EST. 2004


Sunday 19 April 2020 | Issue 0806



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Ramadan Timetables

The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column

Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column

HAI helping the locals in the time of need


The CCN Chuckle

ANIC Coping with the Coronavirus

Back to the Future with CCN

The CCN Food for Thought

Delivering food hampers in the Gold Coast

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Saudi Arabia to suspend Taraweeh prayers in Ramadan

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


 Women Acknowledging Women Award

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Greater acceptance among coronavirus masks

 The CCN Classifieds


Refugee who developed virus-resistant super-seeds

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


ANIC Funeral and Burial Guidelines

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer


KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook


Keeping Fit with Kareema

Useful Links


Donations & Appeals



Real chat with Rita

Write For Us

Your Mosque needs you  

RAMADAN 2020/1414

Story time by Toledo Society

Latest Equally Worthy Newsletters



The (UK) Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2020 shortlist

The 2020 Muslim 500 





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As you know our government has ordered all elderly and vulnerable (such as those who are immunocompromised) to stay at home due to the Corona Virus pandemic, with the help of our food and essential packages, the groups mentioned don’t need to risk going out for a minimum of two weeks, reducing their chances of exposure to the virus.


Moreover, those who are financially struggling due to job loss, reduced work hours and other reasons can benefit by providing for their family for 2 weeks with our packages.

On Saturday the 11th of April, a group of volunteers helped pack over 100 Covid-19 food and essentials packages at the Human Appeal Australia Queensland (HAA QLD) Office at Slacks Creek Masjid. The packages included staple food such as long-life milk, cereal, rice, flour, pasta, honey, biscuits and tea to name a few along with essentials such as hand sanitiser.


On the following Tuesday, HAA QLD Officials Dr Zakaria Amin and Dr Humanyun Kabir alongside volunteers Hamza Djojic, Ayman Ali and Uzair Shuaib drove down to the Gold Coast to deliver the food and essential packages.


Most were picked up by those who were young or had been struggling from the Gold Coast Masjid, where strict social distancing measures were in place for everyone’s safety. And a few of them were dropped off to the houses of the elderly and sick so they need not leave their houses.

Together we as a community can work together to ‘Flatten the Curve’ and reduce the spread of the Corona Virus. As Australians, we can support one another to make sure we all get through this difficult time with ease.


Help the elderly and vulnerable by making sure they stay indoors and send them supplies, and aid those who are financially struggling. To make a donation towards our Covid-19 Food and Essentials Package, please visit the Human Appeal Website at or call the QLD office on (07) 3493 4222.




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RAMADAN 2020/1414






















Ramadan is fast approaching, and without a doubt, this will be a Ramadan different to any other Ramadan the world has experienced before. With coronavirus looming over our shoulders, we can choose to make the most of this very unfortunate situation by uplifting ourselves spiritually and mentally.


Academy Alive have you covered this Ramadan with a jam packed 24 hour live stream. Our team have been busy in the background, making sure you can make the most of this blessed month.   

Returning by popular demand, is Imam Akram’s Q&A every night at 6:30pm. Co-hosting with Imam Hakim Najib, this live program allows viewers to call in and have their questions answered directly.


The respected scholars from the Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) will keep you spiritually uplifted with their episodes covering varying Islamic topics.


Stay informed with The Working Hour, hosted by Hajji Hussin Goss and Sheikh Luqman Najib. Coming live to you every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings, you’ll be kept informed and entertained with the latest news and daily matters. Tune In, give us a call and tell us what’s on your mind.


Keep your kids occupied with Academy Alive’s Ramadan Children’s program. Children will be entertained with our educational programs. We have cooking shows, arts and craft and many more programs lined up to keep them busy during Ramadan.

Allow this Ramadan to be your best Ramadan with Academy Alive.

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An aerial view shows deserted streets in the Saudi holy city of Mecca on April 8

Suspension of group prayers at mosques will not be lifted until end of coronavirus


SAUDI ARABIA: The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance announced that Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan will only be performed at home as the suspension of prayers at mosques would not be lifted until the end of coronavirus.

Al Riyadh newspaper quoted Dr. Abdul Latif Al Sheikh, Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, as saying: “The suspension of performing the five daily prayers at mosques is more important than the suspension of Taraweeh prayers. We ask Allah the Almighty to accept Taraweeh prayers whether held at mosques, or homes, which we think is better for people’s health. We ask Allah the Almighty to accept prayers from all of us and protect humanity from this epidemic that hit the entire world,” Al Sheikh clarified.

In line with the instructions and precautions issued by the Ministry of Health and relevant authorities, five to six people from the deceased’s family are to perform funeral prayers for the dead, Al Sheikh said. “This is a precaution in line with the prohibition of gatherings, so that funeral prayers take place at cemeteries should not exceed five to six of the deceased’s relatives, and the rest pray at their homes, he emphasised.

Al Sheikh confirmed that funeral prayers are not greater than obligatory prayers, so it is possible to pray individually, as more important is that there should not be a large number of people gathering in the same place, where it would be possible to transmit the infection.





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Rozanna Alameddine is a Consultant Pharmacist/Hospital Pharmacist (B.Sc M.Pharm AACPA MSHP)

Rozanna is a superwoman frontline worker whose day to day work during this pandemic involves:

-Managing medication supply chain disruptions to ensure vital medicines are reserved for our hospital and community patients.

-Providing a reliable source of information to educate and reassure patients about the current pandemic.

-Providing a referral pathway for vulnerable patients to access government funded medication management and home delivery services.

