EST. 2004


Sunday 8 December 2019 | Issue 0787


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ANIC acknowledges community contributions The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Divine Legacy Conference Tour CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
AIIC new appointments Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
Rauf on RN Breakfast on Religious Discrimination bill Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Ashik Ahmed's achievements with Deputy

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


MAA raises funds for the bushfire victims at Kuraby Mosque

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Carrara College hosts public education on Islam

 The CCN Classifieds


Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Community bands together to fight devastating drought

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Nadia speaks at International Youth Forum

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Vale Uncle Sam Watson

Keeping Fit with Kareema

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Islamophobic attacks mostly happen in public Donations & Appeals Disclaimer
AMUST dominates at NSW Premier’s Awards night Real chat with Rita Write For Us
Film follows formerly incarcerated Muslims  
Sheikh Shady catches up with CIQ

Divine Legacy Conference Tour 2019




Islamic schools grow - parents seek 'safe zone'
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The 2020 Muslim 500 


Film follows formerly incarcerated Muslims





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AIIC's new Principal, Mrs Christine Harman


The Australian International Islamic College has appointed a new Principal, Mrs Christine Harman, to head the College.


Ms Harman comes with expertise in social emotional wellbeing and development psychology.


Her LinkedIn profile reads:

I am a passionate educator and school leader, dedicated to the engagement, development and education of young people. I create a school environment that teaches young people to build strength and resilience with a futures-focused approach. I believe in meeting a student where they are and growing together, empowering young people with the skills to build strong and lasting relationships, within themselves and with others.

Ms Harman is a Master of Education graduate from the University of Southern Queensland and holds Bachelors of Science and Education from the University of Queensland.


"Her sole focus for the next 3 years will be to improve NAPLAN, Year 12 outcomes, university entrances, attendance rates, and satisfaction among students, staff and parents," College Founder, Imam Abdul Quddoos, stated in a letter announcing the appointment.




Mrs Merima Celahmetovic (pictured left) has taken on the Campus Coordinator role at the Gold Coast Campus.



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ANIC spokesperson, Bilal Rauf, speaks on the Government's draft religious discrimination bill on RN Breakfast with Hamish Macdonald.



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Council of Imams Queensland met with ANIC president Sheikh Shady Al Sulaiman yesterday (Saturday)



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Victoria's private Islamic schools are the fastest growing schools in the state, almost doubling their population in just eight years.

Combined, student numbers at the state's 10 Islamic schools grew at six times the rate of enrolment growth at government schools and nine times the rate at Catholic schools between 2010 and 2018.

Professor Mohamad Abdalla, the director of the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education at UniSA, said most Australian Muslim parents sent their children to Islamic schools to preserve faith and identity.

But he said there was another important reason Muslim communities were gravitating to their own schools: Islamophobia.

“Especially after 9/11, parents want a safe zone for their children, where they can prosper at an individual level and not be subject to bullying of an Islamophobic nature, and be able to express their faith without being subject to ridicule,” Professor Abdalla said.

The population of Victoria's Islamic school sector grew 84 per cent between 2010 and 2018, from 6684 students at eight schools to 12,318 students at 10 schools.

By comparison, the state school student population grew by 14.8 per cent and Catholic schools grew by 9.5 per cent.

MySchool data reveals that Ilim College in Dallas was the state’s fastest growing school in that time.

With a campus occupying the former grounds of Broadmeadows Technical School – closed by the Kennett government in the 1990s – Ilim’s student population has surged from 1102 students in 2010 to 2340 last year.

The college’s chief financial officer, Kerim Buday, said the school expects to enrol about 2500 students next year.

Mr Buday said the school sought to strike a balance between striving for academic excellence and instilling Islamic values.

“We obviously teach the Victorian curriculum but we also have Islamic studies and Koranic studies, which is really important for a whole lot of our parents,” he said.

All students above year three attend the school's mosque for midday prayers.

Mr Buday put the school's growth down to its close ties with the local community, and parents' growing confidence about its academic standards.

"For parents who are looking for a private education for their children, we’re an affordable option as well, that’s a very key factor," he said.

Fees range from $3300 a year at primary level to $4600 at VCE level.

It is not compulsory for students at the school to be of Muslim faith, although almost all of them are, Mr Buday said.

Students come from more than 40 different nationalities, and 99 per cent have a non-English speaking background.

Adel Salman, vice president of the Islamic Council of Victoria, said many parents who chose an Islamic school were not necessarily devout Muslims themselves, but still sought a strong grounding in Islamic principles for their children.

