EST. 2004


Sunday 23 February 2020 | Issue 0798



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


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



Report by Dr Nora Amath




In the last 6 months Sakina Refuge House merged with IWAA and was officially launched at Parliament House by co-hosts the Hon Di Farmer MP and the Hon Shannon Fentiman MP on 20 February 2020.


Sakina House is a crisis accommodation and psycho-social support service for CALD women and children escaping DFV situations and receives no government funding for its work.

Sakina Refuge House started in 2014 by a group of Muslim female leaders who witnessed regularly the plight of sisters in the community having no place to go when their safety was at risk in their own homes. Sakina aims to provide a tranquil, safe space where holistic healing begins through complex casework, advocacy and support, including innovative art therapy sessions.

As it was not funded by any government grants, the founders of Sakina managed and operated the organisation on a wholly voluntary basis from casework management, to fundraising, to packing and moving homes when the premise was no longer suitable. In its 3rd year of operation, Sakina managed to receive enough community donations to employ a part-time caseworker.

In 2018 and without long-term funding, Sakina could no longer sustain itself financially. Realising that the Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA) held the same ethos of service for vulnerable communities, Sakina board members approached IWAA to acquire their service in order to continue to meet the needs of women and children in these predicaments.

IWAA is a national community organisation providing support services for CALD communities in the Aged Care, Disability, Community Development and Refugee Settlement space.
Significantly, it is the only community service organisation funded in Queensland to provide specialised settlement support to refugees from Muslim countries (Muslim and non-Muslim).

Established since 1991, IWAA is well-regarded and has strong influence as a key organisation in the community service sector and is now operating from Logan, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
One of IWAA’s key strengths is its ability to collaborate with the community, business and other local agencies in order to host events and deliver programs that respond to new and emerging needs. It has won many awards for its innovative programs and excellent service delivery.

For over a decade, IWAA has focused on the primary prevention of violence against women, through research and respectful relationship workshops for participants as young as 12 years of age. It has been funded for the last 4 years by the QLD government under the Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS) program to specifically address violence against women.

In more recent times, IWAA has also identified an urgent need to provide safe spaces for women and their children who need to remove themselves from the violence and abuse and merging with Sakina Refuge House aligned strongly with its ethos for a more safe, caring and compassionate world.

The Sakina fundraising launch was a partnership between the Commonwealth Bank of Australian and IWAA; this partnership is expected to progress into the future as both organisations are deeply committed to eliminating violence against women.

When IWAA issued a call out for sponsorship, we were humbled by the response. Organisations and individuals have generously donated to ensure that affected women and children are provided with safe shelter and the casework management they need to live a life free from violence.


IWAA would like to thank: Youth and Family Services (YFS) Cath Bartolo; World Wellness Group Rita Prasad-Ildes; Islamic Council of Queensland Habib Jamal; Optus Sunnybank HIlls; Real Law Figen Cingil; Aspire Financial Services; Australia's CEO Challenge; the Hon Leanne Enoch MP; the Hon Cameron Dick MP; Dr Jim Chalmers MP; Peter Samuel Russo MP; Cr Kim Marx and Mitra Khakbaz.






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This story is part of a special SBS series featuring older Australians looking back on their lives.



Abla Kadous started life in Egypt before moving to Australia and helping set up the country's first welfare service for Muslim women. At 70, she reflects on her career and why she would "never send anyone away".

In the backyard of a women's welfare centre, a feast is taking place.

Falafel, Japanese dumplings, samosas, Egyptian lasagne and numerous desserts are laid out across two tables.

A group of about 50 women and children are enjoying the feast.

The Islamic Women's Welfare Association (IWWA) is a not-for-profit organisation in Lakemba, an area of Sydney dotted with Bangladeshi and Middle Eastern restaurants, and where about half of the residents identify as Muslim.

At the helm is 70-year-old Abla Kadous.

"If anyone comes with a problem, I never send anyone away. First of all, I sit with them and I discuss it with them and I see which area,” she tells SBS News.

“If it’s a small issue, not physical abuse, if she has problems with raising the children or just a little disagreement with the husband, I can help them here. But if it's bigger than that, I refer them to the correct service."

