EST. 2004


Sunday 6 September 2020 | Issue 0826



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Senator SCARR (Queensland) (19:40): Every day I am in this place, I'm honoured to represent my beautiful state of Queensland. Nothing gives me greater honour than when I have the opportunity to report to the Senate the great work that Queenslanders are doing to help their fellow Australians in need. I would like to detail to the Senate three remarkable events that occurred recently in my home state of Queensland.

First, on 18 July 2020, I was honoured to accompany members of the Rotary Club of Archerfield as they delivered their three millionth litre of water to the Granite Belt Water Relief project in Stanthorpe. Joining members from the Rotary Club of Archerfield were Mr Jitendra Prasad, past district governor, and other members of Rotary Club Brisbane International, members of the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe, and members of the Rotary Club Brisbane Taylor Bridge. All are great Rotarians working together, as they always do, to help people in need, proving, once again, that Rotary connects the world. The logistics involved in delivering this three million litres of water are truly remarkable. I'm sure Senator Sheldon, given his background, would appreciate this. Consider this: 125 trips totalling an aggregate of 54,500 kilometres and involving 1,068 hours. Donations received in cash or kind were over one-quarter of a million dollars.

The second remarkable thing about this event is that a leading role was played by one Rotarian, an outstanding Australian: Mr Sultan Mohammed Deen, known as George Deen, a past president of the Archerfield rotary club. George is a long-time operator of prime movers in Brisbane. He knew that his fellow Australians were in need out in Stanthorpe. Perhaps what's so remarkable about this is that George was the one who single-handedly undertook nearly all of those trips out to Stanthorpe. He's the one who put in that incredible effort of 125 trips for 54,500 kilometres and 1,068 hours. So George would do his own work and then he would spend his time actually carting water out to Stanthorpe to help his fellow Australians. He was assisted by many members and supporters of the Rotary Club of Archerfield. His fellow member, Abdul Rahman Deen, known as Ray Deen, also a member of the Archerfield rotary club for more than 30 years, sponsored the registration and insurance of the prime mover and the water trailer. Both George and Ray have been members of Rotary for over 33 years, providing community service to the broader Australian community.

The third remarkable thing occurred on 8 August 2020. That was that the three brothers—George and Ray Deen, who I've spoken of, and their brother who's known as Happy Deen—collectively celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. All three brothers were married on the same day, 8 August 1970. Sultan Mohammed Deen, known as George, married Kamrun Nisha Yusuf. Abdul Rahman Deen, known as Ray, married Samsum Nisha Fazil and Habib Allah Deen, also known as Happy, married Badrul Nisha Yusuf. The three couples were married on the same day in 1970 at the Holland Park Mosque. Since that day in 1970, these families have made an outstanding contribution to my home state of Queensland. It is a great honour to pay tribute to you in this place.



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Last weekend some of the Muslim Crescent Scouts joined 50 other scouts from around south-east Brisbane on an amazing sailing trip around Moreton Bay.


They spent 6 hours sailing around Moreton Bay Marine Park on a 100 foot gaff rigged Schooner, built specifically for adventure sailing and education.


It was an amazing experience for all the scouts who attended, as they learnt to raise and lower the sails, they got to take turns being a skipper and steering the boat and they took turns sitting over the water on the net on the front of the boat.


It was a beautiful day and the scouts enjoyed watching dolphins, whales and turtles swimming around in their natural habitat in the bay.


It was an amazing day which the scouts wont forget and we look forward to our next exciting adventure.



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AMAN'S FINDINGS: Online dehumanisation of Muslims made Christchurch massacre possible




By Rita Jabri-Markwell    



When Brenton Tarrant, a radicalised Australian white supremacist, committed the Christchurch terror attack in 2019, many claimed that the history of racism in Australian politics and media was partly to blame for his unspeakable crime. To be sure, expressions of racism and divisive political rhetoric influence the ways in which minorities are perceived and treated by majority populations. But there has also been a pervasive infiltration of extremist ideology and narratives into mainstream public and political discourse — channelled primarily through social media. Australia has played a disproportionate role in amplifying this extremist content.

