EST. 2004


Sunday 5 July 2020 | Issue 0817



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The Australian Government awarded the Kuraby Mosque with nearly $200,000 in funding for their community safety project.


The Mosque will be putting this funding towards the installation of 43 new CCTV cameras, 106 security lighting systems, 6 bollards, new fencing, a public address system, a security and alarm system, and access control on their doors.

As soon as he heard the news, Federal Member for Moreton and Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Graham Perrett MP, paid Imam Ahmed Nafaa, the Mosque’s Imam a visit.


Imam Ahmed told Mr Perrett that the grant “is going to mean a lot for the community. We have a big crowd of Australian Muslims; they are going to feel safer and as they do, feel that they belong to the community.”


They chatted about how important it was that the local Islam community felt safe at their place of worship and the great impact that this grant would have on making that happen.

Mr Perrett told CCN: Not only will this grant help the local Islam community to feel safer at their Mosque, it will also help to create a number of local jobs for the area. The installation of all of the new security technology will give the Mosque the opportunity to hire local businesses and tradies. This announcement is so exciting, especially as it creates local employment where small businesses and tradies have been doing it tough as a result of coronavirus.



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BCEC Update






Alhamdulillah, we've collected 35% of our target of $2.4 million. Thank you to all who have donated thus far. We still need your continued support to reach the $2.4 million target by December, so please dig deep and spread the word to family and friends!


We are excited to invite everyone to our upcoming Open Day! Saturday 25 July, 10am till 4pm. Come and meet the committee, learn how you can continue to support the project, and find inspiration in our vision for this community centre. $5 parking available nearby.





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The Islamic Centre at 2094 Camden Valley Way, Edmondson Park NSW is on the way to completion. You can donate to this Australian Islamic House initiative here:


✅ Bank: Commonwealth Bank
✅ Account Name: The Australian Islamic House

✅ BSB: 062196

✅ Account No.: 10400227

✅ Reference: Masjid Or through our secure online link:
✅ Note: this account is only dedicated for the Masjid Project.





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Australia’s handle on CVE needs an open rethink




In a piece for The Independent, Ilyas Nagdee argued on the back of ‘Defund the police’ movements in the UK, US and elsewhere, that Britons should be rethinking the anti-radicalisation, Prevent program.


He wrote:

The capture of more and more areas of social life by systems of “counter-extremist” surveillance in Britain – from healthcare to education to social work – also indicate the urgent task at hand for those opposing policing and state violence: we need to both moving towards the abolition of formal policing, and to resist the outsourcing of policing to other sectors.

Much has been written about the deleterious impacts of securitisation on social cohesion and belonging in the UK – pointing to a system that has been counter-productive in many respects.

New research shows that the bulk of NHS referrals into the UK’s ‘Prevent’ anti-radicalisation program, come from mental health, and after being referred, mental health has worsened, in fact new mental illnesses are diagnosed.

The report, titled False Positives: the Prevent Counter-Extremism Policy in Healthcare, concluded that mental health patients were disproportionately represented among Prevent referrals.

In the year to March 2019, there were 5,738 referrals to Prevent, although only 10% ultimately received specialist intervention in relation to radicalisation concerns, through what is known as the channel process.

The study found that Prevent referrals could worsen a subject’s mental wellbeing, and in some cases appeared to be a key cause of a new mental health condition.

Stories included a GP referring her “acutely depressed” and “psychotic” patient to Prevent before mental health services, despite no indication the patient posed a threat. In one case, according to a GP, a schoolboy developed obsessive compulsive disorder as a direct result of the trauma and anxiety caused by his school referring him to Prevent.

In Australia, information on ‘preventative channels’ for radicalising individuals is pretty scarce. But how this is handled is an important question for our community, not only because of the way Muslim people are stigmatised, particularly if they are experiencing mental health concerns, not only because of the way Muslims are racially profiled, but because this community is also impacted by growing white supremacist ideology and extremism.
Despite the US now accepting that right wing extremism is the dominant domestic terror threat, in Australia, it is consuming a much smaller portion of resources. It is very unclear what ‘prevention’ or deradicalization programs are available for this group.

