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Six people were killed and eight wounded when gunmen opened fire at a Quebec City mosque during Sunday night prayers, in what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a "terrorist attack on Muslims".


AFIC, ANIC and ICQ condemned the recent terrorist attack at the Mosque in the city of Quebec in Canada issuing respective press statements.


World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit extended sympathies for those bereaved or wounded, offering prayers for Canadians who, he said, “confront the need to challenge extremist violence whatever its source or origin”.

An inter-faith gathering to remember the victims and to speak out against violent extremism everywhere was put together on Monday at the Holland Park Mosque by Mr. Ali Kadri and Imam Uzair. There was a large attendance by many religious and community leaders





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By Mobinah Ahmad



Australian Muslim comedian, actor and radio presenter, Nazeem Hussain is currently starring as one of the celebrities in the third season of Network Ten’s reality TV Show, “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!”

Well known for starring in Salam Cafe and his critically acclaimed show, Legally Brown, Nazeem, 31, along with nine other competitors is spending over a month in the South African jungle living off a very basic diet of beans and rice.

They will be competing in challenging tasks in order to make it through and ultimately win $100,000 for their chosen charity.

Nazeem’s chosen charity is InTouch: the Multicultural Centre for Family Violence.

Nazeem is heading into the show with the intention to get to know the different types of people and to learn from the experience.

“I want to understand other people from other backgrounds and beliefs,” Nazeem said.

“I think so many of the problems in Australia could be overcome if we actually shut up for a second and listened. I know I’ll learn a lot from this experience and I know that, especially young people, we tend to hang out with people who are like us,” he further added.

Aside from reports of a bromance with footballer Dane Swan, in Episode 2, Steve Price and Nazeem have already gone head to head as Steve confronts Nazeem on his distorted views on Islam.

“I don't understand why Muslim women are required by their men to cover up,” asked Price.

“They’re not. What are you talking about? I’m not going to talk to people on behalf of all women!” Nazeem responded cleverly.

After the confrontation, Nazeem mentioned a teaching of the Prophet Muhammad about calming down after being angry.

“If you’re angry, sit down. If you’re still angry, you should lie down” said Nazeem as he lay down on his bed.

Earlier, he jokingly said during the show in Episode 1,

“If Donald Trump can be president after being on reality TV, well you are looking at the first Muslim Prime Minister.”

On Islam and Muslims, Nazeem said,”To be honest, most people have issues with Islam when they have never really met a Muslim. Hopefully if people like me in camp, the whole Islam thing is not even a thing. For me the whole non-Muslim thing isn’t a thing. I am happy to be friends with whoever. Hopefully they will like me. One of the reasons I like this show is you actually get to see real Australians from all different backgrounds, sexual orientations, religious beliefs and experiences and age groups come together and genuinely talk about their different lives.”



Nazeem Hussain had plenty to comment on One Nation leader Pauline Hanson for her dog-whistle politics.

“I want to understand other people from other backgrounds and beliefs. I think so many of the problems in Australia could be overcome if we actually shut up for a second and listened,” he said.

He further added, “instead the loudest people get the most votes. Pauline Hanson got half a million votes and she just says the most incendiary, nonsensical, sensationalist shit.

In his comedy roles Nazeem has touched on race relations and racism in Australia, political and Islamic humour, Islamophobia and social commentary.

Watch Episode 1 & Episode 2. To vote use the hashtag #CelebNazeem!

Source: Australasian Muslim Times





Mobinah Ahmad is a professional social media analyst

and AMUST Multimedia Journalist based in Sydney.





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Yassmin Abdel-Magied


‘It was only a few months ago that we broke bread together. He talked about how much he valued the Muslim community.’ Waleed Aly, Susan Carland, Malcolm Turnbull and Yassmin Abdel-Magied at an Iftar at Kirribilli House.

Malcolm Turnbull is breaking my heart. Why are all citizens equal, but some are more equal than others?

It was only a few months ago that we broke bread together. He talked about how much he valued the Muslim community. I was so proud of what I hoped were changes in the attitude of the the Australian government – it was the first ever Iftar (which is the breaking fast meal during Ramadan) held at Kirribilli House – that I wrote an article supporting the event following criticism it received in the press.

