EST. 2004


Sunday 20 September 2020 | Issue 0828



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






Better Laws for a safe Queensland Launched

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

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

Get your Business on a Bus


The CCN Chuckle

ICQ facilitates schools' cooperation

Back to the Future with CCN

The CCN Food for Thought

COVID-19-styled Citizenship Ceremony

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

Maroonprint Assembly gets commitments from party leaders

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


How to Vote

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


Introducing speaker for the panel discussion, Dr Nyla Ali Khan

 The CCN Classifieds


AAM welcomes call to proscribe right-wing supremacy groups

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


AIIC Quran Competition

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Stop the Stigma, Support the Cycle

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

From Taxi Driver to Islamic Super Managing Director

Keeping Fit with Kareema

Useful Links

AFIC Press Releases





Write For Us

Did you know........

5 Minutes with Imam (and Baba)


ISLAMOPHOBIA: the week's roundup

Latest Equally Worthy Newsletters


The (UK) Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2020 shortlist

Lessons From My Life: Ahmad Totonji




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A Queensland campaign was launched this week to strengthen Queensland's laws on racial and religious vilification.

The campaign, #BetterLaws4SafeQld, is being run by the Cohesive Communities Coalition.


Ms Rita Jabri Markwell, Adviser to the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN) told CCN: "Queensland is richly diverse, and the coalition represents over 20 ethnic and religious communities. They are calling for changes to the law which would address the gap in current protections, the under-utilisation of the existing offence, the display and distribution of hate symbols or hate material, and low rates of reporting and community confidence."


The legislative changes the coalition are seeking are outlined in this paper.

This ABC TV segment and online news introduced the campaign earlier this week:










Rita Jabri Markwell speaks with ABC radio about the new campaign


(starting at 7.50 minutes)





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The Hurricane Stars Club Inc is very grateful to have received a Queensland Day award from the Queensland government for their efforts in community work and funding from the Queensland Government to purchase a mini van to assist us to support community members to attend our activities.


It will also assist us to transport our scouts to exciting activities each weekend.


If you would like to support our organisation and promote your business, we are looking for sponsors who would like to advertise their business on the outside of the bus.


The bus will be driven around Brisbane regularly throughout each week.


If you are interested in sponsoring the bus and advertising your business please contact us on 0432026375 or





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In keeping with the Islamic Council of Queensland's mission to bring like organizations to cooperate and collaborate together, president Habib Jamal hosted staff and management of the Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) and Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) to a lunch in the Gold Coast to discuss ways of achieving such synergies between Islamic Schools.


Areas included working together on teacher knowledge sharing and professional development, sports activities, art and speech competitions, school camps, etc.


There was unanimous agreement on the benefits such cooperation would bring to the community as well as staff and pupils of the respective schools.



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(l to r) Mr Farouk Adam (ICQ vice-president), Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Mr Habib Jamal (ICQ president)




The first face-to-face Citizenship Ceremony this year was held during the week under COVID-19 protocols at the Brisbane Convention Centre.





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On Monday night more than 900 people came together on Zoom with the Premier and the Opposition Leader.


The participants came from across Queensland, and from all parts of civil society.


There were some powerful stories heard that turned private pain into public action.

The Premier committed a re-elected ALP government to:

• 3 Renewable Energy Zones,
• $500 million in a Renewable Energy Fund for Government owned corporations to invest,
• Social isolation strategy,
• Ways to Wellness funding,
• Long-term partnership with CALD community leaders on preventing Domestic and Family Violence,
• Funding workplace rights education for migrant communities.

The Opposition Leader committed a future LNP government to:

• 3 Renewable Energy Zones,
• Changing the mandates of CS Energy and Stanwell to allow investment in renewables,
• Building a new Virtual Power Plant,
• Emergency funding boost of $14.5m to community neighbourhood centres,
• Co-designing a Neighbourhood Centre Enhancement Strategy,
• Social isolation strategy,
• Long-term partnership with CALD community leaders on preventing Domestic and Family Violence,
• Increasing key frontline public service roles in line with population growth and targeting recruitment to those who have lost their job due to coronavirus.