As a community that historically has been stigmatised and thrown in with overseas terror groups, and now being actively defamed and endangered by malicious propaganda from far right groups, it is hard to know where to stand and how to be most constructive for the benefit of community.

Ultimately though, as we pressure governments to counter anti-Muslim and anti-Islam white supremacist ideology and extremism, it is an opportunity to not cement harmful policy responses, but instead advocate a better approach.

Instead of allowing this slippery slope of more unconstrained surveillance and compulsory questioning of 14 year old’s, as proposed by a Bill before the Australian Parliament right now, we need to think how we might build a society that is resilient to hate. That means dealing with Islamophobia and white supremacy head on. At an even more fundamental level, it will mean confronting unresolved business with First Nations peoples of this continent. There are layers of ‘othering’ happening on a fragile base. Let’s deal with the base.

As Nagdee writes, ‘the struggle against Prevent and surveillance is not just about opposing a policy or programme, it entails a systematic rethink of how to rebuild society, and replace ingrained suspicion with solidarity.’

There are pockets of police wanting to increase the role of health and education, but we need to resist the outsourcing of policing and surveillance, and the tendrils of securitisation that have infected the UK. Let us as the whole Australian community define what can be done to repair community bonds, online and offline, while Australia still can.





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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Where ignorance is bliss...    




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‘When hate hurt people, Facebook did nothing. Now that it’s hurting Facebook, we’ll see what it really values.’    



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New Zealand Mosque Shooter To Be Sentenced On 24 August    



WELLINGTON: An Australian white supremacist who murdered 51 Muslim worshippers in last year's New Zealand mosque shootings will be sentenced next month after delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, court documents revealed on Friday (Jul 3).

Far-right extremist Brenton Tarrant was convicted in March of 51 murder charges, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism, after dropping his previous not guilty plea.

At the time, New Zealand was in COVID-19 lockdown, meaning surviving victims and families of the slain could not attend court to see him sentenced.

The South Pacific nation has since contained the virus, allowing social distancing rules to be suspended, which High Court judge Cameron Mander said cleared the way for Tarrant to be sentenced on Aug 24.

"Now, in the absence of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in New Zealand, our courts have returned to normal operations," Mander said in a judicial minute released Friday.

"The public and, importantly, victims and their families living in New Zealand can attend court sittings."

He said three days had been set aside for the sentencing but added "the hearing will take as long as is necessary".

New Zealand does not have the death penalty but Tarrant, a former gym instructor from the Australian country town of Grafton, faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars.

The terror and murder charges all carry life sentences, setting a minimum non-parole period of 17 years but giving the judge power to imprison without the possibility of release.

Mander acknowledged that some victims and support people based overseas wanted sentencing delayed so they could attend in person, but pointed out that borders were likely to remain closed for a long period.

"In the meantime the proceeding will continue to drift. That is an unsatisfactory situation," he said.

The judge said livestream links could be set up for those based overseas to give victim impact statements.

He said many other victims were finding the lengthy court case "exhausting and frustrating" and wanted it to come to an end.

"They wish sentencing to happen as soon as realistically possible," he said.

"Finality and closure is considered by some as the best means of bringing relief to the Muslim community."

Tarrant armed himself with an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons and attacked the Al Noor mosque first, before moving on to the Linwood prayer centre, livestreaming the killings as he went.

His victims were all Muslim and included children, women and the elderly.

In a rambling manifesto posted online before the killing spree, Tarrant said he had moved to New Zealand with the specific aim of conducting an atrocity against Muslims.

His actions prompted New Zealand to tighten gun laws and step up efforts to curb online extremism.




