EST. 2004


Sunday 9 February 2020 | Issue 0796



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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) hosted its second official Australian Citizenship Ceremony yesterday (Saturday), this time in the Functional Hall of the Holland Park Mosque.


Some 100 new citizens from diverse ethnic origins took their allegiance to the country.


Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Joe Kelly MP, Member for Greenslopes, and Cr Krista Adams were also in attendance. Elder Aunty Betty Mc Grady delivered the Welcome to Country and Ms Butler administered the oath. The guest speaker was Ms Alison Squires who became a citizen at the function.




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Making the decision to move thousands of kilometres from your current home should not be done without a lot of thought and consideration.


The BBC programme, Wanted Down Under, gives British families and couples who are considering moving to Australia or New Zealand an idea of what life would be like in one of those countries.


The families featured on `Wanted Down Under' spend a week in Australia or New Zealand as a trial to help them decide whether or not to make the move permanently.


They check out some available homes in the country and see if the nation is a good fit for their their lifestyle.


This is the story of the Rosin family who spent the time in Southport on the Gold Coast.


Their interaction with the Gold Coast Mosque starts at around 29 minutes into the 45 minute program.



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Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multi-Cultural Affairs Hon. Jason Wood launched the new website of the Australian International Islamic College at its Carrara Campus.

In the function attended by Cr. Bob La Castra, Angie Bell MP, community leaders, parents and staff, the Assistant Minister explained to students how the recent devastating bushfire brought communities together. He shared some heartwarming stories of Muslims and other communities in his home state of Victoria assisting the affected people and helping the firefighters.

He also formally announced the grant of $784,110 that AIIC has secured through Safer Communities Fund Round 4 to install a comprehensive security infrastructure across its three campuses to improve the safety and security of the students and staff.

Cr. Bob La Castra recalled the early days of the Carrara campus and applauded AIIC’s role in building the bridges with the multicultural communities at the Gold Coast. He also formally announced $40,000 grant that AIIC secured in partnership with Magic United FC and the Gold Coast Knight FC to develop proper soccer fields at Carrara campus.

Federal member for Moncrieff Angie Bell praised our students for their commendable performances and also spoke highly of AIIC’s involvement in community events. She encouraged AIIC to continue these relationships and discussed the importance of being inclusive of all cultures, faiths and people.

In his message, AIIC Founder, Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari thanked the Federal, State and Local Governments for their continued support and reiterated AIIC’s commitment to modernise its operations and infrastructure for effective teaching and learning.

Earlier in her welcome address, AIIC Principal Christine Harman addressed the sad reality that our students are still the subjects of prejudice, and how inspiring it is that these same students go about everything they do with love and compassion. Christine spoke of the pride that the students have in their work as scholars and as young Australians. If these children can carry such love and pride in their heart, in the face of such adversity then our future is surely in safe hands.

On behalf of the Gold Coast Multicultural Bushfire Appeal, Hussain Baba received the cheque for $1000, which was raised by Year 3 students for the bushfire victims. The AIIC Nasheed group mesmerised the audience with their excellent performance of ‘We are one’ and ‘Let it rain’ for which they received a standing ovation from the dignitaries. The program concluded with the dua by Imam Imran Hussain and Vote of Thanks by Haadiya Muhammed from Year 10.




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Baby joy is in the air for cricketer Usman Khawaja and his wife, Rachel, who shared their excitement with a picture of an ultrasound on Instagram.

Cricketer Usman Khawaja and his wife Rachel are expecting their first child.

The pair made the announcement on Instagram on Friday with a picture of their ultrasound.

“Uzzy and I are so excited to share the news that we are inshallah expecting baby Khawajy in July 2020.

“Feeling so very blessed at the moment and can’t wait for this next chapter in our lives,’’ Rachel posted.

Before the glamorous couple married in 2018, Rachel converted to the Muslim faith.

The Courier Mail



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A network of profit-driven pages fuelling anti-Islamic sentiment was exposed two months ago but is still operating


Coordinated Facebook posts claiming Australian police had “refused to arrest Muslims who waved terror flags against Jews in Melbourne”. Photograph: Facebook


Facebook has failed to stop a coordinated far-right operation profiting from disinformation and anti-Islamic hate almost two months after it was publicly exposed.

The Guardian revealed in December that a network of Facebook’s largest far-right pages were part of a coordinated commercial enterprise that for years had been harvesting Islamophobic hate for profit, prompting promises from the social media giant that it would crack down on the network.

