EST. 2004


Sunday 28 June 2020 | Issue 0816



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ANIC on the Hijab







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BCEC update






Brisbane Community Education Centre (BCEC) is excited to announce we have now raised 34% of our target of $2.4 million!



Jazakumullah Khayr to all who have contributed thus far.


Remember, this is your chance to help secure a permanent community space in the heart of Brisbane CBD, to be used for various purposes including daily salah.


In helping us, you will earn sadaqah jariyah, inshaAllah.


Many will benefit in this world from this facility, and you will benefit in the akhirah!


This is an opportunity not to be missed. Donate today at

Also: BCEC has resumed Friday prayers in the CBD at the Albert Street venue. We are complying with all COVID-19 hygiene and distancing guidelines. Please register for one of the sessions at




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The Muslim Crescent Scout Group was not able to meet for their weekly meetings for most of this term due to the quarantine restrictions. Scouts Australia responded creatively to the crisis and the stopping of face-to-face scouting for the first time. They developed a new program called scouting@home, where leaders across Australia developed programs for their troops that they can do from home and the scouts would meet online via various online platforms.


Scout leaders from across Queensland would generously share their program ideas with other leaders through the Scouting QLD website. The development of scouting@home is a positive development for scouting as it is developing the ability for scouting to be delivered in a wider variety of formats.

The Muslim Crescents Scouts has continued to grow over this period and they now have 30 members over all sections Joeys(5-7yrs), Cubs(8-10yrs), Scouts(11-14yrs) and Venturers(15-17yrs). They meet weekly in Karawatha Forest to learn new skills and engage in adventurous activities while having lots of fun and making great friends. Many of the scouts were still active in Ramadan helping Sisters With Helping Hands and Brothers in Need with their iftar pack program. They assisted in cooking the food, packing and delivering the packs throughout the community.


This term they were only able to meet for the last three weeks for face to face scouting and for the final week the venturers and scouts had an amazing day canoeing. They met at the scout camp grounds in Mt Cotton and learnt a variety of skills in a canoe and had fun playing games. Thankfully, it was a beautiful sunny day and those who wanted to had fun deliberately tipping their canoe and they then learnt about rescue techniques.

Scout’s offer a variety of training opportunities for members who can use their scout training for VET qualifications. After everyone enjoyed the amazing experience of canoeing, the scouts(those over 14 years old) and leaders are looking forward to the scouts training program to restart in term three. We have members interested to train to be instructors in archery, canoeing, kayaking, snorkelling and cycling, with all courses allowing members to work towards achieving the VET qualification in outdoor skills. One of our venturers are doing a management course through scouts that will also help them achieve VET qualifications.

We are excited to resume face to face scouting in term three and start a new term of fun, learning and adventure. Anyone interested to join scouts can follow us on Facebook and Instagram or contact 0432026375.




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Albanese’s gesture to work together on energy policy

It’s been really refreshing to see the approach of federal labor in trying to de-politicise the climate crisis and direct attention to policy this week.

Unfortunately, Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s reply did not rise to that level of statesmanship, and only time, and some persistence from media, will tell if the Prime Minister will respond.

Climate scientists the world over are pointing to Earth’s ecosystems being on the edge of a dangerous tipping point that we won’t be able to claw back from. That’s what happens with global temperature reaching a certain point; it sets off a train of reactions from the Arctic, to our forests and soils, that we can no longer control or offset, no matter how much we try.

Already the Editor-at-large at The Australian newspaper has said the PM must refuse to engage with Albanese, despite significant industry backing to Albanese’s gesture.
Paul Kelly’s editorial stance is a form of reckless vandalism on Australia’s future (that newspaper also ran a front page story this week about a Covid-19 cluster outbreak being caused Eid celebrations).

Energy Minister Taylor’s reply sought to continue to sow fear that Labor was secretly plotting to resurrect a carbon price – which Albanese dismissed. Taylor went on to say, "The focus of our energy policy is about affordable energy, reliable energy and bringing down emissions without wrecking the economy and we're kicking goals.”

Here he is basically saying that moving to a low carbon economy is a small priority. It also points to science-blindness.

While this blindness might thrive in conspiracy theorist groups, who not-so-incidentally also thrive on anti-Muslim and xenophobic sentiment, the majority of Australians can see that it is reckless. The question is, will they make it a top voting priority? Will they show this to our Prime Minister in the polls?

