EST. 2004


Sunday 12 July 2020 | Issue 0818



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Remembering in Brisbane yesterday




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Haji Sultan Deen has been delivering potable water to Stanthorpe and the Lockyer Valley since September 2019.

On Saturday 18 July, Haji Sultan's water delivery will take his total deliveries since the project started to 3,000,000 litres.


To celebrate this amazing effort his fellow Rotarians have decided that they will join Haji Sultan at Stanthorpe that day to celebrate this milestone.


A 22-seat coach will be made available to transport them to attend Stanthorpe that day. 


Haji Sutan's record of supporting the community goes back a very long way.



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BCEC Update






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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Melbourne's Al-Taqwa College recorded 102nd coronavirus case on Wednesday


Melbourne: More than 100 infected students and teachers are linked to Melbourne's Al-Taqwa College.

All 300 staff and 2,000 students were asked to get tested as close contacts.

It's now Victoria's second biggest virus cluster, just behind Cedar Meats abattoir.





The Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN) has written to the Executive Director of the Daily Mail referring the media to the guidelines issued by the Australian Press Council in 2004 in respect of the use of religious terms in headlines and the negative social media it provoked.




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Feroz M Ibrahim, Community Volunteer and Advocate For Interfaith Harmony, Chair, Top End Walk Together Commissioner For Oaths (NT), said:


"Community volunteers at Islamic Society of Darwin continue to guide our community members to follow the NT Government guidelines for the Friday congregation prayer. May the Almighty bless every one of our Territorians enabling us to maintain the Status-Quo and also pray for every human kind to be safe around the globe and Beyond."



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CONSTRUCTION is set to resume on the new Garden City mosque as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Toowoomba Islamic Society Professor Shahjahan Khan said work on the interior of the mosque would begin shortly.

"We are finalising a contractor for internal fittings. Once that is in place the work will start," Prof Khan said.

"The internal fittings include the plastering of the ceiling and walls, electrical cabling and fittings, the plumbing and air conditioning.

"One of the conditions of the contract is that work progress will depend on our fundraising success."

Prof Khan said the mosque's progress had been affected by the pandemic.

"We thought the fundraising would be done earlier. but the COVID-19 hasn't helped, and we also had the bushfires and the floods," Prof Khan said.

"We did do a social media fundraising appeal during Ramadan, and we are thankful to the donors for their generosity during this time.

"We are still working on fundraising, as the money we had to start with won't cover internal fittings - and then we have to do the car parking and driveways."

Although he gave no end date for the project, he said the mosque was at the second stage of three.

The mosque open day has been rescheduled to November 14.

For more information on the current fundraising appeal click here.



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This report has gathered the data and responses of non-Black Muslims. The sole purpose of which is to unmask problems within the UK Muslim community to enable British Muslims to unite as one Ummah. In short, how do non-Black Muslims perceive the issue of anti-Black racism?


250 non-Black Muslims were surveyed between 4th and 5th June 2020.

The split of people surveyed is as follows:

  • Gender: 60% female and 40% male

  • Age: 51% of people were between the 20-23 age bracket, 22% 23-25, 13% 18-20, 8% 25-30, 5% 16-18 and finally 1% being above 30

  • Ethnicity: The bulk of responses were from people of South Asian origin (49% Bangladeshi, 30% Pakistani and 13% Indian). Arab, White and Other made up the remaining 8%.

Participants were asked 15 questions: 10 multiple choice and 5 long answers.

Key findings:

  • 98% of people believe that racism exists within the UK Muslim community.

  • 97% of people say that the UK Muslim community is not doing enough to tackle the issue of racism.

  • 79% of people have never attended a talk or khutbah about black people in Islam or on the topic of racism.

  • 82% of people have witnessed anti-black racism from their own family and friends.

  • 73% of people have never heard directly from a black Muslim about the issues they face.

  • 31% of people admitted themselves to holding anti-black prejudice either past or present.

  • 77% of people who admitted having a racial bias in the past said that Islam and education was the way they have removed this from their thinking.

This survey was shared across social media platforms and was entirely anonymous.


