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Sunday, 19 September 2010

 .Newsletter 0306



Somalian community uses Eid function for reconciliation

By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah

Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan was held hostage in Somalia for 15 months in 2009. He, Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout, and three Somalians were seized on their way to a refugee camp just outside the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Mr Brennan and Ms Lindhout were held captive for 462 days and released only after family members paid a ransom.

Mr Brennan was the guest of honour of the United Somalian Association of Queensland (USAQ) at their Eid function last night (Saturday) in Woolloongabba where he described his experiences during his time in Somalia.


He thanked the local Somalian community for inviting him to celebrate Eid with them and added:


"I was thinking about how it is to be a refugee, to leave your country, your families, you go to a place where you have no idea where you are going to end up, you have no idea what you are going to do for money." "In some respects I was incredibly lucky to be able to come home to my country while a lot of Somalians will probably never go back to the land of their birth, which is incredibly sad." "For the four days that I was there what I saw was amazingly beautiful  - 6 and half thousand kilometers of pristine coastline and farming land, that if money was thrown at it, would turn the country into a booming economy."


He thanked his family and the local Somalian community for their efforts during his ordeal and hoped that one day he would get a chance to go back to Somalia "if his mother would let him".


Also on the agenda was speeches by the Minister for Communities, Annastacia Palaszczuk, USAQ president, Mr. Hussein Ali Ahmed, community elder, Mr. Mohamed Mohamoud Darman, young Amina Ahmed and USAQ vice president, Mr. Sharif Sheik Farah.


After a number of enjoyable cultural performances, the guests were treated to a dinner and stayed on to enjoy each other's company long afterwards.


Hussein Ali Ahmed


Cultural performance: Alla Maanta Ayaanta


Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Nigel Brennan


Cultural performance: Haybad waxaad ku leedahay dhulkaaga hooyo

Mohamed Mohamoud Darman

Indonesian Eid Festival





The Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane (http://www.iisb.info), an Indonesian Muslim community who reside in Brisbane and suburbs are holding an Indonesian Eid feast today, Sunday 19 September.


All the details can be found by clicking on the image on the left.





Eid Fest Promo


Eid at the College


The Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) hosted the Eid-ul-Fitr Salah and an impressive crowd of about 2000 attended to observe the end of the month of Ramadan.


On a beautiful morning, Muslim brothers and sisters from all walks of life, gathered and performed their Eid Salah.


After the Salah, the College provided a sumptuous brunch that was clearly enjoyed by all.


There were rides for the young and also for the “not so young.”

"It was heartening to observe the spirit of brotherhood and Islam amongst the Muslim community, " a spokesperson for the College wrote.


The images shown here capture just some of the atmosphere and joy from the day.

Dealing with Islamophobia


Excerpt from sermon video from Sunday, August 29, worship service, First Community Church, Columbus, OH, with Rev. Deborah C. Lindsay preaching:




Multicultural Assistance Program Grants for 2010-11 now open!


The Multicultural Assistance Program grants are allocated to projects, multicultural festivals, and cultural events that strengthen multiculturalism, foster harmonious community relations and participation, and build community capacity, including improved access to services in Queensland.

Funding Guidelines
The 2010-11 Funding Information Paper provides details of funding available and information about how to develop an application.

Applicants must use the 2010-11 Funding Submission Form provided in the Funding Information Paper to submit a funding application.

The 2010-11 Funding Information Paper and submission forms are available at www.multicultural.qld.gov.au/be-involved/grants/multicultural-assistance-program/

You may contact Multicultural Affairs Queensland on 13 13 04 to obtain the Funding Information Paper and submission forms if you do not have access to internet or have a problem downloading the documents.

Closing date for submission of applications is Monday 15 November 2010.

Bronx Worship Center Promotes Interfaith Peace




ECCQ meeting with Ministers





The Executive Committee of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ)  was invited during the week to join members of the Queensland Parliament for dinner in the Speaker's Courtyard of Parliament House.


Minister of Communities and Multicultural Affairs, Annastacia Palaszczuk, played host along with Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial
Relations, Cameron Dick (pictured seated second and third from the left respectively).


 Also present were Desley Scott MP, Grace Grace MP and Speaker of the House, John Mickel MP.

Chopra responds to Quran burning controversy



Volunteer RE Teachers


In the current climate of an increasing need for Muslims to be involved in inter-faith dialogue to remove misconceptions about Islam, clarify issues related to Muslims, and inform others about Islam, there is a need to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims about issues related to Islam and Muslims.

The Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) invites applicants to express an interest to volunteer in two upcoming projects.

