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The current Covid-19 pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of the world we live in. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Dean of Cambridge Muslim College, shares his perspective on this humbling phenomenon, one which is not unfamiliar to our Islamic tradition. He also highlights the beauty and healing of our religious practice and provides helpful suggestions on how to remain connected as Muslims.


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For the Ultimate Ramadan Preparation

With the uncertainty of the global pandemic, more and more people are looking for answers, and Muslims are not excluded from it.


Alhamdulillah, this pandemic has become a catalyst for the search of the truth and answers.


At Academy Alive we have recognise this need for answers and assurance, which is why we have created a live question and answer program for the public.


With the friendly and familiar faces of Sheikh Akram Buksh and Sheikh Luqman Najib, audience members are able to call in and have their questions answered directly, eliminating a waiting time.


Not only that, viewers are able to submit their queries live and interact directly with other viewers and Academy Alive team members.

As Ramadhan approaches, Academy Alive is ramping up their production quality, interactions and capabilities, bringing in special Imams to also answer questions directly from our live audience.


This interactive program has been running since the beginning of Sha’ban, and will continue until the last day of Ramadhan.


On top of that informative series, Hajji Hussin Goss from Gold Coast will also be hosting his show, discussing the daily matters and news in his unique and entertaining way. Of course, you will be able to call in and interact with him directly.

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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



Our meeting with Facebook and next steps



This week we met (virtually) with Facebook’s Director of Public Policy for Australia and New Zealand to begin talks, following our investigation into Facebook’s reporting tool on hate speech and far right extremist rhetoric. Our investigation, conducted jointly with Birchgrove Legal, found in 5 different public groups and pages, multiple instances of breaches that were then reported.

Of 71 reports, Facebook only took down 14. More of the half of the reports were met with a response that there was no breach of their community standards. We highlighted this problem in the media in the days before the one-year remembrance of the Christchurch massacre. And at the same time, wrote to Facebook, to alert them to this failure to moderate, and to seek a negotiation.

This week we had a brief initial discussion where Facebook reiterated their commitment to targeting hate speech on their platform. Without going into details, action was taken on the pages/groups highlighted in the investigation. They said that they found our investigation to be ‘tremendously helpful’ and pointed to this ‘escalation’ method as one effective way that they try to combat hate speech online. But of course it relies on community groups and civil society doing a tremendous amount of work. This escalation model doesn’t deal with the underlying systemic issues or existence of many hate groups on their platform that continue to this day.

They are presiding over a product that is causing injury to members of our community. So we have put forward some terms of how we would like to engage with them moving forward, in what timeframe, and what specifically we want to discuss.

Moving forward, we would like to tackle three fundamental problems. First is their inability to enforce their community standards with reliability. Second is their inability to pick up far right extremist content regarding Muslims and Islam. Third is their systemic overlooking of prejudice-based communities.

A search of Facebook will show a multitude of groups and pages that exist to demonise, dehumanise, show contempt for and advocate exclusion of Muslims. Online prejudice-based communities are particularly dangerous because their comment threads validate anti-Muslim prejudice and abuse as socially acceptable. This has real life consequences for Muslim Australians who are then abused in very public areas, especially women in hijab.

These online communities allow extremist ideologies to be socialised as mainstream opinion. For example, the extremist argument that as Muslims, we are having lots of children to establish a 'critical mass' and take over Australia. It is not a coincidence that a majority of targets of public hatred tend to be women and children- including the 38 week pregnant woman in Sydney. The xenophobic character and intensity of hatred in these incidents is shocking to us. But to the frightening number of ordinary Australians who consume continuous content from these pages and groups, we are nothing more than a sub-human parasite and threat.

Finally, their content goes un-moderated as only people of the same views tend to frequent those groups and do not report. Automatic detection techniques do not seem to be picking up comments on posts that need to be considered in context.

In our discussions with Muslim and non-Muslim actors active in the space of online harm and hate speech, we found there to be some common experiences in relation to their engagement with Facebook. We wanted to learn from this, but also consider how we could most productively engage with an organisation the size of Facebook and capitalise upon the signs of goodwill we’ve seen from their Australian leadership.

We raised the residual distrust and hurt that exists in our community knowing that Facebook live-streamed and facilitated the spread of the Christchurch terrorist’s evil, and the need to secure community confidence with whatever approach we took next.

