EST. 2004


Sunday 13 September 2020 | Issue 0827



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


We find the week's news, so that you don't have to






Crescent Institute rolls out debut board

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

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

Muslim detainees haven't been given halal food


The CCN Chuckle

Better Laws 4 Safe QLD (hate crime reform)

Back to the Future with CCN

The CCN Food for Thought

AFIC entertains One Nation's Mark Latham

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Community icon presented with Australian Award

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Abdullah wins Art Prize for 2020

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Christchurch shootings recalled

 The CCN Classifieds


Russell Brand in conversation with Yusuf Cat Stevens

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Disney remake of Mulan criticised for filming in Xinjiang

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

AFIC Press Releases

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook


Keeping Fit with Kareema

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Not-for-profit professionals network Crescent Institute has appointed its first board, with the new members including a university chancellor and a Deloitte director.

The institute, which is a sister organisation to retail Islamic super fund Crescent Wealth, has named Western Sydney University chancellor Peter Shergold as its new chair.

Professor Shergold served as secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2003 to 2008 and has also worked as a senior public servant for four prime ministers and eight ministers in both Labor and Coalition governments.

Crescent Wealth founder and managing director Talal Yassine has taken the role of company secretary.

Mr Yassine had spent more than 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers and law firm Dunhill Madden Butler before joining investment company Babcock & Brown.

Crescent Wealth chief strategy officer Vanessa Liell has also joined the institute board.

Other board director appointments include Deloitte Australia director Affy Bhatti, Ten Network national affairs editor Hugh Riminton, PageGroup managing director for Australia and New Zealand Matthew Gribble and Legal Exchange Lawyers lawyer and registered migration agent Sara Mansour.

Cross-cultural consultant Tasneem Chopra and LiveHire and World Scout Foundation Australian Chapter chair Geoff Morgan have also taken seats on the board.

Professor Shergold commented: “It’s an honour to be given the chance to chair such an important piece of Australia’s diversity jigsaw puzzle.”

“The Crescent Institute, over the past 20 years, has led many important discussions around a broad range of topics from sexism in the public sector to the defeat of extremism and the future of liberal democracy.

“At the heart of the [institute’s discussions] is inclusivity and that is something I plan to champion during my tenure as chair.”

Mr Yassine commented he hopes to see the institute grow and continue to add its perspective to the national discourse, with its new board of directors assembled.

“From humble beginnings, the Crescent Institute has grown and thrived as Australians from across the political spectrum, cultural divide, politics, the business community and the media have come together to share their ideas in an inclusive diverse environment,” he said.

“When I started the Crescent Institute in 1999, I never could have imagined something as unique and important to the country’s social fabric growing from that idea.”

Previously the institute has hosted speakers at its functions such as former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, as well as media personality Waleed Aly, Volt Bank managing director Steve Weston and Latitude Financial Services chief executive Ahmed Fahour.




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Police and protesters are seen during a rally in support of asylum seekers detained at the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in Brisbane, Saturday, August 15, 2020.


They are among more than 100 men detained in a Kangaroo Point hotel after they were evacuated from Nauru and Papua New Guinea for medical reasons.

Muslim immigration detainees in Brisbane have filed a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission saying they have not been given certified halal food for more than 12 months.

They are among more than 100 men detained in a Kangaroo Point hotel after they were evacuated from Nauru and Papua New Guinea for medical reasons.

Many of the Kangaroo Point refugees and asylum seekers are Muslims who eat halal food.

"After research and investigation we find out the food has been provided by Serco is not halal food and this is from the beginning when we arrive in Brisbane,” said Iranian detainee Amin Afravi.

Detainees challenged the guards to show them halal certification and contacted the caterers who are providing the food to Serco, the company responsible for operating the facility.
The caterers replied that they were not halal certified.

Serco subsequently confirmed to the detainees the current and previous caterers were “not halal certified” but “purchase meat from halal-certified suppliers”.

Serco’s contract with Home Affairs - obtained under Freedom of Information laws - said it “must prepare food for detainees of Islamic faith which meets the requirements of halal meals by sourcing produce certified as halal by a recognised halal food certification organisation”.

Serco declined to comment and referred enquiries to Home Affairs, which in a statement to SBS News said “compliance with the contract is regularly monitored”.