Internationally, research into right-wing extremist ideologies have tended to be less concerned with the way victim groups are targeted and framed, and more focused on the “outcome” that extremists are seeking. But I argue this frame is too narrow and may help explain why commonly targeted communities continue to be dehumanised at scale, not least on social media.


The qualitative analysis of content from of Lee’s seed sites that researchers working for the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN) conducted earlier this year identified “dehumanisation” as key effect, even though efforts were clearly made on these sites to avoid blatantly dehumanising language in order to circumvent platform moderation. Instead, factually skewed stories of heinous, deviant, and offensive activity, as well as the actions of overseas terror groups, are editorialised within an overarching narrative about demographic invasion and moral subversion by “Islam” — a term used as a proxy for Muslims.





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After a rocky start, Natasha Hill's whole life is now dedicated to sport.


While other teenage girls were going behind their parents' backs to attend parties and concerts, Natasha Hill was sneaking out of her family home to play football.

The Lebanese-Indigenous Australian, who is Muslim, was living out her own Bend it Like Beckham storyline, hiding her boots and uniform in her car, away from the eyes of her disapproving mum.

"At the time, I wasn't wearing the headscarf, so I was wearing shorts and [we argued about] being appropriately dressed, being in public. So it wasn't perceived well," reflects the now-28-year-old.

"There was a time where one of my relatives told me, 'Oh, go home and get changed, don't come back till you look like a lady.' And I had just come back from a football game."

But Natasha wasn't going to be deterred that easily and after a rocky start, her whole life is now dedicated to sport.

"That mindset has completely switched now. So I'd say mum's probably one of my number one supporters, always pushing and encouraging me to keep going, keep working with the community," she said.

What's stopping girls and women from playing?
There's been a huge push in recent years to get more girls and women playing sport, but those from diverse cultural backgrounds are still less likely to get involved.

Some of the obstacles they may face include an expectation to stay at home and help look after their family, particularly on weekends.

They might not be able to afford registration and uniform fees, or have any way of getting to and from games.



Sometimes they and their families just don't understand how the sporting system works in Australia, or the language barriers can feel overwhelming.

And often, the clubs and organisations themselves aren't sure how to cater for different cultural groups.

Natasha can relate to many of these issues.

She works full-time in sport for development with community organisations Football United and Creating Chances, and spends all her free time volunteering as president of the club she founded, Punchbowl United FC, in Sydney's south-west.

Like the region it sits in, the club has a majority Middle-Eastern Muslim playing base, with 30 per cent of them girls and women.

While not all Muslim women opt to wear the hijab, for those that do, sporting uniforms sometimes pose a problem.

"We allow them to wear skins under their shorts if they've put on the headscarf as well, and we've set up an agreement with the association where they're allowed to wear tracksuit pants," Natasha said.

Culture v religion: There's a difference
A popular part of Australia's sporting culture is to head to the pub after every game, to celebrate or commiserate.

But for people who don't drink, that can be another reason to steer clear of sport — unless they can find like-minded teammates.

"So they've come to us knowing that we're a safe space and that we do have those [shared] values," Natasha added.

But she's quick to point out the religion in itself isn't a barrier.

"Within the religion, it promotes physical activity and health. It's the culture that has that taboo on it," she said.

"It's something that I'm trying to push on in many mindsets of others that don't come from my background. They've just got to remember to differentiate between culture and religion."

Anyier Yuol came to Australia as a South Sudanese refugee when she was 10 years old, and her first introduction to sport was at school, in the wildly foreign form of cricket.

She can relate to Natasha's struggles.




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Welcome to islam brother on this beautiful Day of Jummah 4/9/20

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Slavery and Australia 
By Rehana Seedat


On 12th June 2020, Scott Morrison infamously stated that there was “no slavery in Australia” (he later apologised).

This short piece reflects on that statement in light of Australia’s colonial history and its treatment of Indigenous Australians. Were laws which controlled the day-to-day life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities tantamount to slavery? Let us start by examining the legal definition of slavery.

Slavery is defined in the International Convention to Suppress the Slave Trade and Slavery of 1926 to mean 'the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised'.

“Ownership” in a very basic sense and taking into account its ordinary meaning, includes, among other things, the right to exercise control.

