EST. 2004


Sunday 27 September 2020 | Issue 0829



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






POWER 100 2020: Toowoomba’s most influential people

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

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

Muslim Crescent Scout’s Sailing Adventure


The CCN Chuckle

AA on the road again

Back to the Future with CCN

The CCN Food for Thought

ICQ receives acknowledgement from local member

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

An Ayaat-a-Week

7NEWS Young Achiever Awards VIC

Jumma (Friday) Khutbas (Lectures)


Moreton Volunteer Awards are back!

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor


2020/21 Muslim Legal Network Operations Committee

 The CCN Classifieds



Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World


Introducing the 2nd speaker for the Growth panel discussion

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

New Muslims take the Shahadah

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Gippsland Muslim struggle to access halal products

Keeping Fit with Kareema

Useful Links

Dr Nada Ibrahim is induced to Honour Roll





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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Prof Shahjahan Khan


49. Shahjahan Khan

Professor Shahjahan Khan is one of the few public faces of social and religious harmony in Toowoomba.

The Toowoomba Islamic Society founder has been a strong advice for the city's Muslim community and helped fundraise tens of thousands of dollars for the rebuilding of the city mosque after it was damaged in two separate arson attacks.

He has broken down the barriers of ignorance and xenophobia, opening the mosque to the wider public for food festivals and other events.

He has publicly condemned terror attacks and acts of extremism, no matter where it comes from.

On top of his religious activities, he specialises in statistics in the School of Science at the University of Southern Queensland.

Shahjahan placed 65 in the last Power 100.

The Guardian



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Dr Nada Ibrahim was inducted onto Queensland’s first Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Honour Roll on 25 September 2020 where the Queensland Government recognises Queenslanders who are contributing to the prevention of domestic violence (DV). Nada is involved in the Not Now, Not Ever initiatives at a grass-root level in the prevention of, and recovery from domestic violence (DV) amongst the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Queensland Muslim community.

These initiatives include workshops creating awareness about how unequal/inequitable gender roles can foster DV producing the social media campaign “We Can Stop DV”; the 18-hours intensive “Muslim Leaders Empowerment Program” that upskills Imams/Community leaders on the prevention and early intervention of DV through collaborations with multiple agencies such as Queensland Police, Queensland court, RAQ, IWAA, and Griffith university (also delivered in Melbourne); and the 13-session “inspiredNAFSi Personal Leadership Program” that addresses the recovery needs of Muslim DV victims/survivors to heal and empower them from DV trauma (also delivered in Melbourne).

Nada has also authored "Domestic violence: shattering the barrier of silence, a pathway to recovery" (published by the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia) and its recommendations align with Queensland’s "Not Now, Not Ever".



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For the first 4 days of the school holidays the Hurricane Stars Club Inc used their new mini van to transport 14 Muslim Crescent scouts to Shorncliffe for a sailing camp. The scouts learnt how to sail small sail boats and they were joined by scouts from the Brisbane South Chinese Group and a few other groups. The camp was an amazing experience for all who attended because they did not just learn how to sail boats but they made friends with other scout groups and learnt together about teamwork, communication and leadership.


Under the guidance of trained scout’s sailing instructors, the scouts of all scout groups worked together in 3-4 people crews to learn how to set up the boat by attaching the mast, boom, sails, jibs, ropes and to tell what direction the wind is blowing, how to control the sails to catch the wind, knotting and how to guide the direction of the boat with the tiller. The scouts had to quickly learn to communicate effectively and work together or they would end up capsizing the boat or hitting someone with the sail boom or knocking them overboard. The scouts learnt fast and by the second day they were sailing out into the open ocean of Moreton Bay.

One of the most important outcomes of the camp was the strong friendships that were developed between the scouts. They had previously only known each other briefly each week for two hours but by spending each day together a real team spirit was formed. They enjoyed laughing at each other’s darkening tan lines, with the most hilarious being one boy who’s holes in his shoes tanned his feet to look poka-dotted.


