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EST. 2004


Sunday 1 December 2019 | Issue 0786



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The annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAAs) were held yesterday (Saturday 30 November) in Lidcombe, NSW to celebrate the achievements of Australian Muslim individuals and organizations.


Amongst the winners were Queenslanders Haji Sultan Deen (Lifetime Achievement Award) and Ms Nadia Saeed (Youth of the Year).


Other recipients were:

  • Bachar Houli: Man of the Year

  • Hala Ramadan: Woman of the Year

  • Ramia Abdo Sultan: Role Model of the Year

  • Zaahir Idries: Professional of the Year

  • Before 1770: Media of the Year

  • Dr Zuleyha Keskin: People’s Choice of the Year

  • Stand-Up for Christchurch: Event of the Year

  • Nazeem Hussein: Creative Artist of the Year

  • Fettatleh Smallgoods: Business of the Year

  • Eman Rahim: Volunteer of the Year

  • National Zakat Foundation: Community Organisation of the Year

  • Muslim Film Festival: Best New Project of the Year



 Lifetime Achiever Award – Haji Sultan Deen



Sultan Deen’s family arrived from India to Australia in the late 1860’s, working in the outback as merchants. He is fifth generation Australian. He has been involved in the family business ‘Deen Bros’ since leaving primary school in 1962. Sultan has been a committee member of the Islamic Society of Holland Park for over 40 years, serving as President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant. Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee member, carrying on a family tradition of serving their local Muslim mosque communities. There has continuously been a member of his family on the Holland Park Mosque management committee since its inception in 1908, until today. He has also been a a member of the Islamic Council of Queensland, since its beginning in 1984, serving as President for three separate four year terms, the Vice President, Secretary and committee member. He is also a delegate to the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils for over a 28 year period, representing the State Islamic Council and the individual Societies Original Sponsor of the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland from its inception, and a board member for the first Islamic School in Brisbane, The Islamic College of Brisbane in 1994-2000, 2007-2009 and from 2010-2014.

Sultan continued his membership and assistance of the building of Islamic Schools in Brisbane, assisting the second and third Islamic schools in Brisbane, The Australian International Islamic College and Wisdom College. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Qld. Department of Accident Prevention and Workplace Health and Safety, reviewing Demolition and Scaffolding procedures and Standards for the industry. Sultan was the former chairman of the Brisvaani Aid Foundation which assists patients from Fiji and Pacific Islands, to come to Australia for major medical treatment and also sponsoring the Fred Hollows 2020 Vision project in Fiji. In addition to all his roles, he has also been the Chairman and Co-ordinator of numerous Flood / Drought / Earthquake victims relief programmes for Australia, Fiji, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and all parts of the World.

Sultan is also a committee member of Rotary Club of Archerfield for 31 years, with 100% attendance to date, and having been honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award, for services to Rotary and the Community. He was awarded a Sapphire Paul Harris Award in 2015. Having served the Rotary Club as a board member and also as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. He has been honoured with a Multicultural Services Award by the Premier of Queensland, and a VOLUNTEERS AWARD in 2002, for more than 25 years of service to the community. Sultan is the co-founder of the Pakistan Australia Cultural Association. He is the organiser of four Islamic Youth Camps, former chairman of Qld Allstars Sports, co-sponsor of The Islamic Rugby League in 2007. Major sponsor of the Brisbane Islamic Soccer League 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, and Major Sponsor of the Australian “Mean Machine” Olympic GOLD Medallist swimming team.

Sultan assisted with the Griffith University’s task force to build the Multifaith Centre was on the Advisory Council. He was the former Chairman of the QLD Police Service Ethnic Advisory Group, Chairman of the QPS Muslim Reference Group, Past Chairman of the Oxley Creek Catchment Group. Former member of the Ethnic Communities Council of QLD, member of the Building and Development Committee and major contributor to every mosque in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and otjer parts of QLD. He has participated as a member of the Muslim-Catholic Interfaith Group since 1992, founding member of the Forum for Jews, Christians, and Muslims interfaith Group, member of the organising Committee of Eidfest and Eidfest Community Services assisting people in domestic violence situations, Former Co-ordinator of the janazah services in Brisbane for over 30 years. Sultan is also a member for the Hay Run for drought stricken farmers in 2018 and he is currently part of the Muslim Aid Australia / Deen Family Drought Relief Project since 2018 delivering 4 tankers per week of 24,000 litres of water to drought stricken farmer of Stanthorpe District.




 Youth of the Year Award – Nadia Saeed





"Alhumdulilah I really don’t know what to say, I am truly humbled. Allah has blessed me in so many ways, this year alone I have smashed goals & achieved things I would never have thought were possible.

This award is for all the incredible young volunteers I have the privilege to work alongside with. There are countless young people who work tirelessly in our community & who deserve this award as well. Jazakallah from the bottom of my heart for this award. Inshallah I pray that I can continue to work towards a brighter future for all Australians.

For many Young Muslim leaders incredible recognition like this motivates us to continue the work that we do. This recognition means that we as young people are being seen, heard & acknowledged.


