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Sunday 28 May 2017 | Issue 0655


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Ramadan Messages

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Ramadan 2017 Timetables & Programmes

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

An Ayaat-a-Week

ICQ condemns Manchester bombing

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Events and Functions

Gold Coast Mosque and QPS pre-Ramadan lunch

 The CCN Classifieds

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Tęte-ŕ-tętes and tea with the Governor

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

CPR saves life at Islamic College

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Community Empowerment Event

KB's Culinary Corner

CCN on Facebook

Muslim Mind Matters Workshop

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Useful Links

Annual Family Fun Night

Get your fingers green with our gardening guru


Muslim Leaders speaking out?

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

Prime Minister Trudeau delivers a message on Ramadan

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


College's Annual Qu'ran Competition

The CCN Chuckle

Masjidul Quds App

Hanson on Halal
ABC axes Yassmin Abdel-Magied's Australia Wide program
Community Ifthar Dinners
Toy Drive for Eid Al Fitr
Broadcaster, Waleed Aly, receives PhD
Worongary Mosque hosts successful fund raiser
Feedback from St Hilda College students
See the Most Exquisite Mosques Around the World
Hamish McLachlan interviews Amna Karra-Hassan
Upcoming Events
Winners: UK The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2017

An Interview with Ed Husic MP

The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column
Back to the Future with CCN


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Statement Regarding the Holy Month of Ramadan


In the name of Allah, the most gracious and the most merciful.

All Praise is due to Allah and peace and blessings be upon the seal of all the prophets and messengers.

Following extensive consultations with nation-wide Islamic leaders in Australia and their representatives, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and the Australian National Imams Council wish to make the following statements regarding the Muslim community:


The beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan for this year, 1438H - 2017, Will begin on Saturday 27th of May 2017.


The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and the respected Imams of the Australian National Imams Council, acknowledge the different opinions amongst the scholars on this topic and call upon all Muslims to respect this disagreement by avoiding debates that lead to disagreements and misunderstanding amongst the Muslims and to focus on the potential unity amongst the community .


The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and the respected Imams of the Australian National Imams Council, emphasise the importance of confirming the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan to avoid the nullification of fasting.


Islam stresses the importance of promoting cultural and societal pluralism. As such, it is highly encouraged to invite non-Muslim families to join Muslims in the act of breaking their fast.


The Grand Mufti of Australia and the Australian National Imams Council call upon all Muslims to preserve their fasting while considering their brothers and sisters facing adversity around the world.


Finally, do not forget to keep your brothers and sisters in your prayers, asking Allah to end their wars, to grant them peace and security in their countries, our country Australia and all around the world.


May Allah bless this holy month for you and your family and may your worship and fasting be accepted this year .


The Grand Mufti of Australia

Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed

Dated: 25th of May 2017


Ramadan Mubarak


I take this opportunity to wish all your readers, my friends, neighbours and the broader Muslim community, sincere greetings for this Holy month of Ramadan.


With Ramadan being the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, I fully appreciate how sacred this month is to Muslims the world over. May peace be with you now and always, and I look forward to continuing our very positive friendship.


David Forde



25 MAY 2017

With the month of Ramadaan fast approaching, the Council of Imam's QLD wanted to take this opportunity to provide the community with pertinent information for the blessed month.

Moon Sighting
The majority of the imams in Queensland and after the inception of Council of Imams Qld (CIQ) in 2007 have adopted the approach of physically sighting the moon in Australia with the naked eye for the commencement of the new month. This occurs every month, including the sighting of the moon for the commencement and conclusion of Ramadaan. This will continue to be the approach CIQ takes now and in the future.

CIQ will observe the sighting of the new moon on Friday 26 May 2017. If the moon is sighted, the first taraweeh will commence on Friday night and the first fast on Saturday. If the moon is not sighted on Friday night, the first taraweeh will commence on Saturday night and the first fast on Sunday.

For online updates in this regard you can refer to the twitter account for the Australian National Crescent Sighting Coordination Centre (ANCSCC) as they adopt the same approach: CIQ acknowledges that there is a difference of opinion as to the need to physically sight the moon with the naked eye in Australia and respects the decision of other scholars or Islamic Centres that choose not to follow CIQ on this matter.

The cut off time for sighting the moon in Queensland, Brisbane time is 7:30 PM Friday 26th May 2017

CIQ acknowledges that there is a difference of opinion as to the need to physically sight the moon with the naked eye in Australia and respects the decision of other scholars or Islamic Centres that choose not to follow CIQ on this matter.

May Allah Ta'ala shower His blessings, His mercy and His forgiveness and emancipate us all from the fire of



The Council of Imams QLD declares that the Hilaal of RAMADAAN has not been sighted anywhere in Australia on Friday.


Therefore, the month of RAMADAAN will commence from SUNDAY, 28 MAY.


First Tarawee Salaah will begin from SATURDAY 27 MAY.


May Allah Taa'la send His blessings and Mercy and grant all the Muslims through out the world steadfastness in doing virtuous deeds and increase piety and Taqwa.





Imaam Peer: CIQ president


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Kuraby Masjid would like to thank all Huffaz that have performed Taraweeh at Kuraby in the past especially Kari Fida Ur Rahman who mentioned that he is unable to join us this year. انشاء اللہ we will have Hafez Imraan, Hafez Gazaleh and Imam Ahmed leading Taraweh this year.


1. Magreb will be 10 minutes after stipulated Iftaar Times.

2. Esha will be at 6:45 for the entire month.

3. All brothers and sisters are encouraged to come early for Esha and Taraweh as we will not be opening any extended prayer area outside the Masjid this year.


We expect a full crowd and encourage others who might be late to pray at the Islamic School as they have a large prayer hall. جزاگ لله خيـــــرا and Ramadaan


Kareem to all.













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Press release

The Islamic Council of Queensland condemns the violence perpetrated on innocent civilians in Manchester, UK. Our condolences and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Those who believe that such acts a legitimate revenge for western intervention in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan are brainwashed and have no knowledge of Islam.

