Sunday, 12 February 2017


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Aspiring Leaders are off for Umrah

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Crescent Institute hosts Ms Triggs in Brisbane

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

Ban The Burka: The Project

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Murdered backpacker's mother criticises Trump over 'terror' list

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Conference under fire for deleting faces of female speakers

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

India’s Wushu Warrior: SBS Dateline

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Halal certifier sues anti-halal campaigner for defamation

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Challenges navigating Tasmanian public school system

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Useful Links

Imam Guillet's address at Quebec City funeral

Fitria on Food Appears monthly


U.S. Navy Band’s rendition of Arabic song went viral

Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column

Write For Us

Al-Mustapha Institute Welcomes Moulana Faizel Madarun

The CCN Chuckle


Religious groups could have visas cancelled


9 Inspiring Muslim Men Who Ruled 2016
The Linda Sarsour Show
Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Muslims
The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column
Back to the Future with CCN


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The Human Appeal Aspiring Youth program of 15 talented youth are currently performing Umrah.


From Brisbane two young men took part: Hafiz Ali Rane and Furqan Deen (son of Sultana Deen)



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An evening in Brisbane with Professor Gillian Triggs of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

What participants had to say:

Thanks for an evening of inspiration, wisdom, commitment and passion for human rights. May we act on what we heard.

What a wonderful evening. Thanks for hosting Prof Triggs. Her speech was inspiring and insightful. Looking forward to seeing who your next Brisbane speaker will be.



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Kirralie Smith (centre) at the Q Society fundraiser held at North Ryde RSL. Photo: Wolter Peeters

"Let's be honest, I can't stand Muslims," said Larry Pickering, cartoonist and VIP guest at the Q Society fundraising dinner held in Sydney on Thursday night.

"If they are in the same street as me, I start shaking."

Then the cartoonist, who had donated for auction one of his own works depicting the rape of a woman in a niqab by her son-in-law, softened slightly.

"They are not all bad, they do chuck pillow-biters off buildings."

The cartoon fetched $600, which will go towards the legal defence bill of the Q Society's leading members, most notably Kirralie Smith, the charismatic blonde who ran in the last election as a NSW Senate candidate for the Australian Liberty Alliance.

The pro-"halal choice" campaigners, who insist they are against Islam but not Muslims, are being sued for defamation by Halal certifier Mohamed El-Mouelhy.

They frame the case, brought over Mrs Smith's videos about halal certification practices, as an attack on free speech.

They estimate their defence bill will be $1 million.

"Australia is much further down the path of political correctness than most people realise," Q Society president Debbie Robinson told the 160-odd guests, gathered at the North Ryde RSL.

"People are beginning to wake up. Brexit and recent results in the US and Europe are indicative of the rise of conservatism.



Former Liberal MP and Sky News host Ross Cameron at the Sydney fundraiser on Thursday night. Photo: Wolter Peeters

"What we are doing is right and we are righteous."

On Friday night, another fundraiser will be held in Melbourne, where the VIP guests slated include Liberal Party defector Cory Bernardi and LNP MP George Christensen, who remains in the Turnbull government tent.



Cartoonist Larry Pickering at the fundraiser. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Supporters of the movement believe they speak for a silent majority who fear the impact of Islam on Australian society, and are fed up with political correctness.

They associate strongly with the rise of Donald Trump – one man seated near Fairfax Media wore a "Deplorable" T-shirt which he pointed to proudly whenever the US president was mentioned by speakers, which was frequently.

The event was emceed by singer Angry Anderson, who kept the crowd amused with a constant patter about his ex-wife ("She said I was a violent man because I ate red meat, but that's a story for my next book…").

Other VIP speakers included former Liberal MP Ross Cameron and crime fiction author Gabrielle Lord.

Mr Cameron, who has a television show on Sky News, constantly mentioned homosexuality in his speech.

He spoke about the classical philosophers, who valued reason over orthodoxy, and said Socrates "might have had a bit of same-sex attraction".

He said the Roman emperor Hadrian had a young male lover who "fell off the back of a barge".

"I'm sure he was snorting coke at the time," Mr Cameron said.

"The NSW division of the Liberal Party is basically a gay club," he told guests.

"I don't mind that they are gay, I just wish, like Hadrian, they would build a wall."

In a rambling speech, Mr Cameron moved onto Marcus Aurelius, who "said it was better to exist than not exist – that's one of the reasons I'm quite attracted to heterosexuality".

Mr Cameron said too often debate is shut down by people who say "the person who doesn't agree with me is a bad, evil, bigoted, redneck, racist xenophobe".

He likened Kirralie Smith to Copernicus, who took on the orthodoxy of the time "supported by a big propaganda machine of largely taxpayer-funded money", and said we needed leaders who wanted something more than to be "applauded on the stage" – a comment which drew applause.

"That, in the end, is what I admire most about Kirralie and Debbie and [cartoonist] Bill Leak …and Larry Pickering, Cory Bernardi," he said.

"There could not be a more authentic expression of the goodness of Australian than Kirralie Smith."

Novelist Gabrielle Lord, whose latest novel is about forced marriage in a Muslim community, said she had met many Muslim women who had been abused and persecuted.

"Brothers and sisters, there is a war on and unfortunately…we are caught a little unaware because they were better prepared than we are," Lord told the crowd, apparently referring to Muslims.

Her publishers had asked her to include "more attractive Muslim characters" and more about the "positives" of Islam.

She took this as a sign people are too frightened to speak the truth about Islam – something she could understand as offending Muslims could lead to "bricks thrown through windows and rioting".

Lord spoke lovingly of the institutions built by Western society and said "the other mob only build one kind of building, as you know".



Photo: Wolter Peeters

Another Larry Pickering cartoon auctioned depicted an imam as a pig, being roasted on a spit, with a "halal certified" stamp on its rump. A case of wine called "72 Virgins" was also up for grabs, along with a signed photograph of Dame Joan Sutherland.

Ms Smith addressed the dinner briefly at the end, passionately detailing stories of people persecuted by Islam around the world.

She said she was anti-Islam, not anti-Muslims, and said she did not incite violence, but exposed the people who incited violence.

The prophet Mohammed was violent, and "five times a day Muslims are praying to be like him and that is unacceptable".

In keeping with the tactics of Mr Trump, the media was derided by many of the speakers. The ABC was referred to as "the enemy station" and Mr Cameron made special mention of reporters present from the "Sydney Morning Homosexual".

"Trigger warning for the Herald, there are heterosexuals in the room…I have to warn you there are some males who are attracted to females in this room."

Mr Cameron also joked the Herald's editorial board would have not objected to the Carthaginians' practice of child burning, for reasons of political correctness.

When contacted Friday morning, Ms Smith said she did not know how much money the dinner had raised for the cause.

The Age



Senator Sam Dastyari's letter to the Prime Minister





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Jacqui Lambie wants to ban the burqa. So what's the big beef with this item of clothing?



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Rosie Ayliffe says president is wrongly using daughter’s death in Australia to further ‘persecution of innocent people’

The mother of a murdered British backpacker has accused Donald Trump of using “fake news” about her daughter’s death to further the “persecution of innocent people” by falsely claiming she was the victim of a terrorist attack.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, and Tom Jackson, 30, were killed in a knife attack at a hostel in Queensland, Australia, last August. Smail Ayad, 29, from France, has been charged with their murder.

In a defiant open letter to Trump, Rosie Ayliffe pointed out that police discounted the possibility that the attack was terrorism related despite reports that the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the stabbing.

In a defiant open letter to Trump, Rosie Ayliffe pointed out that police discounted the possibility that the attack was terrorism related despite reports that the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the stabbing.

Ayliffe, who wrote The Rough Guide to Turkey travel book, said: “I’ve lived and worked in Muslim countries. And I was perfectly happy for my daughter to travel in a Muslim country. She wasn’t killed in a Muslim country. She was killed in a Christian country, by a French national. It was not a racist, or a terror attack.”

