EST. 2004


Sunday 1 November 2020 | Issue 0834



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






The Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA) celebrated Pink Ribbon Day this week at their Brisbane office by "empowering our clients with the knowledge that early detection saves lives."



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Ali Farhat PhD was a winner of GHD's 2020 Chairman's Award for Technical Excellence on the joint project Integrated Scalable Technology Solution for Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Removal and Destruction.


The project is a research industry and government collaboration on designing an innovative water-treatment process for PFAS Destruction, in collaboration with UQ, Airservices, UU, Qld Health, and ABR.

He will present this innovative solution around the growing issue of Emerging Contaminants and PFAS and the need for Destruction technologies.


With 10 years of experience in the water and environmental engineering research and industry, Farhat has developed a strong knowledge on water and environmental systems and sustainable development with all associated challenges such as water quality and resource management, wastewater treatment, as well as environmental assessment and planning.




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SYDNEY: The Saudi Embassy in Australia joined forces with the Youth 20 (Y20) engagement group of the G20 to hold a youth workshop at Western Sydney University.

Saudi Ambassador to Australia Musaed Al-Saleem said the workshop had been staged as part of a program of activities and events being organized by the embassy in cities throughout the country to tie in with the Kingdom’s G20 presidency year.

Graduate students from Saudi Arabia, Australia, China, India, Brazil, Italy, and France who took part in the workshop tackled a number of topics that highlighted the Y20 focus for this year on global citizenship, youth empowerment, and preparedness for the future. 





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On Saturday 24 October, Academy Alive held its annual "The Ultimate Mentorship Program Coaching" through the Quran OPEN DAY.

Academy Alive’s CEO, Sheikh Ikraam Buksh launched the event with a motivating speech. T


he program continued with a Quran translation tutorial, conducted by Mr Abdul Naafi’ Mapleston.


Attendees of the event were impressed by progress 12-year-old Umar Farouq had made since the beginning of the course in January this year.

If you would like to know more about the course call 1300 178 726 or email



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AFIC Press Releases








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Topic: “How to get maximum reward from Allah in Akhirah (everlasting life after death)”

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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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.





Mohamed-Zain Dada founded the Khidr Collective, which is a UK-based multi-disciplinary arts collective.


The group produces the Khidr Collective Zine, a biannual print publication showcasing the work of Muslim artists.


The publication has been well received for its ability to address the everyday experiences of young Muslims in creative and bold ways, receiving recognition from VICE, TimeOut, Metro, Critical Muslim, and other publications.


As an upcoming curator of the arts, Zain is the season producer for This is Private at the Free Word Centre.


He recently directed the short film The Moon is a Meme which creatively weaves together symbols that contribute to the everyday invasion of privacy in the lives of young Muslims and their resulting emotions.


Zain has conducted his reviews and interviews to showcase the work of young creatives in London, including Elijah Quashie, the star of The Pengest Munch series and playwright Javaad Alipoor.


Zain from London recently received a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to visit community arts organizations across America.




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





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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





Most Muslim Voters Don't Like Donald Trump. But Has Joe Biden Done Enough to Earn Their Votes?





Nusaiba Mubarak isn’t the biggest fan of Joe Biden, but she’s putting her heart into getting every last Muslim voter to cast a ballot for him anyway. “I’m not satisfied with the Democratic candidate,” she says. “But I’m doing everything I can to get Trump out of office.”

Mubarak, who is Muslim, isn’t alone in her sentiments. A recent CAIR poll found that just 18% of Muslim voters support Donald Trump, while 71% say they back Biden. But that disparity hardly guarantees that Muslims will vote for Biden in droves: the former Vice President will only benefit from his opponent’s dismal popularity if he can convince Muslim voters, some of whom feel disengaged by the Biden campaign, to go through the trouble of casting a ballot.

Turn-out matters: while Muslim Americans make up just about 1% of the U.S. population, the community carries outsized weight in several swing states, including Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and, of course Michigan, where Trump won by less than 11,000 votes in 2016. He hosted a campaign rally in Lansing, Mich., on Tuesday.

