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"In the presence of the president of the Logan Mosque, in the presence of Imam Sheikh Abdul Quoodos and in the presence of the Chairman of the Australian International Islamic College of Durack, and all the doctors we do hereby declare that as from now Sheikh Taj El-din Hilali is the Grand Mufti of Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific"

Sheik Taj El-Din Hilaly could be back as Australia’s highest-ranking Muslim.

The controversial cleric was anointed Grand Mufti by Queensland’s long serving Imam Abdul Taub Raza at Logan Mosque in Brisbane yesterday in front of fellow Imams and a large crowd of community leaders and worshippers.

Among them was Vice President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Jamal El Kholed.

Problem is - there is already an acting Grand Mufti - and not all Imams have been made aware of the move.

The move comes amid bitter feuding among warring Islamic factions following the death of former Mufti Abdul Azeem al-Afifi from cancer in July.

Sources within the Muslim community told The Sunday Telegraph Dr al-Afifi was only appointed as Grand Mufti to allow former Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed to be reinstated as Acting Grand Mufti following Dr al-Afifi’s death.

Dr Abu Mohamed had been forced to serve a 12-month wait before renominating for the position under rules set by the Australian National Imams Council.

Hilaly last held the post 11 years ago before stepping down after a string of controversies.

Since then he has been splitting his time between Egypt and Australia, having returned to Sydney just several weeks ago.

His appointment came just a day after he reposted on social media a call he made in 2016 for the position of Grand Mufti in Australia to be terminated.

“The position was established through AFIC to defend Islam and Muslims and this title has now become a stepping stone for every fallen person,” he wrote in Arabic.

“I call upon the powers of AFIC to issue a resolution to cancel this position in Australia.”


Sheik Taj El-Din Hilaly being declared Grand Mufti by former two term AFIC president Abbas Ahmad, AFIC vice-president Jamal El-Kholed, and Queensland’s long serving Imam Abdul Taub Raza.

Sources claim just a day after that post Hilaly was “pressured” into taking the role of Grand Mufti.

“They were begging him,” a source said.

“They said he is the only person who can clean up this position.”

When contacted by The Sunday Telegraph today Imam Abdul Quddoos said Hilay’s appointment will be finalised following a meeting of Imams in Sydney next week.

“We are not ready to announce it in the media yet,” he said.

Asked why Hilaly was being reinstated as Grand Mufti, Imam Quddoos said “Because he is the most capable person in Australia (for this post)”.

Hilaly’s former spokesman Keysar Trad today told The Sunday Telegraph the move to reappoint Hilaly “has been on the cards for several months”.

“Discontent has grown over what many in the community see as an exclusive club with musical chairs, known as the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and the position of Grand Mufti,” Mr Trad said.

“I am not personally involved as I am trying to recover from physical injuries, however, I have been contacted by individuals involved in this matter and I regularly am called on for advice by community members and community leaders due to the growing discontent over the processes at ANIC.”

The Daily Telegraph



ANIC, CIQ and ICQ have responded to this turn of events with the following statements:














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On the night of Saturday, September 22 the Hurricane Stars Club hosted a mothers and daughters dinner at the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) hall.

The Hurricane Stars Club was very fortunate to be able to use some of the funds raised in their recent fundraising events, the Bilal movie showing and the Bunnings BBQ, to subsidise the cost of the special dinner mainly as a give-back to the community for their support and participation.

It was a very successful night with more than 110 mothers and daughters of all ages attending. Susan Al-Maani, the master-of-ceremonies extraordinaire hosted the evening, making it a non-stop night of fun, games and laughter. The objective of organising the dinner was to allow an opportunity for mothers and daughters to bond in a relaxed and fun formal dinner where they also get to dress-up nicely in an all-ladies environment.

The 3-course dinner began with a delicious entrée of Indonesian finger foods. For the main meal, everyone enjoyed delicious Afghani-inspired food prepared by Sara’s Catering. After the sumptious meal, the attendees finished the night by completely breaking their diets when served with five different delicious desserts, many provided by Bia’s Alterations and Cakes.

Throughout the night, attendees played a variety of games that kept everyone laughing and having fun. The winning table in each game got prizes to share which made winning extra sweet. We are also very grateful to many local businesses that donated items for the lucky-draw prizes mainly Kira’s House of Fashion, Maleha Newaz Wellbeing Physiotherapy, Argan by Olya, Gift Street, Burcu Doterra, Beadiful by Shana, Neko Nadi and Sakinah’s Collection. A special thank you the Kira’s House of Fashion for providing two of the beautiful dresses worn by the organisers on the night.

Everyone also had great fun taking quirky and beautiful pictures in the photo booth. A big thank you to Delightful Events Hire for providing the beautiful backdrop for the photo booth. Mothers and daughters all enjoyed the night, playing games together, laughing and eating delicious food. Everyone left happy and looking forward to the next programme by the Hurricane Stars Club.





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Visitors from the Scripture Union get shown around the Bosniak Mosque in Rochedale by resident Imam Sifet Omerovic and the IWAA Team.


Scripture Union is an international, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian movement. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world.



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By Zia Ahmad    

Almost $100,000 was raised for helping Australian farmers for drought relief by “Sydney Muslim Cyclists’ and their sponsors where more than 100 men and women in 3 groups cycled from Belmore Sports Ground to Brighton Le Sands and back.

The effort was part of an all day Human Appeal Farmers Drought Family Day Fundraiser on Sunday 23 September at Belmore Sports Grounds, the home of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, that also included a sausage sizzle and family fun activities such as jumping castles, face painting, zoo petting, pony rides and much more.

A major Muslim aid organisation Human Appeal Australia (HAA) as part of the generous Australian community initiated an urgent drought relief campaign to keep the Australian farmers standing and working on their farms.

The funds raised will be used to give away food hampers, deliver water and bales of hay for livestock as well as provide cash support to farmers for financial relief.

With NSW recording its driest year since 1965 and Australian farmers in the eastern part of the country suffering from extreme drought conditions affecting their crops and animals, Muslims have come to rescue in innovative ways from praying for rain, supplying farmers with feed for livestock and raising funds for food hampers and cash relief for drought-affected farmers.

