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Sunday 17 November 2019 | Issue 0784



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AIIC Year 12 celebrate their achievements The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Baba bags Northern Gold Coast Volunteer Award CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
Thank you from ICQ Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
Annual Futsal Challenge at Rochedale Mosque Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Special prayers for rain

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Muslims offer assistance, prayers to bushfire victims

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Appeals to support QLD and NSW fire victims

 The CCN Classifieds

More Muslim celebrations funded in 2020

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Safer Communities Fund

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Qazi wins fire industry award

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Rohingya student shines as the Dux of the school

Keeping Fit with Kareema

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The Year 12 graduands of the Australian International Islamic College celebrated one of their most significant milestones at the Calamvale Hotel.


It was an occasion to acknowledge the efforts of the students, staff and parents.


Students Umme Kulsum, Sepehr Omidi and Hassan Ramazani were the Masters of Ceremony for the evening.


Certificates of subject achievement were awarded to the high achievers and College Caption, Umme Kulsum took the Dux award.


The Sportsman Award went to Hassan Ramazani who plays with the Brisbane Roar U21 team.


Several community leaders were acknowledged with the Golden Garment Award for their contributions to the school and to the community.


Mrs Parveen Khan was presented with the College's 2019 Community Award in honour of the late Haja Saleema Azhari.


College Captain Umme Kulsum delivered a heartfelt formal speech in which she thanked all those who contributed to their achievements:

Honourable Principal Mr Ally, respected Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari, esteemed board members, distinguished guests, dedicated teachers, dear parents and fellow students,

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarkatuhu.
The 10-year-old refugee, me, would not believe me if I told her that I am graduating from grade 12 because never in her wildest dreams did that seem like a possibility. Ever since I have come to Australia, AIIC has taken me and many others like me into their care and granted us help, support and love that I would not have received elsewhere. This institution believed in me when I was convinced that I didn’t have any potential, and as a result of that faith, I am here tonight, graduating from high school.

I stand here before you tonight as the captain of AIIC and as the representative of my class to do one job and that is to say thank you. First and foremost, I would like to thank Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala for choosing us to be amongst those blessed to receive an excellent education especially in a safe Islamic environment. There are no mercies or blessings, no success nor achievements except those which come from Allah – Al Muqeet.

Amongst the greatest of Allah’s blessings are our wonderful parents who have sacrificed their money, time and effort in order to assist, encourage and take care of us from way before we even learnt to say thanks. I can say for myself that I have probably not thanked my parents enough for all that they have done for me, but to all our parents, believe me when I say there is absolutely no way we would be here, graduating, without your love and support. In front of everyone present here tonight, Jazakallah Khairun Mums and dads for being the human embodiment of unconditional love.

A sincere and necessary thank you to every teacher for all their dedication, hard work, sacrifices and commitments towards moulding and shaping us to be good human beings, good Muslims and the very best version of ourselves. I know that there were probably times when, we as students, have disappointed you but I can truly and sincerely say that you have never disappointed us in any way in being the best teachers. Whenever we needed you to offer extra assistance with homework or classwork that we didn’t fully understand, you were always there for us, willing to sacrifice the few free minutes you have to eat.


More than that, I am truly indebted to all my teachers, as they have guided me whenever I required their guidance and helped me in the ways that I needed to be helped. The patience you required to teach our class must have been tremendous, but hey, we made it out all in one piece. Once again, Jazakallah Khairun for everything and we pray that Allah rewards you and protects you under His wing as you have protected us under yours for all these years.

On behalf of my class, I would like to express our appreciation for this institution and those in charge of administrating it. We have been given every opportunity to realise our highest potential and to strive for excellence so thank you AIIC for being not just a school but a home. As we are closing the chapter of school and journeying out into the wider community, we hope to make you and the Muslim community proud, In Sha Allah.

I would like to thank and congratulate my fellow colleagues on surmounting level one of life. I could see all the hard work, commitment and dedication that you have shown throughout the year towards your studies and now I can happily be the one to tell you, it paid off and we made it.


I know how excited we are to move on to the next stage and experience university life and everything else that is ahead of us. As happy as we are to graduate, I think we are also nervous of what awaits us after we leave everything, we have known for over 12 years. I just want to reassure you that we have everything we need to, not just survive, but thrive out there. I know that when we reunite again, we are going to make all the teachers so proud.


Thank you so much to every single one of my classmates for blessing me with your friendship, I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for your love and kindness.


Thank you, class of 2019, for choosing me to be your captain, it’s an honour I would have never dreamed of and I hope that I was able to meet your expectations. I apologise if as a friend, classmate or captain, I failed to fully uphold the duties and responsibilities that come with those titles.

We know that this life is a test and our purpose is to worship Allah alone. Whatever shore we wash up on during the course of our lives, remember everything we have learnt at AIIC, remember that Allah is always with those who place their trust in Him. A piece of advice that has helped me throughout my schooling that I am convinced will also help us in the real world is, “Verily, after hardship comes ease.”


After every assessment week, there is a holiday so when things get hard in life, know that ease is going to follow.


During the tough times, remember as Kahlil Gibran said, “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” We are the masters of our fate and the captains of our souls, so soar high and reach for the stars. Stay strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Remember, where ever you are planted in life, bloom with grace.
Jazakallah Khairun
Assalamu Alaikum



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Assalamoalikum everyone,

I am writing to record another positive PR action. My purpose in doing this is to keep record for future learning in case I am not around and get feedback to improve our approach in the future.

Most of the engagement I have ever done is guided by following mission “build peaceful society through positive public relations”

Case Study

Today during jumua prayers someone wrote profanities on the sign at Townsville Mosque.

After Jumua I received a phone call from the Imam of the masjid. The President of the Mosque reported the incident to the police during this time.

