EST. 2004


Sunday 22 December 2019 | Issue 0789



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




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






Muslim mates 10-hour round trips to cook for bushfire victims The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column
Hurricane Stars Club roundup of the year CCNTube The CCN Chuckle
Cottrell loses appeal against conviction Back to the Future with CCN The CCN Food for Thought
MAA CEO resigns Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

On Australia Wide with Sinead Mangan

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Plastering pictures of high achieving students

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Academy Alive Update: The Ultimate Vision

 The CCN Classifieds

UK's Royal Derby Hospital: Disposable sterile hijabs introduced

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


SHE sharing stories

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Queensland Atlas of Religion: Four PhD Scholarships

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Community Programs Trainee with Brisbane Lions

Keeping Fit with Kareema

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Brisbane Team down in SA to help with drought relief Donations & Appeals Disclaimer
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The 2020 Muslim 500 


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Yesterday (Saturday), 200,000kgs of hay bales was delivered by Muslim Aid Australia in South Australia to drought affected farmers in Peterborough and the Upper mid-North region of SA.


In what was one of the biggest drops of hay bales that SA has ever witnessed, 15 trucks delivered over 570 hay bales.


This is part of an ongoing drought relief operations, and specifically for the farmers in South Australia who have been severely affected the past 3 years.

This project was made possible with the help and co-operation of the Islamic Society of South Australia (ISSA), Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Deen Family, Helping SA Farmers (HSAF) and a number of donors and supporters.






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Belal Shmait, Talal Kanj, Jawad Nabouche, Huseyin Jasli came back to cook at the Willawarrin Fair.


Four Muslim men have driven from Sydney to northern New South Wales for a second time to put on a barbecue for bushfire victims.

The builders by trade travelled about six hours from their homes in Auburn in Western Sydney to be at the first get-together for the community of Willawarrin, which has been devastated by the recent fires.

After the fires hit, the men surprised Kempsey locals by just turning up at the evacuation centre with the barbecue, but this time they were happy to come back to cook for Willawarrin's fair.

Leaving just before six o'clock in the morning, Jawad Nabouche and his mates drove north on the Pacific Highway with a ute loaded with about 30 kilos of sausages and 30 boxes of water and all the utensils and equipment they needed to cook a barbecue.

"It's the least we can do, to try help the community and help everybody up here and put a smile on everybody's faces," Mr Nabouche said.

"We can't fight fires but we can put a barbecue on."


Jawad Nabouche and his friends brought 30 kilos of sausages to cook.

Our adopted people'
Kempsey Shire Council Mayor Liz Campbell recalled how the men "just arrived" one Saturday morning.

"At that stage, the roads were cut but we had to wait to be able to get through and we came up to the pub and they put on this fabulous barbecue and became part of the Willawarrin community," Cr Campbell said.
She said that support meant "everything to us now".

"When you're down you need that support to keep you up," Cr Campbell said.

"They've become part of Willawarrin, they're our adopted people."


The builders by trade downed tools for the day to be at the Willawarrin Fair.

Locals 'gobsmacked'
Maree Tyme, who lost fences in the fires but not her home, said it was "amazing" the amount of people who have come to support the fire victims at Willawarrin.

"You see it in other places with different things that happen in life but to happen in your own little hometown that I grew up in, born and bred here, it's just amazing to get support from outside communities," Ms Tyme said.

"They literally brought everything besides the kitchen sink and the barbecue.

"It's a beautiful gift to give to our little village and there are lots of fire-affected people here and around us who have lost their home."

The Mayor said many residents were in need of a morale boost like this.

"We've got families in Willawarrin with children who have lost everything, they've lost their home, they've lost all their childhood stuff and that's hard for kids," Cr Campbell said.

"For them to come up from Sydney, bring all their own stuff, all their equipment, they come up, cooked us food and went home and they didn't know any of us," he said.

"It's been daunting and mind-blowing the amount of support that I've got from all the community. It's been great, really."

Tania and her husband, who married a week before the devastating fires, stayed and fought the fire.

Their house was saved but their property was burnt all the way around.


"Everyone was just gobsmacked and just so overwhelmed that they did that for us, they're beautiful people," she said.




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Last weekend the Hurricane Stars Club had it’s first annual general meeting since incorporating as a not-for-profit organisation in 2018. The committee met and discussed their programs over the past 18 months with a great sense of achievement.


There is a common myth that the Hurricane Stars Club is a government funded organisation but it is not. It receives no funding from the government except of a few small grants to run specific programs like a workshop for mental health week or on cyberbullying. The Hurricane Stars Club is run completely by hard working volunteers who receive no payment for their positions or roles coordinating our activities. Our volunteers give up their own time to plan, organise and run the activities with no reimbursement for their time or petrol. We only charge participants cost price for the activities to help to cover costs. In the beginning of 2019, we opened our own centre so that we can run consistent activities to benefit the community. We share the space with mental health counsellor Kholoud Abdulla. Our volunteers hold a Bunnings BBQ once a month to raise money to pay our share of the rent and expenses. All of our fundraising goes completely towards covering our activity costs, so that our activities remain low cost for the community.



We are proud of the programs we have been able to create and run successfully over the past 18 months. One of our major focuses has been to develop a wide variety of programs to engage women in physical activity. We started and continue to run ladies only fitness, Pilates, aqua aerobics and soccer skills classes and a ladies walking group in Karawatha Forest. We ran fitness classes after school at the Islamic College of Brisbane(ICB) for mothers, students and staff. We organised adventurous activities for ladies to challenge themselves like indoor and outdoor rock climbing, abseiling, surfing and kayaking. We were chosen by Logan City Council to train female sports coaches in soccer, volleyball and netball.