Quran compares killing an innocent person to killing whole humanity. Causing mayhem and destruction in the streets of Manchester will not give comfort to millions who suffer in Muslim nations. Such crimes will only fuel the cycle of violence and engulf more and more of the world.

The groups, which mislead young Muslims, want to further their political goals by causing clash of civilizations. The divisive rhetoric from some political and populist leaders will only fuel such divisions. We urge the Muslim and the wider community to come together as it is the strongest weapon we have against extremism,

Media Contact: Ali Kadri – 0430 029 718


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The Islamic Society of Gold Coast (ISGC) invited senior brass of the Gold Coast QPS and the Commander of Border Security Mr. Terry Price and head of Gold Coast Border Security Mr. Shaun Birrell for lunch at the Mosque.

The guests were taken on a tour of the Dawah & Youth Centre current under construction.

"We enjoyed an interesting chat over a sumptuous meal," ISGC secretary, Hussain Bab, told CCN.


The meal comprised butter chicken, beef randang, fried Indonesian noodles, salads, pilau rice, beef patties, spring rolls, cakes, baklova, coffee, tea etc..

"Our special thanks to our Masjid manager Haji Hamdi for organising the meals," Mr Baba added.


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Queensland community leaders and representatives met with the Governor of Queensland, Mr Paul de Jersey, AC, QC and his wife, Mrs Kaye de Jersey, over tea at Government House this week.


The function, coordinated by Eidfest Community Services, was held to re-enforce the Governor's "support of the Queensland Muslim Community".


The programme commenced with a short speech by the Governor who thanked the guests for accepting his invitation and commended the community on its long standing contributions to Queensland. He acknowledged the upcoming month of Ramadan and sent his best wishes to the Muslim community.


Finger foods and tea were served while the Governor and his wife mingled and chatted with guests.


Mr de Jersey said that this was the first time he or his wife had had any direct contact with the local Muslim community, and looked forward to an invitation to visit a Mosque in the near future.


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By Dr Nada Ibrahim & Muna Ibrahim


Conversations about Gender for Community Empowerment was organised in partnership with Kuraby mosque and the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (also known as IWAQ) and supported by the Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, University of South Australia. This project was led by Dr Nada Ibrahim and funded by Queensland Government as part of the DV Prevention Month 2017 initiatives across Queensland.

This all-day event included a combination of interactive paired and group activities and co-facilitated by Aunty Debra Bennet, Dr Nada Ibrahim, Muna Ibrahim, Fida Ibrahim and Medina Meco.


We thank Allah and every member of the Muslim community (and acknowledge those who registered but couldn’t attend due to unforeseen circumstances) who was involved in making this a successful event alhamdulillah and would like to recognise Imam Ahmed Nafaa from Kuraby mosque and Mrs Galila Abdelsalam from IWAQ for their introductions.


We would also like to acknowledge the Islamic College of Brisbane for sending their students to be part of the dynamics of this event.

A range of topics were discussed. Gender roles stemming from country-of-origin and family-of-origin perspectives were explored in paired and group activities. Shaan Ross-Smith from the Griffith University MATE (Moving Australia Towards Equality) program shared the What lies beneath model that addresses structural gender inequality in the broader Australian context and strategies that participants can use as bystanders to prevent violence they witness.

Aunty Debra Bennet shared the Nga thana lui dha model in the context of trauma from the Aboriginal community perspective and trauma experienced broadly by community members exposed to domestic violence, bullying, discrimination, colonisation, etc.


Dr Nada Ibrahim shared the Gender equity model from the Islamic perspective illustrating the continuum that Islam proposes on gender equitable relations. Further group activities involved role-plays on diverse scenarios depicting existing challenges surrounding cultural applications of gender roles.

Members of the Muslim community who attended were also engaged in a social media campaign sharing their views about various gender-related aspects with the theme of “We can stop domestic violence”. This social media campaign is expected to be released soon.

Evaluations from the members of the Muslim community who attended the event were very positive and it was heartening to see a lot of learning had taken place increasing the community’s capacity to respond to gender-related issues. Requests for more workshops were made by those attending and the need to have more males involved in the conversations about gender.

As a way forward a number of initiatives are proposed including a workshop exclusively on Gender Equity Model from an Islamic Perspective and an interactive program designed to continue the conversations on gender with other members of the Muslim community that were not able to attend the Thursday session.





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Muslimah Mind Matters had another successful event on 20th May where Brisbane muslimahs learnt strategies on "Forgiveness and Mental Declutter". For future events, workshops and retreats, contact Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra) on 0451977786



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Report supplied by the school

The AIIC Family Fun Night was held on Saturday, 20 May at the Durack Campus.


The principal and staff of the College extend their heartfelt thanks to all families’ friends, community members, staff and students for the tremendous support received. The evening was a huge success and it was wonderful to see everyone participate and enjoy the activities planned. There was a great turnout and the event was well attended and successful. The excellent effort put in by the staff was commendable.

The College offers its very special thanks to all its sponsors and most importantly to all those who remained behind until the very end to assist us with the clean up as well. It was amazing! Our thanks to the P&C for their great effort in fundraising for our college.

All funds raised for this event will go towards college resources, InshaAllah.
I look forward to the next big one, which is our Annual Fete Day in Term 3.


Please come forward to join us in the planning of this event as we welcome your assistance and support.



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‘Fake’ Sheikh of shock

Who is Mohammad Tawhidi and why does conservative media love him?
But now to more serious matters and a self-styled Australian ‘Muslim leader’ whom some in the media can’t get enough of.


BRYAN SEYMOUR: Within seconds, Imam Tawhidi’s first visit to the Muslim heartland of western Sydney was met with abuse. 

(Man abusing)

BRYAN SEYMOUR: What does that mean?

IMAM TAWHIDI: It means may God curse you, you pig, you dog.