Facebook soon removed several pages and accounts which it said “appeared to be financially motivated” and said it had updated its inauthentic behaviour policy to “further improve our ability to counter new tactics”.

“These pages and accounts violated our policy against spam and fake accounts by posting clickbait content to drive people to off-platform sites,” a Facebook spokesperson said at the time.

“Our investigations are continuing and, as always, we’ll take action if we find any violations.”

But two months after Facebook was made aware of the scheme, an analysis by the Guardian has confirmed that a number of the pages are still feeding off anti-Islamic content to drive readers to the same for-profit, third-party websites.

Since December, at least six pages connected to the network have continued posting coordinated content spreading Islamophobic disinformation and attempting to influence political beliefs.

Coordinated posts have falsely claimed the German chancellor Angela Merkel is “paying terrorists to kill Jews” and that Australian police had “refused to arrest Muslims who waved terror flags against Jews in Melbourne”.

The posts were allowed despite Facebook’s repeated promises to crack down on coordinated inauthentic behaviour in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica and Russian interference scandals.


The Guardian



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Topic: 'What is the Purpose of our Existence'

In this show Imam Mohamed Ali (Imam of the Gold Coast Mosque and graduate from the renowned Al Azhar university in Egypt) will address questions that you wish answered.

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Real chat with Rita




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



Encouraging more Muslim artists

If you’ve ever sat under a magnificent tree and the noticed the beauty of breeze sashaying through a canopy, or been by the spray of a towering waterfall, or swum out in the deep water of the ocean to where the waves are not yet born, you could have felt the majesty of creation.

SubhanAllah, That beauty is all about us.

But what about art? A form of expression that holds a mirror to life, revealing combinations that can only be divinely inspired. Not always, of course. Sometimes it is crass, jarring. But even then, it is a mirror.

There are two things every society needs to know it self: one is history and the other, the arts.

In Australia, we struggle with identity because what we learn about Australian history is a complete muddle; not even a fraction of the ancient passages of this land. Our school curriculum is lacking fundamental clarity as a story of all of us. And now this vacuum, the arts take on an even greater role.

Bangarra Dance Theatre is internationally renowned for its compelling storytelling that mixes modern and traditional mediums. It redefines what being Indigenous means in a country where stereotypes abound. It refuses to be categorised and yet communicates so profoundly with audiences.

So what role can the arts play in a culturally pluralistic Muslim community? In a cosmopolitan Australia? And what is holding some Muslim families back from embracing the Muslim artists? What is the price we pay for devaluing it?

For like all communities under immense pressure, we are needing to say so much, not only to the world, but to each other. Without expression, we cannot see ourselves for what we are. We only know what we are told about ourselves by others.

I only wish we could give a prominent place to the arts and Insha’Allah show all our diversity, beauty and complexity as a people.




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








“Indonesian Islam is not Arabic Islam; it does not have to wear a robe, it does not have to wear a turban…The most important thing is the substance, that is the morality of Islam – robe, trousers, sarongs, no matter that.”


Over 40 million – members in Nahdlatul Ulama

1926 CE – is the year Nahdlatul Ulama was founded.

KH Said Aqil Siradj

Chairman of Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama

Dr KH Said Aqil Siradj is the leader of Indonesia’s largest independent Muslim organization and one of the world’s most influential Islamic organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), or ‘Awakening of Scholars’. Siradj guides millions through his work with the NU.

Head of Expansive Network: The Nahdlatul Ulama boasts an expansive network that covers 30 regions with 339 branches, 12 special branches, 2,630 representative councils and 37,125 sub-branch representative councils across Indonesia. This network practices the doctrine of Ahl assunah wal Jama’ah, which is Arabic for ‘people of the Sunnah (practices of the Prophet Muhammad) and the community’. They base their practices on the traditional sources of Islamic jurisprudence—mainly the Qur’an, Hadith, and major schools of law. Among its aims are the propagation of Nahdlatul Ulama’s message and also an expansion of its already extensive network of members in Indonesia. This is the basis of many of the organization’s social reform efforts. With a solid structure of central and regional boards, branch and special branch boards, and various advisory councils, Siradj sits at the top of this increasingly influential Sunni movement.

Model of Traditionalism: With a mainly rural membership base, the Nahdlatul Ulama distinguishes itself from other Islamic organizations in Indonesia by positioning itself as a premier organization of traditional Islam—with an emphasis on education and political engagement based on Islamic principles.

