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The photograph of the two girls wearing hijabs at an Australia Day event, which will be featured on dozens of billboards after a crowdfunding campaign raised $130,000.

A crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $130,000 to get a photograph of two young girls wearing hijabs at an Australia Day event on billboards across the country, and surplus funds will now go to Indigenous organisations.

Last week the photograph of the two girls – taken at the Docklands celebration last year – was removed from a Melbourne freeway billboard after the billboard company allegedly received threats. The image of the two young girls – one of a series of photographs advertising a nearby Australia Day event – had been posted to a far right group’s social media page and prompted hundreds of bigoted comments and complaints, many directed at the girls.

In response, a crowdfunding campaign by the Campaign Edge advertising agency called for the girls’ photograph to be reprinted on posters and in an Australia Day campaign. After more than $120,000 was donated in 24 hours, the campaign expanded, proposing to erect dozens of billboards across Australian capital cities.

Dee Madigan, the creative director at Campaign Edge, said she started the fund because she “felt like the bastards were winning” when the photo was taken down.


“There was a haul of photos of a lot of people from different ethnicities but the one they pick on is the two Australian Muslim girls,” she said. “And these are the same people who complain that Muslims don’t assimilate.

“It’s just not OK and it feels lately like there’s been – with Hanson and even Trump – more permission for people to be more overtly racist. This was just sort of a chance to fight back at that, because I think a lot of these racist groups think there’s a lot of them out there, that they’re the silent majority.

“I guess this was a way for ordinary people to say, ‘No you’re not.’”

Madigan said she thought the fund might raise about $20,000 over a few days, enough to pay for one billboard, but the response grew, reaching a donation rate of about $100 a minute.

“This is a great initiative that must be fully supported because it reflects the true Australian spirit,’ wrote the United Muslims of Australia organisation with their donation.

Madigan said donations came from Muslim and Jewish organisations, unions and politicians but most were small contributions from individuals.

The girls and their family were aware of the campaign and supported it, lawyer and community rights advocate Mariam Veiszadeh told Guardian Australia on Wednesday.

The campaign originally had a target of $20,000, with any leftover funds going to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Senator Sam Dastyari: Stop picking on little girls

That target has since been increased to $200,000 and the proposed reach of the campaign widened, and the extra funds will be redirected to Indigenous groups.

After discussions with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the money would now go to the Indigenous independent media platform IndigenousX and non-profit organisation Children’s Ground, she said.

In an update on Thursday, the GoFundMe page said Victorian digital and print billboards in Preston, Collingwood, Springvale, Endeavour Hills and Yarraville would start going up from Friday through to Australia Day.

Australia Day is a contentious event, with calls to change the date and stop celebrating a day that marks white settlement and violence against and murder and dispossession of Indigenous people.

The support for the billboard campaign had drawn scepticism.

Aamer Rahman, one half of comedy duo In Fear of a Brown Planet, described it as a “novel and expensive way of throwing Aboriginal people under the bus”.

Source: The Guardian



'I think it’s great': Peter Dutton praises Australia Day billboard featuring Muslim girls



'I think it’s great': Peter Dutton praises Australia Day billboard featuring Muslim girls

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has praised an Australia Day billboard featuring two Muslim Australian girls in hijabs, and backed the wearing of Islamic dress in public.

The billboard, promoting a government-funded Australia Day event in Melbourne, was controversially taken down after threats were made to advertising company QMS.

But Mr Dutton, whose previous comments have at times outraged migrant and Muslim communities, defended the billboard and the donning of Islamic dress during an interview on Thursday.

"I think it's great that we've got young boys, young girls from whatever background who are embracing Australian values, flying the Australian flag, proud to be Australian, proud to be part of our society, want to be part of a peaceful future in this country," Mr Dutton told 3AW radio. "They're all the values that all of us embrace."

Mr Dutton was then asked whether people should be "offended" by the hijab, or headscarf.

"I don't think so. People have different elements to their dress and their culture that they embrace," he said.

"I think what most Australians expect from any of us from a migrant background, and ultimately that's the case for most of us, is that we respect the culture from our country of origin but we embrace Australian values."




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Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri says banning the burqa will not solve real issues facing Queensland.

Banning the burqa will not solve issues for Queenslanders and is instead a diversionary tactic, Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri says.

Senator Pauline Hanson this week said One Nation would move to prohibit burqas in government buildings if her party won the upcoming Queensland election.

It has been an ongoing issue for Ms Hanson, who morphed her 1996 rhetoric of Australia being "swamped by Asians" into being "swamped by Muslims" in 2016.

Ms Hanson floated the idea of a referendum on banning the burqa in 2015, saying she found it confronting and un-Australian.

But Mr Kadri said the clothes worn by a tiny number of Muslim women in Queensland was a non-issue.

"I don't think banning the burqa will find anyone any employment, unless you employ one security guard," he said.


"What they're trying to do, Pauline Hanson, particularly, she's just trying to win votes by scaring people."

Mr Kadri said very few women wore a burqa or a niqab in Queensland, and they could remove it when requested by a parliamentary security guard or police officer.

"If they go to a location that there is a security risk, Muslim women have been given a fatwah (legal ruling by an Islamic scholar) that they're allowed to reveal their identity and their faces," he said.

"I don't think it's a security risk, it's just an excuse to express phobia, which unfortunately is so prevalent in mainstream society."

And a "burqa" is not even what many people think it is.

A burqa is a veil that covers the entire body and face, with a mesh window or grille across the eyes.

Whereas a niqab is a veil covering the head and face, with a horizontal opening for the eyes, usually worn with a loose black outfit that covers from head to feet.

The term hijab usually refers to a headscarf that covers the hair and neck but not the face and is more commonly seen in Australia.

Mr Kadri said the niqab was probably the least preferred form of clothing worn by Muslims across the world.

"Generally speaking, you'd hardly find somebody who wears a niqab," he said.

"I personally know two or three people and I'm the spokesperson in the Islamic community so I meet a lot more Muslims than [others]."



Mr Kadri said Muslims were encouraged to dress modestly.

"It is defined in different ways in Islamic jurisdictions, by scholars, so some women consider wearing a hijab or covering their hair is being modest," he said.

"They're not harming anyone, they're not giving anybody a hard time."

Muslim men are also instructed to dress modestly, cover their knees to navel in public and dress in loose clothing.

Mr Kadri said if a woman did not want to wear a niqab, she should not be forced.

"Most women in Australia, at least, wear it because they want to wear it, I think it would be oppressive not to wear it when they really want to," he said.

It comes after a backlash to a billboard showing two girls wearing hijabs used to promote an Australia Day event in Melbourne earlier in January.

Campaigners have now started a crowdfunding project to put the image back up on a billboard.

The campaign was so successful, that organisers increased the monetary target to buy multiple billboards across the nation ahead of Australia Day.

