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Sunday 12 January 2020 | Issue 0792



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On Friday 10 January, Academy Alive hosted and presented a community fundraising appeal as part of a Gold Coast Multicultural Network initiative in conjunction with ICARE


Over $35,000 was raised on the night, with donations coming in from all around the world.

You can continue to support the initiative, to help those affected by contributing to the GoFundMe.





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The Islamic Council of Queensland (together with 11 charities) presented a cheque for $55,000 to the Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA) today, to provide urgent financial relief to rural communities affected by the bushfires in Queensland. The funds will be spent on vouchers for fuel, groceries and other necessities, with vouchers issued by local businesses in order to support the local economy.







Praise to the creator,

After a long 2 day journey covering a total of 2500 km, our team got back Wednesday night.

Throughout this journey, the true spirit of Australians could be felt, when every business that we engaged showed us some form of support. Curious random people came forward with donations, which helped us take more supplies.

The people of Mogo were waiting for us at a make shift evacuation centre, only supplies I could see inside were water bottles with very little food items. I then understood why our contact had asked for a generator, food, toiletries, clothing, very basic hygiene and sanitary items. Stuff that you would not expect anyone would ask for or should be made to ask for. We could see elders with respirators, women and children at the evacuation centre who had lost homes. As we unloaded, the residents were in tears bringing most of us to tears...

I, myself shutdown for a while and couldn't focus or comprehend what had happened. I felt like what we had provided wasn't going to be sufficient for their needs. But then when I asked Sherry, what it is that the community wants, her response with a beautiful smile was "love".

There were elders who lost homes in which they have lived for 40, 50 years. But all through out our conversations, they were smiling. The traditional owners are strong resilient people with hope, the people we spoke to are looking forward to building what had burnt down and for nature to grow back.

Our Indigenous communities have a strong connection to the land, the land includes the humans, animals, birds, trees, nature. Elders and babies come first. When I asked a person to speak to the camera, his response was "My dad is here, he is to be the one who speaks", this is respect. There is much they can teach us and much the rest of us should learn with humility.

I've been humbled, they say every experience is a learning lesson; what I took back from this experience and from the Indigenous community of Mogo was very simplistic;
- "Show mercy on the lands and the one in the heavens will show mercy upon you."

Well done to the QLD Muslim community!!! take a bow.




Earlier this week, I joined a team of volunteers on a trip to purchase and deliver emergency supplies to the town of Mogo in NSW. With a population of just over 300, the families (mostly of the Yuin Indigenous community) were understandably quite traumatised after the fires ravaged their homes and livelihood. It was especially heartbreaking to see that the town was seemingly overlooked by other relief efforts in the region, so we felt it necessary to not just donate money but actually deliver the supplies they needed the most.

Alhamdulillah, we loaded two trucks and a van with the following:

* Non-perishable food
* Baby necessities
* Pots, pans and utensils
* Diesel generator
* Gas and gas stoves
* Torches
* Mattresses and pillows
* Tents
* Blankets and towels
* Children's clothing
* Toiletries

Of the many memories made on this trip, one will forever be imprinted on my heart. One of the residents said "We are so grateful you've come all this way to help us. It only strengthens what I've always known about Muslims: you're just ordinary good people, and you're not out to cause trouble. I've never believed what they've said about Muslims and Islam on TV. I'm Christian and you're a group of Muslims. We obviously don't agree on religion, but that doesn't matter. I've worked for Muslim tradespeople and they've been great bosses to work for, and not that I needed another reason, but you've only strengthened what I believe about you people."

If I was to choose one comment that made the trip worthwhile, this would be it.

You see, it mattered less to this gentleman that we brought 3 large vehicles full of supplies, but it mattered most that we simply came from so far to help a tiny community in their desperation.

The key takeaway from this is that actions speak louder than words. We can talk about what we're doing, what we're planning to do, and even what we could have done, ad nauseum, but until we actually make good on our promises and actually follow through with tangible and meaningful work, our words won't mean much to people. Yes, positive words have meaning and are encouraging, but positive action makes real societal impact and changes lives for the better. Sacrifices must be made if we want to truly lead humanity to greener pastures, but therein lies the key to success in social and humanitarian work.

The Qur'an is replete with reminders to believe and do good deeds (aamanu wa 'amilu saalihaat), so we must do both. Let us not be people who only talk. Let's become people who take action, InshaAllah.




