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Sunday, 4 July 2015


Newsletter 0556


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



Meeting with the Minister

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought

What You've Done in the First 10 Days of Ramadan!

 The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week

Queensland Muslims open their doors for Ramadan dinners

What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions

Logan family invites Police chief to Ramadan feast

Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Muslims being 'smashed' in Australia, says Bachar Houli

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

Amanah Institute update

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

Petition to sit out Eid with the AFP

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

Ramadhan Timetables and Notices

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

JMA Annual Report Released


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Anti-Islam group deregistered for masquerading as DV group

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Dear Mr Abbott, from Associate Professor Anne Aly

Muslim role models at the Multicultural Media Awards

Ramadan Iftars bring the community together

Muslim police influencing Victoria from within the community

Saying all Muslims and Islam are to blame.........

'Arrest everyone practising Islam': Anti-mosque protestors

Australian Muslim Artists Competition

Muslim Community Rejects Government’s Demonisation

Mufti says it was a mistake to vote for Tony Abbott
FECCA Organ and Tissue Donations
Australian jihad Gen Ys under microscope
Gold Coast Mosque Pakistani Ifthaar
Food distribution at Slacks Creek Mosque
10 Pakistani Scientists who Made a Difference

Jumma Lecture Recordings


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Members of the Queensland Muslim community were invited to a meeting on Wednesday 1 July with Hon Shanon Fentiman, MP for Waterford and Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs.


The discussion centred around issues pertaining directly to the community. Issues raised with the Minister and the Department Deputy Director General Ms Leigh Roach included those related to challenges faced by young Muslim students in schools, discrimination against Muslim job applicants, the need for domestic violence support and Muslim youth workers, the impact of foreign policy on the community and the lack of public condemnation of right wing extremist groups. Some members of the community suggested the re-establishment of a Muslim Community Reference Group (MCRG).

Amongst the invitees were Ismail Cajee President, Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ), Ass Prof Mohamad Abdalla Director, Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU), Ali Kadri President, Islamic Society of Holland Park, Riaz Janif Muslim Organisation of Sunshine Coast, Hussin Goss [TBC] President, Islamic Society of Gold Coast, Imam Akram Imam, Slacks Creek Mosque, Jamel El-Kholed President, Islamic Society of Logan, Mary Kissane President Islamic College of Brisbane P&C, Hussain Baba Secretary, Islamic Society of Gold Coast, Fahim Khondaker Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ), Yasmin Khan President, Eidfest Services, Fatima Hussein, Member of Somali community, Dr Nora Amath Chairperson, AMARAH, Taufan Mawardi Community member, Galila Abdel Salam Director, Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland, Abdi Hersi Somali community member, Daud Guushaa Moorooka Mosque Trustee, Dr Mustafa Ally OAM President, Crescents of Brisbane, Dillon Chown Principal of Amanah Institute, Kuraby Mosque, Prof Shahjahan Khan Founding President Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Imam Ahmad Ghazaleh Eight Mile Plains Mosque


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 Non-muslims are invited to break the fast with Muslims across Brisbane.

Queensland's Muslims would like to invite you for dinner.

More Muslims than ever before will open their doors this month to share their most special time of the year.

Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, more than 20 Muslim families across Brisbane will host more than 500 non-Muslims to break their daily fast at iftar (breaking fast) dinners.

They're an opportunity for Queenslanders unfamiliar with the world's second-largest religion to get to know more about the culture but more importantly, the people.
Queensland Intercultural Society executive director and co-founder Abdul Celil Gelim said the events drew more host families and guests every year.

"For us Ramadan is a month for the Muslim community to open our houses to everyone, to integrate Muslim community with wider community, to come together, break bread together and to talk about common ground," he said.

Along with the smaller dinners, the QIS will be hosting five larger events including the ninth annual Parliament House iftar dinner, hosted by Multicultural Affairs Minister Shannon Fentiman and opposition spokeswoman Tarnya Smith.

"I'd encourage Queenslanders of all faiths and cultural backgrounds to go along if they are invited to an Iftar," Ms Fentiman said.

"It is a great way to learn more about Islamic culture, enjoy fantastic hospitality and delicious food."


The Holland Park Mosque will host an iftar dinner for the first time on July 5, prompted by mosque president Ali Kadri's desire for a "grassroots" event open to all.

"It will bring people together. People will trust and know what Islam is from the muslims," he said.

"There's a lot of talk about Islam out there but a lot of information out there is not authentic."

Mr Gelim said it was important to help Queenslanders learn more about their Muslim neighbours by fostering a sense of unity and belonging was also critical to helping Muslim families better integrate with their community.

"When we come together with the people, you know we have a lot of commonalities rather than differences, maybe more than 99 per cent we have commonalities, we are discussing about one percent differences," he said.

"When we come together with people, as a Muslim we are learning a lot.

"I am organising (these events) for more than 10 years.

"I learn a lot from politicians, ministers, journalists, from media people, academics, and when we open our houses, also, host family, they learn a lot."

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Source: Brisbane Times


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Esme Coskun,  17, helps prepare the Ramadan dinner

The daily family ritual of sitting down to dinner together has taken on a new significance for about half a million Australian Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan.

They must abstain from all food and drink during daylight hours to purify the soul, refocus on God, and practice self-sacrifice.

The fast is broken every evening at sunset with special meals enjoyed together with family and friends.

"It is such a special thing for us, the Ramadan dinner," said mother-of-five, Canan Coskun, from Logan, south of Brisbane.

"If you can imagine you haven't eaten all day so you're really looking forward to that soup and that bread, and everything just seems so delicious."

Her family hosts the special dinners, or Iftars, where they invite non-Muslim guests to share in the evening meal at their home.

This year, the Coskuns counted Queensland's Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Brent Carter among their guests.

"What better thing to do with someone than to sit down and have food with them?" said Mrs Coskun.

"Especially when we're in my home and I'm serving them food.

"To share that special moment with people from other faith backgrounds, it means a lot to us."

Mrs Coskun said she believed having a meal together could also help to break down barriers.

"I've had many people over at my house who have never seen a Muslim person before, or maybe they've never seen a woman in a hijab," she said.

"They're sitting at my dinner table and just kind of looking at me serving them soup and serving them sweets, and I can see them thinking, 'wow, they're pretty much like us and they're quite normal'."

The notion of going without food or water for thirty days also sparks plenty of questions from non-Muslim guests.

Murat Coskun said he hoped breaking bread with other community members might help foster an appreciation of cultural diversity.

"They just think we're refraining from food and water, but it's more than that," said 18-year-old Seyma Coskun.

"It's about developing more spiritually, it's about doing more good, it's about making better habits."

