EST. 2004


Sunday 7 June 2020 | Issue 0813



CCN - a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ....


We find the week's news, so that you don't have to





Amid a push for new laws that could see children as young as 14 questioned by Australian spies, ASIO says children are increasingly at risk of radicalisation.

Australia’s national security agency is pushing for new powers to question children suspected of terror offences, but there are doubts about whether the changes are necessary and concerns that young Muslims could be disproportionately affected.

On Friday (last week), the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) said lowering the minimum age of questioning subjects on terrorism matters from 16 to 14 was necessary as children are becoming increasingly at risk of radicalisation.

"The extension of the existing questioning power to those as young as 14 who are the target of a politically motivated violence investigation - with appropriate safeguards - reflects a shift in the security environment since 2003 that has seen younger and younger people involved in extremist activities," it said in a submission on new national security legislation.

The proposed amendments to the Australian Security and Intelligence Act 1979 are based on the government's response to a report by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

"One of the seven terrorist attacks conducted in Australia since 2014 was carried out by a young person of school age, and three of the disrupted plots have involved minors," ASIO said.

"ASIO is particularly concerned that vulnerable and impressionable young people will continue to be at risk of being ensnared in the streams of hate being spread across the internet by extremists of every ideology."

ASIO cited two risks in particular.

"Islamist extremist groups and supporters continue to disseminate propaganda designed to radicalise, recruit and inspire terrorist attacks in the West, including in Australia," it said

"[And] extreme right-wing online forums proliferate on the internet and attract international memberships, including from Australians."

The agency said the use of compulsory questioning powers will "remain carefully considered and proportionate".

It comes as a 13-year-old Estonian boy was arrested after posing as a neo-Nazi commander online and encouraging attacks in the US.

ASIO is also pushing for powers to allowing agents to deploy "slap-on" surveillance devices to cars and other objects without a warrant.

Concern from the Muslim community

But Rita Jabri-Markwell (pitured left), an advisor and lawyer at the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network, believes these new powers will disproportionately affect the Muslim community.

"What we have already seen in Australia [is] young Muslim youth dragged into questioning on flimsy premises. It has a huge psychological impact," she told SBS News.

"How do you react to 14-year-olds being interrogated? I think most Australians would be terrified of the idea of this. We have to ask ourselves, where does it stop? It's 14 now, will it be 12 next year?

"This is overstepping the mark. We have to at some point ask ourselves as a country - what do we cherish and nurture as Australians?"

She said the only "silver bullet" for stopping radicalisation was social cohesion.

"If there are real concerns about young kids being radicalised, there are far more effective approaches - reaching out into community, building community resilience, not forcing ... kids into questioning."

SBS News



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COVID Safe Plan for Places of Worship by ICQ


The ICQ has been actively working with the QLD Govt, the Griffith University and other Faith Communities in QLD on a ‘COVID Safe Plan for Places of Worship’. The plan has been developed to allow places of worship to facilitate gatherings of more than 20 individuals with an upper limit of 100 individuals.

Three documents are relevant for the same;

1. Approval Letter - Letter of confirmation approval for the plan from the Queensland Chief Health Officer.
2. Statement of Compliance - for easy distribution, if desired.
3. Link to the 'Industry COVID Safe Plan' pdf – this is most important and the document can be found under Places of Worship here.

The adoption of this plan is voluntary and if you chose to adopt it at your place of worship, the ICQ kindly requests that you study the ‘COVID Safe Plan’ and adhere to its principles, guidelines, statement of compliance, checklists etc.

We hope this is of some support to our Mosques and Centres.

Thank you.












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One Plus One: Barrie Cassidy interviews former Socceroos captain Craig Foster



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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell









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


She can be reached at





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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


'I thought the hijab was a sign of oppression'

As Zahra became closer with her Muslim friend, she broached the topic of religion. At the time Zahra was atheist, and her perspective on Islam had been clouded by an experience in the past.

"My only prior exposure to Islam was [that] a few years ago, one of my best friends started dating a Muslim Afghan gentleman," she recalls.

