EST. 2004


Sunday 26 July 2020 | Issue 0820



CCN - a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ....


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Eid Al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj season and is a time for families and communities to join together to mark the occasion. This year, not only will there have been no Australian Muslim making the Hajj, but we will have to meet in smaller numbers, gather online, or undertake socially distant Eid prayers as we continue to play our part in tackling the spread of Covid-19.

It has been a year like no other. We have been unable to meet in Mosques or be with our families for Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr. The Eid Al-Adha story centres around sacrifice and as lockdown measures continue to ease, we reflect on the great sacrifices that have already been made.


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The UMB will be conducting Eid Prayer at the UMB Masjid (8 Blackwood Rd Logan Central) on Saturday 1st August 2020.


There are two sessions available for performing the Eid Salah.


A 7am session and an 8am session.


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Eid Al Adha Messages











As we celebrate the Eid al-Adha with our family and friends, team at Muslim Aid Australia would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and blessed Eid Mubarak!

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah. (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

We would like to thank you for your generosity in sharing your Qurban with the world's poorest communities in over 20 countries.

Not only have you provided the poor and needy with the best quality meat available, you've allowed them to continue to practice the Sunnah of our Prophet PBUH.

Thank you for bringing joy and happiness in to the lives of those less fortunate.

If you have not donated your Qurban yet, you still have time. To donate, call 1800 100 786 or visit www.maainternational.org.au.









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Working together with Australia's Indigenous Community

Alhamdulillah! Today, Muslim Aid Australia, Muslim Charitable Foundation, and Brothers in Need Brisbane worked with the Mindle Bygul Aboriginal Corporation to deliver essential food hampers, vouchers, and fresh produce to Indigenous families in Brisbane. The teams had a great day sharing a meal and connecting with the community.

Posted by Muslim Aid Australia on Friday, July 24, 2020





Yesterday (25 July 2020), saw a successful joint venture realised.
Muslim Aid Australia, Muslim Charitable Foundation and Brothers in Need packed and delivered 100 hampers of non-perishable items, 50 boxes of fruit and vegetables to the Aboriginal community in Deception Bay.


The recipients were treated to some cultural dances by member of the Aboriginal community followed by a BBQ and lots of food.
Each family was then given a hamper of food, a box of fruit and vegetables and a $50 supermarket voucher.

This was the second delivery of food aid to the Mindle Bygul Aboriginal Corporation by these three organisations. The event was well attended by family and friends from Brisbane, including Habib Jamal , President of ICQ.

The recipients were very grateful for this gesture of goodwill and sharing and expressed their appreciation. Another event is being planned for November during Naidoc week.

When interviewed, Riyaad Ally of Muslim Aid Australia said: “we were overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality shown to us.”

Brothers in Need arranged a beautiful BBQ with lots of salads and desserts. Ansary Muhammad of Brothers in Need said: “All the effort put in by the volunteers was very encouraging and we were satisfied with the outcome.”

In his speech, Yusuf Khatree of Muslim Charitable Foundation thanked the First Nations people for allowing them the opportunity of being able to assist them. He said that this was a humbling experience. He also stated that all this was possible through the kind donations received from their donors, well wishes and volunteers.

The three organisations will be working together again for a bigger event in November at which point, more members of the community will be able to attend.






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






Let's Talk Episode 1: Mental Health (Males 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


(Males 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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Senate inquiry told of a network of pages linking to white supremacist content overseas


A major Muslim advocacy group has expressed concern that Australia is importing rightwing extremist content from Britain, the US and Europe through social media platforms, and says it has identified what appears to be “inauthentic behaviour” between a network of pages in Australia that links to white supremacist content overseas.

The Australian Muslim Advocacy Network has used a submission to the Senate inquiry into foreign interference through social media to warn that rising extremism undermines security, social cohesion and, ultimately, democracy. The group points out that 12 micro-parties with discriminatory anti-Muslim policies ran at the last federal election – “the largest number of groups that we have recorded”.

“We remain very concerned about the exportation of right wing extremist rhetoric from the UK, Europe and USA to Australia through coordinated exercises on social media platforms like Facebook, and its potentially devastating impacts for Australia’s democracy, social cohesion and national security,” the submission says.

The reporting by the ABC’s Background Briefing program in June is partly based on an Asio threat assessment issued to security professionals in May. The document warned that Covid-19-related restrictions were “being exploited by extreme right-wing narratives that paint the state as oppressive, and globalisation and democracy as flawed and failing”.

Mike Burgess, the director general of security, said in a speech in February that “violent Islamic extremism” remained Asio’s principal concern – but it was also focused on small extreme rightwing cells who met regularly in suburbs around Australia to salute Nazi flags, inspect weapons, train in combat and share their hateful ideology.

Earlier this year, the Muslim advocacy network, which was set up after the massacre against Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019, working with Birchgrove Legal, a Sydney law firm, asked Facebook to overhaul its moderation policies.

The network says in its submission that unpublished research from Victoria University in 2018 studied more than 41,000 posts in far-right Facebook groups and identified radicalising discourse. Based on the study, the network conducted “an investigation of Facebook’s efficacy in enforcing its own hate policy standards”.

