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Sunday 19 July 2020 | Issue 0819



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Sister Mariam (Elaine) Crenan and husband of 56 years, Akram Ali (Francis) Crenan, at the Islamic Society of Mackay Open Day in 2018


A well-respected Mackay community worker and leader, Sister Mariam, passed away on Monday.


The following eulogy was written by Ms Anum Asad:




Imam Yusuf Peer who conducted the Janaza of Sister Marriam in Mackay this week, penned the following heartfelt eulogy:

On Monday, 13 July 2020, I lost an important person in my life, sister Mariam from Mackay.

I was fortunate in the year 2000 to be appointed Islamic Religious Leader (Imam) to conduct Islamic Religious Education for the Muslim children in Mackay.


This was the first time that I interacted with the Muslim community and especially with Sister Mariam. Once in two weeks I would fly to Mackay from Brisbane to conduct Islamic Religious Education for the Muslim children. I held this position for approximately 7 to 8 year and this was on a constant fortnightly basis.

Since the very first time of my travels to Mackay I met with Sister Mariam and looking back I was inspired by her character her hospitality, her friendship, her care, her dedication in serving the the Mackay Mosque.

Without fail, Sister Mariam would be at the Mosque to receive me and welcome me with a good breakfast. I observed her relationship with the children, their parents, the community and also visitors who visited the mosque.

Sister Mariam had a heart of gold and she was very generous, She extended her love and respect for the young, the old and for all who have met her.

The amazing quality of Sister Mariam was her participation in all aspects of the Mackay Mosque she was one of the official committee members of the Islamic Society of Mackay.


Her consent in many matters was sought for and would take responsibility of chores that would have been a challenge for others to handle. Her opinions were valued and her efforts and participation were appreciated.

Sister Mariam was well loved by all she was welcome in every home.


Most of the Muslims that lived in Mackay were migrants. Sister Mariam would be entrusted to oversee the homes of those who needed to travel overseas to visit their families.

People trusted her to a great extent.

The larger community of Mackay was well-acquainted with Sister Mariam having been born and lived her life in Mackay. She played the role of a Public Relations Officer for the Mackay Mosque and was the first point of contact.

Sister Mariam left behind her husband Francis who is approximately 90 years old. They were a loving couple.

No doubt Sister Mariam will have left a lasting legacy for the Muslim community, the larger community of Mackay and for myself. Her dedication and love and keeping the spirit of Islam in a humble and simple way in that part of the world will always be remembered.

I was honoured and privileged to perform her funeral service on Wednesday the 15 July 2020 at Mackay Mosque.

She will most certainly be well remembered. May Allah grant her Jannatul Ferdose the eternal bliss. Ameen



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Legacy Groups: Let's Talk Episode 1: Mental Health






Let's Talk Episode 1: Mental Health (Females Part 1)

Let's Talk Episode 1: Mental Health Let's Talk is a discussion based panel, allowing young muslims to discuss different opinions and perspectives on topics that need to be talked about. There are always resources to reach out to if you are struggling mentally and require some sort of support. Mission of hope - https://missionofhope.org.au/hayat-line-telephone-crisis-intervention-service/ Beyond Blue - https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ Mensline - https://mensline.org.au/mens-mental-health/mens-mental-health-common-challenges/

Posted by Legacy Groups on Tuesday, July 14, 2020


(Females Part 1)


Let's Talk is a discussion based panel, allowing young Muslims to discuss different opinions and perspectives on topics that need to be talked about. 



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By Dzenita Balic    




On the 11 July each year, Bosnian Muslims remember Srebrenica.


It is not a memory of fondness but a memory of turmoil, pain and suffering. A genocide.

Its memories travel the entire globe, because Bosnian Muslims across the world, dispersed as refugees and aliens, due to the ethnic cleansing and war of the 90s. A war in the centre of Europe.

But there is hope. Hope, that those future generations continue to understand the pain that still exists and transcends boundaries. Pain that does not subside. Nor should it. It serves as a reminder to Muslims across the world that hate is a powerful weapon. It ought not be the determinant of our emotions but rather the fuel of our compassion. We believe in the Almighty, His mercy and forever, His guidance.