“I think it’s quite reassuring and comforting for Muslim parents that their children are brought up in an environment where Islam and the Muslim identity is not seen as a hindrance at all, but perhaps as a source of strength and a real anchoring of who they are as Australian Muslims,” Mr Salman said.

Many Muslims also had conservative beliefs about social issues such as same-sex marriage and gender identity, he said.

“If you mention Safe Schools to Muslim parents you will get a particular reaction: I don’t want my children exposed to that.”

Dr Emma Rowe, senior lecturer in education at Deakin University, said Islamic schools were growing fast but remained a very small part of the school system overall, representing just 0.46 per cent of Australia's school population.

Dr Rowe argued in a paper published in the academic journal T&F Online this month that Islamic schools have faced a level of suspicion from the government and the media unmatched by any other school sector, culminating in recent years in an "unprecedented policy intervention in which the federal Australian government withdrew funding from the largest Islamic private schools in the country".




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Ashik Ahmed started Deputy 11 years ago after identifying an opportunity when working for his then-boss' business Aerocare, managing tasks such as sick leave and salaries. Deputy's software helps businesses with lots of contractors, casuals or shift workers manage their time, rostering and other critical workplace operations.

The startup has taken off with Ahmed listed on the Australian Financial Review's Young Rich List this year with an estimated wealth of $146 million based on Deputy's nominal valuation of $423 million.

"I wasn't keen on being part of that," Ahmed says. "But having said that, when the news happened I thought 'I can use that as an avenue for inspiring other people, especially other migrants like myself'."

Ahmed moved to Australia from Bangladesh with his family in 1997, an experience he says was "very, very difficult".

"The difficulty probably was more for my parents coming from a middle-class background in Bangladesh but in Australia they couldn't get jobs," he says.

While Ahmed could read and write English he had limited experience speaking English and also had to deal with racism.


"It would be a lie if I said I didn't face it or see it," he says. "People might yell and say 'When are you going back to your own country?'. I ignored it and I saw the bigger path of what life has to offer me."

That path was based on an aptitude for technology.

"The big revelation for me was until I came to Australia I had never seen a computer in my life and that was a key turning point for me as well," he says


Paul Bassat, co-founder of Square Peg, says the venture capital fund feels "pretty lucky" to have invested in Deputy with few companies matching Deputy in terms of size, scale and growth.


"We love the business and we love the market opportunity but more than that we really love Ashik and he is a pretty special founder."

The Guardian



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MAA's newly formed Women's Forum, with the support of MCF, Brothers in Need, arranged a Sausage Sizzle on Sunday 2nd December at Kuraby Mosque.

All funds raised will be used to provide much needed vouchers for the victims of the ongoing bushfires affecting QLD. The event was well attended by the local community. MAA would like to thank the wonderful volunteers and supporters for making this event a success.




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The Islamic College in Carrara hosted a community get together where students read Qur'aan, gave an Arabic speech with translation, and sang Arabic, English and Bosnian Islamic nasheeds.


Imam Imraan Husain, who directs the Islamic education at the college, delivered an address which focussed on the importance of an Islamic environment for young children. Attendees were treated to a sumptuous lunch.





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They call themselves the Sunshine Coast Water Angels.

Anna Bradley and Rachel Wise have earned the title, delivering over 100 tonnes of water to drought stricken farming communities in Stanthorpe and Warwick.

Two soccer mums living on the Sunshine Coast decided to do something to help relieve the serious water crises people were experiencing in both townships. At the same time, inspiring many people throughout the country to come to the aid of water-starved communities.

How did it all begin?


The angels' good deeds inspired Muslim Aid to make contact with the women through their Facebook page.

IA spoke with Ryaad Ally while he was driving a truckload. He’s working with Muslim Aid helping to co-ordinate massive fodder, food parcels and water deliveries. An effort which has been happening for over a year.


Ryaad told IA: Last year we took our first truck loads to Goondiwindi, and distributed 33 tonnes of hay bales. A couple of months later when we got our community more involved, we delivered in ten truckloads 130 tonnes of hay.

When we heard about the water crisis affecting Stanthorpe, and along the granite belt, we organised 10 truckloads of drinking water, around 196,000 litres.

Another delivery to Warwick is planned this month, as well as 10 truckloads of hay to drought-stricken farms in South Australia.

Ryaad says that Muslim Aid will continue to help, but that hay is getting more and more expensive:

“The drought makes it difficult to get hay and it takes longer to access.”

The Deen family in Oxley, well-known for their extraordinary charitable efforts, have been a powerful supporter of the drought relief program along with Muslim Aid donating trucks and fuel. In previous drought-stricken years, the family initiated drought relief fodder deliveries and the tradition continues.