Huge congratulations to all the award finalists & winners. But an extra special Congratulations to Uncle Sultan Deen for the Life Time Achievement Award! Thank you to all the team at Mission of Hope & Dov Han!

Much love to all my close family & friends who support me day in & day out. You have all kept me going, never let me stop & have only pushed me to be the best version of myself. You all know who you are & I love you all so very much."



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In this episode, guests discuss:

  • Islamophobia issues in Australia

  • Islamophobia Register

  • Islamophobia Report 2019

  • Paramatta Attack

  • Violence Against Women

  • Bystander/Witness program

  • Free Speech & Hate Speech

  • Verbal & Physical Harassment

  • Joint Submission (proposed Religious Discrimination Bill)




Guests (r to l):

Habib Jamal (President-ICQ); Nora Amath (Sets Manager-IWAA); Rita Anwari; (CEO-Women Empowerment);  Rita Jabri Markwell (Lawyer – AMAN); Husain Baba (Star-of-the-Show); Cornelia Babbage (Director- MFO); Craig Hanlon (Acting Chief Supt. – QPS); Rana Al-Mekarry (Office Coordinator- MFO; Chef Afshin (Co-Hosts of Baba’s Talk show)



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The Member for Stretton, Duncan Pegg, recently discovered he is one of 150,000 Australians who are diagnosed with cancer.

The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said that Duncan was a tireless worker for his community and will continue representing his electorate but there are going to be times when his treatment will understandably come first.

Mr Pegg told Parliament this week that he is lucky to be surrounded by the support of his friends and family as well as his colleagues and electorate staff.

He looked forward to continuing to represent his local community.

“I would ask for understanding and prayers while I am receiving treatment,” he said.

“I also remind all Queenslanders to remain vigilant regarding their health and for men especially to make friends with the their family doctor.”


Mr Habib Jamal, ICQ president, told CCN:


"Our thoughts, prayers and support are for Duncan and his family during this difficult time. We wish him every success whilst under going treatment."



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IWAA Update





Report and photos supplied by IWAA




This week the Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA) held the Community Consult and end of year Celebration dinner.


Shane Johnson from the AFP gave a wonderful presentation about the Connection to Country Program and this was followed by a very entertaining drumming performance by Joseph.


With great presentations and entertainment and a delicious dinner it was truly a night to remember!











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PhD Scholarship: Climate Change and Health: Griffith Uni






The candidate will join a new team being set up to undertake a project on 'Managing heat stress among Bangladesh ready-made clothing industry workers'. The project is funded by the Welcome Trust under a new initiative 'Climate Change and Health'. The project seeks to explore the effects of climate change on thermal discomfort levels in Bangladesh ready-made garment factories, and whether there are low-cost sustainable cooling strategies that can help to reduce future levels of heat-induced discomfort.

The successful candidate will be based at the Griffith University Gold Coast campus.

The opportunity
Heat, health and wellbeing of workers in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry

The PhD candidate will conduct research as part of the team working on the project ' Managing heat stress among Bangladesh ready-made clothing industry workers'.

In 2016-17, the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry generated USD28.14 billion, representing 80.7% export earnings. Bangladesh has around 5000 RMG factories, employing 4 million people, mainly women. Heat stress is a major risk for workers, and is expected to worsen in future due to global warming. This raises serious questions for workers' health, welfare and productivity. Using climate-controlled chambers, computer-based modelling, factory instrumentation and worker interviews, the project will explore low- to moderate-cost sustainable strategies to reduce heat stress, and their performance under future climate change.

The candidate will focus on one aspect of the project: factory workers' perception of their working conditions. Through interviews with workers, and comparison of the results with output from quantitative monitoring of the internal factory climate, the student will develop an understanding of the present-day relationships between actual and perceived working conditions. The student will then go on to look at the inter-relationships with the extended environment - including the effects of the home environment and journey to work. The candidate will be required to undertake detailed design of the field work, carry out interviews with factory workers, managers and support staff during different seasons, and collate and analyse the data using mixed methods. The candidate will need to be present in Bangladesh to undertake data collection for multiple periods of time in and around Dhaka.




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Academy Alive Update






Academy Alive's Real Talk Podcast has been hitting strides, over the past few weeks getting to know some of the Sheikhs around Brisbane, with an emotional, powerful and inspiring interview with Imaam Uzair Akbar, President of Council of Imaams Queensland.

Following an interview with Sheikh Akram Buksh, President and Imaam at Slacks Creek Mosque, Masjid Ur – Rahmaan.

Its always inspiring, and motivational to understand the journey our leading scholars have taken to get to be the community figures they are today. Continue to support Real Talk Podcast, by viewing liking, and sharing their content. To help to connect real stories to real people.

Sheikh Uzair
Sheikh Akraam

In other news. With one more week to go before the Discussion Panel of the year, hosted by Academy Alive, in conjunction with Australian National Imaams Council and Islamic Council of Queensland.
Academy Alive is excited to announce the upcoming schedules for the Imaams attending the event.

With 5 Ulema from all around Australia gathering on one discussion panel, registrations essential and seats are limited.




Sheikh Burhaan


Sheikh Abu Hamza


Sheikh Adama Konda


Sheikh Shady


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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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A Muslim group has donated $10,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service as bushfires continue to burn around Australia.