Her eight year-old brother, Huzeyfe, is not obliged to fast until he reaches puberty, but he is trying to join his parents and older sisters.

He says his friends are very curious.

"They ask, 'is it easy and do you get very hungry?' and I say that I don't eat much, so it's easy for me," he said.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and this year runs from June 18 until July 17.

Prayer time during Ramadan dinner

Like his wife, Murat Coskun hoped breaking bread with other community members might help foster tolerance and appreciation of cultural diversity.

"I think that whilst it's not an obligation for people to know about it, it would not take anything away from them, from knowing about Ramadan, " he said.

"It would just add to their depth and I think and it would help them better understand people that they bump into at work, or maybe their neighbours or their friends.

"We like to learn about Christmas and how our human brethren live and what they believe in."

He said the family looked forward to Ramadan.

"It's like the spiritual pinnacle of our year," said Mr Coskun.

"It's where we're closest to God and consequently closest to people as well."

Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Carter described it as an educational experience.

"You know I've learned so much, meeting this family for the first time, sitting down and sharing a meal with them," he said.

"They're just like any other Australian family: hard working, very committed and family-orientated."

The dinners are coordinated through the Queensland Intercultural Society to foster a better understanding of the Islamic faith.

Source: ABC News


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Richmond footballer Bachar Houli says Muslims in Australia are being "smashed" as a result of negative perceptions created in the media.

But Houli, a devout Muslim, believed Australians were now less tolerant of racist comments.

Speaking at an after dinner hosted by the AFL at Greater Western Sydney's Homebush headquarters on Wednesday night, Houli urged Muslims in the country to show patience.
Houli, one of the Tigers' best players this season, was allegedly labelled a "terrorist" by Melbourne radio announcer John Burns in a conversation overheard by a Richmond official at a game in April. Burns later apologised but said he did not remember making the remark.

"You trust the people that hear the comments and you appreciate the people who want to make a difference. That's a highlight in society, we don't tolerate racist comments anymore," Houli said.

Bachar Houli, a devout Muslim, believes Australians are now less tolerant of racist comments.

"It's a minority that gives certain people a different name. The great thing about Australian society, we're not tolerating anything anymore."

Houli, 27, who has played 125 games for Essendon and Richmond since debuting in 2007, said he was "surprised" it had taken so long for the "terrorist" slur to be made against him given the way Muslims are portrayed in the mainstream media.

"Unfortunately we are getting smashed at the moment. But for us as Muslims in this country we must remain patient," Houli said.
"God loves those who are patient. If we can implement patience in us, we'll be different people. If we can change ourselves first, we'll be better as a community. We have to be patient and put up with everything because those who are patient will truly taste success."

Houli described the AFL as a "leading force" in embracing multiculturalism and praised his employers for their understanding during Ramadan, during which he abstains from food and drink from dawn to dusk, which can be problematic for a professional athlete.

The club allows him to complete the individual part of his training on his own and he finishes earlier than his teammates.

"Mind you I'm up from 4.30 am trying to get as much food as I can," Houli said.

Houli prepares his body for Ramadan by fasting two days a week leading up to the holy month.

"So far it's six days and I haven't felt it once," Houli said.

But Houli said he found it more difficult to marry his faith and football as a junior during club pie nights.

"It was hard to have a pie because we couldn't," Houli said.

"We always had an excuse, 'Mum's prepared something really nice for us', but I was hanging to have that pie. The smell.

"I must have had a couple before I found out they weren't halal."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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The first newsletter from the Amanah Institute (based at Kuraby Mosque) is now available here.



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A petition by "Concerned Muslims Australia" has been circulated to Muslim community leaders, Imams, organisational executives, spokespeople, media personnel, academics to encourage them to boycott AFP Eid Dinners.

The statement, signed by members of the Muslim community, seeks to urge Muslim community leaders, Imams, representatives and prominent personalities to boycott Eid Dinners organised by the Australian Federal Police on the 21 July in Sydney and the 24 July in Melbourne.


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MLN has been operating successful in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, offering networking opportunities, mentoring, community legal education workshops, legal referral services, law reform submissions and internship and volunteering opportunities to its members and the community.

If you are a Queensland based Solicitor, Barrister, Law Gradate or current Law student and you would like to be involved in MLN QLD, they want to hear from you.

To find out more about MLN, visit

To be involved in launching the QLD chapter of MLN, register your interest with Naadira Omarjee.

Telephone: 0401 949 429


Ms Omarjee is a solicitor with Bosscher Lawyers, specializing in Criminal Law and Traffic matters.


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Council of Imams QLD

Australian International Islamic College

Islamic Society of Toowoomba


Slackscreek Mosque

 Al Mustapha Institute




Islamic College of Brisbane

Qyamul Layl

Slacks Creek Mosque


Slacks Creek Mosque

Moulana Sulaiman Moola Schedule

Kids Program

Slacks Creek Mosque





ICQ Eid Prayer Schedules


UMB Eid Festival


Email your Mosque Ramadhan and Eid Timetable & Programme


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The Justice Media Advocacy (JMA) has presented an overview of its achievements for 2014 in a report released this week.

"We have had another effective year working on a number of important cases acquired through monitoring and referral — a suitable selection is included in this report. We have also had the opportunity to engage with several key community-based organisations assisting them to improve their media handling and public relations capabilities. Our media crisis management and training services have also been further enhanced." 


Dr Zachariah Matthews, Executive Director



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An anti-Islam organisation has been deregistered, after it was found to be posing as an advocacy group for domestic violence victims.

The Patriots Defence League of Australia (PDLA), which has chapters across the country, was registered as an incorporated association in Queensland in January 2014.

But the league is better known for its virulent anti-Islam stance. It has described Muslim immigration as an "invasion", compared Muslims to cockroaches and rats, campaigns against Halal food, and has organised campaigns against mosques being built across the country including in the Victorian town of Bendigo.

The group was involved in the Reclaim Australia marches, and has chapters in major and regional cities across Australia. It's unclear how many members it has, but more than 14,000 people have "liked" the group on Facebook. League members and followers often make violent threats on social media.

Following inquiries by Fairfax Media, the Office of Fair Trading investigated the group's activities. It found that the league was "carrying on an operation which is beyond the scope of the objects of the incorporated association" and that cancelling the organisation's incorporated status was justified, "in the public interest".

One of the benefits of becoming incorporated as a not-for-profit is that it offers office bearers some legal and financial protection against legal action taken against the organisation. Without incorporation, those members could be personally liable to pay damages. Incorporation also gives associations to right to apply for private and public funding, claim tax advantages and to allow the association to enter into contracts.

The office said it had given the PDLA a month to respond to a notice to "show cause" as to why it should keep its incorporated status, but the PDLA had not responded.