I had thought there was real potential we could be welcoming a prime minister who valued us as equal citizens in this country, despite all the global hatred and rhetoric. I looked forward to this country being led by someone who cared. Perhaps, I naively thought, we would see a changed approach to the threats of terrorism, a change of approach to processing refugees and asylum seekers and maybe (with my fingers really crossed), we Muslims might soon start to feel truly equal in this country.

But it wasn’t to be, was it?

I have sought to have empathy for Turnbull’s position. The man, caught between numerous boulders and many a hard place, doesn’t seem like he has much room to turn. He seems stuck trying to please everyone, and in doing so pleasing no one and allowing the marginalised in this country to bear the brunt of his dithering.

And for what? To allow the allies we so dearly dedicate ourselves to an opportunity to shut us down and humiliate us? It’s embarrassing. The Australian government seems to think our historic alliance and tacit support of the xenophobic policies of the United States is the best option for our national interests – but I beg to differ. These are policies and positions that have been proven time and time again to make countries less safe and to play right into the hands of those we are all trying to fight. What will it take for one of our leaders to show values-based leadership and to live the principles we claim to build our country on?

“Our commitment to multiculturalism and a non-discriminatory immigration system is well known,” Turnbull said a few days ago.


If multiculturalism means we can all get great Vietnamese, Turkish and Brazilian food all within a few blocks of each other, sure. If it means we will all know to say “Happy lunar year!” to a colleague, I’ll agree with the prime minister. If it means that someone like me, a Sudanese-born Muslim woman, can be sent to countries overseas as part of a Dfat-funded public diplomacy program to show people that “not all Australians are white” (or racist, as I am constantly asked) then I can see where that statement comes from.

But that’s not really what being committed looks like.

Being committed looks like not “supporting” a ban that discriminates based on birth country and faith, because we value inclusivity, and we want to heed the lessons of history.

The Guardian



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Sonny Bill Williams (left) and Mufti Ismail Menk (right) [Source: Twitter]

BMW has confirmed that it is “re-looking” its sponsorship deal with New Zealand’s rugby superstar Sonny Bill Williams due to a photo he took with the prominent Muslim speaker Mufti Ismail Menk.

The luxury car company was allegedly inundated with complaints from customers, in particular members of the Jewish and LGBT communities after a photo emerged of Williams posing with Mufti Menk on Twitter.

The furore was sparked due to Mufti Menk’s position on homosexuality – which is the mainstream normative position – that it is a major sin and crime against God.

Williams, a Muslim convert, has taken many photos with Mufti Menk and has tweeted about his encounters with the cleric.

BMW New Zealand’s head of corporate communications, Paul Sherley, told Yahoo News that Williams’ original contract remained unchanged.

However, the company confirmed they would be “re-looking” at his role.

There is currently no mention of Williams on BMW’s website but the car company profiles its other brand ambassadors such as shoe designer Kathryn Wilson and chef Josh Emmet.

Zimbabwe-born Mufti Menk was banned from six UK universities in 2013 due to his views on homosexuality, a common trend for many Muslim activists and scholars in the university


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Harmony in paradise: Direction Island next to Home Island on the Cocos Islands.

There is something positive about the isolated existence of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, 2,000km from the West Australian coast and shielded from anti-Islam rhetoric

We pull up to the front of the mosque in Nek Su’s golf cart. Through the open window I see him join thirty men in bright robes and embroidered Taqiyah head coverings as they kneel to face the Kaaba cube in Mecca. The soft call to prayer fills the street. Everything else is silent. Two girls in hijabs walk past as a young, robed man pulls up to the mosque and shuffles inside, late.

“Hayya ala Salahhhhh,” drifts from the speakers.

The call to prayer is normally something Australians associate with travelling and the exotic: being in a rooftop cafe in Marrakesh sipping mint tea, in a hotel in Agra looking at the Taj Mahal before sunrise, or walking the shores of the Bosphorus during an Istanbul winter. It is always something I have experienced as an outsider.

