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Sunday 26 April 2020 | Issue 0807



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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

Ramadan spirit alive despite coronavirus restrictions


The CCN Chuckle

JPC adapts to changing environment

Back to the Future with CCN

The CCN Food for Thought

ICB seeks book suppliers

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Ramadan Messages

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


HAI giving happiness every way

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Muslims anticipate 'sad and quiet' Ramadan in isolation

 The CCN Classifieds


Department told to apologise to family over prayers bungle

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Conspiracy theories could spark wave of attacks

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Turnbull has accused Tony Abbott of demonising Muslims

KB's Culinary Corner

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Zeinab Mourad (far right) usually celebrates Ramadan and Eid with her extended family, but not this year.


On Friday, most Muslims in Australia (some on Saturday) began observing Ramadan, the fasting month, in a very different way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite the social restrictions, many believe the essence of the Holy Month remains the same.

For the next 30 days, Muslims in Australia will be abstaining from food and drinks during the daylight and have anticipated "a sad and quiet" Ramadan.

Mosques are deserted, homes are now expected to be spiritual centres, with Islamic sermons delivered through video callings.

It may have sounded impossible to think about Ramadan without social interactions, but many Muslims in Australia have found ways to keep the spirit of togetherness during the Holy Month alive.

Fasting alone in a regional town

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Muslims make up 2.6 per cent of the Australian population.

That means there are approximately 600,000 Muslims in Australia and the majority live in big cities.

Muslim communities in regional areas are much smaller than their metropolitan counterparts, which is why a strong sense of community is important to them.


Yacoob Phillips will miss going to the mosque to pray during the month of Ramadan.


Originally from Brisbane, Yacoob Phillips is a high school music teacher living in a town an hour from Townsville in North Queensland.

"For me, moving to North Queensland was the biggest challenge in my faith journey as I'd only converted a year before I accepted the job up north," he said.

During the month of Ramadan, he would usually travel to Townsville — the nearest mosque — to attend taraweeh prayers, a special evening prayer Muslims would usually do in congregation.

It is also an opportunity for Muslims to meet each other, asking for tips on fasting and feeling a sense of togetherness.

With mosques closed, this is one of the challenges for Mr Phillips on this year's Ramadan.

"I try to attend taraweeh prayers at the masjid [mosque] in Townsville about every second night, and for me that is one of the biggest things I will miss this year due to social isolation and COVID-19.

"My housemate is a practising Catholic, which means I'm up early eating suhoor [the pre-fasting meal] alone and then eating iftar [breaking the fast] often alone as well," Mr Phillips said.

Many mosques around Australia and the rest of the world are offering online Islamic classes, so Mr Phillips can join wherever he is.

"Now that it's shifted online it's actually positive. It means other people from around Australia and around the world can connect," he said.

Students thousands of miles from home
During Ramadan, many Islamic student associations at universities offer meals for breaking the fast followed by praying together.

These events help Muslim international students in Australia to not feel alone during Ramadan.

However, with the current restrictions on large gatherings in Australia, these gatherings will not proceed this year.

Inessa Arif came to Brisbane from Kerala, India, as an undergraduate student and is now doing a masters in biotechnology at the University of Queensland.


Inessa Arif has been spending Ramadan in Australia ever since she moved from India in 2016.


As her mother and sister live in India and her father works in Dubai, the only family connection she has are her aunt and uncle in Brisbane.

She would visit them every week, but with the current restrictions, those visits have lessened.

As the only Muslim in her household and with her classes now online, she will be fasting and celebrating at home alone.

"I'm planning to make dishes that my mother would make at home during Ramadan," she said, adding she would call her parents every evening.

She is also close to her housemate and they usually hang out together after dinner, helping maintain a sense of normalcy during the uncertainty.

Celebrating the first Ramadan
For Zahra Fielding, who just converted to Islam last February, this year will be her first year celebrating Ramadan.

She said she found Islam in an online game with a chat feature, where players from all over the world were able to communicate with each other.

Through that platform, she had gotten close to a girl who was a Malaysian Muslim and took the opportunity to ask her about the religion and her headscarf.


"I always thought that the headscarf was a sign of oppression," she said.



Zahra's first Ramadan will be spent in isolation with her cat.


As she connected with more Muslims through the game and within Australia, she learned more about the religion and fell in love with it.

Ms Fielding is not too disappointed about spending her first Ramadan in isolation with her cat.

"I purchased a Ramadan diary to keep track of my fasting and my deeds," she told the ABC.

Zahra is also planning to break her fast with her Muslim friends to help feel a sense of belonging.

Stranded in Australia for Ramadan
Newlyweds Syazween Zainal and Jeff Davidson arrived in Australia in February for their honeymoon.

Initially, they had plans to travel to Europe but with the current restrictions, both in Europe and Australia, they are now stuck at Sydney's Bondi Beach for the next few months.



Newlyweds Syazween Zainal and Jeff Davidson did not expect to be stuck in Australia during their honeymoon.


Having lived close to her family in Malaysia her whole life, this will be Ms Zainal's first Ramadan away from them.

"Being away like this is definitely a massive change for me. Not a bad change, but massive nonetheless."

For Mr Davidson, who grew up in America, this will be his first time fasting.

While Ms Zainal does not consider herself religious, fasting is important to her and she is grateful to be sharing the experience with her new husband.

They will Skype her family each evening, though may not be able to break their fast at the same time due to the time difference.

"On top of a Ramadan apart we're also looking at the very real possibility that this will be our first Eid apart too," she said.

"We just have to make the best of the current circumstances, I guess."

Families turning homes into 'mosques'
Iman Shahrain grew up in Malaysia and moved to Australia seven years ago with her five children for her husband's work.

She was a principal at an Islamic pre-school and is now a homemaker.

Their house in Brisbane is close to a mosque, which made celebrating Ramadan even more significant.



Involving herself with her local Muslim community was important to Iman Shahrain (second from right) when she first moved to Australia.