The list of recommendations that follow in this report explains, in great detail, how anti-blackness within the UK Muslim community can be tackled. After a thorough analysis of each of the 250 responses, the recommendations are as follows:

  • A substantial increase in Islamic lectures and khutbahs around racism and black Muslims in Islam.

  • A conscious effort for every non-black Muslim to speak to black Muslims and sensitively ask about the experiences they face from within the Muslim community.

  • Muslim organisations and charities to seriously look at their recruiting structures, especially at executive and board level, to improve black Muslim representation.

  • Mosques to take an active role in calling out transgressions that involve anti-black racism.

  • Mosques to create a more welcoming environment for black Muslims through the recruitment of black Imáms and the onboarding of black speakers.





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A New Zealand Muslim group reported a threat that explicitly mentioned March 15 just weeks before the Christchurch mosque shootings that killed 51 people.

The Islamic Women's Council (IWCNZ) revealed that it warned police on February 21 last year about the Facebook message sent two days earlier, which threatened to burn the Qur'an outside a Hamilton mosque on March 15.

Police inquiries found the man who sent the comment had his location identified in Christchurch – but he was not deemed a threat.

The Islamic Women's Council says it's one example of many where if police and government agencies had listened to their warnings and concerns over repeated threats that the Christchurch mosque massacres would never have happened.

The Muslim group made its submission and recommendations to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch Mosque Attacks public.

"There were repeated major public service delivery failures in relation to government dealings with and responsibilities towards the Muslim community in Aotearoa New Zealand," Frances Joychild, QC, who represented IWCNZ before the royal commission, said.

"It is likely that, but for the failures (particularly of the security services and police), the horrific events of March 15, 2019, might not have occurred.

"If effective public service delivery had occurred and the requested structures and support put in place, the country would likely have been in a far better position to prevent or limit the destruction caused by the shooter."

Aliya Danzeisen, who leads IWCNZ's government engagement, says the group's efforts to get the government's attention prior to March 15 were "extensive and crossed several years" covering both the past and current governments.

"Evidence indicates that public sector employees were, at best, asleep on the job and, at worst, intentionally ignoring our pleas and actively undermining our work," Danzeisen said.

"If this can happen in the most open and transparent country in the world, all communities are at risk. People need to know IWCNZ's story so that those involved in government work never allow this to occur on their watch."

The Islamic Women's Council lodged a 127-page submission that highlights years of rising Islamophobia in New Zealand which increased in the days leading up to the March 15 tragedy.

On February 20, 2019 the Facebook page of the Women's Organisation of the Waikato Muslim Association (WOWMA) received hostile posts, with one asking why they would follow a religion where the Prophet Mohamed "rapes young women".

It went onto say there would be a burning of the Qur'an at the Hamilton mosque on Friday, March 15, 2019 – the day of the Christchurch attack.

The message was blocked and when reported to police, an officer "did not seem to take the matter too seriously", saying the individual was known to police, suffered from a mental illness and "would likely not harm anyone".

Police said the man's location indicated he was in Christchurch.

Before March 15 last year, New Zealand authorities had enough intelligence to warrant a coordinated national strategy, the Islamic Women's Council says, which would have alerted every mosque in the country to a threat to one mosque on Friday March 15, 2019 and for all mosques to take extra security measures.

"Whether or not the threat was connected to the Christchurch killer is irrelevant," its submission says.

If the mosque gunman had been subjected to the same scrutiny as "many Muslim religious groups and individuals who were having trouble getting into the country", he could have been watched, the group says.

"This is not a situation where SIS members can claim to have been caught by surprise. They were appraised," the IWCNZ submission states.

"The question is why did they not take the warnings of IWCNZ members seriously. At the same time there were terror attacks, hate crimes and alt-right activity occurring in other Muslim minority countries. The internet was flooded with anti-Muslim rhetoric. Why were IWCNZ warnings not placed alongside world events and action taken accordingly?"

Dr Maysoon Salama, national coordinator of IWCNZ and whose son was killed on March 15, said it was vital that all government agencies and services ensure they are providing culturally and religiously responsive support to minorities and ethnic groups.

"Government should be looking at development of long-term community building initiatives, as well as long-term support and compensation for victims' families," she said.

"Yes, there has been short term assistance, but the impact has been huge and will require long recovery time.