Southern Downs Community Relief group:


"We are blessed to have Muslim Aid Australia here today delivering food hampers!


Words can’t describe our gratitude to those who donated the water that was distributed today by the Sunshine Coast Water Angels and the hampers from Muslim Aid Australia.

To our team of dedicated volunteers ~ thank you! It was a hot one today and you soldiered on.

As we headed out for a special delivery we were reminded how dire the landscape is ravaged by drought and now fire. For those needing assistance with anything from water to mental health there are information packs available as well."






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 Nadia Saeed (left) with Dina Ghaznavi in Abu Dhabi


Ms Nadia Saeed, recent winner of the AMAA Youth of the Year Award, will speak at the World Muslim Communities Council in Abu Dhabi as part of the International Youth Forum.


"Words will never describe how grateful and humbled I am to be able to speak to an International body about my passion of youth leadership for Muslim communities. I pray that Inshallah I am able to represent the extraordinary young Muslim Australians who I have the privilege who work with so closely," Ms Saeed posted in Facebook.



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Uncle Sam Watson, Aboriginal Elder, Leader of the Brisbane Aboriginal Community was aid to rest on Friday where in excess of 1500 people came to pay their respects.


Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un



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The second Islamophobia in Australia Report launched last month, in the same week a graphic video showing a pregnant Muslim woman being punched and stomped on circulated widely on social media.

Earlier in October another video went viral, showing two New South Wales police officers verbally abusing two Muslim women, threatening to falsely charge them as an accessory to murder.

In both cases, the victims were women and visibly Muslim, wearing a head covering (hijab), and the perpetrators were white men. These examples correlate with the report’s findings, where 71% of perpetrators were male and 72% of victims were female.

Alarmingly, most Islamophobic attacks occurred in public, and yet only 14% of bystanders got involved or intervened. And of those, only one in three defended the victim. The majority of witnesses simply passed by without paying attention.

Islamophobic incidents recorded nationwide
The second biennial Islamophobia in Australia report analysed 349 Islamophobic incidents reported to the Islamophobia Register of Australia, from 2016-2017. Combined with the previous report, 592 online and offline cases were recorded in the last four years. But this represents only the tip of the iceberg.

Both reports conclusively show Islamophobia in Australia does exist and is a persistent social issue, one that overwhelmingly targets women, a vulnerability that stems from being identifiably Muslim when wearing a hijab.

It is also alarming that the incidents in public spaces not only continued to occur regularly, but their prevalence increased since the previous report.

Guarded places, such as shopping centres, train stations and other crowded areas saw 60% more harassment than unguarded places – an increase of 30% since the previous report. Islamophobia in shopping centres was most common, accounting for 25% of reported incidents.

This could be because public spaces give more opportunity for Islamophobic people to cross paths with Muslims. Yet, the presence of a crowd, CCTV cameras and guards didn’t appear to deter them.

What you can do if you see an attack
Hate crimes are rarely prosecuted in Australia, and together with the lack of bystander intervention and pervasive negative stereotypes of Muslims, perpetrators seem more emboldened.

But public opinion is where the most important opportunity to prevent Islamophobia lies. If witnesses to Islamophobic hate incidents intervene, it would strongly discourage perpetrators and others with similar sentiments.



So, if you see an Islamophobic incident in a public, guarded place like a shopping centre, the first thing you can do is directly report to the security guards, who can take the perpetrator away.

Witnesses should also consider reporting the incidents to the Islamophobia Register and the police. In fact, witnesses reported 41% of all physical cases recorded in the report.

The second thing you can do is comfort the victims. Victims, who were often left in tears, say they felt traumatised, deeply disappointed, publicly ridiculed and, as a result, extremely distressed.

A smile or simply saying, “don’t worry, this is your country just like all other Australians”, would go a long way to alleviate the intense feeling of not being accepted.

And third, witnesses should get involved. In one reported case, when a Muslim mother with her three children was severely abused, the support from surrounding people discouraged the perpetrator, who quickly left.

Here, the mother describes the support she received afterwards.

I was really upset and crying and my kids were in shock […] Everyone was looking at us and the woman from Donut King came over and offered a seat, a cup of tea and some drinks for my kids.

Security moved us to the management office soon after that but not before a sister who I happened to sit next to said she had removed her hijab and abaya because she was tired of being harassed.

Another beautiful lady gave me a much-needed hug and some kind words only someone who knows discrimination could share and another wanted to buy my kids donuts. The staff in the management were very kind and gave my children colouring in.

In another case, high school students defended their Muslim friend, whose name was scribbled on a toilet door, calling her a terrorist.