I shared attached post on social media with a call to action to ensure that the story remains positive and helps us achieve our objective of building peaceful community through positive public relations. I also contacted few regional media outlets but given the bushfires they were all quite busy and this story could not get the coverage it would have otherwise received.

Call to action was for a local non-Muslim to come and help clean the graffiti. The call was answered by few people within few hours and an individual (Bruce) made it within few hours.

I requested the imam to record this to make positive response to hate crimes a popular thing to do. I am hoping that this will give good people strength to take positive actions while discouraging those who do these divisive thing by making it a socially unacceptable thing.

Ali Kadri
Board Chair
Islamic College Of Brisbane





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Mr Hussain Baba of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast was awarded the “Volunteer Award for Northern Gold Coast” by The Hon Stuart Robert (Federal Minister for Government Services) yesterday (Saturday).

The award was in recognition of his community voluntary services as well as forging a better understanding between the Islamic and other communities.





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Thank you from ICQ






The Islamic Council of Queensland hosted its first Citizenship ceremony at the Islamic College of Brisbane on 9 November in which eighty six candidates gained their citizenship.

The success of the event was due to careful planning and preparation for the ceremony itself. However, it was due to team work by the committee and volunteers that the event ran so smoothly.

The Islamic Council of Queensland wishes to thank all the volunteers including Sasha Marin from Graham Perrett’s office, Lewis Lee OAM, the staff at Dr Jim Chalmers office, Councillor Kim Marx, the Islamic College of Brisbane, the school cleaners, Orhan for operating the sound system, Aisha Sabdia, the Logan Roos, Yasmin Khan, Sayeda Ahmed and the two young Pakistani girls who worked in the kitchen, Sally Kuyateh and her friends, Nisha Deen and her friends, Senator Larissa Waters and her staff, Ayman Ali, MCF staff, Aneel the photographer who came from the Gold Coast, Home Affairs staff and everyone else who gave up their Saturday morning to help out.


A special thank you to Sam’s Pizzas for the delicious pizzas donated for the ceremony, they were well appreciated and a great hit

Cameron Dick MP, member for Woodridge,Dr Jim Chalmers Member for Rankin and LNP Senator Paul Scarr, Aunty Betty Mc Grady and John McGrady your support was priceless.

It was an event that was of historical importance and it was an event a community supported with enthusiasm and a great work ethic

Thanks also to all who also came as audience especially our VIP guests from religious and multicultural organisations, police, political leaders, community leaders, new citizens and their supporters and anyone else who attended.

Habib Jamal (President)
Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)



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Report by PLO Ricky Lashand    



A team of local Imams have once again claimed victory against the law enforcement officers and politicians at the Bosnian Islamic Centre’s (BIC) at the annual futsal challenge tournament on Sunday, November 10.

The victory was a double celebration for the team, as the event also celebrated the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the iconic place of worship on Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains.

For the first time in the tournaments history, the team of local politicians (lead by the Member for Stretton Mr Duncan Pegg, MP) not only received points but they managed to score six goals.

Overall the politicians finished third, much to the delight of the local State Member who said that the team gelled well in the hot conditions and were excited to not to take away the spoon this year.

However as is customary, the wooden spoon was presented to the team which finished in last place.

Emir Cutik from the Australian Federal Police said he was disappointed with the results and attributed the dismal performance (of one goal) to the stifling hot conditions.

Emir promised to make amends next year with some interstate Bosnian players who will be signing very lucrative contract to play for his team.

“In all seriousness the community that came to support the event were the real winners today” Emir Cutik said.

“We appreciated the chance to play and we all had fun regardless of the massive points differential.”

Also in attendance was Sergeant Jim Bellos from the South Brisbane District Cross Cultural Liaison Unit who not only was on hand to referee all the games but also presented the wooden spoon to his friend and former QPS college Emir.

“Sport is a great way to break down barriers and bring the community together, Sergeant Bellos said.

“Today’s football game featuring Imams, police and politicians has once again set the benchmark for other states to follow in the field of proactive engagement.”

he daylong event featured seven matches, delicious food, jumping castles, a farm petting zoo and plenty of free giveaways to attendees.

The final results were as follows:

Game 1: QPS (3) Vs Politicians (1)
Game 2: Imams (6) Vs AFP (0)
Game 3: QPS (5) Vs AFP (0)
Game 4: Imams(2) Vs Politicians (1)
Game 5: Imams (2) Vs QPS (1)
Game 6: Politicians (5) Vs AFP (1)
Grand Final: Imams (4) Vs QPS (1)

After the thrilling final, players, spectators and guests were treated to a special award ceremony acknowledging all participants and the anniversary of the Mosque, followed by a gourmet lunch courtesy of the hosts.

Special guest presenter Mrs Tina Ziebarth awarded the Paul Ziebarth MVP award to Miss Esma Coskun for her wonderful talent and teamwork displayed both on and off the field.

“It’s wonderful to see different groups across the community enjoying the game of football in the spirit of friendship” Mrs. Ziebarth said.

“Congratulations to all participating teams, thank you to the community for turn out and a special thanks to the BIC for hosting.”

Many thanks to everyone involved in the program and we look forward to next year’s competition.





standing (l to r) Hz Mohammed Boda, Anes Abazovic, Damir Celahmetovic, Imam Imraan Husain

sitting (l to r) Hz Imran Randeree, Dzevad Hamidovic






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Faith leaders are urging their communities to lend a hand during the bushfire season.

prayers to bushfire victims around NSW and Queensland.

On Thursday, the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) posted a video on its social media channels calling Muslims to action.

"The past week has been a catastrophic week for NSW and Queensland," ANIC public relations officer Imam Ibrahim Dadoun says in the video.


"We have received a lot of news about the victims of the bushfires who have lost their homes, those who have passed away, and for the firefighters who have been injured," he said.

