EST. 2004


Sunday 29 March 2020 | Issue 0803



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


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In a joint venture, Muslim Aid Australia, Brothers in Need, Muslim Charitable Foundation and MAA Women’s Forum have collected a large quantity of non-perishable food and toiletries.

Hampers are going to be prepared for free distribution to those in need, those in self isolation, elderly and the ill.


Please contact any members of the above organisations if you, or anyone you know, requires assistance. They will be happy to help.


Sincere thanks to the generous donors who so willingly came forward and assisted financially and bought and delivered the items to us. Jazakallah

Email to put them in touch with someone on need.




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Mosque and Islamic centre vandalised and donation money stolen




Alleged perpetrators caught on camera




Message from Mr. Hussin Goss

President and Secretary of Gold Coast Mosque





Free food distribution on Saturday 28 March






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Academy Alive Update: A mentorship program, coaching through the Quran




Report and photos supplied    


With the impending government lockdown, one thing is definite, maybe you can relate to this, my children will be at home all day doing nothing.

Well, technically they are not supposed to be doing nothing, they are supposed to be doing homework. My children's’ teacher had prepared homework for my sons to do, but what has happened is that my children have completed all of their homework. I will credit my wife for her diligence in ensuring the work is done, and perhaps to her diligence and one on one attention, my sons have completed the homework set out for the week in one day.

Which leaves us with a dilemma, how will we fill up the rest of the time the children have without binging on a tv show or playing video games. Why not use this time to prepare them for the rest of their lives, and have a jumping head start for Ramadhan. Which is why, there is no better time than now to join our Academy Alive, Quran Alive online course and implement it in your life and your children's life as a part of their home-schooling experience.

Why not allow the understanding of the Quran lead into the love of the Quran, an emotion that cannot be taken from the learner, a tested approval of all students who embarked on this course. My children will be travelling through life looking for answers, and I would rather my children find the answers in the Quran and utilising the Quran as their mentor in life.

Academy Alive has a free 30 Day Trial, to our mentorship program, coaching through the Quran.

No obligations, trial the Quran Alive Online course and see for yourself, how our students have managed to turn to the Quran as a mentor and as a source of understanding and personal growth.


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Ever notice your students are okay at generating questions, but soon run into a dead end?

Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a case study, this Guide taps into the curiosity of young learners and challenges them to create a non-stop stream of mind boggling questions.

Boosted with fun challenges and the resources you'll need to get started, this guide is designed for teachers, parents and avid independent learners.

Originally trained as a lawyer, Rita Markwell brings a lifetime experience of the Socratic Method in questioning, arguing and thinking - and has found a way to distil it in bite-size chunks for inquiring teens and grown-ups.

This beautiful Guide is jam-packed with

  • Time-boxed challenges with clear directions to engage straight away

  • A visual and guided journey into Socratic questioning using relatable and imaginative analogies.

  • Graphic organisers that quickly portray Socratic principles and examples from the COVID debate.

  • A closer look at the COVID-19 pandemic from the principle of "fairness".

  • Modelled examples of a Socratic line of questioning, colour-coded to show different types of thinking.

  • An opportunity to re-test and self-evaluate.

  • Bonus challenges around identifying and using conceptual nouns - a sure-fire way to strengthen Qs and analysis.

  • COVID-19 related arguments that can be used in number continuum debates.

  • Illustrative examples of questions from junior and senior secondary school, and other adults.

  • Colourful student templates for brainstorming and categorising questions.

This new and original take on critical thinking will inspire educators and families alike.






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Part 1 - Shukr Practice


These videos are to help with simple strategies to keep the mind and body healthy and can be practised by Muslim families in their homes during this time of isolation.



Part 2 - Harmony in Marriage during Covid-19 Isolation





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7 Stories is a podcast for your ride to school. These highly produced 7 minute stories are sure to keep your kids engaged while in the car! A Toledo original and the first of its kind for Muslim parents and children, this show is hosted by Wasan and Moeed.

