EST. 2004


Sunday 22 March 2020 | Issue 0802



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For the first time in its 30-year existence, Kuraby Mosque has had to suspend performing a congregational Friday prayer



The coronavirus stopped communal Muslim prayers for the first time in living memory in many mosques around Australia (and the rest of the world) on Friday.


The usually crowded courtyards around the Mosques were mostly silent and empty, while Mosque-goers were told to pray at home.


Almost all Mosque activities, including Islamic classes and 5-time daily prayers, have also been suspended indefinitely.


These decisions were taken in line with the fatwas and assessment of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) and the Australian National Islamic Council's (ANIC) Fatwa Department.


ICQ president Mr. Habib Jamal said, “This decision was made jointly with Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) and Islamic Medical Association Queensland (IMAQ) to ensure its compliance with religious and medical advice. This decision weighed heavily on all those involved in the decision making process. It was never an easy decision to deliver to our community.”


The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) also joined the landmark ruling that Friday prayers should not be held in any mosque, prayer hall or indoor facility.




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Human Appeal Australia hosted its 13th Annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards and for the 4th time in Brisbane at Michael's Oriental Restaurant on Saturday 14 March.

The event celebrated the outstanding achievements of HSC students who received an OP of 1 to 6, recognising their hard work and dedication and acknowledging the great support of their parents.


Each student was awarded with a certificate and an iPAd.


Similar events took place on a national level in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth.

The MC for the evening was Dr Mustafa Ally (Crescent Community News),

Hafiz Uzair Fikreth Shuaib delivered a Quran recitation and community leaders gave speeches to inspire and encourage the young achievers.


The speakers included Abdnaser Elghirani (Human Appeal Australia), Sister Galila Abdelsalam (CEO, Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA)), Ali Kadri (Islamic College of Brisbane), Mrs Amera Zaki (Chief Executive Officer TLC), Habib Jamal (president Islamic Council of Queensland), John Prescott (representing Hon. Duncan Pegg, MP Member for Stretton), Faruk Bilgin (Leadership Tour 2020 participant), Masrur Alam (award recipient), Imam Akram Buksh (Human Appeal, Brisbane). Dr. Zakaria Amin wrapped up the event by thanking sponsors, speakers, parents, volunteers and the rest of audience.


The award recipients were:

  • Mahen Khan

  • Hannah Ayesha Ali

  • Zainab Ali

  • Mohammed Ally

  • Amina Agovic

  • Salma Elkhauly

  • Umme Kulsum

  • Muhammed Sameer Gutta

  • Ryan Hafizul Huq

  • Amaani Fathima Aslam

  • Ibraaheem Karolia

  • Rayyan Ahmad

  • Maryam Al-Gharibeh

  • Sheren Zein

  • Nishat Siddique

  • Sameen Tahsin Karim

  • Jaris Ting Kassim

  • Masrur Alam




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As part of its cross-cultural and interfaith engagement, Bald Hills Mosque hosted members of the Scripture Union, a Christian organisation, on Saturday 14 March 2020.


"It was a great meeting, and our Imam Mufti Junaid Akbar answered their questions with detailed explanations," a spokesperson for the Mosque told CCN.


The visitors were also given a Mosque tour and all indications are that they were impressed with their hosts and the experience and knowledge that they had acquired in the short period.






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Bouncing Forward







To celebrate International Women’s Week the Hurricane Stars Club Inc was chosen by the Queensland government to host an event.


The Hurricane Stars Club Inc hired Bounce Trampolining Centre in Tingalpa to host a ladies-only event called Bouncing Forward.


More than 90 women and children attended the event to enjoy 2 hours of trampolining and Parkour without any males around, including centre staff.


Women who hadn’t had fun bouncing for decades or had never bounced before discovered the joy of bouncing, jumping and leaping into the air.


Mothers for the first time felt comfortable joining their children on the trampolines and they had great fun together. 



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March Mawlid




Report by Raj Raaz, ISQ Secretary



ISQ’s March ’20 Mawlid program was held at the Rochedale masjid on Saturday 14 March where Maulana Aslam was the chief guest. While his focus of his address was on the month of Rajab and the coming month of Shahban as we approach the month of Ramadhan, the program was also dedicated as Esale Sawaab Dua for 3 brothers associated with the Society who recently passed away.

The ISQ Executive Committee conducted an Extra Ordinary meeting just before magrib to make some very serious decision regarding their April program due the restrictions being imposed by the Government on large public gatherings in light of the Corona virus pandemic. The decision was made to cancel the April Mawlid on 11 April and to postpone the April 18th Pre-Ramadhan Fundraising Dinner Night until after Eid.

