirt.

Kate covered her head for the visit to the Badshani Mosque with a traditional dupatta, which is a shawl-like scarf commonly worn as part of a shalwar kameez.


The Duchess of Cambridge at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore

For the visit, Kate also shunned shoes and opted to go barefoot.

Kate visited the mosque, an iconic Islamic landmark in Lahore, alongside her husband Prince William.

Kate followed in the footsteps of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana , who visited the site in 1991 and also chose to cover her head in respect. 





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UK Boss Fined $27K for Racially Abusing Muslim Female Employee



UK: A British Muslim woman of Pakistani origin has been granted a payout totalling over £22,500 after enduring 3 and a half years of racist and Islamophobic abuse from her company's director.

Miss Noreen, of Pakistani origin, worked as a recruitment consultant for Peterborough-based agency RecruitmentFinder Ltd. from 2013 until she was made redundant in 2017, according to court documents from Bury St Edmunds employment tribunal.

Miss Noreen, 27, was at the brunt of regular derogatory and abusive comments over both her race and religion from her boss, identified in the documents as Mr P Clarke.

Mr Clarke complained to Miss Noreen about "You P*kis", and called her fasting during the holy month of Ramadan a "lot of bollocks to me".

Even the food she brought from home was remarked upon by Mr Clarke, who referred to everything, including a pasta dish, as "curry".

Mr Clarke said she looked like a "curry muncher" and also made derogatory comments about her weight, according to the tribunal documents.

Miss Noreen reported the comments became worse for the last 18 months of her employment, after she pointed out to Mr Clarke she had placed more staff in recruitment than he had.

At this point he stopped paying her the bonuses and fuel allowance she was entitled to.

Mr Clarke also made comments about Miss Noreen's job security which made her fear for her job to the point where she stopped taking the holiday leave she was entitled to, taking only Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Easter Monday.

Mr Clarke's threats made Miss Noreen too fearful to act on or report his abusive behaviour.

After she was made redundant, Mr Clarke did not pay her any of her entitled holiday pay or redundancy pay, which along with the missed fuel and bonus payment totalled around £15,000.

Miss Noreen was also awarded £7,500 compensation for discrimination she suffered in the workplace.

Women who wear headscarves face particular discrimination in the workplace, while young Muslims feel forced to work "10 times as hard" as their white counterparts to get on in their jobs, according to a report by The Guardian.

Discrimination and lack of cultural awareness in the workplace means young British Muslims are unable to reach their full potential at work, according to a 2017 report by the Social Mobility Commission.

Only 6 percent of Muslims are in higher managerial, administrative and professional occupations, according to the UK's 2011 census.   .



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









The Jihad Seminar



Hanifa Deen




In March 2002, three Muslim converts attend an Evangelical Christian seminar promoted to reveal the inner secrets of ‘Holy Jihad’.

Shocked by what they hear, they convince the Islamic Council of Victoria to lodge a complaint against Catch the Fire Ministries, under a controversial new hate speech law. A case expected to be over in three days turns into an unholy war of words lasting five long years – freedom of speech versus freedom from vilification is under the spotlight.

Award-winning author Hanifa Deen follows this case from beginning to end, witnessing the religious impulse at its best – and worst. Her very human account focuses on the personalities and motives of the two religious tribes – Muslims and born-again Christians. Real people – on both sides of the courtroom – express their pain and their innocence at a hearing that turns into a nightmare.

Through Deen’s eyes we discover a wider meaning to this conflict, as we come to realise that religious vilification is only one strand of a more complex story with hidden agendas.

Shortlisted – 2008 Human Rights Medals and Awards



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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

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: With summer fast approaching, here is my favourite recipe for a desert which can be made well ahead of time and stored in the freezer.


Malai Kulfi Ice-cream





1 Tin Condensed milk
250g Fresh Cream
1 Tin Evaporated Milk
1 Tin Nestle Cream

Beat all ingredients together.
Set in a mould and keep in the freezer overnight.
Before serving, remove the ice-cream from the mould, sprinkle with slivered or flaked almonds.




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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:
Control Versus Care

A common dialogue that happens during my couple/ family counselling sessions is as follows:
Family Member 1: You’re always trying to control me. I can’t stand it anymore.
Family Member 2: But, it’s only because I care about you, about our relationship, about our family. Why can’t you see that I care?

