EST. 2004


Sunday 5 April 2020 | Issue 0804



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As the world faces the greatest disruption of our lifetimes, Muslims throughout the world are also grappling with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the Islamic cultural, spiritual and theological dimensions offer Muslims myriad ways of coping.

Adapting to new social norms

Muslims have relatively large families and tend to maintain extended family relations. Prophet Muhammad encouraged Muslims to keep strong family ties. The Quran inspires Muslims to be generous to kin (16:90) and treat the elderly with compassion (17:23).

These teachings have resulted in Muslims either living together as large families or keeping regular weekly visits and gatherings of extended family members. Many Muslims feel conflicted about the need to apply social distancing on one hand and the need to be close to family and relatives for comfort and support. Tighter restrictions on movement in some parts of Australia (NSW and Victoria) mean Muslims, like everyone else, are not allowed to visit extended family anymore.

One of the first changes brought about by social distancing has been to the Muslim custom of shaking hands followed by hugging (same gender) friends and acquaintances, especially in mosques and Muslim organisations. After a week or two of hesitation in March, the hugging completely stopped, making Muslims feel dismal.

Visiting the sick is considered a good deed in Islam. However, in the case of COVID-19, such visits are not possible. Checking up on those who are sick with phone calls, messages and social media is still possible and encouraged.

Cleanliness is half of faith


One aspect of coronavirus prevention that comes very naturally to Muslims is personal hygiene. Health organisations and experts promote personal hygiene to limit the spread of coronavirus, especially washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

Islam has been encouraging personal hygiene for centuries. The Quran instructs Muslims to keep their clothes clean in one of the earliest revelations (74:4), remarking “God loves those who are clean” (2:222).

More than 14 centuries ago, Prophet Muhammad emphasised “cleanliness is half of faith” and encouraged Muslims to wash their hands before and after eating, bath at least once a week (and after marital relations), brush their teeth daily, and to groom their nails and private parts.

Read more: In spite of their differences, Jews, Christians and Muslims worship the same God

Additionally, Muslims have to perform a ritual ablution before the five daily prayers. The ablution involves washing hands up to the elbows, including interlacing of fingers, washing the face and feet, and wiping the hair.

While these do not completely prevent the spread of disease, they certainly help reduce the risk.

An interesting detail is that Muslims are required to wash their genitals after using the toilet. Even though Muslims use toilet paper, they are required to finish cleaning with water. This requirement led to some Muslims installing bidet sprayers in their bathrooms.

Closure of mosques and Friday services

Congregational prayers in mosques are important for Muslims in instilling a sense of being in the presence of the sacred, and a sense of being with other believers. Accordingly, they line up in rows with shoulders touching. This arrangement is extremely risky during a pandemic. Australian mosques are now closed because of coronavirus.

Deciding to skip optional daily congregational prayers was not too difficult for Muslims, but stopping Friday prayers has been more challenging. Friday prayer is the only Muslim prayer that has to be performed in a mosque. It consists of a 30-60 minute sermon followed by a five-minute congregational prayer conducted just after noon.

Stopping Friday prayers on a global scale has not occurred since it was introduced by Prophet Muhammad in 622, after he migrated to the city of Medina from the persecution he and his followers endured in Mecca.

Iran was the first to ban Friday prayers on March 4. While countries like Turkey and Indonesia tried to continue Friday prayers with social distancing, it did not work, and soon the entire Muslim world closed mosques for prayer services.

Fortunately for Muslims, the closure of mosques does not mean they stop daily prayers altogether. In Islam, individual prayers and worship play a greater role than communal ones. Muslims can pray five times a day wherever they are, and often home is a place where most praying takes place.

The void left by ending of Friday sermons in mosques has been filled to some extent by Friday sermons offered online.

Effect on Ramadan and the annual pilgrimage to Mecca

Two of the five pillars of Islamic practice are the fasting in Ramadan and the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Ramadan is only three weeks away. It starts in the last week of April and goes for a month. During this month, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and marital relations from dawn to sunset on each day of the month. This part will not be affected by COVID-19.

Read more: Millions of Muslims prepare to perform the hajj amid calls for a boycott

What is affected are the evening breaking of fast dinners (iftar) and daily evening congregational prayers (tarawih). Muslims generally invite their friends and family members to these dinners. In Western countries, the invitations include non-Muslim acquaintances as well. Islamic organisations have already announced the cancellation of iftar dinners.

The three-day end of Ramadan festive celebrations (eid) will also be limited to family that live together.

The impact on pilgrimage is far greater.

The minor (and optional) Islamic pilgrimage (umrah) happens throughout the year, intensifying near Ramadan. With Iran a hot spot for coronavirus, Saudi Arabia suspended entry to Iranian and all other pilgrims as early as February 27.