Her friends scribbled over it and wrote if u knew her u wouldn’t say that about her.

The presence and behaviour of the police is another key factor. Victims reported immense relief and trust in Australia and its institutions when they felt police showed understanding, even if the case couldn’t lead to a criminal charge.

But police attended only half of the 22% of the incidents reported to them. And in some cases, police explained to victims how there’s freedom of speech in Australia and they can’t do much.

In 11% of the cases where police became involved, they were constructive and comforted the victim.

What you can do if you experience Islamophobia
First – stay strong and know you’ve done nothing wrong just for being a Muslim. Remembering this can give you the courage to call for help from bystanders.

In the earlier case of the Muslim mother with three children, it was her firm and loud response to the abuser that attracted attention and led to people offering help.

Victims should also report the cases to the police and to the third-party reporting platforms, such as Islamophobia Register Australia.

Even if the incident doesn’t fall into a crime category, it can still be helpful for police to monitor the perpetrator, while the register can provide advocacy and use the reported incidents to raise public awareness in its reports.

And victims should seek counselling from organisations in every state and territory designed to help victims, such as Victim Services in NSW. The Australian Human Rights Commission also receives complaints and provides advocacy services across Australia.

The Islamophobia Register Australia page provides detailed information about where to report and All Together Now gives instructive advice on tackling racism.

Mosques and Muslim organisations can also provide a safe space for victims to talk about their experiences. Even if you don’t feel the need for counselling, discussing the experience can help make sense of it all in a meaningful way.

Islamophobia in Australia is a social problem that affects a significant portion of society. Recognition of Islamophobia does not diminish the achievements of Australian society and the success of its multiculturalism.

It will merely highlight a social problem that cannot be ignored or downplayed any longer.


Derya Iner, Senior Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Mehmet Ozalp Mehmet Ozalp, Associate Professor in Islamic Studies, Director of The Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation and Executive Member of Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University

The Conversation



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Zia Ahmad, AMUST Editor-in-Chief and Rubinah Ahmad, AMUST Multimedia Technology Manager with their awards.


The Australasian Muslim Times AMUST won two awards at the 2019 ‘Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards’ (PMCA) at a Gala Dinner event held in Sydney on Tuesday 3 December 2019 in the Garden Ballroom, Oatlands House.


AMUST was recognised as the “Publication of the Year” with the award received by its Multimedia Technology Manager, Rubinah Ahmad while Zia Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief received the award for “Best Print Report” for his reflections on the ground from Christchurch soon after the Mosques’ terrorist attack in March 2019.

The annual NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards (PMCAs) recognise excellence in the multicultural media and marketing industry where the awards program celebrates the achievements of marketers, journalists, editors and producers.




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Green ReEntry housemates pray together in the film 'The Honest Struggle.'


Darrell Davis was 18 years old when he was first sent to prison.

By the time the former gang chief was released in 2013, after being found guilty of murder, aggravated battery and armed violence, he had spent more than half of his life on the inside. He had also discovered a new identity as a faithful Muslim, taking on the name “Sadiq,” Arabic for “honest,” as part of his resolution to leave behind his previous life of violence.

The documentary “The Honest Struggle,” directed by four-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Justin Mashouf, follows Davis’ journey as he returns to the South Side of Chicago and builds a new life after 24 years behind bars.

“Islam saved my life,” Davis tells Mashouf in the film, explaining how he leaned on his deen, or faith, to steer clear of the influence of former gang associates and the temptations of easy money to pay for the surgery he needed soon after leaving prison.

The film came out shortly before a report by the civil rights organization Muslim Advocates found that Muslims comprise 9% of state prisoners, though they are about 1% of the U.S. population, and that they often face serious religious accommodation violations.

Like Davis, about 90% of incarcerated Muslims in the U.S. become Muslims while in prison. But Davis is lucky: Mashouf’s film begins as Davis enters a program for formerly incarcerated Muslims in Chicago, run by the nonprofit Inner-City Muslim Action Network. Called Green ReEntry, the faith-based program provides on-the-job training, with participants rehabbing foreclosed homes in the South Side that will serve as transitional housing for more Muslim men leaving the system.

Mashouf, 34, spoke to Religion News Service about working with Davis, changing attitudes among U.S. Muslims toward formerly incarcerated people and how people of faith can help make the reentry process easier for ex-prisoners returning home. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.






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The 2020 Muslim 500








“The suppression of ideas and thought is a major sin, and we will never allow anyone to stifle freedom of thought. In our religion there is tolerance , morality and openness , and the venerable Qur’an stands for knowledge and thought. These verses do not call for sitting idly, unthinking, or to go through life blindly. It has never been, at any time, against inquiry or the seeking of knowledge.”