The cornerstone of our program is our unique ladies only (and now men only also) swimming program. It is the only ladies only program in Brisbane that gives women a safe female only space to swim. Our proudest achievement is that for the past 3 years that we have been running this program, we have changed the lives of 100’s of women by teaching them how to swim. Our program has been successful because of the dedication of our volunteer staff, we receive no commission from the pool but we keep the price at a low at cost price for the participants. The success of our swimming program was even mentioned in the Queensland Parliament by Minster Cameron Dick and we have been chosen by Metro South Queensland Health to train community members as swimming instructors and we have successfully trained 7 qualified female instructors over the past year.

The other successful programs that we have started over the past year is an Islamic Playgroup, monthly social gatherings for sisters, Quran, Arabic and fiqh classes. We run regular activities for kids in the school holidays, including partnering with Brisbane City Council to run activities for the community for Youth Week 2019. We have run a variety of workshops for parents, including a highly successful workshop on the dangers of computer gaming. We run the Be Connected program to teach digital computer literacy skills to people over 50 years old. We partnered with the Muslim Charitable Foundation to host iftars for ladies during Ramadan and we partnered with Muslim Aid to run Ramadan activities for children in Underwood Marketplace. We have enjoyed successfully partnering with a wide variety of community members and organisations over the past 18 months to do a variety of programs for the community.



We have organised 5 major community events in the past 18 months. We had two highly successful mother and daughter events - a high tea at Stanford Plaza and a dinner at IWAA. We had a movie night at ICB for the only showing in Brisbane of the Bilal: A New Breed of Hero film. We arranged for the Zaky and Friends Show to come to Brisbane, doing shows at the Islamic schools, visiting the local madressas and doing a weekend show for the community. Our biggest event was a family fun day at ICB for child protection week that was attended by 1000 people who enjoyed a variety of stalls and rides. Our other biggest achievement for the year was to successfully created Brisbane’s only Muslim scout group called the Muslim Crescent Scouts. It took 10 months of meetings, paperwork and training to finally start in October 2019. We have 3 scout sections – cubs(7-10 years old), scouts(11-14 years old) and venturers (15-18 years old), who meet every Sunday afternoon and do a variety of fun activities.

We look forward to continuing our regular activities and the starting of our exciting new youth program and many more programs next year inshallah. We love working with other community organisations and members. If a community organisation or member has skills or knowledge they would like to share with the community or has a program idea we are happy to support you, if we can. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to find out about all our upcoming programs.



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Far-right extremist Blair Cottrell, who was found guilty of inciting hatred, contempt and ridicule of Muslims, told reporters he was broke.


Judge upholds religious vilification conviction and says 2017 beheading of dummy was calculated to promote ‘demeaning stereotyping’

Far-right extremist Blair Cottrell has lost his appeal against a conviction for religious vilification, with a judge finding a 2017 stunt in which he beheaded a dummy to protest against a proposed mosque in Victoria was “calculated to promote rank and demeaning stereotyping of Muslims”.

On Thursday the chief judge of the Victorian county court, Peter Kidd, dismissed the former United Patriots Front leader’s appeal against the conviction, saying he did not believe that Cottrell had not intended to incite hatred, contempt and ridicule of Muslims with the stunt.

“I reject completely the many explanations advanced by the appellant that this was not directed to engendering extreme feelings about Muslims in general,” Kidd said in his judgment.

“His explanations smack of a manufactured post facto rationalisation and are lacking in credibility. I do not believe the appellant.”

Kidd said Cottrell’s argument that the stunt was “intended to be humorous” was “lacking in all credibility” and was “patently disingenuous”.

“I have concluded, beyond reasonable doubt, that it was the appellant’s intention to incite these extreme feelings against Muslims because of their religious beliefs,” Kidd found.

“That is, that the appellant intended that the strong feelings be stirred up in his target audience, towards Muslims, because of the religious beliefs of Muslims.”

Outside the court on Thursday, Cottrell told reporters he was broke.

“My bank account’s been closed down, my PayPal account has been closed down,” he said. “The fact that I’m at court now wearing a suit is a miracle.”

Cottrell was found guilty of inciting hatred, contempt and ridicule of Muslims after making a video beheading a dummy in protest of a Bendigo mosque in 2017.

Cottrell, Neil Erikson and Christopher Neil Shortis were convicted and fined over the beheading video, involving a dummy made of pillows and red liquid squirting from its head.

One of the group wore an imitation of a Muslim head covering while one or more shouted “Allahu Akbar”.

The video also showed the group chanting “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” while carrying and driving around with flags.

Cottrell had his previous magistrates court conviction reinstated and he was fined $2,000 by the county court on Thursday.

During the case Cottrell’s lawyer, John Bolton, had argued his client had been protesting against local government and not Muslims. But Kidd said in his judgment that while the stunt was filmed outside the Bendigo council building it did not “cure the vilification intended”.

“The fact that [Cottrell] may have wanted to incite extreme feelings against Muslims [because of their religion] for a political purpose to attend a political rally, does not cure the vilification intended,” Kidd said in his judgment.