"We urge the Muslim community to get behind the humanitarian organisations who are helping the bushfire victims."


In an earlier statement, the group "urged all imams, community leaders, mosques, organisations and Islamic centres to update their attendees during Friday's [Jumaa] congregation about the current situation of the NSW and Queensland fires and remind them of our role as Muslims to support one another and those affected by the fires".

"We also urge mosques and Islamic centres to hold the Islamic ritual prayer [Al-Istisqaa] 'seeking rain' from Allah to ease the situation of those who are suffering."

In an earlier statement, the group "urged all imams, community leaders, mosques, organisations and Islamic centres to update their attendees during Friday's [Jumaa] congregation about the current situation of the NSW and Queensland fires and remind them of our role as Muslims to support one another and those affected by the fires".

"We also urge mosques and Islamic centres to hold the Islamic ritual prayer [Al-Istisqaa] 'seeking rain' from Allah to ease the situation of those who are suffering."

SBS News



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Everyone of you now know that Queensland and NSW have been experiencing catastrophic bushfire burning thousands of hectors of land, crops, animals, properties and houses of Australians.

Many houses, farms, and human lives have already been lost and many are under serious threat to be destroyed.

Our farmers are our lifeline. We must stand beside them during this most difficult time and help them any possible ways.

As always, many Muslim groups and organization in Queensland have been supporting our famers for the past several weeks, including supply of drinking water, as the farmers have been passing through sever draught.

Islamic Society of Toowoomba (IST) joins many other Islamic groups, and community and charity organisations in Australia to raise fund to support our brothers and sisters in the bush.

We will receive donations on Friday after Jumma prayers at the Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba. If we stand for the people in distress and those who lost their livelihood, Allah will stand with us when we need Him Inshaa Allah.

Interested people may also donate via the CBA account of IST BSB# 06 4459, A/C# 1000 3579. In reference please write BUSHFIRE SUPPORT.

May Allah immediately stop the devastating bushfire, send us blessings of beneficial rain, protect His creation from all natural calamities, and help rebuild the life of those who are victims of the bushfire.

Best wishes,












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Bald Hills Mosque Annual Open Day, Eid in the Park on the Gold Coast, the Toowoomba International Food Festival and Mosque Open Day and the Mount Gravatt Community are just some of the 11 Islamic celebrations in 2020 to receive funding in the Palaszczuk Government’s Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program (CMQ).

Across the State next year, 165 multicultural celebrations and festivals will share in more than $1.3 million funding through the CMQ.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said he was pleased there are so many Islamic celebrations receiving funding.

“I’m delighted that 11 Islamic celebrations are sharing in this funding in 2020,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“These celebrations are a wonderful way to promote greater cross-cultural and multi-faith awareness, connectedness and community participation.

“Queensland’s diversity is truly one of our greatest strengths and is certainly worth celebrating.

“Through food, dance, music and traditions, these events give us a better understanding of who we are, and play an important role in helping to build an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

The organisations to receive funding in 2020 include:

• The Bald Hills Islamic Educational Organisation Ltd - $3,000 for Bald Hills Mosque Annual Open Day 2020 and $3,000 for Bald Hills Mosque Eid Festival
• Central Queensland Rohingya Community Inc. - $5,000 for Eid al Fitr Festival (Feast of Breaking the Fast)
• Mount Gravatt Community Centre Inc. - $5,000 for 2020 Mount Gravatt Community Iftaar
• Townsville Islamic Society Inc. - $5,000 for Celebrating Ramadan with multifaith/multicultural and wider Australian communities - avenues for unity
• Islamic Multicultural Association of Gold Coast Inc. - $10,000 for Eid in the Park
• Islamic College of Brisbane Parents and Friends Association - $5,000 for Islamic College of Brisbane Multicultural Autumn Fete
• Islamic Council of Queensland Inc. - $10,000 for ICQ Eid Down Under Festival
• Islamic Society Of Queensland Inc. - $5,000 for Commemoration of Prophet Mohammed's Birthday
• Islamic Women's Association of Australia Inc. - $8,000 for Creating Cultural Connections Through Cooking
• Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation - $7,000 for The 7th Toowoomba International Food Festival and Mosque Open Day

For more information about the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program and successful applicants:



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Queensland Senator Scarr at the Bosnian Islamic Centre with Mosque leaders



Communities are set to share in $41.9 million to protect children in the community facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance thanks to round four of the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund.

Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood said the Safer Communities Fund is delivering on the Government’s commitment to protect children in the community facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance.

“We have already seen 340 projects funded under the first three rounds, and round four is allowing more schools, places of worship and community organisations to help protect Australians from harm” Assistant Minister Wood said.

LNP Senator Paul Scarr today announced that the Bosnian Islamic Centre of Queensland has secured $100,598 to fund security and safety upgrades.

“This project will enhance safety and security at the centre through the installation of fencing, lighting and CCTV cameras,” said Senator Scarr.
“It is our priority to ensure that children in our community are safe from attacks, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.I know that this project will make a real difference for the local community of Eight Mile Plains.”

Senator Scarr visited the Bosnian Islamic Centre of Queensland to hear from the President and Imam about their plans for the funding and the benefits it will bring.


“We welcome this funding as it will assist us to protect our children and community from threats, attacks and harassment.

There has been a constant level of fear among our community, especially in our place of worship, and this funding will help us feel more secure.” said President, Mr Mirsoad Duranovic.







Assistant Minster Wood announced the opening of round five of the Safer Communities Fund on 29 October 2019 (closes 10 December).

The focus of funding round five is to provide grants of between $10,000 and $1,000,000 to eligible organisations including schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils that may be facing security risks associated with racial and/or religious intolerance.