Both leaders also heard the areas where investment in renewable energy for a just transition that looks after the planet, workers and our communities was desperately needed. As well as support to people seeking asylum who have been abandoned by the Federal Government.


Amongst the stories heard during the evening was that delivered by Naseema Mustapha. This is a transcript of her story:

"My name is Naseema Mustapha and I am a member of the Islamic community. The past six months have truly been a nightmare.

My husband travelled to Sierra Leone in March and is stuck there. There have been no repatriation or commercial flights he has lost all his income.

I have a Masters in International Tourism but lost two of my casual jobs.

I suffer with severe depression and PTSD my mental health is the worst it's ever been. I swim everyday, and do meditation to keep calm and manage my mental health, my child often comes with me. I have tried to see a psychologist but there are no appointments and the lack of continuity of care when therapists are changed is extremely disheartening and frustrating for me.

I am now on Job Seeker but it simply isn’t enough to get by. After paying for all my expenses, the payment hasn’t been enough to pay the rent.

I am now 140 days in arrears with my rent.

I am afraid of what will happen when the rental moratorium is lifted at the end of this month, I will lose my rental property and effectively be homeless.

Where will I go?

I am able to speak and use my voice, but what about the others in our community who cannot? Many qualified women have been applying for jobs, it's harder for women with an ethnic name like mine, who identify with a different race and religion as I do.

We desperately need more mental health support and we need to be given a fair chance at work".



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How to Vote







An easy to follow guide has been developed to help Queenslanders with the upcoming State elections.


While every care has been taken to ensure that the details are correct, you are encouraged to verify the information contained within with the Electoral Commission of Queensland.




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Dr Nyla Ali Khan is a professor at Rose State College, Midwest City, OK and taught as a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma.


She is a author of several published articles, book reviews, editorials and has written four books, including The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism and Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between Indian and Pakistan, and several articles that focus heavily on the political issues and strife of her homeland, Jammu and Kashmir, India.


Despite being the granddaughter of Sheikh Abdullah, Nyla Khan prefers not simply to live in his shadow but to "stand up for myself and be taken seriously ... express my anger without being labeled an 'Islamic militant' ... [and] legitimately question things I don't understand", as she stated in a 2010 interview related to the release of her second book

Visit to RSVP and join in on the conversation!

Online Event
Date: Sunday 25th October 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm AEST
Cost: FREE Virtual Conference



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As an organisation created and led by women, The Sisterhood Empowerment Campaign Inc. are urgently seeking to raise awareness of the challenges women and girls face in our community every month: period poverty.


Periods are a natural and regular occurrence, and for a lot of us, is a very mild inconvenience in our lives.


Pads and tampons are something we simply throw in the basket during our grocery runs, without a second thought.


But when there are 3.2 million Australians who are currently living below the poverty line, with half of them being women and girls, there is a very different reality at play.


Many of these women and girls live in low income households, face issues of domestic violence, poverty and even homelessness.


In fact, in a recent study, 116, 472 Australians were experiencing homelessness on census night and 42% of them were women.


For many of these women, basic sanitary items are not on the table.

The aim is to raise up to $5,000 to support women and girls in the community who experience period poverty on a monthly basis through the creation and distribution of 150 sanitary packs throughout the course of 2020.


Donate here.



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Crescent Wealth Managing Director Talal Yassine OAM was interviewed by ‘Fireside’ (Mercer Magazine) in November 2019 about all things Islamic Super & Investments.

The Fireside Magazine is all about telling business stories differently. It brings together industry thought leaders, change-makers and problem-solvers who have the courage to try something new. It profiles the stories you haven’t read elsewhere.

Talal speaks about his migration to Australia at the age of 4, as well as some of the most interesting and valuable lessons he gained driving a taxi. He also talks about his motivation to establish Crescent Wealth- Australia’s only APRA regulated Islamic super fund.

