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By Lester Drew, Secretary, Rotary Archerfield    




Granite Belt Water Relief (SATURDAY 11.01.2020)

Based at the old Landmark building at Applethorpe and open on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning the Granite Belt Water Relief is the group who distribute bulk water for stock, some domestic drinking water (20 X 1 L packs and 10 L bottles), dogfood, and some groceries for those most needy.

Their operation is well organized and there are some great people involved. It was an eye opener seeing some of the folk who are obviously struggling. Some are not struggling financially but just need stock water.


Water is pumped into 1,000 litres pods on the back of utes and trucks, or on trailers. They filled 110 on Saturday and 70 on Wednesday. Most people also took 20 litres of drinking water. Over 200,000 litres
in a week!

At 10.00am George Deen the President of the Rotary Club of Archerfield arrived with another semitrailer tanker containing 24,000lt of potable water and was welcomed by Fran Hodgson the President of Stanthorpe Rotary and Past District Governor Jitendra Prasad. PDG Jitendra had arrived early in the morning with Rotarians from the Brisbane International Rotary Club, an energetic team who cooked and provided in excess of 350 meal of delicious butter chicken – that was distributed to the recipients as they collected their allocation of water for the day. Brisbane International Rotary also delivered two truck loads of bottled drinking water containing in excess of 900 packs.

full report




Rotary President Archerfield George Deen, President Fran Hodgson Stanthorpe, and President Elect Mary-Ellen Nielsen Brisbane Taylor Bridge



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The Islamic Society of Algester raised $5,000 for the Bush Fire Appeal on Friday at the Jummah Salaah.

The funds have been transferred to Muslim Aid Australia for appropriate distribution



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Couple of participants



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Brisbane Bridal Exhibition









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"I honestly couldn’t believe Allah’s grace when I got the email. I want to take this moment to thank those who have helped me on this writing journey, folks who supported me, offered opportunities and opened doors


I share this to show that this journey is not one I have embarked on alone, and that any success is the success of a team of people who I feel so grateful to have in my life. Alhamdulilah!


Oh and also - I did not believe for one minute that I had a chance, but took the plunge to apply. So to all of y’all reading this thinking ‘it could never be me-‘ Yes, it could. Just throw your hat in the ring.


PS My residency starts in 2021 inshallah folks, so a while yet - gona be practicing my French until then inshallah!"




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Naseema Mustapha was celebrated by her University this week at a special breakfast with the Pro Vice Chancellor in recognition of her Global Community Service Award.



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Baba's Cantonese leaves Goss uncharacteristically lost for words :-)


Some of the guests who appeared on the 'Bushfire Appeal Telethon, on 10 January in the Gold Coast which was coordinated by “Multicultural Social Network” in conjunction with “ICare” and produced by “Academy Alive” delivered their messages in their own mother tongues.



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Topic: “Halal Sex”

Based on Islamic perspective, the Imam, the Doctor and the Social worker discuss the sex issues based on Islamic teachings and health & social issues, education etc. related to Muslim youth, singles, parents, educators...

1. Imam Mohamed Ali
2. Dr. Saima Salahuddin (Medical doctor)
3. Sister Salaam El-Merebi (Social Worker)



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by Mei Nee Cheong    



3D models highlighting places and events of significance during the era of Prophet Muhammad (s) are now on display in a new, temporary exhibition at the Islamic Museum of Australia.

Saudi-based traveling exhibition The Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (s) opens for the first time in Australia and offers visual context to some of the stories many Muslims have grown up with.

Islamic Museum of Australia founder and Chairperson, Moustafa Fahour OAM said the Museum is pleased to have an opportunity to share these important stories with the Muslim community.

“Prophet Muhammad (s), is known in the Qur’an as a mercy to mankind because he was enveloped in mercy – sheltering children, holding women in high regard, and serving those in need.”

“Not only does this exhibition highlight important events in the Prophet’s life but demonstrates how he exemplified the best in humankind,” said Mr Fahour.

The Museum has scheduled programs to complement the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (s) exhibition including public lectures and children’s craft. The two lectures, to be delivered by Sheikh Alaa of Heidelberg Mosque will focus on the qualities of the Prophet Muhammad (s) and dealing with hardship the Prophetic way.

The Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (s) is open until 6 March 2020. Visit the IMA’s website for more details or to book your place at the related programs.

The Islamic Museum of Australia is located in Thornbury, in Melbourne’s north. It is the only Islamic museum in the country and provides educational and cross-cultural experiences for all ages.

The Museum is open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.




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by Jessica Swann    



A team of Emirati volunteers from the UAE have travelled to Australia to help in bushfire devastated regions of NSW. Identified on social media as #mateshelpmates, the group have been working with Australian emergency services, surveying damage, supporting in relief centres and working with operation teams in affected areas.

The volunteer team lead by Dr Hazza Mohammed Aldaheri, includes Emirati Astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi and a group of Emirati professionals, all international alumni from Australian universities. In a statement, they expressed their solidarity with Australia, the country where they once lived and studied for many years.

The UAE initiative #Mateshelpmates has received widespread endorsements globally and from Emiratis and Australian expats living in the UAE. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also expressed his appreciation to the UAE in a Tweet, “Thank you UAE for your condolences and offers of support”.




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By Iman Riman, Ali Bahnasawy



It's a cafe chain you've probably visited while inside a hospital in Australia. One of the founders of Zouki speaks to SBS Arabic24 about his rise to success.

When Faddy Zouky decided to study law in the late 1980s, he hoped that it would lead him on a path to success in Australia.

Having migrated from Lebanon with his father and brothers, his plan was to appeal to other Arabic speakers who needed a lawyer.

He was a man with a plan. But, what he didn’t anticipate was the economic recession that hit Australia during the early 1990s, which made securing a job in the legal field difficult after he graduated from law school in 1992.

However, his ambition to succeed led him on another path.

During his studies, Faddy worked at his university cafeteria, which was run by another Lebanese migrant, who also owned a restaurant in Melbourne.

As the recession continued, Faddy and his brothers began working in the hospitality industry, and they decided to open their own cafe at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

"We thought of hospitals because hospitals are never affected by the economic crisis or by politics, and it was a wonderful and successful idea.

“Back then, the hospital had no restaurant, except for some volunteers selling food to the hospital’s employees.”

He recalled that at the time, food providers were reluctant to open in hospitals due to the perceived health risks in preparing fresh food around sick people.

But Faddy and his brothers saw in the hospital a great opportunity.

“The number of workers in the hospital was very large, six thousand employees manage the patients, and they needed food and coffee, so the atmosphere was great for business and investment.

“We turned the hospital cafeteria into a shopping centre, we had a florist, a hairdresser, a post office and a branch of a bank. We provided everything, so people from the neighbourhood started to shop at the hospital.”

He said that their first successful venture encouraged other hospitals to get in touch and to submit tenders to their respective managers.



Following their first venture, the brothers decided to expand across Australia. Today, they operate 60 restaurants and cafes, inside hospitals, across the country with plans to expand to the Middle East and the United States.

While he’s managed hundreds of staff over the years, Faddy said he has a soft spot for migrants like him.

“[The workers] coming from abroad are thirsty to work, to succeed, and to create a future for them in this country," he said.

"Australians can learn from the ambitious strong immigrant sometimes the migrant does not know the language or skill but works with all his heart to learn."

Despite his own success, he says there is still a “glass ceiling” that exists for migrants in reaching the upper echelons of large companies in Australia.

“I will not sugar coat my words: I do not think every company or every organisation will employ migrants, because they know that a migrant may need some training when he starts."

In contrast, although he believes that Australia guarantees freedoms and rights to all citizens, he says discrimination still remains.

“Even in Australia, we have some kind of racism towards immigrants, especially if the migrant brings the culture from their country [with them].”

Therefore, Faddy advises newly arrived immigrants to engage in volunteer work in order to build their experience in dealing with the Australian workforce. He says the benefits of volunteer work will help significantly when applying for a job in the future.

As for those who wish to start their own businesses or establish a commercial company, Faddy says it is pivotal to learn the industry first as an employee.

Now, after the success of the company, Faddy has decided to get back to his first passion, law.

