EST. 2004


Sunday 2 February 2020 | Issue 0795



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Professor Mohamad ABDALLA, AM


In this years 2020 Australia Day Honours an AM was awarded to Professor Mohamad ABDALLA (pictured right) for his significant service to education in the field of Islamic studies, and an OAM was awarded to Ms Faiza EL-HIGZI (pictured left) for her service to the community through social welfare organisations.



Ms Tasneem CHOPRA (pictured below) of Victoria received an OAM for her service to the community through a range of roles.





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The Islamic Council of Queensland facilitated a workshop of leaders of local organizations to identify strengths and opportunities within the Muslim community of Queensland.


The workshop was held at the Islamic College of Brisbane Function Hall and some 20 organizations were represented some as far afield as Mareeba, Mackay and Gladstone.


Some of the priority items identified from the deliberations included:

  • Qld Muslim Helpline

  • Drug and rehab centre

  • Central database of services

  • Employment services

  • Coordinate community fundraising

  • Greater youth involvement

  • Increasing female youth engagement

If you feel you can help with any of these initiatives, email





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The Australia Day Awards recognises extraordinary citizens who have made a contribution to improve our city. They may have achieved something special in the current year and/or served the local community over many years.

These citizens were acknowledged and celebrated at an event held at the Logan Entertainment Centre on Sunday 26 January 2020.

From right to left:
Saalihah Seedat, Gabrielle Crotty, Annette Bird, Shirley Fryer, Jason Roebig



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On 18 January, Sisters Support Services joined Brothers in Need at the Rochedale Mosque to raise funds for people who have been affected by the recent bushfire.


It was a beneficial fun filled family day out.


The bushfire Fundraising event was filled with lawn games, a soccer tournament, henna and clothing stalls as well as some great food and desserts.

Despite the warm weather, there was a large turnout and great community support.


Sisters Support Services thanks the community for helping to make this a successful fundraising event, all for a good cause




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On Saturday the 25 January the Hurricane Stars Club Inc hired the Bayside Water Park at Carbrook. After anxiously watching the weather reports all week, everyone was very grateful for the cloudy but warm weather on Saturday that made it a wonderful afternoon. They booked the whole lake, so it could be made into a lady’s only space, with only female staff on duty and no men around and miraculously everyone arrived on time. The ladies were able to try cable skiing with either a knee board or wake board, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and paddle boating.

It was the first ever ladies only water park event and 60 ladies and a small number of children attended. The lake was full of the sound of lady’s laughter as ladies from different backgrounds, nationalities and ages, had 2 hours of fun at the lake. It allowed the ladies to challenge themselves to new experiences in a variety of ways. Ladies who had only ever swam in swimming pools challenged themselves to swim for the first time in a lake where the water was not clear and they swam around and learned to enjoy touching the muddy bottom of the lake.

Other brave sisters who could not swim, put on life jackets and tried out the variety of water-based activities and they surprised themselves and found they were very good at it. Even thought there was a high possibility that they would fall off the board in the middle of the lake with only a lifejacket to prevent them from drowning and knowing they would have to swim back to land, some brave sisters who could not swim tried knee boarding. All attendees tried knee boarding to various degrees of success, as some first-time knee boarders were able to knee board immediately and others took a number of attempts before they were successful.


Our volunteer program coordinator was happy to be able join the activity this time, as she is usually too busy organising the events to join in the fun. As the day was a wonderful success and the ladies asked to do the activity regularly, the Hurricane Stars Club Inc plans to make this activity a yearly event for the ladies to enjoy.




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ICQ 2019 Citizenship Ceremony


Following on from its successful inaugural citizenship ceremony in 2019, the Islamic Council of Qld will be hosting its second ceremony on 8 February from 2-4 pm at the Holland Park Function Hall.


One hundred people will be receiving their Australian citizenship.

We will be keeping the car park for VIP guests and government officials as well as disabled people receiving citizenship. On street parking will also be required for conferees. Police presence has been required to control the traffic.

ICQ is the first Islamic organisation in Australia to host citizenship ceremonies.



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Sister Iqra facilitated two workshops at the Kuraby Mosque this month for young boys and girls.

The two workshops were about Dream-building and Values, and Mind and Body Wellness

"These workshops were highly interactive and I am grateful for the positive feedback I've received from Imam Ahmed Naffa and parents," Sister Iqra told CCN.