On Wednesday, representatives from United Muslims of Australia (UMA) made the donation to firefighters at Wauchope on the state's Mid North Coast.

UMA public relations officer Ibrahim Dadoun said his group put out the call to its members during Friday prayers last week.

"When we saw these bushfires had affected so many people and their livelihoods, we thought it was our obligation to go out and support them," Mr Dadoun told SBS News.

He said the trip from Sydney to the fire-hit communities around Taree was a sobering one.

"We saw some streets signs that were completely melted. There was no more writing on them ... It was a horrifying scene to witness."




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The annual Scanlon Foundation report has found negative attitudes about Muslims in Australia remain high.

Inaz Janif migrated to Australia as a baby from New Zealand and at the age of 12 she decided to wear the hijab.

A decision, she said, has at times had some negative repercussions.

"It's impacted me in terms of my job opportunities," she told SBS News, recalling how once she was offered a job "if I stopped wearing the hijab".

"That was really difficult because I wanted to work and I wanted to be independent and contribute to society."

The vast majority of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia, but a significant minority still express negativity towards Muslims, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The findings come in the 12th annual Scanlon Foundation report into social cohesion, which also found a major increase in the percentage of people concerned about climate change.

Ms Janif said she found it quite difficult after the 9/11 terror attacks, where she felt targeted and stereotyped because of her religion.

She said she has never been physically assaulted, but verbal abuse is common.

"It's quite often while driving, even with my children with me, that I’m verbally assaulted. I've had my children ask me 'why is that person so angry mum?' 'Why are they saying things about us being Muslim?'."

Ms Janif said the findings of the Scanlon Foundation survey - which found 40 per cent of people held negative views about Muslims - are not a surprise.

But she said more should be done to address these negative attitudes.

"I think people who are influential have to set the bar, they have to set the tone for society and make sure that everybody, no matter where they come from and no matter their characteristics or the unique features they have, are accepted," she told SBS News.

"I think our differences are the best part about us."

Increasing rates of discrimination
On the question 'have you experienced discrimination over the last 12 months on the basis of your skin colour, ethnicity or religion?' rates have consistently increased since the first survey in 2007 from about 10 per cent to 19 per cent in more recent surveys.

People who identify as Muslim or Hindu reported much higher rates of discrimination at 42 per cent for Muslims and 38 per cent for Hindus.

Between 2006 and 2016, the number of people identifying as Muslim in Australia increased from 340,400 to 604,200.

Mohammad Al-Khafaji, CEO of the Federation of The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia, said anti-Muslim sentiment is an issue the government needs to address.

"That should be a warning sign for all of us, and especially for our political leaders, to make sure that we address this issue before it becomes a bigger problem," he said.

"We know that there was a recent study released by the Islamophobia Register that has quantified some of those complaints and some of those attacks on people from Muslim backgrounds.

"We need to make sure that there are policies and social cohesion programs in place that facilitate a meeting between people so they understand each other's differences, each other's faiths, each other's cultures."





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ANIC National Khutbah








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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



7 ways to respond to Islamophobia…


1. Know you are part of building Australia’s story. Speak about your vision for this country. If we are to move from a fragmented and anxious country to a compassionate and united one, we have to be the leaders we want. Thank those that stand with you.


2. Recognise abuse as anti-social behaviour, by reporting it to the confidental platform, Islamophobia Register. Report it to police (whether you think it’s a crime or not). Email your local MP. Share with a trusted community organisation. Tell your friends and family and encourage them to all speak up. Speaking up is not about being a victim – it’s about showing we don’t accept this behaviour as normal and modelling this approach to our kids.

3. Donate what you can to the Islamophobia Register… they have been leaders in this space but sadly, can’t run on volunteers anymore. The Report they publish with Charles Sturt University is groundbreaking work.


4. Create a space for bystander education and training for your organisation or group through the Multicultural Families Organisation (it’s free!).

5. Make Du’a and Supplications: As one sister Riffat Gurdezi (who is a lawyer and all round amazing woman) has posted online: “the Prophet ﷺ has left us some powerful tools for our protection when venturing out of the house through dua, adkhaars ie morning and evening supplications, plus ahadith on ayah and dhikr to read post salaat for protection- once said one should have trust that they have sought the legislated means of protection so Allaah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى will
protect إن شاء الله
Hisnulmuslim : Chapter 11 - Upon entering / when leaving the home
Hisnulmuslim : Chapter 27 - In the morning and evening
She also suggests to purify your intention why and who your covering for alone سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى and know and trust that He will protect you.

6. If you are caught in this situation, be kind to yourself. It is normal to be caught off guard and not know what to say. Knowing what to say on the spot is pretty rare. One sister said, if someone yells out “Allahu Akbar” at her while she is walking in the street, she replies “Indeed that is worthy praise!” Another sister Princess Lakshman has said, ‘reframe your response’ through the lense of compassion...

