EST. 2004


Sunday 15 December 2019 | Issue 0788



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Mufti Menk draws large Brisbane audience The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Mother of Rane family - 'behind any great man is a woman' CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
Humanitarian Aid and Relief fund raising dinner Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
Academy Alive Update Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

New burial site allocated

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Thank you from Stanthorpe

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Sydney's UMA Youth Centre Tour

 The CCN Classifieds

As a Muslim Mariam lives the 'five before five'

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Facebook tells users Islamophobic posts meet its standards

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

SBW: 'We've been taught to be embarrassed of Islam'

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Nike launches its first range of modest swimwear

Keeping Fit with Kareema

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Human Appeal held its Devine Legacy roadshow in four states: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Mufti Menk, Sh. Mohamed Gebril (Egypt), Imam Ishak Danish (Turkey), Azhar Usman (comedian from USA) and others were the highlights on the program.

Haji Hussin Goss was in his inimitable role as the auctioneer on the night.




The theme of the night was "EMPOWERING WOMEN".

The total funds raised at the event in the Brisbane Convention Centre this week raised some $350,000 where around 1600 people attended.


You can listen to Mufti Menk's speech in Brisbane on Spotify (click on image below):



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By Janeth Deen



Joyce Rane (seated middle) on her 80th birthday with her family a decade ago


Aunty Joyce Rane is the oldest living member of the Australian born Muslims in Brisbane and possibly in Queensland and is one of our first reverts.

She married Haji Abdul Raheem Rane at a young age and supported him throughout his long life. He taught her his religion and in his journey along the path of becoming Imam of the first mosque on the east Coast of Australia, she was happy to join all the challenges he faced along the way.

She was happy to be in the background, helping raise their eleven children while he was learning his religion from books, his father and Imam Imamovic who came from Bosnia and other visiting religious leaders.

She was happy for him to spend time away from the family, doing social work, such as visiting the sick, performing marriages, organising funerals, helping the poor etc as well as leading Jumma and other prayers at the mosque.

It was a struggle surviving on his meagre salary from part time work as a security guard for the. Bank of New South Wales with so many children to support. With thanks to Allah, they managed to survive and to enable him to be an honorary Imam for thirty years. The family managed to live without luxuries and follow the path of Islam walked through by their role model father.

Joyce was happy to have her sons help their father with his social work and she was the role model also for her daughters.

On weekends, when the community visited the mosque for functions in the early years,Joyce Rane, Eunice Deen, Rosie Bell and Emma khan were the first group of women to clean up the kitchen after functions and clean the mosque. They worked harmoniously together and enjoyed great friendship over the years.

It was a chance to get out of the house and meet the small tight knit Muslim community.

As the family grew up, Joyce was happy to share their milestones when dad was absent on community work and always supported the family in any way possible. The children all married within the Muslim Community and Haji Rane conducted many of their marriage services as he was the first registered Muslim marriage celebrant registered in 1968.. Before that Muslims had to have two services as Islam was not registered for marriage services.

The sons ensured their father made the Pilgrimage to Mecca to fulfil his lifelong wish.

All the Rane children respected both parents and visited regularly when Haji Rane retired from the role of Imam. He never gave up his social work until his health forced him to.

Joyce was always there to support him. She was a devoted wife and mother.

She shared the pain of watching him succumb to Cancer, caring for him at home as long as she could.

After his death Joyce moved around her family, spending time with whoever invited her to stay. The family made sure she was not alone and well cared for.

Now Joyce is facing her own struggle with poor health and it is the prayers of the Muslim Ummah that will help her on the journey everyone must make at the end of life.

She has made her contribution to our Ummah.



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Members of the community gathered yesterday (Saturday) morning at Kuraby Masjid to perform Salatul Istisqa.

Imam Ahmed Nafaa reminded his congregation that they had a communal obligation to turn to Allah at all times, especially now when the country was being ravaged by drought and bushfires.

Salatul Istisqa is essentially a form of self reflection best summarised by Br. Mohamed Hoblos

If the drought continues, the Mosque will be performing Salatul Istisqa again in the future.

For more information contact 0431800414.



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The organizers of the Humanitarian Aid and Relief Inc held a fund raising dinner at the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) hall on 7 December.


Find out more about the charity group here.




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Academy Alive Update









On 7th December 2019, Academy Alive hosted a gala event like no other to celebrate the success of their students who had completed the Quran Alive, Quran Translation Course.


To honour the students’ achievement of completing the translation of the entire Quran, five of the countries esteemed scholars were invited; Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman (Sydney and President of ANIC and UMA), Sheikh Abu Hamza (Melbourne), Sheikh Adama Konda (Canberra), Sheikh Burhan Mehtar (Perth), and Sheikh Akram Buksh (Brisbane).

The invited scholars honoured the students by handing out their trophies, plaques, and certificates.

Then the scholars sat down for a discussion panel, to showcase their personal journeys and sacrifices they have made as scholars to be influential figures of their communities.

No event would be complete without a photo op, so the Brisbane Convention Centre foyer was set up for the finger ready attendees to  take a snap or selfie of some of the sets from the Academy Studio ; Real Talk Podcast, Tifl TV, Imam’s Corner, Academy Alive publications; and a media wall decked out with a red carpet.



Allah SWT then blessed Academy Alive Studios on the 10th of December with the presence of Mufti Menk, a surprise but very welcome visit. If a visit and photo op were not enough to put a smile on
the staff’s faces, Mufti Menk agreed to sit in for a Real Talk podcast as well. We will have to wait for the release of the podcast stay tuned for further details inShaAllah.

The Academy Alive team would like to thank all community members and sponsors.........











Over the weekend Real Talk Podcast had the opportunity to catch up for a podcast with Sheikh Adama Konda, Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman and Mufti Ismail Menk.

Stay tuned for the release dates.


Hajji Hussin Goss and Adrian got to chat with one of the founding family members in Brisbane and discuss, the humble and historical beginnings of Islam in Brisbane with Hajji Shamsuddin Rane.





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The Logan City Council has allocated a plot for Muslim burials.


Islamic Council of Queensland president, Habib Jamal, AK Surtie and Hussin Goss take a tour of the area:






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Senator assists delivery of the first 1,000,000lt of potable water to Stanthorpe.