She added: “Trump hasn’t just got Mia’s death wrong. He’s got everything wrong regarding Islam and immigration. What he really needs to do is visit some of these countries and learn about their cultures.”

She said of Trump’s travel ban: “This vilification of whole nation states and their people based on religion is a terrifying reminder of the horror that can ensue when we allow ourselves to be led by ignorant people into darkness and hatred.”

The Guardian



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The faces of psychologist Monique Toohey, social worker Nina Trad Azam and Islamic teacher Umm Jamaal ud-Din were each blanked out in the promotional flyer

Organisers of an Islamic conference in Melbourne have sparked outrage for publishing a promotional flyer with the faces of female speakers blacked out.

Australian Islamic Peace Conference planners came under fire for putting out the flyer advertising speakers at their conference to be held next month.
The pamphlet featured the often smiling faces of 12 male speakers, including controversial Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman and prominent community spokesman Keysar Trad.

But critics were furious the faces of three female speakers - psychologist Monique Toohey, social worker Nina Trad Azam and Islamic teacher Umm Jamaal ud-Din - had been replaced with shadowy veils.

'It's backwards and inappropriate,' said a person with knowledge of the conference planning.


'These are knowledgeable and professional women - this reduces them to faceless beings'.

The source said some prominent Islamic women in Melbourne had protested the flyer to organisers.

Several people in the Islamic community were scathing in their criticism on Facebook.

'When Muslim women are made further invisible by our community bloody oathe,' wrote psychologist Hanan Dover.

'This flyer is wrong on so many levels,' said another Facebook commenter. A third said: 'This is unbelievable'.




A spokesman for organisers the Islamic Research and Education Academy (IREA) apologised for the upset the 'faceless' flyer had caused.

Wasseem Razvi told Daily Mail Australia they had been trying to protect the women from right-wing extremism.

'Muslim women are particularly (being) humiliated and targeted in our streets, threatened and abused on social media,' he said.

'Due to the growing Islamophobia our campaign team wanted to be extra cautious with female guests so they wouldn't be targeted in the streets.'

So the organisation decided to put their first flyer out without images of the female speakers.



The faces of Monique Toohey (left) and social worker Nina Trad Azam (right) were inexplicably not included in the poster - instead replaced with blacked-out faces in veils. Psychologist Monique Toohey told Melbourne radio station 3AW she had a 'roll my eyes moment' when she realised what happened. 'I've actually pulled out of the conference,' Ms Toohey said.

'We didn't want to make it so easy for them to get abused,' Mr Razvi said.
Mr Razvi said the organisers apologised if people believed the poster had been inappropriate.

'We apologise for that, we never wanted anybody to feel this was inappropriate.'

He said the women had since given their permission for their pictures to be put in campaign posters in the future and they were forthcoming.

In a statement, Mr Razvi added: 'IREA would like to assure the community of the respectful nature of the event and its organisers.

'Indeed, IREA welcomes any members of the community who may have misgivings or misunderstandings about Islam, Muslims or even this event to attend any relevant session and seek clarification from the many qualified Islamic & faith speakers present.

'As with all of IREA’s events, the conference is being held in good faith and with genuine intentions.

'All are welcome to attend, and we look forward to greeting you on the day. '
Ms Azam and Ms Toohey declined to comment. Umm Jamaal ud-Din was also approached for comment on Wednesday.

The Guardian



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What happens when cultural tradition clashes with a young person’s dream?

Dateline meets a Muslim girl whose passion for martial arts is raising difficult questions for her family.

Airdate: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 21:30
Channel: SBS



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Kirralie Smith

A defamation case between a halal certifier and an anti-halal campaigner in the New South Wales Supreme Court is being closely watched by some of the country's highest profile conservative politicians.

On one side is Kirralie Smith, a leading figure in anti-Islam party Australian Liberty Alliance, and founder of the Halal Choices website.

"My primary concern, and why I started Halal Choices seven years ago, was because most halal certified foods are not clearly labelled, so the consumer is paying the fees without their consent," she told 7.30.

She is concerned that money collected through the certification of halal food could be directed into organisations which promote terrorism.

On the other side is Mohamed El-Mouelhy, president of the Halal Certification Authority.

"Halal certification is an industry and it is bringing in a few billion dollars. Last year I think it was about $13 billion. It is a requirement by all Muslim countries," he told 7.30.

He said that what he did with his money was of no concern to anyone else.

"What I do with my money is my business," Mr El-Mouelhy said.

"Everybody supports their own faith, so why is supporting my own faith wrong but supporting other faiths is right?"

'I have every right to sue'

Mr El-Mouelhy is suing Ms Smith for defamation over a number of online videos she presented for the Q Society, another anti-Islam group affiliated with the Australian Liberty Alliance.

"When you make false exaggerations I have every right to sue and sue everybody that has supported her and paid for her video," he said.

But for Ms Smith and her supporters it is a matter of free speech, and she is now counter-suing Mr El-Mouelhy.

"There have been ongoing social media posts that are defamatory to us, and we see that is the best way to bring these issues to the public," she said.

"He says he can back up his claims that I'm a racist and a bigot, and we'll see whether he can.

"But I'm pretty confident I'm not a racist or a bigot. I'm simply criticising an ideology, I'm not criticising a people, group or an individual."

Defamation lawyer Jeremy Zimet said the online space was quickly emerging as a new frontier for defamation cases.

"It's important for observers to realise that there are consequences for posting publications online, whether it's on social media or review sites," he said.

George Christensen will speak at a fundraiser to pay for Kirralie Smith's court costs.

Ms Smith's opinions and political aspirations have caught the eye of conservative figures within Australian politics, including Coalition MP George Christensen, who will speak at a fundraiser to pay for Ms Smith's court costs.

"I'm backing Kirralie Smith because she is raising legitimate concerns that many members of the public share around halal certification, what the money behind halal certification actually goes to," Mr Christensen said.

"If she is ever inclined to join the LNP and the National Party then maybe there is a future for Kirralie in Canberra."

The court case begins this month.




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Muhammad Wasim and Anjum Shanheen Khan with their sons, Zeerak Abdullah (far left) and Yahya Admed

Five-year-old Yahya's first year of school in Tasmania was full of lessons — not only for him, but for his parents and his new school too.

Originally from Pakistan, Yahya arrived in Hobart five years ago with his parents; they have come to the island state so his father, Muhammad Wasim, can study at the University of Tasmania.

Yahya's mum, Anjum Shaheen Khan, said she spent a lot of time searching for the best school for her son, and ended up choosing one with a high academic ranking.

But she said she did not think about how diverse the school's population was.

"When I was selecting the school, there were so many reasons to select this school, but I missed this point that there are not many Muslim families there," she said.

Ms Khan and her family follow Islam and Ms Khan chooses to wear a niqab.

"Most of the parents used to look at me like I was a real alien from Mars; sometimes their looks and stuff, I'm sorry to say, were crazy," she said.

"It makes life a bit tasking — and if it's tasking for me, what do you think [it's like] for a five-year-old? How tasking is life going to be for them?"

Ms Khan said the school worked hard to accommodate her family and their faith.

But at times, classroom activities — such as music and dancing — conflicted with the family's religious beliefs and this caused confusion for young Yahya, Ms Khan said.

"He kept asking, 'Am I allowed to do this, am I allowed to do that? Can I eat this? Why can't I do that?'" she said.

The last term of the year was particularly trying for Ms Khan and her family as her son's class spent time doing activities around the theme of Christmas.

"We respect others celebrating [Christmas], but we are not permitted [under Islam to celebrate it]," Ms Khan said.

"Ideologically we cannot do this."

Ms Khan said she sometimes felt she was in a "blind alley" navigating an education system she was unfamiliar with.