Social Service: The Nahdlatul Ulama has made substantial charitable contributions to Indonesian society in the fields of educational development, healthcare, and poverty alleviation. Siradj, like his predecessors, propagates the Nahdlatul Ulama as an organization that is geared toward establishing a secular nation-state based on a body of modern and moderate Muslims—with agenda items such as anti-corruption laws and social reform measures that are deeply rooted in Islamic principles.

Human Rights Activism: Prior to his role as Nahdlatul Ulama chairman, Siradj served on Indonesia’s National Commission for Human Rights. Only a few weeks into his position as chairman of the country’s largest Muslim political party, and after violent clashes erupted in different churches across the country, Siradj made strong statements condemning the discrimination against Christian minority groups in Indonesia.

Educational Reform: Siradj has an extensive academic background in the Islamic sciences, and regards education as a tool for development. He founded the Said Aqil Centre in Egypt, a study centre that focuses on developing Islamic discourse, particularly in the Arab World.




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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




İbrahim immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, in1950, following his brothers, in search of a better life. There were few Muslims and no Islamic organisations or public mosques in Melbourne. Still a young man, İbrahim adapted to the dominant Australian culture and life style. It was not until 1956 that İbrahim met with more Muslims. During this time, he met Huseyin Ara Efendi, Ali Acem Efendi and Mustafa Amca, who were all Ottoman citizens and lived with their dignity in Australia.


Huseyin Ara Efendi was blind, but he did not want to be reliant on state welfare. He would fish and sell them in the market to get by. His independence from state welfare left indelible marks on İbrahim’s soul. He witnessed these late Ottoman citizens had high goals and big dreams. İbrahim shared the author Mustafa Amca’s dream that he saw Turks coming to Australia more than a decade before their immigration.


Although Mustafa Amca was blind, he went to airport to greet the Turks in 1968. He wanted to find out what he saw in his dream a decade ago. He asked İbrahim about their dress code and physical appearance while shedding tears of happiness. Mustafa Amca’s tears left unforgettable marks in İbrahim’s heart and mind. İbrahim was very surprised at Amca’s pride in his Ottoman identity.


İbrahim felt spiritual emptiness and gradually reinvigorated his roots within his new homeland. He played an important role in establishing the Cypriot Turkish Society in 1956, Islamic Society of Victoria in 1957, Preston Mosque in 1963, Australian Federation of Islamic Societies in 1964, Coburg Mosque in1971, Australian Federation of Islamic Councils in 1976 and Selimiye Foundation in 1991, the last of which established six schools and Sunshine Mosque in 2001.


To serve the community was a source of honour and pride for his family.This was due to the emphasis of service in Islam where it is perceived as an act of worship and, in Turkish culture, where it is a fundamental value. The culture of service and hospitality was the legacy of İbrahim’s parents. In addition to what he learned from his parents, his missionary school education was also focused on serving the community while upholding high ideals and morals. The academy’s motto was “To Grow and to Serve.”


Despite clashes between his traditional upbringing and American Academy education values, he was able to reconcile and integrate both successfully into his life. He injected Islamic spirituality to his Western style education. This supported him to integrate in Australia without compromising his faith and family values. In the early 90s, he did not consider retiring from his volunteer work.


Despite officially retiring in 1991 from the telecommunications industry, he continued to work as a volunteer six days a week. The thought of decreasing the time he spent helping others did not appeal to him. “If I don’t do this, I will die. It is a part of my life, and I will do this until my last breath,” he said. İbrahim believed “a peaceful society and a good economy are based on a good education with moral values.”










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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





S2E1: Palestine Pt 1 – 1400 OMG

By Prof Saeed Khan





Over the next few episodes, in Season 2, we will dive deep into the events that led to the formation of the State of Israel. Together, we will understand the roots of the Palestine-Israel Conflict, and understand the history of this important region of the Muslim world.




Anti-Semitism in Europe

Our story begins in Europe in the 18th century. At that time, Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire. More specifically, it was generally considered part of the Greater Syrian Province, an area that includes modern day Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq west of the Euphrates. At that time, Ottoman Law protected the rights of all Jews and Christians living within their borders.

The situation in Europe, however, was a different story. In Eastern Europe, Russia and Ukraine, many Jews lived in rural, agricultural communities called shtetl. The locals made Jews their scapegoats for any political and economic turmoil. This led to a concept called Pogroms i.e. organized campaigns of violence and discrimination against the Jewish community. A good example of this is what occurred in 1882. A major pogrom was ordered by Tsar Alexander III which included many laws that limited where Jews could live and which occupations they could hold. These Pogroms served as a distraction for the community from the growing public frustration with poor conditions in Russia.