I look across the lagoon, past the school and the jetty to the twinkling lights on the water and I’m reminded that I haven’t travelled far at all. This is still Australia; it’s just a part that many people don’t get to see. I am a guest of Nek Su, the builder, fisherman, grandfather, imam and elder of Home Island, the only Muslim island in Australia.

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are an iridescent tropical atoll 2,000km from the West Australian coast, yet they are still part of Australia as one of the Indian Ocean Territories (along with Christmas Island). Interestingly the Muslim population here outnumbers the other inhabitants four to one.

The islands have a strange relationship with Islam. They were discovered by Captain William Keeling of the East India Company in 1609 and weren’t properly settled until Scottish trader John Clunies-Ross and merchant Alexander Hare both arrived in the early 19th century. Clunies-Ross was an empire builder and brought in Malay, Chinese, Papuan and Indian workers to harvest copra – they were the first Muslims on the islands. Hare wasn’t quite as pragmatic. He was accompanied by slaves and a harem of 23 women from the East Indies, New Guinea and Mozambique to populate his desert island fantasy.

Hare’s harem didn’t work out, so he left and Clunies-Ross assumed control as the self-appointed “king” of the islands. The islands operated as the family’s fiefdom until they were passed over to Australian control in 1955 and the people voted for proper integration in 1984. As the colonialist leanings of the Clunies-Ross clan loosened, the former indentured population, who were nearly exclusively Sunni Muslims, settled on Home Island and the predominantly expat population set up on West Island across the water.

I take the ferry across the aqua lagoon to Home Island. Waiting for me on the jetty is a tall man wearing a brown fedora. He has an open and friendly face; he looks fit and slim for a 73-year-old man. “Call me Nek Su,” he smiles in reply. It means grandpa, and it is what all the Home Islanders know him as.

Nek Su isn’t much of a conversationalist, at least not in English. His first language, like most of the Home Islanders, is Malay. Their language is unique and has evolved since it came across the water with the first indentured workers.

We pull in at the enormous mosque. Its dome is silver and its floorboards are still unpainted. It will house the entire Home Island population of 400 eventually, a step up from the modest fibro buildings used previously. “Everyone who lives on the island is Muslim,” Nek Su tells me.

He also tells me that many of the young children are actively part of Islam here on the island – something he never saw on the mainland. Nek Su lived in Western Australia in the 1970s and he regularly goes back to Perth, Port Hedland and Jurien Bay. The link with their faith is a central part of life on Home Island, for young and old. On Wednesday afternoons Nek Su and other elder statesmen teach the boys on the island the ways of their Cocos Malay culture, sailing, dancing and building Jukong traditional boats to maintain a link with their past. Nek Su also tells me that 85% of Home Islanders have been to Mecca.

We continue driving around the go-kart like tracks of the island. At the edge of the lapping water Nek Su greets a group of young men with their children playing in the shallows. Later we pull in at one of the houses to meet Nek Su’s family. Nek Su’s brother Omar and his wife, who wears a bright orange hijab, are sitting out the back as she fries some afternoon snacks in the wok. “Salam” is offered as a greeting when we enter the outdoor kitchen. When Omar sees that I’m an outsider, he smiles and says, “How ya going mate? Take a seat.” The clove smell of kretek cigarettes wafts through the air, mixing with the frying spices spitting from the wok, highlighting the mash of cultures here.

Nek Su is the image of a self-sufficient man. He can’t read or write but he can build a house, a boat, weld, fish and his faith is at the centre of it all. As we pack up the meal he hurries us along as the nighttime prayer is coming, just one of the five prayer times all recognise on the island.


Nek Su on Home Island: “Everyone who lives on the island is Muslim”

At the visitors’ centre, Jules, the marketing manager, tells me that the interaction on the islands is something they embrace, “Our girls all look forward to Hari Raya when we all go to Home Island to celebrate together.”

