EST. 2004


Sunday 3 May 2020 | Issue 0808



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Mr Hussain Baba, CEO of the Multicultural Social Network, presents Human Appeal's Dr Zakaria Amin with an appreciation award for contribution to the COVID-19 food drive on the Gold Coast



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President of the Gold Coast Islamic Society Hussin Goss says there's high demand for the Ramadan drive-thru


Key points:

  • The drive-through service produces 400 meals per day for members of the Gold Coast Islamic community

  • A large number of queueing for meals are international students who can't access government support

  • Islamic leader Hussin Goss is calling on the Prime Minister to reopen mosques before restaurants and bars

Islamic leaders on the Gold Coast believe they have opened Australia's first drive-through takeaway food service for Muslims observing the month Ramadan.

Gold Coast Islamic Society president Hussin Goss said the sudden closure of the Arundel Mosque last month due to the coronavirus pandemic had forced them to think outside the square.

"We've had to innovate a new idea of feeding our fasting people during the month of Ramadan," Mr Goss said.

"Like Maccas has a drive-through, we've got a drive-through for people picking up their meals, taking them home, and breaking their fast."

Ramadan is observed by Muslims around the world and began in Australia on Thursday April 23.

Each day during the month, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and participating in anything that is ill-natured or excessive from dawn until sunset.

Hundreds of curries flow once gates open
Mr Goss said the drive-through service, which he believed was the first of its kind in Australia, was operated by seven people.
"We have two chefs that come into the kitchen and prepare about 400 meals," he said.

"We then have another team of two who come in to pack takeaway containers.

"Then we open the gate at the centre from approximately 1:00pm to 2:00pm."

Subsidised by donations, the drive-through service gives away rice, bread, and curries made with lamb, beef, and chicken.

Mr Goss said he was surprised by how many people were queueing up for food since the service began this week.

"We have a lot of international students and, as we're all aware, they don't have jobs. They don't have any income coming in at all," he said.

"We are opening it up to our own community, anyone that is in need.

"This is a time of giving, this is the month of Ramadan where we have to show compassion."

University student Junaid Ali said he was very grateful for the drive-through, but he was disappointed not to be gathering with his family.

"Everybody wants to be involved in Ramadan … [but] they don't have any other opportunity," he said.

Mr Ali said he hoped the coronavirus crisis would come to an end as soon as possible.

"The month of Ramadan is one of the greatest months in the whole year," he said.

"I pray for God … that everything [to do with coronavirus] will be finished as soon as possible."

Call to reopen mosques
On March 23 the Prime Minister announced the closure of pubs, licenced clubs, cinemas, and places of worship to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

More than a month on, and with the spread seemingly under control, Mr Goss is calling on the Federal Government to loosen some restrictions.

"I would hope that the Prime Minister would look at opening up places of worship before they open up pubs and restaurants," said the Gold Coast Islamic leader.

"I think it's important, I think people need that spiritual guidance.

"People in this climate now are turning to God."

He suggested coronavirus fears could be managed by limiting the number of people who could enter a place of worship.

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Australian International Islamic College staff prepared, cooked and packed around 1500 packs of food.


Parents drove in throughout the afternoon and collected their packs with their children, who are missing their school and teachers.




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This week the Daily Mail published an article with the headline: Riot police and bomb squad swarm lockdown the streets around Australia's biggest mosque as three men are arrested in a home and a firearm seized.


The article concerned a domestic matter which happened to take place in the home in the vicinity of the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney.


The Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN) wrote to the news service and complained about the decision to emphasise the mosque within the headline, including its size as ‘Australia’s biggest mosque’, saying that it had no material connection to the criminal matters in the story.


Within hours of receiving the letter, the editor of the news service amended the headline to read: Riot police and bomb squad lockdown streets as three men are arrested in a home and a firearm seized.




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Our Ramadan Food hampers, that have been funded by the communities generous donations, have been delivered to families in need across Brisbane. We had started collecting grocery items earlier than we anticipated due to the effect of Covid-19 panic buying. We also started distributing the hampers earlier than our deadline because of the many people who had reached out to us.


