EST. 2004


Sunday 3 November 2019 | Issue 0782



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Open Day at Slacks Creek Mosque The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Seniors visit Holland Park Mosque CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
Brisbane Somali Business and Professional Networking night Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
Hanifa Deen recalls and reflects on Australian Muslim history Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week


Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


New manual to debunk Australia's misconceptions about Islam

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Your ICQ Needs You!

 The CCN Classifieds

'Humiliated and outraged' after being told to take hijab off

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


NSW Police engaged in racially abusing Afghan women

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Muslim community unites again to help local farmers

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Muslim Crescent Scouts registration day

Keeping Fit with Kareema

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  Real chat with Rita Write For Us
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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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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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Drought relief got underway from Brisbane.


300 tonnes of hay and 190,000 litres of water were distributed.












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Report and photos by Dr Zakaria Amin




National Mosque Open Day (NMOD) is an annual Australia-wide event that took place on 26th October, where a number of mosques across the nation opened their doors to the public and invited them to come in and explore their local mosque.

Slacks Creek Masjid was one of these participating mosques.

Leaflets were distributed to the local community prior to the event, and as a result, there was a large turn out of non Muslims to the event.

A masjid tour was arranged for the wider community. Balloons and gifts were given to the visitors.

Many non-Muslims also stayed and observed the dhuhr prayer.

A free sausage sizzle was also arranged at the venue, which was also quite successful.

Overall, the event successfully brought a positive awareness to the community about the Muslims of Australia. It allowed a dialogue amongst the non Muslims and Muslims, and helped dispel many misconceptions that may have been created in the past decade. We pray that every Australian can come together for a common cause - peace and harmony.




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Anglicare Logan brought two bus loads of elderly clients to visit the Holland Park Mosque on Wednesday 30 October.

Janeth Deen was their host and gave them a talk on all the features of the Mosque, the religion and the history of the early Muslims in the South East Queensland. She also presented them with a book on the history of the Holland Park Mosque.

They were quite Interested and thanked her for the experience



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Somali academics, elders, professionals, students and youth met at a networking event hosted by the Somali Qld Association



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On Sunday 21 October, the Muslim Crescent Scout group had it’s first registration day. The District Commissioner of Scouts for Brisbane, John Parr, came along to support us on our open day, giving a wonderful Parents Information session with Gillian Hall, the Regional Development Officer. He also enjoyed talking to parents and sharing his passion for scouting. We had help from members of the Gold Coast District‘s scouting team, who provided a variety of exciting activities for kids to do when they came to see what scouts was all about.


The children enjoyed games like catapult launching, chain balls, giant jengas and ring toss among others. There were more than 20 parents who came to the information session and listened to the presentation by John and Gillian. It was a successful day with 14 children signing on to join as well as a new leader joining.


Since then we have more enquiries daily from parents to sign up their children as well as more parents interested to be leaders or parent helpers. We are looking forward for the group to grow as the community learns more about what is scouts and see the amazing activities and opportunities it provides in personal development for young people.

The Muslim Crescent Scout group will meet every Sunday afternoon during school terms beginning 3rd November 2019 from 3pm to 5pm. We have two scouts sections started at the moment – Cubs for children aged 7 to 10 years old and Scouts for children aged 11 to 15 years old.


We hope the start Venturers section soon for children aged 15 to 18 years old. Children can join anytime during the year and parents need to pay a fee to join that covers their registration with Scouts QLD and various weekly activities.


For more information or to register, please contact the Muslims Crescent Scouts leader, Farah Scott at 0432026375 or like and follow us on Muslim Crescent Scouts on Facebook.



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Finalists of the 2019 Australian Muslim Achievement Awards.