Senator Paul Scarr LNP Queensland accompanied George Deen to assist with the delivery of the first 1 million (1,000,000lt) of potable water delivered by George the President of Rotary Club of Archerfield.

George Deen owns and operates prime movers in Brisbane and was made aware of the desperate plight of so many residents living on acreage blocks on the outskirts of the township of Stanthorpe who had run out of water. George decide to secure a water tanker and after approaching the owner of a suitable water tanker that was for sale, was pleasantly surprised when the owner elected to lease the trailer to the Rotary Club for no fee providing the club maintained the Registration and insurance. This cost was donated by Mr Ray Deen who has also been a member of the Rotary Club of Archerfield for the past 30 years.

After the first few loads of stock water was delivered to residents living on acreage on the outskirts of Stanthorpe it became obvious to George that the demand for potable water was not being met – so the decision was made to have the tanker cleaned - sanitised – then Certified to carry potable water.

Queensland LNP Senator Paul Scarr donated $1,000 to Archerfield Rotary Club to offset the expense to sanitise the 24,000lt water tanker in order to deliver potable water.

Although George commenced delivering the water at his personal expense, further funds to cover the cost of the water and diesel fuel has been donated by club members and many of our loyal supporters from the industrial community in the Acacia Ridge – Rocklea – Wacol area.

This aid has been embraced with open arms by Stanthorpe locals who are on the dire brink of running out of water over the approaching summer. The town fears this to occur as early as December or January in what rural Queensland communities are regarding as its worst bone-dry drought in living memory.

The parched landscape has devastated the state of Queensland. Not only has it created a downturn in the local economy but has also ravaged its ecosystem as well.

Images of the water delivery has gone viral on social media, as stunned locals expressed their gratitude for the truck loads of water rolling into the town.

At a dinner event on Friday evening 6th December Rotary President George presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Senator and invited Paul to accompany him in the semi-trailer the following morning Saturday 7th December to take the load from Brisbane, representing the first 1,000,000lt of potable water delivered to Stanthorpe.

Although there has been some light relief with some rain falling this week – President George has his water tanker loaded ready for the next delivery, because he realises it will be some time before life is back to normal for the residents in the Stanthorpe region.


Senator Paul Scarr: I travelled out to Stanthorpe today in aid of Granite Belt Water Relief. This amazing organisation has transported over 170,000 litres of water to the South-West today alone, with the help of people like George Deen and many other volunteers and companies. They have been making regular loads which have been of great assistance to those experiencing really tough drought conditions.

Here I am pictured with George Deen and volunteers, Maranoa federal member and Minister for Water Resources - David Littleproud MP, Cr Vic Pennisi, and Brad Carswell.



Senator Paul Scarr, George Deen, Ray Deen at Rotary Certificate presentation




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Channel 9's Today program took viewers on a look inside the largest Islamic youth centre in Australia, as Sheikh Shady reveals plans for a new mosque and Islamic university in Sydney's west.



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Mariam's serious car accident led her to engage with Muslim attitudes to death.


"I collided head on with a truck, the car caught on fire. It was a huge emergency operation," says Mariam Ardati.

It was one of those car accidents "you think nobody could have survived."

When she crawled out of the wreckage of her car, Mariam was amazed to see that she didn't have a single scratch on her.

As a body builder, Mariam had considered herself invincible at the time — at the peak of her fitness.

The close brush with death turned her thoughts to what would have happened to her body under Islamic tradition if she had in fact, died.

"I walked away thinking, 'where would I have been buried? What would have happened to all my things?'"

After recovering from the trauma of the accident, Mariam says she walked into a funeral parlour and said, "teach me, show me what happens when someone dies".

The experience prompted a spiritual journey to reconnect with the Sunni Muslim faith she had grown up with.

"I was largely self-centred up until that accident happened," she told RN's Soul Search, "and it helped me find purpose and meaning."

For the last 15 years she has helped other people in the Muslim community through the transition from life into death — as a doula.

Mariam supports the dying and their families in the lead up to death, then leads the ritual care for the body of the deceased.


Anyone can take part in death care
Mariam says women have always performed the final rites for other women.

She wants people to know that there is a range of jobs that family members can do to assist after their loved one has passed away.

Supporting the head, washing the body and brushing the hair are all meaningful ways to care for the deceased.

Mariam describes how she bathes a body an odd number of times, starting with three.

"The first wash is done with soapy water. The second is with clean fresh water. And the third is water that's poured over the body that's been infused with camphor."

Then family members will wrap their loved one in a death shroud that has been perfumed with incense.

"This is afforded to every Muslim that passes away," she says.

Mariam recalls a woman she worked with who didn't think she could enter the room where her mother's body was undergoing the ritual washing.

"She stood at the door of the mortuary and said, 'I don't think I can do this, this is just too much for me'."

Mariam reassured her that she could just watch.


The woman saw the water running, saw Mariam stroking her mum's hair and talking to her, offering prayers.

By the end of the whole process, the woman had taken over.

"I took a step back and watched her — with a lot of tears and a lot of emotion — go through each ritual in its entirety."

Mariam says seeing a daughter perform these last rites for her mother "as she's working through her emotions and coming to terms with her grief is such a powerful thing to witness".

She recalls many women who say, "I'm so grateful for the fact that I was able to honour my mother in that way," or "I was able to hold my sister one last time".

The 'very human touch' of burial
Muslim burial rituals have a "very human touch", says Professor Mohamad Abdalla, referring to the practice of men going down into a grave to lower a body in with their hands, sans coffin.

Mohamad is the director of the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education at the University of South Australia.

He explains that the body is positioned with the head facing Mecca, the traditional direction of prayer.

"With the soil of the grave they make a small pillow to lay his or her head," Mohamad says.


Three quarters of the way up the grave, small edges are carved out to hold several planks of wood.

"The soil is poured over the planks of wood, not touching the body of the deceased, essentially leaving about half a metre ... for the circulation of air for natural decomposition."

Muslim death ritual requires the body be buried as quickly as possible, which can be difficult in the event of a sudden death.

"It's an honour to bury the deceased within 24 hours," Mariam says.