“That is, even if the ends were political, the means remain vilifying. Having a political end is not a defence to the charge. The prohibition does not provide such a justification or excuse. Finally, I do not accept the appellant’s bare denial in his evidence that he did not intend to stir up strong feelings. It does sit with the weight of all of the other evidence.”

The Guardian



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MAA CEO resigns





Shayhk Hassan Elsetohy


Muslim Aid Australia CEO, Shayhk Hassan Elsetohy, resigned effective 31 December 2019.

The MAA Board wrote:

Shayhk Hassan has been the critical element in the success and performance of MAA over the last 8 years. The organisation will miss his unwavering commitment to the mission of MAA and his dedicated and world-class approach to all aspects of the not-for-profit and NGO environment. Most of all we will miss his passion for helping those who need it most.

We would like to thank Shayhk Hassan for all the achievements he has made. His achievements are numerous but some of the key ones include:

• Achieving double-digit growth for every year of his leadership.
• Achieving DFAT and ACFID accreditation and recognition industry-wide as being a leader in processes and planning in the NFP space.
• Creating parallel support programs in times of crisis and sustainable lifecycle development programs aimed to reduce long term poverty and distress.
• Overseeing the growth of the organisation from 7 staff to over 30.

We would again like to thank Shayhk Hassan for his efforts and commitment which have been unwavering and his implementation of class-leading programs and processes for MAA. This has made MAA a better organisation and charity for the future. We wish him every good in his future endeavours and we believe his contribution to the NFP & NGO space has only just begun. His ability to help and educate the sector is going to be something we will continue to learn and benefit from.


Shayhk Hassan Elsetohy has delivered the Friday lecture and kuthbah at the Kuraby Mosque on a number of occasions over the past years.


Shayhk Hassan Elsetohy posted on Facebook the following message:

Assalamou Alykom dear stakeholders of MAA, first of all I would like thank all of you for the wonderful support I was privileged to have throughout the almost 8-years in my role as the CEO of MAA. Every beginning has an end! It was a hard decision, and with mixed feelings, I am writing this public statement to inform you that my last day in MAA will be the 31st of December 2019.

The journey has been, both really, enjoyable and challenging. However, to describe it in one sentence, it was “Going from strength to strength, based on ethical, moral and professional principles”. It was almost a dream to build a faith-inspired charity that truly combines the best of the two worlds, the world-class professional corporate way of management and the ethical, transparent, responsible and moral values.

The results speak for themselves, and after achieving such amazing results, with my wonderful team and all stakeholders of the organisation, I feel my job is done, and it is time to move on to another endeavours that fall in the core of my passion. I am leaving behind a truly transparent, trustworthy and professional NGO.

As for the future, I will be focusing on a number of initiatives, mainly developing the next-generation model of not-for-profit (NFP) and charity organisations, consulting to the NGO sector to help them reach the optimal operating models, and Permaculture consulting. I will be consulting to a number of NGOs sharing my experience with them and other experts in the field to raise the efficiency and effectiveness of the sector.

For the past eight years, I saw the NFP sector evolving considerably, and I believe the sector is at a stage where it is ready, and actually needs, a new innovative business model to be able to perform its role optimally along-side both the for-profit and the government sectors. That business model is clear in my eyes with all aspects of its canvas, such as supply chain, resources, channels, frameworks, technology, sustainability, environment and partnerships to mention a few. The day-to-day hectic and complex operations prevented me to progress finalising this model and actually writing it. I will now have the time to do so, and most importantly test it.

I would like to thank my team, MAA board, donors & consultants, ACFID, the ACNC, DFAT and all stakeholders for the wonderful support, and wish all the best



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Dealing with Islamaphobia in the bush

Fourth generation sugar cane farmer Alma Mohammed lives in Gordonvale, outside of Cairns in far north Queensland.


They are the only Muslim family in the small town.


Her family has been in Australia for more than 100 years but that does not protect her from racist slurs telling her to "go back to where you come from".


She is not alone.


A major study from Charles Sturt University has found woman wearing head coverings are the most common targets of Islamaphobic incidents in Australia.


Ellisa Parker lives outside of Toowoomba.


She and her two young children have been experienced harassment in her community.


She says things have been worse since the Christchurch mosque shootings.



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Striving to be the world’s most EMPOWERING and most OBTAINABLE provider of Islamic Education on Demand.

Academy Alive studios in Underwood, is now delivering, accessible Islamic education content directly into the homes of Muslims around Australia through online engagement. Empowering each Australian Muslim with their ULTIMATE goal, connect to the words of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

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We all know sheikh Shady Alsuleiman as the founder of Australia’s largest youth centre, and president of Islamic governing body, Australian National Imaams Council.

Real Talk Podcast delved into the life of Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman. From the early years, his desire to seek knowledge at a young age, to his life abroad, experiencing the cultures of Pakistan and Syria.
Upon moving back to Australia, Sheikh Shady found a calling, calling Muslims and non-Muslims alike to Islam, all for the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

A thought-provoking podcast, with one of Australia’s most influential Islamic leaders with Sheikh Shady. Gain insight into how United Muslims of Australia, are focusing their efforts in reaching the youth, and how the Australian National Imams Council is raising awareness of growing concern, and issue for the Muslim community, Islamophobia, and an Issue for all Australian’s the rise of white supremacy.





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Junior doctor Farah Roslan (left) with consultant surgeon Gill Tierney


UK: A hospital trust believes it is the first in the UK to introduce disposable sterile headscarves for staff to use in operating theatres.

