EST. 2004


Sunday 10 November 2019 | Issue 0783



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


We find the week's news, so that you don't have to





Yesterday (Saturday 9 November 2019) was a historic day for the Muslim community of Queensland when the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) hosted it's very first Australian Citizenship Ceremony (and a first for a Muslim organization in Australia).



99 men, women, children of diverse ethnic backgrounds became Australian citizens in a flawlessly organized event put together by the ICQ Team and Ms Janet Deen in particular.


ICQ president, Mr Habib Jamal was the Master of Ceremonies and the Hon Jim Chalmers, Member for Rankin was the Presiding Officer.


Indigenous Elder Aunty Betty delivered a heartfelt welcome at the start of the proceedings, and Aunty Betty and her son Mr John McGrady took part in conferring the citizenship along with Mr Muhammad Khatree and Mr Farouk Adam from ICQ.


A recent citizen himself, Mr Alaa Altamimi spoke of his journey from Iraq and settling and studying in Australia to become a civil engineer.


Queensland Senator, Mr Paul Scarr, welcomed the new citizens and was profuse in his praise for the efforts of the Muslim community for organizing the event, hosting it in the Islamic College and for their recent support for drought farmers.


A large cake was cut to celebrate a very successful inaugural event that could well become a permanent fixture in the Brisbane calendar.
















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Stunning scenes as drought-affected town flooded with donations from Muslim community


A community affected by drought has been floored by truckloads of water and hay from Aussie Muslims, who trucked the donations to the town.

A Queensland town struggling through the drought has been touched by a massive donation of hay bales and water, which arrived on 20 semi trailers over the weekend.

The incredible donation to the drought-affected town of Stanthorpe was organised by members of Australia’s Muslim community, who have previously donated a similar amount to the town, about a month ago, according to 7 News.

Stanthorpe received the donation over the weekend of 438 bales of hay and 190,000 litres of water, which arrived on 20 semi trailers. Images of the scene went viral on social media, as stunned locals shared photos of the trucks rolling into town.

The town in Queensland’s south east has been majorly affected by the ongoing drought, and is tipped to run out of water over the summer months.

The group, Muslim Aid Australia, began working to assist with drought relief in Australia by raising funds to assist struggling Aussie towns. Their first donation, to the outback Queensland town of Goondiwindi, saw more than 150 tonnes of hay handed to the struggling area.

Riyaad Ally, from Muslim Aid Australia, said the group’s fundraising efforts to help the drought affected Aussie communities were extensive. He told 7 News they had received donations from local Aussie businesses, as well as organisations in Turkey and the United Kingdom.

“Everybody just wanted to unite. We had really amazing support from not only our donor base, but other organisations’ donor bases that all came together,” Mr Ally said.

He said the group was welcomed with open arms, but they “don’t need the thanks”.

“We do this because we love it.”




Media Coverage

















It's been been a hard day's night, and they've been working like the Deens


(l to r) Dicky, Funny, Happy, George, Ray and Louie


Happy Deen - driving a Mack Truck for the first time in more than 30 years

Father and son (Fazal and Habib Deen)










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Book Launch at IMA






 (l to r) Dzavid Haveric, Janeth Deen and Sherene Hassan (Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA).


Dzavid Haveric’s new book ‘Muslims Making Australia Home' was launched at the Islamic Museum of Australia in Melbourne this week.


The story of Islam and the Muslim people is an integral part of Australian history. This book covers the period from post-World War II until the 1980s when the history of Islam in Australia unfolded into a rich multi-ethnicity, manifested by diverse Muslim ethnic groups. Muslim migrants found Islam in Australia more pluralistic than they found possible in their homeland, because in Australia they met fellow Muslims from many different ethnic, racial, cultural, sectarian and linguistic backgrounds.


Muslims are an integral part of Australia's social fabric and multicultural way of life, shaping their Muslimness in an Australian context and their Australianness from Muslim viewpoints and experiences.


Documenting socio-historical characteristics rather than providing a theological interpretation, Muslims Making Australia Home covers interrelated Islamic themes in the sociology of religion by noting how these themes reappear in cultural history.


The book reveals many unknown or little-known historical facts, stories and valuable memories.