The IWWA was set up in the year 2000 and provides programs and services for about 150 women and 300 children each week.

They include childcare, camps for teenage girls and Arabic language schools, as well as welfare and referral services for at-risk women who need extra support.

Abla is one of the centre's 50 or so volunteers and has been the president for almost 20 years.


She and her family migrated from Egypt to Australia in the late 1960s when she was a teenager. It was a time of political unrest in her home country.
She says Sydney reminded her of Port Fouad, the Egyptian town where her family had once lived.

"I grew up with many different nationalities. My neighbours were from Greece, from Italy. We had people from Germany. A lot of people from the Mediterranean would come and work in Egypt.”

“We used to exchange recipes and cook together, go out together. We grew up together with their children and we are still in contact with them until today. Very few of them are still in Egypt; we left and also many other nationalities left as well."


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Councillor for Calamvale Ward, Angela Owens, has made representation to Swimming Australia regarding swimwear code on behalf of families in her electorate who are "seeking for Swimming Australia to uphold their policies of inclusion by ensuring all, but particularly young swimmers are enabled to swim competitively, at all levels, wearing swimwear which protects their modesty."


"My electorate is the most multi-culturally diverse in the City of Brisbane and our local community is built on a foundation of tolerance, inclusion, and respect for one another, Cr Owens wrote.


"At this point I would like to raise that currently the swimwear restrictions Swimming Australia imposing on swimmers, particularly young swimmers, DOES NOT uphold the capacity for swimmers to participate, and more specifically compete at a higher level, of THEIR choosing."

She addressed Swimming Australia's CEO:

"I recognise that Swimming Australia, and yourself as CEO, may not be as involved as I am in dealing with many cultures combining together. Further it may be that you are not receiving the important feedback from State Swimming bodies, nor from District levels or coaches that swimmers are retreating from participating competitively because of the embarrassment and humiliation they feel when they are told they cannot compete wearing swimwear which protects their modesty. This is
often being dictated in an insensitive manner via announcements over loudspeakers  at carnivals, which exacerbates unwanted attention being drawn to swimmers, and this is hardly an atmosphere of inclusion.

For many of these swimmers they are scared to voice their needs which is why I am advocating on their behalf. The sentiment expressed to me is that it is easier to give up swimming because it is too hard to battle the institution. The current restrictions on swimwear deny opportunities rather than promote them."


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Academy Alive Update






Monday at 8pm Academy Alive released their newest podcast series, featuring the president of Council of Imams Queensland, Sheikh Uzair Abkar as one of the main hosts, with Academy Alive Scholar, Sheikh AbdurRaheem.

In the first episode of Imams Corner, Sheikh Uzair discussed the importance of utilising the golden opportunities, to hasten towards good deeds, as we are only benefiting ourselves.

Check out the newest series from Academy Alive Imams Corner.

In other news, Academy Alive began their first-ever LaunchGood campaign.

Support Academy Alive as they take their next big step, the mission of allowing individuals and communities around the world to find fulfilment, and contentment, through the Quran.

An exclusive LaunchGood campaign. Aiding society the ability to rejuvenate their connection with the Quran by allowing communities to genuinely understand the Quran directly in Arabic.

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This is a "turning point" in the lives of Muslims in the country.


Muslims living in Slovenia will finally be able to practice their faith the way they want to after the country's first mosque opened its doors in Ljubljana on Monday.

The place of worship has been decades in the making as the initial request to build it was filed back in the 1960s while Slovenia was still part of former Yugoslavia.

The muslim community in the predominantly Christian country received permission to start building the mosque 15 years ago but construction only began in 2013. This is due to the fact that its launching faced obstacles of every kind, including financial hurdles and opposition from the country's right-wing political parties.

Opponents of the project tried to halt it multiple times in 2004 and 2009. However, the nation's constitutional court denied these requests every time.

Despite all the obstacles, Slovenia's muslims, who make up 2.5 percent of the country's 2 million people and are considered its second largest religious group, pressed on and now have something to celebrate.

It took 50 years for them to get a proper mosque to pray in but they never gave up. In the years leading up to the opening, people of the faith were forced to perform prayers and hold religious ceremonies in sports halls or in other rented properties.