These decisions were to comply with the Government’s general advice to avoid large gatherings to reduce the risks of spreading the Corona virus as we were approaching the peak flu season of the winter months. This decision was announced to the people attending the program, citing that this was the most responsible thing for the Society to do under the circumstances.

The March Mawlid program was again well attended by over 150 people despite the caution of Corona virus risk and a wedding of a member’s daughter’s. There were a number of new faces in the program and the dinner after the program was well received by all present.

Maulana Aslam’s motivating address on the month of Rajab and Shahban was very educational and inspiring. He also made a lengthy dua for the members and other Muslim brothers and sisters who had passed away and for “Shifa” against the Corona Virus.





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The newest scout group in Queensland, the Muslim Crescent Scout Group, attended its first large organised scout event – the Urban Challenge.


The Urban Challenge is a yearly event for Venturer Scouts (aged 15 – 18 years old) that is organised by Rover Scouts (aged 19-25 years old).


The event is modelled on the concept of televisions The Amazing Race and this year’s theme was ‘Tropical Challenge’.


For two days and two nights the 200 ventures from around Queensland camped at Coorparoo Secondary College and left each day to travel around the city while completing a variety of tasks.


Throughout the challenge teams had to carry around a pineapple which they had decorated.

For the challenge the Rovers had organised 7 bases throughout the city which the venturers needed to get to by public transport using the unlimited GO Card they received- travelling either by bus, ferry, train or walking.


Our venturers enjoyed journeying up and down the Brisbane River on the City Cat most of all throughout the challenge.


At each base during the challenge the venturers then needed to complete a series of activities like, building a tent blindfolded.


Our team chose the name of ‘Team Unqualified’ as it is the first time they had attended the Urban Challenge and they were only able to successfully reach 3 bases.


One of the reasons why they only reached 3 bases was because they had too much fun participating in the treasure hunt activities.


The treasure hunt activities involved them finding various things around the city and taking a picture with it or doing funny activities like dancing the macarena in Queen St Mall.


At the end of the first day teams had dinner at Kangaroo Point and watched a movie, the organisers made sure halal food was provided.


At the end of the two days the venturers were exhausted from walking around Brisbane City CBD for 2 days but they were enriched by their experience on the Urban Challenge.



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Where hope resides:


One year on from the Christchurch massacre



Today marks one year since 51 New Zealand Muslims were massacred at two Christchurch Mosques in a premeditated act of violence.

Soon after the attack, I visited the Christchurch Muslim community and witnessed their devastation, agony and pain.

Like many others, I grieved for the men, women and children who lost their lives so senselessly, and for their families who are today, still grieving.

I witnessed their dignity and spirit of forgiveness. I listened to one sister who lost her husband and eldest son, a brother who lost his youngest son, and another who lost his wife. Despite their pain, they all talked of a genuine desire to break what they see as a cycle of hate.

I also saw many thousands of New Zealanders, and Australians, rally around the Muslim community. Their outpouring of love and kindness offered in times of need, was a gift to all those who were impacted by the event.

Since last year, I have been in constant contact with the Christchurch Muslim community. The depth and brutality of the hate, and enormity of the act of random violence continues to weigh down on them heavily, and on Australian Muslims as well.

There is a constant level of fear, a biting sense of hypervigilance that chips away at living a normal life. Memories of the massacre are a constant reminder to remain aware, cautious, on guard.

And we cannot be complacent. To confront hate crimes, we must be as one family, united against all forms of hatred and violent extremism.

We now know that the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes reported across Britain increased by 593 per cent in the week after the Christchurch massacre.

The second Islamophobia in Australia report, released by Charles Sturt University in 2019, shows hate incidents are becoming brazen, and public. What is more concerning, is the alarming intensity of hate rhetoric that groomed the Christchurch terrorist, is as prevalent in Australia as it was three to five years ago.

In his Annual Threat Assessment address in Canberra in March this year, ASIO director-general, Mike Burgess, reported a marked increase in farright-wing extremism in Australia in recent years. “We expect such groups will remain an enduring threat, making use of online propaganda to spread their messages of hate,” Burgess said.

Riddled with far-right narratives, today, social media has normalised descriptions of Muslims as parasites, germs and subhuman from fellow Australians.

It is ‘normal’ to hear the Christchurch massacre described as payback for the abhorrent actions of terrorist groups like Daesh and Al-Qaeda. Labelling all people of Islamic faith as an evil threat to Australia is not okay. And yet it happens, everywhere, online.

This is what young Muslims have to deal with every day. Downstream from the ugly online world, is a real world – a world where young girls in hijab are confronted and sworn at while walking home from school, where hateful insults are shouted on public transport, where once again to be Muslim is to feel vulnerable.

So, who will stand against this? Will it be the Australian Federal Police that take our concerns seriously and investigate online incitement?