On issues that are important to the Muslim community, there’s no real comparison between the two major candidates. Trump has routinely used Islamophobic rhetoric; championed the so-called Muslim ban, which blocks entry to the U.S. for immigrants and refugees from some Muslim-majority countries; and backed a host of federal policies, including sweeping surveillance programs that disproportionately harm Muslim Americans.

Biden, in contrast, has not actively antagonized most Muslim voters so much as failed to convince them to rally behind him, Mubarak says. Biden has pledged to revoke the Muslim ban on his first day in office; promised that a Biden Administration “will look like America, with Muslim Americans serving at every level”; and has published policy agendas targeted at helping the Muslim-American and Arab-American communities. While such campaign promises are not enough, says Mubarak, she urges her fellow Muslims not to discount the “breadcrumbs”: “It is the first time that we really have a seat at the table,” she says.




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New MP Ibrahim Omer





The election of Labour candidate Ibrahim Omer on October 17 makes him New Zealand’s first African MP and one of only two former refugees to sit in the New Zealand parliament.

Omer originally fled Eritrea for Sudan as a teenager, before being accepted by New Zealand. That experience makes him “the real deal”, according to the Labour Party. His election supports the story that, no matter your background, you can join the New Zealand community and become a leader.

The reality for many former refugees from Africa, however, shows this is not easy. There are major structural and societal obstacles, including experiences of racism, and a lack of ongoing support and trauma care.

My research suggests these experiences are shared by many. Between 2018 and 2020 members of the Luo community in Wellington, a diverse group mostly from Uganda and South Sudan, shared their stories. Like Omer, many had fled their countries to escape war, torture, rape and persecution.




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If only they knew Muhammad ﷺ | Spoken Word Film











The Day of Resurrection


Tafseer with Imam Uzair Akbar


Tune in for weekly tafseer lessons every Wednesday at 7.30PM with Sheikh Uzair Akbar.
Sheikh Uzair Akbar discusses how everyone will stand up from their graves in three different groups on the day of resurrection.






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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Despite Genocidal Consequences Facebook ‘Wilfully’ Failed to Address Anti-Muslim Problem, Says New Report    


“For the first time, all the evidence of how Facebook’s platform has been used to orchestrate offline violence is in one place”

NEW DELHI — Facebook has wilfully ignored the dangers posed by anti-Muslim content to the welfare of Muslims across the globe, according to a new report released by two US-based advocacy groups on Thursday.

The report has been prepared by Muslim Advocates, a civil rights group of American Muslims, and the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE), which has been working to “counter the rising tide of extremism across borders”.

The report blames the tech giant of failure to address the anti-Muslim problems despite vows by its CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a recent audit by the company admitting that anti-Muslim hate on the platform “was a long-standing problem”.

The auditors wrote that Facebook Live, during the massacre of Muslims at the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand in March last year, created an atmosphere where “Muslims feel under siege on Facebook”.

“It is beyond frustrating. People’s lives are at stake when Facebook doesn’t act. This isn’t some minor issue; it is an issue of life and death,” Heidi Beirich, executive vice president for GPAHE, says of the consequences of Facebook’s failure to address the anti-Muslim problem.

In November 2018, Facebook admitted that the platform was used to promote violence and hate against Rohingyas in Myanmar. A year later, a new report by an independent internet advocacy group said that the platform was used to spread hate against Muslims in the Indian state of Assam during the controversial citizenship test (the National Register of Citizens).

The report notes that these promises and decisions to audit ring hollow which were made for political expediency. “Investigating human and civil rights abuses and global anti-Muslim hate content that leads to the loss of life should not have been presented as needing to be balanced with an investigation of alleged anti-conservative bias,” the report says.

The use of platform to spread anti-Muslim hate has had deadly consequences. It has been used to orchestrate the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar, anti-Muslim riots in India, murders in Sri Lanka, the mosque massacre in New Zealand.

“For the first time, all the evidence of how Facebook’s platform has been used to orchestrate offline violence is in one place,” says Beirich while explaining the importance of the report. “It makes clear that Facebook must change its ways and stop anti-Muslim hate on the platform. The cost is too high.”