-Working collaboratively with GPs and nursing staff to deliver the best possible health outcomes through urgent amendments to the legislation to ensure a streamlined process for delivery of prescription medications.

-Taking part in intensive COVID-19 specific training and ICU up-skilling programs.

Authenticity underpins all the pursuits and connections that Rozanna makes both personally and professionally. Her mission to educate and empower people in medicine management is driven by a belief that the best health outcomes are achieved when there is connection with and compassion for our patients.

We salute your work Rozanna!



Rima Darwiche is a Clinical Research Manager at WalteR and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne and is currently involved in managing a large scale COVID-19 treatment clinical trial involving around 14 different clinics/hospitals.

Rima at the urging of the a Federal Health Minister has just set up a clinical trial using Hydroxychloroquine (an age-old therapy used as anti-malarial agent) as a prophylactic (preventative measure) to protect frontline healthcare workers.

Rima hit the ground running and in just under 6 WEEKS (a record time, the trial has begun. Rima has been working around the clock to secure the drug for the trial which is in high demand since President Trump publicised Hydroxychloroquine as a cure for the infection. While these claims are being made, we need the evidence and this trial will do just that whilst protecting our health care workers.

Rima’s team is working 24/7, weekends and public holidays to make this happen. Apart from this drug study and clinical trial, our HCW only have personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and gowns to protect them from COVID19.

We applaud heroes like Rima for their groundbreaking work!




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Americans began donning face masks this week after federal and local officials changed their position on whether face coverings protect against coronavirus.

This is new terrain for many, who find themselves unable to recognize neighbors and are unsure how to engage socially without using facial expressions.

But not for Muslim women who wear the niqab, or Islamic face veil. Suddenly, these women – who are often received in the West with open hostility for covering their faces – look a lot more like everyone else.

‘Everyone suddenly understands it!’
Now, in an unexpected turn of events, people across the West are jogging in face masks and grocery shopping in bandannas tied across their mouths. That’s making public life in the niqab much more pleasant, say Muslim women.

“There’s a marked difference to the way I’m being perceived. Nobody is giving me dirty looks because of my gloves and the covered face,” said a woman I’ll call Afrah, from the the U.K., in a Facebook Messenger chat. “Everyone suddenly understands it!”

“I was wearing a handcrafted niqab today and it was amazing,” Jameelah wrote to me from France, where the niqab is legally banned in most public spaces. “Because of the situation, I didn’t receive malicious glares.”

Fashion designers are even trying to make face coverings look stylish – an effort that has Muslim women long perceived a security threat rolling their eyes on social media.

Rumana, a Muslim from Croatia, told me that the growing acceptance of face covering has helped her overcome a reluctance to use the niqab.

“I am usually an anxious person who doesn’t like to attract attention so that was always the biggest issue. Now that face coverings are seen everywhere,” she says, “I have finally found the courage to wear it.”


Even some non-Muslims are interested in the niqab as a means of protecting against coronavirus.

Afrah, from the U.K., told me that her non-Muslim aunt wants to use a niqab now because she finds regular face masks uncomfortable. And Sajida, an American Muslim, spoke of a convert friend whose father – a vehement critic of Islam and believer in anti-Muslim conspiracy theories – now encourages his daughter to wear a niqab to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The niqab alone is not sufficient protection against influenza-like viruses because it is not airtight. Mosques are warning women who wear the niqab to additionally wear a mask underneath for more effective protection. However, the niqab, like any cloth face covering, is likely to protect others from the wearer’s sneezes if worn snugly around the eyes, ears and nose.






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 Plant virologist Dr Safaa Kumari discovered seeds that could safeguard food security in the region – and risked her life to rescue them from Aleppo



Dr Safaa Kumari’s seeds are resistant to the climate-fuelled viruses that have destroyed crops of pulses in Syria.


The call came as she sat in her hotel room. “They gave us 10 minutes to pack up and leave,” Dr Safaa Kumari was told down a crackling phone line. Armed fighters had just seized her house in Aleppo and her family were on the run.

Kumari was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, preparing to present a conference. She immediately began organising a sprint back to Syria. Hidden in her sister’s house was a small but very valuable bundle that she was prepared to risk her life to recover.

Kumari is a plant virologist. Her work focuses on a quiet yet devastating development crisis. Climate-fuelled virus epidemics affecting fava beans, lentils and chickpeas are spreading from Syria to Ethiopia, gradually destroying the livelihoods of low-income populations. Known as “poor man’s meat”, these pulses are vital for both income generation and food security in many parts of the world.

Finding a cure was urgent, Kumari explains. Hopeless farmers were seeing increasing levels of infected crops turning yellow and black. The cause? “Climate change provides aphids with the right temperatures to breed exponentially and spread the epidemics,” she says.

For 10 years, Kumari worked to find a solution. Finally, she discovered a bean variety naturally resistant to one of the viruses: the fava bean necrotic yellow virus (FBNYV). “When I found those resistant seeds, I felt there was something important in them,” says Kumari from her lab in Lebanon where she now works. Only the fighting in Syria had moved. “I had left them at my sister’s in central Aleppo to protect them from the fighting,” she says.

Determined not to let a war get in the way of her work “for the world’s poor”, Kumari felt it her duty to rescue the seeds in Aleppo. “I was thinking: how am I going to get those seeds out of Syria?

“I had to go through Damascus, and then drive all the way to Aleppo. There was fighting and bombings everywhere.” After two days’ driving along dangerous roads, seeds in hand, Kumari made it to Lebanon, where she now works as a researcher at Icarda (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas) in the Bekaa valley, close to the Syrian border. Hassan Machlab, Icarda’s country manager says: “Many of the Syrian scientists we welcomed here have suffered. It is tough.”

