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Sunday 16 August 2020 | Issue 0823



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Islamic Relief’s first female Chairperson: Dr Nora Amath

The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column

Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column

Victoria Award for Jamila Rizvi


The CCN Chuckle

Introducing Acro SMSF & Financial Services

Back to the Future with CCN

The CCN Food for Thought

About the Alliance of Australian Muslims

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

New Muslims take the Shahadah at the GC Mosque

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Eid-Ul-Adha Gathering at Islamic Society Of Darwin (ISD)

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Messages left 'nonsensical' after being translated

 The CCN Classifieds


Ertuğrul: The 'Muslim Game of Thrones

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Is Islamic banking 'ethical alternative' to the big four?

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Mental burden on Australia's migrant community

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

New Muslims take the Shahadah

Keeping Fit with Kareema

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Islamic Relief Australia has appointed Dr Nora Amath as its new Chairperson. Dr Amath is an academic and a humanitarian who has dedicated her career and much of her personal time to human rights advocacy and community work. She will be Islamic Relief Australia’s first female Chairperson and is a member of numerous other charity and government advisory boards.

Over the years, Dr Amath has served as a consultant and cross-cultural trainer for various Australian government agencies and organisations on issues related to Islam, Muslims, multiculturalism, diversity and community development. In 2006, she received the prestigious award of Australian Muslim Woman of the Year; and in 2013, received an Australia Day Community Award. In 2017, she was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards. Dr Amath is seen as a role model to many young Muslim women in the community.

Dr Amath knows all too well the plight of refugees; she was born in Vietnam and is part of the persecuted Cham Muslim minority group native to the country. After being forced to flee their home after the Vietnam War, at the age of three, Dr Amath and her parents trekked through the jungles of Cambodia and arrived in Thailand where they were processed as refugees. By the time she was five years old, she had already lived in five different countries. It wasn’t until Dr Amath’s family was granted political asylum in the US that they would be able to settle down and find stability. After completing her secondary education in the US, Dr Amath decided to move to Malaysia to pursue Islamic studies at the Islamic University of Malaysia. It was there that she would meet her husband, a fourth generation Australian, and move to Australia shortly after. They have three children, aged 21, 20 and 17.

Experiencing life as a refugee early on in life, Islamic Relief’s mission is something very close to Dr Amath’s heart.

“I know all too well the feelings of displacement, vulnerability and poverty, the sense of loss experienced by so many refugees around the world. I distinctly know what it is like when the support you are given is not a hand out but a hand up. This is why I am so passionate about my work with Islamic Relief. Guided by the values of sincerity, excellence, compassion, social justice and custodianship, at Islamic Relief we envisage a world where communities are empowered, social obligations are fulfilled and people respond as one to the suffering of others, regardless of one’s race, political affiliation, gender or religious belief.”

“It is an incredible honour to hold the highest ranking position within Islamic Relief Australia, particularly as a female in what has been traditionally a male dominated industry. However, it is important to note that the Chair of Islamic Relief Worldwide is also female so there is precedent within the Islamic Relief family. What this indicates is that there is full support and strong encouragement for women in the organisation to step into these senior roles. As a female, my leadership style is different – in how I may tackle problems and make decisions. That diversity should be embraced and celebrated as it allows for the organisation to reach its full innovative potential.”

As the new Chair of Islamic Relief Australia, Dr Amath will see in Islamic Relief Australia’s pivotal 10th year anniversary, celebrating a decade of transformational change for the world’s most vulnerable people.

“The appointment of Dr Amath as the first female Chair of Islamic Relief Australia is a significant milestone for the organisation. We’re very fortunate to have someone of Dr Amath’s calibre on our Board and leading the charity’s strategic direction over the coming years. I’m looking forward to working closely with Dr Amath and I have no doubt that she will provide all the support and leadership needed to grow Islamic Relief Australia into one of Australia’s leading charities,” said Walid Ali, Islamic Relief Australia CEO.


IRA website



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Women and Leadership Australia awarded Ms Jamila Rizvi with the 2020 Victoria Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership 


Jamila is Chief Creative Officer of the Nine Network’s Future Women and a weekly columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age.

She is a regular television commentator on gender issues and an occasional host on ABC Radio Melbourne.

Jamila is the author of two best-selling books Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women and The Motherhood, an anthology of letters about life with a newborn.

She is currently working on her third book, with fellow author Rosie Waterland, about the intersection between physical and mental health, inspired by her ongoing brain tumour battle.

Jamila is the co-founder of the popular event series Tea with Jam and Claire and previously worked in politics for the Rudd and Gillard Governments.

She is an ambassador for CARE Australia, as well as donating profits from the sale of her second book to their cause of empowering women and girls in developing communities.

Jamila is a board member of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival and lives in Melbourne with her husband Jeremy, son Rafi and many loads of clean but regrettably unfolded washing.



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By Feroz M Ibrahim    


Assalamu Alaikkum. May God’s peace be upon to All.

ISD greatly do acknowledge the NT Government. Excellent works by the Community volunteers Mrs Sumaira Khurram, Mrs Anisha Manzoor,


Mrs Sana Rahman & Mrs Amina for your great helps with the face painting and Henna. The community children and parents were so grateful for your hard works today.

Thank you Tejinder Singh, family, team offering food to our community, also feeding underprivileged,travelling with us for many years&also to interfaith friends joining us. We do apologise as we couldn’t invite many Interfaith friends due to limited space availability.

