EST. 2004


Sunday 31 May 2020 | Issue 0812



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By Nishat Siddique    




We can all agree Eid this year was a little different. Having hordes of people come of over was replaced by a game of coordinating them and not letting them exceed a number more than five. Having to guess whether it would be two or three kisses was replaced by a 1.5 meter gap. Having to iron and wear new clothes replaced by pyjamas. But perhaps the most devastating was having the curry after Eid Salah replaced. The famous curry after Eid Salah, the real highlight of everyone’s Eid. It’s irreplaceable.

Safe to say the Barakah of Ramadan continued as the Deen family decided they will persist fulfilling everyone’s Eid dream ever so generously despite the tough situation. Combined with the efforts of Human Appeal and community volunteers, they decided to make food packages that could be picked up contact-free at the Islamic College of Brisbane.


The volunteers, masked, gloved and ready to go, witnessing morning light for the first time since quarantine began, gathered at 8.30am to start packing goodie bags filled with curry, water bottles and candy. Drive-through pick up started at 10am where the community had the added bonus of being able to give Sadaqah (charity) before returning home and enjoying the delicious meal with their family.

It is truly amazing how the Muslim community never ceases to adapt during tough times and still manage to come together despite something forcing us to be apart. Inshallah this generosity and determination spreads to more of us and always stays within us. Although these were not the most favourable conditions for Eid, Alhamdulillah, it was still an amazing one. We can only make dua and pray for things get better but until then, we urge community members to stay safe. Eid Mubarak!





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Last Saturday was the final delivery of the iftar pack program for this Ramadan. Sisters With Helping Hands and Brothers in Need’s volunteers had spent the whole of Ramadan organising, packing and distributing iftar packs for individuals and families 4-5 times a week.


The volunteers had mixed emotions as we prepared the final packs, as everyone was going to miss the fun of packing the packs each day.


Everyone enjoyed working together to earn the rewards of their efforts. Whether it was making the food, packing the packs or delivering the food, everyone felt that participating in the program made their Ramadan feel more blessed and special.

We cannot thank enough all those who have supported the program. Generous members of the community donated money to cover costs, cooked and donated food, donated dates, donated their time to help make the packs and/or deliver the packs to at least 90 families on both the north and south sides of Brisbane.


7575 meals were delivered throughout Ramadan from the Sisters With Helping Hands office and also on weekends from the Australian International Islamic College.


Visitors to our office would be shocked to see the number of packs being prepared each day and would be reduced to tears after realising how many families were in need of support.


Visitors were always impressed by the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who provided this valuable program.


The volunteers would give up 3 hours a day to pack the packs and then another 2 hours to deliver them. We made 390 packs a day on Wednesday’s and Friday’s and 500 packs a day on weekends.

Each pack would contain a suhor pack of oats, honey, milk, fruit and snacks, as well as entrees, dates, hot food pack and dessert for each member of the family.


Each pack was packed for each individual family, with the number foods inside the pack matching the number of family members.


Every pack was delivered to all 90+ family’s doors by 12 volunteer delivery drivers who divided Brisbane up into 12 sections and each driver delivered to a particular area.


Packs were given for free to individuals and families who meet the requirements of receiving a pack, which was - that the no one in the household was working or receiving government benefits.


The volunteers were deeply touched by the messages of gratitude they received from the recipients throughout Ramadan.

We enjoyed working together with a variety of different organisations and businesses who helped to support the packs.


At the end of Saturday’s packing, Brothers in Need gave all the volunteers a present to thank them for their hard work and a gift voucher from Sam’s Pizza.









On behalf of all those elderly and needy people who had food delivered to them during Ramadan we wish to say thank you for the care, sacrifice and dedication given to us during our most holy month.

Words alone cannot express how wanted and cared for we felt knowing our Muslim brothers and sisters had our welfare at heart.

Cooking, packing and delivering food whilst fasting is a great sacrifice especially when so many hundreds of people all over Brisbane were cared for.

Our thanks go to all the organisations and restaurants who were involved and the people who supplied the fruit.

To mention a few, Muslim Charitable Foundation, Muslim Aid Australia,
Brothers in Need, Sisters With Helping Hands, Deen Family, Hurricanes stars Sports Club, Islamic Women’s Assoc of Australia, Islamic College of Brisbane, Islamic Relief, Islamic Council of Qld and Excellence in Education, Australia International Islamic College, Brisbane Rotary Club International, Sam's Pizza, Heal the Mind, Wellness Centre, Calamvale Discount Fruits, Fussy Fruits, Sitar Restaurant Albion, Bosthan’s Catering and BBQ Tonight.