We'll have funny stories…and sad stories…and scarrrrry stories….but each story has an important message for you to discuss with your children! We’ll hear stories such as Spidey the big red spider, and about the chicken that was an eagle!

Wasan Altikriti is a mother of two young girls and is the founder of Arabic learning-resources start-up called 'Arnoub'. Wasan is a public speaker with a PR and Media background.

Moeed Ahmad is a digital media executive who has spearheaded the launch of multiple successful brands like AJ+, Jetty and Contrast VR within Al Jazeera where he currently heads Innovation and Research. He is passionate about open source technologies and other community enabling movements such as the Creative Commons. Most importantly though, Moeed is a father of three boys with plenty of experience dropping his kids to school!



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Ryanair boss slammed for suggesting defending profiling of Muslim men    



IRELAND: The CEO of low-cost Irish airline Ryanair has been widely condemned in the UK and Ireland for ‘abhorrent’ remarks after recommending Muslim men should be profiled at airports to prevent terrorism.

Michael O’Leary’s failed to elaborate on how security would tell what a Muslim looks like and was slammed for “encouraging racism” with his “blinkered” view.

“Who are the bombers? They are going to be single males traveling on their own,” said the 58-year-old Irishman in a wide-ranging interview with The Times on February 22.“If you are traveling with a family of kids, on you go; the chances you are going to blow them all up is zero,” he added.

“You can’t say stuff, because it’s racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion. Thirty years ago it was the Irish,” said the billionaire.

Umar al-Qadri, head Imam of the Islamic Centre of Ireland, said terrorism is not confined to any one community. He later tweeted that O’Leary’s comments were “very irresponsible” in the current climate of Islamophobia. “I am concerned for young Muslim men growing up in a society in which societal figures can make such irresponsible comments,” he said.

Hitting back, Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, said, “If he can tell me what colour Muslims are then I’d be very happy to learn from him – you can’t judge a book by its cover.”

Referring to the far-right terrorist attack in the German city of Hanau in February Mahmood said, “In Germany this week a white person killed eight people. Should we profile white people to see if they’re being fascists? ‘He’s being very blinkered and is actually encouraging racism.”

Scotland’s Justice Minister Humza Yousaf condemned the comments on Twitter, writing, ‘awful from Michael O’Leary suggesting racial profiling to be introduced at airports.’

A spokeswoman for the Muslim Council of Britain said, “Michael O’Leary should be under no illusion: his comments are racist and discriminatory. He openly advocates discrimination against ‘males of a Muslim persuasion’, which presumably is not based on specific intelligence but solely whether someone ‘looks or acts like a Muslim’. This is the very definition of Islamophobia.”

The Dublin City Interfaith Forum also condemned “unreservedly, and with one unified voice” comments by O’Leary that terrorists “will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion”.

He subsequently apologised “for any offence caused”. The Forum said his comments only served “to fuel an atmosphere already rife with unjustified anti-Islamic feeling and Islamophobia”.

German Green party politician Ali Baş accused O’Leary of spreading Islamophobia with his words. ‘Why can someone like O’Leary spread Islamophobia like this today? Because he thinks people don’t care. It’s time to boycott Ryanair. Also, for many other reasons,’ he wrote on Twitter.

O’Leary triggered more anger by issuing a “half-baked apology”. Ryanair insisted an “inaccurate” headline suggesting its chief wanted extra checks on Muslim men had sparked the furore.

It added, “Michael was only calling for more effective airport security checks which would do away with much of the unnecessary queues at airport security today. He apologises sincerely for any offence caused to any group by today’s inaccurate headline.”



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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



Rethinking our world during the COVID-19 reset


My husband and I sat down to watch an award-winning Lebanese film by director Nadine Labaki, called Capernaum. Labaki, who is an actress as well as a Director, is renowned for choosing real people over professional actors – creating characters and sequences that stay with you forever.

