EST. 2004


Sunday 23 August 2020 | Issue 0824



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The NSW Parliament is conducting an inquiry into the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020, introduced by One Nation NSW Leader Mark Latham MLC.


The Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN) has made a joint submission today relating to the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 (Bill).


The submission supports the introduction of laws protecting against discrimination directed at a person based on their religious belief or activity.

However, there is no conscionable reason for denying or delaying the extension of vilification protection for persons on the same grounds.

In NSW, people of Islamic faith have no form of protection against weaponised vilification and disinformation due to a gap in the law – a gap that this Bill does not address.

AMAN is urging the Committee to recommend that the Bill address the vilification gap, as it does the discrimination gap, as a matter of equity and public interest.

Allowing this environment of legal impunity to continue may have profound consequences for the NSW community, as it has been shown that conspiracy theories, portraying Muslims as a subhuman, barbaric existential threat, are designed to create a false sense of crisis and provide a gateway to right wing extremism.

NSW was home to the first white nationalist terrorist, Brenton Tarrant, who will face sentencing on Monday in New Zealand for the murder of fifty-one (51) Muslim men, women and children, and the lifelong injury of many more.

Social cohesion is our greatest strength, and must be defended through equal protection and dignity before the law.

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By Farah Scott


Last weekend I pushed myself outside my comfort zone. I joined the scout training to be a canoeing and kayaking instructor. It is not something I would ordinarily want to do but as a scout leader and an organiser of women’s activities with Hurricane Stars Club I am passionate about providing more activities for our youth and ladies to participate in. I spent one day canoeing and one day kayaking on the upper sections of the Brisbane River at the Allawah campsite.


Thankfully I was able to complete the activities without falling out of my boat. My biggest challenge came at the end of each day when we had to practise rescues and I had to fall out of my boat into the cold Brisbane River. Although participating in these activities was outside my comfort zone I enjoyed both days (except falling into the river😜).

One of the best things about the experience is the support I received from the other participants. Each day had 15 other participants who were either scout’s or scout leaders, aged from 15 to 55 years old. I was the only woman wearing a burquini (possibility the first ever to join) but no one treated me any different than anyone else. I was able to complete the training and enjoy the experience because of the support of the amazing instructors and the other participants.

By the end of the weekend I successfully achieved my level 1 in both activities Alhamdillah. I now look forward to building up my experience in both sports and going on to achieving my level 2 in each sport. When I achieve that inshallah I will be able to take groups kayaking and canoeing, providing more community activities for our youth and women.



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Q and A this week






Anhaar Kareem asked: I absolutely love debating and public speaking and hope to one day be a journalist. When I watch the news, rarely do I see anyone who looks likes me. (A female Muslim, wearing a hijab). Do you think there is any chance, in the near future, that Australians could accept a Hijabi journalist like myself, on their TV screens?


Rita Jabri-Markwell asked: In a week’s time, the Australian terrorist who murdered 51 New Zealand Muslim men women and children will face sentencing. Australian research has shown that Anti-Islam conspiracy theories portraying Muslims as a sub-human incompatible existential threat to society are now really common online and have been for many years and that it is a major gateway to right-wing extremism. This disinformation is often carried out by malicious third-party websites and amplified through social media platforms. We are really pleased the Australian government has announced a disinformation code that it is doing one with the tech industry however we would like to ask whether that code will focus on this particular type of harm and if it doesn’t work, what should the Australian government do further to protect Australia from the public harm of disinformation?




Media Diversity and Representation | Q+A

Following the release of a new report from Media Diversity Australia, Antoinette Lattouf says "too often we see 100 per cent white panels... commenting on issues that affect multicultural Australia."

Posted by Q+A on Monday, August 17, 2020




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Islam in Australia: A National Survey of Muslim Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents by Halim Rane, Adis Duderija, Riyad H. Rahimullah, Paul Mitchell, Jessica Mamone and Shane Satterley


This article presents the findings of a national survey on Islam in Australia based on responses of 1034 Muslim Australian citizens and permanent residents.


Knowing what Muslim Australians think about Islam in relation to Australian society is essential for a more informed understanding about Islam and Muslims needed to address misinformation, Islamophobia, and extremism.


The findings presented in this article include typologies of Muslims; sources of influence concerning Islam; interpretations of the Qur’an; perspectives on ethical, social, and theological issues; issues of concern; social connections and sense of belonging; views on various Muslim-majority countries; and perspectives concerning political Islam, including jihad, caliphate, and shariah.


While respondents’ understandings, interpretations, and expressions of Islam overall align with values and principles of equality, human rights, social cohesion, and social justice, a minority were found to understand and interpret Islam in ways that reflect the influence of late 20th and early 21st century ideas associated with Islamist political ideology, and a smaller sub-group were found to have views that could be considered extreme.


This article discusses these findings in relation to the early 21st century time-period factors and the Australian social context.





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The Pakistan Association of Northern Territory organized the Pakistan Independence Day celebrations during the week.


Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Hon Nicole Manison : Member for Wanguri , Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ms Kate Worden MLA: Member for Sanderson and Federal Member for Solomon Mr Luke Gosling MP were present at the event.





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Ever since the reversion of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, the Muslim call to prayer has been resounding from its minarets.

Originally built as a Christian Orthodox church and serving that purpose for centuries, Hagia Sophia was transformed into a mosque by the Ottomans upon their conquest of Constantinople in 1453.

In 1934, it was declared a museum by the secularist Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

As of June 24 of this year, Hagia Sophia’s icons of the Virgin Mary and infant Christ are covered by fabric curtains as the edifice yet again changes functions.

Turkish officials have stated that the veiling of the images, especially the interior mosaics, is necessary to transform the interior into a Muslim prayer space.

As historians of Byzantine and Islamic art, we argue that in their rush to reassert the monument’s Islamic past, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his associates have inadvertently – and superficially – emulated certain Orthodox Christian practices.

