EST. 2004


Sunday 14 June 2020 | Issue 0814



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


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Kuraby Mosque Friday 12pm session

Under normal circumstances the Mosque would have been filled to capacity with congregants shoulder to shoulder


Many this week were glad to be able to once again carry out their daily and Friday (Jumua) congregational prayers at their local Mosques after a three month shut down.


Very strict COVID management plans were put into place to accommodate the new relaxation of restrictions.


Three Friday sessions were held at the Kuraby Mosque (12pm, 1pm and 2pm) with procedures put into place for social distancing, queuing for access into the Mosque and completion of a form with personal contact details.




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By Janet Deen



For many years it has become common knowledge that the Mother Mosque is in need of renovation and expansion.

This was one point highlighted in the documentary ‘The Mosque Next Door’ in relation to the Women’s Prayer Section.

For many years at AGM’s members agreed for work to be carried out and events were held to raise funds for the project.

The committee and trustees are happy to announce that work has finally commenced on this major project to preserve and care for this historic mosque, in order to have it utilised for the Muslim Ummah who regularly attend prayers and functions held there.

Advantage was taken during the lock down period of the Covid-19 to begin this work.

Haneef Deen began the excavation of the ground, digging and preparing a five metre deep hole so that the foundations of the new extension could be laid.

On Friday, 12 July a ground breaking ceremony was held with committee members, trustees and some elderly members to see off the start of the work on the foundations.

Imam Uzair led a dua for those who were present to thank Allah for all His blessings and to pray that this work can be completed to benefit his Ummah.

More updates will be provided to the community regarding this work in the next two weeks to ensure all are informed about the plans, costings and expected completion date.






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Ameen and Zaynah at the protest


About 30,000 people attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Brisbane's CBD last Saturday, alongside hundreds of others at smaller events across the state.



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Multicultural Social Network and Hussain Baba prepared 100 lunch boxes of Butter Chicken and Rice, and donated them to the Indonesian students (50 boxes) and South American and other students (50 boxes) affected by the pandemic.

The multi-talented Haji Habib Jamal cooked up the Butter Chicken




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Casting Call Applications



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Report racism







If you’ve experienced or witnessed a racist incident you can let the Human Rights Commision know about it by filling out the form here.

The objective of this is to understand the issues facing the community.


You can report it anonymously if you’d prefer not to give the HRC your name.

If you have photos or screenshots you'd like to share with the HRC, you can email your report to

The information you provide will be collected and used to help in the work of the HRC to 'make Queensland safer, fairer, and more inclusive.'





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Mr Mohamed Hassan OAM, the Founding Director of Minaret College in Melbourne, community visionary and pioneer of Islamic education in Australia passed away on Sunday 7 June 2020, may Allah bless his soul with mercy.


Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1931 and after having studied in Egypt and UK, he arrived in Australia in 1967 for higher education and then settled finally in Melbourne. He is survived by his wife Soad (Susie), daughter Inas, son Dr Ahmed Hassan and many loving grandchildren.

After studying electrical engineering at Alexandria University, he left Egypt in 1964 to undertake a Masters of textiles engineering in England. Mohamed joined the Muslim Students Association at Leeds University, organising various events, including dialogue with members of Christian student bodies.

A Professor from the University of NSW visiting Leeds invited Mohamed to study in Australia.

In 1967, Mohamed and his young family arrived in Australia to begin PhD research at UNSW on an electronic counter for wool processing. He quickly became involved in community life.

He joined the Islamic student society at UNSW and then became second ever President of the Islamic Society of NSW based at Surry Hills. He helped organise Sunday school and Ramadan dinners for Sydney’s early Muslim community.




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We Can't Breath | Structural Racism and the Responsibility of the Australian Muslim Community






A conversation on structural racism and the responsibility of the Australian Muslim Community.

Shaykha Ieasha Prime (USA), Eugenia Flynn, Shaykh Abdinur Weli and Dr Hussein Mohamud.