Speaking of the transformative moment, head Mufti of the country's Islamic community Nedžad Grabus explained how the mosque's opening constituted a "turning point" in the lives of muslims in Slovenia.

"Slovenia is the last former Yugoslav state to get a mosque, making Ljubljana a capital rather than a provincial town on the edge of the world," he explained during a press conference.

Grabus added that the mosque's construction cost around 34 million euros ($39 million), most of which (28 million euros) were donated by Qatar.

The mosque can cater to 1,400 people and is surrounded by six buildings that are now host to a full-fledged Islamic Cultural Center.

The area features the "community's offices; an education center, which includes a library; a restaurant; a basketball court; housing for the Muslim clerisy; and a 40-meter (131 feet) high minaret," Arab News reported.

Designed by the Bevk Perović Arhitekti architecture firm, the buildings' design is quite unique. It features blue and white concrete combined with steel, glass, and wood.

Muslims living in Slovenia are excited over the mosque's opening and believe it will help younger generations connect to their faith.


The Guardian





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Topic: 'Virtues of Fridays in Islam'

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)



Rowan Baxter’s violence and the harm of weasel words

Imagine all the things done to destroy your people, their language and identity over
successive generations, is met with a ‘statement of regret’. That was the situation under
former Prime Minister John Howard, who over more than a decade, failed to understand
the purpose of an apology was to facilitate healing and closure for Indigenous peoples.

Years later, one of his party successors, Mr Brendan Nelson, would stand opposite PM
Kevin Rudd to deliver a speech on the Day of the National Apology. Remember him?
Probably not. His miscalculation of the moment made his contribution a footnote in history.
Nelson began with empathy before derailing into a speech designed for his political circle, to
argue that not all intentions behind the Stolen Generations were bad, that there were cases
of child neglect, that there continue to be.

As this unnotable leader of the opposition continued to speak, Australians stood and silently
turned their backs, others buried their heads in disbelief. He was missing judgement at that
moment, but also lacking taste and sincerity of intention.

Yesterday I stumbled upon a long thread of conversation from the Brisbane Muslim
community about the heinous murder of a woman and three children by their estranged
husband and father. They died in the most inhumane circumstances, burning alive, at the
hands of someone who Allah swt has entrusted to care for them.

The thread was reeling from the commentary of two individuals within our community, who
were arguing that regard needed to be paid to the circumstances that drove him to this
incomprehensible act. They were angry about the family law system which, they argued,
was rigged against fathers.

There are two things I want to say:

First, I think as Muslims we are agreed that he breached the most fundamental code of
being a parent, and human. The deep grief that is permeating the Australian community is
compounded by the fact he will never face court and receive the sort of justice that would
deter another man from committing this crime.

But there has been a new resolve from the community to reject any attempt to soften or
qualify condemnation for this man. One woman is murdered a week at the hands of
someone she knows. Domestic violence has reached epic proportions with QLD police
estimating 260 callouts on average a day. But the heinousness of this particular crime has
pushed the public over the edge and caused a revolt. The usual media behaviour, making
light of violence, or giving sentimental backstories to criminals, was suddenly visible, and
entirely sickening.

If we want to reduce the chances of another man deciding that homicide-suicide is the only
option, we need to categorically position that behaviour as selfish, criminal, heinous and
depraved of the worst kind. They must know that their story won’t be told, that their
experience will never be acknowledged.

This is my second and final point. In a moment of collective grief, choose your words. You
can be like Brendan Nelson MP, trying to not offend certain audiences who are part of your
club, running an agenda, grinding an axe. Or you can rise to the moment and recognise what
is needed: unqualified condemnation and unqualified support for all those who are grieving.




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








“Let the entire world hear me. Our hostility to the Great Satan is absolute.”


1992 CE the year he assumed office of Secretary General of Hezbollah

Over 45 thousand– active duty troops and reservists in Hezbollah.

Seyyed Hasan Nasrallah

Secretary General of Hezbollah

Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah is serving his sixth term as the current and third Secretary-General of Hezbollah (the Party of God). Hezbollah is a Twelver Shia Islamic political party, social and paramilitary organization based in Lebanon which seeks social justice through Islamic ideals.