Woman of the Year
Noori Ahmad
Dr Zuleyha Keskin
Hala Ramadan

Man of the Year
Bachar Houli
Osman Karolia
Tom Zreika

Youth of the Year
Bassam Maaliki
Nadia Saeed
Abdul Warsame

Professional of the Year
Nadia El-Mouelhy
Zaahir Edries
Hayley Kelloway

Role Model of the Year
Ramia Abdo Sultan
Zaahir Edries
Dean Mousad

Creative Artist of the Year
Nazeem Hussain
Maryam Popal Zahid
Beray Uzunbay

Sportsperson of the Year
Bilal Akkawy
Payne haas
Bachar Houli

Volunteer of the Year
Ashraf Abdelbaky
Natasha Hill
Mona Mohamed
Eman Rahim

Community Organisation of the Year
National Zakat Foundation
House Of Sadaqa
Sisters' Cancer Support Group

Business of the Year
Fettayleh Smallgoods
MCCA Islamic Finance and Investments (Australia) Halal Certification Authority

Best New Community Project of the Year

Boys In The Cave
Muslim Film Festival
Tenfold International

Event of the Year
Eid Show
My Religion Confronting Modern Challenges Stand Up for Christchurch

Waleed Aly
Nour Haydar

People’s Choice of the Year
Abdulah Hamimi
Dr Zuleyha Keskin
Umm Jamaal Ud-Din (Mouna Parkin)
Sara M. Sal


To attend the awards ceremony on Saturday 30 November click here.



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By Mehar Ahmad    




The award-winning author, Hanifa Deen entertained a large group of Sydneysiders, overwhelmingly women with her unique style of storytelling on Saturday 19 October 2019 at ISRA offices in Auburn.

The topic of her presentation was “Confessions of an accidental author: How I became a storyteller” where she explored the secrets of writing intuition, her ability to listen to her inner voice and to engage herself linking the past with the present and value her own personal history.


“Originally, I was a teacher and later I was writing speeches for politicians. I never thought of becoming a writer. Brian, one of my colleagues who was a publisher at Penguin, 25 years ago trapped into writing a book proposal and send it to publishers Allan & Unwin. So I did and my first book Caravanserai was born,” Hanifa recalled.

“Why do I write about social Justice? This is because of my family background. My family butted heads with the White Australia Policy that was established in 1901,” she said.

Ridiculing the White Australia Policy, Hanifa said, “At that time if Jesus came to Australia they won’t let him in. Amongst Muslims, those days only some Bosnians were allowed entry into Australia because they were white. It was nothing about religion.”

“During my research for writing, I realised that there were some exploiters and some exploiters in the society. Australians called us mossies and hence we Muslims are Aussie Mossies. I was trying to breakdown the stereotype. I started to travel around Australia to collect the stories of Muslims and I came to Lakemba,” she said while talking about her book ‘Ali Abdul v The King: Muslims stories from the dark days of White Australia’ published in 2011.

“I went to detention centre where women and children were behind the barbed wire. One day the boss in the detention centre decided to do something for the children during Christmas time. Someone dressed up as a Santa and calling children by their number instead of their names to give them presents. Santa was told to call them with their name, but Santa mentioned that he doesn’t know their names, he only knows them by number,” she recalled.



“Bilal Cleland (a regular AMUST columnist) once asked me to attend a seminar on a court case that will conclude very soon but it went on for five and half years resulting in my book ” The Jihad Seminar,” she said.

“There were 300 people who never met Muslims. Two non-Muslims, they said we didn’t know that Muslims laughed and Muslims made jokes. A lady approached me and said, I come across a women every day, a women with hijab on the train. She asked me what should I do. I said, just smile at her.”


While researching Australian archives in Canberra, Hanifa came across a number of documents and photos of handsome Muslim men known as the Ghans, one of them turned out to be her grandfather who came to Australia in 1886.

“In 1901 my grandfather brought his wife and she was pregnant and gave birth to my father. She stayed alone no other Muslims women were there. She went back with my father when he was a child and later my father came back to Australia when he was 21,” Hanifa related her family history.

Hanifa showed photos of a number of cameleers and other early Muslims describing their stories in a most interesting way while totally engaging the audience for almost 90 minutes.






Hanifa Deen at lunch with ISRA staff, AMUST team and Hazem El Masri.



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Australian Imams and scholars have launched a manual aiming to debunk misconceptions associated with Islam.

Young Australian Muslims are increasingly turning to the internet to understand Islam, where they are often feed inaccurate or unreliable information, according to the Board of Imams Victoria.

To combat that, and attempt to delegitimise extremist views propagated online, the board has helped launch a 12-page manual.

"A lot of youth, when they want to understand something about Islam, the easiest way to get that information is to jump online," Imam Bekim Hasani told SBS News.