The main pilgrimage (hajj) season occurs in late July. Although there is the possibility of the spread of the virus slowing by July, a pilgrimage involving more than two million people from just about every country on earth would almost certainly flame the virus into a second wave. Saudi Arabia is likely to cancel the main pilgrimage for 2020.

In the 14 centuries of Islamic history, pilgrimage has not been undertaken several times because of war and roads not being safe. But this is the first time in pilgrimage may be called off due to a pandemic.

As pilgrims reserve their spot and pay the full fee months ahead, the cancellation of hajj would result in losses of savings for millions of Muslims and cause massive job losses in the pilgrimage industry.

The balance between precaution and reliance on God

An early debate in Muslim circles around coronavirus has been a theological one. Muslims believe God created the universe and continues to actively govern its affairs. This would mean the emergence of the virus is an active creation of God.

So like some other religious groups, some Muslims argue that coronavirus was created by God to warn and punish humanity for consumerism, destruction of the environment and personal excesses. This means fighting the pandemic is futile and people should rely (tawakkul) on God to protect the righteous.

Such thinking may help in reducing the sense of fear and panic such a large-scale pandemic poses, but it can also make people unnecessarily complacent.

The vast majority of Muslims counter this fatalistic approach by arguing that while the emergence of the virus was not in human control, the spread of disease certainly is. They remind us that Prophet Muhammad advised a man who did not tie his camel because he trusted in God: “tie the camel first and then trust in God”.

Prophet Muhammad sought medical treatment and encouraged his followers to seek medical treatment, saying “God has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it, with the exception of one disease—old age”.

Further, Prophet Muhammad advised on quarantine:

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

Sometimes affliction inevitably comes our way. The Quran teaches Muslims to see life’s difficult circumstances as a test — they are temporary hardships to strengthen us (2:153-157). Such a perspective allows Muslims to show resilience in times of hardship and tribulation, with sufficient strength to make it to the other side intact.

In times like this, some people will inevitably lose their wealth, income and even their lives. Prophet Muhammad advised the grieving that property lost during tribulations will be considered charity, and those who die as a result of pandemics will be considered martyrs of paradise.

As Muslims continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, they, like everyone else, are wondering how their lives might be changed afterwards.

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Brisbane Muslim Charities COVID-19 Response

Muslim Aid Australia (MAA), Muslim Charitable Foundation, Brothers in Need, and MAA's Women's Forum are working together in Brisbane to provide essential supplies to those most vulnerable, including the elderly, those in self-isolation, and families in need of assistance.

They have already begun with collecting grocery items, purchasing, and distribution of food hampers.

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 Coming together to make Face Masks









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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of a wage subsidy for Australian workers.


ICQ stated in a press release:

This is a right step forward in keeping an estimated 6 million Australians connected to a job.


However, there are more than 1.5 million people left out. Most of these workers are considered residents for tax purposes, and they pay taxes as Australians while not receiving benefits that other Australians receive.


At this time when our health and welfare are so obviously tied to that of the person next to us, this is a problem for all of us.

We want to see the wage subsidy extended to all, including casual workers, temporary visa holders and undocumented workers.

There is no reason to exclude those who have lost their jobs. Keeping workers with temporary visas will benefit us in rebuilding our economy faster once we overcome the stagnation related to COVID-19.




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SAUDI ARABIA: Mecca under 24-hour curfew to contain coronavirus


Saudi Arabia is telling Muslims worldwide to suspend Hajj plans amid the Covid-19 pandemic


Saudi Arabia has imposed a 24-hour curfew over Islam’s holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, as it fights to contain a Covid-19 outbreak.

“The complete, round-the-clock lockdown in the cities of Mecca and Medina, effective today until further notice, is part of the government’s efforts to curb the impact of the novel coronavirus,” said interior ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Talal al-Shalhoub.

The kingdom earlier this week raised the possibility of canceling Hajj, the pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites obligatory for every Muslim once in their lifetime.

The government has meanwhile instructed residents of Mecca and Medina to “self-quarantine.” They may only leave their homes in case of emergency, and only between the hours of 6am and 3pm.

While he referred to the measure as “precautionary” it is the most severe curfew nationwide. Even Shiite-majority eastern regions, isolated citizens brought the virus back from Iran, have curfews beginning at 3pm.

Mecca and Medina have the largest concentration of new infections, according to the Saudi health ministry, which flagged nearly 100 fresh cases on Thursday.

The coastal city of Jeddah was another hotspot, with 30 new cases.

Saudi Arabia, a country of some 33 million people, has recorded a total of 1,885 cases. The neighbouring United Arab Emirates has more than 1,000 cases, while Iran has more than 50,000.



SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia to Muslims: Hold off on Hajj


Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj has called on Muslims to hold off on planning the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca while the kingdom – and the world – deals with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Dr Mohammed Saleh bin Taher Benten called on the countries of the world to be patient in concluding pilgrimage contracts for this year, until the path of the epidemic and its present and future impact will be clear,” the Saudi press agency reported overnight.

Saudi Arabia has thus far recorded more than 1,500 cases of the novel coronavirus and had 10 deaths.

Early on in the outbreak, the kingdom took the decision to close the gates of Mecca out of fear it could become a new epicenter for the virus, as happened in Iran’s holy city of Qom.

Visa fees already paid by pilgrims would be refunded, the Hajj minister told Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ekhbariya TV.

He further assured the public that hotels being used for quarantine would be carefully inspected by the Health Ministry before any resumption of pilgrimages.

Last year, nearly 2.5 million people performed Hajj, one of the obligatory pillars of Islam. More than 1 million of those pilgrims arrived from Asian (non-Arab) countries.

This year’s Hajj was meant to take place from July 28 to August 2.

Its likely cancellation will be a financial blow to Saudi Arabia, which can count on the annual pilgrimage for billions in revenue.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in particular, sees religious tourism as key to his plans for the post-oil world.

His Vision 2030 blueprint calls for a ramping up Hajj attendance nearly threefold, to 6 million people.








BRUNEI: Devout at a distance in contagion-hit Brunei

Muslim nation quickly dispensed with notion it had divine protection against Covid-19 and implemented a model pandemic response

A Muslim worshiper dons a face mask amid Covid-19 worries in Brunei.

SINGAPORE – When Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah delivered an address at the opening of Brunei’s annual legislative session on March 9, he expressed gratitude to “God” that his nation remained free of Covid-19 infections. At the time, the oil-rich Borneo sultanate was still one of the last countries in Southeast Asia without a confirmed case.

The monarch began an otherwise down-to-earth speech on the economic repercussions of the viral global pandemic for energy-dependent Brunei by ascribing the Islamic nation’s virus-free status to divine “protection” gained through prayer.

“Brunei is constantly praying, in our mosques, houses and assemblies. With continued prayers, Brunei will continue to receive divine blessings and protection,” said the sultan, one of the world’s few remaining absolute rulers, in his speech officiating the Legislative Council (LegCo) sitting.

Hours after his speech, Brunei confirmed its first Covid-19 case.

Within days, there were dozens of new cases linked to Bruneians returning from a mass gathering of pious Muslims in Malaysia organized by the missionary Tablighi Jamaat movement in late February, Southeast Asia’s largest coronavirus cluster to date with confirmed infections in multiple countries.

A fast uptick in cases sparked alarm and panic buying at grocery stores and led to Brunei prohibiting citizens and foreign residents from going abroad on March 15. The country then sealed itself off entirely, with all land, sea and air entry points closed on March 24.

At present, Brunei has 133 confirmed Covid-19 cases with one death recorded.

But the situation was quickly brought under control. Brunei was among the first nations to introduce travel restrictions on affected countries and temperature screenings for inbound travellers. By early February, authorities began readying quarantine shelters capable of accommodating more than a thousand potential patients.

Observers say the wealthy sultanate’s handling of the pandemic has been robust and transparent, despite the adoption of drastic and arguably draconian measures.

Mosques, suraus and prayer halls across the country have also been shuttered and are likely to remain closed in the near-term.

Places of worship and prayer facilities were initially set to remain closed until at least April 6. But in a press briefing on April 2, Health Minister Mohammad Isham Jaafar said the government would only ease Covid-19 restrictions, including mosque closures, after 28 consecutive days with no new cases recorded.

“Unlike Singapore, Brunei was initially reluctant to close mosques and cancel Friday prayers,” Müller said, though precautions such as closing mosques for disinfection and cleaning were taken. “But once the case numbers grew, the government eventually declared that Friday prayers at mosques were not religiously obligatory for the time being.”

Brunei’s ruler, in a televised speech addressing the Covid-19 situation on March 22, called on the public to remain calm and exercise responsibility to prevent wider spread of the pneumonia-like illness.

As believers, said the sultan, Bruneians are required to undertake prayer and devotional acts while at home rather than at mosques to curb the contagion’s spread.

“This is where our culture is different, we know this pandemic does not exist by itself but comes from our creator. Nobody among us knows why it came,” the 73-year-old monarch said. The country’s Ministry of Religious Affairs has since reiterated calls for the public to undertake pious acts and religious deeds in order to obtain God’s protection.








India and Pakistan crack down on Muslim group emerging as COVID-19 cluster

NEW DELHI/LAHORE: India and Pakistan sealed off centres belonging to a Muslim missionary group on Tuesday and began investigating how many coronavirus cases were linked to its activities.