Under the watchful eyes of the scouts instructors back at the safety of the dock, the scouts practiced what to do if they capsized their boats. Once again they learnt the importance of teamwork and communication as they had to work together to straighten the boat.


The sense of camaraderie had so strongly developed that other scouts jumped into the water to help if a group of scouts needed extra support. Capsizing should be a scary outcome of sailing but the scouts had so much fun capsizing, working together and laughing with each other that they just wanted to keep capsizing.

On the final day it was too windy to go sailing so the group went canoeing down the river. Although it was a different set of skills needed to control a canoe, they had to draw on their communication and teamwork skills learnt during sailing to control the 3 person canoe in the currents of the river.


After canoeing down the river they stopped in a clear section of the mangroves and explored the shoreline. They had fun playing a spontaneous game of rugby with a water bottle. They worked together as a team to practice capsizing and rescues in canoes in the running water of a river. The currents of the river forced the teenagers to overcome their instincts to be lazy and give up and not work as part of the team because they would then experience their canoe going backwards.

As a results of their efforts, the scouts achieved their level 4 badge in sailing and level 2 badge in canoeing. An amazing time was had by all the attendees who grew over the 4 days in both skills and character. Friendships were formed, tan lines were darkened and lots of laughter was enjoyed by all.



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AA on the road again




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When we stay in our comfort zones for too long or do not experience changes in our world, we will find it hard to find the true value of life. The only way to challenge this is to get our hands dirty and to make the changes for ourselves.

This is why Academy Alive has packed up their gear, loaded up the trailer and have hit the road. This year on our annual journey to bridge the gap between communities across Queensland we are looking to meet different people in society to understand lives, the foundations laid by the sweat of the previous generations.

Travelling from Brisbane to Mareeba, over the next 12 days join us on Facebook and be part of our journey and where can the next steps into bettering the future we dream of can be taken.




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ICQ president, Habib Jamal, with Peter Russo MP



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7NEWS Young Achiever Awards VIC






7NEWS Young Achiever Awards VIC Finalist for the Bridge Create Change category, Afra Cader, is a Senior Management Consultant at PwC.

"I am a firm believer in the power of our young people, the vision they have for the world, and the ability to harness their lived experience as force for change, and this is exactly what we saw last night.

I am excited to take this work forward, working with PwC Australia, with the United Nations and the Centre for Multicultural Youth to create a more equitable and inclusive future."


Established in 1989, Awards Australia is a Corporate Social Responsibility market leader.

Specialising in awards recognition programs on a state and national level, clients and the community receive win/win opportunities and outcomes through established marketing, media and event management expertise.

The Young Achiever Awards are designed to recognise, reward and most importantly promote the positive behaviours of our most precious resource, our Youth.



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2020 has already been a year like no other but some things don’t change: the Moreton Volunteer Awards are back!

While individually, as a community and as a nation we face plenty of challenges. However, we should always take the time to recognise and acknowledge the kindness of strangers:

• People who deliver meals or food hampers to the elderly or vulnerable;
• Community groups who make hundreds of meals;
• Generous souls who telephone elderly people just to check-in on them;
• Charities and churches that give out vouchers, pay small bills and fill medical scripts for those who are ill.


The list goes on. Let’s recognise these local heroes and thank them for their community spirit by nominating the most generous individuals for a Moreton Volunteer Award.

If you would like to nominate someone please visit my website :




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The Operations Committee implements the strategy and vision of the MLN, and is the engine of the work Muslim Legal Network provides to the community.

Chairperson: Mr Nirvan Jamshidpey
Vice-Chair: Ms Sarah Baarini
Secretary: Ms Reem Osman

Director of Sponsorships: Mr Youssef Elsawi

Director of Publications: Ms Ameera Ismail

Director of Events: Ms Zahraa Albadri

Director of Memberships: Mr Jareen Nijamudeen

Director of Marketing: Ms Sarah Baarini

Director of Programs: Mr Nirvan Jamshidpey



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Islamic Society of Queensland (ISQ) held its AGM last week.