Typical feedback about the workshop: "Jazakhallahu Khairan. Our son thoroughly enjoyed your workshops. 'Awesome' was the word he used to describe it. May Allah reward you for all your effort."



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Again the Australian Muslim community has once again united to make a Joint Submission on the Second Exposure Draft.


More than 160 organizations involved in the Australian Muslim community were signatories to this submission (see Schedule 1 for the list of organizations).


This submission puts forward proposals aimed at mitigating the chance of another terror event like those that befell Christchurch from occurring in Australia.


On the 2 October 2019, a submission on the first exposure draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 (the Bill) was made.


That submission:

(a) Raised a concern about the increasing experience of anti-Muslim sentiment in the Australian Muslim community which extended to vilification and other endangering conduct on the grounds of a person's religious identity and/or the manifestation of that person's faith;
(b) Noted the absence of adequate and consistent appropriate laws at the federal level and also across the States and Territories to deal with the conduct of concern; and
(c) Sought for a new civil remedy to be included in the Bill dealing with vilification.

It is apparent that the second exposure draft of the Bill remains silent on the issue of vilification on the grounds of person's religious belief or activity. As such, this further submission relating to the second exposure draft of the Bill again highlights the need for some civil remedy to be included in the Bill, to address the real and present concerns relating to vilification, and conduct, which presents a risk or endangerment to the wellbeing and lives of people of faith.

In the second exposure draft, the Government carves out what harmful expression cannot be protected by the Bill. This submission simply asks that this clause work both ways to operate as a shield for people of faith.





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ABC report from Darwin


Abu Hanifa Institute is calling for support to complete it's Before 1770 project:


"Now is the time to act and change the narrative. We cannot do this without you.

We are nearly there but need your support. The last two hurdles remain. Voice your opinion through your donation and shift the discourse. The elements to be revealed in this coming documentary will leave you in wonder and leave Australians with an even greater appreciation to the extraordinary history this land is home to and its First Nations People."


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Real chat with Rita




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



The spiritual quest of a Muslim (convert) woman

My own identity is complicated because although I took the Shahada a few years ago, I am also Lebanese and my extended family is Lebanese Muslim. So there are some things I can connect on with born Muslims even though my immediate family growing up was not religious. This is nothing unusual. Many of us have stories that refuse to fit neatly within boxes. But it might be also why I took a particular interest in the Islam in Australia survey last year.

The study, led by Associate Professor Halim Rane and a research team at Griffith University, detailed a picture of Muslims in Australia and how they identify with, understand, interpret and express Islam.

Alhamdulillah, their research opened up important conversations from many angles, ranging from Quranic interpretation, degrees of felt community connection and the experiences of born/raised Muslims compared to converted Muslims.

Participating in a focus group on the survey results last fortnight, it was liberating to have a space for candid and deep reflection from a variety of viewpoints.

Every time I attend an event where I can be myself and be completely honest, it’s like a weight is lifted.

One of the issues raised was why convert women in particular tend to feel the most isolated. One of my comments was how challenged I am by gender segregation. The difficulty in broaching deeper spiritual questions where the majority of knowledge holders appear to be men; and where women don’t have the same access to traditional, spiritual inquiry and conversation. There is nothing more nourishing that being able to participate in a table conversation about spirituality in the presence of formidable spiritual men and women.

As a newish Muslim woman, traversing the complex landscape of new community, new politics, new battlegrounds – a solid foundation in Islam is so important. But for the most part, I feel like a trainee scuba diver, splashing around underwater, getting glimpses of the shadowy azure depths. In all the issues we face as a community, I wonder whether the ongoing spiritual journey of women will ever rise towards the top.

ICQ’s Playing your part workshop

I was really heartened today to be part of this community experience, and to facilitate the brainstorming and discernment sessions. What warmed my heart in particular, was seeing new faces step up and come through – but also some retired Elders stepping up too. Every generation brings strengths. Of course, collaboration is a skill and it’s what you make it. Creating space for those with the time, passion and fresh perspective to take the lead with the thinking behind project ideas, while still having the ‘sounding board’ and ‘force multiplier effect’ of those more experienced about them, might open new possibilities. Let’s see, Insha’Allah.



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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The 2020 Muslim 500








“Terrorism cannot be born of religion. Terrorism is the product of corrupt minds, hardened hearts, and arrogant egos, and corruption, destruction, and arrogance are unknown to the heart attached to the divine.”