We are gearing up for an epic economic slowdown, if not an economic cliff-jump, in coming months, and in that time, some media outlets will try to editorialise that dealing with the climate crisis now is an out-of-touch agenda. And they may succeed.

The Prime Minister will decide that this is a problem they can afford to ignore, as he will be long gone when South East Queensland heads under water, when thousands of animals and plants become extinct, when wars break out over diminished water and new waves of refugees. All that, will be a future PM’s political nightmare.

The Australian people have had a taste in the past few months of what it is like when the pause or reset button is hit on life – it’s been tempered though by JobKeeper. That will change when JobKeeper goes. It’s hard to see why the Government went for a policy that was so exorbitantly expensive and short term, given the projected long timeline of Covid-19. They will be scrambling right now.

Sadly it may take economic ruins for people to realise that the fear of losing everything cannot be a reason to avoid taking action that will then result in us really losing everything.

Lifting Australia’s economic and social well-being can and must be done while securing the planet’s future. Australia’s future and the planet’s future are not two different things. It’s like a baby being sick in utero and doctors trying to rescue the baby, while the mother is dying.

Attorney-General Christian Porter recently asked unions and industry to enter dialogue with government on a series of policy working groups. This could become a template for other areas of policy development. Unfortunately the PM’s post-Covid- advisory group doesn’t bring together all the experts needed at the table. Sooner or later, this story won’t be about science-blindness, it will be about the capacity to govern. Australians will be looking to see which party has that capacity.

So while journalists across the spectrum will throw shade at this move by Albanese, they are not looking forward. Listening to the media right now could cost both parties dearly, and cost Australia even 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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Reports Melbourne coronavirus cluster originated at Eid party could stoke Islamophobia, Muslim leaders say    


Media reports are ‘unfairly stigmatising the Muslim community’, vice- president of Islamic Council of Victoria and a Director on the Board of the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN) says.

Muslim community leaders say they are terrified that unconfirmed news reports claiming one on Melbourne’s coronavirus clusters originated at a family Eid celebration could create a new wave of anti-Islamic sentiment.

“I’m really concerned, I’m thinking ‘here we go again’, scapegoating, marginalising, unfairly stigmatising the Muslim community,” said Adel Salman, the vice-president of the Islamic Council of Victoria.

“It just plays into the same narrative that Muslims are untrustworthy, that they aren’t like us, that they flout our rules, that they don’t have Australia’s interests at heart … Either they are a threat because they want to kill us and attack us or they are a threat because they are propagating the virus. It’s the same narrative.

“The Muslim community, we have been through this so often for many many years.”

The report in the Australian newspaper stated that the Coburg extended family cluster originated from a large family Eid celebration, an important Islamic holiday held at the end of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr is one of the most significant holidays in the Islamic year. In normal circumstances, large family groups would gather to celebrate, and around the world groups of hundreds or thousands would come together to pray.

The Coburg family cluster was first announced on 14 June, involving an extended family spread between Melbourne’s north and south-east. It has since grown to at least 14 cases, including students at two primary schools in Broadmeadows and Pakenham.

The only source cited in the article was a receptionist at the Pakenham Medical Clinic, who confirmed a female patient who attended the clinic on 10 June, and later tested positive for Covid-19, was believed to have contracted it at the family gathering.

Guardian Australia spoke to three receptionists at the clinic. One said they were told about the Eid connection by the health department, one that it was “what [she] heard around the office” and the other that she believed the department had not confirmed the source and that the patient had told the doctor the information.

The department contacted the clinic to inform the doctor who treated the woman that they were considered a close contact, but a spokeswoman for the premier said contact tracers would never have revealed information during one of these calls about where a patient contracted the virus.

The patient attended the clinic 17 days after Eid. The doctor has since been released from quarantine and tested negative.

Salman said on Thursday he had already been contacted by concerned members of the Islamic community.

“Even this morning I’ve received a messaged from a very senior member of the community and he was very concerned, he said ‘What’s going on? Can you do anything?’

“The month of Ramadan which, as we all know is a month for people getting together, family gatherings, family celebrations ... I mean the sacrifices that Muslims have to make [in forgoing normal community celebrations]. They did that willingly because that’s what had to be done, and I think that should be recognised,” Salman said.

“Muslims acted very responsibly. I could not say that every single Muslim family complied, obviously, but … all the information that we’ve received is that Muslims acted very, very responsibly.”