Towards the middle of September, another major Muslim charity, Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) in partnership with other Muslim aid organisations in NSW and Queensland delivered 30,000 kg of hay bales to farmers hard hit by the ongoing drought.





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Julie Hoskin rode a wave of anti-mosque sentiment to win a council seat in 2016

After rising from notoriety to public office, a leading voice in the infamous fight against plans for a mosque in country Victoria has been declared bankrupt and has quit her position as a city councillor.

Julie Hoskin played a key role in the vocal, but ultimately defeated, campaign to block Bendigo's first mosque, which drew international attention and triggered violent protests in the streets during 2014 and 2015.

She won election to the City of Greater Bendigo council in 2016, in large part thanks to her public profile.

But she has quit after a difficult two years featuring internal disputes, personal financial problems, and a fight against the sale of her home by the Sheriff's Office.

The creditor who ultimately drove Ms Hoskin to bankruptcy was, ironically, the lawyer who led the anti-mosque court challenge, Robert Balzola.

The pair have since fallen out.

He filed a Federal Circuit Court petition to declare Ms Hoskin bankrupt back in May.

Ms Hoskin first came to prominence during the mosque debate as a member of a group calling itself Rights for Bendigo Residents.

During the campaign she worked behind the scenes while also addressing public rallies and council meetings.

For one meeting she wore a motorcycle helmet to protest against Islamic face coverings, and on another occasion dressed as a golden witch as she and fellow campaigners accused the City of Greater Bendigo of corruption.

Ms Hoskin was also a prominent figure in one of the darkest episodes of the mosque fight — the abandonment of a council meeting at the Bendigo Town Hall in 2015.

That night, more than 100 protesters drowned out proceedings as they chanted anti-Islamic slogans.

Police were called and eventually escorted the councillors and staff to safety.

After the chamber was cleared, Ms Hoskin sat in the Mayor's chair to the delight of her fellow protesters.

As a result of the unrest that night, the public was shut out of several meetings afterwards.

ABC News




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Hundreds of residents objecting to the Glenhaven Mosque proposal gathered alongside supporters of the Hills District Muslim Society at a Sydney joint regional planning panel determination on Thursday night.

The meeting, which resulted in standing room only at Castle Hill RSL Club, saw the planning panel hand down a decision to defer the development application for 1 Larapinta Place, Glenhaven.

Sydney Central City Panel chair Mary-Lynne Taylor handed down the decision after a monumental series of 50 addresses from objectors and supporters of the application, where panel members raised concerns around traffic, waste water, the restriction of worshipers and the length of time prayers would take place.

“This application is presently deficient in its report, but the panel is sympthatic of the applicants request for a defferal,” Ms Taylor said. “The applicant is to fund an independent traffic assessment.

“The need to reduce building site may be the result.”

Panel member Mark Colbert called for the refusal of the development application.

The issues raised in the council assessment report are fatal to the achievement of the proposal and justify the refusal of the proposal.”


THE Hills Shire Council has released a critical report into a development application for the construction of a mosque in Glenhaven — outlining 17 reasons for refusal as part of the scathing assessment.

The amended proposal for a 250 person mosque on the corner of Larapinta Pl and Glenhaven Rd, Glenhaven, saw more than 1000 objections, following its submission to the Hills Shire Council in April this year.

Council supported resident’s concerns around issues raised in regards to the proposal, including the fact that the development did not fit the nature of the suburb, should be proposed for a business or industrial precinct, increased the level of noise in the suburb, provided a lack of parking and would result in increased traffic congestion.

However, council also identified positive implications of the applications approval.

“These submissions primarily related to the support of a permanent place of worship for the local Muslim community,” the report said.

“The submissions also indicate that the proposal is unlikely to impact existing residents.”

The council recommended the $7.5 million application be refused by the Sydney Central City Planning Panel, when it meets to determine the proposal on September 27.

A total of 250 worshippers could frequent the place of worship during peak times with several special services earmarked each year.

“The building, which has not been reduced in size, has capacity to accommodate 1900 people,” the report revealed.

The council report also supported residents fears that a revised development application to expand the number of worshippers could be submitted, following the approval of the proposal.

“The size and occupancy capacity of the proposed development is excessive for the maximum number of patrons stated by the applicant and will lead to a much greater number of patrons and consequent impacts,” the report said.

The report also suggested the applicant, Hills AWQAF on behalf of the Hills District Muslims society, failed to provide sufficient information relating to noise, ecological and environmental impacts.



  • The development is not in keeping with the low scale rural-residential nature of the area, and the 10 metre structure will have an adverse impact on the streetscape.

  • A place of worship of this size is better suited to an area zoned business or industrial, similar to where Hillsong Church is.

  • The nature of the development will result in large amounts of worshippers congregating for significant number of consecutive days which will have adverse impacts on the local amenity.

  • The proposal will result in adverse noise impacts.

  • The site does not have access to sewer.

  • The parking provided is inadequate for the type of development.

  • Cars will park along Glenhaven Rd and Larapinta Pl, which will be dangerous.

  • Given the location it is unlikely that the worshippers will utilise public transport, therefore will need to rely on private transport.

The Daily Telegraph




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One glance from You I seek,
To lift me from myself,
To raise me from my heavy thoughts
That tempt me away from You.

One smile, one look of softness
Will melt away my gloom,
Will transform me to heights, envious,
All from the sweetness of knowing You.

In desperateness, I yearn Your Company,
Chosen only for those You Yourself have selected,
A friendship with no conditions
Or boundaries,
But true loyalty all the way through.

If I please You, You gift me more.
If I let You down, You turn away for a moment,
Only to appeased instantaneously
By a sincere, sorry note from my heart.

O Gracious One!
Don’t ever abandon me to myself,
For then I am lost, irrevocably lost,
To the enemy of the truth.
For then the further I descend,
The hopeless my state will become.

O Lofty One!
Don’t let this fear come true!
But submerge me in Your love,
Felt solely through knowing You.

By Umm Hafsah




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Sara Iftekhar

Sara Iftekhar a law student at the University of Huddersfield, won Miss Huddersfield 2018, crowned Miss Yorkshire Popularity 2018 and faced off 49 other Miss England contestants at Kelham Hall in Newark, Nottinghamshire and while wearing her hijab. While other Muslim contestants donning the hijab have entered the competition, Sara is the first to make it this far into the finals.