"Sometimes we don't understand what the system demands from us and what we should do and where they are trying to place us," she said.

Ms Khan said she wanted to talk about her experience to help all Tasmanian schools better understand how to help families like hers adjust.

"If they are welcoming to different cultures and different religions ... they should at least consider the families who are not allowed to [participate in] all of these things," she said.

"For their kids, there should be some alternative there."

All beliefs, religions welcomed

In a statement, the Tasmanian Department of Education said public schools recognise and value the diversity of all beliefs and religions.

"[Students] are accommodated with educational adjustments including alternate learning activities to ensure the skills outlined in the Australian curriculum are developed," the statement said.

"This includes alternative activities being provided at Christmas and Easter time for students from other faiths, recognising the increasing diversity of beliefs amongst the Tasmanian community.

"In relation to students of Muslim faith, it is common to have adjustments to uniform and sporting activities, as well as recognition of key holidays such as Ramadan, prayer rooms and separate eating times/spaces if required."

Ms Khan said she appreciated the work the school's principal and her son's teacher did put in last year, helping accommodate his needs where possible.

But some things remain a challenge.

For example, the school has no dedicated space for midday prayers. Yahya has had to pray near the washrooms when no other room has been free.

Nevertheless, Ms Khan's youngest son Zeerak will start kinder at that same school this year.

"I appreciate the school ... I appreciate the teachers," Ms Khan said.

"I'm hopeful that it will be a bit more easy, in that I've already passed one year and I'm going to be taking things a bit easier for myself, for my kids.

"I'm going to be giving [them] a bit more ease ... and I'm expecting the same from the teachers and the school as well.

"I really want to ask one more thing — that giving a very warm welcome [to] people like us can be like giving us a bit of space to breathe in an easier way."

Source: ABC



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Part of sermon during funeral for Muslim shooting victims

Read his English address at Friday's funeral of Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Azzeddine Soufiane

Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder following Sunday night's shooting. None of the allegations against him has been proven in court.

The following is a direct transcript of Imam Hassan Guillet's English address to the Quebec City convention centre during the funeral for three of the six victims of Sunday night's mosque shooting:

We are here to celebrate Khaled, Aboubaker, Abdelkrim, Azzedine, Mamadou, Ibrahima.

We are going to have a prayer for those who could not finish their prayers. We pray for them.

Those [who] didn't choose their place of birth.

I don't think anyone in this hall selected their place of birth. And no one on the face of this earth selected their place of birth.

But Khaled, Aboubaker, Abdelkrim, Azzedine, Mamadou and Ibrahima they selected the place they wanted to live in. They selected the society they wanted to be their society.

They selected with whom they wanted their children to grow. And it was Canada. It was Quebec. It was the city of Quebec in the same way they selected Quebec.

They chose Quebec to live in, and they chose the Canadian passport.

It is up to the society to choose them the same way they have chosen this society.

They had their dream to send their kids to school, to buy a house, to have a business and we have to continue their dreams. We have to continue their dreams the same way they extended their hands to the others. It is up to others to extend their hands toward them.

Now unfortunately, it is a little bit late. But not too late.

The society that could not protect them, the society that could not benefit from their generosity still has a chance. The hands that didn't shake the hands of Khaled or Aboubaker or Abdelkrim or Azzedine or Mamadou or Ibrahima, that society can shake the hands of their kids.

We have 17 orphans. We have six widows. We have five wounded.

'Alexandre, before being a killer he was a victim himself. Before planting his bullets in the heads of his victims, somebody planted ideas more dangerous than the bullets in his head.' - Imam Hassan Guillet

We ask Allah for them to get them out of the hospital as soon as possible.

Did I go through the complete list of victims? No.

There is one victim. None of us want talk about him.

But given my age, I have the courage to say it. This victim, his name is Alexandre Bissonnette.

Alexandre, before being a killer he was a victim himself. Before planting his bullets in the heads of his victims, somebody planted ideas more dangerous than the bullets in his head.

This little kid didn't wake up in the morning and say 'Hey guys instead of going to have a picnic or watching the Canadiens, I will go kill some people in the mosque.' It doesn't happen that way.

Day after day, week after week, month after month, certain politicians unfortunately, and certain reporters unfortunately, and certain media were poisoning our atmosphere.

We did not want to see it. We didn't want to see it because we love this country, we love this society. We wanted our to society to be perfect. We were like parents, their kids [are] smoking or taking drugs and your neighbour says that your kid was taking drugs, I don't believe it, my son is perfect.

We don't want to see it. And we didn't see it, and it happened.

Actually here my friends in Quebec, you know a couple of months ago, a certain period of time ago, someone came and put a head of a pig in front of the mosque.

The [person] responsible for the mosque they said 'No, it was an isolated act.' Nobody is against us and we aren't against anybody. They acted very generously and I am proud of them and this is what it should be.

But there was a certain malaise. Let us face it. Alexandre Bissonnette didn't start from a vacuum. For political reasons, and what is happening the Middle East and unfortunately, for ignorance, a lot of things happened.

This guy was empoisoned. But we want Alexandre to be the last one to have a criminal act like that. We want to stop it. One of the definitions of madness is to do exactly the same thing and expect a different result.

If we do exactly the same thing, my friends, we will have exactly the same result. Are we happy with the result? Are we happy with six dead, five wounded, 17 orphans, six widows and a destroyed family which is the family of Alexandre Bissonnette and maybe his friends too?

We don't want that. So let us change. I am getting encouraged with what we have heard from our Prime Minister and Premier, from our mayor yesterday, from a lot of our leaders, I am very proud and I thank them, and I am not surprised.

But all I am saying, we should start changing words into actions. We should build on this tragedy.

God gave us a lemon, let's make lemonade out of that. Let's make lemonade. Let's build on this negative and have a positive.

Let's go from today to be a real society, united. The same way we are united today in our sorrow and in our pain, let us start today to be united in our dreams, our hopes and our plans for the future.

Let the future that our friends planned for their kids, let us build this future ourselves too. In this way we will respect their memory. Revenge will do nothing.

'We don't have enemies. We have some people who don't know us.' - Imam Hassan Guillet

Like I said in Arabic, our prophet was persecuted, thrown out of his town. He was alone. Eight years after that he came back to this town with 10,000 people.

Less than two years after that, when he did the last pilgrimages in life, he was accompanied with 120,000 people. From where did these 120,000 people come from in a period of 10 years?

Not from the planet Mars. Not from another universe. It was the same people who were his enemies. The people who wanted to kill him. The people who were persecuting him and his friends and his sympathizers.

He transformed his enemies into his friends, into his followers. Now we don't have enemies. I repeat we don't have enemies. We have some people who don't know us. It should be easier to explain to these people who do not know us, it is easier to let them know who we are.

Mr. Trudeau let me address you, you have your immigration minister here. He is Muslim like me. Is he different than the others? I don't think so.

We are citizens like every other citizens. We have the same rights and we have the same obligations. We should build this country together.

In this way, we respect the memory of our dead. In this way, we take care of our orphans, in this way we will be good Muslims, we will be good Canadians, we will be good Quebecers.


CBC News



Canadians form 'rings of peace' around mosques after Quebec shooting


People form a ‘ring of peace’ in front of the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre in Toronto.

Hundreds across Canada gathered around mosques to form protective barriers – described by organisers as “human shields” and “rings of peace” – as Muslims in the country marked their first Friday prayers since a gunman shot dead six men who were praying at a Quebec mosque.

“No Canadian should be afraid to go to their house of worship to pray,” Yael Splansky, the rabbi behind the effort to set up “rings of peace” around Toronto mosques told the Canadian Press. “It’s a terrifying scene. Imagine people of faith going to pray in peace, to pray for peace, and to be at risk. Houses of worship are sacred and must be protected.”

