EST. 2004


Sunday 25 January 2020 | Issue 0794



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


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




l to r: Janeth Deen OAM (MCF), Sallymatu Kuyateh (MCF), Galila Abdelsalam OAM (IWAA), Farouk Adam (MCF), Osman Rane (MCF), Yusuf Khatree (MCF)


Abdul Samim Khan (Logan Roos Football Club) with Cameron Dick MP (left) and Jim Chalmers MP (right) and his family

Jim Chalmers MP presented community leaders and workers with the Local Legend Awards as part of the Australia Day celebrations.


He told the recipients:

"As your Federal Member, I am frequently amazed by the selfless acts which help make ours a community which looks out for each other and looks after each other and by people who enhance our quality of life by dedicating their skills, enthusiasm and energy in a diverse range of causes right around our electorate."


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Reported by Raj Raaz (Secretary ISQ Inc.)



The Islamic Society of Queensland Inc. held its first Mawlid program for 2020 on the Saturday 11 January at the Rochedale Masjid from Magrib to Esha.

The key note address was delivered by Maulana Yousef who presented the Islamic perspective of environmental protection and resource conservation under the current global climate.


The focus was also on the younger generation learning and understanding the Islamic appreciation of the universe and our earth in particular and how we can take a better care of the global resources.

The attendance at the program was very well received by the Society who had hosted the program, providing meals and dessert to all those attending.


The Society again reminds all Muslims in the area that they are invited to the monthly Milaad program at the Rochedale Masjid every second Saturday of the month commencing at Magrib and concluding at Esha with a free dinner and dessert.



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Topic: 'Relief from Gold Coast to Bushfire victims'

In this video, you will see the journey from the Gold Coast to Sydney onwards to Mogo, Narooma and Cobargo to distribute relief items to bushfire victims.

The group consisted of Husain Baba representing the Multicultural Social Network, Hussin Goss from ICARE, Samsul Hadi and Kareem.







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The 2020 Muslim 500








“There are many reasons why vulnerable young people join militant groups, but among them are poverty and ignorance. Indeed Boko Haram – which translates in English, roughly, as ‘Western Education Is Sinful’ – prey on the perverted belief that the opportunities that education brings is sinful.”

“Religion must never be used as an excuse to divide us, oppress others or gain unfair advantage.”


$16 billion China’s investment in Nigeria’s gas industry

250 ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Muhammadu Buhari

President of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari won his second term as President of Nigeria in February 2019, beating his rival by more than three million votes.

Military Past: President Buhari began his military career at the Nigerian Military Training School of Kaduna in 1963. He was involved in military counter-coups in 1966 and 1975, and the coup of 1983 which overthrew the democratically-elected government and resulted in him being head of state for two years. During these years, he gained fame for his allout war against corruption and indiscipline, a reputation he has since kept. In 1985 he was overthrown and kept in detention for 3 years.

Anti-Corruption Presidential Candidate: President Buhari ran as the main opposition candidate in the presidential elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011, all ending in defeat, before winning in 2015. His platform was built around his image as a staunch anti-corruption fighter and his reputation for honesty and incorruptibility. He is considered an icon by the Muslims of northern Nigeria, but enjoys nationwide respect due to his stance on corruption.

Fighting Boko Haram: The President has put defeating Boko Haram on top of his agenda. Boko Haram’s actions have consistently caused international outrage, and the President has publicly committed to stop the terror attacks. In July 2014, he escaped a suicide bombing attack that killed over 50 people. On 6 May 2017, Buhari’s government secured a release of 82 out of 276 girls kidnapped in 2014, in exchange for five Boko Haram leaders. President Buhari met with the released Chibok girls, before departing to London, UK, for a follow up treatment for an undisclosed illness; health concerns continue.

Economy and infrastructure: President Buhari was the first chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and was the mastermind behind the construction of 20 oil depots throughout Nigeria, a project involving over 3200 kilometres of pipelines. Both the Warri and Kaduna refineries were built under his leadership. He also established the blueprints for the country’s petro-chemical and liquefied natural gas programmes.