Special mention to Senior Women volunteers Mrs Tanveer Banu, Mrs Warda, Mrs Sophia &ISD Executive Committee for the hard works to make the Children’s performance & event very successful. Also to Mr Saly Ahamod, Mr Fadlly Shiddiq and Mrs Dasri Melfi for the Assistance.

Thank you Beloved Bishop Charles Gauci, Respected Imam Shyamsul Bahri, Deputy Chief Minister& Multicultural Affairs Minister Hon Nicole Manison : Member for Wanguri, Minister for Tourism and Culture Hon. Lauren Moss : Member for Casuarina, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ms Kate Worden MLA: Member for Sanderson, Opposition Leader Mrs Lia Finocchiaro, Indonesian Consul Mr Gulfan Afero- Mrs Oeke Gumiarni, Dr Edwin Joseph JP, Staff from MCNT, Vice-Chairman Islamic Council of Northern Territory - ICNT Mr Chowdhury, President ISD, Vice-President ISD for your felicitation messages to the Top End Islamic Community.

Great works by Mr Robiul Islam Rubel, Mr Arif H Jewel, Mr Quayum Hassanat -team & Pilot Abul Mohammed. YOUTH Vollies Anaz, Nazmus, Adil, Atif, Farooq, Sulaiman, Hassan Skegsy, Bilal Mir, Fayaaz, Ms Sofia Ghouse Syed, Ms Sara Othman (Dr Saidah Haron), Ms Abeera Nadeem & Ayisha and you have embedded with enormous potential with “CAN DO” positive Vibrations.

May the Almighty bless all the VOLUNTEER Teachers who are working hard in their own time by sacrificing their family commitments-but only to caring the VARIETY of Community children to gain leadership Skills, the Future leaders of this Country. Ameen!!!

Feroz M Ibrahim,
Community Volunteer&Advocate for Interfaith Harmony
Commissioner for Oaths (NT)





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Arabic speakers say parts of this message are "nonsensical"


"Nonsensical" and "laughable" language translations of COVID-19 public health messages are being distributed to multicultural communities, prompting fears migrants and refugees will lose trust in authorities' handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ABC has examined official translations of COVID-19 messages produced by the Federal and Victorian governments. Some had translation errors, while one failed to differentiate between two entirely different languages.

One Federal Health Department campaign aimed at encouraging Arabic speakers to wear face masks was so poorly formatted it "doesn't make sense", according to the Refugee Council of Australia's Deena Yako, a native Arabic speaker.

"It's gibberish and it's nonsensical," she said.

The translation errors have occurred on a state level as well.

In Victoria, one poster about using face masks when leaving home featured information in both Farsi and Arabic — two entirely different languages, which share a similar alphabet.

Ms Yako said those were just some examples of bad language translations during the pandemic.

She said the errors risked eroding both the authority of the health messages, and trust in all levels of government.

In response to the ABC's questions, a spokesperson for the Federal Department of Health said the error in the Arabic translation was fixed quickly, and the mistake happened when the document was uploaded to the website.

The department said it intended to have translators check material once it was posted online to avoid future problems.

A spokesperson for the Victorian Health Department said it also fixed the translation error as soon as it was made aware of it.






In some cases, flyers with the wrong language on them have been distributed.


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It has all the hallmarks of a blockbuster, but what has turned this Turkish saga into a global phenomenon is its nuanced portrayal of the Islamic world



On a trip to Istanbul two years ago, outside a restaurant a stone’s throw from the Blue Mosque, the waiter arrived. As he leaned forward to pass a menu, the name on his silver badge caught my mother’s eye: “Your name is Turgut?! Like the character in Ertuğrul?” In a split-second, the two had plunged into an impassioned exchange in broken Turkish and English about a hit series of which I had never heard. To my horror, my mother began yelling “Haidar Allah!” and “Ey Vallah” – expressions from the series, I later learned – to the delight of our waiter, who grinned a wide, Cheshire cat smile.

The series my mother was referring to was Diriliş: Ertuğrul (Resurrection: Ertugrul). Set in the 13th century, it is a historical drama loosely based on the life of Ertuğrul Ghazi, the father of Sultan Osman, who founded the Ottoman empire.

Engin Altan Düzyatan plays the heroic, hirsute Ertuğrul, gallantly fighting an array of pugnacious Crusaders, Templars, Byzantines and Mongols. As the son of the tribe’s leader, Suleyman-Shah, Ertuğrul carries the fate of his people, the Kayi tribe, on his rippling shoulders, but he carries a heavier burden in his heart: his undying love for his “wide-eyed gazelle”, the Seljuk princess Halime Hatun, played by Esra Bilgiç.

With plenty of romance, opulent costumes, a sweeping musical score and bloody battle scenes, the five-season show, as well as bearing the hallmarks of a Ridley Scott epic, has been dubbed the “Muslim Game of Thrones”. Its positive depiction of Islamic rituals and scripting, which often includes words of wisdom from Ibn ‘Arabî of Andalucía – one of the greatest Muslim philosophers – has helped it to carve out a unique place in the entertainment landscape. Therein lies its global appeal to the Muslim diaspora.