Junior doctor Farah Roslan, who is Muslim, had the idea during her training at the Royal Derby Hospital.

She said it came following infection concerns related to her hijab that she had been wearing throughout the day.

It is hoped the items can be introduced nationally but NHS England said it would be up to individual trusts.

Ms Roslan, who works in Lincolnshire, said the idea came to her while she was a medical student with University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust.

"I'd been using [the same headscarf] all day which obviously wasn't clean and ideal," she told BBC Radio Derby.

"I didn't feel comfortable taking it off and I was pulled out from the theatre, respectfully, due to infection control."

She said a middle ground had to be found between "dress code due to faith" and the "passion" of being in the operating theatre.

Ms Roslan looked to Malaysia, the country of her birth, for ideas before creating a design and testing fabrics.

"I'm really happy and looking forward to seeing if we can endorse this nationally," she said.

Consultant surgeon Gill Tierney, who mentored Ms Roslan, said the trust was the first to introduce the headscarves in the UK.

"We know it's a quiet, silent, issue around theatres around the country and I don't think it has been formally addressed," she said.

"It hasn't cost much and hopefully the effect will be enormous."

The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust said the new headscarves were available to use for the first time earlier in December.




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SHE sharing stories






The Sisterhood Empowerment (SHE) Campaign Inc. collaborated with @podium productions for their second Sincerely Yours open mic night. Theme: Redefining Success in Melbourne.

It was an evening with raw spoken word poetry, brilliant rapping skills, inspiring artwork and stories that were altogether heartbreaking, hilarious and uplifting.

Audience members also came out to share their stories.


"We are proud to have worked with Podium to create this safe space where women can connect, support and empower each other," the organizers posted.


The Sisterhood Empowerment (SHE) Campaign Inc. is an women empowerment non-profit organisation. Through charity work, advocacy and education, The SHE Campaign Inc. aims to unite, inspire, educate and empower women both nationally and internationally.





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The Queensland Atlas of Religion PhD Scholarships are now open for applications.

Read the project description for each scholarship and contact the listed supervisor if you would like to know more.

You can also access general information about the PhD program at UQ.


Each scholarship includes a living stipend and tuition fee scholarship. The per annum tax-free value of the living stipend for each scholarship is $28,092 with the exception of Aboriginal Christianity in Queensland: a comparative perspective (Indigenous applicants only) which has a value of $38,092.
These amounts are indexed annually.


The scholarships are for a duration of three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.

Closing date

Friday 17 January, 2020




Islam and Queensland: assessing generational patterns - PhD Scholarship


This project traces the deep history of the Muslim community in Queensland, setting Islam’s largely marginalised history against the dynamics of recent diasporic arrivals from various parts of the globe (Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia). In keeping with other analyses of diasporic religious communities, this study will explore factors of community cohesion, civic participation and identity amid the dislocations and challenges of migrant experience.

This project will be supervised by Dr Ryan Williams and Dr Tom Aechtner. Please contact Dr Ryan Williams and/or Dr Tom Aechtner with any questions.

The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.




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Community Programs Trainee Position


POSITION PURPOSE: Reporting to the Community Programs Manager, the trainee will through on the job learning, assist the with development, roll out and execution of Community based programs. Completing a Certificate in Business the trainee will also develop administrative skills with a sports administration background.

1. Assist in developing internal and external relationships to build the Brisbane Lions Community Department
2. Complete all administrative duties as requested and required to fulfil the role
3. Work in with external parties i.e. schools, community groups, football clubs to deliver community events and programs.


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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



Australian Jews have a civil remedy;


it’s time we also had one

In 2012, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry brought a complaint under the Racial Discrimination Act against Facebook, after it had failed to respond to a number of complaints about content. Facebook had to attend a compulsory conciliation. This process prompted Facebook to remove ‘hundreds of crudely antisemitic racist images and comments that had appeared on 51 Facebook pages’. Facebook suddenly became more accountable to the Australian Jewish community.

Australian Muslims have no such leverage, because unlike the Jewish community, we don’t have protection at the national level.

Federal legislation is what counts when it comes to social media, which is why Australian Muslims have been fighting for the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill to include a shield against incitement of hatred or violence (vilification).

The Facebook complaint wasn’t the only one. The Council has been able to achieve a lot through direct conciliation.

But they’ve also reported that in most cases they were able to resolve the issue without even going to the Commission by just pointing to the law.

In rare cases, the peak body was not able to resolve the matter at conciliation and chose to litigate. In the landmark cases of Jones v Scully and Jones vs Toben, the Council established ‘gross forms of antisemitic discourse, including Holocaust denial…’ were clearly unlawful.

In a submission to Parliament in 2016, the Jewish peak body wrote that this ‘redress and public vindication’ provided the ‘community with reassurance about the essential fairness, tolerance and civility of Australian society and thus of preventing or counteracting the harms that public expressions of antisemitism would otherwise cause them.’

Wouldn’t it be nice for our community to also feel this redress and reassurance from Australian society? And to reduce the violence that flows on from this speech?

Imagine if our legal and advocacy bodies, were able to stand up on the community’s behalf against those who incite hatred against us.

A civil remedy is within our grasp, if we do our best with the Religious Discrimination Bill debate to elevate our concerns.  

Got more suggestions? Send them to





Sister Rita Jabri Markwell is an advocate with the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network, a specialist political advocacy and policy development body now working at the national level. She can be reached at





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


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

Have you seen attitudes among American Muslims change toward incarcerated and previously incarcerated people?