In Western Europe, the situation wasn’t much better. Most Jews lived in urban centers. In order to be accepted in society and to escape explicit anti-Semitism, many chose to secularize. The only alternative was retaining a visible Jewish expression, but this often meant living in ghettos, a segregated community that did not mix with broader society.

Secularized Jews felt that by becoming secular and/or converting to Christianity, they would be seen as assimilated and accepted in western countries like Germany, Austria, Great Britain and France, though anti-Semitism was still present, lurking under the surface.

But one event in 1894 changed everything and shook the Jewish community of Europe. This is known as the Dreyfus Affair.

The Dreyfus Affair and the Birth of Zionism

Captain Alfred Dreyfus was an officer in the French Legion. When military secrets were leaked, the commander needed a scapegoat. So Dreyfus was wrongly accused of reason for supposedly communicating French military secrets to German embassy officials in Paris.

Dreyfus was not given a fair trial and was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, even after the actual culprit was discovered (and acquitted). This exposed the deep anti-Semitism of the French, as they were satisfied with the outcome, and ignored the injustice that they had done. It showed that even the most liberal and enlightened French people at that time had a deep dislike for the Jews.

This incident caused a media frenzy. Many journalists began to write about the topic, exposing the hypocrisy of the French government. The most important of these writers was Emile Zola. This caused a political crisis and eventually led to a retrial of Dreyfus. However, despite the clear proofs of his innocence, he was still given a 10 year sentence. Eventually, he was pardoned, but it was only in 1906 that he was fully exonerated from these crimes.

The entire incident shook the Jewish community to its core, both in France and elsewhere. They now felt that no level of assimilation or stature would immunize them from anti-Semitism. They needed a solution. Some of their thinkers arrived at an idea to protect them from Anti-Semitism: Zionism.

Zionism is the idea of establishing a Jewish State in the original land of Israel, which at that point in time was Palestine, a province of the Ottoman Empire. Many Jews became convinced that they needed to migrate to Palestine and established their own land where they could be safe from Anti-Semitism. So began a mass migration of Jews to Palestine.

The Aliyahs

The mass migration of the Jews to Palestine is known in Hebrew as the Aliyahs. There were three major Aliyahs before the establishment of Israel. The first Aliyah took place between 1882 and 1903. During this time, thirty-five thousand Jews migrated from Russia and Yemen to Palestine. They established their own agricultural communities to support themselves there.

The second Aliyah took place between 1904 and 1914. During this period, over forty thousand Jews migrated, mainly from Russia, to Palestine. During this period, they revived the Hebrew language and established the Kibbutzim system. The Kibbutzim system refers to the sharing of communal wealth between the immigrants. This eased the path of immigration for many poorer Jews.

Finally, from 1919 until 1923, another forty thousand Jews migrated to Palestine. This time they came from various countries, including the Soviet Union, Poland and Romania. They further developed the agricultural sector the new Jewish community and established a National Council and various other administrative systems. Now there were more than one hundred thousand Jews settled in Palestine, they began to mobilize to formulate their own state.

World War I

World War I was an event that forever changed the Muslim world. We discussed the effects of this war in details in episodes one and two of season 1. You can listen to those episodes for more details, but for now we will react the events that directly relate to the formation of Israel. Several events during World War I led to the formation of Israel. These include the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the British making multiple contradictory promises to various parties including the Arabs and Jews, and the division of the conquered Arab lands among Britain, France, and their allies. Let’s begin by recapping the British alliance with the Arabs, and the results of that.

The British needed allies in the Ottoman Empire to divide/fracture it. They found their ally in Sharif Husayn. Sharif Husayn is the appointed custodian of Mecca/Medina, or governor of Hijaz.

Despite being appointed by the Ottoman Empire, Husayn does not see eye to eye with them. Husayn, along with Faisal of Iraq, is convinced of the importance of unity among Arab speaking regions of the Ottoman Empire.

Join us next time as we dive deeper into the events leading to the formation of Israel during the aftermath of World War I.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this episode and don’t forget to let us know your thoughts. 





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A Christian Appreciates the Contributions of Muslims to American Society

by Dr. Craig Considine



I want you all to please get comfortable because we are going to use our imaginations for a bit. Okay?

