EST. 2004


Sunday 10 May 2020 | Issue 0809



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Muslimah Night Bazaar hosted its first bazaar in 2013 with the mission to create a safe place for Muslimahs with small businesses to come together and showcase their services and products to fellow Muslimah shoppers - fast forward to 2020, Muslimah Night Bazaar now runs under the Muslimahs in Business umbrella where they have hosted as many as 20 events across 2 major cities around Australia; Brisbane and Sydney.



Loriza Koya is the brains behind this project and is a well-known name amongst female entrepreneurs in our community. You may not know how she looks like - but you know the name and what she stands for: building a space for Muslim women to do business and do it well.

Since coming back to Islam in early adulthood, Loriza became more involved in the Muslim community and noticed that there were many sisters with and without businesses that were experiencing the feeling of isolation, lack of a solid support network despite their efforts to benefit and serve the Muslim community through their products.

As a result of this, Loriza had an idea to launch the a bazaar just for women, with the intention of supporting and extending the business reach of sisters within our community, particularly those who have smaller, home based businesses and less general exposure.



Zenah, the owner of Heiress Hijab said that “Muslimahs in Business network has spring boarded our business into new horizons. We have developed a loyal consumer base since participating in the Muslimah Night Bazaar events, both live and online.”

“We went from a small Instagram business in mind 2019 to stocking almost 10 stores nationwide with international interest in less than 6 months, Alhamdullilah!”

“The multiple strategies used by the network allowed us to become discoverable to businesses looking for new products to add to their business line. This support has driven us to continuously satisfy consumer demands with seasonal gifts for their spirit,” Zenah said.

Muslimahs in Business Magazine

Earlier this week, Loriza launched her very first Muslimahs in Business Digital Magazine.

This beautifully designed and exclusive Ramadan edition has something for every Muslimah; benefiting the most from Ramadan, business tips, Ramadan recipes by esteemed Sydney based chef; Tagrid Ahmed and modest fashion tips, just to mention a few.

There is also a special Eid gift guide, and to add that wow factor, the magazine has a hyperlink feature that links you directly to the businesses, all with a push of a finger.

Loriza said that she “decided to bring forth a magazine so that women have a sense that there is a community out there where we all support each other.”

“Women are backbone of the community and are often left unnoticed and under appreciated.”

The results has been amazing, the quality of the magazine speaks for itself and brings out each and every single article.

“The feedback from the community has been phenomenal! They were excited just as I was and I'm so happy, “ Loriza said.

Loriza will continue to contribute towards the community and holds on tight with Muslimahs in Business core value; supporting businesses run by women within the community.

Visit the website to read the magazine



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Human Appeal International Australia (HAIA) hosted an online Live  fundraising yesterday (Saturday 9 May) from 6:30pm to 10pm via Facebook, with respected scholars including Mufti Menk, in support of orphans and other charity projects.


If you were unable to attend, and if you would like to make a donation or pledge, SMS 0431 201 164 with your name and amount.


May Allah reward you and your family for supporting orphans and those in need.




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Donations via Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Toowoomba Plaza Branch, A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation, BSB: 064459 A/C Number: 1034 1586. Swift Code: CTBAAU25XXX.



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Even though her main field is paediatrics, Dr. Dayang Iskandar was re-trained to care for COVID-19 patients.


Healthcare professionals and other essential workers in Australia are facing unprecedented workloads during the coronavirus pandemic. They are working longer hours and putting themselves at risk of getting exposed to the virus.

For many Australian Muslims who are currently observing the fasting month of Ramadan, working in essential sectors adds an additional challenge.

Dayang Iskandar, a paediatric registrar at Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, said she had been asked to treat adult patients, including potential COVID-19 cases, after her paediatric hours were reduced due to a decline in admissions.

Dr Iskandar, a mother of three, is also treating patients in the intensive care unit, but she has one fear.

"The thought of not [being] able to return back to my family if I was exposed to COVID at work," she told the ABC.

Sari Bui, a support worker for the elderly, worries about contracting the virus or potentially infecting her clients in vulnerable age groups.

"I always take precautions such as checking my body temperature at home before going to look after them," Ms Bui told the ABC.

Coronavirus update: Follow all the latest news in our daily wrap.
"By [being] conscious of my own health condition, I also keep my clients from getting sick".