This story follows the life of a gutsy 12 year old boy, who lives in a very poor neighbourhood. After a family decision shatters his world, he heads out on a bus and discovers a different life in the slums. Taken in by a young mother, who is an undocumented worker, he begins to care for her toddler son, feeding him expressed milk and crackers, changing his nappy, and keeping him quiet inside their one room shelter. One day, she doesn’t return, and he is left to fend for himself and the baby.

Without giving away the story, I can say that his resourcefulness was incredible. This fable will break and warm your heart at the same time, changing you and the way you see the world.

In a matter of weeks, our world has changed a lot as a result of COVID-19. Indiscriminately, people with their houses and cars and first world problems have faced social upheaval, economic uncertainty – and it’s just the beginning. But what we’ve seen online, since the ugly clashes in supermarkets, has been a resurgence of kindness, love and gratitude – that return to silly humour and remembering ‘all the important things’ in life.

However when it is all over, and we clamour back into our busy lives, will the world go back to business as usual? Should it? What should change?

For the risk of these heart-warming stories is that, selfishly, we will always try to believe that individuals can find ways to overcome their circumstances. This part of the story is far easier to hold onto than the debilitating and horrific reality underpinning it – the systemic inequality that allows people to die of neglect, starvation, in proxy wars and concentration camps, while the rest believe that helping them will risk their bubble. Our sense of entitlement is not only a spiritual disease, but a form of social corruption.

How will those of us, in our newfound extra free time, conceive of a different world?

Many people in our community have felt disconnected and helpless in regard to politics, but that doesn’t have to be the way moving forward.

It is within our power to join political parties and engage in politics, to be part of community organisations. Now is the time for bold visions. Our community values have waned as civil society has declined – and now more than ever, civil society has to rebuild – through our faith bodies and beyond. In the past, perhaps you had no time – now there is the opportunity to ask whether those priorities should change.

Do we spend our children’s lives, turning them into super beings with extra-curricular tuition schedules, feeding the ‘hero individual’ narrative – or do we as family, bring them into community work, community life? What are the values we teach them through our houses and attitudes, our friendship circles, who we include and don’t include?

Socrates said, ‘the secret to change is to focus all of one’s energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.’ While this statement is easily contested, I do think it is a major weakness of activists in the space of education, climate, peace building to constantly shout about problems. We need to start quantifying the changes that need to happen, pacing them, describing them, selling them. We can’t wait for the hero individual to fly in and lead us. It’s us, our kids, our neighbours who need to start now.




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: 'Connection and Etiquettes with Masjid'

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



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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


Dr Katy Sian is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York.


She has pioneered research on conflict and prejudice between various Sikh and Muslim communities, both in South Asia and other contexts such as North America.


Her work has been given greater reach through community and media engagement and maintaining a keen awareness of public policy outcomes.


At a time when more and more research is being done on Islamophobia with a narrower and narrower focus,


Katy opens up this discussion onto the crucial question of the dynamics of inter-ethnic relations between ethnic minorities in general and South Asian diasporas in particular.


Katy’s books include Unsettling Sikh and Muslim Conflict: Mistaken Identities, Forced Conversions, and Postcolonial Formations and the co-authored Racism, Governance and Public Policy: Beyond Human Rights.




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



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The 2020 Muslim 500








Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Aal Al-Sheikh


Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

As the Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Aal Al-Sheikh has the highest position of religious authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is an Islamic scholar based in Makkah and has influence as a leading cleric of the expansive global movement of Salafi Muslims.

Salafi Lineage: The Aal Al-Sheikh family in Saudi Arabia traditionally controls the religious and justice establishments. They are descended from Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab (1703–1792), the founder of Wahhabi and Salafi thought, and for 250 years have been closely associated and intermarried with the ruling Al-Saud family.