She's referring to the belief that after death, the soul ascends and is given "the glad tidings of heaven".

When the two are reunited in burial, the soul shares that news with the body, remaining connected throughout the process.

Organ donation and autopsies can complicate the ritual and throw timing off.

"We do exercise our rights to object to an invasive post-mortem, as do other faiths and communities," Mariam explains.

"We believe that process is an undignified act."

However, there are alternatives for Muslims, for instance in the case of an unexplained or suspicious death, explains Mohamad.

"In the classical Islamic civilisation, autopsy was undertaken to understand the human body and blood circulation."

Beyond autopsy, medical procedures after death are technically allowed, because preservation of life is one of the most important objectives of Islamic law, Mohamad says.

He explains that as long as the donor or their family consents voluntarily, organs are not sold, and the organs are healthy, it is a highly virtuous act.


"But the minority viewpoint says a person has no right to dispose of their body as they wish, because it is a trust from God," he says.

Much of Mariam's energy is directed to increasing death literacy in the community — helping people become accustomed to the idea of dying.

She encourages the same open approach at home with her own children, in a "mother-daughter bonding exercise".

"I have cut my own [death] shroud, and I had my daughter by my side with the measuring tape saying, 'No mum, that's too short, we need to make it longer this way'."

'Five before five'
Mariam sees her job as an opportunity to serve God through caring for other people.

"When you're living the life of a Muslim, you're living between two states," she explains.

One of those refers to "fearing retribution or the accountability of your sins", and the other is "believing in the hope and mercy of God"


Mariam says she looks for the balance between the two.

It's a sense of purpose that leads to an understanding that "your actions have consequences, and that you're part of a larger social context".

A Muslim is encouraged "to take advantage of what's known as the five before five," she explains.

"Your health before sickness, your life before you're overcome with death, your free time before you become busy, your youth before your old age and your wealth before you become poor."

Mariam says Muslims' relationship with God is "underpinned by the understanding that God is the provider of infinite love, compassion and mercy".

But for a person to earn that favour, she or he must live a life that's conducive to those values.

In death, Mariam sees our final transition as a deeply communal responsibility, one that she is humbled to be part of.

She says she's glad her own encounter with a near-fatal accident showed her that she wasn't invincible.

Rather, it gave her a sense of purpose and meaning.

"I didn't find that in the world of the living — I found it in the world of the dead."




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Social media clears posts even after the Guardian reveals plot to control at least 21 far-right pages and spread disinformation


Facebook is telling users that Islamophobic posts distributed through a clandestine network of far-right pages meet its “community standards”, despite revelations they are being used as part of a coordinated scheme profiting from hate and disinformation.

The Guardian revealed on Friday that an Israel-based group had gained access to at least 21 far-right Facebook pages with vast followings across the western world.

The 21 pages were used to coordinate the distribution of more than a thousand “news” posts each week to more than 1m followers, spreading disinformation and hate targeting Muslims, promoting far-right politicians and vilifying prominent Muslim politicians.

The motive for the operation appears to be financial. The Facebook posts funnelled users to a cluster of ad-heavy websites, all controlled by a single entity.

After being presented with the Guardian’s findings, Facebook launched its own investigation and pulled down pages and accounts it says were spamming content for financial gain. Facebook said it did not tolerate hate speech on its platform.

But the Guardian has learned that, since the original story was published on Friday, Facebook has been telling users that dozens of the posts distributed through the network meet its community standards.

The posts cleared by Facebook include one on Australian Facebook page “Assimilate or Migrate” that falsely associates the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, with the quote “The killing of Jews by Hezbollah is not terrorism”. Another uses an altered image to depict Merkel with blood splattered on her hands and face alongside a story about Germany’s support for “pro-Hamas” resolutions at the United Nations.

A third post distorts news about child brides in Turkey to attack Muslims.

The posts were distributed across the network in a coordinated way and drive users back to the cluster of websites, milking the traffic for money.

One of Facebook’s core community standards is “authenticity”, which incorporates restrictions on “spam”, “inauthentic behaviour”, “false news” and “misrepresentation”.

But, despite this, Facebook told the users that the posts were acceptable. When asked why the posts were deemed acceptable, a spokesman said Facebook’s investigations into the Guardian’s revelations were ongoing.

“We’ve taken action on a number of pages and accounts, some of which were shared by The Guardian Australia, and we’ll continue to take action if we find any further violations,” he said.

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Sonny Bill Williams: 'I had to step up' after terror attacks


After the Christchurch terror attacks, Sonny Bill Williams knew he had to speak out.

The 34-year-old felt the responsibility not only because of his status as an All Black -- a star of New Zealand's esteemed rugby team -- but also as one of the country's most recognized Muslims.

Over 50 people were killed in March after a gunman opened fire in two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The shooter, Australian citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant, was motivated by anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideology.

"I was hurting, I know New Zealanders were hurting, Muslims were hurting, so I had to step up, I had to get into that space and be vulnerable," Williams, who recently announced he would be switching from rugby union to league having signed for the Toronto Wolfpack, told CNN Sport's Alex Thomas.

"Sometimes I didn't know what I was doing but I knew that I was trying to be positive and I think as New Zealanders we've really led the way in that space and talking about the elephant in the room."

At the time of the attack, Williams released an emotional message paying tribute to the victims, saying he was "deeply saddened that this would happen in New Zealand." He also visited survivors in hospital and attended a prayer meeting near Al Noor mosque where the attacks took place.

Williams converted to Islam in 2008 and says he wouldn't have achieved as much as he has as an athlete were it not for his faith.

"My soul was yearning for something, I didn't know what that was," he says, reflecting on the early days of his career.

"I was young I was, I guess, insecure. All I knew was rugby and rugby league. That game actually defined who I was. If I had a good game, I felt like I was a good person. If I had a bad game, I wouldn't want to leave the house.

"I think that's what Islam has given me. It's allowed me to be vulnerable enough to step into certain situations and environments and lead and thrive and put myself out there."

Pushing positivity
Williams, a two-time Rugby World Cup winner with the All Blacks, bowed out of rugby union after this year's competition in Japan.