Environment: President Buhari is an active environmentalist who has drafted several plans to preserve wildlife in Nigeria. He has also exerted great efforts on the conservation of nature in Nigeria; such as controlling the logging industry whereby he has ensured that double the number of trees felled are replaced by loggers. He has also worked on restricting the Ecological Fund Office so it can deliver on environmental challenges.




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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







....continued from last week's CCN


The mufti was second in charge after the governor, acting as a supreme judge and head of religious affairs. İbrahim related:

If there was tension or an uprisings in a region, the Ottoman Sultan would send my grandfather to that region. Because he was like a fire fighter. He was seen by the Ottoman rulers, particularly the Sultan, as a religious leader who had the ability to untangle the problems.

Ozkul’s study in 2013 supports İbrahim’s assessment. The muftis’ mission was to publish a fatwa (authoritative legal opinion) to help solve conflicts. They were also naturally assisting Muslim judges (kadi-naip), the heads of Sharia court (Şer’i Mahkeme), because they belonged to the ilmiye (elite scholars) class. Muftis were councillors to the Sharia Court.


One of the muftis’ tasks was to teach sharia in madrasah because they were trusted by the people, including non-Muslims, in Cyprus.


Sometimes they would be called as witnesses in the courts. Also, the Ottoman Sultans would determine their Cyprus policy based on muftis’ reports, in particular after it came under the control of the British Empire.


Born in 1932 in Larnaca, Cyprus, İbrahim was surrounded by Turks, Greeks, Armenians, Jews and Arabs. He was exposed to a mix of faiths and cultures, which continue to enrich Cyprus. Growing up in harmony with people of different faiths and cultures gave rise to his love of humanity and belief in coexistence. Religion and spirituality were like blood running in the veins of İbrahim’s family. Children were named after prophets or their relatives.


Ibrahim’s educational upbringing showcases the multicultural environment within which he was raised. In Cyprus he attended the American Academy, a Baptist missionary school founded in 1908 by Rev. McCaroll and Mrs McCaroll, who were from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.


After graduating from the academy, İbrahim attended the British Technology Institute. The influence of his Western education clashed at times with his traditional upbringing based on Islam and Ottoman patriotism.


According to İbrahim, there was anti-Ottoman propaganda at the academy. Ottomans were called “karasakallilar,” black bearded people who are not civilised and brutal for achieving their imperialist policy in the island.


While his upbringing had an air of multiculturalism, it was also rife with Eurocentric attitudes that were often against the location’s traditional culture.










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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





An Aboriginal Land: What I learnt about the country growing up here

By Naseema Mustapha




I grew up here, from Grade 2 (1977) until University I knew nothing of the true history of Australia, even with my fancy private school education. When I finally did a course called Australian Indigenous Practice as part of my Human Services degree at Griffith Uni, I was in tears at almost every lecture.

How deeply ashamed I was and still am, at my lack of education on Australia's true people. The lack of understanding of their daily and historical struggles. The lack of empathy and compassion due to my own ignorance.

The disgusting way that white Australia had brainwashed me and my family and every other immigrant to this land, that Aboriginal people are lazy, drug addicts and alcoholics. And they continue to brainwash us immigrants and refugees on a daily basis.

I lived 25 years in this country without taking any responsibility to know the truth. Just accepting the white version. Knowing very well what white man had done in my own country South Africa and in my homeland India. Destructive colonisers and murderers that they are.

My journey of education began then. 2003.

I made a commitment to educate myself and my children as much as I could about the true beauty of this country. It's original peoples.

My education on this is only scratching the surface. This country is systematically designed to keep them down and us ignorant. But in the age of information when we have knowledge in our palm, we are now responsible and answerable for being part of the oppression.



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Invasion Day?: Why do we still celebrate Australia Day on 26 January?

by Faseeha Hashmi




An Indigenous man holds up a sign at an Invasion Day rally outside Melbourne's Parliament House.

To countless Indigenous people, Australia Day represents ‘Survival’, ‘Invasion’ and most regrettably, a ‘Day of Mourning’, yet every year Australia faces the same existential crisis over the hailing of its founding day. With such high levels of controversy; how should Australia salute this contentious day, if at all.

