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Sunday 27 October 2019 | Issue 0781



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ICB Team Peddling To Fight Kids’ Cancer The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Bangladesh Medical Societies of Australia Annual convention CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
Gatton Clinic puts awards feedback into practice for success Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
Celebrating Susan Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Help our local farmers

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Kuraby Masjid Update: October 2019

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Your ICQ Needs You!

 The CCN Classifieds

Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Academy Alive Update

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Toowoomba Mosque opens its doors to residents

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Sergeant Jim and the students-of-the-Month

Keeping Fit with Kareema

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Ashik was flipping burgers Now, he’s worth $148 million Donations & Appeals Disclaimer
In memory of Shahid Islam Real chat with Rita Write For Us
USQ new prayer facilities  
Joint statement in response to House of Rep Motion  
2019 Future of the Humanities Lecture  
Be connected with the Hurricane Stars Club  
Latest Equally Worthy Newsletters  




The 2020 Muslim 500 

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


1400 OMG: What the heck happened in the last two centuries




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(left to right) Abdur-Rahman Seedat, Joanne Weise, Leslie Wilson and Chris Daykin


Since starting 6 years ago, October’s annual Great Cycle Challenge has grown into one of Australia’s biggest cycling events. People of all ages and abilities from every state across the country set themselves a personal riding and fundraising goal and challenge themselves to pedal throughout October raising money for the Childrens’ Medical Research Institute.

Cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia. Over 600 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 children die from cancer every week.

This year there are over 13,000 people doing the challenge, including a team from the Islamic College of Brisbane - Year 12 student Abdur-Rahman Seedat, Accounting/IT teacher Chris Daykin, librarian Leslie Wilson and parent Joanne Weise.

Their goal is to ride 1350kms and raise $4000 in support of research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer. They are riding to give kids the brighter futures they deserve, and believe that any one individual can make their personal impact to fight cancer and save little lives.

There is also a focus on setting a good example for students. Teacher Chris Daykin explains, “Abdur-Rahman Seedat, a Year 12 student at ICB convinced me to do it and I thought it would be a good opportunity to support him doing something positive in the community. It has been a prime opportunity to show the student body that they need to achieve in all areas of life and that they can make a difference. It would be great to have more students involved in any future ICB team.”

Support for the team has been positive for all team members. “The reaction with family and friends has been great. Really supportive and appreciative of the cause”, says Abdur-Rahman Seedat.

There is a certain level of commitment involved with finding the time to ride and clock up the kilometres, but every ride brings the team closer to their goals. Librarian Leslie Wilson comments, “I still have a way to go before reaching my riding target, but donors have put in more than my fundraising goal, alhamdulillah.”

Former ICB students have bravely battled and overcome childhood cancer, which brings this cause close to home for parent Joanne Weise. “This month a lot of people have approached me who have cared for or treated children with cancer. They described what it was like to witness the huge impact it had on the children and their families. It is those children that inspire me to keep peddling and raise money to help find a cure for all childrens’ cancers.”

The Great Cycle Challenge runs until the 31st of October.

To make a donation to the ICB Team or for more information, please click here.



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On 5th October 2019 Federation of Bangladesh Medical Societies of Australia (FBMSA) held  their second convention at the Gold Coast.

Bangladeshi doctors from all over Australia attended the convention.

The Hon High Commissioner of the Republic of Bangladesh, Mr Sufiur Rahman, Assistant Minister Ms Meaghan Scanlon, Senator Larissa Waters and Mr Peter Russo MP attended the convention as special guest.

The Convention was chaired by President of FBMSA, Dr Ayaz Chawdhury and the MC was Dr Mohammad Islam.

Senior Vice President of FBMSA Dr Mohammad Ahmedullah, President of Society of Bangladeshi Doctors QLD Dr Kobaidur Rahman, Convener of the event Dr Mazhar Haque and General Secretary of Dr Jalal Uddin were the speakers at the event.

Dr Mohammed Islam was declared as President elect FBMSA for 2019-2020.






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CLINIC STARS: Professional Health Service award winners Family Health Clinic Gatton at the 2019 Lockyer Valley Business, Training and Apprenticeship Awards.


Dr Iqbal Sultan's Family Health Clinic Gatton have paved a history of success in the Lockyer Valley Business, Training and Apprenticeship Awards, and this year was no exception.

The doctors' surgery impressed judges for a win in the Professional Health Services Category this year.

But it was the clinic’s patients that also valued the Gatton surgery, securing enough votes to land them a finalist position in the People’s Choice category.

Practice manager and 2018 Employee of the Year recipient, Ellisha Freeman, said People’s Choice was reassurance of positive public opinion.

“Given it’s a complete voting system for that award without self-nomination, it’s always reassuring to see the public agree with the standard of care we’re trying to provide,” Ms Freeman said.

She said Family Health Clinic’s success streak gave the team a chance to celebrate their hard work behind the scenes.

“There’s a lot of hard work and effort which goes in behind the scenes that isn’t always seen by the general public,” she said.

“We’ve had quite a few large milestones to get through this year.”

The practice may have appeared business as usual to patients but staff have spent the year adjusting to new methods and a new computer software system.

“They’re general huge hurdles in business,” she said.

“It’s really reassuring that we’ve maintained our standard of care even though we’ve had a lot of business growth and those adjustments which take up a huge amount of time in the background.”

In the days following the business awards, patients have approached staff members to congratulate the practice’s achievements.

“The testament would be from the amount of patients who have come in this week to congratulate us on the award and the work we do,” she said.

“They’re proud to be associated with the practice and they take it on board as a win for all of us, not just the business … They’re proud we’re their doctors and it’s really reassuring to see that.”