"There is clear need for establishing an independent Muslim Arbitration Tribunal for the impacted families, to deal with issues such as inheritance. Such a legal body or commission should be well-resourced to understand Islamic faith and laws."

Anjum Rahman, media spokesperson for IWCNZ, says their experience has been mirrored by many communities, and shows the need for government to change the way it works.

"The government must work to empower communities. We maintain that the structures of these institutions, and the systems and processes used by people in them, are discriminatory in design," Rahman said.




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The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs is committed to supporting Queensland’s multi-faith, multicultural communities and the benefits they continue to bring to Queensland.

The Unite Against Racism – Call to Action Toolkit aims to bring Queenslanders together to promote positive messages about diversity and inclusion.

This toolkit contains key messages, links and hashtags as well as ready-made assets for use in print, digital and social media channels to encourage ‘a call to action’ to all Queenslanders to stand together and reinforce Queensland as a diverse, harmonious and inclusive place to live.

Toolkit resources
Resources have been developed to enable anti-racism messages to be distributed through appropriate channels

These can be downloaded as follows:




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Courage and perseverance in facing media

For a long time it’s been widely profitable for news to tap into prejudice, but as Facebook has been learning in the past few months, public tolerance for this behaviour is now at an all-time low.

We’re all aware that adding the word ‘Islamic’ to a headline will catapult the number of clicks and shares from certain audiences. Include some other negative element like terrorism, a pandemic or conspiracy theories about immigration, and you’ve got yourself a truly viral article.

The reality today is that the majority of these click-bait articles seem to be generated by up and coming journalists, trying to make a name for themselves. It would probably only take one friendship with a Muslim person or family to help them see the vulgarity of this. There is enormous potential to change things through reaching out to them.

Then there are the ideological cultural warriors who are unlikely to change. These opinion writers have become less focused on Islam since the obsessive, saturated media coverage of ISIL and Al-Qaeda has subsided. It’s possible public tolerance for this sort of reductive and extreme thinking has also decreased following Christchurch. This group we are best to not directly engage with. But we can hold their newspapers or broadcasters to account.

There are other ways to stoke prejudice these days and sadly many targets, but we must not become complacent. The damage that has been done is so prolific, so engrained, so even internalised in our community, that it will take both courage and perseverance to repair.

In the past month, news articles from the Daily Mail and The Australian emphasising any Islamic connection to community transmissions in Victoria have stoked the fires of prejudice. Sure they don’t tell people overtly to think that way, but the decision to emphasise the word ‘Islamic’, with images of Muslims praying, at the shops, which are all immaterial to the story – all point to a deliberate form of dog-whistling.

It’s no mystery why only some articles about community transmission emphasise race or religion of the involved parties as a central point. News services will be increasingly hard pressed to defend these editorial decisions.






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


She can be reached at advocacy@aman.net.au


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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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.




Mariam Ahmadi-Moghaddam is an architect who works for Weston Williamson.


She has been instrumental in the firm’s expansion into new areas, both in the UK and overseas.


Mariam’s work has greatly contributed to the success of two high-profile infrastructure projects, the award-winning Paddington Integrated Project and Crossrail Paddington Station.





Mariam was a 2017 finalist for the Women in Construction Awards Best Woman Architect and has been nominated this year for the Woman in Rail award.


Her work with non-governmental organizations in Tehran for the promotion of women’s education and opportunity has also been recognised.


London-based Mariam is a co-founder of Women at Weston Williamson, a group which aims to redefine the understanding of women’s capabilities and contributions in the workplace and shares her experiences with university students as a mentor.




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Seyyed Hossein Nasr


Philosopher & University Professor

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. He remains one of the most influential Muslim scholars in the world for his work on Islamic tradition and philosophy. He is the only Muslim to be included in the Library of Living Philosophers and has written over 50 books and over 500 articles.

Background and career: Nasr was born in Iran and raised in a house of scholars and physicians. He was sent to school in the USA, won a scholarship to MIT for undergraduate studies in physics and obtained a doctorate in the history of science and philosophy from Harvard. He returned to Iran in 1958 where he swiftly rose through academic ranks to become Vice-Chancellor of Tehran University and then President of Aryamehr University. The 1979 Iranian revolution forced Nasr to leave Iran and so he settled in the USA.