Hundreds of people in Toronto – many of them belonging to local synagogues, churches and temples – stood shoulder-to-shoulder outside seven of the city’s mosques on Friday during midday prayers. In Ottawa and Edmonton, similar “rings of peace” were set up around local mosques.



The Guardian



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US Navy often performs the music of other nations in their own language. Here is Feha Haga Helwa, a song members of the Navy Band performed for Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, chief of staff of Egypt's armed forces, and his staff, during a visit to the U.S. earlier this year.



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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane welcomed Moulana Faizel Madarun from the Netherlands as the new Moulana and Head of Religious Affairs for the Institute.


Moulana Faizel is a highly renowned scholar who has developed an extensive package of educational workshops and courses to promote Islam within the community.



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Greens criticise new bill it says gives immigration minister ‘extreme vetting’ powers to cancel visas of people based on place of birth, passport or religion



Immigration minister Peter Dutton would be given ‘excessive powers’ that could adversely affect refugees under a proposed new bill, say legal experts.

Entire nationalities, ethnic groups, or people of religious or political affiliations could be forced to have their Australian visas “revalidated” – and possibly cancelled by the immigration minister – under new powers currently proposed before parliament.

The sweeping, unchallengeable powers have been condemned by migration experts, who unanimously told a Senate committee the powers were unjustified, too broad and could be used to target specific nationalities or groups lawfully living in Australia.

Passed through the House of Representatives on Thursday, the Migration Amendment (visa revalidation and other measures) bill is expected to face significant opposition in the Senate, where the vote is likely to be close.

The Guardian



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The “Reviving the Islamic Spirit” (RIS) convention has its origins as a gathering place for Muslims in the West to overcome contemporary challenges of communication and integration. After fifteen years as a site for joint spiritual introspection in a society where Muslims are the minority, RIS will make its debut appearance in Kuala Lumpur, in a society with a history of multi-faith existence amidst Muslims forming the numerical majority. The location has changed, but the aim of reviving the Islamic tradition of education, tolerance and introspection through points of commonality and respect, remains. Indeed, the RIS precepts of compassion, spirituality and honest sharing are desperately needed across the confines of geography. In Kuala Lumpur, RIS retains its deeply embraced feature as a place where a wide range of voices from across the world come together. With the theme “1400 Years of Clarity: Restoring Faith in the Modern Age,” RIS in Kuala Lumpur welcomes all who seek to revive the spirit and elevate their awareness of what it means to be a seeker of knowledge and an active, dynamic member of society.


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 Primary and Secondary Counsellor/Chaplain Recruitment



The AIIC is seeking a qualified and experienced primary and secondary Counsellor/Chaplain for the academic year, 2017. This position will entail travel between all 3 AIIC Campuses.

The roles and responsibilities of a chaplain could include:

• providing support in areas such as student attendance, engagement and mental health
• providing students, their families and staff with support and/or appropriate referrals in difficult situations such as during times of grief, or when students are facing personal or emotional challenges
• providing pastoral care and guidance to students about values and ethical matters, referring students, or sourcing appropriate services to meet their needs, which may involve access to services in the community
• supporting students and staff to create an environment which promotes the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development and wellbeing of all students
• supporting students and staff to create an environment of cooperation and mutual respect, and promoting an understanding of diversity within the range of cultures and relevant traditions.

- Interested candidates should kindly forward a CV and contact details to
- Email:
- Applications close on 25 February 2017
- PH: 3372 - 1400


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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.


Abdullah Hammoud

This year, Abdullah Hammous was the first Arab American Muslim to win a seat in the State House of Representatives in Dearborn, Michigan. During the primaries, he faced a lot of discrimination from the community members for being a Muslim.


When the first campaign flyer was set out announcing Hammoud’s candidacy, it came back ripped up in the mail, with a note attached saying: “No more Arabs, no more Muslims. Go back to your country.”


However, the 26 year-old campaigned hard about healthcare, the environment, education and transportation, and he won the seat.



Source: MVSLIM



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The Linda Sarsour Show | Ep. 007 | #FlyingWhileMuslim



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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

Ice Cube


Born O’Shea Jackson, Ice Cube has many feathers in his cap as a rapper, actor, record producer and filmmaker. The N.W.A member also happens to be a Muslim, having converted in the 90s. Though he has been previously associated with the Nation of Islam, Cube has been cryptic about it. He has stated that he believes in the spiritual aspect of Islam – the connection between him and God – and not the traditions and rituals associated with his faith.




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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 Arab Spring has intensified the turn away from the traditional centres of Islamic teaching as leading religious figures in places like Egypt have become apologists for the authoritarian regimes that crushed the revolution.

“On a moral level, you have a big problem. The figures you were previously looking to for religious knowledge are now supporting political decisions that you think are very obviously terrible,” says Jonathan Brown of Georgetown University, author of the recent book Misquoting Muhammad. “One of the biggest changes in Islam, at least at an intellectual level, since 2013 has been that Muslim scholars in America have really been more and more on their own, which I think is good; they’re forced to think about things on their own.”

The growth of homegrown centres of Islamic learning means that tomorrow’s imams may not even need to leave the borders of the United States to get their religious education; institutions such as Zaytuna College and Bayan Claremont in California, AlMaghrib Institute and Bayyinah in Texas, and Chicago’s American Islamic College are providing those same opportunities.

Back in the traditional centres of learning abroad, there is a sometimes grudging acknowledgement that the baton is gradually being passed, even in Shiite Islam, where the Iranian ayatollahs play a role much more akin to that of the Catholic clergy in dictating orthodoxy.

“I speak to scholars there, and they say, ‘It’s up to you to come up with solutions to these things,’” reports Hadi Qazwini, a Shiite Muslim doctoral student at the University of Southern California who spent years studying at Qom’s Islamic seminary. “There is recognition, I think, slowly but surely that Muslims in the United States also have a developing authority to find solutions for the various challenges that they’re facing.”

To Indonesian-born Imam Shamsi Ali, who stood with then-President George W. Bush at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11 but ultimately ran afoul of the traditionalists for his dedication to interfaith dialogue, that’s very good news. “People around the world look to America as the superpower, and I think American Muslims can play an important role to balance the Saudis’ ridged interpretation of Islam,” he says.


Muslim clerics in America spend a lot of their time working to prevent radicalization.

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?

Nadeem Mazen, City Councillor in Cambridge in Massachusetts

“The most important thing in our lives as Americans are our economic futures, the other aspect that we look at solely within the Muslim community is this vendetta against Muslim civic organising and Muslim legal defence – this idea that Muslims have to be attacked by Breitbart, be taken apart by legislation, and that very clever manoeuvres are being introduced almost inconsequential seeming manoeuvres.”

“I’m not so worried about certain aspects of Trump’s promises and agenda on the campaign trail, what I’m really worried about is the longstanding mission to demonise the ‘other’ which is very much in full swing. And the press is more interested in Trump’s incendiary statements than the actual process of rolling back anti-American sentiments. It’s anti-American to ruin someone’s religious and spiritual life. It’s anti-American to target organisations of a certain religious affiliation.”

“One of the most important things we can do is educate journalists on their role. The role of journalists is not to place the clickbait headline. Trump is willing to be dishonest and escalate the statements to continue to garner the highest level of attention and dissemination. This has emboldened and has supported his candidacy and ultimately his election in a way that has taken our journalistic assets from us. Journalism is a truth seeking process that must be reclaimed.”

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: Imraan Siddiqi, Executive Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations     

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Solidly middle-class, better educated than average, likely to be in a stable relationship and either studying or employed: that’s the face of an Islamic State convert.

New report shows the real face of Islamic State terror converts

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute recently released a report titled The American Face of ISIS, which it commissioned in the hope of better understanding terror converts in Australia.