Mosque attack survivor wants to look gunman in eyes again at sentencing


Farid Ahmed (pictured below), whose wife Husna was shot dead in the March 2019 Christchurch terror attack, wants to meet the man who killed his wife to let him know he is loved and forgiven.

A survivor of the March 15 mosque shootings wants to look the gunman in the eye and give him a message of unity and defiance when he appears for sentencing.


The fate of Brenton Tarrant, who pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and a charge of committing a terrorist act, will be known on August 24, it was announced on Friday. The hearing is expected to take three days.


Temel Atacocugu, who was shot nine times at the Masjid An-Nur, wants to read a statement to the gunman in court.

“I will look in his eyes when I read it,’’ he said. “It is showing that we are not the loser ... we are the winner, we are strong and we are one.”

“We are not scared of him or his ideology. I want to give the message that we are here and standing in front of him.”

Atacocugu hoped there was time for his brother to travel from Turkey and go through quarantine, to support him during the hearing.

He was hopeful the Government would help arrange special permission for his brother’s travel.

“I feel safer with them around me.’’

Some survivors are trapped abroad due to Covd-19 travel restrictions and concerned about making the sentencing date.

Singapore-based Dr Hamimah Tuyan, whose husband Zekeriya Tuyan died nearly seven weeks after being shot at the An-nur Masjid, welcomed the confirmation of a sentencing date after what had been "a long wait".

However, she feared that she, and others, might be stranded overseas and able to attend the hearing only via teleconference.

"It is difficult to go through it without being there physically, with others who are going through the same grieving.

"It would be good to be there and to heal together. But it is beyond our control."

She has provided a victim impact statement to the court.





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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.




Hawra Milani is a computing researcher and educator specializing in cybersecurity and its effects in the education system.


Currently studying for a PhD at University College London in the Department for Security and Crime Science, Hawra dedicates a lot of her time to attending, organising, and speaking at community events aimed at raising awareness about technology.




Hawra is a Community Lead in the Google Developer Ecosystem, where she is the lead organiser for GDG Oxford and GDG Najaf. She is also a Google Women Techmakers Ambassador both in the UK and Iraq, where she runs events to further female participation in the tech field.


Hawra is founder and CEO of Code 2 Serve, a community organization which teaches children how to code and get ahead in the software development industry.


She uses her international speaking platform to advocate for the #HijabisInTech movement that she began, aiming to give a voice to Muslim women in tech by sharing their stories, successes, and challenges.




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi



Sheikh Al-Yaqoubi is a widely respected religious scholar who also has a significant spiritual following worldwide. He was appointed as member of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute of Islamic Thought in 2016.

Background: Sheikh Al-Yaqoubi was born in Damascus and was trained in Islamic studies by his father, who was an Imam and instructor at the Grand Umayyad Mosque. Sheikh Al-Yaqoubi followed in his father’s footsteps teaching in the same mosque, and becoming a world renowned Islamic scholar of theology, jurisprudence, and Hadith. He is widely-recognised as one of the reliable authorities for the issuing of fatwas in Islam.

Against Extremism: He was one of the first scholars to speak against dai’sh, denouncing its atrocities and showing that its actions are un-Islamic. His book Refuting ISIS (now in eight languages), has become an essential reading, providing theological arguments against the extremists and calling on the mainstream, traditional followers to combat them. His criticism of the Syrian government’s response to protests made his stay in Syrian untenable, and so he had to flee the country, eventually seeking refuge in Morocco where he is still based.

Educator: As a teacher, he has trained several hundred Imams and teachers who work in the Arab World, the West, in the Far East and South Africa. As a spiritual guide, he focuses on the spiritual well-being of Muslims and gives personal spiritual instruction to his disciples, of which he has a significant following in Europe and the USA. He is a charismatic public speaker in both Arabic and English (he also speaks Swedish) and one of the most powerful voices of Islam making a huge positive impact via his public talks, writings and numerous media appearances worldwide. His public teaching includes readings of the entire collection of Hadiths in Sahih Bukhari.