"But sometimes the information that they get, they get from people who we know nothing about and we do not know if they are qualified to give that information."

An Introductory Resource Manual: Islam and Living in Australia was developed with the support of the Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF).

“It is not only important to break down barriers and misconceptions, but also for young Australian Muslims to gain better understanding on the teachings of Islam from a scholarly source, rather than an unknown and unreliable internet source," AMF Executive Director Hass Dellal said.

Mr Hasani said the resource aims to provide a tailored interpretation of what it means to be Muslim in modern-day Australia.

"There are certain principals of Islam that actually change with time and place," he said.

"The best way to interpret Islam in Australia is from the Imams that live here with our community and respect the tradition and the law of the land.




"What we ask of people here is to follow the culture where they come from - since we embraced Australia to be our home, and our children are born and raised here, it is important for us to follow this lifestyle as much as Islam allows."

Mr Hasani said the resource is aimed at reaching both Muslims and non-Muslims.

"A lot of people, without knowing the true meaning of Islam, they put us all in the same basket," he said.

"So when they have something online where they can actually learn, the true meaning of these topics and the true meaning of Islam, it will be easier for them to understand where we are coming from.

"Islam has nothing to do with violence. We religious leaders and Islam in general are against any form of violence."

The manual has also been designed for media organisations to assist in appropriate reporting on the Islamic community and its beliefs.




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A 21-year-old woman has accused a Sydney bar of discrimination for telling her to remove her hijab when she tried to enter the venue.

Soaliha Iqbal was enjoying an evening out with friends on Friday when she was left “humiliated and outraged.”

The 21-year-old said she was told by security at the Paragon Hotel in Circular Quay to remove her hijab when she tried to enter the venue.

“When it was my turn to step up and give my ID, before taking my ID or checking it, security just pointed to my hijab and said 'take that off'," Ms Iqbal told SBS News.

Ms Iqbal said she was so shocked, she did not immediately respond, prompting a security guard to tell her again to “take it off”.


"I just walked away in tears. I didn't really know what to do.

"There were people in line, around us, that were pretty horrified."

Ms Iqbal’s friends filmed the aftermath on their mobile phones, including an interaction with the police, who stepped in.

Ms Iqbal said the venue's manager eventually came outside.

"They essentially doubled-down on the claim it was a reasonable request for me to remove my hijab on the basis of ID," she said.

"It was just constant gaslighting - I was constantly told by all these men that I was overreacting and should have walked away."

Ms Iqbal said the hotel group that owns The Paragon apologised to her via Facebook after she posted about the incident.

The security guard was on his first shift and wanted to “impress the venue… with his professionalism and attention to detail", Ms Iqbal was told.






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The women were questioned by officers by the side of the road.


Two NSW police officers have been found to have engaged in serious misconduct by racially abusing two Afghan women at a traffic stop in Western Sydney.

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has released video of the incident, which occurred in April after the two senior constables followed the car for two minutes because they believed one of the women wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

In the video the first officer greets the 24-year-old driver with the words: "You have to be the most stupidest person I've met as the driver of a motor vehicle."

He demands she and her stepmother produce identification, and when he is told the older woman recently arrived on a temporary visa, he threatens to put her in prison.

"We're taking her back to jail anyway," he can be heard saying in the video, which was filmed on one of the officer's body cameras.

The officer orders both women out of the car and when the driver protests he tells his colleague to put her in handcuffs.

"Out of the car, whack the cuffs on her," he tells his offsider.

He later threatens the woman with unrelated charges.

"Don't argue with me love or you'll be going in the back of the paddy wagon as accessory to bloody murder," he says.

"Don't you get aggro or you'll be in the back of a divvy going back to the jail, don't take advantage of our system."

'Bullied and frightened'
In her complaint to the LECC the 24-year-old woman also alleges the officers made further offensive comments after the camera was switched off.

The woman told the commission the officers accused her of having drugs in the car and suggested that if the police pulled the women over in Afghanistan under the same circumstances they would have been shot from behind.















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AIIC: Primary Teacher (Prep - Year 2)


We are looking for Primary School Teacher for our Buranda/City Campus.


If you are an experienced Primary school teacher, interested in the position, please e-mail us your resume as soon as possible. This position commences on TERM 1, 2020.