— Channel Seven News, 1 May, 2017


So, who is this man, and why were locals in Sydney’s Lakemba so outraged? 

Well, Mohammad Tawhidi, who describes himself as an Imam of Peace is tabloid TV’s Muslim of choice and a hero to conservatives, thanks to comments like this three weeks ago, on Sky’s Outsiders:


MOHAMMAD TAWHIDI: If we had politicians like Pauline Hanson in Iraq, my home town, we wouldn’t have had ISIS come in.

— Sky News Outsiders, 30 April, 2017


Tawhidi who set up and heads the Islamic Association of South Australia was propelled to fame last year by Today Tonight as the quote ‘Sheikh of Shock’, after he called on fellow Muslims to speak out against terrorism:


MOHAMMAD TAWHIDI: I’m scared from terrorism as well. Me and my people are the victims of ISIS. Of course I’m scared. 

— Channel Seven, Today Tonight, 22 August, 2016


But he caused an even bigger stir when he claimed, again on Today Tonight, that Islamic extremists were planning to set up a Caliphate in Australia and rename local streets after murdering Islamists:


IMAM TAWHIDI: It’s to create another country or another government within the Australian government. That’s what I believe is their agenda, these extreme Muslims. 

— Channel Seven, Today Tonight, 27 February, 2017


The chance of that happening? Around about zero. 

But that didn’t stop Tawhidi telling Andrew Bolt, how unpleasant the caliphate’s punishments would be, especially for Australian Muslims who cheated on their taxes:


MOHAMMAD TAWHIDI: … They put his head in a pot, they cook it, they eat it, then they rape his wife that same night …

— The Bolt Report, 29 March, 2017


So, was that a cue for the media to stop taking him seriously? Not at all. 

Despite his outlandish claims, Tawhidi has been built up by the media as a good Muslim, the acceptable face of Islam.

Making headlines for suggesting that Halal certification threatens the Australian way of life.

Or for supporting Pauline Hanson’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration. 

Or for backing Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s call to forcibly shut down all Muslim schools and colleges in Australia.

Predictably, these pronouncements have made him plenty of enemies and at least as many friends:


BEN FORDHAM: Well, what about your response to my interview with Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi? A massive reaction, because he’s such a breath of fresh air. He’s gone into hiding due to fears that he could be targeted by Islamic extremists, and he’s drawn attention for his opinions which some think are controversial, but really, it’s just common sense isn’t it? 

— Ben Fordham, Sydney Live, 10 April, 2017


Common sense to some, perhaps, but not to most Australian Muslims, who are not extremists, yet want to keep the things they hold dear, like their own schools, their freedom of movement, their own certified food.

And their own sacred texts, one of which Tawhidi told Andrew Bolt he wants banned. 


ANDREW BOLT: The holiest text outside of the Quran, you think ditch it?

MOHAMMAD TAWHIDI: Ditch it and ban it, and it should be illegal to have this book. Let me read for you …

ANDREW BOLT: How do you know, I’m just wondering when you go and say things like that, how popular are you in the Muslim community?

MOHAMMAD TAWHIDI: I’m not popular at all because they don’t like this.

— The Bolt Report, 29 March, 2017


Tawhidi is particularly unpopular with Sunni Muslims, because it’s their book he wants banned.

Tawhidi, you see, is a Shia Muslim, and traditionally an age-old enemy. 

Indeed, he told Ben Fordham on 2GB last month that Sunni leaders in Australia:


MOHAMMAD TAWHIDI: They just want to live like how Muslims lived in the caves 1400 years ago

— Ben Fordham, Sydney Live, 10 April, 2017


Tawhidi has also attacked Sunnis on Facebook, calling their sacred texts ‘monkey teachings’ and describing Sunnis as ‘followers of an alcoholic, rapist caliph’. 

Tweets in his name have been even more abusive and obscene although Tawhidi claims they are fake. 

Meanwhile, Australia’s Imams’ Council has told One Path Network that Tawhidi is a Fake Sheikh and not a genuine Imam. 

But the media doesn’t seem bothered by all this, because as Chloe Patton, an expert on Muslim studies observes, the Sheikh of Shock is just too good to pass up. 


I think it’s the theatre of it – he dresses up in fancy robes, he says these quite incredible things and presents himself as the insider with special insider knowledge.
He appeals to anyone who has a problem with Islam, it basically confirms a lot of conspiracy theories – that Muslims are up to no good and some of the things they hold dear are meaningless.

— Chloe Patton, Former Research Fellow, Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, University of South Australia, 18 May, 2017


Now we’re not saying Tawhidi has no right to his opinions. 

But the media really should not be giving him a megaphone.

Nor should they be presenting him as a voice of reason and the Imam of Peace, when it’s clear that some of his views are divisive, offensive, abusive and just plain crazy.

Source: ABC Media Watch



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Australian International Islamic College 15th Annual Qur’an Recitation Competition, 2017

Qur’an gets celebrated

We have had the opportunity to conduct our annual Qua’an recitation competition on the 16th and 17th May 2017, Alhamdulillah.
Students from both the Primary and Secondary classes competed in this event. Around 175 students gave confident and beautiful recitations from the many different surahs of the Holy Qur’an.

This year, our students were judged by well renowned scholars in our community, Namely Moulana Muhammad Aslam of Algester Masjid, Mufti Najem of Darra Masjid and Hafiz Yakub of Algester Islamic Society.
Preparations for the annual Qur’’an competition had commenced well before the end of the first term. Eight students from each class were selected on Merit. Surahs were allocated to them based on their level of self –confidence.

Intensive practice was arranged for each student together with the help of their parents and their local madrassas. Class teachers further assisted in providing extra help from the relevant Imams. On the days of competition a good number of parents from our college community attended to witness one of the largest events on our school calendar. The judges acknowledged that the standard of recitation and memorisation , especially that of our lower primary students were amazing & unprecedented. Each participant was awarded a certificate of participation. The winners were awarded with a medal, a trophy and a winning level of certificate.