On Wednesday Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said misinformation spread on social media apps in languages other than English was a challenge when trying to ensure multicultural communities are informed on the dangers of the virus.

Salman said the Islamic Council had been working to combat that.

“That is definitely a factor. People are getting their information from various sources, some of it is not correct, some of it is outright dangerous,” he said.

“But it’s not just within the ethnic circles … there are some people who just have views that are misinformed and are getting that from the internet, it isn’t only in ethnic communities.’”

Salman said he thought the government could have done more to inform non-English-speaking communities.

“I do think more could have been done, for sure, but I’m not going to then say that is the cause of the outbreak of the cluster, there needs to be evidence to support that,” he said.



Herald Sun newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt and Sky News commentator Peta Credlin have been among those in the media over the past few days to lay blame for the rise in cases at the feet of multicultural communities.

ICQ Spokesperson, Ali Kadri, posed on Facebook:

Peta Credlin connected the recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases to lack of integration and knowledge of English language skills amongst migrants. Obviously she ignored all the effort by millions of migrant Australians who helped in keeping Australia safe and also forgot the fact that there were anti vaxxers and anti 5g conspiracists who were out flaunting the rules few weeks ago. Hope my response reaches to her.




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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.





Raising Explorers is an out of school learning and Ofsted registered child care centre in Bradford.


Open every day and all year round, the centre provides support for both academic studies and Islamic learning.


Over the last five years, thousands of children and families have benefitted from the services offered.



Raising Explorers provides daily pickup service from over fifty Bradford schools and prepares children nutritious home-cooked food for when they arrive.


Children then do their homework and coursework while waiting for Islamic lessons to start. Raising Explorers mentors parents where required and works closely with other organizations such as Approachable Parenting, Together Women Community Project, The Catalyst Project, NHS Dental Programme, and the BBC.


They also work closely with charitable institutions such as Islamic Relief and Charity Right, enabling the youngsters in their care to explore fundraising initiatives.




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Rached Ghannouchi


President of Ennahda Party

Ghannouchi is one of the world’s leading Islamic thinkers and one of the most influential Tunisian politicians in the post-revolution transition period.

Politics: Ghannouchi co-founded The Ennahda Movement (’Renaissance’) in the 1970s and was imprisoned several times before being forced into exile. The Ennahda is a political party based on Islamic values resembling the Christian Democratic political parties in Europe. It supports the concept of a multi-party democracy. In 2012 he received the Chatham House Prize for “the successful compromises each achieved during Tunisia’s democratic transition” and in 2016 he received the Jamnalal Bajaj Award for “promoting Gandhian values outside India”.

Post Arab Spring: With the fall of President Ben Ali, Ghannouchi returned to Tunisia in January 2011 having spent 20-years in exile. He led the Ennahda (Renaissance) Party to victory in the October 2011 National Constituent Assembly elections. In 2014, Ghannouchi quit government and handed power over to a technocratic government. When elections were held later that year, Ennahda, without Ghannouchi leading them, came second to the Nidaa Tounes party. In 2019 Ghannouchi announced a surprise candidacy for a parliamentary seat in the October 2019 elections. This will be the third set of elections since the 2011 revolution.

Countering terrorism: Ghannouchi has stated that the widespread phenomenon of terrorism in the Arab region is due to corruption in the economic, social and political sectors. He is acutely aware of the bloodshed in neighbouring Algeria and is keen to avoid having only binary options of identity available. He also believes that whoever wants to fight extremism must do so in moderation by following the Tunisian model.





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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 discussed in this paper, Islamophobia is an old phenomenon that it is not likely to cease soon. It is profoundly interconnected with xenophobia, which is a result of prejudice and fear of the unknown.


One concedes that combating Islamophobia is a complex challenge and its realisation depends on the outcomes of cooperative work between various government agencies and media outlets.


Western media plays a pivotal role in this campaign. Current affairs and news items should be selected and broadcast with sensitivity. For instance, it is highly damaging to broadcast a terrorist act and Muslim festivity in the same context.


Awareness of the limitations of media outlets, with all viewers educated to be critical thinkers, is crucial in combating Islamophobia. This is confirmed by Ramberg “even without intentional manipulation, insensitive reporting on seemingly trivial matters can promote racism, when multiplied across the media.”

There is a need to revisit and re-define some concepts used today when discussing Islam; for instance, radical Islam, moderate Islam and political Islam.