For years, civil rights groups have been raising alarm on the anti-Muslim content and its consequences urging the company to take action. Yet, “Facebook’s strategy was to wait and do almost nothing.”

Rather, its executives were found doing exactly the opposite; in August, Wall Street Journal revealed that in India, the company’s top public-policy executive Ankhi Das blocked application of hate speech rules against anti-Muslim content by politicians, including lawmaker T Raja Singh, from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. The executive cited a potential business for the company to convince the company of her decision.

“Das’s abuse of her authority in support of her political allies has led to the loss of lives.” The report alleges that controversial BJP leader Kapil Mishra’s provocative speech that triggered anti-Muslim riots during protests against a citizenship law in Delhi in February 2020 was showcased on Facebook and was “allowed to stay up”.

Interestingly, Zuckerberg cited Mishra’s speech, in an employee town hall meeting in June, as an example of the content Facebook wouldn’t tolerate from a politician.

While explaining how Facebook is used to spread hate against Muslims in India, the report alleges that the ties between the company and the BJP—the biggest advertising spender on the platform in India in recent months—are deep.

The report, however, acknowledged that outrage in response to these disclosures forced Facebook to finally ban lawmaker Singh from the platform in early September 2020.

In India, Facebook and WhatsApp have been used to incite violence against Muslims in the form of beatings and lynchings forcing the company to limit the number of forwards.

The report urges the company to enforce community standards to address anti-Muslim hate with “no regard to political and economic implications”. It also asks Facebook to ban the use of event pages targeting Muslim community. Moreover, the report recommends that the Facebook create a senior staff working group responsible for monitoring company’s progress in removing offending content, including anti-Muslim hate content.




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CIQ Perpetual Salaah Timetable









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 30 October 2020

TITLE: Birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

IMAM: Maulana Nizamul Haq Thanvi






Lecture Recordings








Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 30 October 2020
TITLE: Free Speech comes with responsibility:

A response to the French cartoons

IMAM: Mufti Zeeyad Ravat








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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 30 October 2020
IMAM: Ahmed Nafaa










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Khabib: An unabashedly Muslim champion in an Islamophobic world





Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the great champions whose glory all Muslims enjoy sharing.

Every generation has its sporting heroes, some of whom transcend the sports they are famous for and use their platform to do good that is far bigger than them.

For a globally persecuted community, reviled and degraded at every turn by politicians and the mainstream media in the West and elsewhere, Muslims have often sought comfort and a sense of sharing in the glory of sporting legends who share their faith – and have managed, despite the odds, to force the public consciousness to acknowledge them and their efforts and to recognise that they are clearly Muslims.

In today’s world, perhaps no other athlete represents the ideals of Islamic piety, humbleness, and being a master of one’s craft more than mixed martial arts legend Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov.

Tonight, he once again proved that he is the most dominant fighter to grace the cage after defeating top contender Justin Gaethje, bringing his undefeated record to 29-0. Now one step closer to fulfilling his father’s plan of crafting an unparalleled martial artist with a clean 30-0 record*, he is an athlete all Muslims can admire both for his prowess and his behaviour in and out of the cage. He is also the kind of champion his late father and trainer Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov would have been proud to say is his son.

Carrying out Abdulmanap’s plan

Khabib, born in the mountainous and rugged climes of the Dagestan region of Russia, has been raised since birth to be a warrior, and not simply just a prizefighter. Throughout his entire career, his father Abdulmanap had been by his side, guiding him to success even when he was denied visas to corner his son’s UFC bouts in the United States.

Abdulmanap’s Islamic faith used to shine through in all his interviews, as his son would ultimately emulate, and he also clearly had faith in the training he gave his son knowing he would reach the top.

Sadly, and as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that has ground the world to a standstill, Abdulmanap fell ill and died at the age of 57 in July. Tonight’s fight was the first time that Khabib had to compete without the comfort a son feels by having his father’s guidance and wisdom to hand.

