EST. 2004


Sunday 17 May 2020 | Issue 0810



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Coronavirus Community Communication

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

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

Introducing the Brisbane Community Education Centre


The CCN Chuckle

Aysha helping community get Iftar meals during Ramadan

Back to the Future with CCN

The CCN Food for Thought

ANIC on CONVID restrictions

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Durack school beats lockdown blues with feast from afar

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Eased restrictions in the NT allow for first Ramadan prayers

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor



 The CCN Classifieds


AFIC 2020 | A New Agenda for the Future

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


HAI and You to the rescue

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

'It’s a very different Ramadan'

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Prince speaks NZ Muslim community a year after attacks 

Keeping Fit with Kareema

Useful Links

JPC 2020/2021 Leaders set to soar to new heights!



Food for Brisbane's needy

Real chat with Rita

Write For Us

Ramadan Timetables  
Zakaat, Donations & Fund Raising 2020  

Your Mosque needs you

RAMADAN 2020/1414

Latest Equally Worthy Newsletters



The (UK) Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2020 shortlist

The 2020 Muslim 500 


Best Ramadan ever. Here’s why



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Brisbane Community Education Centre (BCEC) -A space for respite, education and spirituality.

BCEC will provide facilities and appeal to both men and women of all ages, students and working class, locals and foreigners.


Located at 138 Albert Street, this will serve the Muslims who work and live in and around the CBD.


Nothing like this exists in Australia!

To achieve our vision, BCEC is raising $2.4 million to purchase a facility in the heart of Brisbane CBD.


This your chance to secure sadaqah jariyah for years to come.

Be part of establishing a permanent spiritual centre at the heart of Brisbane.

Donate at



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Human Appeal Australia(HAA) is to proud host the Drive Thru on this year Eid-ul-Fitr.

This is part of the Deen family tradition that started 1964!

The Deen family is serving RICE and CURRY for last 55 years and will continue it this year. But obviously in different manner ,i.e completely maintaining the Social Distancing. And that is by DRIVE THRU.

In an interview with Human Appeal team Haji Habib Deen , Haji Sultan Deen and Sr.Sultana Deen explained this legacy has been started to the memory of their late mother who passed on Eid-ul-Fitr day. Deen Family have transformed that tragic loss to STRENGTH by contributing to the community. This RICE & CURRY bringing smile to many and becoming a unique QLD EID tradition.

Inshallah, this year there will packed 2,000 takeaway meals for a drive thru pickup.

It will be from 10am to 12noon on the day of 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.

A big thanks to Islamic College of Brisbane for the premises.

Also special thanks to Brisbane & Logan Council and Queensland Police Service for all the encouragement and necessary steps.





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“Iftar is like having a dinner party at your house every day,” says business owner and mother-of-three Aysha Navlakhi.


As the sun begins to set during Ramadan, Aysha Navlakhi can usually be found putting the finishing touches on glasses of saffron-scented milk, bowls of soup and plates of home-baked samosas, ready for family and friends to share as they break their day’s fasting.

“Iftar is like having a dinner party at your house every day,” says the owner of Events by Aysha and mother-of-three from Brisbane. Over the Muslim holy month her kitchen is usually a busy, happy place and her home is open to nightly celebrations.

But this Ramadan, which began on 23 April, is like no other for Aysha and her community. Emergency responses to the spread of COVID-19 mean that mosques are closed, prayers and iftar meals are at home, and gatherings are limited to closest family and friends only.

Rather than cooking for her family alone, however, Aysha is now preparing more iftar meals than ever expected, thanks to a monumental pivot of her business brought about by a sense of wanting to ease some of the pressures on households dealing with fasting, homeschooling and working from home in tandem.

When her catering company took a heavy blow as coronavirus restrictions came into effect, she speedily purchased packaging equipment and created take-home halal meals immediately popular with south Brisbane’s Muslim community. The first week of Ramadan saw 200 meals sold, the second week, 400.

Her new clients range from large, self-quarantining fasting families to non-Muslim working single mums who do not have time to cook during the day.

One of her most popular meals has been tandoori chicken with naan - a favourite that she believes brings people together, regardless of faith or ethnicity.

“It’s a meal everybody likes, no matter where you come from,” explains Asyha, “everyone was so excited to have that meal. I think it enhances Ramadan in a different way.

“The meals free people up, they make it much easier in terms of spending your days with your family or with work,” she says.

Aysha’s food - “a big team effort” - is reaching into the community where her local mosque and her large, generous iftar gatherings usually would.

On top of the meals she is selling at $10 each, she is making food drops to foreign students who have lost their jobs because of COVID-19 and, via charity Brothers in Need, donating hundreds of meals to inner city Brisbane’s homeless community.

“I thought I’d have time in Ramadan to pray and relax a little bit,” Aysha tells SBS Voices. “Instead I’m working seven days, from very early to the evening. The adventure, the thrill, the adrenaline that’s pumping because of the orders that are coming through, it’s a beautiful experience.”