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Captain Mona Shindy has served in the Royal Australian Navy for 30 years.


She holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) degree, a Masters of Commerce and a Masters in Politics and Policy.


She is a chartered professional Engineer, Engineer Executive and Fellow of the institute of Engineers in Australia.

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



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Iqbal Zafar and his family have had to adjust to training on vegetarian diets.


Sourcing culturally appropriate foods in regional areas is difficult at the best of times, and for Muslim residents throughout Gippsland in Victoria's east, strict lockdown travel rules have complicated shopping for groceries even more.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, most residents in the Latrobe Valley would travel several hours to suburbs in Melbourne's outer-east to buy halal-certified goods in bulk.

Now with regional-to-metro travel banned, many families have resorted to vegetarian-based diets.

The adjustment has proven difficult for Iqbal Zafar, the father of four budding athletes.

"It's been very hard ... we usually travel to Dandenong and Narre Warren to get our groceries because there's no specialised outlets for halal meats in the Latrobe Valley," he said.

"The kids have resigned to the fact that we cannot get certain meats during lockdown, so we're trying to look for other sources of protein."

Arfa Khan, president of the United Sisters of the Latrobe Valley, said some families had initially relied on a community carpooling service to receive goods.

"Around the first COVID wave there was a local person who put an online platform together where people could place orders and he'd pick them up and deliver them to us for a small profit, but that's now stopped because of the spike in coronavirus cases in Melbourne," she said.

"Now with home schooling and work, I've had to try and mix and match with foods ... some days the girls notice and ask why we don't have any meat or chicken, but I've had to explain that I have to make arrangements accordingly."

Local businesses fear advertising halal
Kerem Boztay, the manager of Marmara Halal Meats in Dandenong, said the stigma associated with halal products had created a sense of confusion in regional areas.

"A lot of people were trying to boycott halal because they thought the funding and all that was going to terrorism overseas ... unfortunately due to that, a lot of places have taken off the halal," he said.

Several Gippsland meat suppliers have told the ABC that while they stocked some halal products, they stopped advertising them after receiving anti-Islamic threats.

Halal refers to products that are "permissible" for consumption according to Islamic law. Animals must be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter and all blood should be drained from the carcass.

According to the Halal Certification Authority, products must never come into contact with haram (forbidden) substances during processing.

Mr Boztay's store was a regular supplier to many Muslims in Gippsland before the pandemic, but he said the lockdown had highlighted a demand for more halal manufacturers in regional areas.

"On our Facebook platforms ... we've got a lot of customers messaging, asking if we can go out and deliver to those areas ... but at the moment it's not feasible for us," he said.

"Unless [the Victorian Government] could allow providers something like a day each fortnight to travel and deliver to regional areas, that's the only way I see it working.

"In general, if you have halal you can serve a wider array of customers ... there's no downside to doing it, it just adds to potential business."

Better understanding fosters inclusion
Mrs Khan was recently appointed to Latrobe City's Diversity Advisory Committee and intended to raise her concerns with the council.

She said if more local businesses advertised halal, it would help to foster inclusion and diversity in Gippsland and save people from travelling hours to the city to buy goods.

"When we hear that businesses do sell halal but don't advertise it, we have no idea that we can go there to eat, so these kind of gestures don't really sit well when we talk about inclusiveness in the community."

Mrs Khan said more education about Islam was needed in country areas to resolve the issue.

"Generally the wider community don't know what it is, but once you tell people they say, 'Oh, that's alright, we understand ... it's just a different way people eat food, it's nothing more than that'.

"Gippsland is a beautiful part of Victoria with so much to offer and a very welcoming community, so if we can make more facilities for everyone, it will create a better environment for people of different backgrounds moving to the area."




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How to achieve “True Happiness” in our lives through simple ways?😊 Episode: 15 (Part 2of 4) “HEALTHY BODY” 5 Minutes with Imam 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. Please LIKE & SHARE this video with your friends & family as this information will be important for them too. May Allah bless you.😊 Please send your questions to

Posted by Hussain Baba on Wednesday, September 23, 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.