The 20-year-old faced the first half of the final, which announced her to have won a place in the top 15, on July 26 and 27, and the two-part finale of the Miss England competition on September 3 and 4. The competition comprised of an ethical fashion show, talent and evening wear catwalk and a presentation of all the award winners. Alisha Cowie was crowned the winner at the Great Hall and in December will represent England at the Miss World 2018 in Sanya, China.

On her Instagram post of her holding her finalist trophy, she wrote, “It was an incredible experience and something which I will never be able to forget. The opportunities which I have received with being a finalist in Miss England are opportunities which I would never have thought of and will forever be grateful for.”

Sara, who set up her own clothing business at 16, created a dress made of bin bags which she wore for the Miss England Semifinals and created a tutorial on Instagram of her eco accessory which she wore for the Miss England 2018 Finals.

As part of the competition, Sara set up an online GoFundMe page to use her platform to raise money for “Beauty with a Purpose” – a Miss World charity that supports underprivileged children, displaced children in Vietnam and cleft palate teams in South America, Sri Lanka and Russia, as well as people affected by natural disasters, founded by Miss World Chair and CEO Julia Morely.

Sara wrote on the fundraising page that her motivation for participating in the pageant was “to show that beauty doesn’t have a definition, everyone is beautiful in their own ways, regardless of their weight, race, colour or shape.”

The Muslim News




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VACANCY: Principal

Australian International Islamic College


The College is seeking a strong and experienced Principal.


 Dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced educational leaders are invited to apply for this position, commencing in 2019.


For information on qualifications and skills required and the selection criteria, download the document here.


Applications close: 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Email the complete application to:

Should you have any queries regarding this role, please contact Mr Aziz Khan on 0422132623.




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The WAW awards celebrate the quiet achievers through nominations of Muslim women who have contributed to family and community or promoted peace, human rights, advanced arts, education, STEM, public health and environmental or social justice.


(continued from last week's CCN)






Nisveta is Bosnian-born and Australian-raised and educated. She has been working in the education industry since 2004 at an Islamic school in South-East Melbourne.

“Nisveta is Bosnian-born and Australian-raised and educated. She has been working in the education industry since 2004 at an Islamic school in South-East Melbourne.

Currently, Nisveta holds a leadership position as the Head of Middle School at Minaret College, Springvale campus. Being an educator is considered a huge privilege and a major responsibility by Nisveta, who thrives on working with and positively influencing Australian Muslim youth. She believes that her work as a teacher is crucial in developing future leaders, made even more relevant by the fact that 65% of Victorian Muslims are under the age of 35, and hence classified in the youth category.

Nisveta has also worked as an exam assessor for VCAA, and is a strong believer in equipping Muslim youth with the skills involved in interfaith dialogue and network-building. To this effect, she is the Interfaith Coordinator for the Building Bridges school program.

She is a mother of three wonderful boys, and loves soccer and travelling. This is just a snapshot of Nisveta’s achievements, many of which can be attested to by her students.”


To be continued in CCN next week...


Source: Australasian Muslim Times




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Following Imam Luqman and Imam Ikram Buksh


Armidale Mosque in Perth

formerly a cinema and located in a heritage village

(24 August)






Source: Facebook Page




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There are approximately 1.84 billion Muslims in the world today, making up 24.38% of the world’s population, or just under one-quarter of mankind. As well as being citizens of their respective countries, they also have a sense of belonging to the ‘ummah’, the worldwide Muslim community.
The Muslim500 publication sets out to ascertain the influence some Muslims have on this community, or on behalf of the community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim world. Note that the impact can be either positive or negative, depending on one’s point of view of course. 





Usama al-Sayyid Al-Azhari



Sheikh Usama Al-Sayed Al-Azhari is an Azhari scholar, preacher, an academic and a Senior Fellow of Kalam Research & Media. He teaches Hadith, Logic, and Islamic Creed at the renowned Al-Azhar Mosque’s Riwaq Al-Atrak in Cairo, Egypt. He also holds a teaching post in the Faculty of Usul Al-Din and Da`wah at Al-Azhar University, Egypt.

Scholar: Sheikh Usama was chosen by the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Ali Gomaa to deliver the Friday sermons on his behalf in the Sultan Hassan Mosque from 2005 and until late 2009. He studied with many esteemed scholars from all over the Islamic world, acquiring numerous authorisations (ijazaat) all testifying to his accepted position in the unbroken-chains of transmission known as isnad essential in the field of Islamic sciences and scholarship.

Peace Activist: He is considered to be one of the most influential voices calling for and working towards reaching new understandings founded on the Islamic tradition and in ways that accommodate the contemporary condition. In this regard, he has presented a number of original and fresh ideas attempting to renew authentic Islamic outlooks, through his publishing and scholarly contributions. Some of the ideas include creating a relational map of Shari`ah sciences, and their relationship with other circles of sciences, creating “Islamic hermeneutics”, reviving the tradition of auditing religious sciences and transmitting them through a chain of transmission as a criterion of authenticity, the Qur’anic accommodation of different civilizations, among others.






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CNN spent a year interviewing more than 100 American Muslims, asking who they think are the most influential Muslims in their fields. We sought nominees for whom religion is part of their public identity, but other than that, we let American Muslims do most of the talking.

Source: CNN

Continued from last week's CCN......



Dean Obeidallah: ‘Your Muslim friend’



Dean Obeidallah always begins his SiriusXM radio show with the same line, “My name is Dean Obeidallah, and I’d like to be your Muslim friend.”


The lawyer-turned-comedian and cultural commentator says his solicitation is sincere, if also a bit self-interested.


“Polls show that if you know a Muslim, you are much more likely to have a positive view of all Muslims.”


Besides being one of the first American Muslims to host a national radio show, Obeidallah writes columns, appears on CNN and other networks and hosts comedy specials, including one after last year’s presidential election featuring mostly Muslim comedians.


It was called “The Last Show Before Trump Deports Us.”

What other Muslims say about Obeidallah: “Dean is able to get a serious point across while still making you laugh at how ridiculous the biases we face as a community can be.”