Absolutely. In the past five years or so there have been various programs that have been started from the Muslim community to do both in-reach and outreach. Organizations like the Tayba Foundation and Link Outside provide educational opportunities and religious training for incarcerated Muslims via correspondence and in person, and they’re also linking them with communities for housing and other services when they’re on the outside. These organizations are really invested in convert care, which a large swath of these Muslim prisoners are.

The Lighthouse Mosque, which was created by Imam Zaid Shakir in Northern California, is just starting its reentry program Al Ouda, which means “The Return,” with a house and social services. Islah LA, with Imam Jihad Saafir, has two homes, one for men and one for women. Five or six years ago the Ta’leef Collective spearheaded a reentry program to give people a space to share their stories and offer social rehabilitation and mental health services.

This conversation is brewing in our community, and people are realizing how important these services are. I believe the tide is shifting, and I'm hoping this film can amplify that conversation.

Has your own faith been affected by making this film?
It's made me realize how important it is to empower men and women that are formerly incarcerated because they have witnessed oftentimes the most difficult of tragedies and hardships. They’ve been compacted. When you have an incredible amount of pressure on a soul — it’s like how coal can create a diamond. It gives me immense perspective and reveals a lot of ugly truths about society.

In America, Muslims have a long legacy of caring about issues of incarceration. People remember Malcolm X as a political figure, not as someone who cared for souls inside and coming out of prison. The Nation of Islam has pioneered this type of work, and I want to see that continued in contemporary American society: creating systems to assist people that are coming home and people that are in transition. People deserve relief from that oppression. It's actually an obligation on us to provide that. We can learn from the Nation in how they created structures of employment. At one time the Nation owned a fish company in which they were fishing, canning, selling and feeding people, and they were self-sustaining in many ways. It's something I would like to see in our own community.

We have examples of leaders that were unjustly imprisoned in the history of Shia Islam. Imam Musa al-Kazim, who was a descendant of African people, was imprisoned for most of his life and was still able to make an incredible impact on the Muslim community while incarcerated. Imam Hasan al-Askari was behind bars for much of his life as well. People drew an incredible amount of wisdom and guidance from him and he was able to shape structures while being incarcerated.

We talk about speaking truth to power in our current discourse. What better person to speak truth to power than somebody who has been oppressed by that power in an incredible way?

Where is Sadiq now?
He’s currently in Los Angeles. He’s founded a cleaning company and is hoping to employ men and women who are formerly imprisoned to give them a chance. They’re cleaning the school and mosque space at Islah-LA. We see each other every week or so since we’re doing screenings.






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The 2020 Muslim 500








“We are open to dialogue to iron out all the pending issues, not only for the benefit of our peoples and governments, but also to spare our region the pointless efforts to dissipate our gains.”

“Suffering and injustice pave the way for terrorism to flourish. Evil actors will twist religious dogmas to poison the minds of desperate people.”


25 billion barrels of crude oil reserves

Under 400 thousand citizens in Qatar.

Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

Emir of Qatar


Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani became the Emir of Qatar at the age of 33 after his father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, abdicated in June 2013. Qatar is the richest country in the world with a GDP per capita of $63,505. It has under 400,000 citizens whilst the rest of its population of three mil- lion are ex-patriate workers. It is the top exporter of liquefied natural gas, and the site of the third largest natural gas reserves in the world.

Family: Sheikh Tamim is Sheikh Hamad’s fourth son and was chosen as Crown Prince in August 2003. His mother is the powerful Sheikha Moza, who still plays a prominent public role as an advocate for social and educational causes.

Education: Sheikh Tamim completed his studies at a private school in UK before going on to graduate at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst (in 1998). During his time as Crown Prince (2003-13), Sheikh Tamim had exposure to a wide-range of posts including security (he was deputy commander of the armed forces), economics (chairman of the Qatar Investment Authority) and sports. He supervised Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Expectations: Qatar exploded onto the world scene under his father’s reign, and expectations are that Sheikh Tamim will try to consolidate these achievements. Packing a punch far above its weight has led to neighbouring countries questioning the purpose of so many initiatives. He has had to repair relations with other Gulf countries over supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, and defend Qatar’s world image over the treatment of labourers in Qatar.

Blockade: In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut all relations with Qatar and imposed trade and travel bans. This drastic action resulted from various claims that Qatar was supporting terrorism and had violated a 2014 agreement with GCC countries. Its good relations with Iran and it hosting Al-Jazeera TV network are also factors in this tense situation which has seen foodstuff imported from Iran and Turkish soldiers called in to help safeguard Qatar assets. A further complicating factor in this family feud is that Qatar hosts the largest American base in the Middle East and all the blockade partners are close allies of the US. Two years of the blockade seems to have made little impact, with the Emir enjoying good international relations and continuing foreign investment.




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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.



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


In the Eastern Seamen’s Club, music was provided by a military band. The soldiers could eat their customary food, listen to Indian records on a gramophone or play specially imported Indian drums.


Air letter forms were also provided to the seamen to assist them in writing home. Languages spoken within groups there included Gujarati, Hindee, Bengali, Urdu and Pushtu.


On the bookshelves of the club, various books and magazines in Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Hindee and Chinese were available, including magazines called ‘Oranje’ for the Javanese seamen.


The Indian name for the Eastern Seamen’s Club was Kush Dil, which means “Heart’s Delight.” It was written in Bengali on the front of the building alongside its official name.