All applicants must be:
• an Australian Citizen or
• a permanent resident or
• have an appropriate permit to work in Australia

• Excellent communication skills
• Well-developed classroom management skills
• A passion to enrich children's learning
• Enthusiasm

All applicants need to be able to provide:
• Copies of qualifications, academic transcripts and statements of service.
• Evidence of teacher accreditation from Queensland College of Teachers.

E-mail :
Phone: 07 33721400



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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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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell




QLD police have confirmed the Holland Park vandalism is being investigated as a ‘wilful property damage’ case rather than a hate crime.

On the front walls of the mosque, the Christchurch terrorist was called a saint. The vandal also used a genocidal term from the 1990s to call for the expulsion and murder of Muslims.
QLD has a criminal offence of serious vilification, which includes intentionally inciting hatred against people on the basis of their religion. It also includes threatening harm against religious people or their property.

This criminal offence has never been prosecuted in QLD and it seems police awareness of it is very low. Police, like most government departments, are pushed to get through complaints as quickly as possible, and there is a view that treating offences as lower level garden variety offences will get runs on the board more quickly.

But the damage to community confidence and social cohesion is huge – and this has now been pointed out to police.

In a meeting of the QLD police community reference group last week, the police faced community concerns that crimes were not being investigated, labelled and prosecuted for what they were.

Ali Kadri from the Holland Park Mosque raised these concerns, along with myself, from the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network.

The police undertook to investigate the processes used in other states.

In response to concerns from ICQ President Habib Jamal, it also undertook to improve its feedback to people who lodge complaints. They agreed to work more closely with the Islamophobia Register and ICQ in following up criminal leads.

As a community we need to up our reporting of incidents, no matter how small. We also need to share our experiences with police.

Community fears and distrust of police took another blow this week with a story involving NSW police harassing two Australian women of Afghan background.

As the Australian Federation of Islamic Council said in response, the police must coordinate a system wide response ‘to ensure that those who are the most victimised in society are not further traumatised by the very ones who should be protecting them.’
The national pushback from AFIC, ANIC and the Muslim Legal Network (NSW) was excellent, and showed a refusal of our community to accept this as expected, run of the mill behaviour from suburban cops.

We have the right to be treated with respect by those in authority.

Lawyer Moustafa Kheir based in Sydney has produced this little summary of what you can do if you face police misconduct.

Our senior politicians and QLD police commissioner must speak out when hate crimes occur, calling it out for what it is, and begin launching prosecutions of serious vilification– otherwise, we get the troubling message that somehow our sense of security is not a

We know the Holland Park vandalism case is not the only case sitting on their desk concerning anti-Muslim hatred or threats.

We are trying to build a positive relationship with police and encourage more reporting, but they need to show us they will protectus when it counts.




Sister Rita Jabri Markwell is an advocate with the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network, a specialist political advocacy and policy development body now working at the national level. She can be reached at





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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.




S1E4: The Fall of the Caliphate pt 2  – 1400 OMG Podcast






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The 2020 Muslim 500








“Radicalisation thrives on economic insecurity and exclusion. to create stakeholders in a peaceful world, people need opportunities to fulfill their potential and build good lives. Helping them is a powerful message of respect.”

“To me, this call to love is a call to concrete action. Our world needs to confront challenges to our shared humanity and values. They are he very ground of the coexistence and harmony our future depends on.”

“Today, for the world’s people to know each other, we need real dialogue. That means speaking honestly, listening carefully, and acting on the positive values we all share.”

41st – generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

$5 billion tourism revenues. Jordan is 6th in top tourist destinations by Lonely Planet

Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein

King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Custodian of the Holy Sites of Jerusalem


HM King Abdullah II is the constitutional monarch of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Arab Army. He is also the Custodian of the Muslim and Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem.