From about 1840 till as late as the 1970s, the right to control every aspect of an Indigenous person’s life was enshrined in Australian law. A law under which Indigenous Australians suffered extensively: their children were forcibly taken from them, their freedom of movement restricted, curfews imposed, wages withheld, and they were stripped of the autonomy to decide where they lived and worked, or with whom they socialised or married.

The laws enacted by each state and territory were known as the “Protection Acts” though their purpose was to do anything but protect. Rather, their purpose was to control, exploit and strip Indigenous Australians of their basic human rights and dignity. Local police officers, patronisingly known as ‘local protectors’, were delegated the right to exercise control over, and make decisions which impacted an Indigenous person’s day-to-day affairs.

The control was extensive and far-reaching and robbed Indigenous people of the right to make decisions of even minor significance. For example, an Indigenous worker who wished to purchase a pair of trousers was required to seek permission from their local protector. The protector would typically check the balance of withheld wages, and if sufficient funds were held, the purchase would be allowed, or disallowed, at the protector’s discretion. Premium prices were charged for items, while fraud and theft of monies was widespread. Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders were kept unaware of details around this process, some not aware of their right to a wage at all, but all were acutely aware of the need to seek permission. It was an ignorance of convenience which allowed the oppressor to extract maximum benefit from its regime of control. Indigenous men and women were often sent away to work on remote farms with little or no notice and with no idea of where they were going and when they would return.

This policy of protection, sought to eradicate Indigenous heritage, culture and language. Steeped in racism, the laws were prefaced on the assumption that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were incapable of controlling their own affairs. This brief summary of history serves to establish that compelling arguments can be made which affirm the initial hypothesis. Even today, the legacy of control remains and is reflected in disproportionately high rates of incarceration and deaths in custody, lower life expectancy and frustration associated with feelings of disenfranchisement and disempowerment in Indigenous communities.

Australia’s struggle with its history of colonial slavery remains and a Prime Minister hastily denying its existence is but a reminder of the guilt the nation bears for its wrongdoings. In Australia, colonial slavery was enshrined in law and justified in policy. Careless statements from political leaders serve only to fuel resentment. If Australia is to achieve reconciliation there must be an acceptance of what has ensued and willingness to redress those wrongs. A fundamental ingredient has to be respect for the hardships and irreversible suffering of Indigenous Australians, in the spirit of true equality between all people.




Rehana Seedat is a commercial lawyer having worked in government, private practice and corporate roles for large multinational companies across Australia, the UK and India.


She is Legal Counsel for the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority in Victoria.


She is married, has two sons and lives in Melbourne.

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.




Professor Hashim Ahmed is an internationally renowned expert in prostate cancer diagnosis, imaging, and biopsy as well as minimally invasive therapies for prostate cancer.


He is a Professor and Chair of Urology at Imperial College London — one of the youngest chairs of a surgical department in Europe.


He is also Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute’s Prostate Research Group and Chair of NHS England’s Prostate Clinical Group.


Hashim has pioneered research that means men suspected of prostate cancer can avoid invasive biopsies and instead have accurate MRI scans.


He is recipient of the British Medical Journal Award for Innovation (2015) and has been awarded the Health Services Journal Award for Innovation in both 2016 and 2018.


With over 200 peer-reviewed papers to his name, Hashim currently holds a prestigious Wellcome Trust fellowship and leads a team of twenty researchers.




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Mohamed Bechari



Dr. Mohammed Bechari, born in Morocco, is a leading prolific and dynamic public figure in the landscape of European Islam. He heads a variety of organisations that seek to better represent French and European Muslims to wider society as well as working to empower their own communities.

Head of Organisations: He is the Secretary General of the UAE-based World Muslim Communities Council, president of the French National Federation of Muslims, one of the leading entities organizing Islam in France. He is also the secretary general of the Islamic European Conference, a Europe-wide umbrella organization that seeks to be a single entity representing European Muslims at the European level. Bechari is the founder of the Avicenna Institute in Lille and member of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Vienna.