Risyad Abmar (pictured above), a nurse in a public hospital in Melbourne, told the ABC about the parallels between his job and fasting.

"If you think about nursing and if you think about fasting, the aims are all quite similar," Mr Abmar said.

"You've got to be empathetic with nursing, but then also with fasting, the whole point is to develop that empathy."

Ms Bui said being patient was the key when working with the elderly.

"For me as a Muslim, serving the elderly is an act of worship," she said.




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"As its community grew to more than two billion people, it became increasingly clear to the Facebook company that it shouldn't be making so many decisions about speech and online safety on its own. The Oversight Board was created to help Facebook answer some of the most difficult questions around freedom of expression online: what to take down, what to leave up and why.

The board uses its independent judgment to support people's right to free expression and ensure that those rights are being adequately respected. The board's decisions to uphold or reverse Facebook's content decisions will be binding, meaning that Facebook will have to implement them, unless doing so could violate the law."

The purpose of the board is "to promote free expression by making principled, independent decisions regarding content on Facebook and Instagram and by issuing recommendations on the relevant Facebook Company Content Policy."

When fully staffed, the board will consist of 40 members from around the world that represent a diverse set of disciplines and backgrounds. These members will be empowered to select content cases for review and to uphold or reverse Facebook's content decisions.

"The board is not designed to be a simple extension of Facebook's existing content review process. Rather, it will review a selected number of highly emblematic cases and determine if decisions were made in accordance with Facebook's stated values and policies."


Amongst the Board members is Yemenese, Tawakkol Karman, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


Tawakkol Karman is a journalist, civil rights activist and Nobel laureate.


The first Arab woman to win a Nobel prize, she has been recognised for her work building a culture of non-violence in the Middle East and was once called "The Mother of the Revolution".


As a journalist and activist in Yemen working under severe restrictions, she organised events and wrote on issues related to governance and injustice, corruption, extremism, terrorism, women's rights, girls' rights, early marriage, malnutrition, illiteracy, poverty and religious reforms.


In 2005, Karman co-founded Women Journalists Without Chains, in order to promote freedom of expression and democratic rights.


During the Arab Spring, despite attempts on her life, Karman led peaceful protests in Yemen's Capital Sana'a, which ended with the resignation of then-President Ali Salehi.


In recognition of her non-violent struggle for democracy and advocacy for women's rights in Yemen, Karman was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.


She was listed among Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers and one of CNN's most powerful women in the Arab world.


TIME Magazine described her as a 'Torchbearer of the Arab Spring' and named her both one of the 100 most influential women defining the last century and one of the Most Rebellious Women in History.


Karman continues to advocate against dictatorships, extremism and terrorism and takes an active role working to restore peace and political process in Yemen.






Source: Oversight Board




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RAMADAN 2020/1414










Assalamu Alaikum WW.

Alhamdolillah, it has been a long standing tradition, that the Deen Family has been providing a Curry and Rice Brunch for the Community gathering, after the congregational EID UL FITR prayers.

Due to the current situation of the Corona Virus, there will Not be a Congregational Eid prayer at the Islamic College of Brisbane at Karawatha.

However, with the Grace of Allah SWT, the DEEN FAMILY will be continuing with that tradition, albeit, in a different way, but still the same Curry and Rice.

With the assistance of Human Appeal International, who will be providing the volunteers to package and organise distribution.


Inshallah, we will package 2,000 takeaway meals for a drive through pickup at the Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha.


Dishing it out in the good, old days


Drive thru will be from 10am to 12noon on the day we Celebrate EID UL FITR.

The drive thru will be from the Logan entrance on Acacia Rd and Exit at the Compton Rd End.

It will be one way only.

Sorry, but we will be limiting it to TWO containers per car.

To enable this to happen, we would like to express our appreciation to Human Appeal International, Br Ismail Cajee and the Islamic College of Brisbane, along with the many volunteers, and the Queensland Police Service.

Hajji Sultan M Deen




Sr SULTANA DEEN on this annual family tradition:


On the 8th March 1962, our mother Hurmith Bebe Deen passed away during childbirth and the baby was stillborn.