For many of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the annual Australia Day celebration that falls on the 26 January, is a day with little to celebrate. Instead, this day commemorates the loss of their sovereign rights over their land, people and culture. So why do we celebrate such a painful day?

Historically, 26 January is a date of significance to many, as it marks the arrival of the First Fleet landing in 1788 in New South Wales. On this momentous day, Captain Arthur Phillip commander of the eleven convict ships from Great Britain and the first Governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove, to raise the Union Jack. This signalled the emancipation of British convicts and the birth of the new colony.

On the other hand, for the native people this spelt doomsday. Aboriginal activist Michael Mansell explains that the day represents how the British annihilated and dispossessed native people from the moment they stepped foot on the country.

“Australia is the only country that relies on the arrival of Europeans on its shores as being so significant (that), it should herald the official national day,” explained Mansell.

Mansell expressed that for him, the date painfully marks the anniversary of European arrival and the violent action that took place thereafter; and is a distressing memory of “the coming of one race at the expense of another”.

Indeed, the general public has become more aware of these sorrowful facts, with attitudes beginning to change. As annually, a growing number of Australians protest over the meaning of Australia Day.

Alternative dates have been proposed for Australia Day over the years. However, without any strong political will, the holiday has remained unchanged.

Some Melbourne councillors have previously voted to drop all references to Australia Day, with politicians such as Councillor for the Socialist Alliance, Sue Bolton comparing the day to “celebrating the Nazi holocaust”.

Sue Bolton went further to explain her comment that hosting ceremonies for Australian citizenship and other festive events on this day as “grossly insensitive” to the Australian Indigenous people.

Several Australia Day fireworks displays have been cancelled this year, however, its reason is not what you may think. Victoria’s State government has officially announced the cancellation of the Australia Day fireworks in Docklands out of respect for bushfire victims amid Australia’s unprecedented and ferocious bushfire season.

The cancellation is not the first, with Geelong and the City of Whitehorse in Melbourne’s east also scrapping their fireworks displays. Whilst in NSW, Parramatta has also cancelled its exhibitions, with fresh calls to abandon fireworks in South Australia as well.

This raises the question, that if Australians can be respectful to the struggles of bushfire victims in turbulent times, the same sensibilities and understanding ought to be placed on our Indigenous people. Therefore, should Australians not regard our First Nations people with greater sensitivity?

In Sydney, the Inner West Council has moved to scrap Australia Day celebrations all-together, in favour of Aboriginal Yabun festival which its leadership believes better reflects the views of Indigenous Australians.

The Yabun Festival is an opportunity to acknowledge the significance of our native people and is the largest one-day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia.

Mayor Darcy Byrne said the move casts more progressive and contemporary attitudes on the tone of the day, considering that there could be alternative views and methods to signify the day.

“For Aboriginal people, January 26, marks the beginning of colonisation, dispossession, the removal of children and deliberate destruction of language and culture,” expressed an empathic Byrne.

In Victoria, Darebin, Yarra and Moreland Councils have already moved to cease observing 26 January as Australia Day. Fremantle in Western Australia has also done the same, as growing counter-movement has emerged refuting the relevance of the national holiday.

“There’s no need for the community to lose anything but there is a more mature and respectful way for our Council to mark the day,” said Mr Byrne.




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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....


In its latest report, released earlier this month, the National Crime Records Bureau has carefully left out data on mob lynchings. According to the Indian news site The Quint, there have been 113 deaths by mob violence since 2015. Lynchers, and others accused in hate crimes including mass murder have been rewarded with public office and honored by ministers in Modi’s cabinet. Modi himself, usually garrulous on Twitter, generous with condolences and birthday greetings, goes very quiet each time a person is lynched. Perhaps it’s unreasonable to expect a prime minister to comment every time a dog comes under the wheels of someone’s car. Particularly since it happens so often.