However, the lightweight champion showed his mettle and demonstrated that he had absorbed his late and great father’s lessons and would continue to honour his memory by achieving at the very highest levels by establishing a sporting legacy inside and outside the cage. His father could not have been prouder.

The keys to Khabib’s success are not a secret. Every fighter who has ever fought against him knew well in advance what he was going to do, yet remained incapable of stopping him from executing Abdulmanap’s tried and tested formula of hard work, discipline, technical excellence, and spiritual conviction.




Khabib’s training regimen is legendarily rigorous, bringing together the sheer toughness the people of the Caucasus are renowned for with the technical excellence his father’s Sambo martial arts imparted upon him, as well as keeping himself mentally and spiritually strong by finding comfort and strength in Islam.

He has been known to wrestle bears as a child, swims against the powerful currents of icy rivers, and to fight against elite training partners until they, and not he, became exhausted and could no longer continue. As Abdulmanap once said about his son, “a child always wants his father to see what his son is capable of” to prove his strength of character.

The Eagle has spent his entire life honouring his father’s mission, showing what he was capable of, and defeating the very best the world had to offer. He not only dominated the Combat Sambo world championships two years in a row in his early twenties but has fought against some of the toughest fighters in the world in MMA competition, becoming the lightweight champion in April 2018 after defeating “Raging” Al Iaquinta, a tough-as-leather New York brawler. He has since defended his title thrice with Gaethje as the latest to fall before him.

Notably, he defended his title once against disgraced superstar Conor McGregor who spent much of 2018 insulting Khabib’s father, wife, and religion only to be smashed by the Dagestani champion, and once in a more respectful but nevertheless decisive bout against Dustin Poirier in 2019.

Abdulmanap’s plan for Khabib was for him to at least reach a pristine 30-0 before retiring. By all accounts, it seems that the Dagestani is just one step away from fulfilling his father’s dream.

Unashamedly Muslim in an Islamophobic world

But what makes Khabib so special is not only his professional performance in the cage and his conduct out of it, but also his impact on his fanbase and in his ability to effectively portray practising Muslims as committed, hardworking, and successful people.

Notably, Khabib often keeps himself out of political affairs. Unlike boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who absolutely dominated the heavyweight division in the 1960s and 1970s, Khabib has chosen a more restrained approach.

An early pillar of the black civil rights movement in America, Ali famously refused to be drafted into the US army to fight the Vietcong in Vietnam, exclaiming in 1967: “They [the Vietcong] never called me nigger”.

Ali was convicted of draft-dodging, refused a boxing license to compete across the United States, was stripped of his heavyweight title, and would not compete again until 1971, stealing four years of a potentially long reign at the top of the sweet science, as boxing is affectionately known.

Nevertheless, “The Greatest” had his unjust conviction overturned and came back to establish himself as one of the all-time most successful and outspoken boxers in history.

Interestingly, Khabib was recently interviewed regarding his own impact in society and if he was the modern-day equivalent of Ali, the People’s Champ. Ever the example of the humble Muslim warrior, the Eagle refused to be compared to Ali, citing the persecution of black Americans at the time Ali was building his legend and said: “To be able to be compared with him, I need to go back to those years and be Black and be a champion. Afterwards, we would see how I would behave in such a situation.”

While Khabib’s political quietism cannot be compared to Ali’s lionhearted defence of his racial and religious background, we now tragically live in an era where Muslims are deemed to be national security threats for daring to be outwardly Muslim, either by women donning hijabs or by men growing beards. They are persecuted across the globe, whether in Indian occupied Kashmir, Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, China’s Uyghur and Hui Muslim populations, or even in the heart of the secular West where French politicians across the political spectrum, including President Emmanuel Macron, are courting Islamophobic votes by making xenophobic statements and pillorying the entire Muslim community due to the actions of an extreme minority.

It is in this way that Khabib’s public speeches broadcast before tens of millions globally of “alhamdulillah”, “inshallah”, and indicating that his success only comes from Allah all while wearing his traditional papakha hat indicating his Avar Muslim heritage send a powerful message.

