EST. 2004


Sunday 1 March 2020 | Issue 0799



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The family of Ikraan Bakram (pictured left), shot dead by police in the centre of Brisbane City this week, says he had schizophrenia.


The Brisbane Muslim community and Mr Bahram's family have also been angered by some reports that the attack may have been motivated by terrorism.


Mr Bahram's family said had been hospitalised at least four times in the last three years due to his illness and was most recently admitted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in December.

The family said they are angry and believe Queensland Health failed their son.

"He has been in mental health getting help," his sister said.

"He didn't get enough support.

"There are families hurting from this, it's absolutely heartbreaking."

His family said Mr Bahram was born in Sydney after his mother moved to Australia from Afghanistan as a refugee.

"The worst thing was when we turned on the TV and saw reports stating he was a terrorist. That is disgusting behaviour, absolutely disgusting," his sister said.

"He is not related to any terrorist groups or anything like that.

"We are just a normal Aussie family who have had our brother — my parent's son — taken away."

Police confirmed there was nothing to suggest the incident was linked to terrorism.


Islamic Council of Queensland secretary Muhammad Khatree said misinformation was damaging, not only to the man's family, but to relations between the Islamic community and police.

"Any reports that try to force a connection to terrorism are highly irresponsible," Mr Khatree said.

"We have been informed by family members that the deceased was born in Australia and suffering from grappling with severe mental health issues.

"We are also seriously concerned by the excessive force used by police officers."

"To have his life taken away like this is unjust," his sister added.

"The police have gone about this the wrong way. They could have used tasers.

"It was excessive [force]."


The use of deadly force will be investigated by Queensland police's internal ethical standards command but, in an unprecedented move, QPS Commissioner Katarina Carroll has publicly supported the officers involved.

"Every day my officers go to work to protect Queenslanders," she posted on Instagram.

"Two of our first responders faced a critical situation that, as police, we hope we are never confronted with.

"I stand with them."

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers also stood by the action of the officers.


The UK tourist who was stabbed in the incident received a single stitch in hospital and was discharged.






The janaza of Mohammed Ikraan Bakram was held at Kuraby Mosque on Wednesday 26 February and his body was laid to rest at Mt Gravatt Cemetery.



Subsequent to a call for a meeting with the Police Commissioner, the Islamic Council of Queensland issued the following statement:







A Mother's Anguish



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Keynote speaker, Dr Dzavid Haveric (4th from left), with some of the participants


The Queensland Muslim Historical Society hosted Dr Dvaid Haveric at the Multi-Faith Centre on the Griffith University's Nathan campus where Dr Haveric spoke on the history of Muslims in Australia.


Dr Dzavid Haveric is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, and the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University. He is also a Research Associate at Museum Victoria. He has worked as a Project Officer and Program Assistant at the Parliament of the World's Religions within the Victorian Multicultural Commission. He also worked as a reporter at the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Radio Program for the Bosnian Community. Dr Haveric is the author of ten books, and number of newspaper articles and radio reports.


The audience participants included members of other historical societies, academics and professional and amateur historians.


Dr Mustafa Ally MC'ed the lively discussion invoked by Dr Haveric's historical images, paintings and photos of people and places going as far back as the 8th century.



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On Saturday 22 February 2020, Kuraby Masjid hosted Saint Peter's Parish from Rochedale. The purpose of this event was to take our brothers and sisters from Saint Peter's for a tour of the Masjid, give them a bit of background as to who we are and what we do, and to continue the conversations that started after the Sri Lankan bombings last year when the Masjid sent Saint Peter's (among other Church groups) some flowers and a message of condolence and solidarity.

Allhumdulilalah, the event went very well and the relationship between Kuraby Masjid and Saint Peter's was further strengthened.

The Masjid strongly believes that inter faith dialogue is important in our diverse community. We share similar beliefs to our brothers and sisters from different faiths, and it is important that we unite on our similarities and respect our differences.

The Masjid hosts a number of schools, faith groups and visitors throughout the year.


If you would like to be involved please complete the volunteer form.





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Heading out to Taree in the early hours of yesterday (Saturday) morning


MAA, MCF, and the Deen Family travelled from Brisbane to Taree to help support farmers affected by the bushfires and drought.

Through the support of the community and supporters, they were able to distribute 440 hay bales to struggling farmers









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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Arabia has imposed a temporary ban on religious pilgrimage, known as Umrah, to historic Islamic shrines in Mecca and Medina over the coronavirus outbreak that has recently spread to the Middle East.
The oil-rich kingdom announced on Wednesday that the restrictions were put in place to “provide the utmost protection” to those living in Saudi Arabia as well as pilgrims and tourists willing to visit the country.