It says it wanted to test whether extremist voices were still active after Christchurch. It says its investigation of the groups it was able to identify “revealed they were still very active” and in the course of this work, “we have identified what appears to be inauthentic behaviour between a network of pages in Australia, that links to right wing extremism and white supremacist content overseas”.

It says Facebook welcomed the investigation “but part of our work is ongoing monitoring to see whether systemic changes are having a translatable impact to make the platform safer, and encourage better moderation by page administrators – [and] so far, we have observed negligible change to [the platform’s] internal escalation capacity”.

The network acknowledges that enforcement is challenging, given organised “hate actors” rely on being able to promulgate misinformation and malicious content “disguised as external news sites or opinion”. But it says the platform lacks a content moderation guide for identifying white supremacist ideology or discourse.

The Guardian





The Australian Muslim Advocacy Network is urging the federal government to follow international allies in banning extremist far-right groups.

The group says the ban will combat the spread of extremist material on social media, which is increasingly being imported from Britain, the US, and Europe.

A lack of official terrorist listings imposed on far-right organisations is limiting the capacity of social media companies to respond to the threat, the group has warned.

AMAN spokesperson Rita Jabri-Markwell told SBS News banning far-right groups would send a strong signal that extremism isn't tolerated in Australia.

“We can’t ignore the reality of the internet … they are operating through Australian channels now to convince Australians that some minorities are this frightening and horrific threat,” she said.

“It’s extremely damaging to democracy but also to national security because this is the trajectory towards radicalisation.”

Australia's international allies the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada have all moved to ban examples of extremist right-wing groups in their jurisdictions.

Germany recently banned the Northern Eagle organisation and has been cracking down on neo-Nazi organisations that have been using social media to recruit new members and support far-right violence.

There are no similar groups on Australia’s banned terrorist organisation list, despite intelligence agencies repeatedly drawing attention to the escalating threat.

AMAN issued its warning about right-wing extremists in a submission to the Senate inquiry into foreign interference through social media.

The group’s research has identified what it describes as “inauthentic behaviour” between a network of groups in Australia linked to right wing and white supremacist content overseas.

“We remain very concerned about the exportation of right wing extremist rhetoric from the UK, Europe and USA to Australia through coordinated exercises on social media platforms like Facebook, and its potentially devastating impacts for Australia’s democracy, social cohesion and national security,” it said in the submission.

International UN-backed group Tech Against Terrorism has warned that a lack of clarity around the status of far-right and other violent extremist groups can make it difficult for companies to make moderation decisions.

This is because many tech companies refer to existing designation lists as a standard against which to moderate terrorist content on their platforms.

Ms Jabri-Markwell said the proliferation of extremist material was a “ticking time bomb” that required a more concerted national response in Australia.

“Listing would send a strong signal that would help companies and government agencies to direct more resources to combating this form of terrorism and extremism,” she said.

Facebook has taken steps to remove and ban pages of right-wing groups in the United Kingdom, the US and Canada.

Twitter also says it monitors and removes posts from sources that fall under “national and international terrorism designations” and “violent extremist groups”.






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A panel discussion about “Active Volunteering” was organised by the Australian International Islamic College.

Hussain Baba and Farah Scott, with years of volunteering between them, discussed their experiences, challenges and the rewards of volunteering and answered audience questions.


AIIC is the first Islamic school in Australia to offer training their students towards a Certificate III in Active Volunteering

School founder, Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari, also spoke on the subject of volunteering.



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AMUST Goes Global: Webinar REPLAY






AMUST Goes Global

LIVE: One Voice for One Ummah AMUST fulfils the human right of information for all by providing facts with truthfulness and accuracy and uphold freedom of expression with responsibility. Ms Mobinah Ahmad, Managing Editor, AMUST, Sydney Australia Dr Hafiz Mohammad Waliullah Bokhari, Member Seena Inc, Sydney, Australia Mr Zia Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief, AMUST, Sydney, Australia Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Founder of Sound Vision/ Producer of Radio Islam, Chicago, Illinois, USA Dr Aslam Abdullah, Editor-in-Chief, Muslim Observer, Los Angeles, California, USA Dr Javed Jamil, Chair of Islamic Studies, Yenepoya University, Mangalore, India Professor Dr Khalid Yusoff, Vice Chancellor, UCSI University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Mr Sikandar Azam, Editor, Radiance ViewsWeekly, New Delhi, India Professor Dr Anwar Gilani, Vice Chancellor, University of Manipur, KP, Pakistan Mr Ahmed J Versi, Editor, The Muslim News, London, UK Mrs Mehar Ahmad, President Seena Incorporated, Publishers of AMUST, Sydney, Australia

Posted by AMUST on Saturday, July 18, 2020




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Queensland's Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey has directed his department to review whether the state's New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) trains contain parts sourced from slave labour factories in China.

Earlier this week, the US Government announced it had blacklisted KTK and 19 other companies from future contracts, after finding they were implicated in human rights abuses against Muslim Uyghurs in China.

The Queensland Government has an ongoing relationship with KTK, and Mr Bailey said he had now directed his department to determine the extent of the existing contracts.