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The newly elected members of the Islamic Council of South Australia appointed on Sunday 7 June 2020:





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Mosques in Turkey were required to hold Friday prayers outside.


A mosque in Nevşehir held the prayers in a playground next to the masjid.


Look at where the imam stood to deliver the sermon.


Someone on Reddit commented: "Does the imam go down the slide after prayer?"


Photos by: Behçet Alkan





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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



Questioning our morality

‘With a clamour of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea.’


So begins the short story, ‘The ones who walk away from the Omelas’ by Ursula Le Guin, about a summer festival in a utopian city of Omelas.


The first half of the story is joyous, narrating a parade that moves between grand gardens and public buildings. Then in a jarring twist, the reader is taken to a dark room. We learn that their amazing prosperity depends on the continued existence of a very real and avoidable suffering – the perpetual misery of a single child.

This child who looks like they are 6 years old, but most likely now 11 or 12, who is deprived of love and sunlight, fed with a bowl at the door, living hunched in a room with rotting old mops, who lives with sores and excrement, is described in searing detail. For the whole society knows about the child. From the age of 10 or 11, children are taught about the existence of the child in the room. Some will even go to see it with their own eyes. For the vast majority, they will learn that it is okay to continue enjoying the benefits of that society at the expense of that child.

How many of us have taught our children the same, through our actions, our silence, about the right to enjoy the benefits of Australia – at the expense of truth-telling about First Nations Peoples treatment?



For what we are participating in right now, as voters and taxpayers, and speakers online, is not a past colonial project. It is ongoing. In too many ways for me to summarise here.

It’s uncomfortable. It’s not my fault. I’ve just immigrated. It wasn’t my family who did it. I wasn’t taught about it in school. What do they want? Why don’t they just move on? Why should I be accountable for what white people did?

This week I read this, by a fellow Muslim online, that a

....little bit of knowledge makes you arrogant. A lot of knowledge makes you humble. Keep seeking knowledge sincerely and implement it in your life until it goes past your throats and penetrates your heart. Stay away from refutations and people who refute and confuse the masses even more unless you are fully qualified to do that with years of experience and scholarship, good manners and foresight. Even if you think and know you’re in the right.

When there is oppression, grief and suffering, it is incumbent on us to approach the matter with full humility and compassion. Not to brush it away because that’s what others are doing. I say this to my fellow Muslims but also the leaders of our national institutions.

Australia had a moment of reckoning in the past fortnight, when in the midst of seeing the full unveiled violence of racist policing in the United States, had a mirror shone in its face.. We were all caught out. We were swept up in a narrative of injustice, that we could see with full, unbiased, unblinkered eyes, because it concerned a society outside of our own.

In that distanced setting, we flung our criticism – and when the jarring light of that mirror came to ourselves, suddenly, we could see so much more and hear so much more about Australia’s home truths. Things that had only been heard in the periphery before - kept there by a learnt prejudice and privilege. The same learnt prejudice and privilege that was taught to the society of the Omelas.

That story ends with

At times one of the adolescent girls or boys who go to see the child does not go home to weep or rage, does not, in fact, go home at all. Sometimes also a man or woman much older falls silent for a day or two, and then leaves home. These people go out into the street, and walk down the street alone. They keep walking, and walk straight out of the city of Omelas, through the beautiful gates.

The ending is about choice. The choice about which society we are part of. The society that is content with not asking questions or seeking truth, at a very real and avoidable cost to humanity. It is not only ‘theirs’ at stake.

CCN Readers may wish to visit the Change the Record or From the Heart campaigns to learn more.






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


She can be reached at


The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Crescents Community News (CCN).




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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


'Is it offensive for me to try on the hijab?

But the more Zahra learned about Islam, the greater affinity she felt with the faith.

"This has been a journey for me, I didn't just come out and say, 'Hey guys, I'm going to become a Muslim,'" she points out.

"It started with asking Kim one day, 'Is it offensive for me to try on the hijab? I'd really like to wear it and see what that feels like.'"

After a while, Zahra started covering her hair on weekends, then at work by donning a head turban.