Reviver of Tradition: Nasr’s work has covered the most important areas of contemporary Muslim thought from classical Islamic philosophy, Islamic science, Sufism, and critique of modernity to interfaith relations, Islam–West relations, and the environmental crisis. Nasr was the first Muslim scholar ever to be invited to give the prestigious Gifford Lectures, which were later published as Knowledge and the Sacred. Nasr’s work has been ahead of its time in predicting the disastrous consequences of the environmental crisis. Books such as The Encounter of Man and Nature (1968) critique the rise of a secular, modern conception of nature as inert matter to be conquered by modern technology, and attempt to revive a sacred notion of nature.

Legacy: For Nasr, the quest for knowledge, specifically knowledge which “liberates and delivers him from the fetters and limitations of earthly existence,” has been and continues to be the central concern and determinant of his intellectual life.




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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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This paper outlines a Muslim’s perspective on Islamophobia from known and respected Muslim scholars. Their views represent what I have termed an ‘internal’ perspective, which contrasts with the ‘external’ or Orientalist counterpart. In the treatment of this phenomenon, I have noted the internal or Islamic perspective has deep-seated reasons for its existence, some of which are historical, but overall, are predominantly socio-political.


Not only does the Western or Orientalist perspective lack deeper knowledge and understanding of the particularities of Islam, but one finds the media plays a significant role in disseminating misconceptions about Islam. The paper attempts to merge the two perspectives, internal and external, to provide a holistic view of the phenomenon.


It is important to raise awareness about Islamic teachings by actively correcting the image of Islam using less reactionary and emotive approaches. Equally, it is important to expose the ideology behind Islamophobia when it is used for political aims.


This discourse fuels terrorism and is used as a pretext by extremist groups to attack the West. Despite attacks on Islam as not being a religion of peace, advocating terrorism and being incompatible with Western ‘values’, Islam will remain the world’s most established religion because it is not just a conviction, it is a way of life for many Muslims today.


The West could benefit from Islam now, just as it benefited from it during, for instance, the heyday of Islamic Spain.


Likewise, Muslims have benefited from and been supported by the West and other faiths.


A notable and much-quoted example is the story of Al-Najashi (Negus), the Christian king of Abyssinia, who supported and welcomed the persecuted Meccan migrants and who was quoted as saying “you’re welcome; your Prophet is welcome. I admit that he is the Apostle about whom Jesus had given the good news. Live wherever you like in my country.”


Islam and Christianity or East and West do not embody the much quoted and divisive notion of ‘clash of civilisations’; rather, these two religions should strive to find harmony and continue to build bridges of understanding.


The inherent differences are exacerbated by the destructive terrorist actions of individuals, states or groups and conflated by relentless biased Western media networks fuelling the Islamophobic narrative. While facing these challenges in a rapidly changing world, especially the MENA region, it is difficult to predict whether Islamophobia will cease to exist.


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Commentaries & Blogs




Salaam, Liverpool: Salah and Mane, the Muslims who saved a club


by Khaled A. Beydoun


There are athletes who excel on the field, and then there are 'auteurs', whose imprint on and off the pitch charts new, transformative courses for audiences worldwide.

Liverpool F.C. - which claimed its first Premier League title in 30 years last weekend - boasts two men of the second, and higher order: Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, the two soccer savants that spearheaded Liverpool's historic 2019-2020 campaign.

Salah and Mane are Muslims, and unapologetically so. The Arab and Black Muslims were thrust onto a stage - English football - long tainted by anti-Black racism and xenophobia. They travelled distinct journeys en-route to Liverpool, and encountered challenges that tested their resolve upon arrival. But their faith provided them both with a common path toward not only overcoming the pitfalls that foiled other footballers, but to transcend on and off the pitch.

Mohammed walks

The Egyptian and Senegalese Muslims could have easily traded in their Muslim identities in exchange for the fast cars and opulent lifestyles footballers in England are infamous for. But in shunning that path and walking diligently behind their faith's final and foundational Prophet, Mohammed, Salah and Mane lived up to their club slogan of "you'll never walk alone."