PDLA president TJ O'Brien said he had not been told of the decision and would not comment until he had spoken with the Office of Fair Trading.

Source: Brisbane Times


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by Associate Professor Anne Aly

The Hon. Tony Abbott, MP Prime Minister Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Mr Abbott

I am writing to you in my formal capacity as the Founding Chair of People against Violent Extremism Inc ( but also as a member of the Muslim community and an academic researcher and practitioner in countering violent extremism.

Specifically I am writing regarding certain comments made by you in your address on National Security (Canberra, February 23, 2015). In your address you state:

“I’ve often heard Western leaders describe Islam as a ‘religion of peace’. I wish more Muslim leaders would say that more often, and mean it.”[emphasis added]

In response to this comment, I would like to share with you my personal experience as a Muslim who has spoken out – and meant it.

Last year I was quoted in the Australian media in reference to Islam and the barbaric practices of Daesh. The article, in which I stated that beheadings are not part of the Islam tradition, caught the attention of an anti-Islamic group by Robert Spencer. According to Spencer’s website, Jihad Watch, my comments were “designed to comfort and reassure non-Muslims”.

The Stringer Independent News


Yours sincerely

Associate Professor Anne Aly
Founding Chair, People against Violent Extremism.

CC: Senator the Hon George Brandis QC
Senator Christine Milne
Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Attorney General
Honourable Colin Barnett MLA


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 From left: Yasmine Lewis, Tahmina Ansari and Mostafa Rachwani.


SYDNEY: At the Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards, held at Doltone House, three young Muslims did their community proud, Tahmina Ansari, Mostafa Rachwani and Yasmine Lewis were recognised for their talented contribution to the Australian Multicultural community.

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka announced the winners at the gala event. “At a time when the mainstream media is contracting, the multicultural media is thriving and we welcome the contributions made by media professionals who play such an important role in keeping our ethnic communities informed,” Mr Ajaka said.

Tahmina Ansari (pictured left) from the ABC won the Young Journalist of the Year award. Winner Tahmina has been reporting and breaking stories for the ABC, including camel culling and the Taliban murder of a dual national.

She said “It was incredibly humbling and such a lovely surprise to win this award at the 2015 Multicultural Media Awards for NSW young Journalist of the Year – I have never really won anything in my life before besides a free muffin and I can safely say this one means a lot more! I was reflecting back to when I first started in the media industry – I was told two things. One, you’ll never make it because you wear a hijab and two, no one will ever put you in front of a camera because of your hijab. Well I certainly can’t say I’ve “made it” anywhere however I can say this – someone did allow me to do my job whether it be TV, radio, online etc and that was and still is the ABC. Thanks to all my mentors, family, parents, colleagues and friends who have continued to support and help me through a journey in an industry which is all about teamwork. Nothing I ever do is credit to myself but rather a credit to all of us.”

Best Editorial of the Year award was won by Mostafa Rachwani (pictured right) for his commentary “Raiding the Muslim Community: What happened, the law, the politics” from Youthink Magazine, The Lebanese Moslem Association. The winning editorial focused on the aftermath of the police raids in the Muslim community in September 2014 and Muslim community’s engagement with the Australian Government. He said “Thanks for all the support guys! You can call me “award winning writer” now. Alhamdulilah.”

A stellar spoken word poetry performance by Yasmine Lewis (pictured below) kicked off the event, and engaged the audience. The title of the poem was “If they can pronounce Shakespeare” [they can pronounce your name]. The poem was received extremely well by the hundreds of dignitaries and guests that attended.



"For I, I am not your lunch order, that you can point at and stumble through,
Nor am I, your fashion item that you have appropriated too,
this label, that was give to me and you
is wrapped in history, so get to know yours too.”



Source: Australasian Muslim News (AMUST)


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 From left: Mrs Kerryn Baird, Mr Mike Baird and Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad at the Premiers Iftar at Parliament House.


SYDNEY: A large number of community Iftar dinner parties held all over Sydney during the first ten days of Ramadan have brought together people of diverse background in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and harmony.

The Premier’s Iftar Dinner was held on Monday 22 June at the Parliament House attended by almost 500 invited guests from all sections of Australian Society including leaders from the Muslim community as well as parliamentarians from both sides of the politics, government officials, academics, businessmen, media and representatives of interfaith groups.


Source: Australasian Muslim News (AMUST)


The premier Mike Baird with Sheikh Malek Zeidan and other community leaders

Speaking with Mariam Veiszadeh

Addressing crowd


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Muslim Victoria Police officers Ahmad Abdo, left, Maha Sukkar, Albert Fatileh, Mohammed Alam and Mona El-Helwani.

VICTORIA: For Muslim police officer Albert Fatileh, the force is useful so long as it represents the community it seeks to protect. “The police are the community and the community are the police,” the 57-year-old Victorian police ­officer said, borrowing from former British prime minister and founder of modern policing Robert Peel.

Senior Constable Fatileh is one of more than 100 Muslim members of Victoria Police who comprise and represent the state’s 150,000-strong Islamic community. “My personal values and the police values are the same: respect, being professional, doing the best you can, being honest, having integrity and setting an example,” he said.

“Islam says to serve the community in the best way you can and conduct yourself in the best way you can.”

But a number of developments in the state have marred public perception. “Islam and Muslims are every day news items and not everyone sees Muslims in a positive light,” Constable Fatileh said.

In September last year, terrorism suspect Numan Haider was shot dead by Victorian police after stabbing two counter-terrorism ­officers. And in April police launched raids across Melbourne and charged 18-year-old Sevdet Besim with conspiring to plan a terrorist attack on Anzac Day.

Constable Fatileh is a founding member of the Victoria Police Muslim Association, which supports relationships between the Muslim community and the force, particularly Islamic youth, as well as providing language and cultural advice to non-Muslim police members. “I’m hoping this association can help change some of these perceptions,” he said.

Victoria Police was the nation’s first police service to introduce a dedicated multicultural unit, in 1983, staffed by bilingual and multicultural background offic­ers.

Since then, it has introduced a number of Islamic imams as police chaplains. “There are Muslims who are willing and wishing to serve and actually protect the community,” Constable Fatileh said.

Source: The Australian


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By Ali Kadri

IN THE past few days the world watched in horror as the atrocities committed by extremists in France, Kuwait and Tunisia unfolded. Once again the majority of victims of this senseless violence were Muslims and once again a 1400-year-old religion with 1.6 billion followers was blamed for the atrocities committed by a minority.

In his opinion piece (“It’s misleading to claim attacks have nothing to do with Islam” C-M, 29/6) Andrew Bolt so easily claimed these atrocities have “everything to do with Islam”. I almost want to excuse his ignorance for making such a simplistic conclusion of a complex issue. However, Bolt is no fool and his ability to quote selective verses from the Koran suggests he does at least some research.