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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




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On the contrary, Siddiqui explains radical religion need not be ‘destructive’ or ‘a negative force,’ but it should be understood in the context that the person wants to practise their religion publicly without forcibly influencing others to accept their message.


Similarly, the word ‘moderate’ usually refers to ‘Westernised’ Muslims who are good citizens, hardworking people and have a mortgage.


However, moderation presupposes another type of Islam that is irrational and immoderate. In this discourse, Rutledge says, Islam is perceived as “dangerous, because it operates outside of reason.”


For instance, while the West may find wearing the hijab an unreasonable behaviour, it makes perfect sense for Muslims. Siddiqui argues there is no benefit in seeking to find answers to questions by using reason.


She provides examples of how some of our actions towards, for instance, ‘love’ and ‘friendship’ are not necessarily guided by reason.

Finally, education plays a key role when combating Islamophobia; education based on interfaith dialogue conducted at various educational platforms from primary school to tertiary.The programs should focus on debunking some of the established myths and prejudices about some of the religions’ ethos and practices.


Further, one should question the authority of people who speak or comment on the characteristics of a certain faith without authority or training. For instance, it might be unfitting for a news outlet to broadcast the views of a layperson, for instance, on scientific matters such as a medical breakthrough.


Hence, people with little Islamic knowledge, including knowledge of the Arabic language, Qur’ānic Arabic, rhetoric and education on Islamic matters should be discouraged from commenting on the merits of Islam.


Their misinterpretations may lead to serious consequences, such as a rise in xenophobia and violence. Propagating peace in the world through, for instance, the dissemination of truthful reporting, should be a perennial human endeavour.


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian philosopher and historian, spoke about hypocrisy and applying double standards. In this seminal statement, he provides the ingredients for a peaceful world:

only if the creative and active forces of mankind dedicate themselves to finding gradual and effective restraints against the evil facets of human nature to an elevation of our moral consciousness – only then will a faint, distant hope exist.


To embark upon this path, and to walk it, requires a penitent, pure heart and the wisdom and willingness to place constraints on one's own side, to limit oneself even before limiting others.


But today that path only elicits an ironic chuckle, if not open ridicule.


If so, don't bother calling for “world security.”



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Commentaries & Blogs




Islamophobia in media must stop


by Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas


In June, during national Refugee Week, there was a Coronavirus outbreak in Victoria which some news agencies swiftly took the opportunity to label as “caused by Muslims celebrating Eid at the end of Ramadhan.”

They couldn’t just write “One family does the wrong thing.” Instead they had to throw us all under the bus. Some even went too far as to blame multiculturalism.

In one particularly disturbing article they used images of a full mosque congregation alongside an image of people wearing PPE in a medical setting, presumably tireless working on COVID-19 patients or a cure.

This kind of reporting is designed to ignite emotion in the reader by giving the impression that while the white Australian medical staff are looking for a cure there are masses of irresponsible brown Muslims gathering at their mosques and not even abiding by the 1.5m social distancing laws.

As the entire Australian Muslim population knows, all our mosques took the preventative action to close their doors during Ramadan this year.

The Board of Imams sent through several notices cautioning and reminding the Australian Muslim population. The same messages were repeated through our newsletters at schools and workplaces and through many social media platforms.

The images used in their articles of a full mosque congregation are pre-COVID-19 photos, used opportunistically to paint the picture of Muslim Australians not obeying the law. These are misleading, deliberately defamatory and divisive.

More importantly this reporting is not reflective of what Ramadan and Eid was actually like for the overwhelming majority of Australian Muslims this year. Ramadan through the pandemic of 2020 will go down as the most quiet and sombre ever, at least in Australia’s history.

Within the next 24 hours after these articles were published, it was no surprise that all shades of white supremacists came out of the woodworks, putting their best demonstration of Islamophobia and even blaming multiculturalism as the root cause of COVID-19.