Another American Muslim in next week's CCN




Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


While I lost my mum to domestic violence but I won't let fear or racists keep me silent

By Amani Hayda (lawyer, artist and executive board member at Bankstown Women's Health Centre dedicated to advocating for the health and wellbeing of women. In 2018 she was a finalist in the Archibald Prize and the Law Society of NSW Just Art Prize and is currently completing a Masters in Islamic Studies at ISRA/CSU.


Amani Haydar and her sisters Nour and Ola accept a degree awarded posthumously to their mother.



Importantly, we're in the process of empowering ourselves
Over the past few years, I have noticed a promising shift as Muslim women stand up to male dominated religious institutions, misogyny and widespread racism and reclaim their rights.

I was inspired, for instance, when I attended a conference at the beginning of the year, where Muslim academics, activists and other professionals came together to discuss how Muslim women in Australia exercise agency and resist sexism.

Social media, too, is providing opportunities for women to find each other and express their concerns in safe spaces.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, a culture of accountability is emerging whereby problematic teachings and teachers can be challenged publicly.

And a growing awareness of mental health issues is emboldening women to speak more openly about how their lives have been impacted by trauma. Our lived experiences are evidence of why change is needed and, with so many survivors sharing their stories, the narrative is slowly changing.

I've personally been encouraged to have these conversations — with my art and my words — and have come to realise the healing power of storytelling.

'Verily with every hardship there is relief'
My faith has also helped me rebuild my confidence and come to terms with the horror and sadness I've faced in the past three years: whilst religious coping may not work for everyone, it has documented benefits for many victim-survivors working to overcome trauma.

When I got home from the police station on the night of my mum's murder, shaken and drained, I calmed myself by reciting quietly under my breath, subhanallah, alhamdulillah, la Illaha illa-llah.

An expression of praise, an utterance of gratitude, and an affirmation of the one-ness of God, these words were a crucial reminder for me of what I had previously been given, what I still had, and what I could depend on.

In the excruciating two years that my sisters and I waited for a trial, I prayed for an outcome that would help us heal and feel safe again.

The Australian legal system does not give victims an empowered role in criminal trials and anyone who follows the news will have seen the frequency with which dangerous men escape full accountability or are handed down unsatisfactory punishments, especially when the victim is a woman.

As his Honour Justice Garling handed down his verdict on March 31 last year, I held my sister's hand. I could hear her whispering prayers as I listened to the judgment.

When my father was pronounced guilty of murdering my mother and wounding my sister, I cried tears of relief.

I went on to write a research paper about crime, punishment and forgiveness from a trauma-informed perspective with reference to Islamic texts and tradition.

By studying texts that give victims a voice, I found validation for my grief and anger, and learnt about how these emotions could be harnessed and directed towards positive deeds and advocating for change.

I found solace in descriptions of a grander justice that I could be a part of, and was uplifted by verses of resilience and hope, Inna ma'al 'usri yusra: Verily with every hardship there is relief.   





Marry a Drug Dealer, But Not a Muslim!






What will you do if your beloved mother tells you: “I don’t care if you marry a drug dealer, but don’t marry a Muslim?”

This is exactly what was told to Susan Carland when she was 17 years old. This was after declaring that one of her New Year’s resolutions was “to investigate other religions.”

Of course, Islam was not in her priority list as she used to say “It looked violent, sexist and foreign.”

Two years later, at the age of 19, Susan who has been raised as a Baptist became a Muslim without the influence of any man!

This was the same girl who at around 14 years of age had joined a “funky, happy, clappy church” that was part of the charismatic movement. Around her, people were claiming to speak in tongues and announcing that God had spoken to them in the night.

No Pork Chops?
One night, her mother announced they were having pork chops for dinner. That was when the mother discovered that her daughter had become a ‘victim’ of Islam.

“My mother gave me a hug,” she recalls, “but she was crying.” A few days later, Susan began wearing a headscarf.

For eight years, after the conversion to Islam, there had been a rift between Susan and her mother. However, they are now in good terms.

Susan says: “Now, my mum even buys me head scarves and sends presents to my children for Eid.”

Susan had found that Islam, “… didn’t have that intellectual divide between mind, body and soul that I had found in Christianity.”

Carland also converted to Islam because she found that “the nature of God in Islam… appealed to me,” she says.

Career & Marriage
Susan has completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science and in 2007 she was completing her PhD, researching leadership challenges facing Western Muslim women.

She is now a lecturer and a tutor in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University in Melbourne, where she specializes in gender studies, youth and sociology of religion.

She has come to love Islam and Muslims:

“Without doubt,” she says, “the most inspiring and wonderful people I’ve ever met in my life are Muslims and that’s certainly helped me not withdraw from the community altogether”.

In February 2002 at a ceremony in Melbourne Zoo, Susan got married to Melbourne lawyer Waleed Aly, who is on the executive of the Islamic Council of Victoria.

Born in Australia to Egyptian parents, Waleed has degrees in law and engineering and works for a big city law firm.

Waleed Aly is now a lecturer in politics at Monash University and works at the Global Terrorism Research Centre.

Muslims in Australia
In 2006, Waleed was one of 90 young Australians chosen to attend the Australian Future Directions Forum to generate ideas for the next twenty years of Australia’s future.

And in 2007, he was named one of The Bulletin magazine’s ‘Smart 100’. He is also the author of People Like Us: How arrogance is dividing Islam and the West.


The couple have a daughter named Aisha.

Susan converted to Islam independently of Waleed as she says, “… when I became Muslim Waleed and I weren’t together. I was very much a single woman and sort of deciding to get married happened years after I became Muslim.”

Susan is a creator and panelist on the multi-award winning Australian national network television program Salam Cafe, and is often consulted for commentary about Islam and Muslims in a variety of mainstream media.

Susan has been invited to speak at various churches, Jewish groups, schools, community groups, and business organizations, and was invited to give the International Women’s Day address at the Victorian Parliament house in 2003.

Intellectual Liberation
Besides being a researcher for the Centre for Muslim Minorities and Islam Policy Studies at Monash University, Susan is also a youth worker with Grassroots. This is an initiative of the Islamic Council of Victoria, which aims to address and serve the specific needs of young Australian Muslims.

Susan is a state-coordinator for the Train the Trainers Course in Dawah and Dialogue. In 2009, she was named one of the international ‘Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow’ by the UN Alliance of Civilisations.

