EST. 2004


Sunday 11 October 2020 | Issue 0831



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Over a hundred Muslims have condemned the Australian Federation of Islamic Council after it met with One Nation’s NSW leader Mark Latham. Members of the Muslim community have lashed out at the AFIC, claiming it does not represent them.

A group of Muslim Australians have sent a strong message to the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) after AFIC held a meeting with One Nation on September 10 -- saying, "you don't represent us."

AFIC, the peak Muslim community organisation in Australia, met with One Nation's New South Wales leader Mark Latham to discuss the proposed religious freedoms bill he introduced in the NSW senate.

The proposed bill seeks to amend the Anti-Discrimination Act, and could provide protection for employees on the grounds of religious belief in circumstances similar to that faced by Israel Folau. It's gained support from groups such as the Association of Independent and Catholic Schools, but has been criticised by other church groups and the Diversity Council Australia.

In a statement on AFIC’s website, the organisation said they were in support of the bill.

“It was refreshing to witness Mr Latham’s passion to fight for Australian faiths (including Islam) and place them on a level playing field,” AFIC’s Dawah Support Officer Ms Mohamed said in a public statement.

AFIC were established by a group of Muslim leaders in 1964 to represent the “needs and aspirations” of Muslims in Australia.

Not everyone agrees with AFIC’s sentiments about their new collaboration.

Rabea Khan, a barrister in Melbourne, along with others, decided to put out a public statement condemning the meeting, detailing One Nation and Mark Latham’s history of antagonising the Muslim community in Australia.

The public statement currently has over 100 signatures from members in the Muslim community, including teachers, academics, journalists and lawyers.

"I'm extremely embarrassed, I think is the best way to describe it," Khan told The Feed.

"Not only the Muslim community but people of color in this country have had to live with the increased hostility towards [them] for the last 23 years, as One Nation has been around.

"They want to hold an inquiry as to whether we are a religion or a radical political ideology, that's their official policy."

One Nation’s policies on Islam include a US-style travel ban on arrivals from Muslim countries that are known sources of radicalism; an inquiry - as Khan says - into whether Islam is a religion or “totalitarian political ideology” undermining democracy; and a ban on the burqa.

AFIC’s president Dr Rateb Jneid told The Feed the peak Muslim organisiation has concerns about One Nation’s history of Islamophobia and xenophobia but believes Mark Latham is “turning One Nation policies around”.

“One Nation is the only political party brave enough to take on an issue that will bring faith communities some protection. Nearly 50 different Muslim groups engaged with them, not just AFIC,” Dr Jneid told The Feed.

“The best service that one can give the Muslim community is to help win hearts and minds of both our critics and those who are indifferent. In this case, AFIC’s meeting with One Nation’s Mark Latham was a meeting that served the common good.”

AFIC has been accused of not representing the breadth of the Muslim community with an all-male executive committee. Khan believes it doesn’t understand the lived experience of Muslim women, who are more likely to receive Islamophobic attacks according to an analysis of hate crimes.

The Islamophobia Register released a study in 2019 that found 70 per cent of public Islamophobic attacks happen to Muslim women and girls.

"This really is quite a strong example as to how AFIC are not representative of the community," Khan said.

"Not only are they all male, particularly middle aged organisations, on top of that, they don't consult in any meaningful way with the community. That includes women that includes other diverse communities."

Despite their current all-male executive team, Dr Jneid says there have been numerous women on its board over the years.

"There are many women's groups amongst our membership and we also have a memorandum of understanding with Muslim Women Australia. We have more female employees in senior positions than males," Dr Jneid said.

Dr Jneid said the two main staff members who worked on AFIC's submission on Latham's Bill were women, AFIC's Legal Support Officer Ms Ali and Da'wa Support Officer Ms Mohamed.

Although neither women were present in AFIC's photo-op with One Nation's Mark Latham.

Khan believes the support of their public statement critical of AFIC - that at present has 135 signatures - shows the views of AFIC's are not entirely representative.

"This statement is allowing people who don't get heard in these organisations, or in these processes very often to allow them to have a voice and be heard," she said.