In her RAND report Civil Democratic Islam, Cheryl Benard reports different types of Muslims and suggests strategies to curb Muslim extremism.


She posits a continuum regarding a Muslim’s adherence and attitude towards critical issues such as ‘jihad,’ ‘hijab,’ Islamic State’ and so on.


On one end of the spectrum, she includes radical fundamentalists, scriptural fundamentalists and conservative traditionalists, and on the other, she includes reformist traditionalists modernists, mainstream secularists and radical secularists.


Benard’s report, particularly tactics to combat fundamentalism, has raised a few eyebrows among Muslims.


Some of her approaches include encouraging Sufism and supporting modernists and mainstream secularists by giving them public platforms, enhancing “facilitating and encouraging awareness of pre-and non-Islamic history and culture, in the media and the curricula of relevant countries.”


Benard’s report may be perceived as an attack on Islam, as it may be interpreted as an attempt to manufacture a Muslim who advocates RAND’s ideals and ideologies.


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Commentaries & Blogs




Gaslit for demanding real change — women of colour like me are trapped in a cycle of tokenism

by Yassmin Abdel-Magied


It is a cycle as regular as clockwork. You join an organisation, and although they say you are not a token hire, no one else looks like you. Maybe you’re like me, a black Muslim woman who wears a headscarf, going into engineering. You look around, note the landscape and wonder how it will go.

It starts positively. The honeymoon phase is sweet; you feel welcome, wanted, valued. The organisation talks about their excitement for the “fresh perspective” you bring, and a flicker of hope grows in your chest. Maybe they are different, you think. The honeymoon lasts until you actually start pushing for the change they said they wanted. It turns out what got you the job isn’t what will help you keep it. Pointing out issues and working within existing structures provokes defensiveness and racial gaslighting. You’re either stonewalled, or expected to fix everything on your own, sometimes on top of the job you were hired for. Eventually, you pay the price for the hope you had; squeezed out of the organisation because you “weren’t the right fit”, or leaving of your own accord, depleted by hostility.

Sound familiar? It certainly is to the scores of black women who flooded my inbox after I shared a graphic of the troubling cycle on LinkedIn, as part of my work as one of the #LinkedIn

Changemakers, using the platform to tackle unconscious bias in the workplace. Sadly, the volume of responses was unsurprising. Of course, this cycle doesn’t only happen to black women and women of colour, but almost every one of us has a story (or three). It explains my love of freelancing: a benefit of working for yourself is that no one gaslights you into thinking the workplace racism and sexism is just “in your head”.

It’s a cycle that fits neatly into the larger arc of 2020. The hashtag #PublishingPaidMe went viral just over a week ago, calling for authors to share the advances they received for books to highlight racial disparities in pay. No prizes for guessing how that turned out: advances for award-winning black authors like Jesmyn Ward ($100k) were magnitudes smaller than unknown debut white writers like Chip Cheek ($800k for erotic fiction). Most of these examples come from the US, as UK authors were largely silent about their figures. It felt like all the noise in the British publishing industry about being excited for change had passed the honeymoon phase and was slipping into denial.

Publishing paid me an embarrassingly low figure, and though I tell myself that it’s because You Must Be Layla is a teen fiction book, the hashtag made me wonder. If the best in the industry have consistently been undervalued, what chance do the rest of us have? I don’t know. But for what it’s worth, the flicker of hope is still glowing.

Spare a thought for X AE A-XII
If you thought my name, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, was hard to pronounce, spare a thought for Elon Musk and Grimes’s one-month-old son, who has been renamed X AE A-XII, from X Æ A-12, to comply with Californian law. Though the new version of the baby’s name (which pays homage to a version of their favourite aircraft, the SR-17, and the elven spelling of AI) is legal, it is no easier to pronounce. Nickname, anyone?




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Crispy Fried Whitebait from Sylhet!

Lockdown Lab #5

‎Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury‎



Lockdown Lab is a channel for experimental cooking. This is cooking with travel stories. This is a 3-minute take on a delicious and traditional Bangladeshi fish dish by a chef who has had this recipe handed down to him through generations.








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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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Activist and peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai celebrates Oxford degree at home    



Known the world over for her campaign for girls' education, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has now finished her degree at Oxford University and, like all students, is just looking forward to some sleep and some movies.   