There must be mutual benefit and value to this engagement. The Australian Government has asked digital platforms like Facebook to develop a code in regard to managing disinformation on their platform (e.g. false news). The NZ Royal Commission into the Christchurch Massacre is expected to hand down its findings quite soon. In the COVID-19 era, they are battling the danger of disinformation and misinformation. We can offer a unique and timely perspective, and expertise, on these systems. The ball is now in their court, and we look forward to hearing their intentions.




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


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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.



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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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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.



At the tender age of 10, Fatema Zahra Mithwani is an exceptionally talented and imaginative writer of poetry and short stories and a gifted memoriser of the Qur’an.


She is the winner of the Light of the Qur’an Poetry Competition in the 7–10 years age category for two consecutive years (2016, 2017).





In 2018, the youngster from Watford, Hertfordshire, won both the Young Muslim Writers Awards in the KS2 poetry category and the Poetry Zone Website 20th Anniversary Anthology Competition, the latter being organized by the acclaimed children’s poet Roger Stevens.


Fatema Zahra has also received awards for Qur’an memorisation, art, and mathematics.


Fatema Zahra aspires to become a memoriser of the Qur’an and an author and illustrator.





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Mahmood Madani


Secretary General of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind

Maulana Mahmood Madani is the Secretary General of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) and has gained influence for his forthright condemnations of terrorism and unfaltering support of the Indian Muslim community.

Lineage: Maulana Mahmood’s grandfather Maulana Syed Hussain Ahmad Madani was a great scholar of Islamic theology, teaching Hadith in Medina, and Deoband. He was the President of the JUH until his death in 1957 and was then succeeded by his son Asad Madani (the father of Maulana Mahmood), who was President until his death in 2006.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH): JUH was established in 1919 by leading Deoband scholars who argued for the concept of composite nationalism, believing that a nation should not be formed on the basis of one factor only (e.g. religion, ethnicity etc), but rather be based on many factors. Maulana Mahmood has striven to keep this concept alive amid all the turmoil of nationalistic politics in India. After graduating from Deoband in 1992 he became actively involved in the JUH, organising conferences and meetings across the country which saw a rapid rise in membership. He became the General Secretary of JUH in 2001, and continued to invigorate the organization. When his father passed away in 2006, a dispute arose between him and his uncle around the leadership of the org.

Activism: He has striven for Muslim rights in India and been outspoken in his opposition to the misuse of the term jihad as a tool of terrorism in India. Following fatal bomb blasts in 2008, he mobilised Darul Uloom Deoband institutions to host events condemning terrorism as inherently un-Islamic. This had a major impact in the community. He has been at the forefront of relief work (earthquakes in Gujrat and Kashmir), health and social development (Kashmir).




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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






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A third and most interesting example in Australia deals with the terror suspect Abdel Nacer Ben Brika, who was jailed for 15 years in 2010.


Ben Brika was initially interviewed on the program Today Tonight on commercial channel Seven, with concealed intent, as the program aimed to single out some elements of his speech.


His speech, introduced by the broadcaster, sets the scene after a scuffle that occurred between Ben Brika’s supporters and the media.


The presenter announces, “this is what they think of us, a law unto themselves outside Melbourne courts with charges laid, Australia was about to discover what Muslim Cleric Abdel Nacer Ben Brika has in store for us.”


With his limited command of English, and unaware the interview could incriminate him, Ben Brika states “anyone who fight [sic] for the sake Allah, the first, when he dies the first drop of blood that comes [sic] from him out [sic] all his sin will be forgiven.”

Richardson explains how ‘speech-acts’ can be manipulated to serve an ideological purpose.


This is problematic for some Muslim clerics who, when invited to present Islam’s stance on an issue, may be unaware of the real intentions of the interviewer or program.


Hence, the audience may perceive the interviewee’s stance as threatening and shocking. More eloquent clerics or sheiks such as Hamza Yusuf (formerly known as Mark Hanson) or Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) have rarely been invited to present their views about events.


Another example is with interviews with spokespersons for the Palestinian people who use fragmented and less eloquent English – usually with a heavy accent – compared to their Israeli counterparts, who are usually American graduates and highly fluent in English.


Hence, their arguments appear logical, persuasive and credible. For instance, a comparison could be drawn between the assassinated Al-Rantīsī, co-founder of the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas, and his Israeli counterpart Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. There is a strong negative link between speaking with a thick accent and credibility.