Head of Sunni Jurisprudential Committees: Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Aal Al-Sheikh is chairman of the Council of Senior Scholars, a scientific consultative commission composed of leading Sunni specialist scholars of Sharia (Islamic law). He is recognized for his influence in enforcing a distinct view of Islamic tradition. In 2008, he publicly criticized Muslim televangelists who encouraged Muslims to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. He has also been robust in his condemnation of Turkish soap operas sweeping the Arab World, calling them distracting practices.

Central Figure of Global Salafi Movement: As Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, AlSheikh is the leading religious figure of the Saudi based network of Salafi Muslims. The rulings derived by Al-Sheikh are based heavily on a literal reading of the Qur’an and emphasize the need to strip away past interpretations that have become a part of Muslims’ lives. The movement he leads is characterized by an authoritative stance on Islamic religious practice. He has described dai’sh as ‘evil’ and called them ‘the number one enemy of Islam’. In 2017, he received praise from an Israeli minister for labelling Hamas a terrorist organization.





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Towards Demystifying Islamophobia:

A Muslim’s Perspective


by Zouhir Gabsi, Deakin University


Islamophobia has been a recurrent socio-political narrative for some time now, and it has been exacerbated since the aftermath of 9/11. Despite the plethora of studies on the subject, little is known about Muslim scholars’ perception of this phenomenon. This is due primarily to the language barrier since the Arabic language is the code for their discourse.


It is essential to consider both Islamic and Western perspectives to understand the problem thoroughly and suggest solutions, as relying on one approach is both biased and uncompromising. Accordingly, the purpose of this paper is threefold:


First, it explains how Islamophobia should be defined contextually. It frames its arguments within three contexts: a historical setting (Meccan and Madinah period), Islam in the Arab world, and Islam in the West.


Second, the paper demonstrates how a Muslim’s perspective contrasts with the Western narrative. It critically challenges some of the arguments put forward in social sciences and intellectual discourses and adopts an unapologetic and non-defensive approach in the treatment of Islamophobia.


Third, the paper discusses the variables that affect Islamophobia, such as Western media and terrorism (including state terrorism).


Finally, the paper proposes some approaches to mitigating the situation.


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






Most scholars agree that Islamophobia – ‘fear of Islam and Muslims’ – reached its peak in the aftermath of 9/11. It was a significant event that has affected and been used as an opportunity to shape Western nations’ foreign policies, with the USA in the lead, followed by Great Britain and Australia. Islamophobia was not part of the scholarly narrative before 9/11.


While the representation of Muslims in the West is complex, early Western interest in the Orient was not primarily politically motivated, but “rather a distribution of geopolitical awareness into aesthetic, scholarly, economic, sociological, historical, and philological texts.”

After 9/11, a state of moral panic took hold, not only in America but also in Europe. This “marks a turbulent and exaggerated response to a perceived social problem whereby there is considerable concern and consensus that such a problem actually exists. Blame is then shifted to suitable villains who absorb societal hostility.”


The division between ‘US’ versus ‘THEM’ has emerged, as Morgan & Poynting argue:

In the global ‘West’, the racialized ‘Muslim Other’ has become the pre-eminent ‘folk devil’ of our time. This process did not begin with 9/11, but since then has expanded rapidly to reshape the politics of multiculturalism in various societies.

This moral panic has affected Muslims globally. Muslims have been randomly searched, watched, abused verbally and physically. The European Monitoring on Racism and Xenophobia reports numerous instances of discrimination; as one respondent comments:

We face Islamophobia in daily life: small incidents, small things. For example, somebody jokes or comments with another, but in a very loud voice, so you have to listen to this, ‘Oh somebody who wears a headscarf has nothing to do in this country.’ Or somebody walks his dog and says ‘Fass!’, which means ‘catch this’, to a Muslim. You try and not let these things get to you but some days they wear you down. (Female, Austria).