"Initially no-one said anything. Then after a couple of days, some of the team were curious. They were like, 'Hey did you get a bad haircut, are you starting a new trend?'" she says, laughing.

"It became an organic conversation. 'Well, I'm actually learning more about Islam and I'm not sure if I want to wear hijab or not, so I'm finding out.'"

Marriage and moving to Malaysia

Earlier this year, Zahra began attending Kuraby Mosque in Brisbane and made her Shahada, the Islamic profession of faith.

She's one of thousands of Westerners who convert to the faith annually, though Zahra prefers the term "revert" because she says in Islam, everyone is born Muslim.

And her journey is still unfolding — both online and in real life.

"I let the sister who did my Shahada know that I would be interested in looking into an arranged marriage, because I'm tired of being heartbroken and I'd like a husband," Zahra explains.

"She said she'd put together my profile, then I jumped onto this Muslim marriage app."

Just as Zahra formed an unexpected international friendship with Kim on a mobile phone game, she's now met her fiance online, too.

"He does digital editing for a [Muslim] revert organisation in Kuala Lumpur, so he was really fascinated with my story and wanted to know about how I found Islam," she says.

"After a couple of days [of chatting], I'm like, 'OK, I need to try and keep the relationship halal, how do we do that when he lives in Malaysia, I live in Australia?'"

A "halal relationship" is one that's permissible under Islamic law. Generally the couple's families must meet early on, to ensure the relationship isn't hidden.

In Zahra's case, geographical distance didn't stop this ritual. She and her fiancé introduced their mums via video chat and, she says, "the rest has been history".

As soon as travel restrictions lift, she's moving to Malaysia to get married.

Kim says she'll be there for the wedding — "Inshallah" — ready to meet her gamer friend for the first time, outside of the Ottoman Empire.







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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.





The East London Mosque is the first British Muslim institution to have established a strong room to store securely a substantial collection of paper records dating back to 1910.


Formally opened in 2017 by Mayor Sadiq Khan, the East London Mosque Archives Project is an important step for documenting the longstanding involvement of Muslims in British society.


The archives include financial records which detail fundraising efforts for mosque development and international disaster relief in both Muslim and non-Muslim parts of the world.




The archive also contains written correspondence with important figures in the history of Muslims in Britain such as Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall, Abdullah Yusuf Ali, A. J. Arberry, and Muhammad Hamidullah.


Records of early interfaith initiatives and wartime accounts also feature in the archive.


The project has received substantial support from The National Archives and has a reading room service run by volunteers.


The archive project seeks to provide British Muslims with a sense of rootedness and to challenge the view that British Muslim history began with post-World War II immigration.




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Moez Masoud


Preacher and Televangelist

Moez Masoud is an Egyptian preacher, television and radio presenter, and activist who focuses on the fields of contemporary spirituality, interfaith dialogue, and Islam in the modern world.

Religious and academic work: Founder of Al-Tareeq Al-Sahh (The Right Way) Institute, Masoud is trained in the Islamic sciences and is currently a research affiliate at the University of Cambridge. His writings are primarily centred around religious identity and spiritual quest, as well as religious radicalization. He has spoken at such key global events as the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

Media and Social Media: His engagement in media has been significant since 2007 when his first Arabic TV show debuted, and by now his programs and appearances have acquired millions of viewers across the Arab world. His Ramadan broadcast, “Khutuwat Al-Shaytan;” was widely viewed across the Arab world.

In 2017, Masoud produced the Egyptian film “Clash” which has been hailed as “one of the most telling depictions of modern Egypt yet filmed” and the film was selected to represent Egypt in the Oscars’ 2017 Best Foreign Language Film category.

Masoud is active in various social media sites, including YouTube videos (over 10 million views), Facebook (8 million likes) and Twitter (3.7 million followers. Masoud participated in the brief post Tahrir “Egyptian National Dialogue” and has continued that dialogue on socio-political issues in Egypt from within the perspective of traditional Islam.