Since its release in 2014, the Turkish TV series has captured audiences in Latin America, South Asia and Africa. Nelson Mandela’s grandson and Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, are among its burgeoning army of fans. The English subtitled version released on Netflix in 2017 has beguiled English-speaking audiences across the UK and the US. The series is now so popular that it has been dubbed into six languages and broadcast in 72 countries. On YouTube alone, Ertuğrul has surpassed 1.5bn views.

Its maker, Turkish Radio Television (TRT), describes it as a show with an “ability to connect global audiences through shared values. The strongest sentiment that fans express about the show is that they’re able to see themselves in the hero characters of the show. Often the stories we see in big productions lack nuance in how they portray narratives and characters that don’t fit a typical mould.”

Indeed, for Tausif Khan, a 30-year-old senior manager at a consulting firm in the UK, it was the first time he saw his own cultural and religious history powerfully reflected. “If you’re white, you get Downton Abbey and all these period dramas,” he says. “Whenever I see historic dramas about British Asians, it’s always ‘poor Asians’ in the 1970s being attacked by the National Front. The only story we’re allowed to have is: ‘I’m so confused about my identity.’ Then you’ve got films like Blinded by the Light and The Big Sick, stories about a brown person who needs to marry a white person in order to be happy.

“Ertuğrul is the Muslim world’s Black Panther,” Khan adds. “It’s not because a Muslim audience is brainwashed by Islamic rhetoric. It’s because we want to see brown people on TV who are portrayed in a good light and are proud of their culture.”

The stereotype of Muslims in films, diagnosed by British actor Riz Ahmed as “the minicab driver/terrorist/cornershop owner”, persists in Hollywood and television; Homeland and Bodyguard are just two recent examples. Shaf Choudry, the co-founder of The Riz Test, which measures the portrayal of Muslims on film and TV, said the majority of films submitted failed because they used Islamophobic tropes and stereotypes.

“The most frequently submitted ‘pass’ by a long way is Ertuğrul”, said Choudry. “Riz Test reviewers often submit Ertuğrul reviews with explanations of how refreshing it is to see nuanced Muslim characters on screen with high production values.”

The absence of sex scenes means the series may be more accessible to younger viewers, too – although there is still a healthy smattering of gore. Thirteen-year-old Aminah Shahid, from Bradford, became so infatuated with the show that her mother bought her Ertuğrul-themed pillows. She began learning Turkish after rewatching the show 12 times. “I got obsessed. It’s probably why I need glasses!” she says.

Its depiction of politically engaged women with agency has not escaped the notice of its female fans – and runs contrary to much of the negative stereotyping surrounding Muslim women. In the pilot episode, Halime wields a sword and defends herself against a man who sexually assaults her. Hayme Ana, the gracious first lady of the tribe and Ertuğrul’s mother, often advises her husband and sons at pivotal moments in the series. Antagonist Selcan Hatun is another strong female character, led by an insatiable ambition and desire for revenge.

“The women of Ertuğrul are depicted as strong, resolute and nuanced,” says Hind Makki, a journalist and the co-host of Ertuğrul podcast Bey Watch. “They are not mere love interests – they are warriors and leaders in business and politics. Still, they are circumscribed by the patriarchy of their time and place – and being or becoming a wife and mother is the most important milestone of their lives.”

The series has found renewed popularity during lockdown, especially in Pakistan. In October last year, the prime minister, Imran Khan, urged state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) to broadcast the series dubbed in Urdu, reportedly because its promotion of Islamic values and positive depiction of Muslims could be an antidote to Islamophobia. Since PTV uploaded the series on to YouTube on 25 April, coinciding with the first day of Ramadan, the channel gained 5.74 million subscribers.

Yet despite its global fanbase, the series – part of the Turkish genre of “dizi”, sweeping epic dramas with seemingly infinite episodes – is not without its controversies.

In 2018, audiences across the Middle East were deprived of all Turkish TV dramas, including Ertuğrul, after they were banned by MBC, the largest private media network in the region. In Egypt, religious scholars cautioned against the dangers of Turkish soft power cultivated by its TV shows.

Domestically, the show has become entangled in a culture war between religious conservatives and secular critics. Parallels between the nationalist sentiment evoked by the drama and Turkey’s political reality under president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have been made. Erdoğan’s presidency has been mired in accusations of autocracy and censorship following the failed coup of 2016.

At an award ceremony in Turkey in the same year, Erdoğan extolled the series for “entering the nation’s heart”. But Sevda Alankuş, a professor at Yaşar University in Turkey, said that a “discourse of populism fed by nationalism and conservatism” and fuelled by Erdoğan’s government was being deployed through popular culture dramas such as Ertuğrul to “rewrite history”. TRT isTurkey’s public broadcaster.

Yet its popularity shows no signs of dimming. Turkey is now second to the US in worldwide TV distribution, according to the Turkish culture and tourism ministry, exporting nearly 150 series to more than 100 countries. TripAdvisor is saturated with humorous requests from internet literate children organising Ertuğrul-themed holidays to Turkey for their parents. Sogut, the first Ottoman capital where Ertuğrul himself is buried, is now a tourist destination because of the series. As fan gatherings erupt from London to Cape Town, Ertuğrul is a cultural behemoth that seems unlikely to disappear any time soon.


Resurrection: Ertugrul is available on Netflix


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Islamic banking has been a growing feature of international finance for many years and now efforts are underway to introduce it in Australia.

A group of Muslim-Australians and industry veterans are behind efforts to establish the country's first Islamic bank as an "ethical alternative" to conventional banking.