If you would like to purchase a copy of the book in Brisbane call  0435 086 796




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A DEAKIN graduate who arrived in Australia as an Afghan refugee unable to speak English has been awarded the university’s Young Alumni of the Year award.

Khyber Alam has achieved an incredible amount working as a volunteer optometrist around the world, raising funds for charities and opening an orphanage,

Now a Deakin University researcher, Mr Alam arrived in Australia as a 13-year-old.

He went on to excel at school and was drawn to optometry because of its ability to change lives.

He has been a volunteer optometrist in rural clinics in Australia, Bangladesh and India, and has raised more than $75,000 for various charities.

Using his own savings, Mr Alam has also opened an orphanage in eastern Afghanistan.

He hopes this orphanage, — named House of Knowledge to reflect its aim of encouraging children towards learning — will be the first of many across the country.

He is now undertaking a PhD at Deakin’s School of Medicine.

Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin said the Deakin University Alumni Awards were an opportunity to acknowledge the influence and achievements of the university’s thriving alumni community, which now totals more than 285,000 people.

“Deakin is an institution that works with  — and for — the community,” Prof Martin said




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CBA Forum







Yusuf Osman, IWAA's Finance Manager, Sue Hamdoush IWAA’s Sydney Branch Coordinator with Matt Comyn, Commonwealth Bank’s, CEO and Galila Abdelsalam OAM, IWAA CEO together at the Commonwealth Bank Customer Forum.



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ANIC has produced a template that could be used by Muslim employees to help their employers understand the Friday Prayers obligation if required.


It can be downloaded from here.






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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell





Why I don’t like ‘multiculturalism’

Where do Australian Muslim families see the situation between themselves and non-Muslim Australians in 20 years? Do we have a sense of what our kids will be doing, who they will hang out with, who they will marry, how they will be different to us?

For me, as someone who has an Anglo-Saxon mother and Lebanese father, I have spent my life trying to make sense of two worlds – neither of which I really belonged to. And it wasn’t until I travelled to Lebanon, that I realised that the closest descriptor I could have is Australian.

My generation is not the last to experience a bit of an identity crisis.

Go back to where you came from, love it or leave it, fit in or f*** off have all become poison to the generation of Aussies who don’t look like what some Aussies have decided is the Aussie look.

Mr Chin Tan, the Race Discrimination Commissioner asked that question about our 20 year vision at an event about combating Islamophobia. He said Australian Muslims need to think about the counter-narrative they want to create.

It is an ambitious question for a peoples with diverse outlooks and attitudes. But we do all want one thing – and that is the right to express who we are freely without fear. To have security, belonging, connection, respect, dignity.

And while I get that Australian Muslims should contemplate this question, I also feel like its ignoring the elephant in the room, which is Australia’s identity crisis.

Australia is evolving fast into a pluralistic, cosmopolitan nation. And yet there are vast tracts of suburbs that are completely mono-cultural.

We haven’t quite worked out how all these cultures live together and what makes that togetherness uniquely Australian. We haven’t worked out how to move beyond a one-handed embrace with our First Nations brothers and sisters and the truth of our history.

The champion of identity politics for beleaguered white people, Pauline Hanson, cries, it is okay to be white, and white people are being lost.

Even today, politicians from across the arena will refer to non-white people as multicultural. Multicultural people refer to white people as Aussies.

These are all signs of a nation in parts.

The is compounded by dog whistling by political opportunists, who make money through the Electoral Commission by weaponising the anxiety of Anglo-Saxon people. The more poison that comes from them, the more other segments of the community perceive they are racist. Invisible walls rise up.

For Australian Muslims, I don’t think our focus needs to be on finding a counter narrative. It needs to be on reaching out, to get behind the drivers of Islamophobic behaviour.

Getting together to bash on Muslims might seem like a worthwhile past time for some in far right groups, but what if we looked behind that veneer, and in hand with other Australians addressed the underlying causes.

Older Australian women have next to no super or job prospects. The Australian job market is completely squeezed for unskilled work opportunities. There is no job stability or security for those at the bottom end. The construction industry has such a macho culture - intolerant of difference - that it has skyrocketing suicides. This is the hotbed of anxiety, waiting to be reframed and redirected against the latest scapegoat. In our next phase, of educating ourselves and others, we have to find a way to reach out to them.  