Who would have thought that in distant Australia we would have a generational attachment to the genocide of Srebrenica?

This year, on the 11 July 2020, the youth of Brisbane, through the Bosniak Youth Organisation, came together to pay tribute through stories, images, recitations, poetic literature and a monument, to Srebrenica.

This year marks 25 years of the genocide in Srebrenica.

Never forget Srebrenica.



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By Shahjahan Khan, Founding President, Islamic Society of Toowoomba




How Muslims feel when a Mosque is burnt by enemies of Islam? What do you think about the community that experienced the horror and psychological trauma when their Mosque was burnt? Is it normal for Muslims to abandon the burnt Mosque and give in to the evil will of criminals? Don’t you take the challenge as an opportunity to be a part of rebuilding the burnt Mosque? Muslims in Toowoomba have gone through all these and taken the challenge to rebuild their burnt Mosque.

The first ever Mosque in Toowoomba region, only Mosque to the west of Brisbane was bunt twice in 2015, a year after it was established in an old church property. The second arson attack in the mid-night on 17 April seriously damaged the main Mosque building beyond repair.

After settling with insurance company, it was decided that the burnt church building would be extended to make a purpose build Mosque under one roof to meet the growing need of the community of over 2000 Muslims. The Toowoomba Regional Council approved the Development Application in 2017, and the rebuilding work started in 2018.

The First (Lock-up) Stage of the project, the construction of the new Mosque building was completed in 2019. The cost of the First Stage was over $750,000 in addition to cleaning, surveying, drawing, town planning, and application fee costing nearly $200k. About 60% of the project is now completed. The building will fit over 500 worshippers at a time.

The work for the Second Stage of the project includes all internal fittings including electrical, plumbing, toilet, plaster, aircon etc, and will start on the 20th July 2020. This contracted work will be completed in 18 weeks at the cost of $334,850. The current short fall for the Second Stage is $95k. In addition, we will have to pay for carpet and rainwater tank.
The Third Stage will be concreting 42 carparking spaces with two drive-way, ramps, retaining walls, landscaping and acoustic fences.
Once completed, the Mosque will be ecofriendly and a part of Annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers visiting sites.


We already have installed solar panels on top of the buildings already generating surplus electricity and bringing extra income to the Mosque. We plan to use the rainwater to avoid or minimise the use of town water. We are also considering electric car charging station as part of community service.

Alhamdulillah, 60% of the rebuilding work was completed last year, and with the completion of the Second Stage 80% of the total project will be completed before December 2020 Inshaa Allah.

Toowoomba Muslims have been working very hard and thank everyone who have been or will be a contributing to the project. May Allah take care of everyone who takes care of His house.

We request everyone to take the opportunity to let the enemies of Islam know that you care about the house of Allah and they will never succeed in extinguishing the light of Allah. Every Muslim is welcome to share the obligation to complete the remaining reconstruction work of a burnt house of Allah. Wouldn’t you consider contributing to a project that will witness your care and challenge to foil the evil dream of the arsonist?

A short YouTube video on the progress of the rebuilding work is accessed here.

Donations via Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Toowoomba Plaza Branch, A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation, BSB: 064459 A/C Number: 1034 1586. Swift Code: CTBAAU25XXX.



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In response to attacks on AFIC's administration, AFIC president, Rateb Jneid (pictured), wrote:

As you all know, AFIC Halal operations have been targeted by competitors for a long time.

Our members know that AFIC continues to help member societies in need, AFIC especially, has been subsidising remote Muslim communities with partial salaries for Imams and other forms of assistance.

We have helped COVID victims in Victoria and elsewhere as you can see from our online platform.

AFIC has been very active in addressing not only needs, but also concerns of our wonderful Muslim community.

Our members have also seen in recent days malicious rumours and false allegations against AFIC. Reports responding to each of these allegations are expected to be ready very soon In shaa Allah. These will go on our website. AFIC has identified the source of these rumours and allegations.