Family Health Clinic Gatton Award Winner 2019






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Celebrating Susan







Susan Almaani is that familiar face and comforting presence who gifts you the feeling of “ah, I’m in the right place”. She is the working mum you use to see at every fundraising event and school fete, and at every bake sale and excursion. From volunteering to creating, organising and supporting her local community in Logan, to finally putting her all into new ventures of her own, Susan is on a mission to uplift and inspire women.

After dedicating extended hours of her life to volunteering with organisations such as Islamic Relief Australia, Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) and domestic violence shelter Sakina Inc., Susan decided to bring together all the ideas in her mind and start something new. Her event in July 2019 at Hillstone, the Women’s Winter Ball, brought together boss women and their businesses and created an environment for them to network and learn. She has over 20 years’ experience, connections, support and time, so it all came together nicely, like sugar and spice.

“The Winter Ball came about because I knew we have so many talented young females and Muslim women who have a small business or home business, and I thought we don’t have a platform,” she said. “I started throwing the idea around and my family and friends were like ‘you know what, you’re made for this so go for it’ and I got the ball rolling.”

Susan put together a sponsorship package and hand-picked people and businesses that don’t have many followers or much content on Instagram in hopes of helping them with exposure and social media skills. But she also picked people with an established online presence to help get the word out.

From mental health to law, to massagers, cake makers and decorators, she chose small businesses as diverse as their services to showcase the talents of the community and to bring their founders together. Susan’s selfless and determined idea shined through, and she managed to get 27 sponsors in just two weeks. The Women’s Winter Ball welcomed 250 people.

“It wasn’t just my event, it belonged to all of us. We are skilled, we can do it, we just need the right tools,” Susan said. “Some may not have a platform or know how to market themselves, so I feel like I can aid or support them to enable them to have access to these things.”

Susan has a few big secret projects in the works, and she always keeps in mind their purpose. “We often devalue ourselves as women and are always second guessing our abilities,” she said. “But when someone comes to you and tells you ‘you are talented’, that gives them a boost of confidence and ignites something in them.”




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On 13 October 2019, Kuraby Masjid held a mini information session for local community activists.


The aim of the session was to:

  • Bring the local community together to give an update on what’s been going on at the Masjid.

  • Provide an overview of what to expect in the next 1 – 2 years.

  • Strengthen the brother/sisterhood of our community in our aspirations to please Allah with whatever we can do for our local Masjid and community.


The intention is to have similar sessions for the wider community. The purpose of this article is to provide general information on the 3 points mentioned above.

Kuraby Masjid Over the Last Year

  • Kuraby Masjid is known as a very vibrant Masjid with many activities taking place throughout the week. Some of these activities include Musallis for Salah, Madrassah, Different programs i.e. ladies classes, school visits and general visitors of different faiths etc.

  • The Masjid employs one full time Imam, a cleaner and a part-time admin person.

  • The costs of running the Masjid are approximately $165k per year. Costs are covered by donations including food sales and other income generating activities .i.e. Ramadaan Calendar, Chairs and Tables etc.

  • Apart from the regular activities associated with the Masjid, there has been as series of open days, school/church visits, programs and seminars (with key focus on the youth) as well community outreach after the Sri Lankan bombings.

  • The Masjid structure is summarised below:




What to Expect in 2020/2021


  1. Progress on required council approvals and begin upgrades to Masjid facilities (pictures of proposed plans below):

  • There are currently plans with the Council. These changes are primarily to consolidate the buildings on the greater Masjid site into one single multi-function platform.

  • This new building will allow us to have a safer and more usable space thus improving the quality and functionality for all users.

  • These plans include, a multi-function 2 storey building where the current shed area is, an open courtyard area between the Masjid and the new building, a walkway linking the Masjid and the building, an elevator with easy access to the Masjid, a separate entry and exit to the car park among other things to look forward to.

  • We are also encouraging bike use by creating special bike parking zones at the Masjid and working with council to better improve bike facilities around the area.

  1. More programs for the community including specialised seminars and workshops for men, women and the youth.

  2. Sub committees/work groups to work on various initiatives in and around the masjid. The Masjid needs you to get involved in your area of expertise and/or preference. Watch this space…

  3. Making the Masjid a platform for young men and women to flourish as Muslims with confidence



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Your ICQ Needs You!







The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) will be hosting a Citizenship Ceremony on 9 November 2019 at ICB for 90 new Australians.


"We believe this will be a historic event as no other Muslim organisation has held one before," ICQ Secretary told CCN.


Around 500 people are expected to attend, including many dignitaries.


Volunteers are needed to assist ICQ from 6.00 am onwards on 9/11 to ensure the success of this major event.


Contact Jenny Dean – 0435 086 796; Habib Jamal – 0412 601 152; Muhammad Khatree 0401 972 865 for further information.



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The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors is currently inviting applications for funding programs.


Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants form part of the Queensland Government’s social cohesion program to build cohesive and resilient Queensland communities and foster a strong sense of belonging for all Queenslanders.

Tranche 1
Over $900,000 of non-recurrent grant funding is available for community projects of up to 18 months duration (January 2020 – June 2021) that strengthen family and community connection and support young people to take up meaningful roles in their community.

One-off funding under two streams are being offered:

Youth connect – contribute – lead — up to $120,000 (exc. GST) per project from January 2020 – June 2021.
Locals speaking to locals — up to $45,000 (exc. GST) per project from January 2020 – June 2021.
For more information about these funding streams please see the Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants — Funding Information Paper - Tranche 1.

How to apply

Applications are made online through SmartyGrants If you are new to SmartyGrants you will need to register before you can apply. Refer to the SmartyGrants – Help Guide for Applicants for information on registering and completing your application form.