While, as one journalist put it, "Death, plague and economic collapse stalked the land, puncturing sport's ability to pretend the rest of the world is simply a subplot," the world of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane illustrated - all along - how sport is one of life's most impactful theatres.

The two Liverpool forwards, with Mane flanking the right side of the pitch and Salah dazzling to the left, spearheaded the Club's rise to the top of the table. Liverpool not only won the championship, but thoroughly outclassed the field with a dominating 28 wins compared to only two draws and a single loss, besting runner ups Manchester City by a wide 23 point margin.

Not surprisingly, Salah and Mane led the historic run toward the title, with the "Egyptian King" netting 17 goals and the reigning Africa Player of the Year, Mane, scoring 15. These marks placed Salah as the Premiership's third highest scorer, and Mane as its sixth.

Every time they scored, and they did often, Salah and Mane dropped to their knees and prostrated in the ancient Islamic custom. The prayer, penalised by sports leagues like the NFL, became far more than just a common sight for EPL viewers, but one emulated by Liverpool fans of every faith, inspiring a change in the culture at the 128-year old football club: This historic season, like the several before it, witnessed a steady erosion of the Islamophobia that gripped England, thanks to Salah and Mane's impact.

White men, dressed in Devil red that professed Christian or other beliefs, would regularly explode in the customary song:

"Mo Salah, la, la, la, la, La, la, la, la, la, la, If he's good enough for you, He's good enough for me, If he scores another few then I'll be Muslim too, If he's good enough for you, He's good enough for me, Then sitting in a mosque is where I wanna be."

They sang the refreshingly original chant, and sang it again. In the stands and at pubs, inside their living rooms and anywhere they sat when Salah put the ball in the back of the net.

The juxtaposition was surreal against the Islamophobia fanned by Brexit and Boris Johnson. The scenes inspired by Salah were magical. Everyday Englishmen, women and young people chanted, "I'll be Muslim too" and revelled in the thought of "sitting in a mosque."

The Muslim stars were challenging the Islamophobia that gripped England and the world around it. And the Mane and "Salah Effect" was not just symbolic or anecdotal, but measurable. "Per the Stanford University Immigration Policy Lab, Salah is credited with single handedly reducing Islamophobia and hate crimes in Liverpool since he signed with the club in June 2017."

Specifically, the Stanford University study found that hate crimes in the metropolitan Liverpool area declined by 19 percent, and anti-Muslim comments spiralled 50 percent since Salah joined Liverpool in 2017. Salah's impact is quantifiable, and his on-the-field play and off-the-field presence is changing hearts and minds at a time when nativism has been spiking in England, and Islamophobia proliferating across the world.

Before helping Liverpool claim its coveted Premiership title, Salah championed a new culture of acceptance among football fans, by simply being authentically and uncompromisingly Muslim.

A pillar of humility

As he did for Liverpool's formidable offense, Mane complimented Salah with a new model of the modern football star. In September of 2018, only hours after scoring the decisive goal against Leicester City, Mane drove to the mosque as he always did. There, he was filmed filling water buckets and cleaning the toilets inside the bathroom - where Muslim men washed themselves before the collective prayer.

Unaware of the camera phone locked on him, Mane unassumingly cleaned the space alongside others. The video, showing the footballer cleaning the floor and toilets, later went viral. It instantly won over millions of fans, who lauded Mane for his "otherworldly modesty" and, in line with Islamic principles, "holding himself equal" despite being a millionaire footballer.

This was precisely who Mane was, and what Islam - unfiltered and untainted - represents: Modesty and humility, and towing a line where each person's foot stands equal to the one beside it – regardless of race or class, status or wealth.

In October of 2019, a year after leading Senegal to its second World Cup appearance, Mane was keen on giving his country and its people even more. When asked by a journalist about his model of modest living, he responded,

"Why would I want 10 Ferraris, 20 diamond watches, or two planes? What will these objects do for me and for the world? "I built schools, a stadium, we provide clothes, shoes, food for people who are in extreme poverty."

Through his philanthropy, Mane embodies the Prophetic model that holds, "He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbour to his side goes hungry." Like he did on the field of play, Mane let his world-class actions do the talking.