In 2019 he announced production of a film about the Christchurch mosque shootings, in which 51 people died. It will be entitled ‘Hello, Brother’, the words spoken by one of the victims.





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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

As for Najm, an advisor to the Grand Mufti of Egypt, most of his writings and talks encourage religious leaders in the East and West to dispel misconceptions about Islam.


He clarifies this by stating we cannot rectify the image of Islam in the media, but we must employ strategies to combat the spread of negative images of Islam and Muslims.


Najm also challenges those engaged in modernising Islamic discourse to rectify misconceptions so Islam becomes more open to the world.

In response to the Muslims’ rage over the cartoons mocking Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), Najm, speaking in English, encourages Muslims to move away from being reactionary.


He asserts:

we should stay away from this vicious circle of action and reaction and we should make a plan, an organized plan to make initiatives, long term initiatives of engagement of clarifications of explanations of what true Islam is about …

Najm, in a lecture at New York University, emphasised that Islam encourages stability and denounces terrorism.


He also stressed that differences in opinion or stance should not be a reason for conflict, but should be a starting point to spread mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation.


What is noteworthy in his speech is his call for integrating Muslims in their communities and respecting the country’s laws to rectify the image of Islam in the West.


Najm emphasises, in English, that:

I am more concerned about lay people who do not know much about Islam, of course, there are many people who are well-educated but they know very little … and I found out that even though we are living in the information technology age, but this information technology age has made us ignorant of each other. We are at the mercy of now the computers, and the iPads and laptops. We often take these tools as our window to the world, we [have] lost the engagement. That’s why, I think what is at risk now is that we have failed to engage the people, especially non-Muslims at large …

To curb the spread of Islamophobia, there are three strategies.


First, ‘corrective’ measures where misconceptions about Islam are rectified by responding to anything disseminated against Islam by, for instance, sending letters to Western media outlets.


Najm mentions the creation of dār al-ʾiftāʾ (jurisprudence site) in eight languages that aims to provide information about Islam.


The second measure is ‘pre-emptive’ and ‘preventative,’ seeking to engage non-Muslims by increasing and spreading awareness.


He stresses the need to break the cycle of ‘talking to ourselves’ and broaden the vision and talk to the whole world instead.

Serialized: to be continued in next week's CCN








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Fattet Makdous from Damascus!

Lockdown Lab #3

‎Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury‎



Lockdown Lab is a channel for experimental cooking. This is cooking with travel stories. This is an 8-minute take on a delicious and rare Middle Eastern / Syrian dish by a chef who discovered it in Damascus!






Life Of A Funeral Director During Covid-19

Ibn Turab is Arabic for 'Son Of The Soil.'


His job is to bury the dead at funerals that most people can't attend.


That's because this is New York City, at the centre of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 100,000 have died from the coronavirus in America.

@dwellersofthegrave is a funeral director taking us through a day in his life during the pandemic.


We Cannot Stay Silent About George Floyd





Black Lives Matter Protest

 Ottawa Mosque








It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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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.









Please be advised that the registration link for the next jummah is now on the Slacks Creek Mosque website.


Registration is a must to help us follow legal requirements...


.....and you must bring your own prayer mat.


Please inform all your contacts who wish to pray with us inshaAllah.

And this is the direct link to the registration form:




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Alhaamdulillah, with the latest relaxation by Qld Government to increase up to 100 worshippers in place of worship, now you can pray five times daily salat in Gold Coast masjid except Friday Jumma prayer which is for card holders only (100 cards already distributed).

Salaat times as follows:
Fajr 5:45am
Zohur 12:30
Magrib: Please see here.
Asr 4pm
Esha 6:45pm


Entry into the prayer hall is subject to following conditions:

1. Your body temperature will be taken at the entrance.
2. Use sanitiser before entry.
3. Keep a social distance of 1.5meter between each other.
4. Avoid physical contact.
5. Please don’t come if you are sick, running nose, coughing etc.
6. Please come earlier to each salaat as you need to register your name and body temperature before entry


A 2nd Jumma for 100 musallees has been organised for this Friday at 1.15pm.