In all 7,575 meals were delivered by 17 volunteers 4 days a week.
Many of these Organisations were also busy packing and supplying food hampers to the elderly and needy for both the Muslim and wider community.

Many of the volunteers were working, fasting and donating precious time to carry out their work.

It is times like this which is an international crisis that we see our Muslim charities and all levels of government work together for the benefit of all. We are especially grateful for the dedication and initiative taken by our Muslim volunteers.

JazakAllah on behalf of all

Janeth, Virginia and Ahmed Deen

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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



A world on fire lights the path forward




Did you see, the world is on fire?


Or at least the United States, the proclaimed pinnacle of the free world that has been teetering on the edge of state failure.

The state sanctioned murders of Black men and women, the escalation of white supremacist gun-toting movements, a President whose character has defiled the stature of public office, a health system that cannot save lives, a leader of the ‘free world’ that has presided over more than 100,000 deaths, and now a country that is on fire, after a police officer, emboldened by his badge and whiteness, held his knee into the neck of a unarmed, unresisting Black man, ignoring the pleas of witnesses, continuing despite the fluid pouring from his mouth, the limpness of his body, continuing despite the cameras, continuing because he can.


The tyranny did not begin with the riots and the looting.


It didn’t even begin with the murder of George Floyd. The social contract in the US has been ripped to pieces for some time.

In Australia, there is a much greater decency in our public discourse, a higher standard about treating people with dignity, as long as those people are in sight and not buried away. Hate speech is not mainstream like it is the US, India or parts of Europe. This is a precious quality that we need to maintain.

However there have been some worrying signs. Our government has designed a support package focused on paperwork not humanity, as a growing number of temporary visa holders sleep in cars, streets and homeless hostels – even after the government discovered their package was $60 billion cheaper than expected.

The social contract of care in exchange for abiding by and contributing to the state, only applies to those with papers – something that was known before with our treatment of asylum seekers, but is now manifesting amongst a broader spectrum of humans amongst us. It won’t be forgotten.

Our Government says it wants to fight extremism, but the only terror propaganda it can see belongs to ISIL and Al-Qaeda. There is a sinking concern for those minorities in the targeting line, that white supremacist terror propaganda is officially not propaganda, it’s free speech. With the images of George Floyd in my mind, I think of what that terrorist said: “I want you in my sights. I want your neck under my boot.”

Given platforms and governments fail to treat this propaganda as terrorist because it doesn’t come from a listed organisation with a logo, we can now ask ourselves, how many officers of the law have already been radicalised? How many of them believe that Black people and Muslims deserve what ‘they have coming to them’?

And while the media stays focused on COVID-19, a Bill has been slipped into Parliament that would empower ASIO to track any person in Australia without a warrant, to forcibly interrogate minors as young as 14, to take away legal representation if they are proving too difficult.

This week is Reconciliation Week – and a few days ago, a major mining company Rio Tinto, blew up one of the most ancient cultural heritage sites in the world… and not even a whisper from the nation’s leaders. The Uluru Statement of the Heart remains in the dust pile. Cue the speech from our PM and those after him about all their regrets for ‘not doing more’, and the generous and nostalgic way that media will forgive them.

All these actions tell citizens their worth.

On the other side of the coin we see the way social media is being mobilised by oppressed people to share their stories. We see Twitter standing up to false information. The first Muslim woman in hijab was appointed as a judge in the UK. The Queensland Parliament now has three Indigenous members of Parliament. We see pushback on the white supremacy myth that cultural diversity is a weakness.

Social cohesion is our greatest strength and it is maintained by the universal and equal application of justice. We must keep pushing for our institutions to be universal and unblinkered. Each and every one of us may feel unfettered rage and hopelessness this week.


May Allah light the path for a more sustainable course of justice work, one that empowers our youth to shape institutions, build relationships and hold those in power truly accountable. Ameen.






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


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Eid Messages








Letter from the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue on behalf of Pope Francis






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UNITED NATIONS - United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a virtual meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states at the United Nations (UN) that countering anti-Muslim hatred and Islamophobia was his “top priority”, saying he “fully agreed” with the assessment that it could pose a threat to international peace and security, according to informed sources.

The UN chief was responding to the comments from Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, who drew his attention to the rising cases of anti-Muslim violence and Islamophobia in India, and urged him to adopt a more focused and consistent system-wise approach to fully tackle the menace.