"My department is urgently investigating KTK Australia's role in the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) project that was manufactured overseas," Mr Bailey said.

"KTK supplied parts for the NGR trains that were built overseas several years ago, and we're aware KTK has also previously been contracted as a supplier of parts and components for other rail projects in Sydney and Melbourne."

Mr Bailey said the Government condemned human rights abuses of any kind, and expected QTECTIC, as the maintainer of the NGR trains, to arrange alternative suppliers as soon as possible.

KTK Group said there were no substantiated allegations it was aware of that suggested it had used forced labour at any of its facilities.




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On behalf of Multicultural Social Network, Mr. Hussain Baba presented “Appreciation Award” to I-CARE.

In conjunction with Gold Coast Mosque, I-CARE organised the cooking and distribution of free daily Iftar meals at the Mosque during the month of Ramadan.


Over 15,000 meals were distributed and some of which were distributed to International students in Gold Coast.

Well done Haji Hussin Goss, Abu Rashid,Lorenze, Hadi, Ehshan and Fareed!




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For the first time in 86 years, Muslim Friday prayer was held inside the UNESCO World Heritage site. Shamim Chowdhury joined the crowds of worshippers and sent this report.



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Feeding the smaller villages and communities that the large organisations don't reach. These communities are usually left out and that's why I've been doing this for the last 10 years




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Madinah is not only a Place of Spirituality, but also a place of history.

This video shares some of the famous places of Madinah.


The 13 episode daily series started on 22 July

Other features will be briefly explained by Fajr Travels in forthcoming videos.

To follow just LIKE Fajr Travels at https://www.facebook.com/fajrtravels 



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Top female Muslim police officer sues Met for racism    




Scotland Yard’s former top female BAME and Muslim officer is suing the Metropolitan Police in a £500,000 racism claim, saying she was told to keep quiet about a swastika at her station.

During her 32 years of service, Supt Nusrit Mehtab rose through the ranks to become the most senior female ethnic minority officer in the Met, working in everything from undercover operations to counterterrorism.

Mehtab, who is of Pakistani origin, was described as “a poster girl for the force”, and even starred in ‘Mehtab of the Met’ an ITV show that documented her work to improve community relations in London’s East End.

But she resigned in January, complaining of a ‘toxic workplace’ with sexism, she argued she hit a ‘glass ceiling’, insisting she would have achieved more seniority ‘were it not for the institutional racism.’

She accused Scotland Yard of only paying ‘lip service’ to diversity and officers while secretly covering up a ‘racism graffiti campaign,’ telling her to keep quiet after a swastika was scrawled on the walls of her police station (accessible only to staff) in Edmonton, north London, last February.
According to papers lodged at an Employment Tribunal, Scotland Yard bosses blamed builders for the racist graffiti.

The force launched an investigation, but the culprit was never found. Mehtab said she feared there was a far-right sympathiser about – and the ‘likelihood was that it was a police officer.’

She described the incident as part of a ‘racist graffiti campaign’, which included a penis being scrawled on a photo of an Asian superintendent.
In an explosive race and sexism claim, she has described how senior white female officers ‘huddled together like Mean Girls [a reference to a movie].’

According to her legal papers, when she went to work in the Tower Hamlets in 1988, ‘the traditional induction greeting for newly-arrived female officers… was to have their breast and bottoms stamped.’

She added, ‘In my case, the white male officers did not know how to initiate me. They put their minds to it and set a trap… they left a vibrator in my locker and congregated to watch me open my locker, thrilled with their ingenuity and sniggering. That was the openly misogynistic culture in the police then.’

Mehtab believes she was forced to patrol alone because of her race while white male colleagues refused to talk to or sit next to her, which she likened to being ignored by children.

A practising Muslim, she refused to wear a uniformed skirt for religious reasons and was forced to wear trousers made for a male officer.

Mehtab is now bringing a claim against the Metropolitan Police at the Central London Employment Tribunal claiming constructive dismissal, race, sex and religious discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

According to legal papers, her promotions were held up due to sexism and racism. When she was made an inspector, she overheard a colleague say, “You’ll never believe it. The Doris has passed. How the hell did that happen? How did you let it happen?”

Mehtab accuses Commissioner Cressida Dick of failing to tackle the problem, saying she ‘protects the racist working environment by supporting racist officers.’



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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.




Farzana Rahman from Stanmore, Middlesex, is founder of the Desi Doll Company, a company which aims to help children learn about Islam through quality-made toys.


The fun interactive toys that she has designed and produced stimulate the senses of children so that they effortlessly learn verses of the Qur’an, the teachings of the Prophet, and Islamic etiquette.


Some of Farzana’s creations include talking dolls, audio puzzles, audiobooks, Qur’an and prayer pillows, an Arabic dough cutter set, and an electronic device to teach the ritual prayer.





Her quest to bring Islamic education to children through play follows her own experience of motherhood and being unable to find suitable toys to educate her children.


For over ten years the Desi Doll Company has been a pioneer of Islamic toys with toys being sold in over twenty-six countries and business turnover doubling year on year.