Transcript of the interview:

I came to Australia at the age of four, so there isn’t much of a memory of the troubles my country of birth (Lebanon) was facing. I do recall, however, growing up with my mother constantly being cautious and fearful of her new “normal”.

She was forced to adjust to the unknown to offer us stability, hope and normality with absolutely no anchor point. My mother and father travelled from a village to live in a city many thousands of kilometres away, with no language skills (neither ever went to school), financial resources or networks. But they made it. We brought a huge amount of culture with us; Lebanese are very hospitable and love food. This was strange for our neighbours at first, but once food was passed over the garden fence, we’d made lifelong friends.

I sometimes wonder what limits my parents would’ve had to reach or what they experienced in order for them to decide to leave the safety net of their family, their known surroundings, environment and people to come to the unknown of Australia. I guess only knowing – hoping – it would be safer than the civil war situation gave them comfort and guided their decision. There are times I think we take their sacrifice for granted.

Like many university students, historically and today, I had to support myself and my family (my parents and brothers and sisters at the time). So apart from my work experience at a local law firm, I drove a taxi (Number 2275!), worked at a service station, delivered flowers, painted fences and cleaned cars – whatever I needed to do to be able to meet our weekly bills.

On the other hand, our family highly valued education. At the time, I was not sure 100 per cent why, except that it gave you a better job and life. But today, I think education does much more than that; it allows one the opportunity to engage in society to the fullest and to provide access to success on many different levels.

I ended up having four degrees, coupled with being an Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University and a Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University.


You meet an array of personalities driving a taxi – the young and naïve, the travellers, the corporates and of course elders – sometimes just wanting to chat to someone and at times it really forces you to listen to them and try to understand without any bias what they are going through. In the beginning, I tried to offer advice, but as time went on, I realised that some just needed to talk it out – some happy, some sad issues. It wasn’t until later in my business life that I realised what an asset it was. Having the ability to consciously stop speaking (and for anyone that knows me, I do love a great chat) and allow time to actually listen to what is being said (and not said) so that I understand their position and then respond accordingly is invaluable, and it’s something that I use on a daily basis.

The other lesson is in negotiation.

I worked in many jobs for many years, and at different hours, there were many times where I’d have the rowdy, the self-entitled, the stressed or simply checked out. It forced me to deal with them and their unpredictable personalities and understand their triggers in order to keep them calm and avoid potential conflicts. I can and do translate this to business and boardroom negotiations, as sometimes one is dealing with the same behaviours.

To retire with dignity.

We have a proud tradition of looking after one another. If you lose your job, are elderly, have an illness or disability, traditionally we find it’s our family that rallies around us and offers the support needed to get back up.

The purpose and drive to set up Crescent Wealth is to address this issue. Offering a retirement fund that aligns with the Islamic investment principles is fundamental to increase awareness within the Muslim communities.

We want to educate our communities on the importance of having a sufficient retirement plan. In the process of offering the Crescent Wealth super fund, we are experiencing a higher level of engagement and so many new members that are not of the Islamic faith.

Those individuals want to avoid their retirement funds being invested in harmful industries such as the gambling, alcohol, weaponry, interest and tobacco industries.

We hope you enjoy reading this and consider switching to Crescent Wealth





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Posted by Hussain Baba on Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Topic: How to achieve “True Happiness” in our lives through simple ways
Episode: 15 (part 1 of 4)

In this episode, we are pleased to have SHEIKH AHMED TALAAT as our guest.
Sheikh Talaat hails from Egypt and he is now based in Gold Coast, Australia.

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 Sharif Kaf Al-Ghazal is Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Bradford Royal Infirmary and holds honorary senior lecturer positions at both the University of Leeds Medical School and the University of Bradford Health Studies Department.

He is the current President of the British Islamic Medical Association and a founding member of the organization.


In his post, he has overseen the Lifesavers Project, rolled out to over seventy UK mosques in 2019, which aimed to impart crucial first aid skills to mosque-goers.


Sharif sits on the Muslim Council of Britain’s National Committee and offers his input into how British Muslims should be served.