Mr Kadri said people who thought everyone should dress in "Billabong shorts and thongs" did not understand Australia was a diverse nation.

"There is no dress code for being an Australian," he said.

Independent Speaker Peter Wellington also backed the idea of a burqa ban in government buildings, and said new One Nation MP Steve Dickson should pursue it.

In 2014, Mr Wellington failed to drum up enough support for his own bill, which would have given police and other authorities the power to order people to remove face coverings for the purpose of identification.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk dismissed the plan and said there were already measures in place to achieve what Ms Hanson was proposing.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the first priority of government was safety and security.


Source: Brisbane Times





What might Pauline Hanson's burqa ban plan mean?

Ms Hanson says she has grand plans for her party in her home state of Queensland, claiming the major party politicians there are too timid.

A state election is due in Queensland in 2018, but is widely expected to be called at some stage this year.

However it's unclear just what the One Nation Senator means when she refers to "the burqa".

So what are the facts behind the various head coverings and why Muslim women wear them?

Misconceptions abound when the topic of Islamic headdresses is raised.

For instance, it is widely assumed women are obliged or even forced to cover at least their hair, that the styles of head coverings are standard across the Muslim world.

But a closer look reveals why, what and how Muslim women cover up is far more complex and it varies, depending on the cultural practices of individual countries.

Shakira Hussein is a researcher, author and honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute.

She says many people, even Muslims, believe there is a universal glossary defining what each head covering is.

"Muslims themselves often tend to think and talk as though there's one single glossary referring to women's dress, and, of course, they think it's the glossary that they grew up with, so that the people around them use, but that's not really the case."

Dr Hussein says the long robe covering a woman's face, sometimes with netting over the eyes, is often considered a burqa.

But she says, in some countries, the word refers to a different item of Islamic dress.

"In Pakistan, that's actually called the shuttlecock burqa. The reason why it's referred to as a shuttlecock burqa is that there's other types of dress that are also referred to as being burqas and which, in parts of the Arab world, would be referred to as niqab."

Australian Muslim Women's Association president Silma Ihram says the hijab is the most commonly worn Islamic head cover in the Western world.

She says the word literally means "a barrier."

"The actual name hijab is actually not the correct name in traditional Islam. But it's come to represent, these days, the simple scarf that a woman wears, usually wrapping around from her hair and under her chin, which is the common word, or common thing, that women in the West wear."

Ms Ihram, who converted to Islam 40 years ago, says most Muslim women make a conscious choice to wear the hijab, or another item of covering, but for a variety of reasons.

"For some women, though, it is an identification that they are on that path of spirituality. So, for a lot of women, they feel it's a really important thing to be able just to say, 'Look, I'm visibly a Muslim woman.'"

Ms Ihram says other women choose to wear the hijab to preserve their beauty for those they feel truly appreciate it, usually their husbands and families.

Professor Kevin Dunn, dean of Western Sydney University's school of social sciences and psychology, says more women are actually choosing to wear the hijab.

He says that is despite a rising number of Islamophobic attacks on women wearing the garment.

"It's certainly linked to cultures and an embracing of hijab-wearing as an identifier of both Muslimness but also affiliation to community and, therefore, generating a sense of community."

Professor Dunn says the head coverings arise out of an Islamic requirement for both men and women to dress modestly.

But he says the matter has become focused on women and the covering of their heads.

"The cultures of cover and modesty are varied across the world, across the Islamic world, Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority world."

Professor Dunn says the cultures often determine the level of cover a woman needs to preserve her modesty.

It could involve a hijab, a face veil or perhaps a full burqa-style garment that covers the woman's eyes.

Shakira Hussein says some of those coverings include the jilbab, a covering similar to the hijab worn in South Asia, and other styles not often seen in Australia.

"In some parts of the Gulf, in Dubai and whatever, you also see these kind of metallic masks that fit across the lower part of a women's face. And they're often very beautiful and ornate."

Dr Hussein says a common recent fashion in Australia was known as the Moroccan-style hijab, including a small turban covering the hair, sometimes with a scarf draped over the top.

In many countries, wearing Islamic head coverings is not considered compulsory for women.

But Silma Ihram says some countries and sects of Islam are more strict than others.

"There are some women who feel pressured to put the hijab on, particularly with the Salafist and fundamentalist communities, the Islamist kind of section, which the vast majority of the Muslim community is fighting against."

Dr Hussein says the belief that women must cover the faces is unusual, even among conservative Muslims and scholar.

She says the definition of modest clothing for women still prompts much debate today.

Ms Ihram says what many people do not know is men are also required to abide by certain standards of modesty in their clothing.

That includes covering themselves from the navel to the knees, sometimes with a long-sleeved ankle-length robe.

"These days, you see a lot of men showing their allegiance to different kinds of Islamic spirituality through their clothing as well. That's why you see a lot more men wearing thobes and, the same as the Jewish, men wear the little hat as well."


Source: SBS



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Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull (left) meeting with Albab Khan (right) and Adnun Khan in Primitivo, Toowoomba

The Hon Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Malcolm Turnbull MP visited the Char Grilled Restaurant, Primitivo in Toowoomba with Federal PM, Dr John McVeigh and Toowoomba Mayor, Cr Paul Antonio on Monday, 16 January.


Primitivo is a unique concept restaurant based on the idea of ancient cooking style, traditional recipes, and primitive cave-type rocky walls and shop fittings. The guests tasted the food offered to them by the chef and staff while the owners discussed their food innovation projects and proposed plans to build multi-level car park in the city centre with the PM.

The restaurant is an intellectual innovation of entrepreneurs Adnun Khan and Albab Khan. The two brothers won the Best Business Excellence Award in 2015 for the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce award for their previous creative chocolate restaurant in the city called Cioccolato. In the same year, they also received the Business Excellence Award in the Hospitality Industry category for Cioccolato.

"At Primitivo we bring food back to what it should be; meat, vegetable and seafood cooked on an open Char - Grill served with your choice of sides," said Adnun Khan. The interior of the store looks like a stone cave with primitive wooden furniture filling the dining space. A custom made Char griller is the centerpiece of the restaurant. Dine in and takeaway along with online ordering via the company’s website or its own “Primitivo” App which is available for download (FREE) at the Android and Apple store for customer convenience. 


From left: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal MP Dr John McVeigh, City Mayor Cr Paul Antonio and Professor Shahjahan Khan in Primitivo

Adnun Khan is a part of the future leadership team of the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Albab Khan served on the Advisory Board of Nando’s Australia representing Queensland.

They are in the process of franchising their Cioccolato and Primitivo restaurant in Australia and overseas as part of their plans to expand businesses.

The visit of the Prime Minister to the businesses of the Khan Brothers was an honour for them and their businesses, and an acknowledgement of their ongoing significant contributions to the local economy through generating employment for over 40 staff.