This year socially conscious Farzana will continue to strive to bring Islamic toys to mainstream high street retailers and will look forward to unveiling a new range of dolls that help promote respect and tolerance.




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Uthman Taha



Uthman Taha is an internationally acclaimed Arabic calligrapher who has hand-written the Mushaf Al-Madinah, which is the copy of the Quran issued by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran.

Background: Sheikh Taha was born in 1934 near Aleppo, Syria. He developed a passion for calligraphy when very young, but had to wait until he moved to Damascus (where he studied a BA in Sharia at Damascus University) before he met the chief calligrapher in Syria, Muhammad Badawi Al-Diyrani, and the Iraqi calligrapher, Hashim Al-Baghdadi. He then travelled to Istanbul, where he met the most celebrated calligrapher of the time, Hamid Al-Amidi, from whom he received certification.

Copying the Quran: The written copy of the Quran is known as a Mus-haf, and it took Taha approximately three years to copy one out. He wrote his first copy in 1970 and in total has written out over 10 copies. The most significant one was the one assigned to him in 1988 by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an in Madinah. This copy is the one printed by the King Fahd Complex and distributed to millions of pilgrims every year. It is the most common copy of the Quran available worldwide. Taha has copied out 6 different textual variants including Warsh (used in Morocco and Algeria), Hafs (worldwide), Duri (Africa and Sudan), and Qalun (Libya).





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Commentaries & Blogs





'Cancelling' Palestine in Australia


by Randa Abdel-Fattah



Public figures and media outlets continue to avoid talking about Palestine, and Israeli crimes.

Over the past few months, English-language media has witnessed a heated debate about freedom of speech and "cancel culture". It has made me think of my own experience with the limits of freedom of speech in Australia and the tendency of the local media to "cancel" Palestine.

In the days leading up to Israel's proposed annexation of the West Bank, I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, wondering why those who profess to care about racism, oppression and injustice in Australia rarely dare to tether their politics to Palestine.

I can name countless public figures, public intellectuals, academics, artists and activists who have been rightly vocal about a long list of global human rights violations and social and racial justice struggles but have never once spoken up in defence of the rights of Palestinians. Yes, we see you.

This silence was also reflected in the fact that in mid-June, Australia was one of only two countries to vote against a UN Human Rights Council resolution condemning Israel's intention to illegally annex significant parts of the occupied West Bank.

What does anti-racism as practice - not a timeline of online platitudes and curated bursts of outrage - actually mean to the many academics, artists and public figures who are vocal about fighting settler-colonial and racist violence, but scatter in the dust when anyone mentions Palestine?

It was this question that prompted me and my fellow Palestinian sisters and activists, Sara Saleh (human rights advocate and poet) and Micaela Sahhar (poet and researcher) to write an open statement demanding the Australian government publicly oppose the Israeli government's annexation plans and cease greenlighting Israeli violations of human rights and fundamental principles of international law.

The statement called on academics, artists and activists to support the Palestinian people in their struggle for self-determination and their aspirations for freedom, justice, dignity and equality for all.

On July 1, we sent the statement far and wide. The response took us completely by surprise.

Within two days, more than 800 people had signed the statement. The honour list of signatories includes prominent Indigenous leaders, elders, artists and writers, most of whom signed on within the first few hours of the statement's life. Signing on alongside First Nations peoples were some of the most prominent academics and artists in the country, the diversity reflecting a truer picture of the nation. This coming together to express collective solidarity for Palestine was unprecedented.

We believed this statement of solidarity was significant not only because of the impressive list of signatories, but because it reckoned with settler colonialism, Western imperialism and state-sanctioned racism as a global project that foregrounds First Nations peoples in solidarity with Palestinians. In doing so, it crystallised what it means to truly practise anti-racism in a world where the ongoing impacts of settler colonialism are lethal.

We approached media outlets, armed with countless precedents of open letters and statements being published. The Overland journal, with its established track record for platforming marginalised voices, instantly agreed to publish the statement. The statement was also picked up and reported on in the London-based The New Arab.

We refused to stop there. We wanted to publish in Australia's establishment media. As Palestinian Australians, we are accustomed to fighting for a public platform. We are used to being warned to "tone it down", "not get emotional", "be civil", edit our words, amend our arguments, adjust our language, rely on "human stories" over legal arguments, "find the local angle". We are used to our emails being ignored, our calls going to voice mail, switch-desks refusing to give us the names of editors. We are used to our articles being held up, only to be rejected as no longer "newsworthy".

To reckon with apathy, double standards or pushback is one thing. But to confront deliberate erasure is another. We were - and are - still being met with a concerted strategy of disappearing and silencing Palestine in public discourse. The rhetorical shields and strategies deployed to deflect, block and censor Palestine and its supporters constitute a form of violence against colonised peoples who are fighting both physical erasure in Palestine and erasure from public discourse here.

Predictably, our requests to publish the statement were met with an actively enforced silence - the kind of silence that is rendered visible because of the number of attempts we made to elicit a response.

The responses we did get included irritated defensiveness; we were made to feel like we were hustling, that we were unreasonable in our polite requests for updates and explanations.