He is a keen campaigner among Muslim communities to address misconceptions surrounding organ donation.


Sharif has led trips to southern Turkey and Jordan to treat refugees affected by conflict and, in his capacity as Chair of the Syrian Association of Yorkshire, has raised awareness about health matters with Syrian refugees more locally.


Sharif is a founding member of the International Society for History of Islamic Medicine and is one of the editors of its journal.


He regularly presents papers at universities and conferences on the influence of Muslim physicians during the “golden age” of Muslim civilization.




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





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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





South Africa: The Imam Who Fought Apartheid





The life and death of anti-apartheid hero Imam Abdullah Haron, who was tortured and died in police custody in 1969.

There are many heroes and heroines of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, but among the celebrated names of Mandela, Sisulu, Tutu and Biko is one less familiar - Abdullah Haron.

This Muslim leader from Cape Town led a quiet but significant defiance against racist government policies in the 1960s. He was especially politicised by the infamous massacre of 69 Black African protesters at Sharpeville in 1960.

His anti-apartheid activities took him around the world and he established close ties with renowned anti-apartheid figure Canon John Collins, the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London.

His work in defiance of apartheid also put him in great danger. He was detained without charge and tortured when he returned to Cape Town. He died while in police custody in 1969 under still-unexplained circumstances; claims by police that he "fell down stairs" - a stock explanation at the time for deaths of political prisoners in police detention - are today countered with overwhelming evidence of his death at the hands of security police.

In this film, Haron's family and others relay the story of the man who became known as "the imam who fought apartheid".

Al Jazeera


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Nobody Talks About THIS Saudi Arabia




  Rijal Almaa: better known as the Gingerbread Village of Saudi Arabia

A trip to the mountains of the Aseer region.





Islamic Art & Architecture

Iona Fournier-Tombs

Al Jazeera Documentary Channel







Paddock to Plate


Introducing the first of a series of Explainers to help Consumers to identify Halal Meat Products.
This Explainer, Insya'Allah, will help people to understand the process of "Paddock to Plate" within Australia and give an insight into how Halal Meat is able to be identified at Supermarkets and Butchers.












Islam is the Oldest religion on the Earth


Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed






It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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Woman punched in Parramatta cafe while pregnant claims wearing of hijab provoked attack, court hears    


Rana Elasmar was attacked as she sat in a Western Sydney cafe.

A pregnant woman who was attacked by a stranger in a Western Sydney cafe last year has told a court she was targeted because she was wearing a hijab.
Security camera footage of the assault shows 44-year-old Stipe "Stephen" Lozina walk into the Parramatta cafe and speak to Rana Elasmar briefly.

He is then seen leaping across the table and punching Ms Elasmar several times to the head and body with both fists, knocking her to the ground.

Mr Lozina then stomped on the pregnant woman before bystanders dragged him off.

In court, the 32-year-old mother and former school teacher tearfully spoke of the fear she had felt for her unborn child.

"I made a conscious decision to turn my abdomen away from his punches, I wanted to protect my baby," she said.

"I remember thinking it's OK, hit my head as long as you don't touch my baby."

She said the next few days before her child was born were a rollercoaster because she could not feel the baby moving.

The court heard Mr Lozina had asked Ms Elasmar for cash and when she refused shouted: "Muslims wrecked my mum", before launching the attack.

In sentencing submissions, the prosecution argued the attack was inspired by Islamophobia and a belief that someone of the same religion as Ms Elasmar had wronged Mr Lozina's mother.





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Fifth of white non-Muslims believe that British culture is ‘under threat from invasion’, poll shows  



Research shows ‘Islamist and far-right ideas are resonating with young people in the UK’

An anti-immigration protester holds up a placard during a demo in Dover on the south-east coast of England, on September 5, 2020


Almost one in five young white non-Muslims believe British culture is “under threat from invasion”, research suggests, amid warnings over the spread of extremist conspiracy theories.