One of the most successful cross-code athletes in sport, he's played league, union and sevens at the highest level, as well winning all seven of his heavyweight boxing fights.


Sonny Bill Williams and Ofa Tuungafasi say a prayer following New Zealand's Rugby World Cup semifinal.

With his move to Toronto to play in rugby league's 13-a-side format, Williams is thought to be the sport's highest-paid athlete having signed a two-year deal worth $10 million.

He has regularly featured in the Muslim 500 -- a list of the world's most influential Muslims -- alongside Liverpool and Egypt forward Mo Salah, Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba and UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov.

"Over time as I become more confident in the person, the man that I am, I think in today's society we've been taught to be embarrassed of Islam, to be embarrassed because of a few bad apples that are out there," said Williams.

"I'm not a politician, but I just do what I feel is right and I'm grateful and blessed that sport has allowed me to use that vehicle to push I guess a bit more positivity out there into the world."

Williams famously gave away his Rugby World Cup winners' medal to a fan who broke onto the pitch to hug the center, only to be tackled to the ground by a steward.

He ended his All Blacks career with a third-place finish at this year's World Cup having scored 13 tries in 58 appearances.

He now begins preparation for the new Super League season, where Toronto Wolfpack has recently earned promotion to the league mainly comprised of English teams. Toronto's first game is against Castleford on February 2.




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For female athletes who want full body coverage


Nike has launched its first modest swimwear collection, complete with waterproof hijab.

Following in the footsteps of Nike's Pro Hijab, which went on sale in 2017, the Victory Swim range includes a full-coverage swimsuit, swim hijab, a tunic top and leggings.

Both the swimsuit and tunic feature a built-in sports bra with perforated cups, while the hijab has an integrated mesh pocket that holds hair in place throughout underwater movement.

The designers of the collection drew inspiration from athletes such as Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari, the first in her sport to don the hijab in competition, who said of the range: "It doesn’t weigh you down, and it helped me swim better. It’s so different than any of the swimsuits I’ve ever seen, and I know I can wear this confidently.”

Nike's Creative Director, Martha Moore, said: “As we continue broadening our vision for innovation, we’re excited to inspire more women to see themselves in sport by thinking creatively and designing inclusively. To us, Nike Victory Swim Collection shows the power of innovation to invite all women to discover the joy of sport.”

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HANGING on the kitchen wall inside Mesut Ozil’s multi-million pound North London house is a framed letter from his beloved mum.

Mrs Gulizar Ozil hung it there herself shortly after he signed for Arsenal from Real Madrid for £42.5million six years ago.

It reads: “Mesut, don’t forget, in life you are a guest in this world, like all of us.

“God gifted you with a certain talent but he didn’t give you this just to take care of yourself.

“If you don’t share your wealth with people who are in need then you are not my son.

It explains why the Gunners’ £350,000-a-week Muslim superstar is on a personal crusade to help the world’s starving, sick and homeless.

In an exclusive SunSport interview, his trusted German super-agent, lawyer and teacher, Dr Erkut Sogut, lifts the lid on the secret life of one of the world’s richest footballers.

On his wedding day to former Miss Turkey, Amine Gulse, last summer, Ozil promised to finance 1,000 operations for needy kids across the globe.



“Then, during last year’s World Cup, he told me ‘I want to do this bigger. Let’s change the lives of 1,000 kids, let’s do 1,000 operations’.

“I said ‘This will cost you millions’. But he replied ‘If I don’t share my money now, when will I? And with whom?’

“Mesut came from a very poor background, with his mum doing two cleaning jobs a day. He knows what it means not to have anything.

“And he said ‘Look, Erkut, I earn so much, I can’t spend it all on myself, so I can give much more’.”

Ozil admitted: “As a footballer I am fortunate and in a privileged position. Amine and I will bear the expenses for surgeries of 1,000 children in need.”

His wedding day gift also included feeding an astonishing 100,000 homeless people at 16 refugee camps and shelters in Turkey and Syria.

Ozil, 31, paid for the meals, Sogut organised the massive take-away operation and the Red Cross delivered the grub to the sites.

Sogut, 39, added: “Mesut told me, ‘This is my wedding present to the world. Today, the food is on me’.

“It cost Mesut a huge amount of money that day. But it was something he was very passionate about.”

Ozil had previously donated his 2014 World Cup winnings — about £240,000 — to fund surgery for 23 sick Brazilian children in conjunction with the BigShoe charity.

Sogut has a prized video of some of the hungry in the Turkish capital, Ankara, sending Ozil heartfelt thank-you messages. He then revealed the contents of Mrs Ozil’s letter which has inspired his charity missions.

Last month the agent flew to Ozil’s parents’ Turkish birthplace, Devrek, where the Arsenal No 10 is building a five-storey football academy for the town.

Ozil is also working with children’s charity Rays of Sunshine and a Barnet hospice, while five of the 15 seats in his Emirates box are always reserved for charity.

Sogut said: “Mesut loves helping children. He became great friends with a kid who had terminal cancer. Tragically, Charlie died seven months ago and the boy’s death really affected him.”

As did the horrific attempted carjacking near his home in July.

Videos of Kolasinac fighting off one of the knife-wielding thugs went viral and Ozil admitted: “Sead was really brave.

“I was scared for my wife. We were worried these guys had been targeting us.”

Almost a year to the day earlier, Ozil had quit playing for Germany, citing the “racism and disrespect” he had suffered in his homeland over his Turkish roots.

Despite being born in the German town of Gelsenkirchen and winning 92 caps for his country, he was castigated after being photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London last May.

Ozil received hate mail and was blamed for Germany’s poor World Cup in Russia when they crashed out in the group stage.

He said: “I am German when we win but an immigrant when we lose. I no longer want to wear the German shirt.”

Ozil met Erdogan along with fellow German star, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, who is also of Turkish descent.

Many German politicians questioned Ozil’s loyalty to their country. But the Gunner insisted he would have been “disrespecting his ancestors’ roots” had he not posed for pictures, adding: “Is it because it is Turkey? Is it because I’m a Muslim?”

Sogut revealed the final straw came when the director of Ozil’s old school in Gelsenkirchen told him he was “no longer welcome at a planned event, despite paying for immigrant children’s education there for ten years”.