The club was considered the only one of its kind in the world outside India.


In the club, besides the Indians, were Malays and Javanese seamen, and others were also welcomed –“Chinese, Arabs, Abyssinians and Egyptians have all made the club their home during their temporary stay in port.”


However, the need for the club largely disappeared in peacetime.


One of the Malay seamen, Amat bin Kassam, was called up in Australia for military service in 1943 as he “was a British subject.”


The seaman served throughout the war in various capacities in the navy and with the American small ships.


He was a third-class engineer gunner on HMS Bawong-Liong and was discharged with a certificate of competency.


He then joined the USA Service of Supplies, SW Pacific Area, and was discharged in 1945. His discharge paper noted his “conduct and ability very good.”


Afterwards, Amat began working at Howard Smith’s shipyard, but soon faced deportation.


Many Muslim soldiers after service returned to Australia remembering their brothers-in-arms and recalling unforgettable memories.


In the Muslim section of the Mt Gravatt cemetery, graves of World War II soldiers are clearly identified, including thoseof: Gunner Ramzan Din (d. 1944), Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Artillery; Muhammad Sarwar (d. 1945), Rajput Regiment; Allah Dita (d. 1945), 14th Punjab Regiment; and Pt. A. Aleman (d. 1990), 20th Infantry Brigade.


On their headstones, there are Islamic inscriptions. The badge of their regiment is carved on each with the man’s name, date of death and age.









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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....


None of the white supremacist, neo-Nazi groups that are on the rise in the world today can boast the infrastructure and manpower that the RSS commands. It says it has 57,000 shakhas—branches—across the country, and an armed, dedicated militia of over 600,000 “volunteers.” It runs schools in which millions of students are enrolled, and has its own medical missions, trade unions, farmers’ organizations, media outlets, and women’s groups. Recently, it announced that it was opening a training school for those who wish to join the Indian Army. Under its bhagwa dhwaj—its saffron pennant—a whole host of far-right organizations, known as the Sangh Parivar—the RSS’s “family”—have prospered and multiplied. These organizations, the political equivalents of shell companies, are responsible for shockingly violent attacks on minorities in which, over the years, uncounted thousands have been murdered.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a member of the RSS since he was 8 years old. He is a creation of the RSS. Although not Brahmin, he, more than anyone else in its history, has been responsible for turning it into the most powerful organization in India, and for writing its most glorious chapter yet. It is exasperating to have to constantly repeat the story of Modi’s ascent to power, but the officially sanctioned amnesia around it makes reiteration almost a duty.


Modi’s political career was jump-started in October 2001, just weeks after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, when the BJP removed its elected chief minister in the state of Gujarat and installed Modi in his place. He was not, at the time, even an elected member of the state’s legislative assembly. Five months into his first term, there was a heinous but mysterious act of arson in which 59 Hindu pilgrims were burned to death in a train. As “revenge,” Hindu vigilante mobs went on a well-planned rampage across the state. An estimated 2,500 people, almost all of them Muslim, were murdered in broad daylight. Women were gang-raped on city streets, and nearly 150,000 people were driven from their homes. Immediately after the pogrom, Modi called for elections. He won, not despite the massacre but because of it—and was reelected as chief minister for three consecutive terms. During Modi’s first campaign as the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP—which also featured the massacre of Muslims, this time in the district of Muzaffarnagar in the state of Uttar Pradesh—a Reuters journalist asked him whether he regretted the 2002 pogrom in Gujarat. He replied that he would regret even the death of a dog if it accidentally came under the wheels of his car. This was pure, well-trained, RSS-speak.




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Arsenal distance themselves from Mesut Özil comments on Uighurs’ plight    



• Midfielder highlighted persecution of Muslims in China
• Club says it ‘does not involve itself in politics’ in statement

Arsenal have distanced themselves from comments made by Mesut Özil on Instagram, in which he spoke out strongly against China’s persecution of the Uighur population in the north-western region of Xinjiang and criticised Muslims for not doing more to highlight the issue.

The club sought to limit any damage caused to its business in China, where it has numerous commercial interests including a chain of restaurants, by releasing a statement on Weibo – a leading Chinese social media site – as well as other platforms stressing it is apolitical and does not associate itself with Özil’s views.

“Regarding the comments made by Mesut Özil on social media, Arsenal must make a clear statement,” it read. “The content published is Özil’s personal opinion. As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics.”

Özil had added his voice to the wave of international outrage about the treatment of the Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority who have been subjected to a campaign of religious and ethnic persecution by the Chinese authorities.

Around 10 million live in Xinjiang and there are claims that more than a million have been held in detention camps over recent years. Özil’s post had listed a range of the issues facing Uighurs in China, accusing other Muslims of staying silent on the subject.

His Instagram message read: “East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion. They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men. The women are forced to marry Chinese men.

“But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise. They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?”

It is not the first time Özil has become involved in social and political issues. His support for Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has caused controversy and he was widely criticised in 2018 after posing with him for a photograph. Erdogan was also best man at Özil’s wedding in June.  



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Women in hijabs stand up to riot police in India    



INDIA: A group of women wearing hijabs have been praised for standing up to riot police in India, amid protests in Delhi against a new citizenship law based on religion.

In footage widely shared online, the women can be seen shouting at the officers at the gate of a south Delhi home before pushing them back into the street.

A man who attempts to shepherd the women back into the home is then seized by the officers, who drag him to the floor and started beating him with long sticks.