While voicing his concern over the rise of Islamophobia, the secretary-general called for fighting this phenomenon collectively, the sources said.

Guterres was speaking at the meeting organized by OIC on the theme of "COVID-19 Solidarity: Promoting Co-Existence and Shared Responsibility".

In his remarks, Ambassador Akram raised concerns about the alarming rise in Islamophobia and stigmatization of Muslims in India in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

He also highlighted the oppressive measures imposed in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, last year when New Delhi annexed the disputed region in violation of UN resolutions.

While terming these developments a matter of “grave concern”, Ambassador Akram noted that such vitriolic hate speech, state-sponsored Islamophobia and deliberate targeting of Muslims in India was not only a human rights challenge but could also endangered peace and security in the region.

Earlier, the Permanent Representative of the OIC Observer Mission in New York, Agshin Mehdiyev, also noted the exploitation of COVID19-related fears where the public discourse had been weaponsied against Muslims by stoking Islamophobia.

In this regard, he made reference to the OIC’s latest statements urging the government of India to take immediate steps to end discriminatory treatment of Muslims.


Earlier this week, Pakistan had proposed the establishment of a dedicated OIC Working Group on Islamophobia.


Several OIC countries including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Qatar, Malaysia and Egypt welcomed Pakistan’s proposal and need for a concerted OIC position on Islamophobia at the United Nations.




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Zahra Fielding used to think the hijab was oppressive. Now, as a Muslim convert, she proudly wears the headscarf. (Supplied: Zahra Fielding)s


.....continued from last week's CCN


Revealing faith and covering skin

One of those players was Kim Assikin, who lives in Singapore.

"When we first started messaging, there was an instant connection with her. I don't know why, or how, but literally we'd finish each other's sentences," says Zahra.

When Zahra and Kim's team started getting serious about their strategising, they created a chat group in Discord — a popular platform among gamers — and shared photos and bios about themselves.

At first, Kim was hesitant. She was the only hijab-wearing gamer in the team.

"I was a bit concerned — how would my teammates look at me, and then, will I be judged because of my religion?" she remembers thinking.

But Kim decided to be honest with her teammates. After all, they'd unknowingly helped her through a difficult time.

"I had just lost my father, before I started the game, so connecting with them gave me that peace, a little bit, and took my mind off losing my dad for a while," she recalls.

"So, [I thought], 'I don't want to lie to these people, I'm sure they can accept me the way I am.'"


Continued in next week's CCN: 'I thought the hijab was a sign of oppression'






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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.




Qaisra Shahraz FRSA is an award-winning novelist, scriptwriter, peace ambassador, community activist, humanitarian, and educationist.


Qaisra is the founding director of Muslim Arts and Culture Festival and adviser to various charities and journals.


In 2016, she gained national recognition by winning the prestigious National Diversity Lifetime Achiever Award for services to literature, education, gender, and interfaith relationships.


Her name has been included at the top of lists of influential women and in 2018 Qaisra was included in the Muslim Power 100 list.


Qaisra is a trustee of Manchester Multi-Faith Centre, Co-chair of Faith Network 4 Manchester, Co-chair of We Stand Together, and executive member of Manchester’s Muslim–Jewish Forum.


To improve community relationships, she has hosted annual international twinning events with Muslim and Jewish communities in schools, universities, synagogues, and mosques in Greater Manchester.




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The 2020 Muslim 500






Mahmud Effendi


Turkish Scholar and Preacher

Sheikh Mahmud Ustaosmanoglu, also known as Sheikh Mahmud Effendi, is one of the most popular Islamic teachers in Turkey today. He emphasizes the Sunnah and is well-known for having revived many of the Sunnah practices.

Life: Sheikh Effendi became a Hafiz (one who has memorized the Qur’an) at the tender age of 6. He then started studying Arabic and Persian at first, and then went on to study the Islamic Sciences. Sheikh Effendi was appointed imam of the Ismail Agha mosque in Istanbul in 1954, where he remained until he retired in 1996.

Preaching: He began delivering spiritual and ethic guidance from 1960 following the death of his Shaikh Ali Haydar Efendi. He devoted three weeks per-year to teach people across Turkey and made several missionary and educational tours in several countries, including Uzbekistan, India, Germany and the United States. He has a Qur’an tafsir named Ruhu’l Furkan in Turkish.