Location; location; location. King Abdullah is not the leader of a rich or populous country, nor is he a religious scholar, but what makes his role vital is his being the linchpin to the central cause of the Islamic world: the issue of Palestine and Jerusalem, and his being the Custodian of the Muslim and Christian Holy Sites there. There are over 12 million Palestinians in the world, 3 million in Jordan itself, around another 5 million in the occupied territories and Israel, and 2 million in Gaza. As Palestine is not recognized as a state by the whole international community, the responsibility for an equitable peace there falls largely on its next-door neighbour Jordan, and so also King Abdullah II in particular, especially as his family have been the hereditary Custodians of the holy sites from before the creation of the state of Jordan itself. Moreover, in the face of increased pressure to dissolve the very notion of Palestinian identity; dissolve UNRWA and illegally and unilaterally grant Jerusalem to Israel, King Abdullah has been the only voice of influence actively—but responsibly—resisting this catastrophe for the Islamic world. Moreover, Jerusalem is as holy to Muslims as it is to Jews and Christians, and its loss would represent a grievance based not only on justice but on faith to all the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims, a situation with explosive potential consequences, to say the least.

On the other side, on its borders with both Syria and Iraq, Jordan has been waging a quiet war against da’ish for the past five years, and acts as a buffer protecting both Saudi Arabia to its South and Egypt’s Sinai to its West. Finally, Jordan is actually the Middle of the Middle East. Being at the geographic crossroads of the three great continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, it straddles not only cultural and religious borders but also trade and shipping routes and international gas and electricity regional grids.

Lineage: King Abdullah II is a 41st generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad g through the line of the Prophet’s grandson Al-Hasan. The Hashemite Dynasty is the second-oldest ruling dynasty in the world, after that of Japan. As the current bearer of the Hashemite legacy, HM King Abdullah II has a unique prestige in the Islamic World, in addition to his being the custodian of the Muslim and Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem (and of course Jordan itself ).

Longevity: Rightly or wrongly, monarchs rule longer than elected presidents, and after 20 years on the throne, and now being the second longest-serving Arab ruler (and still in his 50s), King Abdullah has had the opportunity to acquire a vast depth of experience, connections and influence. His father King Hussein himself ruled for 47 years and was the longest-serving Arab leader when he died in 1999.

Support for Jerusalem (Al-Quds): HM King Abdullah II is the custodian of Al-Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem, the sacred compound which contains Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. HM is also the custodian of Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. He has strongly supported the upkeep and renovation of these sites.

Reformer: HM King Abdullah’s progressive vision for Jordan is based on political openness, economic and social development, and the Islamic values of goodwill and tolerance. Under his reign Jordan has witnessed sweeping constitutional changes (one third of the Constitution was amended), and political and social reforms aimed at increasing governmental transparency and accountability.

Islamic Outreach: In response to growing Islamophobia in the West in the wake of 9/11 and rising sectarian strife, King Abdullah II launched the Amman Message initiative (see “www.ammanmessage. com” on page 51), which was unanimously adopted by the Islamic World’s political and temporal leaderships. King Abdullah II is also credited with the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought’s most authoritative website on the Holy Qur’an and Tafsir (see “” on page 167). He also founded the World Islamic Sciences and Education University in Jordan ( in 2008. In 2012, King Abdullah II set up integrated professorial chairs for the study of the work of Imam Ghazali at the Aqsa Mosque and Imam Razi at the King Hussein Mosque. And in 2014, he established a fellowship for the study of love in religion at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.

Majalla Law: 80% of Jordan’s laws are based on the Ottoman Majalla and hence on traditional Hanafi Shari’a. Jordan has a Chief Mufti; official Muftis in every province; Army and Police Grand Muftis and Shari’a Courts for all personal status issues for Muslims. Yet it has Orthodox-Priest-run courts for its native Christian population in Christian personal status issues, and Jordan guarantees Christian seats in the Parliament and de facto at every level of government. It has civil law for all citizens and additional tribal laws and customs for tribesmen and tribeswomen.

Interfaith Outreach: HM King Abdullah II is also lauded as an interfaith leader for his support of the 2007 A Common Word initiative (see “A Common Word” on page 119). He was also the initiator and driving force behind the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week Resolution in 2010 (see “UN World Interfaith Harmony Week” on page 154). In 2014 HM King Abdullah hosted HH Pope Francis in Jordan (having previously hosted both HH Pope Benedict XVI and HH Pope John Paul II). In 2015 the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ on Jordan’s River Bank was unanimously voted a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thus, at the same time that da’ish was destroying Syria and Iraq’s historical and archaeological treasures, King Abdullah was preserving not just Muslim Holy Sites, but Christian Holy Sites and universal historical treasures as well.