As president of AFIC, I have taken the responsibility of confronting our challenges head on. This is my fiduciary and Islamic duty.

I am attaching a letter that has been sent to another organisation and other individuals to demand that they cease and desist from taking from AFIC what they are not entitled to take. I thank you all for your understanding and support.



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Goss on the Go Again






Welcome to the beautiful religion of islam 15/7/20. Plz share if you like it.jzk

Posted by Hussin Goss on Tuesday, July 14, 2020



Assalamu 'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Brother Hussin
My name is Marilyn Kang @ Nur Sarah 'Adawiyah. Evelyn is my sister. Alhamdulillah. I am so happy that she is going to take her shahadah today. I just want to thank you for giving her guidance and being there to support her. Jazakallahu khair. She spoke of you in my conversations with her and how I would love to visit the Mosque at Gold Coast one day when we are allowed to travel. I wish I can be there today. May Allah ﷻ make it easy for her and may He bless us all. Amiin.

Thank you for receiving her with your warmth and sincerity and may Allah ﷻ rewards you multifold for your good deeds. Amiin.

Warmest regards


Welcome to islam sister 9/7/20 Of you like it share it .

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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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Faith as a form of healing and the role of community

When a child is born, their conception of the world is perfect, untarnished. Their hearts, untouched by the ravages of the world, glimmer in a way that reminds us of Allah Subhanu Wa Ta’ala.

You ache for a world where they will flourish, and expand, with a purity of heart, and an Iman that carries them like wings upon the wind.

As that child grows, they may hear grown-ups about them speaking ill or roughly of others, based on how they look.

Allah Subhanu Wa Ta’ala. said that He create tribes amongst us so that we would come to know one another.

But the most sinister part, which many don’t realise, is that drawing up of these battlegrounds have debilitating effects for children growing up in divergent cultures, for those with mixed heritage, for those who don’t fit the ‘Muslim look’, and those who are new to Islam, with feet and heart in many worlds.

The battlegrounds are drawn inside their consciousness. At times, parts of their identity are at siege with others.

It becomes harder to be Muslim.

In the broader media, where there is an attempt to stigmatise and vilify Muslims, and where people from our own community refer to ‘Australians’ as the white people who have the right to call themselves this title, we are unconsciously living through a fracture.

As a Muslim Brother recently wrote online, ‘Unfortunately we Muslims define ourselves in significant part by what we're not - "we're not them!" So what does it mean not to be 'them'? We draw a list of largely external stuff and sacralise them.’

Even internally, we run these wars in our mind, over ourselves.

Our thinking and speech have become colonised by this pollution, and to rid it, we return to Islam. We ask for forgiveness, we slow down, we seek knowledge, and then we try to speak truth.

There is healing that needs to happen within this community, to deal with man-made toxic religiosity, controlling behaviour and abuse, prejudice. As a new sister to the Islam class said at my local mosque, our masjids need to become places of healing. Ultimately, that means their spaces and practices need to equally encompass men, women and children. In those spaces, that a diversity of voices is heard, and the space is ‘held’, safely. That means reaching out to those in the community that carry the expertise of holding safe spaces.

Many families do their healing away from masjid, connecting through religious study, which is now more accessible online. They know Islam in their hearts, in a deeply private way.

But the community? Community can only be shaped in community spaces. There can be great reflection in those online spaces, but the hardest lessons are learnt in real life social ones, with people sitting in front of us, whom we choose and don’t choose to be there, challenging us to dig deep into our humanity and listen.

May Allah reward the volunteers at masjids and Islamic community centres who are already working on this.

Connection with Allah is the supreme gift. The purification of heart to elevate this connection is the core of being Muslim.

We pray our children will always have that connection, and know how to enrich it, as we hope for ourselves. That means we must create spaces for the safe and open public exercise of their faith and for healing – where they have a voice and can express themselves with only fear of Allah. Where they can discover the world as a Muslim, and not only be trapped in the gaze of others.






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


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) or any organizations the author may be associated with.