Images of Mary and Christ were often ritually veiled and unveiled in Byzantium, while later Ottoman Muslim rulers did not engage in such practices.

Images of Mary and Jesus in Islam
When Sultan Mehmed II, known as the “Conqueror” or Fatih, took over Constantinople, he headed straight to Hagia Sophia, declared it a mosque and ordered it protected in perpetuity.
He did not order the ninth-century mosaic of Mary and Christ in the interior removed or covered. Instead, Ottoman historians tell us that he stood in awe, feeling that the eyes of the Christ child followed him as he moved about the structure.

Although images of humans are almost never found in mosque architecture, the depictions of Mary and Jesus remained uncovered in the mosque of Hagia Sophia until 1739. At that time, the mosaic was plastered over. The plaster was later removed during the building’s 1934 conversion into a museum.

The centuries-long display may have been a gesture in appreciation of the Prophet Muhammad, who is said to have preserved an icon of the Virgin and Christ when he destroyed the pagan statues at the Kaaba, Islam’s holy sanctuary, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

In this and other cases, Muslim rulers clearly understood that religious figures can be used for devotional purposes without necessarily being idolatrous. This nuance has been lost as of late in the more recent debates surrounding representations of the Prophet Muhammad.
From the medieval period onward, Mary and Christ are in fact a recurring motif in Islamic art. They are depicted in metalwork, on glassware and book paintings.

European prints of the mother-and-child pair were also collected into albums by the Ottoman elites of Constantinople in the 17th century. Not shunned or destroyed, these images were sought after, safeguarded and even embellished with colorful paints.

Veiling icons in Christianity
In the history of Christianity, covering images, and revealing them at significant moments, often testified to their power. The wrapping, encasing, framing and veiling of the most precious images and objects signaled and guaranteed their divine qualities.

Thus relics were stored in containers and icons strategically enshrouded. Sometimes, paintings of Mary and Christ in medieval Western European manuscripts were screened by veils sewn onto folio pages.

Lifting these cloth “shields” enabled viewers a full visual and tactile experience of the divine depiction beneath.

The Virgin Mary, or Theotokos, as she was known in Byzantium, is closely associated with veils. The “maphorion,” or the cloth with which she is believed to have covered her head and shoulders, was housed in Constantinople. It was said to be invested with protective powers and believed to ward off enemies.

A Byzantine miracle
Turkish officials claim that the curtains covering the mosaics are on an electronic rail system and that they shall be lowered to cover the icons only during prayer times.

But if the strips of cloth covering the Mary and Christ mosaic are to be raised intermittently and nonmanually between prayers as proposed, then a startling – if purely cursory – coincidence would emerge.

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It would resemble somewhat a well-known 11th-century Christian miracle in Constantinople. The story goes that each Friday evening, the veil covering an icon of Mary and Christ would rise by itself after prayers. It would remain lifted until the following day when it fell again – on its own.

The raised veil was interpreted, among other things, as a sign of the tangible interface between the divine and mortal worlds and, more specifically, as the Virgin Mary’s embrace of her devotees.

The paradox of the past
The rich symbolism of the 11th-century miracle and other instances of Orthodox practice is certainly lost in the current strategy of veiling at Hagia Sophia. Ideological struggles over this world heritage structure since 1934 reveal the extent to which the monument serves as a symbol for the staking of political power and religious authority among Christians, Muslims and secularists in Turkey and beyond.



This time around, rather than maintain Hagia Sophia as a monument of coexistence, the Turkish government’s actions have sharpened an already tense ideological divide between pious and secular Turks, and between Muslims and Christians worldwide.

But beyond the political and religious posturing, we argue that Erdoğan and his team have also accidentally, and speciously, brought back the fabric veiling of icons, one of the practices of Byzantine Orthodoxy.

Christiane Gruber
Professor of Islamic Art, University of Michigan

Paroma Chatterjee
Associate Professor of History of Art, University of Michigan




Interior of Hagia Sophia on August 6, 2020




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(l to r) Dr. Zakaria Amin (Secretary), Farouk Adam, Saba Ahmed, Causiem Ahmed, Dr. Azharul Karim,

Dr. Humayon Kabir (Caretaker), Dr Jim Chalmers



Last week Slacks Creek Masjid Trustees visited Dr Jim Chalmers MP. Member for Rankin to discuss the Mosque's Masjid Safer Grant and combating COVID19 together.



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AFIC Hijra Message








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Muslims in the Ottomam Empire celebrated the New Year on the 1st of Muharrem, the first month of the Islamic Hijri calendar.



The Islamic calendar, known as the Hijri calendar, was started in 622 CE, marking the emigration of the first Muslims in Mecca to Medina. Referred to as the 'Hijra', this exodus was taken as a basis to start the Islamic calendar by the second caliph Omar.

The Islamic calendar is based on a different set of conventions than the solar-based Gregorian calendar. Each month has either 29 or 30 days, but usually in no discernible order. Traditionally, the first day of each month is the day of the first sighting of the hilal (crescent moon) shortly after sunset. Determining the most likely day that the hilal could be observed was a motivation for the Muslims' interest in astronomy, which put Islam at the forefront of that particular science for many centuries.

The Islamic New Year is the 1st of Muharrem, a month during which many historical events having deep implications took place. Embraced by the Ottomans, the Hijri calendar had been used as the official calendar until the present-day Republic was established and decided to use the solar calendar as a part of its westernization efforts.

By adopting this new calendar, the leaders of newly established Turkish Republic ended the Ottoman traditions of celebrating the Islamic New Year. Instead, citizens living under the new regime started to celebrate the 1st of January as the New Year, like the western Christian world.

Indeed there are drastic differences in the mentality of celebrating new years in these two diverse traditions. While the ‘new’ New Year still has not recognized by a considerable large part of Turkish society, the beginning of the New Year according to the Hijra calendar had a special place for Muslims in the Ottoman society and was celebrated widely.