However, the problem is most people in the West who have very little to do with Muslims or Islam, buy the interpretations of ISIS and other terrorist groups. Such elucidations help them reinforce their preconceived belief that Islam is inherently violent. I agree with Bolt that these terrorists justify their actions on the basis of some interpretations within Islamic jurisprudence. However, to argue that the overwhelming majority of 1.6 billion Muslims live by the same interpretation is ludicrous. And the implication that the majority are silent because they embrace the notion that Islam must prevail over all other religions and so the violence is tolerable to them, is a terrible slur.

As a Muslim who takes his religion seriously it took me a while to reconcile the atrocities of the ISIS butchers with what I know and practice as my faith in Islam. Unlike most commentators, I am in a much better place to understand that the religious justifications they provide for their atrocities cannot stand for more than a few minutes under the light of authentic analysis. In my view, the explanation that ISIS and other terrorist groups have gained some following is not to be found within Islam but rather the geopolitical situation of the countries in which they operate.

The recent developmental history of many of these extremists can be readily traced to Afghanistan where, after its invasion by the former USSR, the US – still fully involved in the Cold War when that occurred in 1979 – engaged in establishing and funding madrasses where mujahideen (those who struggle for the sake of Allah and Islam) not only received military training to take on the Soviets but schooling in interpretations of the Koran heavily biased toward battlefield struggle (jihad).

Of course, when the Soviets left, defeated, by these CIA-trained jihadists, the once-hailed freedom fighters faced a bleak future in impoverished and war-torn Afghanistan where, much like in Iraq, in the wake of the 2003 invasion there, the body politic was destroyed leaving a power vacuum. With no other skills, very little education and carrying their warped interpretation of the Koran, is it so surprising the appeal to them of the rich man from Saudi, Osama bin Laden, who presented a new enemy, the US, for them to fight?

Speaking of Iraq, I am sure many are aware of the famous “house of wisdom” – a centre of intellectual excellence that flourished from the 9th to the 13th century in Baghdad, in which the finest scholars (including those of Christian and Jewish faith) traded and developed ideas. Iraq, in fact, has a rich multicultural and multi-religious history and maintained its religious cohesion and solidarity even when it came under colonial occupation followed by brutal dictatorship for more than a century.

The March 2003 decision by the George W. Bush-led Coalition of the Willing to invade Iraq – on the now well discredited pretexts – left what remained of that country’s polity shattered and its society divided, rendering it vulnerable to infiltration by extremists still armed and spreading their perverted interpretation of the Koran.
For commentators to blithely airbrush this recent history and wash the West’s hands of any responsibility for the rise and practice of extreme interpretations of the Koran is dishonest. Just as it is to blame the actions of an extreme minority on the majority of Muslims who ascribe to and abide by Islam in its complete and non-distorted form.

Islam is innocent of the crimes committed by Muslim terrorists in the same way Christianity is innocent of the sexual abuse by some clergy, and not all white people are Neo-Nazis.

No, this form of commentary is counterproductive and likely to foster community division. It also completely ignores the work of the many Muslim scholars who quietly toil to provide the counter-narratives to violent and un-Islamic justifications for violence. If there is an issue to be debated in the Muslim community here it is not about heeding the shrill calls for all Australian Muslim people to march in the streets every time someone who doesn’t speak or act for them commits a crime against humankind.

It is about raising the profile of authentic and peaceful Islamic education and practice, so Aussie Muslims can continue to walk tall and proud in our wonderful multicultural community.

Source: Courier Mail


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ANTI-MUSLIM protesters were the sole voices at a rally against a mosque in the Maroochydore CBD this morning.

About 150 protesters gathered outside the two-storey building at Church St, which has been approved to operate as a mosque by Sunshine Coast Council on Thursday.

No supporters of the Muslim faith attended.

It was a stark contrast to the rally last year where insults flew between anti and pro-mosque residents.

Streets around the protest were blocked off by police while plain clothes and uniform police had to repeatedly warn anti-mosque protesters to tone their comments and anger down.
The situation became repeatedly heated as supporters of the mosque tried to convince opponents that most Islamic people were peace-loving and represented no threat to Australia's way of life.

This morning's rally was on a smaller scale, but those opposed to the mosque were just as passionate.

Opponents warned of beheadings, the introduction of Sharia law, the loss of rights for women and the undermining of the Australian way of life.

Many protesters though voiced fears those setting up an Islamic church would be 'nice now' but would 'stab people in the back' before long and try to take over the community.

Standing at the back of a ute on the street, Restore Australia CEO and rally organiser Mike Holt told his supporters he would never give up fighting against mosques in Australia.

He said the mosque would be the "first wedge" in allowing terrorists into the Coast community.

"We will stop this mosque because we want to," Mr Holt said.

Sunshine Coast Daily


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Are you an aspiring photographer, a professional snapper or do you simply love taking photographs and want to share your natural skill and keen eye to an international online audience!


The team at the AMA International Photography Competition are looking forward to your submissions this year!


So keep your eyes peeled and your camera on hand and join in the excitement of the 2015 competition.


All participants will be offered the opportunity to be posted on our AMA Photography Wall, so be sure to sign in and check out the 2015 entries.

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Issued by Islam in Australia


This joint Muslim community statement expresses our position with respect to the Abbott Government’s ongoing demonisation of Muslims in Australia, their organisations, their leaders and their values. We – the undersigned Sheikhs, advocates, community leaders, community organisations and student bodies of the Muslim community – make the following points in this regard:

1) We reject the Abbott Government’s predictable use of Muslim affairs and the ‘terror threat’ to attempt to stabilise a fragile leadership and advance its own political agendas.

2) We deplore and denounce the continued public targeting of Muslims through abominable ‘anti-terror’ laws. The laws passed in late 2014 have been used to justify opportunistic raids on Muslim homes, have created media and community hysteria where in the majority of cases no crime was committed, and have created distressing and harmful backlash towards Muslims, especially women and children.

3) We unequivocally reject Prime Minister Abbott’s and his party members’ use of language that portrays Muslims and the Muslim community as a security threat. This narrative threatens social cohesion as it invites suspicion and ill feeling from members of the broader community. The presence of Muslims in Australia as productive contributors to society is not the exception; it is rather the rule.

4) We deplore the undefined and politically expedient use of the words ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’ to criminalise legitimate political discourse and critique of the Government’s policies by members of the Muslim community.