The Assistant Minister’s announcement can be accessed at:

For further information about round five, including how to apply and eligibility criteria, visit  (Northern Territory specific)

Also available is a guide for infrastructure grants to schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils that may be facing security risks associated with racial and/or religious intolerance.



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Qazi Sami Razzaque was presented with the Young Achiever of the Year Award by the FPA as part of the 2019 Fire Protection Industry Awards.

In June 2016, after completing her Masters of Civil Engineering majoring in Structural Engineering and previously working in a structural design firm for more than 2 years, Qazi Sami joined the fire division of Remedial Building Services, now known as Permax.


Qazi commenced as a Structural Engineer and Estimator and was the 4th member to join the small team.


After 6 months in this role Qazi enrolled into the Victoria University course for Fire Safety Engineering to further develop her skills and knowledge of the fire protection industry.


As the demand for Nullifire intumescent products grew, Qazi spearheaded the fire testing campaign to understand how Nullifire SC902 can improve fire rating levels on concrete and timber substrates.


In January of this year Qazi was promoted to Technical Services Manager to oversee the technical team consisting of 3 engineers as well as administration staff.


Qazi's focus is to develop the technical framework and compliance documentation for the new passive fire protection products being introduced into the market.


This includes Aithon PV33, Typhoon intumescent bolt caps, Flexichar Hydrocarbon intumescent and pioneering a Carbon Fibre fire protection system.


"It has been a privilege to grow with a company who once only dealt with Structural steel fire protection but now has a fire rating solution for almost every substrate".




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On the 17th November thousands of participants will be heading to Hobart's Wrest Point to see how they fair racing to the pinnacle of Mount Wellington.

The 21.1km long race is physically challenging with 1,270 metres in elevation.

Amongst those taking part of Meriem Daoui who was the first women across the finishing line, two years in a row.


She is a Moroccan born, 18 year old Tasmanian runner. She has impressive PBs of 34.39 for the 10km and finished 3rd at the Australian U/20 Cross Country Championships in 2017.


Meriem uses her running to raise large amounts of money for people in need and is an outstanding ambassador for social justice initiatives in our world. Meriem is making the world a better place.




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Nurul Hakim came to Australia a decade ago from Bangladesh refugee camps with no education. In Australia, Nurul took the opportunity 100% and study hard and smart which has enabled him to be the Dux of the school.


Later continued tertiary education and graduated Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honors from the University of Queensland.


Doing a postgraduate study right now and pursuing a career in medicine to be a doctor he dreaming to volunteer as a doctor and serve for Rohingya.


Not only that he is the founder and current president of the Alumni Association at the Australian International Islamic College.


He was within the top 7 Honours student at the University of Queensland.


It was very interesting and pleasant to talk with such a young man who is wiser, ambitious and full of enthusiasm.


While talking with SBS Rohingya, one wise advice to young generation starting their life in Australia, was sound like this ''in this country it is very easy to fall to the wrong path if you choose to but also it is very easy to be successful if you took the right path and all the opportunities available to the fullest'' find out more listen to the interview of Nurul Hakim with SBS Rohingya.







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The Hon Milton Dick Federal Member for Oxley, Narelle, April and John from Inala Leo Lions attended Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) for a special acknowledgement of students and teachers who participated in the Leo Lions Meeting.

AIIC has been working closely with Inala Lions Club to establish a school-based leadership program for students. The objective of the program is to extend students to be more engaged in matters affecting the local community.


Students will work cohesively and collaborate with other students from different schools to find positive resolutions.

Inala Lions Club meetings are held every second Saturday of every month for those interested.



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l to r: Yusuf Osman, IWAA's Finance Manager, Huss Mustafa OAM, Dr Nora Amath and Ms Muna Ibrahim


Mr. Huss Mustafa OAM, Commonwealth Bank's General Manager - Multicultural Community Banking Australia, Customer and Community Advocacy visited the IWAA Office.


"IWAA would like to thank Mr. Huss Mustafa OAM for his time and support he has shown IWAA and we look forward to creating an ongoing relationship with the Commonwealth Bank," an IWAA spokesperson told CCN..


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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



The price we pay for our silence

As I hopped on the train, a tall man with a bicycle sat around 2-4 metre away from me and as the train started moving, he started to scream really loud about religion, brainwashing kids and if there is actually a god or what on. He was swearing the whole time and making eye contact at me. He started smashing his bicycle and banging on something I couldn’t see. I was too scared to make eye contact with him. The first station passed, but I didn’t have the courage to go out, as I was so scared that if I move he will do something to me. As the second stop came by around 10:50 at Bethania station, an old women stood up and looked at me and I went with her. As I got out she said ‘what a man’ or something like that, I didn’t hear properly, I was in a state of shock. The train driver and the officer at the train station heard him screaming and the train driver was like ‘I will investigate it at the other train station’ as the train was moving. I was so scared and also very sick that day I couldn’t respond properly and called my father to pick me up, as I didn’t feel safe anymore on the train.

This young woman reported to the Islamophobia Register online. Without the Register, her experience would remain in the shadows with the thousands of stories that are still untold. And yet her story is so powerful.

Many survivors do not report at all, because reporting means retelling a story they’d rather try to forget. The sad thing is, without these reports, those in power, whether in our community, or in government, police, schools – will say, ‘there is no problem’. It is not unusual for some community leaders to say to government, ‘I’m not aware of anything.’ And the free license to endanger Muslims at the top levels with hate rhetoric continues.

Sisters and brothers, the price we pay for this silence, is a system with laws that don’t work and police that don’t respond. And one day, our youth will think that verbal abuse, harassment, physical intimidation, physical violence even – all of it, is normal. Consider how toxic it is to accept or believe that it is ‘normal’ for someone to hate you for being Muslim. That is the message we give our children when we don’t speak up and report.