But bringing the seeds to safety was only the beginning. Kumari needed to turn them into a sustainable solution.

As crop production collapsed in the region, producers started to rely heavily on insecticides. “Most farmers go to the field and spray it without safety material – masks and appropriate jacket,” she says. “Some are dying, others are getting sick or developing pregnancy issues.”

At first, the sample failed. “So we crossed them with another variety that had a better yield and obtained something that is both resistant and productive,” says Kumari. “When we release it, it will be environment-friendly and provide farmers with a good yield, more cheaply and without insecticide.”



Seed samples in the laboratory.


Kumari now plans to distribute her super-seeds free to farmers. She has already turned down an offer from a large company for the virus detection technology.

“They wanted to buy our product and then sell it to the farmers, but we refused,” says Kumari. “Ours is free. It’s our responsibility to provide our solutions to people everywhere,” she says.

But, as for many Syrian refugees, the war is never far from her thoughts, “Something she won’t tell you is that it wasn’t easy for her,” says Machlab. “She was working on all this and she didn’t have a clear mind as her family were in Aleppo and her house was destroyed.”

Kumari adds: “Last week I saw my family in Turkey. I have five sisters and three brothers, scattered in Germany, Turkey, Syria. The last time we met was in Aleppo in 2012. When I came back someone told me ‘Safaa, you’re looking great today!’ Of course, I had just spent time with my family again!” she says, laughing.

But she adds: “It’s not easy for me, it’s not easy for a woman to work on agriculture (research). It’s not easy, but it’s OK.

“When I’m working, I’m not thinking I am a Syrian or a woman though. But I do feel I sometimes receive funding [from westerners] because I’m a woman,” she says. “Perhaps!”

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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



Can we start talking about the education system?




I was a high school teacher for just over two years and I’m not sure I can ever go back. It’s not the kids, or my colleagues, or the constant deep end experience. They’re things I actually loved. It was the dreaded Monday afternoon staff meeting. Oh just a meeting, you say? This was not your ordinary afternoon meeting!

It will begin with a hundred hot, exhausted teachers, who’ve most often been running on empty all day, piling into adjoined classrooms within minutes of the bell. Heads of Department will stand at the front, checking the time every minute, poised over a keyboard, ready to detonate a series of announcements via power-point.

They will always begin with the question, ‘what went well today?’ to try to cajole this mass of forlorn beings into thinking that their opinion matters. Wearily, these teachers will stare blankly into space. You will wonder about the teachers who’ve been there for 10 years, 20 years. How did they do it? Are they superhuman, or seriously mentally unwell? One will tell you their secret: Teflon-coat yourself, they say, so it all just slides off.

Then would begin the true innovation of the Monday afternoon, your ‘design sprints’. Let me explain; an entrepreneur bottled the ‘agile’ method of the tech industry world and sold it to schools as a method of ‘revolutionising’ the way teachers collaborate and innovate. As someone who is married to a tech industry guy who is all about the stand ups and scrums, and who taught grade 8 geography students how to run a scrum throughout their final 8-week project, I’m all into it – if it’s something you’re doing every day. But 30 minutes once a week between teachers who rarely see one another? How effective can that design sprint be? Most of the teachers have no idea what management is talking about, but the best of them can make it appear as if they do.

There will be moments of internal flitting rage where you will want to jump on top of a desk and yell at the top of your lungs, ‘Leave us be!’ But of course you never will (although, you kind of wish that you did just to feel human again – just imagine).

The Monday afternoon meeting is only starting to build momentum. You then begin a 15 minute ‘burst’ of professional development. I’m not talking about a cool refreshing fruit burst that one longs for a hot summer day. Think more about power-points and piles of photocopied academic material being tennis balled at your face. Thankfully you’ll be allowed to stay in the same spot for this one.

It’s time to hear about the next random experiment in ‘fostering teacher excellence’ that senior management want to trial because apparently it’s what us teachers asked for, and they have some money to spend on it, and they want to know what we think as ‘teachers need to drive this’, as long as it looks and sounds exactly like what they already have planned. They show us the ‘data’ from the first few months of the trial and after admitting it is pretty much useless, want our creativity to ‘grow the project’. Barely an eye will flicker in the room. This is a perfect time to be Teflon-coated. You raise, ‘what about that awesome project that Jack created and is working on? Couldn’t you just support that with some action research.’ Management will look at you blankly – such is the disconnect between the amazing innovation of teachers and the reality of those on the hill.

So now the sludge, formerly known as Monday afternoon teachers, will slide into the final chapter of this wondrous journey – an all staff meeting in the gym hall, where you will hear from the Principal, who presides over the mother of all power-points. There will be an overbearingly loud inspiring video of flying geese, or soldiers falling out of a tank, or babies making a mess, without any discernible point, and you will be prepared with your noise cancelling headphones. At the end of this whirlwind experience, you’ll be grateful to pack up your own chair, and escape from this mangled mess of human shells.

For this is the rub about Monday afternoon meetings. They could just offer those two miserly hours to exhausted teachers to organise their week and collaborate organically as teaching professionals, but instead, they are micro-managed, shuffled about like industrial vessels to be filled to the brim.