Hari Raya is the celebration and reflection at the end of Ramadan. The two communities get together to enjoy the breaking of the fast and the associated rituals as they anticipate the new year. Homes are strung with fairy lights, people eat together in open houses and those who have passed away are remembered. Even if the two communities aren’t as close as they were twenty years ago, as long time resident Terry Washer suggests, “because of the influence of the mainland,” there is something hopeful about this place.

Its isolation has shielded the community, somewhat, from the rhetoric of Ray Hadley and Pauline Hanson and the rest. If more people observed the history and coexistence of the Home islanders and the West islanders without the outside noise and media peer pressure, it might give them hope.

LaTrobe University anthropologist Nicholas Herriman calls the Cocos Malay, “Australia’s oldest continuously Islamic and South Asian community” and on the islands this is a position greeted with respect.

The next day I wait at the Cocos Malay cafe at the airport on West Island as a batch of samosas are fried by the lady in a headscarf for the electricians who are finishing up a shift on the islands. I reflect on my initial thought that the isolation here might have bred fear and mistrust. This “fishbowl” existence has, if anything, allowed them to preserve a sense of community and coexist in a way that many Australians don’t experience anymore.

The full article in The Guardian



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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.




Also known as the Syria Civil Defense, the White Helmets are volunteers that operate in the rebel-controlled areas of Syria during the Syrian Civil War. They have given their lives to save thousands of people by pulling civilians out of the rubble and carrying them to safety. They have been often targeted for helping civilians and many died during their rescue operations.


NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Abdullah Hammoud


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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

Omar Epps


Best known for playing the sensitive and brutally honest Dr. Foreman on the hit show House, Omar Epp – who is also a record producer and songwriter – converted to Islam in the 90s. He has remained mum about his faith, but has called out Donald Trump on his openly racist rants and lack of understanding on real issues.



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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.)


The catalyst was 9/11. Various Saudi-funded charities, like the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, were accused of ties with al Qaeda; a Saudi-backed Islamic training center in suburban Virginia was raided by the FBI, and some of its clergy, who carried Saudi diplomatic passports, were expelled. The recently declassified “missing” 28 pages from the 2002 congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks alleged — without providing evidence — that at least one Los Angeles mosque was laundering terrorist funds.


All this, coupled with the drop in oil prices that has led to severe belt-tightening at home, means the Saudis and the Gulf emirates have significantly reduced their largesse. Abou El Fadl of UCLA, who has close ties with members of the Saudi royal family, points to another reason behind the House of Saud’s parsimoniousness toward overseas religious projects. “They wish they could rid themselves of the Wahhabism all together, but they know that it’s impossible domestically,” he says.

Would-be American imams can still study for free in Saudi Arabia, but, Abou El Fadl told me, “they’re not going to have the type of easy power that comes from having the means of controlling the flow of money” like in the old days.


The Arab Spring has intensified the turn away from the traditional centers of Islamic teaching ...

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?

Sarah Harvard, Reporter at Mic

“The uncertainty of a Trump presidency is what frightens me the most. As a journalist, who happens to be Muslim-American, I'm afraid about what is yet to come for the fourth estate. Without press freedoms, an administration with fascist ideals will go unchecked. Furthermore, Trump's crusade against the press will only increase the harassment and violence targeted towards journalists from white nationalist and alt-right extremists.”

“As a Muslim-American, I've never been more afraid for my civil liberties and safety in the United States. While historically, Muslims in traditional dress are physically attacked in the US, Trump's plans for heightened surveillance and a Muslim database will impact the entire Muslim community and its allies. When our homes are under surveillance, we're robbed of the very last place we can feel safe and secure. Without our privacy rights and civil liberties, we're prisoners to our own home.”

“I plan on resisting in the only way I know how and can do well: by elevating the voices of marginalised communities and holding those in power accountable. Now is the time for adversarial journalism. More than ever, journalists have to come together and push back against any of Trump's attempts to silence or punish the press. I hope other members of the press join me in these efforts.”

“The Trump administration is showing the same sort of short term interest in the financial well-being of lobbies and special interests at the costs of America’s long term economic viability. Increasingly, voters are concerned with this issue and with issues like special interests’ influence over elections ahead of many other issues. What I fear, as a Muslim and as an American, is that my life in America, in the economy, and in the nation with economic and military primacy will be worse than my parent’s life and that is already appearing to be the case as we look at the appointments and political maneuvers.”