Here in the United States, on September 22, 2019—five days after Modi’s birthday party at the Narmada dam site—60,000 Indian Americans gathered in the NRG Stadium in Houston. The “Howdy, Modi!” extravaganza there has already become the stuff of urban legend. President Donald Trump was gracious enough to allow a visiting prime minister to introduce him as a special guest in his own country, to his own citizens. Several members of the US Congress spoke, their smiles too wide, their bodies arranged in attitudes of ingratiation. Over a crescendo of drumrolls and wild cheering, the adoring crowd chanted, “Modi! Modi! Modi!” At the end of the show, Trump and Modi linked hands and did a victory lap. The stadium exploded. In India, the noise was amplified a thousand times over by carpet coverage on television channels. “Howdy” became a Hindi word. Meanwhile, news organizations ignored the thousands of people protesting outside the stadium.

Not all the roaring of the 60,000 in the Houston stadium could mask the deafening silence from Kashmir. That day, September 22, marked the 48th day of curfew and communication blockade in the valley.

Once again, Modi has managed to unleash his unique brand of cruelty on a scale unheard of in modern times. And, once again, it has endeared him further to his loyal public. When the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill was passed in India’s parliament on August 6 there were celebrations across the political spectrum. Sweets were distributed in offices, and there was dancing in the streets. A conquest—a colonial annexation, another triumph for the Hindu Nation—was being celebrated. Once again, the conquerors’ eyes fell on the two primeval trophies of conquest—women and land. Statements by senior BJP politicians, and patriotic pop videos that notched up millions of views, legitimized this indecency. Google Trends showed a surge in searches for the phrases “marry a Kashmiri girl” and “buy land in Kashmir.”

It was not all limited to loutish searches on Google. Within days of the siege, the Forest Advisory Committee cleared 125 projects that involve the diversion of forest land for other uses.

In the early days of the lockdown, little news came out of the valley. The Indian media told us what the government wanted us to hear. Kashmiri newspapers were completely censored. They carried pages and pages of news about cancelled weddings, the effects of climate change, the conservation of lakes and wildlife sanctuaries, tips on how to live with diabetes and front-page government advertisements about the benefits that Kashmir’s new, downgraded legal status would bring to the Kashmiri people. Those “benefits” are likely to include the building of big dams that control and commandeer the water from the rivers that flow through Kashmir. They will certainly include the erosion that results from deforestation, the destruction of the fragile Himalayan ecosystem, and the plunder of Kashmir’s bountiful natural wealth by Indian corporations.




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 Rewind 2019 | MAA International




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Impassioned plea from Hussin Goss










 My Father Sheikh Ahmed Deedat by son Yousuf Deedat



Mr Yousuf Deedat, a leading Muslim scholar and activist in South Africa, passed away at St Anne’s hospital at 14:40 pm on Friday 17 January 2020. Mr Deedat was fatally wounded on the Wednesday when he was shot by an unknown gunman in Verulam. He was airlifted to hospital where his condition was critical. His family and friends were at his bedside when he passed away peacefully.









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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 25 January 2020

TOPIC: "Modesty(حياء): Unique character of Islam"
IMAM: Ahmed Naffa












Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 25 January 2020

TOPIC: "Quality of Actions" Part 5

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 













Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 25 January 2020


IMAM: Sheikh Luqman











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 25 January 2020

TOPIC: "Shaddaads jannath"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 25 January 2020

TOPIC: "How Allah protected the Emaan of the youth in the cave"

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








Princess Salma becomes Jordan's first Fighter female pilot    


King Abdullah of Jordan presented his daughter, Princess Salma, with her aviation wings - the first wings presented to a woman in the country.


JORDAN: Jordan’s Princess Salma bint Abdullah just made history, becoming her country’s first female jet pilot. The news came shortly after her completion of the theoretical and practical pilot training with the Jordanian Armed Forces.

King Abdullah presented his 19-year-old daughter with her aviation wings at the Husseiniya Palace in Amman, marking her official entry as a military pilot at the Jordanian Armed Forces. Also attending the ceremony were her mother, Queen Rania, and her older brother, Crown Prince Hussein, who took to Instagram to congratulate his sister, calling her “brilliant and hard-working as always.”