With universities in Britain temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ms Yousafzai posted pictures on social media which showed her celebrating with a cake and balloons, and covered in foam, paint and confetti as per tradition for Oxford students on the last day of their final exams.

"Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford," she said on her Twitter and Instagram feeds.

"I don't know what's ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep."

Congratulations poured in on social media, including from aid charity Oxfam, which said: "Congratulations, you are an inspiration!"

Hollywood and Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who has 54 million Instagram followers, said: "Congratulations Malala!! That's amazing."

Ms Yousafzai, now 22, survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, after she was targeted for her campaign against efforts by the Taliban to deny women education.

She had become known as an 11-year-old writing a blog under a pen name for the BBC about living under the rule of the Pakistani Taliban.

A gunman arrived at her school, asking for her by name. He opened fire on her and two classmates on a bus.

She was airlifted to a hospital, first in Pakistan, and then to an intensive care unit in England for multiple operations.

After recovering, Ms Yousafzai attended school in England, before winning the place at Oxford.

At the age of 17, in 2014, Ms Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her education advocacy.

Through her Malala Fund, she has also become a global symbol of the resilience of women in the face of repression.

"Like many of you, the pandemic has changed a lot about my final year of university," she wrote in a post to graduates in the Malala Fund's digital newsletter for young women, Assembly, speaking about how her brothers kept interrupting her studies.

"It's hard not to think about all the moments we're missing. But we didn't miss out on the most important thing: our education." 



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





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Your Brain Has A Mind Of Its Own

Let us explore the MIND (which is NOT your brain, by the way) and how the mind is responsible for our thoughts, words, and actions. The brain is an organ whereas the mind is something larger and complex in nature. It is the part of the self which is ghaib, unseen.

It is commonly believed that the human mind works on two levels – the conscious and the sub-conscious.

The conscious mind is responsible for your awareness – for example, right now you may be aware that you are reading this column, or that you are breathing or the soft or hard surface you may be sitting on, or the environment you are in.

The subconscious mind is the storage area. It is a reservoir of every single sensory body experiences. It holds 100% of everything and acts as a vast ocean of information for the conscious mind to tap into and access.

The subconscious mind is also where perceptions and beliefs are formed. For example, when a child is bullied for being overweight, that child will most likely have a perception that his/her weight defines his/her abilities in life.


This perception may cause the child to avoid trying a new sport at school because he/she is embarrassed about being overweight and feeling unworthy. This limited perception of self leads the child to accept the closed-minded identity of self and repetitive, negative self-talk: “I am fat, therefore I’m not good enough”.

Of course, this is a completely false perception but the child is not aware that it is false because the child is not aware that he/she can actually transform the negative perception into a positive one.

It is the child’s body that is overweight not the child’s Essential Self. The child has unlimited potential to do any activity he/she puts the mind to. However, the subconscious mind has formulated a negative perception hence the negative self-talk and poor self-esteem.

As adults, our thought patterns, self-talk and behavioural patterns are very much influenced by how we perceived ourselves in childhood. Pause for a moment and reflect on your own behaviours, thought patterns and self-talk…can you connect the dots and trace them back to your child self?

Use this week to make a note on what your common thoughts and patterns are, for example, are you afraid of the dark? Are you fearful of crowds? Do you feel uncomfortable when someone gives you a compliment? Do you get angry when someone jokes about your physical appearance? Do you find pleasure in mocking others or being sarcastic? Do you feel insecure about yourself when you see other people’s accomplishments.

Have a Feelings Journal to record these daily observations. Pay particular attention to your self-talk and visuals that recur in your mind…for example, what movie do you play in the cinema of your mind? Are you a villain, victim, or victor? Are you kind in how you perceive yourself and others?

Remember, when you are kind and caring to self then you are able to be kind and caring to all of ALLAH’s creation.


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!








Read, Then Write Your Will



Hisham al-Aref, Nour Jifaleh (Translator), Saleh Dalleh (Translator)



Islam highly recommends writing a will, so much so that a Muslim should not spend a single night without completing it.


Many man-made laws also recognise the need for such a document.


The absence of a will can result in endless problems, whereas its presence can act as a tool through which the deceased can communicate to relatives and loved ones even after death.


A will can include both financial and religious matters; it can also be a document for reference.


Thus, a will can prevent disputes and ensure that the rights of the deceased’s family and friends are justly fulfilled.

In easy to understand language, Hisham al-Aref explains what should go into writing a will and provides sample wills to help you to write your own.