It’s situations like these that make the role of key places like Islamic Museum of Australia all the more crucial.

When dealing with experts at erasing and replacing the truth, the best and only weapon is truth itself.

For their latest project, over the last month, Islamic Museum of Australia has been approaching Australian Muslim communities; collecting information regarding impact of COVID-19 through the lens of Australian Muslims. They are gathering a collection of stories and images for the Islamic Museum archives.

“We’re asking Australian Muslims to tell us how you’ve coped and how you’ve thrived during this time. We want to know, collect and archive what Ramadhan and Eid looks like in 2020 through your eyes and in your words. How you’ve filled the void of not attending Jummuah in the masjid (Friday prayers at the mosque). If you were due to perform Hajj this year, tell us how you feel right now…”

These projects which share our truths and our history as Australian Muslims are incredibly important resources that must be supported, funded, encouraged and shared.

They are crucial in countering the often relentless islamophobic elitist sentiments of mainstream media and for the the prominent voices who’ve pledged allegiance to white supremacy.

In the noble Quran, Our Creator tells us that He “Made you into nations and tribes so that you may better know one another. The most honourable of you is the most pious of you.”

We are all brothers and sisters in humanity and we all have a role in eradicating racism and discrimination. It starts with educating ourselves, our families and our communities. Let the truth-telling begin.




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Delicious pasta with White Fish from Umbria!

Lockdown Lab #6

‎Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury‎



Lockdown Lab is a channel for experimental cooking mixed with discovering places, adventure and history. Cooking with travel stories. This is a 6-minute video on a delicious and traditional Italian fish and pasta dish by a cook who discovered this recipe while olive picking in the gorgeous Umbrian hills.







AFRO PAKISTAN: The African Diaspora In Pakistan



Did you know that Pakistan has the largest population of African descent in South Asia? Afro-Pakistanis are known as the Sheedi, and there are between 50,000 and 250,000 living in Pakistan today. They are largely concentrated in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan in Southern Pakistan, which formerly housed major slave-trading ports. All this and more coming up in this video!






Is Coronavirus making us all Muslim?



Robert Carter explains how the pandemic forced us all to adopt a more Islamic lifestyle to survive...







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’Hobe’: From the Township to the Metropolis




SOUTH AFRICA: ‘Hobe’ tells the story of Muhammad Hobe, one of the first Africans to receive the Ijaza (license) in the sacred art of calligraphy from world renowned master calligrapher Hasan Çelebi.

Hobe recounts the story of a young African man from the townships of South Africa that fell in love with the art of calligraphy and how that love changed his life forever.




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Coronavirus doctor's diary: A 'dying' patient's miraculous recovery




UK: When Mohammed Azeem arrived in Bradford Royal Infirmary he was in critical state, with far too little oxygen in his blood - at one point his oxygen levels were "not compatible with life" according to the intensive care specialist treating him. But incredibly he survived, writes Dr John Wright.

Mohammed's story is a miraculous one. This 35-year-old taxi driver loved working out and lifting weights and never thought he would be at risk from the brutal effects of Covid-19.

Once his breathing problems began, he was reluctant to call the NHS for help, because of the myth then circulating in parts of the Asian community that people admitted to hospital were never discharged alive. It was his friend, Haleem, who insisted on calling an ambulance and even helped to carry him into it, as by this stage he was unable to walk.

When Mohammed arrived in A&E it was clear that his life was in immediate danger. This was a young man who was dying in front of us and he was whisked straight to the Intensive Care Unit. It was touch and go from his first day and his perilous journey was only just beginning. He ended up in a coma in ICU for 48 days, and in hospital for 68.

The doctor treating him throughout was ICU consultant Dr Michael McCooe, who describes him as the sickest young man he has ever seen.