“In Egypt, a civil state means a modern nationalist state that is compatible with Islamist provisions.”


10 years – served as the Grand Mufti of Egypt

4.3 million followers on social media.

Ali Gomaa

Former Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Sheikh Ali Gomaa is the former Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He is one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the world. Despite retiring from the post of Grand Mufti of Egypt in 2013, Gomaa has remained active on many fronts and his counsel is more in demand than ever before.

Egypt’s Weight in Islamic Scholarship: Gomaa’s scholarly influence is derived from his position at the centre of many of the most significant institutions of Islamic law in the world. Before becoming Grand Mufti, Gomaa was a professor of jurisprudence at AlAzhar University—the second oldest university in the world, founded in 975 CE—Gomaa also served as a member of the Fatwa Council. He is currently a member of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, the highest institute of Islamic law in the Organization of the Islamic Conference—an intergovernmental organization for Muslim-majority countries. Gomaa has authored over 50 books, as well as hundreds of articles.

Visit to the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque Controversy: On April 18th, 2012, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, with HRH Prince Ghazi of Jordan, broke what had been a 45 year taboo in some parts of the Islamic World (propagated notably by Qatar based Sheikh Al-Qaradawi) and visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to pray there and support the beleaguered Muslim community in Jerusalem. The visit was viewed as controversial in Egypt, but set off a change of public opinion in the Islamic World that continues to this day. The Grand Mufti also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which was much appreciated by the Christian community of Jerusalem.

Personal Popularity: Gomaa was exceedingly popular as a mufti and remains ever popular since his retirement, although some of his political statements and pro-military government stance after the Egyptian Revolution have tempered this support somewhat. Apart from appearing on popular broadcasts and satellite television programmes, he also revived the practice of informal ‘knowledge circles’ at the AlAzhar Mosque. At his very well attended Q&A sessions after his Friday sermons, Gomaa makes a point of taking on anyone who tries to simplify or distort Islamic teachings without knowledge of its traditions. This has made him extremely popular with those who vehemently oppose political Islam, as well as also making him a target for some extremist Islamists. He recently escaped an assassination attempt outside a mosque in Cairo.

Popularized and Simplified Fatwas: Gomaa has immense legal influence through his advocacy of Islamic religious edicts (fatwas). When he was Grand Mufti of Egypt, he modernized the process of issuing fatwas in the country. He did this by overhauling the Dar Al-Ifta organization into a dynamic institution with worldwide reach, based on a fatwa council and a system of checks and balances.




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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


Some of the things Braham learned at the academy contradicted what he had learned at home. The purpose of academy was “to provide Christian education, which encompassed not only academic training but a focus way of Christian learning.”


His instructors taught Ottoman history differently to what Ibrahim learned from his family. He envisioned the Ottomans as civilised people, dedicated to justice and social welfare, whereas his history books depicted an imperialist empire expanded by the sword. Doubts formed in his mind about the grand empire to which his family was loyal. He was hesitant to voice his doubts to his parents out of fear they would withdraw him from the academy.


There were more issues that added to the clash of cultures. Despite enjoying the dance lessons at school, Ibrahim did not attend them due to his religious and cultural background, which enforced separation of the sexes.


He was wary of what his parents would say if they found out about the few dancing lessons he took. During the 1940s, Larnaca was still conservative in terms of family values and gender relations. Boys and girls would mingle at the academy, but mixed activities would not occur too often after school.


Ibrahim questioned which way was correct: the lifestyle he experienced at the academy or at home. This uncertainty occasionally distracted Ibrahim from his studies. Sometimes he was left under the greater impression by his school life, but as he pondered over it, he felt guilty.


Most of the time, he wanted to follow his parents’ teachings instead of the school’s teachings. There were some students who converted to Protestantism from Greek Orthodoxy, Armenian Orthodoxy or Judaism. Ibrahim added, “There were a few Turks, but I had not known of any of them to change their faiths at the Academy.”










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 Why I ❤ Muslim Countries

Drew Binsky










NSW Australian Of The Year: Munjed Al Muderis



Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis arrived in Australia by boat, a people smuggler’s boat. His story began in Iraq, but even ten months in WA’s Curtin Immigration Detention Centre, couldn’t stop him becoming a fully-fledged Aussie legend.

The former refugee is the NSW Australian of the Year.