Tablighi Jamaat is a Deobandi Sunni Muslim missionary movement that preaches worldwide. Every year, tens of thousands attend its congregations in the Pakistani city of Lahore and other parts of South Asia.

India has so far registered 32 deaths from 1,251 confirmed infections, and Pakistan 20 from 1,914.

The numbers are small compared with the United States, Italy or China but health officials say both countries have weak public health systems that could be overwhelmed by a surge in cases.

New Delhi’s city administration has flagged a Muslim quarter where the 100-year-old group has a branch as a coronavirus hotspot after dozens of people tested positive for the virus there and at least seven died.

Authorities said people kept visiting the centre, in a five-storey building in a neighbourhood of narrow, winding lanes, from other parts of the country and abroad, and that it had preached sermons to large groups despite government orders on social distancing.

Hundreds of people were crammed into the building until the weekend, when authorities began taking them out for testing. More buses arrived on Tuesday to take them away to quarantine centres in another part of the city.

“It looks like social distancing and quarantine protocols were not practised here,” the city administration said in a statement.

“The administrators violated these conditions and several cases of corona-positive patients have been found ... By this gross act of negligence, many lives have been endangered ... This is nothing but a criminal act.”

Authorities are trying to trace the movements of people who had gathered at the Tablighi centres in Delhi and Lahore and the people who were exposed to them.

In Pakistan, the Lahore Tablighi centre was sealed off and dozens of other preaching centres across the country were placed in quarantine after 143 Tablighi members tested positive and three died, officials said.

Media said the cases included Tablighi members from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan and Saudi Arabia.










Turkmenistan bans use of word 'coronavirus,' threatens jail for anyone wearing a mask: watchdog group

TURKMENISTAN: Don't even mention "coronavirus" by name in this former Soviet Republic, otherwise you could end up in the slammer.

The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has banned the media from using the word "coronavirus" and threatened harsh punishments for those caught talking about the global pandemic.

According to international media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders, the gas-rich nation is treating COVID-19 like it does not exist.

The France-based group said Tuesday that the autocratic ex-Soviet nation made sure the word also was removed from health information brochures distributed in schools, hospitals and workplaces.

According to reports from Radio Azatlyk, authorities have also forbidden people to wear face masks under the threat of jail time.

“The Turkmen authorities have lived up to their reputation by adopting this extreme method for eradicating all information about the coronavirus,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.

Plainclothes police officers reportedly listen to people's conversations in lines, at bus stops and on buses.

Cavelier added that the denial of information "endangers the Turkmen citizens," while reinforcing the strongarm of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.







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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.



Manage Anxiety with Faith  





The Art of Surrender...a guided meditation





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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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Acknowledging the contribution of Muslim doctors    




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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


Dorking-based Patricia Parker MBE, is the founder and CEO of Kids for Kids, a UK charity which provides aid to Darfur, Sudan.


Kids for Kids has transformed the lives of over half a million people living in 100 villages in North Darfur, providing sustainable projects that communities identify and run themselves.


One of Patricia’s first encounters with poverty in 2001, in Darfur moved her to return to the UK to raise funds.



In six months £54,000 was raised to install a hand pump for a village and to purchase livestock for the most afflicted.


Through the work of Kids for Kids, children were able to attend the local school during the day because they no longer had to walk miles across the desert to fetch water.


In the UK, Patricia raises awareness of the plight of others through her presentations at schools throughout the country.




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



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The 2020 Muslim 500







Munira Qubeysi


Leader of the Qubeysi Movement

Munira Qubeysi is the head of the largest women-only Islamic movement in the world. It offers Islamic education exclusively to girls and women. Qubeysi commands around 80 schools in Damascus alone, teaching more than 75,000 students. She is one of the most significant Islamic scholars in the world; her movement focuses on learning the Qur’an and six Hadith collections by heart. Qubeysi is arguably the most influential Muslim woman in the world, albeit in great discretion.

Female Muslim Order: At a time when clandestine meetings of Islamic organizations are proscribed in Syria, Sheikha Qubeysi’s network, the Qubeysiat, has legally been permitted to host classes and meetings in mosques since 2006—although they had been operating as a secret society for long before that time. Members of the Qubeysiat are provided a unique role within Arab society as scholars and teachers exclusively catering to the needs of Muslim women; they provide an open forum to address religious questions and discuss religious issues.

Milestones in Islamic Education: Qubeysi is influential as the leader of an incredibly successful educational movement. The religious education of women had previously been neglected so the emergence of a female-specific educational initiative has become very popular, making the Qubeysiat, in numbers, the leading Islamic movement in Syria. Qubeysi’s students are also at the forefront of a significant achievement in Islamic history in regards to education—no less than 70 Qubeysiat have memorized nine canonical books of Hadith with extensive chains of narration.