The agent added: “It was the main reason Mesut stopped playing for Germany.

“He told me, ‘If I am not even welcome at my own school how can I wear the national jersey?’ Whenever anyone asks him for help, he just gives.

“He has given jobs to seven of his childhood friends from Gelsenkirchen. They now work for him in Dusseldorf.

“His charitable work costs him millions but he earns millions so is happy to give back. I don’t know of another player who does it on this scale.

“But he doesn’t want to brag about it. Most Arsenal fans don’t care about these things anyway, just whether he is playing or not.”

Ozil has started both games under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg following Unai Emery’s sacking.

And Sogut, who has built Ozil a UK property portfolio to generate £100,000-a-month rental income when he retires, said: “Arsenal DNA is in Mesut’s blood. He loves the club.

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


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


What motivated you to start this project?

I come from a pretty areligious household. My father's Iranian, my mom is Irish-German. I essentially was introduced to Islam through the story of Malcolm X, even though I lived in a nominally Muslim family. Malcolm X’s journey as somebody who was a product of racist society, and his radical change while incarcerated, and then his mission to reform afterward, was an incredibly inspiring story to me. In 2008, I received an email from a Christian prison chaplain in North Dakota who was looking for pen pals for his Muslim inmates. He had found my email from when I was in the Muslim Students Association at the University of Arizona. I immediately thought this was kind of God's way of telling me I should look into this for my next documentary. So I went from writing with one guy in this prison to talking to a dozen incarcerated Muslims throughout the country.

In 2010, the project pivoted to be about reentry. As an independent filmmaker, I wasn't able to get any permission to go into any of the prisons where I had contacts. There's just too many institutional barriers. Then I was introduced to the Inner-City Muslim Action Network’s program. I was just absolutely taken aback by it.

What about Sadiq’s story and IMAN’s work compelled you?
Rami (Nashashibi, founder of IMAN) is such an electric, forward-thinking leader in our community and they have a really holistic model. I wanted to document the Green ReEntry program and all the ups and downs of this experience by following somebody coming directly from prison.

That opportunity came when Sadiq was released in 2013. I started documenting his journey until 2017 until he reached his parole date and he was a free citizen. Sadiq was really trusting in a documentary process — that can be really tough, especially for someone like him, a former leader in a gang, who had been through so much surveillance in the past.

What did you learn about the unique struggles of Muslim converts in prison?
Something fascinating about incarcerated Muslims is the systems that are built because of the Islamic teaching that exists within the prisons. One of my first subjects told me about how the Muslim community at that prison in North Dakota once stopped a large prison riot from happening by intervening between two rival gangs and paying the debt owed by one of the gangs. It felt incredibly prophetic. This group that was not directly involved in the conflict actually sacrificed from its own limited resources to prevent a war in prison.

Most people focus on the institutional barriers that plague people that are reentering society. That goes without being said. But there's an incredible amount of psychological damage that sometimes occurs to people that are incarcerated, and there needs to be a process of healing. Unfortunately, our communities on the outside are unequipped and sometimes can do damage to the emotional state of the men and women coming out. Many, many people suffer from PTSD from being on the inside and they have trouble being in groups. They can have trouble being in intimate, interpersonal relationships.

Sometimes people coming from prison are met with the cold shoulder. And they also have social expectations of Muslims — since they created such a strong bond inside of the prison, they expect these bonds will continue on the outside. What ends up happening is they see that in many Muslim American communities, people show up on Fridays for prayers, say, “Hi, how are you,” and then they go on their way. This can come as a shock to some Muslims that are coming home.

One of the things that’s special about IMAN’s model is it creates a home and programming in which men and women who have a shared experience can gather for prayers, service projects, for taleem, or educational circles. Those are all very familiar spaces — programs that helped save these men and women from the horrors of prison. You have to continue those spaces in order to allow people to flourish.

Speaking of the damage Muslim communities can inflict — can you talk a bit about the stigmatization formerly incarcerated people face among Muslims?
Race plays an important role. The prison-industrial complex does more harm to black and Latino communities. So many of those that are coming home are black Muslims, and there is already a stigma toward black Muslims in the larger Muslim community. Racial issues can magnify even more the fact that somebody is also formerly incarcerated.

Sometimes community members are literally afraid, because they say that this person is potentially violent or they’re potentially going to try to steal from the community. Every move is suspicious. If something goes missing, the first person that's going to get looked at and scrutinized is probably the formerly incarcerated brothers and sisters. They have preconceived notions of criminality of people coming home.

Sometimes there’s a cultural barrier, if it’s not a mosque that is centered around or is led by African American Muslims, and misunderstandings can take place between immigrant communities and black American Muslims. Those are all compounding factors that lead to disenchantment with the Muslim community.

When somebody comes home from prison, generally there's no system in place at all to help those brothers and sisters. You need a place to stay and money for groceries. You need help getting your ID and medical care and finding a job or getting into a job skills program. But our communities, nine times out of 10, have no systems to facilitate that. I hope from this film the Muslim American community can see how important those systems are — and how beneficial the experience and the spirit of men and women coming home can be to our own communities.

We talk about Malcolm X being this icon, and we kind of place him up on a shelf, but every day we have people like him coming home. What are we doing to empower them? What are we doing for them, so that ultimately they can come and they can help us in a meaningful way?






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The 2020 Muslim 500








“The greeting of peace – as-salamu ‘alaykum – has many meanings. One of these meanings is that the person you are greeting will be safe from you -from your tongue, your heart, and your hand- and that you will not transgress against that person with your words or your deeds. This greeting is also a prayer for peace, safety, mercy and blessings. We should take those noble meanings, which we so often say with our tongues, and make them our way of life in our dealings with other people.”

“You cannot call yourself patient until you are willing and able to bear things that you have no wish to bear.”

22 million – followers on Twitter and Facebook

2017 CE the year he was arrested.


Salman Al-Ouda

Saudi Scholar and Educator


A leading Saudi sheikh, Salman Al-Ouda is a former hard-line cleric turned advocate of peaceful co- existence. He became hugely influential due to his innovative reach in the Muslim World propagated via and his persistent efforts at ministering to the needs of the global Muslim community. In September 2017, Al-Ouda was arrested by Saudi authorities along with twenty other Saudi clerics for Tweets that were seen as offensive to the State. He is still imprisoned (including months of solitary confinement) and awaiting trial.