The department did not say whether monitoring had identified any breaches.

"My understanding is that they are not following that particular clause of the contract because these two source companies are not halal-certified,” said Ali Kadri, spokesman for the state’s peak Muslim body and main halal certifier, the Islamic Council of Queensland.

“So it’s irrelevant where these companies are sourcing their food from, because their processes, their procedures, the other ingredients they use do not have assurances.

“We are doing enough injustice to them by locking them up without a crime for such a long period of time and if we can’t even provide them, meet their dietary requirements, it's a really horrible form of mental torture.”

Assisted by lawyers from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, detainees have filed a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission.


“They feel this is a huge violation and a huge betrayal of their rights, they feel this needs redress. The substance of the complaint is that it has breached their rights to practise their religion,” said ASRC case worker Nina Field.

"Many of the men have significant physical and mental health conditions, they were transferred to Australia because the couldn’t get treatment in Nauru or PNG. Adding this to that mix is not going to lead to good outcomes for their health and wellbeing."

Ms Field stressed that detainees were unsatisfied with Serco and Home Affairs, rather than the third-party caterers.

“It’s not necessarily the caterers as such, it is actually Serco and ABF that hold the responsibility here,” she added.

Mr Afravi said he had been surviving on a basic diet as the issue played out.

“Having just rice and yoghurt and losing a lot of weight and I’m 55 kg. I feel tired, weak, dizzy, and I get headaches. I have no choice,” he said.




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In a live Facebook session, Rita Jabri Markwell and Ali Kadri encourage any Sisters or Brothers who have experienced Islamophobic hate to come speak to them about their stories.



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Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad received his Order of Australia Medal this week


Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad OAM, 90, a retired professor of mechanical engineering and a Quranic scholar and long time community leader was presented with his Order of Australia medal on Tuesday 8 September 2020 by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley, the Governor of NSW.


The award was announced on 26 January earlier this year but the investiture ceremony was much delayed due to the pandemic and was held this week at the Government House in Sydney under COVID-19 restrictions.

Dr Ahmad, professor and head of department of mechanical engineering in Kashmir was forced to leave his job and arrived in Australia in 1971 and has been in the forefront of building Islamic institutions, founding community organisations and promoting interfaith harmony for almost half a century.







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Renowned WA artist, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (pictured above) of Mundijong on the outskirts of Perth has been awarded the Australian Muslim Artists prize 2020 for his work Transplants, a tribute to his mother and her love of family.

Australian Muslim Artists is an annual exhibition hosted by the Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) in partnership with La Trobe University, which this year saw a record number of entries from artists across the country.




Abdullah said it’s an amazing feeling to be recognised amongst a talented group of Australian Muslim artists.

“Sometimes it feels like there are so few of us working in the visual arts, especially over here in WA and it means so much that our contributions to the broader Australian cultural landscape are acknowledged by the Islamic Museum of Australia and La Trobe University,” said Abdullah.





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Film credits offer thanks to eight government entities in region where rights abuses are documented



Liu Yifei, who plays the title role in Mulan, was criticised after expressing support for Hong Kong police cracking down on protests.


Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan, already the target of a boycott, has come under fire for filming in Xinjiang, the site of alleged widespread human rights abuses against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

The film, directed by Niki Caro, is an adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animation about Hua Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in the imperial army in her father’s stead.

The remake attracted criticism when the actor Liu Yifei, who plays Mulan, said she supported Hong Kong police in their often violent crackdowns on pro-democracy protesters.

After the film’s release last Friday, observers noted another controversial element: in the final credits Disney offers “special thanks” to eight government entities in Xinjiang, including the public security bureau in Turpan, a city in eastern Xinjiang where several re-education camps have been documented.

The film also expresses thanks to the “publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomy Region Committee”, the Chinese Communist party’s propaganda department in Xinjiang. Disney has been approached for comment.

China has faced international scrutiny over its treatment of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, where it is estimated at least 1 million residents have been detained in extrajudicial internment camps. Uighur women have reported forced sterilisations and birth control as part of a government campaign to suppress birthrates, in what experts have described as “demographic genocide”.

According to media reports before its release, Mulan was shot in about 20 locations in China, including the Mingsha Shan desert, part of which is in Xinjiang, and the Tuyuk Valley, an oasis village east of Turpan.

