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Australian lawyers call on Facebook to crackdown on anti-Muslim comments


A team of Australian lawyers are calling on Facebook to urgently fix their moderation policy after they found dozens of violent anti-Muslim comments were not removed.

The findings of the investigation by lawyers from the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN) and Sydney-based firm Birchgrove Legal were detailed in a letter sent to Facebook on Wednesday, days before the world marks one year since the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Rita Jabri-Markwell, a lawyer with the advocacy network, told SBS News that the group reported 71 comments posted on pages of known alt-right groups containing broad anti-Muslim statements but only 14 were removed.

Of the remaining comments, 45 were deemed to comply with Facebook’s community standards and another 14 received no response, she said.

One comment described Muslims as “parasites” and called for them to be “culled” received no response from Facebook when reported. Other comments using similar language had been removed.

Another comment that invoked the need for a second “final solution”, a term referring to the mass murder of Jewish people during the Holocaust, was found not to contravene Facebook’s community standards.

“We feel that there’s a gap and we want to work with them [Facebook], because this stuff can’t be in the mainstream, it can’t be normal,” Ms Jabri-Markwell said.

“We are very aware of the hate incidents that are happening in public places, particularly affecting women in hijabs, and this all starts online.”

In the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks, which saw the murder of 51 Muslim worshippers live-streamed on social media, Facebook signed on to the Christchurch Call - a multinational pledge to address the proliferation of extremist content online.

As a result, the company announced it would ramp up its rules against hateful content to enable the removal of posts supporting white nationalism and separatism.

Since the 15 March attack, Facebook has also banned a number of high-profile far-right commentators including US white nationalist Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

In a statement to SBS News, a Facebook company spokesperson said they had tripled their safety and security team to more than 35,000 people, invested in technology to identify hate speech before it is reported and banned over 200 white supremacist organisations.

"We also prohibit anyone from posting hateful content that targets people using violent or dehumanising speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation," the spokesperson said.

But Ms Jabri-Markwell said they haven’t seen any observable reduction in the number of pages and hate groups on the platform.

“These online communities are just becoming more and more emboldened in their hate all the time,” she said.

The group wants to “understand what they’re currently doing” and “why the processes aren’t picking up this stuff” so they can work with Facebook to improve their moderation, Ms Jabri-Markwell added.

A number of the comments included in the investigation did not specifically use the word “Muslims”, instead responding to external links about Islam with comments like “cull them” or “kill this filth” which may mean they are not picked up by Facebook’s algorithm.

The group’s push for stronger comment moderation practices followed Melbourne University research that studied more than 41,000 social media posts to determine what narratives were being used by far-right groups in Victoria.

Completed in November 2018 - approximately five months before the Christchurch attacks - the research found that supporters of the anti-Islam movement within the far-right were the most prolific posters online.

The social media giant's guidelines define hate speech as a “direct attack” on people based on “protected characteristics” that include religious affiliation, ethnicity, national origin and race.

“We define attack as violent or dehumanising speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation,” the policy states.

A Facebook spokesperson said they are continuing to work on their strategy to adapt to the far-right's methods.

"We know that some people will find new ways to communicate and spread harm both online and offline and we’re absolutely committed to doing everything we can to advance our work and share our progress.”


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AMAN's letter to FACEBOOK




the letter






Facebook has failed to fix "extreme" Islamophobia after the Christchurch attack, a Muslim group claims, calling for the social media giant to work more closely with community groups to stamp out hate.

It comes as the social media giant says it has learned from its mistakes over the mosque massacre one year ago, and other calls for tech companies to do more, lest the internet is used for "extreme hate" again.

"I don't think Facebook has done enough. They have changed their policies but the implementation of those policies seems very inconsistent and unreliable," Rita Jabri-Maxwell, a lawyer with the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN), told 10 daily.

"Facebook’s hate speech policy is not picking up some of the main far-right narratives."

It's nearly 12 months on from the New Zealand attacks, where Australian-born alleged terrorist Brenton Tarrant is accused of gunning down 51 people in two separate shootings, live-streaming his rampage on Facebook. The platform promised change -- but the AMAN says the social media network has fallen short of promises to stamp out extreme hatred online.

The AMAN has written a letter to Facebook Australia, shared with 10 daily, in which they claim the platform's reporting standards allow vile anti-Islam slurs and violent threats to slip through -- claiming that sends "a signal that such endangering speech is socially acceptable."

"The ambiguity of Facebook’s community standards is contributing to a climate of real insecurity for Australian Muslims," the letter said.

"There is evidence that Facebook is allowing extreme and bigotry-based views to be normalised... and emboldening ordinary people to commit public acts of hatred against Australian Muslims."

10 daily reported last week Instagram, owned by Facebook, was a new battleground for racist and far-right content.

The AMAN wants to work with Facebook, and hopes to meet and discuss how best to address hate and racism online.

Jabri-Maxwell -- who also works with the Islamophobia Register, logging reports of anti-Muslim hate -- said AMAN's research had found posts referring to Muslims as "bloody germs of humanity" or "parasites" were ruled by reporting tools to not breach Facebook standards.

"I haven't seen any changes [since Christchurch]. People are still posting outrageous violent things, we still have incident reports coming into the Islamophobia Register from innocent people going about their lives," she said.