5) We strongly oppose Prime Minster Abbott’s politically convenient threats to ‘tackle’ and ‘crack down’ on Islamic groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir who disavow and have never supported terrorist acts, and whose only ‘crime’ has been to criticise the Abbott Government’s stance towards Muslims domestically and abroad, as they are well within their rights to do. We also oppose the bullying of Sheikh Dr Ibrahim Abu Muhammad by Mr Abbott for his criticism of Mr Abbott’s attempts to silence individuals’ and organisations’ legitimate criticisms of his policies.

6) We affirm our commitment to robust political and ideological debate and discourse for the betterment of humanity at large. The Abbott Government’s attempts to undermine this brings into question his Government’s commitment to its very own purported values and liberal freedoms.

7) We affirm our concern about peace and security for all. We refuse, however to be lectured on peace-building and harmony by a Government that plays divisive politics, uses fear to elicit uncertainty in the general public, undertakes the oppression of asylum seekers and incarceration of children in detention centres, treats its indigenous population tokenistically, and pledges its explicit support to dictators such as Egypt’s El-Sisi, who continues to brutalise legitimate political opposition to his tyranny.

8) We call on all fair minded Australians, including politicians, journalists, academics, bloggers and others concerned about Australia’s social justice, to continue to scrutinise the Abbott Government’s scare tactics, fear-mongering and political machinations. They do not bode well for societal harmony and only increase the alienation felt and experienced by Australia’s Muslim community. It is time the Abbott Government stopped diverting the attention of the Australian public away from its disastrous domestic and foreign policies by playing the ‘Muslim’ and ‘national security’ card.


Source: Islam in Australia


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Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohammed urges PM to ‘work in any field other than politics’ amid breakdown in relations between Coalition and Islamic community

 Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad: ‘I personally elected him in the previous elections. But believe me, I will not repeat this mistake again.’

Australia’s most senior Muslim leader has said he won’t “repeat the mistake” of voting for Tony Abbott, and publicly advised the prime minister to “work in any field other than politics”.

The strong comments by the Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohammed come amid other signs of a serious breakdown in relations between the Abbott government and large elements of Australia’s Muslim communities, ahead of the expected announcement of new security legislation on Monday.

Abbott criticised the grand mufti on the Bolt Report last Sunday for suggesting it would be a political mistake to ban the Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, saying his comments were “wrong-headed” and unhelpful.

Mohammed was interviewed on Friday for the online TV program, Spot Light, run by the Islamic production company OnePath Network.
Asked if he had any advice for the prime minister, the mufti said: “I respect the presence of Tony Abbott as a political leader of his party and I respect the Australian community’s choice in electing him.

“I personally elected him in the previous elections. But believe me, I will not repeat this mistake again,” he said.

“If there’s any advice to be given, then with my full respect to the Australian people in choosing him, and my full respect to his presence as prime minister … I would say: ‘Work in any field other than politics.’”

Tensions between the government and some Australian Muslim leaders have frayed over perceptions the prime minister’s latest push to widen security powers demonises their communities.

Nearly 100 Islamic clerics, activists and organisations released a petition on Thursday rejecting what they called “the Abbott government’s predictable use of Muslim affairs and the ‘terror threat’ to attempt to stabilise a fragile leadership and advance its own political agendas”.

“We unequivocally reject prime minister Abbott’s and his party members’ use of language that portrays Muslims and the Muslim community as a security threat,” the petition read.
“This narrative threatens social cohesion as it invites suspicion and ill-feeling from members of the broader community.”

Abbott will make a national security statement on Monday where he is expected to announce plans to strip dual citizens convicted of terror offences of their Australian citizenship.

He has also promised to “crack down on Hizb ut-Tahrir and others who nurture extremism in our suburbs”.

Hizb ut-Tahrir has about 300 members and campaigns to create an Islamic state. It has distanced itself from Isis and declared its opposition to violent political change.

The prime minister’s office has been contacted for comment.

Source: The Guardian


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The average Australian jihadist is 25 years old, likely to be Australian-born and better-educated than the previous generation of extremists of the 1990s and post-September 11 period, a top think tank has found.

Studying 54 of the current wave of Islamic extremists both at home and fighting in the Middle East, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute has also found that four-fifths of the jihadists have an online presence, underscoring the dominant role of the internet in extremism.

"Australian citizens who have become extremist jihadists since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011 are, on average, younger and better educated than a previous generation of Australians who radicalised in the late 1990s and after al-Qaeda's attacks in the US in 2001," the report, released on Monday, finds.

"Gen Y jihadists are mostly born in Australia and have diverse ethnic backgrounds."

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The Slacks Creek Mosque food distribution has started operations with a trolley load of food delivered to neighbouring Aboriginal families by members of the Mosque.

If you would like to contribute food items towards this initiate contact Khalid (0451 877 861) or Ansary (0478 066 361).


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Mostly, Muslim students are taught about inventions and discoveries of Muslims and they list hundreds and thousands year old inventions by Muslims.


But one important fact needs to be highlighted that Pakistani scientists, too, have a great contribution in where the world is standing today.


There are hundreds of capable scientists which have worked on prestigious scientific missions and many of them even have invented numerous things in their disciplines.

This list of greatest Pakistani scientists prove that Pakistan is not far behind anyone in development of today and has a contribution in the modern world.


Even though resources in the country are minimal, yet these brilliant minds were stronger enough to take over the circumstances.

7) Sayed Amjad Hussain
Sayed Amjad Hussain is another Pakistani inventor who invented two surgical devices – the pleuroperitoneal shunt and a special endotracheal tube. Dr. Hussain is a member of 17 professional organizations, 10 administrative positions, is a visiting professor to 12 universities throughout the world and is a member of the editorial board of 6 medical journals.




NEXT WEEK:  Sohail Khan

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DATE: 3 July 2015

TOPIC: "Ramadaan a month of Self Recification"

IMAM: Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh







DATE: 3 July 2015

TOPIC: “Sahaba’s love for the Quran”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar






Sheikh Sulaiman Moola’s sermon delivered after Taraweh at the Mosque on 2nd July titled “The Message of Al-Quran Juz 17




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Free Wi-Fi in Makkah Haram courtyard


SAUDI ARABIA: Pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque in Makkah can take advantage of free Wi-Fi service in the courtyards of the mosque.

This is part of a series of technological services being introduced by the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques for the benefit of the faithful, according to Bandar Al-Khuzaim, director of the information technology centre at the presidency.

Al-Khuzaim said the free Wi-Fi service in the courtyards of the Grand Mosque aims at establishing online contacts between the presidency staff and worshippers.

The presidency staff will use this popular wireless networking technology to send guidance and awareness text messages to pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Al-Khuzaim said the presidency will also make available Bluetooth service for worshippers in the mataf (circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba) so that those who perform tawaf can know the number of rounds of circumambulation that they have finished. This service is being introduced in cooperation with the technological innovation center at Umm Al-Qura University of Makkah.

