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Sunday 5 January 2020 | Issue 0791



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Brisbane Islamic Centre Ltd (BIC) would like to update the community on recent progress to gaining the building approval (BA) required for construction of the project to commence.

Latest developments

The status of the Mosque and Community Hall development is that a Development Approval (DA) was obtained through an appeal process in the Planning and Environment (P&E) Court in early 2017. Tree clearing and earthworks commenced late 2017 and was completed by mid-2018. During these earthworks it was discovered that the water table was higher than expected and the plans that were approved by the court needed to be amended. This amendment meant that the building required to be raised proportionally to mitigate the water table issue. Currently our application to amend the ground level and some changes to the building is referred to as a “Minor Change Application.” This application has now been lodged in the P&E Court and Inshallah early this year we expect this application to be approved.





In tandem with the above process we engaged consultants to prepare Building Approval (BA) plans. These plans are approved by a private certifier and not the council. A BA is a process by which detailed plans are prepared for construction. This would include engaging a project/design manager and consultants namely for civil, architectural, electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, fire, traffic, environment, acoustic, etc, and finally a certifier.

This indeed is the lengthiest part of the BA process and we have to date completed some 80% of this with the expectation that it would also be completed by the first half of 2020. More than $500,000 has been spent on this process in the last two years.

Inshallah with obtaining the Minor Change approval and the BA we expect construction to commence soon thereafter. Expected time frame is between March and June 2020.


After purchasing the land in 2007 and establishing a formal trust (waqf) under whose auspices the land is placed, the BIC project was born. The Centre will be situated on approximately 4.5 acres of the 10-acre site in Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane in Queensland. The investment to date is in excess of $3 million and the property is unencumbered (current value in excess of $12m)

The land use is separated by the creek into 2 uses.

Stage 1 is approximately 4.5 acres and is dedicated to the Musjid project and is situated on the southern portion.

And Stage 2 is approximately 4.5 acres situated on the northern portion and is dedicated to a retirement village, medical centre and a childcare facility.



Stage One

The Masjid to accommodate over 2500 men, ladies and children, an office block, dedicated dawah facilities (including a 120-seater audio visual theatre, Islamic museum, library, etc,.), community hall with a capacity to cater for over 750 people and parking for 400 cars.




The office block will have serviced offices for community organisations that would include a common boardroom. Further features of the Centre will be a cafeteria, outdoor dining, madrassah, separate youth facilities for boys and girls, etc,..

An important component of the project is the maintenance and enhancement of the Bulimba Creek environment that runs through the centre of the block.

The process of raising funds and donations from the community will commence early this year, Inshallah.

Stage Two – Retirement Village, Medical Centre and Child care

This will be situated on the northern part of the 10 acre property, fronting Underwood road.
A development application was lodged with the Brisbane City Council at the end of November 2019. The process and time for council to consider this application and approve it can be between 12- 15 months.

The Centre is designed to include:
• 91 x 1 and 2-bedroom retirement units
• 20 Aged/frail care units
• 10 units for dementia care
• A 250 square metre medical Centre
• A 75-place childcare centre.

Concept layout Plan






Click the Dropbox link here for all the information regarding the development application for this project.
For more information, please contact Imran Price at or 0402 898 741.

For Donations

Banking Details as follows:

Brisbane Islamic Centre
BSB 484 799
Account # 053251861
Ref Building Fund
METWAU4B (Swift Code for international transfers)


BIC Website



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Human Appeal International AUSTRALIA on the ground providing aid to fire victims yesterday (Saturday).













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Zalmai Khatiz and his son Yama helped save multiple homes.




"The destruction here is just like a war zone."

That's how Zalmai Khatiz described the state of Lake Conjola on the NSW South Coast.


The deadly Currowan fire engulfed the small town on New Year's Eve, forcing Zalmai, and his son, Yama, onto the street with small buckets to save their elderly neighbours' homes.

And ahead of catastrophic fire conditions on Saturday, the two men will remain in the razed town to protect homes once more.

"Nearly 40 years ago I came here from Afghanistan and Australia gave us a future. Now, I feel like we are in debt to give to other Australians," Zalmai said.

"We're on neighbourhood watch."

Every year the Khatiz family, from Hornsby, spend New Year's Eve at their holiday home on the picturesque shores of Lake Conjola.

Their home, just 50 metres from the water's edge, boasts panoramic views of the water.