Jabri-Maxwell said social media companies had talked a big game, but needed to do more to actually enforce rules.

"We want a safer country for everyone. we have to defend our community bonds because that's what keeps us safe. Social media companies need to uphold Australian values of tolerance, compassion and the fair go," she said.

"People can and should debate religion, immigration, globalisation, all these topics without spreading extremist narratives that incite hatred."


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Australian Muslims have written to tech giant Facebook, warning that one year on from the Christchurch massacre, the platform is failing to remove extreme anti-Muslim hate-speech.

Facebook says it has tripled its safety and security team, and that it removes praise and support for violence.

But after trying to use Facebook's own tools to have extreme content flagged and removed, lawyers say the company needs to strengthen and better enforce its own rules.

Moustafa Kheir, principal solicitor, Birchgrove Legal
Ahmed El-jaam, law clerk, Birchgrove Legal
Dr Andre Oboler, chief executive, Online Hate Prevention Institute

Reporter: Max Chalmers


Source: RN Breakfast



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Over a thousand Muslims, including many travelling Australians, have gathered for a combined prayer service in Christchurch to mark a year since New Zealand's largest mass shooting.

On March 15 last year, 51 worshippers from the Al Noor and Linwood Islamic Centre mosques were killed in a targetted attack.

Tony Green, a worshipper from the Al Noor mosque, said the gathering was spiritual but not emotional.

"We accept life and we accept death. So there was a calmness, but a profound calmness," he said.

Farid Ahmad, a survivor who lost his wife in the attack, said it was only after the service that the attendees became emotional.

"Our prayers are peaceful. We were trying to connect with God and so it was very peaceful," he said.

"When we came outside it was emotional because everyone was showing their sympathy."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among those in attendance, her head covered with a scarf.

She met with female worshippers before observing the service from a hospitality suite.

Al Noor Imam Gamal Fouda addressed the combined congregations on Friday with a message of the importance of charity.

"We must strive to be a blessing," Mr Green said of Imam Fouda's central message.

"Every person has an obligation to do charity.

"Charity is not just dispersement of wealth from wealthy people, but supporting the blind. Offering good words. Helping the weak.

"He called on us to practise goodness and follow a path of healing.

"The people who died last year have to have died for a purpose. And that's an invitation to everybody."

The occasion drew plenty of outsiders from around New Zealand and Australia, with journalist Waleed Aly among those in attendance.

Another was Sydneysider Shazil Rehman, who travelled as part of Muslim Aid Australia, to offer support to survivors and their families.

"A considerable amount of Aussies have come down, not just today but last year when the event happened," Mr Rehman said.

He said Imam Fouda's message of charity and understanding was powerful.

"Whatever it takes to bring people together, to get an understanding out there, we need to do it," he said.

"That's what caused this tragedy in the first place. A lack of understanding, of awareness.

"Together we can make the world a better place, like Michael Jackson said."

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Muslim Crescent Scouts was celebrated on ABC News on 8 March 2020.


The Queensland's first Muslim Scout Group is proving particularly popular with girls, who are keen to show they can do anything the boys can do.

The Muslim Crescent Scouts in Logan Central, south of Brisbane, is one of the state's newest groups within the scouting movement, which has been grappling with a decline in membership across Australia.

It formed late last year as a way to provide a program for Muslim youth in the greater Brisbane region.


Group founder Farah Scott said the community had been seeking a program to help kids stay active and be social, and scouting provided the best framework.

"People were saying, 'Let's do something like Scouts' and I thought why do something like Scouts — let's do Scouts," she said.

"Everyone in the community was very excited when we started because there's no outside programs at the mosque.

"There was nothing for kids to be sociable, to get outdoors, to get off the devices, and meet other kids and have fun."

The group has more than 20 members, spanning Joey Scouts (five to seven-year-olds), Cub Scouts (eight to 10), Scouts (11 to 14), Venturer Scouts (15 to 17) and adult scouting leaders who help run activities in each age group.



Ms Scott said the Muslim Crescent Scouts program was not dramatically altered from traditional Scouts and was open for anyone to join.

"We still do the basic Scout program, but it's more Muslim-friendly in the sense that the girls feel comfortable wearing their scarves because majority of the participants are Muslim," she said.

"They know the food will be halal, they'll stop for prayer times and Islamic festivals will be observed and celebrated.

"Their parents feel comfortable letting them go out and to be with the other kids, and they know that they are going to be looked after and have fun."

The group meets each Sunday during the school term to learn a range of skills including knot tying, tent building, bushwalking, bushcraft and survival first aid.



Good to get outdoors
More than 50 million people participate in scouting worldwide, with about 15,000 people involved in Queensland.

Abdullah Gemicioglu, 17, said he joined Muslim Crescent Scouts to get outdoors and gain practical life skills.

"I decided to join the Scouts because I felt like as a male, and in religion, usually the male assumes more work," he said.

"I've been able to use the skills in real life so learning how to tie knots, lifting other things using rope configurations, so it's been quiet useful.

"I found that most kids nowadays are usually inside too much … they don't develop any type of skills like back in the days, so I feel it's a really good activity to do."



Scouting empowers young women
In Muslim tradition, men and women don't shake hands with the opposite sex, so the Muslim Crescent Scouts have been able to adapt the parade so participants only shake hands with the same gender.

