EST. 2004


Sunday 21 June 2020 | Issue 0815



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The Age's State Political reporter, Sumeyya Ilanbey, was one of the journalist's who worked on the investigation into the branch stacking in the Victoria Labor Party that has been dominating the news this week.


She holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication and Media Studies from RMIT University.


This year Ms Ilanbey received the Quill Melbourne Press Club for her coverage of an issue or event category for which the judges said: “This outstanding series highlighted the journalistic trio’s dogged refusal to accept official explanations. Their work broke exclusive stories about unprecedented toxic waste dumping and obfuscation by government agencies in Victoria. It carefully explained complex issues and humanised the health concerns of firefighters. The entry was of significant public benefit and prodded important change.”

While with the The Melton and Moorabool Star Weekly, Sumeyya was the lead reporter and received a CNA award in the "community service" category for her Cops in Crisis campaign. The campaign kicked off in May 2016, highlighting the plight of Victoria Police officers who were calling for extra resources. The coverage was picked up by other Star Weekly mastheads and by the dailies. In December 2016, the state government announced a record $2 billion boost to Victoria Police.

In 2017 she was named a finalist in the CNA 2016 awards for her "Election Gun" story, which revealed a council candidate had posted photos online of his toddler holding guns, weapons and ammunition.


She appeared on the ABC's Friday Briefing program hosted by Patricia Karvelas.




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On Saturday 6 June AFP Darwin and QLD celebrated the end of Ramadan with the Darwin Muslim community, with a gathering for the traditional Muslim Festival of Eid.

NT Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison, NT MLA Lauren Moss, NT MLA Kate Worden, Bishop Charles Gauci and NT Islamic Society of Darwin President Muhammad Waqas attended, as well as other community leaders.

Representing the AFP were Detective Sergeant Ed Windle and his daughter, NT Detective Sergeant Karl Day, Acting Sergeant Kemuel Lam Paktsun with his wife and children, Senior Constable Brad Wallace and his wife, and Queensland Community Liaison Team member Federal Agent Emir Cutuk.

The Darwin Eid gathering was one of the few permitted public Eid events in Australia and was well attended by over 200 people, while maintaining social distancing.

The speeches and presentations by the children were live streamed to the mosque and community hall so everyone could participate.


Following prayers, an Eid dinner of delicious dishes from Indonesia, Pakistan, Indian, Malaysia and the Middle East all cooked and served by volunteers.

Over the past three months of COVID-19 restrictions, the NT Islamic Society of Darwin operated a drive-through meal service which generated over $50,000 into the Darwin economy by selling cuisine from local food businesses and helped keep the NT community fed and employed.

Special mention was given to the AFP by President Waqas and NT Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison, who thanked the AFP and NT Police for being on the frontline and keeping the NT borders safe, resulting in the NT being currently COVID-19 free.





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Following the death of George Floyd, global Black Lives Matter protests and debates raging over statues from Colston to Churchill, Intelligence Squared hosted an online discussion with historian David Olusoga, Labour MP Dawn Butler, philosopher Susan Neiman and broadcaster Yassmin Abdel-Magied.



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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



‘Humanities’ funding change may not be all bad


Sweeping changes to higher education announced this week, mainly targeting humanities, may have a ‘terrible consequence’ for Australia – but they may have been necessary.


The question for me is, has the Government taken a sledgehammer or have they found a good balance?

Here is the problem.

Numbers of graduates in areas of expected employment growth, including teaching, nursing, agriculture, STEM and IT – continue to miss the mark.

Now of course there are some problems with the logic that this is where the jobs are – a 2018 survey of 120,000 students by the Federal Government found science and mathematics graduates had weak short-term job prospects, with 64.6 per cent in full-time employment four months after graduation. A third of psychology graduates also struggled to get work.

In the latest change, humanities has been moved into the most expensive category with law and management, on the grounds that it will discourage students away from a ‘generalist’ course and push them towards more ‘job relevant’ studies.

What this rationale ignores is that humanities often serves as significant value-adding second degree, providing students with world context and critical thinking abilities.

This will mean that humanities and law as a combination, the combination I studied many years ago, will become a thing of the past, except for very privileged kids or the few who win a scholarship. Although humanities departments are already dominated by white privileged people.

Over time, we could see universities adjust by incorporating more humanities into core subjects, but will the financial incentive be there to do this? This is one problem with the Government’s policy.