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Stigma, Suffering, and Human Flourishing 


The stigma of help-seeking behaviour around mental health amongst Muslims across continents has been steadily reducing over the last decade. This has been more evident amongst Generations Y and Z, particularly in Westernized societies. This normalization has been beneficial for many Muslims, as they are more able and willing to access counselling, and psychological services. The increasing awareness around mental health has been gradually built and supported by various Muslims practitioners, faith leaders, as well as governmental policies.

As a young adolescent growing up in a fairly conservative home, I used to wonder if there was anything between prayer and suicide. For some reason, I was adamant that there was something in between accepting one’s suffering in silence, and forcing the self not to commit suicide. Having grown up in the Middle East, many of my female friends was self-harming or being abused (in every way possible), and there was no outside help. It was a dark reality. On the outside, we were children of diplomats or expats, carefree international students. But on the inside there was torment by our loved ones, our cultures, and misunderstandings of our faith. There was abuse under the pretext of faith. We were often ostracized, humiliated, gaslit. Since then, I had felt a deep awakening towards building a bridge between what was falsely masked as Islam, with knowledge, understanding, relief, and progress. I have painfully learnt to appreciate that in some places in the world, there are neither realistic nor safe solutions. But there are opportunities for help here. We actually can find realistic solutions.

In order to address the matter of stigma, let us establish what a mental health stigma is. In my personal and professional opinion, I tend to refrain from using the phrase ‘mental illness’ stigma. To me, the phrase ‘mental illness’ carries a negative connotation, implying a disorder. However, as humans, we experience various trials and tribulations during our lifetime. We are exposed to life’s lessons and human suffering, from which we build resilience, make meaning, and transform towards personal growth. In some instances, we may cope better with support, whether formally or informally. Having said that, there are also instances whereby some individuals do indeed have psychiatric conditions which require specialized care, medication, and support. Our internal worlds vary from one to another, as much as our external appearance vary. This means that our internal needs also vary, along with the ways they are met. Thus, for the purpose of this writing, I shall refer to the ‘mental illness’ stigma, as a ‘mental health’ stigma.

People with mental health concerns may face stigma, whereby they may be treated differently, rendered ‘incompetent’, ‘crazy’, or ‘dangerous.’ Such prejudices and mindsets can lead our fellow humans, and our Muslim brothers and sisters to be subjected to bullying, violence, various discriminations, and also miss out on appropriate support.

A mental health stigma exists because of the lack of understanding towards psychological and emotional health. This is compounded by the negative attitudes and beliefs people have towards mental health.








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

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Crescents Community News (CCN) or any organizations the author may be associated with.




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My Journey To Islam Scottish Sister Maya Wallace





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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.




Nesrine Malik is a columnist and writer for The Guardian and the New Statesman.


She was named Society and Diversity Commentator of the Year at the 2017 Comment Awards.


Nesrine’s writing aims at busting myths regarding Islam and Muslims and seeks to expose misreporting.


She was one of the few to reveal the false reporting of The Times concerning a child who had been placed in the foster care of Muslim parents.


She has also written about how debates over free speech are exploited by racists and ethnic cleansing advocates.


Nesrine writes without fear, despite the personal abuse she receives on social media.


She received her undergraduate education at the American University in Cairo and the University of Khartoum and her postgraduate education at the University of London.


Prior to becoming a journalist, she spent ten years in emerging markets private equity.




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





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The Action Mightier Than All Creation


Tafseer by Imam Uzair Akbar






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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China has placed one million Uighur Muslims in what the UN calls internment camps. But who exactly are the Uighurs and why does China want them “reeducated”?    



Thousands of Xinjiang mosques destroyed or damaged, report finds
Chinese region has fewer mosques and shrines than at any time since Cultural Revolution, says thinktank

Thousands of mosques in Xinjiang have been damaged or destroyed in just three years, leaving fewer in the region than at any time since the Cultural Revolution, according to a report on Chinese oppression of Muslim minorities.