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On letting go of teachers and Imams

by Yasir Qadhi




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For Christchurch survivors, killer's sudden guilty plea is an answer to prayer





Victims and relatives of those killed in New Zealand mass shooting had been preparing for a brutal trial, but then the news came

Those injured or bereaved in the Christchurch attacks on 15 March only found out about the court hearing when their phones started buzzing with calls and messages after it had finished. They felt joy, relief, and utter shock.

“It was completely out of the blue,” says Aya Al-Umari, 34, whose brother Hussein Al-Umari, then 35, was killed at Al Noor mosque last year. The gunman had initially pleaded not guilty to the counts of murder, attempted murder, and terrorism, with a lengthy trial due to begin in June. On Thursday, he abruptly changed his plea to guilty.

Al-Umari scarcely believes the news, which arrived when she had just finished her morning prayers, in which she asked that justice would be served in the case.

“This is one of the things I pray for, periodically I don’t but today I did,” she says. Then a message arrived telling her the gunman had pleaded guilty. “I thought – that was fast. The line of communication must have been open.” 





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Coronavirus Reminds Essence of Purification – Obligatory Physical and Spiritual Cleanliness of Muslims 
By Prof Shahjahan Khan



Professor Shahjahan Khan  Coronavirus has forced people to practice some aspects of Islam. The whole world has embraced quarantine (no in or out from plague area), an old teaching of Muhammad (SWS) and cleanliness, another core practice of Islam. China’s city of Shenzhen has banned eating cats and dogs which Islam prohibited long ago. These are some fresh examples of how practicing of Islamic Shariah can benefit mankind even if they are not Muslims.

Purification of body and attire are at the core of Islamic faith and prerequisites for fundamental worshipping (salat) of Muslims. Equally important is to purify heart, mind, soul and wealth of Muslims. Islam does not allow any impurity in any form or shape in the life of Muslims. Purification leads to successes and spiritual uplifting. As the Qur’an testifies, “He has certainly succeeded who purifies himself” (30:14).

Purification helps reduce the risk of contracting any contiguous diseases including virus. Hands sanitization, washing hands with soap, keeping outer garments clean, and not coming in contact with any contamination of infected individual (social distance) are different means of keeping purified at the time of outbreak of virus. Muhammad SWS said, “Purification is half of the faith” (Sahih Musim). At the time of virus epidemic purification ensures prevention and protection from being infected and remain healthy.  



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GP, 76, 'becomes first UK doctor to die after contracting coronavirus'    


Dr Habib Zaidi had worked as a GP in Leigh-on-Sea for more than 47 years



UK: A GP is thought to have become the first doctor in the UK to have died after contracting coronavirus.

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, died at Southend Hospital in Essex 24 hours after being taken ill on Tuesday, the BBC reported.

Tests have not yet confirmed that he died of Covid-19 but his daughter, Dr Sarah Zaidi, also a GP, said he showed “textbook symptoms” of the virus.

She told the BBC: “For that to be the thing that took him is too much to bear.

“It is reflective of his sacrifice.”

Dr Zaidi, who worked as a GP in Leigh-on-Sea, had reportedly been self-isolating and not seen patients in person for about a week.

If tests results confirm he had the novel covoronavirus, he would be the first doctor in the UK to die after contracting it.

His daughter added that her family could "not mourn in the normal way" as they cannot have a "normal funeral".

"He left a gaping hole in our hearts, but a loss that is also felt within the community that he devoted almost his entire life to," she said.

"We are praying for the safety of everyone right now."



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250,000 pilgrims mass in Pakistan despite coronavirus warnings    

  • Organizers late Thursday curtailed the annual Tablighi Ijtema congregation

  • Pakistan has only recorded 21 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and no deaths

LAHORE: Hundreds of thousands of Islamic worshippers gathered in eastern Pakistan this week amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, ignoring government warnings that such events could propagate the disease.