Filming took place in 2018, the same year China’s “strike hard” campaign in Xinjiang ramped up with the construction of the camps. According to researcher Adrian Zenz, Turpan was the first documented case of “re-education” or political indoctrination used against Uighurs to “eradicate the soil for the breeding and spread of religious extremism”.

Activists calling for a boycott of the film are now highlighting its links to Xinjiang, while other researchers noted that the public security bureau in Turpan oversees at least 14 internment camps in the area.

Human rights advocates have called on Disney to be transparent about its dealings with authorities in Xinjiang. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Disney shared its script with Chinese authorities and consulted with local advisers in order to guarantee a release in China.

“Disney should disclose the details about the human rights due diligence it had conducted — if there was any — before making the decision to film in Xinjiang, what agreements it had made with Xinjiang authorities in order to do the filming, and what assistances it received from authorities,” said Human Rights Watch China researcher Yaqiu Wang.

The Guardian



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AFIC Press Releases








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Posted by Hussain Baba on Tuesday, September 8, 2020


Topic: Did Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) make a “hasty” or a “planned” decision to go on Hijra?
Episode: 14

In this show Imam Mohamed Ali (Imam of the Gold Coast Mosque and graduate from the renowned Al Azhar university in Egypt) will address questions that you wish answered.

Send your questions to



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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.




Dr Kawther Hashem researches nutrition at Queen Mary University of London.


She is the Campaign Lead for Action on Sugar which is part of Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar, and Health, a charitable organization concerned with the effects of salt and sugar on health.


Kawther’s research has helped uncover the astonishing amount of salt and sugar added to our food and has driven her to be a vociferous campaigner for healthier food products.


Her regular local, national, and international media appearances and interviews have helped her place pressure on food manufacturers and governments to review food policy.


Consequently, and with the efforts of her colleagues, the UK Government launched Sugar Reduction Programme and the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.


Kawther is optimistic that these programmes will have an important impact on public health and is committed to monitoring their effect.


In 2017 Kawther was a recipient of the GG2 Leadership Young Achiever Award in acknowledgement of her work.




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





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The 2020 Muslim 500






Nazur ur-Rahman


Amir of the Pakistani Tablighi Jamaat

Maulana Nazur Rahman is the fourth Amir of the Pakistani Tablighi Jamaat. He succeeded Hajji Abdul-Wahhab who passed away in November 2018, aged 96.

New Leader: A change of leadership changes nothing for the Pakistan chapter of the Tablighi Jamaat—a transnational Islamic organization dedicated to reminding Muslims of their duty to fulfill their religious obligations. Maulana Nazur was the Deputy Amir and one of three people named by the previous Amir as contenders for the position of Amir upon his demise.

Missionaries: As Amir, or leader of Pakistan’s Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Nazur Rahman’s influence spans globally due to the organization’s emphasis on missionary work. It is active in over 150 countries and famously involves people in small groups travelling to Muslim communities reminding individuals about their religious duties. This act of da’wa or exhortation towards fulfilling religious duties is seen as a cornerstone of the faith and has enabled it to acquire a massive membership base. The Tablighi Jamaatt has close ties with the prominent Islamic institution Darul Uloom Deoband, in India. It is where the founder, Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhelvi, studied before establishing a following in Pakistan.

Mass Appeal: Among the throngs of Pakistanis, diaspora South Asians, and others who carry the flag of the Tablighi Jamaat are notable Muslim leaders. In Pakistan alone, prominent politicians, actors, and sports stars all publicly show allegiance to the group. This is done easily because the TJ is wholly apolitical. It is identified as a spiritual revivalist movement. It condemns violence and distances itself from any militant groups. Annual gatherings in Raiwind, Pakistan draw close to 2 million people, and those in Biswa, Bangladesh attract over 3 million.





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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs




Dr Abdallah Rothman on Islamic Psychology




Dr Abdallah Rothman, new Principal of Cambridge Muslim College, speaks about his early career and his work in Islamic Psychology.