It was Fajr time the day was Eid ul Fitr, she left behind 9 children, Sultana 14, Sultan 12, Abdul Rahman 11, Habib 10, Nizam 9, twins M. Abdul Razak and M Abdul Gaffar 7, Zorah 4 and Haneef 2 and my Dad was 39.


My grandfather as head of the Deen family always gave food on Eid ul Fitr and got my mother to do the cooking.


The community wasn't large and it was held at the Holland Park Masjid.


After my grandfather passed away in 1963, my Dad then decided to continue the legacy of the Deen family to give the food on Eid ul Fitr in my mother's name.


Inshah Allah so she would get the blessings of Allah. To this day we do this especially for my mother and father. My mother was only 35 when she left this Duniya.


So Inshah Allah when we pass we pray our children and grandchildren will continue in our footsteps and our forefathers.






Whilst our Masjid’s may be closed, the ICQ would like to encourage our community

to practice memorising the Quran at home this Ramadan

Males and females of all ages welcome!

Submission deadline: Wednesday 13 May, 5pm

View the rules and submit your entry here.





Kuraby Masjid Ramadan 2020 - Virtual 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.

Walla family are taking different steps during Ramadan.

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Extravagant buffets out
For Western Sydney-based teacher, food blogger and mother-of-three Walla Abu-Eid, Ramadan is usually a hectic time spent juggling life commitments and cooking up a feast for her extended family.

But making "extravagant buffets" is not on her to-do list this year; instead she'll be preparing a much smaller family dinner for just five — and appreciating the slower pace.

"We're staying up late to get our acts of worship in, we're waking up at our own pace, we're not rushing," she says. "And there is plenty of time to get dinner on the table."

Some Muslim families, however, are unable to access the ingredients to make iftar as special as it should be.

New meaning to worship

Not-for-profit organisation AusRelief has been creating essential care packs containing food, cleaning and personal hygiene products for elderly and at-risk people in the community with the help of volunteers.

The initiative was launched when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but efforts have ramped up for Ramadan, with the organisation preparing to deliver over 5,000 packs.

Director Danny Mikati says families have been "stopping by the warehouse to contribute to someone else's improvement." This includes children, who have been writing personal notes of support to include in the packs.

Director Danny Mikati (centre) with his team at AusRelief during coronavirus.


"Usually you donate online; it's quick, send, bang, and you hope it gets to where it needs to," Mikati says.

"But for the Muslim volunteers especially, they know that during this time, their contribution is a form of worship."

As Muslims continue to fast and feast for the remainder of the month with homes for mosques and additional time to pray and provide, it has come a surprise that this Ramadan is shaping out to be the most special one yet.

Says Emilee: "I feel like in 10 years people will think about it and say, 'We've never had a great Ramadan the way we did when COVID was happening'."






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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.




Madiha Raza is Global Communications Coordinator for Muslim Aid.


Her role involves the development of relief programmes, particularly in emergencies, through developing communications channels and processes with all stakeholders.


Her aid assessments and delivery around the world has enabled her to bring the real stories of disaster-stricken people to millions of viewers and readers in the UK.


In the last year, Madiha has helped support survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire; has travelled into the heart of war-torn Mosul; worked with Rohingya refugees who had fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar, and was in Damascus during the intense bombing of Eastern Ghouta.


In her spare time, Madiha loves to travel and explore new cultures and adventures, including deep-sea diving and bungee jumping.



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The 2020 Muslim 500






Yusuf Al-Qaradawi


Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars

Yusuf al-Qaradawi is a preeminent Egyptian scholar. Articulate and widely read, he is one of the most famous Islamic scholars of our time. He recently stepped down as president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS).

Return to Egypt: In February 2011, Qaradawi returned to Egypt after a 30 year exile and addressed a crowd of over a million people at Tahrir Square during Friday prayers. He addressed all segments of Egyptian society (including the Copts and the military) and called for unity and a return to civilian rule.

Leading Figure of the Muslim Brotherhood: Qaradawi is the intellectual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. He has twice turned down offers to be their leader—in 1976 and 2004—preferring to be free of institutional restrictions. As early as 1997 he stated categorically that he was not a member of the Brotherhood. Earlier in his life Qaradawi was jailed three times for his relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and subsequently stripped of his Egyptian citizenship in the 1970s—driving him to seek exile in Qatar. Qaradawi has been sentenced to death in absentia by an Egyptian court along with over 100 other Egyptians affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization banned in Egypt. Meanwhile, Interpol removed Qaradawi from its “Wanted” list in 2017.