In addition to the food businesses in Toowoomba, Adnun and Albab have been training a large number of apprentice students from various secondary schools to obtain employment in the hospitality industry. This has been done with the partnership of a local training company BUSYAtWork.

Getting a taste of Primitivo

The two Australians of Bangladesh origin have been running an export business for the past six years. They have not only exported different best quality Australian agricultural grains, seeds and pulses to Bangladesh but also establish business network with partners in Bangladesh and other countries.

Experiencing severe parking problem in the central business district in Toowoomba, due to acute shortage of parking places, the two brothers have come up with the idea of building a high tech multilevel car parking in partnership with the City Council.

Adnun was born in Dhaka in 1985 and Albab was born in London, Canada in 1989. They migrated to Australia with the family in 1992 and settled in Toowoomba the next year after living in Sydney for a period five months. Both went to School/College in Toowoomba, but Adnun graduated in Marketing and Human Resource from the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, and Albab in Accounting from the University of Queensland, Brisbane.

The family is originally from the Gopalgonj district of Bangladesh but has lived in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Australia. Their father, Professor Shahjahan Khan, is a Professor of Statistics at the University of Southern Queensland, and a Director of MCCA Ltd, and mother, Mrs Anarkali Lutfun Nahar is a Director of The Khan Family Trust.


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109 Edward Street

A venue has been arranged for Friday prayers in the Brisbane CBD.


The venue is booked for the next 6 months, excluding Fridays the 10th February, 17th February and 10th of March 2017.


Brothers are requested to make alternate arrangements for those jumuahs.

The jumuah will commenced last Friday, 13 January and there will continue to be the two jumuah sessions being:

1st  prayer 12:20pm to 12:35pm
2nd prayer 12:50pm to 1:05pm

A few points to note:

● The facility does not have any place for whudhu, so brothers are requested to perform whudhu prior to coming for salaah.
● There are no mats available or storage for mats, so brothers should come with their own prayer mats to the venue.
● The usage of the lift is strictly limited to only disabled people in conjunction with a member of staff at the venue, so brothers are requested to strictly use the STAIRS ONLY.

The venue is the 4th floor of the Metro Arts Studio on 109 Edward Street.



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Further to our story entitled Vic Imam, man charged over child marriage in last week's CCN, the Islamic Council of Victoria ICV) issued the following statement:

Clarification Concerning Mr. Ibrahim Omerdic’s position at the Bosnian Islamic Society and Noble Park Mosque

The ICV and the Bosnian Islamic Society of Noble Park would like to correct some of the misinformation around the status of the former Imam, Ibrahim Omerdic.

Mr Omerdic was immediately stood down when he was arrested in November 2016 on the charges currently before the courts, and his services were subsequently terminated after an investigation conducted by the Society management committee.

A new Imam has been appointed. To repeat, Mr Omerdic is no longer the Imam of the Noble Park Mosque and has no role with the Society. Further, Mr Omerdic’s marriage celebrant license has been revoked.

For media enquiries, please contact Adel Salman (ICV Vice-President and Media Spokesperson) via email at or call (03) 9328 2067.



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On Monday 17 January, The Australian newspaper published a report stating that an Islamic school in Sydney was forcing five-year old girls to wear headscarfs.


The report was subsequently also covered by the Daily Mail Online.


Just Media Advocacy (JMA) contacted both media companies to allege that based on the school’s uniform policy available on its website the assertion was inaccurate.


The Daily Mail Online immediately agreed to amend the report’s headline and body removing the incorrect assertion regarding five-year-old girls.


The Australian eventually amended its online report after JMA referred it to photos on the school’s website clearly showing primary school girls not wearing headscarfs.



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Musliam Aid Australia  CEO, Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy, explains in the 2016 Qurban Report, how MAA handled 22,762 Qurban that reached 37 countries - an increase of 26% from 2015. MAA delivered just over $2.7 million worth of Qurban (fresh and pouched) and helped over 1.3 million people worldwide - and achieved all this while maintaining top efficiency with ZERO ADMIN FEES.


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At the Movies with CCN: Sheikh-bashing Egyptian film angers Muslim clerics




The movie is based on controversial TV journalist-novelist Ibrahim Essa's bestselling book Mawlana

An Egyptian film that makes fun of conservative Muslim clerics and religious fanaticism has stirred controversy in the country due to its depictions of a corrupt religious establishment working with regime security agencies.

The Preacher - which hit cinemas this week - has dared to tackle sensitive religious issues, prompting an angry response from a senior Islamic cleric.

"Before this turns into a disaster we demand that this dissent is tackled and that [the film] is stopped from being shown," Mansour Mandour, chief imam at the Ministry of Religious Endowments said in a Facebook post addressed to the country's top Islamic figures.

"The film exposes imams to mockery, laughter and ridicule from anyone and everyone."

Mandour later said in a phone interview with a local TV station that although he hadn't watched the film he believed it "degraded the social status of preachers".

An ultra-orthodox salafi group said on Friday that it had filed a lawsuit to ban the film from movie theatres.

"This film has no place in Egyptian cinemas," said the leader of the Daffea Movement, Mohammad Ragab, adding that it had insulted al-Azhar - Egypt's top Islamic authority.

The plot of the film revolves around a celebrity TV preacher who is entrusted with trying to dissuade a relative of the president from converting to Christianity.

It includes scenes of a bombing of a church by a militant, just weeks after a blast killed 27 people in a real-life church attack in Cairo.

The movie is based on controversial TV journalist-novelist Ibrahim Essa's bestselling book Mawlana, which appeared in English translation last year under the title The Televangelist.

The film's director, Magdy Ahmed Ali, told The New Arab that he had been scared of the reaction The Preacher might provoke but that he took a chance as he wanted to deliver a powerful message to audiences.

"The goal of the film is actually to challenge the critics of my religion and the Islamophobic rhetoric that tries to make Islam look like a religion of terrorism and violence," Ali said.

The film's leading actor, Amr Saad, who studied Quranic recital for seven months for the role, said that The Preacher's main message was that there is a serious need for an update to religious discourse.

Freedom activists have accused Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of running an authoritarian regime that has suppressed freedom of speech since toppling Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Several high profile media personalities have recently been jailed under controversial "contempt of religion" laws.

This week, the author of the book that inspired the film had his TV talk show taken off the air amid accusations that authorities pulled the programme for being excessively critical of Sisi.


Source: The New Arab



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The National Geographic's Genographic project gives us surprising information about Arab genetic makeup.

National Geographic's Genographic Project, launched in 2005, uses science to bring people together where politics have failed.

Through DNA analysis, the project is answering people's questions regarding ethnicity, race, and the overall origins of the human population and how we came to populate the Earth.