According to a report which appeared in the Ikdam Newspaper in 1901, senior officials, Islamic scholars and prominent figures in the society extended their New Year greetings to the Ottoman Sultan.

The Ottoman palace was at the centre of the 1st of Muharrem celebrations. Islamic scholars, senior bureaucrats and representatives of non-Muslim communities in the society demonstrated a harmonious coexistence by annually visiting the Sultan’s Palace in Istanbul as they did for other religious fests to extend their warm wishes. During the celebrations at the palace, attendees prayed that the new year would bring fortune and victories to the state. As a response, officials in the palace distributed specially-minted golden and silver coins named ‘Muharremiyelik’ and ‘Abundance of the Year’ to the visitors.

In another report in the Ikdam Newspaper said the new year was celebrated by Ottoman diplomatic representatives and ambassadors abroad, such as Abbas Hilmi Pasha, the governor of Egypt, and the ruler of Mecca, Avnu’r Refik Pasha. Similarly, foreign diplomats and their interpreters also extended their New Year greetings to the Sultan.

On New Year's Day, it was considered that wearing new clothes would bring good luck. Thus Muslim women chose to dress in a more elegant manner. Poems were written for the the Sultan regarding the New Year.

Despite the joy and excitement, there was also some caution in order to prevented the celebrations from being exaggerated out of respect for the Prophet's grandson Hussain, who was martyred in this month. As an indication of this sensitiveness, the call to prayer was voiced in a special tone called Hussaini.


A poem written by Ahmed Tevfik, the administrator of the port in Marmara Ereglisi, was dedicated to the Sultan Abdulhamid II. He described how glad the Ottoman society was to have such a generous ruler like him and expressed his wishes for him to remain in power.

Prominent Turkish writer Faruk Nafız Camlibel explained: “Actually the major celebrations were organized on the tenth of Muhrarem. As we recognize the beginning of the New Year on the day of Ashura, the 10th of Muharram, the day the grandson of the Prophet fell martyr in Kerbala several centuries ago. This day coincided with such a cruel act. With the aim of boosting the morale but at the same time not losing respect, people traditionally prepared Ashura...a food known as Noah’s Pudding in the west. However, it is not sufficient to recover from the suffering stemming from Hussain’s assassination. Therefore, we start the first month of the New Year with sorrow.

Although Christian Ottomans joined their Muslim fellows in celebrating Hijri New Year, they were completely free to celebrate the Christian New Year without any disturbing interference from Muslims.

Hasene Ilgaz, a Turkish deputy who grew up in the 1910s, told of his recollection of the new year: “The religious fests were very fun and pleasurable days for us. For us, there was no Christmas. We recognized Christmas approaching from the preparations made by our non-Muslim neighbors who sent gifts to our homes. Colored eggs, vasilopittas and lavenders were among the gifts we received. We responded to them by giving Turkish delight and sherbet (a sweet drink).”




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Our tiler working in the Gold Coast mosque Dawah centre, brother Louie, has accepted Islam , May Allah bless him with a long and healthy life. If you like it share it .21/8/20 Plz support this building so we can finish it . Nat bank Bsb 084 510 Acc. 83 916 4414 Gold Coast Mosque Trust . I hope this video motivates you to donate. Jzk

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Plz welcome Daniel from Columbia to islam. May Allah swt protect him and accept him 19/8/20 plz share it if you like it Jzk .

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Mathew becomes Salahudin on this beautiful cold Saturday morning. May Allah swt protect him and shower his blessings on him Ameem. 22/8/20 Plz share if you like it .

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Young British Youtuber Converts to Islam

A young British Youtuber, who used to describe himself as an atheist, has converted to Islam after what he called a “very deep path of spiritual discovery for many years.”

Jay Palfrey shared a video on YouTube on Sunday, August 16, showing him taking the shahada or declaration of faith in a mosque in Turkey.

Since 2017, Palfrey has been touring different Muslim and eastern countries to explore “love for language, culture, spirituality and travel.”

He made these journeys to correct the image of many beautiful places that has been distorted by the western media.

“The more experience I gain through travelling and meeting incredible people around the world, the more connected I get with my spirituality,” he wrote.

“Living in Muslim countries and learning more and more about this beautifully peaceful, yet greatly misunderstood religion, has made me realize that this is the path I want to explore.”

True Islam
He added that a lot of people misunderstand the true Islam due to the actions of a tiny minority.

Therefore, he promised to continue his travels to spread positivity and love.

“Throughout my travels across the world, I will continue to spread the positivity of this way of life, and show the stories of people who continue to make the world a better place,” he added.

Many celebrities have converted to Islam recently.

A month ago, Latvian weightlifting world champion Rebecca Koha converted to Islam and donned hijab.

American singer Della Miles, vocalist for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, also converted to Islam last year.

The Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt in October, 2018.




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Anxiety, Meditation & Islam 


Anxiety has been increasingly ubiquitous since the dawn of the pandemic. Many of us has been struggling with the various challenges that this pandemic has triggered. Some of these challenges illuminate and reveal existing tensions within ourselves, our spirituality, our chosen lifestyles, and our relationships; while other challenges were a direct effect of the repercussions of the pandemic, such as employment, education, health, and isolation.

Although the severity of the pandemic has seemingly peaked in Brisbane, its consequences persist in one way or another. Covid-19 has almost been marked as an era, marking life before and after the nation’s lockdown, and rightly so. Things have changed: perspectives, knowledge, routines, relationships, work, study, technology, more so for some than others. And life may continue to change from this point henceforth.