The whole school experienced a day of joy and enlightenment from this great celebration of the Holy Qur’an.

We all look forward to making our next annual Qur’an competition even bigger and better, InshaAllah.




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Mufti Menk will be reciting Taraweh as Masjidul Quds


The launch version of the Masjidul Quds Institute app promises to bring you closer to Masjidul Quds, giving you access to real-time exclusive content, and allowing you to join a growing community from wherever you are.



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Pauline Hanson this week asked if cows are alive when they're slaughtered under halal certification.



‘Absolutely no evidence’: ASIO boss shuts down Pauline Hanson over terrorism claims.


One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s attempts to link terrorism to Middle Eastern refugees have been crushed after Australia’s top spy chief dismissed many of her claims outright.

ASIO Director-General of Security Duncan Lewis fronted Senate Estimates late on Thursday night where he was quizzed by Senator Hanson about the security risk posed by refugees and Muslims more generally.




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The ABC is axing the program hosted by Yassmin Abdel-Magied a month after the television presenter and activist sparked outrage over her Anzac Day comments.

Australia Wide is set to be shelved in the coming weeks as part of the national broadcaster's sweeping restructure. As well as programming changes, as many as 200 jobs are being slashed in order to reinvest $50 million a year back into regional and online content.

Abdel-Magied has hosted Australia Wide since 2016. Last month, the presenter courted controversy after publishing an Anzac Day Facebook post that suggested Australians should also remember the suffering of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.

The retribution was swift and brutal, with many accusing the part-time ABC presenter of politicising a day designed to remember those killed defending their country.




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June 8th | 4:45pm - 7:00pm
Harmony on Carmody Cafe Carpark

Iftar is the meal shared after sunset to break the fast during the Muslim month of Ramadan.

Access in conjunction with the Queensland Intercultural Society will be hosting a Community Iftar Dinner in the Harmony on Carmody Café carpark on the corner of Ewing Rd and Carmody St in Logan Central. It's FREE and EVERYONE is welcome.

Promoting generosity, respect and kindness, this Community Iftar Dinner is a way of breaking down cultural barriers through shared food and friendships. So bring your friends, family and neighbours and join us for dinner and a local celebration of our diverse, multicultural community.



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Muslimah Mums n Bubs Eid Toy drive


In sha Allah this year Muslimah Mums n Bubs playgroup is running an Eid Al Fitr Toy Drive for NZF clients. We would greatly appreciate your help. Donations to be dropped off within the first weeks of Ramadan (cut off date is 14th June).

There is no better time to give and earn extra rewards from Allah subhan wa ta'aala in the hope that it will bring joy and smiles to many kids on Eid day in sha Allah ! We are collecting brand NEW toys for ages between newborn and 15 year olds, both girls & boys. We will accept appropriate educational toys, books, art and craft, fun toys etc.

Please contact sister Amra for further details of the kids ages, gender etc and sister Angela for delivery times at the NZF office in Underwood (phone numbers on the flyer).
May Allah subhan wa ta'aala reward you all for your good deeds. Ameen.


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Monash University academic, writer, lawyer, and broadcaster, Waleed Aly, has received his PhD at a graduation ceremony at Monash.

Waleed is a politics lecturer at the Monash School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, and working primarily within the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC).

He has completed a PhD on global terrorism, with the paper titled 'Towards a structuration theory of global terrorism'.

Waleed said finishing the degree was one of his greatest achievements.

“It has been a huge undertaking, but at the same time very important to me to finish. There is huge value in the advancement of knowledge and exploration of ideas both on an individual level and to society as a whole.”

"I’m delighted to receive my PhD and to become an alumnus of Australia's largest university," he said.

A Walkley Award-winning journalist, Waleed is a co-host of Network Ten’s The Project and Radio National’s The Minefield.

In 2016, he won the Gold Logie Award for Best Personality on Australian Television.

Waleed’s social and political commentary has resulted in an award winning book and he appears in newspapers such as The Guardian, The Australian, The Sunday Times of India, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Source: Monash University



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The fundraising dinner at the Islamic College of Brisbane Hall last Saturday for the final stages of completion of the Worongary Mosque raised over A$140,000 through donations and auctions.

The Mosque is expected to commence operations by end of this year.


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The girls of St Hillda College, who paid a visit to the Gold Coast Mosque last week, had this to say about their experience:

“They were absolutely thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet you (Imam) and understand more about the religion of Islam. Being able to sit in on the prayers was a very special, peaceful and spiritual experience. We will remember the visit as a highlight of our time at St Hilda’s; it has really helped us understand the reality and richness of the Islamic faith. The Imam’s gentle and humble persona assisted us in learning so much as well as making us feel comfortable in a different environment. Thank you so much for your time with us today”. Yr. 11 Students



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Reconciled: Hazem El Masri and Arwa. Photo: Steve Christos

Hazem El Masri has reunited with his first wife Arwa and the pair are again a married couple.

El Masri and Arwa have known each other for 20 years and had been married for 14 of them before they separated in 2014. El Masri then married Douah El-Cherif in a short union during which the Canterbury legend was charged with assault.

Arwa's support of El Masri throughout the ordeal never wavered, launching a passionate defence of his character and slamming the NRL's decision not to retain him as an ambassador until a verdict had been reached. The charges against El Masri were dropped in March last year.

The Bulldogs reinstated El Masri as a club ambassador, allowing him to resume his work in delivering messages to the community about social inclusion. The NRL announced a line-up of 46 ambassadors at the start of the season, but El Masri hasn't rejoined their ranks.

The reunion of El Masri and Arwa is a heart-warming yarn that could have been sold for a motza to TV networks or women's magazines. Instead, they chose to tell their story to The Project, free of charge, because of the sensitive way the program handled a previous interview with El Masri.