The Genographic Project lists a group of reference populations, where the typical national of each country is described according to genetic makeup. These are based on hundreds of DNA samples and advanced DNA analysis. Four Arab countries were part of the reference population list.

Here are some surprising discoveries on the genetic makeup of these four Arab nationalities.

Note that the Genographic Project only listed four Arab nationalities in their reference populations, which is the basis of this article.

Did you know that native Egyptians' genetic makeup is 4 percent Jewish diaspora?


Egyptians are only 17% Arabian ...



Typically, an Egyptian native's genetic composition is 68 percent North African, 17 percent Arabian, 4 percent Jewish diaspora, and 3 percent from Eastern Africa, Asia Minor and Southern Europe each.

The link to North Africa dates back to when ancient populations first migrated from the continent, which they did through the northeastern route on their way to southwest Asia.

The spread of agriculture led to further migrations from the Fertile Crescent back into Africa as did the spread of Islam from the Arabian peninsula in the 7th century.

Kuwaitis are 7% African ...
Lebanese are actually 14% Jewish diaspora ...
Tunisians are only 4% Arabian ...

Did you know these non-Arab countries actually have some Arabian genes?

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We can all agree that 2016 was a tough year, but these Muslim men made it a little bit better. We compiled a list of the individuals that inspired us this year.




The British actor and rapper graduated with a Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree from Oxford University before starring in independent films such as The Four Lions and The Road to Guantanamo. Most recently, you may have seen him in Rogue One, the latest Star Wars film where he played Bodhi Rock, the former Imperial cargo pilot who defects the Rebels under the influence of Galen. His presence in the public eye has given him the chance to speak out about being racially profiled at airports and his experiences as a minority actor.




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THIS WEEK: The Linda Sarsour Show | Ep. 015 | Name That Islamophobe!




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Linda Sarsour is a racial justice and civil rights activist and every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare.



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In recent years, Islam has been thrust into world spotlight for a number of reasons – starting with 9/11 and ISIS to anti-refugee sentiments in Europe and a certain US Presidential candidate’s anti-Muslim campaigns. In this hullabaloo, we have forgotten that some of the coolest famous people we look up to – from Muhammad Ali to Zayn Malik and Aziz Ansari – are all Muslims. Would you believe it if we told you there were many more Muslims in the celeb world?


This week's celebrity

Janet Jackson



The Jackson Five were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses, but we know for sure that Michael quit the Christian domination in 1987 after he was criticized for his materialistic leanings, given his choice of career as a popstar. His sister Janet, however, is married to Qatar-based business magnate Wissam Al Mana, and is believed to have converted to Islam for him. She is expecting her first child this year with Al Mana. Janet follows in the footsteps of brother Jermaine Jackson who embraced Islam in 1989 after a music tour in the Middle East.



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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


A memo to the president-elect about the people he fears. BY LAWRENCE PINTAK

An Idiot’s Guide to Islam in America 


Islam hates us.” That was a recurring theme of your campaign, Mr. President-elect.

And who can blame you? After all, your top advisors on Muslim affairs — Ann Coulter, Frank Gaffney, and Walid Phares — are card-carrying Islamophobes. Your incoming national security advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, wants Muslim leaders to “declare their Islamic ideology sick,” and your special advisor, Steve Bannon, has been accused of using his Breitbart News Daily radio show to instigate “fear and loathing of Muslims in America.”

But now that you’ve announced it’s time for America to “bind the wounds of division,” it might be useful for you to learn a little bit more about one of the most alienated segments of the nation you now lead: American citizens who also happen to be Muslims.

I get that you’re worried about what you call “radical Islamic terrorism.” I’ve been reporting on extremists who claim to represent Islam since I covered the first anti-American suicide bombings in Beirut in the early 1980s, so I share your concern. I’ve seen friends die and others waste away in captivity at their hands. And I’ve come awfully close to being a victim myself a few times. But I’ve also learned that Muslims come in many colors — literally and figuratively — and my doctorate in Islamic studies helped me understand that the religion itself is interpreted in many different ways. In fact, America’s 3.3 million Muslims, the other 1 percent, are developing their own take on what it means to follow Islam.

The jihadis are already rejoicing at your election because — their words here, not mine — it “reveals the true mentality of the Americans and their racism toward Muslims and Arabs and everything.” But what do they know?

When Bill O’Reilly asked you whether you thought American Muslims fear you, you replied, “I hope not. I want to straighten things out.”

So, in a similar spirit of good tidings, this memo about how good ol’ American values are influencing Islam in the United States might help make that whole straightening out go a little easier. Since it’s not likely that much beyond references to Islam as “a cancer” is going to make it into your briefing papers anytime soon, I thought I’d toss this out into the webosphere in the hope that you might trip across it late some night while prowling the net.

(It’s OK to just read the stuff in bold print.)


At the heart of this evolution of American Islam is the question of religious authority. Sharia, a dirty word to the Islamophobes, refers to the corpus of Islamic teachings, which includes the Quran, the holy book said to be the word of God; the Hadith, oral traditions attributed to the Prophet Mohammed; accounts of the prophet’s life; and the voluminous opinions from religious scholars through the centuries on the meaning and application of those words and deeds. At least in the modern era, the Saudis and Egyptians for the Sunnis, and Iranians for the Shiites, have traditionally seen it as their responsibility to determine the proper application of Islamic laws for the global ummah, or community of Muslims. Not everyone still agrees.

American scholars believe the day is coming soon when that religious authority will reside in the United States. “I do think that the scholars who are rooted in the realities and the complexities of America have increasingly more religious authority,” says Sohaib Sultan, the imam at Princeton University. “Knowing people’s customs and traditions is very important when making any sort of religious ruling.”

“Islamic authority has moved from around the world,” says Magid. “It was in Mecca, then it went to Medina. Then it went to Damascus, then it went to Baghdad. Then it went to Spain, then it went to Turkey. Now it’s in America.”


The United States is not alone in this attempt to shed the straitjacket of traditionalist thought.

Source: Foreign Policy

How Muslim Americans plan to resist the Trump administration
Writers and activists weigh in on America's future

On 17 December, 2015, Donald Trump proposed a complete ban on all Muslims from entering the United States, sparking outrage and fear in communities across the country. In the summer of 2016, he then promoted the idea of creating a database to track Muslim Americans that was eventually condemned by hundreds of Silicon Valley employees who pledged to never help create such a registry. Now, after winning the presidential election thanks to the support of 58 per cent of all white voters, the former real estate mogul will be sworn into office as the nation’s 45th President. In the days ahead of the inauguration, The Independent asked emerging voices to weigh in on the following three questions:

What does a Trump presidency mean to you?
What does America look like from here on out?
How do you plan on resisting?