Islamic banks do not deal with interest, which is forbidden by the Quran, rather they use profit-sharing agreements to generate income.

The institution would add to an expanding landscape of culturally compliant financial services and bring Australia in line with a global sector worth trillions of dollars.

Proponents say non-Muslims, who are looking beyond the "big four" banks, might also find the start-up's moral mindfulness appealing.

What is Islamic banking?
Islamic banks operate in dozens of countries around the world, inlcuding Malaysia, Indonesia, and the UK.

Their main difference to conventional banks is that they do not deal in usury, or interest, which is called riba and forbidden in the Quran.

They believe profit should come from real material and real labour, whereas usury makes money by trading money and giving nothing in return.

Instead, banks enter into profit-sharing agreements with customers.

If the borrower, say, a business, makes a profit, they share it with the bank but if there are losses, the bank does not make money.

Dealing with products like gambling, tobacco and alcohol are also forbidden.

It is this core belief that inspired Rashid Raashed to found the group Islamic Banking Australia (IBA) eight years ago.

"I wanted to provide an alternative for those who wanted to live true to their faith," Dr Raashed said.

The law scholar from Macquarie University has been working on a range of financial products and services that are compliant with Sharia and Australian regulations.

The Australia Prudential Regulation Authority is currently considering whether to grant IBA a restricted licence to service a small customer base.

The institution would be digital — offering transaction accounts, deposits and home finance — with plans to eventually branch into small business lending.

Opening IBA for business, he said, would be a victory for more than the 600,000-plus Muslims living in Australia.

"Multiculturalism will be truly lived up to," Dr Raashed said.

"It will bring a bit of diversity and another model for those interested in ethical banking.

"I feel that we have done something good for all Australians."

Muslim-Australians can already access Sharia-compliant products through a range of institutions but the market is still developing.

Muzzammil Dhedhy from Hejaz Financial Services said the opening of an Islamic bank would be a significant achievement for the community.

"Muslim-Australians really have limited options when it comes to Sharia-compliant services that also deliver the right financial outcomes the client is seeking," he said.

But Mr Dhedhy said customers were also looking for a quality product.

"That's the new standard that Muslim-Australians are setting for service providers," he said.

"A Muslim can already access an interest-free savings account with a conventional bank, so it comes down to whether an Islamic bank will deliver the outcomes customers have sought for so long."



Industry veterans at the helm
It is a venture that has attracted the interest of some industry veterans both in conventional and Islamic banking.

ME Bank founding CEO Anthony Wamsteker serves as chair of IBA Group, while director Sultan Choudhury was made an Officer of the British Empire for promoting Islamic finance in Great Britain.

IBA's chief executive Dean Gillespie was the former head of loan sales for Commonwealth Bank and has worked in senior roles at Bankwest and in retail banking overseas.

He said the chance to establish a new model of banking in Australia inspired him to get involved.

"The opportunity to build something from scratch that would really help a segment of the community was really interesting for me," he said.

With a customer waiting list of more than 1,000 people, Mr Gillespie said the community's appetite was real.

"There's also an opportunity for a challenger brand in the Australian ecosystem. People have banked with the big banks for a very long time," he said.

Ten years ago, a discussion paper on Islamic finance led to a charged political debate.

The then chair of the Board of Taxation, Dick Warburton, declared the discussions were playing on "emotion rather than fact".

"There's clearly some resistance in the community to anything Islamic at the moment … [but] I think you've got to look at every one of those things on their face value, not on some emotional feel," he said at the time.

It was a position Mr Gillespie hoped most Australians had moved past.

"We're trying to be an ethical bank that does good. Some people might have an opinion about that, but I'm not going to get into it," he said.

The group aims to have a full licence by 2021.




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Suzanna Martanti has been knocked back from almost 80 jobs since mid-February, and was at one point competing against more than 700 other applicants for a medical receptionist role.

She had been mostly trying for similar jobs due to to her skills and previous 10 years of experience, but had felt increasingly anxious and upset every time she was unsuccessful.

"It's a daunting and overwhelming task, but I will keep trying," said Mrs Martanti, who lives in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

She attributes the increased competition to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

Mrs Martanti said notifications from SEEK often told her hundreds of people tried to apply for the same job, and one part-time medical receptionist role received more than 700 applications.





The mother-of-two, who migrated to Australia from Indonesia in 2005, said she had been diagnosed with "high functioning anxiety" a few years ago, but the "accumulation of feelings" triggered by the lockdowns had worsened her mental health.

She said she was mostly able to function normally, but when anxiety hit she felt like crying over the smallest things.

"I don't want to talk, even with anyone at home. All I want to do is just be sitting in my room by myself," she said.

Mrs Martanti's mental struggles are far from unique — the growing weight of the coronavirus burden has lead to an increase in mental health issues across Australia.

The Guardian



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Nurse becomes muslim today. May Allah accept her and protect her Ameen 12/8/20 plz share if you like it .Jzk

Posted by Hussin Goss on Tuesday, August 11, 2020



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How we might really create inclusive schools



There was a child who was vivacious and full of joy, who turned out to have a severe speech and language delay. When she began school, her parents were worried about how she’d go, but such special efforts were made, especially by the permanent teacher aide in her preppie classroom, to connect her socially, that this little girl grew to love school. She was proud to go to big school. She had a small little friendship group, and one solid female bestie, who always looked out for her. When the family moved, this little girl started out at another big school, that made all the promises that care would be taken of her. But they broke these promises, and that little girl went into a psychological downward spiral – she was barely 7 years old.