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Victoria Blame Game | Media Watch




Victoria blame game | Media Watch

From immigrants to the Premier, who is to blame for Victoria’s virus outbreak?

Posted by Media Watch on Monday, July 13, 2020


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Australia under pressure to officially ban extremist right-wing organisations    




Kristina Keneally is calling on the government to ban right-wing extremist groups.


Right-wing extremism needs more careful attention including bans on organisations, says Labor's home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally.

Labor has called on the Morrison government to ban right-wing organisations to send a signal that extremist views won't be tolerated in Australia.

Currently, 25 of Australia's 26 banned terrorist organisations are Islamist, with the other being the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

But Labor's home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally says these groups are not the sum total of the problem.

"The proscription of a right-wing organisation - international or domestic - would send a powerful message that these extremist views will not be tolerated,"" she wrote in an article for ASPI's The Strategist.

Under Australia's national security laws, before an organisation is listed the home affairs minister must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that it "is directly or indirectly engaged in preparing, planning, assisting or fostering the doing of a terrorist act, or advocates the doing of a terrorist act".

Earlier this week, the British home secretary Priti Patel moved to outlaw the far-right terror group Feuerkrieg Division.

The group, founded in late 2018 and active across North America and Europe, advocates the use of violence and mass murder in pursuit of an apocalyptic race war.

Senator Keneally said right-wing extremism, which was once an invisible enemy, is finding new opportunities to rear its ugly head.

"While the home affairs minister has said the dark web is fuelling right-wing extremism, the reality is far simpler, but equally sinister," she wrote.

"Nazi memorabilia is being sold on Facebook Marketplace and ASIO's Director-General has said, 'in suburbs around Australia, small cells regularly meet to salute Nazi flags, inspect weapons, train in combat and share their hateful ideology.'"

The coronavirus pandemic has also fuelled the spread of extremist messages.

Senator Keneally said the government should also roll out a national anti-racism campaign, as well as practical advice to parents, teachers, youth workers and churches to recognise and combat the rise of right-wing extremism.




Keneally's ASPI Article:


‘While the home affairs minister has said the dark web is fuelling right-wing extremism, the reality is far simpler, but equally sinister. Nazi memorabilia is being sold on Facebook Marketplace and ASIO’s director-general has said, ‘In suburbs around Australia, small cells regularly meet to salute Nazi flags, inspect weapons, train in combat and share their hateful ideology.’

Covid-19 has fuelled the spread of extremist messages, and we’ve seen an undeniable rise in nationalist, xenophobic sentiment that right-wing extremists are exploiting. The nature of a global pandemic also affords these groups an unprecedented opportunity to recruit socially isolated people who are spending increasing amounts of time online.

On a broad level, the government should back the calls of peak multicultural bodies for a national, bipartisan anti-racism campaign to help ensure racist narratives can’t be used by right-wing extremists as an on-ramp to more extreme ideologies.

On a community level, the government could fund community-based programs and provide practical advice to parents, teachers, youth workers and even local churches to recognise and combat the rise of right-wing extremism.

The proscription of a right-wing organisation—international or domestic—would also send a powerful message that these extremist views will not be tolerated.


Currently, 25 of Australia’s 26 proscribed groups are Islamist, with the other being the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.


But as we’re hearing regularly from our security agencies, these groups are not the sum total of the problem.


If acted on by the government, Labor would support measures to proscribe extreme right-wing organisations.’



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Muslim Council of Britain demands Boris Johnson take action against Conservative MP who took part in Katie Hopkins panel    



Bob Blackman insists he did not know of controversial commentator’s involvement when he sent video message


The Muslim Council of Britain has called on Boris Johnson to take disciplinary action against a Conservative MP who took part via video in a panel discussion involving far-right controversialist Katie Hopkins.

Harrow East MP Bob Blackman did not attend the meeting in Geneva and told The Independent that he did not know Hopkins and controversial blogger David Vance would be taking part. He said he rejected their politics which “has no place in our society”.