"He was, at the time, saying he was practising, but now knowing more about the faith, I see he wasn't really. He was very controlling of her, very oppressive."

For Zahra, the experience of her friend — who had started wearing the hijab — and negative portrayals of Islam in the media made her feel wary about women covering for faith.

"I thought that the hijab was a sign of oppression, but I'd never really had an opportunity to talk to anyone about it," she says.

"So I asked Kim and … I just was blown away with how wrong I was.

"When a woman covers it becomes about people getting to know her for who she is, not the way she looks.

"I really felt very aligned with that because, in my upbringing, I'd always been judged on my physical appearance."

From atheism to Islam

After chatting about the hijab, Zahra became curious about the faith as a whole. But Kim was reluctant to become the poster child for Islam.

"When Zahra started asking me about Islam, I'm actually very afraid," Kim says, laughing.

"I'm afraid because I'm not an epitome of a Muslim woman. I always thought I am a rebel."

When Kim was growing up, she says her mother forced the religion, and hijab, upon her. She was brought up with restrictions, and often looked for loopholes.

"When [Zahra] asked me questions, it made me reflect on myself, on my faith, whether I have been practising enough," she says.

Kim says she felt honoured that Zahra wanted to talk about Islam and, privately, she prayed to God: "If she's meant to find you, please make it easy for her."

"But I did not say it to her!" says Kim. "I was afraid that [Zahra] might just turn and run."

Zahra insists Kim was the opposite of a proselytiser.

"Kim was so reserved and, if anything, I had to extract information out of her because she was so conscious of not forcing her faith on me," she says.

"Had someone else tried to purposely bring me towards Islam, it just never would have worked. I would have rebelled against that."


To be continued in next week's CCN: ''Is it offensive for me to try on the hijab?'






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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.





For almost a decade Suleman Khonat has exhibited extraordinary vigour in raising the profile of the hospice services for the Asian community in Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn, and the Ribble Valley.


As a result of his efforts, an increase in patients from the BAME community using all hospice services has been observed.


Through Suleman’s organization over £40,000 has been raised during one Ramadan alone.


Suleman has been nominated for the Asian Image Man of the Year Award, a Radio Lancashire Community Hero Award, and the 2BR Radio Station Community Champion Award..




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Tariq Jameel


Pakistani Scholar and Preacher

Maulana Tariq Jameel is a prominent Deobandi scholar who is also one of the most popu- lar preachers in Pakistan. He belongs to the Tablighi Jamaat group and his lectures focus on the subject of self-purification, avoidance of violence, observance of Allah’s orders and pursuing the way of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Background: After completing pre-medical studies, Maulana Tariq was admitted to the King Edward Medical College in Lahore. It was there—under the influence of members of the Tablighi Jamaat—that his focus changed to Islamic Education. His Islamic training is from Jamia Arabia, where he studied Qur’an, Hadith, Sufism, logic, and Islamic jurisprudence. Maulana Tariq’s background in the sciences allows him to explain Islamic matters in a way that appeals to modern urban Muslims. Additionally, his simple lifestyle and eloquence in Urdu, as well as his fluency in Arabic, catapulted his fame across the Muslim world.

Tablighi Jamaat: Tablighi Jamaat is a political missionary movement founded by Muhammad Ilyas Al-Kandhlawi in India 1927. It focuses on encouraging Muslims not to neglect the basic practices of their faith. It has informal affiliations with the Deobandi movement but targets a more general audience. The sub-continent diaspora have carried its message to nearly every country in the world and its adherent’s number in the millions. It has annual gatherings in Pakistan and Bangladesh which number in the millions.

Influence: In addition to running a madrasa in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Maulana Tariq has delivered thousands of lectures around the world. He has been very effective in influencing all types of the community ranging from businessmen and landlords to ministers, actors, and sports celebrities.





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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

Hamdi Zaqzuq, an Egyptian academic and politician, contributes to the discussion on Islamophobia in several of his books dating from 1979, where he analyses issues that explain the relationship between the East and West.