Safe Haven: Jordan has around 2 million registered and unregistered refugees from Syria and Iraq and other regional conflicts (such as Libya and Yemen), in addition to around 2 million refugees from the Palestine conflict. Despite its paucity of resources, Jordan has welcomed and accommodated a staggering number of refugees and is seen by many as the most stable country in a turbulent region. It has the highest percentage of refugees of any country in the world.

Templeton Prize Winner 2018: HM King Abdullah was awarded the 2018 Templeton Prize, the most prestigious prize in the world in religious affairs. He is the second Muslim, and the first statesman ever to be granted this honour. The prize recognises those who have “made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension”. The judges mentioned in particular the King’s work in promoting intra-Islamic religious harmony, reclaiming the narrative from extremists, as well as between Islam and other faiths.





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


‘I chucked the biggest tantrum’

Nesrine was 21 when she and a female cousin snuck away from a family holiday in Lebanon.

She said they left to help refugees on the Turkish side of the Syrian border and had no intention of entering the war-torn country.


“Of course not,” she said. “I had a whole thing going on. I was doing uni,” she said.

“Who walks into a war zone? I was going to see Syrians, yes, because of what they’re going through.”

Like Mariam, she found herself at an IS building inside Syria, had her phone and passport confiscated and was told she was now a citizen of Islamic State.

“I found that I was in Syria, did I have a heart attack? Of course,” she said.

“Did I cry and scream and chuck a fit like a little girl? I chucked the biggest tantrum. Did it work? No. I’m still here.”

Parents desperate for answers




Last month, Four Corners accompanied Mariam’s father Kamalle and Nesrine’s mother Hiam Zahab as they travelled to Syria to find their daughters.

Hiam wants answers.

“I want to know why she left, why she ended up [like] this, and wreck her life and our life,” she said.

“But in the end, she’s my daughter.”

Mariam’s father Kamalle leads a group of Australian families trying to bring their relatives home.

“They’re in a constant state of fear,” Kamalle said.








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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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At the outbreak of World War II, a third-generation Muslim, Arthur (Sarrip) Saron was so desperate to fight that he raised his age from 16 to 18 years. In early 1941, at the time of his embarkation to the front with his mates, newspapers mentioned his name:

An enjoyable evening was spent at the Diggers’ Hall, when Lieutenant T. G. Mulherin presided over a large gathering. The function was a farewell service to servicemen. Thirty-three men left by train for Brisbane to join the AIF. The draft comprised the volunteers, including Arthur Sarrip Saron.

Saron served in Malaya and became a prisoner of war in Changi Prison, Singapore. Private Saron’s name appeared in the Army News in 1945 in the official lists of AIF servicemen who were recovered from Singapore among 4,585 Australian prisoners, and he was returned to his home in Mackay, Queensland.


Returning after the war, The Brisbane Truth in1945 wrote about Saron and other servicemen:

Over 400 Service personnel including Pte Arthur Sarrip Saron will return to Brisbane by the Largs Bay, including a number who were transferred from the Esperance Bay to the other vessel. This is the number that is expected to be disembarked here, though Army authorities advise that some may request to be disembarked in southern centres. Relatives wishing to meet their boys are advised to go along the Moorooka tramline then turn into Bracken-street, to the end of that road, where guides will be available to direct them to their lads. The Red Cross is organising a ‘fleet of cars’ to drive other personnel from the ship on a sight-seeing tour of the city.








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Muslim speed dating: Three minutes to find a soulmate who shares your faith    


UK: Some young Muslims in London are turning to speed dating to find love.

A recent session was billed as a "super fun speed dater" with organisers Mmm Dating stating the session was "tailor made with love for single Muslims aged 20s, 30s seeking marriage and companionship."

Some Muslim societies, including in the UK, still rely on family introductions to meet a spouse.

While there are dating apps specifically aimed at Muslims, those attending the event - many out of curiosity rather than a bid to find a spouse - said they appreciated the chance to meet potential partners in real life and ask questions specific to their faith.

BBC Asian Network's Anisa Kadri reports.  