Our criminal laws against inciting violence seem to get very little exercise.

Will it be the Australian Government that finally deals with the fomentation of hatred online through the new Online Safety Act? Unfortunately, the current proposal does nothing about the public advocacy of hatred against whole segments of the community.

Will the social media giants engage with the problem, will they look at the research and expose the far-right lies being spread about people of my faith?

Some of those companies have had a lot to say since Christchurch, but a recent investigation by Australian Muslim lawyers shows there’s still much to do. The moderation processes set up by the likes of Facebook are inadequate and flawed.

Or will it be the Attorney-General who fixes the gaping hole in the Religious Discrimination Bill by including a shield for people who are vilified, harassed, threatened or seriously intimidated on the basis of their faith? So far, the media debate has been about passing or killing the Bill – not improving it.

The fact is, we are struggling to be heard at all.

Left unchecked, online hate threatens not only Muslims but also Jews, people of colour, people with different sexual orientation and in the end, it threatens all people who cherish diversity and multiculturalism and peaceful tolerant societies.

Most Australians were both horrified and mortified by the Christchurch attack. Horrified, that someone could commit such a senseless and brutal attack on innocent people and mortified because that someone was an Australian.

Australians showed their support for New Zealand’s Muslim community, for Christchurch and New Zealand. But 12 months on, who is acting when tirades of violent racist comments flow on Twitter?

Lone voices will never stop the haters, but together as a community and across government we can counter the truly dangerous voices that threaten peace in our society.

This opinion piece was written by Professor Mohamad Abdalla, AM, Director of UniSA's Centre for Islamic Thought and Education



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This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

While this training is for care workers across all health care settings, anyone wanting to be up to date with the basics of living with the virus should take the training and the knowledge check..


This training module covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19 including:

  • COVID-19 – what is it?

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Keeping safe – protecting yourself and others

  • Myth busting

Users must register, but registration is open to anyone.



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Muslim Aid Australia held a special dinner on Friday 13 March 2020 in Bankstown, Sydney to celebrate the opening of the MAA International Primary School (MIPS) in Vanuatu, attended by community leaders and supporters from various states of Australia as well as New Zealand.

The Republic of Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation located west of Fiji, famous for gorgeous islands and coral reefs made up of roughly 80 islands that include Tanna – that has the active volcano Mount Yasur.

Unfortunately, Vanuatu also has the highest proportion of children who have never attended schools while in remote Tanna, a child has to walk at least 4km a day to attend school, which leads to poor school attendance and performance.





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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



Struggle with ‘far right’ term could backfire for the Coalition

Currently there are 26 organisations listed as terrorist organisations under Australia’s criminal code. Not one of them is a far right extremist or white supremacist organisation. The current government list appear to be all ideologically motivated Muslim terrorist organisations, most of which were first listed, years ago. This is quite out of step with the UK and Canada.

Labor’s spokesperson for Home Affairs Senator Kristina Keneally raised questions about this last week, and called for this issue to be referred to the bipartisan parliamentary committee that scrutinises this list. This seems like a sensible request.

The Anti Defamation Commission (a Jewish body) and the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils have also called on the Australian Government to list far right terror threats.

But a few weeks ago, when ASIO boss Mark Burgess announced that far right extremism was now a significant national security threat, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton appeared to be blind-sided - responding in the media that there were extremists at both ends of the spectrum. And that ASIO needed to deal with leftwing lunatics too. After the media pushed, he said by left wing extremist, he was referring to Islamist terrorist organisations. Putting this confusion aside, was he dismissing what the ASIO boss was saying? Was he concerned about far right extremism? Dutton did say that anyone who poses a threat to Australians is a concern. But it does appear that the Government is struggling with the term “far right”.

While questioning ASIO in Senate Estimates, a Government Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who has historically engaged with Australian Muslims in NSW, said that conservatives might take offence at ASIO’s label of ‘right wing extremism’. She said, “‘Right’ is associated with conservatism in this country and there are many people of conservative background who take exception with being charred [sic] with the same brush.” The ASIO boss replied that maybe he needed to think about another label.

We are all now looking to the Government to see how they will identify this threat. Neo-Nazi is too specific, not all of them are white supremacist, many of them are white ethno-nationalists. Racial supremacists? The reality is, far right extremist is probably the most accurate umbrella term. Many of these extremists coalese around the manifestos of previous terrorists of their ilk, espousing the white genocide myth and great replacement theory.

On the anniversary of the Christchurch massacre, the Prime Minister in his press release condemned those who seek to spread hate, but kept in general.