“The presidency has also introduced the issuing and renewal of online booking of iftar meals at the Grand Mosque. Both individuals and firms can take advantage of this service to donate iftar meals for worshippers,” he said.

Al-Khuzaim announced that a new facility has been introduced for the electronic registration for performing itikaf (seclusion in the mosque to worship Allah) in six languages. They are Arabic, English, French, Urdu, Turkish and Persian.

A similar online facility is available for those who want to visit the Grand Mosque Exhibition and the Kaaba cover (kiswa) factory, he added.
Source: Saudi Gazette


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Saudi prince pledges $41 billion to charity



Generous ... Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal is giving away his $41bn fortune to charity

SAUDI billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has promised his entire fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever philanthropic pledges.

His $US32 billion ($41.6 billion) pledge is “maybe ... the first such big announcement” of its kind in the region, and is modelled on a charity established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates in the United States, the prince told reporters.

Alwaleed said his charity “will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world.”


Humanitarian ... Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said his charity will help foster cultural understanding.

Alwaleed said he would head a board of trustees tasked with spending the funds, which would still be used after his death “for humanitarian projects and initiatives”.

The 60-year-old magnate belongs to the Saudi royal family and is a nephew of King Abdullah, who died on January 23.

In the conservative Muslim kingdom, Alwaleed, who holds no government rank, is unusual for his high profile and periodic comments about economic issues.

“This is very much separate from my ownership in Kingdom Holding,” and there should be no impact on the publicly listed company’s share price, Alwaleed told reporters on the 66th-floor headquarters of the firm which he chairs.


Royals ... Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal delivers a speech as his wife, Princess Amira, looks on in Paris in 2007.

As well as media stakes, Kingdom Holding has interests ranging from the Euro Disney theme park to Four Seasons hotels and Citigroup.

Alwaleed said he announced his pledge now, after years of preparation, to institutionalise the process “so they can continue after my lifetime”.

“I believe that a person should take dramatic and drastic decisions at his peak,” Alwaleed said, proclaiming himself to be in good shape.

“I’m very healthy, enough to bike every day three hours,” he said. “I assure you my health is good.”

Source: The Advertiser


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 Judge Wants Proof That Signal Mountain Man Made "True Threat" Against Muslim Town; Robert Doggart Allowed Home Confinement  


US: Federal Judge Curtis Collier has directed attorneys who worked out a plea deal for a Signal Mountain man who admitted plotting to kill Muslims in a town in Upstate New York to show that it was "a true threat."

And, Federal Magistrate Susan K. Lee has reversed her earlier ruling and allowed 63-year-old Robert Rankin Doggart (pictured left) to go free pending disposition of the case.

Prosecutor Perry Piper and attorneys Bryan Hoss and Janie Parks Varnell had worked out a deal in which Doggart would plead guilty to a one-count bill of information charging him with interstate communication of threats. He would face up to five years in prison.

However, Judge Collier did not go along with that arrangement and directed the attorneys to file within 21 days "briefs addressing whether the factual basis in the proposed plea deal agreement contains communication on defendant's part amounting to a 'true threat' as required under" one section of federal law.



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The Women Who Guard the Prophet's Mosque



SAUDI ARABIA: To be in the city of the Prophet is a blessing in itself, but to be there during Ramadan, that is a whole other story. Women surround me as I make my way towards the gates of Masjid-E-Nabawi (The Mosque of the Prophet Muhammed P.B.U.H), stopping a few feet from the doors to remove their shoes. They then line up, holding their bags out for inspection.

At the entrance of each gate are two women covered in black from head to toe. They stand tall, even wearing black gloves. Nothing can be seen of them except their eyes. One by one, they look through the contents of each bag. I see one taking out a bar of chocolate, stating that food isn't allowed in the mosque, while another confiscates a juice box. They toss items aside, relentless, and usher worshippers -- including myself -- into the mosque.

They are called Mursheeda, "those who guide." They aren't just security guards; they are scholars of Islam, women with a purpose. While some worshippers may not even pay attention to them, others have had their fair share of unpleasant encounters with the Mursheeda. These women are stern, and they have to be. Thousands pour in and out of the mosque around the clock, and they are essential to establishing crowd control.

The Mursheeda aren't all necessarily employees of the mosque; some are volunteers. They stand tall, scattered throughout the mosque on the lookout for any suspicious or illicit activity. I see a woman using her cell phone to take a picture of the beautiful interior. Almost immediately, I see a Mursheeda moving towards her. She takes the phone, deletes the picture, hands it back to her and walks off without explanation.

Even inside the mosque, I note that the faces of the Mursheeda are covered. It is because women may take pictures of them and show them to their husbands, brothers, or even worse, upload them on social media. This is why cell phones with cameras are not permitted in the holy mosque. The Mursheeda are extremely devout Muslims, and apart from other women, only show their faces to immediate male family members.

They are striking, even though they can hardly be seen. It's in the way they stand, with a greater purpose. They are the guardians of the Mosque of Muhammed P.B.U.H, the greatest man to have ever lived, according to Islam. I note how one has a perfect winged liner, and catch a glimpse of a sparkly watch on the wrist of another. It reminds me that beneath their stern demeanor, their rigid backs and strict voices, they are also simply women.

I see two other Mursheeda guiding women towards seating areas. "Yallah baji," one says loudly, motioning as traffic police would, towards two elderly Pakistani women who seem overwhelmed by the crowd. 'Yallah' roughly translates to 'come on' in Arabic, while 'baji' is an Urdu word used to address older women. It intrigues me, their use of multiple languages. "Asseyez-vous," I hear another instruct, telling a group of women to sit down in French. I later learn that the mosque employs women of a number of different nationalities including, but not limited to, Pakistani, Turkish, Egyptian, Algerian and Moroccan. The mosque attracts people from the world over, so it is essential to hire employees who speak different languages.

Each member of this carefully-selected force of women must fulfill two requirements. She must live in Medinah, and she must be able to speak Arabic fluently. If you look closely, you will note that the Mursheeda can be distinguished by one of two things, either a pink card stuck to the front of their burqas, or a green and white seal on their sleeves. A Mursheeda with a pink card is in training, and is currently serving as a member of the guard. A Mursheeda with a seal on her sleeve has completed her training and is at a higher rank. She is an Islamic scholar, and can be approached with regard to any religious questions you may have.

Masjid-E-Nabawi is anything but simply a mosque. It includes a number of offices, a lost and found, a library, a clinic and a school specializing in the teaching of the holy Quran. Most importantly, it is the resting place of the Prophet Muhammed P.B.U.H, who I have come to visit and pay my respects to. These women have led me to him, and for this they shall be greatly rewarded.