She started Events by Aysha with the help of women’s financial equality charity, Global Sisters, which provides the skills, tools and connections to develop successful small businesses. It was her mentor from the organisation who encouraged her to pivot when coronavirus took hold.

Aysha, who has a background in beauty and massage therapy and moved to Australia from South Africa 22 years ago, began her business in 2017, turning from her trained profession to a love of sharing food that runs deep in her life.

While the holy month is less overtly festive than usual, she, like many, is making an extra effort to create a sense of occasion in her homebound family unit.

“This year, it’s smaller - with COVID, we’ve probably cut back a lot, but in the same light, we do make it special. We do a lot of cooking, we have immediate family around us and we are still doing little parties.

“The sad thing for us is that we can’t congregate at the mosque. Being in your own home and praying together as a family does strengthen the family unit which is beautiful, but the mosque has a different feel.”

And, despite her “very busy” work days, restrictions mean, in some ways, a particularly special Ramadan, says Aysha.

“With everyone being at home and in the same place for Ramadan, you’re more peaceful, more restful, more reflective.”




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Australian International Islamic College staff deliver their “contactless Iftar” meals to school families during COVID-19 lockdown.


Coronavirus social distancing convinced these Durack teachers that some lateral thinking was required to host their annual Iftar feast

Teachers at the Australian Islamic College at Durack had to be creative to turn the isolation and disconnection of the COVID-19 lockdown measures into a warm and generous family celebration of Iftar.

They worked extra hard this year to make their annual “coming together”, or Iftar, feast a memorable milestone for their school community despite the lockdown.

The usual celebrations have families coming together for a traditional feast, enjoying generous lashings of homemade food at the school’s community hall; but not this year.

School principal Christine Harman said the Iftar was an important part of one of the most significant times in the Muslim calendar, Ramadan.

The holy month is being marked by Muslims between April 23 and May 23, with fasting during daylight hours before breaking their fast in the evening Iftar.

With the necessary social distancing measures, the traditional celebration was not possible.

Instead, the teachers sent hundreds of families home with a delicious celebration meal.

The teachers invented “contactless Iftar”, with staff volunteering their time to cook, prepare and package over 1600 hot meals.

“These meals were delivered with love to members of the school community, through the contactless ‘drive through’,” Ms Harmon said.

“Staff also hand delivered warm meals to local residents and neighbours, embodying the pillar of charity.”

Ms Harman said it was “an incredibly humbling and innovative testament to our community spirit”.

“At a time when the whole world is feeling disconnected and isolated, our school community has found a way to safely come together, and to support each other, regardless of faith.”

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Members of Darwin's Muslim community pray for the first time in weeks during Ramadan after coronavirus restrictions were eased in the NT.


People line up patiently at a small street in suburban Darwin before going through a non-descript fence, it is just before midday and the dry season sun bakes anything not under shade.

Slowly the small Mosque in this Darwin suburb grows full.

Worshippers greet each other with smiles but remain physically distant, while small sections of tape mark where they can lay down their prayer mats.

"Good to see you brother," one says, "I haven't seen you in so long."

Each worshipper has brought their own mat to help stop any potential spread of COVID-19.


The masjid implemented distancing with small tape marks at least 1.5m apart.

A line of red tape cordons off the area where these worshippers would normally clean their faces.

It is the holy month of Ramadan, and this day is the first time the community has been able to pray together for many weeks.

Despite the easing of restrictions, women and children are being encouraged to pray at home.

For Mohammad Jamal who works in the hospitality industry, the chance to pray together is an opportunity to reconnect after a tough time during the coronavirus pandemic.

From midday on Friday restrictions were lifted on attending a place of worship in the NT and churches, temples and the mosque opened up.

"People have lost work, been totally disrupted by the virus," he says, purple prayer mat in hand

"It was incredibly difficult to have the mosque shut. This was our second home. It means everything."

"This is the holy month of Ramadan, it felt so strange to pray far away from each other."

Jamal lost his job during the pandemic.

"We feel very happy even though there has been all of this suffering, to share these moments with each other again."

"But it still feels strange greeting people differently, and praying further away from each other" he says.

"The fact that we can even do this is a really good sign that hopefully in time things will start getting back to normal."


Mohammad Jamal said being able to go back and pray as part of a community was important after people had lost jobs and struggled amid the coronavirus pandemic

Jamal is here with his friend Sulemain Khan, whose life, like many others, was up-ended by the coronavirus.

"I am a duty manager at a Hotel, so the impacts of this virus on our work has been tremendous. There is a lot less work going around, it has been hard," he says.

"But being able to come here gives us a message of moral unity again. Not just as Muslims, but as a broader community, as Territorians and Australians."

"It's great to be part of that community," he says.


Sulemain Khan, a duty manager at a Darwin hotel, says he is glad to be able to pray together again.

Khan misses the shared meals, and the time to unwind with his "brothers" and sisters".

"We used to share food together during this holy month. It was a special time," he says.

"But we are happy to respect the law and follow the government's rules."

