EST. 2004


Sunday 9 August 2020 | Issue 0822



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Lebanon is reeling after the devastating explosion in Beirut overnight, with up to a 100 dead and more than 4000 people injured or missing. Muslim Aid Australia is urgently liaising with our teams on the ground to provide emergency relief. Based on the reports from the ground, we are aiming to provide hot food packs, facilitate mobile blood donation vehicles, and provide other emergency aid to the most affected.

To add to this tragedy, we already know how years of conflict between the people and the government has brought the country to an economic halt and the situation is set to grow worse. Harsh restrictions on banks has limited individuals’ and companies’ access to money causing loss of business, jobs, and lives and this explosion is just the latest in a long list of woes that our Lebanese brothers and sisters are facing.

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I understand that comedy is a form of art and artists may have a little more liberty to be offensive. But to joke about 50 people who were killed while praying at a mosque is insensitive and offensive. Reaction by the audience was equally appalling. This is not right by any standards. Isaac Butterfield is an Australian comedian and this is not the first time he has been racist and offensive.

Posted by Ali Kadri on Saturday, August 1, 2020


Ali Kadri: I understand that comedy is a form of art and artists may have a little more liberty to be offensive. But to joke about 50 people who were killed while praying at a mosque is insensitive and offensive. Reaction by the audience was equally appalling. This is not right by any standards. Isaac Butterfield is an Australian comedian and this is not the first time he has been racist and offensive.




The Christchurch 'Joke': A Critique of Comedy Culture






In this critique, Almir Colan talks about where comedy culture is heading today as a result of a spiritual void as a consequence of a faithless society.

Key topics:
0:00 Media coverage, intro
1:14 Recap & the "joke"
6:19 Response
8:12 Fun at the expense of others.
13:21 Christchurch attack and Remove Kebab "joke"
16:20 Anti-Muslim heroes and Srebrenica revenge
19:17 Where is comedy heading today?
21:00 Problem with comedy culture
21:26 Way do we give attention to these comedians?
24:14 Clever joke - 5 opinions about hell
26:20 Are there limits to comedy?
33:53 Integrity in comedy
35:35 Just because others are doing it...
41:16 What should be the role of comedy
42:55 Muslim comedians
44:04 How we tell jokes matters
47:46 Entertainment & impact on our life and attitudes
53:32 Removing doubts, the boat is sinking
55:27 How to react in the battle of ideas (cancel culture)
57:22 Final thoughts


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Supporting businesses run by women within the community


Muslimahs in Business (MIB) love and passion is to support businesses run by women within the community. Starting your own business without guidance or support can be quiet daunting, trust us we know! Here we are aiming to support, to support and to establish a positive impact on all In Sha Allah! How? By having online useful information for your business journey, be inspired with business back stories, rave new products or services with authentic reviews, and so on.

MIB is also the proud event planner of our hit Muslimah Night Bazaar!

We hold few events per year for small businesses, giving them an opportunity to present themselves to a diverse platform where they can extend their business, gain new connections & make everlasting friends.



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Christchurch woman on her amazing Antarctic adventure

Posted by Chris Lynch on Thursday, August 6, 2020



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Our sister drove two hours to accept islam May Allah reward her and accept her . 6/8/20 plz share if you like it jzk .

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Legacy Groups: Let's Talk: Umrah





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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Australia’s involvement in the war on Afghanistan:


The hidden costs to all of us




This year you probably saw a story about an Australian soldier who was just stood down as the ABC Four Corners program aired 2012 footage of him killing an unarmed civilian in Afghanistan. Soldier C" was investigated for two allegedly unlawful ‘killings’ in Afghanistan – one of the victims was an unarmed and intellectually disabled civilian. Before this he had been awarded the Commendation for Gallantry for his service in Afghanistan.

It is natural when we see stories like these to blame the aggressor soldier, painting him as an unbridled racist and extremist. And perhaps he is this as well – only Allah knows what is in his heart.

The story left out of this reporting, and out of our own mental rationalisation, is how this soldier and many like him came to the point of hating and targeting Afghans, Muslims; when this radicalisation began, and how much our armed forces leadership and political leadership is responsible.