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.




S1E5: The Iranian Revolution – 1400 OMG Podcast






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The 2020 Muslim 500








“There is not moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”

“We are followers of a long established tradition which has, throughout history, considered social, cultural and religious differences as richness.”

42nd – largest military standing force in NATO

4 million refugees are hosted by Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President of the Republic of Turkey


HE Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the Prime Minister of Turkey for 11 years, winning three consecutive elec- tions with a majority (2002, 2007 and 2011), before becoming Turkey’s first popularly-elected president in August 2014 and then securing a second-term in the 2018 election. During his terms, Turkey has seen unprecedented economic growth, constitutional re- form, and a re-emergence as a major global power.

President: Erdogan secured 52.5% of the vote in the 2018 Presidential election (electoral turnout was 86%), and thereby avoided a second round runoff. This was a continuation of his remarkable popularity and success at the ballot box over the past two decades. During his time as president he has pushed for more powers for his post, a move not welcomed by all, and criticised by many as signs of wanting excessive power. He has lost support from key members of his own party, and been criticized for cracking down on the media.

Failed Coup Ramifications: The failed coup of July 15 2017, which led to about 200 deaths, has led to huge ramifications as Erdogan looks to root out all those involved. He has squarely laid the blame of orchestrating the coup on Fethullah Gulen, and has led an all-out attack on Gulen’s organisations and supporters. There has been a major crackdown on many sectors with about 160,000 civil servants being dismissed in various state institutions, with over half from the education sector. Also, 50,000 people remain in detention with this number continually rising as authorities press ahead with regular raids.

Global Relations: Under Erdogan, Turkey has focused on building stronger relations with all of its seven land-contiguous neighbours (especially Greece) and also all of those countries bordering the Black Sea (an important trading hub and a geopolitically significant area). In Africa, it has opened up over twenty new embassies and consulates, and when Somalia suffered from a crippling famine and drought in 2011, Erdogan not only gave aid, but also became the first leader from outside Africa to visit Somalia in nearly two decades. While Turkey has about 45% of its foreign trade with European countries, it is developing strong trade relations with other regions and attracting investment from all over the world.

Bait-and-Switch? In July 2015 Turkey finally declared war on da’ish after an agreement with the US. It immediately proceeded to bomb sites in Iraq and Syria that it said were PKK sites. Turkey was consequently accused by the Kurds and by some US officials of a ‘bait-and-switch’ ploy, using da’ish as bait to fight its old nemesis, the Kurds. Between the US and Russia: Ties with the US have strained considerably since Turkey decided to purchase the Russian S-400 defence system. The US responded by suspending Turkey from the F-35 jet programme. Turkey is now looking at the Russian Su35 and Su-57 planes as possible alternatives.

The Beginning of the End? President Erdogan returned to the leadership of the AKP in 2017 and expected to continue his amazing streak of victories in the 2019 local elections. This time, the AKP lost not only Istanbul, for the first time in 25 years, but also five of Turkey’s six largest cities. The Turkish government ordered a re-election in Istanbul, but the AKP fared even worse in the re-run elections in June. With the economy still struggling, criticisms of authoritarianism, frayed relations with the US, and invincibility at the polls smashed, President Erdogan’s position has never looked weaker.   





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

Meeting the grandchildren

Mariam and Nesrine have been brought to an office in al-Hawl, where Kamalle and Hiam wait for them.

It’s the first time they have seen their parents after almost five years apart.

Kamalle and Hiam have travelled halfway across the world for this moment

The room is hot, stuffy and echoing with the sound of sobbing, wailing kids and excited chatter.

This is the first time Kamalle and Hiam are meeting most of their grandchildren.

Mariam and Nesrine are in disbelief. They thought they may never see their families again.










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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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Four brothers – Raymond, Henry, Alfred and Edward Long – went to war in 1941, while another brother, Archibald, served with the Volunteer Defence Corps. Their mother did not let the youngest son join the AIF.


The shortage of labour increased the roles for women and voluntary self-sacrifice was promoted by the government; hence, their mother and sister Dorris, like many other women, helped the Red Cross during wartime.