Organizers late Thursday curtailed the annual Tablighi Ijtema congregation, which had drawn people from across the country, but cited rainy weather as the cause.
The early closure came after about 250,000 people had already congregated in camps near Lahore since Wednesday for the five-day festival.

“Most of the people have returned to their homes but still tens of thousands of people are here. They will return today,” one of the event’s organizers Ehsanullah, who goes by one name, said on Friday.

Pakistan has only recorded 21 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and no deaths, but officials have tested fewer than 500 potential cases in the country of about 215 million, where health care is frequently inadequate.

Many countries are advising against large gatherings in a bid to slow the spread of the highly communicable virus. Some nations — like France and Italy — have banned them altogether.

The federal government has yet to enforce nationwide measures to contain a possible outbreak, leaving provinces to act independently. Organizers of the Tablighi Ijtema were free to ignore government advice to postpone.

“The government asked us to cancel the gathering because of the coronavirus, but our elders and organizers decided that the gathering will proceed as planned,” Ehsanullah said.

The movement was founded by religious scholars more than five decades ago and focuses exclusively on preaching Islam.




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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends prayers in holy mosques of Mecca and Medina    




SAUDI ARABIA: The kingdom, which has 274 confirmed cases, has banned entry to sites to stem spread of Covid-19

Saudi authorities have stopped worshippers from entering and praying at the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

In a statement issued late on Thursday, Hani bin Hosni Haider, a spokesman for the General Presidency of Mecca's Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, said worshippers would no longer be allowed to perform their five daily prayers in the overflow area just outside the walls of the two holy mosques.

Authorities had already instituted a ban on worshippers praying near the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure the world's 1.8 billion Muslims pray towards.

"Security and health agencies decided to suspend the presence of people and prayers in the outer courtyards of the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina starting from 20 March, as part of precautionary and preventative measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus," Haider said.

Shortly after the announcement, photos were posted online showing Saudi police creating a perimeter outside the Prophet's Mosque in Medina with workers closing doors leading to the complex. 



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Coronavirus: Emergency Bill could see deceased Muslims forcefully cremated'    




UK: The Muslim community and advocacy group MEND has issued a statement on the proposed burial measures in the COVID-19 emergency legislation.

The drafted emergency Coronavirus Bill 2019-21 is said to allow designated local authorities to disregard section 46(3) of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, which is designed to prevent a local authority from being able to cremate a body against the wishes of the deceased.

MEND has called on political representatives to immediately amend the Bill to reflect “the human rights of religious minorities”. The Bill is due to have its second reading in the House of Commons this Monday 23rd March.

The Muslim community and advocacy group has stated that:

“Whilst the purpose of the legislation is to deal with a potential surge in deaths and lack of grave space capacity arising from the current tragedy, the Government should not neglect their responsibilities in upholding Article 9 of both the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998, which protects the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. This includes the freedom to manifest one’s religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice, and observance.”

The CEO of MEND, Dr Shazad Amin said that:

“The sanctity of the dead body and the importance of religious burial is an integral component of religious practice for Muslims, as well as Jews. Cremation is forbidden in Islam and Judaism and therefore the possibility of forcing a cremation upon the loved ones of these communities would add further anguish and trauma to bereaved families, who themselves may be in self-isolation.”

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) also released a statement on the burial measures in response to the government’s proposed emergency legislation to deal with the lethal virus.

The Secretary General of the MCB, Harun Khan stated:

“The Muslim Council of Britain is supporting the National Burial Council (Muslim) working alongside other faith communities and collaboratively with senior UK Government officials to highlight the absolute importance of burials in our faiths, and how risks can be appropriately mitigated.

“This is not something anyone is taking lightly and we want to reassure the community that we are working hard to ensure that our concerns are taken on board.”

He further added that:

“We are hopeful a solution will be found that recognises the challenges in extreme cases, whilst maintaining the importance of certain beliefs that our faith communities hold dear.