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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






...continued from last week's CCN


More recently, moral panic has been exacerbated by the simplistic association of criminality with the Arabic language, and of Islam with terror groups.


In a few recent occurrences, Muslims were prevented from travelling by air after being viewed with suspicion and reported by fellow passengers when they heard ‘dangerous’ Islamic expressions such as Insha Allah – ‘God willing’.


The criminalisation of Arabic is the new face of Islamophobia and “in the past, skin colour and other signs of faith, such as facial hair, have been used as profiling tools, language has now joined them as a new profiling index.”

Muslims are seen as threatening and undermining Western values. They “appear as a corrosive influence, refusing to integrate, and undermining national values.”


This moral panic is exacerbated by media reporting. Media – “the CNNs and Foxs of this world” – has played an important role in demonising Muslims and inflaming anti-Muslim sentiment.


For instance, in the United Kingdom, 74 per cent of British people assert they know almost nothing about Islam and what is even more astounding is that 64 per cent of the population formulate their opinion on Islam solely on the media.

The media discourse is often carefully crafted and suitably conveyed.


There is a plethora of examples of this type of biased reporting; for instance, in the aftermath of significant events, media outlets seize any opportunity to associate acts of violence with an Islamic celebration.


For instance, on Australian commercial channels (namely channels Seven, Nine and Ten), one finds a terrorist act is conflated with an Islamic event, such as Eid celebrations.


Another notorious Australian example is the pack rape committed by the Skaf brothers; immediately after the event, media rushed to a Lakemba mosque in Sydney to solicit information from worshippers about the stance of Islam towards rape.


This attempt to associate the Islamic faith with the acts of ‘lone-wolves’ is subjective and likely to demonise Islam and Muslims further.



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




How corona is changing funeral rites, mourning and grief




LONDON: When Fuad Nahdi (pictured above), a journalist, interfaith activist, and prominent figure in the British Muslim community, died in London on Saturday after suffering from long-standing health issues, there was a global outpouring of grief, foreign media reported.

Death in the Islamic tradition is a communal event. Muslims typically gather to perform a funeral prayer led by an imam with the deceased laid in front of the congregation. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, lockdowns worldwide have changed the way people mourn, reports the international media.

In the United Kingdom, social gatherings are banned, but unlike the case in Italy, funerals are not prohibited. Even so, there are new restrictions on the number of attendees - though the government has yet to specify what that figure is, and authorities have advised against wakes. Usually, hundreds if not thousands attend the funeral of a prominent Muslim figure. But on Tuesday, only 20 members of Nahdi's family said final goodbyes in person.

The internet, however, offered some solace to others. From Kenya to Malaysia, thousands watched Nahdi's funeral as it was streamed live on Facebook.

"There is no God but God," the pallbearers said in Arabic as they carried Nahdi's coffin, draped with a green velvet cloth bearing a bouquet of tulips.

Nahdi's family and the funeral directors wore masks in an attempt to protect themselves and others from the pandemic that has so far killed almost 800 people in the United Kingdom.

"It's really difficult to wear a mask when arranging funerals and dealing with family members," said Hasina Zaman, the cofounder of Compassionate Funerals, who prepared the burial. "We've come to this point where we're so separated by our grief through death," Zaman said. "We can't show compassion in the way we handle the deceased or relate to the family."

New measures

Zaman described the government's guidelines on funeral restrictions as vague, saying there was currently a disproportionate "focus on the living instead of the dead".

Among undertakers, she added, there was confusion over whether the virus is still active after an individual has died. Following advice from the Muslim Council of Britain that ghusl, the bathing of the deceased, can be performed if funeral directors wear personal protective equipment, Zaman said she still does the ritual.

"But I think that will become nonexistent as the week goes", she added. Mansur Ali, a lecturer in Islamic studies at Cardiff University, said the British Board of Scholars and Imams was now referring to "seldom-used points of Islamic law related to funerary rites".

For instance, ritual bathing will no longer have to be performed, and body bags can be used to replace the kafan, or white burial shroud. Several Muslim funeral directors have already taken measures to prevent the risk of transmission.

"They're putting the deceased into a plastic body bag, they perform tayammum [wiping over the body bag], put the body into a coffin, and it's straight to the graveyard," Zaman said.

The pandemic has ended communal prayer and congregational funeral gatherings at many major churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. In Iran, one of the world's worst-hit countries, burial rituals have been abandoned, with families barred from cemeteries and bodies buried without undergoing ritual bathing. The United Synagogue, a union of Orthodox British Jewish synagogues, announced on Wednesday that stone-setting ceremonies will be postponed.

All cemeteries have been shut and those sitting shiva, the seven-day period of mourning, have been advised that they cannot have visitors. In Ireland, the Irish Association of Funeral Directors advised undertakers not to embalm the deceased, and to hold closed-coffin funerals instead of open-casket events.