00:00 Introduction
00:16 The Study of the Soul
01:58 Journey to Islam
04:15 Islamic Psychology (Ilm an-Nafs)
05:23 Early Career
08:07 Integrating Islam into Practical Life
10:30 The Need for a Framework
14:07 Research Focus
21:35 Practical Guidance for Contemporary Muslims
24:06 Hope for the Future of Islamic Psychology


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The Enemy of the Working Class travels by Private Jet not Migrant Dinghy | Zarah Sultana UK MP




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Sh. Abdullah Oduro


A Muslim Convert Story



Part 1 


Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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.





MAA Weekly Wrap



MAA's Weekly Wrap: A 60-sec summary of the week

Presented by Shameema Koila











The Gem of Ikhlas: Tafseer with Sheikh Uzair Akbar





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‘I won’t be controlled by fear’: Muslim mum’s crusade against hate crimes    


It was the racist attack on a pregnant woman that shocked Sydney. Now 10 months after Rana Elasmar was randomly bashed at a Parramatta cafe, the mother-of-four has spoken out about the attack and how all she wanted to do was protect her baby.

Rana Elasmar was 38 weeks pregnant and about to enjoy dessert and coffee to finish a last night out with her friends before the birth of her fourth child.

In the middle of the buzzing cafe on November 20 last year, Mrs Elasmar became the victim of an unprovoked, vicious and racially-motivated attack that created headlines around the country.

For the first time, a brave Mrs Elasmar has chosen to speak publicly about the brutal assault and to shine a light on violence against women and religious-based discrimination.

The 32-year-old former schoolteacher hopes her strength will empower other women and raise awareness that Islamophobia is more prevalent than ever. She and her friends had not even ordered when a stranger approached her table.

Stipe Lozina held his hand out and asked for change. His gaze shifted from the two friends seated with Mrs Elasmar to the expectant mother.

“I felt he did have different intentions, I felt uneasy and uncomfortable,” she told The Saturday Telegraph.

Lozina leaned over the table and threw at least a dozen punches at Mrs Elasmar before she dropped to the floor of the cafe. He screamed anti-Muslim abuse, which Mrs Elasmar will not repeat.

“Once he started hitting I thought: ‘I need to protect the baby’,” she said.

“I was thinking: ‘That’s OK, hit my head, as long as you don’t hit my baby’.”

As the blows continued, Mrs Elasmar wondered why no one had stepped in.

“Finally I was just thinking, praying to my god, Allah please help me,” she said.

“You are the only one who can help me. No one else is stopping him.”

Mrs Elasmar’s two friends yelled for help and tried to pull him away but he towered over the women.

While on her hands and knees in a bid to keep her stomach off the ground, Lozina stomped on Mrs Elasmar’s head.

The CCTV footage finally showed a man run out of the chaos and tear Lozina away.

Other bystanders stood back as the assault unfolded, stepping in after the other man did.

“If he hadn’t stepped in, he probably might have kept going,” Mrs Elasmar said.

“I might have been killed that night, my son might have been killed that night.”

Back home, husband Azzam Elasmar received a panicked phone call from his wife’s distraught friend.

The pharmacist rushed down to Parramatta as a shaken Mrs Elasmar was being loaded into an ambulance. She suffered head injuries and lingering pain in her jaw and ear.

But, over the following weeks, Mrs Elasmar was increasingly anxious about the health of her unborn child. Scans at hospital did not raise any red flags but Mrs Elasmar felt something was wrong.

Her baby had barely kicked since the assault and doctors warned he may have been affected by her trauma.

“It was extremely stressful,” she said.




Finally, three weeks after the attack, Mrs Elasmar gave birth to a happy and healthy baby boy, Zayn.

While the mother-of-four has recovered from her physical injuries, she is still dealing with a ripple effect.

Her voice cracked as she described the impact the attack had on three other children, aged seven, five and three.

In the aftermath, her eldest son and daughter grew anxious when she left the house and cried when a stranger walked past their driveway out of fear he would attack them.

Mrs Elasmar wanted to set an example, especially for her daughters, of what a strong woman should be.

“I wanted to show them that no matter what happens we pick ourselves up and move on and I don’t accept people to treat me in that way,” she said.

“I won’t be controlled by fear. That’s the reason why I picked up and started going out again.”

Sadly, it was not the first time Mrs Elasmar had been targeted with abuse because of her religion.

After making the personal decision to start wearing a hijab eight years ago, Mrs Elasmar was hissed at in the street and sworn at in the supermarket.