The larger number of converts in America charged with an Islamic State-related incident or travelling to the Middle East in order to fight with the terrorist group provided more statistical certainty than could be achieved using Australian data only. The report is to be followed with a study of the societal traits of Australians charged with terror-related incidents.

The evidence roundly contradicts Australian government messaging on Countering Violent Extremism which has painted converts to Islamic State as impoverished, lonely outsiders with little education and low job prospects.

The study examined 112 cases of individuals who perpetrated ISIS-related offences. The majority were US citizens.

The report found that Islamic State videos, well known for their high production values and cinematic qualities, played a central role in radicalisation and all offenders were likely to have watched execution videos, including the infamous burning alive of a Jordanian pilot.

The ultra-violence of the videos, including crucifixions, stonings, graphic beheadings and ritualised mass shootings, attracted recruits worldwide.

Walker Gunning, the executive director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats which conducted the research, told The New Daily those charged with terrorist activities looked much like average Americans, including frequently having spouses and families.

The research confirms the Australian experience: 18-year-old suicide bomber Jake Bilardi left behind a blog showing him to be thoughtful and highly intelligent; the 17-year-old son of a doctor was among an affluent group of teens arrested in 2015 for plotting a Mother’s Day massacre.

“While it is common to claim that terrorists are societal outcasts, we didn’t find that to be the case,” Mr Gunning said. “This information is important because without knowing who is attracted to ISIS, the US or Australian governments cannot effectively craft counter-messages.

“Stopping online propaganda represents an unprecedented challenge for law enforcement. Whereas before, Al-Qaeda had to recruit members face to face, American ISIS supporters are self-radicalising through viewing videos in the privacy of their own homes, sometimes with small groups of friends or family.”

Jacinta Carroll, head of the Counter-Terrorism Policy Centre at ASPI, who contributed to the report, told The New Daily she expected the American findings would hold true for Australia.

“The appropriate targeting of Countering Violent Extremism programs is challenging for both the Australian government and those delivering programs, and a number of organisations are approaching this new data with great interest,” she said.

“Australian and American converts are often attracted by online propaganda, while association with other radicals remains an important part of the story.

“As in America, cases in Australia to date demonstrate a feeling of being associated with a larger cause, the establishment of a ‘so-called’ caliphate and establishing a particular, narrow, form of Islam.

Ms Carroll said blocking Islamic State propaganda was difficult.

“Rather than playing whack-a-mole with extremist videos, in the current environment we need to focus in particular on our own messaging … the terrible experience of Muslim societies have experienced living under ISIS, and the real and extremely positive benefits of liberal democracies, including human rights-based law and respect.”

Dr Clarke Jones, a terrorism expert at the Australian National University who has worked extensively with Muslim communities, told The New Daily those involved in so-called plots such as the Christmas Day terror plot targeting Federation Square and St Paul’s Cathedral often came from strong family backgrounds.

“Without a doubt, many involved in these types of activities are remarkably normal,” he said. “They can be both lovely and misguided kids. It is a real shame they go and do stupid things.

“It is going to get worse, particularly with the current rise of the extreme right of politics. Whether we like it or not, we have to place greater effort on understanding and then addressing what is making these kids feel the way they do.

“Even with a good job, or a school, they are feeling they are not part of society because they are Muslim.

“Having a sense of belonging and connectedness is the key factor to countering violent extremism and crime in general.

“It’s getting to the point that many community groups won’t have a bar of government or police.

“Western governments play a part in the rise of the popularity of Islamic State because the more they whip up the terrorist threat, the more it increases the terrorist threat. The government really needs to reassess the dimensions of the threat and look for long-term solutions.”

The New Daily



Lindsay Lohan opens up about Islam on Kuwaiti talk show

American actress Lindsay Lohan has appeared on Kuwaiti talk show, Swar Shoaib, and opened up to host Shoaib Rashid about her thoughts on Islam.

During the program, the 30-year-old actress described the criticism she had received after a photo of her holding the Quran in New York City in 2015 went viral.

"My intention wasn't to hold a religious book. I was just holding a religious book, but people in America didn't like it, they judged me for it and were saying nasty things. [The Quran was] a solace and a safe thing for me to have," said Lohan.

Lohan also said that she has read 15 pages of the Quran in English, but that she practices writing some verses in Arabic, "I also listen to the Quran on my phone, I have an app."

When Rashid asked how she felt when she read the Quran, Lohan said, "I feel calmness."

Lohan added that she had started praying the Islamic way and that she had fasted for three days during Ramadan. "I did Ramadan for three days with my friend from Kuwait, it was hard but it was good. It felt good," she said.

In January, Lohan deleted all of her photos on Instagram leaving only the note, "Alaikum salam" but she neither confirmed nor denied a change in religion during the interview.

The Daily Sabah



The day of my conversion (30 May 2015) at Darul Arqam

Why I converted to Islam
Nur Jihan

This has been sitting in my draft for the longest time. I initially had the idea of writing this because there appears to be a lot of assumptions being made on the circumstances that surrounded my conversion. So here goes!

Not a lot of people know about this but I was pretty unhappy few years back, after I graduated from university. I would have sudden panic attacks where I would be paranoid about my parents meeting harm. One incident was particularly bad. My father had gone to China. I was telling my mum that he hasn't whatsapped us for two days, which was unusual.

I couldn't barely sleep that night and in the rare moments that I did, I would be rudely awakened by a dream of a car crash or the metallic smell of blood. I still couldn't sleep at 6am, so I tried calling my father's phone but it wouldn't get through. Probably because my plan only allowed local calls. I waited till my mum stirred in her sleep to ask her for her phone. The call went through this time but I got an automated message saying that the phone number was no longer in use. That only added to my anxiety.

I whatsapped, SMSed and emailed my dad - just trying to get any response I could. 12 noon and I still got no reply. I was a mess. Thoughts were running through my head, mostly of regret. I thought of the times I was rude to my father, and how I would always refuse to accompany him whenever he wanted company to have dinner, supper or drop by the supermarket or petrol station.

It was only in the afternoon, at about 1 or 2pm, when my mother told me that my father had called back after receiving my messages. He thought something bad had happened at home. She assured him that everything was fine, and I was just worried that he had not contacted us for 2 days.

My mum asked if I wanted to speak to him on the phone. I declined. I didn't know what to say to him. I ran into the toilet and cried, overwhelmed with relief.

I remained kind of unhappy after that, not doing much to change things as they were. I slowly started to realize that maybe I was disappointed at the person that I was? I was always nice to friends, but I never gave my parents the love I thought they deserved and it was eating me up.

This had never bothered me before but perhaps growing up and graduating from university made me realize some things? It was as if something snapped in me and made me aware of this gaping hole that I never knew I had and left me very unfulfilled about my life.

I would hear Aizat talk about the funny things that happened at home with his family and I would get jealous. They were so close. I don't even remember the last time I hugged or kissed my parents, let alone enjoy a meal out with them. Our outings were always quiet and tense and not much fun. I always dreaded them.

I didn't know how to turn things around.

A friend got to know about my situation and recommended that I attend a life coaching program. I was so desperate to feel better that I dragged another friend along with me. We spent almost $3000 on the program to 'fix' ourselves.

It wasn't very useful in retrospect. Sure, during those 3 days you witness miraculous changes in your attitude and mood, but I wouldn't liken it to anything more than having a great holiday with friends.

Long story short. Life coaching programs aren't what they shout to be, at least to me.

What I did take away from the program was the call I made to my mum (as part of the Acts of Courage we were required to do everyday) to ask for her blessings, and if she would be fine with me embracing Islam. She told me that all she wanted was for me to be happy and she hoped that I would make the decision for myself and not under the pressure of others.

Perhaps the best part of the program were the similarities I drew between the program and Islam. One example was how the program required us to do 5 daily ritual/routines that were meant to be meditative and instill discipline. That sounded a lot like the 5 daily prayers Muslims had to perform every day! There were many other aspects and reflections I had of the program that reminded me of Islam.