Please collect your Blue colour Entry card from masjid during any salaats before this Thursday. First come First serve basis.

No Card. No Entry
You will need to produce your blue colour entry card at the entrance or the security will not allow you in.

Preferable you make Wudhu before coming to the Masjid. Thanks

Entry into the prayer hall is subject to following conditions:

1. Your body temperature will be taken at the entrance.
2. Use sanitiser before entry.
3. Keep a social distance of 1.5meter between each other.
4. Avoid physical contact.
5. Please don’t come if you are sick, running nose, coughing etc.
6. Please come earlier to each salaat as you need to register your name and body temperature before entry



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





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Raising Daughters

She is unique
She has unlimited potential
She can change the world
She is your daughter.

Raising daughters can be quite a challenge. I have a teenage daughter and I write this column today with the utmost respect for all parents raising daughters.

It is vital that we respect and understand them first before we expect them to respect and understand us. As parents, we may have the benefit of age, experience and sometimes vocabulary, however, we too are children at our core of being and we have the ability to relate to most or all of the emotional ups and downs that our daughters experience daily.

We expect our daughters to respect us. The real question is: Do we respect our daughters? Are we constantly expecting them to toughen up, or soften down, or do as we say?

What strategies do you use to cope with your daughter’s mood swings, tantrums, demands and emotional meltdowns?

Our daughters are future leaders of this world. We need to put our ego aside and raise them with sensitivity, compassion, empathy, respect and understanding.

There is no doubt that you love your daughter unconditionally. However, the following strategies, when implemented appropriately, may strengthen your relationship with her. Do try them.

Strategies to Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Daughter
1. Talk to her. Put away your gadgets, look her in the eye and connect with her verbally. A great way to start is to ask an open-ended question which invites an elaborate answer. For example, “What things that you did or that happened today made it a wonderful day for you?”

2. Listen when she replies. LISTEN. Do not formulate a response while she is speaking. Do not cut her off while she is speaking. Become fully engaged. Observe her body language. A lot is communicated through body language.

3. Always compliment good behaviour. If the behaviour has been negative, look for moments when she is silent and compliment on her efforts to refrain from the negative behaviour. For example, “I am very pleased with you that you are trying your best to respect our agreement on phone/screen time.”

4. Speak well about those she loves. For example, you may not be close to your in-laws but that does not mean your daughter has to inherit your opinions about them. Respect her love for them. Speak well about those she loves.

5. Respect her fears and sentiments. Fear is very real to the person experiencing it. You do not have to encourage it but you need to show the sensitivity that it is real to her. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about your exams. I used to be the same. I understand that feeling. I am so pleased that you are trying your very best. That is all that matters. Allah rewards efforts, not results. Keep doing your best.”

6. Do not bring up past behavioural issues when addressing a new issue. Telling her you can no longer trust her because she lied to you last year about a fake Facebook account is NOT going to resolve anything. Instead, have a respectful discussion about having boundaries around internet usage.

7. Show good manners so that she can emulate good manners. Saying “Please”, “Thank you”, “I’m sorry” to your daughter does not mean you are weak. In fact, it displays good manners and your daughter will learn to treat you and others with the same manners.

8. NEVER laugh at her mistakes, NEVER belittle her and NEVER insult her. Never comment on her body, instead discuss health and nutrition if you feel concerned for her body. Negative comments about her body will hurt her and scar her for life. You only have to access your own unhealed childhood pain to realise that somewhere
deep inside you is a memory of an adult who may have laughed at your mistakes or insulted or belittled you.

9. “I am big, you’re small…I’m right, you’re wrong” – NEVER imply or say this. Your daughter is human being created by ALLAH and deserve the same respect and joy as you or any other human being on this earth.

10. Explain yourself clearly when you set boundaries. If you need to prohibit something, get her to sit and discuss the best strategies that will benefit the entire family. Show her that you treat her with fairness and that it is a home with love and understanding, not a house with a “dictator”.