In the interview, which airs on Network Ten on Tuesday night, El Masri was asked about the NRL's decision not to reinstate him as an ambassador. We hear the response makes for interesting viewing.

Arwa certainly didn't hold back on the issue when she penned an open letter for Fairfax Media blasting then-CEO Dave Smith and his administration for not allowing El Masri a presumption of innocence.

"This is to clear the air about loyalty," Arwa wrote last year.

"The knee-jerk reaction last year by departed NRL CEO David Smith was nothing short of shameful, but personally I wasn't shocked," Arwa wrote.

"The NRL isn't renowned for its loyalty to its players, it's more loyal to the bottom line, and it will sell you the family image without flinching … but when this long-serving soldier for the greater cause of the community needed that faith returned to him, he was shut down and dismissed without being proven guilty. If you want to know what loyalty looks like, you will not find it at the NRL, the only organisation I know of that continuously fails at looking after its own."




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By Alexandra E. Petri


 Ramadan is here, but these architectural and cultural gems deserve a look anytime.



Roughly one-quarter of the world is Muslim. With facades dressed in mosaics, glowing marble, crowning domes, and spiraling towers, their mosques are awe-strikingly stunning from the outside. Look deeper to exquisite interiors, accentuated by magnificent Persian carpets or valleys of chandeliers.

Also known as masjids in Arabic, mosques are places of prayer and worship in Islam, but they also function as so much more. Often they serve as community centers with classes or social places hosting events and holidays, like Ramadan.

Historically-speaking, mosques were not always as decadent some we see today, like the infamous Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. In fact, the first-ever mosque was home of the prophet Muhammed in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Muhammed would stand in front of the wall his courtyard that faced Mecca and would preach to the followers that gathered together to hear him.

Since then, the spread of Islam from the Middle East has fostered the proliferation of mosques around the world. Reflective of where and when they were built, mosques showcase different styles or designs, but travelers should look for some key characteristics: A prayer hall with an ablutions area, where worshippers can clean themselves before prayer; mihrabs, or semicircles in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca; minarets, or towers from which the call to prayer is announced five times per day; and domes that top the incredible structures.

From Timbuktu to Washington D.C., these holy marvels provide incredible historic, cultural, and religious commentary, illustrating a city’s identity within the Muslim world and as a destination all its own. Peruse through these photos from around the world, and whenever possible, be sure to stop inside a mosque on your next trip.

Source: National Geographic




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Amna started up the first women’s league AFL club in Sydney.

I WAS told Amna Karra-Hassan was an agent of change, a deep thinker, and that we should talk. We did. And she is. Amna is daughter of migrant parents who came to Australia seeking better opportunities. Amna has inspired many in her quest for equality, unity and success.

She is founder of the Auburn Giants Women’s AFL team, which consists of various nationalities including Lebanese, Palestinians, Fijian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Croation, Serbian, Turkish, Maltese, Macedonian, Greek and Chinese.

She has partnered with Holden as part of their Supporting the Drivers of Change diversity and inclusion program. We spoke about the challenges of being a Muslim in 2017, the effects of Trump, building a football team to create unity and opportunity and cohesion, racism and Pauline Hanson.


(Continued from last week's CCN)

HM: When was the first time you saw a game of AFL?

AKH: It was in 2009. I went along to a Harmony Day festival, and the AFL was partnered with the Canterbury City Council and the police. My uncle was playing. I saw a bunch of blokes running around, and I remember thinking to myself, “This is such a weird game; I don’t understand what they are doing!” It didn’t have any structure that was familiar to me, because they weren’t running in a straight line like they do in league, and they weren’t playing like you would in soccer, so it was all very confusing. The handballing and going in all directions, I just couldn’t grasp the game. That was the first time I’d seen the game, then I went home and flicked on the telly and saw blokes in tight fitted gear doing similar things where I thought, “That’s a really funny looking game”, and I changed the channel!

HM: How do you go from that thinking, to forming an all-women’s team in Greater Western Sydney?

AKH: (laughs) I went from that to working for the AFP, and being part of the Harmony Day Festival, which included an AFL round robin. Being the feminist I am, I told them that women should be included in the day, and that we should have an exhibition game. They agreed.

HM: But you knew nothing about the game.

AKH: Absolutely zero. I had to learn how to play AFL very quickly, and I found it all very complicated but exhilarating at the time. I really enjoyed playing in the exhibition game. Six months later I saw my cousin, who was playing in finals, and I thought to myself, “He looks like he’s doing all the right things, and playing football really well”. He kept encouraging me to start a women’s team, and just spoke so highly of it. The team he was playing in was 95 per cent Lebanese, the majority Muslim, and when he was on the footy field he felt that he was himself; he was Mohammed, and it didn’t matter that he was from the west, and his opponents from the east. It didn’t matter that he had Lebanese parents and his opponent had English parents, they were just Aussies, playing footy. He said it was really impactful, and thought I could do amazing things with the women, being visibly Muslim, wearing the hijab, and he thought it would be great. I said yeah, it sounds like a really good idea, I’ll do it!



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The UK Muslim News Awards for Excellence event was held 27 March 2017 in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

Al Biruni Award For Excellence in COMMUNITY RELATIONS:

For promoting understanding and respect between Muslim and non-Muslim communities at the national or local level.

Winner: Emdad Rahman


Emdad Rahman is a dedicated community activist, involved in raising money for many charities, most notably the Whitechapel Missions. He has led a soup kitchen in Tower Hamlets and is a Dementia Friends Champion.


He has also acted as a mentor and worked with young people at schools in his local area of Tower Hamlets, written on various social issues including domestic violence and served as an independent advisor to the British Transport Police. As a result of his work, he has been a recipient of numerous civic awards, from the Mayor of the City of London as well as being named ‘Londoner of the Day’ by Mayor Boris Johnson.