"Ramadan for us in the last seven years have always been tied to the mosque," she said.

Her family would often break their fast with other Muslim families.

Ms Shahrain also spends her free time volunteering and has worked with charity organisations that host Iftar for Muslim converts who will spend it alone.

Now that gatherings have been restricted, those events will not take place.

That does not mean she has no plans to make it special.

She will be starting by decorating her house to welcome the month of Ramadan.

"We also plan to follow the various channels/shows online by local mosques, aiming to keep the sense of community together."

Her family has also been praying in congregation at home and they plan to follow the content posted by local mosques.

"This year it is going to be more meaningful since this [our house] is also going to be our mosque," she said.

Ramadan in isolation is 'a blessing'
Zeinab Mourad, based in Melbourne, said celebrating Ramadan with her extended family members was what she will miss most this year.

For Eid celebration, marking the end of Ramadan, her family usually hires a function hall. Not so this year.

However, Ms Mourad said physical distancing did not discount the spirit of togetherness during the most significant period for Muslims.


Zeinab Mourad will miss her extended family during Ramadan this year.


"We can still share the memories over video conversations," she told ABC News.

Ms Mourad saw the COVID-19 pandemic and its social restrictions as a special opportunity to be more spiritually aware, without "any distractions".

"It's such a blessing, because we can achieve so much and there's no excuses not to," she said.

"[Usually] we get so distracted in Ramadan in cooking and inviting people over and going to events [or] getting invited."

While the pandemic may get in the way of celebrations, it does not mean that it will be less meaningful.

'A time out'
A group of Australian Muslims in Sydney has hosted an online event "Ramadan Re-Imagined" to welcome Ramadan, featuring well-known Islamic scholars in the Muslim community.

One of them was Belal Assaad, an imam and Islamic scholar based in Melbourne, who said social isolation in Islamic and spiritual perspectives should be regarded as an opportunity to take "time out".

He believes it is actually a time to "reflect ourselves individually" and to learn patience and sincerity in the true meaning.



Belal Assaad said that Ramadan in isolation could be a reminder for Muslims that the fasting month is not only about feasting.


"We just have to worry about our hearts and our reflections," Mr Assaad said.

He reminded Muslims not to worry about missing out going to mosques and social gathering this Ramadan.

Mr Belal said worshipping took more than one form and the most important thing for Muslims was character and service to others, including to non-Muslims.

The inability to host social gatherings during Ramadan, such as sharing meals after the sunset is a probably a good thing, according to Mr Assad.

"Maybe God wants to teach us not to be wasteful of food and oriented only around entertainment."

Instead, he suggested Muslims share food with their neighbours.




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From Kindergarten to Year Twelve, John Paul College staff have worked together to develop an innovative 'continuous learning' platform that combines a range of digital technologies to support all of our students during the pandemic and beyond. Our 'continuous learning' platform allows a balance of on-screen and off-screen learning for all students, and collaboration through video conferencing.

JPC delivers learning experiences for all students to become skilled twenty-first century learners, enhancing their knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills. It is important that our students stay connected with teachers and their peers and not feel isolated or feel that their learning is not progressing. To facilitate this, JPC is deploying video conferencing, videos, forums, learning sharing platforms and live chat. Students and parents are very impressed with the platforms provided by the College, with JPC being praised as one of the thought leaders when it comes to learning in this space.

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Ramadan Messages






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Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP

















On behalf of the Queensland Police Service, I wish you a peaceful and happy Ramadan. 


I am so proud of the positive relationships that exist between the Queensland Police Service and the Muslim communities.  Our organisation has been working hard to establish, maintain and improve these relationships to foster effective and productive partnerships.  The Queensland Police Service has a long and proud history of community engagement across our great state, and we aim to continue and build on this tradition.


I was saddened that we made the early decision to cancel the 2020 Queensland Police Service Iftar and the Women’s Iftar dinners.  I was looking forward to my first hosting of the events as your Police Commissioner.  Nevertheless, reflecting on the tragedy that many thousands of people have lost their lives to COVID-19, and the sad inevitability that many more will, I believe it was the right decision to make.


Please take care of yourselves and each other.  In these times of social distancing and isolation, it’s important that we stay connected, support each other and provide a sense of normality, something the Muslim community does exceptionally well.  I hope that the reflective nature of Ramadan itself, is able to provide us the strength, patience and determination to emerge on the other side of this adversity, a more resilient and compassionate community.


I am so honoured to be your Police Commissioner, and I look forward to when we can gather in person for fellowship and to share a special meal together again. 


To you, your families and all communities - Ramadan Kareem!


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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's Ramadan message

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Malcolm Turnbull has accused Peter Dutton of making offensive comments about young African-Australians and Tony Abbott of demonising Muslims in an attack on his former Liberal colleagues.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets trusting Peter Dutton and condemned his rhetoric about a series of crimes linked to Australians of African heritage.

Mr Turnbull unleashed on his former Liberal colleagues in an interview with SBS News following the release of his memoir, A Bigger Picture, recounting his four decades as a major figure in Australian public life.

He admitted he held concerns about Mr Dutton’s repeated warnings "African gangs" were allegedly terrorising people in Melbourne.

"The answer is no I wasn’t (happy) ... it may be that I was being too understanding - too trusting perhaps," he said.

“But I often attributed Dutton’s sometimes offensive remarks to verbal clumsiness and awkwardness, or as he often used to do, he would get on programs with shock jocks like Jones or Hadley or Bolt and they would sort of lead him into agreeing with them."

Mr Turnbull has also accused the government led by his predecessor Tony Abbott of “demonising Muslims” through its own rhetoric on extremism.

“I felt they were demonising Muslims in the sense they were … that all Muslims were being blamed for the actions of a very tiny number of extremists,” he said. 




He told Leigh Sales on ABC's 7.30 program:

“His whole style of government was erratic and flaky … from a national security point of view,” he said.