It is true that scholarship in humanities will suffer, not only in the short term, but in the longer term.

But on the other hand, we have urgent concerns like the fact that scientists have said that we have 6 months to avert climate disaster. The tipping point is near, if it has not passed already. Will this big shift in incentives direct more resources to environmental science and economics?

Monitoring and countering societal harms are the business of humanities. But then have humanities departments always been adequately responsive to those societal harms?


I look at the past 30 years since the Royal Deaths in Custody report, the continued use of excessive force and racial profiling by police, the rise in online hatred, the rise of white supremacist discourses impacting minorities, the incapacity of our education system, the poorly understood nature of hate crime, the continuing vulnerability of disabled and elderly people, family violence, child abuse – and ask myself, have our humanities departments become too esoteric? How many PhD’s have collected the data, quantitative or qualitative, that are needed to push much needed policy responses? How responsive are they to the most vulnerable people?

When my sister left school in the United States, my father told her there was no way he’d fund her doing literature studies. Some of the ‘acceptable’ choices were economics or computer science. While my liberal instincts were affronted by his stance, she went with economics and loved it, and has used it for a unique social justice project in the States – working out how much algorithm-driven sentencing programs used by the courts disadvantage Black Americans.

Sure I’m simplifying her work as a non-economist. I think there was a grave error in my thinking as I left school, that the only way I could contribute to a more just world was through law and arts. Even though I loved high-school economics, I just couldn’t see it as a social justice career.

The world of humanities has to do more than cry about ‘liberal education’ and ‘critical thinking’ to make their case. The Government’s move might have been a sledgehammer one, designed to really shake up incentives – but critical thinking leads us to know it’s not all bad, nor is it all good.

Corporates, like the big social media platforms, and government institutions may end up becoming bigger sponsors of humanities research to uncover and respond to societal harms – community may even step up. This may become a growth space for civil society.


Look at the Islamophobia in Australia report, that has received barely a scratch of funding from the Australian Muslim community let alone anyone else (including the university).

The question I’d love to see answered by all those speaking up right now, is whether the system should be funded the way it is now, or does it need to diversify to become more responsive?   






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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Man jailed over anti-Muslim social media posts, threat to kill Jacinda Ardern    



Cormac Rothsey has been sentenced to jail for threatening to attack a mosque.

A man arrested in Newcastle for posting online threats to attack a mosque and kill the New Zealand Prime Minister has been jailed for 10 months.

Cormac Patrick Rothsey pleaded guilty in Newcastle District Court to charges of posting the extremist threats on social media in September last year.

The court on Friday heard the posts included statements that he wanted Muslims dead and that Muslims did not belong in Australia.

One featured an image of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and suggested "she should be put down like an animal".

Defence barrister Ben Bickford told the court the Facebook posts were highly offensive and deeply inflammatory, but that Rothsey was "lashing out" because he had been assaulted by people he had identified as Muslim men in the months leading up to the posts.

Mr Bickford said Rothsey had been "overwhelmed by thoughts of revenge and hopelessness" but had shown genuine remorse.

He argued there was nothing calculated in the social media posts and there was no evidence that they had reached a large audience.

Prosecutor Sam Duggan told the court a term of imprisonment was warranted and should be imposed, but acknowledged the nine-and-a-half months already served by Rothsey since his arrest.

He said there was clearly a need for mental health treatment as Rothsey was clearly fixated and driven by a dislike of Muslim people.

Judge Tim Gartelmann sentenced Rothsey to 10 months in prison followed by a 14-month recognisance order, under which Rothsey would be required to undergo mental health treatment and report any social media accounts to Community Corrections officers.

With time already served, Rothsey will be released from prison on July 4.



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Covid-19 unleashed a ‘tsunami of hate’ with a surge in attacks on Muslims, UN chief warns



UN Secretary-General, António Guterre.


The United Nations Secretary-General said the coronavirus pandemic is unleashing “a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scaremongering” and appealed for “an all-out effort to end hate speech globally.”

Speaking on May 8, António Guterres said, “Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and in the streets, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have spread, and Covid-19-related anti-Muslim attacks have occurred.” He said migrants and refugees “have been vilified as a source of the virus — and then denied access to medical treatment.”

“With older persons among the most vulnerable, contemptible memes have emerged suggesting they are also the most expendable,” he said. “And journalists, whistleblowers, health professionals, aid workers and human rights defenders are being targeted simply for doing their jobs.”