I thought to myself, why was I spending money on a program to make myself happier when I could get it for free by learning more about Islam? And why was relying on a 3 day course for guidance when I had something more permanent I could depend on?

That was when I thought, screw this program, let's see what Islam offers. And I haven't stopped learning about Islam since. And what a change my life has been!

I'm happier now. I can hug and kiss my parents freely. I learnt how to put my parents before my needs - sometimes! But it's a start! I'm starting to become the person, the daughter, the sister, and the friend I want to be. 

The Radiant Muslim


Edinburgh Central Mosque is one of over 150 taking part in Visit My Mosque

Donald Trump thinks Islam is incompatible with the West. Britain's mosques prove otherwise

UK: Prince Charles spoke earlier this week warning of how the horrific lessons of the Second World War "seem to be in increasing danger of being forgotten". It resonated in a week where the US president’s "Muslim Ban" has caused so much division, where turning vulnerable people away has rightly elicited protests worldwide.

Prince Charles highlighted the importance of reaching "across the boundaries of faith and community; to extend a helping hand wherever one might be needed." This message is relevant for all of us, no less so for Muslims in the West who are on high alert following the terrorist attack against a Canadian mosque that killed six people. It comes amid an already hostile atmosphere against Muslims where we are seen as different, alien and not part of this country.

In this poisonous atmosphere of fear and distrust it would be understandable for Muslims to hunker down and turn in on themselves just to survive. But that would be giving in to the bigots. Instead we Muslims should remind ourselves that we are at our best when we reach out, share our faith and welcome fellow citizens into our home.

That is why this Sunday over 150 mosques around the country are participating in Visit My Mosque day. For the third consecutive year, mosques will be welcoming in their neighbours for tea, biscuits, and an opportunity to build bridges and talk about their faith beyond the negative headlines.

Unlike Trump’s immigration ban, Visit My Mosque day does not discriminate your entry based on your religion. Men, women and children of all faiths and none will be welcome.

Some may worry about what to do at mosques, whether women have equal access, or question certain practices in our faith. These are all valid concerns, but we hope the great British public will use the opportunity to come visit their local mosque and put these questions to their Muslim neighbours.

In previous years we were struck by how the great British public took to Visit My Mosque Day. Visitors from remote parts of the country where there were no mosques drove dozens of miles to visit mosques in Aberdeen and Bristol after hearing about it on national radio. While mosques in Cambridge and Wolverhampton that were unaware of the campaign, reported that neighbours were knocking on their doors asking if they could come inside.

And Muslims too have been enthusiastic to invite their neighbours to share their story. A mosque is a place of worship for those practicing the Islamic faith, where five daily congregational prayers are held, led by an imam (prayer leader). The first mosque on our Isles is said to have been established in Liverpool in 1887 by the Englishman Abdullah Quilliam. He intended it not only for it to be a place of worship and a spiritual focal point, but also active in serving their local communities, regardless of faith or background.

Today many mosques strive to live up to that great British and Islamic tradition. Many mosques serve their localities and help people of all faiths and none by running food banks, feed-the-homeless projects, neighbourhood street cleans, local fundraising and much more. For example, Khizra Mosque in Manchester runs a monthly food collection to support up to seven local families, while mosques in Leicester recently fundraised £20,000 in just three weeks for a new scanner at Glenfield Hospital, and worshippers at the East London Mosque donated 10 tonnes of food for the homeless last Christmas.

Donald Trump’s vision says Islam and Western nations are incompatible. Over 150 mosques this Sunday 5 February opening their doors on Visit My Mosque day, says otherwise.

Harun Khan is Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain. Anyone can search for their nearest participating mosque in ‘Visit My Mosque’ day 2017.  

The Telegraph


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Order of Australia recipient Mr. Talal Yassine MD Crescent Wealth adds his voice in support of Muslims around the world and in condemnation of Trumps ban on Muslims from 7 countries. We strongly protest against the counter productive rationale behind the current executive orders being implemented in the United States.







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To know the future just look to the past


Stained glass windows of Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran – Photo by Wikipedia



From Ibn Al-Haytam’s optical lenses and Ibn Hayyan’s chemistry flasks to a mosque lamp of Amir Qawsun, Muslim Civilization played a major role in inspiring the growth of glass industry from the 8th century onward.

Mosques, houses and cities were transformed into beautiful spaces richly decorated with glass. Beauty and functionality were both essential elements of design in Muslim Civilization. Possibly in an effort to supply the thousands of mosques, and also thanks to the input provided by the thriving scientific activity in fields such as optics and chemistry, glass makers in Muslim Civilization turned – what had up till then been – a craft into an industry employing new techniques and large number of workers from different parts of the Muslim Civilization.

Throughout the Muslim Civilization glassware was produced in vast amounts from the 8th century either by blowing liquid glass into holds or by cutting it from crystal. Glass makers in Syria and Egypt inherited the Roman glass industry and improved it by developing their own technique perfecting glass decoration and coloring, and expanding the variety of products.

Excavation work in Syria and other parts of the Muslim Civilization uncovered a huge amount of glassware. Aleppo in Syria was mentioned as a glass making and decorating centre by the geographers Yaqut Al-Hamwi (d. 1229) and Al-Qazwini (d. 1283). Damascus, too, was described as a glassmaking centre by Ibn Battuta (d. 1377). Egypt, Iraq and Andalusia were also all producing glass in vast quantities.

Glass from the Muslim Civilization, and especially that from Syria, was highly prized the world over. Glass objects were discovered in medieval European sites in Sweden, and Southern Russia. Even such fragile objects as Syrian enameled glass of the 13th century have been found in Sweden.

Supporting Scientific Endeavours

In the early 14th century, more than 300 years after Ibn Sahl, Maragha astronomer-mathematician Kamal al-Din al-Farisi experimented with a glass sphere filled with water to analyze the way sunlight breaks into the spectrum colors of a rainbow. The rays that produced the colours of the rainbow, he observed:

“… were refracted upon entering his glass sphere, underwent a total internal reflection at the back surface of the glass sphere (which sent them back toward the observer), and experienced a second refraction as they exited the sphere. This occurred in each droplet within a mist to produce a rainbow.”

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 10 February 2017

TOPIC"Mercy for the creation of Allah"  

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 10 February 2017

TOPIC"The ultimate goal is to earn the pleasure of Allah”"

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Saudi Arabian Prince caught in bacon trafficking scandalSaudi Arabian Prince caught in bacon trafficking scandal


Prince Adel Al-Otaibi is being detained by Israeli authorities after trying to smuggle over 2,000 kilos of “pig meat products”, a situation that could cause a major diplomatic incident between the two countries, warn experts

SAUDI ARABIA: A Saudi Arabian prince has been caught in an international bacon trafficking scandal involving hundreds of members of the Saudi royal family reports the Jerusalem Herald this morning.

Prince Adel Al-Otaibi is actually being detained by Israel authorities after trying to smuggle over 2,000 kilos of undeclared various pig meat products.

The 2,000 kilos of processed meat originally declared as “veal meat” were found to be suspicious by local authorities who eventually realized the meat was in fact pig meat, a delicacy which is under heavy scrutiny by the country’s laws and that makes pig farming a crime in most regions of Israel except for a minority of Christian Arab communities that are allowed by law to raise the farm animals.

Saudi authorities have not taken to the news kindly as Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al Jubeir, has accused Israel of “framing a member of the royal family” in a disloyal attempt to “attack the reputation of the royal Saudi family” and is asking for the immediate release of Prince Adel Al-Otaibi and his 17 body guards.