First, accents signal the speaker is an ‘out-group member’ and second, “accents are harder to process.” This “reduction of credibility may have an insidious impact on millions of people, who routinely communicate in a language which is not their native tongue.”



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5 Things Will Change in Ramadan 2020 Because of Coronavirus




1. The prayers and lockdown
This year, Muslims would be prevented from praying at mosques. Congregation prayers are even banned in the Gulf countries as people gatherings are strictly not recommended these days.

2. No i’tikaf within mosques during Ramadan 2020
As mosques would be kept closed, people won’t be able to follow i’tikaf at their local mosques. But women would be still able to perform i’tikaf prayers as they follow most of the religious prayers within their houses.

3. There won’t be any social gatherings
Also, people won’t be able to have gatherings and eat with their friends and acquaintances. Eid shopping will also be impacted. We won’t be able to meet our relatives after watching the sight of the moon in order to felicitate them about Ramadan.

4. 27th Ramadan
27th Ramadan, which is the night of blessings, won’t also be as regular as it was. Amid the lockdown to stay socially distant, lightening or the sermons at homes or at the mosques won’t be possible.

5. The Taraweeh prayers
With regards to the ban on congregational prayers, the Taraweeh prayers also wouldn’t stay intact. Sadly, “Taraweeh” in Ramadan 2020, which are the special evening prayers, won’t be followed within the mosques.

Thereby we can also conclude that we shall observe a different Eid day too, this year. The contagious viral pandemic has changed our lives in all the aspects that one isn’t able to predict the future.

We must be prepared for the unpredictable as there are currently no cure and drugs for coronavirus.

Muslims are only left with an option to pray inside their houses and ask Allah for His forgiveness.

We are suggested to seek Allah’s mercy to get through these difficult times. 





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If Saudi Arabia is forced to put the Hajj on hold, it will not be without precedent




An aerial view shows an empty white-tiled area surrounding the Kaaba in Makkah's Grand Mosque on March 6, 2020.

JEDDAH: Will the Hajj, which draws millions of Muslims annually to Islam’s birthplace in Saudi Arabia, be suspended this year owing to the global coronavirus pandemic?
That question had been uppermost in the minds of millions of Muslims worldwide even before a Saudi official asked them to put on hold any plans to perform the obligatory pilgrimage, scheduled to begin in late July.

“We’ve asked our Muslim brothers around the world to wait” before making Hajj plans “until there’s clarity,” Dr. Muhammad Salih bin Taher Banten, minister of Hajj and Umrah, told state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV in comments on March 31 that quickly bounced around the world.

He added: “We've asked the world not to rush with regards to Hajj groups until the path of the epidemic becomes clear, keeping in mind the safety of pilgrims and public health as a priority.”
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has taken the whole gamut of precautionary measures to control the spread of COVID-19 infection in Makkah and Madinah, yet a total of more than 480 active cases have been reported in the two holy cities so far.

Last month, the Kingdom suspended the Umrah pilgrimage until further notice, halted all international passenger flights indefinitely, and blocked the entry and exit to several cities, including Makkah and Madinah.

There have been 25 deaths reported among more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia.





In actual fact, the pilgrimage has experienced disruptions through the centuries due to circumstances beyond the control of Hajj authorities.

According to a report published by the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), the first time the Hajj was interrupted was in 930 AD when the Qarmatians, a syncretic branch of Sevener Ismaili Shiite Islam that revolted against the Abbasid Caliphate, attacked pilgrims on the eighth day of Hajj.

The report says the Qarmatians, convinced that performing the Hajj was an act of idolatry, killed more than 30,000 pilgrims that year, desecrated Makkah’s Zamzam well with corpses, and ran off with the Black Stone of the Kaaba back to Hajr (Qatif nowadays), their capital on the Arabian Gulf at that time.

On account of the bloody assault, the Hajj was not performed for another 10 years, according to the Darah report.

The next disruption happened in 968 AD, says the report, citing Ibn Kathir’s book “Al-Bidaya wan-Nihayah.” It said a disease spread inside Makkah and claimed the lives of many pilgrims.


At the same time, camels used for transporting pilgrims to Makkah died owing to a scarcity of water.
“Many of those who managed to reach Makkah safely could not live long after Hajj for the same reason,” according to the Darah report

Among those who came to Makkah to perform the Hajj in significant numbers were Egyptians.
But in 1000 AD, they could not afford to undertake the journey because of the high cost of living in the country that year.