When we started the donation drive for the second time this year, we only thought of doing it on a small scale because of the challenges and hardship that affect many of us; people stood down by their employers and many had to close their businesses.

We are truly grateful and humbled by the donations that have been coming in. There are many generous community member who are just looking for opportunities to help others in the community. They are racing to aid their struggling fellow community members in order to ease their burdens.


Truly showing their true generosity of spirit. Especially our volunteers who went to the supermarkets everyday to buy 2 of the essential items in the food pack, due to purchasing restrictions.

In total, 115 food packages went out to different families in Waterford West, Kingston, Woodridge Underwood, Sunnybank, Doolandella, Holland Park, and even as far as Warwick, Redcliffe and Caboolture. Through our network, we were able to help - families in need, single mothers, single fathers, people with long-term illnesses, elderly brothers and sisters, and struggling students with their families.


The recipients were truly grateful for the aid they were receiving and sent grateful thanks to every one of the donors with multiplied goodness for their sincere donations for the struggling people in the community.



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Posted by Naseema Mustapha




In three days of lockdown due to covid19 these communities had no water to drink once their water containers were empty. A crisis emerged. Immediately my husband Mohamed and I decided to take action.

For two weeks I have been raising funds for this borehole project in Sierra Leone. Thankful to have completed one borehole and people are collecting water from today, servicing a community of 200+ families in Waterloo. Much gratitude to all who donated towards this one.

There was so much excitement this morning as the community are told they can collect water. Group Prayers were said and a crowd poured in to help themselves to pure clean water!

Project 2 Semi-Rural
Another borehole is required in the semi-rural area. At present, the people walk down to the swamplands to collect water. I will start fundraising for this borehole now. This will service 60+ families in villages surrounding an area called Six Mile Crossing.

Donations collected from South Africa, Botswana and Australia. Local account available for donations.

You may also donate here.

Much Gratitude and Thanks to all of you.
Naseema & Mohamed



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Ramadan Iftar Packs







Due to the COVID-19 crisis restrictions, sadly iftars at mosques and by community organisations have been cancelled this year.


Last year Sisters With Helping Hands hosted iftars at their centre in Logan Central for sisters but due to this years restrictions they were unable to host the iftars again.


Therefore, they partnered with Brothers in Need to distribute iftar packs to families and individuals in the community struggling due to the current crisis.


Four times a week volunteers from Brothers in Need and Sisters With Helping Hands pack iftar packs and deliver to those in need at their homes.


Packs include a suhoor pack of oats, honey, snack bars, fruit and dates, as well as a hot food pack and dessert.


We started with 150 packs per day and now we are doing 450 packs per day.


A big thank you to everyone who is supporting the program by donating money to cover the costs of preparing the packs each day or are generously preparing and donating food for the packs.

Thank you to our anonymous donors and the Calamvale discount fruit Barn, BBQ Tonight, Sitaar Restaurant Albion, AIIC, ICB, ICQ, Brothers in Need, Muslim Aid Australia, Muslim Charitable Foundation, Sisters with Helping Hands, Hurricanes Star Club, Muslim Crescent Scout Group, Deen Family, Australia Youth Trust, Rotary Club of Brisbane International, Aus Leaf Pty Ltd, Fussy Fruit and Indonesian Sisters.

Please see the flyers below for more details on how to donate and refer individuals or families who need support.




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RAMADAN 2020/1414









Kuraby Masjid Ramadan 2020 - Virtual Program

1) Daily Quran Recitation
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2) Daily Tafseer Program
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Academy Alive would like to wish everyone a blessed Ramadan.


May this beautiful month bring peace and joy to you and your family.

As we welcome Ramadan, so begins the highly anticipated Ramadan and Beyond 24/7 Livestream by Academy Alive.

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

Bringing you some light-hearted fun is Tifl Tv and The Cooking Show.


Learn new skills from shows ranging from gardening, cooking, arts and craft and so much more!