Prince Adel Al-Otaibi, who is renown for his outlandish ways and extravagant parties, made international headlines last year after rumors spread on social media that he had offered $1 million dollars to Kim Kardashian for an evening with the celebrity. Although Kim Kardashian never publicly confirmed the rumor, she was spotted at Riyadh King Khalid International Airport weeks later by paparazzis.

In 2010, Wikileaks released leaked documents originating from US diplomats describing a world of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll behind the official pieties of the Saudi Arabian royalty, where liquor and prostitutes were present in abundance, all things strictly prohibited by Saudi law and custom.

Saudi Arabia prohibits the import, use, or possession of pork, as pork is held to be contrary to the tenets of Islam.





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How Trump's policies and rhetoric are forging alliances between U.S. Jews and Muslims


Ahed Festuk, a Syrian refugee, stands inside B'nai Jeshurun synagogue on New York's Upper West Side. She studies English in a free program housed in the synagogue's basement.


US: Donald Trump may not be able to forge peace in the Middle East, but he is doing wonders for relations between Jews and Muslims in the United States.

Jewish and Muslim activists in the United States are forging alliances like never before in reaction to the president’s rhetoric and action toward Muslim immigrants.

Many Jewish organizations have interpreted Trump’s executive order banning entry by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries as a call to arms. Jewish delegations turned out en masse for a 10,000-strong demonstration Sunday night in New York. (“Granddaughter of Holocaust survivors standing with refugees, Muslims immigrants,” read one sign.)

Almost every day in New York this last week there was an interfaith conference or prayer service — involving Christian groups as well as Muslims and Jews — devoted to the current crisis over predominantly Muslim immigrants and refugees.

“We have common interests,” said Al Hadj Talib Abdur-Rashid, the imam of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem. He was one of several Muslim leaders who appeared at a rally in Brooklyn in November after a playground was defaced with pro-Trump graffiti and swastikas. “The same kind of people who bomb synagogues [also] bomb black churches and now mosques.”

A Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, made up of business and cultural leaders of both communities, both Democrats and Republicans, was formed days before the election and convened for its first regular meeting Wednesday in Washington to push the government for a coordinated response to hate crimes, up sharply against both Muslims and Jews.

The week after the election, Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, raised eyebrows when he declared at a meeting in New York that if Trump imposed a Muslim registry, “this proud Jew will register as Muslim’’ — a dramatic statement for the head of an organization founded to fight anti-Semitism and protect Jewish identity.

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Theresa May RULES out UK burka ban as she says: 'What a woman wears is a woman's choice'


THERESA May ruled out Britain following other European countries by introducing restrictions on Muslim face veils.


UK: The Prime Minister insisted that "what a woman wears is a woman's choice" when quizzed about the issue.

Her remarks follow moves in a string of countries including Germany, France, Austria and Belgium to ban the wearing of full-face veils in public.

Mrs May described bans on veils as "divisive" when asked about the moves at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons yesterday.

SNP politician Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh raised the issue to mark "world hijab day", an annual event held since 2012 by campaigners to raise awareness of the role of Muslim headscarves.

She said: "Today is world hijab day and I wondered if the Prime Minister will join with me in recognising the right of Muslim women to wear a hijab if they wish, without fear.

"And indeed the right of all women everywhere to wear what they want, when they want.

"And would the Prime Minister also commit to standing up for the right to refuge for men, women and children wherever they may be, regardless of their religion."

Mrs May replied: "It is absolutely the case that this country welcomes refugees to the United Kingdom, and we do so regardless of their religion. There is no question of discriminating on the religion.

"On the issue you raise about the wearing of the hijab, I am absolutely in line with you.

"I believe that what a woman wears is a woman's choice."

The Prime Minister's spokeswoman later confirmed that Mrs May's comments about the hijab also applied to full-face veils including the burka and the niqab.

The spokeswoman said: "The PM was setting out her view that women should be able to choose what they wear."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the wearing of full-faced veils should be prohibited "wherever possible", while France has banned the wearing of the full-face veil in public places and of the full-body swimsuits known as burkinis.

The burkini ban was later lifted after a French court overruled it.

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Truck art decor: Canada PM Trudeau gets splashy honour in Pakistan



PAKISTAN: From murals and busts to songs and biopics, world leaders throughout history have been immortalized in a variety of different art forms. However, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can now boast a rather chic honour given to him in Pakistan.

‘Truck art’ is a massively popular art form in Southeast Asia, and in Pakistan in particular. It stems from a time when local artisans would ornately decorate the carriages of diplomats and aristocrats during British rule.

Entrepreneurs throughout Pakistan adopted the style for their own businesses to attract more customers through ornate displays on their commercial vehicles, and so a proud and long-standing tradition was born.



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Misquoting Muhammad:

The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy


Jonathan A.C. Brown



Few things provoke controversy in the modern world like the religion brought by Muhammad. Modern media are replete with alarm over jihad, underage marriage and the threat of amputation or stoning under Shariah law.


Sometimes rumour, sometimes based in fact and often misunderstood, the tenets of Islamic law and dogma were not set in the religion’s founding moments. They were developed over centuries by the clerical class of Muslim scholars.

Misquoting Muhammad takes the reader back in time through Islamic civilization and traces how and why such controversies developed, offering an inside view into how key and controversial aspects of Islam took shape.


From the protests of the Arab Spring to Istanbul at the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and from the ochre red walls of Delhi’s great mosques to the trade routes of Islam’s Indian Ocean world, Misquoting Muhammad lays out how Muslim intellectuals have sought to balance reason and revelation, weigh science and religion, and negotiate the eternal truths of scripture amid shifting values.

A Review (Murtaza)

This is probably one of the most timely and necessary books I've read on the question of Islam and its continued vitality in the face of modernity. Starting with an examination of the tools of Islamic legal exegesis - a hugely expansive field - the author demonstrates the means by which it has traditionally been determined what "Islam" is in any particular area, or even region.

Particularly, as a scholar of hadith, he shows how hadith have come to be transmitted by various means and most interestingly he discusses philosophical approaches its transmitters have taken throughout history.

The idea of a hadith being rated "sound" (sahih) does not connote with its identification with an actual reality as such. There have always been different levels and types of truth and definitions of what is "true" (pragmatic truths, correspondent truths, coherent truths) and if a saying or represented a greater good. Furthermore, there has always been an accepted consensus among Islamic scholars that there were a huge number of fabricated hadiths which have been created and often accepted for myriad reasons. I won't go into great detail here, but it bears saying that the author uses an incredible range of history to show that hadith have never been an exact science or intended to operate on par as a second Quran. Hadith are not and have never been intended as an infallible stopgap against reason, or intended to overwhelm scriptural evidence from the Quran or from other sources of Islamic history. Interestingly, this has also been the position of ulama throughout history.

Such a position is not to endorse the modernist (and essentially incoherent) Quran-only approach to usul-al-fiqh, but to say that the idea of doubting particular hadith, especially when faced with preponderance of starkly contradictory evidence, or when it goes against empirically rationality or established Islamic conceptions of the "good", has never been an unprecedented position and has historically been quite common. Only when faced with the wages of modernity and the insecurities it has wrought has this ossified in contemporary times.

One thing I truly appreciated, and I think any reader would, is the authors forthright engagement with some of the biggest theological flashpoints between Islam and the contemporary West. The mentions of domestic abuse, carnal pleasures allegedly enjoyed by martyrs, jihad, relations between faiths, the marriage of Muhammad (saw) and Aisha, as well supernatural events related in the Quran, are often mustered as the best evidence supposedly against it. However this is a superficial engagement with 1400 years of Islamic jurisprudence, within which one can find intellectually satisfying answers to all these questions which also happen to correspond with normative belief throughout history. The author goes into the lives and trials of those Islamic modernists who have felt epistemological crisis when confronted by seemingly irreconcilable differences between the canon of their own cherished civilization and the realities of modernity. In fact, such a conflict does not seem very stark when Islamic beliefs and knowledge are viewed in the full light of understanding.