Some 29 years later, no pilgrims from the East or Egypt came for the Hajj. According to the Darah report, in 1030 only a few Iraqi pilgrims managed to reach Makkah to perform the Hajj.
Nine years later, Iraqi, Egyptian, Central Asian and north Arabian Muslims were unable to perform the Hajj.

Dr. Emad Taher, head of the history department at King Abdul Aziz University, said the reason was political unrest and sectarian tensions.

Similarly, no one performed the Hajj in 1099 owing to fear and insecurity across the Muslim world as a result of wars.


Some five years before the Crusaders seized Jerusalem in 1099, lack of unity among Muslim rulers of the Arab region meant that no Muslims could manage to reach Makkah to perform the Hajj.
In 1168, Egyptians found themselves locked in confrontation with Kurdish Commander Asaduddin Shirkuh, who was hoping to extend the Zangid dynasty to Egypt. The situation naturally did not allow Egyptians to perform the Hajj.

The pilgrimage was again disrupted in the 13th century. The Darah report says no people from outside the Hijaz region could perform the Hajj between 1256 and1260.

French leader Napoleon Bonaparte’s military campaign in the Ottoman territories of Egypt and Syria from 1798 to 1801 made the standard routes to Makkah unsafe for pilgrims.

More than two centuries on, a global pandemic has cast a huge shadow of uncertainty on the Islamic pilgrimage.

Hani Nasira, an Egyptian academic and writer, said if COVID-19 cases worldwide continue to increase, a decision to halt the Hajj should come as no surprise.

“If imposed, such a decision will be wise and in full compliance with the Islamic Shariah, which basically aims to protect and preserve peoples’ lives,” he told Arab News.

“In the Holy Qur’an, Allah says, ‘and do not kill yourselves.’ Also, the Prophet Muhammad warned his companions against epidemics.


“Abdulrahman bin Awf narrated that the Prophet Muhammad had said, ‘if you hear of an outbreak of a plague in a land, do not enter it; but if that epidemic breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.’ This Hadith shows the significance of avoiding plagues.”
Nasira noted that the COVID-19 outbreak has claimed thousands of lives across the world and shows no sign of abating.

“The whole world is suffering from the swift spread of the coronavirus, which has filled people everywhere with unprecedented dread,” he told Arab News.

“With scientists having little information about the virus, a cure isn’t likely to come out soon, so the continuation of the situation makes suspending the Hajj necessary to protect lives.”
Nasira drew attention to the fact that some Muslim countries, including Iran and Turkey, are among the biggest casualties of the pandemic.

“We don’t want to add fuel to the fire. It’s illogical, and Islam also never accepts or approves that. If I were a mufti, I wouldn’t hesitate to call for a suspension,” he said.

Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, a researcher of Islamic studies, pointed out that the Hajj is not a limited ritual in the sense that it can be carried out at least once in the lifetime of an adult Muslim.
“Performing the Hajj isn’t limited to a specific time. An adult Muslim can perform the Hajj whenever he or she likes once they’ve reached the age of discretion,” he told Arab News.

“Prophet Muhammad, for instance, didn’t perform the pilgrimage in the first year the Hajj became a duty. He made his Hajj a year later,” said Al-Ghamdi, who specializes in Hadith and Islamic sciences. Like Nasira, he maintains that Islamic Shariah strongly backs public interest and wellbeing.

“In case of dire necessity, such as because of the spread of the coronavirus disease, political reasons or security compulsions, the Hajj can be suspended and this doesn’t contradict Islamic teachings,” Al-Ghamdi said. “The Almighty has ordered us to not expose ourselves to danger.”

Moreover, Al-Ghamdi said, the Hajj is founded in reason and logic, so if health officials find that a contagious sickness can cause deaths, preserving people’s lives is more important than the pilgrimage itself. “Nothing is wrong with this line of reasoning in Islamic Shariah,” he added.





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Pakistan is leading the way with its welfare state – the world can learn from its innovation     


Prime Minister Imran Khan's Ehsaas initiative is one of the most comprehensive welfare programmes ever undertaken by a national government


PAKISTAN: More than 50 years ago countries as far apart as Indonesia, Tanzania and Guatemala began to train local people as community health workers who can provide some treatments themselves and, as importantly, help their neighbours and communities prevent disease.