Our Ramadan and Beyond 24/7 Livestream will continue throughout Ramadan.


Tune into Facebook or YouTube for this unforgettable stream.

Academy Alive is proud to present this project in association with Human Appeal Australia, Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) and the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ).



















Plan Your Ramadan – Abdal Hakim Murad (UK)

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Ramadan Live!

This month, we’re bringing Cambridge Muslim College to you with a series of FREE talks

– online, live and every day –

from renowned scholars around the world.

Join us on YouTube for a carefully curated month of learning:

from the Qur’an, Prophetic tradition and self-improvement, to arts, culture and astronomy.





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Shereena and Emilee Kia reading the Quaran during Ramadan. April, 2020.


There is a call to prayer, signalling the sun is beginning to set. There are dates passed across the table. There are hushed mutterings of thanks underneath the tongues of family members. There is prayer.

Most notably, there is a rich aroma wafting from the kitchen. There is a great feast, the first for the day.

These short, poignant moments are being shared in the homes of Muslims around the country during iftar (breaking of the fast) as individuals and families observe Ramadan.

The Kai family come together during Ramadan while the world struggles with the coronavirus pandemic.

More time for family and reflection
The disruption is disappointing and unsettling for many in the community. But for the Kai family in south-west Sydney, the pandemic is presenting an important opportunity to reconnect with a month they are ordinarily too busy to embrace due to work and school commitments.

"In the previous years, everything goes by so quickly and by the time you know it, Ramadan is finished," says Shereena, a 21-year-old fashion and textiles student.

"Now, I have time to reflect on the everyday and be present in the moment."

Even though the coronavirus shutdown has left Shereena and her two sisters without jobs, they say they've never felt more positive about "reconnecting with our family, with our creator and renewing our intentions".

In addition to the family Koran reading sessions, the Kais have also connected online to the Indonesian Islamic community Iqro, where they watch religious lectures online "to make sure we're gaining that knowledge, socialising and seeing how everyone is doing."



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Ella Misisa, 10, of Slacks Creek has received a refurbished computer to assist with her online schooling.


Accessing online information from home will be easier for more Logan families thanks to locally rebuilt computers.

The refurbished devices are being rolled out by the electronic waste recycling team at Kingston-based Substation33, the social enterprise arm of Logan’s YFS community support services.

The project is being funded and supported by Logan City Council in partnership with the Logan Together community movement, YFS and Substation33.

Devices have been supplied to families and people most in need.

Slacks Creek mother Chiquita Misisa said computer access would allow her family, including daughter Ella, 10, to face the coming weeks with confidence.

“Education for our kids is very important to me and my husband,” Ms Misisa said.

“Academically they are doing well and we didn’t want them to fall behind.

“But we were wondering what we were going to do without a computer. This has been a huge relief for us”.

Logan Mayor Darren Power said Council remained focused on supporting local families and residents through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our top priority at this time is the safety and wellbeing of our community, customers and staff,” Mayor Power said.

“More people are working and studying from home and require support and technology to do so.

“Our community members are rising to these new challenges and Council is proud to support them on this fantastic initiative.”

Logan Together Director Matthew Cox said current social distancing requirements had reinforced the importance of every child having equal learning opportunities.

“Logan Together is focused on the wellbeing of every young child in our community and on what they need to thrive,” Mr Cox said.

“It has become very clear in the last few weeks just how critical access to a computer is for connection, but there are many families in Logan and across Australia who don’t have that access.

“Logan Together is very pleased to be able to provide these computers to families in Logan, providing online connection now and into the future.

“It is absolutely fantastic that we have been able to meet some of the need here in Logan but this is a much bigger issue that needs to be addressed across the state and country.

“If we address it well now we will leave a lasting legacy for families.”

To continue the initiative, Substation33 is in urgent need of donations of computers, screens, keyboards, mice, power and monitor cables.

The enterprise is accepting donations during business hours at 31 Mary Street, Kingston, or they can be contacted on 07 3826 1533 to make arrangements for larger collections or pick-ups.



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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.