“At a time when terrorism was our biggest …domestic security issue, Abbott was determined to ramp up the rhetoric in a way that was calculated to inflame animosity against Muslims.

“That was obviously lapped up and echoed by the Murdoch press, who were doing the same thing. That made Australia less safe. It was profoundly dangerous.”







The Australian Muslim Advocacy Network has distributed the following press release in response to Malcolm Turnbull's claims regarding former Prime Minister Tony Abbott:




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Empty kaaba: To limit coronavirus contagion, Saudi Arabia has emptied the holiest site in Islam.


Some 1.8 billion Muslims around the globe will celebrate the most important month of the Islamic calendar very differently this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the Islamic lunar calendar, the month of Ramadan is started for many on Friday, April 24.

Abstaining from earthly desires including eating, drinking and having sex between dawn and sunset for the duration of Ramadan is considered one of the fundamental pillars of Islamic teaching. Muslims believe this instils gratitude and introspection and brings them closer to God.

The majority of Muslims — except those who are exempt including people who are sick, pregnant women, children and the elderly — will fast as usual.

But much like the Christmas season, Ramadan is also usually a social month of feasts, group prayer and other gatherings.

Lockdowns across much of the world will make that all but impossible in 2020.

Birth of the 'virtual iftar'

Iftar is the meal that marks the end of the fasting day and is generally shared with family, friends or colleagues.

In 2020, many will have to share these online.

"There are virtual iftars in the planning stages," Shakira Hussein, a researcher at the University of Melbourne's National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies, said.

"I'm practicing my most photogenic recipes for the Instagram Ramadan."

The Ramadan Tent Project each year hosts the "UK's largest open invitation" event, providing Iftar meals to the community in front of iconic landmarks around London.

But due to strict physical distancing across Britain, the organisers have turned to technology.

"We have turned to innovative means to achieve this, allowing people to connect with thousands of others at our virtual iftars, every day of Ramadan," Rohma Ahmed, a spokeswoman for Ramadan Tent Project, told the ABC.



Collingwood Iftar: People attend a community Iftar at Collingwood Town Hall in Melbourne in 2019.

Ms Ahmed said they will broadcast a live call to prayer at sunset marking the time to break fast, invite guest speakers, and provide a platform for people to share their iftar experiences.

"We would advise people to use this time of physical distancing to pause, reflect and reconnect with their spirituality, faith and collective humanity," she said.

Month-long night markets, such as those held at Lakemba in Western Sydney, are a popular feature of Ramadan in many places.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore have banned open-air Ramadan bazaars.

Indonesia is yet to ban the annual mass migration to people's hometowns for Eid al-Fitr — known as mudik — however, a semi-governmental religious authority has declared travelling from virus-affected areas "haram", or forbidden under Islamic law.

Coronavirus hits the Ramadan economy
Sundown during Ramadan in Indonesia generally sees hawkers flock to the streets with sweet drinks and fried goods for those breaking their fast.
The Ministry of Religion has, however, advised Indonesians to celebrate Ramadan at home this year, following the implementation of large-scale social restrictions in major cities.

Rika Shears, whose family has been running a restaurant in Punclut, West Java for 40 years, told the ABC she anticipates coronavirus restrictions will have major consequences for her business.


Ramadan night market: Popular Ramadan markets cater for hungry people breaking their fast.


"Since the middle of March, my family's restaurant has been quiet. This has never happened before, since we are located in one of the most popular spots [in the city]," she said.

"I predict we will lose 50 per cent of our revenue, especially in Ramadan. It will be quiet and different with the large-scale restrictions."

Instead, Ms Shears' family is offering food for takeaway and delivery, which she said presents an opportunity to help app-based motorcycle taxi drivers.

The Indonesian Food and Beverage Association said sales will "significantly drop", despite Ramadan usually seeing a spike in consumption.

"We are predicting a drop in sales of around 30 to 40 per cent because there won't be any festivities, resulting in a decrease in consumption," the body's chairman Adhi Lukman told the ABC.

Night prayer at home
After sunset and breaking fast, some Muslims choose to do extra night-time prayers at a mosque, known as Tarawih.

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh has said that Tarawih should be performed at home this year.
Eid prayers, which are generally also held in congregation, may also need to be held in private if the outbreak continues, he said.

Saudi authorities have also urged Muslims to hold off on booking trips to Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage in July.

More than 2 million pilgrims typically flock to the holy city for Hajj. Its cancellation would be the first since Saudi Arabia became a country in 1932.


Women pray during Ramadan: Mosques are usually packed in the evenings during Ramadan.


Neighbouring countries such as United Emirate Arabs, Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories — where Islam's third-holiest site, the Al Aqsa mosque, is located — have also confirmed the closure of mosques during Ramadan.

"Tarawih prayers will be held at home, because reopening the mosque is linked to the end of the coronavirus crisis," Palestinian Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Hussein told the Jerusalem Post.

Earlier this month, Egypt announced the cessation of "all congregational activities", including the provision of free iftar meals at mosques.

Mosques will be reopened when the Health Ministry declares there are no more coronavirus cases in Egypt, local media reported.


'Never forget those in need'
Depriving oneself of food and water during Ramadan is intended to evoke empathy for the poor and underprivileged.

Charity is especially encouraged during the holy month.

A mosque in the Indonesian city of Bandung told the ABC they have been planning to adjust their charity program to meet social distancing requirements.

"In our district, more than 200 people lost their jobs. Mainly they are labourers," said Muhammad Iskandar Umar from Al Multazam mosque.

He said the mosque had paired up with local street vendors, who are also experiencing hardship due to the stay-at-home order.
They will keep running their stalls across from the mosque and we will distribute vouchers for the needy, which can be redeemed in exchange for food from the sellers," Mr Umar said.

"We may observe Ramadan by ourselves at home, but never forget those in need."