The princess had previously graduated from a commissioning course at the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in November 2018, which King Abullah and several other members of the Royal Family had also attended. Her paternal aunt, Princess Aisha bint Hussein, was the first Arab woman to attend the academy and graduated in 1987, later serving in Jordan’s special forces.

Arab female pilots have been on the rise in the past decade or so, with the UAE currently employing around 50, and Egypt employing around 12 as of two years ago. Jordan's Carol Rabadi was the first female captain to pilot a Royal Jordanian flight, but the princess is the first in her country's history to become a female military pilot.

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









Rethinking Islam & the West: A New Narrative for the Age of Crises



Ahmed Paul Keeler





ISLAM AND THE WEST have been neighbours for 1400 years. The West grew up under the shadow of Islam, and then after the Renaissance, in a dramatic reversal of roles, the West became world conquerors and subdued all other cultures and civilisations, including Islam. This transformation ushered in the modern world, a world unlike any that had existed before.

All nations are now judged according to their scientific progress, technological development and economic growth. And yet, humanity is now experiencing multiple crises that are threatening our very existence. Population explosion, financial, social and political instability, the alarming growth of mental illness, the threat of nuclear annihilation and climate change all loom over humanity like a dark cloud. Simultaneously, the world is witnessing a dangerous escalation in the polarisation between Islam and the West.

In this thought-provoking book, we are invited to view the crises we are facing and the tangled relationship between Islam and the West through a different lens. Keeler proposes that the true yardstick for measuring success should be the balance achieved between the spiritual, social and material needs of humanity; a balance which makes it possible to live in harmony with nature. When the world is viewed from this perspective, a completely different picture of Islam and the West emerges:



AMUST commentary by Bilal Cleland







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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:
How To Communicate With People Who Negatively Trigger You

Two kinds of people exist in your life. One kind brings love, light, peace and joy into your life and enhances you in your journey to get closer to ALLAH. The other kind does exactly the opposite. They are the toxic kind and they suck out of you love, light, peace and joy and become a hindrance in your practice of becoming closer to ALLAH.

In the core of your being, you are always able to identify these two kinds of people. However there may be times when you are unable to effectively build, maintain and respect your protective boundaries that stop these toxic people from affecting you. They seem to get their way, manipulate you into believing in their falsehood and convince you that their way is the only way. Sadly, sometimes their toxicity rubs off on you and you begin to dwell in their toxic energy so much so that your own decision-making and your choices become affected. Ultimately, you become so engrossed in their toxic cycle of gossiping, bullying, put-downs, name-calling or constant bickering and criticising that you begin to participate in that cycle and even seek their approval to find meaning in your own life. You may do this because you care for them and don’t want to hurt their feelings.

The toxic behaviours displayed by these people may be negatively triggering you. It is now time to become aware of these people in your life and re-evaluate your relationship with them. Your life is a gift from ALLAH and you have every right to protect your emotional and physical health from toxic people the same way you would if you were around toxic chemicals.

10 Strategies On Dealing With People Who Negatively Trigger You

1. Make a list of people in your life who often cause you to feel drained and tired after you interact with them.
2. Write down exactly how these interactions affect your body and your mind. Describe in detail the way you feel whenever you are in contact with them.
3. Become mindful of these physical and mental responses so that whenever these people interact with you, you will immediately notice these signs in your body and mind.
4. If the person is physically with you or talking to you on the phone or online, spend more time LISTENING. While you listen, observe your own bodily sensations...Is your heart rate getting faster while you are interacting with them? Is your chest feeling painful or heavy? Is your throat becoming dry or painful? Are your ears hurting? Is your mood becoming angry or negative? Are you holding your breath more?
5. Use these observations as a sign that this person is in need of your duaa. Start making silent duaa for him/her.
6. Take deep breaths and start focussing on ALLAH. You will notice that the person will begin to feel your calm energy and will either take your leave, become silent or begin to say something positive.
7. If the person is communicating with you via text messages, allow yourself time to read first and then put your gadget away to respond to their message at a later time. You do not have to respond immediately. Change the settings of your phone app so that the person is not aware whether you have read their message or not. It’s not an emergency. If it were an emergency they would be calling 000, not texting you.
8. If the text messages become too aggressive, delete them. You don’t need to read them at all. You are in charge.
9. Identify your boundaries in your relationships and respect them. Once you respect your own boundaries, others will learn to respect them too.
10. Always remember, you are answerable ONLY to ALLAH, no one else.