Teachers are not staying on, if they do stay on, they suffer under intolerable conditions for someone who is carrying out a job of that complexity. The whole system is overrun by bureaucrats who believe the key to addressing relationship breakdown, poor staff morale, bullying and bad classroom behaviour, student disengagement, and low academic scores – are more power-points and meetings and acronyms. When all this system mostly needs is trust in teacher professionalism, proper time to prepare for their classes, and much smaller class sizes.

Now I was only there for 2 years, and maybe that one school experience was not representative of all schools. But can I ask, rather than counting down the days until self-isolation and home-schooling is over, can we start talking about this education system? 




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


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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.


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



Jameel Mohamed-Hussain attends a mainstream school in Birmingham with a resource base for the visually impaired.


Complications following an operation meant that he could not regularly attend the first year of school. Until 2017, he was fed through a tube due to difficulty with chewing.


Jameel’s teachers and parents strove to maintain his education and Jameel now reads and writes using Braille.


His world is what he can touch, feel, and hear, and he regularly surprises those around him with his displays of knowledge — not just spelling and arithmetic — but also memorisation and recitation of the Qur’an which has impressed competition judges.





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Mustafa Hosny



Mustafa Hosny is a televangelist and Islamic preacher who presented his first show in 2004 and has gone on to become a household name.

Changing Careers: Mustafa Hosny started his career in sales after obtaining a BA degree in Business from the Ain Shams University in Egypt. He changed careers to become a full-time preacher after he received a Certification from the Institute of training preachers, an affiliate of the Ministry of Awqaf (Egypt).

Preacher: Mustafa Hosny delivers sermons and lectures worldwide and currently presents more than 13 programs on TV and radio channels. He also delivers weekly sermons and lectures at Yousef El Sahaby and El Hosary mosques as well as delivering the Friday sermons at Al Bilal Mosque compound in Mokattam twice a month in Cairo.

Humanitarian: Some of his activities include combating drug addiction amongst youth. He is a supporting member for the Children’s Cancer Hospital campaign in Cairo, and delivers seminars and campaigns for the “Life Clear of Smoking Association” in Egypt. He also supports blood donation campaigns.

Social Media: He has nearly 52 million followers on different social media platforms in addition to 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube. His YouTube videos have over 287 million views. His daily advice and softly spoken words endear him to the public and account for his continued influence.




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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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Language and power are interrelated dimensions and power commands the structure of discourse. Institutions “have considerable control over the shaping of our routine experiences of the world and the way we classify the world.”


Language can be used to control the masses, manipulating the truth by omitting it, cutting it, emphasising marginal details or by ignoring what matters. Journalism is “about bravely finding the facts and delivering them to the public with neutrality so that the truth can be known,” but reality dictates otherwise.


Machin emphasises a point “that news footage we see, should be thought about first not as about representing reality but as the products of an institution.”


Machin and Jaworski develop this further:

When the events in the world are chosen as news they need to some degree fit in with such existing accepted discourses or news frames such as terrorism. So, we can think of the archive as providing visual realizations of particular established discourses. The owners of the archive might argue that rather than being political, they are supplying what customers require.

For instance, crimes such as theft or cheating on the welfare system are usually associated with the working-class. However, these are rarely interpreted as the inevitable outcome of inequality in wealth distribution, government policies and privatisation.

Machin explains succinctly the three main criteria for a news item to be qualified as newsworthy: personalisation, dramatisation and fragmentation.19 With personalisation, significant events such as famine get extraordinary attention when a famous pop star or actor visits an impoverished nation.


Dramatisation occurs when reports of a terrorist group are associated with archival footage of their alleged training. With fragmentation, the whole picture of an event is often reduced and decontextualised. For instance, terrorism is not linked to biased foreign policy and poverty is not related to the greed of major corporations who want to control developing nations.


Machin points out that “news outlets that are part of massive corporations will be unlikely to be critical of views that are favorable to corporate capitalism.”20 This view is supported by Mayr, who states “they [institutions] have considerable control on the shaping of our routine experiences of the world and the way we classify the world.”

So far I have outlined the main arguments put forward in the general and academic narratives on Islamophobia. The internal dimension to how Muslim scholars view this phenomenon will now be theorised and considered.


The paper aims to answer three interlocking questions: First, how is Islamophobia conceptualised within the binary notion of ‘US’ versus ‘THEM’? Second, how does the Muslim view differs from the ‘Western’ and Orientalist perspectives on Islamophobia? And third, what are the identifiable variables that are used to fuel Islamophobia? The paper will also suggest some strategies to combat and lessen the impact of Islamophobia.



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




‘God Created the Virus. But Now He Has Lost Control.’

Opinion by Mohammed Hanif, THE NEW YORK TIMES



Pakistan’s government is dithering in the face of the epidemic because it’s not sure what to fear the most.


Pakistanis at Friday prayer in Karachi on March 27 despite an official curfew designed to limit attendance.

KARACHI, Pakistan — Is the coronavirus an expression of God’s wrath, a punishment for our sins or, as some of us believers like to think, merely another sign that He is testing us? I’ll address later the godless anthem that insists this epidemic is about nature healing itself, because matters of God are urgent and they might be getting us killed at the moment.

Until a few years ago, Fridays in Pakistan were an occasion to remember God’s grandeur and His kindness, as well as the terror exacted in His name. We used to get together in mosques for weekly prayers, and regularly mosques used to get blown up. Security guards were posted at the entrances, and the terrorists were hunted down or made peace with. But the mosques were never shut down.

And so last month, as the first Friday after the coronavirus’s arrival in Pakistan approached, the government dithered: Can you close the mosques during an outbreak? You can shut down McDonald’s — yes, even home deliveries — but the mosques? Wouldn’t that be like declaring war on God?