The revelations are contained in an expansive data project by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), which used satellite imagery and on-the-ground reporting to map the extensive and continuing construction of detention camps and destruction of cultural and religious sites in the north-western region.

The thinktank said Chinese government claims that there were more than 24,000 mosques in Xinjiang and that it was committed to protecting and respecting religious beliefs were not supported by the findings, and estimated that fewer than 15,000 mosques remained standing – with more than half of those damaged to some extent.

“This is the lowest number since the Cultural Revolution, when fewer than 3,000 mosques remained,” the report said.

It found around two-thirds of the area’s mosques were affected, and about 50% of protected cultural sites had been damaged or destroyed, including the total destruction of Ordam mazar (shrine), an ancient site of pilgrimage dating back to the 10th century.


the Guardian

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To protect our communities from hate crimes, we need better laws  






In 2016, a young family’s outing on a Brisbane train was shattered by hate crime. Targeted because of his wife’s hijab, Syed, the father, recalls his terror when a man grabbed one of the younger children and threatened to throw the kids off the train, saying he wanted to kill them all.

“As a father, I wanted to react,” Syed tells me. “I didn’t want them to witness that. I’ve never felt that much helplessness in my life.” Although what Syed’s family went through is a crime — serious vilification — under the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, Syed was unable to find justice, or even an avenue for reporting what had happened. Community groups say his is a common experience for victims of hate crimes — which are crimes motivated by animosity towards a person due to their membership of a marginalised group, on account of their race, religion, sexuality or gender identity.

The barriers to reporting both hate speech (a civil wrong) and serious vilification (a criminal act which must include a threat of physical harm to a person or property) are a core issue for the #BetterLaws4SafeQld campaign, which was launched earlier this week by the Cohesive Communities Coalition.

#BetterLaws4SafeQld, supported by the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC), is calling for the Queensland government to review the legislation and consider options for strengthening the laws that deal with hate crime. One option flagged by the coalition is the creation of a specific vilification summary offence to prohibit crimes where racially or religiously motivated hatred is the primary intent of the offender. An alternative is to consider prejudice-based motivations as a circumstance of aggravation on existing offences. This may have practical benefits for police who are already familiar with existing laws on assault and wilful damage. In cases of assault — such as an offender spitting on and throwing coffee at a Muslim woman in a shopping centre in Brisbane — the religious hatred element of the crime would be acknowledged through the aggravating circumstance, validating the experiences of victims and raising awareness among the public of the ubiquitous and serious nature of racially and religiously motivated hate crimes.

Syed spent years supporting his children to recover from the incident on the train, and from their negative encounter when they tried to report it. The legacy is a persisting sense that they could not rely on help being available when it was needed. Syed tells me at length how he grew up overseas with a love of Australia, that it was his destiny to come here, and he insists on teaching his children that there are good and bad people everywhere. He just wishes the system had been more responsive — that someone had listened, taken a statement, provided them with options, validated their decision to seek assistance to deal with this traumatic, and criminal, event.








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CIQ Perpetual Salaah Timetable









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 25 September 2020

TITLE: Morals, ethics, and conduct are the fifth branch of deen

IMAM: Maulana Nizamul Haq Thanvi






Lecture Recordings








Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 25 September 2020
TITLEAccelerating the good to eradicate the bad

IMAM: Mufti Zeeyad Ravat








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








Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power



Bradley Hope, Justin Scheck



From award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters Justin Scheck and Bradley Hope (coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale), this revelatory look at the world's most powerful ruling family reveals how a rift within Saudi Arabian royalty produced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a charismatic leader with a ruthless streak.

Thirty-five-year-old Mohammed bin Salman's sudden rise stunned the world. Political and business leaders such as former UK prime minister Tony Blair and WME chairman Ari Emmanuel flew out to meet with the crown prince and came away convinced that his desire to reform the kingdom was sincere. He spoke passionately about bringing women into the workforce and toning down Saudi Arabia's restrictive Islamic law. He lifted the ban on women driving and explored investments in Silicon Valley.