11. Never, ever compare her to her friends, cousins, siblings or daughters of your friends. Your daughter’s soul was entrusted to you to nurture and you must practise gratitude to ALLAH for entrusting you with her soul. Do not waste precious time that could be spent being grateful in being ungrateful by complaining and focusing on her flaws. Instead, nurture her to live from her highest potential. If you find it hard to nurture her in this way, get professional help or help from a wise female in your family or community.


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!








With the Heart in Mind: The Moral & Emotional Intelligence of the Prophet



Mikaeel Ahmed Smith



With the Heart in Mind is an inquiry into the nature of the intellect and why classical Islamic theologians understood the nature and function of the intellect.


With the Heart in Mind asks readers to consider an alternative understanding of intelligence in which the primary function of the intellect is to know God and lead others to Him as well.



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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

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KB's Culinary Corner





[KB SAYS] This Chicken Shawarma recipe is going to make you want to indulge in more than one helping! Just a pinch of every day spices makes an incredible marinade that infuses the chicken with exotic flavours. The smell when this is cooking is going to transport you into some far away land!

Chicken ShAwarma


500 g chicken fillet cut into thin strips
4 tsp lemon & herb spice
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp chilli garlic paste
1 tsp ground garlic
½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp crushed red chillies
1 tsp chilli powder
½ tsp crushed black pepper
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2 tblsp Portuguese sauce

Marinate chicken in above ingredients

Allow to marinate for few hours or preferably overnight

Heat little butter or ghee and fry chicken till cooked

Cucumber finely cubed
Radish finely cubed
Tomato cubed
Parsley finely chopped
Lettuce finely shredded
Pinch sumac (optional)
Little olive oil
Little lemon juice

Mix together and keep aside

Tahini Sauce
2 tblsp tahini paste
½ cup yoghurt
2 tblsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
Crushed black pepper
1 tsp Tabasco sauce (optional)

Mix above ingredients

Adjust seasoning

Add more water if too thick

Pita bread cut in half

Drizzle tahini sauce inside pitas

Fill with chicken fillet and salad

Serve with chips and remaining tahini sauce



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I’m enjoying working out at home and not planning to return to the gym any time soon.


What do you recommend I do to keep getting results?

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I’d also recommend you do some outdoor sessions.


Dealing with the elements can make the workout a bit more challenging.


The best thing about working out at home is
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The CCN Chuckle





Two men go into a bakery shop.

As soon as they enter the bakery, the one steals 3 pastries and puts them in his pocket.

He says to his mate:

"See how clever I am ...!! The owner didn't even see anything, and I don't even need to lie ..."

"Oh this is so you, my friend! Dishonest and deceitful."

"I will show you an honest way to get the 3 same pastries without stealing or lying. Also to prove that you are not the cleverest person in this world ..."

He goes to the owner: "Give me a pastry and I will show you a magic trick ..."

The owner gives him a pastry.

He eats it and asks for 2 more pastries.

The owner gives him 2 more and he eats them all.

When the owner is starting to wonder where the magic trick is, he replies :
"Look in my friend's pocket ..."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Ramadhan is the [month] in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also clear [Signs] for guidance and judgment [between right and wrong].....


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:185


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Did you know........






Pre-Islamic Arabia


Arabia’s Neighbours

In spite of being deep in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, far from more advanced civilizations, the Arabs were not completely isolated from their neighbours.

The Romans had become a regional superpower along the northern borders of the peninsula in the early decades CE.

By putting down numerous Jewish revolts in the province of Syria Palaestina, the Romans stamped their control on the area.


For the Bedouin Arabs, this meant the presence of a wealthy and strong trading partner to the north.


Merchants regularly traversed the western part of the peninsula from Yemen in the south to Syria in the north, trading goods that came from places as far away as India and Italy.

The Romans were content to remain in the more hospitable and familiar lands of the Fertile Crescent and let the nomadic Arabs carry on the trade with more distant lands.


Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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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

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Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

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Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

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