Chammie Kamara, 23, is an assistant Scout leader for the group and said scouting is new for the Muslim community.

"I've encouraged some of my friends with younger kids to come," she said.

She said she hoped other women in the community would join the group or be inspired to take up a new activity.

"It will give those who want to do something more confidence to come out and try something new."

Samira Iesa, 15, said she was happy the group had attracted a strong contingent of girls.

"A lot of girls don't really get into these sort of outdoor sporty activities," she said.

"I feel happy that we've encouraged more girls, and show that girls can equally do stuff guys can do.

"It doesn't have to be just Muslim people because it's nice to socialise with people who are not from our religion so you get to learn about a different religion, their culture, what they do.

"I would prefer that we have different nationalities and religions all mixed together so we can all learn about each other."




Diversity for the future
Data from a Scouts Australia youth program review showed there was 114,500 youth members in Australian scouting in 1979, but by 2018 that had fallen to 55,730.

The youth program has been recently overhauled and allows Scouts to be rewarded in specialist areas, including adventure and sport, arts and literature, environment, growth and development, and STEM and innovation.





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BRISBANE what an amazing achievement in such a short period of time! MarshaAllah MarshaAllah!


With all your generous financial donations, the Islamic Society of Algester and friends packed over 600 backpacks on Friday 28 February, exceeding our 500 goal.


Add to this the sensational support from other community groups, schools, individuals and businesses, another 600 backpacks and shoeboxes were collected making it a total of 1218.

The gifts were shipped to Sydney on the weekend and are already on a container headed for Turkey. From there they will make way to Syria to bring a smile to a child's face.

Thank you so much to everyone who made completed backpacks, donated financially, helped at pack day, sort and pack transport bags, helped promote the campaign, be drop off points and everything in between! Without your encouragement and support, Shoebox4Syria would not be success!

May the Almighty bless everyone for their intention, time and motivation! May the gifts arrive safely, intact and in time for Eid al-Fitra 2020! May Allah bless everyone on the ground in Syria and Turkey by keeping them safe and continuing to help bring the smiles to the children's faces even if for a moment.

A shoutout to some amazing ladies who helped me personally and they know who they are. Without you, it would've been a very difficult journey but with your encouragement, it was easy to continue and not be hungry!

Special mention also to the following:

Compton Road MediClinic
Hadara boutique
Hurricane Stars Club
Islamic Society of Algester
Sharon Edwards
Wisdom College
Wonderful ladies and families who were drop off points and donors

Please like and follow our Facebook page - Shoebox4Syria Australia - for updated status of the transport of the container.



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The 1st National Conference entitled 'Environmental Crisis and Our Obligations to Act: Teachings from Islam and Abrahamic Faith Traditions' took place at the Multi-Faith Centre at Griffith University yesterday (Saturday).


Ma Rita Markwell MC'ed the day-long event and one of the keynote speakers was Ibrahim Abdul-Matin author of 'Green Deen: What Islam teaches about protecting the planet'. In his presentation, Mr Abdul-Matin looked at evidences of imbalance that would illustrate the gravity of the moment and advanced a series of questions: How do we solve the most basic and persistent human problems? How have we solved these problems in the past, present, and how will we solve them in the future? Using examples from his  own climate resilience practice advising the City of New York and using the Seerah as a guide my goal he provided the audience with some recommendations for what our response can and should be.


Prof. Odeh R. Al-Jayyousi, Head of Innovation and Technology Management at the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain attempted to answer the question "Does Islam contribute to address the global environmental crisis?". He shed light on the notion of sustainability from
an Islamic perspective and framed his debate around the nature of development, the role of humanity, and the definition of the good life (Hayat Tayebah).


The conference organizers were Dr Daud Batchelor and MH Hayat.







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Garden City Mosque Imam, Abdul Kader and Ms Ellisa Parker


The Islamic Society of Toowoomba collaborated with the Red Rose Foundation and its Red Bench Project to raise awareness of domestic violence.


It placed a bench at the Garden City Mosque as part of the 2020 Women's Weeks activities.


The Red Bench Project builds a permanent reminder that domestic violence occurs within all of our communities.



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Muslim Aid Australia appointed Shaykh Abdel Moez Nafti as its Executive Director for Islamic Affairs.

His role with MAA will focus on:

• Ensuring that all MAA projects are executed and delivered in a Shariah-compliant manner.

• Building effective relationships locally and internationally so MAA can better serve its donors, beneficiaries and the community at large.

• Raising community awareness about objective positions of the Shariah, supported by evidence, for all MAA programmes including General Sadaqa, Zakat, Qurban, Orphan Aid, Water wells and more.



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AIIC primary


Students from primary and secondary are acknowledged and awarded with Student of the Month (SOM) certificates.


Student-of-the-month is an opportunity to award students for trying their best to improve academically and demonstrate good behaviour.

Sergeant Jim Bellos from the Queensland Police Service officially presents the awards to the students of ICB, AIIC and Wisdom College.


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The unprecedented spread of the Corona virus has been the “talk of the planet” causing chaos and confusion amongst the general population, leaving more questions and concerns than answers.


Imams Corner, hosted by Sheikh Uzair, gives deep insight and advice into the protections for the believer and the mindset and the approach to take to overcome an illness.