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I’m a nurse; how am I to pray when I’m handling COVID-19 cases?

By Farwina Faroque




With these pandemic outbreaks spreading throughout the world, frontliners from medical teams to delivery services to cashiers, cleaners, police officers, fire fighters – just to name a few – are skipping their rest to help fight these outbreaks.

What if you’re a nurse or a doctor who can’t have your 5 times a day break for prayers (salah)? Do you skip the salah? It’s pretty difficult to take wudu (ablution) so many times when your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is limited and there’s no excuse but to use as much protection as possible when you’re dealing with cases that are being brought upon you.

Is it permissible for a nurse or a doctor to combine the prayers (Jama’) ? A medical doctor by the name of Dr Jefri Irwan Harris shared the rukhsah (concession) regarding this matter.

Yes, it is permissible to combine (Jama’) the salah

Jama’ (جمع) is an act of combining two prayers. The two prayers that are permissible to be combined are Zuhr and Asr, Maghrib and Isha. Fajr (Subh) prayer is not included. To combine prayer means to complete four rakaah of Zuhr, and next to add four rakaah of Asr during either Zuhr or Asr time. It also means to combine three rakaah of Maghrib and next to add four rakaah of Isha during either Maghrib or Isha time.

This will ensure that the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) won’t be over used as it can only be used once.

And what about....

Combine (Jama’) the salah
Renewing wudu without removing socks, shoes or even hijab.





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Working remotely??? This is for you!! 
By Amber Kamran- Freelance Career Advisor - Electrical Engineer



If you will ask someone, who played a major role in developing an innovative work platform, where employees can work remotely, the answer is COVID!

As per current situation more than 80% office workers are working from home and trying to settle with their new routine. As many of us are not used to work from home, we are managing hindrances like resources, tools, software, work space and distractions around us. I believe these things are manageable, you can buy a comfortable table and chair, connect another screen with your laptop or install different software and use multiple medium for communication.

The most important hindrance is, how to “switch off”. What will happen ? When your work set up is in front of you all the times and you are staying and not leaving the place. The chances are that you will continue and try to finish because you are not leaving the work place.

These tips worked for me , so I’m sharing for others:

1- Set up a dedicated work place/ table not in your room , rather in a separate room or another place in your house . So you can leave This place after finishing your work.

2- Start your day with at least one official call or meeting per day. This will help you be switched on and concentrate on the work . This concentration will help you finish your necessary task on time and you will be ready to leave the time on time.

3-Take breaks for tea/ coffee / snack like you were doing at work to keep your brain working.

4- Maintain the same schedule for the start and end time.

5- Switch off the computer after finishing work or hide it so there is no chance of checking work emails after work time.

6- Just like you start your day with a routine . End it the same way. Go for a walk or ask your family member to start some activity at your home time at the time of leaving office, this will help you leave the place. Of course, you need fresh air to keep yourself healthy.

7- Make a TTD thing to do list, for the next day before leaving your work, considering what you can do in 8 hrs, the next day. Now this organisation will help you to control your working hours.

We all know future of the organisations will depend on flexible and remote working. Now it’s time for us to organise our future.


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OnePath Network’s flagship podcast for busy English-speaking Muslim mothers, in the hopes to inspire and help them through the journey of motherhood.
Hosted by Jana Abdulaziz and Dahlia Saddiq

Jana has a BA in Media and Communication and she is currently finishing her Masters of Counselling at Monash University. Jana has been a journalist at OnePath Network since 2017. She is a mother of 2 boys and is currently a homeschool mum. Jana always strives to share and speak about women’s issues in the community and is always searching for opportunities to learn new things.

Dahlia has completed her BA in Psychology/Arts, She is also a registered life coach and journalist. Dahlia has been working closely with the community for the past 8 years through weekly Islamic lectures (halaqah). She is certified in marriage enhancement and divorce prevention. She is a mother to 3 beautiful children and she is always happy to help others while juggling her different roles.







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'Healthy' NHS nurse, 36, dies after contracting coronavirus     


Walsall Manor Hospital nurse Areema Nasreen has died after contracting the coronavirus 


UK: A "fit and healthy" NHS nurse has died after battling the coronavirus.

Mother-of-three Areema Nasreen, 36, had been in a critical condition at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands where she worked.

Her condition improved slightly last week however she died in the early hours of Friday morning.

In a tribute posted on Facebook, her friend Rubi Aktar said: "My beautiful best friend Areema Nasreen has just passed away. My heart is broken. She fought and fought but Allah decided to take her.

"She was the most loveliest, genuine person you could ever meet, she went above and beyond for everyone she met.

Speaking to Birmingham Live on Sunday, her friend Kazeema urged everyone "to take coronavirus seriously".