But the MCB said it was the latest in a string of incidents involving Mr Blackman which it regarded as Islamophobic, including the sharing of a tweet by English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson – real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – and hosting a meeting in parliament with Hindu nationalist Tapan Ghosh, who has called for controls on the birth rate of Muslims.

A spokesperson said that the Conservative Party had taken no action against the MP despite complaints that he was “tacitly if not actively endorsing those who fuel toxic hate against minority communities”.

The MCB has previously denounced the ongoing inquiry into alleged Islamophobia in the Tory Party as a “whitewash” after Mr Johnson expanded it to cover discrimination of all kinds.

Mr Blackman sent his video message to a meeting held by an organisation called Association Panafrica on the fringe of a United Nations Human Rights Council conference in September last year. His name was listed as a speaker alongside those of Ms Hopkins and Mr Vance, who have both been the subject of repeated allegations – which they reject – of Islamophobia.



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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.




Najwa Jawahar works for WSP, a leading global engineering consultancy, and has successfully contributed to several multimillion pound projects, including the Merchant Square Development and London Wall Place.


Najwa has also led the design of Key Bridge House, a complex development across five buildings.





In 2016 she won the WeAreTheCity’s Top 50 Rising Stars in the property services category, in 2017 she was named as the best Young Structural Engineer at the European Women in Construction and Engineering, and in 2019 she made Northern Power Women’s Future List.


Najwa takes pride in guiding and mentoring young engineers and has been featured on several of WSP’s internal and external platforms as a role model.




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Mahathir Mohamad


Prime Minister of Malaysia

Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, serving in this position for the second time. He first served as Prime Minister from 1981-2003. At 94 years old, he is the world’s oldest sitting head of government.

Prime Minister: He was the key figure behind the transition of Malaysia’s economy from being agricultural-based into a newly industrialized market economy. He is noted for his support for liberal Muslim values and has established Islamic institutions such as the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

Determined winner: Mahathir is a dominant political figure. In his first tenure as Prime Minister he won five consecutive general elections as well as seeing off party rivals to the leadership. Even when retired from politics he established the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission to focus on victims of abuse in Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories. In May 2012, George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and their legal advisers were found guilty of war crimes.

Criticisms: Mahathir has been criticised for his record on civil liberties and for the trials and tribulations that his former Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, endured after being sacked by Mahathir in 1998.

Miraculous Victory of 2018: Mahathir registered a new political party in 2017 and joined the coalition Pakatan Harapan (Pact of Hope) which went on to win the 2018 elections with Mahathir becoming prime minister. This was part of an understanding that if successful, Mahathir would pardon Anwar Ibrahim (who was in prison at the time) and step down from the role to allow Ibrahim to take over. Ibrahim was given a full royal pardon and Mahathir is expected to step down sometime in 2020.





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Commentaries & Blogs




Official Statement of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)


by Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed


We need to work together to convince President Erdogan not to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia was built as a Church and a pride of Greek Orthodox Church which commands the loyalty of Greek Orthodox Christians counting some 300 million in Greece, Turkey and around the world. Russian Orthodox Church which is a splinter of Greek Orthodox continues to jointly have a sacred sentiment for Hagia Sophia.

Sultan Mohammad AlFateh, the Ottoman King who conquered Istanbul (Constantinople), converted the Church Hagia Sophia to a Mosque. He is hailed as a Muslim hero and conqueror but the desecration of a place of worship of Christians, Jews and other faiths is strongly prohibited in Islam. The Quran 40:22 clearly states that it is against Allah's plan to demolish places of worship and convert them into something else.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad PBUH emphasized that we have to protect the unarmed enemies, their crops and places of worship in a war. We have a long list of similar items that our first Khalifa, Abu Bakr gave to his army generals commissioned to fight the enemies in Syria and Iraq, protecting their sacred places was an important item among them.