“We continue to stand against injustice and darkness and remain on the side of justice, light and harmony.”

1650 CE the year Oman gained independence from Portugal

971 thousand barrels of crude oil produced daily.


Qaboos bin Sa’id Aal Sa’id

Sultan of Oman


Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al-Sa’id, the 14th descend- ant of the Al-Bu Sa’idi dynasty, is a socially and politically active monarch, who has ruled for over 40 years as Sultan. Sultan Qaboos has revolutionized and modernized Oman, transforming it from a poor, isolationist nation into a land closely-linked with the African continent and devoted to economic develop- ment, regional stability, and religious tolerance.

Leader of Omani Sultanate: Sultan Qaboos AlSa’id reigns over a country strategically situated in the Gulf region. Oman has a stake in the crude oil market due to the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Gulf of Oman to the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, producing over 970,000 barrels of crude oil per day according to Oman’s Oil and Gas Ministry. Historically, Oman is significant as one of the only countries with a large population of Ibadi Muslims and as the most authoritative state in the Ibadi movement—one that is recognized as one of the oldest schools of Islamic thought.

Beacon of Islam: Sultan Qaboos has helped build or restore thousands of mosques at his personal expense, the grandest being the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, which can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. The Sultan is a discreet but strong supporter of moderate Islam and has created a unique Islamic culture in Oman that has carefully combined the best of traditional Islam with the benefits of the modern world. Sultan Qaboos has promoted culturally-specific Islamic dress, art, architecture and education, and is a keen advocate of environmentalism. Qaboos has also supported the non-Muslim population through the construction of Catholic and Protestant churches in the country as well as Hindu temples.

Personal Leadership: The Sultan has raised the Omani standard of living by building up Oman’s school system, health care, infrastructure, and economy. He cites political participation as one of his major long-term goals. Within the last two decades, he has introduced political reforms; including a bicameral representative body, a basic law, universal suffrage, and a supreme court. Moreover, despite Oman’s relative lack of oil and gas compared to other Gulf States, the Sultan has invested his country’s wealth so that all citizens are guaranteed free education up to the doctoral level (should they qualify); free healthcare, free land, soft loans for building homes, jobs and social security for the disabled, orphans and widows.

Quiet Diplomatic Efforts: Sultan Qaboos has long been globally recognized for his leadership in the Persian Gulf region. Recently Oman has been playing a quiet but significant mediating role in two key issues. October 2018 saw the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make an unannounced trip to Oman, just a week after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas paid a three-day visit. This June saw Oman become the first Gulf state to announce the opening of an embassy in Ramallah, Palestine. Oman is also a key mediator between the US and Iran.




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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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Albanians also served with the Australian military forces. Hodo Hamit was a farmer who migrated to Australia in 1937, enlisted in 1942, served in Darwin and was discharged in 1944.


Estref Shemshedin enlisted in 1942 in Shepparton, served in Darwin with the 5th Battalion of the Scottish Regiment and was discharged in 1943.


Siran Zanel enlisted in 1942, served in Darwin and was discharged in 1944.


Sherif (Jack) Reese migrated to Australia in 1938, lived in Shepparton, enlisted in 1942, was a member of the 82nd Air Squadron in Japan and was discharged in 1947.


Mustafa (James) Sheriff lived in Adelaide, enlisted in the RAAF in 1942, served in Papua New Guinea and was discharged in 1947. For serving in the Pacific, Mustafa Sheriff was awarded the Pacific Star medal.


Muharem (Mick) Perona came to Australia in 1938, first registered at Tatura, Victoria, enlisted in 1942, served with the Australian Civil Construction Corps in Darwin and was discharged in 1945.


The Mareeba Mosque, built by Albanians and officially opened in 1970 on Anzac Day, has an inscription dedicated to Australia’s fallen servicemen and all Australians who served.










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Lebanese Muslim Association





Job Vacancies, summer holiday programs, camp and much more!




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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.


Continued from last week's CCN....


The rich in Western countries are making their own arrangements for the coming climate calamity. They’re building bunkers and stocking reservoirs of food and clean water. In poor countries—India, despite being the fifth-largest economy in the world, is, shamefully, still a poor and hungry country—different kinds of arrangements are being made. The Indian government’s August 5, 2019, annexation of Kashmir has as much to do with the Indian government’s urgency to secure access to the five rivers that run through the state of Jammu and Kashmir as it does with anything else. And the NRC, which will create a system of tiered citizenship in which some citizens have more rights than others, is also a preparation for a time when resources become scarce. Citizenship, as Hannah Arendt famously said, is the right to have rights.