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Nadeem Mazen, City Councillor in Cambridge in Massachusetts     

Source: Independent


According to this argument, the stigma and barriers attached to premarital sex create a frustration that, in some men, boils over into murderous violence.

Osama bin Laden’s Secret Masturbation Fatwa

How the sexual torment of Islamic radicals helps explain the genesis of jihadi violence.

January, the U.S. government released 49 new documents seized in 2011 from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Among the items — the fourth and final batch of bin Laden documents made public since 2012 — is a letter addressed to a senior colleague in North Africa in which the now-deceased al Qaeda leader raises “a very special and top secret matter”:

It pertains to the problem of the brothers who are with you in their unfortunate celibacy and lack of availability of wives for them in the conditions that have been imposed on them. We pray to God to release them. I wrote to Shaykh/Doctor ((Ayman)), [al-Zawahiri], and I consulted with Shaykh ((Abu Yahya)) [al-Libbi].

Dr. Ayman has written us his opinion … As we see it, we have no objection to clarifying to the brothers that they may, in such conditions, masturbate, since this is an extreme case. The ancestors approved this for the community. They advised the young men at the time of the conquest to do so. It has also been prescribed by the legists when needed, and there is no doubt that the brothers are in a state of extreme need.

It is well-known that bin Laden was a fastidious and overbearing micromanager. But few would have suspected that it extended this far. And although it has been widely reported that he was in possession of a porn stash at his Abbottabad compound, it will no doubt come as a surprise that bin Laden, the foremost jihadi of his generation, had thought long and hard (no pun intended) on the issue of masturbation, as has current al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Bin Laden’s edict, though, raises more questions than it clarifies: If knocking one out in times of “extreme need” is permitted, how does one define the emergency of “extreme need”: Is it a week, a month, or a mere day of celibacy? Alas, bin Laden’s letter doesn’t shed any light on these burning questions.

All of this is good, harmless fun, of course. But the sexual torment of jihadis is no laughing matter, and may even help explain the genesis of their violence.

Foreign Policy



Dr Tariq Ramadan

Look in the mirror, Muslim don tells Malaysians critical of Western discrimination

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 1 — Malaysian Muslims complaining of discrimination by the West should first acknowledge the injustices against minorities in their own country, a renowned Muslim academic said critically today. Speaking in defence pluralism, Swiss academic Dr Tariq Ramadan recounted anecdotes from non-Muslims here that they are being treated as “second class citizens”, which he said contradicted principles of Islam.


“I’m sorry but some of your fellow citizens in this country who are not Muslims are facing this discrimination, they are facing injustices,” Ramadan said in a question-and-answers session after a talk on “jihad”, or holy struggle.


“If you want to be good Muslims, instead of preventing people from believing, you become better believers. Don’t be scared of people who are not Muslim. Be scared, be afraid, be worried about our own lack of consistency.” Ramadan said that just as the West, the Muslim world is equally guilty of having double standards, discrepancies and inconsistencies when it comes to criticism and practice of values.


Earlier in his talk, the ethnic Egyptian academic also urged Malaysian Muslims to speak out against parts of Malaysian culture that are un-Islamic, which included stigmatisation of the minorities and censorship of ideas.

“Malaysian Muslims should struggle against anything in Malaysian culture which does not protect dignity and equality of human being,” said Ramadan. Last year, Selangor has declared a fatwa, or religious decree, against “liberalism and religious pluralism”, calling those involved with the ideologies as “deviants”.

The Malay Mail Online



How Trump changed Americans’ view of Islam – for the better

WASHINGTON: Polls conducted in the last year show that, despite his electoral success, Trump’s views on Islam and Muslims do not have wide support among the American public.

Americans’ opposition to accepting refugees from Middle East conflicts have been highly exaggerated. As I noted last June, “even in the middle of a U.S. presidential campaign that has been breathtaking in its exaggerations and racism, with devastating terrorism providing fuel, 59 percent of Americans say they are ready to accept Middle East conflict refugees” assuming they are screened for security. As usual, Americans were deeply divided along partisan lines on this issue.