Although it also could not be said to track perfectly to Western modernity (nor can anyone religion) neither the Quran nor the hadith can said to endorse any of these things. Indeed, saying "the Quran/hadith/sharia says..." on any matter is inherently absurd. One can find a plethora of different soundly argued points within Islamic scholarship, and within each individual madhab, on essentially any legal position. The sharia, much maligned today, has always been a much more flexible, humane and intellectually sophisticated tradition than many of its supporters or detractors even seem aware of. Bringing up hadiths for instance which on surface appear vulgar, impossible or cruel fails to recognize how or why they were even recorded (for instance, hadiths dealing with non-temporal issues such as the afterlife were recognized as being allowed to take liberties in description out of the belief it'd serve the pragmatic truth of exhorting goodness and effort towards God, while those recording methods of worship were recorded far more stringently). It also fails to incorporate linguistics, the obvious and necessary shifting of terms and contexts in language over 1400 years, not to mention the way hadith were manufactured or accepted for varying reasons.

As the author mentions, epistemological periods often change when people come to discard or change their canonical literature. The sources of what is considered absolute truth, the truth in light of which reality is measured, may shift from older sources to new (ie. moving from religious books to secular sources of utility in judgement) and thus forge new ways of looking at the world. Muslims believe that the Quran is given for all time, and as such can always be reconcilable. Faced with an overpowering and sometimes hostile Western secular modernity, ancient books can seem like an albatross or perhaps something to be re-evaluated simply so that it may conform to what now is seen as really "true". But while it may not give a free license to any behaviour when studied in depth it becomes apparent that Islam is not the constricting or oppressive worldview which both its opponents and some of its proponents today claim. Islam is not an overbearing rulebook as many of us have been led to believe, it is a system which can incorporate not just assertive reason but even outright skepticism without much difficulty. Aside from broadly recognized core tenets, there is a huge thicket of existing legal opinion, and a huge array of exegetical tools to approach new issues which are all "right" and are all "Islam".

I really recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand Islam, whether from the inside or outside, as well as those grappling with questions about the reconcilability of Islam with positive contemporary values and beliefs. The book also happens to be written engagingly, with relevant anecdotes and an author keenly aware of the most sensitive questions existing around Islam today.





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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

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KB says: Whilst the mangos are in season another cooling recipe to enjoy during these hot summer days.

Mango Falooda


3 mangos blended with 1 cup milk
1 tin condensed milk
Little cardamom powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
2½ cups milk
1½ tsp China grass powder or falooda powder


1. Add the china grass to the 2½ cups milk and bring to the boil.
2. Add condensed milk and cardamom powder.
3. Remove from the stove after 5 minutes of simmering.
4. Add blended mangos and vanilla essence and beat with a whisk to aerate it.
5. Grease a mould or fill into individual serving bowls and refrigerate for at least 4 hours but best left overnight.
6. Serve chilled with a garnish.

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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

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Email:  Phone: 0451977786
















Muslimah Mind Matters, in collaboration with Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland, is having a FEMALE ONLY live event - Self-Care and Clarity of Mind Program.

Tickets are $49 pp and can be purchased online from Eventbrite.

For further details about this event, contact Nora from IWAQ on or
Princess Lakshman on 0451977786 and


Welcome to my 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.

Last week, we delved on the Essential Self and the Physical Self and how vital it is to care for your Essential Self so that your Physical Self manifests positive deeds, mindful actions, joy, compassion and gratitude for the abundance ALLAH has bestowed upon us. I hope you took some time out last week to practice moments of silence in order to become aware of your Essential Self.

If you missed out on reading last week’s column please click here.

This week, let us explore the MIND (which is NOT your brain, by the way) and how the mind is responsible for our thoughts and actions. The brain is an organ whereas the mind is something larger and complex in nature. It dwells in the Essential Self.

It is commonly believed that the human mind works on two levels - the conscious and the sub-conscious.

The conscious mind is responsible for your awareness at the moment - for example, right now you are aware that you are reading this column, or that you are breathing or the soft or hard surface you may be sitting on, or the environment you are in.

The sub-conscious mind is the storage area. It is a reservoir of every single sound and visual the body experiences. It holds 100% of everything and acts as a vast ocean of information for the conscious mind to tap into and access.

The sub-conscious mind is also where perceptions and beliefs are formed. For example, when a child is bullied for being overweight, that child will most likely have a perception that his/her weight defines his/her abilities in life. This perception may cause the child to avoid trying a new sport at school because he/she is embarrassed about being overweight and feeling unworthy. This limited perception of self leads the child to accept the closed-minded identity of self and repetitive, negative self-talk : “I am fat, therefore I’m not good enough”.

Of course, this is completely false perception but the child is not aware that it is false because the child is not aware that he/she can actually transform the negative perception into a positive one.

It is the child’s body that is overweight not the child’s Essential Self. The child has unlimited potential to do any activity he/she puts the mind to. However, the subconscious mind has formulated a negative perception hence the negative self-talk and poor self-esteem.

As adults, our thought patterns, self-talk and behavioural patterns are very much influenced by how we perceived ourselves in childhood. Pause for a moment and reflect on your own behaviours, thought patterns and self-talk...can you connect the dots and trace them back to your child self?

Use this week to make a note on what your common thoughts and patterns are, for example, are you afraid of the dark? Are you fearful of crowds? Do you feel uncomfortable when someone gives you a compliment? Do you get angry when someone jokes about your physical appearance? Do you find pleasure in mocking others or being sarcastic?

Next week, we will look at how these patterns in your life are a result of your subconscious mind and more importantly, how you can alter the negative patterns by altering your subconscious mind’s activity. This alteration helps a person become aware of negative habits and with awareness comes transformation.

Till then, be kind to yourself and care for yourself. When you are kind and caring to self then you are able to be kind and caring to all of ALLAH’s creation.





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Time to switch your fat foods to fit foods


Try making some heart-healthy changes next time you’re at the supermarket


Macaroni and cheese spaghetti spaghetti with your fave tomato
Fish cakes / crumbed fish prawns / shrimps sautéed with veggies in a stir-fry
Fried frozen foods frozen meals with lean protein and plenty of veggies
Dips high in fat, sugar & sodium snack on healthy hummus, etc
Fruit juice drinks natural juice / 100% fruit
High fat pizza toppings enjoy thin-crust pizza with grilled chicken & veggies
Full fat ice-cream and yoghurt try sorbets, light ice-cream or frozen yoghurt
Potato chips low-fat popcorn
Cereal high in sugar nourishing whole-grain cereal, packed with fibre






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Jalalludin, on a flight home, asked a beautiful lady sitting next to him...

'Nice perfume.....which one is it?... I want to gift it to my wife..!!'

To which the lady replied: 'Don't give her it....some idiot will find an excuse to talk to her..!!'

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An Ayaat-a-Week





If any does good, the reward to him is better than his deed; but if any does evil, the doers of evil are only punished (to the extent) of their deeds. 
~ Surah Al-Qasas 28:84


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services


As a part of Sisters House Services we have arranged ladies only swimming activities at a swim school in Underwood. The swim school is able to offer Muslim ladies the privacy they require to be able to swim and still maintain there Islamic dress. They are an indoor heated pool who have closed their doors for us so that no one can see in and provide qualified lady instructors.

We have arranged Learn to swim lessons for both beginner and intermediate levels. Mother and baby swim classes for children from 3 months to 3 years old. And once a month there will be a ladies Fun swim day. When ladies who know how to swim can come and enjoy swimming in the pool in private.

To join or for more information contact Farah on 0432026375.


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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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


Holland Park Mosque

0413 067 160

9am to

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




25 November


Annual Mild-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


3809 4600

3pm to Maghrib



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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26 February






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

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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118



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For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600




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:

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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

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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)

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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

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