In his book Islam in the Perception of the West, Zaqzuq mentions the role of Orientalists in shaping and influencing popular views on Islam.


He argues the perception of Islam in the West is not contemporary in its origin, but is an image and product of an old putative clash of civilisations.


He proposes to raise Muslims’ awareness so they are equipped to defend their Islamic perspectives. He also advocates the creation of Muslim associations to scrutinise and closely monitor the Orientalists’ views.

Further, Zaqzuq’s book is significant as he tackles the contribution Orientalist writers have made to shaping people’s opinion on Islam.


Zaqzuq’s objectivity is apparent when he mentions Orientalists had a positive impact on the Islamic culture through the preservation of old scrolls and artefacts.


The negative side is that some Orientalists use their knowledge of Islam to fight Islam. Zaqzuq calls on the Muslim community neither to discredit their contribution nor to embrace their work without scrutiny. Zaqzuq maintains that some Orientalists have used their work to extend the coloniser’s outreach and evangelism.


Finally, Zaqzuq calls for a dialogue among the Orientalists who are subjective in their interpretation of Islam and those with an objective view of Orientalism. Zaqzuq advises:

Indeed, it is not surprising that orientalists disagree with Muslims about Islam, because the orientalists' thinking about Islam and its prophet is different from the logic of Muslim thinking. Therefore, the views differ between the two sides and will remain different.

Zaqzuq adds “some orientalists discredit that Islam makes any innovative contribution to knowledge. They reduce the Islamic philosophy to mere copying of Greek philosophy, Sufism to a non-Islamic root, and assert that the Sharia in Islam is taken from Roman laws.”

Some other Orientalists exaggerate the differences between the sects of Islam. Zaqzuq cites Professor Kesling, who divided Islam in two ways: ‘Living Islam’ and ‘Dead Islam’. He associates Living Islam with different sects or groups and Dead Islam with the Islam of kitāb and sunnah – ‘The Holy Quran and Prophetic Tradition.’ Zaqzuq believes this line of thinking makes Islam move away from central issues towards temporary and trivial matters.

In Zaqzuq’s other work, he addresses the problem at its roots by studying the interpretations of Islam, and the persona and conduct of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in Western literature.


He maintains that fear of Islam started with the spread of false rumours about Islam by the Roman Church. He also states misunderstanding the Qur’ān due to difficulty with the Arabic language is an important factor in spreading misconceptions about Islamic teachings.

Serialized: to be continued in next week's CCN








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Coconut fish curry from Goa!

Lockdown Lab #2

‎Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury‎



Lockdown Lab is a channel for experimental cooking. This is cooking with travel stories. This is a 4-minute take on a delicious Indian style fish curry accompanied with spicy tuna fish cakes! You can prepare this in just am hour.






Live Business Update Session 11


Haroon Khan shares his experience of Ramadan during COVID-19


Justice for Stephon Clark, Jordan Edwards, Jamilah Arshad...

by Sh. Omar Suleiman‎


Imam Khalid Latif's Prayer on CNN

for Covid-19 Victims in America

Imam Khalid Latif was featured on CNN's with Jake Tapper in which he lead a prayer that millions tuned into live.


Let us Pray - All Mighty God, Giver of Life and Guider of Hearts, bless this gathering and all those who are in it. We come today to remember all those who we have lost, who have fallen ill, and whose lives have been impacted by COVID-19, the coronavirus. Make us from amongst those who carry and honor them always and take lessons from this time that we find ourselves in.

The difficulties and hardships of the days that surround us create deep opportunity for revelations of all kinds. It has shown us the potential for greed and selfishness that exists amongst those whose only interest is their self-interest. It has shown us the beauty and courage of those who stand day in and day out at the front lines against it. It has shown us inequity in its ugliest forms and how race and class still dictates who has and who has not. And it has shown us who we are based off of our responses it. Help us to find meaning in these revelations, whether they are revelations of comfort or discomfort.