I want you to imagine the following story as a book that has yet to be published. Picture it as a draft of sorts. When I am finished in ten minutes, perhaps all of us, collectively, can figure out if this book is worth publishing.

So please get loose. Open the mind. Breathe in and breathe out. Are we ready?

The story starts something like this …

A 19 year old young man, who has never met a Muslim in his life and knows practically nothing about Islamic traditions, enrolls in an Islam101 college course with the hope of being an intelligence officer. The young man is not a complete Islamophobe, but let’s just say he has some pretty questionable thoughts and ideas.

On the first day of Islam101, the young man enters the classroom to see an older professor, a brown man, an immigrant, and someone who identifies himself as a Muslim.

Remember, this was effectively the first Muslim that the young men has ever met in his life.

As Islam101 proceeds, the Muslim professor starts to rock the young man’s heart, mind, and soul by showing him a side of Islam and Muslims that is never seen in the media. As the months and years progress, the Muslim professor welcomes the young man into his small circle of researchers, and over the years, the Muslim professor continues to influence the young man’s personal, professional, and spiritual growth.

The Muslim professor even takes the young man on countless journey’s across their beautiful country, the United States, in order to improve relations between all people who call this place “home.”

Throughout their travels together, the professor and his student travel together to the homes, places of worship, schools, businesses, and neighborhoods of Americans of all walks of life. The Muslim professor even introduces the young man to some of the best minds in this country, including Noam Chomsky and Hamza Yusuf.

The young man would have never been able to participate in any of these travels if it were not for a generous $15,000 grant from a Muslim organization in the middle of a desert in New Mexico. That was certainly a generous gift, and the young man was thankful.

But the journey’s of the young man and the Muslim professor were not always smooth sailing.

One time, the young man was assaulted in Washington, DC. He was smashed in the face with a pint glass and suffered severe facial injuries that requires two surgeries, which were followed by another plastic surgery. The doctor who put the young man’s face back together just happened to be Muslim.

The young man had another life threatening experience on a journey, in Hollywood. He was at the home of a Muslim businessman to screen parts of his documentary. Within five minutes of the screening, an unexpected allergic reaction occurred, and the young man had to be rushed to the hospital.

And guess who took care of the young man in the hospital?

A Muslim doctor.

At this time in his life, as a 22 year old living off a small grant, the young man has no health insurance. As you know, having astronomical health care bills and no health insurance is a recipe for disaster.

What happens next is a beautiful act of charity. The host of the film screening, the Muslim businessman, covers the bills of the young man because he believes in helping those most in need.

Eventually, the young man clips his wings and journey’s throughout the world by himself, without a guide.

The young man decides to continue his studies, so he reaches out to Muslim communities of all backgrounds, in the hope that he could meet with them for research purposes. They end up welcoming him with open arms.

Over the years, the young man dines with Muslims, prays with them, dialogues with them, laughs with them, cries with him, marches with them, studies with them, and travels with them. Together, they collectively experience the joys and struggles that are so common among all human beings.

One Muslim family, in particular, becomes like family to the young man. He spends countless hours in their restaurant and mosque. He learns about the dynamics of their culture and their unique Islamic practices, which remind him of his own ethnic and religious traditions.

The young man does not see these Muslims as mere research objects or participants, but rather as fellow human beings who have a wealth of knowledge about our Creator, and ideas on how to contribute to the betterment of our communities.

Upon his return to the United States, the young man takes up a position at a university, where he decides to teach a course called “Muslims in American Society.”

In this course, the man brings to class countless number of Muslims, from community leaders, to activists, to imams, to athletes, and so on.

The students in the course interact with the Muslim communities around them, and these students introduce the man to many more Muslims who further enrich his own lived experience.

The draft of this book stops there, at least for now.

Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but if not, the young man in the story is me.

These stories, believe it or not, really did happen, and the Muslims discussed here have actual names, faces, and stories of their own.

You see, my work as an educator, scholar, public intellectual, or however you see me, is simply not possible – and nor were my previous experiences possible – without the selfless contributions of Muslims.

Think about it…

If it were not for the Muslim professor, I would have never fallen in love with knowledge.

If it were not for the Islamic organization in New Mexico, I would have never travelled throughout my country to learn about Islam and U.S. national identity.

If it were not for the Muslim businessman in Hollywood who paid my hospital bills, I could be buried in debt.

If it were not for the Muslim family in Europe, I would have never competed my studies.