"This time is about sharing the burden with others, being a support for those who need it."

The Masjid falls silent as the hundred or more people inside prepare for the Friday midday prayer.

People listen intently to a sermon in both Arabic and English.

Part of the sermon focuses on COVID-19, and maintaining a safe distance from others.

Then as soon as it has begun, it is over.

People begin to file out, directed by volunteer wardens, one at a time.

For Mohammad Waqas, the President of the Islamic Society, the day is the result of a mammoth effort of volunteers.

"We have a responsibility to keep everyone safe but this time has been hard for us, we are torn because as a Muslim it's important to attend the mosque it is a religious obligation," he says.

"We miss the connection to our community but we have to follow the government advice."

Waqas says volunteers had put up their hands to help the busy prayer go smoothly, even though some had lost work and had been "struggling".

"So many volunteers have helped us. It's very different to plan to prayer during the pandemic a lot of effort, you have to be so organised."

"We were placing marks with tape, we had to cordon of the bathing area. But to be able to pray again together is so important. We are very happy," he says.

When Darwin's Muslim community marks the end of Ramadan with Eid al Fitir, it will be in an open space.

"We will all be out in the open because of physical distancing. Even as we face this virus, it will be joyous."

"A time for renewal," Waqas says.




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 Assalamu Alaykum brothers and sisters,

I am delighted to share some exciting news with you all regarding AFIC’s digital upgrade that has been in the making for some time.

It gives me great pleasure to announce this new digital identity. It has consisted of a refresh of AFIC’s image, a new website, a new social media identity page and a new way of communicating with you, our stakeholders and the general public.

Please check out our website here:

Please also check out the ‘About Us’ tab, which refers to AFIC’s history, the executive team and much more.

The video announcing our new digital identity can be played above on our social media channels. It also explores our rich history and the role in the community that we have played for several decades.

We will be endeavouring to communicate with you regularly and to keep our social media channels updated also. They can be found below.

This is an exciting time for AFIC as we work - together with you - hand in hand towards a brighter Australia.

Dr Rateb Jneid



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Imagine the ONLY earning member of a poor FAMILY is DISABLED!

This video shows the despair of one the thousands of families in dire need



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During Ramadan, Mufti Zeeyad Ravat broadcasts lessons live on social media from his home in Melbourne, Australia. He sees coronavirus as a test and a vehicle to take him closer to God.


This year, Islam’s holiest month has been held in lockdown in Australia. Mufti Zeeyad Ravat, from Melbourne, sees some positives: ‘It’s bonding families’

Mufti Zeeyad Ravat is an Islamic scholar, an authority on the day-to-day practice of Islam. His path to Australia was a circuitous one, from his birthplace in Johannesburg, South Africa, through India, Syria (where he studied Arabic), Brazil, Brisbane and Melbourne. In March last year, he travelled to New Zealand to lead a prayer service in Christchurch after 50 worshipers at a mosque were slaughtered.

Ravat, 39, is a bundle of energy, his arms waving to make a point, one leg tucked underneath him on a recliner in his home in Dandenong in south-east Melbourne. The everyday noise of family life (he is married with five children) break through from the next room as he explains how important Ramadan is, and how the coronavirus pandemic has upended its rituals.

“It’s a very different Ramadan,” he says. “I think it’s the first and last Ramadan of this kind.”

There are 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. More than 600,000 live in Australia, some born here, some arriving from countries as diverse as Indonesia, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Somalia. There are different cultures, different traditions.

Like the followers of any religion, there are the devout and the less devout. Some people, says Ravat, pray five times a day. Others turn up for Friday prayers only. But Ramadan is special.

Ramadan is Islam’s holiest month, a time for reflection and self-discipline, as well as fasting from dawn to dusk for 30 days. This year in Australia, it began on 23 April and ends on 23 May.

The idea of Ramadan hasn’t changed, Ravat says. It’s a time when acts of goodness – always an obligation – are especially rewarded. The practice of generosity, particularly to the poor and vulnerable, is intensified. Ravat’s garage is full of boxes of groceries ready to be delivered to those struggling to buy food.

“We look forward to the month of Ramadan, because it’s that time that whatever you couldn’t do in the last 11 months, it’s the one month that you can speed up things, you can get things going from the spiritual perspective.”

The world is full of greed and power, he says, and “fasting is to realign our focus. We keep hungry for 30 days during the day. It’s taming the ego, and ultimately, slowly, that ego breaks down and the spirituality takes over. It’s about becoming peaceful.”

The rituals of Ramadan are impossible this year, with academics saying the restrictions are a first for Islam.

There are no communal gatherings in mosques for “tarawih” prayers every night after the fast is broken. There are no large iftar dinners with family and friends.

Last year, Ravat spent Ramadan at the Pillars of Guidance Community Centre, which he helped found in Melbourne’s south-east in 2016. Ravat is Sunni, of the Hanafi school, but says the centre’s purpose is to welcome everyone. There’s a strong social welfare program, youth classes, advice on traditions such as weddings, and a fine-dining restaurant.