Guterres called on political leaders to demonstrate solidarity with all people, on educational institutions to focus on “digital literacy” at a time when “extremists are seeking to prey on captive and potentially despairing audiences.”

He urged the media, especially social media, to “remove racist, misogynist and other harmful content,” on civil society to strengthen their outreach to vulnerable people and on religious figures to serve as “models of mutual respect.”

“And I ask everyone, everywhere, to stand up against hate, treat each other with dignity and take every opportunity to spread kindness,” Guterres said.
Guterres stressed that Covid-19 “does not care who we are, where we live, what we believe or about any other distinction.”

His global appeal to address and counter Covid-19-related hate speech follows his April 23 message calling the Coronavirus pandemic “a human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis.”

Guterres said then that the pandemic has seen “disproportionate effects on certain communities, the rise of hate speech, the targeting of vulnerable groups and the risks of heavy-handed security responses undermining the health response.”

With “rising ethno-nationalism, populism, authoritarianism and a push back against human rights in some countries, the crisis can provide a pretext to adopt repressive measures for purposes unrelated to the pandemic,” he warned.

In February, Guterres issued a call to action to countries, businesses and people to help renew and revive human rights across the globe, laying out a seven-point plan amid concerns about climate change, conflict and repression.



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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.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unprecedented uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic, The Muslim News has postponed its prestigious annual awards ceremony until late UK summer.





Mehmet Asutay is currently a Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Political Economy & Finance at Durham University Business School.


Over twenty years Mehmet has contributed to the burgeoning of the field of Islamic economics and finance.


His career has seen him share his passion for moral and socially-conscious economics to international audiences and a vast number of students.


Under his leadership, Mehmet’s department at Durham Business School has become a globally recognised centre of excellence in Islamic economics and finance and for the last ten years, Mehmet has run the annual Durham Islamic Finance Summer School.




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The 2020 Muslim 500






Halimah Yacob


President of Singapore

Halimah Yacob became Singapore’s eighth, and first female, President in September 2017 when she was elected unopposed.

Election: A former speaker of Parliament she gave up her parliamentary seat and position with the ruling People’s Action Party to run for President. The government’s criteria for the current President, including that the President must be an ethnic Malay, meant that Yacob was unopposed and became President unelected, a process which has drawn some criticism. She is the first ethnic Malay President. Background: Halimah Yacob comes from humble beginnings, being raised by her Malay mother after her Indian father passed away when she was eight years old. Her mother struggled to raise her five children and Halimah almost neglected her school studies because of the need to help out at home. She was successful at school and continued to obtain her law degree and master’s in law from the National University of Singapore. She then went on to work at the National Trades Union Congress before becoming Director of the Singapore Institute of Labour Studies.

Political career: She entered politics in 2001 and a decade later was appointed Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports and later on Minister of Social and Family Development. She was elected Speaker of Parliament in 2013, becoming the first woman to hold the post. As President she has promoted initiatives for supporting a cohesive society, strengthening interfaith and recognizing all workers who contribute to Singapore’s growth. She has a strong international profile, regularly meeting world leaders.





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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



The texts reviewed present reflective views of the phenomenon of Islamophobia. They hinge on numerous doctrines, some of which deserve close attention.


The most obvious feature of these texts, in their treatment of Islamophobia, is their divergence from the common apologetic and defensive trend that characterises the speeches of Muslim preachers.


The first general point to be made is that Islam is a complex religion and Muslims, including Muslim leaders, play a role in raising awareness about Islamic teachings.

Second, Islamophobia is a complex phenomenon in which numerous variables play a role, specifically Western media.

Third, the animosity between the Muslim world and West is rooted in history, and bridges of understanding have not been built, which is perpetuated in our time.

Fourth, the role of Orientalists is important in presenting Islam objectively and Muslim scholars should monitor their work by actively debunking misconceptions about Islam.

However, some views expressed in these texts need some qualification. For instance, when Najm mentions Egypt’s role in fighting terrorism, his views overlook the fact that Egypt has a record of human rights abuses.


According to Human Rights Watch, under Abdel Fattah al-Sīsi, Egypt still uses torture and other forms of abuses.65 Najm’s lack of objectivity in this matter questions the role of muftis in modern day Egypt. This may open further discussion about whether muftis, especially after the Arab spring, have become mere servants of power.