“We urge communities at a local level to work positively and collaboratively with other faiths, communities, and local and national government bodies, and will be providing more guidance soon.”



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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.

Every global event brings with it valuable lessons for humanity. This Covid-19 breakout is also teaching us something. We've all been sick before and we all know that the only certainty of birth is death.

But what we keep forgetting is that thing that lies between birth and death - LIFE.

We keep taking LIFE for granted. And we keep inflicting unkindness to self and others.

Covid-19 is affecting everyone. There is medicine for it and we can use this medicine every moment, every day.

The medicine of Love and Compassion. It's time to recognise that love and compassion is not only for the rich or the celebrity or one's own family and friends.


Love and compassion is for everyone.

The body and mind feels better when we practise love and compassion. If there is anything that Covid-19 is teaching us right now, it's that we need to replace fear with love and compassion.

Fear will only breed anxiety, judgement, unkindness, and hate.

Love in the time of Covid-19 is our only way. It is the only way that will illuminate us to think better thoughts, speak better words, and perform better deeds.

Those who feel anxious, know that, like everything else in life, this too shall pass.

Self-isolation is not about the world ending. It is about you stopping so that the world can heal. If you haven’t yet isolated yourself, now is the time to seriously consider it.


And for those who are in self-isolation, use this time to reflect on your life’s priorities - health, relationships, vocation, and spiritual growth. This time, of less doing and more being, is a gift of healing.

The world needs us all to pause and heal a disease which is far greater than the Covid-19. It is the disease of unkindness.

Today, just for a few minutes, try to be in stillness and feel your intuitive self...feel why you have been created. With all the excessive doing, take this time to pause and reflect. Breathe. Drink tea. Listen to your favourite music. Sit on your balcony and watch the birds and the trees.

The need of the hour is self-kindness and self-compassion. Do not be consumed by worry. The worry is not worth it. In the bigger plan, the greater good is what matters.


And the greater good starts with how you are treating your mind, body and soul right this very moment.

Love, light, peace, joy, wisdom, courage and clarity be with you always. May you be blessed with optimal health and well-being.


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FREE E-Book Muslimah Mind Matters - The Ultimate Self-Care Guide For Muslimah click here.





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








Unsettling Sikh and Muslim Conflict:

Mistaken Identities, Forced Conversions, and Postcolonial Formations



Katy P. Sian




This book provides a critical investigation into Sikh and Muslim conflict in the postcolonial setting.


Being Sikh in a diasporic context creates challenges that require complex negotiations between other ethnic minorities as well as the national majority.


Unsettling Sikh and Muslim Conflict: Mistaken Identities, Forced Conversions, and Postcolonial Formations maps in theoretically informed and empirically rich detail the trope of Sikh-Muslim antagonism as it circulates throughout the diaspora.


While focusing on contemporary manifestations of Sikh-Muslim hostility, the book also draws upon historical examples of such conflict to explore the way in which the past has been mobilized to tell a story about the future of Sikhs.


This book uses critical race theory to understand the performance of postcolonial subjectivity in the heart of the metropolis.




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

Then simply email the title and author to

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: Tahini Sauce is my go-to for falafel wraps too as it adds the perfect amount of flavour and creaminess.


Falafel Waffles


served with Tahini Sauce and Side Salad





1 cup dried chickpeas soak overnight
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground garlic
1 onion roughly chopped
1 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp lightly crushed coriander seeds
¼ tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp baking powder
4 tblsp parsley
Sesame seeds
2 eggs



Place chickpeas in processor and process till fine
Add in rest of ingredients and process further

Tahini sauce

1 tblsp tahini paste
¼ cup yoghurt
1 tblsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
Crushed black pepper

Mix above ingredients
Adjust seasoning
Add more water if too thick
Heat a waffle iron
Drop a spoonful into waffle iron
Close and allow to cook for about 5 - 8 mins or till golden

Serve with salad and tahini sauce



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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




Take an exercise – coffee break
(Post COVID-19, insha'Allah)

• Don’t just grab another coffee, get out and move first.. earn that coffee

• Meet your mates at the park for a quick walk, coffee catch-up to follow

• Try a double class at the gym. Grab a protein shake with coffee shot after

• Time for a break at the office? Stretch first, then coffee

• Take a walk to school for drop-off or pick-up, reward yourself with a coffee after




Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.