The bearded Khabib in traditional Dagestani garb, praising his Lord, imbued with a religious conviction that fuels his training, and achieving the highest success in an environment dominated by all the trappings of Western culture, from show-offs like McGregor flashing their wealth, to scantily clad ring girls to ensure a “sex sells” degrading visual feast for a largely male fanbase, sends a powerful message.

Khabib rises above it all, averting his gaze, and dedicating himself to the mastery of his craft as Islamic teachings command.

This model of the Muslim champion, true to his faith, his principles, and with the utmost characteristics of filial piety forces people to respect Muslims for who they are. It also serves as an inspiration for young Muslims around the world who feel under siege because of their identity, yet now can look at Khabib and feel proud of being unabashedly Muslim while aiming to reach the very pinnacle of their field.

For this alone, Khabib’s impact transcends his sport, and I am certain that if he were alive today, Abdulmanap would be praising Allah for the blessing his son has been to his name in life and now in death..




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








Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman



Sheema Khan



In these thoughtful essays, Sheema Khan—Canadian hockey mom and Harvard PhD—gives us her own pointed insights on the condition of being a modern and liberal, yet practising Muslim, especially in Canada.


Tackling a host of issues, such as terrorism, human rights, Islamic law, women’s rights, and the meaning of hijab, she explains Islam to the greater public while calling for mutual understanding and tolerance.


She tells us “Why Muslims are angry,” and “You can’t pigeonhole 1.2 billion Muslims” (post 9/11), while calling on Muslims to “acknowledge the rise of fanaticism.”


She explains the plausibility of Islamic financing and applies the Charter of Rights to Canada.


“Can there be Islamic democracy?” she asks, and then, “Will Quebec adopt France’s peculiar brand of liberty?”


Provocative and original, even-handed and conciliatory, these essays are an important contribution to an urgent modern debate.



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

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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] Fattoush is a Middle Eastern salad — its key characteristic are the pieces of crispy, toasted pita. The pita is often fried, but I bake mine. It gives the same crunch without the fried taste (or the calories).









1 heart of Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 English cucumber, chopped
5 Roma tomatoes, chopped
5 green onions/ scallions (both white and green parts), chopped
5 radishes, stems removed, thinly sliced
2 cups chopped fresh parsley leaves; stems removed

4 teaspoons ground sumac
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground allspice
4 tab freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 large lemon should be good, but you might need 2)
1-tab pomegranate molasses (optional)
½ small garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tsp teaspoon salt
⅓ cup good-quality extra-virgin olive oil

For Crispy pita
Large pita bread rounds, using a pizza cutter cut into bite size triangles
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sumac




1. Combine 4 teaspoons of sumac with 4 teaspoons of warm water in a small bowl and set aside for 15 minutes

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush both sides of pita bread with olive oil and sprinkle both sides with salt and sumac. Cut pita in bite-sized pieces and spread into a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. You can work on the rest of the salad while they bake!

3. In a jar or a measuring cup, combine sumac with the water it was soaking in, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, garlic, vinegar and salt. Add olive oil while whisking (or if in a jar, pour it in and cover and give a good shake). Taste and season as needed.

4. In a large bowl (find a really big one!), combine lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, parsley, scallions, and mint.

5. Prior to serving, pour dressing over the salad and toss to combine (you may not need all the dressing).

6. Top with crispy pita immediately prior to serving.



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Keeping Fit with Kareema








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Q: I love being in the water and was wondering if it will help with my weight loss goals?

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Not only will it help with weight loss, you’ll strengthen, tone and release / relax muscles due to the buoyancy of the water.


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Every movement is great for the body, as long as you have your posture in check.





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The CCN Chuckle




Jallalludin takes his friends back to see his new flat, and after a few kebabs and coffee, one of the brothers asks him what the big brass gong hanging on the wall was.


Jallalludin says, "It's my speaking clock."


"How does it work, habibi?" one of the brothers asks.


"I'll show you," and Jallalludin hits it full pelt with a claw hammer.


A voice from next door yells, "For goodness sake you *&^$ idiot, its twenty to three in the morning!"


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Did you know........









The End of the Prophethood


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


According to Islamic belief, Muhammad’s role was to serve as a messenger for God, delivering God’s word, the Quran, and acting as a model for Muslims.