In a statement, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said that the government would suspend "entry to the kingdom for the purpose of Umrah," as well as for visiting the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, the second holiest site in Islam after the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of the year, unlike Ḥajj, which should be attempted by every Muslim at least once a lifetime at a specific time of year.

In addition, Riyadh suspended entry for anyone who has a valid tourist visa but hails from countries that have been experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.

Saudis and citizens of the five other nations that comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – will be barred from using their national ID cards to either enter or leave the kingdom, the ministry said, noting that those Saudis citizens who want to return from abroad and GCC nationals who are now in Saudi Arabia but want to fly back to their respective home countries will be exempted from the ban.

It’s unclear when the restrictions will be lifted, with the ministry noting that the move is “temporary” and “is subject to a continuous evaluation by the competent authorities.”

Riyadh’s decision to partially shut its borders for pilgrims and citizens from the coronavirus-stricken countries comes as the virus has been taking hold in Europe and the Middle East. The highest number of coronavirus fatalities outside China have been reported. 



LATEST: Iran seals off religious sites as coronavirus death toll rises and Pakistan reports new cases






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Pakistani singer Abida Parveen: ‘You will never understand this through logic and brain; it always comes through the heart.’


The devotional singer is known to move audiences to a higher plane. Meeting her in Melbourne, Ben Eltham writes, time went ‘all bendy and loose’

Sufi superstar Abida Parveen – a giant of world music – is an arresting presence. Dressed in flowing robes and scarf, her hair a mass of handsome dark curls, she seems to carry a little bubble of grace around with her – despite being anchored by pink sneakers.

Best known for her command of the ghazal, kafi and qawwali – classic forms of Sufi music and poetry – the colossal artistic stature of Parveen in her homeland of Pakistan is hard to convey for the western reader. As Kamile Shamsie wrote in 2005, “you could find entire neighbourhoods, possibly towns, in Pakistan where the residents would be delighted to be kept up until dawn by the sound of Parveen”.

Melbourne gets her for a single night only, in an exclusive concert that’s part of the three-month Asia Topa festival of Asian performing arts. “I’m very peaceful, it feels like there’s a lot of peace here,” she says when we meet.

Parveen began singing as a three-year old, encouraged by her father Ustad Ghulam Haider – himself a famous musician. At his knee, she imbibed the Sufi canon and a respect for its power.

Even as a young child she had a “thirst for learning”, she explains through her translator. She would often observe her father with his music students at home, where she learned “the respect of the honour of what this is”.

“Every shrine has a different culture, every Sufi saint has a different culture, and you learn through spirituality as well … The true culture is of Sufis, is [about] spreading peace. This culture is coming from the Prophet, peace be upon him, and this then travels through the Sufi saints and spreads through the world.”



What does it feel like when she’s singing?

“Once you’re in this space, this spirituality actually liberates you,” Parveen explains. “You’re not tied by any worldly or materialistic thing.”

Every concert is like her very first, she says. “So I pray every time to receive, and once the Divine listens to that, he creates a gathering where I become a channel, and then that flows to everyone who is interested. So that gathering becomes a spreading of the message.”

Parveen’s mysticism can belie a more worldly approach to the industry. She is a highly successful commercial artist in Pakistan, and has even appeared as a judge on the Indian-Pakistani talent show Sur Kshetra.

But the core of her music is her spirituality, evident not just from her performances, but in the philosophy she brings to her art.

“The soul of the heart is what is connected to the Divine. It comes first in my heart, and then to my lips,” she says, in a reference to the great 14th century poet Hafez.

Parveen’s manner of speaking has been called “densely poetic”, and it is also in Urdu, which I don’t speak. But even without translation, her lilting cadences are mesmerising, enlivened by flashes of humour.

“You will never understand this through logic and brain; it always comes through the heart, the heart understands this.”

When I ask what that means, she giggles.

“You don’t understand it, you can’t understand it yourself!” she tells me, her eyes crinkling with mirth. “Once the heart accepts and submits, then the guidance comes.”

At this point Parveen’s translator, Ayesha Bux, explains the word she is using here is ilham, by which she means not simply a message, but divine inspiration.

The power of music in a cruel world has never seemed more important than in 2020, a year which has already been dominated by drought, bushfires, a fast-spreading virus and deadly sectarian violence in India.

“Even if one person understands in the world, it could bring salvation,” Parveen tells me.