During Ramadan, Muslims gathered at the centre after dusk to listen to Ravat recite a chapter of the Qur’an (the whole Qur’an is spoken over 30 days) and to teach a lesson afterwards.

As a boy in South Africa, Ravat memorised the Qur’an – a respected but uncommon practice among Muslims – and says that even if people can’t understand Arabic, it has meaning.

“It’s so melodious and beautiful that when you read it it actually soothes you and the meaning is so beautiful, because God is talking to you,” he says.

This year, mosques and other places of religious worship are shut to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Families are expected to recite the tarawih prayers at home and iftars are only for households. Each evening, Ravat or his eldest son recite a chapter of the Qur’an to the family. The little ones, he says, get a little tired of the prayers and are not expected to fast every day.

“The challenge is that in normal Ramadans, you have a strong environment in the mosque, a community that creates that vibe of Ramadan,” he says. “You go to the mosque, everyone is praying, and the imam is reading … and there’s these huge iftars that are happening.

“There’s no environment [now] … that has bothered a lot of people, a lot of people are feeling down,” he says.

But “disaster is the mother of invention”. A week before Ramadan, Ravat set up a makeshift studio in his living room, with a camera and lights. Each night he broadcasts a lesson live on social media. His 18-year-old son, a tech wizard, works the camera. Up to 12,000 people have tuned in.

Similar experiments are happening across the country. Dr Ibrahim Abu Muhammad, the Grand Mufti of Australia and New Zealand, has said that online tarawih prayers should not be held “because one of the conditions of the group prayers is that there is direct contact between the imam and the people”. But online lessons and teachings are encouraged.

Ravat sees some positives emerging.

“It’s bonding families,” he says. “We’re stuck at home now [and] we actually eat much more slowly because there’s no rush.”

Every major religion has struggled to explain suffering in a spiritual context. Some believers have argued that natural disasters are a test of faith; others that they are a punishment of some kind, a notion that can seem cruel.

Jesuit priest James Martin wrote in the New York Times that it’s the same question when a single child dies from cancer or a hurricane kills hundreds of people: why, if God is all powerful and all-loving, does he not prevent such suffering?

“In the end, the most honest answer to the question of why the Covid-19 virus is killing thousands of people, why infectious diseases ravage humanity and why there is suffering at all is: we don’t know,” he writes.

For Ravat, Allah is all-knowing, the creator of everything, which includes Covid-19. Mehmet Ozalp, associate professor in Islamic Studies at Charles Sturt University, wrote in the Conversation that while the emergence of the virus might not be in human control, its spread is. The prophet Muhammad sought medical treatment and encouraged his followers to do the same, saying that “God has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it, with the exception of one disease – old age”.

Ravat puts it this way: “God creates everything, whether it is a plague or whether it’s good times, God creates it, but it’s us with our actions that draws whichever one [out].”

He does see this time as some kind of cleansing, some kind of reckoning. “As human beings we are greedy, we cannot just be happy with what we have, we want to conquer this world, we want to dig every hole, we want to turn every mountain upside down, we want to pull every [piece of] coal out, we want to suppress the weaker.”

Coronavirus is a test, a vehicle to take him closer to God. But has it shaken his faith in any way, even for a moment?

“No,” he says. “Never ever.”

The Guardian



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This weekend Muslim Aid Australia provided hundreds of iftar meals for families in need in surrounding Brisbane.


This was a joint project with the Muslim Charitable Foundation, Brothers in Need, and many other community organisations around Brisbane.


A huge thank you goes out to all the donors and volunteers who have helped make this project a success.



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The Duke of Cambridge has spoken with members of the New Zealand Muslim community a year after first connecting following the Al-Noor and Linwood mosque terrorist attacks.

On Thursday, Prince William talked to members of the Christchurch Muslim community via a Zoom call to discuss grief, healing, and how those impacted by the 15 March attacks are fairing 14 months on.

During the call, the duke spoke with Imams and representatives from the Al-Noor and Linwood mosques, and the Muslim Association of Canterbury, according to Kensington Palace.

The duke concluded the call expressing how proud he is of the community and its resilience following tragedy.

“I’m really proud of all of you, the whole community and the New Zealand Government for how you have all dealt with such an atrocity,” he said. “You are a role model for how something so tragic can be negotiated with the utmost grace and dignity.”

The conversation comes after Prince William travelled to New Zealand in April 2019 on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to pay tribute to those affected by the Christchurch mosques terrorist attacks, which killed 50 people.

During his April visit, the Duke of Cambridge met with survivors of the terrorist attacks, including five-year-old Alen Alsati, who was recovering from critical injuries at Starship Children's Hospital, as well as first responders and officers.

At the time, Prince William offered his prayers to the community following the attacks, which he called a “cruel nightmare”.

In addition to discussing the lasting impacts of the attacks on the community, Prince William and the group also touched on the coronavirus pandemic during Thursday's Zoom call, and how the Muslim community has adapted during the country’s lockdown.