The dismantling of the idea of liberty, fraternity, and equality will be—in fact already is—the first casualty of the climate crisis. I’m going to try to explain in some detail how this is happening. And how, in India, the modern management system that emerged to handle this very modern crisis has its roots in an odious, dangerous filament of our history.

The violence of inclusion and the violence of exclusion are precursors of a convulsion that could alter the foundations of India—and rearrange its meaning and its place in the world. Our Constitution calls India a “socialist secular democratic republic.” We use the word “secular” in a slightly different sense from the rest of the world—for us, it’s code for a society in which all religions have equal standing in the eyes of the law. In practice, India has been neither secular nor socialist. It has always functioned as an upper-caste Hindu state. But the conceit of secularism, hypocritical though it may be, is the only shard of coherence that makes India possible. That hypocrisy was the best thing we had. Without it, India will end.

In his May 2019 victory speech, after his party won a second term, Modi boasted that no politicians from any political party had dared to use the word “secularism” in their campaigns. The tank of secularism, Modi said, was now empty. So, it’s official. India is running on empty. And we are learning, too late, to cherish hypocrisy. Because with it comes a vestige, a pretence at least, of remembered decency..




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The hate factory: inside a far-right Facebook network





In an exclusive investigation the Guardian has uncovered a network that’s using rightwing Facebook pages in Australia and overseas to spread misinformation and hate around the world. This episode goes behind the investigation, looking at how this network formed, and who created this ‘hate factory’.


In this episode of the Full Story podcast we looked at the investigation of a shadowy group that used some of Facebook’s largest far-right pages to create a commercial enterprise that harvests anti-Islamic hate for profit and influences politics across the globe. After listening to this episode, read the full investigation, Inside the hate factory: how Facebook fuels far-right profit.




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Baba's Talk Show: REFUGEES


(“Finding Home” book) - episode 11





In this episode, MFO has come out with a fantastic book called “Finding Home” based on 6 refugee families who left their homeland and settled in Australia.

These are very special stories of each family who went thru hardships and struggles to get to Australia.

All proceeds from this book will go towards Charity. You can purchase on online from or visit MFO shop.  









Multicultural Queensland Month 2019




As we draw toward the end of 2019, we've been reflecting on the year that was and the work that has been done to bring Queensland closer together. This year's Multicultural Queensland Month was one of our biggest celebrations yet and this is just a handful of the many highlights. It shows the hard work and dedication from everyone as we strive to be more inclusive, harmonious and united.
Thank you, for showing your support and contributing to an amazing year and we’re looking forward to 2020.








Mo Salah quizzed by Liverpool women U9s




We gave Liverpool Women U9s the chance to ask Mohamed Salah anything they wanted. The cheeky girls grilled the Egyptian King on everything from his FIFA 20 ratings to his love of cats, he even attempts some Fortnite dance moves. Enjoy the latest episode of Kop Kids, brought to you by Joie.










Jummah at Masjidul Quds (Cape Town, South Africa)

by Prof Adam Habib


The Balance between Taking and Giving











Defending Boris

Middle East Eye




An audience member on BBC Question Time challenged the author of the bestseller ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ after she defended Boris Johnson’s burka comments.








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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.....



The business mystic

The French authorities finally realized Bamba wasn’t a typical enemy when they saw the effect of his teachings on Mouride farmers. The colony was promoting the growth of groundnuts for export, and the spiritually inclined growers helped the mission to succeed.

They were mystics who did business, which worked out economically for the French. In 1916, Bamba was named as a consultant to the colonizer’s committee on Muslim affairs. In 1919, he was recognized with France’s highest award for military or civil contributions, the Legion of Honor.

At that time, he had about 70,000 followers, according to French estimates. By the 1950s, the Mourides numbered 300,000. By their own count, now over one third of the 11 million Senegalese are Mourides, and many work around the world.

The Mouride work ethic makes Bamba’s followers particularly adaptable immigrants. They have a vast network of businesses, their own banking system based on trust and generosity, and believe in discipline and self-reliance—the time abroad is viewed as a spiritual journey. “Work and don’t complain much. That’s the only doctrine [we] have.” Moustapha Diao, a Mouride living in New York, told Reuters in 2007.

Mouride businesses abroad contribute significantly to the Senegalese economy. Followers send money home. But they also enrich the communities they live in—the Senegalese have numerous enterprises in Harlem, for example. Their presence is so strong that parts of Harlem are known as “petit Senegal.” And right nearby, at Columbia University, the Senegalese professor of philosophy Souleymane Bachir Diagne teaches US students about Sufism and Islam.