There is a growing perception that the Coalition is unwilling to stand up for ‘multicultural’ voters because there is too much electoral benefit to be had in remaining ambiguous. Online, we can see that the majority of those who gravitate towards Anning, One Nation and the plethora of other anti-Islam fringe parties that emerged in the last federal election, tend to support LNP more than Labor in their comments, although they are often critical of both. No one is saying that these voters are far right extremists, but they are sharing and adopting far right narratives as mainstream ideas - and this may be why there is sensitivity amongst conservatives about publicly denouncing far right extremism and far right narratives.

The LNP also benefits hugely from multicultural votes in key electorates in NSW and Victoria. We cannot allow them to stay ambiguous. Where there is opportunity for action (the Religious Discrimination Bill; the Online Safety Bill) our nation’s leaders must step up. They must articulate their conservative social values with confidence. Or sadly, they will be tarred with the same brush in the hearts and minds of many Australian voters.




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


She can be reached at





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Topic: 'Sura AL-FATIHA & Sura AL-BAQARAH'

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

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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, when the finalists are announced for the [15] coveted Awards for Excellence.


BREAKING NEWS: Due to the unprecedented uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic, The Muslim News has postponed its prestigious annual awards ceremony until late UK summer.



Annemarie Schimmel Award for Championing a Muslim Cause


Feed The Homeless Bristol & WSM has been providing hot meals, sandwiches, snacks, warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags to the needy and homeless since early 2016.


The volunteers are from diverse communities – Jews, Hindus, Christians and Muslims.


The supplies are distributed by the assigned volunteers on Fridays and Sundays in Bristol city centre and every day of the week in Weston Super Mare.


The meals are cooked by a separate team of volunteers.


The management team ensures the growth of the charity, and its objectives are met.


The charity is not affiliated with any other group and in 2018, won the National Diversity Award and was nominated for European Diversity Award.




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



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The 2020 Muslim 500








“You can only go to Paradise or to Hellfire, and you have to work for Paradise in this life. This is the way, and here, is the place to work for reward in the Hereafter.”


Over 1 million Sufi adherents under his guidance

1781 CE – is the year the Tijani Tariqa was founded

Ahmad Tijani bin Ali Cisse


Leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi Order

Sheikh Ahmad Tijani bin Ali Cisse is the spiritual leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi order. The Tijaniyya is the largest Sufi order in Western Africa, and its leader commands a following of millions, who see him as their guide to true Islam.

Leader of Tijani Muslims: Cisse became leader of the Tijaniyyah following the death of his elder brother Sheikh Hassan Cisse in 2008. He is the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Medina Baye, Senegal, which is one of Western Africa’s key positions of Islamic leadership. Tijani Muslims are located throughout Western Africa and further afield. As an order, Tijanis give allegiance to their sheikh giving him significant influence as a leader.

Education and Activities: Sheikh Tijani Cisse (b. 1955) studied Qur’an, Arabic and classical texts with both his father, Sheikh ‘Ali Cisse, and his legendary grandfather, Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse. He then continued his studies at AlAzhar University in Egypt, studying Arabic and Usul Al-Din (theology). Upon completing his studies in Egypt, he travelled extensively throughout Africa, the Middle East and America attending numerous conferences and participating in religious debates. He also managed to edit and publish several important works, including Sheikh Ibrahim’s Kashif Al-Ilbas.

Posts: In 2001, Sheikh Tijani Cisse was appointed Senegal’s General Commissioner for the Hajj. In 2006, he was again recognized by Senegalese President Aboulaye Wade and appointed a Senegalese “Special Missions Ambassador”, a position he holds until the present time. He has also received Senegal’s distinguished award, the Ordre de Merite (1993).

Descendent of The Tijaniyya Founder: The Tijaniyya is a Sufi order founded by Ahmad al Tijani Hasani, an Algerian, in the late 18th century. As the spiritual leader of the Tijaniyya, Cisse is considered to be the bearer of a spiritual inspiration called the Fayda Tijaniyya (‘flood’ or ‘overflow of spiritual grace’), giving him authority to carry on the teachings of Ahmad al Tijani Hasani. Because of this position, some Tijani Muslims refer to Cisse as the reviver of the Sunnah. The Tijanis are characterized by strict following of the sunnah, recitation of spiritual litanies (awraad) individually and in gatherings and an emphasis on developing the inward relationship with God.





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by Salih Yucel


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


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


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

since the mid-20th century.


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


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



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




....continued from last week's CCN



İbrahim was one of most important figures in the history of Muslims in Australia since 1950. He will be remembered for his substantial contribution in establishing educational and religious institutions.


Based on his biography, İbrahim’s life can be categorised into three stages.


The first İbrahim is undecided about his identity. On one hand, he cannot neglect his family values and traditional upbringing, while on the other hand he is an admirer of the Western lifestyle due to the influence of his education at American Academy.