But the women were able to protect the man by forming a circle around him, as officers continued trying to strike at his legs.

The man later stands up after the police have backed away and tells the women: “I’m fine, go inside.”

Thousands of university students flooded the streets of Delhi to protest the citizenship law, which allows non-Muslims who entered India illegally from several neighbouring countries to claim citizenship on the grounds they faced persecution as minorities.  



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









Saudi Clerics and Shi'a Islam



Raihan Ismail



The Saudi "ulama" are known for their strong opposition to Shi'a theology, Shi'a communities in Saudi Arabia, and external Shi'a influences such as Iran and Hezbollah. Their potent hostility, combined with the influence of the 'ulama' within the Saudi state and the Muslim world, has led some commentators to blame the Saudi 'ulama' for what they see as growing sectarian conflict in the Middle East. However, there is very little understanding of what reasoning lies behind the positions of the 'ulama' and there is a significant gap in the literature dealing with the polemics directed at the Shi'a by the Saudi religious establishment.

In Saudi Clerics and Shi'a Islam, Raihan Ismail looks at the discourse of the Saudi "ulama" regarding Shiism and Shi'a communities, analysing their sermons, lectures, publications and religious rulings. The book finds that the attitudes of the "ulama" are not only governed by their theological convictions regarding Shiism, but are motivated by political events involving the Shi'a within the Saudi state and abroad. It also discovers that political events affect the intensity and frequency of the rhetoric of the ulama at any given time.





Border Crossings

My Journey as a Western Muslim



Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury



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


I reprised the story of how I emerged through a series of testing passages in life that caused me untold anger in childhood and left me with years of unconsoled bitterness towards Britain and Bangladesh. I was brought up in a crossover generation where our parents idealistically inculcated the religious and social perspectives of their homeland on us, leaving us to close out the gaps between what they taught us to expect and what actually happened. Real life was more brutal: exclusion for not being white and frozen out for not being proper Bengali. As I laboured through the narrative, I began to realise that even in my formative years seeds were sown that would later help me conquer my challenges and emerge as a more culturally settled person. In particular I saw how learning multiple languages had helped me bridge cultural gaps, and how my global perspective somehow connected my modest life to major world events.

I am not sure my late father would have felt that I was fulfilling my potential as I established my career, advising Ministers, CEOs and a few heads of state on what to do with their economies. I suspect a part of him would be disappointed that I haven’t done more to join the ranks of my clients rather than remain their adviser. Whilst he wasn’t vocal about it, he held great expectations for me to one day enter public office and before his death he took the opportunity to expose me to influential politicians. As a young graduate I met Peter Shore, Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green in London and a senior member of the Parliamentary Labour Party, in the times when he was keen to see a Bengali emerge as his successor in his largely immigrant-populated constituency, and in Bangladesh we regularly visited the home of my great uncle, General Osmani, who was a national hero and the country’s first Minister of Defence. In Britain, my father saw an opportunity for me to rise through the ranks since the government wanted to see non-whites get into positions of influence and I was one of the best educated immigrant graduates available.


But as political upheaval and Islamic fundamentalism spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, my career opportunities mesmerized me, taking me to the world’s hotspots and exposing me with uncanny regularity to societies in flux. Regularly I got to look inside and, due to the nature of my work as a government adviser, here and there I got to apply a twist to the golden thread of political and social reform. At times I liked worked on topics which were pertinent to social trends that were resulting in political upheaval in Muslim countries. For example, in Egypt I headed government relations for a major telecommunications operator at a time when the military-backed government of President Hosni Mubarak was attempting to get mobile operators to open up their networks for more surveillance of potential uprising activity. A few years earlier, I had advised the Saudi Arabian government over liberalizing access to the internet, having to consider carefully how to create competition in internet services provision whilst safeguarding against uncensored content in politics, religious topics and pornography.

In fact through my career I remained directly or indirectly connected to the question of how Muslim societies have been trying to adjust their relationship with the Western world, all along occupying the cultural no man’s land I had been stuck in ever since school days. But as time went on I learnt to deal with the downsides of being in this space, and became more comfortable with its ambiguities and advantages. This life of traversing cultural and physical border crossings has given me the narrative for this book. There are plenty of “identity” themed books out there, including a few excellent Muslim ones. What lies in Border Crossings is my journey, and the time it has taken me to complete the book has been taken up looking for a way to relate it to yours. This is regardless of whether you happen to be a Muslim, of any faith or of no faith at all, whether you are man or woman and British or any other nationality, because we live in a world where we are exposed to some form of being the “other” some of the time, and most of the time for many. My journey has been one of understanding, accepting and benefiting from being such an outsider. It has taken a few knocks and incidents to appreciate it, but I have discovered that the hardship of being the “other” is in fact one of life’s hidden privileges.





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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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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:
Comparisons Are Pointless - The Grass Is ALWAYS Greener Where You Water It

Social media has become a platform for comparisons. In my nature of work, I meet many people struggling in relationships, careers and battling with self-esteem issues. However, when they show me their social media pages, their pictures tell a different story. Upon delving on the issues surrounding their struggles, the most commonly identified feelings are:

• I’m not good enough
• I wish my life was like so an so
• How come everyone else has a better life than me?
• Why is Allah punishing me?

These feelings all revolve around a very common whisper that shaitaan practises causing a divide, competition and jealousy among people - COMPARISONS.

The only place where comparisons have any validity is in scientific research studies where the researcher has knowledge of all the variables of the experiment and is able to logically analyse results by comparing and contrasting those variables.