In 2018, Faddy was appointed as The Honorary Lebanese Consul General to Tasmania by Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

He has also been awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his contribution to the business community in Victoria. 









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The 2020 Muslim 500








“No one who fears failure or criticism has ever achieved anything significant in life.”


1992 CE the year he led Pakistan to victory in the cricket World Cup

$225 billion Pakistan’s debt.

Imran Khan

Prime Minister of Pakistan

Imran Khan became the Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2018 amid huge expectations that he could bring the country forward on issues of governance, accountability and reduction of corruption. He has endured a tough first year; the economy is fragile, reforms to financial systems are slow and there are questions asked about the influence of the army on his government.

A Long Journey: When the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won the 2018 General Elections, it was the culmination of a 22 year journey for Imran Khan. He had founded the PTI in 1996 hoping to oust the ‘political mafias’ ruling Pakistan. He garnered national support over the next two decades and in 2013 had become the second largest in the country by popular vote, before eventually winning in 2018.

Corruption: A major crackdown on corruption has seen a former prime minister and a former president both imprisoned on charges of corruption. Having the money returned to the nation is proving to be more difficult although some progress has been made with local businessmen who benefitted enormously through contacts within previous administrations. He has also pursued cutbacks in any extravagant government expenditure, himself setting a personal example.

Economy: He managed to avert a default on the balance of payments by securing loans from allies and then reluctantly from the IMF (he had pledged not to go to the latter). This was the country’s 13th IMF bailout since the 1980s. With economic growth slower than expected, the currency dropping by 15% and inflation rising to 10%, the economy is in crisis. One of his major challenges is to increase the tax base in a country where tax evasion is the norm.

International Relations: Early on, he stated his intentions to develop much better relations with India. But with military incidents never far away and with India virtually annexing Kashmir, it is difficult to see how peaceful relations will develop. He was accredited internationally for returning a captured Indian air force pilot who had been shot down during an incursion into Pakistan. He has pushed the development of the Kartarpur Corridor, which will allow Indian Sikh pilgrims the opportunity to make a pilgrimage, visa-free, to their holiest site. The site is 5km from the Indian border and represents a major opportunity for cooperation. He has managed to re-establish good relations with the US, and the Gulf states, but has been criticized for not speaking out against the treatment of the Uyghurs by the Chinese government, one of Pakistan’s closest allies.

Past Projects: Imran Khan started fund-raising for a cancer hospital soon after his mother died from cancer in 1985. His appeal within Pakistan and to the diaspora Pakistani community raised enough funds to open the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in 1994, in Lahore. It is a hugely successful project with 75% of patients receiving free treatment. He also spearheaded a successful project to build Namal University, which provides scholarship assistance to over 90% of its students. A Sporting Legend: Prior to entering politics, Imran Khan played professional cricket for 22 years and is recognised as one of the game’s finest all-rounders. His ability to lead and unite an often disparate team, culminated in Pakistan winning the 1992 world cup. It is this ability and success that many hope can be replicated in the political field.




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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.



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İbrahim has been linked to Muslim history through lineage. He was the grandson of the last Ottoman mufti of Cyprus. His grandfather Sheikh Mehmed’s mother was a widow with six children who immigrated to Cyprus in the middle of the 18th century.


Apparently, a wealthy Arab businessman named Kanan supported the family in Cyprus. Kanan may have been a relative, since it is Arab custom for the males to take care of female relatives, increasing the possibility Sheikh Mehmed Abdul Aal had an Arab background. İbrahim did not have information about his great-grandfather or why his great-grandmother immigrated toCyprus.


While Sheikh Mehmed was born in Cyprus, İbrahim did not know his maternal grandfather’s ethnic background. He assumes he was Turkish. Looking at his last name, Sheikh Mehmed may have Arab roots. ‘Abdul Aal (or Abdu al Aal) is made up of two words and one article. ‘Abd is the word for “servant” and ulor“al” is the article “the”.


The second Aalmeans family. Sheikh Mehmed also spoke Arabic well. I found tattoos on the left hand of İbrahim’s aunt, Cemaliye (see figure 2 in below). This is part of Arab culture in the Middle East rather than Turks. After completing his studies at Al-Azhar University, İbrahim’s grandfather Sheikh Mehmed travelled to the Balkans and worked in religious affairs, though it is unclear if he was assigned the position.