Students: He has millions of followers and has established various religious, social and charity organisations such as the Marifet Association, the Federation of Marifet Associations and Ahle Sunnah wal Jamaah Confederation. Although he himself has moved to the suburbs of Istanbul, his stronghold is still the Fateh area where his followers are easily recognised by their traditional dress. He emphasises service to humanity on the basis of sincerity. Despite being confined to a wheelchair and unable to give talks, he is still sought out for his blessings by people ranging from the layman to the highest powers in the land.





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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

Further, Ben Tamsuk argues, in keeping with the aim of globalised empowerment without borders, Islamophobia has been used as a tool to enhance sectarian violence. Its purpose is to create a ‘new Middle East.’


The strategy is: first, propagate the view that we live in a world where the clash of civilisations is the norm. Second, present Islam as threatening the principles of secular society. Third, create an illusory clash between ‘a humanitarian West’ and ‘a jihadist Islam.’


Other strategies include using the military for pre-emptive strikes. The West knows well that solidarity can only be put asunder from the inside through sectarian violence.

Finally, Ben Tamsuk offers some practical and objective solutions to the problem. There is a need for a new discourse where we collectively distance ourselves from soiling Islam’s name.46 He sees that Muslims are caught between the past that will not let go and the desire to free themselves from a situation controlled by the West.


He argues one must renew an existential dialogue between the religions to break up established concepts as promoted by Orientalists, colonialism and evangelism, and break away from the traditional crusades. In a significant statement, Ben Tamsuk states:

it must be underlined that [all] religions unite humanity regardless of colour, race, language, and traditions. And that what is actually dividing humanity is spreading poverty, economic marginalization, political and military occupation, and not the belief system; no matter how strong and powerful it is.

Ben Tamsuk points out that the West has been hostile towards Islam since the end of the two World Wars in the twentieth century and the Cold War.


What is more questionable is his claim that the West is behind terrorist groups like Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.


The West’s ideology is to divide, rule and foster religious tension. Each Muslim sect is convinced it is the only one on the right path.


The West, according to Ben Tamsuk, paints Islam as a blind faith, rigid and unchangeable, which implies Islam cannot interact with the ‘Other,’ is the perfect incubator for international terrorism and embodies the rhetoric of the ‘clash of civilisations.’


These false notions cause growing Western hostility towards Muslim immigrants, which is expressed by isolating them, excluding them from public space, and not recognising their efforts in the development and progress of society.

Serialized: to be continued in next week's CCN








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Creamy scrambled eggs from London!

Lockdown Lab #1

‎Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury‎




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Eid prayer allowed in two Holy Mosques in Mecca, Medina without worshippers    


Preserving 'great ritual' associated with the holy occasion amid COVID-19 


SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz approved the performance of the Eid Al Fitr prayer on Sunday in the two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina.

No worshippers were allowed to attend the prayers in both sites as part of restrictions in place against the novel coronavirus, head of the presidency responsible for affairs of the two mosques Abdul Rahman Al Sudeis added.

“This decision reflects keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to keep this great ritual for Muslims amid this pandemic that has hit the whole world,” he said.

Saudi Arabia has suspended congregation prayers in its mosques as part of strict precautions to curb the spread of the virus.

Muezzins of mosques across the kingdom were allowed to pronounce Eid takbeers via loudspeakers but without performing the prayer due to the anti-virus precautions.  .



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Muslim woman becomes one of the first hijab-wearing judges in UK    


Raffia Arshad, 40, wants ‘to make sure that the sound of diversity is heard loud and clear’


UK: Raffia Arshad, 40, started dreaming of a career in law when she was just 11 – but grew up questioning if there would be ‘people who looked like me’ and if a working-class woman from an ethnic minority background could make it in that world.


Nearly 30 years later, she is not only a successful barrister, but was appointed a Deputy District Judge on the Midlands circuit last week.

Speaking to, the mum-of-three says she now wants ‘to make sure the sound of diversity is heard loud and clear’.


She said: ‘It’s definitely bigger than me, I know this is not about me. It’s important for all women, not just Muslim women, but it is particularly important for Muslim women.


‘It’s odd because it’s something I’ve been working towards for a number of years and I always imagined I’d be absolutely ecstatic when I found out.


‘I was happy, but the happiness I’ve had from other people sharing this is far greater. ‘I’ve had so many emails from people, men and women. It’s the ones from women that stand out, saying that they wear a hijab and they thought they wouldn’t even be able to become a barrister, let alone a judge.’