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On Tuesday 12 May, John Paul College officially announced the Class of 2020/2021 Student Leadership team including School Captains and Vice Captains.

Starting their official duties in Term Three 2020 in conjunction with the current student leadership team, students are excited at the opportunity to serve and lead the College into the new year. The leadership team for 2020/2021 represent a wide range of students from different backgrounds, culture and expertise.

Two members of the student leadership team, Naadirah Seedat and Abdul-Waahid Latif are proud Muslim community members and are excited for the challenge and opportunity to be College leaders in 2020/2021.

‘I am honoured to have been appointed a leadership role at John Paul College and I look forward to the responsibilities and challenges which lie ahead. I wish all readers a blessed Ramadan and a joyous Eid’ says Abdul-Waahid.

‘I have been at JPC for more than eight years, and I feel honoured that I will be able to represent the student body as their leader. For everything that the College has done for me, I strive to leave a legacy that will demonstrate the integrity and contribution of myself and my cohort to the school, guiding my peers to emulate this strong-will, and pave their own leadership journey’ says Naadirah.

‘Our College Community is very important to us and we believe our Student College Leadership team should represent the whole of our community and what it has to offer’ says Mrs Karen Spiller OAM CF, Principal of John Paul College.


'At John Paul College our purpose is To Educate, To Inspire, and To Make a Difference through a variety of educational programs and co-curricular opportunities which push the status quo when it comes to learning and excellence. As a Christian Ecumenical College, we are an inclusive college of all faiths and cultures and celebrate our diversity with initiatives such as our Mother Tongue club.'

‘We believe all of our students are leaders in one way or another, but our College Captains are there to support, guide and lead the College to excellence and live by the JPC ethos’ says Mrs Spiller.



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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.




Born in Mauritius, Mohammad Ryad Khodabocus is Community Relations Development Officer for Luton Council of Faiths.


He has a passion for helping others to empower and develop themselves and is a sports coach specializing in archery.



Many community projects that Ryad has pioneered include the Faith Woodlands Communities Project where 3,000 people of different faiths came together to transform derelict land into peace gardens; Making Luton a Fairtrade Town campaign which saw Luton gain Fairtrade Town status in 2011 and 2012; and the rebranding of Luton’s Annual Interfaith Pilgrimage which now draws hundreds of people every year.


Ryad’s community presence is further seen in The Luton News, for which he writes a weekly column called Faith Matters.




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





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ZAKAT: A Complete Guide


All Questions Answered


Imam Uzair Akbar







Donate an Eid Gift for Children in Need through MAA

Dr. Susan Carland from Benevolence Australia supports Muslim Aid Australia’s Eid Gifts for Kids programme.





As we approach Eid, if you'd also like to bring a BIG smile to a child's face for just $20, visit or call 1800 100 786 (24x7).

Donate Your Fitrah before Eid Salah (or Eid Day)

Purify your fasts and donate your Zakat al-Fitr today. The recommended amount is $10 per person.

Giving Zakat al-Fitr (also known as Fitrah) is one of the many obligations of the holy month of Ramadan. Like the Zakat on an individual’s savings, it also entails giving a small amount to charity. Zakat al-Fitr, however, must be given before the Eid prayers are performed.

Muslim Aid Australia is distributing your Fitrah to 25 countries this Ramadan.

Donate Now @ or call 1800 100 786





Need Help Calculating Your Zakat?

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The 2020 Muslim 500






Habib Luthfi bin Yahya



Habib bin Luthfi is currently: Ra’is ‘Amm of the Jam’iyyah Ahli Thariqah Al-Mu’tabarah Al-Nahdliyah (Head of the Association of Recognized Sufi Orders), Head of MUI Middle Java, and the spiritual leader of the Ba Alawi tariqah in Indonesia.

Ba Alawi: The Ba Alawi are descendants of the Prophet (PBUH) who migrated to Hadramaut in Yemen early on in Islamic history. They played a major role in bringing Islam to the Far East, including Indonesia and Malaysia, and they hold high prominence to this day. They emphasise the importance of inward sincerity coupled with the study of religious sciences, especially as espoused by Imam Ghazali.

Seeker of Knowledge: Habib Luthfi started his quest for knowledge early in life, and first studied under the tutelage of Ba Alawi teachers in Indonesia. He then travelled to Makkah and Madinah for further education and received authorisation (ijaaza) in all the traditional fields of learning including hadith, and sufism (tasawwuf ). His authorisation to be a spiritual master comes from more than one tariqah (spiritual brotherhood).

Spiritual Guide: He has established thousands of schools, mosques and zawiyahs in Indonesia, and has a following numbering millions. He emphasises spiritual practices, especially the recitation of litanies (awraad)






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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

Numerous Muslim preachers, educators and academics have discussed the phenomenon of Islamophobia.


However, some of these views, particularly those emanating from preachers, tend to be apologetic and reactionary, in contrast to academic discourse.