7. Get to know why Australian Muslims are pushing to outlaw incitement to hatred and violence. Currently we have no protection, so our communities are easy targets for racist and far-right extremist movements. Insha’Allah Religious Discrimination Bill is a major opportunity. For more information, head to


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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 2020 Muslim 500








“’Sternness’ with disbelievers refers to remaining firm on one’s religion, not that one is harsh or hard in one’s relations; nor that one upholds anything but excellence in dealings… Never did the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) ever frown at anyone, nor insult, nor revile anyone…even his enemies.”

“Be true in your relationship with the Sovereign Creator, for He is the greatest one with whom you could relate in all your affairs and states. Know that He cares for those who turn to Him; relieves difficulties for them; is there for them in every circumstance, condition and change; and He shelters them in His Mercy, Grace, Pardon and Forgiveness.”

15 – is the age at which he started teaching and doing da’wah.

1993 CE – is the year Dar Al‑Mustafa was founded.


Grand AHabib Umar bin Hafiz

Director of Dar Al Mustafa, Tarim, Yemen


Habib Umar bin Hafiz is well known for his Prophet- ic lineage and status as one of the most influential religious scholars alive today. His influence through scholarship and preaching is vast in the Middle East, Indonesia and East Africa especially. He is also in- credibly influential through his leadership of the Ba Alawi Sufi movement. He has been touring South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Europe and the US regularly in the past few years in response to his growing following there.

Study: Habib Umar received all his early education in the city of his birth, Tarim, at the hands of his fa- ther, the Mufti of Tarim and other revered scholars. In 1981, the situation became untenable for him to stay in South Yemen due to the communist regime and so Habib Umar migrated to the city of Al-Bayda in North Yemen where he continued his studies.

Cultivation of Scholarship: Habib Umar founded and runs Dar Al-Mustafa, a centre for traditional Islamic scholarship that currently hosts an array of international students, in Tarim, Yemen. Many of the graduates have gone on to become leading figures worldwide. He has joined the ranks of the world’s leading Muslim academics and scholars as a signatory of ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’, a docu- ment that builds bridges between the Muslims and Christians. He has also spoken at Cambridge Univer- sity on the need for such a dialogue. He has authored several books, such as Al-Dhakirah Al-Musharrafah, which is a summary of obligatory knowledge for every Muslim, three short hadith compilations and a summary of the third quarter of Imam Al-Ghaza- li’s Ihya’ `Ulum Al-Din. His mawlid compositions, Al-Diya’ Al-Lami’and Al-Sharab Al-Tahurare, are re- cited in gatherings throughout the world.

Da’wa and Humanitarian Efforts: Habib Umar is noted for his da’wah efforts, with significant visits to the USA and Europe. He has also partnered with Muslim Aid Australia as founder of Yemen-based NGO Al Rafah Charitable Society to address issues of poverty and hunger and lack of sufficient health care that affect areas of Tarim. His students, most notably Habib `Ali Al-Jifri (see page 77) who estab- lished the Tabah Foundation and Habib Kadhim Al- Saqqaf, are luminaries in their own right. He has a substantial following on social media, via Muwasala, an organisation founded by his students to “promote the scholarly teachings of the blessed tradition of Hadramawt.”

Ba Alawi Tariqah: The Ba Alawi have been centred in the region of Hadramaut, Yemen, for over a thou- sand years. They have produced outstanding figures of scholarship and piety and are well known for their missionary work, particularly in Malaysia and In- donesia. The Tariqah has now spread to all parts of the world and is famous for using the Ihya of Imam Ghazali as a basis of their teachings.




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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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Billy Bonsop was an Australian-born Malay from Brisbane whose people lived in Singapore. Billy was a British subject of Muslim faith. His brother and two cousins were enlisted in the AIF and on his 25th birthday he joined. He regarded his military uniform as his best birthday present –“I’m mighty proud of my uniform,” he said. He was a strapper in a Brisbane racing stable.


A keen horseman and noted rough-rider, Bonsop was at first rejected from the AIF because of “nationality difficulties.” However, he persisted and became a “dinkum digger.”102 Private William Bonsop, service number QX26806, served in 2/6th Australian Infantry Battalion and sacrificed his life in 1943 in New Guinea.


Lance Sergeant Bin Shalid Ma’aruff was born into a Muslim family in 1923 in Ulu Klang, near Kuala Lumpur. He gained experience as a crew member on lugger fishing boats. He came to Australia as a young man to work as a pearl diver in and around Perth as well as finding work in the Fremantle fish markets. In June 1942, bin Shalid enrolled for service in a labour company in Perth. From mid-1943, he began his service in the 8th Brigade as an instructor in the Malay language.


His work was so valued that in 1944 he was allowed to enlist in the AIF. Bin Shalid continued to excel in his role with the army, and in August 1944 was seconded to Z Special Unit, a joint Allied unit that had been formed to operate behind enemy lines in the Pacific and South-east Asia. The newly promoted Corporal bin Shalid was fully transferred to this unit a month later, and soon incorporated into operations.


In March 1945, he successfully completed a parachute course and was promoted to lance sergeant in preparation for a secret operation in Borneo. Bin Shalid was a member of a small party that was to land in the Mount Mentawir area, north of Balikpapan. He died weeks short of his 22nd birthday. His name is listed on the Roll of Honour. One of his brothers-in-arms in Z Force was Corporal Abu Kassan.