The micro, and macro impacts of the pandemic, and the scale of uncertainties that comes with it, provoke our anxieties. For those who have underlying anxieties, the concerns become more profound or may manifest in other ways. Those who were not struggling with prominent anxieties prior to the pandemic, may have noticed that they have developed some. Thus, as a race, we continue to anticipate changes and balance that with our faith, our relations, and ourselves.

Striking that balance can be a challenging art in an evolving circumstance, and this is where spirituality and mental health meet. Unfortunately, there is a stigma around admitting psychological distress amongst Muslims. Acknowledging that one is mentally struggling, whether to oneself or others, is framed as a judgment. The judgment that when one suffers emotionally or psychologically, one’s Imaan is questionable. However, this judgment escapes the nature of life and the mind. It does not consider that life presents with ups and downs, and that humans are responsive to their environment. This responsivity is a built-in mechanism for all living things.

Acknowledging that the constancy in life itself is in change, helps us normalize that our anxieties and internal struggles are not only valid, but also natural. This allows us to relinquish judgment, taking our worries back to our Imaan, whereby we can give attention to our position in life, and our relationship with spirituality. By doing so, we can further introspect into our tensions, and assess whether we need external support or not.

The practice of meditation pervades humanity, and is omnipresent in the teachings of Islam. Health professionals and psychologists have been fascinated with this ancient practice and phenomenon in the past two decades, using it as interventions for stress, concentration, emotional regulation, improving relationships, addictions, and so on.

It leads us to insight within ourselves and life around us, it helps us notice, observe, and learn. When anxious, meditation is about the honest acceptance of the distress, and awareness of these changes. Bearing that insight into oneself actually requires the Imaan.

The virtue of mindfulness extends through Islam, whereby practices inculcate the application of one’s Imaan. Some forms of meditation in Islam includes, Salah, Dhikr, Muraqabah, and Tafakkur. The mindfulness involved in these practices awakens a form of metacognition, whereby we enlighten ourselves with the ruminations of our mind and our heart.

By slowing down our mind, and reigning its attention to the present, and into the self, we would have some sense of the extent we can re-navigate ourselves, and whether we can benefit from external support. We can learn to sit with uncertainty, and to explore them in a spiritual way. Through meditation, we give ourselves the gift of opportunity to explore our spirituality further.

At risk of minimizing the catastrophic effects of the pandemic, it has somehow presented us with the opportunity for wisdom: for the remembrance of Allah, for devotion and remembrance in seclusion (something we have not been blessed with achieving often in today’s society), for contemplation, and for self-reflection.

Ibn Al-Qayyim discussed the various meanings of meditation in Islam, addressing meditation as a key part of aligning our perspectives, and in our preparation for Akhirah: reflecting (tafakkur), remembering (tadhakkur), examining (nathr), meditating (taamul), contemplating (i’tibar), deliberating (tadabbur), and pondering (istibsar).” These words consider the different forms of meditation activity, and also hint their overlap. He says,

“It is called ‘reflection’ because in that is the utilization of thought and its procurement during it.
It is called ‘remembrance’ because it is the fetching of knowledge which must be considered after being distracted or absent from it…
It is called ‘meditation’ because it is repeatedly examining again and again until it becomes evident and uncovered in one’s heart. It is called ‘contemplation’—taking lessons—because one takes a lesson from it to apply elsewhere…
It is called ‘deliberation’ because it is examining the conclusion of matters, their endings and consequences, and deliberating on them.”

I personally am humbled by the challenges I have faced, and continue to face during this time. It took me time to realign myself with my mediation practices because there was so much to adapt to, so quickly in the Duniya. I found some novelty in having to re-navigate my life. However, I was also handed numerous grievances that have rocked me at the core. I experienced a bereavement from afar, major challenges with my research, financial instabilities, health concerns, as well as familial tensions. I began to see my anxieties manifesting in preparing ridiculously lavish dishes for Iftar during Ramadhan. I found that my grief led me to question the purpose of my research. I began doubting my ability in doing everything I am passionate about. I lost my self-confidence. I even doubted the future of my relationship with my partner. Although I was still practicing my daily self-care, there was a tumultuous domino-effect bubbling beneath.

This was when I realized I had the one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to practice meditation. I decided to re-organize my mind, and reconnect with my spirituality. I feel blessed to be able to say that it has been a satisfyingly intimate learning experience. I took myself to learn about the different paths of Islamic meditation. Initially, it felt like a daily chore. However, I noticed that it became more of joy, something I looked forward to everyday. Something I would plan for:

“What type of meditation did I want to try today?
Dhikr? Which Dhikr? With breathwork? Or Muraqabah?
Where would I do it?
Park? In my ‘Zen Den’? In the backyard?
Sunrise? Sunset? After my exercise? Whilst waiting for my partner to finish vacuuming?”

I realized this happened when I took the pressures of meditation away (because they were anxieties themselves, a paradox in action). I also came to realize that I could not manage my bereavement alone, and thus reached out to close friends, and my former psychologist. Interestingly, working through bereavement with a secular mental health professional reinforced me towards acceptance of Qadha and Qadar (fate and divine decree), thus strengthening my faith further. It also gave me the drive to reach out to fellow Muslims in Brisbane, and thus landed me contributing to CCN.

The lesson I have learnt, is that we can fall back on our Imaan through meditation, to find deficits in ourselves, in order to further strengthen our Imaan. However, for some of us it may be more beneficial to approach a mental health professional with a cross-cultural Islamic background. The fact that such professionals exist in the Australian demographic is heartening. It gives us hope that we can reconcile our beliefs within the practicalities of the secular world. However, I urge readers to recognize that removing the barrier between spirituality and mental health is a two-way road; the more we adhere to the stigma of seeking help for our mental and emotional distresses, the less likely will Muslims be able to help each other. And so, I encourage you to rise above the stigmatized norms, and reach out for the support you need, in reflection of your guiding faith.