Four polls during the election year revealed extraordinary, progressive and unexpected shifts that cannot be explained by events during that year. Attitudes toward “Muslim people” became progressively more favorable from 53 percent in November 2015 to 70 percent in October 2016.

Even attitudes toward Islam itself (generally more unfavorable than attitudes toward Muslims) showed significant improvement: favorable attitudes went from 37 percent in November 2015 to 49 percent in October 2016, reaching the highest favorable level since 9/11.

The Washington Post


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Australia Day Poster Girls



The two young Muslim girls at the centre of a controversial Australia Day billboard have spoken out for the first time.

They were in Adelaide for a Muslim peace festival which aims to raise awareness and understanding of their culture.








'Tens of Thousands' Take Part in CAIR-MA Muslim Ban Protest in Boston 








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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 3 February 2017

TOPIC"Be the best"  

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 3 February 2017

TOPIC"Submitting to Allah"

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

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IMAM: Hafiz Eshfaq Akbar (visiting Moulana)



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Jewish people give Muslims key to their synagogue after town's mosque burns down


Donations to rebuild the Islamic centre are adding up

US: Jewish people in a small Texas city handed Muslim worshippers the keys to their synagogue after the town's only mosque was destroyed in a fire.

The Victoria Islamic Centre burned down on Saturday and had previously been burgled—the cause is being investigated by federal officials.

But the town's Muslim population will not be without a place to worship while their building is reconstructed, thanks to their Jewish neighbours.

Robert Loeb, the president of Temple Bnai Israel, told Forward: "Everyone knows everybody, I know several members of the mosque, and we felt for them. When a calamity like this happens, we have to stand together.

"We have probably 25 to 30 Jewish people in Victoria, and they probably have 100 Muslims. We got a lot of building for a small amount of Jews."

One of the mosque's founders, Shahid Hashmi, said: "Jewish community members walked into my home and gave me a key to the synagogue."



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Prayers and protests as Dallas faithful react to Trump's immigration orders



US: Dozens of Muslim men and women walked down the arrivals corridor on the ground level of Terminal D at DFW International Airport on Sunday, away from the roar of demonstrators.

With men on one side of the baggage carousel and women on the other, the group gathered for Zuhr, the second of five daily prayers. Imam Omar Suleiman, who has been at the forefront of the airport protests, stepped to the front of the group, removed his dress jacket and carefully placed it on the ground in front of him.


The Dallas News

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Medical Mecca: Muslims quietly serving Jacksonville (US) community


Doctors, medical staff providing care to those who can't afford it.


Trump's travel ban hits hospitals hard



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NETHERLANDS IN FLAMES: Islamic centre burnt down in suspected arson attack


The mosque has been set alight by a suspected arsonist in Culemborg, Holland


NETHERLANDS: An Islamic centre has been torched to the ground by a suspected arsonist as emergency services desperately try to save anyone who may have been trapped inside.

There is an existing prayer room at the rear of the building and it is not clear whether anyone was using that at the time of the suspected attack.

It is not clear if anyone has been injured in the blaze or if any arrests have been made.

The fire was said to have spread to two other buildings stocked with heat resistant abstestos.

The building was damaged significantly and part of it collapsed following the blaze.

It is not yet known if someone was inside the building at the time of the fire.  

The Express


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(volume 2)


David Hunt



In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling history, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier.

This was the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep.

True Girt introduces Thomas Davey, the hard-drinking Tasmanian governor who invented the Blow My Skull cocktail, and Captain Moonlite, Australia’s most infamous LGBTI bushranger. Meet William Nicholson, the Melbourne hipster who gave Australia the steam-powered coffee roaster and the world the secret ballot. And say hello to Harry, the first camel used in Australian exploration, who shot dead his owner, the explorer John Horrocks.

Learn how Truganini’s death inspired the Martian invasion of Earth. Discover the role of Hall and Oates in the Myall Creek Massacre. And be reminded why you should never ever smoke with the Wild Colonial Boy and Mad Dan Morgan.