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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





India: Intimations of an Ending:


The rise of Modi and the Hindu far right

By Arundhati Roy



Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, waves as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, left, looks on during a public meeting in Ahmedabad, May 26, 2019.


While protest reverberates on the streets of Chile, Catalonia, Britain, France, Iraq, Lebanon, and Hong Kong, and a new generation rages against what has been done to their planet, I hope you will forgive me for speaking about a place where the street has been taken over by something quite different. There was a time when dissent was India’s best export. But now, even as protest swells in the West, our great anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements for social and environmental justice—the marches against big dams, against the privatization and plunder of our rivers and forests, against mass displacement and the alienation of indigenous peoples’ homelands—have largely fallen silent. On September 17 this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted himself the filled-to-the-brim reservoir of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River for his 69th birthday, while thousands of villagers who had fought that dam for more than 30 years watched their homes disappear under the rising water. It was a moment of great symbolism.

In India today, a shadow world is creeping up on us in broad daylight. It is becoming more and more difficult to communicate the scale of the crisis even to ourselves. An accurate description runs the risk of sounding like hyperbole. And so, for the sake of credibility and good manners, we groom the creature that has sunk its teeth into us—we comb out its hair and wipe its dripping jaw to make it more personable in polite company. India isn’t by any means the worst, or most dangerous, place in the world—at least not yet—but perhaps the divergence between what it could have been and what it has become makes it the most tragic.

Right now, 7 million people in the valley of Kashmir, overwhelming numbers of whom do not wish to be citizens of India and have fought for decades for their right to self-determination, are locked down under a digital siege and the densest military occupation in the world. Simultaneously, in the eastern state of Assam, almost two million people who long to belong to India have found their names missing from the National Register of Citizens (NRC), and risk being declared stateless. The Indian government has announced its intention of extending the NRC to the rest of India. Legislation is on its way. This could lead to the manufacture of statelessness on a scale previously unknown.




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Seasons for job searching

By Anber Kamran



Every time is the right time for job searching. As per my data collection, the number of jobs posted in each month is dependent not only on Employers but also on various factors like, financial year, holidays and type of business. To get the best results you must be aware of these seasons before applying to get the maximum response. Check out these month wise break down for your quick searching…..

Sep – Nov: You have definitely noticed a big jump in the number of jobs from service sector, like age care, security, hospitality and retail business. You can find it easier to get jobs for Airport security with only Cert I qualification, Post office jobs to cover Christmas season for 6 months or Education sector are also recruiting new staff for the next academic session.

Now the number of jobs are really less as compared to any other time of the year. There will be a few jobs to fill emergency staff from the service sector and hospitality. The Corporate sector is less likely to be looking for professional staff. However, if you can see some job openings then this is the best time to apply as the competition is less as most people are enjoying holiday season. Many professional organisations usually advertise in this period to fill position for early next year.

Jan - Feb: You are noticing many new opportunities have been advertised, as everyone is back from holidays or it’s a start of a new financial year for some businesses. Budget and resources are available to full staff members to meet business targets. Good time to apply for all type of jobs, especially full time and long term jobs.

Mar – Apr: Job advertisement are going down, so is your opportunity of finding a better option. but you can still apply in ever green industries like, Aged care, construction etc. The Productivity Commission projects the number of Australians receiving aged care will almost triple by 2050, to 3.5 million, requiring staff numbers to grow from 366,000 to almost one million. (Source: September 13, 2018 in Community Care Review).

May - June: It’s the end of financial year with limited budget but loads of closing work. Mostly, contractual jobs are in rise for 4-6 months to meet pending work commitments. Many contractual work is available in the council and government sector. There are also jobs coming from University sector to meet demands after semester break.

These statistics are based on Australian market and of course seasons as well!!! Like I have said earlier, every time is the right time for job hunting, however taking advantage of these up an down times in the year can give you the best possible chance in finding your best match.



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Muslim Woman Bravely Defends Jewish Family




Muslim woman praised for defending Jewish family in London.


The name of the Muslim woman who was seen standing up for a Jewish family is Asma and in a statement given to IlmFeed she said, " a Muslim woman and mother I know what it's like to be attacked and dehumanised for my faith and I couldn't just watch and see this happen to another family with young children."











Keeping Masculinity from Trending Toxic


Dr. Jonathan Brown




In our extremely polarized time, where do Muslims fall in on conservative or progressive values, especially when it comes to gender roles and masculinity in particular? Dr. Jonathan AC Brown discusses where Islam fits in with modern issues around gender.

Watch the full lecture here:









In Norway, far-right group SIAN held a Quran burning protest

TRT World




Members of the far-right group Stop the Islamisation of Norway (SIAN) held an anti-Muslim rally where they attempted to burn a copy of the Quran.  




Mufti Taqi Usmani urges Muslim nations to raise issue of Holy Quran's desecration globally




Renowned religious scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani (pictured above) on Friday urged Muslim nations to raise at international level the issue of the recent desecration of the Holy Quran in Norway, and called for the release of the Muslim man who had tried to stop the act in the Scandinavian country.