If you are having technical problems with your SmartyGrants user account or accessing your application, please contact SmartyGrants. The SmartyGrants support desk hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Phone: (03) 9320 6888

Applications open on Friday 25 October and close at 2:00pm on Monday 25 November 2019.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grants are open to organisations across Queensland who can demonstrate a strong linkage between their project and the project objectives. Eligibility includes:

  • Incorporated organisations operating as a not-for-profit/charitable entity, including Neighbourhood and Community Centres and ATSI community-controlled organisations

  • Non-government not-for-profit organisations

  • Local Government Authorities (LGAs)

  • P&C Associations

  • Co-operatives

  • Unincorporated community groups and user-led groups who are auspiced by an eligible entity.




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Academy Alive Update






Over the weekend. Academy Alive Founder, Sheikh Ikraam Buksh and Head of early childhood studies Sheikh Luqman Najib travelled to Darwin.

After spending time walking through the parks and perform Jummah Khutbah, Sheikh Ikraam and Sheikh Luqman met up with students at the Charles Darwin University Campus for a panel discussion and a Q&A with the students.


Before heading to the main event at the Charles Darwin University where once again a packed room of over 60 attendees turned out to see their 3-hour educational workshop. Discover. 5 Universal Steps to Translate the Quran.

Alhamdulillah, it was a great success, meeting all the Muslim brothers and sisters in Darwin. And we are so honoured to be welcomed by so many amazing people.



With Adelaide in Academy Alives sight, we request the humble dua’s from the public to aid us in connecting to our brothers and sisters all around Australia.



In other news. In the wake of the tragedy which SHOOK Brisbane - he tragic death of brother Shahid Islam, the Real Talk Podcast crew, Adrian, Caz and Hajji Hussin Goss had the opportunity to learn more about Shahid Islam, his life, his family, and the way the community both Muslim and non-Muslim banded together to support his wife and son through their difficult times.

Watch the episode of the life of Shahid Islam from his best friend and spokesperson Brother Maxi Haque with the Real Talk Podcast Crew.


#5 The accident that SHOOK Brisbane | Brother Maxi Haque






If you would like to contribute, support or offer your services, please click here. In Sha Allah.



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Professor Shahjahan Khan outside the Garden City Mosque.


RESIDENTS were invited to share a cup tea and a chat at the Garden City Mosque's open day yesterday.

The event, which is held as part of the sixth annual National Mosque Open Day. aimed to help to unite the community according to Islamic Society of Toowoomba president Professor Shahjahan Khan.

"It provides an opportunity for people to engage with others of different faiths, which is ever increasing as the community becomes more diverse," Prof Khan said.

"The attacks on the mosques in Christchurch, NZ and that on the churches in Sri Lanka are examples of radicalisation of some ignorant extremists, killing innocent people in the name of religions that would never approve such atrocities and violent acts."

Prof Khan said the open day was also a chance to learn about another culture.

"We aim to break down barriers by bringing people closer together, fostering community understanding and harmony," he said.

The open day was held from 11am to 3pm yesterday (Saturday) at the Mosque's facilities at 217 West St.



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Students from primary and secondary are acknowledged and awarded with Student of the Month (SOM) certificates.


Student-of-the-month is an opportunity to award students for trying their best to improve academically and their behaviour.

Sergeant Jim Bellos from the Queensland Police Service officially presents the awards to the students of ICB, AIIC and Wisdom College.




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Technology entrepreneurs feature heavily in this year's Australian Financial Review Young Rich List, with many from humble beginnings.




Ashik Ahmed moved to Australia from Bangladesh as a 17-year-old and soon began flipping burgers at a fast-food chain in Melbourne.

"I was an hourly-paid worker myself so I saw all the challenges on this side, and I also got to see it from the employer's side in managing the employees," Mr Ahmed told SBS News.

It was that exposure, along with his passion for mathematics and science, which saw him co-found workforce management system Deputy in 2008.

The software helps business owners roster and pay their employees and the company boasts a client list of more than 184,000, including Qantas and NASA.

The 38-year-old is now listed at number 25 on the Australian Financial Review Young Rich List, released this week, and worth $148 million.

Mr Ahmed says money is not what motivates him.

"I think money is never a goal, it's rather an outcome of things happening," he said.

"I never did it for the money and I still wouldn't. It doesn't matter whether I'm in the rich list or not, it does not change why I get out of bed every morning.

Mr Ahmed says he is driven by helping to solve a problem.

"Validation in life comes from enriching other people's lives," he said.

"I think especially migrant entrepreneurs, my advice to them is that Australia is such a great place is to seek out an opportunity and maximise it, and to follow your passion to enrich another person's life."

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Do you know that Australians aged 55 and over lost over $46 million to online scammers in 2018* ?. It serves as a reminder that the internet is a wonderful place to explore and connect with others, but it pays to be savvy.

This common fear of being taken in by scammers as well as facing new and unfamiliar rapid developing technologies in computers and mobile phones has caused many older Australians to shy away from learning and experiencing the best of being connected online.

For many of us, a connected lifestyle includes the convenience of online shopping and banking, staying connected with family and friends in different parts of the world, learning new skills and many more, however, privacy and security concerns can stop many of those who aren’t as confident online from enjoying the same experience.

A program rolled out by the Australian Government called Be Connected is specifically designed to support older Australians to get online safely and securely. Older Australians can access interactive learning activities, training courses, web apps and 'how-to' videos. There are training courses covering the basics of using computers and digital devices, online shopping, socialising online and more – all designed to appeal and be of interest to older Australians. Those who sign up to the program are also eligible to attend FREE face-to-face classes especially if they need more personal guidance.