As we continued our efforts to get the statement published, some outlets chose to run open letters on other topics, including the Saturday Paper which published an open letter addressed to the City of Sydney requesting the relocation of the Captain Cook statue at Hyde Park to a public museum; and the Sydney Morning Herald which ran a statement signed by 27 artists and film industry professionals criticising anti-racist activists for "tearing down", "public shaming" and "burning down" the film industry.

And amid all this, Harper's Magazine in the United States published an open letter by some of the English-language world's most powerful writers, journalists and public intellectuals claiming that "the free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted".

Curiously, the list of signatories bemoaning "the restriction of debate" included individuals who have actively worked to "cancel" freedom of speech on Palestine, such as Cary Nelson, a former president of the American Association of University Professors, who supported the firing of Palestinian academic Steven Salaita from the University of Illinois for his tweets condemning Israeli war crimes, and columnist Bari Weiss who has a long history of involvement in numerous campaigns to vilify and ruin the careers of several Arab and Muslim professors due to their criticisms of Israel.

Censoring Palestine is an effective way to elide the deeper political and historical causes of global injustice, the interconnections and global intersections of state violence. When Palestine is suppressed, so-called progressives can comfortably posture as progressive without having to complicate their politics by interrogating their complicity in whitewashing crimes against Palestinians. We have a name for this. PEP - Progressive Except Palestine.

If solidarity is a moral imperative, and not performative selective posturing, it must be uncompromising, reflexive and honest. In a time of social media, where Israeli war crimes and human rights violations are exposed online, there can no longer be blind spots, pleas of ignorance or declarations that "it is complex".

While our statement was deliberately stonewalled by mainstream Australian media, it remains a powerful affirmation that colonised people will stand together despite attempts by powerful institutions to stifle and undermine this kind of collective solidarity.

This is why we decided to start a fundraising campaign to buy advertising space in the print edition of a newspaper to publish the full text of the statement as an ad. This was our only avenue for elevating the voices of Palestinians, and those who stand in solidarity with them. Our campaign was successful and the ad ran in the printed edition of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on July 18. It was a bitter-sweet victory. It seems the only way Palestinians can be heard in Australian mainstream media is to pay for space.



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Opting out of Privilege — Reforming the Karen in me

By Kayla Botelho



I am a Muslim woman, but I wasn’t always. I was raised in an agnostic, white, liberal home for the majority of my childhood. That was until, my mother picked up a copy of Islam for Dummies and accidentally fell in love with the religion.

My father followed in his affection for the faith and I eventually found myself converting at age eighteen. At the time of my conversion, I put on the hijab, a decision that would change my world and the way I was received in it.

Becoming the other
When I first converted, I had only considered my own transition into Muslimness. I had not yet considered how the world would shift under my feet. I had not yet understood how much discomfort and often anger my Muslimness would provoke in others.
The shift happened slowly and quickly all at once. It was in the air. Suddenly, the daily interactions I had once experienced with ease were now fogged with hostility, anxiety, avoidance and more.

Now, I was the other. Within days of putting on the hijab, it became painfully obvious that I had been existing with privileges that were invisible to me before. Privileges that were now revoked due to my hijab.

It’s in the small things
It wasn’t long after my conversion that my Muslimness was met with direct aggression. It was a brief moment, while walking to work, a man approached me yelling if I didn’t take off my hijab he would “do it for me.” Afterwards I cried, called my mom, digested it with friends and eventually wrote the man off as a bigot.

These types of attacks would happen every now and then. Strangely enough, I found them fairly easy to get past. Mostly because I could identify such behavior as racist and wrong. I could put a name to it. Even before my Muslimness I could do this. I was versed enough in recognizing and condemning acts of violence and hate.

The part of my transition that was less digestible were the daily microaggressions. I was unprepared for how eroding those experiences could be. There is nothing really “micro” about those aggressions. Instead they felt like persistent, never-ending, daily, questionings of your existence….aggressions…

Almost every interaction I had, became an interrogation of my identity. “Where are you from?” “Where is your family from?” “Were you forced to convert?” Etc.



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My Journey as a Mature-Aged Student

 By Naseema Mustapha



Sister-in-law, Rehana Bibi. celebrates virtual graduation with me



Griffith Uni asked me to write a feature for them on my journey as a student. This is it. Sharing with you all.

The last six years have been nothing less than life altering and empowering. Starting an undergrad at age 44, as a grandmother with multiple family commitments and community commitments, mental health that needed ongoing professional support, and a new relationship with my beloved husband Mohamed. It was an enormous juggling act.

Interesting enough my studies where never a burden but rather a form of release. The fact that it was Tourism, something I am deeply passionate about, made every day enjoyable for me paired with meeting people and socialising in a very positive and powerful campus environment.

When I reflect on the amazing achievement of a Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management received yesterday, I feel incredibly honoured and humbled by it.

I acknowledge the immense place of privilege that I am in. Having completed my formative years of education Grade 1 and 2 in South Africa, learning British English is what prepared me for further educational success.

Grade 3-12 in Australia at state schools for Primary and a private school for Secondary has completely equipped me for academic success. Much gratitude to my parents for their wisdom in prioritising my education.