Mufti Usmani, in a Twitter post, said that the West, who lectures the Muslim fraternity on tolerance, has reached the nadir of cowardice by holding rallies to desecrate the Holy Quran.

The scholar praised Ilyas, the Muslim man who stopped the desecration, but deplored that neither any media nor any Muslim country — with the exception of Turkey — took notice.

Usmani said that that it is the duty of the Muslim countries to raise the issue globally and work to ensure that Ilyas is freed.

Social media was set ablaze with praises on Friday for the "Muslim hero" who interrupted an anti-Islam rally to stop another man from burning a copy of the Holy Quran in Norway.

A scuffle broke out after the leader of the 'Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAN)' rally, Lars Thorsen, tried to burn a copy of the holy book in the city of Kristiansand despite warnings from local police officials.

In a video on social media, the 'Muslim hero' could be seen jumping into the barricaded circle to save the holy book from being desecrated. The rally soon turned violent, after which police took Ilyas and Thorsen into custody.










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To know the future just look to the past




The Senegalese Sufi saint who inspired a banking system based on generosity


Pilgrims line up to enter the tomb of Cheikh Amadou Bamba, founder of the Mouride brotherhood, in Touba.


The best leaders seek no followers, no power, and no titles. Yet they attract people anyway, precisely because they reject conventions and have a unique message. That’s true of Amadou Bamba Mbacke, a Senegalese Sufi poet, mystic, and peaceful resistor who lived from 1853 to 1927, and is now celebrated every July 28 in New York.
Bamba, as he’s affectionately known in Senegal and beyond, is a mystic of mythic proportions. The lore about the peaceful warrior who preached hard work is grounded in history and steeped in magic, yet he continues to have a very practical effect on the millions of followers of his Sufi sect, the Mourides. They do business internationally—from New York to Paris to Tokyo—and are known as “Islam’s mystical entrepreneurs.”

....continued from last week's CCN.....



Fight the power
Bamba’s approach disconcerted the French colonial powers. Although he said he was for peace, they didn’t believe him. In 1889, he established the Mouride Brotherhood in the city of Touba—now a holy site that draws millions from within Senegal and from around the world in pilgrimages every year.
The passion of his devotees worried French authorities. In 1895, under cover of night, Bamba was arrested and transported to Dakar via the new French railroad, the laying of which the king Lat Dior had resisted. The mystic was exiled to Gabon and magical stories about the Sufi began circulating in earnest.

It is said that on the ship to Gabon, Bamba lay out his prayer mat, which the captain forbade. Undeterred, Bamba tossed the mat overboard, prayed on the ocean floor, then walked on water back to the captain, saying, “Whosoever sought to drown me, does not know all directions are subdued for me.”

Bamba was held in a camp in Libreville. Tales of the miracles he performed got out—he subdued hungry lions, escaped from fires—though the mystic himself remained captive for seven years and nine months.

The exile only worked in his favor as far as the people were concerned—as the stories spread, protest over his incarceration grew impossible to ignore. The French finally released Bamba, unable to withstand the pressure, and he returned to Senegal a hero.

For this reason, Bamba was kept under watch. His followers weren’t fighters but a colonial officer wrote to his superiors that their devotion was disconcerting. “They seek light but I fear it could lead to dark times for the colonies.” Martial Henri Merlin, France’s governor-general for Senegal, suspected the Sufi of secretly recruiting an army of ecstatic Sufi soldiers. He ordered Bamba to appear before him, but the mystic refused.

Merlin sent French troops to search Bamba’s home for weapons. They found nothing. The mystic sent Merlin a telegram, stating, “Know O! governor that my words are in perfect accord with my deeds. I forgive you and your entourage and ask you to not listen to those who spread calumny.”

It wasn’t enough to reassure Merlin, who called for Bamba’s arrest in 1904. The Sufi turned himself in and was exiled to Mauritania. After four years, he was released, but in Senegal he remained under house arrest.




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Women’s Sports: Dalilah Muhammad named Female Athlete of the Year    



US: American 400m hurdles world record holder, Dalilah Muhammad claimed female athlete of the year at the annual World Athletics awards ceremony in Monaco on Saturday.

Muhammad, 29, made history this year taking World Championship 400m hurdles gold in Doha and breaking the world record twice. In claiming the world title, Muhammad revised her own world record down to 52.16 and was also part of the gold medal-winning 4x400m quartet.

The 2016 Rio Olympic Champion, scooped the prize ahead of Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Sifan Hasan, Brigid Kosgei and Yulimar Rojas to become the first 400m hurdles athlete to win the Female Athlete of the Year award since Sally Gunnel in 1993.



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MORE UYGHUR HORROR: Harvesting Hundreds of Thousands of Organs from Mass Murder



CHINA: Continuing his reports on the atrocities in western China, CJ Werleman documents more of Beijing’s crimes against humanity.


A new report published in the journal BMI Medical Ethics has revealed what appears to be China’s effort to cover up its harvesting of body parts from Uyghur Muslim detainees by falsifying organ donation data. It suggests that more than 90,000 Muslims and other political prisoners are being executed each year for the purpose of profiting from the sale of their live organs.