Khan feels supporting the bill will do more harm than good to Australia's Muslim community.

"This bill is not going to address issues of free speech or any type of vilification outside of the employment or organizational context, really, it's very limited," she said.

One Nation's history with Australian Muslims
Yusra Metwally, a solicitor and founder of the Swim Sisters, wanted to create an accessible space for Muslim women to swim in Sydney's outer-west suburb of Auburn. It's one of the most diverse areas in Sydney with 84.6 per cent of residents having both parents born overseas.

In 2017, Metwally was offered a two-hour women's only section, to meet community needs, for her Swim Sisters collective, which would be open to all women. The Auburn public pool was reopening after renovations, and Metwally was contacted by a reporter at the Parramatta Advertiser to share her thoughts about the two-hour slot for women each week.

"I said that it would be great to make the pool more accessible for the community, after all, Auburn is one of the most multicultural areas of Sydney," Metwally told The Feed.

A few weeks later, the story was covered in the Daily Telegraph with what, she says, a completely different angle. After the coverage in the Sydney paper, Metwally says there was a ‘big furore’ with the Swim Sisters being featured in A Current Affair, and later Mark Latham starting a petition to stop Auburn pool from proceeding with the arrangement.

“It misrepresented the facts and presented the pool was exclusively for Muslim women, when, in fact, it was open to all women. So once that sort of media story took a life of its own, it then invited people and voices like Mark Latham,” she said of the coverage in A Current Affair.

“There was an A Current Affair story where they actually called it apartheid.”

Metwally was taken aback by the coverage because women's only gyms, swimming nights and spaces aren't a new phenomenon in Australia.

The impact of the coverage meant whenever there's a request for women's only swimming time, she says, there's a lot of hesitation to take it up because of the unnecessary controversy it invites.

"We were sort of in the crossfire," she said, "we just agreed to do an article for the local paper." She said she had no idea that it would turn into a debate.

Given the episode, Metwally is deeply troubled with AFIC's meeting with Latham. She says she feels it's an organisation that's shown little interest in engaging with the concerns of Muslim women.

"We just feel like, [AFIC] don't they represent us," she said.

Metwally believes the composition of AFIC's leadership team means they can't relate to the challenges faced by Muslim women.

"Muslim women leaders are the ones who can actually connect to the challenges we face," she said.

The president of the Australian Muslim Women's Assoication Silma Ihram, she says, was instrumental in helping to keep Swim Sisters going with assisting in grant applications and support.

"That's what leadership is," she said.

Swim Sister's aren't the only Muslim run-group that have recieved backlash from Latham. In 2018, after a campaign by the NSW One Nation leader, the Western Sydney Bankstown Poetry Slam decided to hire security.

Latham tweeted that the Bankstown Poetry Slam was a “radical Islamic political ranting, promoting hate speech towards Australia,” amongst a series of public comments on the event.

In the following weeks, a number of members of the poetry slam received abuse online.

“He portrayed all of these young people turning up – having the balls and the skills to speak their mind in a really interesting manner – as Islamist hate speech,” The Bankstown youth development service director, Tim Carroll told The Guardian in 2018.

“That kind of stuff is really, really scary. We had to pull all the videos down. [We had people saying] ‘you deserve to die’.”

What does this group of Australian Muslims want from AFIC?
The public statement includes demands to AFIC: asking for them to withdraw the press release and social posts, and to not claim they represent the Muslim community.

“These demands are ridiculous projections from a handful of individuals who neither have representative capacity nor an understanding of Islamic tradition. Our actions in openly meeting with One Nation is clearly and directly supported by the Holy Qur’an and the Sunna,” Dr Jneid said.

“AFIC has the collective skills and wisdom to be in an excellent position to represent the community and has been doing so for 56 years.”

Khan disagrees, she wants more from AFIC.

“I would like those who want to engage at this level in our community, to first be qualified to do so to have the appropriate experts before they engage in that consultation, and I want to see diversity in these organisations, in terms of women, in terms of different ethnicities,” Khan said.