Scholar and Awards: Bechari has written many books and taken up visiting professor posts at several international universities. He was awarded the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence of the First Class as well as The Medal of Sciences and Arts of the First Class from the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Outspoken: Bechari has been outspoken against those who would incite hatred and violence. He has included not only dai’sh in this category but also any Imams who preach hatred in French mosques. He has been keen to win Islam back from the distorted image portrayed by terrorists. He has voiced his beliefs against dai’sh and Al-Qaeda who promote terrorism and have distorted the image of Islam worldwide. During an interview on Dubai TV in 2016, he went as far as saying that Imams who incite and “Preach hatred in the Mosques” should be deported.





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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




Musings of a mum: A burkini in Bournemouth

By Aasiya I Versi



Covid-19 has us staycationing! What a turnaround that is. All my bears and I love travelling, the thrill of the flight, the excitement of seeing a new place for the first time. However, like so much of our lives, those types of adventures have been shelved for the time being.

We spent a good part of the week going to Wales and ended our week by the seaside on the outskirts of Bournemouth, where I chose to wear a burkini.

Initially, I stuck out like a sore thumb but the feeling wore off as the day progressed. Me wanting to swim with my daughters trumped the awkwardness. That initial discomfort unsettled me. If I am choosing to live my life by values, why am I wary of it in public? Is a principle only of value when others around me share it?

I paid a visit to a lady who has been a saving grace in my family’s story. She and her late husband have always been there for us; when we had a messy divorce within the family when the home that we were renting became too expensive for us, they opened up their home for us.

This was done without any qualms from either of the two families. This support was expected and given whenever it was needed. All these years later we have a rich meaningful relationship and her unwavering support in our times of need have left a mark. That unconditional giving up of ‘space’ is unfathomable today.

Quite often when we think of hosting an individual or a whole family there is always this overwhelming feeling of claustrophobia. Have our houses and as a result, our minds obsessed with the idea of self, unable to think of supporting another individual or another family? Will our future selves be blessed with the same richness that we find in assisting our loved ones through moments of weakness?

In a mosque setting (pre-Covid-19 of course) we would quite often take a plate of food to share at a communal iftar during Ramadan. Back when we were growing up, it was rude to even fathom taking your own food before you offered it to others. However, that has changed today. If I were to take a bowl of salad (which I love) I would ensure that my plate had some of it before I passed it down.

What does that action tell my child? Make sure you serve yourself before you serve others? Is that the value that will dictate and determine our actions?

Serving our self-interest is not a bad thing. But we have to understand that serving others is serving yourself. It is allowing yourself to experience the depth and the wealth of understanding another’s vulnerability.

Perhaps that is a value that we can choose to pursue.



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Introducing Sh. Abdullah Oduro


A Muslim Convert Story Part 1


Introducing Sh. Abdullah Oduro | A Muslim Convert Story Part 1

#ConvertStories | Am I Muslim, Ghanian, or American? How I Learned To Be All Three Sh. Abdullah Oduro describes his early life growing up detached from his Ghanian roots, and how he found Islam. Follow along with us as he recounts his journey to connect with his culture, and how his spiritual journey inspired it all. ❗️Yaqeen Basics™, a resource for new and renewed Muslims, is coming soon! Sign up for updates here:

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Sh. Abdullah Oduro describes his early life growing up detached from his Ghanian roots, and how he found Islam. Follow along with us as he recounts his journey to connect with his culture, and how his spiritual journey inspired it all.









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Riots in Sweden after far-right activists burn copy of Quran    


Unrest in Malmo city after copy of Muslim holy book is burned during a far-right rally in a mainly immigrant district.

SWEDEN: At least 10 people were arrested in southern Sweden and several police officers injured in violence triggered by an illegal protest where a copy of the Quran was burned.

Protesters in Malmo city threw stones at police and burned tyres on the streets late on Friday, with violence escalating as the night wore on, according to police and local media.

The demonstration of about 300 people was connected to a rally earlier on Friday in which far-right activists burned a copy of the Muslim holy book in Rosengard, a largely migrant neighbourhood, police spokesman Rickard Lundqvist told Swedish tabloid, Expressen.

Anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan was expected to attend that rally, but was stopped by the police at the Swedish-Danish border, police said.