More than 26,000 Australian personnel have served in Afghanistan since the war began in October 2001. Today around 400 Australian troops remain in the country, after most combat troops were withdrawn in 2013. Forty-one Australian soldiers have been killed, along with more than 150,000 Afghans, including around 50,000 civilians.

How were Australian soldiers prepared for this war? The ‘War on Terror’ carrying the image of Osama Bin Laden. Whether intentionally done or not, Australian soldiers were trained relentlessly in a way where Islam, Muslim, terror were built together into their psyche. To many soldiers, civilians and Taliban operatives ‘all looked the same’.

It is also commonly reported that when these soldiers returned to Australia, with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), physical disabilities, that the mental health and ongoing support wasn’t there. The ‘brotherhood’ of the armed forces was gone, and left alone, they were susceptible to a new type of propaganda, the one that portrayed all Muslims as a threat that were trying overtly and covertly to ‘take over the country’. Far right groups and pages carrying these extreme right narratives, blaming ‘the assault’ of new Muslim immigrants for all their woes in being neglected by the army, the state, for the suffering of all white Australians forgotten by their political leadership, became a honey pot for these men.

Over two decades, these far-right pages and groups channelled (and continue to channel) more extreme right material to Australian audiences, with wide consequences for our community.

While it may seem strange for someone to feel genuinely fearful and victimised by us as a threat, we have to treat this seriously and with a sensible measure of compassion.
The monster is not us, and nor is it ex-servicemen and women. If we are to collectively heal, and make all of our families safer and more well, we have to take collective responsibility for engaging with the psychologically wounded on all sides, and use our democratic channels to demand accountability and restoration from those institutional and political actors that inflicted those wounds.

We won’t fully know the impact of these decisions on the growth of anti-Muslim sentiment in Australia, in comparison to other contributing factors. We do know that this sentiment was mirrored in mainstream news opinion, and the language of top level politicians, with former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reflecting as much in his recent memoir.

We also know that understanding this particular facet of harm through war, military training and post-war neglect of servicemen and women, provides a solid entry point for much needed conversation and healing.






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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CAIR Calls on Senate Committee to Oppose Trump's Anti-Muslim, Racist Nominee Douglas Macgregor as U.S. Ambassador to Germany



Douglas Macgregor


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose President Trump's nomination of Retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor to the post of U.S. Ambassador to Germany.

Macgregor has a long history or making violent anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant remarks.

Macgregor's History of Anti-Muslim and Mexican Remarks

In 2018, Macgregor disparaged Muslim refugees fleeing to Europe as "invaders," following German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow refugees to enter that county. Macgregor claimed Merkel "seems more concerned about providing free services to millions of unwanted Muslim invaders" than funding "armed forces in the defense of its country."

In 2016, Macgregor said on an internet radio show that Muslim refugees are "not coming to assimilate and become part of Europe" but come "with the goal of eventually turning Europe into an Islamic State" adding "That's a bad thing for the West. It's a bad thing for Europeans."

In 2015, Macgregor similarly said on ABC News that Muslim refugees in Europe "are not coming to assimilate or become Europeans - quite the opposite. They're coming to take over whatever they can get."

On that same program, Macgregor also stated the United States has "more than 9 million Muslims" and "I would be surprised if some were not inspired by the Islamic State." 

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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.




For the last forty years, Mohamed Iqbal Asaria CBE has been a key figure behind the growth and implementation of Islamic finance, banking, and insurance in the UK.


His practical experience of investment and banking and his grasp of the jurisprudence of Islamic commercial law has enabled him to make a unique contribution to his field.


Iqbal was a member of the working party set up by the Governor of the Bank of England to report on issues relating to the introduction of Islamic financial products in the UK.


Since 2005, he has been Special Adviser on Business & Economic Affairs to the Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.


He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and teaches postgraduate courses at several leading universities.


In 2005, he was awarded a CBE for services to international development.




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Muqtada Al Sadr


Scholar and Politician

The son of the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Sadiq Al-Sadr, and son-in-law of Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Baqir Al-Sadr, Muqtada is a highly influential leader who inherited control over large social institutions that served millions in the slums of Baghdad.