Other striking examples of unsubstantiated claims that are propagated by Muslim scholars are related to the West’s role in dividing the ummah – ‘Islamic community’ – and the emergence of the terror groups such as Islamic State. One may argue, while it is true the West has drawn lines in the sand and created numerous ‘statelets,’ the blame cannot be put solely on the West for the Arab’s failure to unite.


What is starkly clear is the role of Western media to expose the truth. Western media has propagated lies and deceit, as in the case of Iraq and the WMD, which has turned out to be weapons of mass ‘deception,’ not ‘destruction.’


What has not been mentioned in the texts is the role of education in combating Islamophobia. To combat it successfully, attention needs to be drawn to those areas of Islam that the West ignores; namely, Islamic ethics. For instance, the importance of respecting and caring for one’s neighbour, the merciful nature of the marital relationship, filial piety, charity and animal welfare.


Ethical behaviour is cemented and dictated by the Qur’ān and hadīth. Probably the best reference for Islamic ethical behaviour is Imām al-Nawawī’s 12th century book Riyādh al-Ṣāliḥīn (Garden for the Righteous).

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




Why the Protests in the U.S. Are an Awakening for Non-Black People Around the World

by Yassmin Abdel-Magied


The United States is alight with the flame of revolution. Like wildfire, it spreads, and it has been a long time coming. But revolution is borderless, and racism is not solely an American problem.

Though the murder of George Floyd at the knee of police was the most recent spark, the fuel has been pouring for decades. Widespread police brutality in an environment of racialized poverty and inequality have led Black people in the United States to feel there is no option but to overwhelm the streets. Years of peaceful protest and court proceedings brought neither change, nor justice. And so, uprisings; the ferocious cry of the unheard.

Outside the United States, solidarity protests have sprung up in Australia, Britain, Germany, France and beyond. Some have struggled to understand why, blithely suggesting that these protests are due to the United States’ cultural hegemony. But as someone who grew up in Australia, lives in the United Kingdom and travels often to work in the United States, it’s clear to me that the reason lies closer to home.

The structural racism underlying police brutality in the United States thrives globally, including in Australia and Britain. In England and Wales, young Black people are nine times more likely to be locked up than their white peers and in Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders account for 28% of the prison population, despite only making up 3.3% of the total Australian population. The statistics are devastating in their conclusion: Britain and Australia disproportionally kill and incarcerate Black and Indigenous people. For those whose bodies are not directly violated, equity of opportunity is still a long way off. The system of white supremacy is alive and well.

“I don’t know any Black person that would be surprised or shocked by what happened with George Floyd,” says Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, lawyer and women’s rights activist in the UK. “People suffer from selective amnesia: they forget Grenfell, Windrush, Sarah Reid, Rashaan Charles, Mark Duggan, Stephen Lawrence.”

This “selective amnesia” conveniently extends back centuries, eliding over the fact that the British Empire was effectively responsible for the concept of race and racism. The Barbados Slave Code of 1661 marked the beginning of the legal codification of slavery, establishing the concept of “Black” and “white” races and the racial hierarchy between them. Enslaved people who were Black were deemed “slaves,” property into perpetuity, whereas white people (Irish, English, Scottish) would be labeled ‘indentured servants’, property only for the length of their contract. As Barbados was the first English colony to create a set of slavery laws, these laws created the foundation ideology for white supremacy that continues to smother Black lives and dreams today.

Not only are the British often quick to deny their links to the origins of racism and forget their role in pioneering the transatlantic slave trade, they also ignore how they built an entire nation based on the concept of ‘whiteness’ they so treasured. Australia, the country I grew up in, was that very project. When James Cook declared it “nobody’s land” (Terra Nullius) in 1770, he erased 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inhabitancy. This meant no obligation to get consent to settle, and the freedom to murder Indigenous people with impunity. Those who survived were declared subjects of the British Crown and forcibly “assimilated.” Whiteness continued to be the nation’s aspiration, furthered by the Immigration Restriction Act of 1901, a bill that introduced the “White Australia Policy,” forbidding non-European migration. The policy was only officially dismantled by 1973.

Australia has never formally acknowledged its racist and genocidal history, and so unsurprisingly, the amnesia persists. “When I see things like George Floyd, I’m just very thankful for the wonderful country we live in,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier this week, warning against importing overseas divisions to Australia while hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney. He conveniently forgets that the very existence of his “wonderful country” is contingent on the violent and enduring oppression of Aboriginal people. Too many Australians prefer to live in wilful denial rather than face the brutal specter of their history.




Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate with a background in mechanical engineering. Her books include the best-selling memoir, Yassmin's Story, and the novel for younger readers, You Must Be Layla.


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Decadent Lamb Curry from Lahore!

Lockdown Lab #4

‎Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury‎



Lockdown Lab is a channel for experimental cooking. This is cooking with travel stories. This is a 7-minute take on a delicious North Indian / Pakistani dish by a curious traveller who discovered it on many trips to Lahore and Delhi!








Qatar announced on June 15 that 500 mosques will reopen after being closed for three months due to COVID-19.

Musa Abdul-Aleem, a Muslim American basketball player, recorded himself gleefully running to a mosque on Monday.

I pulled out my phone and thought to record such a historic moment of hearing the Iqama for the first time in three months! That has never happened before,’ Abdul-Aleem told Storyful.

‘Masjid’ is the Arabic word for mosque. ‘Iqama’ is the second call to Islamic prayer.








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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.


For Jummah on 26th June

Please register here:




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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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Tory activist suspended for saying Muslim MP Naz Shah should 'go back to Pakistan'    


MP Naz Shah


UK: A Tory activist has been suspended from the Conservative Party after she said a Labour MP should “go back to Pakistan”.

A video was shared on activist Theodora Dickinson’s Twitter account showing MP Naz Shah speaking about child poverty with a caption calling her “racist”.

The caption said: “If racist Naz Shah hates this country so much why doesn’t she go back to Pakistan?!”

The post has since been deleted and the Standard has made attempts to contact Ms Dickinson for a response.

Ms Dickinson has been pictured with Boris Johnson, former Prime Minister Theresa May, current Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and several other Tory MPs.

She ran as a Conservative Party candidate in Deal in the 2019 local election, according to her Twitter account.

Ms Shah, a prominent Muslim MP who has previously spoken out about racism, told the Standard: "This kind of blatant racism will not deter me from speaking out.

“Quite the opposite, it just reinforces why it's necessary to fight vile bigotry and intolerance and makes me more determined.

“The question for Boris Johnson is, why is this sort of person drawn to him and his party?”

Ms Shah was born and raised in Bradford West where she is now the serving MP.

In a statement Ms Dickinson said: "I am very sorry for my comments earlier today.

"I fully recognise how offensive it was, which is why I deleted the tweet almost immediately, though of course this does not excuse posting it in the first place.

"It was crass and insensitive.

"I have written to Ms Shah offering an unreserved apology."

A Conservative Party spokesman said: “Theodora Dickinson has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.”

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “The [Conservative] Party must reflect and consider why it chooses to ignore widespread concerns about its institutional Islamophobia – if a truly independent inquiry is not enacted with its recommendations implemented, there will be a drip-feed of these stories for a long time to come.




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Saudi Arabia’s Peaking Virus Cases Aren’t Slowing Its Reopening    



SAUDI ARABIA: The sweltering afternoon in central Riyadh feels much like any other, as traffic snarls past a McDonald’s and men huddle for a smoke outside an office. But the bright red letters on a Health Ministry billboard point to a different reality: “We fear for you!” it warns.

Like the rest of the world, Saudi Arabia is trying to balance public health concerns with economic imperatives. But unlike many countries facing higher case counts after reopening their economies, the kingdom is pushing ahead with normalization just as infections hit all-time highs.

With more than 4,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, the pandemic is surging in Saudi Arabia, and last week it became the 15th country to record 100,000 cases of the disease. Officials have taken to television stations to urge residents to avoid gatherings and wear masks as people get back to work, and have reimposed a lockdown in the coastal city of Jeddah.

The motivation to return to some version of normal is particularly strong in the oil-dependent kingdom, which is facing a double crisis with turmoil in crude markets layered on top of the coronavirus-related slump. Standard Chartered Plc expects gross domestic product to contract 5% this year, with the non-oil sector -- the engine of job creation -- shrinking for the first time in three decades.

Curfew Ends
As one of the world’s strictest lockdowns is rolled back -- an evening curfew is set to end on Sunday in most cities and sports teams can resume training -- there are mixed feelings among the 34 million people essentially being asked to live with the virus.