“And I don't want this to be used by any political party, or in any process to be seen as representative, ultimately, of our community.”




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Last weekend, the Muslim Crescent Scout group celebrated one year since the establishment of their group. The Muslim Crescent Scout group is the fastest growing scout group in the Brisbane region and we now have 45 members. To celebrate they took the entire group on an overnight camp to Brownsea scout camp in Shorncliffe. Members of all ages had fun sailing, building a raft and canoeing both in the daytime and by night. The older scouts strengthened their canoeing skills during the night canoeing, while enjoying finding sunken ships, hunted houses and seeing the amazing phosphorescence in the water at night. For dinner, all members had fun making their own pizza from scratch, including rolling out the dough and then cooking it in the camp’s wood fire oven. The older scouts learnt the skills of how to build a fire in the oven to make it heat successfully to make a delicious pizza.

Our older members attended a camp earlier in the school holidays to learn how to sail, so that they could support the younger members of the group during the camp. This greatly assisted all of our members from the oldest to the youngest, who just turned five, to be actively involved in all activities and learn many beneficial new skills as well as becoming closer friends with the other group members. The camp successfully created stronger ties and understanding between the members of the scout group, which will help to strengthen the group. On our canoeing trip, on the second day up Cabbage Tree Creek, the younger and older scouts work together to paddle the canoes. The youngest scouts made the experience extra cute by singing together as they paddled. The camp finished with the youngest scouts being invited to go on the Marine Rescue boats and hear about the work the volunteers do.

Over the past year the Muslim Crescent Scout group has gone from nothing to 45 members. The members and leaders have enjoyed an amazing experience through which they have all grown in both character and skills. They have learned bushcraft skills, cycling skills, canoeing skills, sailing skills and knotting skills. Our members have met and enjoyed working together with a variety of scouts from other groups across Brisbane, as we participated in activities such as sailing in Moreton Bay, scouts in action: rocket day, the urban challenge treasure hunt for teenagers in Brisbane City and Clean Up Australia Day. It has not only been the Scouts who have had so much fun participating and learning from these activities but the leaders themselves have enjoyed and learnt so much from their experience over the past year. The leaders not only did the compulsory training required to be a leader, but they have also done additional training for adventurous activities to allow them to do a wider variety of activities for the scouts. Our leaders have trained to be instructors in canoeing, kayaking, bushwalking and archery and they are looking forward to many more opportunities to do a wide range of other training and activities through scouts, that will continue to benefit them for the rest of their lives.

We are looking forward to more exciting upcoming activities like the Jamboree of the air next weekend and the cub’s district fun day the following weekend. New members are welcome to join anytime throughout the year. We are looking for more leaders as our group is growing and more leaders are needed to support the scouts. Please see the flyer below for the amazing opportunities and benefit from being a scout leader. For more information please contact 0432026375.



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The Islamic Museum of Australia is seeking a driven and motivated Chief Executive Officer.


Reporting directly to the Chairperson, the CEO will be responsible for leading the implementation of the IMA’s long term strategic plan.


Further details can be found here.



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Sana Sayed works with local and global brands.


...continued from last week's CCN

Inspiring women
It's a similar story for Sana Sayed from Dundas in Sydney's north-west.

The 20-year-old says she initially signed up to Instagram in 2017 to share pictures with family and friends.

But she quickly began attracting the attention of local modest fashion brands, helping her garner a following of more than 130,000 people.

"I post fashion advice and I show different ways of how I style outfits and my Hijab, which I think inspires women," Sana says.

The full-time university student says she has worked with global brands including singer Rihanna's cosmetics company Fenty Beauty and retailer JD Sports.

She says payment can vary depending on the brand she is promoting.

"You can start off from $400 to $500, up to $3,000 to $4,000 for one post," she says.

'Following a friend'
Natalie Giddings from Sydney marketing company the Remarkables Group says brands are increasingly turning to influencers to advertise their products because they have significant reach.

"Influencers in this day and age are outshining a large number of traditional publications that marketers like myself would have previously gone to," Ms Giddings says.