What we do want to model to our children is that every person deserves a life with respect, dignity, security. We should be able to express who we are as Muslims, to wear hijab, to use our name with pride, to send our kids to Islamic school, with a complete sense of security.

The Islamophobia Register works with the Charles Sturt University’s Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation to produce a biannual report of its data. Their next report is soon to be released. When you see it: read it, share it. Then spread the word about the need to report. Reporting online takes about 5 minutes.

It is normal to feel deep sorrow, shame and humiliation, anger and frustration about an incident when it happens to you. Don’t carry this, report it. It is not your fault it happened. It is not normal for people to act this way or say those things. It is normal for people to be nice and warm and receive you for who you are. That is what we want for our children, but first we must want it for ourselves. Turn your story into fuel and leave a better world for 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.




S1E6: The Iranian Revolution Pt 2. – 1400 OMG Podcast






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The 2020 Muslim 500








“By the grace of the Almighty, Morocco has made substantial progress. Our vision is clear and our institutions are strong, thanks to the powers they have under the rule of law.”

“To rise to current and future challenges, we need to have full confidence in ourselves and to believe firmly that, notwithstanding the difficulties and the constraints, our future lies in our hands.”

“Our religion is one of moderation, openness and clemency. It calls for peace, co-existence, friendship and the protection of human rights bestowed on humans by God, human rights which have been approved by international conventions, and which Morocco was in the forefront of signing.”

“If Morocco belongs the Arab and Islamic worlds, its geographical position at the top of the continent of Africa, overlooking Europe from the north and America from the west, obliges us to pursue the policy of our blessed father – characterised by openness and dialogue – by strengthening relations with our African brothers and links with our European and American friends for the benefit of our region and the whole world, within the framework of compromise, respect and the endeavour to establish security and peace.”

“We all aim to achieve reconciliation and co-operation by overcoming the negative aspects of the present and looking forward to the future, on the basis of our rich common history, our civilisation and culture and our true religion.”

“We all have an obligation… to display higher levels of mobilisation, vigilance, foresight and entrepreneurship, in a joint effort to bring Morocco in line with developed countries.”

“But what is freedom? For me, it is the respect of the other and the respect of the law. Freedom is not anarchy.”

1,835 kilometres of coastline covering both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean

27% of Moroccans are under the age of 15

Mohammed VI

King of Morocco, His Majesty Amir al-Mu’minin


HM King Mohammed VI is a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his family has ruled Morocco for close to 400 years. He is also constitutionally the Amir Al-Mu’minin, or Commander of the Faithful, thereby combining religious and political authority. King Mohammed VI is lauded for his domestic reform policies and pioneering efforts in modernizing Morocco and countering terrorism. He tackles issues of poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion at home, and has improved foreign relations. King Mohammed VI influences the network of Muslims following the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence, and is a leading monarch in Africa.

Four-Hundred Year Alaouite Dynasty: The 400 year-old Alaouite dynasty traces its lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It takes its name from Moulay Ali Cherif, who became Prince of Tafilalt in 1631. It sees itself as a continuation of the Andalusian Golden Age of Islam, which was characterised by peaceful co-existence, intellectual and cultural exchange and development.

Influence on Maliki Network: Morocco is home to the oldest university in the world, AlKaraouine. This university is the centre of the Maliki school of jurisprudence. Since early in his reign, King Mohammed VI has implemented the Mudawana family law code that gives rights to women in divorce and property ownership, as well as citizenship to children born from non-Moroccan fathers. He has also commissioned the Islamic Affairs Ministry to train women preachers, or Morchidat, who are now active chaplains to Moroccans across the globe.

Huge Influence over Muslims in Africa: King Mohammed VI leads the largest African monarchy, with a population of 32 million. Besides political links, Morocco maintains strong spiritual ties with Muslims all over Africa. Morocco is the site of the tomb of a highly revered Sufi sheikh, Mawlana Ahmed ibn Mohammed Tijani Al-Hassani-Maghribi (17351815 CE), the founder of the Tijaniyya Sufi order, whose shrine attracts millions from across the continent. Morocco is also recognized as a source for the spread of Islam through West Africa.

The Marrakesh Declaration: The King invited hundreds of the Islamic world’s leading scholars to gather for a 3-day summit in Marrakesh in January 2016 to address the question of the treatment of religious minorities in Muslim-majority communities. Basing themselves on the Charter of Medina, also known as the Constitution of Medina, which was drawn up by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself, they issued calls for majority-Muslim communities to respect minorities’ “freedom of movement, property ownership, mutual solidarity and defense”. HM King Mohammed VI of Morocco delivered the inaugural address and pointed to the history of Islam’s co-existence with other religions. This showed how Islam has enshrined the rights of religious minorities, and promoted religious tolerance and diversity. (see page 49)

Support for Jerusalem (Al-Quds): The King and indeed all Moroccans show strong support for Palestinians and for Jerusalem. The Moroccan link with Jerusalem has been strong since Salah Al-Din’s son endowed the Magharbeh Quarter, next to the Buraq Wall, to North African pilgrims in 1193. This 800 year old quarter was demolished by the Israeli authorities in 1967 after they captured East Jerusalem.

Reform: King Mohammed VI has implemented major reforms in response to the Arab Spring protests. These have included a new constitution which has transferred many powers to a freely and fairly elected government. The gradual reforms of the King have been hailed as a model for other Arab countries to follow.
















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

Muhammad Zahab’s legacy

The al-Hawl camp is sprawled across a bare dusty hill and is home to about 70,000 women and children.

In the area where the Australian women live, Muhammad Zahab’s legacy is everywhere.

In one of the tents Four Corners visited, 11 of the 16 women, and most of the children, were related to Zahab by blood or marriage.