On Tuesday about 11am the family, including four teenage children, were about to go for a swim when they noticed a water-bombing helicopter filling from the lake.

Then, flames engulfed their street.

"Suddenly the winds picked up and it turned scalding hot. We thought about leaving but at that moment our neighbour's roof caught on fire and spot fires started all around us," Yama said.

"There was nowhere to go."

Zalmai said the family — all seven of them — didn't hesitate to help their elderly neighbours.




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Applications are now open for the Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program: Community Languages Multicultural Grants Stream One.

This program aims to support the administration of community language schools through the provision of funding based on student enrolment numbers to help cover school operating costs.

The Community Language Multicultural Grants aims to:

• Support the maintenance, development and acquisition of languages other than English.
• Connect young Australians to the languages and cultures of their community.
• Enhance cross-cultural awareness and respect for cultural diversity.

Applications close at 11:00pm AEDT on 17 February 2020.

You can find more information on how to apply by clicking here.



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The 2020 Muslim 500








“The unity between Muslims and Coptic Christians of Egypt is something of absolute importance.”

“It is necessary to present Islam the way it is, the way it respects others, the way it believes in others and grants them freedom of religion.”


50th Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar

970CE the year Al-Azhar University was founded

Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb

Grand Sheikh of the Al-Azhar University, Grand Imam of AlAzhar Mosque

Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb was appointed as Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar in March 2010, after the passing of his predecessor, Dr Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi. Tayyeb was formerly the president of Al-Azhar for seven years and prior to that, served for two years as the most powerful cleric in Egypt as its Grand Mufti.

Scholarly Influence: His scholarly influence as a leading intellectual of Sunni Islam spans the globe. He has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Aswan, and the theology faculty of the International Islamic University in Pakistan. He has also taught in universities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Political Stance: Over the past years of political uncertainty and unrest in Egypt Tayyeb has attempted to hold the middle way. He has been outspoken against the Muslim Brotherhood for their exploitation of Islam as a political ideology, whilst also resisting calls of President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. for a “religious revolution” and efforts to “renew Islamic discourse,”. Such efforts included the suggestion to revoke the verbal divorce law in Egypt. Al-Azhar wholly rejected the President’s plan, calling the law an “undisputed practice since the days of the Prophet Muhammad.” Tayyeb has been active in trying to diffuse the influence of da’ish, organizing many initiatives and conferences. He has also tried to improve foreign relations and met with many foreign religious leaders and heads of states (including the Pope and Queen Elizabeth).

Advocate of Traditional Islam: Sheikh Tayyeb has emphasized his mission to promote traditional Islam since becoming Grand Sheikh. He has stressed the importance of teaching students about Islamic heritage—considering Al-Azhar graduates as ambassadors of Islam to the world. In an age where the claimants to authoritative Islam seem to be on every corner, Sheikh Tayyeb has both the institute and the personal skills to authentically claim to be a representative of traditional Islam, Islam as practiced by the majority of Muslims throughout the ages. On 29 August 2016 during the World Islamic Conference held in Grozny, Chechnya, Sheikh Tayyeb defined the Sunni community (Ahl Sunnah wa Jama’a) as those who follow Imam Abul-Hasan Al-Ash’ari and Imam Abu Mansur Al-Maturidi and the scholars of Hanafi, Maliki, and Shafi’i jurisprudence, as well as the moderate scholars of Hanbali school. He also included the Sufis following in the way of Imam Al-Junayd.

Leader of Al-Azhar: Sheikh Tayyeb leads the second-oldest university in the world, where teaching has continued without interruption since 975 CE. Al-Azhar represents the centre of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence. It is a key institution that issues authoritative religious rulings and has provided extensive Islamic education to Egyptian and international students since its inception over a millennium ago. This history makes it a bastion of Sunni traditionalism. The university is considered one of the most prominent Islamic educational institutions, and the foremost centre of Sunni Muslim scholarship worldwide.

Administers Al-Azhar Education Network: AlAzhar is currently the largest university in the world, having risen from a group of three schools in the 1950s to its current state with 72 feeder schools, and close to 300,000 students studying there at any one time. Including schools that are part of Al-Azhar waqf initiatives, there are close to two million students. The graduates of Al-Azhar have great respect as religious leaders within the Muslim community, and this makes the head of Al-Azhar an extraordinarily powerful and influential person.