You must be fully aware of the historical event when Umar al Khattab, the second rightly guided Khalifa of our Prophet visited Jerusalem after it was conquered by his army and the vanquished governor Sophronius took him around to show the sacred Christian monuments in the city of Jerusalem. Holy Sepulcher, the Tomb of Jesus was one of them. Umar was overwhelmed and Sophronius could very well notice that. Sophronius was aware of the Islamic belief about Christ and he asked Umar to pray according to Islamic tradition in the Holy Shrine. Umar told him that he would not pray because if he did, later generations of Muslim rulers would convert the Holy Sepulcher into a Mosque. He made it clear that as conquerors, Muslims are charged with the duty to protect the religious monuments of the defeated people with dignity.

It is clear that our Islamic texts and the practice of the Prophet and his rightly guided Califs define the role of Islam as the protector of other's holy places. While Al Fatih's conquest of Istanbul is s source of inspiration for Muslims through history and throughout the world. But the desecration of the Hagia Sophia is not one of those acts that anyone should follow.

It was during the aggressive secularization of Turkey by Mustafa Kamal Pasha, that Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum. In our times, under the leadership of President Erdogan, a populist sentimental wave has been rising to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. This is seen as an ascendency of Islam. It is unfortunate that such an act is not giving glory to Islam which strongly forbids Muslims from such a sacrilegious act.

The conversion of Hagia Sophia will reopen the wounds of the Greek Orthodox Christians, Russian Orthodox Christians, and Christian communities across sectarian bounds around the world. It brings another heinous picture to our memory in recent decades where in India a centuries old Babri Mosque was demolished by Hindu zealots thinking they were bringing glory to Hinduism and correcting a historical wrong. The perpetrators of this destruction used this wave of Hindu militancy to take over whole of India and impose a fascist interpretation of Hinduism down the throats of Muslims and the majority of Hindus who believed in pluralism and non-violence.

We appeal to our peace-loving supporters of Turkish democracy to save it from falling into the same chaos of religious intolerance as India has. President Erdogan spoke strongly against the Indian situation. He warned Prime Minister Modi against lynching Muslims and promoting violence against them in India. But his own act of conversion of Hagia Sophia will strengthen Modi in his anti-Islam policies and produce more Modis around the world. We do not want to see Turkey to follow the same path in alienating Christians and Muslims in a big way.

ISNA in last 57 years has been able to raise a Muslim community in America, building thousands of mosques and Islamic schools. Our growth, our prosperity is the success of our multi religious, pluralist nation where people of all different denominations are free to build their sacred places and worship in their own traditions and in their own languages. When the Islamophobes threatened us with violence and attacks, it was the Christian, Jews and all different denominations who established a campaign to stand up against anti Muslim sentiment. This resulted in establishing a vibrant movement called “Shoulder to Shoulder with Muslims Against Anti Muslim Sentiment, Upholding the American Values of Religious Freedom.” This campaign is organized, funded and steered by major American national religious organizations. The Greek Orthodox Church has been in the forefront.


Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed is the President of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a national umbrella organization which has more than 300 affiliates across the United States and Canada. 


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The woman leading UAE's mission to Mars



The woman leading the first Arab interplanetary mission
The United Arab Emirates is sending a spacecraft, Hope, to Mars.

The mission aims to find out more about how the Red Planet became the barren, dusty place it's known to be today, by studying its weather and climate.

The probe has taken six years to build. Sarah Al-Amiri, the scientist in charge of the mission, spoke to BBC Science Correspondent Rebecca Morelle.








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Biden to speak to the nation’s largest Muslim American PAC





US: Joe Biden will address the nation’s largest Muslim American PAC on Monday, as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee continues to reach out to groups he didn’t court during the primary.

Emgage Action, the political arm of a 14-year-old Muslim outreach organization, will host Biden at its Million Muslim Votes Summit, held online. The conference comes 11 months after just two then-Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former HUD secretary Julián Castro, attended the Islamic Society of North America’s convention. Emgage had criticized the two dozen Democrats, like Biden, who found somewhere else to be.

“Muslim American communities are organizing like never before to maximize our voter turnout, and to ensure that our voices are represented,” Wa’el Alzayat, the chief executive of Emgage Action, said in a statement. “The Million Muslim Votes Summit is the culmination of this work, and it is with great honour that Vice President Joe Biden is partnering with Emgage Action to engage with Muslim American communities and help galvanize us towards the polls this upcoming November.”