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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



The Natural World is our Masjid:

Australia’s first Islamic & multi-faith climate crisis conference

On her uncle’s island, she finds a far-reaching corner where the ocean, sand and her speak alone. Spirits move between the mangroves, the reeds, between the thistles and bushes, in the wind, in the gentle breathing of mother nature’s breast. Little ecosystems flourish in each rockpool, where barely four fingers fit. The majesty of creation. The inseparable nature of good and bad, life and death. This is the beginning of her understanding.


Some of my greatest childhood memories were forged on an island, where my uncle was the lighthouse keeper. For decades on a few different islands, he raised a family of five kids with his wife in a paradise of white sand, savage cyclones and wondrous underwater universes. SubhanAllah. It was during those holidays whereas a kid I would hide away and write my first poems. It was a healing and highly spiritual experience.

In circles we go in life, and as the demands of a material world push on us, our channels with the divine can become rarer and more transactional.

However, even now, if we need to recharge, it is off to nature we go as a family. Not as long as I would like, but a remembrance, a deep breath.

This whole world is our masjid. And walking in nature can be like reading the Ayats of the Qur’an. These were some of the messages of Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, the author of Green Deen and keynote speaker at today’s first national climate crisis conference instigated by the Muslim community, held at the MultiFaith Centre at Griffith University. Called Environmental Crisis and Our Obligations to Act, the conference brought together Islamic teachings with those of other Abrahamic faiths.

Abdul-Matin who had flown in from New York, said that the coronavirus panic that was gripping the states emanated from a sudden realisation that we are not in control. We are yet to experience that feeling of lost control the moment our earth temperatures start rising at an unstoppable pace, where biodiversity and whole ecosystems collapse, when the food and water crises begin for the developed world. We have had a sense of extreme weather events here in Australia, but not yet sustained enough, to lose that sense of control. A refusal to act now, at an individual and collective level, is something we may have to account for before Allah. Sister Nadia Saeed, youth engagement officer from the Islamic Council of Queensland, spoke about the sadness and embarrassment she feels when thinking about this moment – thinking about how the earth will be presented to Allah. This is what we’ve done.

Abdul-Matin told us to pray in the natural world, amongst the grass and the sand, not to connect with what Allah created, but to remember that we are part of what Allah created. As Imam Yusuf Peer says, we utter Subhaana Rabbiyal A'alaa when our foreheads are pressed to the ground in prayer, because we recognise that Allah is the highest, but also to recognise we are but sand.

It is the misplaced idea that somehow, we are superior and entitled to extricate whatever we want from the environment, from others around us – that is the spiritual poison that leads to narcissism, family violence and excessive consumption. We need to move from extrication to regeneration – regeneration of our natural environment, of our communities, of our own imaan.

He said we don’t need to subscribe to capitalist or socialist notions that describe humans as mere units of production. Our faith liberates us from that false dichotomy. We do more than produce for an economy – we are human.

This flowed beautifully from the acknowledgement of country from Aunty Betty McGrady, who spoke with a full heart about Aboriginal spirituality and its connection to country.
She implored the audience to learn about Aboriginal land management. “We also believe in a spirit world” she said, and “we believe we are here to care for this land.”

Youth leaders Nadia Saeed and Adeel Qureshi spoke about limitations witnessed in our community, schools and masjids – for example the absence of proper recycling, the sea of plastic bottles used every Ramadaan. (I agree those donations of bottled water have to be refused). There would be enormous benefit for more space to be created for younger people to be involved in decision making in those institutions.

Abdul-Matin also highlighted innovations in water engineering and off the grid construction projects in urban areas, challenging the Australian Muslim community to think of eco-design when building new masjids, schools and centres and offering to connect us with experts. Peter Rooks from Climate Reality, in a gripping presentation, outlined a number of solutions that if embraced at the national and international level, could guide our planet back into a safe zone. Rooks is mentoring others who want to lead in this movement and offered to do the presentation elsewhere.

Alhamdulillah, the conference was an important start. May Allah accept the efforts of Dr Daud Batchelor and the organising team, as well as their supporting institutions: the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Islamic Council of QLD, Council of Imams QLD, The Climate Reality Project – Australia and the Pacific, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change www.arrcc.org.au and the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue.




Rita Jabri-Markwell is a Lawyer and Adviser to the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN).


She can be reached at advocacy@aman.net.au





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Topic: 'Sura YA-SIN & Sura AL-MULK'

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.

Send your questions to info@BabasHalalKitchen.com



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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.




Shams Un Nisa’s contribution to art takes the form of hand-embroidered Islamic calligraphy.


Her breath-taking interpretations of classical Islamic calligraphy have been exhibited in over eight countries and, in their splendour, can be appreciated by people of all faiths and none.


Shams, from Surrey, uses gold, silver, and coloured threads along with beads, sequins, pearls, semi-precious stones, and appliqué work.





Her work is framed and mounted on attractive backgrounds, some striking a traditional tone and other pieces more contemporary.


She has over 1,500 pieces of hand-embroidered artwork that include Qur’anic designs and has worked on dresses for the British royal family.





Serialized - to be continued in next week's CCN.