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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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Whether Muslims participated in Australian defence forces is not under question. Through the discovery of historic source materials, it became evident that Australian Muslims took part in various ANZAC military units on numerous battlefields in Australia and overseas. By identifying the ethnicity of ANZAC Muslims it is apparent they belonged to diverse Muslim communities across Australia. Defending Australia gave Muslims a new challenge in their effort in building their Australianness.


ANZAC Muslims proved themselves by their noble duties and triumphant actions. They demonstrated their personal challenge to overcome adversity with a spirit of bravery and courage, and by fostering a hope and liveliness in their units. With their brothers-in-arms they developed friendships that would be regularly described as a “mysterious cement of the soul.”


The young soldiers, after crossing considerable distance to join the front-line, learned to value the meaning of true friendship through sharing the joy of success and grief at loss. They found in their service a unique attachment to Australia – it was Islam that connected them, providing needed salvation on the battlegrounds, enhancing loyalty and love to Australia, as well as altruism, compassion and commitment, helping to sustain the Muslim community and contributing to the fabric of society.


Within a framework of rights and obligations of participation in Australia, discourses and symbols of belonging, ways of remarking themselves about their fondness for an adopted country, Muslims took their part in celebrating the victory of Australian defence forces – Lest we forget.









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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





India: Intimations of an Ending:


The rise of Modi and the Hindu far right

By Arundhati Roy



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


Continued from last week's CCN....


Most economists agree that demonetization, along with the new goods and services tax that Modi announced last year—promising “one nation, one tax”—was the policy equivalent of shooting out the tires of a speeding car. Even the government’s own data shows that unemployment is at a 45-year high. The 2019 Global Hunger Index ranks India 102nd out of 117 countries. (Nepal comes in at 73rd, Bangladesh 88th, and Pakistan 94th).

But demonetization was never about economics alone. It was a loyalty test, a love exam that the Great Leader was putting us through. Would we follow him, would we always love him, no matter what? We emerged with flying colors. The moment we as a people accepted demonetization, we infantilized ourselves and surrendered to tinpot authoritarianism.

But what was bad for the country turned out to be excellent for the BJP. Between 2016 and 2017, even as the economy tanked, it became one of the richest political parties in the world. Its income increased by 81 percent, making it nearly five times richer than its main rival, the Congress Party, whose income declined by 14 percent. Smaller political parties were virtually bankrupted. This war chest won the BJP crucial state elections in Uttar Pradesh, and turned the 2019 general election into a race between a Ferrari and a few old bicycles. And since elections are increasingly about money, the chances of a free and fair election in the near future seem remote. So maybe demonetization was not a blunder after all.

During Modi’s second term, the RSS has stepped up its game. No longer a shadow state or a parallel state, it is the state. Day by day, we see examples of its control over the media, the police, the intelligence agencies. Worryingly, it appears to exercise considerable influence over the armed forces, too. Foreign diplomats and ambassadors have been hobnobbing with Mohan Bhagwat. The German ambassador even trooped all the way to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur to pay his respects.

In truth, things have reached a stage where overt control is no longer even necessary. More than four hundred round-the-clock television news channels, millions of WhatsApp groups and TikTok videos keep the population on a drip feed of frenzied bigotry.





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As repression in India gets worse, notable figures remain silent

By Rana Ayyub, GLOBAL OPINIONS contributing writer




Over the past weeks I’ve received a number of alarming messages about police repression and intimidation in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

“If you see this, help us,” read an urgent message I received on Dec. 21 from an assistant professor in Muzaffarnagar, barely three hours from India’s capital, New Delhi. He told me police officers were on a rampage in his neighbourhood.

Another man in the same area sent me videos of state security forces barging into his neighbor’s house. “They threatened his father, asked him if Islam allowed him to have sex with his own daughter and started laughing,” the man said. “They opened the cupboards, stole the gold, jewelry, vandalized their homes.”

One of the officers pushed the father to the ground and said, “You circumcised must remember, this is the price you pay for protesting” — a reference to the demonstrations that have spread across India in the past weeks over the passage of a discriminatory citizenship law pushed by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh — led by Yogi Adityanath, an Islamophobic hard-line Hindu monk — had warned protesters of revenge on Dec. 19. Within hours, I and other journalists were flooded with calls and messages about police vandalism and brutality — just before the state cut off the Internet.