When we look back to these days of COVID-19, make us those who look back with full assurance knowing that we did everything we could for others and did not leave anything behind. These days where people are still passing away, and many more are falling ill. Where so many have lost jobs and have no means for rent, food, clothing, or really anything at all. Where American government has failed and systems have favored only the privileged. Where dying individuals have asked their doctors how much they will have to pay for getting intubated because their worry from no healthcare in America is greater than the pain caused by corona. Where the incarcerated sit in infected American prisons despite their infractions being tied to actions that are no longer considered a crime. Where the undocumented people who contribute to our society in many essential roles are still not considered human enough to receive a US Government stimulus check. Where a global pandemic became necessary for this March to be the first March since 2002 that no school shooting took place in this country, since all schools were closed due to covid-19. Where dollars dictate decisions, ethics and morals are put to the side and most sway in whichever direction the winds of the privileged blow them in. Where American law enforcement attacks and arrests media and journalists. Where our first responders and essential workers went months with no personal protective equipment while we send billions of dollars in weapons overseas. Where Minneapolis, New York City, Chicago, Newark, and so many cities across our country have shown us that the ailment of racism is as deeply entrenched as ever within every structure and system of our country. Where even a global pandemic does not give black people respite from police brutality. Where those that these days took from us include the names of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Where we have seen our entire healthcare system, prison system, educational system, justice system, welfare system, and every system as proofs themselves of how black life does not matter and minorities of all backgrounds are considered less than their privileged counterparts. Where 105,000 people have died to COVID-19, and our president has still not honored them in any way. Where there is so much to be done in these days and there is no shortage of opportunity to be a means of strength, hope, love, and light for so many. Make us those who when we look back, we have full assurance that we did everything that we could for others who needed us to be better than our best, and that we did not leave anything behind at all.

Help us to obtain strength for the sake of the weary, hope for those who are discouraged, and joy for each and every one who is downhearted. Protect us always from hearts that are not humble, tongues that are not wise, and eyes that have forgotten how to cry. Forgive us for our shortcomings and guide and bless us all. Amen.







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CIQ Perpetual Salaah Timetable








Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba


The Mosque is now open for daily prayers. But we must strictly maintain physical hygiene, sanitation and social distance all the time.


To ensure safety of the  worshippers, please observe the following conditions:

A)      Exclusions:

  • People over 55 year old, children and women will pray at home until further notice.

  • Do not come to the Masjid if you are sick or have fiver or cough or any flu like symptom.

  • Jumma prayers is not permitted in the Masjid as yet.


B)      Number restriction:

Maximum of 20 worshippers are permitted at any time with at last 1.5m social distance. Please do not enter the Masjid if there is already 20 people inside the prayer hall.


C)      For prayers:

  • Everybody brings his own prayer mats and facial tissues

  • Everyone must use hand sanitizer prior to entry to the prayer hall

  • Everyone will come with ablution (wudu) and avoid using toilet in the Masjid

  • Only offer Fardh prayers in the Masjid.

  • Please leave the Masjid immediately without hanging around too long.













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‘Let My Building Burn’: Muslim Restaurant Owner Shows Solidarity with Minneapolis Protesters    


“Life is more valuable than anything else…We can rebuild a building. But we cannot give this man back to his family.” 


USA: The massive protests that have erupted in the US over the killing of another unarmed black man, George Floyd, by white police officers, have shaken the country. Protesters have gathered in Minneapolis, beginning at the site where Floyd was murdered on Monday, and have marched and demonstrated against the blatant and systematic racism that continues to kill innocent black Americans on a regular basis.

A Muslim restaurant owner in Minneapolis is just another voice lending support to those protesting in a powerful stance – Ruhel Islam, who owns the Gandhi Mahal Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant just a block away from the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct, saw his building burned among several others during an escalation of demonstrations.

While obviously shaken by the damage, his daughter Hafsa took to Facebook to post his powerful response:

Let my building burn. Justice needs to be served…put those officers in jail.”

Also speaking to Buzzfeed News, Islam explained that he realized the bigger picture at hand – the horrendous abuse black Americans continue to face must be protested, and if that meant his business was just one of the buildings damaged in the process, he gladly takes this honor:

Life is more valuable than anything else…We can rebuild a building. But we cannot give this man back to his family.”