A healthy person has blood oxygen saturation levels of 95% or higher - in other words their red blood cells are carrying almost as much oxygen as possible (100%). Mohammed's saturation levels were 60% to 70%, and that was after ventilation with undiluted oxygen. Even when he was intubated in ICU it was a struggle to keep his oxygen levels above 80%, the point below which there is a risk of damage to organs such as the heart and brain.






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He was an athlete in the best shape of his life. Then Covid-19 nearly killed him



US: When Ahmad Ayyad woke up, he was delirious. He didn't realize where he was, why there was a tube down his throat, or how long it had been since he last fed his dog.

And when he looked down, he couldn't recognize himself. Once a 215-pound athlete with chiseled muscles and astounding strength, the 40-year-old looked like a completely different person.

"I woke up and looked at my arms, my legs, and my muscles were gone," he said. "I was kind of freaking out, like where are my legs? Where did my legs go?"

Ayyad is a coronavirus survivor.

Doctors had placed him in an induced coma for 25 days to save his life.

It's been a little over two months since those touch-and-go days and he's still recovering. Still out of breath at times. Still nursing the damage to his lung and heart.

But he has a message -- for those who refuse to wear a mask during this pandemic, for those dismissive of public health guidance, for those in the prime of their health and feel invincible against coronavirus.

"It worries me a lot seeing people take this lightly," he told CNN on Tuesday. "I got it and survived, and I'm still terrified."

How it all began
It started with an overwhelming feeling of weakness.

One week, Ayyad was running his own restaurant and club in Washington, DC while working at his family's retail furniture business. He was racing marathons and competing in obstacle course races, taking weekly basketball classes, and boxing, one of his favourite sports.

The next week, his entire life had changed. Walking up the stairs left him exhausted. So did cooking, talking, and driving.

Then came the coughing and sneezing. Eventually it was a high fever, total loss of energy and appetite, and a difficulty breathing.
Ayyad thought he had the flu.

to the hospital, he took an Uber to Sibley Memorial Hospital on March 15. Their suspicions were confirmed; he tested positive for influenza and the coronavirus.





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British MPs demand retraction of misleading story blaming Pakistan for half of UK's imported COVID-19 cases





LONDON: British parliamentarians and community organisations have strongly condemned a misleading story by The Telegraph which claimed that Pakistan was responsible for 50% of the imported COVID-19 cases in the UK, based on merely 30 cases.

Labour MPs Afzal Khan and Naz Shah have written to the paper demanding the removal of the sensational story that was run by The Sun and The Daily Mail as well.

In a letter to the editor of The Telegraph Chris Evans, the Member of Parliament from Manchester Gorton Afzal Khan wrote: "I am writing to you today regarding the article published on Friday 26 June with the headline: 'Exclusive: Half of UK's COVID-19 infections are from Pakistan'."

"Your choice of the headline distorts the statistics quoted and is therefore deeply misleading. If a reader were to read no further than the headline, they would be under the impression that half of all COVID-19 cases were imported from Pakistan to the UK throughout the pandemic," he said.

"In total, there have been over 310,000 confirmed cases in the UK. The 30 cases from Pakistan represent less than 0.01% of this total," Khan added.

The MP from Bradford West, Naz Shah, also wrote to the editor of The Telegraph and demanded that the story be retracted.

"It saddens me that despite writing to the editor of The Telegraph days ago asking for this headline to be amended, it still stands. Each moment such headlines exist, conspiracies about minority communities being a threat to this country continue," she said.

Responding to a request for comment by, the writer of the story, and the Home Affairs editor of The Telegraph, Charles Hymas confirmed that he did not have any other data except for the 30 cases provided by Public Health England (PHE).

"It is based on our understanding of PHE (Public Health England) data. The only information they are providing publicly is that figure," he said

Meanwhile, a group of Pakistani professionals under the umbrella of the UK Pakistan Science Innovation Global Network (UKPSIGN) also condemned the biased headline in The Telegraph.