Fatwas: Qaradawi vocally supported the ‘Arab Spring’ movements issuing fatwas for the killing of Colonel Gaddafi, and fatwas against the Asad regime in Syria. He also issued a fatwa condemning the overthrow of Morsi, saying that it was an obligation to continue to support Morsi. He advised Al-Sisi to remain neutral and protect the legitimate rule of government. Finally, he criticised the Sheikh AlAzhar for supporting a rebellion against the ruler of a country.




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Towards Demystifying Islamophobia:

A Muslim’s Perspective


by Zouhir Gabsi, Deakin University


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







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When racial politics implements its agenda, especially with far-right groups, it is argued that what is considered to be ‘fear of Islam’ is, in their understanding, a critique of the religion, a democratic right that does not hint at racism. This contrasts with clear attacks on Muslims, such as by Roberto Calderoli, an Italian politician, who asserts “let them [Muslims] return to the desert and talk with the camels, or to the jungle and talk with the apes.”

Islamophobia also extends to issues such as nationalism. The ‘Other,’ in this case Islam and Muslims, threatens the homogeneity of the nation. This is reflected in the act preventing the erection of minarets in Switzerland. This ban was “significant for it represented an attempt to squeeze out of public space and visibility this jarring, alien presence.”

Switzerland’s action is an exercise of power, for the common good, according to its race politics. Racism “is inscribed as the basic mechanism of power, as it is exercised in modern states.”


Racism is defined as “a way of introducing a break into the domain of life that is under power’s control: the break between what must live and what must die.”


Foucault concedes his own interpretation calls for ‘biopower’ where “the death of others makes one biologically stronger as far as one is a member of a race or a population …, which is an aberration from the common understanding of racism that is based on “mutual contempt or hatred between races.”

The analysis of Islamophobia in this paper does not adhere to Foucault’s reasoning, but more closely to identity politics and racism. However, in the Islamic narrative, racism is not considered an underpinning for Islamophobia; rather, it is the “religious framing for Islamophobia” that comes into play.


This view is bolstered by some Muslims’ violent reaction to what they perceive as an attack on Islam, rather than an attack on Muslims. There are many instances of this perception; for example, the killer of Teo van Gogh, the Dutch film director, was not motivated by Teo’s racial slurs against Muslims, but by the production of the film Submission, which denigrates Islam and its assumed stance towards women. 


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




We need to change our modality as Muslims in the West from being grumblers to being healers.

By Sheikh Abdul Hakim Murad




We need to change our modality as Muslims in the West from being grumblers to being healers.


And I have a chapter about that in my new book, titled 'Western Muslims: From Complainants to Therapists'.


Instead of endlessly grumbling about Halal meat in the prisons, we want you to stop Islamophobia, give us this, give us that, and being beggars really, we need to see how we can heal society.


What can we do about the people who die abandoned by their families? What can we do about the children who arrive hungry at school every morning? What can we do about all of those single parents or the spiraling rates of anxiety, depression, and mental illness in our society?


People are hurting. Instead of getting judgmental and blaming everybody and feeling superior which is not a proper humble religious response, let's see what we can do to help.


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Why teachers always mattered?


An Islamic perspective




Professor Mohamad Abdalla presented on the importance of the teacher from the Islamic perspective.







Ramadan and Beyond 24/7


The Ifthar Show

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African media interviews Naseema Mustapha



African Flava with Anisa Mazimpaka.

TOPIC: "Lockdown in a foreign country, how are you coping".








UK Mosques set up mortuaries to cope


with COVID-19




At least 10 mosques in the UK have set up temporary mortuaries to cope with the number of deaths from coronavirus.

With large numbers of COVID-19 deaths in cities with large Muslim populations, like Birmingham and London, mosques have been inundated with requests for burials.

One mosque in Birmingham told Sky News they are now carrying out 25 funerals a week because of coronavirus, which is what they would normally do in a year.