This dual identity was part of his life until the late 50s. The second İbrahim felt emptiness in spirituality and sought to fill that gap. After encountering Ottoman citizen Huseyin Ara Efendi, Ali Acem Efendi and Mustafa Amca, he began filling that gap. İbrahim became active in the community works, particularly with the new arrival of Turkish immigrants in 1968. This stage continued until 1991.


The third İbrahim is after his retirement. He fully dedicated himself to voluntary community service, as former lecturer of the University of Melbourne Dr. Abdul Khaliq Kazi summarises, “İbrahim never quit and left.


He never just sat at home. İbrahim never divorced himself from the community.”

This article discussed İbrahim’s untold stories, such as his identity crises when he was young, Sayyidhood and relationship with the Ajayoglu family.


All three stages of İbrahim’s life, vision and goals are reflected in his poetry and these are an important and previously unexamined aspect of his biography. İbrahim successfully blended Eurocentric education without losing the practice and value of Islam or hindering his practical engagement with the wider Australian society, which can be a model for integration.


As someone who has lived in Australia and the US more than 31 years, I have never seen any immigrant who has successfully amalgamated Eurocentric education and the Islamic way of life as much as İbrahim did.


How did he do it?


This requires further study, which is out of scope for this article.


İbrahim will be remembered through this legacy by future generations.








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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




Drawing near to God amid the coronavirus pandemic

by H.A. Hellyer (ABC Religion & Ethics)



Many Muslims around the world are genuinely forlorn over the suspension of congregational prayer, but pandemic or no, the importance of drawing closer to God remains paramount and unimpeded.

Many Muslims around the world are genuinely forlorn over the suspension of congregational prayer, but pandemic or no, the importance of drawing closer to God remains paramount and unimpeded.

There is, nevertheless, an emotional attachment that many have to congregational prayers. Piety and religious devotion can often override all else — which is doubly ironic because the Islamic tradition itself prioritises adherence to law over pious sentiment. So, for example, if a Muslim is severely diabetic, it is recommended that they not engage in fasting. Not only would it not be considered “pious” to do otherwise, it could be deemed sinful because of the likelihood of harm.

It should be pointed out, however, that this kind of emotional attachment which can be genuinely felt despite the medical considerations and against the advice of religious authorities, isn’t peculiar to the Muslim community. Christians feel it too; in the UK, for example, noted Christian journalists and politicians have expressed that they are pleased about churches remaining open.

But in the Islamic tradition, when it comes to the Covid-19 the religious requirements are rather clear-cut. It certainly helped that different government authorities announced such strict measures, because it meant that those preachers and scholars who did want to call for a suspension of congregational prayers could point to government announcements as evidence that they had no other choice. There were other scholars and imams, of course, who would not have waited for governments to make their decisions — medical expert testimony, coupled with the prudential approach taken by with Islamic tradition, would have sufficed.

Many Muslims are genuinely forlorn over the suspension of congregational prayer – but some of the sages and scholars among them have doubtlessly reminded them of an old maxim in Islam: “Acts are rewarded by intentions” — meaning, if you would have carried out that act of recommended congregational worship had you been able to, then you are rewarded for that act anyway. Intention is such a huge part of the Islamic tradition, and in times such as these, Muslims are grateful indeed that it is their sincerity, not superficial external forms of piety, that matters.

As for the teaching of traditional theology, practice and spirituality in study circles in different mosques and institutions around the world, much of that will be suspended. But in this age of Zoom, Skype and any number of other forms of social technology, teachers and students will find other ways to find each other — just as so many higher education institutions are having to do. Is it the same? Ordinarily, not really. Muslim tradition upholds the model of the teacher and the student engaging in a direct educational relationship, and there are scores of treatises speaking about how students derive immense benefit by being in the presence of the learned. And yet, again, in a time when the sacred law actually calls one to take precautions to remove oneself from physical presence with others, Muslim sages and scholars will remind: it is your sincerity that matters, and your intentions will take you through.

In the coming weeks and months, I suspect many Muslim scholars and preachers will be severely tested — both by their flocks and by these circumstances. Their credibility will be tried in ways they probably could not have imagined before, nor could have expected. The pandemic will not be over in a matter of days, nor probably weeks; it’s likely to be months before different countries manage to get the health infrastructure properly in place to manage the coronavirus. In the meantime, the credibility of many Muslim scholars will be weighed up against their ability to adapt to the situation — those that do not, cannot or will not, will not have the same standing in the community that they enjoyed before the pandemic.