The Hurricane Stars Club is happy to announce that we have been appointed as a Be Connected Network Partner to help reach out to the Muslim community in Brisbane who are aged over 50 years old and in need of this program. As part of Get Online Week 2019, we organised a morning tea get-together at the Abboud Bakery in Underwood Market Place on 17th of October 2019 which saw a number of interested attendees, all wanting to learn more on how to get the best of being online. Stemming from the demand and interest shown, we have also started to arrange weekly Guidance classes to help with our older Muslim brothers and sisters.

If you or someone you know are interested to join in the FREE program, please do come along to the Guidance classes on Wednesday afternoons, 1pm to 2pm at the Hurricane Stars Club centre , 3/91, Wembley Road, Logan Central. If you join the program before 31st October 2019, there is a free welcoming gift available. For more information, please contact IMAN at 0449610386. For more updates on our various activities for the community, please like and follow our Facebook page and Instagram account "Hurricane Stars Club".

*Source: Scamwatch, 2019, Scam Statistics-viewed April 2019



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By JD, president of the Bangladesh Association in Brisbane (BAB)    





We have lost one of our loved brother and community members Mr. Shahid Islam (36) on Tuesday 15 October 2019 around 11:30 PM, by an unexpected road accident at Bald Hills. He passed away on the spot when a stolen speeding 4WD crossed onto the wrong side of the road at Bald Hills and hit his Mazda.

A shakey little four-year-old was dropping a handful of soil into his father’s grave without knowing, his father will never come to give him a cuddle or he will never be able to wrap his arm around his father’s neck. As a part of the Funeral recual, this heart-piercing act melted the heart of every person standing around the grave of Shahid Islam, a man, a brother, a friend, we knew with a constant smile on his face.

A pair of lost eyes were continually searching through the crowd to see his most known face. He continually expecting, out of all these people his Dad will come out with a big smile and hug him, take him away from this crowd and play with him. No one knows, how long this little soul will wait for his Dad, as he still believes his father went to clean their new house and will be back soon. Around the corner, among many other voices, the crying of Shahid’s Wife (Jannat) was echoing many questions, which we don’t have the answer for.

Shahid now laid to rest forever and these two poor souls are just embarking on a new journey where they will face many impediments again and again. The entire community come together and support each other with compassion and together we completed the first part of the journey.

We, friends and families, are with Shahid’s family but still, there will be many instances when Jannat and the little boy may need to walk the hardest path on their own. To make their journey a bit simpler and easier we need your help, we need your kind contribution.

Please step forward and assist by supporting this poor family to the best of your ability.


Please share and support. Please avoid posting any conflicting message here and if posted it will be removed.

Donation Link





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The University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba campus opened new upgraded facilities for prayers for staff and students. This outcome has been negotiated over several years through the lobbying efforts of Prof Shahjahan Khan and committee members.




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The Australian Muslim community commends those Members of Parliament who stood to call for greater protection against incitement of hatred or violence for religious communities, but calls on them now to go a step further, and recognise that a law is needed.

This week a number of Government and Opposition Members of Parliament rose to speak to a bipartisan motion tabled by Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett and Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta.

Graham Perrett, Anne Aly, Chris Hayes and Anne Stanley from Federal Labor spoke with great concern about the rise in violence incidents and threats against the Australian Muslim community.
Julian Leeser, a Government MP, acknowledged the rise in anti-Semitic hatred – saying it was the worst he had seen in 27 years. He said that with ‘social media, unchallenged anti-semitic ideas spread quickly.’ The same is happening for anti-Muslim hatred and prejudice.

John Alexander, a Government MP, said we have to target racism and ignorance, by ‘identifying and rejecting it… with full force and conviction.’

Scott Buccholz, another Government MP, added similar sentiments.

Regrettably, Gladys Liu, Member for Chisholm, put forward a position that legislative protections against incitement to hatred and violence were adequate, which is far from the truth and misleading.

Ms Liu pointed to a law in the criminal code that has never been used to protect religious groups from incitement to violence, despite countless examples being drawn to the attention of police in the public domain. That law is widely described as being completely ineffectual and unfit for
deterring incitement to hatred or violence.




All Members of Parliament must now go that further step in recognising that to adequately address incitement to hatred and violence, we must make it unlawful.

Dr Anne Aly MP reiterated the importance of ‘moral and legal standards’ in making it clear that, ‘We have no tolerance for hatred, we have no tolerance for vilification, we have no tolerance for people who would target individuals of religious minorities because of their faith.’

Individuals of faith need a civil remedy to bring parties to the table who publicly endanger them and their community by inciting hatred or violence.

The Australian Muslim community has proposed such a remedy for the Religious Discrimination Bill, which they are calling the Christchurch provision.

The Religious Discrimination Bill needs to respond to this egregious infraction on freedom of belief.
Speech or conduct that vilifies, harasses, incites hatred or violence against entire religious communities is the first stage in hate-fueled crime and violence, and it must be made unlawful.

The Joint Submission can be found at

MEDIA Contacts:
Bilal Rauf (NSW) 0411 625 462
Adel Salman (VIC) 0421 059 095
Ali Kadri (QLD) 0430 029 718
Rita Markwell (QLD) 0426 250 764



Member for Cowan, Dr Anne Azza Aly,


in Parliament



"Unity does not start with a million people; it starts with just two,' and in the case today it starts with a handful of us coming together to speak on this motion."

"Truly a special moment when members from across the party divide come together to share experiences of discrimination and highlight how important it is we challenge it everywhere."



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It is often suggested that Islam needs a reformation, especially in the face of extremism and the lack of social and political liberalisation in Muslim societies. The call for reform is propagated by critics of Islam who view the religion and its adherents as incapable of embracing change and responding to the demands of modern challenges.


The rhetoric has completely ignored the dynamics and nuances of Muslim societies and the vibrant debates taking place within them. This lecture deals with the myths and realities of reform in Islam and Muslim societies. It discusses the notions of tradition, change and spirituality, drawing from various parts of the Muslim ‘World’.