Experts said the research, which compared beliefs held by British Muslims and white non-Muslims (WNMs), showed that “Islamist and far-right ideas are resonating with young people in the UK”.

Polling by Savanta ComRes found that one in five young people in both groups think there is an “unresolvable conflict between Islam and the west”, with WNMs feeling threatened and Muslims feeling victimised.

Thirteen per cent of both groups said violent action was sometimes justified to achieve change, and 15 per cent of Muslims and 9 per cent of WNMs agreed that “people should be prepared to go out to fight to defend their religion or culture with force”.

Fourteen per cent of WNM 18- to 30-year-olds were found to believe the myth of “no-go areas where Sharia law operates”, and a similar proportion claimed that Islam promotes violence.

Despite the most recent census showing the population of England and Wales was 86 per cent white, more than one in 10 WNMs said white people were “a minority in Britain”.








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CIQ Perpetual Salaah Timetable









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 18 September 2020

TITLE: What happened to our might and respect?

IMAM: Maulana Nizamul Haq Thanvi






Lecture Recordings








Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 18 September 2020
TITLEThe Great Umar Series FINAL

IMAM: Mufti Zeeyad Ravat








Click here for list








Ottoman descendants in South Africa get Turkish citizenship



SOUTH AFRICA: Fifteen South African descendants of Ottoman scholar Abu Bakr Efendi (Ebu Bekir Efendi), who was sent at the request of the British Empire to the Cape of Good Hope in 1862 to teach Islamic thought and culture to the Muslim community, became Turkish citizens with a presidential decree on Aug. 20, following their applications.

"We are proud and elated to be able to witness the compensation of a rift that lasted over 100 years and to duly commemorate Abu Bakr Efendi, who established the foundations of the strong ties between the Muslims of Turkey and South Africa," the Turkish ambassador to South Africa, Elif Çomoğlu Ülgen, said on Twitter Wednesday. She added that the first group of new citizens had visited the embassy to apply for their Turkish ID cards and passports.

Fourteen of the scholar’s descendants had traced their grandfather and their roots in Turkish lands before. They visited Turkey’s eastern Erzurum province and then Istanbul, where their grandfather had lived, in 2017 and 2018.

Abu Bakr Efendi was originally from the Ottoman Empire’s Shahrizor Eyalet, covering the area of present-day Iraqi Kurdistan. Receiving his primary education in a madrassa in this eyalet, he went to Istanbul following the death of his father. In Istanbul, he continued his education for five years. Abu Bakr returned to Baghdad to complete his schooling and moved to Erzurum, where his family had migrated and settled. In 1862, he went to Istanbul to ask for the government’s help for the trouble his people experienced in Erzurum due to a famine. During this visit, he was assigned by the government to teach religious lessons to the Muslims in the Cape of Good Hope.

In the 18th century, when the rivalry between the colonial states was at its highest, around 3 million Muslims were brought by the Dutch from the East Indies island of Java as prisoners to South Africa. These people were the first Muslims to arrive in the Cape of Good Hope. Although they settled in South Africa, they were forced to live in isolation from their mother tongue, religion and traditions, which led to the emergence of different, conflicting groups. The lack of a knowledgeable religious scholar and the rise of superstitions triggered the conflicts. When South Africa came under British rule, this situation alarmed the British administration.

To put an end to the conflicts, the British envoy in the Cape of Good Hope asked Britain's Queen Victoria to send an Islamic scholar to the Cape of Good Hope. Seeing the Ottomans as the leader of the Muslims at that time, Queen Victoria wrote a letter to Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz and asked him to send a scholar to the Cape of Good Hope.

Tasked with teaching Islamic thought and culture and resolving religious and social conflicts among Muslim communities in the Cape of Good Hope, Abu Bakr Efendi left Istanbul on Sept. 3, 1862, and went to London via Paris, where he contacted British Foreign Ministry officials. After two months in London, he sailed from Liverpool, arriving at the Cape of Good Hope on Jan. 17, 1863.