Compassion is at the heart of our religion, and I believe the same goes for Islamic pedagogy (the “way of teaching and learning”). But Australia as a country is a lot less clear on what it values when it comes to school education. Numerous studies over the past two decades show many of our school kids don’t feel like they belong at school.

As a former high school teacher, I can speak to the overwhelming tide of adolescent learners who have formed a negative view of themselves and school very early on, and have carried the tag as ‘the problem’ or ‘special needs’ student ever since, without ever finding a positive and independent sense of who they are. By the time they reach high school, the damage is heart-breaking and very hard to unravel.

Many of us parents long for an education system that values the full formation of the child – socially, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, creatively. But the Queensland education system has a problem at its core, because although it has an impressive sounding ‘inclusive education’ policy for those kids that don’t fit the ‘norm’, it has a range of other policies that work against it. It is a pressure cooker environment for teachers and students.

‘Inclusive education’ can translate well for some families where schools are invested in marshalling resources, whilst leaving others completely adrift. It all comes down to the school leadership, experience of teachers, and knowledge of parents. If you’re a parent who is missing knowledge about what to advocate for, and the school leadership is not transparent or engaged, and the teacher lacks experience – well, your kid is very vulnerable. And even if you do know what to advocate for after tireless research on your part, if you’re trying to change a system that doesn’t want to change, you and your child are at risk of burn out.

Facebook these days has groups like QCIE support and the Community Resource Unit (CRU) trying to build that peer support between parents. Efforts to empower parents are important, but we can’t allow this haphazard approach to inclusion to prevail. How do we build accountability and transparency into the education system so low-performing schools in relation to inclusion are exposed?

Worldwide, nations are dealing with a similar issue in relation to social media companies. They have impressive sounding policies to reduce harms to users, but their enforcement is hit and miss. Hence there is a push to demand ‘transparency’ reports from them, to inform about how well they are managing safety. Their legal duty to create a safe environment is a lot less pronounced than the Australian legal duty of care on schools, and yet, this commitment to transparency has not yet been envisioned for schools.

There should be transparency requirements published about school leadership performance when it comes to inclusion, for example the number of discrimination complaints made against them, satisfaction data from teachers, students and parents, and a star rating of how up to scratch and transparent their processes are for marshalling disability support. At the very least this could be made available to new enrolling families.

Instead our system currently compares schools only by their academic scores through NAPLAN. And the responsibility for picking up the pieces of schools that disregard our children, falls on the shoulders of parents and those children themselves, as well as exhausted teachers. Efforts to empower parents are helpful, but the greatest empowerment will come with knowing the power of their vote to demand real system change. 






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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Christchurch attacks: dozens of victims arrive in New Zealand for gunman's sentencing



More than 50 people, including those wanting to support victims, enter quarantine ahead of 24 August court date


A memorial outside al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The man convicted of the shootings will be sentenced on 24 August.


Dozens of people affected by the Christchurch mosque shootings have returned to New Zealand ahead of this month’s sentencing.

Christchurch MP and cabinet minister Megan Woods said 53 people – including some from Australia – were in managed isolation facilities, quarantining for a fortnight, so they could either attend or support family.

Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced for the attacks on two mosques in a multi-day hearing in Christchurch’s high court from 24 August.

The Australian was convicted of 51 counts of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one terrorism charge in March after reversing his initial plea to guilty.

High court justice Cameron Mander has withheld the sentencing to allow the full participation of as many victims as possible.

Woods said she was pleased to be able to overcome Covid-19 and facilitate the movement of people.

“They’re just incredibly pleased that in the middle of a global pandemic, where it is incredibly difficult to move around the world, that they have been able to travel here,” she told Radio NZ.

Woods said among the cohort were 34 victims and 13 support people, who had travelled “to be able to support their family members, many of whom are those who lost immediate family members, fathers and brothers and so forth, in the shootings”.

Of the group, 28 were New Zealand citizens and 25 needed an exemption to enter New Zealand, travelling from Australia, the UK, Turkey, Jordan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Fiji, Egypt and Singapore.

Woods said they were happy to comply with the compulsory quarantine. “The list of countries ... where some of the people coming from [show] that it is vitally important that we do have that 14 days of managed isolation,” she said.

The group will not have to pay for their quarantine, arriving before the government’s charging regime kicked in.

“This group is coming in at a particularly traumatic time,” she said. “We’re working with police who have liaison members with each of the families.

“The court is also aware of the need to take what steps it can to minimise the re-traumatisation of victims and their families and avoid, to the extent possible, the hearing causing further potential harm.”

Last month, it was revealed that Tarrant’s stay in an Auckland prison was costing around $NZ2m ($1.3m) a year.

The 29-year-old livestreamed his crimes and is expected to be sentenced to life imprisonment. 

The Guardian


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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.




Abdul-Karim Abdullah is Lambeth’s community champion, working with young people across the borough to help them escape a life of violence and trauma.


As a key member of the London Independent Youth Safety Board, he has played an important role in changing the approach of the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime toward violent crime.



This, in turn, has led the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to set up the London Violence Reduction Unit which is now being led by Lib Peck, the former leader of Lambeth Council and a supporter of AbdulKarim’s work. AbdulKarim is the Chair of Lambeth’s Stop and Search Monitoring Board, the Chair of Lambeth’s Youth Violence Forum and the Chair of the Metropolitan Police’s Youth Independent Advisory Group.