Biden has dealt more confidently with Muslim voters, condemning Trump USAID official Mark Kevin Lloyd as “Islamophobic” after some of his anti-Islam online messages were uncovered and pledging to end the Trump administration’s ban on travel to the United States from some majority-Muslim countries “on day one.”

“Joe Biden is proud to stand with Emgage during one of the most challenging moments for Muslim Americans in recent history under Donald Trump’s presidency,” said Farooq Mitha, Biden’s senior adviser on Muslim American engagement. “Now is the time for us to come together to fight for our Constitution, civil rights, a just immigration system, and a better future for all of us.”




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





Princess Lakshman


Princess R. Lakshman is a writer, poet, life coach, and spiritual counsellor. She lives in Brisbane, Australia. Her website is www.princesslakshman.com



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What You Feed Your Mind Determines What You Feed Your Body

For years I used food for comfort. Any emotional occurrence such as happiness, sadness, anger, guilt, frustration, and more would be my cue to hit the pantry and finish a whole packet of crisps or an entire family-size chocolate bar (the giant Toblerone from Airport Duty-Free?… Oh boy…Don’t even get me started on that story!).

Every Monday morning I would decide to eat healthily and every Monday lunchtime I would decide to postpone the healthy-eating commitment to next Monday. That was my pattern. Apart from the weight gain, I was also feeling lousy about my sugar addiction.

Yes, processed sugar is poison and yes, sugar addiction is very real and detrimental to mental and physical wellness. I was tired of feeling lousy about myself, my weight, my lack of energy and my irritability. This had to stop.

I was aware of my pattern. As Oprah says, when you know better, you do better. I had to find out why I had this pattern and address the elephant that incessantly roamed the jungle of my mind. I sat myself down with my journal and fiercely wrote memories on a timeline, gently tracing back to that crucial memory of the incident that was responsible for creating my emotional eating paradigm.

It took three hours for me to trace my pattern back to an incident that happened when I was around five years old. It took another few hours to link my eating pattern with my life’s major incidents where I had to make choices that affected my wellbeing. Most of those choices were harmful to my wellbeing and when I connected the dots between my dietary pattern and those lifestyle choices and how my mental state was back then, everything became crystal clear.

A paradigm shift, which I now call my Gut-Shift, revealed to me that for me to make better choices in life, stay strong in my imaan and nourish my soul with love, light, peace and joy, I must first and foremost, nourish my mind with the right mental foods so that I could then choose better foods and beverages to nourish my physical self. If my essential self, my soul and my mind, was starving, how was I ever going to choose the right foods for my body?

How To Feed Your Mind And Body
Good thoughts, good words, good deeds. I had to heal from my emotional eating pattern one thought at a time. The following are strategies to feed your mind, process your emotions and then choose the right foods to manage your emotions:

Junk Thought versus Healthy Thought
1. I hate myself – I am a beautiful creation of ALLAH
2. I’m a failure – I have survived through my tests and learnt my lessons
3. I need food to feel better – ALLAH is my comforter. Only ALLAH can make me feel better. I submit to ALLAH.
4. I’m stuck – My life is unfolding according to ALLAH’s plans for me. Alhumdolillah.
5. I hate feeling like I’m always struggling – I am grateful for everything I’m learning through this experience. ALLAH has put me to it and HE is putting me through it. I am wiser and stronger now that I am going through this experience.
6. No one loves me and I will end up alone – I am a beautiful creation of ALLAH. I deserve love, light, peace and joy. I am love, I radiate love.
Always remember, you are not your experiences. You are the FORCE that overcomes them.


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

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A Morocco Anthology: Travel Writing Through the Centuries



Martin Rose




Morocco is a country that has been much invaded, much travelled though, and much written about in many languages. Positioned at the entrance to Africa-or the entrance to Europe-it has seen deep cultural cross-fertilization and the emergence of a very distinct culture at the threshold of two worlds. Its history is exciting and colourful; its ancient cities extraordinary in their preservation; and its people magnetic. It has drawn travellers and writers for many centuries, and continues to do so today, with the result that there exists a rich seam of description and sometimes quizzical (but generally very fond) appreciation, which Martin Rose, a long-time resident of the country, has been able to mine for this fascinating anthology.