I moved to South Africa in 1989 after completing Year 12. It was my father who "pushed" me into studying an Advanced Diploma of Tourism at Birnam Business College in Johannesburg. At the time I was suffering with severe depression and dad thought it would be better if I studied and let my mum care for my newborn baby Haseeb. He saw the study as a form of therapy. I was 19. I excelled with high distinctions and graduated with an intense love for tourism.

Opportunity after opportunity presented itself to me to travel the world and with my parents blessing, I took every opportunity. Soon to reach my 40th country in my passion for travel.
I worked in Johannesburg and Cape Town for South African Airways, and in Johannesburg in a retail travel agency.

Eventually I returned to Australia in 1997 and forged a career in community services.

In 2014, two more children in tow, and a grandmother, I decided to return to uni and pursue Tourism. A Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Tourism led to an offer of an Honours program by the university. I then did the Masters program that I graduated with yesterday.

I would like to mention my place of privilege.

As an economic migrant child I have never been short of anything. Never had to put my education secondary to survival, never had to pay my own fees. My beloved parents paved the way for me with great ease.

As a native speaker of English language. I have never had to struggle with academic writing or verbal communication, needed support for English and felt the pressure, discrimination and judgement that non English speakers feel.

As a domestic student with Australian citizenship. I have not had to pay for my university fees upfront, had to resettle in a strange land with a strange culture and accent. I have been completely acculturalized since age seven.

As a woman with sound education and physical health I have not had to deal with issues of torture and trauma from civil war and refugee camps. I have been sheltered and loved and nurtured and never gone a day knowing what hunger or lack of safety and security is.

As a eastern-western woman, I know what my rights are and have the confidence to pursue my rights. I have never been subjected to exploitation or abuse without taking action against it and feeling I have the power to do something.

So, it leaves me thinking how have I actually "earned" my degree.

Yes I have made an enormous effort and was completely committed to the process. Yes I took all the steps required to prioritize my study and achievement.

Most of all, I have borne with utmost resilience my mental health challenges throughout my study. Overcoming a divorce. A nervous breakdown. Multiple episodes of depression. Post traumatic stress disorder, psychosis and daily triggers.

This has been what I believe makes me a great student and a successful academic. When I look back, it's a miracle that I made it in this amount of time.

My gratitude to My Creator for His mercy and grace and blessings is foremost. Then to my best friend and husband Mohamed who has been my source of strength and comfort for six years. My children for their encouragement and patience with me. My daughter in law Ruqayya for her continuous support in assisting whenever I needed it. My academic educators for their belief in me and encouragement that made me believe in myself. And to Griffith University, a most supportive and nurturing environment for me as a mature age student with mental health needs. Griffith University has been outstanding in its support of me and recognising my achievements outside of university and acknowledging my capacity.

There is a reason I did my Undergrad, PostGrad and continue to study with Griffith University.
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Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Message of equality of races


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‘I can’t fight my Muslim brothers’: Russian MMA fighter cites religion as he gives up title




RUSSIA: Russian MMA fighter Rinat Fakhredtinov has refused to defend his Gorilla Fighting Championship belt, explaining that he cannot face ‘Muslim brothers’ in the cage.

The promotion confirmed middleweight Fakhredtinov’s stance, adding that they had received an exhaustive explanation regarding his motives.

“I don’t fight against my brothers due to my religious beliefs. Now the belt contenders are Faridun Odilov and Dauren Ermekov. They are Muslim and I don’t fight against my brothers,” Fakhredtinov was quoted as saying.

“A fight is fight, you need to be fully focused entering the cage. I’m a fighter. I cannot beat my brothers at full strength, and I don’t want to play the fool in the cage and punch somebody in the face. To be fair I need to perform against any opponent chosen by the league. But I can’t do it due to my religious motives,” the fighter added.

The 28-year-old outlined, however, that he doesn’t plan to retire, adding that he “gave up the belt not to betray his fundamental beliefs.”

Fakhredtinov noted that could return to the cage in the near future if his opponent is not Muslim.




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Makkah Grand Mosque to remain closed during Eid Al-Adha to stop virus spread





EDDAH/MAKKAH: The safety of pilgrims had been the top priority in preparing for this year’s Hajj, Saudi security officials said on Tuesday.

Announcing the completion of the first stage of planning for the annual religious gathering, the commander of the forces responsible for security at the Grand Mosque in Makkah stressed that protecting worshippers was paramount.

“We have mainly focused on the health aspect this year for its extreme importance in the current unique situation (the coronavirus disease pandemic). The remaining stages will be implemented in the coming days,” said Maj. Gen. Muhammad Al-Ahmadi.

He pointed out that new arrangements had been put in place to control pilgrims’ entry and exit to the Grand Mosque to ensure social distancing and effective precautionary measures against COVID-19.

Defined pathways for the performance of walking rituals around the Kaaba and between the hills of Safa and Marwah had been established, and entrance to the Grand Mosque area would only be allowed to those with official permission.

Due to the virus outbreak, the Grand Mosque will be closed to worshippers for Arafa day and Eid Al-Adha. “The decision to suspend prayers in the Grand Mosque including its outdoor arenas will continue. We invite people of Makkah to break their fast on the day of Arafat in their homes,” added Al-Ahmadi.