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US House approves Uighur Act calling for sanctions on China's senior officials    


A facility believed to be a ‘re-education camp’ where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained in Xinjiang.


US: The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority in Xinjiang, drawing swift condemnation from Beijing.

The Uighur Act of 2019 is a stronger version of a bill that angered Beijing when it passed the Senate in September. It calls on the president, Donald Trump, to impose sanctions for the first time on a member of China’s powerful politburo even as he seeks a trade deal with Beijing.

Last week Trump signed into law legislation supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong despite angry objections from China.

China considers banning 'odious' US politicians over Xinjiang criticism The Uighur bill, which passed by 407-1 in the Democratic-controlled House, requires the president to condemn abuses against Muslims and call for the closure of mass detention camps in the north-western region of Xinjiang

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









A Word Thrice Uttered: Stories on Life's Realities



Parveen Talha






A Word Thrice Uttered: Stories on Life’s Realities is a collection of short stories portraying the diverse realities of life through the protagonists – children, women, men, animals, even super-naturals.

Parveen Talha’s earlier book Fida-e-Lucknow (a collection of short stories published by Niyogi Books), steeped in the textures and flavours of Lucknow, brought alive the city and its people for her readers.

In this collection, she has widened her canvas and made it more colourful, with characters from Lucknow and its adjoining towns and villages, playing vibrant roles on a stage shifting through time and space, portraying the rich history of the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb.


Her stories open many unknown pages of history, and bring back forgotten memories of folklore, of not only Lucknow but the whole of Awadh. With the bygone era, the present times also come alive. 



A Word Thrice Uttered is a collection of short nostalgic love stories. It is not the type of love that has you singing at the rainbows, but the gut-wrenching sort that makes you cry and marvel at the light in the darkest corners of human existence. The stories emotional impact is a testament to Talha’s ability to write well

Talha doesn’t take time to paint the scene, there are no starters or contexts offered in the story and you get right into it. They are all set in the vicinity of Lahore around the time of independence, and you get the sense that she is writing for an audience that is familiar to that setting, as she assumes you know them. Talha does, however, take time to explore the characters and how they feel. She uses the stories to touch – not delve – into the injustices that we find in our communities.

In the story A Word Thrice Uttered, Talha talks about the unexpected strengths of a woman plagued with bad luck, who leaves her husband after being divorced and finds a job straight away in an orphanage that her disabled child was to. This tale touches upon the stigma of divorce and disability in our societies.

In a String of Bela Flowers, it talks about the lure of the West that compels racism between our own and the stigma of having loved a woman with darker skin. It is a tale of ghosts who haunt their loved ones and how that hurt and love never disappears.

Unusually there are also love stories of families and their animals. The story of Rustam the horse, who was separated from the family that owned him and he died when his mother died hundreds of miles away. There is the story of Sona and Tiger, a cow and a dog who couldn’t live without each other. These are stories of a love that transcends boundaries.

This book was written for a specific Lahori audience, and the underlying theme of love in unexpected places is one that resonates with many, however, her lack of physical description or relevant images explaining the setting of the story would have made this book accessible to many more.

This book — although a work of fiction — is an amalgamation of many stories. The harsh realities that some of these tales are referring to bring a lump into my throat.
Read the book if you are looking for a glimmer of light in the darkness.

Asiya I Versi





Border Crossings

My Journey as a Western Muslim



Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury





BOOK EXCERPT: Continued from last week's CCN....


Post 9/11 there sprouted a host of sometimes confusing activities that confirmed the new term of “Islamophobia” really was taking hold. Countries such as the US began to take specific and often quite randomly targeted measures to monitor the movements and activities of Muslims, particularly through the escalation of security procedures for people arriving from overseas, something which continues to this day and which I remain a victim of myself.


Oddly, countries such as Britain suddenly began to recognize Muslims for their contributions to society, convening patronising and vacuous commissions to write reports on the good things Muslims are doing for the nation, supported by some Muslims who caved in to the lure of the recognition this might bring them.


I quickly accepted that we would have to live with added border checks for a while due to the heightened terrorism risk in Western countries. But the celebratory aspects of recognizing Muslims’ contributions appeared to me to be politically-motivated and shallow. Their falseness worried me, as though even the moderate leaders of our society were now wondering “is there really something wrong with them?”