Key Scholar of Salafi Network: Sheikh Salman Al-Ouda is a leading scholar of the Salafi movement having notable influence in the movement due to his use of multiple modes of education (the Internet, audiovisual media, and print) to educate the large body of Salafi Muslims in the Islamic sciences. Sheikh Al-Ouda’s website brings together a diverse range of Islamic scholars and educators to provide guidance in Islamic thought. He was imprisoned between 19941999 for calling for reforms within the country, but softened his stance upon release. He is identified with the Sahwa movement, calling for peaceful political reform, more role for the clergy in politics and an opposition to western troops based in the peninsula. His hugely influential website,—a Saudi-funded website dedicated to providing Islamic educational resources in English, Arabic, French and Chinese, seems to have been shut down. He was active on social media until his arrest and still has 22 million followers.

Ambassador of Non-violence: In an effort to distance himself from alleged connections to perpetrators of terrorism, Al-Ouda is outspoken about the importance of inculcating love and mercy as opposed to violence (except in valid cases of self-defence) in the daily lives of Muslims. As a prominent member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, he led the delegation in talks with Arab heads of state regarding the need for them to unite in opposition to Israel’s siege of Gaza in early 2009. He has strongly condemned da’ish. He also called for peace and unity between members of the GCC and Qatar.

Arrested on Charges Against the State: Al-Ouds was arrested in September 2017 and charged for what ostensibly seems to be nothing more than tweets urging Saudi and Qatar to end a diplomatic rift. He had earlier voiced concerns about Saudi’s human rights record, but perhaps his true crime has been not to publicly endorse and support the recent changes happening in Saudi. Al-Ouda has been held in punishing conditions, often in solitary confinement and detained incommunicado.

Unjust Arrest: With the public prosecutor calling for the maximum penalty to be implemented, there have been serious fears that Al-Ouda could be executed at any time. The latest hearing was due on July 28, but has now been postponed to December. There has been outcry from a whole range of organisations about what is seen as a grossly unjust imprisonment, trial and possible sentence. The International Union of Muslim Scholars, the European Muslim Forum and Amnesty International have all called on the Saudi government to hold a fair trial or release Al-Ouda and his two compatriots; Sheikh Ali al-Omari and Sheikh Awad al-Qarni.





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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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The men of the Merchant Navy were “men of service” who would often become front-line fighters, even though they had no official uniforms and bravely crossed the seas at great risk to themselves.


Australia’s Merchant Navy provided the nation’s commercial shipping lifeline, hospital ships, transport for munitions, troop supplies, materials for ship building, and whatever else was needed to support the country’s war effort.


During World War II, they were at just as much risk as Royal Australian Navy warships.


They were attacked not only in distant waters, but also within sight of the Australian coastline while traversing much-frequented trade routes.


During World War II, Muslim seamen gathered in the Eastern Seamen’s Club, which was established in Fremantle under the auspices of the Missions to Seamen.


In the club, “there was a fascination about ethnic diversity of seamen” from the East.


The club was formed to meet the needs of accommodation, food and entertainment for many hundreds of seamen from Eastern countries when their ships harboured in the port.


The Mission to Seamen acquired a two-storey building in Fremantle to serve as a “home-away-from-home” for seamen.


It included an Oriental room, a separate dining room and bedrooms, a kitchen arranged for Muslim meals according to Islamic dietary laws and an Eastern garden.


The club was furnished throughout, with separate quarters for officers, petty officers and seamen.


It had a hostel that welcomed men irrespective of their creed or colour.


At the club’s opening, the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir James Mitchell, unveiled a commemorative tablet, declaring:

I hope this club will be a comfort to all Eastern seamen who enter it.


We should be grateful to the committee of the Missions to Seamen for providing such a fine home away from home for Eastern seamen who have risked their lives for us.

Transport is of the utmost importance especially during wartime and we shall never forget the merchant seamen for their splendid work.








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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....


India is not really a country. It is a continent. More complex and diverse, with more languages—780 at last count, excluding dialects—more nationalities and sub-nationalities, more indigenous tribes and religions than all of Europe. Imagine this vast ocean, this fragile, fractious, social ecosystem, suddenly being commandeered by a Hindu supremacist organization that believes in a doctrine of One Nation, One Language, One Religion, One Constitution.

I am speaking here of the the RSS, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, founded in 1925—the mothership of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Its founding fathers were greatly influenced by German and Italian fascism. They likened the Muslims of India to the “Jews of Germany,” and believed that Muslims have no place in Hindu India. The RSS today, in typical RSS chameleon-speak, distances itself from this view. But its underlying ideology, in which Muslims are cast as treacherous permanent “outsiders,” is a constant refrain in the public speeches of BJP politicians, and finds utterance in chilling slogans raised by rampaging mobs. For example: “Mussalman ka ek hi sthan—Kabristan ya Pakistan” (Only one place for the Muslim—the graveyard, or Pakistan). In October this year, Mohan Bhagwat, the supreme leader of the RSS, said, “India is a Hindu Rashtra”—a Hindu nation. “This is non-negotiable.”

That idea turns everything that is beautiful about India into acid.

For the RSS to portray what it is engineering today as an epochal revolution, in which Hindus are finally wiping away centuries of oppression at the hands of India’s earlier Muslim rulers, is a part of its fake-history project. In truth, millions of India’s Muslims are the descendants of people who converted to Islam to escape Hinduism’s cruel practice of caste.

If Nazi Germany was a country seeking to impose its imagination onto a continent (and beyond), the impetus of an RSS-ruled India is, in a sense, the opposite. Here is a continent seeking to shrink itself into a country. Not even a country, but a province. A primitive, ethno-religious province. This is turning out to be an unimaginably violent process.




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By Amber Kamran



It sounds refreshing, but practically very difficult in this busy world with technology, devices and stress around us.

If you are already have a job, then it’s a must to avail your holiday break. If you are still a searcher, then November may be the month of the highest probability for job availability or the highest job rejections might be received to some applicants in this month. In both cases, you deserve a break and planning is the key behind every successful action. These tips might help you unwind for a new start early next year.