I shall close with an honest and eloquent poem by Rumi on anxiety and mediation:

The Guest House
“This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”









Amirah Shah is a practicing counsellor and a researcher. She is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), and does research at the University of Queensland.
Her work has predominantly been with culturally diverse populations, addressing anxiety, depression, trauma, end-of-life spiritual care, intergenerational family therapy, and grief.
Her dissertation aims to understand the spiritual experiences of Muslims in the face of grief, in the unique transcultural tapestry of secular Australia.
She runs a practice called Road to Recovery: She can be reached via email at, or through social media at

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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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.




Moawia Bin-Sufyan FRSA is the founding Chair of the Council on Welsh Islamic Relations, an organization which seeks to enhance the understanding of Islam in Wales, and is currently in the process of setting up a forum for BAME leaders from across Wales.


Moawia has been and continues to be, involved with many charitable and statutory organizations including the Prince’s Trust, the South Wales Police Accountability Panel, the Prison Advice Care Trust, Social Care Wales, and the Muslim Welfare Association.


Among his many accolades and honours are the Queen’s Award for Charity, the British Citizen Award for Services to the Community and Education (BCA), and the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award.


Moawia is a governor of two schools and a magistrate at Cardiff Magistrate Courts.


He has helped raise over £145,000 for the charities he supports.




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The 2020 Muslim 500






Aref Ali Nayed



Nayed was the first post-Gaddafi Libyan Ambassador to the UAE for Libya’s National Transitional Council. He led the Tripoli Stabilisation Team. Prior to the Libyan revolution, he worked as an important scholar in the field of Muslim-Christian relations, and is the founder and director of Kalam Research & Media (KRM).

Religious Scholar: Nayed is a former professor at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome), a former professor at the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC, Malaysia) and a senior advisor to the Cambridge Interfaith Program and the Faculty of Divinity in Cambridge, UK. Prior to the Libyan revolution he lectured on Islamic Theology, Logic, and Spirituality at the restored Uthman Pasha Madrasa in Tripoli, Libya, and supervised Graduate Students at the Islamic Call College there. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Templeton Foundation.

Political Leader: Nayed’s other strengths have not gone unnoticed, and when he first submitted his resignation from the post of Ambassador to the UAE, it was rejected, and he was asked to take the position again. He is viewed in many circles as a man of integrity, wisdom and strength; virtues that are needed at the highest level to put Libya back on track. In 2017, Nayed launched a new movement for change in Libya dubbed Ihya Libya (“Reviving Libya”) which aims to create a stable, prosperous and democratic country. He is currently the Chairman of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) and has given various interviews confirming his intent to be a candidate for the post of either president or prime minister.





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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




Women and the future of work




Gender inequality in the workplace has been in the national consciousness for decades, but COVID-19 has exposed glaring evidence that it still requires urgent attention. Women have been far more adversely affected than men, during the coronavirus pandemic.

But when this state of emergency eventually passes, we have an opportunity, through technology for example, to solve problems like the pay gap and the value of unpaid work. As part of Sydney Ideas, Anna Burns hosts this discussion which asks whether we can nudge the scales towards equality, and avoid further gender segregation in the workforce.


Liz Broderick - lawyer, former, and longest-serving Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, the founder of the ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy and adjunct professor at the University of Sydney

Rae Cooper - co-director of the Women and Work research group at the University of Sydney Business School

Miriam Muhammad - Co-founder of Moneygirl and author

Hirander Sidhu - Deputy Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, former Australian High Commissioner to India

Chair: Anna Burns - public programs manager, University of Sydney

Duration: 54min 5sec
Broadcast: Thu 20 Aug 2020, 8:05pm



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How I’m teaching my children about Islam                            

By Rashida Tayabali




Bringing up Muslim children in Western countries presents a real struggle for parents because we often face resistance from kids, there’s a lack of time and we are trying to juggle multiple things.

There’s a popular Swahili proverb that goes, “It’s easy to give birth, the difficulty comes in raising children.” Parenting is a tough gig. Add teaching religion to children in the mix, and it becomes even more challenging.

I experienced Islam differently growing up in Kenya and living in a Muslim town. There were markers to reinforce my identity, like hearing the call to prayer five times a day, seeing my dad wear his white prayer clothes, and praying as a family frequently. I didn’t experience any conflict between the life I was living and the religion I followed, even though I went to an inter-faith school. Despite not fully understanding what I was doing, I did it anyway because that was the expectation.

When I moved away from Kenya and had children, I discovered that incorporating religion into our lives needed a lot more effort because there were multiple demands on my time.

Bringing up Muslim children in western countries presents a real struggle for parents because we often face resistance from kids, there’s a lack of time and we are trying to juggle multiple things. Children may also be exposed to negativity among their peers and the media and experience it in a different way to what their parents did.

From experience, my husband and I have taken a more mindful approach to including religion in our daily lives. We have chosen to include it as part of the children’s upbringing because it’s an important part of our identity. We’ve aimed for a natural integration into our lives, with understanding, rather than something that’s enforced on occasions, or enforced without any explanations.

In the early years we started off by introducing the concept of God, who he is and how to pray to him. The Adventist school my son goes to also emphasised similar values and teachings so that helped reinforce what we taught at home.

I went out and bought children’s books that talked about Allah, his creations and his love for children. For many years, we sat together and read my son books and answered any questions that came up.

We explained basic concepts using age-appropriate language and tried to incorporate the idea of doing charity on a regular basis and helping others without expecting a reward. From a young age, my son was encouraged to join us in prayers, even if he sat there and watched us pray. If he showed an interest in a particular thing, we explained the hows’ and whys behind it.

We found success in building a consistent habit e.g. at prayer times all devices get switched off and the entire family comes together to pray. We’ve also encouraged him to ask questions confidently, without fear of being rebuked, and we’ve answered them patiently and to his level of understanding.