Islam, a Bangladeshi immigrant, opened the restaurant with his brother in 2008 – and is known in the community for his activism and interfaith support. On the board for the Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (a faith-based climate change advocacy group), Islam has also spoken up strongly against the proposed Line 3 project, a controversial pipeline that would be built across northern Minnesota that would have devastating environmental effects as well as damaging important Native American lands.

The Gandhi Mahal Restaurant is also known for its community events – only last year the restaurant hosted a “Unity Iftar” during Ramadan to bring people together from different faiths. Posting on Facebook since the incident, the restaurant stated: “Gandhi Mahal may have felt the flames last night, but our firey drive to help protect and stand with our community will never die! #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd”.




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





Princess Lakshman


Princess R. Lakshman is a writer, poet, life coach, and spiritual counsellor. She lives in Brisbane, Australia. Her website is

















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Self-Care is Not Selfish
Caring for yourself is not an option – it is a vital necessity. Self-Care starts with a positive mind. A positive mind is a result of awareness. When you are aware of your habits, your thought patterns and your programmed reactions to life’s triggers, you are able to transform yourself whereby you are no longer living life on a default mode but rather living a life of mindful actions, joy, compassion and gratitude for the abundance ALLAH has bestowed upon us.

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


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

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

To know your Essential Self, you need to be silent for a few minutes and do an Awareness Scan of your Physical Self.

Try it now. As you read this…

Blink your eyelids and feel the inner lids touching the eyeball.
Now, bring your awareness to your neck, your throat, and your shoulders.
Become aware of your hands, your fingers and fingertips. Expand your chest with deep, full breaths in and out a few times.

Bring your awareness to your abdomen, then to your lower back and your thighs. Now try and feel the softness that is underneath your knee-caps.
And finally, become aware of your legs down to your feet. Wriggle your toes.
Spend a few minutes daily in silence and acknowledge your Essential Self by doing a body scan similar to the one above.

Self-Care Strategies
1. Have the intention to nourish your body with whole foods by choosing ingredients that are directly from nature, unpackaged and unproccessed.
2. Daily after salah, spend time on your prayer mat, with your eyes closed and breathe deeply, mindfully. Try having a routine of deep breathing after each salah time, even for just 60 seconds. You can still manage at least 20 long breaths.
3. Spend time outside in nature. Touch the grass. Touch trees. Smell the flowers. Bask in the warmth of the sun on your face. At night, spend a few minutes looking up into the night sky and become aware of your connection with the entire ever-expanding universe. Know that you are part of this beautiful creation.
4. Have a morning and evening skin-care routine. You don’t need expensive products. Sweet almond oil blended with a few drops of calming essential oils can be great to moisturize your face and body with. Lavender and Ylang Ylang blend works beautifully just before bedtime. Citrus oil blends work wonderfully in the mornings.
5. Be of service to someone and do it purely for the sake of ALLAH.
6. Journal your thoughts and feelings regularly.
7. Water stores memories. Adult human bodies are 60% water. The brain and heart are 73% water. (Source: )
If there is a persistent negative memory that your body is holding onto, drink lots of water and detox your body’s fluids through natural excretion. I call it the Strategy of Peeing and Pooing Out Toxic Memories.
8. Switch off your device at least 1 hour before bed. Read a book or a magazine instead, until you feel tired.
9. Create something with your hands. Learn a new craft or practise more of the craft you already know.
10. Manage your emotions by finding healthy and peaceful ways to express them. Anger is a normal emotion, but what you do with it can result in you living a life filled with angry, aggressive reactions or a life with mindful, peaceful responses. Know that emotions are mere signals to tell you whether you are listening to your heart and taking care of yourself. Most unhappy people are simply unhappy because they are constantly doing what their hearts really don’t want to do. Listen to your heart – it knows what you need to do.
11. Speak kindly about yourself to yourself. Always. You are a beautiful creation of ALLAH.
12. Practise patience through expressing gratitude. Every moment is a moment of mercy if you choose to look at it that way. You have a choice to be a victim of your circumstances or a victor of them.