If it were not for the Muslim surgeon in Washington, DC, I could have a mangled face.

And if it were not for the Muslim doctor in Hollywood who dealt with my allergic reaction, well, I may not even be here.

Quite simply, Muslims are part of who I am and who I wish to be. They are my past and they are my future. They are my family, my mentors, my role models, my friends, and most importantly – my brothers and sisters in humanity.

And for all of us here tonight, Muslims may be our school teachers, professors, doctors, lawyers, philanthropists, students, community activists, entrepreneurs, bus drivers, cab drivers, secretaries, social problems workers, psychiatrists, athletes, artists, musicians, bankers, public intellectuals, political figures, representatives, and so on.

In short, Muslims in the United States contribute everywhere, to everyone, and to every realm, of American society. They truly make our country go round.

Now that you have heard about these personal experiences and views, let me point out that they do not stand in isolation from my scholarship.

When I see polls that say U.S. Muslims are highly educated, I think of all the Muslim teachers and scholars who guide me and inspire me to gain more knowledge.

When I see statistics that reveal how U.S. Muslims believe in freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of conscience, I think about my friends who speak about their appreciation of the U.S. Constitution and the rights that it offers.

When I see books that highlight Prophet Muhammad’s love of humanity and his vision for a pluralist world, I reflect on the panel events that I have sat on with Muslims who also speak about the Prophet’s greatness.

And when I see news stories on interfaith relations or Muslims standing arm-in-arm with communities facing difficult circumstances, I am reminded of the times that I locked arm and arm with Muslims on the streets.

The findings and conclusions of various academic sources do not merely exist as theories or abstract ideas – they are real life. They are facts.

People like me, and so many others, recognize the contributions of Muslims because they have experienced them at the interfaith gatherings, the vigils, the hospitals, the schools, the businesses, the community centers, the grocery stores, the places of worship, and so on.

People in this country feel the contributions of Muslims in the lovely emails or texts messages, the hugs, the collective tears, the social media posts of solidarity, and even the common greetings of peace that we offer so often on a daily basis.

When we consider our lived experiences, we see stories of humanity, compassion, tolerance, pluralism, civic values, mercy, thoughtfulness, solidarity, belonging, inclusion, and community building.

These are the kinds of values that can transform our very existence here on earth.

And these are the stories worth telling, and, as such, they are certainly the stories worth publishing.

Don’t you agree?



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Hussin Goss' latest taking of the Shahada












 Islamic Centre in Seville

Help Spanish Muslims



Our brother Jalid accepted Islam over 30 years ago. You might be surprised to know which historic city he was born in... He has seen his community grow, not only from Muslims moving to Seville but Spaniards like himself accepting Islam. He started a building project, to create the first Islamic cultural centre.









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To know the future just look to the past




Australia's Afghan cameleers' forgotten history revived by their living relatives


Cameleers, Aboriginals, and Europeans in Coolgardie between 1892 and 1900. (Supplied: State Library of Western Australia)

More than 120 years ago, thousands of camel drivers from Afghanistan and the provinces of modern day Pakistan and India left their homes and families for the unknown shores of Australia.

Wearing turbans and carrying their Korans, the men were known as cameleers, Afghans, or Ghans.

Their job was to lead camel trains through outback Australia, transporting supplies from cities to regional towns, inland mines, and stations.

They were also guides on expeditions, located water sources, and ensured a safe journey for travellers.

Without their contribution, outback communities would not have been able to survive.

Now the legacy of the Afghan cameleers is being preserved by their descendants who are seeking recognition for their efforts to help build and connect Australia.


An Afghan and Aboriginal history
Among those men who left their homes and families was Goolam Badoola Rind from the Pakistan province of Balochistan.

Mr Rind worked in Western Australia's Goldfields, transporting supplies.

It was there he met his wife, Wongi-Yamaji woman Marian Martin.

At the time, cameleers were not allowed to bring their families into the country so marriages between Afghan men and Aboriginal women often occurred.

Neither group were welcome in town after dark and were not allowed to share facilities like swimming baths or pubs.

The Afghans were also forced to live on the opposite side of the train tracks in camps away from the white population.

They often enlisted the help of Aboriginal trackers on expeditions, and through their work and common treatment relationships formed.

Goolam and Marian were married at Perth Mosque in 1917, but the marriage was not legally recognised under the policies of the day.

The marriage put them both at risk because it was considered an illegal act.