Private Edward Long served in Unit 2/26th in the Australian Infantry Battalion, died due to cholera at the age of 24 in 1943 as a prisoner-of-war in Sonkurai camp in Thailand (formerly Siam) and was buried in Burma.


Of the 1,600 men sent to Sonkurai camp by 1943, 1,200 died, with 200 hospitalised and many not expected to recover. A large number died because of disease, starvation and exhaustion.


Edward died in the arms of his brother, Raymond Maroop Long, who later returned home from thewar.


Archival sources also reveal others who enlisted and became privates in the AIF to serve in World War II. Most of them were registered as “Muslims by religion and labourers by occupation.”


The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Case File (Soldiers Pay Book, service records only) at the Australian National Archives, Queensland, registered Raymond Long and Alec Aleman as Christians; however, researcher Dr Kabir’s interview with Raymond and her conversations with Alec’s relatives, indicated both men were Muslims. Alec Aleman was the uncle of Imam Barry Hassan, a fourth generation Australian-born Muslim of Javanese origin.


Later, Alec Aleman enlisted voluntarily in the AIF in World War II and served in Jerusalem, Crete, New Guinea and the Middle East. Other names included William Dulvarie and William (Wilson) Saron.









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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





Historic Fatwa on Fossil Fuel Divestment





The latest issue of ISNA's Islamic Horizons features coverage of the release of the historic Fatwa (Religious ruling) on Fossil-fuel Divestment by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) at the Financing the Future Summit which was held in Cape Town South Africa (September 10-12, 2019).


At that historic gathering over 300 leaders from 44 countries, representing diverse organizations working at the intersection of climate justice and social justice: faith-based institutions, governments, NGOs, foundations, academia, environmental and human rights advocates, social impact investing, healthcare, social enterprise, and other values-driven institutions, came together to fight against climate change and to continue to build upon the achievements of the fossil fuel divestment movement that has recently seen 11 trillion US dollars of total assets pledged to divestment from fossil fuels.


Statement of Fiqh Council of North America on Fossil Fuel Divestment

We recognize and re-affirm the scholarly work regarding the issues of Islam and the Environment which are found in existing Islamic statements, declarations and religious rulings on these matters.

The 2015 Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change was put forward by groups of Muslim scholars, religious councils and organizations around the globe.


We acknowledge the 2016 decision and public announcement of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) to divest all its financial assets from fossil fuel industries. We acknowledge that there is an urgent existential threat to the health, wellbeing and continuity of life on Earth.


According to the Qur’an [the highest source of Islamic teachings], Allah [God] appointed human beings as His trustees [stewards, guardians and care-takers] of the Earth. As such, it is the individual and collective duty and responsibility of humanity to develop Allah’s gifts of natural resources for its prosperity. This requires the maintenance of the delicate ecological balance, biodiversity and sustainability of all forms of life on earth.


The Qur’an refers directly to such balance [Al-Meezan], not only on earth, but also in the cosmic order and warns against the disturbance of that balance [55:5-9] or corrupting the earth, land and sea, with its adverse effect on all people [30:41]. As humanity should take care of the earth, Allah created the earth also to take care of humanity [45:12-13], so long as we abstain from waste [6:141; 7:31].


the Fatwa

The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) is a body of recognized and qualified Islamic Scholars from the United States and Canada who accept the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah as the primary sources of Islam. Furthermore, FCNA is guided by the judicial heritage of the Prophet’s companions and the legal rulings and methodology of established classical normative Muslim Scholarship. The mission of FCNA is to provide guidance to the Muslims of North America in all matters related to Shari’ah (Islam’s Sacred Law).


Parliament of the World's Religions



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Want to work Part Time??? Yes, there are ways…………

By Amber Kamran



There could be number of reasons to switch from full time to part time, maybe you want to start a side business, looking for work experience, need time to improve your health, you are a new mum, a mum that is a new immigrant and doesn’t have any immediate family support any more.

No matter the reason, now the real challenge is to prepare yourself to find suitable part time work for you. As the part time market is more competitive than full time work. You need to plan, still wondering how to do it??? Then these are the answers for your planning and hunting:

1. If you are already working, then research your company policies and check your present work load. You need to keep yourself in your boss’s shoes to check if your idea is workable or not. If this is not working, then switch to some other position with in your organisation with less work load or apply externally.