Raihan Ismail is an ARC DECRA Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU. She was the co-recipient of the Max Crawford Medal in 2018, awarded by the Australian Academy of the Humanities for 'outstanding achievement in the humanities by an early-career scholar'.


Her research includes Islam, Political Islam, Sunni-Shi'a relations, women in Islam, and Middle East politics.


She is the author of Saudi Clerics and Shia Islam, published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She is currently working on a book project on the transnational networks of Salafi clerics in Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, under contract with Oxford University Press.





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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 brand new podcast series with Professor Saeed Khan - the millennial Muslim’s guide to what the “hell” happened in Islamic history. 1400 OMG is your guide to what the heck happened in Muslim History. Muslim lands are currently wrought with war. The Caliphate formally ended. Sectarianism rampant. Terror in the name of Islam. Barely any theological progress. This series will reflect on the last 1400 years in the Muslim world and dig deep into some of the root causes of the situation many Muslims find themselves in today. The series is inquisitive and reflective.



S1E3: The Fall of the Caliphate  – 1400 OMG Podcast






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The 2020 Muslim 500








“He who believes that the Qur’an and Sunnah are obstacles in the path of development or progress, has not read the Qur’an or did not understand the Qur’an.”

298 billion barrels of proved crude and natural gas reserves.

2.5 million pilgrims performed Hajj in 2019.

Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud

King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques


HM King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud was pro- claimed the seventh king of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in January 2015, after the passing of King Ab- dullah bin Abdul-Aziz. He had previously held the position of Crown Prince since June 2012. King Sal- man’s influence comes from being the absolute mon- arch of the most powerful Arab nation and is mani- fested by the role Saudi Arabia plays in three critical areas: 1. having the two holy cities of Makkah and Madina, which millions of Muslims visit throughout the year; 2. exporting crude oil and refined petrole- um products, which ensures its central international role, and 3. propagating Islam through its huge da’wa network, which makes its influence felt in all Muslim countries. On June 21st, 2017, King Salman appoint- ed his son, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz as Crown Prince of the Kingdom.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques: HM King Salman has significant influence in the global Muslim community through his custodianship of the two holy cities of Makkah and Madina. Makkah is the main pilgrimage site for 1.7 billion Muslims. Each year approximately 4 million pilgrims perform the Hajj. In addition to this, approximately 10 million pilgrims (including Saudi residents and GCC citizens) perform the umrah, ‘the lesser Hajj’, throughout the year. A multi-billion dollar expansion to the two mosques is well under way.

Controller of Oil Reserves: HM King Salman reigns over a land of massive crude oil reserves—Saudi Arabia has approximately 20 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves—making him a key player in the global petroleum industry.

Head of the World’s Largest Da’wa Network: King Salman is also head of the most extensive da’wa network of missionary Muslims in the world, promoting the Salafi brand of Islam. Salafism is historically rooted in Saudi Arabia, and owes its global spread to the financial backing of Saudi Arabia. Its violent offshoots have meant that Saudi Arabia itself is a target for them and in an effort to combat this extremist ideology, King Salman launched the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (GCCEI) in an inauguration ceremony attended by US President Donald Trump during his first trip to the Middle East.

Successful Governor: King Salman was governor of Riyadh Province from 1955-60 and from 19632011. During that period, he oversaw the development of the capital city Riyadh from a small town into a thriving city of more than 7 million people. He played a major role in attracting capital projects and foreign investment into his country and improved political and economic relationships with the West. He built up a strong reputation for having an efficient and corruption-free administration.

Military Action: In March 2015, King Salman launched a nine-state coalition bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The campaign is cited as curbing Iranian influence in the region, but it has also tarnished Saudi’s international reputation as it continues to bomb the poorest nation on earth. The conflict has become even more complicated as cracks appear in the coalition, notably with the UAE, who are backing a new faction.

Key Appointments: King Salman has made important decisions regarding appointments in key positions. The most important of these was the appointment of HRH Prince Muhammad bin Naif as Crown Prince. This marked the first time that a grandson of King Abdul-Aziz, rather than a son, held the position. The transfer of power to the new generation, which some feared would be an issue that would split the country, was remarkably smooth. Since then, King Salman has promoted one of his sons, HRH Prince Muhammad bin Salman, to Crown Prince. Another key appointment was of Adel Al-Jubeir, someone who is not a member of the Saudi royal family, as Foreign Minister, but now demoted after the Khashoggi affair. Historical Decisions: Since the appointment of his son as Crown Prince, several major historical decisions have been made including allowing women in Saudi Arabia to move freely and drive, and the promotion of cinemas and music concerts.  





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


The Mastermind’s network

While Mariam was enduring the life of a woman under Islamic State in Syria, her father Kamalle Dabboussy was back in Sydney learning more about Muhammad Zahab.

The more he discovered, the more concerned he became.

Muhammad had been the “golden child” of the Zahab family, a charming and caring young man.

He was adored by his students at the Sydney Islamic high school where he taught maths.

“As time has gone on — and looking back and piecing it together — I realised that he must have had more influence than what I was led to believe in the early days,” Kamalle said.

Kamalle was contacted by Australian authorities about Mariam’s situation.

What they said about Muhammad Zahab astounded him.

“He became a senior member within the IS structure … and he had a fair degree of influence within that structure and influenced other people as a result,” he said.

Kamalle said the Government believed that Muhammad Zahab was the reason why his family, and a lot of the Sydney families, had ended up in Syria.








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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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Samsudin bin Katib (or Kalib) was recorded in the official military record as an unmarried Muslim who was born in Sumatra.


He arrived in Broome in 1937 to work as a pearl diver. Samsudin bin Katib, a 24-year-old diver, joined the 23rd Labour Corps of the Australian Military Forces in 1942. He also qualified as a parachutist.