“When things like this happen, or when they explode, this is coming from somewhere else – but the solace comes from the Divine.”

Here Parveen quotes a well-known Qur’anic reference to David: “The prophet David, peace be upon him, when he started singing, the mountains would sway and the birds would sing.”

Called “Abdaji” by her entourage, Parveen seems to effortlessly command any space, even an empty cocktail lounge in the bowels of Melbourne’s Arts Centre. Maybe I’ve had too many coffees, but it seems the room gets quieter when she talks, and time gets all bendy and loose.

It’s a phenomenon her fans talk about too, with her performances regularly transporting audiences to a higher plane.

“With music, there are only 12 notes. You can’t increase or decrease them. Those 12 notes are coming from the Divine. And the whole world is within them.”

• Abida Parveen performed at the Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne on Saturday 29 February, as part of Asia Topa festival

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UK's Muslim News readers nominated illustrious men, women, children and initiatives deemed worthy of short-listing for a Muslim News Award for Excellence. The nominees were short-listed by an independent panel of judges who reviewed, deliberated and mused over the list.


Over the next weeks, CCN presents a shortlisted candidate who will be treated to a gala evening in the presence of their peers and other renowned guests in March, when the finalists are announced for the [15] coveted Awards for Excellence.




Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa, Somaliland in 1981.


Her two novels have attracted critical acclaim and her writing has been published in the New York Times, The Independent and anthologies celebrating the best of modern African fiction and marking the bicentenary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth.


Her first novel, Black Mamba Boy, won the Betty Trask Prize, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award.


In 2013 she was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.


Her second novel, The Orchard of Lost Souls, was published in 2013 and won a Somerset Maugham Prize and the Prix Albert Bernard and was long-listed for The Dylan Thomas Prize and short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.


Following the 2017 lorry bomb attack in Mogadishu, Nadifa helped raise over £32,000 for Aamin Ambulance.


Nadifa has volunteered with many mentoring schemes for Muslim children in London, including Baraka Youth in Portobello, and was active in the various volunteer efforts following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.


She has also worked at the Hackney Christmas Dinner which was set up by poet Lemn Sissay to give young people just out of the care system a family-style Christmas Day.






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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".

...continued from last week's CCN


Champion rower to community worker

It was in the waters of Port Fouad where Abla says she developed her work ethic.

At the age of 13, she took up rowing, an activity considered unusual for girls and women at the time.

By 15, she was a national champion.

"I started to travel the whole of Egypt; Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailia, and have competitions with much older girls."

"Whatever race, from the beginning, any race I went in I won. So I was Egypt's champion rower in the skiff [small boat], in singles."

Sport was, and still is, a big part of her life.

She says she was lucky enough to have a father who encouraged her to be active and trained her in competitive rowing.

"I try to pass it on to my children and grandchildren, and even here, in the centre, I try to organise a lot of activities with sport."

"I take groups to bowling, climbing, rock climbing and ice skating.”

Abla believes all women should participate in sport, especially team sports.

“A few years ago I had an OzTag team (tag rugby) as well. It's in my blood, I know the benefit of playing sport and I like to encourage women to play and to take part in teams."


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Academy Alive Update






Over the previous two weeks, Imams Corner with President of Council of Imams Queensland, Sheikh Uzair Akbar, has gone live with two episodes, highlighting the importance of taking advantage of the good deeds presented to us in the moment of NOW!



The 3 Fundamental steps to cultivate the connection with our children.




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Real chat with Rita




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



Our dream for that child

What is it about a new child that sparks joy in us? Their innocence, unbridled curiosity for the world, their lightness.

At this moment they are still completely fashioned by love. It is a state of being we long for, a state without torment or heaviness, without shame or worry.

Through all those years we experience the highs and lows with them. We are there as they begin to notice the jagged contours of the world as humans have made it.

With our imperfect habits, we model to them an ethical framework, cobbling it together with advice that doesn’t always correspond with our actions. We stumble along with moments of joy and triumph mingled with despair and witling fatigue.

Alhamdulillah, this is the path we tread as parents and carers.

Last week a set of parents within our community lost their child in horrible circumstances after an encounter with police in the Brisbane CBD. It was a horrific and abrupt ending, not only to their journey with a beautiful son, who happened to suffer from schizophrenia, but to all the dreams they held with him.

I’ve asked myself what more we can do as a community to support those living with mental illness and their families. Insha’Allah that family may write about it one day and answer that question.