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder of

“The Trump presidency to me is an affirmation of everything that’s wrong with our country's past when it comes to race and understanding. Trump was elected to the highest office based on one of the most divisive and offensive presidential campaigns in recent memory, largely inflaming economic anxiety by scapegoating minorities and throwing them under the bus. As a Muslim woman who was a child when 9/11 happened and grew up during the height of Islamophobia, I never imagined that my fellow countrymen would openly discuss a “Muslim registry” as an actual policy platform. When he started talking about a ban on Muslim immigration a year ago, it already became scarier for Muslim women to step out of their homes with a headscarf.

“Now, I fear what this national stamp of approval on anti-Muslim bigotry will mean for my Muslim sisters and now Muslim children that might have to endure an even worse experience than I did growing up. Even before the elections, I knew minority communities would have to bear the burden of repairing the damage of this campaign cycle for years to come. With Trump as president, there's an even more stark reality staring us in the face for the fight that lies ahead. We don't plan on quieting down anytime soon.”

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Faatimah Knight, Religious Editor at Sapelo Square     

Source: Independent


On 6 Things That Are Important To Understand How Muslim Converts Feel Sometimes

I’m not sad. Even though it’s hard for me to fit in, I’m not sad. But I sure do think it’s unfortunate. I often have to face and deal with awkward situations. I do not fit the predefined profile of anyone’s inner circle members. I often feel that I am not Arab or Pakistani enough to be treated the same as others.
I have been a convert since January 17th, 2014, almost 3 years so far. I know I made the right decision by converting to Islam but I will not sugarcoat the truth. I have had a lot of struggles along the way and I want my fellow converts to read 6 things that have been lingering in my mind.
I know there are a lot of new converts out there that can find comfort in the following words. And I know there are a lot of Muslims out there who need to be confronted with the way we feel.

1. Making friends is not easy for us
Making friends is not easy for converts, let alone for a convert living in Western countries. There are not many converts in the Muslim community in those countries.
The few who actually are converts, often get shunned away from the Muslim community. This unfortunately results in them not attending events or even going to the masjid.

2. Please non-converts, stop telling us how to feel
No one understands converts except converts themselves.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t try to understand us and continue making us feel welcome. Because we want that, and to be honest, we even need that.
But please, don’t tell us how being a convert feels or how I should feel. If you are not a revert, just be there to support us, offer to spend time with us, and be our friend. And if we are getting along, we sure don’t mind learning new things.
Another thing I personally never understood is why some people, who teach Islam to new converts, focus on everything that is wrong or on what a Muslim is obligated to do.
We often need to feel the unity of Islam instead of the rules. We can find the rules ourselves whenever we want to.
Tell us stories, inspire us, help us become better people through experiences.

3. Our families often don’t support our religious choices
We often get asked if our family supports our religious choices. Unfortunately, the answer frequently is no. They don’t.
That’s why we need that support a little bit more than born Muslims. We need to feel supported in order for us to feel free to be ourselves.

4. Some of our family members don’t even know we’re Muslim
In my case for example, my family figured out I was Muslim only a few months ago.
I never actually told them I was Muslim. I wanted them to figure it out for themselves. They knew I observed the religion and did many things practicing Muslims do. I just didn’t straight out declare my faith to them.
I was too scared to break the news to them. I didn’t want to break their heart.
But they finally figured it out, for sure. They realised I became Muslim when they found my YouTube channel a few months ago. They were outraged and scared for my life.

5. We sometimes wish we were born Muslim
I know everything is predetermined and everything that will happen has been prewritten. That’s what my religion teaches me.
But I sometimes think it would be better to have a family who was Muslim. I would know way more about Islamic history and more about the religion itself. I would also perhaps know how to speak and write in Arabic.

6. If you’re a fellow convert, please don’t give up
Please do not give up on Islam or its people. You are not alone, even though I know it sometimes feels like that.
God is always watching over us. He obviously loves us very much for guiding us to Islam. There are people who love converts and want to help us in anyway they can.
Keep educating yourself about your religion. Knowledge will give you constant strength. The beautiful thing about Islam is that it pushes us to keep learning, both men and women. I am still learning about Islam everyday.


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A photo taken on October 26, 2013 shows Moroccan doctor Asma Lamrabet posing at her home in Rabat. Lamrabet is used to multi-tasking — mixing her writing with a career in medicine — but perhaps her most noteworthy balancing act is being both a faithful Muslim and a committed feminist.

Asma Lamrabet: Morocco’s Muslim feminist polymath

Moroccan author Asma Lamrabet is used to multi-tasking — mixing her writing with a career in medicine — but perhaps her most noteworthy balancing act is being both a faithful Muslim and a committed feminist.

A tireless advocate for gender equality in a region where women’s rights often lag far behind those of men, Lamrabet has accumulated a body of work showing how feminism and Islam can co-exist despite centuries of male-centred dogma.

“There’s a tendency to conflate models and ideals. But just as there are different models of democracy, there are different types of feminism,” she tells AFP in her Rabat offices.

“So if Moroccan feminists fight for true equality with men on the ground or against the marriage of minors, Saudi (women) claim the right to drive, vote and live in freedom.”
Although women in Morocco have far more freedom than their Saudi counterparts and gender equality is theoretically guaranteed by law, the north African kingdom has yet to adopt legislation criminalising violence against women, and child marriage is not uncommon.

Lamrabet’s key message is that gender inequality is less to do with the tenets of Islam and more down to its interpretation within male-dominated societies.

Her latest work, “Faithful and Feminists”, examines passages of the Koran and argues that there is nothing in the text itself to enshrine female subordination.

“In all religious traditions, you find a certain stereotypical representation of women,” she says.

“The problem doesn’t come from religious texts but instead from the interpretation of these texts by men.”

It is for this reason, argues the Rabat native, who writes award-winning texts in between a career as a pathologist, that “it’s absolutely necessary to read the Koran in context.

“When the Koran speaks of reason and justice, they need to be seen as universal concepts. But there are some verses that respond to given historical circumstances,” says Lamrabet, her thick black hair draped in a bright blue veil.

“We must keep this spirit, but not take it literally.”  

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The Illuminated Field at the IMA


The Illuminated Field was made while Leslie Eastman was undertaking an Australia Council studio residency in Spain in 2014. This version of the work developed for Islamic Museum of Australia is a four screen video installation that documents light from dawn till dusk at Abengoa Solar, Europe’s first commercial power station, at Solucar in Andalucía. The solar power plant uses several acres of mirrored heliostats, which follow the sun throughout the day and redirect that light towards a central tower to generate electricity.


Whilst the work may be understood as a celebration of this sublime technology and sustainable solar energy, other meanings may be drawn from the context of the site and the location of the exhibition itself. Andalucía is a threshold between Europe and North Africa and contains many remnants from 700 years of Islamic occupation, evidenced in agricultural planting, irrigation systems, buildings and language. Granada, with its magnificent Alhambra palaces is in close proximity. In Islam, light—Nur—has a prized relationship to both science and spirit. Islamic optics and geometry address multiplicity and unity within the notion of Divine illumination.