But maybe it’s God who has declared a war on us? Or is this epidemic just a test? How can anyone be sure?

The first wave of coronavirus cases arrived in Pakistan in early March with pilgrims returning from Muslim holy sites in Iran and Iraq. Pakistan’s largest missionary organization, Tablighi Jamaat, went ahead anyway with its annual gathering in early April, bringing together more than 100,000 people near Lahore, a major city in the northeast.

The government then had to quarantine more than 20,000 attendees, and it is still trying to track down many more across the country. Two participants brought the virus back to Gaza. I have not heard of Pakistan or any other country sending anything else to Gaza recently.

On the issue of shutting down the mosques, at first the government appealed to religious scholars for guidance. It didn’t really need to. Prayers had already been suspended at the holiest of mosques in Saudi Arabia. Many other Muslim countries had closed theirs.

But Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team say they worry about the economic suffering that a complete lockdown would bring — and while they do that we all keep waiting for proper guidance on the subject of mosques.

Three wise men appeared on television at one point to give their counsel about Friday sermons and other religious congregations. They laid out absurd criteria for attending prayers: If you have the coronavirus, or are above age 50, don’t go. But how is anyone to know if they have the virus until they get tested, and almost no one in this country can get tested?

Some provincial authorities, alarmed at the vagueness of the central government’s directives, have taken matters into their own hands. The government of Sindh Province, where Karachi is, ordered various restrictions in late March. The local police force, despite meager resources, has done a reasonably good job of ensuring that everything except for food stores and pharmacies remains shut.

Sindh has stopped shy of shutting down mosques, but it has ordered a curfew designed to prevent people from going to Friday prayers. Many worshipers still turn up. The Sindh government filed cases against some mosques for violating its orders, but then retracted them. On Friday, April 10, several police officers were assaulted in Karachi while trying to stop public prayers.

While Mr. Khan’s government still can’t seem to decide whether to be more afraid of the coronavirus or the men of God, more and more people throughout the country, seeing the number of infections multiply, are no longer going out to pray.

But they continue to come out for something that may be greater than God Himself: their daily bread. In Pakistan, the economy, that rickety firmament of our existence, may be spreading disease more so even than is religion.

I have lived in Karachi for half of my life, and the city can’t stay under lockdown for even three days because millions of people here won’t have enough food in their homes if they don’t go out to earn a few rupees. When you can’t trust the government to deliver the food you need, you have to defy lockdowns and step outside, and leave the rest to God. You can challenge even a testy God, but you can’t say no to hungry children.

People of no faith who lose no opportunity to rub science in the faces of believers are gloating at the pictures of a deserted Great Mosque of Mecca and a deserted Western Wall in Jerusalem, and are asking, Where is your God now?

The questions they get from believers are equally valid: Where are your Ubers and AirBnBs? Where is your vaccine? This godless world of yours never gave us anything, and now, as you tell us that we are all going to die, you want to take your God away from us?

But the people who have no God also live in fear — and that’s not fear of the virus so much as fear of the poor or fear of what the virus will do to them.

“What will happen to the poor people?” some ask. By that they don’t really mean, “How will the poor survive?” The rich have always been in awe of the resilience of the poor, as they pay them monthly wages that are a fraction of the bill for their own three-year-old’s birthday party. What the rich worry about is that if the poor really starve — and this time they actually might starve — the poor will come for them to try to eat them.

The nonpoor, be they godless or godful, try to console themselves by sitting at home and telling each other that this epidemic is nature’s way of healing itself. Consumerism was destroying the planet, and now we have the chance to save it by organizing Zoom parties and baking cakes.

The poor don’t have anywhere to turn. Mosques are Pakistan’s only social centers, except for the clubs of the very rich and some parks for the middle class. They are equipped with public-address systems and have running water; many are air-conditioned. Mosques could have been used to disseminate health tips and distribute food to the needy, or as quarantine centers and temporary hospitals.

But the government is too reluctant to take on the men of God to do any of that. So mosques, the very places that might have provided relief to the people, have been left to become, at best, battlegrounds over God’s intentions or, at worst, incubators of infection.

Before Pakistan had a coronavirus problem, it had a polio problem. The country came very close to eliminating that one, but the polio virus has resurfaced: Some people were refusing to get their children vaccinated because they feared that the United States government was using the inoculation program to spy on them. They were also thinking: If God wants to cripple our children, who are we to stop Him?

Soon after the lockdown of Karachi began last month, I called up a doctor friend who worked at the front lines of an anti-polio campaign in the city a few years ago. He told me that while his team administered polio drops in hostile neighbourhoods he would stay a street away. Because you just never knew, he said: Here you were wanting to save somebody’s newborn from losing the use of her limbs, but the parents might just shoot you in the head for interfering with God’s plan.

My friend has a government job and works in a hospital that’s not supposed to handle Covid-19 patients. But things might change, and he said he wasn’t looking forward to that. He is half a believer and half a man of science.

The problem with this coronavirus, my friend told me, is that it doesn’t recognize class or sect.


“It doesn’t differentiate between a Tablighi and a fashion designer. It adapts to local cultures quickly. It doesn’t even spare doctors.”

“Where did this virus come from?” I asked. “God created it,” he said. “But now He has lost control.” It’s not God’s virus anymore. It’s ours.






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Future will pick you up!!

by Amber Kamran Freelance Career Advisor- Electrical Engineer

We are definitely passing through a tough time and our faith in Allah is the only way to keep us motivated. He is the only one who can keep us safe and help us to pass this situation.