Also on Dec. 21, I received a frantic call from an orphanage for young Muslim students in Muzaffarnagar. The line disconnected. I tried calling back but the line went unanswered. A few days later, a disturbing news report emerged. Teenage Muslim students of the Sadat Hostel had been beaten and forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” (Glory to Lord Ram). The teacher, an elderly Muslim cleric, was stripped and humiliated.

More than 20 people have been killed in this latest wave of repression — all of them Muslims killed because of a BJP government warning of revenge. Thousands have been arrested.

I am a Muslim journalist who has witnessed the worst anti-Muslim carnages up close, and the repression and intimidation in Uttar Pradesh bring back nightmares that we wish to erase from our recent memories. But this is all a manifestation of hate fanned by Modi and nurtured among his supporters in the security forces.

The prime minister has maintained a dangerous and strategic silence through it all, and it’s impossible not to think of his role in the anti-Muslim violence of 2002, when he was a provincial minister in Gujarat. Whether Modi’s police in 2002 or Adityanath’s in 2019, the hate remains unchanged.

As the constitution is trampled and Muslims are once again threatened, Indians have noticed the silence, hypocrisy and complicity of powerful sectors — in particular the film industry.

Paranoia about Muslims is reflected in mainstream Bollywood. Since Modi assumed power, filmmakers have been bending over backward to please the Indian right wing. Film after film over the past four years has had a common enemy — a kohl-eyed Muslim ruler whose debauched gaze preys on Indian Hindu women, or the evil Muslim sultanate that wants to pull India away from its magnanimous Hindu supremacy.

In the new film “Tanhaji,” lead actor Ajay Devgn, a Modi supporter, plays a Hindu warrior of the 17th century who has to protect Hindu pride from Muslim rulers who seek hegemony over India. He has called the film a surgical strike that shook the Mughal Empire, repeating the phrase that the Modi government used to describe attacks in Pakistan a few months ago.

The actor Saif Ali Khan, a Muslim, plays a key role in the film — but he has played another important role off-screen, enabling the worst impulses of the government. His decision to look away from the abuses is demoralizing. While people from across the country mobilized to protect the rights of Muslims, Khan played it safe, saying he was ignorant about the citizenship bill.

He has offered cover to Modi before.

In 2018, a CNN anchor asked Khan whether he was concerned about the intolerance to secularism in Modi’s regime. He replied that he was not sure it existed. In contrast to the majority of India’s Muslim population, who live below the country’s socioeconomic standard, Khan belongs to one of the most privileged Muslim families — an erudite man who has developed amnesia when it comes to oppression.

Others have chosen the same path, including the icons Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan. Both have been threatened by BJP leaders in the past over their opinions of the intolerance in India. However, neither of the superstars has commented on the current nationwide protests.

A director who works closely with Shahrukh Khan was stunned at their hypocrisy. “They are worried about their business, about their films getting adversely affected should they critique the government,” the director told me. “What bothers me is that Shahrukh himself is an alumnus of Jamia Millia Islamia, where the first crackdown was unleashed by this government.”

But now the cowardice of the privileged public face of the Muslim elite is being replaced by the extraordinary courage shown by ordinary Muslims gathering in mass protests with fellow Indians, holding the national tricolor, wearing it as a symbol of their strength, rescuing it from the ethno-nationalist degradation led by Modi.  





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To know the future just look to the past




Found: A Medical Manual Linking Medieval Ireland to the Islamic World


The manuscript bound into the printed text.

AN EXCITING LINK BETWEEN MEDIEVAL Ireland and the Islamic world has been discovered on two sheets of calfskin vellum lodged into the binding of a book from the 1500s. The sheets hold a rare 15th-century Irish translation of an 11th-century Persian medical encyclopedia. For 500 years, they sat in a family home in Cornwall with no one the wiser to their origins.

“I suppose [the owners] just took a notion to photograph it with their phone and they sent the photograph to one of the universities in England, who sent it to another university, and eventually it got to me,” says Pádraig Ó Macháin, who has spent his life with medieval Gaelic manuscripts and leads the modern Irish department at University College Cork. For him, identifying it as a medieval Irish medical text was a cinch, but he needed a little help to determine its source.