For the artist, parallels between the site at Solucar and this larger cultural context are evident in the aesthetics and simplicity of the solar technology. Whilst the video observes the serene operation of the power station, placing this within the context of the Museum opens a deeper conversation with Islamic thought which champions environmental stewardship and the contemplation of nature, time and light as signs of the greatest context and reality.




It is High Time We Discarded the Pernicious Myth of India’s Medieval Muslim ‘Villains’

Whatever happened in the past, religious-based violence is real in modern India, and Muslims are frequent targets. It is thus disingenuous to single out Indian Muslim rulers for condemnation without owning up to the modern valences of that focus.

The idea that medieval Muslim rulers wreaked havoc on Indian culture and society – deliberately and due to religious bigotry – is a ubiquitous notion in 21st century India. Few people seem to realise that the historical basis for such claims is shaky to non-existent. Fewer openly recognise the threat that such a misreading of the past poses for modern India.

Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal Emperor (r. 1658-1707), is perhaps the most despised of India’s medieval Muslim rulers. People cite various alleged “facts” about Aurangzeb’s reign to support their contemporary condemnation, few of which are true. For instance, contrary to widespread belief, Aurangzeb did not destroy thousands of Hindu temples. He did not perpetrate anything approximating a genocide of Hindus. He did not instigate a large-scale conversion program that offered millions of Hindu the choice of Islam or the sword.

In short, Aurangzeb was not the Hindu-hating, Islamist tyrant that many today imagine him to have been. And yet the myth of malevolent Aurangzeb is seemingly irresistible and has captured politicians, everyday people, and even scholars in its net. The damage that this idea has done is significant. It is time to break this mythologized caricature of the past wide open and lay bare the modern biases, politics, and interests that have fuelled such a misguided interpretation of India’s Islamic history.

A recent article on this website cites a series of inflammatory claims about Indo-Muslim kings destroying premodern India’s Hindu culture and population. The article admits that “these figures are drawn from the air” and historians give them no credence. After acknowledging that the relevant “facts” are false, however, the article nonetheless posits that precolonial India was populated by “religious chauvinists,” like Aurangzeb, who perpetrated religiously-motivated violence and thus instigated “historical injustices” to which Hindus can rightly object today. This illogical leap from a confessed lack of reliable information to maligning specific rulers is the antithesis of proper history, which is based on facts and analysis rather than unfounded assumptions about the endemic, unchanging nature of a society.

A core aspect of the historian’s craft is precisely that we cannot assume things about the past. Historians aim to recover the past and to understand historical figures and events on their own terms, as products of their time and place. That does not mean that historians sanitise prior events. Rather we refrain from judging the past by the standards of the present, at least long enough to allow ourselves to glimpse the logic and dynamics of a historical period that may be radically different from our own.


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Abu-Musa Jabir Ibn Hayaan – The Founder Of Chemistry


Ibn-Khaldun described him in his book when he came to talk about chemistry and said, ”The pioneer in chemistry was Jabir Ibn-Hayan, they even attribute the science to him and say ‘the science of Jabir’, and he wrote seventy books on chemistry”

He is Abu-Musa Jabir Ibn-Hayan Ibn-Abdullah Al-Azdy, from the Yemeni tribe of Azd. Some of the people of this tribe migrated to Al-Kufa after the collapse of the dam of Ma’areb. He was born in Tus and settled in Baghdad after the establishment of the Abbassid caliphate. His relation was tightened with the Persian family of Al-Baramekah and his life extended from 103-200 Hijri/ 721-815 AC.

Jabir is considered the founder of experimental chemistry. He was the first to acquire his information from experiments, observation and scientific conclusion. He had so many discoveries and works to the extent that chemistry was attached to his name, they used to say ”the chemistry of Jabir” and ”chemistry is for Jabir”, and also ” Jabir’s craft”. He was also named ” the master of chemists” and ” the father of chemistry.”

Before Jabir, there were merely several primitive old jobs, that mingled with many crafts like embalming (in ancient Egypt), leather tanning, dying, mining and oil purification. But Jabir Ibn Hayan managed to develop chemistry and elevate it from this lowly rank into a high science, by adding so much theoretical, practical and scientific knowledge and by setting the basis and rules for preparing and dealing with chemical substances, thus he is considered the master of chemists without any counterpart.

Chemistry startedâ”as we mentioned in the first article on chemistryâ”as a superstitious science that depended on old legends. The idea of turning cheap metals into valuable ones controlled the scene because scientists who came before Islam believed that metals such as gold, silver, copper, iron, lead and tin are from the same type, and only differ due to the effect of heat, cold, dryness or humidity on it. These are all changeable attributes according to the theory of the four elements (fire, air, water and earth) and thus these elements can be changed into one another with the aid of a third element, elixir. Based on this view, some scientists from the civilizations that preceded the Islamic civilization imagined that they could invent the elixir of life or the stone of wisdom that can remove the deficiencies of life and prolong life[4], and this was known as the science of alchemy.   .




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The Muslim on the airplane | Amal Kassir



Watching the news, it seems like ethnic divides are ever-deepening. But how can we solve these complicated problems when each side lives in fear of the other? The answer is simple, argues Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir – it starts with, “What’s your name?”







This 9-year-old girl just out-boxed her boxing coach








first woman to run an auto repair shop in Sudan



Sondos Ahmed is a mechanical engineer, small business owner—and the first woman to run an auto repair shop in Sudan







Bishwa Ijtema: Bangladesh




One of the world's largest gatherings of Muslims is taking place in Bangladesh right now.





The Real Strangers | The Need For Quality Muslims








Brisbane Man Slams Media on Islamophobia




An Australian non-Muslim criticizes the media for it's negative propaganda against Islam. He is also encouraging people to read about Islam.







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TOPIC"Laws pertaining to Debt"  

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Health and Physical Education Teachers needed!


The Australian International Islamic College- Durack is open to applications for Health and Physical Education teaching positions for Secondary College (HPE 7-10, HE/PE 11-12). Positions will be available for the start of Term 1 2017 (23rd January 2017).

Applicants must have teacher’s registration with the Queensland College of Teachers to be eligible for an appointment.

• Excellent communication skills to deliver the curriculum
• Well-developed management skills
• A passion to enrich children’s learning
• Enthusiasm

All CV’s are to be forwarded to: attention to “The Principal”.

The Australian International Islamic College was established in 2002 to meet the growing needs for children of the Islamic faith in the Brisbane area. The college has 3 campuses; Durack (Main), Carrara and Buranda. The Durack Campus has a population of 500 students of which most students live in neighbouring suburbs of Durack.