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!








Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough



Dr. Javed Jamil



This is now becoming increasingly clear that the so-called New World Order is an ugly product of the ugly designs of the forces of economics that are located in West. These forces have no other aim except attaining economic supremacy and political hegemony in the world, and to achieve these aims they can do anything, from killing people, destroying family and social values to redefine morality to suit their own ends.


One man who has perhaps been on the forefront in unveiling these designs more than anyone else is Dr Javed Jamil whose relentless campaign against New World Order, Westernism and Economic Fundamentalism is going on for well over a decade now. His latest work, “Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough”, should be rated as the most remarkable work in recent times, especially in terms of challenging Westernism and its allies.

In this book, Dr Jamil has produced massive statistics showing that in terms of the criteria of civilized existence, Western countries are far behind Muslim countries. He has used the following as the criteria of civilization:

Security: incidence of murders (all types, not any particular category), sexual assaults, killings in other parts of the world (wars), abortions (all categories)
Social peace: alcohol, gambling, prostitution, promiscuity, pornography,
Personal: suicides, religiosity
Family: Divorces and separations, Promiscuity, Children born out of wedlock, issues related to single parenthood; abuse of women and children; domestic violence;
Human Development: Life Expectancy (both at birth and at conception), Education, Economic conditions.


Reviewed by Syed Adil

Muslim Mirror



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CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





[KB SAYS] If you haven't had this before, you don't know what you have been missing!

Pistachio Pancakes



1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tblsp sugar
1-2 tsp pistachio paste
1 egg
175 ml milk
2 tblsp melted butter





Sift dry ingredients in bowl
In another bowl, whisk together wet ingredients
Pour into dry ingredients and mix lightly
Don't over beat
Heat fry pan and drop spoonfuls of batter
Fry till golden on both sides
Serve with sliced pistachio and honey/golden syrup



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My Health and Fitness

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MOVEment your mantra

During the colder months we tend to hibernate.


Make movement your mantra this winter and ready your body for summer.


The more we move, the more we lose, the quicker we see results.


Make positive changes and better yourself both physically and mentally.


Your body will love you for it.





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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin came from the parking lot and tried to cut in at the front of the line of a store holding its annual sale, but an old lady beat him back into the parking lot with her cane.


He returned and tried to cut in again, but an old man punched him in the gut, then kicked him to the ground and rolled him away.


As he approached the line for the third time he said, "If you don't let me unlock the door, you'll never get in there, because I am the owner of the store".

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten; and there is none like unto Him.


~ Surah Al-Ikhlas 112:1-14


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Did you know........






Pre-Islamic Arabia


When it came to religion, the pre-Islamic Arabs were almost exclusively polytheistic.


Islamic tradition holds that the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son, Isma‘il (Ismael), built the Ka‘ba in the valley of Mecca in ancient times as a house of worship for one God.


The Ka‘ba was built as a plain rectangular building on a foundation set by the first man—Adam.


From this shrine, Isma‘il was able to preach the monotheistic message to the Arabs, who adopted him as one of their own.


Over the centuries, however, the progeny of Isma‘il distorted his monotheistic teachings.


Stone and wood idols were carved to represent attributes of God.


Later, they would go on to represent separate gods entirely.


By the time of the Prophet Muhammad, there were 360 gods in the Ka‘ba.


The message of Ibrahim and Isma‘il was not entirely lost on the Arabs, however.


The two prophets were still revered figures in the minds of the Arabs and even some of their basic teachings still held weight in this society.


They certainly believed in the God of Ibrahim and Isma‘il, called Allah in Arabic.


But they believed he was one among many different gods, represented by the idols.


This belief system was far removed from the strict monotheism those two prophets had preached, and reflected influence from Sumerian religions to the north.


Isolated Christian and Jewish communities existed within the Arabian Peninsula and also revered the prophets, but that was where their similarities ended.


The sparse monotheists of Arabia tended to avoid complete assimilation with the polytheistic Arabs, instead creating their own insular communities.


Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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