Ramadan activities at home
Indonesian-born Rachmi Yulianti, who lives in Brisbane, told the ABC that Ramadan this year would be very different for her family and community.

Ms Yulianti said in other years, she and other women would normally cook and bring food to the local mosque.

"It's really sad because this year we can't do it anymore," she said.

Ms Yulianti said she will recreate Ramadan activities at home with her husband and three primary school-aged children.

She still wants to create the "spiritual atmosphere" of Ramadan, so her kids can experience it.

"We will start by making Ramadan and Eid decorations, which we usually buy, but now we will make them together," Ms Yulianti said.

Learning to read and memorise chapters of the Quran is another activity that she has been preparing for her children.

Despite having to adapt, Ms Yulianti said the essence of Ramadan will remain the same.

"I think it's still an opportunity to increase piety, self-reflection, and more focusing on the things that really matter to my family," she said.




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Prof Shahjahan Khan


Ramadan, which began on Thursday night, is one of the most important months of the Islamic calendar, and is said to celebrate the moment Allah (God) first revealed the words of the Quran to Mohammed.
Muslims fast for the month, only eating before sunrise or after sunset.

The Toowoomba Islamic Society's Professor Shahjahan Khan said the local Muslim community would usually gather at the mosque for a breakfast every day after sunset.

"We're going to miss that this year because (of COVID-19)," he said.

"We're going to miss that environment, and fraternity.

"Neighbours of the mosque, friends within the wider community, leaders, usually join us as well.

"It's a difficult time where people need support, so they want to do (the usual breakfast) but can't do that."

Prof Khan said while the mosque was closed because of coronavirus restrictions, the Imam was holding the usual Ramadan readings and advice sessions over Zoom instead.

"We're trying to keep the community connected and teachings passed across," he said.

He said the community, for which this is a time they usually come together, was taking solace in the words of Mohammed.

"He said 1450 years ago if there is a pandemic don't get out of it, and don't get into it," he said.

"When there is a pandemic you don't go out so you don't spread it to others and you don't go out and make yourself sick.

"This time today is a practical application of that."

The community has also raised $7000 to help people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as international students and refugees.

"One of the teachings of Ramadan is to give," Prof Khan said.

"When you're fasting, you feel like someone who doesn't have any food to eat.

"That felling of hunger should drive person who is fasting to help someone less fortunate.

"That should be a teaching that is intensified at the moment."
Ramadan will run until May 23 this year.




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The two students attended Friday prayers with their father during school time.


South Australia's Department for Education has been ordered to apologise to a Muslim family over an Adelaide public school's handling of their attendance of Friday prayers during teaching hours.

Key points:

  • The family of refugees felt "personally attacked" by the school's response, the ombudsman found

  • The father believed his children were being expelled because of their attendance of prayers

  • The ombudsman has recommended the school change its practices

  • State ombudsman Wayne Lines has released the findings of an investigation into the matter, recommending the department apologise to the family and change school attendance policies to allow for students to attend Friday prayers.

Mahmoud Amirat and his two sons attended a mosque for up to 90 minutes every Friday, during teaching hours at the Adelaide Secondary School of English where the boys were enrolled in 2017.

Mr Amirat and his children were refugees who did not speak fluent English at the time.

In a letter written only in English, the school expressed concern the children "missed part of their lesson".

However, the ombudsman found the West Croydon school inadvertently gave Mr Amirat the impression that his children were being expelled because of their religious practice.

Mr Lines expressed concern that the school "did not show greater understanding of the cultural significance of engaging in Friday prayer at a mosque".

"[This] was not a situation where a parent was removing a child for an improper reason, instead, the absences were for genuine religious and cultural reasons," the report stated.

"[Despite] the school's awareness of the children's regular absences, it did not appear to negotiate an alternative arrangement … in the circumstances of this case, it was inappropriate and unreasonable to rigidly insist that the children attended all their Friday lessons."

The ombudsman reported that while school had prayer rooms on-site, Mr Amirat and his children felt "personally attacked and embarrassed" by the school's response.

School said enrolment 'had been terminated'
In October 2017, the school's principal met with Mr Amirat with the aid of an Arabic translator.

The principal suggested that his two children be moved to an adult campus, Thebarton Senior College, since the eldest child was then almost 18 years old.

During the meeting, the principal also stated concerns about the Friday absences, according to the ombudsman's report.

Soon afterward, the school sent a letter to Mr Amirat, reiterating the concerns about the Friday absences and advising that the children's enrolment would be ended.

Mr Lines said the letter was written in English, with no translation.

He said the school had concerns about one of the student's "disruptive" behaviour, and had contacted Mr Amirat over the matter, again advising the boy's enrolment "had been terminated".

The ombudsman accepted that the school wanted to move the children to the adult campus because of the age of the eldest, but found the school never "clearly stated this".

Mr Amirat's son said he had felt "scared" when he got into trouble at school for attending Friday prayers.

"I felt alone, and no-one is helping me, and no-one is supporting me," he said.

"I was scared, me and my brother … my knees were shaking."

Speaking via his son as translator, Mr Amirat said his family's treatment by the school had made him question his belief in Australian freedoms.

"Coming to Australia, we thought it was a freedom (sic) country and you can practise your religion," said Mr Amirat.

"After [the ombudsman's] decision we are happy."

The ombudsman recommended the Department for Education apologise to the family on the school's behalf and update attendance procedures to allow for students to be absent from school to attend Friday prayers.

The report stated the department had accepted the recommendations.

The ABC has contacted the department and the school for comment.





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UK: Muslims are being targeted using “dangerous” conspiracy theories claiming they are spreading coronavirus by violating lockdown restrictions, a report has warned.

Far-right extremists have been circulating old footage to claim that mosques are still open, causing police to be inundated with complaints by duped members of the public.

Abusive online posts have called for the demolition of all mosques to “cure” coronavirus, and Muslim women have been the victims of suspected hate crimes in public during the outbreak.