Humanity is not a scientific experiment. We are not comparable. Why? Because when you compare yourself to another, unlike the researcher in a lab experiment who knows everything about all the variables of the experiment, YOU DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING about the people you are comparing yourself with. From the start, it is a pointless exercise to even put any effort into. ONLY ALLAH knows everything about everyone and yes, there will come a day where HE will compare deeds and judge us all. Your comparisons are baseless, pointless, not to mention a complete waste of your precious energy that could be spent in ways to please ALLAH. Comparisons are shaitaan’s way of taking you away from the practice of gratitude to the practice of constant fear and complaints.

The Grass Is ALWAYS Greener Where You Water It

Water the garden of your not waste time wishing for a different soul.
If you compare yourself to others, somehow you are wishing for their life. Your soul needs nourishment, it needs watering so that you can see the abundance from ALLAH.

Your self-esteem is based on how you value yourself. If you really feel the need to compare, compare yesterday’s self with today’s self. The beauty about Islam is that ALLAH has given us five daily prayers where we can pause and reflect on ourselves to better ourselves from the time we finish one prayer to the time we begin the next so that we are constantly growing. Compare your behaviours, your response or reaction to situations, your gratitude meter, your complaints meter. The more you affirm your life positively, the more positive outcomes arise from situations. Here are some gratitude statements to help you switch your mindset from comparison to gratefulness.



Negative Self -Talk

Gratitude Statements


How come I don’t have as much money as so and so.

Thank you, ALLAH, for my financial abundance.


I wish my marriage was like...

Thank you, ALLAH, for my joyful marriage.

Disobedient children

Why aren’t my kids like theirs?

Thank you, ALLAH, for making my children healthy and joyful and keeping them on the straight path.


I hate my job. I wish I had a different job.

Thank you, ALLAH, for helping me realise I am not happy in my job. Please help me find my purpose.

Body Image

 I don’t like my body. I wish I was like...

Thank you, ALLAH, for my healthy body which unconditionally breathes for me and allows me to accomplish righteous deeds that may please you.


Someone wise once said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Avocado is an incredibly nutritious food with a high content of healthy fats and nutrients

…..and with the combination of avocados in abundance and our hot summer days, Ice-cream is just the perfect solution, give it a try especially since there is no churning required.


Avocado, Lime and Coconut Ice Cream






2 ripe avocados
1 lime, juice and zest
300ml thickened cream
1 x 200g of condensed milk
¾ cup of desiccated coconut
1 tsp of cinnamon
pinch salt

  1. Place the avocado and lime into a food processor and blend until smooth.

  2. Add the cream and condensed milk and blitz again until well incorporated and light and fluffy.

  3. Now add the coconut and cinnamon and on a low speed fold through.

  4. Pour into a 1.5 litre plastic container, and then cover with plastic wrap and the lid. Freeze for 6 hours or, even better, overnight. Serve as is or in ice cream cones



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Keeping Fit with Kareema










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Q: Dear Kareema, How do I possibly ‘survive’ the end of year get-away with my extended family? How do I keep active if everyone wants to relax and just chill?

A: All you have to do is keep moving.


Go for early morning strolls or if you’re on your own, jog it.


Play some active games with the kids and torch some calories while you’re at it.


Pack your skipping rope and small weights if you have any.


If you’re on the beach, try some soft-sand running, volleyball or beach cricket, etc.


When the family are all together, sitting and chatting, do your stretches or bodyweight exercises.


Don’t over think it, keep it simple and fun.


Who knows, the family might all join in.





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The CCN Chuckle





The kids filed back into class Monday morning.


They were very excited.


Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.

Little Saliha led off: "I sold cookies and I made $15," she said proudly, "


My sales approach was to appeal to the customer's civil spirit, and I credit that approach for my obvious success.


"Very good," said the teacher.

Little Zuliekha was next: "I sold magazines," she said, "I made $20 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events."


"Very good, Jenny," said the teacher.

Eventually, it was Little Jallalludin's turn.


The teacher held her breath...

Little Jallalludin walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher's desk. "$1045.27," he said.


"$1045.27!" cried the teacher, "What in the world were you selling?"
"Toothbrushes," said Little Jallalludin.


"Toothbrushes!" echoed the teacher, "How could you possibly sell enough toothbrushes to make that much money?"


"I found the busiest corner in town," said Little Jallalludin, "I set up a chip and dip stand and gave everyone a free sample." They all said, "Hey, this tastes like dog poop!" Then I would say, "It is indeed dog poop. Wanna buy a toothbrush?"

"I used the government's strategy of giving you something for free, and then making you pay to get that taste out of your mouth."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






He that does good shall have ten times as much to his credit: he that does evil shall only be recompensed according to his evil: no wrong shall be done to [any of] them.


~ Surah Al-An'am 6:160


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entirely dominated by law,

is the eternal paradox of human life

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This historic 111 years old mosque was unfortunately targeted today with threatening graffiti, symbols of hatred and reference to the Christchurch terrorist. Sadly, in recent times these hate crimes have become common and many of our patrons have been victims of abuse, threats and even bottles thrown at them.

We are an open and welcoming mosque. We want peace and wish to keep the community safe. After the repeated attacks we are looking to upgrade the security of the mosque to include more cameras, security locks and gates.

The Australian community has always shown great support, for which we are very thankful for and proud to call Australia our home.

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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

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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