Marian Martin (top left), Goolam Badoola Rind (top right) and three of their children. (Supplied: Gohar Rind )


Perth man Gohar Rind, the great-grandson of Goolam and Marian, said understanding the significance of the cameleers' work could help to make Australia more inclusive.

"If those efforts of the cameleers are understood, appreciated and acknowledged, then there would be better cohesion between different communities," Mr Rind said.





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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 7 February 2020

TOPIC: "Overcoming fear and grief through Quranic guidance.

Recitation of Surah Adh-Dhuha and Inshiraah"

IMAM: Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh










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DATE: 7 February 2020

IMAM: Ahmad Naffa














Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 7 February 2020

TOPIC: "Quality of Actions" Part 7

IMAM: Uzair Akbar













Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 7 February 2020

TOPIC: "Lessons from Surah Dhuha"

IMAM: Akram Buksh   











Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 7 February 2020

TOPIC: "No one can escape Death"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 7 February 2020

TOPIC: "Solutions to your problems are in the revelations"

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










IKEA defends veil-wearing employee after anti-Muslim review online    



SWITZERLAND: Swedish furniture and home goods retailer IKEA came to the defense of a Muslim employee after an Islamophobic online customer review of its store in Aubonne, Switzerland.

"It's a pity to find a veiled cashier. I will never step into this store again," the review said.

In its response, the store said: "Our company has clear values: respect for everyone, regardless of their origin, sexual orientation or religion. Before judging a person based on their appearance, you must get to know them."

"We don't feel bad that someone who thinks in this manner is not going to return to our store," it added.

Scores of people rushed to the store's reviews on Google, commending its stance and giving five stars out of five.

The incident comes amid a debate in Swiss society regarding a ban on facial coverings, including the niqab worn by some Muslim women. In 2018, the Swiss government opposed a grassroots campaign for the ban, saying individual cantons should decide on the matter independently.

Two Swiss cantons, St. Gallen and Ticino, have imposed a ban on burqas and other facial covering in public.

the DAILY SABAH Europe


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





Princess Lakshman


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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:
Get Marriage-Ready

Congratulations! You’re getting married! The venue is booked, wedding outfits are curated, guest-list looks on point, the caterers have been instructed about dietary requirements, the limo is hired and the cousins have been warned to not post wedding pics online until the professionally airbrushed photographs have been formally released to the bride and groom.

You’ve met people who are preparing for their big day. Rarely do you meet people who are preparing for their marriage, a lifelong commitment to another human.

People meet or get introduced to each other. In most cases, what follows next is the exchanging of a barrage of texts and DMs to try to get to know each other before they decide they want to be married. The focus is on the momentary joy of being in love or having that attraction.


People forget to ask the tough questions that later begin to frequently emerge in the marriage and the one thing that keeps recurring in the mind is “I wish I had known this or that about him/her before I got married.”

In my previous marriage, I was that person who focussed on the physical and material readiness of the wedding day ceremony and pre-wedding henna celebrations and hair and makeup and the perfect outfit. Not once did I pause to question if I was spiritually, mentally and emotionally prepared for the days that would follow the few hours of glitterati of the wedding day.

I learned the hard way. But you don’t have to. The following strategies may help you and your future spouse become aware of the different facets of your commitment to each other in marriage. These strategies are for you both to do together in a halal and safe manner.

1. Meet with a professional counsellor, coach or a spiritual guide, to openly discuss the expectations you both have from each other in the four common areas in your life: Love, Relationships, Career and Money.

2. Spend time with a mentor couple who has a solid marriage and can share their wisdom with you both.

3. Have regular one-on-one, face to face meetings in a public place where the two of you can sit down and discuss these relevant topics:

• Values - if your values are similar, you feel valued in the relationship.

• Beliefs - if your beliefs are similar, there is less conflict.

• Self-confidence - if there is a healthy level of self-confidence, there is no competition, rather everything becomes a collaboration.

• Mental health - talk about anxiety and how you manage it.

• Physical health - talk about exercise and how you can plan on incorporating that in your marriage.

• Emotional health - talk about how you feel about the way anger, suspicion and jealousy need to be displayed in your marriage. There is a healthy way of expressing these emotions that is constructive rather than destructive.

• Spiritual health - talk about your Creator and share your inner-most thoughts about spirituality and how you practise this daily to be close to your Creator

• Trauma - being transparent about trauma means that you will feel safe in the marriage and not feel anxious every time there may be a trigger. Your future partner will be able to understand why you may be acting out and support you through healing from trauma. It’s okay if you don’t wish to share specific details but at least tell your future partner if “something bad happened in childhood”.