Alhamdulillah. This week which has passed. It was an emotional week for the team at Academy Alive.

We began our journey on Tuesday with the Islamic Council of Queensland, representing 50,000 Muslims around Queensland, donations raised by local community organisations, including Brothers in Need, iCare, MAA, MCF. Islamic Relief Australia, Sisters Support Network, Council of Imams Queensland, National Zakat Foundation, IWAA, Sisters With Helping Hands and Hurricane Stars Club.

Academy Alive had the opportunity to see first-hand, the extent of the affected areas, from travelling from Wollongong to Batesman Bay you could see the scope of the damage. Still, the sheer size wasn’t truly realised until driving from Batesman Bay to Mogo, with the Mogo state forest, completely burnt, with reaching over 50 metres high charred black from the ground up, and tall trees with no more leaves - it was truly a devastating sight to see.

Once arriving, and being received with open arms, we had the opportunity to talk with community members, residents who had been within the Mogo community for over 50 years, and who had never witnessed anything like this.






ICQ wishes to thank the following organisations for their efforts and contributions to the recent bushfire appeals. Together we raised $55,000 for Qld, and are continuing to raise funds for other regions:

Bosniak Islamic Centre of Qld- Bosanski Islamski Centar Queensland
Brothers In Need
Council of Imams Queensland
Hurricane Stars Club
Icare QLD
ICV - Islamic Council of Victoria
Islamic Relief Australia
Camira Mosque
Islamic Society of Gladstone
Gold Coast Islamic Society - GC Mosque
Moorooka Mosque
Redbank Plains Mosque
IWAA Australia
Muslim Aid Australia
Muslim Charitable Foundation
National Zakat Foundation Australia
Sisters Support Services
Sisters With Helping Hands
Townsville Mosque






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The 2020 Muslim 500








“If I asked for people to die for the sake of God, I would have them lining up at my house. But when I ask people to live for the sake of God, I can’t find anyone.”

“War is sometimes a necessity that arises out of specific conditions between conflicting states as a result of one’s aggression and belligerence. Hence, war in Islam is not acceptable, except out of necessity, in extenuating circumstances. Islam does not call to war. Islam invites to peace.”


4 different ministerial posts held

700 Muslim scholars who attended the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies.

Abdullah Bin Bayyah

President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies

Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah’s influence is derived from his scholarship, piety and preaching. Unique- ly, all of the different sects and schools of Muslims respect him as a scholar. A testament to this is the no- table fact that whilst he is not a Salafi, the Saudi gov- ernment promulgates his fatwas as authoritative. He is an instructor at King Abdulaziz University in Jed- dah and was the deputy head of the Union of Muslim Scholars having previously been a Judge at the High Court of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and the Head of Shariah Affairs at the Ministry of Justice. He was appointed chair of the recently formed UAE Fat- wa Council.

Education: Sheikh bin Bayyah was raised in a household famous for its scholars, and his father, Sheikh Mahfoudh bin Bayyah, was the head of the Conference of Mauritanian Scholars established after the country’s independence. Sheikh bin Bayyah studied in the Mauritanian centres of learning known as Mahadhir, in which all the sacred sciences were taught including: jurisprudence, legal theory, syntax, language, rhetoric, Qur’anic exegesis and its auxiliary sciences, and the science of Prophetic tradition.

Diplomat: As a member of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy or Al Majma’ al Fiqhi of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Sheikh bin Bayyah is at the forefront of the legal arm of a dynamic organization with a permanent delegation to the United Nations. Author: Having written numerous texts, Sheikh bin Bayyah’s scholarly explorations have gone global through speaking engagements that draw crowds of tens of thousands. He has spoken at length about the endurance of the Islamic legal tradition and also written extensively on rulings for Muslims living as minorities in foreign lands, or fiqh al aqaliyaat.

Activist: In June 2013, Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah visited the White House where he met with senior advisers and aides to President Obama. He called for the protection of the Syrian people and the Muslim minority in Myanmar. Also, he met with Bill Gates during the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi in April 2013. He recently initiated the ‘Muslim Council of Elders’ which embraces leading scholars (including the Sheikh of Al-Azhar), and presided over a large gathering of religious scholars at a forum entitled ‘Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies’, which has now been established as an organization (based in the UAE).