"A magazine like Vogue for instance has about 55,000 people that buy the magazine each month … but some of the people that we work with are well into the hundreds of thousands in audience alone."

Ms Giddings says audiences feel like they have a personal connection with influencers and are in turn more likely to trust their product recommendations.

"The number one reason why people tune into and follow influencers is because it feels like they're following a friend."

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




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Topic: “HEALTHY MIND (watching pornography?)
Episode: 15 (part 4 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.






Shabnam Mahmood is a London-based journalist who specializes in covering topics relating to the British Asian diaspora for a national and international audience.


She has sensitively tackled taboo subjects within the Asian community such as the rise of HIV in South Asian communities, radicalization, LGBTQ, and grooming.


She was one of the few reporters permitted to enter a mosque to cover the funeral of one of the Grenfell Tower fire victims.




Shabnam also covers entertainment matters, interviewing Bollywood figures such as Asha Bhosle and Shah Rukh Khan.


She regularly reports for BBC News as well as the News Channel and World TV.


Her reports have been aired on Radio 4’s Today and Women’s Hour and her digital videos are viewed by thousands.




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





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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





The inside story to the Asda takeover – How Muslims Should Respond

Rags to Riches, Conventional Debt and Private Equity – The Inside Story To The Issa brothers’ Asda Takeover




What happened?

Two Muslim brothers hailing from Blackburn have agreed, as part of a consortium, to buy a majority stake in Asda. They partnered up with TDR Capital – a private equity firm – to make the successful bid of £6.8bn. The deal is being financed through lending provided by a syndicate of banks including Barclays, ING, Lloyds Banking Group and Morgan Stanley.

The Issa brothers are a genuine rags to riches story – starting from humble beginnings with just one petrol station to building an empire that today generates revenues of over $25bn.

The Asda deal is a classic example of a leveraged buyout (“LBO”) – a private equity strategy that has been used by private equity firms to make significant returns over the last few decades. The EG Group (the Issa brothes’ company) itself has made over 10 such takeovers or mergers over the last few decades.

We have no reason to believe that EG Group and TDR used sharia-compliant finance to fund the acquisition of Asda. The FT reported that the deal was funded by a mixture of high-yield bonds and leveraged loans.

In this article we will explore:

How private equity and LBOs work
What role debt has had to play in the EG Group’s success
Whether there were sharia-compliant alternatives open to EG Group; and
How we as a community should approach and understand the complex issues around conventional financing in Muslim businesses.
How does private equity and LBOs work?
Private equity relies on debt financing to magnify its returns.

Let’s run an example to bring this to light.

If a company is making £10 profit and you buy it for £100, then the next year you make £10 and make a 10% return annually.

But now let’s use a LBO strategy. If you borrow £80 and just put down £20 of your own money, then you will have to pay an annual interest payment to the lender. Let’s say you pay 5% to the lender on their £80. You would have to pay £4 of the £10 profit you make. You would then be able to keep the remaining £6 as your own profit.

So now, having put down just £20, you get access to a return of £6, which is a 30% return. That is 3x more than you would have made.

So your money does more for you and you could buy 5 different businesses worth £100 now, putting down just £20 in each business.

You could end up making £30 profit from £100 investment instead of just £10. You could then use that £30 to finance further LBO deals to acquire more assets.

If things go well you could amass a huge empire very quickly with relatively little money.

But there is a big risk to this too.

If one year you do not make £10 profit – perhaps you make a £2 loss – you still have to pay £4 to the banks.

That means you have to conjure up money from outside of the business. And if you are heavily leveraged up already with all your cash tied up – that can be a very precarious position to be in.

LBO and debt-financing are a key part to the EG Group strategy
As this following excerpt from a BBC article explains, the EG Group has a significant amount of debt – £9 for every £1 of cash earnings in fact – and uses this debt to continue an aggressive growth strategy:

In 2019, EG Group reported sales of €20bn (£18bn), up from €12bn a year before. While fuel accounted for €16bn of sales, the business is geared towards adding on other sales, from brands including including Subway, Burger King and French supermarket Carrefour. Borrowing costs on €8bn of debt pushed the firm into a fiscal loss for the year, of €496m.