The command and control center in Makkah located in Mina and Muzdalifah will be fully operational. Entrances to Makkah city would be controlled by different security forces for 24 hours to prevent people without a permit gaining access.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said that more than 80 years of experience in crowd and crisis management had been behind the Kingdom’s move to restrict the number of worshippers performing this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.

During a virtual meeting to review the Saudi operational plan for the Hajj season, president of the general presidency, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, said that the Arafat sermon will be translated into 10 languages, including Chinese and Russian, in addition to an English interpretation on the Holy Qur’an channel and French on the Prophet’s Sunnah channel.

He added that the operational plan adopted for Hajj had focused on the enforcement of precautionary and preventive measures to safeguard the health of pilgrims.

Special arrangements have also been made for the delivery of the Kaaba’s Kiswa (cover) on Wednesday by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, in line with measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, Al-Sudais said.




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Muslim GP becomes face of NHS as it marks its anniversary




UK: A Muslim British-Bangladeshi GP is among the medics who have been portrayed on billboards across London to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.

Dr Farzana Hussain, who works at The Project Surgery in London’s Newham, had won Pulse’s magazine GP of the Year award at the General Practice Awards 2019 in London.

She has been praised for her efforts in quality improvement, streamlining appointment processes and her work with pharmacists.

John Rankin Waddell, a portrait photographer and Director at the Rankin Agency, in a mark of respect and thanks to the NHS, took portraits of 12 NHS staff who played a vital role in its Covid-19 response.

Rankin donated all the portraits to the NHS while advertising space to display the portraits has also been offered free of charge.

The photos are now being showcased across the UK at bus stops, roadside billboards and iconic pedestrian areas, including the world-famous Piccadilly Lights in central London to mark the NHS anniversary.

“As the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold, I was moved by the incredible efforts of people across the NHS and I wanted to document who they are and their role in fighting this disease. Taking a portrait is a unique and intimate experience, even with social distancing in place. Everyone had their own inspiring story which to them was just doing their job. I hope these images portray the resilience and courage they show every day in the face of real adversity,” Rankin told FAD magazine.

Dr Hussain was among the photographed NHS staff, who include an ICU consultant, a Covid-19 critical care nurse, a midwife, a psychiatrist, a hospital porter, a Covid-19 ward cleaner, a paramedic, a GP, a pharmacist, a district nurse, a 111 call centre worker, and a chief information officer.

Sir Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive, said, “This has been the most challenging year in the NHS’s history, with our amazing staff providing care to almost 100,000 hospitalised Covid patients, and many more in the community. Nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists, cleaners and countless others have pulled together, bolstered by thousands of former NHS staff who came back to help, alongside a new generation of students who stepped up.”

He added, “As we approach the NHS’s anniversary, these striking portraits pay tribute to all NHS staff and their extraordinary dedication. On July 5 we also want to say thank you to those from all walks of life who have played their part in helping the NHS and our communities deal with this unprecedented health emergency.”

According to the Muslim Doctors Association, 56 per cent of who doctors died of Covid-19 in the UK were Muslim.




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Preaching versus Practice

We have become a society of ‘advisers and judges’. Everyone has a piece of advice or ‘WhatsApp Fatwa’ for another and most times the advice or judgment does not come from lived experience. We have become a society of preachers without practice.

Recently I was asked by a potential client if I had a psychology degree. I told him that I was a life coach not a clinical psychologist. He asked me how I could help him and his wife with their marital challenges when I did not have a psychology degree. I told him I had extensive life experience and in-depth knowledge, and experience since 2006 to know that I could help him and his wife to at least process any feelings of hurt, pain, trauma or self-loathing that are usually the key feelings that need processing when trying to rebuild a dysfunctional marriage.

He then asked me matter-of-factly, “What else?”

I answered, “Compassionate connection.”

It is fairly easy for people to observe and give advice however advice is only useful if these people can compassionately connect with the one they are advising and display to the person that they are actually walking the walk and talking the talk.

How to Connect Compassionately
No matter how optimistic you may be, your optimism may not necessarily affect another person who is feeling down and dark, unless you are able to connect with him/her with compassion.

Cultivating compassion requires you to connect with your own true self first, your authentic or essential self. It’s a daily practice. Being compassionate with your own self will result in being compassionate with others.

Daily Affirmations to Cultivate Compassion



It is easy to sit in the sunshine
And talk to the man in the shade;
It is easy to float in a well-trimmed boat,
And point out the places to wade.
But once we pass into the shadows,
We murmur and fret and frown,
And, our length from the bank, we shout for a plank,
Or throw up our hands and go down.
It is easy to sit in your carriage,
And counsel the man on foot,
But get down and walk, and you’ll change your talk,
As you feel the peg in your boot.
It is easy to tell the toiler
How best he can carry his pack,
But no one can rate a burden’s weight
Until it has been on his back.
The up-curled mouth of pleasure,
Can prate of sorrow’s worth,
But give it a sip, and a wryer lip,
Was never made on earth.


(a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox)



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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!








Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels



Christina Adams



American journalist Christina Adams did a deep dive into the world of camels, spanning continents and cultures, after learning about the potential health benefits of camel milk following a chance encounter as a child and suffered from recurring health issues, saw dramatic improvements to his behavioural health after he began drinking camel milk.


That kickstarted Adams’ journey, lasting more than a decade, to learn all she could about camel milk and camels.


Her odyssey included excursions with Mennonite herders in Michigan and interactions with camel farmers in Somalia, UAE and India.


In the process, she discovered not only how camel milk might be used to treat a range of illnesses, but also gained exceptional insights into camels and their caretakers.


The book’s appendix includes extensive resources about how to use camel milk.






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

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KB's Culinary Corner





[KB SAYS] Kirri cheese rolls, a great accompaniment to soups these cold days.

Kiri Cheese filled Rolls


Recipe credit Ayesha Randree




  • 2 tblsp flour

  • 6 tblsp water

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 tsp instant yeast

  • 2 tsp sugar

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 30 g butter

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup warm milk

  • ½ cup warm water

  • Kiri cheese blocks cut into quarters

  • Black sesame seeds for sprinkling

  • White sesame seeds for sprinkling

  • Zaatar for sprinkling


  1. Place Mix together the 2 tblsp flour and 6 tblsp water

  2. Cook on stove till thick

  3. Keep aside to cool slightly

  4. Sift the 2 cups of flour in bowl

  5. Add in rest of ingredients including the cooked dough

  6. Knead by machine using a dough hook attachment.

  7. Knead for about 5 mins

  8. Allow to rise till double in size

  9. Knock dough down.

  10. Weigh each ball to about 20 g

  11. Flatten dough slightly and place a piece of kiri cheese and close

  12. Allow to rise for about 20 mins

  13. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds and zaatar

  14. Bake at 190 deg till golden



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• Take 5-mins daily to just sit & breathe
• Listen to your body. Notice how it feels & do what’s necessary to give back
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• Nourish you!



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The CCN Chuckle




Jallalludin to his friend Mula Nasruddin


"I know I shouldn’t have done this, but I am 83 years old and I was in the McDonald’s drive-through this morning and the young lady behind me leaned on her hooter and started mouthing something because I was taking too long to place my order.


So when I got to the first window I paid for her order along with my own.


The cashier must have told her what I'd done, because as we moved up she leaned out her window and waved to me and mouthed "Thank you.", obviously embarrassed that I had repaid her rudeness with kindness.


When I got to the second window I showed them both receipts and took her food too.


Now she has to go back to the end of the queue and start all over again."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: for He does not love ungrateful and wicked creatures.


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:276


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The First Revelations

......continued from last week's CCN


The early revelations repeated these themes numerous times.


The verses and chapters revealed in Mecca, which are found towards the end of the Quran, tended to be short and to the point.


This worked well for the nascent community, which was still unknown to the rest of the city.

When around fellow believers, the Muslims would discuss the latest revelations among themselves and teach each other.

When around non-Muslims, they had to hide their conversion and beliefs. After all, these new ideas would threaten the established social order of Mecca.

Social, economic and tribal equality flew directly in the face of the wealthy and powerful members of Quraysh.

Social revolution is rarely welcomed by those in positions of power.

Even if Muhammad had not advocated any change in society, the new beliefs alone were a threat to the economic and social position of the polytheists.

Because of the Ka’ba, Mecca was a religious center for Arabs throughout the Arabian Peninsula.

Once a year, Arabs would travel to Mecca for a pilgrimage and to honour the hundreds of idols kept around the Ka’ba.

This meant big business for the Quraysh.

Trade was a natural by-product of the pilgrimage: with people from so many distant lands in the same place at the same time, a natural market evolved which made Mecca a religious, economic and political focal point of Arabia. And as the facilitators of this trade, the Quraysh stood to make huge profits.

Muhammad’s message, however, denied the importance of the idols, emphasizing the unity of God. Without idols, there would be no pilgrimage.

With no pilgrimage, there would be no business.

This was not a scenario that was pleasing to the Quraysh, and the early followers of Muhammad knew that.

For this reason, there could be no mention of this new religion around the leaders of the tribe.

The Muslim community was still small and weak enough that it could not yet come into open ideological conflict with those in positions of power.

Especially considering the fact that most of the early converts were those who were considered the lowest class of society.

Slaves, servants, and the poor made up a large proportion of the early Muslim community, attracted by the equality of all people before God and the egalitarian nature of the new religion, where wealth and social status did not determine a person’s worth.



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



Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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it's clear that some are in super-yachts,


while others are clinging to the drifting debris."

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With the intention of connecting with our Muslim brothers and sisters in regional Queensland, Sheikh Ikraam Buksh and Sheikh Luqman Najib will be driving from Brisbane, through to North Queensland with several stops along the way.

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Alhamdulillah, over many years I have worked with many non-Muslims who have always asked me about Muslims & Islam, and I have shared as much and as best as I could within my understanding and knowledge.

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

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

So I decided to document some of this basic Islamic information in a simple to read and understand website and share with my staff and colleagues.

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

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How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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