He served for almost four years, volunteering with other Indonesians, Malays and Timorese to be part of a top-secret force called Z Special Unit, fighting as guerrillas behind Japanese lines.


He was considered an “alien” (foreign national, non-citizen). He was discharged with the rank of corporal in Melbourne in 1946. At the end of war, when he applied for naturalisation, his application was rejected as it was not government policy to naturalise “natives of Asia.”


Sadly, he was deported in 1948 and died in Singapore in 1950.70When the largest draft of recruits for the AIF and Home Defence Corps was to leave Mackay in 1941, its contingent consisted of 17 men. Arrangements were made for the men to be entertained at the Soldiers’ Club Rooms before their departure, and they then marched through the main streets of the city, headed by the City Band, to the railway station.


The parade assembled at the Soldiers’ Club Rooms. Most of the men in the draft were from district centres and fulfilling a promise made some time ago to join up at the end of the crushing season. Among them in the AIF were listed Alec Aleman, from Taylor Street, Mackay, and William Saron, from Baker’s Creek in the Mackay region.


In 1942, residents of Mackay witnessed another unique occasion of the departure of an exceptionally large contingent of volunteers for the AIF. Forty men who had been accepted for service overseas, including William Dulvarie, from Walkerston in the Mackay region, assembled at Drill Hall and marched to Diggers’ Hall, where, following custom, they were farewelled by the older WWI Diggers.


The march was led by the Mackay City Band and supported by a large contingent of returned soldiers and members of the Volunteer Defence Corps. This striking farewell march went through the city streets to the railway station. It was anticipated the route of the procession would be thickly lined with a multitude of townspeople to send the lads away with a cheer, which echoed in their hearts for many days to come.









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How to stay motivated with job search

By Amber Kamran, Electrical Engineer




If you are applying with Seek then you are getting better picture for available jobs vs job applied. On average for every single full time skilled jobs there are more than 80 applicants, middle level jobs more than 200 applicants and for part time more than 600 applicants will apply the same job in Brisbane. This may be disappointing but not surprising, now the real challenge is how to stay motivated to keep you going with your job search. My personal experience taught me to use these 5 tips to keep going and motivated.

1- Accept reality and act real:

As per Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business – Vacancy Report from August 2019, there are estimated to be just more than 170,000 jobs out there but with 700,000 people without any form of employment. (Source: The Canberra Times, OCTOBER 14, 2019)
This is the reality and to accept it will help to accept something less valuable in comparison with your skills but at least you will get work. We have much stronger support with us, so keep faith in Allah and this situation is temporary and you are not alone.

2- Positive gatherings and like-minded people:

Keep yourself surrounded with positive people and activities. Check the local Masjid and take part in Masjid programs. You will find opportunity to meet with like-minded people. If you find someone senior from your industry and ready to help you, don’t be shy to ask for help and advice.

3- Set routine and daily plan:

Even if you are not working, make some type of schedule to apply for jobs and also spend time in other creative activities, it is necessary for your mental well-being. Join physical fitness class as this is another place to network.

4- Pay back and participate in community work:

You know your skills and strengths, use this golden time to pay back to the community. Nothing is more important than helping someone with their school homework, help other job searchers based on your experience or to actively participate in Drought Support Program. This will not only give you satisfaction but you will also have something to say during an interview when they ask questions like, what are your current activities??

5- Look back and take breaks:

No doubt you have achieved best results and if you are a new migrant then definitely you have much more accomplishments in your career. Look back talk about those gems and ask advise from old friends, who can be your best critic then your best friend. Take breaks from just on a screen for job searching and visit new place and focus on new things, this will help to find a new path.

So keep enjoying and play with your job search like a piñata, you will definitely get a reward at the end.


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An American Muslim imam’s letter to the American Sikh community

By Imam Omar Suleiman



Imam Omar Suleiman

When Hurricane Katrina struck my hometown of New Orleans in 2005, I was tasked with leading a major Muslim relief effort. While Katrina brought many sights I won’t forget, one of the most enduring and treasured was members of United Sikhs, a humanitarian and civil rights nonprofit, bolting this way and that across the floor of the Superdome, which had been turned into a massive shelter, assisting distressed people with a zeal unlike anything I’d ever seen before.

This despite the fact that the Sikh community in New Orleans is minimal, and I can’t recall seeing a single Sikh Katrina victim in any of the shelters.

In fact the Sikhs, though they are the fifth largest faith group in the world, number only a few hundred thousand members in the entire U.S., most of whom live around New York City and in California. But in this rising climate of xenophobia, especially Islamophobia, they have become easy targets. Bigots often mistake Sikhs for Muslims due to their highly visible turbans, beards and scarves.

Despite the real harm this has caused Sikhs, they have consistently refused to throw the Muslim community under the bus by simply distancing themselves from Islam.

You may have seen the video of Canadian New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh, a candidate for prime minister, being heckled by a protester in 2017 for trying to “push Shariah” and being in “bed with the Muslim Brotherhood.” His brother, Gurratan Singh, also a member of Parliament, went viral last month for how he handled an Islamophobic heckler outside a Muslim convention.

Gurratan tweeted afterward, “I will never respond to an Islamophobe by stating, ‘I am not a Muslim.’”

Instead of protecting themselves, Sikhs have never shied away from their mandate to service and solidarity with others.

The slaying of Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal in Houston last month reinforced the cost of how Sikhs choose to deal with their impossible situation. Dhaliwal actively assisted in disaster relief efforts to communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, worked with at-risk communities in Houston and was a source of comfort to his hometown of Punjab, in northern India, where he helped coordinate drought relief efforts. He was an ideal citizen and a source of pride for his community.