He learned Bosnian and Albanian, interacted with Orthodox Christians, and was comfortable working with individuals possessing differing religious and ethnic backgrounds.


This made him a suitable choice as a spiritual religious leader of Cyprus. Ozkul provides the list of Ottoman muftis in Cyprus between 1571 and 1878. According to this list, 64 of the 114 muftis were Sayyids. It was Ottoman policy to assign Sayyids due to great respect of the state as well as the people.


The genealogical heritage into which İbrahim was born plays out in important and interesting ways throughout his life.










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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell, Policy Advisor of Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN)



Polarised debate is quick-sand for us

A federal religious discrimination bill would be a great benefit for Australian Muslims in terms of giving us a legal basis to combat the harms we face online and offline.

But landscape in response to this Religious Discrimination Bill is quickly polarising and turning into quicksand. Fairfax news, The Guardian and 10 Daily have responded to their more progressive and youthful markets, choosing opinion pieces that characterise this Bill as an exercise in bigotry. The Australian newspaper and other parts of the Murdoch press have highlighted opinions that the Bill doesn’t go far enough in protecting religious freedoms and freedom of speech. Since the release of that second draft, opponents to the Bill have escalated their pitch and protests are being organised nationwide.

The LNP has a clear interest in religious freedoms. Labor has a clear interest in maintaining non-discrimination for all, and not being wedged by LNP as an anti-religion party, especially for the sake of Western Sydney electorates - but this won’t stop Labor voting down the Bill. At this stage it appears the Green’s interest in the Bill is to leverage progressive, secular and youth support behind the assertion that it is a ‘license to discriminate’ and a sign of an out of touch government.

The risk of a binary debate like this is that no media will highlight the Muslim push for an anti-vilification clause because we aren’t part of their agenda. The agenda on either side is to either kill or pass the Bill – not improve it.

It’s in our interests to help make this debate less polarised by building common ground, and that means reaching out to different sides.



Sister Rita Jabri-Markwell is an advocate, community supporter and connecter. She is allergic to cats, but has a cute human family. she can be reached at





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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....


On August 5, 2019, the Indian Parliament unilaterally breached the fundamental conditions of the Instrument of Accession by which the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir agreed to become part of India in 1947. It stripped Jammu and Kashmir of statehood and its special status—which included its right to have its own constitution and its own flag. The dissolution of the legal entity of the state also meant the dissolution of Section 35A of the Indian Constitution, which secured the erstwhile state’s residents the rights and privileges that made them stewards of their own territory. In preparation for the move, the government flew in more than 50,000 troops to supplement the hundreds of thousands already stationed there. By the night of August 4, tourists and pilgrims had been evacuated from the Kashmir Valley. Schools and markets were shut down. More than 4,000 people were arrested: politicians, businessmen, lawyers, rights activists, local leaders, students, and three former chief ministers. Kashmir’s entire political class, including those who have been loyal to India, was incarcerated. By midnight, the Internet was cut and phones went dead.

The abrogation of Kashmir’s special status, the promise of an all-India National Register of Citizens, the building of the Ram temple in Ayodhya—are all on the front burners of the RSS and BJP kitchen. To reignite flagging passions, all they need to do is to pick a villain from their gallery and unleash the dogs of war. There are several categories of villains—Pakistani jihadis, Kashmiri terrorists, Bangladeshi “infiltrators,” or any one of a population of nearly 200 million Indian Muslims who can always be accused of being Pakistan-lovers or anti-national traitors. Each of these “cards” is held hostage to the other, and often made to stand in for the other. They have little to do with each other, and are often hostile to each other because their needs, desires, ideologies, and situations are not just inimical, but end up posing an existential threat to each other. Simply because they are all Muslim, they each have to suffer the consequences of the others’ actions.