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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 31 January 2020

TOPIC: "Be the architect of your legacy"
IMAM: Ahmad Ghazaleh



[CCN Editor]


In this khutbah, the Imam speaks of the loss of Br Noor Mohammed Parker who passed away suddenly on Thursday afternoon at his workplace.


Br Noor's contribution to Kuraby Mosque is acknowledged, and his kind and endearing personality is held up as an example to be emulated.


The Friday prayer was followed by Br Noor's janaza and burial led by Imam Akram Buksh, and was attended by many hundred's who were visibly shaken and devastated by the news of his passing.


Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un










Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 31 January 2020

TOPIC: "Quality of Actions" Part 6

IMAM: Uzair Akbar














Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 31 January 2020

TOPIC: "Step towards death"

IMAM: Akram Buksh   











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 31 January 2020

TOPIC: "Prophet Eisa's interpretation of dream"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 31 January 2020

TOPIC: "Halal, Haram and the coronavirus punishment"

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








13 year old and TV chef among 28 Muslim named in the New Year’s Honours    



Top row: Ibrahim Yousaf BEM and Ali Akbor OBE. Centre row: Shabir Beg OBE, Subnum Hariff-Khan BEM and Parveen Hassan MBE. Bottom Row: Nadiya Hussain MBE, Afzal Pradhan BEM & Prof Sophie Gilliat-Ray OBE.


UK:Twenty-eight members of the Muslim community have been named in the New Year’s Honours, among them a TV chef, a thirteen-year-old fundraiser, several academics as well as a community cricket activist.

Overall, 9 per cent of those honoured come from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background, including 29 (2 CBEs, 6 OBEs, 12 MBEs and 9 BEMs) members of the Hindu and Sikh communities. Over half of the recipients in the New Year’s Honours List are women, including 44 per cent of awards at the highest levels.

Ibrahim ‘Ibby’ Yousaf, 13, is the youngest person in the country named in the list. Ibby was amongst those recognised with a BEM, for his fundraising for eleven charities in Oldham. They include Oldham Food Aid, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and Maggie’s Cancer Support. Ibby rallies fundraising efforts, finding sponsors and organising fundraising events, and also donates all the money he gets given for his birthday, pocket money or Eid.

His efforts are all the more remarkable because Ibby suffers a serious health condition and requires frequent visits to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. “I am in absolute shock and overwhelmed that I have been given this honour,” said Ibby.

Ali Akbor, Chief Executive of Unity Homes and Enterprise, spoke of his pride at being awarded an OBE. Akbor, who joined unity in 1999, was honoured for services to the community in Leeds. In a statement to The Muslim News, he said he was “deeply humbled” by the award, adding, “I regard it as recognition for the work that unity staff and board members – past and present – have done over more than three decades.”

Safet Vukalić is honoured with the OBE in recognition for his work on genocide education. Vukalić is a Bosnian a survivor of a massacre in Prijedor and has been working closely with Remembering Srebrenica and the Holocaust Memorial Trust for many years. Last year, Vukalić spoke about the importance of sharing his story and said, “I want my daughters to be proud of what their father did, no matter how small, to help educate people about the consequences of hatred, ignorance, and inaction. No one should go through what happened to me.”

Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray will receive an OBE for her services to education and the Muslim community in the UK. She has worked to promote the study of Islam for over 25 years. This has included research on the work of Muslim chaplains, the history of Muslim communities in Cardiff, and the religious education of Muslim children. She is currently the Chair of the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group and former chair of the Muslims in Britain Research Network.

“I feel very honoured to have received this recognition. I would like to thank those who nominated me, and the many colleagues and friends who have supported my work over the years. I am especially indebted to those British Muslim communities which have been so generous in their encouragement and support and have been a continual source of inspiration,” she told The Muslim News.

Another Muslim academic to be recognised is Dr Adeela Ahmed Shafi, Reader in Education at the University of Gloucestershire who is to be made an MBE for her services to social justice in Bristol. Shafi has driven important initiatives as a social activist in Bristol for the last thirteen years, specifically within the Pakistani community.

She was elected as General Secretary for the Pakistan Association Bristol in 2007 and then Governor for the oversight of PAB. She is the current chair of the Avon and Somerset Police Constabulary’s Police Scrutiny Panel, engaging with the Police Crime Commissioner, Councillors and Representative groups, and working to ensure that the Police are held to account. She has an impressive publishing profile. She is engaged in research on academic resilience and is currently leading on a book entitled ‘Reconceptualising Resilience in Education.’