Salaam, Liverpool

This is Liverpool F.C.: A curly-haired Egyptian who drops to his knees in prayer every time he scores, and a Black Senegalese soccer giant whose unassailable superpower is his humility. Champions, who reject the luxury cars and glitz in order to give their "people a little of what life has given" them.

These Muslim men emerged in Liverpool, an industrial English city once ravaged by racial violence and menaced today by neo-Nazis and nativists emboldened by populist agendas that mark Muslims, like Salah and Mane, as targets.

But they stayed the course. And more importantly, stayed true to who they are, as Arab and Black men, and as Muslims. Salah and Mane won over a city and a nation marred by racism and Islamophobia with their play, but will be remembered too, for their transcendent personas and genuine authenticity.




Khaled A. Beydoun is a law professor and author of the critically acclaimed book, American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear. He sits on the United States Commission for Civil Rights, and is based out of Detroit.


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Delicious Crispy Red Snapper with Rhubarb from London!

Lockdown Lab #7

‎Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury‎



Lockdown Lab is a channel for experimental cooking mixed with discovering places, culture and history. Cooking with travel stories. This is a 5-minute video to re-imagine a traditional Bengali fish dish by adding an unusual ingredient from the English garden.







Statement from Board of Imams Victoria to locked down Melbournians



Statement from Board of Imams

Posted by Board Of Imams Victoria on Sunday, July 5, 2020






Chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee

for Covid-19 explains the pandemic



Prof. Salim S. Abdool Karim, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D.
Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Columbia University, New York, NY







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High ranking Chinese officials blacklisted over Uighur rights




Washington: The United States has imposed sanctions on the highest-ranking Chinese official yet targeted over alleged human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority, a move likely to further ratchet up tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Washington blacklisted Xinjiang region's Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, a member of China's powerful Politburo, and three other officials. The highly anticipated action followed months of Washington's hostility toward Beijing over China's handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak and its tightening grip on Hong Kong.

A senior administration official who briefed reporters after the announcements described Chen as the highest-ranking Chinese official ever sanctioned by the US.

The blacklisting was "no joke", he said. "Not only in terms of symbolic and reputational effect, but it does have real meaning on a person's ability to move around the world and conduct business."

The Chinese embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment. But China has denied mistreatment of Uighur Muslims and says its Xinjiang camps provide vocational training and are needed to fight extremism.

The sanctions were imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, which allows the US government to target human rights violators worldwide by freezing any assets they hold in the US, banning their travel to the US and prohibiting Americans from doing business with them.

Sanctions were also imposed on Zhu Hailun, a former deputy party secretary and current deputy secretary of regional legislative body the Xinjiang's People's Congress; Wang Mingshan, the director and Communist Party secretary of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau; and former party secretary of the bureau Huo Liujun.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was also barring Chen, Zhu, Wang and their immediate families, as well as other unnamed Chinese Communist Party officials, from travelling to the United States.

The main exile group the World Uighur Congress welcomed the move and called for the European Union and other countries to follow suit.

US Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who sponsored legislation signed by President Donald Trump in June that calls for sanctions over the repression of Uighurs, said the move was "long overdue" and that more steps were needed.

"For far too long, Chinese officials have not been held accountable for committing atrocities that likely constitute crimes against humanity," Rubio said.

The Associated Press reported last month that China was trying to slash birth rates amongst Uighurs with forced birth control. China denounced the report as fabricated.








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Dr Farzana Hussain: Her Story  




When I was 19 years old and a first year medical student, my mother was in hospital with end-stage heart failure.

I travelled 250 miles from my university to visit my mom. She was really ill. I wasn’t sure whether I should leave her & travel back to medical school, or stay.

My mother said, "You must go back. I want you to be a doctor & help people. I will be ok." Five days later, she died.

Twenty years later today, Farzana Hussain is one of the few doctors who have been declared as heroes in UK for their extraordinary services during the coronavirus pandemic.

A large billboard image of her is displayed at Piccadilly Lights in London.



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Hagia Sophia: Turkey turns iconic Istanbul museum into mosque



Turkish President Erdogan announces first prayers at Hagia Sophia after mosque ruling



TURKEY: The world-famous Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul - originally founded as a cathedral - has been turned back into a mosque.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the decision after a court annulled the site's museum status.