“The only simile which will give the correct impression of the Medina [of Fez] … is to imagine a human beehive, with each bee sitting cross-legged in its own little cell, with thousands of others passing to and for gathering their honey—the necessities of everyday life.” —Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, 1910

Western writers say there’s an almost dream-like quality to arriving in Morocco for the first time, as one world dissolves into another. The romance of Morocco comes from its heady blend of Arab, Berber and European cultures. The editor of this compact collection notes that in precolonial times Morocco was defined not so much by borders as by declaring the name of the ruling sultan at Friday prayers: The country had “an almost metaphysical existence, with boundaries woven of sound and prayer.” These brief and impactful excerpts from travellers’ stories take readers through Morocco’s four “imperial cities” of Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat, among other sites. Fes was first among the capitals and the greatest centre of learning. Marrakech was the golden gateway to the Sahara, Meknes the fanciful creation of a single sultan, Moulay Ismail, and Rabat (the modern capital) infused by a cultural legacy of Andalusian refugees. —ROBERT W. LEBLING  





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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
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KB's Culinary Corner





[KB SAYS] This recipe is so simple, you can have them ready in just about half an hour. These scones are perfect for brunch or just a quick snack. Try these scones as a kids' cooking project.

Pecan & Cinnamon Scones





  • 1½ cups flour

  • ½ cup brown flour

  • 4 tsp baking powder

  • ¼ cup castor sugar

  • 100 g butter cut into squares

  • ½ cup yoghurt

  • ⅓ cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • Dash of vanilla essence


  • ¼ cup Butter softened

  • ½ cup Brown sugar

  • 1 cup pecans chopped

  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon


  1. Place dry ingredients in bowl

  2. Mix together wet ingredients in separate bowl

  3. Rub butter into flour

  4. Add the wet ingredients

  5. Mix gently to form a soft dough

  6. Add milk if necessary

  7. Roll out dough into a rectangle shape

  8. Spread with softened butter

  9. Sprinkle over sugar, cinnamon and pecan nuts

  10. Fold over about ⅓ and fold again to close

  11. Cut into triangles

  12. Brush egg and bake at 200 deg till golden

  13. Serve warm with cream




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An Ayaat-a-Week






And render to the kindred their due rights, as [also] to those in want, and to the wayfarer: but squander not [your wealth] in the manner of a spendthrift.


~ Surah Al-Israa 17:26


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The First Revelations

Continued from last week's CCN....


At the same time, the core ideas of Islam began to take shape through continuing revelations, which would be shared throughout the community.

Strict monotheism, far different from the prevailing religion of Mecca, was the core theme. According to Muhammad, there was only one God.

The idols worshipped by the Meccans were nothing more than useless statues of stone and wood, and were incapable of bringing benefit to anyone.

The verses also warned of a Day of Reckoning, when all souls would be brought before God to account for their deeds.

Those who believed in God and did good deeds would enter an eternal Heaven as a reward.

Those who did not would have a place in Hell and would be eternally tormented.

But Islam was not just concerned with theology and life after death.

The early verses also denounced social ills that were prevalent in Mecca.

With increasing prosperity from the trade routes, distinct social classes developed.

The wealthy would use their money to fund more caravans that would in turn bring them more wealth.

A poor person, meanwhile, continued to be marginalized, doubly so if they did not belong to a powerful clan.

The Quran declared such disregard for the poor as detrimental to the establishment of a just social order, and worthy of punishment in the Hereafter.

It would be years until the rules regarding society would be laid down, but from early on, it was clear that Muhammad had come not just to change people’s religious beliefs, but also society itself.



To be continued in next week's CCN....



Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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And admire my shape and adornments …

Let God who is without form or space give shape

To my creator’s most remote desire."

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