Welcomed with great interest by the British governor-general in the region and the local Muslims, Abu Bakr devoted his life to the religious education of the locals. Only 15 days after arriving in the Cape of Good Hope, he established a school in the city and enrolled more than 300 students in the school within 20 days. He taught the Quran along with the Arabic and Turkish languages and also read religious books in his classes.

His efforts were not limited to the education of children alone. He learned English and local Dutch – a mix of Dutch and Malay – in order to communicate with the people more effectively. He also delivered sermons to the people and went to help Muslims in the surrounding provinces. He translated many notable religious books into the local languages that he had rapidly learned. Abu Bakr also started to write books in Arabic and Dutch. Among them, the most important one was “Beyanü'd-din” (“The Exposition of the Religion”). As the oldest and the most comprehensive religious work written and published in the local language of the region, “Beyanü'd-din” attracted the attention of Orientalists and was translated into English by Mia Brandel-Syrier as “The Religious Duties of Islam as Taught and Explained by Abu Bakr Effendi.”

The scholar married twice, first to a Dutch lady and later to the daughter of Jeremiah Cook, a relative of the famous 18th-century explorer Capt. James Cook. Having six children from his second marriage, he raised his children to follow in his footsteps. Hence, his children went on to carry out important activities in the Cape of Good Hope, like their father.

After working to share Islam in its true sense for decades, Abu Bakr passed away on Aug. 29, 1880, in the Cape of Good Hope and left a rich cultural legacy behind, along with many mosques and schools.




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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre




LONDON Tuesday 15th September 2020 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, today visited the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, to meet staff and volunteers who supported the needy and vulnerable during the lockdown, as well as some of the beneficiaries.

The Duke and Duchess were welcomed by our Chairman, Muhammad Habibur Rahman, our Senior Imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, and our Director, Dilowar Hussain Khan. They were introduced to the range of services of the mosque by our Head of Assets & Facilities, Asad Jaman, and our Maryam Centre Manager, Sufia Alam.

Vital support given by the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre included: providing emergency mortuary facilities; delivering meals, food and hygiene packs, and medication; and maintaining advice and counselling services. Much of this was made possible through urgent fundraising at the height of the lockdown, supported generously by the Muslim community.

The Duke and Duchess listened to staff, volunteers and beneficiaries about the positive impact of these services and congratulated the staff and volunteers for their hard work and effort during such a difficult period. They also met representatives from businesses who partnered up with the Mosque to deliver these services, including Bow Cash and Carry and Saffron Kitchen. The Duke is Patron of the National Emergencies Trust, which played an important role in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the end of the visit, the Duke and Duchess were presented with a gift of honey from the Mosque’s own beehives.





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








Medical Miracles of the Qur'ân



Sharif Kaf Al-Ghazal



Medical Miracles of the Qur'an explores some of the Qur'anic references to medicine and science in the light of the latest scholarship.


The Qur'an repeatedly asks man to reflect on the sings of Allah scattered in his own being and around him. For this is the way to gain his strong belief in Allah.


Taking the cue from this Qur'anic directive, the Qur'anic allusions to medicine and science are elucidated in this work.


Dr. Sharif Kaf Al-Ghazal is Consultant Plastic Surgeon, West Yorkshire, UK.


He is the Founding and Executive member of the International Society for History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM).


Also, he is associated with several leading professional and medical bodies.


He has published papers in the areas of his specialization, Islamic medical ethics, and history and other aspects of Islamic medicine.



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to

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] Try this tasty Turkish pide with roasted vegetables and cheese. It's an easy way to load up on yummy vegetables.