Between 10 and 20 protesters were arrested late on Friday for the violence and "have all been released," police spokesman Patric Fors told AFP news agency.

The violence had subsided by Saturday morning. "It's not right," Malmo resident Shahed told the SVT public broadcaster. "But it wouldn't have happened if they hadn't burned the Quran."







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How Facebook threatens vulnerable Muslim communities    



The social media platform has been used to incite and condone violence against adherents of the Islamic faith, from Myanmar to Kashmir to Palestine

The social media giant Facebook poses an existential threat to vulnerable Muslim communities.

This assessment is based on how Facebook has failed to prevent its platform from being used to incite mob violence against adherents of the Islamic faith. Palestinian and Kashmiri human rights activists have long complained of having their accounts suspended or permanently deleted after posting videos of Indian and Israeli soldiers carrying out human rights violations.

"Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended," said Yanghee Lee, a UN investigator who in 2018 described the social media platform as a vehicle for inciting "acrimony, dissension and conflict" and driving the Rohingya Muslim genocide in Myanmar.

Defying 'community standards'
A recent investigation by the Wall Street Journal has revealed that when it comes to the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable Muslim minorities, Facebook not only puts profits and politics before social and moral responsibility, but also before its stated user policies or what it calls "community standards" - as evidenced by how it refused to punish a right-wing Indian politician for advocating violence against Muslims because doing so would be bad for the company's business.

"We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence," reads the site's hate-speech policy. "We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics - race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability."




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Non-Muslims who live close to Muslims are less likely to be Islamophobic, study shows





The most recent Islamophobia in Australia report shows Muslims continue to be the targets of hostility and violence.

The September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 propelled them to this unenviable position. More recently, Islamic State has reinforced Western fears of and antipathy towards Islam and Muslims.

Our new study finds non-Muslim Australians living in areas with high numbers of Muslims are less Islamophobic than the general populations of Sydney and Melbourne. This suggests living side-by-side could be an antidote to Islamophobia.

What is Islamophobia?
Islamophobia refers to indiscriminate negative attitudes or emotions directed at Islam or Muslims.
Australians typically know very little about Muslims and their faith. As a result, they tend to lump together this vastly diverse group as backward, gender-oppressive and violent.

The “religious visibility” of some Muslims exacerbates this issue. We see Muslim women wearing hijabs or face veils, and quickly - as well as wrongly - conclude all Muslims are traditional and far too serious about their religion for our modern and secular standards.

Just like any other large population group, Muslims come from a variety of ethno-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. As sociologist Riaz Hassan noted in 2018, 37% of Australian Muslims are born here, and the rest come from 183 different countries.

Islamophobia in Sydney and Melbourne
In the 2016 Census, more than 600,000 people identified as Muslims, with about three-quarters living in Sydney and Melbourne. They tend to be concentrated in specific suburbs, where they are also visible through ethnic businesses, schools and places of worship.

Our study examined Islamophobia in the top ten Muslim suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne, in comparison with the rest of the two metropolitan areas. The proportion of Muslim residents in the selected areas ranged from 59% in Lakemba, NSW, to 30% in Dandenong, Victoria, according to census data.

We surveyed 1,020 people - half in the target areas and half in the greater metropolitan areas of Sydney and Melbourne.

Respondents were given a series of statements, such as, “the number of Muslims in Australia is too high,” “I am worried about Muslims forming enclaves in Sydney or Melbourne” and “I dislike seeing Muslim women with their hair covered”.

They were asked to agree or disagree on a five-point scale, which produced their “Islamophobia score” from one (no prejudice) to five (high prejudice).

Living close by is key
Our study found non-Muslims living in Muslim areas were less Islamophobic than the general populations of Sydney and Melbourne, scoring 2.31 compared to 2.80. This adds evidence to the “contact theory”, which states that usually, but not always, contact between people of different backgrounds reduces inter-group prejudice.


We can’t be complacent
Compared to many other Western countries, Australia is not the worst place to be a minority Muslim. A 2015 survey found only about 10% of Australian respondents were highly Islamophobic.

However, we should not be complacent, especially after last year’s Christchurch mosques terrorist attacks, perpetrated by an Australian.