The Marrakesh Declaration: Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah led around 250 Muslim religious leaders, in addition to approximately 50 non-Muslim religious leaders, in a three day summit in Marrakesh entitled: ‘The Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities: Legal Framework and a Call to Action’. The summit used the original Charter of Medina, drawn up by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself, as a basis for addressing the current crisis of religious minorities in parts of the Muslim world. With extremists committing violence in the name of Islam against other religions, as well as against most Muslims, it was necessary to voice the position of normative Islam vis-à-vis religious minorities through a gathering of its leading scholars. The summit concluded with the release of the 750 word Marrakesh Declaration.





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by Salih Yucel


Abstract: İbrahim Dellal (1932-2018) was a community activist and played a pioneering role in establishing religious and educational institutions after his arrival in Melbourne in early 1950.


As the grandson of a late Ottoman mufti, being educated at the American Academy, a Baptist missionary school in Cyprus, clashed at times with his traditional upbringing based on Islam, service and Ottoman patriotism. İbrahim’s parents, especially his mother, raised their son to be Osmanli Efendisi, an Ottoman gentleman.


He was raised to be loyal to his faith and dedicated to his community. I met him in the late 80s in Sydney and discovered he was an important community leader, a ‘living history’, perhaps the most important figure in the Australian Muslim community

since the mid-20th century.


He was also one of the founders of Carlton and Preston mosques, which were the first places of worship in Victoria. I wrote his biography and published it in 2010. However, later I found he had more stories related to Australian Muslim heritage.


First, this article will analyse İbrahim’s untold stories from his unrevealed archives that I collected. Second, İbrahim’s traditional upbringing, which was a combination of Western education and Ottoman Efendisi, will be critically evaluated. He successfully amalgamated Eurocentric education and Islamic way of life. Finally, his poetry, which reflects his thoughts, will be discussed.



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





İbrahim Hussein Dellal was a leading Muslim figure in the post-World War II Australian Muslim community. The National Archives of Australia described İbrahim as an enthusiastic community leader and philanthropist in “Uncommon Lives: Muslim Journeys,” a compilation of material devoted to the history of Muslims in Australia.


He became a community activist in the state of Victoria since his arrival in 1950. He played an important role in the establishment of religious and cultural organisations and institutions in the late 50s and early 60s.


His role in bringing Turkish immigrants to Australia and facilitating their settlement is unforgettable. He had a hand in many firsts in the Victorian Muslim community, making him a pioneer in educational institutions and religious organisations. It is important to know his background before analysing his untold stories.









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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....


This November the Supreme Court of India ruled on what some have called “the most important case in the world.” On December 6, 1992, in the town of Ayodhya, a Hindu vigilante mob, organized by the BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad—the World Hindu Council—literally hammered a 450-year-old mosque into dust. They claimed that this mosque, the Babri Masjid, was built on the ruins of a Hindu temple that had marked the birthplace of Lord Ram. More than 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the communal violence that followed. In its recent judgment, the court held that Muslims could not prove their exclusive and continuous possession of the site. Instead, it turned the site over to a trust—to be constituted by the BJP government—tasked with building a Hindu temple on it. There have been mass arrests of people who have criticized the judgment. The VHP has refused to back down on its past statements that it will turn its attention to other mosques. This can be an endless campaign—after all, everything is built over something.

With the influence that immense wealth generates, the BJP has managed to co-opt, buy out, or simply crush its political rivals. The hardest blow has fallen on the parties with bases among the Dalit and other disadvantaged castes in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Many of their traditional voters have deserted these parties—the Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashriya Janata Dal, and Samajwadi Party—and migrated to the BJP. To achieve this feat—and it is nothing short of a feat—the BJP worked hard to exploit and expose the hierarchies within the Dalit and disadvantaged castes, which have their own internal universe of hegemony and marginalization. The BJP’s overflowing coffers, and its deep, cunning understanding of caste have completely altered the conventional electoral math.