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Tillerson won't rule out Muslim registry


Rex Tillerson

US: On Thursday, President Donald Trump's inaugural committee announced that Imam Mohamed Magid will take part in an interfaith prayer service Saturday morning at the Washington National Cathedral.


On Saturday, the imam, who will recite the Islamic call to prayer, is one of 26 spiritual leaders scheduled to participate in the service, a modern inaugural tradition. In a new twist, Saturday's event does not include any sermons from any religious leaders.  


The interfaith service held at the Washington National Cathedral is a tradition, but President Donald Trump's treatment towards Muslim immigration has been controversial.

Ahmed Rehab, the executive director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago said on Facebook: 'This is my biggest problem with Imam Magid's participation. Namely, allowing us the false impression that tokenism dubs as beneficial engagement, as opposed to isolation.'
He continued: 'This is not meaningful engagement. We gain squat diddly by having the athan called out at an event *celebrating* the rise of Trump to power.'

'We do not advocate isolation as an alternative. We advocate engagement through challenge. Challenge is not isolation, it is engagement.'

Several commenter's said they disagreed with Rehab. But others like Sana Saeed, a Muslim host of AJ+, said they thought this is a problematic gesture.

In response, CNN reports Magid said: 'Do not assume that the efforts to engage those who have misconceptions of Islam are in any way contradictory to other efforts to influence public opinion. Rather they go hand in hand.'

'Many people came to do harm to Prophet Mohammed, and after engagement and getting to know him they changed their mind in a positive manner.'

On Facebook, the imam penned in a lengthy explanation Friday morning: 'One of the tasks of the religious leader is to convey the truth and the values of Islam to everyone, including those in power, to advocate for what is good, and to address those who misunderstand and have misconceptions about the beauty of Islam.'

Magid led the Islamic Society of North America from 2010-2014. He also the imam All Dulles Area Muslim Society which aimed to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement an the Muslim community.

While Trump has backtracked on his proposal to ban Muslim immigration into the US, he has said people from Islamic countries will be subjected to 'extreme vetting.'

He also made controversial comments towards Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan. He implied Mrs Khan was not 'allowed' to speak at the Democratic National Convention.




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CoverGirl’s Nura Afia Is ‘Honored’ to Represent Muslim Women



CoverGirl recently named Nura Afia a brand ambassador, making her the first Muslim woman to be given that role. Afia, a beauty vlogger who has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram and YouTube, is continuing to take the makeup world by storm. In an interview with Elle, Afia opens up about how surreal the experience feels and offers some of her best makeup tips.

Afia explains that makeup has served as a means of self-discovery when she was growing up. “I felt like it helped me gain my confidence,” she said. “It’s just another version of expressing ourselves. I can play up or play down or express myself using makeup.”

Being proud of her identity and sense of self didn’t stop with makeup. Afia feels “honored” to represent Muslims and women who wear hijab. “There really aren’t words to describe the feeling,” she said. Afia almost didn’t believe the request from CoverGirl to star in her own campaign: “I thought it was a scam!” In a CoverGirl Instagram video, Afia explained why she feels so “ecstatic” to be a part of the company: “I never thought I’d see women like me represented in such a global brand, so it means to world to me and for me to be that woman representing women like me is unimaginable.”

In October, CoverGirl also named its first male brand ambassador, James Charles. Afia told Elle how much she loved working with Charles and being “part of such an awesome campaign that represents diversity and equality for all. Especially at this time.”

Source: Motto (Time)

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Boxer Anthony Joshua receives wave of abuse after posting photo in a mosque



UK: Star boxer Anthony Joshua has received a torrent of abuse after he shared a photo in a mosque in Dubai.

‘Besides luck, hard work & talent.. Prayer is a solid foundation. It was nice to join my brother as he led through afternoon prayer (asr),’ he tweeted to his 800,000 followers, along with an emoji showing hands clasped in prayer.

He also shared the photo to almost 2 million followers on Instagram.

Joshua, a British heavyweight boxer and Olympic champion, is not understood to be a practising Muslim but was experiencing the culture with friends who are.

Some people had a problem with that, however.

He received an immediate stream of abuse in reply to his tweet, with people saying they would no longer support him

‘Disappointed, won’t be watching you again’, one troll posted.

Some people said they had been fans but would now be ‘praying for his opponents’.

‘Hope Klitchko batters you now tbh,’ one man wrote, referring to his upcoming fight against Wladimir Klitschko.

It wasn’t only from right-wingers that he got the criticism from (although they made up the vast majority).

Some Muslims joined in, asking why he was wearing sunglasses in the mosque and looking upwards instead of at the floor.

But we can’t imagine Anthony Joshua MBE, who won gold at the 2012 Olympics, is going to be too concerned about the backlash.

He’s probably got more important things to focus on, like being a world-renowned sporting hero.

And thankfully, the messages of support in response now outweigh the abuse.




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Who says that some people are impossible to change?

32 year old actress and singer Lindsay Lohan has shocked her fans and critics alike after deleting all of her social media amd simply leaving the Arabic phrase “Alaikum salam” in her bio.

A rep for the troubled star says that Lohan is “in a period of renewal” and she had began reading the Quran in 2015. According to these reports, Lohan began spending a lot of time working with refugees in Abu Dhabi and Syria, becoming very vocal about political matters on her popular social media accounts and her admitted attraction to the religion of Islam.

“It opened doors for me to experience spiritually, to find another true meaning. This is who I am.”

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Close to 1.5m Umrah pilgrims in Madinah


SAUDI ARABIA: As many as 1,444,765 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the Umrah season early November, local daily Al-Watan reported on Monday quoting the branch of the Haj and Umrah Ministry in Madinah.

The ministry said that a total of 1,350,559 pilgrims arrived by air while 90,285 by land and 3,921 by sea.

According to the ministry, Pakistanis constitute about 30.61 percent of the pilgrims who are visiting Madinah followed by Indonesians (17.91 percent), Indians (11.81 percent) and Malaysians (8.21 percent).

Undersecretary of the ministry Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al-Bijawi said since the start of the season the ministry has been making intensive tours of government and private establishments offering Haj services to make sure that pilgrims are properly served.  

Source: Saudi Gazette



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Somali town bans lavish wedding spending


Traditionally Somali brides wear different outfits over the wedding celebrations

SOMALIA: A Somali town has banned lavish weddings to encourage young people to marry and stop them migrating.

Receptions in hotels would no longer be allowed and only three goats could be slaughtered to feed guests, Beled Hawa's commissioner told the BBC.

Spending limits of $600 (£500) on furnishings for a couple's new home and up to $150 for the bride price had also been set, Mohamud Hayd Osman said.

It is not unusual for a groom's family to spend about $5,000 on a wedding.

The BBC Somali service's Bashir Mohamed says this amount includes the bride price, wedding reception, outfits and jewellery for the bride as well as new furniture.