After twenty-three years of acting as a prophet of God, his mission was complete.

The Quran was finalized and recorded on scraps of parchment, leather, and bone, but more importantly memorized completely by many of Muhammad’s Companions.

The pre-Islamic tradition of memorizing long poems gave the Arabs the ability to maintain and ensure the preservation of Islam’s holy book.

Narrations of Muhammad’s actions and sayings were also given due importance, and spread throughout Arabia by word of mouth. According to Islamic tradition, one of the final verses of the Quran revealed to Muhammad stated, “Today I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you and have approved for you Islam as your religion” (Quran 5:3).

Muhammad fell ill in the early summer of 632.

He experienced debilitating headaches and a fever, and was soon unable to walk without the help of his cousin ‘Ali and his uncle Abbas.

When he was unable to lead the five daily prayers in the mosque, he appointed his close friend and companion, Abu Bakr, to lead them in his place.

He spent his final days in the house of his wife Aisha, the daughter of Abu Bakr.

From a wall adjoining the home to the mosque, he was able to watch the Muslim community follow his instructions to worship God, even in his absence.

It was no doubt an emotional time for his followers, who had been with him through the difficult days in Mecca, the fierce battles against Quraysh where he established his authority, and his triumphant bloodless conquest of Mecca.

They had looked to Muhammad for guidance and leadership in all aspects of life.

His increasing talk of death, and the fact that he was now unable to even rise up to lead them in prayer played heavily on the hearts of the Muslim community.

His final days were spent resting in his home, with his head in the lap of his wife Aisha.

Close family members and friends visited, hoping to see some signs of recovery in their leader.

But one of the central aspects of Islam was uncompromising monotheism.

Muhammad preached that only God is divine; all other creatures, whether they were animals, humans, or even angels would experience death, according to Islamic belief.

Thus while they were prepared for his passing, recognizing that Islam would indeed continue after him, Muhammad’s followers, deeply emotionally invested in this man that had led them out of the era of pre-Islamic polytheism and tribal warfare, could not imagine life without him.

On 8 June 632, with his head on Aisha’s lap and his followers gathered in the mosque hoping to hear of his recovery, the first era of Islamic history, spanning the twenty-three years of prophethood, ended as the Prophet Muhammad breathed his last.


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.....


4 Improving and Developing Volunteer Work


We should never rest on our laurels no matter how much we achieve in our volunteer work, even if our achievements are tremendous.

We must continue striving, even if our methods and means are not ideal; we do what we can, knowing full well that perfection is an attribute of God alone.

When it is development and improvement we seek, we should never stop and end our quest, even if we are satisfied with our work.

We must continue our activities earnestly and perfect the art of reform.

This is accomplished by always ensuring we deal properly with new ideas, including thanking all those who contribute them, and then pursuing the development and upliftment of these ideas.

First we must find the right people to implement good ideas and then we must continue to follow up with the process of implementation.

Intellectual development, improvements to work plans, and producing new ideas all require knowledge, experience and a long range vision.

This is part and parcel of the art of development, the goal of which is to enhance and expand what we have and help initiate activities and projects based upon our needs.

We must rely on experts in various sciences and include them in discussions in order to achieve the best results.

We must also be responsive to all types of communication with others, along with improving their capacity.

The development of Islamic activities does not occur on its own – it must be pursued with due diligence.

We may identify the requirements for developing Islamic work as follows.
First: having an open mind and accepting original thinking.
Second: constant monitoring of the latest developments in all fields of knowledge.
Third: a continuous search for what is better.
Fourth: innovation in our activities in response to social needs.


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



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Wisdom lies in human action


which possesses both intellectual


and ethical orientation;


and the promotion of such wisdom


is the task of education.


~ Lawson, D. (1961). Wisdom and Education. Southern Illinois University Press.



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My prices will differ depending on your needs and also your experience. Prices will start at around $50 for a CV only for a Graduate Role, to a maximum of $500 for a full package (CV, cover letter, selection criteria and interview coaching etc) if you’re applying for a more senior role.