Having secured Dalit and disadvantaged-caste votes, the BJP’s policies of privatizing education and the public sector are rapidly reversing the gains made by affirmative action—known in India as “reservation”—pushing those who belong to disadvantaged castes out of jobs and educational institutions. Meanwhile, the National Crime Records Bureau shows a sharp increase of atrocities against Dalits, including lynchings and public floggings. This September, while Modi was being honoured by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for building toilets, two Dalit children, whose home was just the shelter of a plastic sheet, were beaten to death for shitting in the open. To honor a prime minister for his work on sanitation while tens of thousands of Dalits continue to work as manual scavengers—carrying human excreta on their heads—is grotesque.

What we are living through now, in addition to the overt attack on religious minorities, is an aggravated class and caste war.

In order to consolidate their political gains, the RSS and BJP’s main strategy is to generate long-lasting chaos on an industrial scale. They have stocked their kitchen with a set of simmering cauldrons that can, whenever necessary, be quickly brought to the boil.




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The Complex Geometry of Islamic Design









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Friday lecture (sermon)

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Friday lecture (sermon)

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TOPIC: "Bushfires" Part 1

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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 10 January 2020

TOPIC: "Connect to the Quran this 2020"

IMAMS: Akram Buksh and Sheikh Dr Hassan Al Majzoub




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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 10 January 2020

TOPIC: "The Bushfires and our response"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 10 January 2020

TOPIC: "Have consistency in your actions"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali









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Brisbane CBD new Salaah facility


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1st session :  12:20 PM

2nd session : 12:50 PM


At present, there are STRICTLY NO wudhu facilities at the premises, so in the interim, brothers are requested to perform their wudhu prior to coming through for salaah








The Inbox




Dear Editor,

It is so heart-warming to see the Muslim Community donating towards the Fund raising for Bushfire support. May the Almighty reward all abundantly.

On the other hand it is so, so, so, sad to note that the Muslim community has not got together to ask Allah for help (Salaatul-Istisqa') as is the Sunnah. Why has CIQ (Council of Imams QLD) not arranged a united Salaatul-Istisqa’ for the community or a united day of Dua. We see nothing happening apart from one that took place at Durack School where approximately 50 people turned up. Then there was one at Algester Masjid with a few more people and one at Kuraby Masjid. Why have the Imams not got together and arranged a community Salaatul-Istisqa’?

Ws Salaam
A concerned Musalee





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









Faces of Muhammad –

Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to today



John V. Tolan



REVIEW by Aasiya I Versi

I had always assumed Islamophobia was a tale of our times only. Reading this book has put our struggle into context and explains the deep entrenchment of this ideology.

The book is a dense historical account and if you are not familiar with the religious politics of the Middle Ages it is a hard book to follow. Faces of Muhammad connect the different perceptions of the Prophet in the Western hemisphere and attempts to show the diverse ways in which he was viewed depending on the political realities on the ground.

The perception of Islam, and as a result Muhammad, is like a football that gets a kicking wherever it goes. In the competing religious and political factions in the Middle Ages, the mockery of Muhammad is used as a tool to reduce the ‘other’ to the level of the ridicule, highlighting his marriage with Hazrat Khadijah as a tool used to wield control over the Arabs, his inability to rationally receive revelations as he was overtaken by epileptic fits amongst other derogatory claims.

It was wretched to read, and I had to constantly remind myself that this was a scholarly piece of work and that these depictions are a part of the narrative of the Orientalist authors.

In the latter part of the book, history becomes more relatable and therefore a bit easier to read. Tolan has dedicated a whole chapter to Bonaparte and his favourable perception of the Prophet and how he (Bonaparte) saw himself as the new prophet. Another chapter on how the nineteenth-century Jewish scholars have studied the Prophet.

For each thinker he goes on into their education background which is useful but goes into the detail of their teachings about Judaism – orthodox or reformist – to the Jewish community without going into how the perception of Muhammad factored into their ideologies. Throughout the book, Tolan delves into a lot of detail.

Tolan takes a lot of effort to show how historical narratives are shaped and spread. The same pattern still prevails and impacts the perception of Islam, the Prophet and Muslims today; what begins as a joke ends as an irrefutable truth over time. An initial message based on an untruth propagated so quickly that even if that initial untruth is corrected a false narrative has already spread beyond containment.

The entrenchment of Islamophobic thoughts is not as new a thought as I had initially thought. The negative imagery of the Prophet has been going on for millennia, but if we as Muslims truly wish to change that, we need to make a more concerted effort in influencing the narratives that talk about us. These effects go far beyond our lifetimes, and we are naive to think that if we lie low and off the radar that it will not affect us and our children.