At the crowded Sydney Fish Market with her daughter one day, a man verbally abused her and yelled “Go back to where you came from”.

“It was really hurtful because I was born and raised here,” she said.

“Just because I wear the hijab doesn’t mean that I am not Australian.”

Even after her attack, she was inundated with stories from Muslim women about their own experiences of unprovoked abuse and insults by strangers.

A staggering 96 per cent of Muslim women who report Islamophobic abuse were wearing a hijab at the time, according to a damning Islamophobia In Australia report released last year.

Women and children were the most common targets, the report found, with almost half of victims claiming no one stopped to help them.

For Mrs Elasmar, her experience is equally about violence against women as it is about Islamophobia.

“I want to make it known, the issue of violence against women, particularly Muslim women,” she said.

“It’s a real issue. That man (Lozina) made it known that this attack was based on his hatred of Muslims.

“He was violent, calculated and a lot of the time these attacks are brushed under the rug. Sometimes, there is not enough evidence or the woman doesn’t have the courage to come forward and report the crime.”

She hopes people understand that her experience is not a one-off and that victims draw strength from her story.

Lozina is due to be sentenced in Parramatta District Court next month after he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A charge of affray was withdrawn although Lozina pleaded guilty to that offence too. The 43-year-old has a track record of random and vile verbal attacks against Muslim women.

Last September, he hurled Islamophobic abuse at two women, who were wearing hijabs, inside the Westfield Shopping Centre in Liverpool.

The Saturday Telegraph understands the women went straight to Liverpool Police Station and even pointed out Lozina, who happened to walk past when they were talking to an officer. But the complaint was not acted on.

It was only after Lozina attacked Mrs Elasmar two months later, that one of the victims from the Westfield assault recognised Lozina in the CCTV footage. She contacted police and made a statement.

Lozina pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including stalking and was sentenced to a maximum 16 months jail.

The court has previously heard Lozina had a history of mental illness but in determining his fitness to enter a guilty plea, a magistrate said in June he appeared “very lucid”.





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Right-wing extremism a 'growing but largely ignored' threat to Australia  



Shadow Home Affairs Minister Kristina Keneally says there is an “easy slippage” from positive mainstream concepts to their twisted right-wing extremist counterparts.





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Hon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo, Kings County Supervising Judge



US: Schneps Media is sitting down with judges across the city’s court systems to discuss their roles and how they’ve changed in the age of COVID-19. This week’s interview is with the Hon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo, Kings County Supervising Judge and Acting Justice of the Supreme Court.


Schneps Media: Could you describe your duties as a Civil Court Judge?

Hon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo: As Supervising Judge of the Kings County Civil Court, the busiest Civil Court in the State of New York, I oversee all aspects of court operations and administration, including judicial and non-judicial assignments, case management, court facilities, technology development, public information, and access to justice. I also preside over the Trial Part, which include transfer cases from Supreme Court and up until the pandemic, I presided over jury trials.

Also, I am the first Muslim to serve as a judge in the State of New York, taking the ceremonial oath of office on the Holy Quran after being elected to represent the 7th Municipal Court District on December 10, 2015.




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South Africa after Covid-19



"The Need to get Business Moving" South African Businessmen and Philanthropists Solly Noor & Mustaq Brey



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Imam joins UK Police Force





UK: An imam has joined the police force and hopes to inspire young Muslims to follow in his footsteps.
Emad Choudhury says his becoming a police officer is an extension of his role as a religious leader


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








Ayesha at Last



Uzma Jalaluddin



A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle.


She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal.


Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage.


Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family.


Looking into the rumours, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.




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CCN's Bookshelf

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





[KB SAYS] A perfect treat for the upcoming holidays.