Serving the Poor: He has concentrated on serving Iraq’s poor Shia Muslims and has had complete freedom to work in many parts of Iraq, especially Sadr City, a district in Baghdad named after his father. He provides healthcare and access to food and clean water. He has raised issues of corruption, high unemployment and poor government services.

Politics: He gained prominence after the US invasion of Iraq by creating the Mahdi Army, an armed insurgency movement that formed its own courts and system of law enforcement. This is now known as Saraya Al-Salam. Through it he has concentrated on campaigning against corruption in Iraq, criticising the government openly about this. He has worked for Shia-Sunni unity, and in 2017 called for Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad to step down and met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

King-Maker: In the May 2018 elections, Al-Sadr allied with the communist party, and their Sairoon coalition won the most seats, making him the king-maker in Iraq’s new government. The campaign rhetoric focused on corruption and tried to cut across sectarian platforms. Rejecting influence from both USA and Iran, he has focused on bringing disparate Iraqi parties together. He has continued his criticism of corruption within the Iraqi government.





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Vegan Muslims Created An Animal-Free Sacrifice For The Eid Al-Adha Tradition




 Vegan Muslims have replaced traditional "Qurbani" animal sacrifice with plant-based food for Eid al-Adha, a major holiday of Islam.


Vegan Muslims have found a new way to celebrate Eid al Adha

One of the major Islamic holidays, Eid al-Adha, is celebrated through animal sacrifice. But some vegans are giving the holiday an ethical makeover.

What Is Eid Al-Adha?
Known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” it honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son. It is an act of obedience before God. On this day, some members of the Muslim faith choose an animal—typically sheep, goats, cattle, or camels—for “Qurbani,” the act of sacrifice. The sacrifice is used to represent how God delivered Ibrahim a ram to offer in place of his son.

The sacrificed offering is divided into three parts: One is given to the needy, the second is shared with friends and neighbours, and the remainder is kept by the family.

Practicing Vegan Qurbani
Several vegan Muslims from around the world spoke to The Daily Vox, an independent South African news site that uplifts voices of the younger generation, about how they practice cruelty-free Qurbani.

Anissa Buzhu is a 27-year-old Muslim living in The Netherlands. She says that Qurbani is less about animal sacrifice and more about “reflecting on yourself and serving God by serving people.”

“Helping others, I perceive as something you can do without animal products. Because, by that, we help our planet – which I consider to be the first revelation and God’s creation. These are all aspects Islam teaches us,” she said, adding that today’s factory farms are vastly different from the practice of using animals for food in ancient times.

31-year-old Reslane Khassouni from France agrees that Qurbani is about obedience before God: “On Eid-al-Adha, I wake up early, pray the Eid prayer, and pray the five mandatory prayers throughout the day. Sometimes I give money to charity organisations. I share also the dinner with my family.”

While many reported resistance from family and community members, Baya Tellai, a resident of Algeria, says that she and her sister, who is also a vegan, had an honest conversation with their parents about ethics. The family now shares a plant-based meal for the holiday instead while discussing its teachings.



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Powerlifting champion helping out at janazahs



Powerlifting Champion Gives Dignified Goodbyes to Covid Victims

This Muslim powerlifting champion is giving dignified goodbyes to Covid victims.

Posted by IlmFeed on Thursday, August 6, 2020



This Muslim powerlifting champion is giving dignified goodbyes to Covid victims.
















The Remarkable story of Muhammad Asad



The Remarkable story of Muhammad Asad

He was raised Jewish, became an Atheist, only to travel to Arabia and become Muslim

Posted by OnePath Network on Thursday, July 30, 2020

 He was raised Jewish, became an Atheist, only to travel to Arabia and become Muslim






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Restricted Hajj hits Somalia’s struggling livestock economy



Villagers buy sheep and goats for Eid Al-Adha at a livestock market in Mogadishu. A fall in demand amid Hajj restrictions and coronavirus fears has cut the country’s animal exports. (AFP)


MOGADISHU, Somalia: The annual Muslim pilgrimage to Makkah is a time for celebration, not least among Somalia’s livestock herders and traders who export millions of livestock to feed pilgrims.