The works by Bakr Zakī Awad, an Egyptian Islamic theologian, tackle the problem of Islamophobia at its roots.


For instance, in his work Fighting the Legality and Etiquette in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, Awad emphasises that Islam has been perceived as the religion of the sword.


He explains that jihad must be understood on the bases of the Meccan and Medina periods. Each period offers a unique context.

Ben Tamsuk, a Tunisian academic, has put forward some valid points in his article “Islamophobia, a Geo-Political Analysis” published on the Mominoun Without Borders site.


He stresses Islamophobia is “an ideological trick to control the resources of the Middle East.”


He believes it is not a new phenomenon as it began with the denial of the prophecy of the Prophet Muhammad by the Christians and Jews.


Islamophobia’s strongest expression was manifested in the periods of the Crusades (1096-1292), the expulsion of Muslims from Granada in 1492, the colonisation of Arab lands, the Sykes–Picot Agreement in 1916 and the Occupation of Palestine after the 1917 Balfour Declaration.


He adds that Western media, framed by xenophobic Orientalist thinking, has tended to paint an image of Islam that constructs a Muslim as an animal, blood thirsty, sexual and terrorist who despises women and adores power, killing and beheading.

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Can a man not make his own cereal or fry his own bloody pakoras?

By Fatima Raza


So we are at the halfway point of Ramadan and for the past, fifteen or so days women in most Muslim households have been getting up before dawn to prepare food so that the entire family can start their fast. Those same women are labouring again in the evenings so that the family can break their fast. Many see this as a form of not sacrifice but of worship and also consider it a privilege rather than a duty. Nonetheless, the point I have been thinking about for a while and which has been gnawing at me is the concept of a woman still doing these 'activities' even when she is religiously allowed to abstain from them.

During one's menstrual cycle a woman is excused from fasting and praying (the inert sexism in this, is a topic for another discussion). Thus, when a woman, in Islam, is on her period she is religiously free from fasting and praying (although she is meant to make up for these missed fasts after Ramadan). Nonetheless, the point is that because of her natural physiology and anatomy she is able to be excused religiously from her duty to faith but she is definitely not excused culturally from her duty to patriarchy.

Therefore, irrespective of being on her period many women (mothers, sisters, wives, daughters) will still get up before dawn to prepare meals and still labour prior to iftar in preparing meals, while the men (fathers, sons, husbands and brothers) will not even bat an eye at the sheer sexism of this inherently patriarchal construct and concept. On critical analysis, if a woman is excused from her 'religious duty' due to menstruation then why should she have to get up to feed the family? Can a man not make his own cereal or fry his own bloody pakoras?


The indoctrination of culture is so inherently manifested in the social psyche of society, that women themselves do not see this mere act of getting up and making food when they are religiously allowed to abstain from it as a mechanism of patriarchal control. It's kind of upsetting actually, that rather than be able to split responsibilities equally, women in most households take up extra burdens for which they are not even acknowledged (I understand that I'm broad brushing over this issue) but the sheer casualness of this injustice has both astounded and bothered me for a while and to pen it, I think, is worthwhile, as it is a point that more often than not goes unnoticed and seldom discussed as an issue of injustice.

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Norway mosque suspect denies guilt, makes far-right sign in court    


A Norwegian riot policeman stands in front of the al-Noor mosque where suspect Philip Manshaus, armed with multiple weapons, went on a shooting spree in the town of Baerum, an Oslo suburb, on August 10, 2019


NORWAY: Philip Manshaus is accused of terror and murder after a failed shooting spree at a mosque and killing his stepsister.

A Norwegian man accused of carrying out a shooting at a mosque near Oslo in August and murdering his stepsister denied guilt on both counts as his trial opened in Norway.

Prosecutor Johan Overberg read out the charges separately on Thursday. When asked by the judge how he pleaded on each count, Philip Manshaus said he did not admit guilt.

The 22-year-old made an OK gesture, an expression of white supremacy, with his hand before taking his seat. The proceedings were broadcast via video link due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Overberg said Manshaus shot his 17-year-old stepsister Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, who was adopted from China, four times.

Her body was found at his home in Baerum, west of Oslo on August 10, the same day as the mosque attack.

No one was shot or seriously injured at the al-Noor Islamic Centre mosque, where Manshaus, who had arrived at the place of worship with several weapons, was overpowered after a struggle with two members of the mosque.

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Surviving Separation

Relationships begin, they evolve and sometimes they dissolve. Relationships are complex things to understand. Perhaps this perception needs to change. It is not relationships that are complex to understand, it is people who fail to understand themselves first, so that they may understand another.

Having survived 11 years in a marriage that was physically violent, emotionally abusive and psychologically traumatic, I have first-hand experience in feeling like the whole world was against me, like I was worthless, like I was better off dead and there was no need for me here, like it was never going to get better, like a part of me was empty and meaningless, like I couldn’t even breathe again. All of these feelings of self-loathing, self-neglect and negative perceptions became my daily companion when I separated from my ex-husband.