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The 2020 Muslim 500








“We don’t want to waste our lives in this whirlpool that we were in the past 30 years. We want to end this epoch now. We want , as the Saudi people, to enjoy the coming days and concentrate on developing our society and developing ourselves as individuals and families, (while) retaining our religion and customs.”

“The biggest danger of this terrorism and extremism is the tarnishing of the reputation of our beloved religion. We will not allow this to happen.”


$295 billion spent on defence in 2019

334 square kilometres – is the size of the Kingdom’s largest cultural, sports and entertainment city in Al Qiddiya

Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud


Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

HRH Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman AlSaud is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Chief of the Royal Court, Minister of State, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, all at the tender age of 34, making him the youngest Minister of Defence in the world.

Rapid Appointments: At the beginning of 2015, Prince Muhammad bin Salman was largely unknown in political and diplomatic circles. Since his father’s accession to the throne in January 2015, Prince Muhammad has been swiftly appointed to a number of powerful positions. He was first appointed Minister of Defence, and also named Secretary General of the Royal Court. Then Prince Muhammad was named the chair of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, and was given control over Saudi Aramco by royal decree. In June 2017, he was appointed as Crown Prince of the Kingdom following his father’s decision to remove Prince Muhammad bin Nayef from all positions.

Military Challenges: As Minister of Defence the young prince has to deal with many key military issues which Saudi Arabia is currently involved in. He is perhaps most personally identified with the air campaigns against Houthi strongholds in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is also supporting the monarchy in Bahrain, and arming the anti-Assad forces in Syria. His ascension to the role of Crown Prince coincided with geopolitical tensions among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the cutting of diplomatic ties with Qatar, which has subsequently turned into a full blockade.

Catalyst of Change: The Crown Prince has been linked to major changes taking place in the Kingdom: allowing women to drive, hold their own passports and move independently, the (re)opening of cinemas and holding of pop concerts, a crackdown on corruption (including the arrest of princes and prominent businessmen), and the proposal to float Saudi Aramco to mention a few.

Vision 2030: As Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman launched “Vision 2030”, a comprehensive, multi-year plan for the future of Saudi Arabia. The ambitious plan seeks to revitalize the Saudi economy by bolstering the Kingdom as a global investments powerhouse, and moving away from oil-dependency as the largest source of national income. It also seeks to strengthen government efficiency and the promotion of a “tolerant, thriving, and stable Saudi Arabia that provides opportunity for all.”

The Khashoggi Assassination: Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi was a prominent journalist and Saudi Arabian dissident who was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018. Forced into exile from Saudi Arabia in 2017 because of his criticisms of authoritarian rule and foreign policy, Khashoggi had many enemies in high places. Although the Saudi government denied any knowledge of the murder, they were later forced to admit that their officials had been involved, but didn’t go as far as the CIA who concluded that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had ordered Khashoggi’s assassination. The murder of Khashoggi within an internationally recognised place of sanctuary adds further to the horror of the crime.




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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


He imagines an idealistic society in his poems. He says “Hepimiz asigiz,Aydinlik yariniz, Ulkumuz dogruluk, bu bizin farkimiz” – “We are lovers, tomorrow will be bright, righteousness is our ideal, which differentiates us from others.” For Dellal, the way of gaining happiness after attaining faith is to have a vision, know his mission and then put the vision and mission into practice. He praises heroism in compassion and it is one of his goals to achieve through education in his poems.

One of his poems is dedicated to Isik College (now Sirius College), one of its campuses in Sunshine, Victoria, is named as İbrahim Dallal. İbrahim's poem about Isik College was provided a musical accompaniment for the campus students by the music teacher Berat Bahure Anteplioglu.

Sometimes, like a spiritual traveller, optimism and pessimism are reflected in his poems because of the immorality in secular society. However, optimism often overcomes the pessimism. He says:

Have hope
Have faith in Allah

Strive hard
Have patience
Only Allah gives and Allah takes

There is nothing you can do
But strive and strive hard

To do the right.

He thinks nothing can be done and looks determined, but then strongly encourages striving hard. First, it looks like he is pessimistic, but then injects hope to the human soul in the poem. I observed optimism is not imaginary in his poems, but in practice of his works and daily activities.

In some of his poems, İbrahim expresses admiration of the Ottomans while being critical of the 1916 Sykes–Picot Treaty. He viewed the treaty as a secret agreement between France and the UK to divide the Muslim world into many countries as a result of “divide and rule.”


İbrahim reflects this agreement in his poetry as putting the Muslim world into a long and deep sleep. In a few poems, he addresses Muslims: “Wake up wake up, Enough is enough. You have had more than enough rest.”


He is proud of his Ottoman lineage. In his poem, “Kibris’li Turkum, Atam Osmanli, Yanlisi alkislayamam, Zalimi sevemem, Atam Osmanli”“I am a Cypriot Turk, My forefather is Ottoman, I cannot applaud wrong, I never like the tyrant, My forefather is Ottoman.”

The family is another theme İbrahim writes and talks about. İbrahim views family as a cradle of civilisation and love is one of the strongest ties in the family. He is critical of secularism in regard to the erosion of family values, particularly about children.


In his poem, he says: “They live with us but they do not think like us. We gave them our love, but we could not give them our thoughts. They came through us but not belong to us (to a different world).”


However, he always reflects his love for his children and dreams to be a role model for them. His poetry skills are amateur, but the words are powerful.