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Trump condemned for fake Islamophobic image    


Trump's re-tweet


US: US President, Donald Trump, has been slammed for re-tweeting a fake Islamophobic image showing leading Democrats, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, wearing a turban and a hijab and standing in front of the Iranian flag.

Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said , “Today’s childish, undignified and offensive re-tweet of an Islamophobic photoshopped image of Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer further endangers American Muslims, Sikhs and members of other faiths who wear recognisable religious attire and are increasingly targeted by bigots nationwide.”

“President Trump has repeatedly targeted Islam and Muslims with bigoted rhetoric and Islamophobic appointments and policies such as the Muslim Ban, which media reports say is soon to be extended to other nations. Americans of all faiths and backgrounds must speak out against this promotion of religious hatred by the occupant of the Oval Office. Such bigotry is not normal and must never become acceptable,” added CAIR.

Trump re-tweeted the image on January 13, amid continuing controversy and international fallout over his approval of the drone strike assassination of Gen Qassem Suleimani, a top Iranian leader.

Madihha Ahussain, Special Counsel for Muslim Advocates, said, “The image is a hodgepodge of anti-Muslim tropes and garb from many traditions including some that are frequently used to stereotype and attack Muslims.”

“It’s disappointing but not surprising that the President would use his massive Twitter platform to spread this kind of harmful, ignorant, anti-Muslim bigotry.”

Schumer, asked in a tweet of his own: “President Trump: How low can you go? Republicans: How long can you cover up for and defend the president’s actions?”

It’s not the first time Trump re-tweeted Islamophobic content. On November 2017 he shared a series of Islamophobic tweets from far-right extremist group Britain First, sparking condemnation for spreading its “deplorable” ideology to a global audience.

Among the tweets was a video, originally shared by Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, claiming to show ‘Muslim migrants beating up a Dutch boy on crutches’. However, local media in the Netherlands later confirmed the attacker was neither a Muslim nor a migrant.



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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )





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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:
Finding Good in Every Situation

One could argue that it is impossible at times to find good in a terrible situation. For example, wars or children dying of starvation and many more such realities that are present in our daily lives. My goal today is to help you understand that we really can find good in any situation, every situation and best of all, not only find good but actually turn it into a statement of gratitude and praise for ALLAH.

Our Prophet (SAW) found good in a situation as terrible as his own son’s death. SubhanAllah, I shudder at the thought of even a little scratch coming upon my child. May ALLAH give us the same strength and endurance as our Prophet (SAW. Ameen ya rabb.

Train your mind to always be aware of these verses from the Quran, the book of truth and guidance.


“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient ones.” (Quran 2:155)

“Therefore, remember Me (God) and I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” (Quran 2:152)

“If God helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in God (Alone) let believers put their trust.” (Quran 3:160)

Four Simple Strategies to Train Your Mind to Find Good in Every Situation

Acknowledge that you are a soul dwelling temporarily in a body. You are not your body. Your soul is pure. Events, people, things may have an impact on your body through your sensory perceptions. However, they do not have an impact on your soul. Only connection with ALLAH has an impact on your soul. Acknowledge this and remember that events, people and things have no power over your soul. ONLY ALLAH can change your situation. Having faith in ALLAH helps you find good in every situation.

Daily practice of simple strategies can help with reminding yourself about your faith in ALLAH.

1. No matter what the situation, avoid blame and accept the responsibility of your own actions. Once you identify what role you play in that situation, you can turn it into an act of faith and gratitude. For example, if you are constantly watching negative news regarding Islamophobia and as a result, you take off your hijab or shave off your beard because of fear, the strategy to use would be to first identify your own responsibility towards your deen. Is living in fear of people part of Islam? No. So, what responsibility do you, as a Muslim, have on upholding the commandments of your deen? Once you are honest with yourself and live by your deen, the negativity of situations and people become invisible. Only goodness remains.

2. Detox from people who are constantly complaining and seeing only negative. It is challenging but try. People who display negativity can affect the mood of the whole family or community. Avoid spending time with such individuals. Whenever you are in the company of such people, use their complaints and turn them into gratitude statements. For example, if someone is always complaining about not having enough money, say this to the person: “Alhumdolillah, Allah has really blessed us with an abundant supply of all the things we really need to sustain ourselves. We are truly blessed.”