Muslim scholars do not possess religious authority as a kind of “divine right”, much less a “sacrament”; Islam does not admit hierarchical ecclesiastical authority. Rather, such scholars gain religious authority by their learning, which they trace back in unbroken lines of transmission back to the original Prophetic community, and by the community taking that learning seriously. If the latter does not exist, then scholars are not left with the capacity to fulfil their function — namely, to advise and guide people to draw nearer to the Divine.

And for all the emphasis on the effect that the coronavirus pandemic might have on the congregational aspect of Muslim worship in this time, those same scholars and sages will likely continue to remind their flocks of the same old wisdoms that the Islamic tradition has promoted since time immemorial. There’s a meeting recounted in the Holy Qur’an that refers to when all the souls were gathered, in the time before time, before this realm of existence came into being. God asks: “Am I not your Lord?” And the souls respond: “Verily, we bear witness.” Religion in Islam is, in the final analysis, all about reorienting the human being back to recognising the ramifications of that primordial meeting, and reminding human beings of how to be more aware of the Divine, more cognisant of God, in their dealings with each other. What is essential is how they relate to God — remembering Him through litanies, supplications and contemplation.

Pandemic or no, Muslim sages and scholars will continue to remind those they advise and counsel that the importance of drawing closer to God remains paramount and unimpeded. Indeed, at a time when we are all called upon to be more aware of our responsibilities to one other, doing so in ways that recollect God’s Immanence and Transcendence, His Compassion and Subtle Love — well, the pandemic may well bring out aspects of spiritual wayfaring that we might never have realised before.

Dr H.A. Hellyer is senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a visiting professor at the Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation in Kuala Lumpur. He is currently on the steering committee for a multi-year EU-funded project on ‘Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion’, which brings together European, North African and Asian perspectives with a consortium of 12 universities and think-tanks.





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Can the power of prayer alone stop a pandemic like the coronavirus? Even the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) thought otherwise.

By Craig Considine


The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing governments and news sources to provide the most accurate and helpful advice to the world's population, as the disease is indeed global in reach. Health care professionals are in high demand, and so too are scientists who study the transmission and effect of pandemics.

Experts like immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci and medical reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta are saying that good hygiene and quarantining, or the practice of isolating from others in the hope of preventing the spread of contagious diseases, are the most effective tools to contain COVID-19.

Do you know who else suggested good hygiene and quarantining during a pandemic?

Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, over 1,300 years ago.

While he is by no means a "traditional" expert on matters of deadly diseases, Muhammad nonetheless had sound advice to prevent and combat a development like COVID-19.

Muhammad said: "If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague outbreaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place."

He also said: "Those with contagious diseases should be kept away from those who are healthy."

Muhammad also strongly encouraged human beings to adhere to hygienic practices that would keep people safe from infection. Consider the following hadiths, or sayings of Prophet Muhammad:

"Cleanliness is part of faith."

"Wash your hands after you wake up; you do not know where your hands have moved while you sleep."

"The blessings of food lie in washing hands before and after eating."

And what if someone does fall ill? What kind of advice would Muhammad provide to his fellow human beings who are suffering from pain?

He would encourage people to always seek medical treatment and medication: "Make use of medical treatment," he said, "for God has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it, with the exception of one disease—old age."

Perhaps most importantly, he knew when to balance faith with reason. In recent weeks, some have gone so far as to suggest that prayer would be better at keeping you from the coronavirus than adhering to basic rules of social distancing and quarantine. How would Prophet Muhammad respond to the idea of prayer as the chief—or only—form of medicine?

Consider the following story, related to us by ninth-century Persian scholar Al-Tirmidhi: One day, Prophet Muhammad noticed a Bedouin man leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, "Why don't you tie down your camel?" The Bedouin answered, "I put my trust in God." The Prophet then said, "Tie your camel first, then put your trust in God."

Muhammad encouraged people to seek guidance in their religion, but he hoped they take basic precautionary measures for the stability, safety and well-being of all.

In other words, he hoped people would use their common sense.

Dr. Craig Considine is a scholar, professor, global speaker, and media contributor based at the Department of Sociology at Rice University. He is the author of The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View (Blue Dome Press, 2020), and Islam in America: Exploring the Issues (ABC-CLIO 2019), among others.





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NHS officials told me Muslim households are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus – it’s important to understand why
By Shadim Hussain



Britain’s Muslims are amongst the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic – senior NHS officials that Muslims are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

To those inside Muslim communities like me, this is shocking but not surprising. This needs to be recognised more broadly before it is too late. If Muslims feel let down, excluded or forgotten by the government response, there will be repercussions that last longer than the outbreak.

Many Muslims live in extended families, often, like my household, with three generations under one roof. This means there are a higher number of carriers who can (and often will) infect an elderly relative. An older person cannot effectively self-isolate when they are living in close quarters with their children, grand-children and perhaps even extended family.