But as he navigated the streets of Texas with or without his uniform, most people, including the man who is accused of killing him, probably saw nothing more than his skin color, turban and beard. No matter how American Dhaliwal was on paper, and how remarkable of a human being he was in action, his appearance rendered him conclusively foreign. This not only diminishes the contributions of Sikhs, but our own behavior when tragedies strike them.

These tragedies far outpace their numbers. Sikhs have borne the brunt of Islamophobia since the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Just four days after the terrorist attacks, Balbir Singh Sodhi was murdered outside of his business in Arizona by a man who wanted to go out and “shoot some towel-heads” in retaliation.

When we think of attacks on houses of worship, we often think of synagogues, mosques and black churches that have been targeted recently by white supremacist terrorist attacks. But before these attacks became a hallmark of this decade, we witnessed the horrible tragedy at Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where six Sikhs were murdered in their temple in 2012.

Muslims owe the Sikhs thanks for this unwavering and inspiring steadfastness in the face of Islamophobia. And as you grieve over the loss of Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, we grieve with you.

As an American Muslim who wears a kufi and a beard, I want to take this occasion to say thank you to the Sikh community. Thank you for the constant solidarity you show to my community, and the constant service you render to our country. Your community is too often underrepresented in the discussion of fatal bigotry, uncared for in its grief and unappreciated for its service and solidarity.

(Imam Omar Suleiman, an American Muslim scholar, activist and civil rights leader, is founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an adjunct professor of Islamic studies in the graduate liberal studies program at Southern Methodist University. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of Religion News Service.)



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Hong Kong mosque sprayed by police

Middle East Eye




Hong Kong authorities have scrambled to apologise to the Muslim community after a mosque was sprayed with blue liquid during a crackdown on protesters..










Opponents huddle around soccer player


so she can fix her hijab






A women’s soccer match in Jordan goes viral after the opposing team rallied around a player whose hijab had come undone.

A soccer match in Jordan took an unexpected detour when one of the player’s headscarves came undone. The player was wearing hijab, so when it came off during gameplay, she struggled to put it back on, and that’s when a beautiful thing happened. Several women from the opposing team rushed to this player’s side — effectively halting the game — and shrouded her from the crowd with their bodies until she was able to fix it.














Marrying a Lamborghini: Mufti Menk










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US high school athlete disqualified for wearing hijab during cross-country race    


US: After crossing the finish line, a high school athlete's runner's high soon turned into a broken heart.

Noor Alexandria Abukaram was disqualified because she was wearing a hijab, which doesn't conform to uniform regulations.

The 16-year-old cross country runner at Sylvania Northview High School in Ohio said she knew something was wrong when she looked up at the board at the district meet on Saturday.

Her name and time were not listed, she said.

"It was like your worst nightmare to have to compete and then find out that you got disqualified and it's because of something that you love," Abukaram told CNN on Thursday.

"Why should you have to sacrifice your religion and a part of who you are to run, to do another thing that you're very passionate about?

Abukaram competes at Sylvania Northview because the private school she goes to doesn't offer sports.

The Bounty Collegium has an athletics affiliation with the school.

The junior has competed on the school's soccer and track teams for two years and this year she made varsity on the cross country team.

She said she has never been approached about her hijab - a Muslim head dress for females - violating the uniform code.

First issue
It's always something she thought could happen, she said, but it hadn't yet in her three years of competing.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) says runners with religious headwear need to have a waiver to participate.

"The official was simply enforcing this rule since a waiver had not been submitted," OHSAA spokesman Tim Stried said in a statement.

The school was in touch with the athletic association after the race and a waiver was submitted and approved, according to Stried. 



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









Modern Interpretation of the Qur’an:

The Contribution of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

(Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History)



Hakan Coruh




This book analyzes the distinguished modern Muslim scholar Bediuzzaman Said Nursi and the methodology of Qur’anic exegesis in his Risale-i Nur Collection, with special reference to the views of the early Muslim modernist intellectuals such as Muhammad ‘Abduh.


It seeks to locate Nursi within modern Qur’anic scholarship, exploring the difference between Nursi’s reading of the Qur’an and that of his counterparts, and examines how Nursi relates the Qur’anic text to concerns of the modern period. 



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CCN's Bookshelf

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
The Baghdad Clock
Saïd the Fisherman
Through The Peacock Gate
English Translation of the Qur'an
Home Fire
The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
The Cambridge Companion to Religion and Terrorism
Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal Of Its Religious And Ideological Foundations
Islam in Europe
Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World
From My Sisters' Lips
A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way
Rusted Off: Why Country Australia Is Fed Up
Step Up: Embrace the Leader Within
The Lebs
British Mosques
From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
I, Migrant: A comedian's journey from Karachi to the outback

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Muffins will keep airtight for up to 1 week in the fridge and if you enjoy it warm with your coffee or tea, reheat gently in the microwave.


Breakfast Egg Muffins





1 red and 1 green bell pepper, finely diced
1 cup finely chopped broccoli
1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded
½ chopped medium brown onion
8 large eggs
salt and pepper to taste
½ tsp baking powder
ground green chillies
¾ cup shredded cheese
Cooked cubed polony (optional)

Preheat oven to 180°. Line a regular muffin pan with silicon muffin moulds or baking paper

In a large bowl add peppers, shredded carrots, onion (or mix and match with your favourite vegetables) and toss to combine, at this stage add some cooked polony if you want to include it.

Fill each muffin cavity with the vegetable mixture so that each is filled to about 3/4 full.

In a medium mixing bowl, crack the eggs and lightly beat with a whisk (don’t overbeat them if you want to have fluffy healthy egg muffins). Add the salt and pepper, to taste, green chillies, baking powder and whisk to combine.

Pour about 3 tablespoons of egg mixture into each muffin cup, equally distributing among the cups. Be careful not to overfill each muffin cup.