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Germany: Restaurants in Weimar ordered to rename doner kebabs



GERMANY: The eastern German city of Weimar has ruled that doner kebabs made with additive-laced meat must now be described as Drehspiess (rotisserie). The guideline dates back more than three decades but most cities ignored it.

Kebab restaurants in the eastern German city of Weimar have been ordered to change menus to rename one of their most popular dishes.

Sellers of doner kebabs — the dish containing meat cooked on a vertical spit — must now label them as Drehspiess im Fladenbrot, which is German for rotisserie (meat) in flatbread.

City authorities have decided to enforce a 31-year-old federal guideline on what exactly constitutes a doner kebab, known as "döner" in Germany.

In 1988, a food advisory panel to the country's Food and Agriculture Ministry recommended under its "Guidelines for meat and meat products" that doner meat must comply with specific rules.

Only natural flavour enhancers
It must be made of trimmed lamb or beef, and the proportion of minced meat must not exceed 60%. Only salt, egg, spices, oil, onions, milk, and yogurt can be added.

Factory-produced doner kebab meat mostly contains industrial flavor enhancers and therefore does not meet the requirement.

Weimar's food inspection office says the name change will help protect consumers from being misled.

However, restaurant owners in the city are angry at the change and say customers still come in asking for a doner kebab. They say that doner is Turkish for "rotary" and kebab means "grilled meat."

Although the recommendation was made by a national body, only one or two other German cities have enforced it.

Spotlight on additives
Producers of huge blocks of frozen meat used to make doner kebabs regularly face criticism over the use of poor quality ingredients and phosphates additives.

Manufacturers insist they need the additives to keep the meat juicy, tender and tasty, but health experts argue that eating phosphates increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Two years ago, European Parliament MPs narrowly rejected plans to ban phosphates used in the industrial meats used to make the kebab.

But in June, the European Food Safety Authority issued new safe limits for phosphates consumption and warned that the diets of children and adolescents, in particular, are laden with the additive.

As well as processed meat and fish products, phosphates are found in sodas, some cheese products, and sauces and pudding/cake mixtures.



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









It's Not About the Burqa


Mariam Khan (Editor)




When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter?

In 2016, Mariam Khan read that David Cameron had linked the radicalization of Muslim men to the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women. Mariam felt pretty sure she didn’t know a single Muslim woman who would describe herself that way. Why was she hearing about Muslim women from people who were neither Muslim, nor female?

Years later the state of the national discourse has deteriorated even further, and Muslim women’s voices are still pushed to the fringes – the figures leading the discussion are white and male.

Taking one of the most politicized and misused words associated with Muslim women and Islamophobia, It’s Not About the Burqa is poised to change all that. Here are voices you won’t see represented in the national news headlines: seventeen Muslim women speaking frankly about the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, about feminism, queer identity, sex, and the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country.


Funny, warm, sometimes sad, and often angry, each of these essays is a passionate declaration, and each essay is calling time on the oppression, the lazy stereotyping, the misogyny and the Islamophobia.

What does it mean, exactly, to be a Muslim woman in the West today? According to the media, it’s all about the burqa.

Here’s what it’s really about. 



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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: Blueberries, an antioxidant superfood, are plentiful at the moment. I have read that they are acked with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids and are also high in potassium and vitamin C. Apparently, not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory.


Blueberry & Ricotta Pancakes


Recipe shared by Ayesha Randeree




1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tblsp sugar
1 egg
½ tsp grated lemon rind
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 tsp vanilla essence
¾ cup blueberries
Lemon curd (bought from Woolworths)





Sift together dry ingredients in bowl
Whisk together wet ingredients in a separate bowl
Pour into dry ingredients and mix till well blended
Gently fold in blueberries
Don't over mix
Batter must be little thick, if it's too thick add little milk
Heat fry pan and drop in spoonfuls of batter
Fry till golden on both sides
Serve with a drizzle of lemon curd and blueberries





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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.


Patterns are the set of habits and behaviours we inherited from others as a result of conditioning. When we live according to these patterns, we operate on a default mode.


Life is a beautiful blessing by ALLAH swt whereby we are blessed with a mind.