Khizra Mosque & Community Centre in Manchester stands out for engaging with the wider community and not just its members.


Besides traditional mosque facilities, Khizra regularly hosts events for all ages in the areas of health and exercise, education, poverty relief, and interfaith.


Examples include mosque tours, careers fairs, blood donation clinics, charity fundraising, language classes, and all types of clubs from youth to gardening.





Khizra has organized street cleaning and provided support for flood victims in Cumbria and Somerset.


Khizra has received many awards and recognitions for its activities, including the Be Proud Manchester Special Recognition Award following the 2017 attack at the Manchester Arena, the UKIM Best Mosque Award in 2018, and seven awards at the Beacon Mosque Awards 2019.


While being active in community development, Khizra is undergoing development in the form of construction work aimed at furthering its endeavours.





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Karim Al-Hussayni


The Aga Khan IV, 49th Imam of Ismaili Muslims

Shah Karim Al-Hussayni, also known simply as the Aga Khan (Imamate: 1957-present), is the leader of the Shia sect of Muslims known as the Nizari Ismailis. For 10–15 million Nizari Ismaili Muslims the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam, with lineage descending back to Ali, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Hereditary Leader of Ismailis: The Aga Khan, a hereditary title bestowed upon the Imam by the Shah of Persia in the mid-nineteenth century, derives his position of authority from his lineage. At the age of 21 the Aga Khan bypassed his father and uncle to become the fourth Aga Khan and 49th Imam, a choice that his grandfather made because he felt the community needed a leader ‘who has been brought up and developed during recent years and in the midst of the new age, and who brings a new outlook on life to his office.’

Unparalleled Philanthropist: The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a collection of development and humanitarian agencies working in areas of poverty. The network is widely known for its architectural and cultural work, including projects that revitalize historic cities. Some projects include the renovation of the Old City of Aleppo and the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo. The Aga Khan’s foundation maintains a strong and enduring presence in developing countries—building health care capacity, promoting economic development in rural areas and helping improve educational opportunities. The AKDN is particularly influential in Central Asia, where it works in areas that are often neglected by other organizations. The period from July 2017 to July 2018 was designated the Diamond Jubilee Year of the Aga Khan’s 60th year of reign.




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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


With globalisation and the rise in social movement and immigration, since the 1970s, the concept of identity politics has emerged. It is founded on the premise that the identity of cultural communities needs recognition.


However, these cultural communities may cause problems in contemporary liberal democracies because “the recognition these groups’ claim appears in the current view as a threat to public order and community life forms.”


However, in Muslim identity politics, there is a move not merely to consider Islamophobia as religious discrimination but also to recognise that Islamophobia “refers also to the practical consequences of such hostility in unfair discrimination against Muslim individuals and communities, and to the exclusion of Muslims from mainstream political and social affairs.”


Islamophobia has also been associated with expressions of racism and antisemitism. The Runnymede Commission on Antisemitism pointed out that Muslims and Jews experience exclusion and marginalisation because they are both treated as “intruders,” with Jews considered “Christ killers” and Muslims as “infidels.”

Whether to link Muslim identities with race is moot. Tyrer professes, instead of engaging in a discussion about the positioning of Islamophobia within the sphere of racial politics, one should put forward the premise that Muslim identities “acted as a device that could drive forward a wider narrative of denial while foreclosing politicisation around experiences of Islamophobia.”


What complicates the blurring of the link of Islamophobia with the concept of race is Islamophobia’s inherent ambiguity. However, calling a Muslim ‘the Other’ “does not dispel its racial intent, but it does open up a new form of racial politics …”


Tyrer adds:

the attempt to deny the racist nature of Islamophobia is of utility in extending a particular racial politics without risking the accusation of racism, and in doing so it also centres problematic ideas of phenotypal racial difference, not by labelling Muslims as biologically bounded but by contrasting Muslims against other minorities who are held as such..