Source: Huffington Post   


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Saudis Turn Birthplace of Wahhabism Ideology Into Tourist Spot



Visitors at the Diriyah complex, on the outskirts of Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

The site will feature parks, restaurants, and a series of museums.

DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia — More than 250 years ago, in this sunbaked oasis of mud-brick houses and ramparts, the ancestors of the Saudi royal family and an outcast fundamentalist preacher formed an alliance that has shaped this land ever since.

In return for political supremacy, the House of Saud endorsed the doctrine of Sheikh Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab and followed it to wage jihad against anyone who rejected their creed, gaining control of much of the Arabian Peninsula.

That alliance laid the foundations of the modern Saudi state, which has in more recent times used its oil wealth to make the cleric’s rigid doctrine — widely known as Wahhabism — a major force in the Muslim world.

And now, this site, the birthplace of it all, is becoming a tourist attraction.

Inside a massive complex on the outskirts of Riyadh filled with parks, restaurants and coffee shops, hundreds of laborers are rehabilitating mud palaces once home to the Saud family and building museums celebrating its history. Nearby stands a sleek structure that will house a foundation dedicated to the sheikh and his mission.

The New York Times

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Imam Hamid Slimi: Mosque raises money to repair Catholic church allegedly damaged by schizophrenic Muslim


CANADA: When a Muslim leader heard that a member of his own community had vandalised a nearby church, he realised he had to act. Not just with words but with deeds.

So Hamid Slimi (pictured left), imam of the Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga, Canada, paid a visit to the St Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church where he was shocked to see the damage. Pages had been torn from the Bible, an alter had been damaged and a cross had been thrown to the floor.

Mr Slimi then returned to his mosque and organised its members to raise money to help repair the vandalism, carried out in May. In one day they managed to raise around $5,000.
“It was a very bad scene,” Mr Slimi told The Star. “The guy who did it ripped pages out of the Bible. He broke the altar. He threw the cross. When I saw this, I thought it was pure injustice. It was just wrong.”

The newspaper said that police Iqbal Hessan, 22, in connection with the damage and and charged him with breaking and entering. During the bail hearing, Mr Hessan said he was “upset with the Christian religion”. His father reportedly told the court that his son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, which he believed had caused his anger and imbalance.

Police said that reviewing the young man’s mental health history, and had decided they were “not proceeding with a hate crime” charge.

Mr Slimi’s mosque did not immediately respond to phone calls. However, Father Camillo Lando, of St Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, told The Independent that he had informed his congregation this Sunday of the gift from the mosque's members.

“It was very nice,” he said. “I told people on Sunday. We have said there should be no revenge.”


Source: The Independent


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Hijab a key part of ensemble for Clifton High's best-dressed girl


Abrar Shahin, named best dressed among Clifton High School seniors, talking with friends before Friday's graduation 


NEW JERSEY (US): The senior class pick for best-dressed female senior at Clifton High School sports a black skirt and skinny jeans, ankle-high boots and a cropped white blazer in her yearbook photo. Her makeup is just about perfect, capped with plum-toned lipstick.
But there is one other fashion accessory that makes Abrar Shahin stand out: a black, white and blue-green patterned scarf — a hijab — that wraps around her head and drapes around her neck.

“There are always cheerleaders who win and popular girls, so I was very surprised it was me, being a hijabi,” Shahin said, using the word for a person who wears the Islamic head covering. “It was a dream come true.”

With her trendy style, Shahin, who has a clothing-store job in Paramus and plans to attend Rutgers this fall, is shattering stereotypes about Islamic fashion while also keeping true to her religious tradition. The “best dressed” vote also shows how acceptance has grown at one of the largest and most diverse high schools in the state. The class of 2015, which graduated Friday, includes many immigrants and first-generation students whose families hail from across the globe.

Even in an area as diverse as North Jersey, Clifton stands out for its global flair. The high school, with about 3,300 students, is 52 percent Hispanic, 35 percent white, 8 percent Asian and 5 percent black, according to state records.

But the more telling record is the ancestry breakdown in the U.S. census, which shows more than 65 groups represented in the city. Italian, Polish, Puerto Rican, Arab and Peruvian are among the largest groups. Many people with Turkish, Russian, West Indian, Albanian, Ukrainian and Hungarian backgrounds also live in Clifton.

Always on point

Lindsey Cinque, a French teacher who is yearbook and senior class adviser, said that Shahin’s award showed that students can look beyond labels to honour someone’s accomplishment. Cinque broke the news to Shahin in class about her win, which seniors decided by writing down the name of any one of their peers.

“In a class of 800 people, it’s definitely a huge honor that they picked her,” Cinque said.

It’s not clear how many votes Shahin got or whom the votes came from. The best dressed male, Abraham Zeidan, also happens to be Muslim.

Shahin said her friends are from many backgrounds, while Cinque noted that all different people in her class would complement Shahin on her clothes and style.

Although Shahin was surprised by the win, her French teacher of three years said her great fashion sense was clear to her and to other students.

“School is early, so a lot of times kids will come in sweat pants or dressed casually,” Cinque said, about the early hour students must report for class. “She was always dressed up, and she definitely took a sense of pride in her fashion.”

The hijab, which covers the head and neck and frames the face, is worn by Muslim women for different reasons; some believe it shows their devotion to God or fills God’s commandment for modesty. Others wear it as an expression of their Muslim identity.

Shahin blends tradition and modern trends to create her style. She wears a hijab and modest clothing with long sleeves and pants, according to Muslim custom. At the same time, she wears trendy teenage clothes from stores like Forever 21.

Her favourite look is “boho-chic,” which she describes as “laid-back and flowy, effortless and classy.” She likes to pair flowing shirts over skinny jeans with chunky necklaces or bangle bracelets.

“Every day is different. It depends on my mood,” said Shahin, who also helps put together outfits for customers at her job at Francesca’s at the Paramus Park mall.

The whole picture

It is common for women to pair hijabs with modern clothing, and there are Muslim fashion bloggers who are creating a fashion niche in this area. The hijab is associated with piety and conservatism in Islam, and in some cases has been a magnet for scorn or prejudice. But Muslim women are like other women who want to have fun with fashion and express themselves, said Sonya Nasser, owner of Arabella Couture, a women’s clothing store in Paterson.

Nasser said people used to look down on young women for wearing a hijab. A “best dressed” honor for a hijabi at an American public high school means times are changing, she said.

“It sends the message that we are able now to set trends and be respected for what we stand for at the same time,” she said.