Things were definitely not right for me. After 9/11 I had begun to feel foreign in my own home town of London. Matters got significantly worse post the harrowing 7/7 attacks of July 2005 in our nation’s capital. When outdoors, particularly on trains or in ‘planes, I felt under scrutiny, sensing and sometimes imagining anonymous stares and stolen looks, accentuated when I was alone or carrying a bag. But the suspicion wasn’t just a figment of my imagination, although I am sure paranoia took over at times.



During these years I was questioned, detained, interrogated or physically searched by security police and border officials in London, New York, San Francisco, Milan, Jersey, Boston, Madrid, Brussels, Dallas, Cairo and Paris, and refused entry visas to Australia and India without attending special interviews at the embassy. Perhaps with not the best timing, I was learning Arabic at the time as a way to understand my faith better and connect more in the Middle East. Over the years I had grown sick and tired of the idiocy of reciting prayers in Arabic but not understanding a word. Attending a wedding in Istanbul, I decided to add to the trip a coastal journey across southern Turkey, Syria and Lebanon with an objective to immerse myself into the culture of the Levant.


This trip was my first chance to “go live” with Arabic. I was excited. I kept a daily journal through the trip, shared as a regular weblog with friends. Wherever I went in remote parts of southern Turkey and northern Syria, I was welcomed. Despite being a strange foreigner, weirdly I felt more at home here than in post 9/11 Britain at the time, or indeed in Bangladesh where I spent much time as a child being made to feel on the outside. The unguarded way in which this curious Muslim from Europe was embraced contrasted to the suspicion of my fellow citizens on the streets of London.


What these people gave me in an instant was something that the British and Bangladeshi sides in my life hadn’t been able to give me: plain and unconditional acceptance. Based around these thoughts, I eagerly drafted out the first cut of Border Crossings, typing away during solitary evenings in hotels, after meals with my laptop on the table in noise-filled, atmospheric brasseries, and during overnight flights as I zig-zagged across the world on an endless run of business trips..


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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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: ………..a recipe for the up and coming holidays.  






3 eggs
1 cup yoghurt
1 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup desiccated coconut

  1. Mix lace eggs, yoghurt, sugar, oil and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat ingredients until well blended.

  2. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder and add in coconut and mix well.

  3. Gently fold in the flour mixture into the batter.

  4. Pour the mixture into a greased cake pan, top with slivered almonds and bake for 180deg for 35 to 40mins.

  5. Remove cake from pan when it’s cool.

  6. As an option can use lemon or orange zest/rind for variation



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My Health and Fitness

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My message for all women out there is to love who YOU are!


Celebrate you and all you’ve achieved thus far.


Too often we don’t take time out for ourselves, so as the summer months approach, spend some quality time with yourself.


Relax, renew, rejuvenate..

Be the strongest version of yourself.


Challenge, love and embrace your body.

Set yourself some small achievable fitness goals and work towards them at your own pace.

Show your body some love, a whole lot of self-love, take nothing for granted.


You were entrusted with your body so take good care of it…


Self-care is essential, not selfish!


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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin to Habibullah: "Habibi, your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true?"


Habibullah: "To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






No kind of calamity can occur, except by the leave of Allah: and if anyone believes in Allah, [Allah] guides his heart [aright]: for Allah knows all things.


~ Surah Al-Taghabun 64:11


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it is endowed with the impulse to survive and the power to heal.

Ultimately, it is we ourselves who cure our illness,

and the decision to undertake this battle arises from within"



~ Sensei Ikeda




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Australian International Islamic College along with Al-Noor Institute have planned an intensive program for the youth during the school holidays.

This is an excellent opportunity to occupy our youngsters while gaining beneficial and practical knowledge about Islamic topics taught in a fun, easy to understand format. It is not only good for our youth, but for our wider community as well.


Topics for the junior alim group include: Quranic vocabulary, Akhlaq of Nabi, Basic tajweed. Quran memorisation, Wudu and Salah and concluded with a fitness session. Younger ages from 5 years old will learn basic duas, some surahs, Islamic manners, Wudu & Salah and more.


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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.


These groups include (but are not limited to): Dawah, Technology & Social Media, Youth, Open Days/School Visits, Sisterhood, New Muslim Support.

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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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23 March 2020





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1441



10 April 2020(tentative)




(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1441



25 April 2020(tentative)




(Start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1441



21 May 2020(tentative)




(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1441



25 May 2020(tentative)




(End of the month of fasting)

1st Shawal 1441



31 July 2020(tentative)




(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1441



1 August 2020(tentative)




10th Zil-Hijja 1441



21 August 2020(tentative)




(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1442



30 August 2020 (tentative)




10th Muharram 1442



30 October 2020





(Birth of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1442





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

Kuraby Mosque

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

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Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

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

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