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




The immense benefits of nature for mental health

By Naseema Mustapha



For years, studies have shown the positive impact nature has on our mental wellbeing – so much so that doctors have even started prescribing it to patients living with anxiety and depression. Many have come to realise just how important nature is for their mental health. From listening to the birds to feeling the sun on your skin, people are realising how much happiness can be found in the simplicity of the natural world.

Ways you can incorporate nature into your life during the COVID19 pandemic.

House Plants that thrive indoors - the colour green is soothing and it increases the amount of oxygen in your home.

A stroll down that path, surrounded by trees and birds – particularly after finishing work and the sun is beginning to set.

Take your daily exercise routine outdoors.

Feel the earth and grass under your bare feet - a few minutes each day is very calming.

Close your eyes and listen to the rustling of the leaves, the sound of water flowing, birds chirping.

Me more present with elements around you, seek out their colour, texture, smell, and be aware of how they make you feel.

Multicultural communities long for the social interaction with the community where support and comfort are sought, nature can fill some of that space for you.

If COVID19 restrictions allow you to go to a park, the beach, a waterfall, a rainforest, take the opportunity to connect with nature at least once a week.

Just being able to inhale some fresh air and smell the trees and the earth seems to have a soothing effect. Nature is now being prescribed by doctors to help with mental health problems. We are naturally programmed to want to be with nature Dr Vishal Shah, a GP and Medical Director at Thriva in the UK, explains this response is natural because humans are actually wired with a desire to be around living things. She says: ‘We’re naturally programmed to want to spend time in nature – in fact, the term “biophilia” is used to describe the innate tendency we have to connect with nature and living things.’ – is such an effective escape from cabin fever and feeling a bit downcast.

It’s not just our mental health which benefits from the natural world – our physical health is better because of it, too. Dr Vishal adds: ‘Spending time in nature is linked to lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression, better sleep, and a stronger immune system.’


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Feeding the Hungry | COVID-19 |


DAWN Cast Ep. 33 ft. Mona Mahamed |


 Community Support Services Inc.




Mona Mahamed is the CEO and Founder of Community Support Services Incorporated, a social enterprise aiming to help vulnerable individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds, providing engaging programs and a platform for social cohesion, particularly for those from CALD background.

Mona Mahamed is a mother of six children, living in Bankstown, Sydney. Mona is of Egyptian heritage and was born and raised in Australia.

Mona created a one-stop-shop for the community of Canterbury/Bankstown district by offering referral services including educational seminars, case management, financial assistance, youth education and support services, Village Food Pantry addressing food insecurity and ‘The Village’ radio program, broadcast by Mona herself.

‘The Village’ comes from the proverb ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, reviving the concept of being in a supportive village and giving a sense of cohesion for those who need it most.

Mona says “We hope to open avenues to train women and youth alike to become financially independent by providing pathways to get them into the workforce and to grow nationally or even internationally, touching as many people as possible, creating a positive ripple effect – thriving, not just surviving!”.








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South African High Court dismisses application to have mosques reopened    



SOUTH AFRICA: The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed an application by a group of Muslim leaders and entities to declare certain parts of the lockdown regulations unconstitutional because it prohibits prayers, specifically the Muslim daily prayers, in places of worship.

The application was brought by Muhammed Bin Hassim Mohomed, Anas Mohammed Chotia and the As-Saadiqeen Islamic Centre.

Judge Brenda Neukircher said in her judgment that every citizen had been called upon to make sacrifices to their fundamental rights entrenched in the Constitution. She said this was done for the "the greater good", in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She added that the government had put together a task team to consult extensively on the safety of citizens in order to flatten the curve and prevent the country's health system from collapsing.

"I cannot find that the restrictions imposed are either unreasonable or unjustifiable and thus the application must fail," she said.

Describing the impact on other religions, which included Jews and Catholics, she said many did not gather on many auspicious days during the lockdown.

"Holy Communion and mass had to be foregone by Catholics, and Easter could not be celebrated in church services throughout the country. In fact, each religious sector of the country had to make tremendous sacrifices for the greater good."

What did the Saadiqeen Islamic Centre ask for?