Food for Quarantined Muslims













Gold Coast Muslims pick up drive-through


Ramadan meals amid coronavirus pandemic












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Coronavirus: Pope Francis calls for fasting during day in Ramadan for end of COVID-19    



Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, personal secretary of Pope Francis, second right, speaks to journalists as Prof. Mohamed Hussein El-Mahrassawy, President of Al-Azhar University, left, and Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, former advisor to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, attend a roundtable discussion in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Feb. 3, 2020.


VATICAN: Pope Francis has called on “believers of all faiths” to unite next Thursday in a day of fasting and prayer to ask “God to help humankind overcome the coronavirus pandemic.”

Top-level interreligious group, the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, organized the day of worldwide prayer scheduled for May 14, which falls during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.

Egypt’s Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayeb has also welcomed the initiative. He invited people around the world to pray and do charitable works “for the sake of Allah Almighty, in order to lift this pandemic off us and the entire world,” in a post on Facebook.

The day will be historic moment, according to Pope Francis’ aide Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a priest from Egypt and a member of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.

“It will be the first time that all humanity has united for a single goal: to pray together, each according to their faith, giving proof that faith unites, not divides,” said Gaid in an interview with Al Arabiya English.

Reflecting on scientific and technical progress was a focus of the Committee’s interfaith meetings that led to last year’s signing of a landmark “Document on Human Fraternity,” by Pope Francis and Dr. al-Tayeb.

Other world leaders have also endorsed the May 14 call for prayer, including Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew.




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





Princess Lakshman


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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:
Control Versus Care

A common dialogue that happens during my couple/ family counselling sessions is as follows:
Family Member 1: You’re always trying to control me. I can’t stand it anymore.
Family Member 2: But, it’s only because I care about you, about our relationship, about our family. Why can’t you see that I care?

It’s easy for people to yearn for certain outcomes in life, whether in a relationship or in life’s other matters. The yearning for these outcomes leads them to display behaviours that make them come across as a ‘control freak’. Any person who demonstrates the behaviours of a ‘control freak’ narrows the lens through which she/he perceives the world, which then constricts her/his mind to only see a single point of view: ‘my way or the highway’. She/he begins to dictate to other people that things should and must and only be her/his way. The intention behind the yearning for the desired outcomes may be kind and caring, however, the execution of actions to achieve those outcomes are often far from kindness and care.

To care for someone is to have regard or liking for the person and to treat them with respect and understanding.
To control someone is to command or dominate them emotionally, physically and intellectually.

Reflect on your own life. Have a heart to heart conversation with your spouse or other family members. Find out if your actions towards them and their actions towards you come from a space of care or control. It is vital that you are able to identify the difference between care and control.

Trying to control people or situations leads us away from completely submitting to ALMIGHTY ALLAH. It also causes anxiety and desperation. This in turn manifests as aggression, frustration and self-sabotaging decisions. No doubt, you will have challenges with people and situations daily in your life. Instead of trying to control them, remind yourself that it is best to control your own response to them. Control your thoughts, your words, your actions. The moment you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Cultivate Care, Banish Control

The following strategies may help you cultivate a caring practice rather than a yearning to control outcomes.


Test Care Strategy
Spouse - when you feel your spouse is not in alignment with your own thinking/ goals/ desires.

Child - when you feel your child is rebelling.
1. Chat with your spouse/ child to find out what exactly are his/her concerns. Do not be tempted to reply to those concerns. Simply listen and jot them down.
2. Give him/her a hug and tell them you will now think about all these concerns and pray about them.
3. Ask ALLAH to guide you through each of those concerns and help you both find the right way to address them.
4. Demonstrate to your spouse/ child that ALLAH is there to fix these concerns and that you care about maintaining peace in the home while ALLAH guides you both to find ways to deal with these concerns.
5. Find moments together everyday where you both can express gratitude to ALLAH for the peace in your home and the strength, wisdom, patience and guidance that ALLAH gives you daily. Expressing gratitude will increase your peace, wisdom, patience and strength.



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








The Simple Past



Driss Chraïbi, Hugh A. Harter (Translator),

Adam Shatz (Introduction)







The Simple Past came out in 1954, and both in France and its author’s native Morocco the book caused an explosion of fury.