“The cases are rising up -- it’s a fact that we need to accept,” said Mamdoh Alanazi, a 31-year-old nurse. Staying home until there’s a vaccine is “not logical anymore,” he said.

Others are concerned as intensive care units fill up and the death rate, still among the lowest in the world at 0.8%, steadily rises.

“When things began to reopen, we started getting more stressed out,” said Noura Abdullah, 32. “We’ve been cooped up for three months, and now you’re telling us we should go out and it’s survival of the fittest?”

New Peak
Saudi Arabia initially flattened its coronavirus curve, but the total number of active cases has surged to a new peak this month.
Initially it seemed like Saudi Arabia had the outbreak well under control. The government imposed early and strict precautions, including a 24-hour lockdown in April.

As restrictions were loosened in May though, the virus that was until then spreading largely among foreign workers also invaded Saudi homes. As in Italy, it’s finding fertile ground in multi-generational households, where large family gatherings and physical greetings are deeply ingrained customs.

The total number of cases reached 145,991 on Thursday. Medical workers have begun to die and signs around the capital urge passersby: “Don’t be the next statistic.” The government has launched an optional smart-phone application to aid contract tracing.

At a virtual press conference this week, health ministry spokesman Mohammed Al-Abdulaali blamed the rise in cases on poor adherence to precautionary measures. Among new rules are mandatory face masks in public, and worshipers keeping their distance instead of standing shoulder to shoulder in mosques.

‘Additional Measures’
If any region is found to need “intervention or additional measures,” it will get them, Al-Abdulaali said. In Jeddah and Mecca, where the death rate is five times higher than the capital, fewer restrictions have been eased.

Meanwhile in Riyadh, as new cases spiked to a record of more than 2,300 on Wednesday, workers went to their offices and restaurants continued to host diners.

“I feel like we’re back to pre-quarantine era,” said Fahad Khalid, 24, a fresh graduate who’s relieved that his job search has picked up after a lull during the lockdown. “I’m glad that things are back to normal.”




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First woman appointed head of interfaith hub Harmony Centre    


Ustazah Liyana Rosli Asmara has been with the centre for four years and was its former manager.


SINGAPORE: The Harmony Centre will get its first woman leader next month, when Ustazah Liyana Rosli Asmara takes over the interfaith hub at An-Nahdhah Mosque in Bishan.

She will be taking over from Ustaz Mohamed Ali Atan as head of the Harmony Centre, which was first launched in 2006 as an initiative by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis).

At a virtual interfaith Hari Raya celebration on Wednesday (June 17), Ustazah Liyana symbolically took over from Ustaz Ali in front of representatives from various faith communities, including the Young Sikh Association, Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Singapore Buddhist Federation.

Ustazah Liyana has been with the centre for almost eight years, and its manager for the past four years. She will be the fifth head of the centre.

The former educator said she was grateful for the opportunity to lead the centre, which promotes greater understanding and engagement between different faiths.

"I hope to continue the good work done by the Harmony Centre with faith communities, as we work to address the ever-changing needs of our communities to strengthen inter-religious relations," she said.

She added: "I hope to also expand the platform to encourage more women to play a more critical role in interfaith understanding and shaping the religious life of our community."




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How To Love Yourself Unconditionally


You say you care about the world
Yet you care not for yourself
You say you love the children of the world
Yet you love not the child in you
You say you forgive others
Yet you forgive not yourself
You say you want the best for others
Yet you embrace not the good that comes your way
You say you want to heal from all that causes you pain
Yet you choose to re-live painful memories everyday
You say you love ALLAH
Yet you are unkind to ALLAH’s creation that is closest to you
Yes, you are ALLAH’s creation that is closest to you
Appreciate yourself
Care for yourself
Be kind to yourself
Be compassionate with yourself
Forgive yourself
Love yourself
You are ALLAH’s creation that is closest to you.


How many times in a day or week do you tell someone you love them? How many times do you tell yourself that you love yourself? Daily? Weekly? Monthly?

Almost never?

Observe your body and your thoughts as you try this little exercise – read this affirmation out loud: I Love Myself.

Say it again, a few times. If you’re feeling a little uncomfortable saying it, ask yourself why. It took me 38 years to learn to love myself. My goal now is to love myself unconditionally. I am yet to master the ‘unconditional’ aspect of self-love.

I usually do a “mirror” exercise with my clients where they look at their face in a compact mirror and say “I love you”. Only a handful of my clients have been successful at completing this exercise. Some even told me they ‘hate’ themselves. Some expressed that ‘love’ was a very strong word and they didn’t feel they deserved it. Some said ‘there was nothing there to love’.