The firm has about £9 of debt for every £1 of cash earnings, says Azhar Hussain, head of global credit at Royal London Asset Management. Most companies would have £3-6 of debt for each pound earned before eyebrows are raised and questions are asked about repayment, he said.

This is a risky and bold business strategy. The idea is that EG Group uses debt to continue to acquire solid, cash-generative businesses. They can then use that cash to service their debt and continue acquiring.

This leads to (a) increasing economies of scale; (b) stronger negotiation power with producers of the products they stock; and (c) greater brand power.

Ultimately they can stop acquiring and actually reap in the profits – this then turns EG Group into a cash cow and over the course of a decade or so of reducing their debt mountain, EG Group becomes a much more stable and profitable business (they’re currently making a lot of revenues but posting a loss due to the debt payments).

The alternative move for the Issa brothers is to list the EG Group and cash in that way.

Are there alternative ways of structuring these deals that could make it sharia-compliant?
Okay, so it sounds like the EG Group has a bold (if risky) business strategy that is working. But what about the sharia compliance issues?

Firstly, to reiterate – we do not know for sure that this deal definitely involved haram financing – but we have every reason to believe that is the case.

EG Group is one of the biggest borrowers in the Euopean corporate leveraged loan and junk debt markets and has used LBO and conventional debt to buyout at least 10 previous companies.

Could they have structured this deal in a halal way?





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Nabil Abdulrashid | Semi-Finals | BGT 2020














Showing Gratitude to Allah


Tafseer with Sheikh Uzair Akbar




This Sheikh Uzair Weekly Tafseer Lessons.
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An amazing initiative to witness our esteemed scholars within the community to provide a platform for all of us to learn, grow and benefit from. Do your part and contribute to and help others gain beneficial knowledge from our local Scholars In Sha Allah and share with your communities.
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Labor distances itself from 'Islamophobic' Darebin council candidate    



Victorian Labor is trying to distance itself from a Darebin Council candidate accused of Islamophobia who has been using the party's logo.

Sofia Kotanidis, who has corflutes and other campaign material bearing Labor's logo, shared dozens of anti-Islamic news articles, petitions and blog posts, including one that said Muslims should "get the f--- out of our countries and go back to the monstrous shitholes you came from".

Ms Kotanidis, who is also the deputy chair of the Darebin Ethnic Communities Council, is one of 10 candidates for the inner-north council in a group called Labor Members for Darebin.

Federal Labor MP Ged Kearney spoke at a campaign launch for three of the group's other members.

The group's Facebook page had a photo of Ms Kotanidis alongside its other members, including current Labor councillors Tim Laurence and Julie Williams, and listed her name and a link to her Facebook page.

On Wednesday evening, the group shared a statement saying it was pleased that Ms Kotanidis had deleted her anti-Islamic posts, along with her words: "We all make mistakes; I regret my actions over 2½ years ago and I apologise profusely."

That statement and all references to Ms Kotanidis were later deleted from the page.

Labor's state secretary, Chris Ford, said the party had not endorsed Ms Kotanidis as a candidate and she had been asked to remove its logo from her campaign material.

"Sofia’s views do not reflect those of Victorian Labor or our members," he said.

"The logo Sofia has used was not provided by Victorian Labor and it is not an official Labor logo."

Mr Ford confirmed that no candidates had been endorsed by Labor in Darebin.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Cr Laurence said Ms Kotanidis had been removed from Labor Members for Darebin to "preserve our values as a group committed to multiculturalism".

"While Sofia is no longer part of our group she remains a member of the Victorian Labor Party," he said.

"That is out of our jurisdiction and remains a matter for the Victorian Branch."

A spokeswoman for Ms Kearney said she had "absolutely nothing" to do with Ms Kotanidis' candidacy.

"Ged finds the views expressed by Sofia abhorrent and incompatible with public office," she said.

Ms Kotanidis describes herself as being a "Supported ALP candidate for the North West Ward, Darebin City Council".