We are all social creatures, but maybe Muslims are more social than most. We eat together – often from one plate, sharing utensils and side dishes. For many Muslims, social intimacy like handshakes and hugs are so hardwired into their behaviour that the week-old invention of “social distancing” is both alien and absurd to them.

This is particularly the case in Britain’s 1600 Mosques (there are 130 just in my home town of Bradford). Islam is a collective religion, and although prominent British Muslim organisations like the Muslim Council of Britain have – in line with Muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt – instructed Muslims to pray at home, many of the UK’s mosques are likely to remain open. Thankfully most mosques have heeded the advice, but the prayer spaces that are still open may have even more people packed into them than usual, increasing the risk.

During Friday prayers (attendance at which is, under normal circumstances, an obligation for most Muslims), the close proximity of worshippers makes the spread of coronavirus a near certainty. We know this from events in the Muslim world: Malaysia’s spread of Covid-19 has been traced back to a single religious gathering at a Mosque, which allowed the virus to spread not only across that country, but to six others.

All this makes coronavirus particularly troubling in Muslim communities, some of which are, like Bradford, in the most deprived areas of the country, with poor health outcomes to match.

The niche ethnic supermarkets and halal butchers that many Muslims depend on for essential goods have less reliable supply chains than the big supermarkets, forcing many local Muslim grocers to significantly increase their prices. This is despite their customers being some of the poorest people in Britain.





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 BBSI Webinar: Muslim will be disproportionately affected by Corona




In this clip from the BBSI webinar broadcast on 17/03/2020, Dr Fasih Khan of the British Islamic Medical Association, and Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf, explain how and why corona virus is expected to affect the Muslim community more than others.

It is therefore important for Muslims to go beyond government guidelines to protect ourselves.

The full webinar can be viewed on the BBSI Facebook page: .










Mohamed Hoblos

OnePath Network


A strong message to Panic buyers amid the Coronavirus crisis taking the world by storm. Mohamed Hoblos urges viewers to exercise patience and courtesy in this trying time. This is a time of tribulation, a time where Allah is testing us to see how will we react. Let us practice our Islamic values in this trying time.










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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:
Writing Therapy...The Power of Journaling

Writing freely from your heart, without self-criticism or judgment, brings about tremendous emotional, mental and physical release. When you express yourself on paper, hidden or suppressed feelings and thoughts become tangible and you are able to view them objectively. Once you can see and feel things outside of yourself you can understand yourself better and make positive changes. Journaling brings clarity to your mind and vision. Believe it or not, it certainly increases your passion for life.The best thing about journaling is that it is very different from a lot of other healing therapies.

Journaling is all about you and your page. You would only ever write about things that you are ready to face or explore. By recording these thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, fears, concerns, or anything really, leads to mental detox where incredible amounts of emotional baggage is off-loaded. Before you know it, you begin to experience holistic wellness.

Awesome Facts About Journaling

There is absolutely no cost involved in journaling, except an initial investment in buying a journal of your choice and a pen. Avoid online journaling if possible. We use a different part of the brain when we hand write, which actually helps open the mind.


It’s not the same as using fingertips on the keyboard or tapping on your smartphone.
Journaling is a highly self-initiated exercise. Have a daily ritual where you wind down with a hot cuppa and your journal or make it a morning ritual.

Journaling requires no previous writing talent and you can use any language to express yourself. It’s your private space to be yourself.

Your mind is clearer afterwards and you are more aware of your own patterns.

You experience personal and spiritual growth. Knowing thy own self is bliss :)

Journaling Ritual

• Create your special writing space, a place where you are totally relaxed and surrounded by peace, natural light (soft lighting if writing in the evenings), perhaps your favourite essential oils in the burner (Frankincense,Myrrh, and Sandalwood, 2 drops each, make a wonderful meditative blend).

• Clear your mind, take a few deep breaths and relax. Let your thoughts flow freely. Do not let the inner critic’s voice censor that creative flow. Remember, no one has to read your work unless you let them so make the most of this privacy and politely ask that inner voice to “back off!”. Grammar and punctuation are the least of your worries when you are journaling.

• Choose a topic. If that seems too hard then just start to write in the moment…begin something like this…”I’m putting my pen onto paper and waiting for a topic to come into my head. Right now, I can smell / I can hear/I can remember…” You will be surprised how writing in the moment can lead to hundreds of other topics you may want to write about.

• Put every thought onto the page. Start writing words and let them guide you through what you are feeling inside. As you feel the emotions, write them down. Make these feelings tangible.

• Ask yourself simple, everyday questions: How was my day today? Did something happen to me today that made me feel joyful or upset? Did I discover anything new about myself or anyone else today? Are there any unresolved issues in my life? Do I want to say something to someone but haven’t been able to? Why, what is stopping me? What do I fear? What do I rejoice over? What or who hurts me? Why?