Military Power: Hezbollah remains a de facto security force in southern Lebanon, and its military presence is felt throughout the country. The military successes Nasrallah had in the late nineties are seen as the main factor for Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, and the repulsion of Israeli forces in July 2006 earned Nasrallah many more supporters. Hezbollah fighters have been key in strengthening the Syrian regime during the Syrian civil war, and their presence there has pushed out da’ish but draws reactions from Israel. Hezbollah has continued to develop its arsenal, and as well as developing accuracy, latest estimates include at least 100,000 rockets and missiles.

Social Services: Hezbollah has also won significant grassroots support by cultivating a social welfare system that provides schools, clinics and housing in the predominantly Shia parts of Lebanon. These welfare activities are run with efficiency and rival those carried out by the state, giving the organisation even broader appeal. It also runs Al Manar—an influential television station.

Popularity: His popularity peaked just after the 2006 conflict with Israel, when many Sunni Muslims looked to him as a figure of defiance against Israel. Since the Syrian conflict, however, many if not all of these supporters have left him because of his support of the Syrian (Alawi) regime against the Syrian people, the majority of whom are Sunnis. His claim that the Syrian conflict is not sectarian in essence is not one that many Sunni Muslims agree with. He is widely seen as one of the main victors of the Syrian conflict. Nasrallah recently declared “victory” in the Syrian war, adding that what remained was “scattered battles.”





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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




One of the few Muslim families the Dellals were close to in the 1950s was the Ajayoglu family, which immigrated to Australia in 1952. İbrahim and Mehmet Ajayoglu were good friends and worked closely together for the betterment of the Muslim community until Mehmet’s death in 1978. Mehmet’s experiences and views left a deep impression on İbrahim, who took Mehmet as a mentor in community service despite some cultural differences.

Mehmet was a Pan-Turanist (some call Pan-Turkish), which was one of the three major philosophical and political groups before the fall of the Ottoman Empire.


Pan-Turkism ideology was based on secularism and nationalism, which aimed to unite all Turks under one flag.

The Ajayoglu family originally lived in the Karachai region, which was populated by the Muslim Turkic people of North Caucasus. Karachai is on the border of Russia near Georgia. When Germany invaded Russia during World War II, the German army occupied Karachai.




The people of Karachai lived under Ottoman rule before the Russian annexation of Karachai in 1828. However, they always resisted Russian domination and periodically established an autonomous state.

Mehmet was an activist and community leader in Karachai. The Ajayoglu family and others who remained behind in Karachai and did not resist the German occupation were branded as traitors by Stalin. When the German army began withdrawing from Russia in 1943, many residents of Karachai feared the Communist government’s harsh punishments and fled with the German army.


They were prepared to settle in any land where they would be safe, since those
who remained behind were executed or deported. However, they could not imagine it would take seven years to finally settle nor could they imagine their final home would be Australia.










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S2E3: Palestine Pt 3 – 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.




When we last visited Palestine, the British had drafted the Balfour Declaration, creating new problems in the region.


The British has promised the land of Palestine to various parties. Unsure of how to move forward, the British created the Mandate of Palestine placing it under their own authority.


Herbet Samuel was appointed British High Commissioner for Palestine in 1925 and remained in that position for five years. Through the mandate, the British controlled Palestine for almost three decades.


During this period, they faced multiple protests, riots and revolts from both the Jewish and Palestinian Arab communities. Let’s take a look at some of the events that occurred during this era.





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The Graveyard Talks Back
By Arundhati Roy



2020 Clark Lecture in English Literature, instituted by Trinity College, Cambridge.



Thank you for inviting me to deliver this, the Clark Lecture, now in its one hundred and thirty-second year. When I received the invitation, I scrolled down the list of previous speakers, the many “Sirs” and Sir-sounding names who have spoken on topics as varied as “Literary criticism of the age of Queen Anne,” “Shakespeare as criticised in France from the time of Voltaire,” “The crowning privilege: professional standards in English poetry” and “Makers and materials: The poetry of Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Yeats, and Eliot.” In the cartoon version of this story, at this point the character playing me would furrow her brow, and her speech balloon would say, “Huh?” I was reassured when my eye fell on “Studies in American Africanism” by Toni Morrison, but only momentarily. I asked John Marenbon, who invited me, if I could look at the texts of some previous lectures, since I couldn’t find them on the internet. He most helpfully replied that speakers were never asked to deposit their lectures with Trinity, but that TS Eliot’s The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry had evolved from his Clark lecture, as had EM Forster’s Aspects of the Novel.