Ms Kotanidis' Facebook posts, dated from 2016 to 2018, included complaints that butchers in Darebin sold halal meat, a petition to ban burqas, and inflammatory material from Pauline Hanson.

Darebin Council alerted the area's ethnic council about the posts in 2018 and she was asked to remove the posts. She stood down from her position, but was re-elected at the end of that year.

Some, if not all, of the posts were only recently deleted.

Darebin deputy mayor Susanne Newton recounted two ethnic committee meetings she attended in 2018 where Ms Kotanidis made derogatory comments about new refugees, including that they have it easier compared to previous generations and that they exaggerated racism.

“She’s saying she wants to represent a progressive community, but what I saw in those meetings is not the values that, I think, the community holds, ” the Greens councillor said.

Islamic Council of Victoria vice-president Adel Salman condemned Ms Kotanidis' posts.

"We view her as an Islamophobe," he said.

"What she does is she re-posts stuff that is anti-Islam or anti-Muslim, typically from the far-right groups who have a very clear racist anti-Muslim agenda.

"The Labor Party should very clearly disassociate and condemn [her actions]."

Mr Salman said Ms Kotanidis' position on the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria, as the deputy chair of its Darebin branch, was untenable.

He said many voters would have no idea about her history.

"Even a lot of Muslims would be completely unaware of her actual views and they might accidentally vote for her ... that's a very, very poor situation," he said.

Darebin Ethnic Communities' Council chairman Nalliah Suriyakumaran denounced the posts, but defended his colleague, pointing to her record of working with refugees.

"Sofia, who is one person, singlehandedly helped a lot of refugees from Islamic backgrounds, the Rohingyas, to get jobs," he said.

Mr Suriyakumaran said Ms Kontanidis' family were victims of the Pontian genocide against indigenous Greeks in the Ottoman Empire during and after the First World World.

"A lot of the migrants, who come from overseas, especially if they're minorities in their old countries, their experience of discrimination, that baggage they carry, they bring it to Australia," he said.

"I'm not in any way defending her," he added.

An Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria spokesman called Ms Kotanidis' posts abhorrent and completely at odds with its mission.

"ECCV recognises that intercultural racism within migrant and refugee communities is an issue that we need to continue to work on, as we do across broader society," he said.

Ms Kotanidis' statement said the posts did not reflect her views or actions in support of multicultural communities.

"I have advocated for Darebin’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities and I have earned their trust and respect," she wrote.

"I am happy to be judged on my actions rather than something I posted more than 2½ years ago which I deleted."

Darebin’s Umar bin Al-Khattab Mosque opened in Preston in 1976 and the council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its owners, the Islamic Society of Victoria, in 2009.

The City of Darebin website says the municipality is home to people from over 153 countries who speak 148 different languages.

Julie Williams did not respond to a request for comment.




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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 9 October 2020

TITLE: Speaking about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)  

IMAM: Maulana Nizamul Haq Thanvi






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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 9 October 2020
TITLE: The Humour of our beloved Prophet (SAW)

IMAM: Mufti Zeeyad Ravat








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Salaam, Hi everyone.

I would also like to request your help to volunteer for the GREENS party by standing at booths, handing out flyers and some other tasks as required on the following dates please:
Ages 16yrs +

7th October to 31 October
every Saturday and Sunday from 9am -10:30am (carrying road signs along Beaudesert Rd and Algester Rd) ALGESTER

19th October each day until 31 October 2020. (as many volunteers as possible to work for a couple of hours each) BRISBANE WIDE

Election Day 31st October (as many volunteers as possible for longer shifts to cover the full day - probably 4hr shifts) BRISBANE WIDE

0400 932 901
Roster, Tasks and Locations will be provided by Mel.

Thank you for your help and support. This is a great organization and you'll find the learning curve a huge advantage to your personal and professional development.


Naseema Mustapha
JP (Qual)
Queensland Greens Multicultural Organiser





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








Born Fighter



Ruqsana Begum, Sarah Shephard




Ruqsana Begum's account of how she rose to become a Muay Thai world champion is only a small part of why her story is such an inspirational one for anyone who has ever followed their dream.