“A variety of evidence points to what the authors believe can only be plausibly explained by systematic falsification and manipulation of official organ transplant data-sets in China,” the report states. “Some apparently non-voluntary donors also appear to be misclassified as voluntary. This takes place alongside genuine voluntary organ transplant activity, which is often incentivised by large cash payment.”

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claims that the total number of legal organ transplants in China are roughly 10,000 per year – but the authors of the report are able to demonstrate that the actual figure is far greater, falling somewhere in the range of 60,000 to 100,000, using data obtained from the country’s three largest hospitals. 


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









Border Crossings

My Journey as a Western Muslim



Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury




Whether negotiating the mind-games of the Israeli intelligence services or performing ablutions in a London bathroom, Mohammad Chowdhury’s life as a British Muslim brings daily challenges. Border Crossings is the story of Chowdhury’s journey, gripping in some parts and shame-inducing in others, as he describes a lifelong struggle to reconcile the British, Asian and Muslim sides of his identity, constantly dealing with the mistrust of Westerners alongside the hypocrisies of his own community and their misunderstanding of Islam.

Personal, honest and uniquely narrated from the perspective of a man who grew up in South London, studied at Oxford, and has worked in 80 countries, Border Crossings echoes the stories of thousands of Western Muslims who since 9/11 have been subjected to a constant barrage of questions that obliquely cast doubt over the very goodness of their faith. Border Crossings is the account of a man who cries when England win the Ashes, yet screams in the face of racism and religious bigotry. This timely book powerfully rejects today’s emerging narrative that Muslims can no longer be trusted as honest citizens of the West.




I was born and raised in Britain but it wasn’t till I was in my mid-thirties that I was referred to as a Westerner. Surprising you might say, given that as a child I spoke English with a perfectly formed middle-class accent, at Oxford University I wrote compelling essays on the values of liberal democracy, and started my career at a blue-blooded consulting firm in London that was founded during the Victorian pomp of Imperialist Britain. But as a brown-skinned young man, in those days acceptance as being British was a triumph over the subtle racism of 1980s and 1990s Britain. Acceptance as a Westerner wasn’t quite as straightforward, as this required being seen as someone who subscribed to the dominant local culture of the white, English middle class (in my case) – something which for me as an observant Muslim of Bangladeshi ancestry was near impossible to do.


The fact that I believed in Western ideals of freedom, democracy and liberalism didn’t count for much. No matter how much I tried I was never accepted as “one of us.” At the same time, my family community didn’t see me as proper Bengali either, giving me the cold shoulder treatment of instead being a fake Englishman in brown skin. So there I was, the subject of an unrewarding, no-win upbringing of coping with being the outsider pretty much all of the time, stuck between incompatible worlds, my cultural relevance not appreciated. A migration rounding error.

It was an Oxford friend who described me as the Westerner, one drizzly afternoon as we both sat at a favourite café in Marylebone, meeting after a gap of ten years. As we chatted, I complained that life for Muslims in Britain had become difficult post the 9/11 attacks in New York. The discussion simmered quickly to a heated debate and to put a stop to it she abruptly told me that I need to accept Britain as an open-minded country underpinned by values that do more to protect the spirit of Islam than most Muslim nations do. This was two years post 9/11, a time when suspicion over Muslims in the West had never been greater. Almost every month, one Western country or another would announce that an Islamic terrorist attack had been foiled, or had taken place. Muslims in the West were experiencing a level of isolation and mistrust they had never felt before. Within just a few years from the early 1980s, the suspicion that Muslims could not be trusted as signed up members to the ideals of Western society escalated sharply.


All of a sudden Muslims were profiled as being different ideologically, singled out as a group as if they were the new Cold War protagonist, a new enemy but this time within our own borders. Politically unacceptable in a free society to single out a community due to its ethnic identity or religious beliefs, anti-Muslim suspicion remained a shadowy and ill-defined phenomenon and its many examinations were generally impossible to counter. Life became a daily test, littered with innocently formed questions that came up in conversation that repeatedly asked you to explain your beliefs and justify your actions, and frequent stoppages by the police or passport officials. And then there were the glances of passers-by, conveying oblique, unspoken looks of suspicion often experienced in public places such as on trains or buses or in airports. By the early 2000s, picking on Muslims had gained acceptance in many quarters of society, including in the press, in matters of national security or even in Parliamentary debate.


Even though racial prejudice remained in society, in a country as generally liberal as the UK it carried a guilty conscience with it. But the pillorying of Islam and its followers became all but legitimized in many Western countries, helped along by some of its leading thinkers and writers, and encouraged by many influential leaders. Some commentators began to draw parallels between how Muslims were being grouped to how Germany began to classify Jews in the 1930s.







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CCN's Bookshelf

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

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: You’ve had these before right? If you haven’t, salad rolls (also known as Vietnamese spring rolls) are basically the uncooked version or flash-fried spring rolls. They’re fresh, loaded with vegetables, sometimes shrimp, and I’ve even had them with slices of mango inside, amazing.  