It’s easy for people to yearn for certain outcomes in life, whether in a relationship or in life’s other matters. The yearning for these outcomes leads them to display behaviours that make them come across as a ‘control freak’. Any person who demonstrates the behaviours of a ‘control freak’ narrows the lens through which she/he perceives the world, which then constricts her/his mind to only see a single point of view: ‘my way or the highway’. She/he begins to dictate to other people that things should and must and only be her/his way. The intention behind the yearning for the desired outcomes may be kind and caring, however, the execution of actions to achieve those outcomes are often far from kindness and care.

To care for someone is to have regard or liking for the person and to treat them with respect and understanding.
To control someone is to command or dominate them emotionally, physically and intellectually.

Reflect on your own life. Have a heart to heart conversation with your spouse or other family members. Find out if your actions towards them and their actions towards you come from a space of care or control. It is vital that you are able to identify the difference between care and control.

Trying to control people or situations leads us away from completely submitting to ALMIGHTY ALLAH. It also causes anxiety and desperation. This in turn manifests as aggression, frustration and self-sabotaging decisions. No doubt, you will have challenges with people and situations daily in your life. Instead of trying to control them, remind yourself that it is best to control your own response to them. Control your thoughts, your words, your actions. The moment you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Cultivate Care, Banish Control

The following strategies may help you cultivate a caring practice rather than a yearning to control outcomes.


Test Care Strategy
Spouse - when you feel your spouse is not in alignment with your own thinking/ goals/ desires.

Child - when you feel your child is rebelling.
1. Chat with your spouse/ child to find out what exactly are his/her concerns. Do not be tempted to reply to those concerns. Simply listen and jot them down.
2. Give him/her a hug and tell them you will now think about all these concerns and pray about them.
3. Ask ALLAH to guide you through each of those concerns and help you both find the right way to address them.
4. Demonstrate to your spouse/ child that ALLAH is there to fix these concerns and that you care about maintaining peace in the home while ALLAH guides you both to find ways to deal with these concerns.
5. Find moments together everyday where you both can express gratitude to ALLAH for the peace in your home and the strength, wisdom, patience and guidance that ALLAH gives you daily. Expressing gratitude will increase your peace, wisdom, patience and strength.

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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786





Be breast aware ladies – find out what you need to know and share info with family, friends and colleagues.

Regular breast checks are important.


Look out for changes in your breasts and take note if you’re experiencing pain or feeling uncomfortable.

Visit your GP for more information or if you’re unsure of anything.



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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin, the son of a Saudi Prince, goes to study in Europe.

One night, the phone rings at the house of his parents.

Dad: How's your life going, son?

Son: It's going well, dad.

Dad: Is something wrong? You don't sound happy.

Son: No Dad, everything's fine. Berlin is wonderful, the people are nice and I really like it here.

Dad: Son, tell me the truth. I know something's not right.

Son: Dad, I am a bit ashamed to drive to my college with my pure-gold Ferrari 599GTB when all my teachers and many fellow students travel by train.

Dad: My dear son, why didn't you say so earlier? I will send you 15 million euro this instant. Please stop embarrassing us and go and get yourself a train too.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






To those weak of understanding do not make over your property, which Allah has made a means of support for you, but feed and clothe them therewith, and speak to them words of kindness and justice.


~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:5


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"The Cosmos is within us.

We are made of star-stuff.

We are a way for the Universe to know itself."



~ Carl Sagan




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Brisbane Muslim Fellowship is organising the Essence of Islam course for new Muslims on the foundations of Islam led by Imam Shafiq Flynn.


This time it will be held at the Buranda Mosque on Saturday 9th November and Sunday 10th November from 9am until noon.


A copy of the book the Essence of Islam will be given to all who register.


Please register if you plan to attend by emailing



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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

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This is a DFAT full scholarship program bringing 18 young Indonesians to Australia to do work placement and live with local families. Participants will spend 3 weeks in Canberra and 3 weeks in Brisbane.

We are super excited to have them in Brisbane this year during November 4 and 27th.

We are looking for host organisations for them to do their work placement as well as local families willing to host them. There is no cost for the organisations as students come fully insured and their transport to work covered. Families will receive a $600 groceries/fuel voucher for the 3 weeks program.


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Holland Park Mosque Safety Fundraising Drive 








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

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

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

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

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









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2 November



Muslimah Night Bazaar
$2 entry
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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


Australian International Islamic College
724 Blunder Road,


0422 433 074

from 3.30PM to Maghrib

14 March 2020



1st National Conference 2020: “Environmental Crisis and Our Obligations to Act: Teachings from Islam and Abrahamic Faith Traditions”



Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith

Nathan Campus, University




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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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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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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Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

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Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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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

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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)

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