While I cannot speak to their situation, I can speak to the crippling harm of stigma and judgement. For any of us, who’ve had our trust betrayed by someone who is back biting or ignorant, you will know how it can lead you to completely disconnect. You cannot trust them anymore, but you also begin to wonder, who you can trust? It makes you want to avoid being vulnerable or share your story. This is a lonely place. It’s also paralysing at a community level because it stops people from sharing their burdens or seeking help.

Stigma and judgement do not only have dire consequences for mental health. It is there for people who don’t and cannot fit ‘the mould’ for whatever reason. And there are so many reasons. It could be a disability. It could be that they are attracted to the same sex. It could be that they want to pursue a career that their family doesn’t approve of. Maybe they don’t want to marry. Yet our inability to love and put humanity first is a community problem, not their problem. For without love, there is no support, and without support, there is no safety.

If we are to honour the dream of every child, we must love one another more than our need to maintain perfect appearances. We must stop looking the other way and listen.




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








“The function of religion means that faith is a lamp in our lives which illuminates the path for people.”


11 years – study under Habib Abdul-Qadir Bin Ahmad al-Saqqaf

2005 CE – the year the Tabah Foundation was founded

Habib ‘Ali Zain Al Abideen Al-Jifri

Tracing his lineage to the family of ‘Ali, the fourth Caliph of Islam and cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, Habib ‘Ali Zain al Abideen Al-Jifri is a leading Islamic scholar and prominent speaker in the Muslim world. Al-Jifri is Director General of the Tabah Foundation in the UAE, member of the board of Dar al Mustafa in Yemen, member of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan, and affiliated with various other international Islamic organizations.

Sufi Guide: As a Ba Alawi Sufi, Al-Jifri is part of a tradition that has been based in Yemen for approximately 800 years. His numerous teachers include the late scholars and spiritual masters Habib Abdul-Qadir bin Ahmad Al-Saqqaf, and Habib Ahmad Mashhur bin Taha Al-Haddad. Habib Ali often teaches at Dar al Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen, and also travels all over the world meeting his students and giving lectures. Al-Jifri’s counselling is also in demand and his spiritual insights have left a huge impression on many. His guidance is based on incorporating as much of the sunnah into one’s daily life as one can.

Think Tank: Al-Jifri founded the privately-funded philanthropic Tabah Foundation for Islamic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi, a young nonprofit institution that is a source of reputable work in Islamic research and thought. It applies traditional religious principles to analyse contemporary issues. Some of these have inevitably become controversial such as when he made some statements against popular revolutions during the Arab Spring for his belief that the preservation of peace and reducing bloodshed is paramount.

World-Wide following: Habib Ali’s popularity has grown enormously over the past few years with almost 15 million followers on different social media platforms, plus half a million subscribers on his Youtube channel. His inspirational speeches often leave many in tears, and his smile and gentleness touch all who meet him. Despite not speaking English, he is in huge demand by English-speaking Muslims.





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by Salih Yucel


Abstract: İbrahim Dellal (1932-2018) was a community activist and played a pioneering role in establishing religious and educational institutions after his arrival in Melbourne in early 1950.


As the grandson of a late Ottoman mufti, being educated at the American Academy, a Baptist missionary school in Cyprus, clashed at times with his traditional upbringing based on Islam, service and Ottoman patriotism. İbrahim’s parents, especially his mother, raised their son to be Osmanli Efendisi, an Ottoman gentleman.


He was raised to be loyal to his faith and dedicated to his community. I met him in the late 80s in Sydney and discovered he was an important community leader, a ‘living history’, perhaps the most important figure in the Australian Muslim community

since the mid-20th century.


He was also one of the founders of Carlton and Preston mosques, which were the first places of worship in Victoria. I wrote his biography and published it in 2010. However, later I found he had more stories related to Australian Muslim heritage.


First, this article will analyse İbrahim’s untold stories from his unrevealed archives that I collected. Second, İbrahim’s traditional upbringing, which was a combination of Western education and Ottoman Efendisi, will be critically evaluated. He successfully amalgamated Eurocentric education and Islamic way of life. Finally, his poetry, which reflects his thoughts, will be discussed.



Over the weeks, CCN highlights extracts from the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies which is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scholarly study of Islam








....continued from last week's CCN


The Turanian Cultural Festival was organised by the Turanian Historical and Cultural Association, of which Mehmet Ajayoglu was the president, at Estonian House in West Brunswick on Sunday, 25 September 1977.


In his speech at the festival, Ajayoglu said: “I am sure this good beginning of Turanian Cultural Movement will progress to remedy many human problems…” In his talk, he was very proud to be of Caucasian ancestry and referred to noble blood running in his veins.