But this year coronavirus restrictions mean the Hajj is a small, largely Saudi affair, and Somalia’s economy is suffering.

“Business is bad,” said Yahye Hassan, who works in the capital Mogadishu’s largest livestock market where the pandemic has suppressed trade.

“The effect of coronavirus is apparent,” said Hassan. “The Arab countries are not in need of animals from Somalia, and the nomadic people who would bring the livestock to town for trading are reluctant due to the fear of infection.”

“There is a major decrease in demand,” confirmed Nur Hassan, another Mogadishu-based livestock trader, who said the shortage of domestic and foreign buyers was catastrophic, while supply had also seen a dip as herders stay away.

The Hajj, which began last week, is mandatory for all Muslims who are physically and financially able to undertake at least once in their lifetime and involves pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah and its Grand Mosque.

But this year Saudi authorities have restricted the Hajj to those already inside the country — fewer than 10,000 domestic pilgrims are expected, compared with the 2 million mostly foreign visitors who attended last year.

Saudi demand accounts for nearly two-thirds of Somalia’s annual livestock exports, according to the World Bank, which reports that more than 5 million sheep, goats, camels and cattle were shipped northwards from Somali ports through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia in 2015.

Exports are predicted to be sliced in half this year, primarily due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

“The Hajj cancelation has massive implications on the lives and livelihoods of the Somali population,” said Ahmed Khalif, Somalia country director at the Action Against Hunger charity, adding that livestock accounts for around 60 percent of household income in the largely rural country.

“It is a blow to the Somali pastoralist households particularly, who heavily survive on livestock exports to Saudi.”

Up to three-quarters of Somalia’s export earnings come from livestock, said Khalif, making the foreign sale of animals a crucial lifeline for Somalia’s economy.

The annual Hajj is normally a reliable boom time for herders, but not this year.

“The livestock exports happen all through the year, but the majority — 70 percent of live animals — happen during this Hajj season,” said Khalif.

The evaporation of exports has meant an oversupply in local markets where prices have dropped dramatically, with camels going for $500, half their usual price, according to Khalif.

Good news for a relatively small number of well-off consumers, but a disaster for the majority of livestock-keepers who rely on sales to buy food, pay back debts and cover basics such as school fees.

Making matters even worse, keeping animals for longer than expected is a drain on limited resources, said Isse Muse Mohamed, a livestock trader in the port town of Eyl, who warned of “widespread effects” for the economy.

“Keeping hundreds of goats and sheep for an extra year will obviously incur costs, including the salary of the keepers,” he said. “This is a real crisis.”

Falling incomes, increasing costs and the loss of the Hajj market are hitting owners such as Adow Ganey, in the southern town of Hudur.

“When the family wants cash for necessary items, like sugar and clothing, we used to take one or two goats to the market,” he said, “but this year things have changed: we have to sell more goats to get the cash we need.”

For some of Somalia’s livestock herders and traders, already assailed by decades of conflict and political instability, ever tighter cycles of drought and an ongoing locust plague, the cancelation of the Hajj may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

“We have never seen such a situation,” said Abdqadar Hashi, a livestock exporter in the city of Hargeisa. “It’s affecting everybody.”




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Your Child Is NOT You…Parent Your Inner Child Before You Parent Your Child

If you are a parent reading this, let me just say it out loud: THIS PARENTING THING AIN’T EASY!

A couple of years ago when my daughter went on her school camp, I few days ago when she was packing for her weekend trip, I was incessantly bombarding her with questions…Have you labelled this? Have you packed this? Have you packed that? Why do you need headphones, can’t you just look at the stars and not listen to music…It’s camp, not a concert!
Do you have to swim in the lake? What about crocodiles? And the bushwalk…what about the reptiles and spiders?”

She literally had to march me out of her room and say to me: “Mum, I will talk to you when you calm down and behave yourself.” I thought, hang on a minute, this is what I used to say to her when she was little…”Young lady, I will talk to you when you calm down and behave yourself.” Oh, how the tables have turned, I realised.

Pause for a moment and reflect on your own relationship with your child/ children. Do you ever feel that your worries are governed by your own fears and that at times you project those fears on your child?