Keep an eye out for the launch of my website: 

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0408 937 133
Director/Owner of Sabdia Consulting



Open 7 days a week from 11 am – 9 pm

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Available on all your favourite delivery services or you can even
Call and Collect on (07) 3053 9102






Now in Brisbane !!! Halal Wagyu Beef available. We clean and deliver to your doorstep. Taking orders from anywhere in Brisbane and Gold Coast !!! 🧳

Each week we offer something different, from Wagyu Rump to Sirloin to Tomahawks and even Wagyu Fillet

We take orders each week from Monday to Saturday and will have your order ready for you the proceeding week

Contact Details:
* Uzair Shuaib: 0421951959
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Grand Mawlid program


Sunday 8 November


STARTS: 3 pm Sharp



Arabic Mawlid
Hamdo Naat
Arabic Nasheed
short speech.

Lecture by his Eminence Respected

Hazrat Allama Maulana Muhammad Nawaz sahb Ashrafi Dastaar Bandi

(Graduatuate of Hafiz Hasan Ismail)



Feel free to bring a plate to share
Ladies also well come













Islamic Society of Qld Inc.




ISQ has planned their annual Milad Un Nabi Jalsa program on the Saturday 28th of November at the Rochedale Mosque, Eight Mile Plain from 3.00pm.


The program will conclude at Magrib (around 7.00pm) with a dinner - this will be a strictly RSVP function due to the capacity of the venue.


More details about the function will be published later. Insha'Allah.




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Know someone wanting to find out more about Islam?


Point them to this site

Alhamdulillah, over many years I have worked with many non-Muslims who have always asked me about Muslims & Islam, and I have shared as much and as best as I could within my understanding and knowledge.

Alhamdulillah I have watch them develop a beautiful understanding of our practices, to the extent I have seen them explain and clarify misconceptions to others.

Once again during this past Ramadan, much was discussed over our staff iftar dinner meeting.

So I decided to document some of this basic Islamic information in a simple to read and understand website and share with my staff and colleagues.

It’s intended to be as simple as can be, whilst still providing a good overview, including some multi-faith interviews which I found very valuable even to me as a Muslim.

Feel free to use and share if you feel appropriate.

I have also shared some of the beautiful Quran recitations and supplications with English translation.


















Muslim Funeral Services guidelines adopted on dealing with Janazas during this pandemic.


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























(07) 3272 8071 OR 0401 971 471


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Southport Mosque Gold Coast





This is the Southport Masjid in the heart of the Gold Coast Australia where Muslims make up less than 5%.


Southport Masjid is the second masjid on the Gold Coast. It was established to accommodate the growing Muslim community. It is situated less than 10 minutes from Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, making it a prime location to also serve the needs of Muslim tourists. There is ample parking and easy access.


Because of COVID we cannot fundraise traditionally putting the masjid in grave risk of immediate foreclosure.


Help us pay for the masjid before it is forced to close.


We are in desperate and urgent need of the masjid to save our community.


From protest to piety, from hate to love, from loneliness to community, from ignorance to guidance, from church to masjid, from dunya to akhira.


With your help, our desperation will turn to hope. Fight alongside us to save the masjid!


Please donate now!






Gold Coast needs your help yes help.


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

of this great new building.


We need 450 tiles.






Fundraising Appeal for Toowoomba Mosque






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1 November










Islamic College of Brisbane



14 November




9belated) EID @ DREAMWORLD






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12 March '21 (tentative)




(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1442

29 March '21 (tentative)




(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1442


14 April '21 (tentative)




(Start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1442


10 May '21 (tentative)




(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1442


14 May '21 (tentative)




(End of the month of fasting)

1st Shawal 1442


20 July '21 (tentative)




(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1442


21 July '21 (tentative)




10th Zil-Hijja 1442


11 August '21 (tentative)




(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1443


18/19 August '21 (tentative)




9th/10th Muharram 1443


19 October '21 (tentative)




(Birth of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1443




1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr - these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Useful Links




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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

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

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

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

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

Australasian Muslim Times




Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

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

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

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