He was a Queen’s Baton Bearer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 2015. He was named an MBE in the Queen’s 2014 Honours List. A keen sportsman, he is voluntary chairman of Scintilla Cricket Club, writes poetry for football and has run 10k for charity..


..........The UK Muslim News Awards for Excellence CONTINUES IN NEXT WEEK'S CCN




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Words by Jana Wendt, Photos by Tim Bauer



Ed Husic is known to some as 'the minister for basketball', to others as the first federal MP sworn in on the Quran. He became the first ever Muslim frontbencher under Kevin Rudd. What next for an outspoken Gen Xer with a friend on the wrong side of parliament?


(Continued from last week's CCN)


“Sydney is a tale of two cities – the West and the rest,” could be Husic’s refrain.

Today Chifley has a large population of residents of Filipino descent, as well as Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Samoans, New Zealanders, Arabic speakers including Iraqi Christian refugees, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders. It is also a young electorate in which over 15 per cent of households are single-parent families. It has an above-average proportion of public housing and presents a keen MP with plenty of reasons to go to work.

At one end of the electorate, Husic points to rows of new houses, some still under construction and stretching to the horizon. He is chuffed with the massive Sydney Business Park development in the suburb of Marsden Park, which fans out to the northwest, and accommodates commercial giants such as IKEA and Bunnings in gargantuan outlets, providing jobs for his constituents.

The other side of the story is less pleasing – depressed suburbs barely catering to residents’ needs. Public transport, on which the electorate’s population is particularly reliant, serves it poorly. It’s hard to turn up for a job interview, says Husic, piqued, when you have no car and no other reliable means of getting there. Much-needed social services in the area are a maze of overlapping attempts to remedy intractable long-standing problems.

“Sydney is a tale of two cities – the West and the rest,” could be said to be Husic’s refrain. People in his area, he complains, are “always last on the list”. His stand on Sydney’s second airport, at Badgery’s Creek in western Sydney, is a sore point between him and all but a handful of his Labor colleagues – most prominently, the project’s champion, party elder, Anthony Albanese.

“Don’t listen to the people who say you can’t – because in the end you’re dudding yourself.”

On a parliamentary sitting day in Canberra, he meets with outrider MPs from the rival Left faction, including veteran Doug Cameron, who share Husic’s view that the airport is another example of the west being pushed around.

The promised local jobs bonanza is illusory, he says, and the environmental impact a nightmare in the making. The MPs agree to push harder to convince those of their western Sydney colleagues not yet persuaded of the renegades’ case.

Chris Bowen, on the other side of the argument, is resigned to his friend paddling against the party tide. “He doesn’t care. Everybody knows where he stands on that.”

In December the Federal government signs off on the airport. Husic calls the project a “scam”.. 



..........END OF SERIES

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Melania Trump wears veil, but not a headscarf

Melania Trump has dutifully considered every outfit she has worn during her first trip abroad as first lady -- her visit with Pope Francis on Wednesday was no exception.

With Vatican protocol in mind, the first lady arrived to meet the Pope on Wednesday wearing a black veil and long-sleeved Dolce and Gabbana black dress draped down to her calf. President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, wore a similar outfit with a larger veil.

"Per Vatican protocol, women who have an audience with the Pope are required to wear long sleeves, formal black clothing, and a veil to cover the head," Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, told CNN.

Days earlier, during her visit to Saudi Arabia, a strictly conservative Muslim theocracy, the first lady eschewed the customary headscarf, but stepped foot in the birthplace of Islam wearing a black jumpsuit reminiscent of the abaya worn by most women there. Despite not covering her head, the first lady's outfit earned her rave reviews from the local press, who praised her attention to the country's culture.
When asked why she wore a veil at the Vatican but eschewed a head covering in Saudi Arabia, Grisham said there was no request or requirement for her attire from that country.





Classy and conservative: US First Lady Melania Trump praised for ‘elegantly respectful’ KSA look


The stretch cady jumpsuit — with wide-leg silhouette, keyhole cut-out at the bust, and cuffed sleeves — caught the attention of many international media outlets and was admired by Saudis who appreciated the modest, yet classy look of the first lady.





We should all be upset at what happened in Manchester, but what happened there is no excuse to slide into Islamophobia.

SHAUN KING: Why we must never hate Islam, or Muslims, because of the violence of its fake followers

My dear mother is a sweet, supportive, 66-year-old white woman from rural Kentucky. I love her without hesitation. Yet, on a daily basis, both as a journalist and an activist, I confront white privilege, white supremacy, and the devastating effects of systemic racism in our country and around the world. Out of necessity, though, I have always been forced to be nuanced and carefully parse how I approach my feelings about white people in general, in great part because I've always had this wonderful white woman, who first taught me to stand against racism, as one of the essential pillars in my life.

On many occasions, after some horrible incident of racism or bigotry or police brutality in America, or the failure of our justice to truly hold white people accountable for those wrongs, I've been in the room with black friends or family when I've heard the phrase, "I hate white people." As pale as I am, people have no qualms saying it in my presence. I don't join in, but I understand. Whiteness is a problem. Since it was first created as a philosophy of domination in which color was used to give and take away access and privilege, it has always been a problem and always will be.

Yet we must always resist the urge to throw an entire race of people under the bus even if we truly despise whiteness or white privilege or white supremacy. It's an easy temptation to oversimplify our emotions into dangerous generalizations, but we must resist such urges.




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Manchester Response
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Following the tragic attack on Manchester, killing over 19 people, an unexpected individual has stood up in the defence of Muslims who may be consequently targeted for this attack. Aarron Lambo, the founder of Alpha training UK, has posted a video on Facebook defending Muslims and pleading to viewers to think before they cast judgement on Muslims who had nothing to do with the attack.









Following the Manchester violence, British Muslims from around the country have filmed a message expressing their thoughts and support for the victims' families. Unity is the only way to combat those who seek to divide us.






Dr Anne Ally, MP




I was on Speers Tonight yesterday talking about what terrorists look like now and how they're being recruited.