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

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KB's Culinary Corner





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

Fillet Steak Fold Overs




1 kg fillet steak

2 tsp ginger garlic paste

4 tsp peppered steak spice

Salt to taste

1 tsp lemon pepper

1 tsp crushed black pepper

2 tblsp vinegar

4 tblsp Nandos pepper sauce

2 tblsp mayonnaise

2 tblsp garlic sauce

1 tsp meat tenderizer

2 tsp chilli garlic paste



Cut red, yellow and green peppers into thin strips

Slice and fry mushrooms in little butter

Crumble feta cheese

Slice fillet steak into 1 cm slices

Flatten using a mallet

Marinate With spices for few hours

Place steak on a board

Place peppers, mushrooms and crumbled feta cheese on the steak and fold over

Heat a little butter/ghee and fry steak on both sides till tender for about 5 mins a side on medium heat

Remove steak from pan and keep aside,

Leaving the extra liquid from the steak in the pan


Leftover marinade

1 tblsp cornflour or tapioca flour

½ cup water

¼ cup cream

Mix together the sauce ingredients

Add to pot and heat till slightly thickened to the consistency of cream

Add more cream if sauce is thick



Add steak back into the pot

Top with crumbled feta cheese and chopped coriander leaves

Serve warm with chips and veg



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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

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MOVE it at midday

Taking an exercise break in the middle of your work day can help you feel refreshed and could boost your productivity post lunch-time.


Step out of the office for some much needed fresh air and a good break for your eyes.

Get the timing right by munching on a fresh salad while working and then get moving during your lunch break, or vice-versa.


Get out and move before sitting down to lunch.





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The CCN Chuckle





Jallaludin asks his friend: "Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?"

To which his friend replies: "Duh, If they fell forward, they'd still be in the boat."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents: in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth....


~ Surah Al-Ahqaf 46:15


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Did you know........








Early Life

Muhammad’s early life was marked by hardship and loss.


His father, ‘Abdullah, died before his birth while on a trading mission in the town of Yathrib, north of Mecca.

His mother, Aminah, died when he was six, leaving his respected grandfather, ‘Abd al-Muttalib to care for him.


Two years later, his grandfather also died and Muhammad came to live with his paternal uncle, Abu Talib.

Despite belonging to the wealthy tribe of Quraysh, Muhammad did not grow up amid riches.

His status as an orphan and his belonging to the clan of Banu Hashim — considered an inferior branch of Quraysh—meant he was not a part of the ruling class.

He did, however, accompany his uncle on numerous trading missions to Syria in his childhood, inaugurating him into the age-old nomadic tradition of the Arabs.

His reputation as an honest trader led to him being known by two nicknames: as-Sadiq and al-Amin, meaning the truthful and the trustworthy.

He was thus respected by the Quraysh, and he was regularly trusted with money and business transactions, acting as an arbiter in many cases.

By his twenties, Muhammad was an accomplished merchant, working as an agent for a wealthy widow named Khadijah.


Eventually, his reputation as an honest and reliable man caught the attention of his employer, and when he was twenty-five, Khadijah proposed to Muhammad, who accepted, despite being several years her junior.

Although being surrounded by a polytheistic idol-worshipping society, the young Muhammad did not get involved in the religion of the Quraysh.

The original monotheistic message of Ibrahim and Isma‘il was a faint memory to most Arabs, but it still held weight for a few, known as the hunafa‘ (singular hanif), meaning “monotheists”, who refused to accept the hundreds of stone and wood gods.

Muhammad was one of them.


Instead of engaging in the idol worship so rampant in society, Muhammad chose seclusion.


He made a habit of retreating to a cave atop a mountain about five kilometers from the center of Mecca, where he would sit in silence and reflect on the society and religion that surrounded him in Mecca.


Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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 "Just as fasting from nourishment makes us appreciate it more,


may this fast from the Masajid make us appreciate them more."


~ Imam Omar Suleiman



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Alhamdulillah I have watch them develop a beautiful understanding of our practices, to the extent I have seen them explain and clarify misconceptions to others.

Once again during this past Ramadan, much was discussed over our staff iftar dinner meeting.

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It’s intended to be as simple as can be, whilst still providing a good overview, including some multi-faith interviews which I found very valuable even to me as a Muslim.

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2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr - these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

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MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

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

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Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

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Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

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Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

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Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

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Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

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