Our study shows when non-Muslims interact with Muslims, they are less likely to be Islamophobic. It suggests an important way to combat Islamophobia is to have more rather than fewer Muslims among us and to learn more about their religion and way of life.  




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Saudi Arabia starts national database in ongoing efforts to develop arts and culture



SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has started a database to inform its work of designing strategic cultural projects.

The database will be built in stages through an e-platform.

The first stage is to build a data inventory of arts and culture workers that would also open a line of communication between the ministry and industry stakeholders.

“The Ministry lays effective communication with the employees of the Saudi cultural sector as a basis for designing its strategic projects, based on its belief in the importance of enhancing the effectiveness of the cultural community and enabling it to play its important roles to serve the Saudi culture and to achieve one of the main pillars of Saudi Vision 2030, which is building a vibrant society,” said SPA.

The target sectors are music, books and publishing, literature, theatre and the performing arts, fashion, visual arts, museums, libraries, architecture and design arts, heritage, language and translation, films, and culinary arts.

There has been a surge in arts and culture activities in Saudi Arabia in the last few years. This week, the sixth Saudi Film Festival opened, albeit online due to ongoing pandemic social distancing restrictions.

In July, the Ministry of Culture moved forward with several policy-making initiatives, including the formation of boards of directors for several committees including film, theatre and the performing arts, and visual arts.




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








This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman



Ilhan Omar



Ilhan Omar was eight years old when war broke out in Somalia. The youngest of seven children, her mother had died while Ilhan was still a little girl.


She was being raised by her father and grandfather when armed gunmen attacked their compound and the family decided to flee Mogadishu.


They ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya, where Ilhan says she came to understand the deep meaning of hunger and death. Four years later, after a painstaking vetting process, her family achieved refugee status and arrived in Arlington, Virginia.

Aged twelve, penniless, speaking only Somali and having missed out on years of schooling, Ilhan rolled up her sleeves, determined to find her American dream.


Faced with the many challenges of being a Muslim refugee, she questioned stereotypes and built bridges with her classmates and in her community.


In under two decades she became a grassroots organizer, graduated from college and was elected to congress with a record-breaking turnout by the people of Minnesota—ready to keep pushing boundaries and restore moral clarity as she sees it in Washington D.C. 



Ilhan Omar is feisty. You can see it on the first page and that same fire powers the book through to the very end. She is a survivor and refuses to be a victim.

The book begins with her fighting a bully in her classroom who is a lot than her. She ends up in the school backyard pummelling the boy. Standing up to those that are unjust seems to fuel this woman, ‘My strength doesn’t come from a lack of fear but from an overpowering sense of moral outrage.’ (p260).

In a full circle, towards the end of the book sees her taking on another big bully who just happens to be the President of the United States. Bullies don’t seem to daunt Omar.

Her journey goes from running through the streets of Mogadishu, fleeing the civil war in Somalia to the Utange refugee camp (on the border with Kenya) and her first impressions of America are sadly utopic from a child’s perspective. As a Congresswoman she is still trying to create an America that she wished to see when she first stepped into the country.

Talking about the American dream, she says, ‘We are not living up to the ideals we export to the rest of the world. In our country, we’ve normalized inequalities and hardships to the point that we don’t even recognize them as such.’(p262)

Omar is a marked woman because of her hijab. In the US Congress, which is dominated by white men, she addresses her decision to wear a headscarf by writing, ‘I need to cover pieces of myself to preserve who I am and feel whole. I’m centred by the hijab, because it connects me to a whole set of internally held beliefs.’ (p 119)

The downside of having a very visual display of faith is that every action she takes is attributed to her faith, and so she writes, ‘And yet, I also rail against having every action I take reduced to a social construct stemming from my religion, stripping me of the complexities of multidimensional thought.’ (p245)
I enjoyed the book.

The whole process of getting to a place of power and retaining power is a fascinating story. How businessmen are movers and shakers within a community, how the mother of her campaign manager allows Omar to see how she would be viewed in a district that might not view her as her own were all fascinating anecdotes in this biography.

In a true survivor fashion, she dwells on the steps that she took after all the low points (that she chooses to mention) in her life.