Among the proposals from the Islamic Centre was a call for small congregations of approximately 10 to 15 people to attend the morning, afternoon and evening prayers.

They said there would be sanitising of the mosque before and after the prayers, and if the prayers attracted larger crowds, they could be split into three to five smaller "congregations" that would pray for no more than 10 minutes.

They also proposed security to control the numbers and to ensure that no more than 10 people enter and pray at a time.

Judge Neukircher said there were clear examples of gatherings spreading Covid-19. She said the spike in India's coronavirus cases were linked to the attendance of 3 400 worshippers at the Nizamuddin Mosque in Delhi.

She also said that, all over the world, entire countries of people have had to suffer similar inroads to their civil liberties and way of life.

"In this respect, SA is not unique or alone in its efforts. In some countries, these restrictions were placed too late and others have suffered criticism of being too draconian. What they all have in common is the presence of Covid-19 and the toll it has taken on human life in so many ways."






The Gauteng Muslim Shura Council's response to the judgement




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Saudi Arabia to end flogging as a form of punishment    



Form of corporal punishment will be replaced by jail terms, fines or a mixture of both



SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia is ending flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document from the kingdom’s top court.

The decision by the general commission for the supreme court, taken sometime this month, will mean the punishment will be replaced by prison sentences, fines or a mixture of both.

“The decision is an extension of the human rights reforms introduced under the direction of King Salman and the direct supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman,” the document said.

Flogging has been applied to punish a variety of crimes in Saudi Arabia. Without a codified system of law to go with the texts making up sharia, or Islamic law, individual judges have the latitude to interpret religious texts and come up with their own sentences.

Rights groups have documented past cases in which Saudi judges have sentenced criminals to flogging for a range of offences, including public intoxication, harrassment and extramarital sex.

“This reform is a momentous step forward in Saudi Arabia’s human rights agenda, and merely one of many recent reforms in the kingdom,” said Awwad Alawwad, the president of the state-backed Human Rights Commission.

Other forms of corporal and capital punishment, such as amputation for theft or beheading for murder and terrorism offences, have not yet been outlawed.

“This is a welcome change but it should have happened years ago,” said Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch. “There’s nothing now standing in the way of Saudi Arabia reforming its unfair judicial system.”

The Saudi supreme court said the latest reform was intended to “bring the kingdom into line with international human rights norms against corporal punishment”.

The most high-profile instance of flogging in recent years was the case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes in 2014 for “insulting” Islam.

He was awarded the European parliament’s Sakharov human rights prize the following year.

The abolition of corporal punishment in Saudi Arabia comes just days after the kingdom’s human rights record was again in the spotlight after news of the death from a stroke in custody of leading activist Abdullah al-Hamid.   





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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:
Self-Care Is Not Selfish

What self-care acts you have performed today? When I ask my clients this question, the common response I get is: “What do you mean, self-care? Isn’t that a bit selfish? I can’t ignore everyone else and put myself first. I wasn’t raised that way.”

Let us understand the vital difference between self-care and selfishness and why self-care is not selfish but rather without self-care, it becomes absolutely impossible to care for others and be a healthy individual in body and mind.

To be selfish is to lack concern and care about others and indulge in personal pleasures and profits.

To practise self-care is to care for yourself with the intention to be a better person in mind, body and spirit, so that you live a full life of love, light, peace and joy and are able to spread love, light, peace and joy to others.

In order to understand self-care at a deeper level, let me explain about your Physical and Essential Self.

We often take our ‘Physical Self’ as the primary self. When it comes to self-care, we need to delve deeper and find the ‘Essential Self’ - our essence. This Essential Self is what dwells inside the physical body. Our spiritual self.

For example...

When you use words like: “I am angry”, “I am fat”, “I am confused”, “I am hungry” and so on, what you are really saying is that your physical body is angry or fat or confused or hungry. Your energy force, the Essential Self, within you, “I”, is free from anger or hunger or confusion or fat.

When the Essential Self is ignored for too long, the Physical Self begins to show negative symptoms such as anger, confusion, anxiety, fear, accumulation of abdominal fat, lack of sleep, fatigue, worry, increased blood pressure and shallow breathing, to name a few.