It's a long interview, but it's worth the watch to find out a little bit more about the complexity of the challenges we're facing.

At one point, David Speers asked me how I respond to people like Pauline Hanson and Peter Dutton who think banning Muslim immigration will fix the problem. This rhetoric looks tough, but won't do anything to keep Australians safe. Here's my response:

"It won’t fix it. Because they’re not radicalised overseas and then coming here: they’re radicalised here. So there’s more that we need to be doing here. We cannot abrogate our responsibility in this. We have a responsibility here. We have a responsibility for keeping Australians safe. And you can’t keep Australians safe just by shutting the door when there’s already an issue inside the house."







Manchester Vigil

Channel 4 News



"He made a big mistake picking on Manchester."
Young women at a vigil respond to the terror attack on Manchester, in which at least 22 people have died.






Ahmed and Khadijah



Ahmed and Khadijah have been married for 65 years - this is their story.






Racist rant on Virgin Australia
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Footage of a shocking racist rant on board a Virgin Australia flight. The video shows a Muslim family being verbally abused by a female passenger, and not even her own child could stop her.






Religious Leaders in Manchester
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"If Muslims have to apologise, then we all have to apologise."

Local religious leaders in Manchester respond to the terror attack, in which at least 22 people were killed.






Britain's Opposition Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on Islamophobia








Wadee Al-Yamani


Heart touching Quran recitation by Wadee Al-Yamani - Surah Maryam (Mary)






Get The Highest Rewards From Your Fasting







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 DATE: 26 May 2017

TOPIC"The Noble Quran" PART 2

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

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TOPIC: "What to do before Ramadan commences"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

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TOPIC"Moon sighting is from the sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh)"

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REPORT: Tillerson Declines To Host Ramadan Event At State Department


The move breaks with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years.


US: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years.

Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner to break the day’s fast during Ramadan or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month, at the State Department.

Tillerson turned down a request from the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host an Eid al-Fitr reception as part of Ramadan celebrations, said two U.S. officials who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly.




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Unmarried couple stoned to death in Mali for ‘violating Islamic law’



Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis delivers her State of the City address at Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 23 2017. It was the first time that the State of the City address was given at a mosque. An-Nur is located in the predominantly black neighborhood of north Minneapolis.


US: Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis held her State of the City address at the Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis, the first time the address has been delivered at a mosque according to city officials.

When the mayor announced last week her intention to deliver the address at the An-Nur mosque in north Minneapolis she said “I am delivering my State of the City address at the mosque because at a time when our Muslim community is under attack from the highest levels of the federal government, I want to send a strong signal to the community that their mayor and their city stands with them.”

At today’s address at Masjid An-Nur, Hodges described Minneapolis as “a welcoming city for all who come in peace, for all who come for light and for hope. No president will make us change that.”

Given that it was the first time the address was at a mosque, there was an expectation that the only Muslim and black person on the council, Abdi Warsame, would be present. Masjid An-Nur is located in north Minneapolis, a largely black neighborhood. Warsame is the first Somali-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council and was the highest ranking elected Somali-American in the state until last year when Ilhan Omar became a state representative.    





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Yaya Toure to donate 100k to help Manchester bomb victims



UK: Yaya Toure and his agent, Dimitri Seluk, have promised to donate Ł100,000 to help the victims of Monday’s suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena.

Twenty-two people, including children, were killed and at least 59 injured after the explosion shortly after 10.30pm.

Manchester City midfielder Toure felt the need to help when details of the first victims were made public.

They include confirmation that eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos is one of the victims of Monday’s Manchester attack.




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From Mesut Ozil to Granit Xhaka - How Arsenal's Muslim players are giving the club a new identity


With the rumoured signing of Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal are developing a unique core


Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi pray before Arsenal's Premier League game against Burnley. Arsenal won the game thanks to a 98th-minute penalty


UK: When the Premier League began in 1992, it included just one footballer who was known to be Muslim; Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish midfielder Nayim. With Premier League clubs like Arsenal, predominantly filling their squads with British players during that era, it was not a surprise to see no Muslim players feature in the plans of manager George Graham at the time.

But more than two decades later, Arsenal's squad now features a vast amount of Muslim talent with the likes of World Cup winner Mesut Ozil spearheading the Gunners attack - and these players are all having a significant effect in helping give the club a new identity.

On January 22, 2017, Arsenal played Burnley at the Emirates Stadium and one moment prior to kick-off symbolised the impact Muslim players were having on Arsenal and its fans.

Before the game started, the Emirates Stadium witnessed a familiar scene that commanded huge respect as it involved Muslim World Cup winners Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi praying, a ritual that the devout duo carry out before every game.

"With me being an Arsenal fan that is also Muslim, the scene with Ozil and Mustafi against Burnley was amazing to witness," says 21-year-old pharmacy student Kash Ali.


"When I see Mustafi and Ozil praying before a game, I begin to believe and I am more hopeful of a result no matter who the opponent is because hope and prayer are two things which go hand in hand."




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KB says: Another one of my Ramadaan favourites    

Sausage Rolls



500g lamb mince
400g chicken mince
1 onion finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 medium carrot grated
˝ zucchini grated (remove excess water)
2 tab polenta or mealie meal
1 tsp salt
1 tsp green chillies
2 eggs beaten
1 cup Rice or bread crumbs
2 tab chopped coriander
Freshly ground pepper
Sesame or poppy seeds to sprinkle




1. Mix both minces, onion, garlic, carrot, zucchini, breadcrumbs, coriander, green chillies and other seasoning together. Beat the eggs (leave some aside to brush over ) and add to mince mixture. Divide into 6 equal portions.

2. Cut pastry sheets in half. Roll a mince portion until 25cm long. Place down in the center of the pastry.

3. Roll up to enclose filling, and cut into 6 pieces. Place on trays lined with baking paper, seam side down. Brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 20 mins, reduce heat to 180°C, and cook for 10 minutes until golden. Serve with your favourite sauce, my family love tomato sauce with it.