A report commissioned by independent members of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group (AMHWG), seen exclusively by The Independent ahead of its release, warned that the claims could lead to a spike in attacks when the lockdown lifts.

Co-author Imran Awan, a professor of criminology at Birmingham City University, said: “The Covid-19 crisis has been used to create ‘others’ of Muslims, blaming them for the spread of the virus. The spread of fake news online is contributing to this extremely worrying trend.

“While we haven’t yet seen this translate into physical hate crimes, once social distancing rules are relaxed there are concerns that this could be the case.”

In one recent incident, a Muslim woman wearing a hijab and a protective mask overheard a man in a supermarket say to his partner “look, a bomb” as he pointed at her.

In another incident, which was reported to the Metropolitan Police, a Muslim woman said she was approached by a man who coughed in her face and claimed he had coronavirus.

Roxana Khan-Williams, who co-authored the report, warned that anti-Muslim hatred and conspiracy theories were “penetrating common-sense thinking”.

She told The Independent that during her research, she saw examples of people who were not being deliberately Islamophobic but “were seeing this fake news and absorbing it”.

“It has gained a lot of traction, which is what has made it more dangerous,” she added.

“It’s the usual suspects peddling [anti-Muslim narratives] but it’s gained a lot of support. What they’ve done has worked because people are worried and Muslims are being scapegoated.”

Analysing posts across Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp groups, the report identified narratives claiming that mosques and Muslims are spreading coronavirus, police are giving preferential treatment to Muslims, and that the “UK’s Muslim population is responsible for a quarter of the country’s Covid-related deaths”.

“Online narratives rooted in anti-Muslim bigotry are evolving and transforming in the new social context created by the pandemic,” the report says.

“In this new context, Islam and Muslims have been associated directly with the causes of the pandemic, fitting well within broader well-known far-right themes depicting Muslims as parasitical to society – foreign, alien and ‘disease-like’.”

Katie Hopkins, Tommy Robinson and former Ukip leader Gerard Batten have been among those sharing posts targeting Muslims in connection with the pandemic.

An old video shared by Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, claimed to show worshippers leaving a mosque in Birmingham during the lockdown.

The footage sparked a deluge of complaints to West Midlands Police, which was forced to investigate the false reports.

“Although we can confirm the footage was filmed in Small Heath, our officers have conducted enquiries and are satisfied that the mosque is currently closed,” said a police statement on 30 March, adding that it had not opened since the lockdown was implemented.

It was one of a series of similar incidents, including fake claims over mosques in London, Leeds and Shrewsbury.

The report contains numerous posts claiming that police were turning a “blind eye” to the violations and spreading “unfounded narratives that argue ethnic minorities, and particularly Muslims, are given preferential treatment by the police”.

Its authors are concerned that similar claims will resurface during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins next week and traditionally sees Muslims gather for prayers and meals with relatives and friends.

The Centre for Media Monitoring, which campaigns over the reporting of Islam, launched complaints last week about news articles that claimed “experts fear social gatherings in Ramadan will lead to a spike in Covid-19 cases”.

The Muslim Council of Britain called the stories “untrue and dangerous” after issuing guides on performing Ramadan prayers at home and conducting digital worship.

The body said more than 375 mosques and prayer facilities in the UK suspended prayers before Boris Johnson announced the UK-wide lockdown, and the remainder complied with the restrictions.

The Muslim Council of Britain previously issued theological messages saying the individual obligation to perform Friday prayers in congregations was lifted because of the pandemic.

The vast majority of coronavirus-linked hate crimes so far reported in the UK targeted people of Chinese or southeast Asian appearance.

Police said they recorded “localised” spikes in offences that slowed when the virus started spreading more rapidly outside of China.

A report issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion on Friday said antisemitic hate speech had also “risen alarmingly” during the outbreak.

Ahmed Shaheed said it was being exploited “to spread hatred against the Jews and other minorities” amid the spread of conspiracy theories claiming that Jewish people are responsible for developing and spreading coronaviruse.





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The respected Imams from Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) will be honouring us with their wealth of wisdom throughout the Ramadan Livestream.

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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.



A talented athlete with a strong work ethic, Muhammad Mustafa Ali has been boxing for four years and has won numerous national and international titles.


His passion has inspired other students at his Leicester-based Muslim school to pursue their sporting prowess and become champions in Mixed Martial Arts.


Muhammad is keen to help others with their training and development.


He has travelled across the globe for training and development initiatives provided by the England Talent Pathway Programme.





His numerous accomplishments include winning England Boxing School’s National Champion, GB Three Nations Champion, England V Wales International Tournament in 2018; winner at England V Wales International Tournament, England V Ireland International Tournament in 2019 as well as many other championships.


He adheres to a lifestyle of a boxer through diet, nutrition and fitness.


An outstanding sportsman, he adheres to principles of Islam and attributes his success to hard work and commitment.





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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Usama al-Sayyid Al-Azhari



Sheikh Usama Al-Sayed Al-Azhari is an Azhari scholar, preacher, an academic and a Senior Fellow of Kalam Research & Media. He teaches Hadith, Logic, and Islamic Creed at the renowned Al-Azhar Mosque’s Riwaq Al-Atrak in Cairo, Egypt. He also holds a teaching post in the Faculty of Usul Al-Din and Da`wah at Al-Azhar University, Egypt.

Scholar: Sheikh Usama was chosen by the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Ali Gomaa to deliver the Friday sermons on his behalf in the Sultan Hassan Mosque. He has studied with many esteemed scholars from all over the Islamic world, acquiring numerous authorisations (ijazaat) all testifying to his accepted position in the unbroken-chains of transmission known as isnad essential in the field of Islamic sciences and scholarship.