Falling in love with the person you are marrying is beautiful.


Remember though that love is a verb and needs to be demonstrated through ways where you value each other, believe in each other, are collaborative in your daily life, enjoy optimal mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health and respect each other’s trauma triggers and help with each other’s healing. 

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Popular in the Middle East, labneh is a soft cream cheese, made by straining yoghurt overnight. It’s creamy and slightly tangy, and is delicious eaten with lots of olive oil, a sprinkling of za’atar and hot pitta breads for dunking, or my favourite in a Fattoush salad.
The best thing about making it yourself is you can decide how thick you like it. The longer you strain it, the thicker it will be. Around 12 hours will give you a loose labneh, 24 hours will give you something much thicker.







Step 1
Place 1kg of natural, plain yoghurt into a bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon of salt.

Step 2
Line another large bowl with muslin, or a clean and wet piece of chuck and pour or spoon in the salted yogurt.

Step 3
Tie up the edges and secure with string or an elastic band, then hang it up to drain in the fridge – make sure to have a bowl underneath to catch the drips! Alternatively, place the bundle in a sieve and rest it over a deep bowl. Leave it to drain for anywhere between 12 and 24 hours.



Step 4
Spoon the labneh onto a plate, then use the back of a spoon to smooth it out, allowing for some dips and grooves for your olive oil to pool into. Drizzle over some quality olive oil and serve with a sprinkling of za’atar. Alternatively, top it with fresh mint or oregano leaves, pomegranate seeds, toasted nuts, paprika, chilli flakes, balsamic vinegar, honey, lemon zest… the list is endless!




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Baba's Halal Kitchen


(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.)



(Eggplant & Potato in Coconut Sauce)


This video is part one of three part series on “Eggplant”. This dish is similar to “Kaliya” originated from Sri-Lanka. Ideal dish for everyone including Vegans and Vegetarians.









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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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Q: Dear Kareema, what are some of the benefits of weight training?

A: The benefits of weight-training are many.


Not only is it great for building strong bones, it aids in preventing osteoporosis, improves balance and posture; builds leaner, stronger muscles and boosts metabolism to name a few..


Like other workouts, it will leave you feeling stronger and more energised.




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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin tells Mula Nasruddin: "I have a strong desire to live to 100.  What would you suggest I do?"


Mula Nasruddin: "Get married."


Jallalludin: "It's that simple? Would that alone allow me to live that long?"


Mula Nasruddin: "No, but the desire will disappear soon enough."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






By the Earth and its [wide] expanse; By the Soul, and the proportion and order given to it; and its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right; - Truly he succeeds that purifies it, and he fails that corrupts it!


~ Surah Ash-Shams 91:6-10


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look at who you are not allowed to criticise"



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Late last year, the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) acquired Sakina House, a tranquil place of healing for women and children from CALD communities who are escaping DFV situations.


As an organisation, we were keenly aware of the need for such specialised multicultural spaces for diverse communities, and we are excited to be able to continue serving our vulnerable women and children.


Please see the above invitation to our upcoming fundraising launch for Sakina House on 20 February 2020 at 5.30pm, Parliament House. The launch will be hosted by Ministers Farmer and Fentiman. Tickets can be purchased for $100.00 per person through Eventbrite.


As Sakina House is not funded under any government grants, we invite organisations  to become a sponsor for this necessary ongoing project. No amount is too small; any amount will assist us in providing the vital support for affected women and children. All donations are completely tax deductible.


Looking forward to seeing you there.


Kind regards,



Nada Hijazi

Senior Administrator


P: (07) 3208 6333 | F: (07) 3208 6933

11 Watland Street, Springwood

(PO Box 412, Underwood QLD 4119)











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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.











Australian International Islamic College
724 Blunder Rd, Durack


10.30 Welcome Guests
10.45 Welcome to Country by Elder
11.00: Speech by Chief Guests
11.30: Speech by President of Imams Council of Queensland
11.45: Presentation by Indigenous community
12.00: Speech by President of Islamic Council of Queensland
12.15: Prayer for Humanity - Multifaith Organisations
12.30: Maori Prayer Song and Haka







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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.







































































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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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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)





22 March



7th Annual International Food Festival and Mosque Open


Islamic Society of Toowoomba and Garden City Mosque


217 West St, Toowoomba


10.30AM to 3PM


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
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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

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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