A recipient of the National Diversity Award, AbdulKarim is invited by both print and broadcast media to share his expert opinion on violence and crime among young people. AbdulKarim is a spoken word poet, producer of the documentary Road 2 Recovery, and the youth and community events manager of Brixton Mosque.




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Mahmoud Abbas


President of the Palestinian National Authority

Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, is the President of the Palestinian National Authority, and chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Politics: President Abbas is one of the few surviving founder members of Fatah the main political grouping within the PLO. He has always been committed to pursuing an independent Palestinian state through negotiations and was one of the principal architects of the Oslo peace process. He accompanied Yassir Arafat to the White House to sign the Oslo Accords. He was elected President of the PNA in 2005 in what was due to be a four-year term. No elections have been held since then, and so he remains President.

Treaty with Jordan: President Abbas signed a historic agreement with King Abdullah II of Jordan confirming the Hashemite Kingdom’s custodianship over the Holy Sites of Jerusalem. This treaty makes formal a situation which has existed since 1924, and it will not merely avoid any disputes between Jordan and Palestine, but will more importantly enable both countries to jointly legally protect the Holy Sites in Jerusalem against Israeli (official or unofficial) incursions, physical destruction and illegal annexation.

Key Issues: President Abbas has been vocal in his opposition to the ‘Deal of the Century’, refusing promises of billions worth of investment. This in a context of no political progress for the Palestinian situation, aid cuts of hundreds of millions of dollars by the US and an economy in ruins. The financial crisis has led to deep salary cuts which in turn have fueled further unpopularity to his rule. Internal politics are heating up as potential candidates eye up the succession to Abbas.





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Belgian protest for headscarf rights at university




Some 1,000 people protest court ruling and stand up for freedom to wear headscarves



People gather at the Mont des Arts for a demonstration against the headscarf ban at a Brussels college, in Brussels, Belgium on July 5, 2020. The demonstration came after the remark of the Constitutional Court not to annul the ban on headscarves imposed by the university college.

BRUSSELS: Some 1,000 people took the streets in the Belgian capital last month to advocate for the right to wear headscarves at universities.

The #HijabisFightBack event was organized by three local NGOs representing Muslim women and fighting for social inclusion.

The protest targeted a recent constitutional court ruling that allows a ban on religious symbols in higher education.

The protest was dominated by young women, including many not covered who wanted to protest discrimination and show solidarity with their peers who wear headscarves.

Protesters carried signs such as “Don’t judge a woman by her cover!” “Why should I be neutral?” and “Where is the freedom if I can’t put on whatever I want?”

Respecting the rules of Belgian authorities, the demonstrators wore masks and tried to keep social distance.

In June, the Belgian constitutional court ruled that prohibiting religious symbols – including hijabs – in higher education does not constitute a violation of freedom of religion or the right to education under the Belgian Constitution and European Convention on Human Rights.

The decision came after a Brussels court referred to the constitutional court the case of a group of Muslim women who challenged the Francisco Ferrer College for not allowing its students to wear head coverings.

However, headscarf bans are not widespread in Belgium.

Several Belgian higher education institutions – including the famous Free University of Brussels (VUB) or Catholic University of Leuven – made clear in July that they welcome students "regardless of gender, origin or social status, with or without a headscarf.".







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Coronavirus: BAME in Oldham

Some people on social media have been blaming Oldham’s BAME community for the spike of Covid-19 cases in the area. We’ve spoken to four British Asians from Oldham to get their thoughts on why BAME are disproportionately affected by coronavirus and whether they’re really at fault.

Posted by BBC Asian Network on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Some people on social media have been blaming Oldham’s BAME community for the spike of Covid-19 cases in the area.
BBC Asian Network spoke to four British Asians from Oldham to get their thoughts on why BAME are disproportionately affected by coronavirus and whether they’re really at fault.








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The inspirational story of Jawahir Roble, the UK’s first female Muslim referee aiming for the Premier League





UK: Jawahir Roble is hoping to become the UK's first female Muslim referee to officiate in the Premier League.

She moved to the UK with her parents at the age of ten as the family looked to escape the civil war in Somalia.

They took up residence in Wembley, London, and Roble says that her love of football not only helped her to make friends but to integrate in the community despite speaking no English at the time.

"You don't need to know anybody's language to play football," she told the Press Association’s Jamie Gardner.

"Football has helped me so much, it has developed me as a person. Sometimes communicating with people is difficult, especially with other kids. That's how I started learning the language - it was bringing my own football to the school and kids would come to me and say 'Oh, Jawahir, you have a football, can we please play?' Just with hand gestures they could say 'come on, let's play together' and I was like 'OK, let's go'."

Initially she held dreams of becoming a professional footballer, but those were ended when her parents forbade her from playing.

Refusing to give up on her passion completely, Roble turned to refereeing instead.

"I started volunteering at my local clubs and then one time I was asked to this local girls' league and they did not have enough referees so they asked me to volunteer," she recalls.

"It was such a cool Saturday, I just went straight into it. I love football, I love the rules. I've learned to appreciate referees more and I'm so glad I gave it a chance, because sometimes you have to give it a go.

"My plan in life was to become a professional footballer and then a few years later it became a passion with refereeing. That was never my plan but I am glad it happened."