The UKPSIGN said the article gave a false impression that the travel of people from Pakistan has had a significant contributory effect on the high COVID-19 death toll in the UK.

“In fact, as of May 7, 2020, the UK death toll was a staggering 50 times that of Pakistan. The Telegraph’s fake news headline seeks to counter the real facts that most early infections in the UK (which have ultimately contributed to the high UK death toll), actually came from Europe, well before June. Indeed, the highest number of cases reported in the UK were linked with people travelling from countries such as Spain (more than 33%), France (more than 28%) and Italy (14%),” the group said.

"This creates a sense of insecurity across all generations who are already struggling with [a] lack of privilege and opportunities. This kind of constant bashing of minority groups must stop. We believe that freedom of the press must be balanced with responsibilities to not create hysteria using fake sensationalist headlines (which feed into the far-right agenda),” it added.

The statement was signed by Professor Jawwad A Darr from University College London; Professor Ihtesham Rehman from Lancaster University, Prof Tariq Butt from the University of Swansea, Dr Parveen Ali from the University of Sheffield, Dr Khalid Mahmood from Rothamsted Research, Madiha Sajid from UCL and Riaz Hassan, Executive Director of Global Educational Matters (GEM), and President PTI Wales.





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The Dangers of Personalising Everything

Are you easily affected by people’s words? Do you retaliate and give a nasty comeback? Do you find that sometimes people’s comments are able to ruin your mood and frustrate you? Do their words play in your mind over and over, affecting you for the rest of the day or week?

When you operate on a reactionary mode, your default setting is to react. Anything that is said to you and done to you, no matter how small, will trigger you in some way so that you produce a reaction. Most times, these reactions are in the form of damaging thoughts. These thoughts can play over and over in your mind and slowly you begin to accept them as your reality. Assumptions about yourself and others are formed in your mind as a result of these recurring damaging thoughts.

These reactions from you perpetuate your habit of personalising everything that happens to you and around you. You become sensitive to even a harmless comment. I struggled with this for years. Even a simple comment like, “You look tired” was enough to make me feel useless and a failure. I was taking everything as a personal attack and felt that I had to constantly defend myself. My reactions ranged from aggressive outbursts to passive-aggressive gestures. I lost faith in the goodness in people, thinking that everyone was critical about everything I did and no one was ever acknowledging my hard work.

I failed to understand that the only one attacking me was me. The only person critical of me was me. The only one doubting my abilities was me. All because I had chosen to personalise external factors and allow them to shape my reality. I was completely disconnected from my internal compass, my intuition.

ALLAH has blessed you with a mind with immense potential. You have the ability to use your mind and become aware of these damaging thoughts the moment they begin to occur. Once you do, you will shift from the default setting of reactions and begin operating from the mode of response. This mode requires you to understand that what is said to you by people and what is done to you by people are only one aspect of your life. HOW YOU RESPOND TO THESE WORDS AND ACTIONS governs how your life unfolds.

How To Respond To Triggers
ALLAH has blessed you with a mind to articulate your response in any situation where you are being triggered, by doing the following:

1. Pause

2. Breathe

3. Listen

4. Observe your body while someone is speaking to you. Is it getting hot, sweaty, muscles are tightening, heart palpitations, shallow breathing, heavy breathing, forehead frowning, nose squinting, eyes narrowing? By observing these body sensations, you will raise your awareness that these sensory manifestations are your physical signs to guide you on choosing the appropriate response.

5. Make the choice to remove yourself from the triggering situation.

6. Understand that other people’s words and actions have nothing to do with your purpose in life.

7. Find a quiet space and breathe deeply. Drink water to hydrate yourself during these few moments of silence.

8. Close your eyes and spend some quiet moments thanking ALLAH for giving you the strength to choose calm over aggression.