While recalling her spiritual quest, Susan said:

I felt the sense of intellectual liberation…

I started going to Muslim internet chat rooms…

And I was put in contact with Muslim women who were studying at my university who patiently answered my questions…

When I let the religion speak for itself through its traditions, scholars and holy text, as opposed to taking the words of tabloid journalists or appallingly behaving Muslims, I found a faith that was peaceful, egalitarian, socially just, and with a beautiful balance of the spiritual and the intellectual…

Susan Carland was proclaimed the Australian Muslim of the Year 2004, a prize worth $2000 to be distributed to charities of her choice which she accepted on two conditions: that she would spend the money in Australia and give to non-Muslim as well as Muslim organizations.   




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Dhillon takes shahadah

Gold Coast Mosque



Young Irish, Dhillon, converts to Islam at Gold Coast Mosque on 29 September 2018 in front of Christian parents Shaun and Jarret.





Strawberry preserves for drought affected farmers




Volunteers from Qaswa, Muslim Aid Australia and UWA Muslim Students Association help out making strawberry preserves for drought farmers.

"We started yesterday by hand picking the strawberries from the farms that has been badly affected by the strawberry crisis and bought the jars.

Today we cleaned, sliced, and mashed them before cooking them with our secret recipe. We then sterilised the jars and bottled the preserves.

Each bottle of our delicious strawberry preserve will sell for $7. They are limited in numbers. So order them quickly. Message on Facebook or Instagram to order.

Proceeds will go to helping set up Qaswa Madrasah and helping the farmers over the east suffering from the drought."






Usury - Mathmatical Fraud Explained

Dangling Carrot



Practice of Usury is a confiscation racket. It's a game of musical chairs, all borrows can not pay back their loan because the money does not exist.





Khabib Nurmagomedov on October 6 opponent Conor McGregor

Australian Muslim













The Prophet of Love

Sheikh Sulaimaan Ravat from South Africa at Kuraby Mosque









Three steps to stop slander from affecting you

OnePath Network



Three steps to stop slander from affecting you
It’s as though everyone loves Fitnah – whether it’s gossip, backbiting or slander. It adds excitement and drama to our lives and in all honesty, most people enjoy listening to it and spreading it around.

However, it’s a whole lot different when we find out that the gossip and rumours being spread are about ourselves. It’s painful, hurtful and definitely something we don’t ever want to find out.

Spreading gossip is no doubt sinful and it is, in fact, one of the reasons some people are punished in their graves as the Messenger of Allah ﷺ stated.



OnePath Network





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Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 28 September 2018

TOPIC: "Hazrat Hussain Part 2"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar









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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 28 September 2018


IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar




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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 28 September 2018

TOPIC: "Sacred month of Muharram" 

IMAM: Moulana Shezard Khan












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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 28 September 2018

TOPIC: "Duties of parents and children towards each other" 
IMAM: Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh




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Concordia engineering school becomes first in Canada named after a woman as alumna donates $15-million


Donor Gina Parvaneh Cody, who is gifting Concordia University with a $15 million donation, was the first woman to earn a PhD degree in building engineering from Concordia University.

CANADA: Gina Cody arrived in Montreal with $2,000 in her pocket and little more than a dream to become an engineer. It was 1979. Her homeland of Iran was in the throes of a revolution, and she escaped on the last flight out.

“Overwhelmed” and “lonely,” she got a toehold in her new country thanks to a scholarship in engineering at Concordia University in Montreal. Forty years later, a successful career behind her, Dr. Cody is giving back.

The 61-year-old is donating $15-million to her alma mater, a gift that will be used to increase diversity in a traditionally male-dominated field. The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science becomes the first engineering faculty in Canada – and one of the first internationally – to be named after a woman.

“I have a message for all the young girls around the world who have been told engineering and computers are for boys only,” Dr. Cody said on Monday in a campus ceremony. “Hear me now – my name is Gina Cody and I am a woman and I am an engineer. This is my school and I say engineering and computer science is for everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or wealth.”

Dr. Cody becomes a potent symbol of generosity and success by a new Canadian as immigration is dominating political discussions in Quebec. One of the main parties in Monday’s election, the Coalition Avenir Québec, wants to reduce immigration and test newcomers for values and French.



The Globe and Mail


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Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid: How England's spin twins became inseparable


Their parents grew up 14 miles apart - half a century later, on the other side of the world, their sons have forged a special bond. Jonathan Liew met the duo for the latest issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly


England spin bowlers Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali

UK: It’s only 14 miles, as the crow flies, from Dadyal to Mirpur in the Azad Kashmir region of northern Pakistan, where Abdul Rashid and Munir Ali were both brought up. Half a century later, on the other side of the world, their sons have forged the sort of bond that is only really possible in Britain: one based on shared culture as much as shared vocation, where faith and family are never far from the surface.

When did you first meet?
Adil Rashid: We first met playing against each other in the county under 13s. We’ve been good friends ever since. Then we played with each other for England – under 15s, under 19s, Lions. For the four or five years since we’ve been in the England squad together, we’ve got a lot closer.

Why do you think you get on so well?
Moeen Ali: Similar backgrounds.

AR: Similar characters, in terms of how we’ve been brought up. Sometimes you just click, don’t you? We understand each other really well.

MA: Even our parents are from the same place back home. We speak the same language.

Are your families close?
AR: They were, in our younger days. We had brothers who played against each other in the age groups. But as you get older, you get more independent and you go your own ways. Our upbringings were very, very similar. Cricket related to everything from a young age.

Who was the better player growing up?
AR: It’s hard to say.

MA: Rash was always the guy that people spoke about. As a quality leggie and someone who could bat. And someone who played so much first-class cricket so early.

What was Mo like as a teenager?
AR: Well obviously, people… change. [Both laugh.] Fairly quiet, hard-working, likes to have a laugh.

And Mo, how would you have described Rash?
MA: A bit cheeky. I don’t know what the word is... not a rebel, but great fun. The term I’d use is a bit loose. As in, very carefree. You never had that many responsibilities. You don’t have real lives, you don’t have kids, you haven’t settled down. As he’s got older, he’s matured. Religion’s played a big part. We’d always had a little bit of that in our lives, but not really followed it much. As we got older, we both decided to change.