Peace Activist: He is considered to be one of the most influential voices calling for and working towards reaching new understandings founded on the Islamic tradition and in ways that accommodate the contemporary condition. In this regard, he has presented a number of original and fresh ideas attempting to renew authentic Islamic outlooks, through his publishing and scholarly contributions. Some of the ideas include, creating a relational map of Shariah sciences and their relationship with other circles of sciences, creating “Islamic hermeneutics”, reviving the tradition of auditing religious sciences and transmitting them through a chain of transmission as a criterion of authenticity, and the Qur’anic accommodation of different civilizations, amongst others.




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Towards Demystifying Islamophobia:

A Muslim’s Perspective


by Zouhir Gabsi, Deakin University


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



...continued from last week's CCN




In theorising the concept of Islamophobia, I propose two loosely connected dimensions: the internal and external views of Islamophobia.


For the internal view, understanding the phenomenon of Islamophobia is framed by a Muslim’s perspective.


This perspective hinges not solely on the Qurʾanic and prophetic traditions but also engages with various Islamic scholars’ interpretations, philosophies and Islamic history.


In other words, the Muslim perspective “hinges upon the dialectics of the past, present, and future creating a new consensus or a confirmation of who Muslims are, what they want to be, and how they want to be.”


In this existentialist pursuit of what forms a Muslim identity, Mohammed Arkoun, an influential Algerian intellectual, warns that Muslim intellectuals should move away from being mere offensive or defensive apologists and should fight “against social sciences as practised by orientalism, in a disengaged, narrative, descriptive style.”


The external perspective, however, does not engage with Islamic sources.


It scrutinises the phenomenon within the frameworks of identity politics, ethnicity, anti-Muslim racism and power.



Serialized: to be continued in next week's CCN








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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




A Note About Opening The Mosques

By Fatima Fatima Est



More than a thousand years ago, some men wrote against the presence of women at mosques. Contrary to the Prophetic practice where men and women prayed together in the mosque even at night, the accretions of the legal opinions of these scholars over time concluded that women must be excluded from the mosques. Their reasoning – to prevent the means to a greater evil (sadd al-dharai), namely socialisation amongst men and women. Despite some small gains in the form of a few gender-inclusive masajid, to this day a majority of the mosques around the world either exclude women or limit their presence in the mosque.

Today a small group of Muslims, the very same who uphold at all costs the ruling against women’s presence in the mosque are arguing before the South African courts that it is unconstitutional, unacceptable, indeed deeply and spiritually painful that they themselves have been excluded from the mosques, to prevent the means to a greater evil, namely the spread of Covid-19. The national regulation does not privilege some religions or some people over others, instead it coincides with broad principles of maintaining public interests (al-masalih al-mursala, allowing both state and Islamic ethics to coincide on this matter, and so we think it should stand.

But from the women who have been excluded from the masajid for a 1000 years, simply for being women, we see what you’re doing and so we want to remind you that:

  • you’re willing to spend hundreds of thousands sanitising your masajid, even fighting a court case to re-enter your masajid. Your lawyer told the honourable judge that you are sustained by your presence in the mosque, and so it appears that your masajid have replaced your Sustainer, your Rabb. When you excluded our sisters from the mosques all those centuries ago, we leant then already that we are only sustained by God who also assures us ‘wherever you turn there is your Lord’,

  • our Rabb is indeed merciful, for under no other circumstance could you possibly have understood the pain of being excluded from the masajid which, as you correctly argued today, is the spiritual centre of the Muslim community. We’ve known this pain from the day we were born; and unfortunately, now you know it too,

  • this pandemic is a time for deep reflection amongst all of us, may your pain at the exclusion from the masajid also lead you to deep introspection, perhaps use your experience as a teacher to hold up a mirror that reflects your own behaviour and contemplate what it is that you have done in excluding women from the spiritual centres of the ummah – the community.

We don’t think you will change your views, because your misogyny and patriarchy runs deeply and is mostly unquestioned in your masajid – indeed some of you believe that Islam is actually a patriarchal faith. Despite having excluded us, know that we are not happy that you are now experiencing the pain that we have always experienced.

What we are happy about is hearing you express your ideas about the centrality of the mosque to the community, and how difficult it is to be cut off from the spiritual centre of the community. We’ve always known this, even when you tell us to find solace in praying hidden in the darkest corners of our home, or when you build ornate mosques without a space for us to pray at, but always a kitchen for us to work in.

You should have seen our shock when you even told the Court that the masajid are a refuge for abused women. Wouldn’t that be amazing, were it true! And God-willing someday we will make that happen. But for now, you will recall that when we ask for a divorce through your jurists’ councils you send us back over and over again, and when we complain about our treatment at the hands of abusive husbands you remind us to be patient; “make sabr” you say. So we offer you the same guidance today; have patience with this virus dear Muftis and Moulanas, with the will of Allah, fortunately for you it will leave some day, and you will return to the mosque. We, however, might be less fortunate if your patriarchy doesn’t also leave with the virus.

The Qur’an tells us that after hardship there is ease. So, we pray that the pain you expressed before the Court and the hardship you are enduring now will ease as the virus leaves. When it does, remember a pandemic can be either a time of learning and renewal or people can display stubborn pride, takabbur, and return to their old ways.

We pray that none of us return to our old ways after this pandemic. As you circulate WhatsApp messages with heartfelt supplications repenting our collective wrongdoings, perhaps think about this as one of them? As a community we can choose to use this moment to reflect and reform ourselves and consider what we need to learn from the pain of exclusion from the masajid. If those who have excluded women from the masajid choose to reform their ways after the pandemic and open the masajid to women then this experience and this pain may perhaps heal us all.

Wa hasbun Allah! And for us, God is sufficient!

23 April 2020, South Africa




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NYC Muslim funeral homes, cemeteries overwhelmed amid coronavirus




As New York deals with a mounting death toll of coronavirus victims, Muslim cemeteries in the city are also getting overwhelmed. An imam from NY shows us how the funerals are held.








Tribute to Dr Sadeq Elhowsh




Whiston Hospital near Liverpool

Sadeq Elhowsh, a long-serving orthopaedic surgeon with St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK, died on Monday evening.