Read Bilal Cleland's review here.


Bilal is an author "and a prominent Australian Muslim scholar and activist".











"There comes a time when you have to choose

between turning the page

and closing the book"       


- Josh Jameson -



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CCN's Bookshelf

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: Butter chicken wraps are tasty and so versatile as an ideal snack to take to picnics, for lunch boxes and for the occasional Sunday brunch.


Butter Chicken Wraps


Ingredients for the dough:

⅓ cup plain yoghurt

2 tab. lemon juice

1 tab. chopped garlic

1 tab. chopped ginger

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tab. ground coriander

½ tsp paprika

salt and pepper

4 chicken breasts, cubed

25 g butter

2 red chilies, chopped

1 can (410 g) tomato purée

Yoghurt, wraps and fresh coriander or lettuce and red sliced onions to serve



1. Preheat the grill to high.
2. In a bowl mix the yoghurt, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, cumin, ground coriander, paprika, salt and pepper
3. Add the chicken cubes and stir to coat.
4. Grill the chicken for 10 minutes.
5. Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat, add the chillies and the grilled
chicken and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Add the tomato purée and simmer for another 5 minutes.
7. Serve the chicken with wraps and fresh coriander, sliced onions and a tab of yoghurt (optional)

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )




Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing

To contact Princess,  
Email:  Phone: 0451977786




Welcome to my new weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

Caring for self is not an option - it is a vital necessity. Self-Care starts with a positive mind. A positive mind is a result of awareness. When you are aware of your habits, your thought patterns and your programmed reactions to life’s triggers, you are able to transform yourself whereby you are no longer living a life on a default mode but rather a life of mindful actions, joy, compassion and gratitude for the abundance ALLAH has bestowed upon us.

In this weekly journey, I intend to touch on topics such as anger, fear, anxiety, obesity, poor self esteem, poor body image and relationships with self and others. With 15 years experience in the field of mental health, specifically through Writing for Wellbeing, I believe I have great tips to share.

We often take our ‘Physical Self’ as the primary self. When it comes to self-care, we need to delve deeper and find the ‘Essential Self’ - our essence. This Essential Self is what dwells inside the physical body.

For example...

When you use words like : “I am angry”, “I am fat”, “I am confused”, “I am hungry” and so on, what you are really saying is that your physical body is angry or fat or confused or hungry. Your energy force, the Essential Self, within you, “I”, is free from anger or hunger or confusion or fat.

When the Essential Self is ignored for too long, the Physical Self begins to show negative symptoms such as anger, confusion, anxiety, fear, accumulation of abdominal fat, lack of sleep, fatigue, worry, increased blood pressure and shallow breathing, to name a few.

To know your Essential Self, you need to be silent for a few minutes and do an Awareness Scan of your Physical Self.

Try it now. As you read this…

Blink your eyelids and feel the inner lids touching the eyeball.
Now, bring your awareness to your neck, your throat, and your shoulders.

Become aware of your hands, your fingers and fingertips. Expand your chest with deep, full breaths in and out a few times.

Bring your awareness to your abdomen, then to your lower back and your thighs. Now try and feel the softness that is underneath your knee-caps.

And finally become aware of your legs down to your feet. Wriggle your toes.

Spend a few minutes daily in silence and acknowledge your Essential Self by doing a body scan similar to the one above. Next week, we will explore what it is to access the Subconscious Mind that dwells within the Essential Self.


Till then, take care of yourselves and spread joy.




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The exercise cost of your favourite food

How to burn off the foods your love

• Feel like some pizza – 1 slice of peperoni pizza = about 308 calories. So pedal for your pizza. Hop on your bike and pedal almost 16 km for a few slices

• 2 Doughnuts = about 578 calories. That amounts to roughly 2 hours of zumba dance classes. So dance for your doughnuts

• 1 Hotdog = 296 calories. Just strap on a backpack and head for the great outdoors. A one-hour hike is what it will take to burn off that hotdog. So hike for your hotdog

• 1 slice of chocolate cake = 537 calories. Get out and walk it off. It’ll take about 2 hours, so cruise that cake off

• A few buttermilk biscuits = 357 calories. Round up some friends and go ten-pin bowling. About 90 minutes of it. So bowl for your biscuits

Remember: 80% diet, 20% exercise. The more you eat, the more you have to move..