So religion played a bigger part in your life as you got older?
AR: One hundred per cent. As you mature, you learn more about yourself, about what you want and need. As Muslims, we try to do certain things. We pray five times a day, we help each other out.



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Boots Ireland ordered to pay compensation after Algerian Muslim questioned following purchase


IRELAND: Boots Retail (Ireland) has been ordered to pay €700 compensation to an Algerian Muslim man living here after it queried why he was purchasing a bottle of hydrogen peroxide.

In high concentrations, hydrogen peroxide can be used as an ingredient in explosives and Riadh Mahmoudi has successfully claimed at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) that he was discriminated against when questioned about the purchase of the product with a low concentration at an un-named Boots store here.

Mr Mahmoudi said that he was seen as a suspicious customer by Boots Ireland because of the colour of his skin and his beard - a claim denied by Boots Ireland.

Boots Ireland stated that it was bound by law and its own procedures to question Mr Mahmoudi as hydrogen peroxide is listed by the EU as an explosive precursor.

In her ruling, WRC Adjudication Officer, Marian Duffy found that Mr Mahmoudi was discriminated against on the grounds of race as the EU regulations apply to hydrogen peroxide with concentrations levels of 12% or more and the hydrogen peroxide Mr Mahmoudi was seeking to purchase had concentration levels of 6%.

Ms Duffy said that a guidance document from the Government’s Inspector of Explosives does state that EU regulations apply to all explosive precursors not matter the volume but the document is not law.

She said: “Therefore, it was not necessary to ask the questions as, it could not have been a suspicious transaction as defined in the regulations.”


Boots Ireland ordered to pay compensation after Algerian Muslim questioned following purchase

Boots Retail (Ireland) has been ordered to pay €700 compensation to an Algerian Muslim man living here after it queried why he was purchasing a bottle of hydrogen peroxide.

In high concentrations, hydrogen peroxide can be used as an ingredient in explosives and Riadh Mahmoudi has successfully claimed at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) that he was discriminated against when questioned about the purchase of the product with a low concentration at an un-named Boots store here.

Mr Mahmoudi said that he was seen as a suspicious customer by Boots Ireland because of the colour of his skin and his beard - a claim denied by Boots Ireland.

Boots Ireland stated that it was bound by law and its own procedures to question Mr Mahmoudi as hydrogen peroxide is listed by the EU as an explosive precursor.

In her ruling, WRC Adjudication Officer, Marian Duffy found that Mr Mahmoudi was discriminated against on the grounds of race as the EU regulations apply to hydrogen peroxide with concentrations levels of 12% or more and the hydrogen peroxide Mr Mahmoudi was seeking to purchase had concentration levels of 6%.

Ms Duffy said that a guidance document from the Government’s Inspector of Explosives does state that EU regulations apply to all explosive precursors not matter the volume but the document is not law.

She said: “Therefore, it was not necessary to ask the questions as, it could not have been a suspicious transaction as defined in the regulations.”

In the case, Mr Mahmoudi said that his wife wished to switch to natural cleaning products and asked him to purchase two bottles of vinegar, a bottle of distilled witch hazel, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, a bottle of rubbing alcohol and bicarbonate of soda.

He said that when seeking out the items at his local Boots store, a staff member asked him why he was purchasing hydrogen peroxide - a substance that is present in a lot of products such as nail varnish.

Mr Mahmoudi said that he felt he was put on the spot and he said he was using it for first aid and he was using it for other things such as cleaning.

The assistant then went to speak to another member of staff and Mr Mahmoudi said that he felt uncomfortable and embarrassed about being questioned about an over the counter product that he used in his house.

On the day, Mr Mahmoudi said that he was then told that he required a prescription for the purchase - a claim denied by Boots.

The sales assistant told Mr Mahmoudi that they were out of stock but that she could order it for him. Mr Mahmoudi said that he went to another pharmacy and purchased the hydrogen peroxide without any questions.

He also stated that he asked an Irish friend to go to the same Boots to purchase the hydrogen peroxide the same day and he said that his Irish friend was not asked why he required the product.



Boots stated that hydrogen peroxide is one of the products listed in the regulations which is the reason why Mr Mahmoudi was questioned about the planned purchase.

Boots claimed that the combination of products that Mr Mahmoudi was seeking to purchase was unusual, including the hydrogen peroxide.

Boots stated that when questioned as to the purpose Mr Mahmoudi wished to purchase a product containing hydrogen peroxide he appeared unclear, initially stating it was for first aid and then saying it was for household cleaning.

Boots claimed that Mr Mahmoudi appeared unfamiliar with the regular use of hydrogen peroxide and he appeared nervous and uneasy by the routine questioning put to him by the Boots employee in accordance with robust training.

Boots stated that for these reasons, the pharmacy assistant considered the transaction suspicious and refused the sale, referring the matter to the pharmacist.

The pharmacy assistant told the WRC that the products that Mr Mahmoudi was seeking to purchase “seemed to her to be a suspicious transaction and she asked him what he was using it for”.

She said that Mr Mahmoudi told her he required the products to make cat repellent.

The pharmacy worker said that Mr Mahmoudi’s race or religion had nothing to do with her decision to query him.

The Boots worker that she had to comply with the regulations otherwise she could be disciplined.

She said after questioning Mr Mahmoudi, the pharmacist decided it was not a suspicious transaction and she agreed to order it in as it is not a stock item any longer.

The Irish Examiner


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UK's Oldest Mosque: Incredible pictures shine a light on Britain’s oldest mosque dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria


The Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking, Surrey was built in 1889 and still serves as an active place of Islamic worship to this day.


These pictures shine a light on Britain's oldest Mosque dating back to the Queen of Victoria.


And it's not where you might expect - the Shah Jahan Mosque was built in 1889 in Woking, Surrey, about 30 miles southwest of the capital.

Images show the historic mosque hosting royalty and commoners alike in its picturesque grounds for important Islamic festivals and celebrations.

The Woking mosque was built by Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner, a Jewish Hungarian student of the languages and cultures of India and the Middle East.

He came to England to study at King's College London where he was appointed Professor in Arabic and Muslim Law after graduation.

Leitner later became Principal of Government College University in what is now Pakistan.

In 1881, he returned to England to found a centre for the study of oriental languages, culture and history.