His Australian wife, Mariam Raad, and his mother Aminah Zahab, who came to Syria after him, remain stranded in the country, unsure if they’ll ever be allowed home.



Mariam Raad is now left alone with their four children. She tries not to think about Muhammad, who died when a meeting of senior IS leaders was hit by an Iraqi air strike in 2018.

“He’s gone now. I actually don’t have any more emotions to express to anyone to be honest. We’re, like, now emotionless. I would say probably I was angry [at him],” she said.

Mariam Raad’s family said Zahab left her for six months at a time and she had to fend for herself and the children.

She insisted she knew nothing about her husband’s work.









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Salih Yucel and Abu Bakr Sirajuddin Cook, editors Australian Journal of Islamic Studies




Editors' Introduction (Vol 3 No 3 2018): The history of Islam within Australia is an important, yet often overlooked, part of Australian history. Muslim presence in Australia has helped shape multicultural experience facilitating intercultural dialogue as well as contributing significantly to the development of the Australian nation. However, to date, it has received minimal scholarly attention. There have been significant studies on the engagements of the Maccasans, Muslim fishermen from Indonesia, with the Indigenous peoples of northern Australia. These studies have detailed the cultural interactions and trade between them and the lasting impacts of the inclusion of language foreign to Australian soil. There is also an increasing awareness of Australia's cameleers, many of whom were Muslims, and the contribution they made to maintaining trade routes and assisting early Australian explorers. Despite the growing interest in the field, the history of Islam in Australia remains an understudied area of research. This rich history dates back further than we thought and has possibly had a greater impact than what is recognised. Given the current political and social climate surrounding Islam globally, it is timely that this volume of the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies is published. This volume brings to light the depth and richness of Australia's Islamic heritage, challenging some of the prevalent assumptions on the topic, and calls for further studies in this field. Australia has proclaimed itself as being a successful example of a multicultural society. It is a society that has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by a diverse range of cultural inputs. With this being the case, it is justifiable to ask how and why the contributions of Muslims to Australia have been largely overlooked.

Over the weeks, CCN highlights extracts from the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies which is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scholarly study of Islam.






ANZAC Muslims: An Untold Story

By Dzavid Haveric, Charles Sturt University



Abstract: When the Commonwealth of Australia became immersed in two World Wars, Australian Muslims accepted the national call -they shed their blood and gave their lives for Australia's freedom and democracy. With their Australian brothers-in-arms and allies they fought courageously with honour against their common enemies in different battlefields -but this is an almost forgotten history. Muslims in Australia were challenged by Britain's imperial might and by their status as British subjects and 'aliens' to take part in ANZAC showing their commitment to their adopted country.


The virtue of justice, sense of responsibility and loyalty are peculiar qualities that find their full justification in the organised welfare of Australian society. This pioneering article, based on ongoing research on ANZAC Muslims, makes known their unique contribution. It reveals historic facts about ANZAC Muslims who were members of what has come to be known as the Heroic Generation. Although their names have not appeared in history books, they achieved the glory of victory for a better future for new generations to come. Their contribution is part of Australian National Heritage -Lest we forget.



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A younger brother of Cass Mahomet, glassworker Hussein Mahomet of NSW, attempted to enlist, but was rejected as he was only 14 years of age. Later, Hussein Mahomet enlisted in the AIF and was medically discharged from the Middle East. Gunner Pte Ro Mahomed paid the supreme sacrifice in Syria in1941.



Flight sergeant Moheddeen Abdul Ghias (also written as Abdul Kaus), known as ‘Bob’ Howsan, served in the RAAF in World War II. He was the grandson of two of the first Muslim families to settle in Mt Gravatt and the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Fred Madeen Howsan, also of Mt Gravatt, Brisbane.


He was educated at Buranda Boys’ School and Brisbane Boys’ Grammar School. After the outbreak of the war, he joined the Air Force in 1940 and left Australia in April 1941 for training in Canada, before going on to England. His younger brother, Hamid Abe Howsan, also joined the RAAF and survived the war.


Bob Howsan wrote to his parents:

You know Mum and Dad, it may seem strange to other people but I have a very strong feeling that I am coming back to Australia safe and sound. It can be described in one word–faith. I have it, so neither you nor I have any cause to worry.

A cushion cover from Egypt was the last gift sent home to his mother in Brisbane, a few months before he died in action. The plane he piloted was shot down in aerial combat over France and he was killed. Before the plane crashed, Sergeant Howsan steered the stricken aircraft away from the French village of Marly-le-Roi, near Versailles, to avoid falling on the village and causing civilian casualties. He served with No. 405 Squadron, RCAF. The Minister for Air and members of the Air Board gave formal expression of their profound sympathy to Sergeant Howsan’s family in their great loss. An acknowledgement letter also came from Buckingham Palace:

The Queen and I offer you

our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow.

We pray that your country’s

Gratitude for a life so nobly

Given in its service may bring

you some measure of consolation.


King George R. I.

Bob Howsan was buried with full military honours. In the letter from the office of the Directorate of War Graves Service stated:

His grave will be cared for by the Imperial War Graves Commission and you may be assured that everything possible will be done to ensure that it is maintained in a manner befitting one who has given his life in the service of his country. I trust this knowledge is some consolation to you and loss.

In the words of Bob Howsan’s parents “death is but the gateway to eternal life.” In loving memory of their brother, his two sisters dedicated the poem High Flight by John Gillespie Magee (1922-1941):

Oh. I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter silvered wings

Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of—wheeled, soared, and swung

High in the sunlit silence, hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along,

And flung my eager craft through footless halls of air

Up, the long, delirious blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark or even eagle flew

And while with silent, lifting mind

I've trod the high, untrespassed sanctity of space

Put out my hand and touched the face of God


His loving Sisters, Lucy and Muriel

Bob Howsan’s five cousins also served in the Australian armed forces. These were grandsons of 104-year-old white-bearded Indian Muslim Abdul Kaus. Four of his grandsons served in the RAAF and one in the Navy.