Ó Macháin, founder of Irish Script on Screen, Ireland’s first deep digitization project, where the manuscript and many more old Irish texts can be seen, shared the fragment with Aoibheann Nic Dhonnchadha, a specialist in Irish medical texts at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. She identified it as a passage from the first book of the seminal five-volume The Canon of Medicine. Written by 11th-century Persian physician and polymath Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna, the work is considered the foundational textbook of early modern medicine. While many references to Ibn Sina and his work pop up in old Irish medical texts, this is the only known evidence of a full translation of his encyclopedia. He originally wrote in Arabic, and the Irish rendition is likely translated from a 13th-century Latin version by the prolific Gerard of Cremona. “This is one of the most influential medical books ever written,” says Nic Dhonnchadha. “So the fact that it was being studied in Ireland in the 15th century was certainly a link to the Islamic world.”




“This is an example of learning in its purest form, it transcends all boundaries, it transcends cultures and religions, it unites us all in a way that other things divide us,” Ó Macháin says. “That’s very personally important to me because I think learning is without borders and that this is maybe an opportunity to express that and make people understand it.”  



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









Islamic Thought: An Approach to Reform



Taha Jabir Al-Alwani




For the first time, Muslims are faced with a worldwide positivism which is working to use knowledge, the sciences and their discoveries and achievements in a manner which severs the relationship between the Creator, the created universe and man, thereby disregarding the world of the unseen and driving a wedge between science and values.


Lacking even the most modest store of vital Islamic doctrine on the intellectual level, university students and researchers in the Islamic world are confronted with doctrines and philosophies which are presented to them together with a flimsy, miserable defence of Islam.


There is not a single academic institution in the Islamic world in which Islamic thought is taught and in which the Islamic vision is given a deep-rooted foundation with the same force and persuasiveness with which Western ideas and the Western vision are taught to students in the West, in a coherent, comprehensive manner accompanied by seriousness and commitment on the part of all.


The book argues that this approach is diametrically opposed to the Islamic perspective and that we must disengage human scientific achievement from positivistic philosophical premises and reemploy these sciences within a systematic epistemological framework based on divine revelation, conferring honour upon all forms of knowledge, as having been bestowed upon man by their Creator.






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CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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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:
It’s Never Too Late And You’re Never Too Old

Last two and half years I have been studying Bachelor of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Medicine fulltime and busy with community service and looking after my home and family. I was supposed to study this degree back in 1997. It wasn’t until February 2017 when I opened a box filled with my old textbooks that I was overcome with the realisation: If not now, then when? If not me, then who?

Twenty years is a long time to catch up with. But so what? Time will pass whether I like it or not. Time, after all, is abstract. The only moment is NOW. The only future is how we accumulate moments of NOW. And the only past is how we waste our moments of NOW on thoughts that stagnate us rather than fill our hearts with love, light, peace and joy.

So, I ask you today to take a moment and reflect on what you have been putting off all these years. What is that one thing you have been yearning to do? What is stopping you from doing it? Because guess what? It’s never too late and you’re never too old. Because really, how old is too old? And how late is too late?

ALMIGHTY ALLAH has blessed you with an energetic body and great wisdom. If anything, the more years you have lived, the better experienced you are to tackle life. All you really need to do is keep your body healthy and your mind alive, curious and creative. Above all else, invest in your spiritual enlightenment. Recite something daily from the Holy Quran and truly practise it mindfully.

Even back in our Prophet’s (SAW) time, it took twenty-three long years for the Holy Quran to be revealed. Every surah was mindfully practised, imbibed and implemented into the daily lives of the sahabas before the next one was revealed. So why are we in such a hurry?

Strategies To Fulfil Your Dreams, Age No Bar

• Write down at least five things you have always wanted to do but haven’t
• Write down why you haven’t done them
• Pick ONE of these five dreams and place it on the top of another fresh page
• Under this new heading, write down how your life will be different if you achieved this dream
• Write down what you can do RIGHT NOW to at least start the steps towards realising this dream
• Write down what you will do for the next 11 days to move forward in realising this dream (repeating something eleven times wires the brain to form a habit. So even thinking about realising this one dream, every day for 11 days will form a positive habit)

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If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me. If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786




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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Mushrooms are considered superfoods, have a lot of nutritional value with few calories and little fat. They also contain two types of dietary fibres, beta-glucans and chitin, which increase satiety and reduce appetite thus helps in weight loss.