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Scones are a deeply satisfying way to sweeten a gentle afternoon spent at home.


Date Nut & Cardamom Scones





  1. Sift 2 cups flour

  2. 4 tsp baking powder

  3. ¼ cup castor sugar

  4. 1 tsp ground cardamom

  5. ½ cup chopped dates

  6. ¼ cup chopped almonds

  7. 100 g butter cut into squares

  8. ½ cup yoghurt

  9. ½ cup milk

  10. 1 egg

  11. 1 tsp vanilla essence


  1. Lightly rub butter into flour

  2. Add remaining dry ingredients to the bowl

  3. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl

  4. Add to the bowl of flour

  5. Mix gently to form a soft dough

  6. Roll out and cut using a scone cutter

  7. Brush with milk

  8. Bake in a pre-heated 200 deg oven until golden brown



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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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We all want what’s best for our kids, so give them the best start to life.


Keep them active by keeping active..


Leading a healthy, active lifestyle should be a family approach and will give kids the opportunity to carry the healthy behaviours into their adult life.


It can’t get any better than that.

As parents we really do have the capacity to make a difference in our children’s lives and ensure healthy food and regular activity is top-of-list for a better future.


So hop to it!



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The CCN Chuckle





Mechanical engineers Jallalludin and Habibullah were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up.

A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.

“We are supposed to find the height of the flagpole,” said Jallaludin, "but we do not have a ladder.”

The woman said, "Hand me that wrench out of your toolbox."

She loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down.

Then she took a tape measure from their toolbox, took a measurement, and announced, “10m, 350mm,” and walked away.

Habibullah shook his head and laughed.

“That is just like a Miss know-it-all woman! We ask for the height and she gives us the length!”

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Now, when trouble touches man, he cries to Us: but when We bestow a favour upon him as from Ourselves, he says, "This has been given to me because of a certain knowledge [I have]!"


Nay, but this is but a trial, but most of them do not understand!


~ Surah Az-Zumar 39:49


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"One of the marvels of the world

is the sight of a soul sitting in prison

with the key in its hand."



~ Rumi




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The Indonesian Diaspora Queensland and Rotary Club of Archerfield are hosting the fundraiser event for "Bushfire and Drought Relief".


The event will be held on February 29, 2020 in Brisbane.


This event will also be an opportunity for all our attendee to engage with committed hard working members of various community who will be joining us on the night.


Invitation have also been extended to Ambassador of Republic of Indonesia for Australia in Canberra and Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia in Sydney. Also to local government representatives.


Please join us in this fundraising night. The Night will be wrap as "Indonesian Cultural Night" with Indonesian Foods, Dances and Fashions. Please support us by purchasing the tickets and invite others. Ticket price is $35 pp or $315 per table. Ticket is purchase via Eventbrite. Cash Donation are welcome.



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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).

Please RSVP to
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."

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.







































































(07) 3272 8071 OR 0401 971 471



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Donations & Appeals









Shoebox4syria is happening!!


It's the 4th time in 5 years we have been involved.  MarshaAllah Brisbane sent more than 1450 backpacks (with the Islamic Society of Algester and friends packing over 670 backpacks with the generous monetary donations) in last year's very short campaign! This year we will exceed that InshaAllah! 2020 in 2020!


Please donate at  (Deadline February 8)




Please NO liquids, food/lollies/chocolates, sharp items, old/second hand items in the backpacks and shoeboxes!


Any queries please contact Liyana 0414 488 894


We thank you in advance for your kind contribution and may the priceless excitement and smiles on a child's face warm all your hearts!


Pack day is still TBC.
















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"If it's not here's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email






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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


6 September





Crescents of Brisbane


Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786



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


Download the programme here.










Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




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















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Useful Links




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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

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

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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


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