I resonate with all these statements. It’s not easy to love yourself. In fact, it’s easier to keep living in shame or guilt. But remember, what is easier to do isn’t always in alignment with ALLAH’s commandments.

“It is Allah Who has made for you the earth as a resting place, and the sky as a canopy, and has given you shape- and made your shapes beautiful,- and has provided for you Sustenance, of things pure and good;- such is Allah your Lord. So Glory to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!” (Holy Quran: Surah 40 – The Believer, Ayat 64)

Ponder on this ayat. One can only implement this commandment if one lives with unconditional love. That unconditional love must start from unconditionally loving yourself first.

So why is it so difficult for so many people to love themselves? It’s because we tend to forget that we are not our experiences. We are a force that can overcome experiences, no matter how negative they may be. Whatever you have been through in life, you are still here, well and alive. You made it.

I realised something when I learned to love myself. It wasn’t that I hated myself – it was that I hated all the choices I made in my life that brought about the negative experiences. It was that I hated my behaviours that I was displaying most of my life. It was that I couldn’t differentiate that my body was different from my soul. I learned self-love when I began to connect with my essential self – my intuitive voice, the voice of my soul.

The voice which never misguides because it is pure and isn’t affected by past conditioning. When I began to acknowledge my authentic, essential self, I understood that I am a pure being created by ALLAH and I must love this being that dwells inside my body.

Daily Practice of Self-Love
1. After salah, sit on your prayer mat for about five minutes and focus on your breathing.

2. With each in-breath, feel your body energised with light. Imagine light entering through the crown of your head and dispersing through every part of your body.

3. With each out-breath, praise ALLAH for creating you and giving you this precious body to live in. Imagine the light pouring out of your body and reaching other members in your home, your neighbours, your community, the nation, and to the rest of the world. Your mind is powerful enough to create this image. Praise ALLAH for the power of your beautiful mind.

4. Say these words in your mind or out loud if you are comfortable: I am a beautiful creation of ALLAH. I love myself. I receive only love, light, kindness, peace and joy. I give out only love, light, kindness, peace and joy.

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

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



Mikaeel Ahmed Smith



The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler-Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017
by Rashid Khalidi

A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history.

In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine, wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl: the country had an indigenous people who would not easily accept their own displacement. He warned of the perils ahead, ending his note, "in the name of God, let Palestine be left alone." Thus Rashid Khalidi, al-Khalidi's great-great-nephew, begins this sweeping history, the first general account of the conflict told from an explicitly Palestinian perspective.

Drawing on a wealth of untapped archival materials and the reports of generations of family members - mayors, judges, scholars, diplomats, and journalists - The Hundred Years' War on Palestine upends accepted interpretations of the conflict, which tend, at best, to describe a tragic clash between two peoples with claims to the same territory. Instead, Khalidi traces a hundred years of colonial war on the Palestinians, waged first by the Zionist movement and then Israel, but backed by Britain and the United States, the great powers of the age. He highlights the key episodes in this colonial campaign, from the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the destruction of Palestine in 1948, from Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon to the endless and futile peace process.

Original, authoritative, and important, The Hundred Years' War on Palestine is not a chronicle of victimization, nor does it whitewash the mistakes of Palestinian leaders or deny the emergence of national movements on both sides. In reevaluating the forces arrayed against the Palestinians, it offers an illuminating new view of a conflict that continues to this day.




Rashid Khalidi’s book is the story of his own Palestinian family who suffered expulsion during the Nakba (Day of Catastrophe) and left behind archives of their political actions. It allows the reader to understand the history of the region through the paradigm of a family and how each generation dealt with the wars they found themselves straddled with.

This book is beautifully written, but incredibly painful to read.
He breaks the last 100 years into six time periods beginning from the time of the Balfour Declaration (1917) to present-day 2020, the year when President Donald Trump’s Administration claimed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Balfour Declaration like its future counterparts told the Palestinian Leadership ‘in order to be recognised, the Palestinians were required to accept an international formula designed to negate their existence.’ (p123)

Khalidi is scathingly critical of the role the British, American and its Arab allies have played in the Palestinian Israeli conflict.

Israel has managed to amass great military prowess due to its ability to influence the narratives within the hegemons of the era. Israeli soldiers during World War II had received training in the British army, and they could apply the training received in their army.