When her marriage broke down, she applied for a four-year university degree and with indomitable determination completed it while raising two small kids.

Changing her degree from nutrition to political science, she discovered a passion for community organizing and the journeys to the House of Representatives and on to the US Senate seem to be a relentless roller coaster journey that doesn’t seem to faze this protagonist.

Her driving force is ‘to help all those who feel small feel large; to make loud those who think they are voiceless. To me, that is the American dream.’ (p261)

We sure could use more dream makers in our current world set up.





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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] Take this tart to the next level by adding 4 tablespoons cocoa powder into your custard.




  1. 1 litre milk

  2. 5 tablespoons sugar

  3. 3 heaped tablespoons cornflour

  4. 2 heaped tablespoons custard powder

  5. 125 ml lemon juice

  6. 1 tin condensed milk

  7. 2 pkts coconut biscuits


  1. Mix Bring milk to a boil with the sugar.

  2. In a jug mix the cornflour and custard powder with a little milk to form a paste.

  3. Add cornflour and custard mixture to the milk and mix well together and let simmer for a few minutes.

  4. In another bowl mix the condensed milk and the lemon juice together.

  5. Place a layer of biscuits in the bottom of a dish and pour half of the custard mixture over.

  6. Place another layer of biscuits on top of the custard mixture.

  7. Pour the condensed milk mixture on top of the second layer of biscuits.

  8. Place another layer of biscuits.

  9. Pour the other half of the custard mixture on top of the of the biscuits.

  10. Crush a few biscuits and sprinkle on top.

  11. Place in the fridge to set until ready to serve.



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Keeping Fit with Kareema








My Health and Fitness

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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve been idle during the colder months and need to get back into fitness. I won’t be returning to the gym so need some direction please?

A: Make small active lifestyle changes and you’ll find over time it will have a huge impact on your overall health and fitness.


Take up simple moderate exercise and build from there.

The aim is to get moving and keep challenging yourself as you go.


Small changes = big results.




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The CCN Chuckle




Little Jallalludin: "Mummy at what age can I go out and return at the time I like?"


Mrs Jallalludin: "Even your father has not reached that age."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






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Did you know........










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


Muhammad’s new political and social order in Medina came to be codified in a text known as the Constitution of Medina.

The Constitution detailed that, under Muhammad’s authority, Medina would operate as a state based on Islamic law.

The Umma was to operate as one political unit.

Furthermore, Muhammad would act as the city’s ultimate arbitrator.

Old Arab customs regarding revenge and honour in the face of injustice were eliminated in favour of a structured justice system based on Islamic law.

The Constitution gave the oasis’s Jews freedom to practice their religion, but they had to recognize the political authority of Muhammad over the city and join the common defense in the case of an attack from Quraysh.

Muhammad’s nascent political entity in Medina would serve as the model Islamic state for centuries of Muslim governments, particularly with regards to the treatment of non-Muslim minorities.

The nature of the continuing revelations changed to match the change in circumstances for the Muslim community.

Verses and chapters revealed to Muhammad in Medina tended to be longer than the ones from Mecca, detailing things such as forms of worship, taxation, inheritance, and relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

The Quran provided the generalities of how a Muslim society should operate, and where necessary, Muhammad explained the precise details.


His words and actions, known as the hadith, were a vital source of guidance and law, second only to God’s revelation itself.

But the Quran was not only concerned with law and social order.

Many of the Medinese verses described the stories of earlier prophets.

Stories of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus were all described in great detail to Muhammad’s followers, making very clear that Muhammad was simply the last in a long line of prophets, and that his message is no different from theirs.

Much of this was aimed at the Jewish community of Medina.

On the surface, they shared much in common with the Muslims.

They were both monotheistic in a land known for polytheism, they both revered the same prophets, and early on in Muhammad’s prophethood, they both prayed towards Jerusalem.

As a result, some of Medina’s Jews accepted Muhammad as a prophet and converted to Islam.

Jewish scriptures speak of a Messiah, and to them, Muhammad was that promised man.

But many more rejected Muhammad. Judaism is unique, in that belief and ethnicity were tied to the concept of a Chosen People.