Now, ask it selfish to care for your Essential Self so that your Physical Self operates at an optimum level? Think about it...if your Physical Self has been manifesting symptoms of fatigue, poor concentration, agitation, anger, irritability and more, how is that affecting your ability to care for others? How is it affecting your ability to pray? To connect with ALLAH? To live a life of joy and positivity?

The truth is that lack of self-care leads to negative behaviour patterns whereby you eventually feel resentful towards others (the same people you are caring for) and resentful towards yourself. This further results in terrible outbursts of anger or complete withdrawal from people. Before you realise it, you are on pills for a diagnosed mental health issue and are programmed to believe that there is a label that defines you, when in reality, all you need is self-care.

Strategies for Self-Care

• Be compassionate, gentle and caring towards yourself. Do not judge yourself with negative self-talk
• Change negative thoughts by immediately being grateful to ALLAH, and mean it
• Care for others with an intention to care, not with an intention to seek approval or to please
• “No” is a complete sentence. Practise saying “No” and understand that you do not always have to explain why you are saying “No”
• Say “Yes” with love and compassion, not resentment and guilt
• Upon waking up, express gratitude to ALLAH for giving you this brand new day to be a better Muslim
• Be grateful for your body and all its organs. Take care of it by resting and sleeping on time, eating the right foods and drinking water and healthy beverages. Exercise for at least 15 minutes daily
• Inspire others to care for themselves
• Speak only positive words, think only positive thoughts, perform only positive deeds
• Repeat this Positive Affirmation daily: ALHUMDOLILLAH - Everyday in every way, I am better and better.
• Love yourself (if you have a hard time understanding this, contact me for a Clarity-Coaching session).


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Why Race Still Matters



Alana Lentin





'Why are you making this about race?' This question is repeated daily in public and in the media. Calling someone racist in these times of mounting white supremacy seems to be a worse insult than racism itself. In our supposedly post-racial society, surely it's time to stop talking about race?

This powerful refutation is a call to notice not just when and how race still matters but when, how and why it is said not to matter. Race critical scholar Alana Lentin argues that society is in urgent need of developing the skills of racial literacy, by jettisoning the idea that race is something and unveiling what race does as a key technology of modern rule, hidden in plain sight.

Weaving together international examples, she eviscerates misconceptions such as reverse racism and the newfound acceptability of 'race realism', bursts the 'I'm not racist, but' justification, complicates the common criticisms of identity politics and warns against using concerns about antisemitism as a proxy for antiracism.

Dominant voices in society suggest we are talking too much about race. Lentin shows why we actually need to talk about it more and how in doing so we can act to make it matter less.



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KB says: This recipe will change the way you eat chicken.


Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast









4 Skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 Tsp Italian seasoning mix
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tsp Red Chilli paste
Sea salt and pepper
12 Asparagus stalks end trimmed
1 oz Tomatoes chopped up
4 slices Mozzarella Cheese
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil


  1. Preheat your oven to 200'C.

  2. Place the chicken on a clean chopping board and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, chilli, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper.

  3. Start cutting each one lengthwise to create the pockets. Be careful not to cut all the way through.

  4. Add 3 sprigs of asparagus and a couple of pieces of tomatoes to a mozzarella slice, then roll it to hold them inside. Stuff the chicken breasts with it.

  5. Close the pocket with a toothpick. Heat oil in pan.

  6. Add in the chicken and sear it until nicely golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side.

  7. Bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes.

  8. Serve with a side of hot chips or baked vegetables



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I find that going for a walk / run after a light meal works.


Coupled with a yoga session or bodyweight exercises.


Notice how your body feels and do what works, no matter the time of day.


Changing it up might be a good thing.


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Allah enlarges, or grants by [strict] measure, the sustenance [which He gives] to whomso He pleases. [The worldly] rejoice in the life of this world: but the life of this world is but little comfort in the Hereafter.


~ Surah Al-Ra'd 13:26


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