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CCN's Bookshelf

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

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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:
Writing Therapy...The Power of Journaling

Writing freely from your heart, without self-criticism or judgment, brings about tremendous emotional, mental and physical release. When you express yourself on paper, hidden or suppressed feelings and thoughts become tangible and you are able to view them objectively. Once you can see and feel things outside of yourself you can understand yourself better and make positive changes. Journaling brings clarity to your mind and vision. Believe it or not, it certainly increases your passion for life.The best thing about journaling is that it is very different from a lot of other healing therapies.

Journaling is all about you and your page. You would only ever write about things that you are ready to face or explore. By recording these thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, fears, concerns, or anything really, leads to mental detox where incredible amounts of emotional baggage is off-loaded. Before you know it, you begin to experience holistic wellness.

Awesome Facts About Journaling

There is absolutely no cost involved in journaling, except an initial investment in buying a journal of your choice and a pen. Avoid online journaling if possible. We use a different part of the brain when we hand write, which actually helps open the mind. It’s not the same as using fingertips on the keyboard or tapping on your smartphone.
Journaling is a highly self-initiated exercise. Have a daily ritual where you wind down with a hot cuppa and your journal or make it a morning ritual.
Journaling requires no previous writing talent and you can use any language to express yourself. It’s your private space to be yourself.
Your mind is clearer afterwards and you are more aware of your own patterns.
You experience personal and spiritual growth. Knowing thy own self is bliss :)

Journaling Ritual

• Create your special writing space, a place where you are totally relaxed and surrounded by peace, natural light (soft lighting if writing in the evenings), perhaps your favourite essential oils in the burner (Frankincense,Myrrh, and Sandalwood, 2 drops each, make a wonderful meditative blend).
• Clear your mind, take a few deep breaths and relax. Let your thoughts flow freely. Do not let the inner critic’s voice censor that creative flow. Remember, no one has to read your work unless you let them so make the most of this privacy and politely ask that inner voice to “back off!”. Grammar and punctuation are the least of your worries when you are journaling.
• Choose a topic. If that seems too hard then just start to write in the moment…begin something like this…”I’m putting my pen onto paper and waiting for a topic to come into my head. Right now, I can smell / I can hear/I can remember…” You will be surprised how writing in the moment can lead to hundreds of other topics you may want to write about.
• Put every thought onto the page. Start writing words and let them guide you through what you are feeling inside. As you feel the emotions, write them down. Make these feelings tangible.
• Ask yourself simple, everyday questions: How was my day today? Did something happen to me today that made me feel joyful or upset? Did I discover anything new about myself or anyone else today? Are there any unresolved issues in my life? Do I want to say something to someone but haven’t been able to? Why, what is stopping me? What do I fear? What do I rejoice over? What or who hurts me? Why?

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: It’s ultra refreshing, easy to make, and it’s sure to become your new favourite summer drink too.

To make it healthier, you could omit the sugar and add honey to sweeten.


Homemade Cloudy Lemonade




1 large juicy yellow lemon
1 cup white sugar
1 litre of water
Mint and slices of lemon to garnish


  1. Top and tail the lemon.
    Cut lemon into 8 slices and each slice into 3 cubes, leaving the skin on and discarding the pips.

  2. Liquidize the lemon with the sugar and 750ml water.

  3. Sieve it through and liquidize again with remaining 250 ml of water.

  4. Sieve and add to the 750 ml mixture.

  5. Serve it icy cold garnished with mint and slices of lemon.



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Ease into it with a fast pace walk, then jog and go from there.


Finish every session off with stretches.


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The CCN Chuckle





A politician visited a remote little rural village and asked the inhabitants what the government could do for them.

“We have two big needs,” said the local Imam Mula Nasruddin.



“First, we have a hospital but no doctor.”

The politician whipped out his cellphone, spoke for a while and then said: “I have sorted it out. A doctor will arrive here tomorrow. What is your other need?”

“We have no cellphone reception at all in our village.”

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An Ayaat-a-Week






It is He Who has made the earth manageable for you, so you traverse through its tracts and enjoy of the Sustenance which He furnishes: but unto Him is the Resurrection.


~ Surah Al-Mulk 67:15


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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.



















































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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."

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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.

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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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Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




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