According to a local Brisbane historian, Janeth Deen, a young William Bernard ‘Bill’ Kaus, from the Abdul Kaus Muslim family of Brisbane, served in the Australian Army in World War II. He served in Unit No. 161 Squadron (RAAF) having the rank of Flying Officer. He was a wireless air gunner in Halifax for three and a half years.


Flying Officer Kaus completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he “invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage, and devotion to duty.”


Bill Kaus was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his “skill and fortitude in operation against the enemy,” the insignia for which was presented by the Governor of Queensland at Government House, Brisbane, on 20 November 1946. In 1945, the Brisbane Telegraph and Maryborough Chronicle articles read, respectively:

Flying Officer W. B. ‘Bill’ Kaus, second son of Rahman Kaus, of 36 Raby Road, Brisbane, has been awarded the DFC in recognition of gallant service.

When paraded, before 600 people at Sandgate F/O, ‘Bill’ Kaus, of Brisbane, one of the110 men who reached Brisbane received ‘a pleasant shock’ when told he had won the Distinguished Flying Cross. The award of DFC was promulgated after Kaus had left England, on his way home.

Bill Kaus was also awarded the Legion of Honour, France’s highest honour. He was a businessman, joining his father in business. His father was a mattress-maker with an imposing shop, the walls of which were lined with quilts, making a very gorgeous display.


Bill Kaus was a keen sportsman, especially in cricket, football, shooting and bowls. He was an inaugural member of the Queensland Cricketers Club and president of the Queensland Rifle Association. He also had a successful political career. In 1966, he was elected as Queensland Liberal member for Hawthorne. He later represented the state seat of Mansfield from 1972 until 1986, switching to the National Party in 1983.










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Sonny Bill Williams:


‘It was my duty to step up after Christchurch attack’

 BBC Radio 5



Sonny Bill Williams has told Radio 5 Live he felt it was his duty to “step up” as a high-profile Muslim, after the Christchurch mosques attack.

In March, a gunman killed 51 people at a mosque and Islamic centre during Friday prayers.

The New Zealand rugby star, who converted to Islam in 2009, told 5 Live’s Tony Livesey he wanted to “preach positivity” following the shootings.

“I stepped up. I represented not just the Muslim community that was hurting but also the New Zealand community.”

Listen to the full interview with Sonny Bill Williams on BBC Sounds












Does persistence bring results?

Academy Alive





We will find out with Sheikh Akram Buksh. An Australian born scholar President and Imaam of Slacks Creek Mosque Masjid Ur - Rahmaan and spokesperson and ambassador of Human Appeal Australia.

Alhamdulillah. A child aiming to pursue his love for the Quran and the desire to get closer to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. We travel back to the days of growing up in Sheikh Akram's home down to missing some of the simple luxuries in South Africa.

Sheikh Akram helped Brisbane establish Masjid Ur Rahmaan a Mosque in South Brisbane and holds daily live videos via his social media page, Fajr daily Hadith and a nightly Isha Nasiha.






OnePath's new channel for women:


The Muslim Lady





OnePath is excited to launch OnePath’s brand new channel: The Muslim Lady.

Get ready for exciting content for Muslim women, by Muslim women! Follow The Muslim Lady on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest content








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To know the future just look to the past




The Last Muslims of Marree: An Interview with Raymond Finn



Shaheed Drew interviews Raymond Finn about growing up in Marree and witnessing the last of the original 'Afghan' cameleers.

Raymond connects us with this unique time in Australia's history...

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G'day Cameleers


GDay_Cameleers from Badayel House on Vimeo.



G'day Cameleers is a documentary film telling the story of 4 Aussie Muslim boys who embarked with their dad on a road-trip across the vast Australian continent.


They set out to discover the Cameleers (the pioneers of the inland from 1860s to 1920s) cemeteries (including their broken graves) mosques, and monuments.


The boys’ sense of belonging shifted enormously through the realisation of the priceless contribution that the Australian Muslim Cameleers made over 60 years, which opened up the Australian interior with much needed transport services and exploration skills.

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Indonesia Wants ‘Halal Tourism.’ But Some Want to Wrestle Pigs    


A Christian community on the shores of Lake Toba is pushing back against Indonesia’s rising religious conservatism with a party devoted to all things pig.

MUARA, Indonesia — Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, seems an unlikely place for a party dedicated to all things pig.

But last month on the shores of Sumatra’s Lake Toba, more than 1,000 people gathered for pig races, pig selfies and contests devoted to calling pigs and drawing pigs. They also came to eat a local delicacy, barbecued pork.

The festival was more than just a celebration of pigs. It was also a way for the area’s large Christian community to push back at government-sanctioned efforts to promote a conservative version of Islam throughout the country and in their home province.



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Miss Bangladesh becomes first Miss Universe contestant from an Asian Muslim country


Miss Bangladesh Universe being crowned by former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen


BANGLADESH: It’s been a big month for beauty queen Shirin Akter Shela, who was crowned Miss Bangladesh at the end of October. In doing so, the stunning contestant becomes the first person from a Muslim-majority country in South Asia to compete for the title of Miss Universe. There have been other Muslim contestants in the past (such as Lebanese-American Rima Fakih) but from the Middle East or in Africa.


She was crowned by Bollywood legend Sushmita Sen, who won both Miss India and Miss Universe in 1994 (Priyanka Chopra won Miss World in 2000). The contest, held in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, saw Shirin beat off competition from beauty queens Alisha Islam and Jessia Islam. Shirin wowed judges with her poise and brains as a third-year physics student at the University of Dhaka.