In two national elections now, the BJP has shown that it can win a majority in parliament without the “Muslim vote.” As a result, Indian Muslims have been effectively disenfranchised, and are becoming that most vulnerable of people—a community without political representation, without a voice. Various forms of undeclared social boycott are pushing them down the economic ladder, and, for reasons of physical security, into ghettos. Indian Muslims have also lost their place in the mainstream media—the only Muslim voices we hear on television shows are the absurd few who are constantly and deliberately invited to play the part of the primitive Islamist, to make things worse than they already are. Other than that, the only acceptable public speech for the Muslim community is to constantly reiterate and demonstrate its loyalty to the Indian flag. So, while Kashmiris, brutalized as they are because of their history and, more importantly, their geography, still have a lifeboat—the dream of azadi, of freedom—Indian Muslims have to stay on deck to help fix the broken ship.

(There is another category of “anti-national” villain—human rights activists, lawyers, students, academics, “urban Maoists”—who have been defamed, jailed, embroiled in legal cases, snooped on by Israeli spyware, and, in several instances, assassinated. But that’s a whole other deck of cards.)

The lynching of Tabrez Ansari illustrates just how broken the ship is, and how deep the rot. Lynching, as you in the United States well know, is a public performance of ritualized murder, in which a man or woman is killed to remind their community that it lives at the mercy of the mob. And that the police, the law, the government—as well as the good people in their homes, who wouldn’t hurt a fly, who go to work and take care of their families—are all friends of the mob. Tabrez was lynched this June. He was an orphan, raised by his uncles in the state of Jharkhand. As a teenager, he went away to the city of Pune, where he found a job as a welder. When he turned 22, he returned home to get married. The day after his wedding to 18-year-old Shahista, Tabrez was caught by a mob, tied to a lamppost, beaten for hours and forced to chant the new Hindu war cry, “Jai Shri Ram!”—Victory to Lord Ram! The police eventually took Tabrez into custody but refused to allow his distraught family and young bride to take him to the hospital. Instead, they accused him of being a thief, and produced him before a magistrate, who sent him back to custody. He died there four days later.




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Bringing sex abuse by sheikhs out of the shadows

By Aysha Khan




For Sidrah Ahmad-Chan, the moment felt surreal.

Listening to a Muslim psychologist speaking about patterns of abuse while on stage at the American Islamic College on Saturday (Jan. 11), she pulled up Twitter.

“First panel discussion and I am already reeling,” typed Ahmad-Chan, a Toronto-based researcher studying gender-based violence and Islamophobia, who was one of about 100 other attendees at the newly launched Hurma Project’s first conference. Started by prominent Canadian Islamic scholar Ingrid Mattson, the three-day research conference was the first to focus entirely on abuse in Muslim spaces.

“We are actually having conversations on spiritual abuse and sexual abuse in our community,” Ahmad-Chan wrote. “It's actually happening. Been a long time coming.”

Over the past two to three years, scholars and advocates say, North American Muslims have risen up in an unprecedented movement to openly confront sexual and spiritual abuse perpetrated by Muslim religious leaders.

“I’m definitely seeing an increase in people willing to talk about these issues,” said Phoenix-based certified sexual health educator Angelica Lindsey-Ali, who founded the Village Auntie Movement two years ago and has worked with victims of Muslim religious leaders accused of sexual abuse. “The unfortunate part is that it isn’t necessarily by choice. In some cases, I think the recognition of the rampant spiritual abuse in the community has forced them to have to talk about these issues.”

The conference comes in the wake of several explosive scandals impugning well-respected Islamic teachers, including Bayyinah Institute founder and superstar preacher Nouman Ali Khan, who was caught in a sexting scandal and accused of luring women into sexual relationships disguised as secret marriages; Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Swiss Islamic scholar and author who is currently awaiting trial over charges of raping multiple women who accused him at the height of the global #MeToo movement; and Usama Canon, whose organization Ta’leef Collective published a statement saying the founder “deeply betrayed the sanctity of the position of spiritual teacher" through "verbal abuse and abuse of authority," as well as actions of a "more serious nature."






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 Lending a helping hand

Jason Wood MP




Ladies of the Australian Islamic Centre (NSW) who felt compelled to help out their community. They travelled 4 hours with 5 trucks of supplies to cook for the fire-fighters.