He found a suitable building and had a mosque built in the grounds for the benefit of Muslim students.

The beautiful mosque was designed by architect William Isaac Chambers who incorporated elements of Middle Eastern architecture, a dome, minarets and a courtyard.

It was partly funded by Sultan Shah Jahan, Begum of Bhopal, from whom it takes its name.

Shah Jahan was one of four successive women rulers or "Begums" of the former Indian state of Bhopal between 1819 and 1926.

The mosque was used as a place of worship by Muslim members of Queen Victoria’s household including Abdul Karim, the subject of the 2017 film Victoria & Abdul.

When Leitner died in 1899 the mosque became disused, but it was repaired and reopened in 1913.

It was supported by prominent British converts to Islam, including Lord Headley, who was the most celebrated English convert to Islam in the early twentieth century.





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2018 Asia Games held in Indonesia August 18- September 2  



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Rusted Off: Why Country Australia Is Fed Up

Gabrielle Chan




The modern Australian political story. This book is both the broad and the narrow, the personal and the public. There is no other book like this in Australia and I am the only person to write it.

Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. Unpacking the small towns around where she lives and the communities that keep them going through threat and times of plenty. With half her year spent in Canberra, reporting from Parliament House and half her year in the sticks, she really does have a unique perspective.

The Great Divide between city and country is only one subject that arises. The National Party talks about farmers, but what about those who live in regional towns? Her forensic focus in the nearby towns is on ordinary lives not often seen, and the conversations in this book are broad, national and at times international; immigration, transport, health, the NBN, globalisation and tariffs.

Gabrielle also draws on her own observations about community. Newcomers initially face strong distrust based on money or race, but once you are accepted, there is a strong belonging and interaction, much more so than her experience in the city. Middle class people in the city, like Gabrielle, show compassion for poverty or racial difference, but there is little interaction with the “other”. That is the gift the country gave her.

Gabrielle has spent 30 years covering politics and lived 20 of those years in the country. Her kids were raised in country schools where she did her time on school councils, watching the lives of fellow parents and their kids from the poorest to the richest rural families. Gabrielle served on community groups grappling with loss of population, economic recession and mundane parking issues. She has witnessed fiery town meetings dealing with bank closures and doctor shortages. She has felt parents' extraordinary losses to ordinary causes like car accidents, drugs and crime in a small town. And all this while documenting the modern Australian political story. This book is both the broad and the narrow, the personal and the public. There is no other book like this in Australia and Gabrielle is the only person to write it.



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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: This recipe is very versatile and I also serve it with rice as a main meal because it has a great depth of flavour.


Saucy Fish with Almonds





1kg white fish filleted, washed and drained, I used the Red Emperor

2 tsp ground garlic
2 tsp crushed coriander seeds
2 Tab lemon juice
1 small onion grated
2 tsp crushed jeeru (Cumin)
1 tsp salt
½ tsp turmeric
2 tsp fresh red chillies
¼ cup almond meal
2 tsp fresh or desiccated coconut
1 tsp coconut oil/vegetable oil

Mix all the above into a smooth paste, leave a quarter aside and smear the rest on the fish fillets.


1 large onion
A handful of curry leaves
2 cups of tomatoes cut into cubes.
½ tsp salt or more
¼ of the fish marsala above.
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup oil

Fry the onions in oil and when they become light brown add the curry leaves, simmer for a minute, add the fish marsala, simmer for 2 mins and then add the tomatoes and allow to cook until the sauce thickens, add lemon juice and cook for a further 5mins. You could puree the sauce if you like.

Putting it together.

1. Shallow fry the fish in hot oil, very quickly one minute on either side, do not overcook.
2. Place the fried fish in a baking tray and pour the sauce over.
3. Bake for 30mins in 180 degrees oven.
4. Garnish with slivered almonds and chopped fresh coriander leaves.



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Q: Dear Kareema, which cardio exercises can I try for leg strengthening and shaping?

A: Try including the following cardio sessions as part of your leg-training work:

The treadclimber, stepper and exercise bike are great for toning legs and burning fat.


For variety to your programs, include hills and speedwork to build strong calves and quads.


Include forward and backward motions and vary from fast, smaller steps to large, deeper ones to engage as many different muscle groups.



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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














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
“Assumption versus Clarification”.

It is a gift from ALLAH that we humans are gifted with a mind that is able to think any thought we choose. These thoughts may be factual or hypothetical - based on actual facts or merely imagined and based on feelings.

Assumption is the act of accepting something as true or as certain to happen, without proof. Clarification is the act of seeking facts or proof to support a thought or hypothesis.

One of the main reasons why relationships break down in today’s society is that we don’t communicate with clarity. Instead, assumptions have become the norm of our dysfunctional family units.

A classic example of assumption in this age of smartphones would be where the blue ticks on whatsapp may be assumed as “message read”, when in fact, it may not always be the case. Furthermore, if there is no response to the message, the sender would, most often, assume that the recipient is “ignoring the message”. It is no wonder we are living on edge with our emotions and are quick to judge others.

How to seek clarification

Reflect on the last few days of your life and make a list of things you have assumed about people or situations, without having any real proof. Now, reflect on how each of these assumptions have panned out for you.

For example, in my own life, a couple of days ago, I felt extreme pain in my left abdominal area. Immediately, I assumed the worst diagnosis. There was no proof, yet, there was a toxic, addictive yearning from me to gravitate towards a negative outcome. I now know it was based on my fears of a past medical condition. I had assumed that it was recurring. The only way to douse those fears was to seek clarification from my GP. Blood tests and scans later indicated that my fears and assumptions were baseless.

The important thing to remember is that when we assume, what we are actually doing is creating a “false story” and choosing to believe in it as though it were true. The repercussions of believing in this false story may cost us our peace of mind, damage relationships and even cause ailments in the body and mind.

The only solution is to seek clarification. Not only that, but seek clarification tactfully. Notice the scenario below:

Husband forgets to take his phone with him. He has been gone all day. Wife tries to reach him. His phone vibrates silently by the bedside table. Wife doesn’t notice the phone there. She assumes he is ignoring her calls. She lets this thought catapult to numerous unpleasant assumptions about her husband. Eventually, husband returns in the evening. He walks in with a smile, however, wife begins showering accusations at him. He finds it difficult to comprehend her words. Finally he realises he left his phone at home. He tells her about it. She chooses to ignore him because she is too worked up to see things rationally. She chooses to remain grumpy the whole evening.