Top each cup with about 1 Tbsp shredded cheese each.

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until muffins are set, cooked through, and are lightly golden. They will puff in the oven but sink upon cooling. Allow muffins to cool in pan on top of a wire rack for about 5 minutes before removing.




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Stir Fried Noodles with Shredded Chicken & Capsicum





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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:
Raising Sons

I don’t have sons, however, over the years I have observed my closest friends raise their boys into men who have grown up to choose paths that most times serve them well and sometimes lead them astray. So I can safely conclude that raising sons is just as challenging as raising daughters. I have a teenage daugher, I should know! The main difference would be that one must acknowledge that boys are wired differently to girls with respect to their hormones, physical growth, and emotional expressions.

As a society, we tend to place immense expectations on our sons. Often, these expectations are drilled into them from childhood and hinder them from embracing and processing their emotions. Expectations such as, ‘boys don’t cry’, ‘boys must always provide for the family’, ‘boys get priority over their sisters’, ‘boys aren’t supposed to express their sensitive side’, ‘boys must be loyal to the family,’ and so on.

How we raise our sons will have a direct impact on how he will behave with his wife and children and the community at large. Having experienced domestic violence in my previous marriage, and now being married to a peaceful man, I have come to understand one thing very clearly...that both of these men were raised differently and both were raised to adopt certain values and virtues that determined their choices in life and how they behave with women, children and elders. I often say to my husband that his peaceful nature is a credit to his parents. Alhumdolillah.

We expect our sons to respect us. The real question is: Do we respect our sons? Are we
constantly expecting them to toughen up, or soften down, or do as we say? As parents, we tend to lecture more and do less. The golden rule to remember is kids do as we do, not as we say. So lecture less and do more.

What strategies do you use to cope with your son’s mood swings, tantrums, demands and emotional outbursts? Our sons are future leaders of this world. We need to put our egos aside and raise them with sensitivity, compassion, empathy, respect and understanding.
There is no doubt that you love your son unconditionally. However, the following strategies, when
implemented appropriately, may strengthen your relationship with him. Do try them.

Strategies to Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Son
1. Talk to him. Put away your gadgets, look him in the eye and soulfully connect with him. A great way to start is to ask an open-ended question which invites an elaborate answer. For example, “What did some of the things that you did or that happen today that made it a wonderful day for you?
2. Listen to his reply. LISTEN. Do not formulate a response while he is speaking. Do not cut him off while he is speaking. Become fully engaged. Observe his body language. A lot is communicated through body language.
3. Always compliment a good behaviour. If the behaviour has been negative, look for moments when he is silent and compliment on his efforts. For example, “I am very pleased with you that you are trying your best to respect our agreement on internet use.”
4. Speak well about those he loves. For example, you may not be close to your in-laws but that does not mean your son has to inherit your opinions about them. Respect his love for them. Speak well about those he loves.
5. Respect his fears and sentiments. Fear is very real to the person experiencing it. You do not have to encourage it but you need to show the sensitivity that it is real to him. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about your exams. I used to be the same. I know how you feel. I understand. I am so pleased that you are trying your very best. That is all that matters. Allah rewards efforts, not results. Keep doing your best.”
6. Do not bring up past behavioural issues when addressing a new issue. Telling him you can no longer trust him because he lied to you last year is NOT going to resolve anything. Instead, have a respectful discussion about having boundaries.
7. Show good manners so that he emulates good manners. Saying “Please”, “Thank you”, “I’m sorry” to your son does not mean you are weak. In fact, it displays good manners and your son will learn to treat you and others with the same manners.
8. NEVER laugh at his mistakes, NEVER belittle him and NEVER insult him. Doing these will hurt him and scar him for life. You only have to access your own unhealed childhood pain to realise that somewhere deep inside you is a memory of an adult who may have laughed at your mistakes or insulted or belittled you.
9. “I am big, you’re small...I’m right, you’re wrong” - NEVER imply or say this. Your son is a human being created by ALLAH and deserves the same respect and joy as you or any other human being does.
10. Explain yourself clearly when you set boundaries. If you need to prohibit something, get him to sit and discuss the best strategies that will benefit the entire family. Show him that you treat him with fairness and that your home is a home with love and understanding, not a house with a “dictator”.  

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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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Q: Dear Kareema, how can yoga help me improve my back health?

A: Yoga is good for anyone and the great thing is that you can modify poses to suit your needs or abilities.

A typical class would involve extending and flexing the spine, stretching through the hips, hamstrings, abdominals and shoulders.


All of which is great for the health and mobility of your spine.

Always be sure to move with awareness of alignment, and engage all of your supporting muscles to strengthen where you most need it.


The key to improving back health is to strengthen your abdominal muscles, glutes and thighs, while releasing tension in the hips and hamstrings.

A strong pelvic floor is important too ladies, so don’t neglect it.


Include pelvic floor exercises in your daily routine.



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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin took his 6-year-old daughter to his office.


Soon she started crying.


All his colleagues gathered around.


Jallalludin asked her what was wrong.


She sobbed, "Daddy, I am getting bored walking around. Can you show me the clowns you said you work with."


Jallalludin is looking for a new job.



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An Ayaat-a-Week






Don't you see how Allah sets forth a parable? - A goodly Word like a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches [reach] to the heavens, - it brings forth its fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord. So Allah sets forth parables for men, in order that they may receive admonition.


~ Surah Ibrahim 14:24-25


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"The heart of man is very much like the sea,

it has its storms, it has its tides

and its depths it has its pearls too."



~ Vincent van Gogh




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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.


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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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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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Conducting by Imam Yahia Baej

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Time: After Esha Salaat
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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

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Al-Nisa Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

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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)

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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

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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

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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

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Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

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