"A hero's farewell to a fallen friend and colleague doctor ........."

He was a very quiet and dedicated orthopaedic surgeon. I would meet him once or twice every day in the hospital mosque during prayer times. Sometimes he would join me quietly while I was praying tapping on my shoulder to let me know. In fourteen years I hardly saw him talking to anyone.....

But, in his death Dr Sadeq Elhowsh has spoken more loudly than he ever could have in his life. His death has shook the hospital, the city and now the country.

The whole of his hospital in Liverpool came out today to say goodbye to their fallen colleague who succumbed to COVID-19 last night while serving his patients. The tributes from the city are pouring in and friends and colleagues have collected £39,000 out of the target of £75,000 within fifteen hours of his passing away. This is to support his young family of four sons age 6 to 19 years and their bereaved mother.







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How Debbie Rogers Converted her Family


and 30 Friends to Islam!




Aisha embarked on a mission to convert her parents and the rest of her family..
She recalls: "My husband and I worked on my mum and dad, telling them about Islam and they saw the changes in me, like I stopped disrespecting and talking back!"
Her mother soon followed in her footsteps. Marjory Rogers changed her name to Sumayyah and became a devout Muslim.











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Answers to all queries in this video by Imam Uzair Akbar: COVID-19 Guidelines for Ramadan / Eid

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Sadness as two Blackburn Imams from same mosque die due to coronavirus     


Masjid Al-Momineen


UK: TRIBUTES have been made as two East Lancashire imams from the same mosque sadly died after contracting the coronavirus.

The deaths of the highly-respected Muslim leaders, who lead prayers and services at the Masjid-al-Momineen mosque on Ash Street in Blackburn, were announced this morning.

Imam Hazrat Moulana Abdul Razzak Jalgaonkar and Moulana Abdul Majid Hodekar were known throughout the region and the community, and had supported their mosque in a range of charitable causes over many years.

Hundreds of Muslims from the local community would normally attend the funeral, or Janazah, of an imam, but due to social distancing and lockdown guidelines, mourners will not be able to pay their respects in the usual way.

A statement from the mosque said: “Due to the current Government guidelines we are unable to share funeral details with you.

“We kindly request that you abide by these rules and support us in these difficult times.”



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UK Scholars Issue Fatwa Enabling Medics to Postpone Fasts    




UK: A group of prominent British Muslim scholars have issued a fatwa which gives medical professionals consent to defer their Ramadhaan fasts. This is if fasting could possibly jeopardize the treatment of coronavirus patients.

Ramadhaan is due to start at the end of this week, with Muslim doctors, nurses and healthcare workers at the frontline in the battle against COVID-19. A number have lost their lives to the coronavirus.

The challenge for those treating COVID-19 patients, according to Muslim medical professionals is that Personal Protective Equipment includes a mask, or powered air respirators which can result in dehydration and heat stress. This is because of the tight fit around the face for extensive periods.

In hotspot areas in the UK, the shifts of medical personnel has been increased to more than 12 hours per day. It becomes very difficult to keep such long fasts (roughly 17 hours) especially if the shift is busy. There are concerns that if a doctor or nurse does fast under these conditions, it could lead to potentially life-threatening mistakes.

The fatwa, which was signed by scholars in Blackburn, Batley, Bury, Bradford, Leeds, London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Leicester, states: “If it is possible to fast without risking the lives of patients, for example, if annual leave can be taken and the hospital has adequate staffing, this should be considered, if not for the whole month, then for as many days possible…”

It further states: “If, however, it is not possible to fast due to the strong likelihood of dehydration and severe thirst along with the risk of making clinical errors which could potentially affect lives, the fasts can be postponed to a later date. This is a judgement you need to make on a personal level based on your own health whilst keeping in mind your duty of care to patients.”

It also states that the decision to fast or to delay the fast to a later date should be reviewed daily, and that the fast should be attempted if, for instance, the shift is not expected to be busy or a shorter shift becomes possible. However, if at any point the medical worker begins to struggle, the fast “can be broken and repeated at a later date without any additional penalty”.

The fatwa states that on days where medics are not expected to be at work, the fast must be kept.  





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Indian hospitals refuse to admit Muslims as coronavirus causes Islamophobia surge    


Two newborn babies died in Jharkhand and Rajasthan after hospitals refused to treat their Muslim mothers


INDIA: Two newborn babies have died after hospitals refused to admit their Muslim mothers amid a surge in coronavirus-related Islamophobia in India.

In Jharkhand state, a Muslim woman miscarried after she was barred from receiving treatment in MGM Hospital in the city of Jamshedpur.

Rizwana Khatun, 30, had rushed to the hospital after she began bleeding. Accused of spreading coronavirus, she was also beaten and asked to clean up her own blood.

Earlier this month, a baby died in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan after a government hospital refused to admit the Muslim mother.   



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





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🕋 Ramadan Greetings 🕋

My beloved sisters and brothers,
Ramadan Mubarak.

Let this Ramadan be a month of deep reflections.

May this month bring greater awareness for the need to practise love and forgiveness in our thoughts, words and deeds.

May we surrender our petty judgements to Allah, The One Most High, The One Who Judges.

May we embrace His mercy and blessings this Ramadan and be grateful...

So grateful and so humbled

For, what if this Ramadan is all we have?

May Almighty Allah accept our fasts and forgive our errors.

May this holy month of Ramadan be a time that unites humanity and brings about clarity in our purpose so that we may love unconditionally and abandon all judgements and narrow perceptions of one another.

May Almighty Allah bless all people with greater awareness of kindness, respect and service to each other. Ameen ya rabb.

The holy month of Ramadan is the perfect time to sit in silence and solitude and reflect on our thoughts, words, and deeds.

Are our thoughts, words, and deeds serving and pleasing Allah subhaanu wa'taala?

Or are we stuck in a repetitive reactionary cycle of negativity to please people and society's capitalist culture?