But MBS began to betray an erratic interior beneath the polish laid on by scores of consultants and public relations experts like McKinsey & Company. The allegations of his extreme brutality and excess began to slip out, including that he ordered the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. While stamping out dissent by holding three hundred people, including prominent members of the Saudi royal family, in the Ritz-Carlton hotel and elsewhere for months, he continued to exhibit his extreme wealth, including buying a $70 million chateau in Europe and one of the world's most expensive yachts. It seemed that he did not understand nor care about how the outside world would react to his displays of autocratic muscle-what mattered was the flex.

Blood and Oil is a gripping work of investigative journalism about one of the world's most decisive and dangerous new leaders. Hope and Scheck show how MBS's precipitous rise coincided with the fraying of the simple bargain that had been at the head of U.S.-Saudi relations for more than eighty years: oil in exchange for military protection. Caught in his net are well-known US bankers, Hollywood figures, and politicians, all eager to help the charming and crafty crown prince.

The Middle East is already a volatile region. Add to the mix an ambitious prince with extraordinary powers, hunger for lucre, a tight relationship with the White House through President Trump's son in law Jared Kushner, and an apparent willingness to break anything -- and anyone -- that gets in the way of his vision, and the stakes of his rise are bracing. If his bid fails, Saudi Arabia has the potential to become an unstable failed state and a magnet for Islamic extremists. And if his bid to transform his country succeeds, even in part, it will have reverberations around the world.



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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] Enjoy this healthy alternative which has not been compromised in flavour.

Chicken Schwarma Bowl




  1. 500g chicken fillet

  2. 2 tsp ground garlic

  3. 1 tsp chilli powder

  4. 1 tsp crushed red chillies

  5. 2 tblsp tomato puree

  6. 2 tblsp lemon juice

  7. 1 tsp salt or to taste

  8. ½ tsp crushed black pepper

  9. 2 tsp chilli garlic paste ( chillies and garlic)

  10. 1 tsp crushed jeero/cummin seeds

  11. 4 tblsp prego or any chillie sauce

Marinate chicken in above ingredients
Allow to marinate for few hours
Heat little butter in frypan and fry chicken till cooked
Thinly slice the chicken


  1. 2 Cucumber sliced

  2. Radish sliced

  3. Parsley chopped

  4. Kalamata Olives

  5. Baby tomatoes halved


  1. 2 tblsp lemon juice

  2. 2 tblsp oil

  3. Salt to taste

  4. ¼ tsp crushed black pepper

  5. Pinch sumac

  6. Pinch zaatar

  7. Drizzle of honey

Whisk together dressing ingredients
Adjust seasoning

Tzatziki Dip

  1. 1 cup Greek yoghurt

  2. ⅓ cup grated cucumber squeeze out water

  3. ¼  tsp crushed garlic

  4. Salt and black pepper

  5. Mint leaves chopped

  6. 1 tblsp lemon juice

Mix all ingredients

Add dressing to salad just before serving
Place salad, sliced chicken and tzatziki dip on a serving plate
Serve with pita bread



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Keeping Fit with Kareema








My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




Q: Dear Kareema, like many others out there I have a stressful job and find it hard to unwind. I know that exercise will help, but any particular type?

A: I’d suggest you try taking a few yoga classes during the week.


Yoga is a moving meditation which is a great way to calm the mind and relax the nervous system.


It’s a great way to switch off, clear your mind and reap the benefits.


You may even find that it helps you cope better at work.



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




A lawyer defending Jallalludin accused of burglary tried a creative defence.

"My client only inserted his arm into the window and removed a few trifling articles. His arm is not himself, and I fail to see how you can punish the whole individual for an offence committed by his limbs".

"Well put", the Judge replied. "Using your logic, I hereby sentence the arm of the defendant to 5 years imprisonment. His whole body can accompany it or not, as he chooses."