"Islamic teachings indicated that getting married should be cheap," Mr Osman told the BBC Somali service.

The decision to restrict spending on "wild partying" and other expenses had been taken after officials met to find out why 150 children had recently been born out of wedlock in the town.

"Young women were refusing to get married unless a fortune was spent on wedding gold and household furnishings," he said.

Times were already difficult in Beled Hawa, which neighbours Kenya, because of the drought and unemployment - and the high cost of weddings was another contributing factor in people leaving the area, the commissioner said.

"A young woman must be supported to get married to the young man she chooses... so the community can grow," he said.

He said $600 should be enough to purchase a double bed, table and chairs as well as crockery and cutlery.

Traditionally the events around a Somali wedding go on for seven days. 



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Muslimism in Turkey and Beyond: Religion in the Modern World

Neslihan Cevik



Muslimism, a term identified by Neslihan Cevik in this book, refers to a new Islamic form in Turkey at the turn of the century.


Muslimism neither rejects nor submits to modernity but actively engages it through Islamic categories and practices.


Cevik conceptualizes "cultural sites of hybridity" in which people use Islam to shape their practice of modernity.


These include settings ranging from Islamic fashion to entrepreneurship, civic associations, and political formations that reflect a new Islamic liberal political ethos.


Through observations and interviews, Cevik documents Muslimist discourse.


This book addresses questions of how religions respond to modernity and globalization, providing a new starting point for discussions of democracy and Islam in the region.





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that will make you look good

if you die in the middle of it."       


- P.J. O’Rourke


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KB says: These zucchini and cheese fritters are great as starters or could be included in the lunch box and can be made in advance as it freezes well.

Zucchini and Cheese Crumpets



1 cup grated zucchini
¼ cup polenta or maize meal
¼ cup cake flour
¼ cup chana flour (besan flour)
¼ cup semolina
1 tsp salt
1tsp. baking powder
½ tsp crushed cumin seeds
½ tsp crushed coriander seeds
1 tsp ground green chillies
1 beaten egg
1 medium onion grated
½ cup chopped fresh coriander
½ cup grated cheese
¼ cup olive oil
1 tab milk


Combine all ingredients together adding milk at the end to make a crumpet like batter, (you may need to adjust the quantity of the milk if necessary)
Heat pan or griddle with a little ghee,
Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the hot pan and cook on both sides until light brown.
Serve hot with a sauce.


Could add ¼ cup of chopped spinach or ¼ cup chopped fenugreek leaves and reduce the quantity of the fresh coriander in the original recipe to a ¼ cup.

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Q: Dear Kareema, what are some quick, easy foods I can have before my daily workouts?

A: Choosing the right foods before your workout is important as it can boost your results.

The body uses carbs for fuel, which gives you the energy to power through your workout
or run.

If you’re a morning person, try oatmeal with low-fat milk and fruit. The carbs in this combo
will digest slower, keeping you energised for longer.

For any other time of the day, a fruit and yogurt smoothie is a good option. Blend in some
ice to help you stay hydrated. Research shows that getting enough fluids will zap your strength and endurance.

A handful of raw mixed nuts with a few added raisins is a great option too. Easy on the stomach and will give you a quick energy hit as well.

Bananas make a great last minute snack too.

Be sure to drink lots of water too. During exercise have small sips throughout the workout.






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Mrs Jalalludin to husband: Let's play a game.

Jalalludin: What is the game?

Mrs Jalalludin: If I say the name of a colour, run to the left wall, if I say the name of a fruit run to the right wall.

Jalalludin: What do I get if I win?

Mrs Jalalludin: Who ever loses has to obey the other person for the rest of their life.

Jalalludin: Okay I have to win this game!

Mrs Jalalludin: Okay ready? ORANGE!

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An Ayaat-a-Week





Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah, and follow not up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, - for them their reward is with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:262


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"Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch” .


~ Tim Berners-Lee (World Wide Web inventor)



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Youth activities for primary school aged children (both boys and girls) are being organized on behalf of Sisters House Services.


It is called the Young Muslims Club. (Previously called the Young Amirs Club but changed to include girls in the activities and not just boys).


There's no cost to be a member of the club. There are monthly activities doing different fun social and educational activities in usually in the Kuraby-Logan area or sometimes all around Brisbane.


Weekly activities take place in the school holidays.


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Sisters Gathering Brunch Meet & Greet


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Prof Gillian Triggs: Challenging Times for Human Rights


Crescent Institute Brisbane

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Short Course: Essence of Islam (New Muslims & Non-Muslims)

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Morning (TBA)

11 & 12 March

Sat & Sun

AU Islamic Peace Conference


Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

0425 886 949

Register here

All day

11 & 12 March

Sat & Sun

The A-Z of Love & Mercy

Al Kauthar Institute


0438 698 328

All day

11 March


Muslimah Night Bazaar

Muslim Night Bazaar

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0406 273 434

4pm to 9pm

25 April




30 April


ICB Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253


12 May




28 May




23 June




26 June




2 September




22 September







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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29 January






Masjid As Sunnah



12 February





Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040





Sisters Support Services -  On going Activities


Tafsir Class – By Umm Bilal. Held every Tuesday at 10am - Kuraby area


Halaqah – By Um Bilal. Held every Thursday & Saturday at 10am

( Saturdays  at Runcorn location)


Arabic classes – Taught by Umm Bilal Wednesdays  1 – 2pm Kuraby Masjid

Tuesdays  1 – 2pm  Kuraby area (after Tafsir Class)


Sisters Support Social Group -  1st Wednesday of every Month  - Kuraby Location


YOUTH GROUP- -   Muslimah Girls Youth Group for 10+ Girls

School Holiday Activites  -   Contact : Aliyah 0438840467

Amir Boys Club for Primary School Boys – MONTHLY & HOLIDAY ACTIVITES

Contact :  Farah 0432026375


We also run a volunteers group to assist Muslim women with food rosters and home visits for sisters who need support or are isolated.  We refer Sisters in need for counselling, accommodation, financial assistance and other relevant services.

To join our volunteer group or for any other details for activates please call the numbers below…

Aliyah :  0438840467                   Khadijah:   0449268375

Farah:    0432026375                   Iman :   0449610386



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
• Hifz, Quran Reading & Madressa - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm, brothers, sisters and children
• New Muslims Program - last Thursday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30pm
• Salawat Majlis - first Saturday of every month. Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
• Islamic Studies - one year course, Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm, brothers and sisters
• Ilm-e-Deen, Alims Degree Course - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses, brothers

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher



On Going Activities


1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.


For all activities, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987


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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Minutes from the QPS/Muslim Community Reference Group meeting held on
Monday 24 October 2016 at the Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB] are available here.

Next Meeting

Time: 7pm Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available. ALL WELCOME


For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



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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

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

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)

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 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

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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