Her dad is a member of the Border Guard Bangladesh and Shirin grew up watching him fight for the country, a patriotic zeal she developed too. During the pageant, Shirin, from Thakurgaon revealed that her dad was a ‘great inspiration’ to her. She added that she would also work for the ‘betterment’ of her country which begins with winning Miss Universe Bangladesh.

She has been making the South Asian country proud, having been declared the best female model in the Face of Bangladesh 2019 contest. In 2018, she participated in Miss Bangladesh World and was among the top ten contestants. This year, she also represented Bangladesh at Face of Asia 2019, which took place in Seoul, South Korea.



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









Little Hijabi: A Little Girl's Love for Her Hijab


Maalikah Asmun Nisa Taufiq Ma'u







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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: It’s fast, easy and everyone loves it – little wonder that pasta is one of the most popular dishes.  


Pasta Exotica







1 medium onion chopped
2-tab olive oil
1 tsp garlic crushed
Salt to taste
½ tsp lemon pepper
¼ tsp crushed red chillies
½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp cumin powder
1 tsp dried mixed herds
2 - 3 medium tomatoes liquidized
Few button mushrooms sliced
1 red pepper sliced
1 green pepper sliced
½ cup coconut cream
1 cup pasta boil in salted water

  1. Heat oil and sauté onions till soft.

  2. Add garlic and spices and sauté for a few seconds

  3. Add in tomatoes and cook until the water has dried out.

  4. Add in mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.

  5. Add in peppers and cream and cook for about 2 to 3 mins.

  6. Add in pasta and toss well and empty into a casserole dish and sprinkle with grated cheese and bake at 180 deg for about 15 - 20 mins

  7. Sprinkle chopped parsley and serve



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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 signs and symptoms of Anxiety and strategies to overcome them.

What is Anxiety?

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when the mind perceives Stress. This occurs when we feel that there are too many activities to manage in too little time. Or that these activities that need to be managed are “too expensive”, “too difficult”, “too embarrassing”, “too unfamiliar”, and so on. These perceptions of “too hard”, “too expensive”, “too embarrassing” and so on, trigger the brain to release stress hormones in the body. The most common stress hormone is Cortisol. As this hormone increases in the body, the physical reaction of the body is to feel overwhelmed.

Feeling overwhelmed results in the following symptoms for most people:

• Heart palpitations
• Sweaty palms
• Dry mouth
• Fatigue
• Worry (constant)
• Fear of going outdoors or interaction with people

To name a few.

The natural response to these symptoms is one of two things - Fight or Flight - that is, we choose to either fight back or to run away from the situation in order to minimise or eradicate the above symptoms.

The best part about knowing this science about Anxiety and its symptoms is that Anxiety can be controlled with the empowerment of your own mind. Anxiety is more often that not a feeling of “Exaggerated” reality or “Imagined” reality.

When we over think things and make it seem larger than it actually is in reality, we are “Exaggerating” reality.
When we over think things and start adding visuals in our mind of things that we fear may happen but are actually not happening in reality, we are “Imagining” a reality which is completely false at that moment in time.

Manage Anxiety

1. Acknowledge and admit that you have feelings of Anxiety. Tell someone you can trust that this is how you have been feeling. Once you acknowledge and admit it to yourself and someone you trust, the next steps of managing anxiety becomes easier.
2. Avoid caffeine and nicotine
3. Drink at least 2 litres of water daily
4. Get at least 8 hours sleep
5. Eat wholesome, fresh food with more protein and less carbohydrates
6. Walk for 30 minutes daily
7. Sit quietly for at least five minutes daily and breathe deeply, staying aware of each breath
8. Tell yourself this positive affirmation: “Everyday in every way, I am better and better. Thank you Allah.”

Thought Switch helps overcome Anxiety

A daily practice of Thought Switch technique helps overcome anxiety. When we suffer from anxiety our thoughts begin to control us to the extent where we begin to believe them to be real. For example, fear of a job interview, fear of new parenthood, fear of a new relationship and so on.

You can control your thoughts.

Here is how to practice Thought Switch to change a fearful thought to a faithful thought.

1. Every time a fearful thought occurs in your mind, become aware of it.
2. Feel the fear. Fear is never a pleasant thought.
3. The moment you are aware of this unpleasantness, immediately start imagining a happy and joyful outcome of your situation in your mind.
4. The mind is not able to differentiate between what is real and what is imagined. It will entertain any thought you plant in it.
5. Consciously choose only happy, positive and joyful mental images and thoughts.
6. Repeat this daily in order to form a habit of only positive thoughts.

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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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Dear Kareema, I’m on a mission to get fit with my ageing parents so they can at least get out and also improve their quality of life. Any ideas?



• Make sure you warm up & cool down / stretch afterwards
• Keep it safe and simple
• Be body-aware and pace yourselves
• Any movement is good as long as you’re safe
• Find activities that they enjoy and make it a regular outing
• Stay hydrated
• Don’t spend too much time in the hot sun
• Eat healthier
• Give aqua-aerobics a go, no stress on muscles and joints


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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin goes on a First Aid course.


The instructor asks: "What would you do if your child swallowed the front door key?"


Jallalludin: "Climb through the window!!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.


~ Surah Al-Imran 3:104


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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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Info session with mental health professionals. Breaking the stigma for men and their mental health.
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Mental health is important for every single one of us, yet it is a part of life that is often overlooked. Busy lives get in the way of us caring for ourselves. ICQ presents here an opportunity to shine the spotlight on what all of us can do to look after our mental health.
This event will help you develop practical methods to manage your mental well being from an Islamic perspective. The modern age places much strain on us with the many roles we fulfil, and the outcomes of this workshop will help you to take charge of your state of mind
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As part of the Masjid's vision to create an active, robust and thriving Muslim community, we are setting up various working groups.


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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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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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