There are always lessons that we highlight in any life experiences, trying to get him to see it from a humane and Islamic point of view. We’ve also chosen to use inclusive language and helped him feel comfortable in both his worlds, rather than emphasising one over the other.

Now at age eight, he’s learning how to read and recite the Quran. To help him understand and apply what he’s learning, we often sit together and read the English version of the verses he’s learning. It helps him understand in a language that’s familiar to him.

Being at home during Ramadan (because of COVID-19 restrictions), we made time to break our fast together, to talk about Islam and the fasting month. I searched through YouTube for children’s videos that explained why Muslims fast, the significance of the fasting month and the type of values that make a good human being. Often, by explaining to him why we do certain things, doing them ourselves, motivates him to take part too.

We hope that by adopting a more mindful approach to including Islam in our children’s lives, it will help them develop a better understanding of how it can enrich their lives.

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This prestigious international award is presented annually in recognition for the best scientific work in solving the health problems of the Tropics


The recipient of the 2020 Mahathir Science Award (MSA), the most prestigious international Science Award for Tropical Sciences, is Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla, Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London, UK; Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London. UK.

Sir Alimuddin’s research and capacity development work over 30 years have allowed for breakthroughs in Tuberculosis, TB/HIV co-infections and Infectious Diseases with Epidemic potential, as well as improved health of disadvantaged people.

Sir Alimuddin was selected as the recipient of this award on basis of his illustrious career in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. He established and directs a multi-continent collaboration with several African, Middle Eastern, European and American institutions on collaborative research aligned closely to capacity development and training programs and his research has truly had major impact beyond academia.

Mahathir Science Award winners receive USD100,000, a Gold Medal and a Certificate.

Nominees for the Mahathir Science Award go through a rigorous selection process modeled on the Nobel Prize (scientific) selection procedures in order to ensure that the award is presented to the best candidate. The evaluation is performed by the Fellows of Academy of Science Malaysia (Akademi Sains Malaysia) and by an International Advisory Panel. This year, the panel consisted of Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, previous MSA laureates Emeritus Professor John Sheppard Mackenzie and Professor Alan Cowman, and the former Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Professor Sir Andrew Haines. In deliberating they took into consideration several factors including originality of work, innovation, impact and its significance in solving the health problems of the tropics by improving the quality of life and contributing to the region’s prosperity.

Akademi Sains Malaysia president, Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail said that Sir Alimuddin had displayed a strong background of an impact-driven researcher and should be lauded for his efforts to make a difference in the area of tropical sciences.

“Sir Alimuddin has proved time and time again that his interest is to serve the world through his research and global collaboration efforts. His work focuses on improving global health, with an emphasis on assisting poorer and disadvantaged peoples of the world. Our decision was unanimous. We could not think of a better recipient for this year’s Mahathir Science Award,” she said.

Professor Datuk Asma Ismail was joined by the Mahathir Science Award Foundation Chairman, Professor Tan Sri Samsudin Osman, and the Chief Executive Officer of Akademi Sains Malaysia, Madam Hazami Habib in conveying the news to Sir Alimuddin via video conferencing.

Sir Alimuddin shared his delight on hearing the news of the award.

“I feel extremely honoured to have been recognized by such an illustrious selection committee as the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Mahathir Science Award. It is truly, very humbling to be recognised by a scientific body of great repute within the Asian region.

“I have always believed that impact on the community and disadvantaged populations should be the driving force underlying any research and I hope that it will encourage my peers and the younger generation scientists to focus on more impact-driven research initiatives to advance the tropical field, be it in the area of medicine, agriculture, architecture, engineering, natural resources, animal or environmental health.”

“I am very pleased that I will have the opportunity at the award ceremony in Malaysia to be held next year, to meet the Young Scientists Network of ASM, engage with my peers; and the fellows of ASM. I look forward to establishing ONE-HUMAN-ANIMAL-HEALTH collaborations with Malaysian researchers and to help in empowering the next generation of scientists from Asia to take leadership of important tropical health issues.”

“I strongly believe that as scientists, we need to be intimately involved in research, aligned with training, capacity development and advocacy efforts, so that we can have an impact for generations to come, and sustain the progress we make. We need to look beyond the normal and be involved in innovative and impactful research projects that will be beneficial for the future,” said Sir Alimuddin, who was nominated for the award by Professor Jamshed Bomanji after he read about it in the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene newsletter.

The Mahathir Science Award (MSA) is a prestigious award bestowed by the Mahathir Science Award Foundation to researchers or institutions who have made internationally recognized scientific breakthroughs in pioneering tropical research that have brought greater positive impacts to society in the fields of Tropical Medicine, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Architecture and Engineering and Tropical Natural Resources. 




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Muslim ICE Detainees Being Served Pork, Despite Religious Restrictions, Lawyers Say




US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reportedly serves pork products to Muslim individuals detained at its Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, despite the center having faith-based dietary restrictions. Attorneys currently petitioning for alternative meals argue that detainees' rights to food options consistent with their religious beliefs are protected under the Constitution, and failing to provide those options is illegal.

Lawyers from civil rights organization Muslim Advocates and two additional firms urged ICE and Homeland Security Department authorities to address the alleged violation in a letter issued on Wednesday. The letter details "alarming reports" from Muslim detainees at the Krome Center, who said pre-prepared meals containing pork are served to them two or three times per week. It estimated several dozen of the center's 440 detainees are Muslim.

Although the facility offers halal meals, which do not contain pork, attorneys said the meals are repeatedly spoiled and gave detainees food poisoning upon past consumption. An auxiliary document exhibits halal meal labels with August 2017 expiration dates.

Wednesday's letter alleged the Krome Center's Halal meals were consistently rotten prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but Muslim detainees were able to eat from a wider selection of foods then. ICE modified its available meal options after the virus outbreak's onset, and now delivers prepared food to detainees without their input.   