Although a friend for more than two decades, I could not observe any ideological influence of Ajayoglu on İbrahim. After the World War I until the late 80s, nationalism had a very strong influence on Turkish peoples throughout the world. However, there is no mark of nationalism on İbrahim’s philosophy.


It can be said İbrahim encountered all political and religious movements and he was able to get along and work with them without confrontation. He encountered Sufis, Salafis, political Islamists, religious radicals from different faiths, nationalists, aggressive secularists, Islamophobists, racists, self-interested and aggressive atheists. Instead of clashing with their views and actions, he tried to find common ground with all. However, sometimes he failed.

In my view, İbrahim strongly believed Islam flourishes in a peaceful environment and society. If there is conflict, then truth cannot be heard. In his view, without peace and security, there is no good education or economic prosperity. This is mentioned many times in his talks and poems.

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




Human Appeal International Australia's Aspiring Leaders Umrah Tour 2020: Self reflection

By Ayman Ali (Facebook posting)



When I got selected for the trip Alhumdulillah I was so happy yet so scared, I'm probably going to end up being with 20 or so extra religious fanatics with huge beards and knee length robes.... I was definitely wrong.


28 brothers from different states in Australia all meet up in Dubai for the first time, yet it felt as though we've known each other since forever.


The three weeks have proven to be a life-changing experience for every single one of us.


There were so many highlights to this trip, some of them being: Doing Umrah and spending time at the two holy cities (Makkah and Madinah), visiting the mountains, caves, museums and going to places where our prophet had been too.


Going to Jordan and spending time with the refugees at their camps and with the orphans at the orphanage in Amman both sponsored by Human Appeal Australia.



Spending the night at Wadi Rum, the diplomatic visit to the Australian Ambassador to Jordan, visiting the different companions of the prophet Muhammad (SAW) burried at iconic Jordanian Masjids and catching up with Brother Ali Raheem Rane.


And the final stop, to Istanbul, visiting the palaces, museums, the Ottoman Masjids. Going to the Grand Bazaar, TRT world, the school run by the Iraqi community, the Bosphorus Cruise and Erdoğan's new Masjid the Çamlıca Camii all part of an amazing tour thanks to our tour guide Metin Yilmaz

Some of the many lessons learnt from this trip:
1) Be grateful for what you have
2) Don't always complain
3) Don't judge
4) Take advantage and utilise your youth

A special thanks to the mentors for organising such an amazing, beneficial and practical trip and for selecting us to be a part of it.

Hajji Bashar Al Jamal - Director Human Appeal International Australia and Ameer of the group.

Brother Ali Kadir - State Director South Australia

Brother Abdul Fattah - Digital Technology Manager

Brother Omar Al-Jamal - Marketing Specialist

Another special thanks to Brother Kifli Shahabuddin and Brother Ammar Haque for being our video and photographers for the trip.

And thanks to all my brothers who made this trip special, memorable and one never to be forgotten.

.... Famous sayings from this trip:

1) Don't go anywhere
2) Rent is due
3) Suh dude!

Apologies for the spelling and grammatical errors, wrote this while I'm dying from post travel sickness and post travel depression


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S2E4: Palestine Pt 4 – 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.




The Palestinians had had enough.


The year was 1936, and the Palestinians could no longer handle to frustrating realities of the Jewish immigration and the British rule.


Determined to take back their land, they started a war against the British that lasted for three years.


This war became known as the Great Arab Revolt.


For three years, the Arabs fought against the combined forces of the British troops and the Jewish immigrants.


In total, 5000 Palestinians lost their lives during this war, while only 100 Jews lost there.




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The Graveyard Talks Back
By Arundhati Roy



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


....continued from last week's CCN


In some sense, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, my novel published in 2017, can be read as a conversation between two graveyards. One, a graveyard where Anjum—born as a boy to a Muslim family in the walled city of Delhi—makes her home and gradually builds a guest house, the Jannat Guest House—the “Paradise” Guest House—and where a range of people come seeking shelter. The other, the ethereally beautiful valley of Kashmir, which is now, after thirty years of war, covered with graveyards, and in this way has become, metaphorically, almost a graveyard itself. So, a graveyard covered by the Jannat Guest House, and a Jannat covered with graveyards.

This conversation, this chatter between two graveyards, is and always has been strictly prohibited in India. In the real world, it is considered a high crime, treasonous even. Fortunately, in fiction, different rules apply.