The above scenario could easily have been handled differently had the wife tactfully sought clarification from her husband. All it required was for her to let him know that she had tried calling him all day and became concerned when there was no answer. Was everything alright?

Simple. The act of seeking clarification not only opens and deepens our communication channels but also opens the mind to exercise patience - one of the most important virtues that ALLAH commands us to practise. In the above scenario, the amount of time spent on negative assumptions and later accusations could have instead been spent on exercising patience and making duaa for the safe return of her husband.

“When you assume, you make an ass of you (u) and me” - What may seem like a clichéd adage tends to hold immense truth. Resist assumptions, instead seek clarifications.



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Jallaludin took his marriage certificate, sat down and started staring at it....


Mrs Jallaludin: Why are you staring at this for so long?


Jallaludin: Searching for the expiry date.

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An Ayaat-a-Week





Is then one who is on a clear (path) from his Lord, like the one to whom the evil of his conduct seems pleasing, and such as follow their own lusts?

Surah Muhammad 47:14


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"At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies.”


~ P.G. Wodehouse



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The Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue invites you to the book launch of

Islam and Muslims in the West: Major Issues and Debates

At the book launch, Associate Professor Halim Rane and Dr. Adis Duderija will talk about their recently published book.

This will be followed by Q and A discussion facilitated by Dave Andrews.

Two books will be gifted and a discount flyer will be available for those attending.

Tea coffee and biscuits will be served. 6:30 for a 7 pm start. Free parking available at N 38

Please RSVP to by September 27










Mental Health Week is an annual, national event that aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.

Research has shown that high levels of mental health are associated with creativity, learning and productivity, and positive personal relationships, with improved physical health. Mental health is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy – the way we think, feel and develop relationships.

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women (women from non-English speaking backgrounds) face multiple challenges, which can affect their mental health.

What does positive mental health and wellbeing mean ? Are you copying well with everyday life stressors ? What works for you ?

Come and participate in this interactive Women’s Wellbeing workshop and learn and share together and find good coping strategies to keep ourselves mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.







Journalist Ms Gabrielle Chan will deliver the keynote address on Thursday 25 October. Ms Chan is a renowned political journalist and author with over 30 years experience working for The Australian, ABC Radio Australia, Daily Telegraph and Guardian Australia.


She has a passion for bridging the economic and cultural divide between the city and the country, and has authored a book on “Why Country Australia is Fed Up”. This is arguably one of the most important topics of discussion in Australia today.


Register for a ticket below. Discounted early bird tickets are available now!




Why Country Australia is Fed Up - A perspctive on Politics, Media and the Economy (see this week's CCN Book Club section)




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On 31 December 2017 the only Islamic childcare centre in the whole of Brisbane had to unfortunately close its doors due to the Department of Transport requiring it for their future expansion. To date they are still in the process of securing new premises to continue serving this very important need of the community and the wait continues….

In the interim the need is still there. The question most Muslims would be asking themselves is “Where do I send my child so that he/she can learn, grow and develop in an Islamic environment, and establish a sound Islamic foundation?”

Msasa Montessori is a private home based learning centre for 3-5 year olds. The focus is an Islamic based learning environment alongside the Montessori method of teaching. Children will be taught their basic duas, surahs, tasbeehs, stories of the Prophets will be read and enacted, and Inshallah their love for Allah and His Noble Prophet Muhammed S.A.W will develop. Supported by the Montessori method of teaching they will develop their independence and will utilise equipment which will enable them to develop and grow.

Montessori is a method of education based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. The Montessori materials cover developmental activities designed to meet the needs of children in five curriculum areas:
Practical life skills, Sensorial activities, Mathematics, Language and Cultural Studies.


By providing such an environment, the children will develop a strong sense of wellbeing and identity as Muslims and they will become confident and involved learners with the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence.

For further information call 0434519414.



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You would be pleased to know that the construction of burned Toowoomba Masjid has started last week, Alhamdulillah.

The concrete work has begin.

We are in short of AUD$650,000.

As you know our community is small and financially stressed and hence we need generous help from people like yourself to complete the project.

Our request to you is for a contribution (donation or loan or mix of donation and loan) to complete the project.

But we also request you to reach your relatives and friends on your mailing lists or social media who may be able to make more significant contributions.

Bank Account Details:

Commonwealth Bank of Australia,
Toowoomba Plaza Branch
A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation
BSB: 064459 A/C Number: 1034 1586

Swift Code: CTBAAU25XXX


For more information, call Prof Shahjahan Khan on +61421081048

Islamic Care clothing bins are now operational around South East Queensland 





Gold Coast Islamic Cultural Centre





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25 September


Book Launch: Step Up & Embrace the Leader Within

Sisters Support

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0407 164 721

6.30PM to 9PM

13 October



Holland Park Mosque FUND RAISER


Holland Park Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0422 122 249


20 October



The Family Muslim Night Bazaar



45 Acacia Road, Karawatha (ICB Hall)


3PM to 9PM

27 October



Fund Raiser for Renovations


Islamic Society of Toowoomba



6.30PM to 9PM

10 November



Fundraising Dinner/Auction for Australian Drought Relief, Kerala-Indian Floods and Indonesian Earthquake Victims


Combined ICQ,

Rotary Club of Archerfield,

MCF, and


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 738 432


17 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



3PM to Maghrib


19 November

20 November


Monday (EVE)




(Milad un Nabi)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1440


2 April 2019

3 April 2019


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(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1440


20 April 2019

21 April 2019


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15th Sha'baan 1440


6 May 2019





(start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1440


26 May 2019





(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1440


5 June 2019





(end of the month of fasting)

 1st Shawal 1440


11 August 2019





(Night of Power)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1440


12 August 2019





10th Zil-Hijjah 1440





1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Masjid As Sunnah



Every Sunday Quran Tafsir or Islamic Lesson or Arabic Class.
After Magrib
Conducting by Imam Yahia Baej

Children Arabic/Quran Class every Tue-Wed-Thursday after Magrib




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




Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha QLD 4117

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Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

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

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

Eidfest Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

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