Although Raffia is a powerhouse with a 17-year career behind her, she says she still encounters discrimination and prejudice ‘sometimes on a daily basis’.


The Midlands-based judge, who grew up in West Yorkshire, experienced one of the most profound moments of her working life when she was advised by her own family member to not wear her hijab to an interview for a scholarship at the Inns of Court School of Law in 2001.


Her chances of success would dramatically decrease if she wore it, her relative warned her – but Raffia refused to bow to pressure.


She said: ‘I decided that I was going to wear my headscarf because for me it’s so important to accept the person for who they are and if I had to become a different person to pursue my profession, it’s not something I wanted.


‘So I did, and I succeeded in the interview. I was given a considerable scholarship. I think that was probably one of the most profound first steps in my career. It was a solid “yes, you can do this”.’


After training in London, Raffia was called in 2002 and received pupilage in Nottingham, joining St Mary’s Family Law Chambers in 2004. For the past 15 years, she has practiced in private law children, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and any cases with Islamic law issues, and has become the author of a leading text in Islamic Family Law.

But while her success speaks for itself, she says she still sometimes gets mistaken for a client or interpreter when walking into a courtroom. She told ‘Recently, an usher asked: “Are you a client?” “No I’m not.”


“You must be the interpreter?”


“No I’m not.”


“Are you here on work experience?”


“No, I’m actually the barrister”.’


‘I have nothing against the usher who said that, but it reflects that as a society, even for somebody who works in the courts, there is still this prejudicial view that professionals at the top end don’t look like me.’


She added: ‘I think one of the things that holds women back is Imposter Syndrome. There are many times I’ve been in a courtroom and I suddenly think: “Am I good enough?”’


With discrimination rife in some parts of society, Raffia believes that young Muslims will be inspired to follow their dreams if they see more people who look like them in every profession.



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Silence…the first step towards awareness
We often voice our supplications to ALLAH, but rarely do we practise silence to hear HIS answers to our questions because we are caught up in reacting to circumstances.

We behave similarly with other people as well. Have you noticed how we talk more and listen less? We sometimes ask people how they are, however, we do not spend time in silence to listen to their response. We either walk right past them or busy ourselves with other chores or we start talking about ourselves. Sometimes, when another person is speaking, instead of listening to them attentively, we start formulating a reply to their words to make a point.

Practising daily moments of silence can calm us and make us attentive to people and things around us. Silence does not mean we need to be away from the noise. It means that even in the midst of noise we are still able to hear and listen to our inner voice and keep calm.

30-seconds of Daily Practice of Silence

1. After Fajr Salah, DO NOT GO BACK TO BED.
2. Sit in silence on your prayer mat or go outside in nature
3. Straighten your back and let your upper body feel tall
4. Breathe in slowly and deeply, so that you feel your belly expanding
5. Hold for a few seconds
6. Breathe out slowly
7. Repeat for 10 long, deep breaths in and 10 long, deep breaths out

Women, generally, are shallow breathers. Repeating long, deep in-breaths and out-breaths supplies oxygen to all the organs in your body. This abundant supply of oxygen energises your mind and calms your nervous system.

Practising moments of silence, whether for 30 seconds or 30 minutes a day will transform your physical, emotional and mental health. Do try it.
Find Clarity with Silence

If there is an issue that is bothering you, ask ALLAH’s guidance to find answers to your questions. With each in-breath and out-breath, submit to ALLAH’s wisdom and HIS PLANS for you. Let go.

Total submission to ALLAH will enable you to feel calm and joyful. It will bring clarity to your mind and enable you to make decisions mindfully. In doing so, you will live a life of love, compassion, kindness and service to all of ALLAH’s creation, including yourself.

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

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








Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation from the Past?



Firas Alkhateeb








The Book of Naseeb tells the story of an idealistic heroin dealer who dreams of fitting the victims of war in Afghanistan with artificial limbs.


In this breathtaking first novel, Khaled Nurul Hakim chronicles the hero's struggle for redemption through the backstreets and motorway service stations of modern Britain to the desert and mountains of a fictional borderland.


Written in an exhilarating, incantatory blend of street argot and Quranic-inspired language, The Book of Naseeb charts an epic journey like no other. 





 I always get excited when I see Muslim authors writing works for fiction, as I feel it is one of the greatest unexplored realms. Any work of fiction allows the author to stretch their imagination and our sense of reality. This book takes both to its extreme, as it is a very bizarre read.