9. Write your feelings down in your journal. Acknowledge them. Process them through journaling.


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

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Emotional Intelligence in the life of Muhammad:

Illustration of how being Emotionally Intelligent contributed to the successful creation of a nation



Farhan Al Bastaki



Emotional Intelligence is a relatively new science, and one that is still in the stages of early recognition - and like any of the human sciences, the more evidence there is of how effective it is, across nationalities and ages and beliefs, the more recognized the science becomes and the more valid its tools, leading to more people studying it and using it in their lives.

This book was therefore written with the intention of increasing awareness of Emotional Intelligence and how it can enhance people's effectiveness in all aspects of their lives through all of their tasks and roles. 





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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 SAYS] Hasselback potatoes were created in 1953 by Swedish chef-in-training Leif Elisson. Hasselback potatoes are thinly sliced, but not quite through, leaving the potato intact. They are basted with butter or another fat throughout the baking process, giving them a crispy exterior and soft, creamy centre.

Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potato




  • Orange sweet potatoes

  • Salt

  • Crushed black pepper

  • Oive oil

  • Garlic butter softened

  • Yoghurt

  • Chilli flakes

  • Parsley chopped




  1. Wash and thinly slice sweet potatoes ¾ way down

  2. Brush with olive oil

  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper

  4. Bake at 190 deg for 45 - 50 mins or till tender

  5. Brush with soften garlic batter

  6. Place back in oven for 5 - 10 mins

  7. Remove from oven top with yoghurt,

  8. Chilli flakes and chopped parsley

  9. Serve as a side dish with meat, leaving the extra liquid from the steak in the pan




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Yesterday, he dialled the Red Cross and got the Australian Tax Office (ATO) in error.

So, the ATO operator asked him what number he had dialled.


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An Ayaat-a-Week






And spend something [in charity] out of the substance which We have bestowed on you, before Death should come to any of you and he should say, "O my Lord! Why did you not give me respite for a little while? I should then have given [largely] in charity, and I should have been one of the doers of good.


~ Surah Al-Munafiqun 63:10


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The First Revelations

According to Islamic tradition, in 610, while sitting in the cave he had come to many times before, Muhammad experienced something new.


An angel suddenly appeared to him in the cave, commanding him, “Read!”


He responded that he did not know how. Like most people in Mecca, Muhammad was illiterate.


Again, the angel demanded he read.


Again, Muhammad responded that he was unable to.


A third time, the angel demanded he read, and for a third time, Muhammad responded that he was unable to.


The angel then recited to him the first verses of the Quran to be revealed:

Recite in the name of thy Lord who created
He created man from a clot of blood.
Recite; and thy Lord is the Most Bountiful,
He who hath taught by the pen,
Taught man what he knew not. (Quran 96)

He repeated the words after the angel, who then informed him that he is Jibreel (Gabriel), an angel sent by the one God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.


Shaken and scared, Muhammad rushed home, not knowing
what to make of the encounter.


He was comforted by Khadijah, who believed his account of the encounter in the cave. She asked her cousin, who was familiar with Jewish and Christian scriptures, what this could mean.


When he heard of what happened, he immediately accepted Muhammad as the messenger of his time, like Moses and Jesus before him.


Consoled by his wife and her cousin, Muhammad accepted his mission as the Messenger of God, and his life as the Prophet began.


Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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"A person should train himself not to overreact to the minor incidents or things that he hears or sees.

When he trains himself to tolerate these little irritating experiences, this will (in time) become habitual and he will then be able to tolerate things that are more frustrating and experiences that are more annoying.


In doing so he will be analogous to one who (gradually) trains himself to tolerate the painful effects of a slight increase in temperature, heat or cold, as well as other minor bodily pains, without showing impatience or tension until this becomes part of his usual habits.


This will then help him to endure the test of greater pain if he were to encounter it.


This approach is the way to train the body and is the same approach to train the soul."


~ Abu Zayd al-Balkhi’s Sustenance of the Soul: The Cognitive Behavior
Therapy of a Ninth Century Physician, Malik Badri, IIIT, p. 32



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