And now she hopes to referee in the Premier League or the Women's Super League one day.

"Honestly that's the mission,” she said.

"I'm getting my fitness up, I've lost a lot of weight you know, I've got cheekbones and everything. It's happening - university has finished and I am going all out."

"I am very fortunate," she continued. "I am a black woman, I am visibly a Muslim, I don't think I can recall any incidents. Once, a parent came up to me and said 'ref, someone said something discriminatory to you, you should chase it up'. But apart from that one incident, I've been very lucky so far."




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Assumption versus Clarification

It is a mercy from ALLAH that we humans are gifted with a mind that is able to think. Thoughts may be factual or hypothetical – based on actual facts or merely imagined, and based on feelings.

Assumption is the act of accepting something as true, or as certain to happen, without proof.

Clarification is the act of seeking facts or proof to support a thought or hypothesis.

One of the main reasons why relationships break down in today’s society is that we don’t communicate with clarity. Instead, assumptions have become the norm of our dysfunctional family units.

A classic example of assumption in this age of smartphones would be where the blue ticks on Whatsapp may be assumed as “message read”, when in fact, this may not always be the case. Furthermore, if there is no response to the message, the sender would, most often, assume that the recipient is “ignoring the message”. It is no wonder we are living on edge with our emotions and are quick to judge others.

How to seek clarification
Reflect on the last few days of your life and make a list of things you have assumed about people or situations, without having any real proof. Now, reflect on how each of these assumptions has panned out for you.
For example, in my own life, a couple of years ago I felt extreme pain in my left abdominal area. Immediately, I assumed the worst diagnosis. There was no proof, yet, there was a toxic, addictive yearning from me to gravitate towards a negative outcome.

I now know that it was based on my fears of a past medical condition. I had assumed that it was recurring. The only way to douse those fears was to seek clarification from my GP. Blood tests and scans later indicated that my fears and assumptions were baseless.

The important thing to remember is that when we assume, what we are actually doing is creating a “false story” and choosing to believe in it as though it were true. The repercussions of believing in this false story may cost us our peace of mind, damage relationships and even cause ailments in the body and mind.

The only solution is to seek clarification. Not only that, but seek clarification tactfully to ensure you don’t impose your fears and insecurities on another.

Notice the scenario below:
Husband forgets to take his phone with him. He has been gone all day. Wife tries to reach him. His phone vibrates silently by the bedside table. Wife doesn’t notice the phone there. She assumes he is ignoring her calls. She lets this thought catapult to numerous unpleasant assumptions about her husband. Eventually, husband returns in the evening. He walks in with a smile, however, the wife begins showering accusations at him. He finds it difficult to comprehend her words. Finally, he realises he left his phone at home. He tells her about it. She chooses to ignore him because she is too worked up to see things rationally. She chooses to remain grumpy the whole evening.

The above scenario could easily have been handled differently had the wife tactfully sought clarification from her husband. All it required was for her to let him know that she had tried calling him all day and became concerned when there was no answer. Was everything alright?

Simple. The act of seeking clarification not only opens and deepens our communication channels but also opens the mind to exercise patience – one of the most important virtues that ALLAH commands us to practise. In the above scenario, the amount of time spent on negative assumptions and later accusations could have instead been spent on exercising patience and making duaa for the safe return of her husband.

“When you assume, you make an ass of you (u) and me” – What may seem like a clichéd adage tends to hold immense truth.

Resist assumptions, instead seek clarifications.

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Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet (PBUH)



Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya



Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) is the panacea for those in search of good health. It is a magnificent work that is a treasure for every Muslim household.

Although it was written by the author, Ibn Al-Qayyim, over six hundred and fifty year ago, it is an extremely timely work for our generation in which health and natural health care products have become an important aspect of the lives of so many.

The author presents the guidance of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in dealing with variety of health issues, including treatment of the Qur'an and Sunnah are the main sources of Islamic lifestyle, it only stands to reason that they should likewise be referred to in the matters of health as he presents verses of the Qur'an, and statements of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) as his main reference in these issues of health and medicines. The final chapters of this work include an extremely beneficial glossary of remedies, herbs, foods and other natural substances that aid in the journey towards better health.

Healing with the medicine of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) is an invaluable reference guide for the Muslims of every land and every generation. May Allah bestow His mercy and blessing upon the author, Ibn Al-Qayyim, for surely his work will be cherished throughout time.




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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
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From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
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KB's Culinary Corner





[KB SAYS] This is a winner of a chicken dinner! Easy and delicious comfort food at its finest.





  1. Marinate the chicken pieces in the following marinade and stand for 1 hour

    Mix together
    3 tbsp Tandoori spice
    1 tbsp chicken spice
    1 tbsp paprika
    1 tbsp dried chilli flakes
    2 tbsp lemon juice
    1 cup double cream yoghurt
    1 tbsp garlic paste
    Black pepper

  2. Grease an ovenproof dish and layer the chicken pieces shaking off the Marinade.

  3. To the excess marinade add 250ml fresh cream and 1 tbsp peri peri sauce and set aside.

  4. Add 2 tbsp coconut oil to the chicken and cook in a hot oven on 200° C for 30 minutes. Turn chicken over. If there is excess liquid - drain out. Add the fresh cream mixture over the chicken and cook for a further 20mins until chicken is cooked and golden. Take care that the sauce does not completely dry out. Serve with a salad. This is really delicious!