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Jalalludin's wife was in the ICU.

Jalalludin was unable to control his tears

Doctor: We are trying our best but can't guarantee anything. Her body is not reacting. It seems she is in a coma.

Jalalludin: Doctor please save her. She is just 30 years old and the family needs her.


Suddenly something happened.


Miraculously, the ECG started beeping like crazy.


A hand moved.


Her lips mumbled.


And she spoke: I'm 29

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An Ayaat-a-Week





On the Day that the Hour (of reckoning) will be established, the transgressors will swear that they did not tarry but an hour: thus were they used to being deluded!
~ Surah Ar-Rum 30:55


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“Nearly all men can stand adversity,

but if you want to test a man's character,

give him power.” 

~ Abraham Lincoln



I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.

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Events and Functions


WA: Swan Valley Fundraiser 4 FEB CI Prof Gillian Triggs 9 FEBRUARY Slacks Creek Fundraising Dinner 25 FEBRUARY Al Kauthar Seminar 11 & 12 MARCH AU Islamic Peace Conference Melbourne 11 12 MARCH Muslim Night Bazaar 11 MARCH


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services


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. All activities are run by professional organisations. Parents only have to pay the cost of the activity if their child wants to participate, which is usually $15-20 (cost price is charged only because this is a not for profit club). Parents are welcome to stay with the kids while they participate. Everyone is welcome to join in with the activities. Older and younger siblings are welcome to join. For most activities the minimum age is 3.


Al Firdaus College Al Firdaus College Young Muslims Club Student Tuition Slacks Creek Hire Shajarah Islamic Education Shajarah Islamic Education Holland Park Mosque Hall Hire Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram High School Subjects Tutoring


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9 February



Prof Gillian Triggs: Challenging Times for Human Rights


Crescent Institute Brisbane

BDO Brisbane, CBD

0407 458 011

6pm for 6.30pm start

4/11/18 February


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

Brisbane Muslim Fellowship

Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue Centre, Griffith University, Nathan

0468 948 222

Feb 4 – 9:30am to 3:30pm
Feb 11 – 10:00am to 3:30pm
Feb 18 – 10:00am to 2pm

19 February


Seminar on Islam and Environmental Stewardship



0413 067 160

Morning (TBA)

25 February


Annual Fund Raising Dinner

Slacks Creek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 669 987


25 February


Self-Care and Clarity of Mind Program

IWAQ & Muslimah Mind Matters

IWAQ Hall, 11 Watland Street, Springwood

0451 977 786

12.30pm to 4pm

11 March


Muslimah Night Bazaar

Muslim Night Bazaar

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0406 273 434

4pm to 9pm

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

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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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 – Mondays at 10am Woodridge area (by Umm Bilal)
Halaqah – Saturdays at 10.30am Woodridge area (by Umm Bilal)
Arabic classes – Wednesdays 1 – 2pm Kuraby Masjid (by Umm Bilal)
Quran Classes - Tuesdays 11am Runcorn area (by Umm Bilal)
Sisters Support Social Group - 1st Wednesday of every Month - varies Locations
Young Muslims Club- - Regular organised activities for school aged boys and girls
Contact : Farah 0432 026 375

Muslimah Girls Youth Group for 10+ Girls (school holiday activities)
Contact : Aliyah 0438840467

Muslima learn to Swim lessons - taught by professional female instructor in a enclosed pool in Underwood area Contact : Farah 0432026375 for more details

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. We also have a variety of whatsapp groups for new Muslim support and for community & class updates please let us know if you would like to be added.

To join our volunteer group or for any other details for activities please call the numbers below…
Aliyah : 0438840467         Khadijah: 0449268375
Farah: 0432026375          Iman: 0449610386

Download the above details here.



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

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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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