Now, nine years later, I know firmly in my heart with absolute faith that the following ayat from Surah Al-Baqarah is most relevant when I reflect on how I survived those terrible feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness:

Surat Al-Baqarah (ayat 286)
َّلا ُ و ْسَعَها ِ ًسا إ نَفْ ِّ ُف االلهَُّ َلا ُ یَكل
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns…”
Going through separation or divorce can bring about negative perceptions of the world, others and self. More than ever, it is during this phase that one needs to consciously practise daily ibadah and self-care. As Muslims, we know that ALLAH is the best of planners.
Practise these self-care strategies and have faith that ALLAH has put you to this and HE will put you through it and give you what is best for you and your deen, In Shaa ALLAH.

9 Self-Care Strategies When Going Through Separation or Divorce

1. Self-Compassion - blame is pointless and keeps one stuck in the past. The whole idea is to live “through” the pain and grow from it to be better and to move on with hope and faith. Blaming yourself or another will cause further pain and anguish. One of the best ways to practise self-compassion is to express gratitude for everything, even those experiences that were painful. Thank ALLAH for helping you survive them. Thank ALLAH for making you stronger and wiser.
2. Re-visit your life’s purpose and dreams – when you were younger you must have had some dreams or goals about how you envision your life to be. Re-visit these goals and dreams and try to understand how you can move towards them. Perhaps you never pursued them because of various reasons. Now that you have started a new chapter in life, use your energy into realising your purpose.
3. Talk it out but don’t gossip - speak to positive people and a trusted professional about your feelings. Let things out and unburden, however, be mindful that you are not bad-mouthing your ex-spouse. Refrain from talking all day, every day about your breakup to different members of the family and relative circle. This inevitably turns into a gossip session. As Muslims, our communities are close-knitted and people know each other. Be mindful of your words, in case they may be misconstrued and cause hurt to another person.
4. Eat, pray, sleep, exercise - keep focussing on the daily basics of life. Eat healthy meals on time, engage in daily exercise so that your body releases endorphins, the “happy hormones”, sleep for at least 7 hours, and be sure to commit to daily prayers, dhikr and silent moments of reflection.
5. Tahajjud salah and silence - try getting up for Tahajjud salah as much as you can. This will help you overcome any kind of confusion you may be going through regarding your separation or divorce. After your Tahajjud salah, ask ALLAH the questions you need answered and sit in silence. Have faith that HE will give you wisdom, signs and inspiration to make choices that will be good for you and your deen.
6. Start learning something new - whether it is something creative like a new craft or a new language, now is a good time to start learning something new. This will help you keep your mind engaged in something productive instead of allowing your mind to dwell on the past and bring about anxiety for an imagined future.
7. Rearrange your room and de-clutter your living space - the movement of energy and positive vibrations in the home is vital. Create a space for yourself which will be your sanctuary. Rearrange furniture and add new colours in order to breathe new life into your home, filling it with light and joy.
8. Detox your body daily - one of the best strategies for detoxing your body is to drink plenty of water and excrete toxins from your body. When your body repairs and replenishes from the inside, your immunity and overall health improves.
9. Practise awareness exercise daily – practise a 3- to 5-minute body scan meditation activity. This daily exercise of the mind brings about clarity and awareness. It makes you understand the difference between your responses and reactions. Mastering your responses is how you begin living life with immense joy and absolute faith in ALLAH alone, instead of reacting to circumstances and living in fear.

Always remember, you are not your experiences. You are the FORCE that overcomes them.

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What Is a Madrasa?



Ebrahim Moosa



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Taking us inside the world of the madrasa--the most common type of school for religious instruction in the Islamic world--Ebrahim Moosa provides an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand orthodox Islam in global affairs.


Focusing on postsecondary-level religious institutions in the Indo-Pakistan heartlands, Moosa explains how a madrasa can simultaneously be a place of learning revered by many and an institution feared by many others, especially in a post-9/11 world.

Drawing on his own years as a madrasa student in India, Moosa describes in fascinating detail the daily routine for teachers and students today.


He shows how classical theological, legal, and Qur'anic texts are taught, and he illuminates the history of ideas and politics behind the madrasa system.


Addressing the contemporary political scene in a clear-eyed manner, Moosa introduces us to madrasa leaders who hold diverse and conflicting perspectives on the place of religion in society.


Some admit that they face intractable problems and challenges, including militancy; others, Moosa says, hide their heads in the sand and fail to address the crucial issues of the day.


Offering practical suggestions to both madrasa leaders and U.S. policymakers for reform and understanding, Moosa demonstrates how madrasas today still embody the highest aspirations and deeply felt needs of traditional Muslims.



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The Cambridge Companion to Religion and Terrorism
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Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World
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KB says: A decadent yet delicious starter for Eid lunch, this recipe will be a keeper.