I am concerned for the casual workers, International students and many others who have lost their jobs and they have no support from Centrelink. Act on the Hadith “Trust in God, but tie your camel” narrated be Al-Tirmidhi, these suggestion might help you “tie your camel”

1-Manage your money. You have low finance but still mange your budget around your expenses. If you really need help then check with our wonderful community, many are working to support families like YFS, Hurricane club, MCF ......

2- Keep searching . It’s ok to assume there is no activity right now. But I believe, even during these days some sectors are working more than their expectations, you have already received jobs opening from leading companies to fill the services gap due to high increase in demand by customers.

3- Utilise your available time to increase your network.. This activity will create more chances to land on a job and if you are looking for future business opportunities then try to contact all the entrepreneurs, they are in better postpone to guide for future opportunities . Future will definitely come with new business opportunities. Like we never thought about the simple hand sanitisers but many SMEs have already switched to avail the current business opportunities.

4- Think positive. It’s ok to feel low with wide range of emotions like fear, anger, anxiety, failure, etc. However, you have to mange it because things will change Insha Allah. Plan some activities to keep you away from being anxious or ask help from professionals.

5- Get ready for the opportunity. I strongly believe when things will settle down, the world will create more opportunities. Get ready to capitalize it, this is the time to learn new skills. Just have a look at old California city, how it emerged from Spanish flu and now every big brand has HQ in California.

6- Sit and then move forward. You can take a break to refresh yourself to move forward.
Look for the bright side after the storm and prepare your strategy to act and grab the future opportunities.

Stay safe, Do not loose hope, Pray make Dua and up skill your learning as per new market demand and prepare plan to snap future opportunities.


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Corona warrior Dr Saud Anwar surprised with unsung hero parade



US:Residents in South Windsor surprised Connecticut State Senator Dr. Saud Anwar with a convoy of cars that paraded by his house, to show their gratitude for the work he’s doing on the front lines as a lung doctor at Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Ventilator machine for multiple patients
Dr. Saud Anwar, Pakistani American doctor, invented a setting – connection modus in the US, wherein one medical breathing air ventilator will help ventilate 7 patients at a time. An ideal means to manage scarce resource.

Residents in South Windsor took out the unsung hero parade honouring state senator Dr Saud Anwar on April 10 2020. They put placards on their vehicle with complimentary remarks like ‘Dr Saud Anwar’ ‘Your heroism inspires us!’ ‘thank you’ ‘thank you for your heroism’ etc.

People inside the cars were seen clapping and waving hands. Dr Anwar waved them back to thank them. They exchanged flying kisses as well.

Dr Anwar got emotional during the surprise parrade. In any interview Dr Saud Anwar revealed that since he is taking care of Covid patients and he doesn’t want his family to be exposed, he is living in isolation. “It has been lonely and challenging”, he said, adding that he felt blessed due to the surprise parade.



How to set up a ventilator machine for multiple patients with Dr. Saud Anwar




Dr Saud Anwar thanks for the surprise
Dr Anwar posted the video on his facebook timeline and wrote: “Thank you for all the people who came in today to surprise me. I am truly humbled and overwhelmed with the love that you have all shown. I feel blessed to be part of the community and also work with the finest group of health care workers that I love and respect.

His sister Bushra Anwar commented on his post: “There was a time when I taught you ABC and Masha Allah you are being genuinely appreciated so much. I feel blessed to have a brother like you so sincere with everyone. Stay blessed State Senator Saud Anwar. This you have earned for yourself with your own efforts mA,,,”

Dr Saud Anwar’s profile
According to Dr Saud Anwar’s linked profile, he is a physician who specializes in Lung Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine of Eastern CT Health Network. He is currently serving as Mayor of the Town of South Windsor, CT.

Dr. Anwar is involved in humanitarian and peace initiatives nationally and internationally. He is frequently invited to consult for our government and has organized medical missions for disaster relief. His efforts have been recognized at the state and federal levels and by several professional organizations.










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Dear friends across Australia,

Scott Morrison’s government is right now discussing whether to adopt legislation that would allow it to impose sanctions against human rights abusers, money launderers, and kleptocrats across the globe -- including those responsible for human rights abuses against Uyghurs.

Let’s make sure they do!

Initial bipartisan support has been expressed for an Australian Magnitsky law, but whether it makes it through Parliament is largely dependent on whether an investigative committee of MPs and senators recommends in favor of it, and on the Minister of Foreign Affairs who decides whether to table it. Hearing from citizens can encourage the committee Chair Kevin Andrews to recommend this impactful legislation to Parliament!




Will you take a few minutes to stand up for the Uyghurs and for human rights everywhere? Click the link below to reach out to the committee Chair:

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Our campaign to stand with the million Uyghur people brutally detained in China recently made a splash at a UN meeting, but now it’s time to move from words to action -- and Australia can lead the way!

Adopting a targeted sanctions law -- known as "Magnitsky sanctions" -- would allow Australia to freeze assets and ban the travel of those responsible for human rights abuses and gross corruption across the world. The UK, US, and Canada have already adopted similar legislation.