2. You will be surprised to know, there is more competition in part time jobs as compared to full time. Be ready to receive feedback that more than 300 people applied for the same job. You need to find the right industry based on your previous experience and qualification, this will give you some edge on other applicants. Check for niche market and employers, in spite of high volume of applications for part time work, recently one local Muslim organisation got only 10 applications through Seek for a part time coordinator position.

3. Luckily, if you have got part time work, the work load might feel like its full time under the title of Part time. Even if you have committed to limited hours, you must have some back up plan in case you need to work extra hours to complete some urgent assignment at work.

4. Why not try some business idea? I know you have already reinvented yourself many times as a new migrant but now it’s time to do it again. I know it’s difficult but you can contact local council, there are many support programs available for new entrepreneurs. You can also contact community organisations, like Multilink has recently conducted information session for small business start-up for migrants. Just google it and you will find many options for initial planning and support like:

5. Yes, there is another option available to continue your full time work, the idea to ask for support from parents! However, research this option as it is too expensive. Only the cost of “contributing parent permanent visa” is $47,755 with average wait time of 4 years for approval. “Parent permanent visa” has low fee $6,415 but the longest wait time which is more than 30 years!! (Source: ABC news dated 02 Nov, 2019).

So, don’t be afraid to try new ideas and accept challenges, just prepare in advance, do some research and act smart. You will definitely get something either an experience after failure or reward after success.



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Lost Language

The Project Channel 10



She’s married with two small children and studying psychology, but what makes her special is her role as a standard-bearer for the Oromo people.










Muslim Sisters of Eire




Muslim Sisters of Éire, is a grassroots non-profit all female organisation, established in July 2010, with the primary objective to provide support and a safe place for Muslim and Non-Muslim women alike. This organization was set up to provide vital services for the community, to facilitate integration by building bridges and braking stereotypes. Our homeless support and soup run is held outside the GPO every Friday for the past 3 years. We are breaking down stereotypes of migrants and Muslim women who are viewed as being oppressed and under male domaintion by caring for society's most vulnerable. It is important to do this because we believe that strong women can integrate, bind together and support one another to build a better society.

Our organization is providing relief for the homeless. Our ongoing service is providing immediate and vital support to the homeless community who are being failed by the mainstream services. Our women treat our service users with empathy and respect by serving them and engaging in conversation with one human being to another, elevating their sense of dignity and belonging. This project addresses many challenges facing Ireland today including integration, poverty relief and building community cohesion. We meet at least once a week and our weekly operation is conducted via our WhatsApp group to manage set up, cooking rotation and collection of supplies. We manage and mentor a large number of dedicated volunteering women from Dublin, PortLaoise, Kildare, South County Dublin and Balbriggan.

A case study we wish to share with you is about a lovely young woman and her family who was experiencing a family breakdown around the same time her lease was up. The landlord at the time required the property back. This resulted in her being homeless. The young woman and her infant children were thrown across the country from hotel to hotel and BnB to BnB. Throughout the year she had been heavily supported by us to assist her in meeting her basic needs. Every time our pool of volunteers would support her. The lady and her infant children were a regular at our table. Eventually after a year she found a HAP property with our support. She is now thriving in her new life as she’s working part time and cooks for our soup run on occasion. We also wish to share another case study of a young man who relied on our services. Every Friday he would wait for us to set up our stall, enjoy a meal from our table and have a chat. He had been sleeping on the streets for two years. Our chair would often make many phone calls on his behalf to assist him in finding a bed for the night. We hadn’t seen him for a while and began to worry and ask about him. One day he come over and shared with us that he had been in a rehabilitation program, found a job and recently moved into a flat. Despite all he achieved, he was still short so our volunteers made his flat a home. He shared that if it wasn’t for our sisters he would have been dead long ago. This broke our hearts.