American singer stuns the internet with flawless Quran recital



"Quran recitation is an art in itself and can be appreciated by anyone and everyone," says Jennifer Grout.

With the complex rules governing tajweed (the science of reciting the Quran), reciting Islamic scripture can be rather challenging and requires long periods of practice. The challenge reaches a whole other level for non-Arabs, who are faced with the rules of the intricate Arabic language on one hand and the principles of tajweed on the other hand.

Nevertheless, one American singer, Jennifer Grout, pulled it off and made it look rather effortless.

You can probably sense by now that Grout is not your typical American musician. Despite being born and raised in the American city of Boston and not having any Arab roots, Grout specializes in Arabic music and once made it to the finals of Arabs Got Talent. She recently made waves online after sharing a video of herself reciting Ayat Al-Kursi, a powerful verse in the Quran.

















Death of Oman's Ruler













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IMAM: Ahmed Naffa













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TOPIC: "Humbleness in Islam"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali









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Brisbane CBD new Salaah facility


Venue: 1st floor, 138 Albert Street, Brisbane


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








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I am currently researching South African Indians who have migrated to Australia and those who have returned to South Africa.


I want to invite people for an interview so they could shed light on their migration experience.


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‘No Arabs please’: Job rejection sparks racial controversy in Germany    




GERMANY: Modern Germany is a byword for racial tolerance, yet one architecture firm’s blunt response to an Egyptian job applicant has ignited a storm of controversy on social media.
Egyptian-born architect Yassen Gabr recently applied for a vacancy at GKK+ Architekten, a prestigious Berlin-based firm whose website boasts of its ethnically diverse workforce. He posted a screenshot of the rejection letter he received on Wednesday, which simply read “no Arabs please.”

Gabr’s post quickly gained traction on social media. “He should sue them,” one commenter wrote. “And, why not publish the name of the office so that we can all see who this racist is?”

The firm told DW that the incident was a “misunderstanding,” and that the message was “cut short” and “taken out of context.” The letter was apparently an internal communication sent to Gabr by mistake, and the company apologized in a subsequent email.


According to a study by the German Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, workers with “foreign sounding names” were 24 percent less likely to be called by employers for an interview. Foreign-born residents in Germany are also twice as likely to be unemployed as ethnic Germans.

A significant number of these non-nationals are of Arabic descent, as over a million Middle Eastern and North African have come to Germany since the migrant crisis of 2015. Chancellor Angela Merkel has since been criticized for her “open door” immigration policies.



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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



Medemer is the first book by Nobel Peace Prize awardee and Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed since he came to power in 2018.


In the book, the prime minister advocates for a fresh, Ethiopian-centric approach to the country’s politics, citing the past half-century when previous administrations applied successful ideologies and theories from outside of Ethiopia that failed, being alien to Ethiopian problems and realities.


Abiy calls for reversing the trend of importing ideologies for a renewed Ethiopian political ideology that emanates from Ethiopia’s social-political context and taps into the country’s historical and cultural values.


About the Author
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) was born in 1974 in Jimma Zone of Oromia region. He started his political career at the age of 15 by joining the then Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO) now Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), a militant group, as a radio operator. His military career included his participation as a member of the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda and participation in the Ethio-Eritrean border war. In 2008, he helped found the Information Network Security Agency (INSA), the intelligence agency of Ethiopia, and served as one of its first directors. In 2014 he was elected as a member of the Ethiopian parliament, representing Agaro electoral district in Oromia Regional State. Later he also served as head of the Oromia House and Urban Development Office and later as deputy president of the Oromia Regional state. On Monday April 02, 2018, Abiy was sworn in as the Prime Minister of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The Prime Minister was lauded for launching swift changes in the political space by implementing transformational moves that saw the end of twenty years of stalemate between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the release of thousands of political prisoners, the lifting of a ban on political parties and persons who were barred from entering the country and the opening up of political space in the country. On October 11, 2019 Prime Minister Abiy became the first Ethiopian leader to win the Nobel Prize for Peace for his bold decisions to end the decade old "no-war, no-peace" situation between Ethiopia and Eritrea, for his constructive roles in brokering peace among East African countries, and for championing democracy locally.