Click below to stand up now for human rights and for the Uyghur people by taking 5 minutes to reach out to the committee Chair:

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Reaching out with an e-mail or by phone only takes a few minutes out of your day, but if every one of us does it, we can make a real impact -- and help hold to account some of the worst human rights abusers and corrupt kleptocrats across the world. For humanity, and for all the Uyghur people abused in China.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Meetali, David, Huitheng, Luis, and the rest of the Avaaz team

More Information:

Uyghurs for sale (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)
Apple, Nike and other major companies implicated in Muslim forced labour in China (ABC News)
China cables reveal 23 Australian citizens 'red-flagged' in Uighur crackdown (The Guardian)
Australian risks being a magnet for dirty money (Financial Review)







'Slim' leads South Africa's charge against COVID-19     



SOUTH AFRICA: The chairperson of the 45-person Ministerial Advisory Committee, advising Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Covid-19 is Professor Salim Abdool Karim.


His role is akin to that of USA's Dr. Anthony Fauci and Australia's Prof. Bredan Murphy.


Professor Salim Abdool Karim, an internationally-recognised epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist, appeared beside Mkhize at an online public engagement to present the facts and figures behind the government's Covid-19 response to the public.



the life, times and education of Salim Abdool Karim

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan declared ‘Muslim Man of the Year’    



Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre says he won title for his peace efforts


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wants to tackle child abuse incidents effectively.


Dubai: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been declared as Muslim Man of the Year 2020 by Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.

Imran won the title in the recent list of the most persuasive Muslims in the world issued by the Centre.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran has also become the sixth most popular world leader on Twitter, boasting 10.5 million followers on the social media platform.

The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) is an autonomous research entity with the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan.

Imran’s name has been included in The Muslim 500 – the Most Influential Muslims In the World published by the RISSC.

“If ‘The Muslim 500’ was in print back in 1992 and I was the Chief Editor then, I would have nominated Imran Khan as our Muslim Man of the Year because of his brilliant performance in cricket when he won the 1992 Cricket World Cup for Pakistan,” said Professor S. Abdallah Schleifer, a professor emeritus of journalism at the American University in Cairo, who chose both the winners for the titles.

But what is particularly to Imran’s credit is that upon taking office as Prime Minister of Pakistan in August 2018, he made it quite clear that one of his top priorities was to work for a lasting peace with India.

“Imran wanted to normalise relations through trade, and settling the Kashmir dispute, “the foremost impediment” in the Prime Minister’s own words “to the normalisation of relations between us,” noted Prof S Abdallah Schleifer

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran’s popularity increased manifold after what his supporters said his impressive speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September this year.

It was perhaps due to his hard-hitting speeches which he delivered on different occasions during his visit to the United States, Imran has become one of the most-searched world leaders attending the UN General Assembly session last month.

Professor Schleifer said Imran’s role in cricket was not the only criteria for him being bestowed with the title.

He said he was also impressed with Imran for launching a successful fund-raising campaign to establish a hospital devoted to both the care of cancer patients and its research.

He said that it was also Imran’s desire for peace with neighbouring India which earned him the title.

The RISSC has also declared Rashida Tlaib, an American Congresswoman, as Muslim Woman of the Year 2020. Rashida Tlaib (Democrat, Michigan) is this year’s Muslim 500 Woman of the Year. She is the first Palestinian-American woman and joint first Muslim woman (along with Ilhan Omar (Democrat, Minnesota) to be elected to the American Congress as member of the House of Representatives.





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[LISTEN] Mufti Menk Weighs in on Mosque Reopening During Lockdown Debate    



SOUTH AFRICA: Islamic scholar Mufti Ismail Menk says while South African Muslim scholars have differed on the matter of temporary Mosque closures during the lockdown, some people who are against the restrictions have incited their followers through their constant abuse and use of derogatory descriptions to threaten those who oppose them to the extent of violence and killing.

Mufti Menk was indirectly referring to The Majlis in Port Elizabeth who threatened to approach the courts in a bid to challenge the national lockdown regulations prohibiting large groups from attending daily prayers at Mosques.

President Cyril Ramaphosa consulted a number of leaders from religious communities before measures were taken to limit social distancing, especially at place of worship like Mosques.

Secretary General of the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa Ml Ebrahim Bham also expressed support for the measures that government chose to take including the need to ensure congregations were either suspended or minimized to ensure social distancing.

However, The Custodians of the Haq who have disagreed with the closure of the masaajid and is supporting The Majlis have issued a list of a number masaajid who want the places of worship opened despite the lockdown.

A number of Masaajid in South Africa have vehemently refuted claims that they are part of a group supporting the Majlis’ call for the lockdown regulations imposed by president Cyril Ramaphosa to be relaxed.

The Presidency has denied The Majlis' request to open Mosques during the lockdown.

Mufti Menk says a heavy price is paid when Islamic scholars insult one another.

“Unfortunately, one group is saying that the other group is asking the public to forsake the Almighty and the teachings of Islam. That is absurd. It is totally absurd. We all care for the deen, but some of us actually care for the lives of the people out there as well. Whereas there are others, we differ with them and I differ with them very respectfully.”

Mufti Menk however says he doesn’t appreciate their abuse.

“The way that they have taken people out of the fold of Islam simply for holding a different opinion also based on evidence.”

Mufti Menk says those that have been disrespectful and hurled abuse at others, have actually erred and paid a disservice to the Ummah, insulted the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and strayed from the path of Islam.



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India coronavirus: Tablighi Jamaat leader on manslaughter charge over Covid-19    



INDIA: The leader of a prominent Muslim group has been charged with manslaughter in India after a meeting it held in Delhi spawned numerous Covid-19 clusters.

Police say Muhammad Saad Khandalvi (pictured above) ignored two notices to end the event at a mosque in the capital in March.

The event has been linked to 1,023 cases across 17 states - believed to have been spread by infected foreign attendees.