The idea took off and spread through low- and middle-income countries with Pakistan, for example, establishing a programme of Lady Health Workers. Health improvement starts in the community and if you tackle challenges at the source, whether it be health, education or skills training, it will have major health and economic benefits later. The community health worker model has been so successful that many years later it was picked up in high-income countries with New York, for example, now having a well-established network.

This community-based approach allows health, education and other social issues to be tackled together in a holistic fashion. Girls and boys who are healthy, for example, are more likely to get a good education and go on to be productive members of society and live healthy lives. The strongest systems work across sectors, breaking through barriers to drive programmes and solutions that touch on health, education, economic livelihoods and beyond.

This is why we should all be looking with particular interest at the work underway in Pakistan to build a sustainable welfare state. Called Ehsaas, which in Urdu literally means ‘empathy’, the new initiative is one of the most comprehensive welfare programmes ever undertaken by a national government, with an underlying ambition to create a social safety net for Pakistan that could transform the lives of millions. It is enormously wide-ranging and ambitious.

Despite some progress since the turn of the millennium, a quarter of people in Pakistan still live in poverty, with rates of rural poverty more than double those in urban areas. With one of the fastest growing populations in the world, Pakistan will have to create a million new jobs each year just to keep up with the number of young people entering the job market. Educational attainment is some of the worst in the region and health indicators are not promising, demonstrated by the fact that Pakistan is one of only two countries where the wild poliovirus remains endemic.

This is the context in which Ehsaas is seeking to end the cycle of poverty faced by many Pakistanis. Acknowledging that no single area will unlock this ambition alone, Ehsaas encompasses 134 policies that range from tackling corruption to creating educational opportunities to providing the elderly with decent homes.

The programme is led by Dr Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, who has been mandated by Prime Minister Imran Khan to work in partnership across multiple federal ministries that these policies will be driven by, as well with provincial governments who have devolved powers including on education and health. Without a multisectoral approach, it would not be possible to create the welfare state envisioned by Ehsaas.

The launch of a countrywide public consultation was particularly important as it was the first time a public policy in Pakistan had been developed in this way and demonstrates a new level of openness and transparency. Ehsaas’s impact will hopefully go much further than the borders of Pakistan. It will provide many lessons for low-, middle- and high-income countries.

As I argued in my book Turning the World Upside Down, development should not be seen as one-way exchange between the rich and the poor. We can and must all learn from each other. The UK's and other European welfare states that developed in the 20th century covered all sectors and have been very influential; but now our policy makers can learn from Pakistan’s more integrated and cross-sectoral approach with its emphasis on governance and empowerment and greater understanding of the role that gender and other factors play. Too often we are stuck in our silos and not taking this system wide approach.

We should seek to learn from the innovative approaches that Ehsaas plans to take to lift children out of poverty, to ensure girls get the same shot as boys in school and to ensure that millions of young people have both the skills training and a social safety net. This includes empowering the most marginalized women through the latest mobile technology and monitoring school attendance using biometric identification.

There is a long road ahead to achieve the ambitions set out in the Ehsaas programme, which is still in its infancy. Whatever the eventual outcome, it is encouraging to see a country with Pakistan’s potential setting its ambitions so high. As with the community health worker system that turned global health on its head, the breaking down of silos is a vital step in building a welfare state in Pakistan but also provides a blueprint for how other countries can ensure essential services for all.



AUTHOR: Lord Nigel Crisp was Chief Executive of the NHS and Permanent Secretary of the Department of health from 2000-2006. He is Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and Co-chair of the global Nursing Now campaign.

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British mosque turned into a coronavirus hospice to support efforts to fight the pandemic    



The Masjid E Ghosia in Bolton, UK, is turning into a hospital to help coronavirus patients.


The mosque in Bolton is being transformed into a hospice for coronavirus patients


UK: Mohammed Jiva has rallied his community to help turn the Masjid E Ghosia mosque in the northern industrial town of Bolton into a 55-bed hospice for end of life patients.

It comes as venues across Britain are being turned into military hospitals and ice rinks are being used as temporary morgues as the nation prepares for a peak in cases.