Before we get to the forbidden conversation, let me describe for you the view from my writing desk. Some writers may wish to shut the window or move to another room. But I cannot. So you will have to bear with me, because it is in this landscape that I heat my stove and store my pots and pans. It is here that I make my literature.

Today marks the one hundred and ninety-third day of the Indian government’s shutdown of the internet in Kashmir. After months of having no access to mobile data or broadband, seven million Kashmiris, who live under the densest military occupation in the world, have been allowed to view what is known as a white list—a handful of government-approved websites. These include a few selected news portals, but not the social media that Kashmiris so depend on, given the hostility towards them of the mainstream Indian media, to put out their versions of their lives. In other words, Kashmir now has a formally firewalled internet, which could well be the future for many of us in the world. It’s the equivalent of giving a thirsty person water from an eyedropper.

The internet shutdown has crippled almost every aspect of daily life in Kashmir. The full extent of the hardship it has caused has not even been studied yet. It’s a pioneering experiment in the mass violation of human rights. The information siege aside, thousands of Kashmiris, including children, civil-society activists and political figures, are imprisoned—some under the draconian Public Safety Act. These are just the bare bones of an epic and continuously unfolding tragedy. While the world looks away, business has ground to a halt, tourism has slowed to a trickle, Kashmir has been silenced and is slowly falling off the map. None of us needs to be reminded of what happens when places fall off the map. When the blowback comes, I, for one, will not be among those feigning surprise.



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Miswak, the forgotten sunnah: The value of the natural chewing stick for oral health

by Rida Ansary



What did you use to clean your teeth this morning? Electric toothbrush? Perhaps you haven’t considered using a stick from a tree? Yes, it’s the Miswak.

The ancient tool for mouth hygiene has been proven to be the most effective out of several modern devices despite its lack of significance for hundreds of years.

Prophet Muhammad’s (s) only toothbrush was a twig extracted from the Salvadora Persica tree, its place of origin being the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas. This became known as the Miswak.

There were other methods of tooth cleansing during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (s) in the 7th Century, such as the hair bristle and Ox bone toothbrush of China’s Tang Dynasty (Medibank) and the basic herb flavoured cloth used in the West; however Prophet Muhammad (s) emphasised the profoundness of the chewing stick in oral hygiene strongly throughout his teaching.

He insisted his Ummah use it several times throughout the day, especially before prayer.

It can be used with other devices such as toothpaste and dental floss as these can also assist in maintaining oral hygiene.

One hadith states that “Miswak is a means of the purification of your mouths and the pleasure of your Rabb.” (Sunan Ibn Majah).

From this we can infer that use of the miswak to clean our teeth is not only an act of Taharah (cleanliness), but also an act of Ibadah (worship).

The Miswak is also scientifically proven to be more effective than modern toothbrushes.

Numerous studies have been done in which the performance of the Miswak was tested against that of regular brushes, electric brushes and fluoride toothpastes.

An article (Eur J Dent 2016) states that recent have studies proved; “The presence of calcium and chlorides in miswak inhibit the bacterial attachment on to the enamel surface hence providing a protective medium.”

The article also mentions that another study indicated “Miswak (S persica) has comparable or at times greater chemical and mechanical capability in plaque removal.”

Hence, retaining the practice of using the Miswak will not only revive a forgotten Sunnah, but will reduce the need for expensive dental treatment while allowing us to get closer to Allah!





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 Video Game That Simulates Life of a Refugee




A refugee created a video game to teach the world what it's like to be fleeing a war-torn country.







 Taking the Shahada with Hussin Goss













It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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To know the future just look to the past


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


City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder historian Tim Moore with a book about Australia's cameleers.

....continued from last week's CCN


Mosque murder scandal

Tim Moore, a historian for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, has spent many hours investigating the long forgotten quirky and sometimes gruesome tales of the cameleers.

"Here on the Goldfields you've got this fabulous community of people, and they're very exotic," Mr Moore said.

The cameleers were astute businessmen who managed to amass significant wealth, which Mr Moore said caused conflicts within the community.


Three camels in front of commercial buildings in Coolgardie in the 1890s.

(Supplied: National Library of Australia)

Mr Moore said they also established WA's first mosque, in Coolgardie.

"In 1896, a guy called Tagh Mahomet who was a businessman here in the Goldfields was shot in the back of the head by a guy called Goulam Mahomet," he said.

"That caused an absolute scandal because Tagh Mahomet was considered one of the best businessmen on the Goldfields.

"A very trustworthy man. It also happened in the mosque which was an absolute no-no."