Mr Saad and his Tablighi Jamaat group have denied any wrongdoing.

Delhi police said that Mr Saad had been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which means he will not be able to apply for bail.

The charges were brought against him while he was in self-isolation.

Police say the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, which began on 3 March, was not ended even when India announced a lockdown on 24 March.

However, the organisation says they had suspended the event and asked everyone to leave as soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that there would be a day-long national curfew on 22 March.

While many were able to leave, they say, others were stranded because states began to seal their borders the following day, and two days later, India went into lockdown, suspending buses and trains.

The mosque's premises include dormitories that can house hundreds of people.

The organisers say they informed the local police about all of this and continued to co-operate with medical officers who came to inspect the premises.  



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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:
What You Feed Your Mind Determines What You Feed Your Body

For years I used food for comfort. Any emotional occurrence such as happiness, sadness, anger, guilt, frustration, and more, would be my cue to hit the pantry and finish a whole packet of crisps or an entire family-size chocolate bar (the giant Toblerone from Airport Duty Free?...Oh boy...Don’t even get me started on that story!).

Every Monday morning I would decide to eat healthily and every Monday lunchtime I would decide to postpone the healthy-eating commitment to next Monday. That was my pattern. Apart from the weight gain, I was also feeling lousy about my sugar addiction. Yes, sugar is poison and yes, sugar addiction is very real and detrimental to mental and physical wellbeing. And I was tired of feeling lousy about myself, my weight, my lack of energy and my irritability. This had to stop.

I was aware of my pattern. As Oprah says, when you know better, you do better. I had to find out why I had this pattern and address the elephant that incessantly roamed the jungle of my mind. I sat myself down with my journal and fiercely wrote. It took three hours for me to trace my pattern back to an incident that happened when I was around five years old. It took another few hours to link my eating pattern with my life’s major incidents where I had to make choices that affected my wellbeing. Most of those choices were harmful to my wellbeing and when I connected the dots between my dietary pattern and those lifestyle choices and how my mental state was back then, everything became crystal clear.

A paradigm shift, which I now call my Gut-Shift, revealed to me that for me to make better choices in life, stay strong in my imaan and nourish my soul with love, light, peace and joy, I must first and foremost, nourish my mind with the right mental foods so that I could then choose better foods and beverages to nourish my physical self. If my essential self, my soul and my mind, was starving, how was I ever going to choose the right foods for my body?

How To Feed Your Mind And Body

Good thoughts, good words, good deeds. I had to heal from my emotional eating pattern one thought at a time. The following are strategies to feed your mind, process your emotions and then choose the right foods to manage your emotions:


Junk Thought Healthy Thought
I hate myself I am a beautiful creation of ALLAH
I’m a failure I have survived through my tests and learnt my lessons
I need food to feel better ALLAH is my comforter. Only ALLAH can make me feel better. I submit to ALLAH.
I’m stuck My life is unfolding according to ALLAH’s plans for me. Alhumdolillah.
I hate feeling like I’m always struggling I am grateful for everything I’m learning through this experience. ALLAH has put me to it and HE is putting me through it. I am wiser and stronger now that I am going through this experience.
No one loves me I will end up alone I am a beautiful creation of ALLAH. I deserve love, light, peace and joy. I give love, I receive love.

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








Bordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire



Nadine El-Enany





(B)ordering Britain argues that Britain is the spoils of empire, its immigration law is colonial violence and irregular immigration is anti-colonial resistance.


In announcing itself as postcolonial through immigration and nationality laws passed in the 60s, 70s and 80s, Britain cut itself off symbolically and physically from its colonies and the Commonwealth, taking with it what it had plundered. This imperial vanishing act cast Britain's colonial history into the shadows.


The British Empire, about which Britons know little, can be remembered fondly as a moment of past glory, as a gift once given to the world. Meanwhile immigration laws are justified on the basis that they keep the undeserving hordes out. In fact, immigration laws are acts of colonial seizure and violence.


They obstruct the vast majority of racialised people from accessing colonial wealth amassed in the course of colonial conquest.


Regardless of what the law, media and political discourse dictate, people with personal, ancestral or geographical links to colonialism, or those existing under the weight of its legacy of race and racism, have every right to come to Britain and take back what is theirs.


Nadine El-Enany sets out the arguments she makes in her book here.



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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: Looking for something to make in the kitchen with the children, this is perfect, they can help at every step, except the frying and they will simply love the end product, who can resist drop dougnuts!


Drop doughnuts




2 eggs

½ cup sugar

½ tsp vanilla essence

1 cup yoghurt

2-tab melted butter

2 cups self-rising flour




Place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat with an electric beater.

Drop a teaspoonful of the batter in hot oil.

Fry until golden brown

Dip in cinnamon mix (see below)

Serve hot with melted chocolate.

Cinnamon mix
1 cup castor sugar

1 tsp cinnamon powder



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• Sleep easy – making subtle tweaks to your diet and routine may lead to a better night’s slumber

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• Hold the phone – Give your eyes a rest, curb your phone usage

• Exercise – make movement your mantra

• Skin care – healthy diet & exercise : make this part of your skin care routine

• Hydrate – we all know how important our water intake is. Are you doing it?

• Meditate – take some time out daily to sit, breathe and do what makes you happy



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He answers, "Yes, but I'm not sure what to's for dry hair, and I've already wet mine."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






It was We Who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than [his] jugular vein.


~ Surah Qaf 50:16


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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Islamic Society of Queensland Inc. Programs and activities for women in need ( and 0404 921 620)

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



Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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