Built 1,500 years ago as an Orthodox Christian cathedral, Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest in 1453.

In 1934 it became a museum and is now a Unesco World Heritage site.

Islamists in Turkey long called for it to be converted to a mosque but secular opposition members opposed the move. The proposal prompted criticism from religious and political leaders worldwide.

Defending the decision, President Erdogan stressed that the country had exercised its sovereign right in converting it back to a mosque.

He told a press conference the first Muslim prayers would be held inside the building on 24 July.

"Like all our mosques, the doors of Hagia Sophia will be wide open to locals and foreigners, Muslims and non-Muslims," he added.

A change is coming to Hagia Sophia, which has endured since the 6th century, outlasting the Byzantine empire and the Ottoman era. Now, once again, it will be a mosque. But Turkish officials say Christian emblems, including mosaics of the Virgin Mary which adorn its soaring golden dome, will not be removed.

Making changes at Hagia Sophia is profoundly symbolic. It was Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, who decreed that it should be a museum. President Erdogan is now taking one more step to dismantle Ataturk's secular legacy, and remould Turkey according to his vision. The Turkish leader - who presents himself as a modern day conqueror - is making no apologies for the change. He says anyone who doesn't like it - and plenty abroad don't - is attacking Turkey's sovereignty.

Reclaiming Hagia Sophia plays well with his base - religious conservatives - and with Turkish nationalists. Critics say he's using the issue to distract attention from the economic damage done here by the Covid19 pandemic.

But many in the international community argue that the monument belongs to humanity - not to Turkey - and should have remained unchanged. They say it was a bridge between two faiths, and a symbol of co-existence.

Shortly after the announcement, the first call to prayer was recited at Hagia Sophia and was broadcast on all of Turkey's main news channels. The cultural site's social media channels have now been taken down.

What has the reaction been?
Unesco has said it "deeply regrets" the decision to turn the museum into a mosque and called on the Turkish authorities to "open a dialogue without delay."

The organisation had urged Turkey not to change its status without discussion.

The head of the Eastern Orthodox Church has condemned the move, as has Greece - home to many millions of Orthodox followers.

Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said it was an "open provocation to the civilised world".

"The nationalism displayed by President Erdogan... takes his country back six centuries," she said in a statement.

The court ruling "absolutely confirms that there is no independent justice" in Turkey, she added.

But the Council of State, Turkey's top administrative court, said in its ruling on Friday: "It was concluded that the settlement deed allocated it as a mosque and its use outside this character is not possible legally."

"The cabinet decision in 1934 that ended its use as a mosque and defined it as a museum did not comply with laws," it said.





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Happiness and Joy…What’s the Difference?

You may be familiar with this common adage “Pursuit of Happiness”.


I’ve always wondered why it is that we must pursue happiness. I used to be one of those people who worked really hard at pursuing happiness.


One wonderful day I realised that as ALLAH’s highest form of creation I was blessed with an inherent, pure thing known as JOY.

Once I realised this, I embraced joy and began to live from it. I stopped pursuing happiness. It sounds bizarre.

Difference Between Joy and Happiness
The English dictionary may display both these terms as synonyms, however, society has designed a paradigm for human beings which defines happiness as something that results from the fulfilment of material and physical desires. In other words, happiness, in today’s world, is circumstantial.

Joy, on the other hand, is something that we feel as our “fitra” and is not defined by physical and material desires. Joy is the elation we feel when we operate from our inherent spiritual virtues of kindness and compassion.
Once you operate from joy, the pressures that society places on you vanishes – the must-have-perfect-marriage, the six-figure salary, the mansion, the perfect body shape – none of these material and physical desires will matter anymore.

Living from joy makes you a joyful being and spreads joy to the rest of the world. Instead of striving for a “perfect marriage”, ask yourself if you and your spouse share a soulful companionship wherein you can be in each other’s company without having the need to distract yourself with gadgets and awkward silences. Instead of the six-figure salary, ask yourself if you love what you do for work. Instead of the mansion, ask yourself if your home is a space that is spiritually fulfilling. Instead of obsessing over a perfect body shape, ask yourself if you are using your body and its energy to spread goodness and perform righteous deeds.