The settings in The Book of Naseeb range from the streets of Birmingham, barzakh (the stage between this world and Hereafter) to the Swat Valley.

It is about a man called Naseeb, a drug dealer who dreams of redeeming himself by selling prosthetics to war-torn areas and how the angels in the heaven view him and his thoughts as he navigates family tensions and harsh realities of life. This book is both surreal, profound and on second reading a bit funny.

When he wakes up and realizes he is in the ‘hereafter,’ he says, ‘– What do mean, this is Barzakh? You saying there’s no Embassy? There’s a British embassy in every piss-pot on the planet.

You can probably find one in Hell. ‘194 the line had me chuckling in middle of a Naseebs’ dire prospects.’

The first third of this book is written in misspelt English, which was difficult to read and even harder to decipher (the plot).

No doubt the purposeful use of street dialects and the usage of Qur’anic texts hint at a deeper meaning and a style that is unfamiliar to me. But I found it difficult to get past the colloquial in the first part of the book.

The style of writing is bit Kafka ‘ish as the protagonist moves from one scene to another in a breakneck speed with a lot of dialogue, and very little explanation of where it is all leading to.

The book bizarrely ends with Naseeb holding what he thinks is a baby, whose mother he had earlier helped and who had run away into the desert when they had come upon the baby. He looks down at the acquired baby, and it turns out to be a bomb and he’s facing a military entourage, the thing/baby blows up and the book ends there.

The Book of Naseeb was initially written as a script for a movie that never got made, and Hakim then spent a few years converting it into a novel. Having read the book, I am not sure how much of the text he has changed.

It’s a book that is worth reading in a book club setting as it means different things to different people. A collection of eyes and readers would allow one to get a better sense of the book and what the author intends for us to get at. Had I not been assigned this book, I would not have ploughed through it.

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

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KB's Culinary Corner





[CCN EDITOR] While our resident chef is unfortunately otherwise indisposed, here is a local Brisbane blogger's recipe book that will come in handy for Eid and Ramadan 2021, insha'Allah.




Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.






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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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 Get some pedal power

• One of the best ways to get out and about is to hop on you bike

• No jarring of the joints makes for happy knees

• A great cardio workout

• Strengthens the muscles around the knees

• Great for shaping, strengthening and toning legs

• Take in the fresh air and explore and enjoy the beauty of your surrounds




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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin went to see a corrupt official to get his work done.


He said "Sir, we want to present you a brand new car in lieu of the approval for our work."

Officail: "No. No. No.... I don't want to get it free. I want to give some money for this car ..... "

Jallalludin: "Okay sir! Please give me one dollar for it."

The official said he did not have any change and gave Jallalludin a two dollar coin.

Jallalludin: "Sorry sir. I have no change of one dollar to return."

Official: "No problem. You give me another car of the same model for my wife."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Glorify the name of your Guardian-Lord, Most High, Who has created and further, given order and proportion; who has ordained laws, and granted guidance.


~ Surah Al-A'la 87:1-3


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Did you know........






Pre-Islamic Arabia


In a tribal, nomadic society like this, artistic expression becomes difficult.


The resources and time necessary to complete great sculptures and paintings like the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece were almost non-existent.


Yet the natural human desire to search for beauty could not be extinguished by the desert sands. Instead it took on a new form: language.


Perhaps more than any other language in the world, Arabic itself is a form of artistic expression.


Word and sentence structure is fluid, creating many different ways for a person to express the same idea.


Poetry thus naturally became the de facto art of Arabia; long, epic poems glorifying tribes and heroism in war were their greatest works of art.

The finest poets were revered celebrities in every way.


Their words were memorized by the masses and repeated for generations.


The seven most magnificent pre-Islamic poems were known as the mu’allaqat, meaning “the hanging ones”.


They were so called because they were hung on the walls of the Ka’ba in Mecca, or alternatively because they were hung in the hearts of all Arabs due to their reverence for the poetic medium. Despite being an advanced literary society, writing was rare in the Arabian Peninsula.


While a written form of the language did exist by the 500s, it was rarely learned.


Memorization was enough for the Arabs, who were capable of learning poems that were thousands of lines long by heart so they could repeat them to future generations.


Memorization would prove to be a vital skill once Islam arrived in the peninsula in the 600s.


Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Islamic Society of Queensland Inc. Contact the President, Br.Saiyad Pasha 0432593810 or Snr VP, Hj.Shamim Khan 0403541012

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



Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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

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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

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