Muhammad’s message of egalitarianism and the unity of all Muslims regardless of ethnicity challenged some of the main ideas the Jews believed in.

Some probably genuinely believed he was a prophet, but the fact that he was not a Hebrew was problematic for those who followed Jewish theology strictly.

The divide between a Jewish community that believed themselves to be specially chosen by God and a Muslim community that advocated the unity of all people would develop into serious tensions between the two faith groups.


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



Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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Lessons From My Life: Ahmad Totonji (serialized)







Ahmad Totonji’s 35 Principles for Success in Life and Work


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


1 Godliness

ALWAYS FOCUS ON ALLAH, so that you may always live in adherence to His will, for the aim and hope of the believer is to proceed with the guidance of Allah (the Most High). This is what my father (may Allah rest his soul) advised me.

I learned to enjoy the quietude of early Fajr time (the first of the five daily prayers) despite the difficulty of waking up so early. Whoever is able to wake up lives the beauty of the morning air, and is filled with motivation, and thus overflows with the power of giving, which is one of the aspects of the importance of Fajr prayer.

I do not know God-consciousness theoretically, and nor do I know any Islamic value divorced from the essence of the human soul. Through the passage of human life I learned Islamic values, and only then was it possible for me to understand the importance of the value of faith and its effect on human life.

Believers must be exemplars who satisfy their Creator and be an example to others in terms of how to connect to the modern world with all its challenges and conditions. In this way the believer manifests both the pursuit of God’s acceptance of him as well as being God’s vicegerent on earth.

Even if one of us spent half a century studying the Qur’an theoretically, the result of such a study would be of hardly any benefit if the study were divorced from actual human emotions and the exigencies of life, and removed from the reality of submission and true humility before God. The true value of the Qur’an is in its ability to change people’s lives.


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



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In life,


it's important to know


when to stop arguing with people


and simply let them be wrong.



~ Anon



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As we head into warmer months, it is imperative to carry out a household pest treatment and general tidy up around the house. Did you know, pests can cause thousands of dollars of damages to your home and assets. More scary is that most insurance premiums do not cover these damages. Why risk it, get a full home pest treatment today! All pest treatments during Spring will receive FREE rodent inspection and treatment (valued over $79).

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The Global Muslim Women’s Conference is a series of virtual events focused on showcasing and celebrating Muslim women from all walks of life. It provides an opportunity to listen and speak to one another on a local, national and international level.

The virtual conference provides a space to connect and focus on significant topics affecting the Muslim woman. Its aim is to create meaningful dialogue by sharing unique skills, knowledge, by unlocking strengths and talents to create collective progress.













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Brisbane City Council is delivering free Skills Shot Business Workshops focusing on grant writing.


Skills Shot is an intensive business training session aimed at helping business owners boost their business performance.
These workshops are one of the ways that Brisbane City Council is planning for a growing city by backing businesses with more support in the suburbs.
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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) encourages Muslims to participate in activities that benefit charitable causes.


One such activity in September is Tour de Kids, a cycling event that raises funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation which helps children with leukaemia.

We are already aware of some Muslims participating in the event in September and it would be great if more Muslims joined the effort.

More information is available here including registration.












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 to be 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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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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Know someone wanting to find out more about Islam?


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.


This includes the Covid and non-Covid Janazas, for burials in South East Queensland.
































(07) 3272 8071 OR 0401 971 471


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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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1 November












12 March '21 (tentative)




(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1442

29 March '21 (tentative)




(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1442


14 April '21 (tentative)




(Start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1442


10 May '21 (tentative)




(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1442


14 May '21 (tentative)




(End of the month of fasting)

1st Shawal 1442


20 July '21 (tentative)




(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1442


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10th Zil-Hijja 1442


11 August '21 (tentative)




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1st Muharram 1443


18/19 August '21 (tentative)




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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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Useful Links




HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter Sultana's Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Islamic Society of Queensland Inc. Contact the President, Br.Saiyad Pasha 0432593810 or Snr VP, Hj.Shamim Khan 0403541012

Sisters Support Services Programs and activities for women in need ( and 0404 921 620)

Australasian Muslim Times




Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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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