Roasted Vegetable Pide



  1. 2 cups flour

  2. 2 tsp dry yeast

  3. 1 tsp sugar

  4. 1/4 tsp salt

  5. 2 tbsp oil

    Warm water to form dough
    Place dry ingredients in bowl
    Add oil and water to form a soft dough
    Using a dough hook attachment knead dough for about 5 mins adding little water at a time
    Allow to rise

  1. Marinate assorted vegetables such as mushrooms sliced, carrots jullienne, zucchini slice, red pepper slice, onions sliced

  2. Sprinkle over veggie seasoning crushed black pepper, pinch of salt, chillie flakes, mixed herbs and olive oil

  3. Toss well

  4. Place on baking tray

  5. Bake at 200 deg for about 15 mins

  6. Cool and add mozzarella cheese

  7. Add grated Mozzarella cheese

  8. Divide the dough into 12 balls

  9. Roll out into an oval shape

  10. Spread little pizza sauce

  11. Top with vegetable filling

  12. Close leaving the centre open

  13. Twist the dough on the sides

  14. Brush with beaten egg

  15. Sprinkle with black poppy seeds and sesame seeds

  16. Bake in a pre heated 180 degree oven until light brown



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Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.







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Keeping Fit with Kareema








My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




Q: Dear Kareema,  II try to get as much incidental exercise as possible in my day but still not hitting my marks. Any suggestions?

A: I find that a couple of midday workout sessions are a convenient way to squeeze some exercise into my week.


Taking an exercise break in the middle of your work day can help you feel refreshed and might even boost your productivity.

So try going for a walk or join a lunchtime yoga sesh, etc.


Make it manageable so you’ll be more likely to continue doing it as time goes by.



Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.




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The CCN Chuckle




Jallalludin: "What inspires you to get out of bed every morning?"


Mula Nasruddin: "My bladder mostly."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






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Did you know........










The Battles

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


The opportunity came in 624 when the Muslim community mustered a small army of around 300 men to intercept a caravan belonging to Quraysh that was passing by Medina.

The Muslims were unable to reach the caravan, but ended up meeting a much larger Qurayshi force that had been sent to protect the caravan.

At the Battle of Badr, about 100 kilometers southwest of Medina, the Muslims had their first opportunity to physically fight their former oppressors.

Despite being outnumbered, the Muslim army, commanded by the Prophet’s uncle, Hamza, managed to rout the Meccans, taking numerous prisoners.

The Battle of Badr was of monumental importance for the new community at Medina.

It established the Muslims as a real political and military force, while simultaneously lowering the prestige of Quraysh in the eyes of the rest of the Arabs.

The Quraysh were of course not willing to allow such a humiliating defeat to go unpunished.

The next year an even larger Meccan army was assembled, with the aim of harassing Medina enough to lower Muhammad’s newfound prestige and call into question his ability to protect his followers.

The army camped out a few kilometers north of the city, in the shadow of the imposing Mount Uhud, where they could harass the rural farms surrounding Medina.

As part of the Constitution of Medina, Muhammad had vowed to protect the city and its inhabitants, and was thus compelled to organize a fighting force to go out and confront the Meccans.

There was, however, a group within the city that opposed his plan, believing that their best bet was to leave the rural farmers to fend for themselves and keep the army inside the city to defend it.

They were joined by two of the Jewish tribes of the city, who refused to go out to Uhud to battle a superior

Muhammad was thus forced to march out to Uhud with a considerably smaller army than he anticipated.


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.....


Continue to be a true believer in all aspects of your life, and rely on truth and patience according to the teachings of Islam.

Teach yourself to hold fast through all difficulties and catastrophes, face all tests and setbacks with faith and hope, and put all your reliance on Allah every second of your life.

Know as a fact that achieving your goals is dependent on patience and perseverance.

A person who works according to the guidance of Islam and within the horizons of the Islamic faith will achieve internal happiness and serenity of the soul, and this is due to the sweetness of faith and the benefit of working for the sake of Allah.

Volunteer work has its own rewards akin to professional success, and rivals any occupation in reward and satisfaction.

One of the most basic aspects of a believer is that he presents his society with a valuable example and a model to be followed.

He puts his fate in the hands of Allah, does not become materialistic, and serves and helps others without making them feel hurt or obligated.

Theoretical knowledge that stays inside your head has no value unless it is used for good deeds on this earth, helps you to gain success, and fulfils the needs of life.

We must bring intellectual knowledge together with good actions that bring realistic benefits to people.


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



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