In other words—No pressure.

This lecture has evolved from a series of recent talks I have given about the place for literature in the times in which we live and about the politics of language, both public and private. This makes my task a little slippery. It might occasionally involve the presumption that many of you are familiar with my work, which may not be the case and for which I apologise.

Graveyards in India are, for the most part, Muslim graveyards, because Christians make up a minuscule part of the population, and, as you know, Hindus and most other communities cremate their dead. The Muslim graveyard, the kabristan, has always loomed large in the imagination and rhetoric of Hindu nationalists. “Mussalman ka ek hi sthan, kabristan ya Pakistan!”—Only one place for the Mussalman, the graveyard or Pakistan—is among the more frequent war cries of the murderous, sword-wielding militias and vigilante mobs that have overrun India’s streets.


As the Hindu Right has taken almost complete control of the state, as well as non-state apparatuses, the increasingly blatant social and economic boycott of Muslims has pushed them further down the societal ladder and made them even more unwelcome in “secular” public spaces and housing colonies. For reasons of safety as well as necessity, in urban areas many Muslims, including the elite, are retreating into enclaves that are often hatefully referred to as “mini-Pakistans.” Now in life, as in death, segregation is becoming the rule. In cities such as Delhi, meanwhile, the homeless and destitute congregate in shrines and around graveyards, which have become resting places not just for the dead, but for the living, too. I will speak today about the Muslim graveyard, the kabristan, as the new ghetto—literally as well as metaphorically—of the new Hindu India. And about writing fiction in these times.


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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)


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Search for final resting place

In 2014, Kam Khurram Bux decided it was time to honour his great grandfather's memory, Indian cameleer Ameer Bux.

Mr Bux came to Australia in the late 1800s to help his son, Mahomed Bux, with his thriving trade business.

Mohamed was importing camels into Fremantle and at the age of 70 Ameer offered to help take a camel train to the prosperous gold rush town of Coolgardie in the Goldfields region of WA.

The 600-kilometre journey was to take 12 days, but tragically Ameer died of heat exhaustion and dysentery.


A religious necklace known as a misbahah or tespih hangs in Coolgardie cemetery in front of Ameer Bux's grave. (ABC Goldfields-Esperance: Madison Snow)

His body was buried in an unmarked grave in the Afghan section of Coolgardie cemetery.

Mr Bux decided to properly mark the grave with a headstone.

Mr Bux said he felt his great grandfather had not rested because no-one from his family had come to visit his grave.

"Nobody had been there since 1897 when he died," he said..





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Muslims in Germany call for action against far-right groups    


'Actions must follow words,' said the cousin of one of those killed in Hanau on Wednesday night.


Hanau residents march with a banner reading 'Fascism and racism kill everywhere' in a vigil for the victims of the shooting.

Hanau, Germany - Thursday's attack in the small western city of Hanau has deepened fears in Germany that minority communities are vulnerable to fascist and Islamophobic violence, and has raised questions about how much state authorities are doing to combat any threat.

The killings of 10 people, mostly with immigrant backgrounds, has also prompted a backlash against the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which one senior politician said should be placed under surveillance.

At Friday prayers on the outskirts of the city, attendees continued to pay respects to the dead, with some members of the local Kurdish community asking what action could be taken to prevent another attack.

"We don't believe yet that this mentality has been spread everywhere; we know that there's still a society that likes its diversity," said Mohamed Erkelen, shortly after leading prayers for one of the victims.

"The fascist mentality and fascist organisations do not have a place in this society," he told Al Jazeera, adding that political figures need to take stronger action to ease concerns among minority groups.

Tobias Rethjen, the 43-year-old killer from Hanau, posted a number of far-right conspiracy videos on YouTube, as well as publishing a lengthy manifesto on social media, in which he espoused racist and eugenicist views, Germany's federal prosecutor said.