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The CCN Chuckle





A lost 5-year old Jallaludin Jr  is questioned by a policeman who is trying to find out where the young boy lives.


Policeman: "Where do you live?"


Junior Jallalludin: "With my parents."


Policeman: "Where do your parents live?"


Junior Jallalludin: "With me."


Policeman: "Where do you all live?"


Junior Jallalludin: "Together."


Policeman: "Where is your house?"


Junior Jallalludin: "Next to my neighbour."


Policeman: "Where is your neighbour's house?"


Junior Jallalludin: "If I tell you, you won't believe me."


Policeman: "Try me, please."


Junior Jallalludin: "Next to my house."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Say: "Not equal are things that are bad and things that are good, even though the abundance of the bad may dazzle you; so fear Allah, O you that understand; that [so] you may prosper."



~ Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:100


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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.



Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar is an American politician, serving as the US Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since being elected in 2019. Making history, she is the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen from the continent of Africa, and the first non-white woman elected from Minnesota. Omar is also one of the first two Muslim women, along with Rashida Tlaib, to serve in the US Congress. Not afraid of making controversial remarks on US lobbying and Israel’s influence in the US, Omar was recently attacked for her ‘controversial’ but truthful remarks:

"But it’s almost as if, every single time we say something regardless of what it is we say that is supposed to be about foreign policy or engagement or advocacy about ending oppression or the freeing of every human life and wanting dignity, we get to be labelled something, and that ends the discussion. Because we end up defending that and nobody ever gets to have the broader debate of what is happening with Palestine. So for me, I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”




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


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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






















Muslim Funeral Services (MFS) protocols for Funerals and Volunteers in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis

For up to date information, visit:

















The current information out there indicates that we should prepare ourselves for the long run and things will worsen in the coming months. Rapid changes have given rise to an air of selfishness where those who are able hoard leaving the rest to perish. We need to continuously adapt to these changes which can be challenging.

In response to the uncertainties that lies ahead, ICQ is planning to launch PROJECT HUMANITY.

The goal of this Project is to shift the focus from selfishness to selflessness by promoting a culture of positivity. The Muslim community has a wider array of skills and talents, which ICQ intends to coordinate and make services available to the people of Queensland.

LAUNCHING 27.03.2020




















































The Year of Endless Opportunities, Don't Miss Your OPPORTUNITY.

Make 2020 your year of the Quran.

Alhamdulillah, only for Brisbane residents are we so fortunate to have the ability to access Islamic Education on a variety of different platforms.
With registrations CLOSING SOON there are limited spots remaining until classes are at full capacity 2020 with both Full – Time and Part – Time close to capacity.

“The Quran Alive course is the culmination of over 14 years of research and development. Our Academy Alive scholars have tailored, refined and systemised our unique curriculum, producing world class standards of education to suit all learning styles."

View some of our success stories of our students of 2019. 2020 could be your year!

Registrations are closing soon – book a consultation call with our Imaams today by clicking the link below!



















Kuraby Masjid Needs YOU!

As part of the Masjid's vision to create an active, robust and thriving Muslim community, we are setting up various working groups.


These groups include (but are not limited to): Dawah, Technology & Social Media, Youth, Open Days/School Visits, Sisterhood, New Muslim Support.

Please go to the following website to register your interest:

If you would like to assist the Masjid in any other capacity, please contact us as per the details on our website.








































































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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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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118











Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




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




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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

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

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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


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