Depending on the number of volunteers each soup run collects, this could go up to 50 members each group. Our soup run in Dublin currently serves up to 500 people per week. The impact will increase in other counties and each table could easily serve 300 people every week, impacting the lives of approximately 1700 homeless people every week across the nation. This will also reduce the congestion of homeless soup runs in Dublin. Some of our service users have shared that we been able to contribute towards a reduction in crime rates as the rough sleepers are fed and provided with much needed provisions, thus reducing the need of poverty driven crimes. Overall, approximately 4000 people our across Ireland will directly benefit from the project either as a service providers or service receivers

What makes our organization different to others working in the area community development and homeless outreach is our ability to mobilize and assist anyone who reaches out to us. We are able to meet their individual immediate needs. Muslim Sisters of Eire has made a huge impact in the media and in wider Irish society in regards to women and volunteering. The majority of our volunteer base is made up of Muslim and migrant women. Our group has combatted stereotypes of Muslim women being meek and without autonomy throughout our engagement with the wider Irish society. We have provided a platform for migrant women to bind together and to do what we can for society. This platform companionship and a safety net of support for newly migrant volunteers and foster their community integration.







Bilal Rauf on ABC





ANIC’s Spokesperson - Bilal Rauf Interview with the ABC on the recent Police misconduct towards the two Afghani Women











A reverts guide, for new reverts




A reverts guide, for new reverts by sister Khadijah Durani








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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 8 November 2019

TOPIC: "Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)" PART 1

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 












Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 8 November 2019

TOPIC: "Importance of Sunnah"

IMAMS: Akram Buksh










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 8 November 2019

TOPIC: "The result of greed"

IMAM: Junaid Akbar



Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 8 November 2019

TOPIC: "Sending the Prophet was indeed a great favour from Allah"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali








ANIC call for nationwide kuthbahs on Mental Health




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26 American Muslim Candidates Win in Nov. 5 Elections for Total of 34 Muslims Elected in 2019    


US: Throughout 2019, CAIR, Jetpac and MPower Change have identified at least 34 Muslim candidates who won elections in local and statewide races across the country. More than 80 Muslims ran for office this year at the local and state level.

“These electoral victories clearly indicate that American Muslims are stepping up and showing their commitment to public service,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We congratulate these Muslim trailblazers who are creating a more inclusive democracy for everyone.”

"American Muslims are running for office in large numbers because more of us are realizing that we have a unique perspective that will help fix massive inequities in healthcare, education, and the criminal legal system,” said Jetpac Executive Director Mohammed Missouri. “We're also aware that staying on the sidelines while anti-Muslim bigotry runs rampant will increase the threat to our community. A truly representative Democracy will help us get out of this dark era as a stronger society.”

"What do Muslim Americans do during a time of heightened Islamophobia under a xenophobic administration? We run for office and win," said MPower Change's Executive Director Linda Sarsour. "Muslim Americans are engaging in the democratic process in unprecedented ways and we can't wait to continue this wave in 2020 to save our democracy."





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New Mosque in Witbank



SOUTH AFRICA: Check out this exquisite new masjid which opens its doors in eMalahleni in Mpumalanga! Following a 5 year struggle, the Witbank Jumuah Masjid will host its first congregational prayers this Friday.


According to Radio Islam, the Witbank Jumu’ah Masjid project faced numerous objections, despite all protocols being adhered to. In December 2012, the Pretoria High Court declared the sale of a portion of land, previously a park, by the local municipality to the Witbank Muslim Jamaat, invalid.


The Propark Association – a group who campaigned for the park to remain – took this decision on review to the High Court. They argued that while they were not against a masjid they wanted the park to be preserved.


Cape Town's Maulana Dawood Sampson will be of the many shuyookh to grace the official opening on Friday.

(Source: Radio Islam)



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









New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi and K-Pop


Fatima Bhutto




There is a vast cultural movement emerging from beyond the Western world.


Truly global in its range and allure, it is the biggest challenge yet to Hollywood, McDonald’s, and blue jeans. This is a book about these new arbiters of mass culture arising from the East―India’s Bollywood films, Turkish soap opera, or dizi, and South Korean pop music.


Carefully packaging not always secular modernity with traditional values in urbanized settings, they have created a new global pop culture that can be easily consumed, especially by the many millions coming late to the modern world and still negotiating its overwhelming challenges.

Acclaimed author Fatima Bhutto profiles Shah Rukh Khan, by many measures the most popular movie star in the world; goes behind the scenes of Magnificent Century, Turkey’s biggest TV show, watched by upwards of 200 million people across 43 countries; and travels to South Korea to see how K-Pop started it all, and how “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video with one billion views.