Humans are blessed with the mind to live a joyful, kind, caring life. However, when we look around us, humans have not been living a joyful, kind and caring only needs to observe the state of the world currently to see how destructive, unkind and uncaring we have been to ourselves and all of ALLAH’s creation. SUBHAAN ALLAH!


The good news is that it is never too late to become aware and make a conscious transformation to break the pattern. To switch off from the default mode of operation and switch on our SOULFUL mode.


Transformation of self does not occur overnight. If that were the case, Muslims across the globe would not be required to pray five times a day. ALLAH swt has commanded these five obligatory prayers to help us understand that we need to connect with HIM and reflect on the hours between each prayer in order to seek guidance for the hours to come.


When we live on a default mode, our prayers also reflect the lack of connection to self and to ALLAH swt. We behave as though it is a chore and we seldom use our minds in the prayer time to truly reflect and genuinely connect. The reason we do that is that we are caught up in the worries of our material world - too anxious to get on with the chores of the day ahead, too fearful to simply embrace the present moment.


The present moment - NOW - is all we have. The awareness of NOW is what transforms the self. If we use our present moment to dwell in fear, anxiety, worry, anger, jealousy or hate, we begin to operate on a negative frequency. As a result, we generate negative outcomes.


Allowing even one negative emotion means to live un-authentically to our true nature in which ALLAH swt created us. Our Essential Selves (refer to my column in newsletter 639) thrive on positivity, joy, kindness, care, compassion and unconditional love. It is absolutely vital to transform negative thoughts to positive ones if we are to live according to the true nature in which we were created.


I recommend a daily practice of THOUGHT SWITCH.  Here is how it’s done. For the purpose of this exercise, I have used the words “pleasant” and “unpleasant” to describe the nature of our thoughts. A pleasant thought always makes you feel joy and love. An unpleasant thought always evokes worry, anxiety, fear, anger, jealousy, hate and doubt.

  1. Sit in silence for 2 minutes

  2. Notice your thoughts

  3. Notice your inner voice

  4. If a pleasant thought comes, smile and say ALHUMDOLILLAH

  5. If an unpleasant thought comes, IMMEDIATELY think of the beauty of nature, for example, clear, blue ocean; majestic mountains; colourful flowers…

  6. Keep thinking about pleasant thoughts, keep smiling and saying ALHUMDOLILLAH

  7. Keep switching unpleasant thoughts to pleasant ones by thinking of nature and its beauty

  8. Dwell only on pleasant thoughts and smile as you utter ALHUMDULILLAH

  9. Do this practice daily for 2 minutes, few times a day.


Practise this daily and In Shaa ALLAH you will feel more aware of your habits and behaviours. With awareness comes transformation.


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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




Move in ‘MOVEmber’


  • Make it your mission to move a little more this month.

  • Getting into shape may not be as tough as you think.

  • Start with a morning / evening walk and build from there.

  • Aim to get at least 30mins of exercise daily.

  • Bodyweight exercises are great for bone strength and cardio will improve heart-health.

  • You’ll definitely feel more energised and will do wonders in helping to manage your mindset. In short, get MOVE-ing!


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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin believes in avoiding doctors and hospitals at all cost.


One day he had to have emergency surgery for an inflamed appendix.

In pain, but still protesting the whole idea of an operation, Jallalludin muttered,

"When God gave man an appendix, there must have been a reason for putting it there, am I right?"

"Oh there was," said the surgeon.

"God gave you that appendix so I could put my kids through university."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






So woe to the worshippers Who are neglectful of their Prayers, Those who [want but] to be seen [of men], But refuse [to supply] [even] neighbourly needs.


~ Surah Al-Ma'un 107:4-7


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"The greatness of a man is not in

how much wealth he acquires,

but in his integrity and his ability

to affect those around him positively."



~ Bob Marley




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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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Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Date: Tuesday 12 November 2019
Venue: Australian International Islamic College
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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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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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Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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Masjid As Sunnah



Every Sunday Quran Tafsir or Islamic Lesson or Arabic Class.
After Magrib
Conducting by Imam Yahia Baej

Children Arabic/Quran Class every Tue-Wed-Thursday after Magrib




Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
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Useful Links




HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

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

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter Sultana's Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU - Griffith Islamic Research Unit Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

Sisters Support Services Programs and activities for women in need ( and 0404 921 620)


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