She said: "I want everyone to know how dangerous this is. My sister is only 36 and is normally fit and healthy.

"She is young - it is not just the elderly who are at risk."   



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Anguish as Sri Lanka forces Muslims to cremate COVID-19 victims    



Out of the four people who died due to COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, two were Muslims who were cremated [ Al Jazeera]


SRI LANKA: The forced cremation of two COVID-19 infected Muslims in Sri Lanka has sent shock waves among the minority community, which accused the authorities of violating Islamic burial rites.

Bishrul Hafi Mohammed Joonus, a 73-year- old man from the capital Colombo who died of COVID-19, was the second Muslim to have been cremated in the Indian Ocean island nation, which has registered 151 cases so far.

Bishrul's son Fayaz Joonus, 46, said his father who had a kidney disorder tested positive for the virus about two weeks ago. He died on April 1 and was cremated the following day.

Fayaz said they could not perform congregational funeral prayers, called the Janazah, for his father due to fear of infections.

"My father was taken in a vehicle under the supervision of the police force and was cremated. We did some prayers outside the morgue, but it was not a Janazah that us Muslim typically do," Fayaz told Al Jazeera.

"The government needs to make arrangements for us Muslims to be able to bury our loved ones in accordance with our Islamic burial rites."

"If there is an option of burial, our government should accommodate. Cremation is not the only option, we want to bury our loved ones as per the Islamic way," he told Al Jazeera.

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health on Tuesday issued COVID-19 guidelines saying the standard procedure of disposing bodies should be cremation. It reversed an earlier guideline that allowed traditional Muslim burial.

It also said the body should not be washed and placed in a sealed bag and a coffin, as against the Islamic practice of washing the body.




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Malaysian ministry apologises for 'avoid nagging' lockdown tips    


Citizens mocked advice for women to wear makeup, dress neatly and not nag husbands


Doraemon, a Japanese robo-cat anime character: imitations of its squeaky voice were suggested.


MALAYSIA: Malaysia’s government has apologised after its advice for women to wear makeup and not nag their husbands during the coronavirus lockdown sparked anger and mockery online.

The country has ordered citizens to stay at home to stem the spread of Covid-19. In a series of Facebook posts, the women’s ministry offered tips on how wives should behave while the restrictions were in place.

One now-deleted post showed a picture of a couple hanging clothes, next to a caption that urged women to “avoid nagging” their husbands – and to imitate the squeaky voice of Doraemon, a cartoon robot cat from Japan that is popular across Asia.

Other posts advised women working at home to wear makeup and dress neatly rather than in casual clothes.

There was anger and disbelief over the posts, with one social media user asking: “How will dressing up and putting on makeup at home [prevent] Covid-19? Pray, tell?”

The women’s ministry apologised and conceded the advice may have offended some people. It pledged to “remain cautious in future” but claimed the suggestions were aimed at “maintaining positive relationships among family members during the period they are working from home”.

There have been concerns over a surge in domestic violence worldwide caused by the stress of confinement, with experts suggesting job insecurity was increasing the likelihood of conflicts.

A government-run helpline in Malaysia for vulnerable people, including those affected by domestic abuse, has reported a more than 50% increase in calls since the lockdown began on 18 March, local media reported.



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





Princess Lakshman


Princess R. Lakshman is a writer, poet, life coach, and spiritual counsellor. She lives in Brisbane, Australia. Her website is

















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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.

Harmony in Marriage During Covid-19 Isolation

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 past few days have seen an increase in hostility between married couples due to the isolation period. There is an immense need to pause and reflect on one’s intentions. Despite the hundreds of religious texts, practices, self-help books and podcasts that teach us ways to demonstrate love, compassion, care, and kindness, marital problems continue to soar. What exactly are we failing to understand about human connection and soulful companionship?

From my experience as a relationships counsellor, I feel that the main issue is that we use words without practising the essence of those words. For example, we use words like love, kindness, compassion, empathy, and so on, but we don’t really understand how to translate these words into action.

Take the following example: The wife is taking a nap while the husband decides to surprise her and clean the pantry as he is bored during the lockdown. However, when the wife wakes up she finds that the pantry is not arranged in the same way as before. She tells him off, abuses him. Another example is that the husband is spending all his time on the phone instead of helping with household chores. And yet another example is that both the husband and wife are constantly trying to find fault with one another through incessant arguments, bickering and nagging.

These examples show what love doesn’t look like, what compassion doesn’t look like, what respect doesn’t look like and what kindness doesn’t look like.

So, what does love, compassion, kindness and respect look like? How does one translate these words into action?

It is in your tone. It is in your gaze. It is in your touch. It is in your ability to hold space while you listen to your spouse’s words without judgment or reaction. It is in your expression of gratitude, first and foremost, for everything your spouse is doing for you. It is in your choice of words - are you accusing or seeking clarification? Are you name-calling? Are you blaming? Are you using respectful words, kind words and speaking them in a kind, respectful tone?