How to Cultivate Joy in Your Life
Living authentically and being true to yourself helps you to be true to others. “Fake it till you make it” may not be the most authentic approach to living joyfully. Rather, a daily practice of experiencing joy in small things can make every moment of your life be a joyful experience.

• Smile more
• Laugh out loud
• Write a heartfelt note to someone special to thank them for being in your life (handwrite it, it’s more personal)
• Breathe deep full in-breaths and exhale slowly
• Do a fun activity that moves your body and makes you sweat
• Spend a few minutes daily to connect with nature
• Say out loud to yourself – five things about yourself that you are grateful for
• Do something nice for someone without their knowledge
• Cook a wholesome meal for yourself and your family
• Hug your loved ones often and tell them you love them
• Perform an act of kindness for a stranger
• Visualise yourself in Jannah

If you feel confused about whether you are pursuing material and physical happiness or whether you are living joyfully, the one question you need to ask yourself is “Is what I’m pursuing pleasing ALLAH or pleasing people?”

Choose to please ALLAH and ONLY ALLAH. Do what feels right. Listen to your heart…it knows. When you please people, you fall in the trap of material and physical desires…temporary happiness. But when you choose to please ALLAH you experience joy.


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

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The Proudest Blue



Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali, and Hatem Aly (Illustrator)



A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special.


It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab--a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky.


But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Paired with Hatem Aly's beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.





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Islam in Europe
Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World
From My Sisters' Lips
A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way
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Step Up: Embrace the Leader Within
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From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
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[KB SAYS] Perfect with a cup of tea.

Rusk Biscuits





  • 2 cups brown flour

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  • ½ cup chopped almonds

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  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

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  • 250g butter

  • 1 egg

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  • 1½ cup double thick yoghurt


  1. rub butter in the flour

  2. add all nuts and seeds

  3. mix egg, sugar and yoghurt and add to dry ingredients to make a soft dough.

  4. Roll, cut, brush milk and sprinkle sesame seeds.

  5. Bake on 150 degrees than lower to 100 degrees until crispy.




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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin and his wife were cleaning out the attic one day when Jallalludin came across a ticket from the local shoe repair shop.


The date stamped on the ticket showed that it was over eleven years old.

They both laughed and tried to remember which of them might have forgotten to pick up a pair of shoes over a decade ago.

"Do you think the shoes will still be in the shop?" Jallalludin asked.

"Not very likely," his wife said.

"It's worth a try," Jallalludin said, pocketing the ticket.


He went downstairs, hopped into the car, and drove to the store.

With a straight face, he handed the ticket to the man behind the counter.

With a face just as straight, the man said, "Just a minute. I'll have to look for these."


He disappeared into a dark corner at the back of the shop.

Two minutes later, the man called out, "Here they are!"

"No kidding?" Jallalludin called back. "That's terrific! Who would have thought they'd still be here after all this time."

The man came back to the counter.


"They'll be ready on Thursday," he said calmly.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Restore the property of the orphans to them [when they reach their age], nor substitute [your] worthless things for [their] good ones; and do not devour their substance [by mixing it up] with your own. For this is indeed a great sin.


~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:2


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The First Revelations

Continued from last week's CCN....


The first person to hear of Muhammad’s prophethood and accept it was Khadijah, who can be said to have converted immediately upon his return from the cave.

He soon began to invite those closest to him to this new religion.

His closest companion, Abu Bakr, his young cousin, ‘Ali, and his house-servant, Zayd, all respected and trusted Muhammad, and thus immediately accepted him as a prophet.

They began to inform those closest to them, and slowly the number of people who accepted Muhammad began to grow.
The first attempts at proselytizing were covert.

Mecca was, after all, a polytheistic society, and the idea of one God replacing the numerous idols in the Ka’ba would no doubt be seen as a threat.

Thus, the early months and years of Islam were marked by the development of a secret, hidden group, fearful of society’s reaction to them, but submitting to the ideas of this new religion.

They were called Muslims, meaning “submitters”.

The word Islam itself, from which Muslim derives, denotes submission to God and His will.

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