Ever since she went to school in Bethnal Green, part of a large local Bangladeshi community, Ruqsana Begum stood apart from her friends because she was so keen on sport. At home, she wore the clothes her mother wanted her to wear and behaved like a dutiful Muslim daughter, but at heart she wanted something different. And when she went to college and saw an advert for a Muay Thai club, she knew what that would be. But she also knew that her parents would never allow her to fight - even if they could have afforded the costs. So she fought in secret, and soon discovered that she was a natural. But when her parents arranged her marriage, her new world collapsed and she found herself unable to cope, until she broke free again, and worked her way to the top.

Ruqsana's story is a tale of empowerment that will inspire anyone who has ever had to battle against the odds and against all the opposition to achieve their goal.



Representation matters. It matters in all our walks of life. It allows the diversity of the talent in our communities to shine. Ruqsana Begum’s — a Muay Thai World Champion — story is a testament to that. Begum, like so many Muslim women, has to grapple with the expectations of an immigrant community who want nothing more than economic and social stability.

However, growing up in East London, Begum chances upon a boxing gym and begins a life- long love affair with combative sport — not quite your typical Muslim girl love story. She shows us that Muslim women can achieve and improve the crafts we specialise in, adding a layer and richness of culture to our stories.

Begum is a Bangladeshi woman raised in a practising Muslim home and her personal journey sounds very familiar to many of us — if not all. She grew up in Bethnal Green in a small flat with her siblings, her grandparent and parents. She was expected to go to mosque, to finish her chores and get married one day.

Winning a trophy in a combative sport does not fit into that narrative. Begum, for the sheer love of the sport, doggedly keeps training, in secret at first, and fighting irrespective of — what could be debilitating — conditions including a messy divorce and a chronic fatigue disease.

It is a story of how her fitness and training journey fired her personal growth. ‘That was my mentality: even if I have to die, even if I have to lose an arm, I am going to give it my all because I don’t want any regrets.’ (p171).

Her determination and grit, which she seemed to have in abundance, was developed in the boxing ring and it helped time and time again overcome obstacles. At each point, it is her love of the sport and the fight that brought her back.

In addition to her battle with ME (a chronic fatigue syndrome), Begum also had to experience — according to her — severe bullying from her fellow gym partners who resented her success. She went to compete at home and abroad, before winning the Muay Thai world championship in 2010.

Begum was signed on by David Hayes and stepped into the professional boxing arena which was a whole different world to Muay Thay. When questioning whether she should step into boxing her brother pointed out that no one looked like her in the realm of sports. She writes, ‘I felt a responsibility to try to make a difference.

Because I believed I could do so much more for my community by challenging myself — by coming out of my fear and all those emotions, I was feeling and trying to suppress. Whether I became a world champion or not, it doesn’t matter. Just stepping into that boxing arena is going to have a huge impact.’(p255).

What started as a hobby for Begum has become a quest for representation paving the way for others in our communities a viable choice to pursue the sport.

his book is well written, very easy to read — thanks to Sarah Shephard the ghostwriter. However, I am uncomfortable with the repeated mention of individuals (and their actions) that Begum has had personal disagreements with.

I understand that the actions of others have had an adverse effect on her life, but to mention their actions when they are not given an equal platform to present their views seems highly unfair.

Aasiya I Versi



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Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
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English Translation of the Qur'an
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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
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Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World
From My Sisters' Lips
A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way
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Step Up: Embrace the Leader Within
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From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
I, Migrant: A comedian's journey from Karachi to the outback

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KB's Culinary Corner





[KB SAYS] The more you use this recipe it just keeps getting quicker to do and easier each time.

Easy baklava tarts



  1. 1 package mini filo cups (15)

  2. 1 cup mixed chopped nuts (pistachios, walnuts, almonds, pecans)

  3. 1 tbsp. butter, melted

  4. ¼ cup honey, plus more for serving

  5. ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

  6. pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place filo cups on a baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, stir together chopped nuts, melted butter, honey, cinnamon and salt until evenly combined.