Sojee with the Flavour of Burfee







‎1 egg
2 cups milk
125g butter
¾ cup semolina/sojee
5 tab. Klim milk powder or similar creamy milk powder (make a paste with some milk)
2 tsp ground elachi powder (cardamom)
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
Pinch of saffron
Slivered almonds (coloured if preferred) and or pistachios


1. Beat together the egg, milk, sugar, elachi, cream and vanilla essence and set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a heavy based pot, add sojee/semolina and braise for 10 min add in the above milk mixture and simmer till it thickens slightly.

3. Add the saffron, milk powder and mix with a wooden or non-stick spoon on low heat for ± 10 minutes.

4. Steam on low till semolina is cooked.

5. Decorate with the slivered almonds and pistachios and serve warm with papar.



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Little eight-year-old Sara Jallaludin went to the office with her father on 'Take Your Kid to Work Day'.


As they were walking around the office, the young girl started crying and getting very cranky.


Her father asked her what was wrong with her.


As the staff gathered round, she sobbed loudly: "Daddy, where are all the clowns that you said you worked with?"

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Verily this Qur'an guides to that which is most right [or stable], and gives the glad tidings to the Believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a magnificent reward.


~ Surah Al-Israa 17:9


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"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed."

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As the clinical director of Hayat House, Nasreen Hanifi helps Muslims dealing with addiction.


When Mohammad began taking drugs in his late teens, his behaviour wasn't just illegal, it was forbidden by his faith.

"It started from pot and drinking to cocaine … then I pretty much went downhill from there," he recalls.

Over the following years, Mohammad — who did not want his full name used — spent tens of thousands of dollars feeding his addiction. In the process, he lost many of the people he loved most.

"I lost that marriage to drugs, I lost my daughter, for a while, to drugs, I lost my family," he says.

"That's basically when I knew it was either I change, or I'm going to die. There were only two options for me."

'You shouldn't be taking drugs in the first place'

Across Australia, it's estimated there are hundreds of thousands of people requiring drug and alcohol rehabilitation services whose needs aren't being met due to the system's "chronic underfunding".

For Mohammad, the road to sobriety was also complicated by his faith. In Islam, intoxicants are not permissible.

"It's definitely more shameful in the household," he says.

"It is hard to open up to family members because we shouldn't be taking [alcohol or drugs] in the first place, so it's a big shock for certain family members, depending on how religious they are."

Mohammad tried to seek help from rehab services outside of his community, but he says he never felt at ease with the counsellors, and his progress inevitably stalled.

Then he heard about Hayat House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation service that caters for Sydney's Muslim community. Finally, something clicked.

"Because it is a Muslim place — I don't really know how to explain it — it's somewhat more comfortable to open up to [the counsellors]," Mohammad says.

"Maybe because it's closer to home and you're allowed to speak about [addiction]."

Moving beyond sin
As a trained psychologist and the clinical director of Hayat House, Nasreen Hanifi has been helping clients, like Mohammad, overcome dependency issues for years.

"People usually feel comfortable that they can access a service that can relate to them on a faith or cultural basis," she explains.

Hayat House is open four days per week, but due to physical distancing measures, sessions are currently run over the phone or through Zoom. While the free service primarily caters to Muslim clients, non-Muslims are also welcome.

Dr Hanifi says clinicians use evidence-based practises, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing.

"Part and parcel of our profession is having a non-judgmental, non-biased approach," she says.

"If you come in here and you think that you've committed a sin and God's punishing you, or whatever guilt or embarrassment [a client] comes with, we try not to focus on any of that.

"Our aim is to help them with their addiction, and either abstain them from it, or focus on the harm-reduction process."

Faith in overcoming addiction
But some clients wish to discuss their addiction in relation to their faith.

"I have a master's in theology so I can do that, but if [a clinician] is not trained in that area, I wouldn't recommend them to do it," she says.

"You need to understand Islam within its entirety to be able to do spiritual counselling, so we focus on providing clinical interventions as much as we can."

Across Australia, many rehabilitation and detox clinics are affiliated with Christian organisations. And although Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous meetings are open to believers and atheists alike, they operate on a 12-step program that's rooted in religion.

Dr Hanifi says there's a reason why religion is often closely affiliated to rehabilitation services.

"[For] people who have addiction issues, particularly in the drug and alcohol sector, one of the biggest concerns they usually have is their faith," she says.

"The research I did suggested that if we implemented spirituality in counselling sessions for Muslim clients, particularly, then the outcome would be a lot better because we can talk about emotions, embarrassing moments, shame — all of that — couple it with the religion, and give them practical goals on how they can manage [their addiction]."

For Mohammad, Dr Hanifi's holistic approach helped him change his habits.

"A lot of people think you just need faith, and everything will be OK, and that's definitely not the case," he says.

"You need faith and you also need psychological support."

Mohammad says Dr Hanifi also aided his recovery by introducing him to the Islamic-run not-for-profit organisation Brothers in Need.

"I used to go with them on Saturday nights to feed the homeless," he recalls.

"[I learnt] there were Muslim and Islamic options for me, instead of me going out to a pub and drinking or taking drugs. There were things I could do instead, and I enjoyed them."




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