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Brisbane CBD new Salaah facility

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1st session :  12:20 PM

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Birmingham Muslim girls’ school sues Ofsted    


UK: A Birmingham-based Muslim girls’ school has launched legal action against the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) after it was failed by the watchdog over a 25-year-old leaflet.

Ofsted rated Birchfield Independent Girls’ school in Aston as ‘inadequate’ after inspectors found an ‘inflammatory’ leaflet about a 1994 Islamic conference in the library.

The school had been predicted to get a rating of “good” until the discovery during the second day of the inspection last November.

Inspectors said: “The leaflet states, ‘Today we find that the sons and daughters of Islam are under continuous attack by the forces of non-Islam.’”

It promoted the ‘Khaleefah’, which is defined as ‘the total ruler-ship of Muslims over the world.’

The watchdog found the school was providing a “good” education for pupils, but said safeguarding was ineffective owing to the contents of the leaflet. This resulted in Birchfield being given an “inadequate” rating.

The leaflet advertised a Muslim conference at Wembley stadium in 1994, and inspectors said it “could lead pupils to views promoting the proposed supremacy of Muslims in the world.”

Birchfield has launched a legal challenge, saying it has been a victim of Ofsted’s “draconian and inconsistent inspection practices” against faith-based independent schools.

The school issued a statement through its website, insisting the leaflet in question ‘has no place in our teachings, curriculum nor ethos.’
And that the school library and all newly added material are inspected to ‘ensure all materials are appropriate and in line with fundamental British values.’

‘Additionally, pupils’ access to the library is always supervised and the room is under lock and key when not used. The room was given to the inspectors as a base during the inspection period. Subsequently, we were unable to carry out our regular due diligence on the days of the inspection.’   

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





Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing

















If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me. If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786





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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:
Foster A Healthy Marriage With Couple Goals

Your marriage is a soulful platform where you and your spouse can thrive with love, mutual respect, understanding, kindness and service to each other to become better in your deen.

It’s not always easy. Marriage is hard work, and like everything that is hard to practise, you will require patience, compassion for self and your spouse and daily goals to work towards fostering a healthy and meaningful marriage.

It is one thing to say “I love you” and another to practise it. Great virtues, such as, love, kindness, understanding, respect and service must be cultivated every single moment in one’s life and practised consciously, every single day.

Seven Couple Goals

These seven couple goals could be a great start. Try practising one a day for a week and see how you both feel on the eighth day.

1. Find a quiet moment, hold each other’s hands, look into each other’s eyes and say these words: I thank ALLAH for blessing my life with you. Thank you for being my soulmate.

2. Sit together in a quiet space, take one ayat from the Holy Quran, read it together and ponder over it. Tell each other how this ayat is relevant to your marriage.

3. Have a journal where you both can discuss your hopes for the future. Write them down. Don’t worry about how or when you are going to do them. Trust ALLAH to help you both to realise those hopes.

4. Sit facing each other. Take turns in paying each other a compliment. Really mean it when you say it. Graciously receive the compliment.

5. Write a heartfelt letter to each other and leave it on the pillow as a surprise.

6. Take a walk in nature, just the two of you and speak only about ALLAH. Admire all HIS creations in nature.

7. Pray extra two rakat salah to express gratitude to ALLAH for your healthy marriage.

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









Veiled threats: Representing the Muslim woman in public policy discourses



Naaz Rashid



As Muslim women continue to be a focus of mediated debate, Naaz Rashid uses original scholarship and empirical research to examine how Muslim women are represented in policy discourse and how the trope of the Muslim woman is situated within national debates about Britishness, the death of multiculturalism and global concerns over international terrorism.


Analysing the relevance of class, citizenship status, and regional differences, Veiled threats is a valuable addition to the burgeoning literature on Muslims in the UK post 9/11.


It will be of interest to academics and students in public and social policy, race equality, gender, and faith-based policy.



Muslim women used in Govt’s discredited counter-terrorism policy

Veiled Threats reads like a long research paper with a very specific remit. It was a bit of a cumbersome read and unless you are after a specific piece of information with regards to the counter-terrorism policies of Prevent, which part of counter-terrorism and how women’s organisations that were responsible for implementing these policies operated.

This book is built upon numerous interviews with a handful of key actors in the process. There was a drawback as the community that she primarily navigated was the Pakistani British community. At no point was there an effort made to include other ethnicities in the discussion about Prevent, which clearly impacts in more than just one ethnic community.