1- Switch off technology:
This one is really difficult but more important for your brain. If you can’t do it for the whole day, then at least limit your use and stop it completely between 6pm to 6 am. Turn off notifications and bells during the day. You will see the difference within a day.

2- Spend time with family and friends:
Many deals are in nowadays, grab deals for dinner or lunch or make it at home with new recipe from Coles, Woolworths and Aldi.

3- Enjoy sports activities:
Cricket is on the top these days just check in at the Gabba stadium, or take part in other sports as there is no season for Soccer, Skating, Cycling, Swimming, simply just going out for a run etc.

4- Discover nature by either a bush walks or day at beach, fishing and boating.
Researchers from Stanford University found that walking in nature reduced feelings of anxiety and increased positive thoughts. Yet another group of researchers from the Universities of Utah and Kansas found that spending time in nature can boost problem-solving ability and creativity by +50%. (Source

5- Make up with pending hobby and lost target.
Work on your incomplete paintings, art work, written draft and compete it to start your 2020 with sense off achievement. You can memorise a new Surah and learn Quran with its meaning, as many of us kept this target in mind but couldn’t achieve it due to our busy schedules.

“Resting the mind and body can lead to new ideas and bring solutions to problems” (Quoted by: Jane McNeill- Hays).

You can perform better after taking a break, if you have created some other interesting ways to unwind, I would love to know about it. Please share your ideas!!



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The World Muslim Communities Council 2019

By Nadia Saeed




Never in a million years would I have ever thought I’d have the opportunity to represent the Australian community on an International platform. Allah SWT has blessed me in so many ways. What a way to end the year.

Today I had the chance to speak in front of 200 leaders from around the world about my leadership journey and the importance of empowering young leaders with the guidance of our elders. I sat alongside some of the most inspirational young leaders who are shaping our future for the better.

Many a times young people like myself are told that we are the future of tomorrow. But the future is now! Let the young leaders be part of the change & create solutions for the current issues which our Ummah is facing. Let us work together with our elders to build our communities and work with people of all religions and races.

Over the past 4 days I have connected with so many extraordinary people whom I have really learnt so much from & I have no doubt that Inshallah I will use that knowledge to the best of my ability.


Mufti Zeeyad Ravat, Prof Shahjahan Khan and Ms Nadia Saeed


A massive thank you to the team involved in organising this conference in Abu Dhabi. It has been one of the most interesting platforms. Mufti Zeeyad Ravat and Imam Ashraf, thank you both from the bottom of my heart for your guidance and encouragement through this journey. You have both taught me so much not only about Islam but about myself and for that I am forever grateful. Dina Ghaznavi spoke today about the importance of accepting your identity and her journey to find who she was. You are truly such an inspirational women who does so much for our community. Massive shoutout to everyone at Islamic Council of Queensland for allowing me a bigger platform to connect with even more people and giving me the chance to create initiatives for our community.

I have said this many times but I would like to say it again. Any achievement or award which I receive is not only mine but to a community of people who have worked alongside me, inspired and taught me every step for the way. Without you all I would not be where I am today!

To my family and close friends, you are constantly in my heart. You know who all you are. You are there every single time and pick me up every time I fall. I really wish you could have been here today to see me on stage, I really missed you all today. I love you all so much.

To the youth of Australia, anytime you are told that you aren’t good enough or your voice won’t be heard. Prove those people wrong and follow your heart speak out loud & make the change. Allah SWT will always be by your side & that is all you need.   



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How Hollywood has failed Muslim Women




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How to explain Shariah










Prophet Muhammad's last speech










Who Is Aisha? | Lesley Hazleton




She's been called quick-witted, tart-tongued, daring, headstrong, assertive—take your pick. Just about everywhere you look in the historical accounts of early Islam, there's Aisha, front and centre—even leading an army ten-thousand strong into battle. In this short video, Lesley Hazleton, a writer and psychologist, gives us a glimpse into the extraordinary life of a woman whose brilliance, courage, and leadership continue to inspire us today.  




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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.”

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Singing Bamba’s praises

Bamba is honoured on Aug. 9 in Raleigh, North Carolina and on Aug. 11 in Atlanta, Georgia, and his praises are sung around the world. This is the 30th year of Ahmadou Bamba celebrations on July 28 in New York.

Last year, the day devoted to the Senegalese mystic was an occasion for reflection on the Sufi’s contributions at the United Nations General Assembly. Senegalese leaders and intellectuals, including Diagne, spoke of the Mourides’ positive influence on economics, society, and development. Addressing the assembly, Thomas Walsh, chairman of the Universal Peace-builders Foundation, a global nonprofit working on development initiatives, expressed his admiration as well, saying:

To restore our world and build a world of enduring, lasting peace, there must be widespread collaboration and partnership. Governments, UN member states alone, cannot achieve this goal…Organizations such as the Mouride Sufi Brotherhood play a necessary and essential role in creating peace and stability in our communities, societies and nations.

You too have likely heard Bamba’s praises sung, though you may not have known it. The internationally acclaimed Senegalese musician Youssou N’dour is a Mouride, for example, and his devotion is the inspiration behind his songs. He describes the teachings as follows, “Mouridism is for me two paths—one is the way to God, the other path is the doctrine of work and dignity.”




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Protests erupt as India looks to block citizenship for Muslims    



INDIA: Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government offered a controversial bill in Parliament that would give citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from three neighbouring countries.

Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the lower house amid raucous debate on Monday. Opposition parties stood against the proposed law that would, for the first time, create a legal pathway to grant Indian nationality on the basis of religion.

The bill was originally introduced in 2016 during the Modi government's first term but lapsed after protests and an alliance partner's withdrawal. It proposes to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who came to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan before 2015.

Oppositions politicians inside Parliament, and protesters in several Indian cities, said the bill discriminated against Muslims and violated India's secular constitution.

Shah and Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which had included the CAB as part of its manifesto in the last general election, insist that it is necessary.

"In these three countries, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians, followers of these six religions have been tormented," Shah said, before the bill was tabled after a vote.