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





The Graveyard Talks Back
By Arundhati Roy



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


....continued from last week's CCN


The anthem of this new uprising, the slogan that is reverberating through towns and college campuses and crossroads across the country, is a variation of the iconic chant of the Kashmiri freedom struggle, “Hum kya chahtey? Azadi!”—What do we want? Freedom! That slogan is the refrain within a set of lyrics that describes peoples’ anger, their dream, and the battle ahead. This is not to suggest that any one group can claim ownership of the Azadi slogan—it has a long and varied history. It was the slogan of the Iranian revolution, which recently celebrated its fortieth anniversary, and of a section of the feminist movement in our subcontinent in the 1970s and 1980s. But over the last three decades, it has, more than anything else, become known as the anthem of the Kashmiri street. And now, while Kashmir’s streets have been silenced, the irony is that its people’s refrain, with similar lyrics, rhythm and cadence, echoes on the streets of the country that most Kashmiris view as their coloniser. What lies between the silence of one street and the sound of the other? Is it a chasm, or could it become a bridge?

Let me read you a short elucidation of the Azadi chant from The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. The “I” in the text is Biplab Dasgupta, known to his friends—for reasons we need not go into here—as Garson Hobart. He is a suave, even brilliant, Indian intelligence officer serving in Kashmir. Hobart is no friend of the Kashmiri struggle. It’s 1996—one of the darkest periods of the armed uprising that raged in the valley through the 1990s. Hobart is trapped with the governor’s entourage in a national park on the outskirts of Srinagar. They are unable to return home because the city has been taken over by hundreds of thousands of mourners carrying their most recent batch of martyrs to the graveyard. Hobart’s secretary is on the phone, advising him not to return until the streets are taken back:

Sitting on the verandah of the Dachigam Forest Guest House, over birdsong and the sounds of crickets, I heard the reverberating boom of a hundred thousand or more voices raised together calling for freedom: Azadi! Azadi! Azadi! On and on and on. Even on the phone it was unnerving. … It was as though the city was breathing through a single pair of lungs, swelling like a throat with that urgent, keening cry. I had seen my share of demonstrations by then, and heard more than my share of slogan-shouting in other parts of the country. This was different, this Kashmiri chant. It was more than a political demand. It was an anthem, a hymn, a prayer. …

During those (fortunately short-lived) occasions when it was in full cry, it had the power to cut through the edifice of history and geography, of reason and politics. It had the power to make even the most hardened of us wonder, even if momentarily, what the hell we were doing in Kashmir, governing a people who hated us so viscerally.



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 Raya Ahmed - fighting for climate justice

International Women's Day



Raya Ahmed - a woman that fought to halt what would have been a devastating coal plant in Lamu, Kenya.








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Omar Suleiman










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To know the future just look to the past


Al Ghazali – One of the great Jurist, Theologian and Mystic of the 12th Century


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

Abu Hamed Mohammad ibn Mohammad al-Ghazzali (1058–1111 C.E.) (Persian: ابو حامد محمد ابن محمد الغزالی), known as Al-Ghazali or Algazel to the western medieval world, born and died in Tus, in the Khorasan province of Persia (modern day Iran) was a Persian Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic.

Ghazali has sometimes been referred to by historians as the single most influential Muslim after the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Others have cited his movement from science to faith as a detriment to Islamic scientific progress. Besides his work that successfully changed the course of Islamic philosophy—the early Islamic Neoplatonism developed on the grounds of Hellenistic philosophy, for example, was so successfully refuted by Ghazali that it never recovered—he also brought the orthodox Islam of his time in close contact with Sufism. The orthodox theologians still went their own way, and so did the mystics, but both developed a sense of mutual appreciation which ensured that no sweeping condemnation could be made by one for the practices of the other.


Ghazali wrote more than 70 books on the sciences, Islamic philosophy and Sufism.

Incoherence of the Philosophers:

His 11th century book titled The Incoherence of the Philosophers marks a major turn in Islamic epistemology. The encounter with skepticism led Ghazali to embrace a form of theological occasionalism, or the belief that all causal events and interactions are not the product of material conjunctions but rather the immediate and present will of God.

The Incoherence also marked a turning point in Islamic philosophy in its vehement rejections of Aristotle and Plato. The book took aim at the falasifa, a loosely defined group of Islamic philosophers from the 8th through the 11th centuries (most notable among them Avicenna and Al-Farabi) who drew intellectually upon the Ancient Greeks. Ghazali bitterly denounced Aristotle, Socrates and other Greek writers as non-believers and labeled those who employed their methods and ideas as corrupters of the Islamic faith.

In the next century, Averroes drafted a lengthy rebuttal of Ghazali’s Incoherence entitled the Incoherence of the Incoherence; however, the epistemological course of Islamic thought had already been set.

This long-held argument has been disputed. Some argue that Al Ghazali was the first intellectual to champion the separation between several disciplines wrongly classified under falsafa (Arabic word for philosophy but one that used to include physics, maths and logic). “Al Ghazali argued that some fundamentalists, who perceive falsafa to be incompatible with religion, tend to categorically reject all views adopted by ‘philosophers’, including scientific fact like the lunar and solar eclipse. And when that person is later persuaded of a certain view, he tends to blindly accept all other views held by philosophers”.