3. Consciously find the best possible result of the situation at hand. Take any given situation that may seem terrible and deconstruct it to deliberately find a positive in it. For example, the ongoing plight of the refugee Muslims, we can find good in that situation by reminding ourselves that it is now a must that we commit to our deen more strongly than ever before. We may not be able to physically stop drone attacks, however, we can wake up in the middle of the night to pray Tahajjud salah and beg ALLAH to help these refugees reach safety.

4. The glass is refillable. Yes, it is not about whether the glass is half full or half is about acknowledging that rizk comes from ALLAH alone and that HE has provided us with an abundance that can be used in our daily lives to keep replenishing our lives. If you are breathing, you are alive...that is a start...the idea is to keep breathing and keep being of service. If you are stuck, get help from those who have knowledge. If you are feeling really down, fall in sajda and refill your emaan. You are never alone. ALLAH is with you.


Daily affirmation to help see the good in everything

ALLAH gives me wisdom every day to be his servant and to practise my deen with love, light, peace and joy. Alhumdolillah)

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Labneh is Greek yogurt which gets transformed into a bright fresh cheese, this can be bought or made at home. Recipe for Labneh to follow in the next issue..


Fattoush Salad


topped with Labneh and Dukkah Powder





  • Baby cucumber sliced

  • Baby tomatoes halved

  • Parsley chopped

  • Mint leaves chopped

  • Lettuce finely chopped

  • Olives

  • Yellow pepper cubed

  • Pita bread cut up and toasted

  • Labneh

  • Dukkah for sprinkling


  • 4 tblsp fresh lemon juice

  • 2 Tblsp olive oil

  • 2 tblsp veg oil

  • Salt to taste

  • Crushed black pepper

  • 1 small clove garlic crushed

  • ½ tsp zaatar

  • ½ tsp sumac


  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients and keep aside
  2. Mix together salad ingredients
  3. Add dressing and toss well
  4. Place onto serving platter
  5. Place labneh in the centre of salad
  6. Sprinkle over dukkah powder and serve



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(Hussain Baba is the host and chef of *BABA’S HALAL KITCHEN*, a show where he uses his own unique style to cook 'Quick, Easy and Delicious' dishes.)




In this episode, Chef Ali Ghaffoor of “Afyat Catering” shows us how he makes authentic Lamb Kebab from his hometown of Iraq









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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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When was the last time you did something for the first time?


Why not shake up your fitness routine and try
something new every now and then…


Not only will it challenge your body, you’ll see results a lot quicker.


Our bodies crave variety in movement and intensity, so try adding some yoga, Pilates or swimming to your regular workout regimen.


A contrast in training style will help keep the body and mind fresh and rearing to go..




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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin pointed to Mula Nasruddin two very old men sitting across them at a table in a restaurant.


Jallalludin: "Brother, that's us in 10 years' time."


Mula Nasruddin: "That's a mirror, my dear fool!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






When the wrong-doers [actually] see the Penalty, then it will in no way be mitigated, nor will they then receive respite.


~ Surah Al-Nahl 16:85


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"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."



~ George Orwell




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I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.


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HADARA, meaning "adorned with beauty" is a modest fashion Boutique that launched in September, 2019. The Boutique offers a range modest clothing options from luxurious hijabs to stylish casual wear, sophisticated work wear and graceful evening wear.

The new business is owned by 3 young sisters who were born and raised in the Aussie heat.
Dina Ghaznavi, one of the owners has been a long time community volunteer, she said "My sisters and I wore the hijab at the age of 10... I remember growing up my mum would purchase material from Spotlight and we would candle light the edges to make hijabs... Thinking back there really weren't many options back then, and growing up wearing the hijab post 9/11 wasn't easy... Alhamdulilah we have come a long way, I'm very proud of us"

The sisters have travelled various countries, including Turkey and the UAE to provide fashionable modest clothing that suits the Australian climate.

You can support this new business by purchasing a ticket to their upcoming Fashion Runway Charity Event: Proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to the NSW Fire service and the affected Indigenous Village of Mogo.

You can also follow their social media or shop in store.

Address: Shop 3/1307 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby
Facebook & Instagram: Hadara Boutique














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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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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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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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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

15 March



ICQ Christchurch Attack



Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)





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


6 June



Eid Down Under Festival


Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)





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


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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
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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