When his local mosque was closing due to the UK’s lockdown rules, Dr Jiva contacted his colleagues at Bolton Hospital, Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE, Dr Sharif Uddin and Dr Rauf Munshi, to see if it would be possible to use the mosque’s large hall as a hospice facility.

“The mosque has a large hall, which is used for weddings and events, which would be just sitting there empty,” he told The National.

“As the mosque’s medical officer and seeing what is happening at the ExCel and GMEX conference centres, I knew here in Bolton we would still have a major issue of how we look after the ill.

“The local hospital will struggle on where we can place end of life patients. I spoke to consultants at Bolton Hospital and another GP. We came together to look at how to turn the site into end of life care and to offer a 24/7 package of care.

“We put out a call for volunteers and got a great response with more than 60 people both young and old offering to help. Local dentists are helping to run the infection and control side.”

He expects to see the first patients coming into the mosque in the next two weeks, however, the doctors are still looking for volunteers to help the plans to go forward.

“We are needing builders’ merchants to help us with the materials that will enable us to section off each compartment so the patients have dignity,” Dr Jiva added.

“It’s important as we do not want patients seeing the person in the next bed dying. It will be staffed by local GPs.”

The Bolton Council of Mosques is supporting the initiative.

Said Mohammed Akuji, a trustee from the Council of Mosques, said: "Straight away we thought it was a fantastic idea and a great way to give back to the community.

"We thought how can we utilise this rather than just leaving it as it is, especially at a time when we really need something like this

"It's our way to help everybody in the community.”

In neighbouring Manchester, the Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium has opened its doors to the NHS as a training centre and conference centre the GMEX is being turned into a military hospital.

On Tuesday, Prince Charles, who has recently recovered from coronavirus, praised initiatives like Dr Jiva’s and the volunteers involved, describing their actions as “truly wonderful”.

In a video released on Twitter, he said: “It has been so wonderful to see just how many across the UK have signed up in their hundreds and thousands to be NHS volunteers, offering their help to do whatever they can to provide support to those on the frontline.”

The UK government issued new advice on funerals on Monday due to the risk that the virus could be transmitted to mourners and from the deceased person.

Faith leaders and funeral directors have been advised to restrict the number of mourners and limit them to close family members.

In addition, the guidance advises that since there is a small but real risk of transmission from the body of a deceased person, mourners are strongly advised not to take part in any rituals or practices that bring them into close contact with the body of a person who has died from or with symptoms of coronavirus.

Mohamed Omer, board member of Gardens of Peace, said: “We welcome the new guidance and would like to reiterate that it is essential that we maintain social distancing at all times, including at funerals.

“We should also severely curtail the numbers who attend the funerals so as to ensure that staff working at burial sites and others are protected. If circumstances dictate then we should contemplate, as hard as it may seem, no attendees at funerals.

“It is also welcoming to note that we can perform our ritual wash as long as we observe the necessary precautions of wearing the right PPE and follow the process included in this guideline.” 




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Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic:
“Respect and Understand Your Children”.

Children often do as we do, not as we say. It is vital that first we respect and understand them before we expect them to respect and understand us. As parents, we may have the benefit of age, experience and sometimes vocabulary, however, we too are children at the core of our being and we have the ability to relate to most or all of the emotional ups and downs that our children experience daily.

We expect our children to respect us. The real question is: Do we respect our children? And what do we say or do in order to display that respect?

Respecting anyone means to have regard for their feelings, rights and wishes.
When you respect, you are one step closer to understanding. When you understand someone, there is no room for assumptions or accusations.

Take a moment and ask yourself when was the last time you displayed regard for your child’s feelings, rights and wishes? How did you display it?

Having an attitude of respect and understanding is not the same as practising them. As parents, it is vital that children actually see us practising respectful words and respectful actions towards them and others.