Ali Unvar's cousin, Fehrad, was shot dead while buying cigarettes. He is convinced that police reports of Rethjen scouting the scene of the second shooting in the days before the attack is evidence that he meant to target Muslims or Arabs.  

Al Jazeera


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Saudi women smoke in public to 'complete' their freedom    


Women smoke publicly at a coffee shop in north Riyadh on January 25, 2020.


SAUDI ARABIA: Rima settles in a chair at an upscale Riyadh cafe, looks around carefully, and seeing no one she recognizes, drags on her electronic cigarette and exhales a cloud of smoke.

"I feel that smoking in public is a part of exercising my newly won freedoms. I am happy that now that I can choose," the 27-year-old Saudi who works for a private company in the capital told AFP.

Like Western feminists of the early 20th century, in an era of social change in Saudi Arabia some women are embracing cigarettes, shisha pipes or vaping as a symbol of emancipation.

The sight of women smoking in public has become much more common in recent months, an unthinkable prospect before the introduction of sweeping reforms in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

The kingdom's ambitious de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has rolled out an array of economic and social innovations to project a moderate, business-friendly image.

Women are now allowed to drive, attend public sporting events and concerts, and obtain passports without the approval of a male guardian.

Rima, who started smoking two years ago, dismisses concerns about the harmful effects of tobacco, but is worried her family will find out.

She says she is prepared for a showdown.

"I won't tell them that this is about my personality liberty, because they won't understand that women are free to smoke like men," said Rima, dressed in a traditional black abaya with gold embroidery matching the hijab that covered her hair.

Najla, 26, who like Rima asked to use a pseudonym, said that despite the rapid social changes, double standards still existed, and that it was still considered a "scandal and disgrace" if women smoked.

The only woman lighting up amid several tables of male smokers, she said she intended to "challenge society" and ignore the occasional dirty looks.

"My rights will be fully respected when my family accepts me as a smoker," she said, recalling that a friend was sent to an addiction clinic when her parents found out about her smoking.

Najla started smoking while still a school student, and like her, up to 65 percent of female Saudi high schoolers light up secretly, according to a 2015 study by the medical faculty at King Abdulaziz University cited by Arab News.

'Everything is allowed'

Despite the limitations, in a country where until just a few years ago religious police would chase and hit women for infractions like wearing nail polish or allowing a strand of hair to escape from their hijab, the changes have been head-spinning.

"Most of our women clients order shisha. It's something that was totally unimaginable just three months ago," a Lebanese waiter told AFP at an upscale cafe in north Riyadh.

Heba, a 36-year-old longtime smoker who sat at a table nearby, described growing up in a closed country where "everything was forbidden to women".

"I never imagined I would be able to smoke shisha in public next to men," she told AFP.

"Now, everything is allowed. Women venture out without hijab, without abaya and they even smoke publicly."

But even as the kingdom has introduced reforms, it has attracted condemnation for a heavy-handed crackdown on dissidents including intellectuals, clerics and female activists.

In 2018, authorities arrested at least a dozen women activists just before the historic lifting of the decades-long ban on female motorists.

Many of the detained have accused interrogators of sexual harassment and torture. Saudi authorities reject the accusations.

"There is no doubt that at the persona level there is more freedom," said Walid al-Hathloul, whose sister Loujain is on trial over allegations of having contacts with foreign media and diplomats.

"But the reforms in favour of women are part of a public relations campaign to improve the kingdom's human rights record," he told AFP.

"The arrest and demonization of women activists is proof of this -- it's designed so that the reforms will not be credited to the activists," he told AFP. 



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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:
Replacing Regret With Gratitude


The Reality Of Regret

To regret is to wish that you had something other than what you have now. It is to spend the present moment wishing it was different. It is human nature to dwell on thoughts that start with ‘What-if’ or ‘I wish I had’.

Regrets can quickly turn into a default setting in the mind if you are not aware of your present moment.


Your moment right now is your moment to design your life in a way that will serve your purpose.


Moments spent in regret do not serve your purpose - they hold you back and before you know it, a vicious cycle of regrets becomes your default setting.


You lose sight of your present moment and forget to appreciate the beauty and serenity of surrendering to ALLAH’s plans for you.

Let us transform ourselves right this moment and cultivate a mindset which replaces regret with absolute gratitude..