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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



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.

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic: Finding Good in Every Situation

One could argue that it is impossible at times to find good in a terrible situation. For example, wars or children dying of starvation and many more such realities that are present in our daily lives.


My goal today is to help you understand that we really can find good in any situation, every situation and best of all, not only find good but actually turn it into a statement of gratitude and praise for ALLAH.

Our Prophet (SAW) found good in a situation as terrible as his own son’s death. SubhanAllah, I shudder at the thought of even a little scratch coming upon my child. May ALLAH give us the same strength and endurance as our Prophet (SAW). Ameen ya rabb.
This Ramadaan, train your mind to always be aware of these verses from the Quran, the book of truth and guidance.



“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient ones.” (Quran 2:155)

“Therefore, remember Me (God) and I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” (Quran 2:152)

“If God helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in God (Alone) let believers put their trust.” (Quran 3:160)

Four Simple Strategies to Train Your Mind to Find Good in Every Situation

Acknowledge that you are a soul dwelling temporarily in a body. You are not your body. Your soul is pure. Events, people, things may have impact on your body through your sensory perceptions. However, they do not have impact on your soul. Only connection with ALLAH has impact on your soul. Acknowledge this and remember that events, people and things have no power over your soul. ONLY ALLAH can change your situation. Having faith in ALLAH helps you find good in every situation.
Daily practice of simple strategies can help with reminding yourself about your faith in ALLAH.

1. No matter what the situation, avoid blame and accept responsibility of your own actions. Once you identify what role you play in that situation, you can turn it into an act of faith and gratitude. For example, if you are constantly watching negative news regarding Islamophobia and as a result you take off your hijab or shave off your beard because of fear, the strategy to use would be to firstly identify your own responsibility towards your deen. Is living in fear of people part of Islam? No. So, what responsibility do you, as a Muslim, have on upholding the commandments of your deen? Once you are honest with yourself and live by your deen, negativity of situations and people become invisible. Only goodness remains.

2. Detox from people who are constantly complaining and seeing only negative. It is challenging but try. People who display negativity can affect the mood of the whole family or community. Avoid spending time with such individuals. Whenever you are in company of such people, use their complaints and turn them into gratitude statements. For example, if someone is always complaining about not having enough money, say this to the person: “Alhumdolillah, Allah has really blessed us with an abundant supply of all the things we really need to sustain ourselves. We are truly blessed.”

3. Consciously find the best possible result of the situation at hand. Take any given situation that may seem terrible and deconstruct it to deliberately find a positive in it. For example, the ongoing plight of the refugee Muslims, we can find good in that situation by reminding ourselves that it is now a must that we commit to our deen more strongly than ever before. We may not be able to physically stop drone attacks, however, we can wake up in the middle of the night to pray Tahajjud salah and beg ALLAH to help these refugees reach safety.

4. The glass in refillable. Yes, it is not about whether the glass is half full or half is about acknowledging that rizk comes from ALLAH alone and that HE has provided us with an abundance that can be used in our daily lives to keep replenishing our lives. If you are breathing, you are alive...that is a start...the idea is to keep breathing and keep being of service. If you are stuck, get help from those who have knowledge. If you are feeling really down, fall in sajda and refill your emaan. You are never alone. ALLAH is with you.

Daily affirmation to help see the good in everything

ALLAH gives me wisdom everyday to be his servant and to practise my deen with love, light, peace and joy. Alhumdolillah

If you look for the bad, you will always find it. So why not look only for the good?

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Practice versus Preaching

If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786





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Q. Dear Kareema, I travel a lot with work and don’t have much time for working out. Need some tips for quick warm-ups please?

A: Skipping is perfect. It is one of the fastest ways to get your heart rate up and the skipping rope is light and easy to pack.

Jogging on the spot, star jumps, wall-sits and push-ups are all great ways to get workout-ready and you don’t have to pack a thing – using your own body weight will challenge, tone and strengthen
your body from the get-go.






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Garden Peas: Grow Your Own Now!


Best Tips

• Prepare the bed well by digging and loosening the soil to which compost has been added.
• Incorporate superphosphates which will give the plants the start they need to take-off!
• Plant at least 30 or more to make it worthswhile. Immerse the seeds in warm water for about twenty minutes to fast—track germination.
• Push into the soil about 5mm and about 15cm apart
• Make a basic trellis- string can be added to allow the vines to spread.
• Water almost daily.
• Pick the harvest immediately to encourage more pods.
• Make pea samousas or matter paneer and experience what peas should taste like.


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You can also contact Ahmed Esat by phone (0404070498) or email ( and visit his blog site.

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Jallalludin went to a Inter-Religion Integration Seminar.

The Bishop came, laid his hands on his hand and said, “By the will of Jesus Christ, you will walk today!”

Jallalludin smiled and told him he was not paralysed.

The Rabbi came, laid his hands on Jallalludin's hand and said, “By the will of God Almighty, you will walk today!

The Rabbi was not amused when Jallalludin told him there was nothing wrong with him.

The Imam came, took Jallalludin's hands and said, “Insha Allah, you will walk today!”

Jallalludin snapped at him, “There’s nothing wrong with me”

The Hindu sadhu came and said "Beta, you will walk on your legs today."

Jallalludin said "Babaji - nothing wrong with my legs"

The Buddhist Monk came, held Jallalludin's hands and said, “By the will of The Great Buddha, you will walk today!”

Jallalludin rudely told him there was nothing wrong with him.

After the Seminar, Jallalludin stepped outside and found his car had been stolen.

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An Ayaat-a-Week






The Hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire: no helper will you find for them.

~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:145


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6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
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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



TIME: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
VENUE: Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB].


Community Contact Command, who are situated in Police Headquarters, manages the secretariat role of the QPS/Muslim Reference Group meeting.

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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Islamic Relief Australia

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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

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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

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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

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