Rice Paper Salad Rolls






Lettuce shredded

Red pepper cut into strips
Green pepper cut into strips
Carrots julienne
Cucumber julienne
Purple cabbage finely shredded
Handful coriander chopped
Feta cheese
Pickled ginger
Rice Paper

Asian Dressing
¼ cup Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. soya sauce
½ tsp Sesame oil
1 tsp honey or to taste
Pinch chilli flakes
Thumb size ginger peeled


  1. Mix together salad ingredients except the feta and pickled ginger

  2. Fill a little shallow bowl with water

  3. Dip rice paper in water

  4. Place onto a board

  5. Place salad ingredients alongside the top end

  6. Top with feta and pickled ginger

  7. Firmly roll up and cut into two slices

  8. Place cut side up

  9. Serve with Asian dressing (see below) 

Asian Dressing

  1. Blitz dressing ingredients until smooth

  2. Adjust seasoning to taste



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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:
Do I Stay Or Leave?

Thinking back to that Mother’s Day afternoon in 2011, I don’t exactly remember whether it was the electric cord that he strangled me with that triggered the warrior in me or the one solid punch on my head where I was housing a golf-ball sized brain tumor. What I do recall vividly is when I saw my tiny seven-year-old daughter from the corner of my eye, shivering with fear and screaming at the top of her lungs “Papa, let her go, please, let her go!” was when the moment of truth hit me like a ton of bricks...Was this the legacy I was leaving behind for my daughter? This was not about her father being violent to her mother...this was about her parents mentally torturing her, abusing her in a way that may never heal. Astaghfirullah.

Being in a toxic relationship brings about death. Death to peace, love, light, joy and abundance. It slowly sucks life out of you until you start mirroring toxicity in your thoughts, words and deeds. Not all toxic relationships are physically violent. Emotional torture, insults, money-control, spying (hacking into social media accounts, or checking phone messages), constant accusations are some of many signs of a toxic relationship.

What happened in 2011 to me was not a one-off incident. It started when I began dating him back in 2001. All these little things and signs that I chose to dismiss because a part of me convinced me of two things; one, that I deserved them - taking blame, making excuses for his violence. And two, that I could change him if I tried harder. These two reasons were a clear indication that I lacked self-worth, self-respect, self-love, self-compassion and gratitude to ALLAH for the beautiful life that HE had blessed me with where instead of choosing love, light, peace and joy, I was choosing toxicity and perpetuating it further. When motherhood happened, the excuse to stay became even more ridiculous: I’m staying because my child needs a complete family, she needs both parents.

It’s not fun sharing this truth with my readers. However, self-transformation is only possible when there is self-reflection and awareness of patterns of thinking. Self-sabotaging thought patterns that trap you into staying on in toxic relationships (marriages, friendships and business partnerships) only bring about darkness, ill health, resentment and fear.

Before you know it, you become addicted to this toxicity and fear propels you to find excuses to remain stuck in this stagnant existence. ALLAH created you to live your life to your full potential and worship HIM. How can you do that if you are stuck in existing in such toxicity? Know the difference between merely existing and actually living. Where are you in your life right now? How do you feel about your growth? How is your relationship helping you grow? Is it helping you grow? If not, why not?

So, Stay Or Leave?
No one can make you leave. You need to decide that for yourself. People sometimes say things like, “If it’s that bad, just leave.” Well, it’s not that simple...because you need to understand that in order to leave a toxic relationship, you need to first and foremost become aware that you are in fact choosing to remain in the toxicity. Choice is the most fundamental and crucial part of decision-making.

You can CHOOSE to:

• Fight and argue daily OR be in a peaceful, soulful companionship
• Fear being yourself OR feel the freedom to be who you are and live your purpose
• Feel useless, hopeless, anxious and depressed OR feel positive, light, loving and joyful
• Cry alone and blame others or self OR cry it out to a trusted professional to guide you
• Retaliate with violence and aggression OR realise your self-worth and rise above these toxic behavioural choices
• Continue making excuses for this toxic situation OR take action to do something to change your life for the better
• Continue being ignorant about your rights OR find the right people to help you understand your rights
• Remain in this prison till you die OR walk out of this prison NOW because you actually can.



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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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Keep the momentum going


Warmer months are here and everyone tends to slow down or head off on family get-aways this time of the year.

Make sure you keep your fitness momentum going throughout. Don’t stop to start again in 2020, keep going and achieve even greater results.

Try soft-sand running or volleyball if you’re close to the beach, or head out on a hike; otherwise backyard cricket / soccer or a short stint on the trampoline with the kids. Active family time is a great way to get the kids off the couch or away from their devices while allowing for some bonding time.

Exercise is key so be sure to make it a priority. N-JOY!


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The CCN Chuckle





Mrs. Jallalludin: "Habibi, I saw the new iPhone 11 today in the city shops. It looks very nice."


Jallalludin: "OK, dear. Do you like it?"


Mrs. Jallalludin: "Yes, yes, habibi, I love it!"


Jallalludin: "Don't worry, I will give you transport money to go see it again."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






To the righteous [when] it is said, "What is it that your Lord has revealed?" They say, "All that is good." To those who do good, there is good in the world, and the Home of the Hereafter is even better and excellent indeed is the Home of the righteous.


~ Surah Al-Nahl 16:30


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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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