The protagonist, who shares the author’s name, Driss, comes from a Moroccan family of means, his father a self-made tea merchant, the most devout of Muslims, quick to be provoked and ready to lash out verbally or physically, continually bent on subduing his timid wife and many children to his iron and ever-righteous will.


He is known, simply, as the Lord, and Driss, who is in high school, is in full revolt against both him and the French colonial authorities, for whom, as much as for his father, he is no one.


Driss Chraibi’s classic coming-of-age story is about colonialism, Islam, the subjection of women, and finding, as his novel does, a voice that is as cutting and coruscating as it is original and free.  




The Simple Past was originally written in French, and Driss Chraibi is considered a bulwark of Moroccan literature. It’s a tale of coming of age of a boy who goes to a French Lycee in colonial Morocco.

Like any other coming of age account, it is full of angst, but the eloquent vulgarity with which he does it that makes this book really powerful. It’s a pseudo autobiography. Although we know it to be a work of fiction, the similarities between the protagonists – also called Driss – to the life of Driss Chraibi are very hard to ignore.

In writing a fictional account, Chraibi can really lean into the discomfort. Each sentence punches you in the gut. It’s a quest for justice, but talks of the rot he finds within the community and the public way in which he did so has made him infamous.

The main protagonist is Driss who is part of a family of seven boys and a submissive mother who is overpowered by his father, whom he calls ‘The Lord.’ ‘The Lord’ is an overarching presence throughout the book, and you can feel his angry and critical eye everywhere.

The Simple Past is Driss’s attempt to tear away from his father, whom he abhors, but can never truly break away from.

As a young four-year-old boy Driss was sent to a religious school, which he describes as: ‘The school in question is quite simply a shop that is generally dark and has an earthen floor covered in mats.

Children from four to twelve years, and sometimes adolescents, sit cross-legged on the floor all day long, holding their board on their knee, speaking with a nasal accent, reciting in a drone, and squeezing their fists with every mistake of memory. This hubbub is coloured by suffering, hunger, silent tears and resignation.’ (p27)

His ability to re-enact the physical and emotional environment in the book is what makes this book stand out.

Driss is sent to a French Lycee, and he mentions his lack of belonging to the French school: ‘Just imagine a Negro who turns white from one day to the next, but whose nose, either by lucks omission or by spite, remains black.’ (p11)

His words are hilarious. It is akin to when a person intending to sit down misses his chair and the public humiliation stops you from expressing the hilarity of the poor soul’s predicament.

In articulating his relationship with his colonisers Driss mentions: ‘Let’s get to the core of the matter: you do not accept me. I cannot be your equal, because that is your secret fear: that I become your equal, and that I come to demand my place in the sun.’ (p159). Which is so true of any anti-colonial movement.

Driss’s book is an effective tool to talk about the corruption that we see within our communities. However, it allows the powerful to be exempt from their responsibility for the aftermath of colonialism, and I find that disturbing.

This book eviscerates the perpetrators of injustices within our own community, such as ‘The Lord’ and articulates the fallibility and underlying criminality of religion and religious practices.

As a story, the plot lacks a journey, but the anger-filled tirade is riveting to read. The pain is very personal and private, but you cannot look away even though you know you ought to.

Aasiya I Versi





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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: A very delicious savoury to enjoy at iftaar time.


Spicy Chicken Croquettes









500 g chicken mince (a combination of thigh and breast chicken)
½ cup of sweetcorn
One medium onion grated
½ tsp crushed jeera/cumin seed
½ tsp crushed coriander seeds
Salt and pepper
2 tab. chopped dhania (fresh coriander)
1 tsp. ground green chillies
½ tsp ground garlic
½ tsp ground ginger
Juice of half a lemon
2 slices brown bread (remove crusts)


1. Combine all the ingredients and knead well.
2. Add mince to bread and chilies.
3. Mould into mini kebabs, place on a greased tray and bake at 190°c oven until done.
4. When cool, dip in egg and then bread crumbs and fry in shallow oil until browned on all side.

Serve with a lemon butter sauce or chutney of your choice.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






If Allah were to enlarge the provision for His servants, they would indeed transgress beyond all bounds through the earth; but he sends [it] down in due measure as He pleases. For He is with His servants Well-acquainted, Watchful.


~ Surah Ash-Shura 42:27


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