Your child is NOT you. Your child has his/her own QADR…preordained path, bestowed upon him/her by ALLAH. No matter how much you try to impose your own fears on your child, understand one thing…your child will either absorb your fears and live life with inherited fear OR your child will completely reject your fears, plus all the other good advice you may give, because he/she will find it easier to rebel than to conform to your fears.

So why do we impose our fears on our children? Our fears too have been inherited from other people around us. Somewhere cocooned inside us lives a child yearning to blossom into a fearless butterfly.


When you are able to address your own fears and parent your inner child to overcome those fears, you will fearlessly fly out of that cocoon, a butterfly who surrenders to the preordained path that ALLAH has put you on. Until you parent your inner child, you will struggle with parenting your child. It’s a daily practice, trust me.

How To Parent Your Inner Child
The above link is a video by Dr Shefali Tsabary who has revolutionised the way we view parenting. Please watch it.
Below are some steps you can implement if you feel the constant need to control your child:

1. Catch yourself when you are asking your child too many questions. STOP.
2. Reflect on the questions that you are asking your child and try to understand what is
prompting you to ask these questions.
3. If your questions are concerns, what are you concerned about?
4. If your questions are fear-based, what are you fearful about?
5. Identify your fears and concerns and make a list of them.
6. Sit with your child and express YOUR fears and concerns using the phrases “I am fearful that…” or “I am concerned that…” Doing so will show your child that these are your fears and concerns and not your child’s.
7. Hug your child and tell him/her that you trust ALLAH to keep him/her safe and well.
8. Make wudu and pray salah to thank ALLAH for making you aware of your fears and concerns instead of imposing them on your child.

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








Gardens of Renaissance Europe and the Islamic Empires:

Encounters and Confluences



Mohammad Gharipour, ed.



The cross-cultural exchange of ideas that flourished in the Mediterranean during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries profoundly affected European and Islamic society.


Gardens of Renaissance Europe and the Islamic Empires considers the role and place of gardens and landscapes in the broader context of the information sharing that took place among Europeans and Islamic empires in Turkey, Persia, and India.

In illustrating commonalities in the design, development, and people's perceptions of gardens and nature in both regions, this volume substantiates important parallels in the revolutionary advancements in landscape architecture that took place during the era.


The contributors explain how the exchange of gardeners as well as horticultural and irrigation techniques influenced design traditions in the two cultures; examine concurrent shifts in garden and urban landscape design, such as the move toward more public functionality; and explore the mutually influential effects of politics, economics, and culture on composed outdoor space.


In doing so, they shed light on the complexity of cultures and politics during the Renaissance.

A thoughtfully composed look at the effects of cross-cultural exchange on garden design during a pivotal time in world history, this thought-provoking book points to new areas in inquiry about the influences, confluences, and connections between European and Islamic garden traditions.

In addition to the editor, the contributors include Cristina Castel-Branco, Paula Henderson, Simone M. Kaiser, Ebba Koch, Christopher Pastore, Laurent Paya, D. Fairchild Ruggles, Jill Sinclair, and Anatole Tchikine.




While establishing diplomatic relations and trading goods during the Renaissance, the Islamic East and European West discovered a shared passion: gardens. European travel narratives to the major Islamic empires of the day—Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Persia and Mughal India—included descriptions, drawings and sketches of cities and their gardens.

These added “to the reciprocal flow of ideas and concepts in terms of architectural and garden design,” including “exchanges of gardeners” and “horticultural or irrigation techniques.” Vivid descriptions of Ottoman gardens for example, led to the French court’s replacement of Italian gardeners “by Ottoman specialists after 1495.”

The “gardens of Mughal emperors served as models” for the Lisbon gardens of Portuguese envoys to Goa and became “symbols of wealth and status.”

In the cultural rivalry between Rome and Constantinople (today’s Istanbul), “villa gardens constituted a stage for outdoing each other.”

This collection of scholarly, yet readable, well-illustrated essays closely examines how Islamic and European garden traditions interacted and influenced one another.