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A cool-down is important especially after vigorous exercise, because the body needs time to slow down and recover.

Stretching helps to ensure maximum flexibility, relax the muscles, and aid in their recovery in time for your next workout.

Look at the long-term benefits and don’t skip a good stretch.





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Jallalludin is being offered a job at an interview.


Employer: "The starting pay is $40,000. Later it can go up to $80,000."


Jallalludin: "OK, I'll start later then."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet: O you that believe! You send blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.


~ Surah Al-Azhab 33:56

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The Persecution

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


The boycott was not without its effects, however.


Years of being denied food and access to shelter, coupled with physical abuse, took a toll on the Muslims.


The persecution probably played a role in the death of the Prophet’s wife, Khadijah, in 619.

She had been the first convert and had stood by Muhammad through the adversity he had faced at the hands of Quraysh.

The emotional support she provided in the early years was indispensable for the Prophet, encouraging him to continue in the face of persecution.

The loss was a huge one on Muhammad, but it was not the only loss he had to deal with.

Soon afterwards, his uncle who had protected him, Abu Talib, became ill and died.

Although he did not accept Islam, he endured persecution like the rest of Banu Hashim and never gave up protection of his nephew.

Beyond being another emotional loss for Muhammad, the death of Abu Talib had huge implications for the Muslim community.

Without a strong leader, there was little to protect Muhammad and the rest of the Muslim community from the leaders of Quraysh, who were becoming bolder in their attacks on the Muslims, verbally as well as physically.

Despite his love for the city of Mecca, Muhammad decided to try to find another city that would accept him and give him more freedom to preach his religion than the Quraysh did. The natural choice was Ta’if, a town ruled by the tribe of Thaqif, sixty-five kilometers to the southeast of Mecca.

He rode out to Ta’if and met with the three brothers who led the tribe. They unequivocally rejected his proposal that they accept Islam and refused to grant him any form of protection.

To make matters worse, on his way out of the city and back to Mecca, a crowd of people from Ta’if gathered to pelt him with stones and insults, leaving him bloodied by the time he was safely out of range of the city. Islamic tradition holds that he was visited by the angel Jibreel, who asked the Prophet if he would like him to destroy the city of Ta’if between two mountains as punishment for their treatment of the Messenger of God.

The Prophet replied in the negative, stating that he hopes perhaps one of their descendants would one day be a believer.

This event would play a huge role in the spiritual connection between Indian Muslims and the Prophet in later centuries.



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



Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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Join this online forum next Wednesday, 19 August, looking at how successive Australian governments have both stoked and used Islamophobia as part of its negative narrative against people who have sought asylum in Australia. Speakers, Mehreen Faruqi and Jeff Sparrow will discuss the racism and prejudice behind the cruel policies towards refugees.
Emeritus Professor John Minns - ANU


Mehreen Faruqi – Senator for NSW, Australian Greens
Mehreen Faruqi entered the Senate in August 2018 becoming the first Muslim senator in Australian history.
Mehreen frequently speaks in the Senate about the increasing occurrence of Islamophobia in Australia, particularly towards Muslim women. She has also spoken about the role that politicians have played in demonising particular groups in the community saying, in a speech to parliament in December: “Merchants of hate in parliament inflame divisions between Australians, between the ones they think belong here and the ones that they think don’t.”

Jeff Sparrow – author & journalist
Jeff Sparrow is a regular contributor to The Guardian and other publications and the author of a number of books. In his most recent book, “Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre” Jeff explores the re-emergence of fascism and the far right and how these ideas have gained ground because of “Islamophobic and xenophobic rhetoric in the media, particularly with the United States’ war on terror and Australia’s “stop the boats” campaign.”
Jeff won the 2019 Walkley-Pascall Prize for arts criticism for his essay ‘A Place of Punishment: No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani’ published in the Sydney Review of Books.’ You can find Jeff’s essay here.

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The Academy Alive annual Queensland tour is only 5 WEEKS AWAY!!

Our team is working hard on bringing you the BEST tour yet, and we are counting down until we get to meet all our beautiful brothers and sisters around the state.

We are also excited to share that our production crew will be travelling with us, and putting together some amazing Live events, to showcase the Muslim communities in regional areas of Queensland.

We will be starting our journey on the 24th of September, making our way north all the way up to Cairns. A timetable for the full tour will be released soon.

If there is anything you’d like to see us do during our tour, please reach out to Academy Alive and let us know!




The Academy Alive scholars are getting ready for their annual Queensland Tour!

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.

We are so excited for this tour! To keep up to date with the tour schedule and details, please sign up here.

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This initiative is funded through the Queensland Health covid-19 Immediate Support Measures. 

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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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Southport Mosque Gold Coast





This is the Southport Masjid in the heart of the Gold Coast Australia where Muslims make up less than 5%.


Southport Masjid is the second masjid on the Gold Coast. It was established to accommodate the growing Muslim community. It is situated less than 10 minutes from Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, making it a prime location to also serve the needs of Muslim tourists. There is ample parking and easy access.


Because of COVID we cannot fundraise traditionally putting the masjid in grave risk of immediate foreclosure.


Help us pay for the masjid before it is forced to close.


We are in desperate and urgent need of the masjid to save our community.


From protest to piety, from hate to love, from loneliness to community, from ignorance to guidance, from church to masjid, from dunya to akhira.


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Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

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

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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