How To Replace Regret With Gratitude

1. Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all that HE has already given you. Write down a list of everything you are blessed with.
2. Now, Praise ALMIGHTY ALLAH for all the lessons you have learnt from past experiences, negative and positive.
3. Replace all what-if statements with “Alhumdolillah”.
4. Avoid comparing your life with someone else’s. Your unique abilities and experiences make you different from the rest of the world. Focus on your soulful connection with ALLAH. Increase your own ibaadah and good deeds. Don’t worry about who is saying what and who is doing what. Focus on your deeds, your thoughts, your words.
5. Daily positive affirmations. Consciously choose positive words when talking about your situation. The more you affirm your life positively, the more positive outcomes arise from situations. Refer to examples below:

Situation Negative Self -Talk Positive Affirmation
Money I don’t have enough money yet. Thank you, ALLAH, for my financial abundance.
Marriage It’s not going well. Thank you, ALLAH, for my joyful marriage.
Disobedient children What more can I do? They are so ungrateful. Thank you, ALLAH, for making my children healthy and joyful and keeping them on the straight path.
Job I hate my job. Thank you, ALLAH, for the opportunity I have to provide service to others.
Body Image I don’t like my body. Thank you, ALLAH, for my healthy body which unconditionally breathes for me and allows me to accomplish righteous deeds that may please you.


Someone wise once said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Are You Being Of Service?

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









Lessons from Surah al-Kahf (Pearls from the Qur'an)



Yasir Qadhi




The Qur’an is full of parables. Each one, when its meaning is unpacked and understood, offers wisdom and guidance. Surah Kahf, chapter 18 from the Qur’an, is particularly thought provoking, and Muslims are advised to read it at least once a week.

But why? And what can we gain from it?

In this book Yasir Qadhi leads us through Surah Kahf, unfolding the lines, stories and symbols that have inspired people for over a thousand years: the people of the cave, Prophet Musa’s momentous encounter with Khidr, the two men and their gardens, and Gog and Magog.

And surely We have explained matters in people in the Qur’an in diverse ways, using all manners of parables. (Qur’an 18:54)

Through Yasir Qadhi’s unmistakeable voice, modern Muslims may glimpse some of the Qur’an’s profound meaning.

Say: “If the sea were to become ink to record the Words of my Lord, indeed the sea would all be used up before the Words of my Lord are exhausted…” (Qur’an 18:109)




Australians can purchase a copy from



If you haven't already, you need to get yourself a copy! I've been glued to this book the past two days Subhan'Allah!


The knowledge and wisdom behind all four stories Subhan'Allah. It's really changed the way I read Surah al-Kahf.


I'm in the process of learning Arabic alhamdulillah but this has made me fall in love with the surah itself that much more Subhan'Allah. It's just gems upon gems Subhan'Allah. Wow.
The lessons to take from each story. How to implement them in our weekly lives, it's all so amazing!

I can't lie, it's just as scary as it is amazing! But that's good! Islam is a Balance. Allah (swt) with all His infinite mercy teaches us this throughout the Qur'an. If He mentions His wrath, He will follow it up with His Mercy Subhan'Allah.

Whatever I say will not do it justice. I loved reading this book. Alhamdulillah.





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CCN's Bookshelf

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

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Dates are a nutrient-dense food, which makes them beneficial for most people's diets; they contain fibre, iron and vitamins A and K, as well as minerals such as magnesium, potassium and niacin. Dates are also fairly low in calories. 


Date and Nut Loaf




150g chopped dates
5ml bicarbonate of soda
200ml boiling water
60g butter
100g brown sugar
1 egg
5ml vanilla essence
50g chopped pecan nuts
200g flour
5ml baking powder
Chopped Pecan nuts for decorating.

Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the dates, pour boiling water over and allow it to soak.
Cream the butter and brown sugar, beat in the egg, and add essence and the nuts.
Fold in the sifted flour and baking powder and lastly add the date mixture. This makes a soft mixture.
Pour into a greased loaf pan or mini loaf pans, decorate with pecans and bake at 180”c for approx 10 mins for mini loaf pans or approx 20 mins in a loaf pan.
This can be served warm with ice cream as a desert or sliced and served with tea. 