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CCN's Bookshelf

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] This fun recipe is so easy to cook up, you can get the kids to make you breakfast

Baked Dippy Eggs





  1. Sauté onions, green chillies, add salt & a small block of kiri cheese. The quantity will depend on the number of eggs you are making.

  2. Fill the mixture just to cover the base of ramekins

  3. Add some grated mozzarella cheese over

  4. Add the egg keeping them whole.

  5. Top with a little fresh cream avoiding the yolks

  6. Place in an oven tray

  7. Pour water till it reaches half way of the little ramekins and bake for 10/12 mins Garnish with chopped chives and green chillies

    Serve hot with toast.



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Q: Dear Kareema, I have not been very active these last few months and would like to get started again. I love running so where to from here?

A: Start slow and steady to give your body some time and allow it to adapt to your running routine once more.


Be patient and set yourself some short-term goals.


I’d start with short walks, leading in to running from there.

Find a workout buddy or join a running group for extra support if you like.


Having someone else there will make it more fun and you could challenge each other to get the results you’re after.

Remember though it’s much better to run more slowly for a longer period of time and once you get your fitness levels up, you can increase your time and intensity.





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The CCN Chuckle




One day, Jallalludin asked his English Teacher, "Why do we ignore some letters in pronunciation e.g.. the letter H ... in Hour, Honour... etc...???"

His English Teacher said, "We are not ignoring them; they're considered silent."

Jallalludin was even more confused!

During the lunch break, his Teacher gave me him packed lunch and asked him to heat it in the Cafeteria.

Jallalludin ate all the food and returned her the empty container.

His English Teacher: "What happened? I told you to go and HEAT my food, you are returning me an empty container".

Jallalludin replied, "Madam, I thought 'H' was silent."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Those who do wish for the [things of] the Hereafter, and strive therefore with all due striving, and have Faith, - they are the ones whose striving is acceptable [to Allah].


~ Surah Al-Israa 17:19

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The Persecution

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Quraysh also took steps to prevent the spread of the new religion outside of Mecca.

A group of Muslim refugees who escaped to Abyssinia were promised protection by its Christian king, the Negus.

The Quraysh sent emissaries after them, hoping to convince the king to give up his protection and send the Muslims back to Mecca to be persecuted.

When the Negus heard Muhammad’s cousin Ja’far recite verses from the Quran about Islamic beliefs regarding Jesus and Mary, he refused to forsake his fellow monotheists, and the Quraysh had to go back to Mecca without the refugee Muslims.

But even if Muslims had not escaped to distant lands, Islam could still spread beyond Mecca.

Thousands of Arabs visited the city each year, and if some of those visitors heard Muhammad’s message and saw Quraysh’s inability to stop his unorthodox ideas, the status of Quraysh as one of the leading tribes in the peninsula would begin to wane.

Alternatively, the visitors would believe Muhammad, accept his religion, and take it back to their homelands, spreading Islam outside of Mecca, and making it harder to stop.

All of this led to the extreme measures taken by the Quraysh.
In 617, approximately seven years after the first revelations, the Quraysh decided to implement an all-out boycott on Muhammad’s clan, Banu Hashim, to whom many Muslims belonged.

No one was to enter into any business transactions with them, nor marry anyone to a member of the clan.

They were even forced into exile in a barren valley just outside of Mecca.

This had disastrous humanitarian effects on the Muslim community.

Persecution brought hunger, social isolation and economic woes to the Muslims, and even the non-Muslims who happened to be part of Banu Hashim, such as Abu Talib.

The few Muslims not belonging to Banu Hashim, such as Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and ‘Uthman did all they could to supply the persecuted group by circumventing the boycott’s rules, although at great personal loss.

The boycott was draining on the entire Muslim community, those belonging to Banu Hashim as well as other clans.

In the end, the boycott was ineffective in persuading Muhammad to discontinue his preaching, and it was thus ended after just over a year of enforcement.

Despite Quraysh’s efforts, more people continued to accept Islam.

The boycott also revealed the strength of ties in the young community, as those not a part of Banu Hashim were still willing to sacrifice their wealth and safety to help their brothers and sisters that were being persecuted.

Here, one of the core concepts of Islam—that loyalty to the religion transcended loyalty to a tribe or family—was on full display.



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



Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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