In shaa Allah these Ramadan Journaling Prompts will help you to start a self-reflective journal. There are 30 thought-provoking prompts, one for each day of the holy month.


Please share this link with friends and family.

Ramadan Mubarak.

Please forgive me for my shortcomings and my errors.
Your sister,
Princess R. Lakshman (sister Iqra)



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








The Polymath: Unlocking the Power of Human Versatility



Waqas Ahmed





Every human is born with multifarious potential. Why, then, do parents, schools and employers insist that we restrict our many talents and interests; that we 'specialise' in just one?

We've been sold a myth, that to 'specialise' is the only way to pursue truth, identity, or even a livelihood. Yet specialisation is nothing but an outdated system that fosters ignorance, exploitation and disillusionment and thwarts creativity, opportunity and progress.

Following a series of exchanges with the world's greatest historians, futurists, philosophers and scientists, Waqas Ahmed has weaved together a narrative of history and a vision for the future that seeks to disrupt this prevailing system of unwarranted 'hyper-specialisation.'

In The Polymath, Waqas shows us that there is another way of thinking and being. Through an approach that is both philosophical and practical, he sets out a cognitive journey towards reclaiming your innate polymathic state. Going further, he proposes nothing less than a cultural revolution in our education and professional structures, whereby everyone is encouraged to express themselves in multiple ways and fulfil their many-sided potential.

Not only does this enhance individual fulfilment, but in doing so, facilitates a conscious and creative society that is both highly motivated and well equipped to address the complexity of 21st century challenges




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CCN's Bookshelf

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
The Baghdad Clock
Saïd the Fisherman
Through The Peacock Gate
English Translation of the Qur'an
Home Fire
The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
The Cambridge Companion to Religion and Terrorism
Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal Of Its Religious And Ideological Foundations
Islam in Europe
Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World
From My Sisters' Lips
A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way
Rusted Off: Why Country Australia Is Fed Up
Step Up: Embrace the Leader Within
The Lebs
British Mosques
From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
I, Migrant: A comedian's journey from Karachi to the outback

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Can be prepared in advance and a healthy choice for either Sehri or Iftaar.








1) Smoothies for Sehri (with Dates)

1. Best dates to use for smoothies are Medjool, de pitted and sliced
2. Soak dates in milk/water for few hours before use
3. Substitute yogurt and milk interchangeably if desired.
4 Full cream milk is preferable
5. Add oat bran, almonds, flaxseeds (linseed) etc for a healthier and energising kick
6. Freezing the fruit before blending will provide a creamier texture


2) Vanilla Date Breakfast Smoothie

• 1 cup yogurt
• 1 cup milk
• 4-7 dates soaked in the milk overnight

• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

• 2 cups ice cubes - optional


Blend. 2-3 Glasses


3) Simple  Banana Oat Bran Smoothie

• 1½ cup milk,
• 1 Tb oat bran,
• 1 Banana,
• 4 dates soaked in the milk overnight
• Vanilla to taste - optional

Blend. 2 Glasses



4) Banana Date Smoothie

• 250 ml plain yogurt
• 120 ml milk,
• 120 ml dates, fresh, pitted and chopped and soaked overnight in the milk

• 2 bananas, sliced

• 8 ice cubes – optional


Blend. 2 -3 glasses


5) Strawberry Smoothie with Dates

• ½ cup strawberries
• ¼ cup almonds, soaked
• 3 dates, pitted and soaked
• 1 cup water or milk

Blend, 2 Glasses


6) Spiced Banana Date Smoothie

• 1 cup Milk
• 4 Medjool or other dates, pitted, chopped and soaked overnight in the milk

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

• 1/8 teaspoon ginger

• 1/8 teaspoon cloves

• 1/8 teaspoon Chile Powder*

• 1/16 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper*

• ¾ cup sliced ripe banana

• ¾ cup Ice - Optional


Blend. 2 Glasses




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Keeping Fit with Kareema










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Autumn / Winter action PLAN

• Nail your health goals. Just because it’s getting cooler doesn’t mean we stop moving

• Stay motivated. That post-workout feel is SO worth it!

• Find balance. Take time out to reflect and be grateful

• Supercharge your sleep. It makes for a better tomorrow

• Connect with nature. Yes it may not be as warm out, but get out and enjoy your surrounds

• Workout plan. If we have a plan, we stand a chance… Get it done!


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The CCN Chuckle





Karrimudin: Habibi! Habibi! Why are you carrying that whole door.


Jallaludin: Well, you see my brother, the door lock broke so I am taking it for repairs.


Karrimudin: You better have it repaired quickly, otherwise you won't be able to get into your house without a door!

Jallaludin: Ah, not to worry, I can still get in. I left the window open.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! When you deal with each other, in transactions involving future obligations in a fixed period of time, reduce them to writing...


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:282


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"Come you masters of war

You that build all the guns

You that build the death planes

You that build the big bombs

You that hide behind walls

You that hide behind desks

I just want you to know I can see through your masks"

~ Bob Dylan


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COVID-19 Janaza update.
Muslim Funeral Services guidelines adopted on dealing with Janazas during this pandemic.

This includes the Covid and non-Covid Janazas, for burials in South East Queensland.
























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

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

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

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


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

Please go to the following website to register your interest:

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





























(07) 3272 8071 OR 0401 971 471



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25 April(tentative)




(Start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1441



21 May(tentative)




(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1441



25 May(tentative)




(End of the month of fasting)

1st Shawal 1441


6 June



Eid Down Under Festival


Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)





31 July(tentative)




(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1441



1 August (tentative)




10th Zil-Hijja 1441



21 August(tentative)




(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1442



30 August (tentative)




10th Muharram 1442


6 September





Crescents of Brisbane


Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


24 October



Annual Milad-un-Nabi



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



0422 433 074

4PM to Magrib


30 October





(Birth of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1442




1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr - these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118











Masjid As Sunnah



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

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




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




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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

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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