‘But unlike the Jewish soldiers from Palestine, (the Palestinians) never constituted a single unit (within the British army), and there was no Palestinian para-state to take advantage of the experience they had garnered.’(p59)

The odds are always stacked against them. Khalidi also looks at the Palestinian leadership very critically. They have been side-lined because they have not given importance to shaping their own coherent narratives and it has cost them dearly.

‘The inability of the PLO leadership to understand how important these (external) audiences were, and its unwillingness to devote sufficient resources to explaining the significance of this evolution in order to win them over, doomed any effort to convince others of the validity of these aims.’ (p124)

In contrast, ‘the Zionist movement had mobilized many American politicians and much of the public opinion around this objective. This was a result both of this movement’s unceasing and effective public-relations efforts, which the Palestinians and fledgeling Arab states were unable to match.’ (p60)

Khalidi cites the weakness of the Zionist project as a settler-colonial conquest which arrived too late and imported a characteristically late 19th-century separatist project into a world that has moved on.’ (p239)
The Zionists have been trying to do the impossible, ‘impose a colonial reality on Palestine in a postcolonial age.’ (p238)

From the very beginning the odds were against any form of a Palestinian state, ‘This comforting idea that ‘the old will die and the young will forget’— expresses one of the deepest aspirations of Israeli leaders after 1948. It was not to be.’ (p117)

The author — very interestingly — proposes the idea that a long-term solution has to recognise that the Jewish people have a claim to the land just like the Palestinians. The next step for the Palestinian leadership would be to influence their narrative within Israeli society.

His light at the end of the tunnel is his unyielding faith in the ability of the Palestinian people to persevere despite the odds stacked against them, and perhaps that is the phoenix we are all looking for.

Aasiya I Versi



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KB's Culinary Corner





[KB SAYS] Great accompaniment with a cup of tea on a cold winters day.

Orange & Date Scones



2 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder

¼ cup castor sugar

100 g butter cut into squares

½ cup yoghurt

½ cup milk

1 egg

Grated zest and juice of 1 orange

¾ cup mabroom dates pitted and chopped


Place dry ingredients in bowl

Mix together wet ingredients in a separate bowl

Rub butter into flour

Add the wet ingredients

Mix gently to form a soft dough

Add milk if necessary

Pat dough with floured hands

Shape using a round cutter

Brush with beaten egg and bake at 200 deg till golden brown

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Check it with yourself regularly and be sure to take time out for you.


Too often we put ourselves last and only when we are overwhelmed with stress do we stop to ‘take a breath’.


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The CCN Chuckle





Jallaludin is in the local hospital on his last lap.


He calls his wife and children.


He then started like this:


I do not have cash right now:


"My dear wife Fathubibi you have to take over the BMW business and move on.


My son Babu you have to take over the Sunnybank Plaza cellphone business and move on.


Shaheeda you have to take the Jet at the airport and get on.


My Chumpy you have to take the Mall and move on."


They all lay down on the floor and began to cry bitterly.


The nurse comes closer to comfort, and asks: Wow, now what are the tears for, you're not going to struggle. You are sorted!


They answer in a chorus, ... Sorted?!!" He's the car guard at all those places !!"

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An Ayaat-a-Week






For those who believe and do righteous deeds, will be Gardens; beneath which rivers flow: That is the great salvation [the fulfilment of all desires].


~ Surah Al-Buruj 85:11


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Did you know........








The Prophet Muhammad was born in the town of Mecca around the year 570 CE.

He belonged to the Banu Hashim clan, a subset of the Quraysh tribe that controlled Mecca—the trading and religious centre deep in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula.

About eighty kilometres inland from the Red Sea, it benefitted greatly from the north-south trade routes that connected the Romans in the north and Yemen in the south.

Yet, Mecca was far detached from both these places.
Hundreds of kilometres of desert surrounding the valley town allowed it to develop independent of any foreign control or influence.

Mecca was at once both internationally connected and isolated. But when it came to religion, Mecca was a focal point for the entire Arabian Peninsula.

It was the location of the Ka’ba and the annual pilgrimage that attracted Arabs from all over the peninsula.

So while Mecca was far away enough to elude imperial control by the Byzantines or Persians, it was central enough to have a major impact on the Arab people.

Both of these characteristics would play a major role when Islam began to spread.


Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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