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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
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A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way
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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: For family meals or special dinners, white fish is a great choice. Low in fat and high in protein, white fish is enhanced by your choice of flavourings and textures as per the recipe.


Pan Fried Fish







 4 white fish fillets (could use frozen fish too)

2 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp grated ginger

1 tsp chilli garlic paste

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp crushed red chillies

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

½ tsp turmeric

¼ tsp crushed black pepper

1-tab Olive oil

Salt to taste

  1. Combine the above ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Gently rinse the fish and pat dry with paper towel.

  3. Rub marinade over fish

  4. Marinate for approx. half an hour

  5. Heat ghee or butter in pan and fry fish on both sides till golden brown.

  6. You may need to clean your frying pan with a paper towel in between the frying.

  7. Serve hot on a bed of rice or with chips and wedges of lemon 



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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:
Awaken The Brave Within You

So, here’s a question for you...Are you brave? What’s the first response that comes to your mind when you read this question?

I know my answer. Today, I want you to ponder on yours. If you know you are brave, great. You probably don’t need to read on, but maybe forward this article to someone who may benefit from acknowledging their inherent courage and learn strategies on how to awaken the brave within them.

To be brave is to feel the fear without letting fear own you. It is to feel the fear by listening to what it’s saying to you rather than believing in what it’s saying to you. When you can feel your fears as and when they arise, observe them without judgement and put your complete trust in ALLAH to protect you, that’s when courage is born.

The trigger for courage is fear. But first, you must allow yourself to observe your fears without judgement and banish all preconceived beliefs about those fears. Once you start observing your fears, you will begin to notice that they are merely other people’s fears that you have inherited as you were growing up...other people’s beliefs imposed upon you that you were then conditioned to adopt as your own.

9 Strategies To Awaken The Brave Within You
1. Make a list of all the things you want to be, do, or have in life but are too scared to pursue them.
2. Choose one thing from this list and put a circle around it. Perhaps choose the thing that causes you the least fear in comparison to the others on the list.
3. Now write down what is the worst thing that could happen to you if you decide to pursue this.
4. Write a detailed description of the fear you are feeling about pursuing this particular thing. Describe how this fear is making your body feel. Is it causing hurt or pain? Write down who all are affected by this fear of yours.
5. And now write down what is the best thing that could happen to you if you pursued this thing.
6. Write down a detailed description of how your body is feeling when you think about all the great things that you could feel from pursuing this thing. Write down who all would be affected if you felt this great.
7. Now take time to read what you have written and observe how your body feels when you read both scenarios.
8. Which of these two scenarios makes you feel closer to ALLAH?
9. Now answer if you are still feeling fearful about pursuing this or do you have trust in ALLAH. If you are still feeling fear, keep analysing deeper as to how you came to hold this fearful perception.

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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786





Q: Dear Kareema, I travel quite a bit with work and am wondering what I can do to keep my fitness levels up as I don’t get to the gym as often as I’d like while I’m away?

A: Some of my best ‘travel tools’ for working out on the go are my skipping rope, resistance bands, and gym ball (inflates within minutes). They’re portable, cost-effective and incredibly versatile.

It’s important to keep your training momentum going, so keep these handy even when you’re not travelling as they are great for a total body workout wherever you may be. Light ankle and wrist weights are good to add extra resistance to any workout too.

Bodyweight exercises such as walking, jogging, sit-ups, push-ups, tricep-dips, etc. are great for toning and strengthening, no tools required!





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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin is selling his house to Karimuddin.


Karimuddin: "How much are you selling it for?"


Jallalludin: "How much do you have?"


Karimuddin: "$800 000."


Jallalludin: "That's too little. I need something with a million in it."


Karimuddin: "How about half a million?"


Jallalludin: "Now you're talking! It's a done deal, you can have it!"


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An Ayaat-a-Week






And fear the Day when you shall be brought back to Allah. Then shall every soul be paid what it earned, and none shall be dealt with unjustly.


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:281


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"A system which rewards antisocial behaviour

begets social tragedy"



~ Unknown




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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.


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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!

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12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441


16 November



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Australian International Islamic College
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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

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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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