Spoon 1- 2 teaspoons of the nut mixture into each filo cup until they are filled.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until the nuts are fragrant and lightly toasted but not burned.

Remove and drizzle with extra honey




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The CCN Chuckle




Jallalludin and his wife went to their local Imam to finalize their divorce.


Imam: "You have three children. How will you divide them?"


Jallalludin and his wife had a long discussion and returned to the Imam.


Jallalludin: "OK, Imam we will come next year with one more."














9 months later, they got twins.

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


But the treaty provided a welcomed respite from conflict that gave Muhammad the ability to expand Islam far beyond Medina.

Now without the threat of internal dissent and external invasion, he had the freedom to send missionaries throughout the Arabian Peninsula, and even beyond, into the Byzantine and Persian Empires in the north.

Bedouin tribes converted en masse, allying themselves with the Prophet.
Even Meccans began to convert.

Khalid ibn al-Walid and ‘Amr ibn al-‘As, two of Quraysh’s greatest military commanders, left Mecca and joined Muhammad in Medina in the years after Hudaybiyyah.

The treaty had failed to give the Muslims immediate control of their holiest site, but it allowed Islam to grow exponentially throughout Arabia, much to the dismay of the hardliners in Mecca, who just a few years earlier hoped to end Islam.

Furthermore, the sanctity of the truce was not completely fulfilled.

Just two years after its signing, a tribe allied with Quraysh launched a surprise attack against a tribe allied with Muhammad just outside the borders of Mecca.

This constituted a breach of the treaty, which had promised a total peace for ten years.

With the treaty now voided, Muhammad could call upon his newfound allies throughout the peninsula in a new expedition aimed for Mecca.

This time, however, they would not be travelling as peaceful pilgrims.
Muhammad was finally in a position of power.

Thousands of Muslims from all over the peninsula were now at his command, bound by alliances and conversions to join his army whenever called upon.

At this point, the people of Mecca knew there was no way they could militarily defeat the Prophet.

It was Mecca versus dozens of tribes, all united together for the first time in the history of the Arabs.

Attempted negotiations between Muhammad and the Quraysh ended in failure, and in early 630, his army of over 10,000 Muslims—brought together from all corners of Arabia—marched on the holy city.


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



Source: Lost Islamic History by Firas Alkhateeb



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Lessons From My Life: Ahmad Totonji (serialized)







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



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



3 Agreement and Disagreement

The first principle in group work is to focus on collaboration.

Look for ways of cooperation and reconciliation rather than getting involved in side arguments and allowing trivialities to sidetrack work.

Cooperation supersedes conflict.

Do not put pressure on others, embarrass them, or look for areas of disagreement; rather, overcome past differences and look for areas of agreement and for opportunities to foster love and closeness.

Islam is a religion of unity.

We must focus on what brings people together in creed and thought and on what reconciles people’s hearts.

The means may differ but the goal is the same; what we seek is that all believers become brothers joined by bonds stronger than blood – this is the true brotherhood of faith.

Overcoming discord and revealing its pitfalls and rejecting the incitement of hatred and ill-will leads to the strengthening of faith-based relations.

Life is full of things that are positive, good, and constructive, so let us focus on having a sunny outlook for brotherhood based on faith keeps us away from what is hurtful, and helps us overcome discord.

Authentic faith is characterized by a global embrace, which is one of its major qualities.

There are many secondary issues that arise in the arena of social action, some of which are controversial.

Given that our religion is wide in scope, compatible with a global world view, and relevant to all people and all places, controversy is natural and acceptable.

We must seek to reach an understanding between all of us as believers and we must go beyond anything that causes disagreement and discord.

The umbrella of faith is wide enough for all of its adherents; everyone must join together and unite in creed and action.

There is enough diversity to offer a variety of interpretations in secondary matters, providing enrichment and progress.

In this way, we can achieve complementarity rather than infighting, for what is more beautiful than hearts unified around a sublime goal coupled with intellectual connections and working arm-in-arm?.


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



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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Islamic Relief Australia

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