Stuffed Mushrooms






12 medium sized white button mushrooms
¼ cup breadcrumbs
2 eggs
2 tab shredded cheddar cheese
A dash of olive oil
½ tsp ground green chillies
½ tsp garlic flakes
½ tsp dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste



1. With a wet cloth wipe the mushrooms.
2. Snap off mushroom stems and chop these roughly.
3. Combine all ingredients together and spoon into the
mushroom caps, pressing down well to fit the whole cap and
then moulding extra filling into neat mounds.
4. Bake at 200c for approx 20mins or until cheese is nicely
5. Serve hot as an entrée.




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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




Q: Dear Kareema, how often do you think training shoes should be replaced? It’s a great time to be buying and was just wondering what your thoughts were?

A: My rule is that I mix up my workout footwear.


I find that if I rotate between runners, not only do they tend to last longer, they seem more comfortable with each wear.


Studies also show that rotating between different pairs of running/workout shoes can lower the risk of injury.


So buying more than one pair can actually be good for you!


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Send your question to Kareema at

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The CCN Chuckle





She: "At least invite me out to dinner."


Jallalludin: "I don't go out with married women."


She: "But I'm your wife!"


Jallalludin: "I make no exceptions."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: so make peace and reconciliation between your two [contending] brothers; and fear Allah, that they may receive Mercy.


~ Surah Al-Hujurat 49:10


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"After years of reading Islamic sources on theology and jurisprudence, I have become convinced that the puritan end of the spectrum empties Islam of its moral and ethical content. And I have become convinced that a non-humanistic Islam is a false Islam - that Islam is a message of compassion, mercy, love and beauty and that these values represent the core of the faith."



~ Khaled Abou El Fadl




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Itikaf at Masjid-al-Haram

Over 50,000 Muslim performs itikaf (staying in a mosque solely for the purpose of worship and meditation) each year in the Grand Mosque, MASJID-AL-HARAM, Makkah during the last 10 days of Ramadan!

“During this period these worshipers would not go out from the
mosque for worldly purposes, except for essential needs, and devote their whole time for reading the Holy Qur’an and engage in prayers seeking forgiveness and blessings of Allah,” a religious expert said.

Some people start itikaf even early to get suitable places inside the mosque before the big rush. There are people like Ahmed Saleem (Syrian) who is doing Itkaf for last 25 years in the Grand Mosque.

QLD based agency, Fajr Travels have announced an Itikaf program in 2020. It is a 2-night stay in Madinah and a 12-night stay in Makkah.


Their CEO Dr. Zakaria said “Itikaf in Masjid-Al-Haram during last ten nights of Ramadan is very common in Sub-continent, South Africa and around the world. We feel honour to start the culture in Australia.”


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Sat 1st Feb


As-salaamu Alaykum Qld Muslim Organisations,

Have you ever heard these questions?

• Know of any Muslim counselling service providers?
• Who can our youth approach for mentoring and advice?
• Are you aware of safe shelter spaces for Muslims?
• Do you know who to approach when you need respite care?
• Where can you send your children for Islamic classes?

Yes? So have we. Many times.

The Qld Muslim community is diverse and there are many services being provided within the Muslim community and to broader society. But the range of services is not widely known or understood across the state.

ICQ is hosting the "Playing Our Part" workshop to bring all Qld Muslim organisations together. We will:

• Share information about services being offered by all organisations
• Discuss our community's strengths
• Identify areas where organisations are duplicating efforts and seek ways to make this more efficient
• Work out how to fill gaps in our community services.

All registered Muslim organisations are requested to attend (2 people per organisation).

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Refreshments will be provided.

Saturday 1 February, 9am till 12pm
ICB Hall, 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha.















































The Year of Endless Opportunities, Don't Miss Your OPPORTUNITY.

Make 2020 your year of the Quran.

Alhamdulillah, only for Brisbane residents are we so fortunate to have the ability to access Islamic Education on a variety of different platforms.
With registrations CLOSING SOON there are limited spots remaining until classes are at full capacity 2020 with both Full – Time and Part – Time close to capacity.

“The Quran Alive course is the culmination of over 14 years of research and development. Our Academy Alive scholars have tailored, refined and systemised our unique curriculum, producing world class standards of education to suit all learning styles."

View some of our success stories of our students of 2019. 2020 could be your year!

Registrations are closing soon – book a consultation call with our Imaams today by clicking the link below!


























































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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25 January



Ladies only Water Park

Hurricane Stars Club

Bayside Water Park Carbrook 0432 026 375 4PM to 6PM

14 March



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

ICQ & Griffith University Griffith University Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue 0413 067 160 8AM


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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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
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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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