Last page of Al-Ghazali’s autobiography in MS Istanbul, Shehid Ali Pasha 1712, dated A.H. 509 = 1115-1116.

The autobiography Ghazali wrote towards the end of his life, The Deliverer From Error (Al-munqidh min al-ḍalāl; several English translations) is considered a work of major importance. In it, Ghazali recounts how, once a crisis of epistemological skepticism was resolved by “a light which God Most High cast into my breast…the key to most knowledge,” he studied and mastered the arguments of kalam, Islamic philosophy, and Ismailism. Though appreciating what was valid in the first two of these, at least, he determined that all three approaches were inadequate and found ultimate value only in the mystical experience and insight (the state of prophecy or nubuwwa) he attained as a result of following Sufi practices. William James, in Varieties of Religious Experience, considered the autobiography an important document for “the purely literary student who would like to become acquainted with the inwardness of religions other than the Christian” because of the scarcity of recorded personal religious confessions and autobiographical literature from this period outside the Christian tradition.

Science & Faith

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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 13 March 2020

TOPIC: "Trusting Allah the Almighty in times of Adversity."
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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 13 March 2020


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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 13 March 2020

TOPIC: "The day Angels honoured Abu Bakr"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 13 March 2020

TOPIC: "Why are we not benefiting from our Amals"

IMAM: Moulana Hafiz Rashid Ali (visiting Imam)









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Brisbane CBD new Salaah facility

Venue: 1st floor, 138 Albert Street, Brisbane

1st session :  12:20 PM

2nd session : 12:50 PM

At present, there are STRICTLY NO wudhu facilities at the premises, so in the interim, brothers are requested to perform their wudhu prior to coming through for salaah








Four Muslim Schools secure 1ST and other 3 positions in UK’s “Top 10” school’s list    



UK: Muslim faith schools have topped the British government’s ranking of secondary school performance, taking the top three positions and securing a total of four in the top ten.

Top of the pack was Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School that was again number one in the country in the Progress 8 Score measure ­— with pupils making ‘well above average’ progress.

The Progress 8 measure shows how much progress pupils made between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school compared to pupils across the country who got similar SATs results in Year Six.

Also, Bolton Muslim Girls School (5th), Eden Girls’ School Coventry (6th) and Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School (10th) have the highest value-added Progress 8 (P8) scores in the country.







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Genius 3 years old Muslim becomes the Youngest Member of the largest international high IQ society “Mensa UK”    



UK: A 3-year-old Malaysian boy living in the UK has become the youngest member to join Mensa UK, the largest and oldest international high IQ society in the world, Mensa officials said.

The mother of the child, Nur Anira Asyikin, told that “Muhammad Haryz Nadzim was invited to join Mensa after meeting with a psychologist and scoring 142 on the Stanford-Binet IQ test, placing him in the 99.7th percentile.”

John Stevenage, the chief executive of British Mensa was very impressed with the effort of this youngest intelligent kid. He said in a statement, “Well done to Haryz on his invitation to join Mensa. He is obviously a very bright young man and we are delighted to welcome him to Mensa.”

The supervised Mensa IQ test is designed for children and adults above 10 and a half years old. For children less than 10 years, they have to be assessed by an educational psychologist to determine their IQ score.

To become a member of British Mensa, an individual must “demonstrate an IQ in the top two percent of the population,” according to their website.

Haryz mom, an engineer living in Durham, England, says her family knew that he was special even before Mensa. At Kumon, the after school math and reading program, he was named last September to the honor roll for advanced students in both subjects. Although she refers to him as her “mini brainbox,” the little genius is a normal kid by all other standards.



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Introducing Ms Kasso    



VANUATU: Ayesha Kasso is the chairperson of the Muslim Aid Australia International Primary School in Tanna, Vanuatu.

Ayesha is wife of the leader of her tribe, and has donated their land for MAA to build a primary school on. Ayesha oversees matters at the MAA school and the community at large.

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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



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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:
The Healing Experience of Decluttering

Your home is meant to be a peaceful abode where there is light, love, laughter, abundance, and peace. If there is at least one of these things currently not being experienced in your home, it is time to declutter.

Decluttering is a healing experience in more ways than one. Often we hang on to objects the same way we hang on to memories. Just like not all memories are pleasant and need to be processed and let go of, objects too can create clutter and block the flow of light in your living spaces and need to be let go of.

Decluttering will help you in letting go of old patterns and detach from stagnant energy. It will create spaces where fresh air will better flow and light will begin to shine upon spaces that once were trapped in darkness.

The thought of decluttering may be overwhelming. But you will feel so much better afterwards. Start with small, baby steps. Maybe one room, Or one chest of drawers, Or even just a single drawer. Begin somewhere...anywhere. Here are some popular methods to help you start.