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








Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet



Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Keith Ellison (Foreword)




Muslims are compelled by their religion to praise the Creator and to care for their community. But what is not widely known is that there are deep and long-standing connections between Islamic teachings and environmentalism. In this groundbreaking book, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin draws on research, scripture, and interviews with Muslim Americans to trace Islam's preoccupation with humankind's collective role as stewards of the Earth. Abdul-Matin points out that the Prophet Muhammad declared that "the Earth is a mosque."

Deen means "path" or "way" in Arabic. Abdul-Matin offers dozens of examples of how Muslims can follow, and already are following, a Green Deen in four areas: "waste, watts (energy), water, and food." At last, people of all beliefs can appreciate the gifts and contributions that Islam and Muslims bring to the environmental movement.




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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: Homemade Burger patties are so simple to make, tastier and so cost effective and a great idea for weekends. Extra formed burger patties can be frozen for future use.


Burger Patties






1kg steak fatty mince
1 kg lamb fatty mince
1 pkt white onion soup
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 handful fried onions
2½ tsp salt
2 tsp green chillies
2 tab Worcestershire sauce
2 tab Tabasco
2 extra large eggs
2 tabs ghee
2 tabs oil
½ tsp fine pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp lemon pepper
3 heaped tsp crushed garlic
1 green onion finely chopped
1 cup chopped coriander or parsley leaves



Combine all the above ingredients well
Make into big balls 150g to 200g and grill on a cast iron pan or BBQ



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My Health and Fitness

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Q: Dear Kareema, what can I expect from an indoor cycling session? I enjoy my mountain biking and thought I’ll try some indoor classes.

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It will get your heart pumping just like when you’re out mountain biking.

Indoor cycling classes is good for heart-health, fat burning, and a great leg workout.


You’ll cover climbs, speed bursts, interval training and more.



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The CCN Chuckle





Mrs Mula Nasruddin visited her friend Mrs Jallalludin at her home for a chat.


Mrs Mula Nasruddin: "Where is your husband?"

Mrs Jallalludin: "We had an argument. He is in the garden."


Mrs Mula Nasruddin: "I was there, and I didn't see him."


Mrs Jallalludin: "Try to dig more, and you will find him."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






The Hour will certainly come: therein is no doubt: yet most men do not believe.



~ Surah Ghafir 40:59


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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.



Bilal Al-Habashi

Bilal, one of the great companions of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), began his life as a persecuted slave in Arabia. He went on to become one of the Holy Prophet’s greatest companions. At a time where racism was rife in Arabia and many Arabs owned slaves, the Prophet personally appointed Bilal to be the first Muslim to climb the Ka’ba and recite the call to prayer for the Muslims, showing that piety, not colour, elevates the status of a person in the eyes of Allah. The Prophet is even reported to have said to Bilal:


"If we should want to take one particular person as the shining example of good behaviour and adab, then you [Bilal] would be the clear and obvious example.”




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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.

Kind regards,































It is with much regret that ISQ Inc. advise that the above program, "Pre-Ramadhan Fundraising Dinner Night" scheduled for Saturday 18th April 2020 at the Australian International Islamic College has been postponed until further notice due to ongoing concerns around the impact of COVID-19.

This decision was not taken lightly and ensuring the safety of the members of the public supporting our fundraising venture is paramount. ISQ takes the health of our community very seriously and like most other organisations right now, we are trying to do all we can to minimise the risk of COVID-19.

We advise those people who bought the tickets and have paid for it, and would like to get their refund, they should contact the ISQ Executive Committee member who sold them the ticket. Those who would prefer to donate the ticket value to ISQ Inc, you will be issued with an official receipt.

Should the Society decide in the coming months, after Eid, to reschedule the fundraising dinner night, the event will be advertised again and new tickets reprinted.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this very tough times.

Jazak Allahu Khair

Br.Raj Raaz ( ISQ Secretary)












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The Executive Committee of ISQ Inc. made a decision at an extra ordinary Executive Committee Meeting on 14th March, that the Mawlid program for April that was to be held on Saturday 11th April at the Rochedale Masjid be cancelled due to the restrictions imposed by the Government for gatherings over 100 people.

In light of this decision, members are informed that there will be no gathering at the Rochedale masjid on the 11th of April after magrib.


Those people who want to come to the masjid for their regular salat at the prescribed times, will still be able to do that.
The Society regrets that this decision had to be made to safeguard from the risk of spread of the COVID-19 in the community.


We thank you for your understanding and patience under the current circumstances.

Br.Raj Raaz












































































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.

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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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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
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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.

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

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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)

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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

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Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

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

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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

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