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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:

Has anyone ever called you dramatic? Or a drama-queen? Or that you are blowing things out of proportion? Or that you are creating a mountain out of a molehill? If so, then it may be because you have interpreted a situation in an exaggerated manner whereby you perceived it to be worse than it actually was in reality.

So, how do you know if you are catastrophising? Well, next time you are in a situation which evokes a reaction in you to say “Oh No!” or “What if!!!”, it may be that you are catastrophising.

Catastrophising is to present or perceive a situation to be a lot worse than it actually is. Often when people harbour unprocessed emotional pain or trauma, they may have a tendency to catastrophise events in their lives. The reality may not be as bad as they may perceive it to be, yet they become defensive and react to the situation with high caution.

For example, statements like the following:
“Oh no, I haven’t received his/her text reply. Maybe he/she just doesn’t care about me”
“He hasn’t said much today...what if he’s having an affair?”
“Oh no! I’m having a chest ache!...what if I’m having a heart attack”

All these statements have one thing in common - a negative thinking pattern known as “unhelpful thinking styles”.

Identify Your Thinking Style

Think of a situation where you may have catastrophised.

Describe the situation What were your thoughts at the time? What were your feelings during this situation?

Strategies To Stop Catastrophising
Constant catastrophising zaps away all joy from your life. The following strategies may help overcome the habit of catastrophising.

1. In any given situation, identify what is real. Resist the temptation to exaggerate things in your mind. If you are confused about what is real, ask someone.
2. Belly breathing - the moment you feel the need to express “Oh no!” or “What if”, bring your awareness to your breathing. Take in slow, deep breaths and feel the movement of your belly as you inhale and exhale. This brings your awareness to the present moment.
3. Focus on the situation at hand, NOT on a similar situation that may have happened in the past or with someone you know. Every single situation has its unique set of reasons and deserves to be examined without comparison.
4. Lie down - whenever the feeling of “Oh no” or “What if” overwhelms you, lie down. Try to have a nap to relax the nervous system.
5. Make wudu - bring your awareness to make wudu with complete mindfulness. Perform each action with focus.

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: A calzone is an Italian oven-baked folded pizza that originated in Naples in the 18th century.


Vegetarian Calzone


Recipe credit: Ayesha Randeree



Basic yeast dough
2 cups flour
2 tsp instant yeast

1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
2 tblsp oil
30 g butter
1 egg
½ cup milk
cup water

  1. Sift flour in bowl

  2. Add in dry ingredients

  3. Heat milk, water and butter till warm.

  4. Add eggs and oil

  5. Add to dry ingredients

  6. Knead by machine using a dough hook attachment.

  7. Knead for about 5 mins

  8. Allow to rise till double in size

  9. Break off equal size balls

  10. Roll out to saucer size

  11. Spread with sauce and filling on half and seal and fold the edges to close

  12. Brush with beaten egg, sprinkle with black sesame seeds and bake at 200 deg until golden brown.

    Optional : serve with extra pizza sauce


Peppers finely sliced
Mushrooms sliced and fried
Artichokes chopped
Kalamata olives sliced
Roasted baby tomatoes
Baby spinach leaves finely chopped
Feta cheese crumbled
Mozzarella cheese grated
Green chillies chopped
Basil leaves chopped (optional)
Salt and pepper

Mix together filling ingredients
Adjust seasoning



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Keeping Fit with Kareema










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It’s simple… feeling sluggish? Try some of the following:

DEHYDRATION - drink more water
DIET – the body uses food as fuel. Eat nutrient-rich foods
STRESS – take some time out for you. Mindful meditation
EXERCISE – this will help feed the brain & release the feel-good hormones
CAFFEINE – too much will keep you from getting a good night’s sleep
POOR POSTURE – avoid sitting for long periods at a time if possible. Stretch or go for a brief walk
• In general, try to move more every day



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Nabbilludin: "Yes, I have one that's just under two."



Jallalludin: "Habbibi, I think I know how many one is!"



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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! Fear Allah, and [always] say a word directed to the Right: that He may make your conduct whole and sound and forgive you your sins.....


~ Surah Al-Ahzab 33:70-71


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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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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.

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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

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

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

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Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

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