Jallalludin, with the help of his lawyer, detached his artificial limb, laid it on the bench, and walked out.


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An Ayaat-a-Week






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The Battles

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


The results of the battle were disastrous for the Muslims.

The Meccans, led by the brilliant Khalid ibn al-Walid—who would later convert to Islam and lead Muslim armies into Syria—managed to rout the Muslims from the battlefield up onto the slopes of Uhud.

Hamza, the hero of Badr, was killed in the fighting and his body mutilated by the Quraysh.

Muhammad himself was at one point surrounded along with a small group of Muslims by the Meccans and was injured in the hand to hand combat that followed.

The Quraysh, having defeated the Muslim army in battle and believing they had done enough to damage Muhammad’s reputation, retreated back to Mecca.

The Battle of Uhud did not manage to end Islam or the Prophet’s authority in Medina as the Quraysh had hoped, although it did sow seeds of tension between Medina’s Muslims and the Jews, most of whom had refused to honor the terms of the Constitution and join the battle.

It was becoming clear that neither the Muslims nor the Quraysh were going to be able to decisively defeat the other on the battlefield.

Both sides thus resorted to trying to gain support among the numerous Arab tribes of the region, each hoping to tip the scales against the enemy.

The Meccans in particular hoped to gain the support of Medina’s Jewish tribes, which seemed willing to dislodge the Prophet from their midst.

Five years after the Prophet’s hijra, the Meccans besieged the city of Medina from the north, and sought the help of one of Medina’s Jewish tribes, the Banu Qurayza, who lived on the southern outskirts of the city.

It was a calculated gamble for the Jews.

The siege looked promising, and by joining with the Quraysh, they could wipe out Muhammad and his followers for good.

As it happened, however, the Meccans and their Jewish allies were unsuccessful.

Muhammad, advised by a Persian immigrant named Salman, ordered the construction of a trench around the city to thwart the Meccan siege.

The Battle of the Trench, as it was called, was a disastrous failure for the Quraysh, who failed to even dent the power of Muhammad in the city.

But it was even worse for the Banu Qurayza.

They had broken the terms of the Constitution, and thus were liable to be punished according to its terms.

An arbitrator assigned to the case ruled against the subversive tribe, ordering that the men who had taken part in the siege be executed while the women and children exiled from the city.

Muhammad was setting an important standard with his handling of the Jews of Medina.

He made clear that Islamic law had no problem with the presence of non-Muslims living within a Muslim state.

For years Medina’s Jews had been tolerated.

But when they failed to live up to existing agreements and threatened the security of the Islamic state, punishment had to be doled out.

Like everything he did, Muhammad’s example in dealing with Banu Qurayza would set the precedent for hundreds of years of Muslim relations with non-Muslims.


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



Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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




1 Godliness

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Make your intentions fully for the sake of Allah, give all that you can, and be in a state of acceptance of all God’s gifts. Share God’s gifts with all those in need, and you will find bounties, success and safety; God will provide you with those who will assist and support you and remove all obstacles from your path. These are the results of fidelity and working without faltering.

Every believer possesses in his soul a jewel that is embodied in his belief in God’s unity and his strong relationship with this great religion. The dangers of transgression, desires and giving up are issues that all humanity faces. These ills cover the jewel in each soul under a mountain of sin and deface it with evil. However, this is not the end of the journey: faith, repentance, God-consciousness and continuous searching enable the believer to cleanse his inner jewel of all sin and return it to purity and freedom from evil.

Belief in Allah along with true commitment and submission is our goal and aspiration. It is the way to achieve guidance, tranquillity and calmness. The secret of commitment lies in connecting it to the love of Allah, for through it we achieve success and tranquillity of the soul. What is done for the sake of Allah possesses continuity and benefit, and what is done for other reasons is limited and will eventually end.

One of the greatest things in life is when all our time on this earth is filled with the worship of Allah and good deeds and when throughout our lives and whenever we do good, we thank Allah (the Most High) for the bounties that He bestows upon us.


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