But protesters returned to the streets in Assam - one of India's remote north-eastern states that had previously opposed the bill - and blocked roads, burnt tyres and painted walls with slogans against the new proposal.

Student groups called for dawn-to-dusk shutdown in four districts of the state. Shops, businesses, educational and financial institutions remained shut and public transport stayed off the roads.

"We will fight and oppose the bill till the last drop of our blood," All Assam Students' Union adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said, underlining the region's resistance against migrants amid fears that tens of thousands of settlers from neighbouring Bangladesh would gain citizenship.

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









Sales and Contracts in Early Islamic Commercial Law



Abdullah Alwi Haji Hassan







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.








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Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
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English Translation of the Qur'an
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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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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:
The Dangers Of Personalising Everything

Are you easily affected by people’s words? Do you retaliate and give a nasty comeback? Do you find that sometimes people’s comments are able to ruin your mood and frustrate you? Do their words play in your mind over and over, affecting you for the rest of the day or week?

When you operate on a reactionary mode, your default setting is to react. Anything that is said to you and done to you, no matter how small, will trigger you in some way so that you produce a reaction. Most times, these reactions are in the form of damaging thoughts. These thoughts can play over and over in your mind and slowly you begin to accept them as your reality. Assumptions about yourself and others are formed in your mind as a result of these recurring damaging thoughts.

These reactions from you perpetuate your habit of personalising everything that happens to you and around you. You become sensitive to even a harmless comment. I struggled with this for years. Even a simple comment like, “You look tired” was enough to make me feel useless and a failure. I was taking everything as a personal attack and felt that I had to constantly defend myself. My reactions ranged from aggressive outbursts to passive-aggressive gestures. I lost faith in goodness in people, thinking that everyone was critical about everything I did and no one was ever acknowledging my hard work.

I failed to understand that the only one attacking me was me. The only one critical of me was me. The only one doubting my abilities was me. All because I had chosen to personalise external factors and allow them to shape my reality. I was completely disconnected from my internal compass, my intuition.

ALLAH has blessed you with a mind with immense potential. You have the ability to use your mind and become aware of these damaging thoughts the moment they begin to occur. Once you do, you will shift from the default setting of reactions and begin operating from the mode of response. This mode requires you to understand that what is said to you by people and what is done to you by people is only one aspect of your life. HOW YOU RESPOND TO THESE WORDS AND ACTIONS governs how your life unfolds.

How To Respond To Triggers
ALLAH has blessed you with a mind to articulate your response in any situation where you are being triggered, by doing the following:

1. Pause
2. Breathe
3. Listen
4. Observe your body while someone is speaking to you. Is it getting hot, sweaty, muscles are tightening, heart palpitations, shallow breathing, heavy breathing, forehead frowning, nose squinting, eyes narrowing? By observing these body sensations, you will raise your awareness that these sensory manifestations are your physical signs to guide you on choosing the appropriate response.
5. Make the choice to remove yourself from the triggering situation.
6. Understand that other people’s words and actions have nothing to do with your purpose in life.
7. Find a quiet space and breathe deeply. Drink water to hydrate yourself during these few moments of silence.
8. Close your eyes and spend some quiet moments thanking ALLAH for giving you strength to choose calm over aggression.

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: With mangoes so plentiful at the moment here is a great recipe for lassi.  


Mango Lassi




1 1/3 cups full cream greek yoghurt
1 ½ cups chopped mango
1/3 cup cold milk
4 tbsp honey
A pinch of crushed cardamom (elachi) powder
½ cup crushed ice

  1. Mix In a blender container, add the ingredients in the order listed.

  2. Process on high until the mixture is smooth and even. (depending on the consistency you desire, you may need to add water)

  3. Sprinkle with ground elachi (cardamom)

Note: If you don’t have crushed ice, you can alternatively use frozen mango instead of fresh. You can also make this recipe without any ice if you prefer.

The lassi is a refreshing smoothie-style drink of yoghurt, which is often served alongside curries to cool the palate, or just whenever it’s needed to beat the heat.



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“Chicken Dum Biriyani”






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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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Kickstart your MOVEment


• Set your alarm for 30mins earlier and get out for a morning walk / jog
• Opt to use the stairs rather than the lift / escalator
• Bike it
• Get off the bus a few stops earlier & walk a few blocks
• Catch up for a walk in the park BEFORE the coffee
• Enlist a workout-buddy
• Reframe your thoughts – Tell yourself you CAN
• Get out and MOVE!!
• N-JOY!


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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin was on the operating table awaiting a complicated heart surgery on him and he insisted that his daughter-in-law, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation.

As he was about to get the anaesthesia, he spoke to his daughter-in-law.

'Yes, Dad, what is it?'

'Don't be nervous dear. Do your best and just remember, if something happens to me, your mother-in-law will come and live with you.'

The surgery was a great success.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Verily We shall give life to the dead, and We record that which they send before and that which they leave behind, and of all things have We taken account in a clear Book [of evidence].


~ Surah Ya-Sin 36:12


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"Those who can make you believe in absurdities

can make you commit atrocities"



~ Voltaire




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I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.


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Got a wedding, party, work function or special event? Gives us a call 0410 045 884 to personally tailor your menu. 100% industry approved & food safe.

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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.


For more information contact the numbers on the flyer.



















































Kuraby Masjid Needs YOU!

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.

Please go to the following website to register your interest:

If you would like to assist the Masjid in any other capacity, please contact us as per the details on our website.


































































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(07) 3272 8071 OR 0401 971 471



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Donations & Appeals





We speak your Language | MAA International







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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14 March



1st National Conference 2020. "Environmental Crisis and Our Obligations to Act: Teachings from Islam and Abrahamic Faith Traditions"

  Griffith University Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue 0413 067 160  


23 March





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1441



10 April(tentative)




(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1441



25 April(tentative)




(Start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1441



21 May(tentative)




(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1441



25 May(tentative)




(End of the month of fasting)

1st Shawal 1441



31 July(tentative)




(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1441



1 August (tentative)




10th Zil-Hijja 1441



21 August(tentative)




(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1442



30 August (tentative)




10th Muharram 1442



30 October





(Birth of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1442




1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr - these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040















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Useful Links




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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

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

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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


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