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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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No matter what your goals are, back yourself and get the job done.


Make every workout part of your bigger picture.


Even if you don’t cross off everything on your daily to-do list, remember you always have your next time / your tomorrow, so don’t give up.


Stay focused, stay motivated and keep your end goal in mind..


Don’t just look at the finish line, cross it!

You are stronger than you know!


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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin was at a grave yard.


He began to moan "Why did you die, oh why did you have to die?"

A passer-by knelt down next to Jallalludin and said "Was this person very close to you?"

"No, actually I never met him!" replied Jallalludin.

"Why are you moaning then?" asked the passer-by curiously.

"He was my wife's first husband!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






If you disclose [acts of] charity, even so it is well, but if you conceal them, and make them reach those [really] in need, that is best for you: it will remove from you some of your [stains of] evil. And Allah is well acquainted with what you do.


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:271


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"Do a good deed and throw it in the river,

One day it will come back to you in the desert."



~ Rumi




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


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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.






Join us to discuss and better understand the global environmental crisis – climate change, wildlife extinctions, mass pollution and how our religious principles and values can be applied.

The event is co-organised by the Islamic Council of Queensland, and supported by AFIC, CIQ, The Climate Reality Project, the Australian Religious Response for Climate Change and CICD.


Two internationally renowned keynote speakers Professor Odeh Al-Jayyousi (author of “Islam and Sustainable Development”) from the Arab Gulf University, Bahrain, and Ibrahim Abdul-Matin (author of “Green Deen”) from New York City, USA will be speaking together with other presenters. The tentative programme is attached.

This is an academic conference cum community event designed to provide an understanding of the environmental crisis from well-founded research findings.


It will stress our obligations to act based on our religious principles and values, as well as views on how these teachings can be applied – individually and as societies.


To encourage interfaith action on common problems faced by humanity, we also invite facilitator/speakers from other Abrahamic faiths.

For further details contact Mohammed Hayat (0401 162 199) or Daud (0413 067 160).


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Venue: Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University, Nathan Campus

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.









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































So we thought we'd take a moment to introduce ourselves.

A teacher, a graphic designer and a pharmacist walk into a bar... Ok, so not a bar (OBVIOUSLY), but it was over a lunch. Like many beginnings, this one started at the end... of last year, and has taken off since then.

We are SZL Events. Being mothers ourselves and most of us holding jobs, we are all working hard behind the scene to bring awesome events to you. Our aim is to provide more opportunities for Gold Coast Muslims to socialise and have fun.

Vendors! Get in before registration closes at the end of February in order to have a stall with us. We can't wait to hear from you!

Don't want a stall? Are you more interested in being a sponsor instead? Use this opportunity to get your name out there! Contact us today to check out our sponsorship packages.













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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) would like to invite you to support the upcoming EID DOWN UNDER festival taking place on Saturday the 6th of June at the Australian International Islamic College. Eid as you know is a time for celebration for Muslims and more than 15,000 people are expected to attend the social event for hours of fun, food, rides, entertainment, competitions, cultural performances and much more, the Brisbane City Council considers this a major event in Brisbane. It also provides a chance for the Muslim community to connect with other groups and communities in Queensland, promoting an inclusive and harmonious Australian society. Insha Allah this year the festival will be bigger than previous years.

The event provides a platform for businesses to promote their activities and the opportunity is huge as the event brings together people from all walks of life, and many different communities from across Queensland. Over the years, the event has seen major sponsorships from well-established leading Muslim businesses and Insha Allah this year we hope to see your kind support. In doing so, you’ll not only be promoting your business but also be supporting social cohesion, mutual respect and understanding within our society, which is a key focus for ICQ and cornerstones of our Muslim identity.

Starting at only $1000.00, we have tailored sponsorship packages to suit all types of businesses, we humbly request you to consider being a sponsor of this year's event.


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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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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!


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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

14 March



Qld Women's Week event "Evolve.Elevate. Empower."


National Council of Young Women of Qld


Hanworth House, 109 Lytton Rd, East Brisbane

0404 296 297

0459 980 976


12.30PM to 5PM

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


24 October



Annual Milad-un-Nabi



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



0422 433 074

4PM to Magrib


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











Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




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




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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

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

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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


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