10 ways to display respect and understanding

1. Talk to them. Put away your gadgets, look them in the eye and verbally connect with them. A great way to start is to ask an open ended question which invites an elaborate answer. For example, “What were some of the things that you did today or that happened today that made it a wonderful day for you?
2. Listen when they reply. LISTEN. Do not formulate a response while they are speaking. Do not cut them off while they are speaking. Become fully engaged. Observe their body language. A lot is communicated through body language.
3. Always compliment a good behaviour. If the behaviour has been negative, look for moments when they are silent and compliment on their efforts to refrain from the negative behaviour. For example, “I am very pleased with you that you are trying your best to respect our agreement on Internet use.”
4. Speak well about those they love. For example, you may not be close to your in-laws but that does not mean your child has to inherit your opinions about them. Respect their love for them. Speak well about those they love.
5. Respect their fears and sentiments. Fear is very real to the person experiencing it. You do not have to encourage it but you need to show sensitivity that it is real to your child. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about your exams. I used to be the same. I know how you feel. I understand. I am so pleased that you are trying your very best. That is all that matters. Allah rewards efforts not results. Keep doing your best.”
6. Do not bring up past behavioural issues when addressing a new issue. Telling them you can no longer trust them because they lied to you last year about a fake Facebook account is NOT going to resolve anything. Instead, have a respectful discussion about having boundaries around internet usage.
7. Show good manners so that they can emulate good manners. Saying “Please”, “Thank you”, “I’m sorry” to your child does not mean you are weak. In fact it displays good manners and your child will learn to treat you and others with the same respectful manners.
8. NEVER laugh at their mistakes, NEVER belittle them and NEVER insult them. Doing these will hurt them and scar them for life. You only have to access your own unhealed childhood pain to realise that somewhere deep inside you is a memory of an adult who may have laughed at your mistake or insulted or belittled you.
9. “I am big, you’re small...I’m right, you’re wrong” - NEVER imply or say this. Your children are human beings created by ALLAH and deserve the same respect and joy as you or any other human being on earth does. They are neither beneath you nor above you. They deserve equality the same way you do.
10. Explain yourself clearly when you set boundaries. If you need to prohibit something, get them to sit and discuss the best strategies that will benefit the entire family. Show them you treat them with fairness and that it is a home with love and understanding, not a house with a “dictator”.

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Forty Days



Michaela M. Ozelsel




This is a woman's firsthand account of a Sufi halvet, a forty-day retreat conducted in complete isolation, along with strict fasting from sunrise to sundown. Voluntarily confined to a sparsely furnished room amid the bustle of Istanbul, Michaela Özelsel will occupy her time with reading the Qur'an and works of Rumi and Ibn 'Arabi, and with praying and practicing the powerful Sufi exercise known as zhikr, the rhythmic repetition of names of God or other sacred formulas, accompanied by movements of the head or body.

In intimate detail Dr. Özelsel shares her experiences as she strives to attain true "Islam" in its meaning of surrender or unconditional acceptance of the will of God. Her daily journal ranges over the frustrations of noisy neighbours, power outages, and a poorly heated room; her inner longings, doubts, and memories of the life course that has brought her to this moment; and the most inspirational philosophical insights, dreams and visions, and ecstatic raptures.

The second half of the book is devoted to the author's psychological and cultural commentary on her experiences, including observations about the methods of Sufi schooling, sexuality and spirituality, and the relationship with the spiritual guide. Forty Days is unique in the literature of spiritual education because it is informed by her knowledge of contemporary research from several disciplines, thus creating a bridge between ancient wisdom and scientific investigation.



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English Translation of the Qur'an
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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
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From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
I, Migrant: A comedian's journey from Karachi to the outback

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: These fritters are ideal in Ramadaan, it can be made in advance and frozen. When thawed and reheated in the oven its as if it has just been made. Great served hot with a sauce of your choice.


Zucchini and Corn Crumpets




1 cup grated zucchini
½ cup corn kernels
1-tab olive oil
¼ cup polenta or mealie meal
¾ cup besan flour
¼ cup semolina
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp crushed jeeru (cumin)
1 tsp crushed dhana (coriander) seeds
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ground chillies
1 medium onion grated (squeeze out the water)
1 egg
1-tab lemon juice
Chopped dhunia (coriander)



Combine all ingredients together and mix well.
On a tawa or griddle place I tab of the mixture, flatten it and allow to cook for a minute and then turn over and cook on the other side.
Ideal as a savoury with chutneys.



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Set a routine that includes time for exercise.

Now, more than ever it is important to make time for you.


Take a quick walk in the morning to plan your day and clear your head.


You’ll feel better and it will set the tone for your day.

Don’t over-think things.


Keep your routine simple & tick as many boxes off as you can…


If you can’t quite get everything done, you can always keep going tomorrow.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth. Whether you show what is in your minds or conceal it, Allah calls you to account for it. He forgives whom He pleases, and punishes whom He pleases. For Allah has power over all things.


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:284


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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.

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