Philly Steak Stack


  1. 500g rump steak cut into strips

  2. 2 tsp ginger garlic paste

  3. 1 tsp chilli garlic paste

  4. 2 tblsp vinegar

  5. 1 tsp chilli powder

  6. 1 tsp crushed red chillies

  7. ¼ tsp tumeric

  8. ½ tsp lemon pepper

  9. 1 tsp ground cumin

  10. 1 tsp steak and chops spice

  11. 1 tsp salt or to tatse

  12. 2 tblsp mayonnaise

  13. 2 tblsp chilli sauce

  14. 2 tomatoes liquidised

  15. 1 small onion chopped

  1. Marinate steak in above ingredients except tomato and onion

  2. Allow to marinate for few hours

  3. Heat a little oil and fry onions till soft and translucent

  4. Add in meat and cook for about 5 mins

  5. Add in tomato and cook till tender

  6. Cool and shred meat using 2 forks

  7. Slice thinly 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 yellow pepper, 1 red onion

  8. Stirfry vegetables in a little oil for about 10 - 15 mins

  9. Add salt and pepper while frying frozen chips

  10. Bake till crisp

  11. Grate Mozzarella cheese

  12. In cast iron pan or ovenproof casserole layer chips, shredded steak, fried vegetables, Mozzarella cheese

  13. Bake at 190 deg for about 15 - 20 mins

  14. Sprinkle chopped parsley and serve hot



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Keeping Fit with Kareema








My Health and Fitness

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Q: Dear Kareema,  I need to build on my upper body strength. Which cardio exercises can I incorporate with my strength training?

A: Try boxing – it’s a great cardio blast and your arms and upper body will be toned and stronger in no time.

I would also encourage a dip in the pool or ocean whenever you can.


Swimming is great for an all over body workout but you’ll definitely feel stronger through your shoulders if you make it a habit.




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The CCN Chuckle




Jallalludin: "Imagine that you are out on the ocean having an enjoyable cruise when your ship starts to sink and you are surrounded by sharks. What would you do?"


Mula Nasruddin: "Stop imagining."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






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Did you know........









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


The Battles

The Prophet’s hijra to Medina did not mean the end of conflict with the Quraysh.

The Muhajirun were still bitter at their treatment by their fellow clansmen in Mecca and the Ansar were eager to punish those who had oppressed their new brothers in Islam. But the Muslim community had not yet been given permission to fight by the Prophet.

Warfare is, of course, a serious endeavor, especially in the Arabian Peninsula where complex rules regarding honor and vengeance had reigned for centuries.

Furthermore, the Quran itself testifies to the sanctity of life and the egregiousness of unjustly taking one.

The Muslim community was thus hesitant to act militarily against Mecca, despite the years of oppression they faced at the hands of the Meccans.

But that changed early on in Muhammad’s time in Medina.

He proclaimed to his followers a new revelation from God, which stated “Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they are wronged.

And indeed God is competent to give them victory. [They are] those who have been evicted from their homes without right—only because they say, ‘Our Lord is Allah’” (Quran 22:39–40).

These new verses made clear to Muhammad’s followers that war was permissible, even obligatory, when Muslims were being oppressed.

They also signaled an important aspect of Islam’s role in the world: that this religion was not just a set of beliefs about the unseen, but a complete way of life that encompassed everything from prayer rituals to foreign relations to theology.

Like they did with other instructions given in the Quran, the Muslim community of Medina was eager to show their worth and follow this new command.


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




1 Godliness

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


Believers are self-policing regarding everything that they as individuals do and engage in before people (especially those they respect) and must not engage in bad behaviour, both when they are alone and when they are under the watchful gaze of others. It is essential that believers avoid all that is bad and reject bad behaviour, even if it is hidden and behind closed doors, for Allah always sees us and watches over us.


Hurry to do good deeds as much as you can, engage in volunteer work as much as possible, and try to be at the forefront of those seeking their Creator. Do not be lazy or make excuses; rather, go forth toward goodness on the wings of God-consciousness and with strong faith in God’s plan.


Pay attention to your faith with your eyes wide open and with full consciousness; look for faith in all aspects of your life; and continuously evaluate the level of your faith and its vagaries of increase and decrease. In this way your faith will grow rather than diminish, and faith will increase in your heart so that it will lead to good deeds. Hold yourself accountable for every lapse in faith and try your best to preserve your honour and your high level of character.


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



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Not everyone is meant to be a polymath.


But for those that have the interest and inclination in many fields,


polymathy in a sense is to be true to oneself.




~ Seyyed Hossein Nasr 



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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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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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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.


Please buy a tile at $100 each and be a part

of this great new building.


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Fundraising Appeal for Toowoomba Mosque






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3/4/5 October




ICQ Unity Soccer Tournament





Oates Park



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


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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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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