Love, kindness, compassion - these are just empty words unless you translate them into deeds that are in harmony with the essence of these words.

These are challenging times, no doubt. We don’t need to make it any worse with our ugly thoughts, words, and deeds. 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.

One Simple Strategy
Have at least one hour everyday with your spouse where you are not on any gadgets - no phones, tablets, laptop, smart watch or TV - nothing that you are wired to. Just try to be in each other’s company without depending on any external forms of connection. Try to soulfully connect with each other. Hold space for an organic conversation to happen and flow with that. Hold space for your spouse to speak while you listen, without interrupting even once. Make this a daily tea time or coffee time or juice or smoothie time, whatever you both prefer. Learn to once again be with each other and learn to enjoy being with each other.

Allah bless you marriage and keep you safe and healthy. Remember, marriage is all about daily efforts of kindness, compassion, patience and respect.

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








Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power



Aisha Ahmad




For two decades, militant jihadism has been one of the world's most pressing security crises. In civil wars and insurgencies across the Muslim world, certain Islamist groups have taken advantage of the anarchy to establish political control over a broad range of territories and communities. In effect, they have built radical new jihadist proto-states.

Why have some ideologically-inspired Islamists been able to build state-like polities out of civil war stalemate, while many other armed groups have failed to gain similar traction? What makes jihadists win?


In Jihad & Co., Aisha Ahmad argues that there are concrete economic reasons behind Islamist success. By tracking the economic activities of jihadist groups in Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, Mali, and Iraq, she uncovers an unlikely actor in bringing Islamist groups to power: the local business community.

To illuminate the nexus between business and Islamist interests in civil war, Ahmad journeys into war-torn bazaars to meet with both jihadists and the smugglers who financed their rise to power. From the arms markets in the Pakistani border region to the street markets of Mogadishu, their stories reveal a powerful economic logic behind the rise of Islamist power in civil wars. Behind the fiery rhetoric and impassioned, ideological claims is the cold, hard cash of the local war economy. Moving readers back and forth between mosques, marketplaces, and battlefields, Ahmad makes a powerful argument that economic savvy, as much as ideological fervour, explains the rise of militant jihadism across the modern Muslim world. 




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English Translation of the Qur'an
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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: This is the single most requested recipe at a Thai Restaurant, but now you can create your own with your own level of spiciness and how creamy you want your sauce to be.


Thai Green Curry




500 g mix of chicken and thigh fillet
2 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp crushed ginger
1 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp salt
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
1 tsp crushed cumin seeds
Pinch of turmeric powder
1-tab ghee or coconut oil
1 can coconut milk
Juice of half a lime
Chopped fresh coriander
1 tab flour mixed with water


1. Heat the coconut oil and braise the cumin seeds and then add the remaining spices and braise for another minute.
2. Add the chicken which has been cut into bite size curry pieces and allow to cook until done.
3. Add the coconut milk and allow to simmer.
4. Add chopped coriander and allow to simmer further.
5. To thicken, mix one tab flour with a little water and add to the pot.
6. Allow to simmer further until the curry thickens.
7. Before serving add fresh lime juice.
8. Serve hot with Jasmine Rice



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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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Cooler months = Gym time
(Post COVID-19, insha'Allah)


When the weather starts to cool, aim to keep moving.


Head into the gym for some serious sweat sessions.


This is the time when we tend to slack off when it comes to exercise, so stay on top of your fitness routine and keep showing your body the love.


Summer bodies are built in winter.


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The CCN Chuckle





A flustered Mrs. Jallalludin complains to her less than helpful husband: "I've been ironing clothes.... washing windows .... scrubbing floors............and you just sit there waiting for me to bring you a snack!"


"What does that say about you!", she cries.


Jallalludin: "I'm patient."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






And whatever you spend in charity or devotion, be sure Allah knows it all. But the wrong-doers have no helpers.


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:270


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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.



Abu Uthman Amr (Al-Jahiz)

Abu Uthman Amr, also known as Al-Jahiz, was a renowned theologian and one of the most important writers in Islamic history. Born in Basra in modern day Iraq in the 9th century, Al-Jahiz wrote some 200 books over the course of his life, on subjects that included Arabic grammar, zoology, poetry, lexicography and rhetoric. He also wrote a famous book on Black Africans, praising their courage, generosity, nobility and cheerfulness, while also discussing how the colour of skin was simply a natural outcome of environmental circumstance, dispelling racist myths on why Africans had darker skin.

"Ikhlaas is to forget the vision of the creation by constantly looking at the Creator."



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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.

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Make 2020 your year of the Quran.

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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.

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