5 Popular Decluttering Methods


Watch for inspiration

KonMari - Marie Kondo’s methodical approach to “sparking joy” in one’s life through keeping only what brings or sparks joy or else thanking and discarding what doesn’t. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rQeR6s75Ss


Minimalist Game - the number of things you declutter corresponds to the day of the month. One item on the first day, two items on the second day, three on the third, and so on. It’s fun and playful for the whole family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s64GiwN3hCs
Four Box Method - Set up four boxes in a room and label them: Put away, Give away, Throw away, and Undecided. Place the clutter in the room into one of the four boxes. Then action each box according to the name. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUs2fIFj3M8
One Method - Get rid of one thing every day. Simple and builds a habit of declutter.
Packing Party - Have some friends over and pack everything you own into boxes as if you were moving. Throughout the next few months, only take what you need to use. After three months, items left inside the boxes can be sold or donated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZehzGwIu_4k

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








Jerusalem in The Qur'an



Imran N. Hosein





Jerusalem in the Qur'an made its debut at a crucial time when the morale of the Muslims was not only at its lowest... but is continually sinking...


The blatant incessant Israeli incursions in the Holy Land go unabated, and Muslims are echoing the very words that their fellow brethren called out unto their Lord when they were being persecuted at the hands of the kuffar of Makkah: "When will the help of Allah come?''


Shaikh Imran's insight into the events that are unfolding in the world today is a source of inspiration for Muslims for he convincingly argues from his scholarly interpretations of the Divine Writ (i.e., the Holy Qur'an) and the Ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu 'alaihi wa sallam) that the help of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'alah) is at hand, that the Holy Land will be liberated, and that Islam will re-emerge as the 'Ruling State' in the world.


The reader will be enthralled by the author's grasp on world politics. Jerusalem in the Qur'an comes as a ray of sunshine for Muslims and is an eye-opener for the so-called 'People of the Book'.


Though Jerusalem in the Qur'an is a meticulously written thesis combining religious and historical documents with recent political events and penetrating interpretations from the Qur'an and Hadith, it runs like a story.


Once you begin reading it, it is hard to stop ... It is a reference that one needs to keep and re-read whenever the subject is to be researched.


The book gives a detailed beautifully written exposition of these episodes with brilliant interpretations from the Holy Qur'an and Sunnah.


No one would fail to appreciate his penetrative thought and his spiritual depth.







Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to admin@ccnonline.com.au

CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: This apple cinnamon bread will make your house smell amazing, it is moist and can keep for days but best served warm.


Apple Cinnamon Bread






• ⅓ cup brown sugar (not packed)
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
²/³ cup white sugar
• ½ cup butter, softened
• 2 eggs
• 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1¾ teaspoons baking powder
• ½ cup milk
• 1 apple, peeled and chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.
2. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.
3. Combine flour and baking powder together in another bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture.
4. Mix milk into batter until smooth. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Next add half the apples and half the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Lightly fold apple mixture into batter.
5. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and add more brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a knife or spoon.
6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. 




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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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A 10 minute walk can do the trick, just as well as a 45 workout.


Either can make you feel better and if you aim to exercise more regularly you may not feel anxious in the first place.

The great outdoors is a good-mood booster as well.


Taking in the fresh air and some time out will help release stress and muscle tension.

Try incorporating a yoga session into your fitness routine, the health benefits are endless.


So too is getting a good night’s sleep.


It recharges the body and brain.


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin: "It's been almost a week since my wife and I have been working from home because of COVID-19."

Mula Nasruddin: "That is a very sensible effort, brother."


Jallalludin: "Yes, but I fear we will kill each other before the virus does!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Those who devour usury will not stand except as stands one whom the Evil One by his touch has driven to madness. That is because they say: "Trade is like usury," but Allah has permitted trade and forbidden usury......



~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:275


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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.



"How can educated men allow their wives, daughters and female dependents to remain prisoners of ignorance,

while they themselves share their knowledge with students every day?”



~ Nana Asma’u




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The Islamic Council Of Queensland (ICQ) confirms that due to worsening COVID 19 situation, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Christchurch Remembrance day which was to take place this Sunday the 15th of March.

It was a very difficult decision after all the hard work, preparation and community support behind the event. But considering the current risks with public gatherings, the unknown nature of the virus and how quickly it spreads; we believe this is the morally right thing to do.

Thank you all for your support and understanding.

Stay blessed and Safe

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah.

I am sorry to let you know that due to worsening corona virus situation, we have decided to postpone the 7th Toowoomba International Food Festival and Mosque Open Day scheduled on Sunday, 22 March.
Event sponsor, Multicultural Affairs Queensland has agreed that we reschedule the event in July/August if situation improves by then.

It was a difficult decision after all the hard work and preparation, but we don’t want to take any risk with the health of the community, and end up with an unsuccessful event.

Thanks for your support and understanding.

May Allah keep all of you safe and well.

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Our invitation is extended to all our Muslim brothers and sisters from the surrounding area to join our  Society members for the program and to socialise afterwards over dinner.

The March Mawlid program will also include a very special dua, Esale Sawaab Dua dedicated to three  brothers who recently passed away. These brothers were closely attached to the Society in one way or another for a long time. So the Society decided to dedicate this Esale Sawaab Dua to late Br. Mohammad Hakim, Br.Saheed Fazil (Toto) & Br.Muzakir Sharif at the March14th Mawlid program.

This month's Mawlid program will feature Maulana Aslam Qadri whose keynote address during the program will focus of the Month of Rajab and the month of Shahban. Insha Allah.
Br.Raj Raaz
Secretary  ISQ 













































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!



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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:


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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

brisbane@alkauthar.org  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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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

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Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
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      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)

      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)

      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (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 subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

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 (contact@sisterssupportservices.org.au and 0404 921 620)


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