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





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Maintain Positive Relationships

From the moment we wake up in the morning to the time we retire to bed, our lives revolve around other human beings. They all impact our lives in ways that propel us to respond or react. These responses and reactions shape the life we lead. How we choose to react and respond to people is completely up to us.

When someone says, “I didn’t have a choice”, it simply means they are choosing to remain in the situation instead of choosing an alternative. The truth is, there are always alternatives.

Our daily relations and dealings with family members, friends, colleagues, strangers and virtual entities (those who are communicating with us online) form a vital part of our existence. These dealings and relations give rise to experiences. Experiences become memories and memories subsequently become a significant component of reasoning. Most of these memories are as a result of inherited memories. For example, how we respond to an angry outburst of another person is often the same way our parents and guardians respond to such outbursts. We grew up watching their reactions and responses and adopted them accordingly.

Relationships are formed and maintained with some basic ingredients in life, such as love, trust, respect, compassion and duty. The following communication exercise will help you nourish your relationships to be more meaningful, joyful and engaging.

The vital thing to remember for this exercise is that one has to be able to hear the tone of the voice of the other person. Text messaging will not work as you are unable to hear the actual tone of the voice. Telephone or face to face is always the best way to have an engaging, effective communication.

Married couples
Spend a few minutes daily with each other alone in conversation regarding the following specific topics and ensure that when one person is talking, the other is listening with full attention without any interruption whatsoever. When you engage in a meaningful conversation such as the one below, your mind opens up to embrace the joys of life.

“What was most joyful about your day today and why?”
“What are you most grateful for today and why?”
“What did you do today that has made you a better person than yesterday?”
“How can I be of help to you to realise your purpose in life?”

Spend time daily with your child and have the following conversation. If you have more than one child, spend time individually to have this conversation. Remember, every child is different and experiences the world differently. Ask your child the following questions and give full attention to her/his responses.

“What was most joyful about your day today and why?”
“What do you feel most thankful to ALLAH for today?”
“What was uncomfortable for you today and why?”
“What would you really like to tell me but feel scared to share? You can tell me anything. You can trust me.”
“What would you like to do to improve yourself?”
“How can I help you to be better?”

Siblings and Friends
Often the people who manage to irritate us most are our siblings and close friends. The following exercise may help open the mind to enjoy a meaningful, loving relationship among siblings and friends. Again, the tone of the voice is a vital part of this exercise.
Spend a few minutes at least once a week to touch base with your sibling(s)/ friends. Ask them the following questions and pay attention to the answers without interrupting or formulating a counter-argument.

“What was the most joyful part of your week so far?”
“What challenges did you face last week?”
“What can I do to be of help to overcome those challenges?"

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








The Map of Knowledge:

A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found



Violet Moller



After the Fall of Rome, when many of the great ideas of the ancient world were lost to the ravages of the Dark Ages, three crucial manuscripts passed hand to hand through seven Mediterranean cities and survived to fuel the revival of the Renaissance--an exciting debut history.

The foundations of modern knowledge--philosophy, math, astronomy, geography--were laid by the Greeks, whose ideas were written on scrolls and stored in libraries across the Mediterranean and beyond.


But as the vast Roman Empire disintegrated, so did appreciation of these precious texts.


Christianity cast a shadow over so-called pagan thought, books were burned, and the library of Alexandria, the greatest repository of classical knowledge, was destroyed.

Yet some texts did survive and The Map of Knowledge explores the role played by seven cities around the Mediterranean--rare centers of knowledge in a dark world, where scholars supported by enlightened heads of state collected, translated and shared manuscripts.


In 8th century Baghdad, Arab discoveries augmented Greek learning. Exchange within the thriving Muslim world brought that knowledge to Cordoba, Spain. Toledo became a famous center of translation from Arabic into Latin, a portal through which Greek and Arab ideas reached Western Europe.


Salerno, on the Italian coast, was the great center of medical studies, and Sicily, ancient colony of the Greeks, was one of the few places in the West to retain contact with Greek culture and language.


Scholars in these cities helped classical ideas make their way to Venice in the 15th century, where printers thrived and the Renaissance took root.

The Map of Knowledge follows three key texts--Euclid's Elements, Ptolemy's The Almagest, and Galen's writings on medicine--on a perilous journey driven by insatiable curiosity about the world.



Moller traces three of antiquity’s greatest works—Euclid’s Elements (mathematics); Ptolemy’s Amalgest (astronomy); and Galen’s writings (medicine)— on their circuitous journeys via translation centres of the Middle East and southern Europe, to the printing presses of Renaissance Venice.


Stops include the medieval cities of Baghdad, “unrivalled anywhere in the world for its … scholarship and wonder”; Córdoba, “a great centre of learning” that “drew scholars far and wide, especially in the fields of medicine [and] astronomy”; Toledo, where Alfonso X “established a school of Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars to translate important texts into the local vernacular”; and Palermo, where “an open-minded atmosphere … prevailed at court,” and Arabophilic kings employed scholars to translate original Greek texts “from Arabic to Latin.”


This exploration of “the web of transmissions of these manuscripts” is entertainingly informative.




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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] Börek (Turkish pronunciation: [bœˈɾec]; also burek and other variants) is a family of baked filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough such as phyllo or yufka, typically filled with meat, cheese or vegetables.