The discredited Prevent policies are increasingly framed along the lines of Huntington’s Clash of Civilisation theory that Judeo Christians will always be fighting against the Muslims, but in succumbing to the belief of this theory we fail to understand the socio-economic implications of the history of a group of people.In addition to the socio-economic hurdles, Muslim women also encounter an assumed burden of representation.

One of the interviewees, Almeena, talks about her experience as a journalist at the BBC and how every time there was a so-called honour killing or some kind of Muslim and Asian story, everyone would turn to her, but she was as clueless as they were. Rashid states, ‘The spaces in which Muslim women can speak (or can be heard) is often narrowly defined and delimited externally.’ (p144) It supports this idea that Muslim women are only able to comment on the issues of their community.

When in reality, what affects Muslim women also affects other BAME communities and other women too. With the establishment of Prevent, the Government has singled out the Muslim community as a target of its counter-extremism policies. It has created a climate of fear and hostility reinforcing the incompatibility of Britishness and Pakistani. (p 147)

This book does bring up a lot of underlying issues in the way that Muslim women are framed within the policy discourse; they are the mystical other that needs to be managed and to a certain extent rescued, which is a colonial paradigm that we haven’t grown out of.

Rashid argues the way ‘in which Muslim women are seen solely in relation to their religious affiliation. This is based on Orientalist stereotypes of the uniquely misogynist Muslim man, inflected with contemporary representations of problematic Islamic masculinity in the post 9/11 world.’ (p162). Rashid’s work is a huge contribution to the discussion about the controversial Prevent policy of the Government.

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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: These mini chicken pot pies couldn't be easier to make or more delicious! Made in a muffin tin using pre-made pie dough and stuffed with the easiest filling containing veggies, spices, rotisserie chicken, and my secret ingredient: lemon juice!. 


Mini Chicken Pot pies






• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• ½ small onion diced
• 1 stalk celery diced
• 1 carrot diced
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon dried basil
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
• ½ teaspoon black pepper
• 1 tsp green chillies
• ¼ cup unsalted butter
• ¼ cup flour
• 1 cup chicken broth/stock
• ½ cup milk
• ½ cup frozen peas
• 1½ cups cooked chicken
• lemon juice to taste
• Puff Pastry

1. Heat butter, stir in onion, celery, and carrots, and spices. Cook until veggies are tender, stirring regularly, about 10 minutes.
2. Add in 1/4 cup additional butter and allow to melt, scrapping up any brown bits from the pan, if necessary.
3. Once melted, slowly sprinkle on flour, then cook for 30 seconds, stirring the whole time.
4. Reduce heat to low.
5. Slowly whisk in chicken broth and milk.
6. Stir in peas and chicken. The mixture should thicken up immediately. If not, let simmer until thickened.
7. At this point, I like adding in a squeeze of lemon juice. Taste and re-season, if necessary. Set aside.
8. Preheat oven to 200deg and spray a standard 12 slot non stick muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
9. Roll out one of the pie crusts on a clean surface.
10. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out 4 circles from one of the pie crusts.
11. Repeat with remaining 2 crusts, you should end up with 12 total rounds.
12. Gently press one round into one muffin slot, then repeat with remaining 11
13. Fill each pie crust with 2 medium cookie scoops of mixture.
14. Bake in preheated oven for 15-25 minutes, or until pie crust is golden and cooked.
15. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes to firm up.
16. Serve and enjoy!




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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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We’ve only seen a sliver of this year, but one thing’s for sure – it’s moving quickly.

So stay motivated and keep moving.


Stay on top of your wellness journey and relish
in every moment.


After all, the best part of exercise is how it makes you feel!

No matter your goal, celebrate you and how far you’ve come.

Do what time does, KEEP MOVING!


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The CCN Chuckle





Job Interviewer to applicant Jallalludin: "Why are you asking for such a high salary when you have no experience in this field?"



Jallalludin: "Well, the job is so much harder when you don't know what you're doing."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! Avoid suspicion as much [as possible]: for suspicion in some cases is a sin: and spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, you would most abhor it....

But fear Allah: for Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.


~ Surah Al-Hujurat 49:12


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In celebration and recognition of Black History Month in the United States, here is one of the greatest and most influential quotes by Black Muslims who have made history and continue to make history in our world today.



"Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?”



~ Muhammad Ali




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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


29 March



Sh. Muhammad West (Cape Town) - "The Mothers of the Nation" - Lives of the Wives of Rasool (SAW)


AlKauthar Institute


Griffith University - Nathan Campus  or

0438 698 328

8.30AM to 6PM


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
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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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