Shahin plans to study physical therapy at Rutgers but dreams of having a fashion company on the side. Shahin, who is of Palestinian descent, said she believes she is the first hijabi to ever win the best-dressed award.

“It’s such an honor to see that they are looking at us as equal and that they’re not just looking at hijab,” she said.
Source: North


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Afghan president nominates first female judge to Supreme Court



KABUL- AFGHAN: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday nominated a female judge to sit on the Supreme Court in an unprecedented move that has angered some Islamic conservatives.

Anisa Rasouli, the head of the Afghan Women Judges Association and a former juvenile court judge, was the only female nominated to the nine-member bench after the announcement was delayed due to opposition by a group of Islamic conservatives earlier this month.

“I’m proud to announce that for the very first time I have nominated a woman to the Supreme Court,” Ghani told a gathering of diplomats and women’s rights activists.

“Appointing a woman to the Supreme Court does not alter the judicial system. We do have full support of the Ulema (Islamic scholars) for it,” he added.

The nomination, which requires approval by parliament, is part of efforts by Ghani’s unity government to promote more women to high-profile positions since he and his Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah assumed office last September.

Under the constitution, Supreme Court judges have fixed ten-year terms. In April lawmakers approved Ghani’s nominees for a number of cabinet positions, including four women.

The former academic and World Bank economist has already appointed two female governors for the provinces of Ghor and Daikundi, moves hailed by rights campaigners.

He also said Tuesday he wanted all ministries to appoint female deputy ministers.

But the moves have angered some influential Islamic scholars in the conservative country.

Earlier in June a group of clerics gathered in Kabul to protest at the possible appointment of a female judge to the Supreme Court.

Under the 1996-2001 fundamentalist Taliban regime, women were banned from leaving their homes without a male chaperone and often denied basic rights such as an education.

Nearly 14 years after the Taliban were toppled by a US-led invasion, Afghan women have made giant strides — with female lawmakers and security personnel now commonplace.

President Ghani’s wife Rula stepped into the limelight during the presidential election last year and has been actively campaigning for women’s rights since then.

But activists say there is a long way to go.

In March an Afghan woman was lynched by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Koran, triggering protests around the country and drawing global attention.



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Q: Dear Kareema, I was just wondering if you could shed some light on how Yoga is different from stretching?

A: Yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body with the breath while aiming to lengthen and strengthen deep muscle.


We also look at connecting the mind to the body, turning our focus inward and learning to calm both breath and body.

Your body will become strong and flexible by doing yoga.

Stretching after exercise aids in muscle recovery and reduces the risk of injury.


It’s also a form of cooling down – allowing the heart rate to drop back to normal after the spike during exercise.

Your body will feel slightly relaxed after stretching.




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

The CCN Read of the Week


From Deep State to Islamic State:

The Arab Counter-Revolution and its Jihadi Legacy


Jean-Pierre Filiu



In his disturbing and timely book Jean-Pierre Filiu lays bare the strategies and tactics employed by the Middle Eastern autocracies, above all those of Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Algeria, that set out to crush the democratic uprisings of the 'Arab Revolution.'


In pursuit of these goals they turned to the intelligence agencies and internal security arms of the 'deep state,' the armed forces, and to street gangs such as the Shabiha to enforce their will.


Alongside physical intimidation, imprisonment and murder, Arab counter-revolutionaries discredited and split their opponents by boosting Salafi-Jihadi groups such as Islamic State.


They also released from prison hardline Islamists and secretly armed and funded them.


The full potential of the Arab counter-revolution surprised most observers, who thought they had seen it all from the Arab despots: their perversity, their brutality, their voracity.


But the wider world underestimated their ferocious readiness literally to burn down their countries in order to cling to absolute power.


Bashar al-Assad clambered to the top of this murderous class of tyrants, driving nearly half of the Syrian population in to exile and executing tens of thousands of his opponents.


He has set a grisly precedent, one that other Arab autocrats are sure to follow in their pursuit of absolute power.


Other reviews: The Guardian and Hurst



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KB says: Naan is a special kind of bread and is enjoyed by most families with Haleem (A wheat, barley and lentil soup) in Ramadaan. This recipe is tried and tested and is very easy and successful.




Ingredients and Method

Step 1

Mix together
6 cups of sifted bread flour less 3 Tab
2 x 10g yeast sachets
2 tsp. salt
3 Tab. full cream milk powder
2 tab soomph/fennel seeds

Step 2
Cream together
2 tab butter
¼ cup oil
2/3 cup of castor sugar
Then add two eggs and beat well. (Remembering to leave aside a little egg to brush the top of the naans before baking)

Step 3
Rub in the creamed mixture into the flour mixture with light fingers and make soft dough with 1 cup of warm milk and 1 cup of warm water. The dough will be sticky so used oiled hands. Leave to rise in a warm place until double in size.

Once the dough has risen, used oiled hands to divide the dough into 8 portions (approx. 200g) and place in a baking tray, (I used mini pizza trays) brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with thal or sesame seeds.

Bake at 180 degrees until light brown

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Grandfather Habibullah: There was once a time when I used to go with 2 liras in my pocket and I would come home with all groceries, bread, butter, milk, biscuits, newspaper etc...

Grandson: it's not possible to do so these days Grandfather. They've put CCTV everywhere.

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And the Book (of Deeds) will be placed (before you); and you will see the sinful in great terror because of what is (recorded) therein; they will say, "Ah! Woe to us! What a book is this! It leaves out nothing small or great, but takes account thereof!" They will find all that they did, placed before them: and not one will your Lord treat with injustice. ~
Surah Al-Kahf 18:49


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As you breathe right now,

another person takes their last.

So stop complaining and learn to live your life with what you have got.   

~ Anon


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15 October


Muharram 1437 – Islamic New Year 1437 (1st Muharram 1437)



1. All Islamic Event dates given above 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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Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084


Brisbane Northside Muslimahs Support Group

To help sisters on the northside of Brisbane to connect with their local sisters.

We will endeavour to have regular meetings, either for a lesson/discussion on

Islam, or for social events.

Please contact :

Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or at


Facebook :





Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque


All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar





Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer






Madina Arabic Course (Urdu)

after Isha


Madina Arabic Course (Urdu)

after Isha



after Maghrib



after Isha



The Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website end of each week, please visit our website to download these recordings at


The Monday and Tuesday's Madina Arabic Course is in Urdu. These sessions too are recorded as well as webcasted live. For webcast details please contact us via our website “contact us” page. The recordings are sent via a download link, if you are interested please again contact us via our website “contact us” page.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at


Tafsir & Islamic History Classes


VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest


Every Monday & Wednesday

7pm - 8:15pm


All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.


For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

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

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

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

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

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)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

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)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

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 Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

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


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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