Marinate Spinach Borek



  1. 1 bag baby spinach

  2. ½ tub ricotta cheese

  3. ¼ cup feta cheese crumbled

  4. Garlic

  5. Green chillies

  6. Salt to taste

  7. Crushed black pepper

  8. Pinch chilli flakes

  9. Squeeze of lemon juice

  10. Phyllo pastry

  11. Melted butter

  12. Yoghurt & Zaatar Dip

  13. ½ cup yoghurt

  14. 1 tblsp lemon juice

  15. Salt to taste

  16. Crushed black pepper

  17. 1 tsp zaatar

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil

  2. Add in baby spinach leaves

  3. Boil for about 5 mins

  4. Strain

  5. Cool and squeeze out excess water

  6. Add rest of ingredients to spinach

  7. Adjust seasoning

  8. Cut a single sheet of phyllo pastry about 10 cm wide and 30 cm in length

  9. Brush with melted butter

  10. Place filling and roll up like a cigar

  11. Brush with melted butter and bake at 200 deg till golden

  12. Mix together dip ingredients

  13. Serve with spinach boreks



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Keeping Fit with Kareema








My Health and Fitness

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Q: Dear Kareema, I have been advised by my doctor to undertake some gentle exercises to help with my hip and joint stiffness.

Can you suggest any exercises I can try?

A daily dose of gentle exercise will most certainly help in building stronger muscles and bones and may even keep the joint stiffness at bay.

I suggest you try some he following low-impact activities:

• Walking
• Swimming
• Aqua aerobics
• Cycling
• Yoga



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The CCN Chuckle




Jallalludin to his dietician: "What l am worried about is my height and not my weight."

Doctor: "How come?"

Jallalludin: "According to my weight, my height should be 2.5 metres."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






O you who believe! Seek help with patient Perseverance and Prayer: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:153

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The Persecution

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


After losing his family’s support, being rejected by neighbouring tribes, and watching his own followers persecuted for their faith, Muhammad recognized that a radical change was necessary if Islam was to survive at all.


The opportunity for such a change came from an oasis town 300 kilometers north of Mecca, Yathrib.


The two main tribes of Yathrib, Aws and Khazraj, were engaged in a perpetual struggle for power that turned deadly in the 610s.

Further exasperating the problem, numerous Jewish tribes also lived in Yathrib and had trouble coexisting with the local Arabs.

Muhammad’s reputation as a trustworthy and reliable man was already well-known in Yathrib, and it was in 620 when numerous notables from the town travelled to Mecca to seek his emigration to Yathrib to serve as their leader and a mediator of their disputes.

Muhammad accepted their offer and encouraged his followers in Mecca to make the journey with him, where the oppression of the Quraysh was absent.

Muhammad himself was one of the last to leave Mecca in 622, when he journeyed with his close friend Abu Bakr, barely eluding Quraysh’s plans to have him murdered before he could leave.

In Yathrib, which was soon renamed al-Medina al-Munawwarah (the radiant city), officially known as “Medina” (the city), Muhammad would find security, and the ability to spread Islam away from Quraysh’s opposition.



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



Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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Brave the Storm: Faith in times of Crisis
Never before, join us with 15 of the world’s most influential speakers! FREE Live Online Conference, Registration Compulsory below!

Throughout history, Muslims have been tested in countless ways. However, whatever the challenge may be: individual struggles, pandemic or wars, Islam has given us tools to courageously face each and every test.

Join us with some of the world’s most respected Muslim speakers as they share their words of wisdom and clarity. This awesome lineup has never come together before. Secure your FREE seat by booking below now!

Price: FREE (Registration Compulsory below)
Date: Saturday 5th September 2020
Venue: Live Online (Open to all Worldwide)



Speakers include:

Shaykh Omar Kiswani (President/Imam of Masjid al Aqsa)
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi (USA)
Shaykh Zahir Mahmood (UK)
Imam Suhaib Webb (USA)
Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed (USA)
Ustadha Dalia Mogahed (USA)
Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi (UK)
Shaykh Hasan Ali (UK)
Shaykh Sulaiman Moola (South Africa)
Shaykh Ibraheem Menk (Zimbabwe)
Ustadha Youssra Kamel Kandil (USA)
Ustadha Maryam Lemu (Nigeria)
Shaykh Sa’ad Numani (Saudi Arabia)
Shaykh Abu Bakr al Shateri (Saudi Arabia)
Ustadha Maryam Amir (USA)

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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.

Please share this information with anyone you know in regional Queensland, as we would love to meet them and connect with our brothers and sisters all around Queensland.

The Academy Alive crew has been so excited for the upcoming Queensland tour; they have been camping in their garages.

Do you want tobe part of the Academy Alive Journey? Be there with us every step of the way as we connect with our Muslim community living in regional areas of Australia.





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We have got a surprise for you! 👀🤫 . . . . We have been so excited for the upcoming Queensland tour; we have been practicing our camping skills in our garages. ⛺️⛺️⛺️ Do you want to be part of the Academy Alive journey? Be there with us every step of the way as we connect with our Muslim communities living in regional areas. #QLDtour #Relationships #Health #Finance #leadership

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As restrictions ease, the Hurricane Stars Club Inc is restarting it's programs in August inshallah. We want to ensure we are providing effective services for the community to support and engage men, women and children with the programs they need.


Please assist us in this process by completing two short surveys that will only take 5 minutes. Have your say and help us to provide the most beneficial programs for the community. 










World Wellness Group are pleased to announce the launch of Multicultural Connect Line. A culturally tailored service to help link community members to supports to help with stress, worry and practical issues that the covid-19 pandemic has brought to our lives. 

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

Please give the helpline a ring on 1300 079 020 or visit our website (new site launching soon!) to find out more about the suite of services offered at World Wellness Group.  












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Point them to this site

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.

Feel free to use and share if you feel appropriate.

I have also shared some of the beautiful Quran recitations and supplications with English translation.













Muslim Funeral Services guidelines adopted on dealing with Janazas during this pandemic.


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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.


With your help, our desperation will turn to hope. Fight alongside us to save the masjid!


Please donate now!






Gold Coast needs your help yes help.


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20 July '21 (tentative)




(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1442


21 July '21 (tentative)




10th Zil-Hijja 1442


11 August '21 (tentative)




(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1443


18/19 August '21 (tentative)




9th/10th Muharram 1443


19 October '21 (tentative)




(Birth of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1443




1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr - these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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