1) Religious education to Muslim students in Queensland Schools
Many schools in Queensland have a growing population of Muslims. Many of these Muslim students (primary and secondary) are deprived from learning about their faith or getting the opportunity to pray congregational prayers at school. Many of the Muslim students have expressed the desire to learn more about their faith.
Following this emerging need in schools around Queensland, CIQ is looking for committed Muslims who are interested in teaching Religious Education classes, once a week, at schools around Queensland. Full training and manuals for Religious Education classes will be provided to the volunteers by CIQ, including the necessary paperwork to undertake this task Insha Allah. CIQ is also looking for people to lead congregational Jummah prayers at the schools.

2) Religious studies talks on Islam at Non-Muslim schools in Queensland
In the past few years, a number of Muslim sisters and brothers have been actively involved in giving interviews to students from private Christian colleges for their Grade 11 and Grade 12 religious studies class assignments. These religious studies classes study Islam as part of their curriculum and are required to interview a Muslim person to get an insight about the influence of doctrinal, ethical and social frameworks of Islamic traditions in their personal lives. Just a few weeks ago, 3 speakers addressed up to 15 students each, in one particular school.
The increasing number of requests has called for a need to increase the number of volunteers that can be available to be interviewed to share their experiences of Islam with students from Non-Muslim schools.

There are many passionate Muslims in the community who would be ideal to undertake these tasks. This is an opportunity for you to share your knowledge of Islam with others. You do not have to be a scholar to share your knowledge. If you have the passion and the desire to do something to change the perceptions people have about Islam, then CIQ will provide the necessary training to equip you with techniques and strategies in addressing various commonly asked questions.

So, if you would like to volunteer for any of these projects, or both of them, please forward your details by filling in the application form and availability form and returning them to the following email:- schoolsvolunteer@hotmail.com.


Multi-faith and Multi-cultural Eid-ul-Fitr Celebration

 By Nora Amath

Amidst the context of the so-called “Burn a Quran day” last Sunday, over 80 people from diverse faith and cultural backgrounds came together to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr at the Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University.


The event was hosted and sponsored by Believing Women for a Culture of Peace (BWCP), the Multi-Faith Centre, the North Brisbane Interfaith Group and the Nematollahi Sufi order.

BWCP chairperson, Nora Amath, was the master of ceremonies and took the attendees on a journey through the spiritual significance of Ramadhan and the diverse practices of Eid-ul-Fitr.


Emriye Yildiz from the Queensland Intercultural Society provided her reflections about Ramadhan from a Turkish Australian perspective, while Amir Mozaffari from the Nematollahi Sufi order moved and inspired the audience with his passionate views about God’s Love for His creation.

Garth Read from the North Brisbane Interfaith Group spoke about the context of 9/11, the “planned” Quran burning, and shared with everyone Imam Feisal Abdel Rauf’s vision for the proposed community centre - a centre for all faiths to come together, something as Read reminds us, the media has neglected in its coverage of this contentious issue.


Read clarifies that Imam Feisal’s concept for the centre rests on two commandments common to the Abrahamic faiths: “to love the Lord our creator with all of our hearts, minds, souls and strength; and to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. We want to foster a culture of worship authentic to each religious tradition, and also a culture of forging personal bonds across religious traditions” (Imam Feisal).

These profound, deep and inspiring reflections were shared amidst spiritual music and poetry reading performed by members of the Nematollahi Sufi order.


After the formal program, attendees enjoyed a halal meal and continued to engage in meaningful conversations with one another.


Events like this remind us how important it is to continue reaching out to one another; it is only through meaningful engagement that true bridges of understanding can be built.

As one of the organisers remarked: “We are here to defy whatever hatred there is out there, by coming together as Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Bahais, Sikhs and so forth!”

Bare skin ban for Muslim pool event


The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has banned people exposing their shoulders and thighs at an event at a public swimming pool in Dandenong, in Melbourne's south-east.

The Dandenong City Council and the YMCA applied for the ban to be implemented during swimming lessons for Muslim women scheduled for next August.

It will apply to both Muslims and non-Muslims attending the event.

The vice-president of the Victorian Islamic Council, Sherene Hassan (pictured right), says she does not support the restrictions.

"I basically believe that individuals have the right to wear whatever they'd like to wear," she said.

"I understand the organisers of this event have good intentions. They want to bring Muslims and non-Muslims, but my preference would be no dress code stipulated for non-Muslims."

Victoria's Equal Opportunities Commissioner says the ban must be put into perspective.

Helen Szoke says the restrictions apply to a two-hour, after hours swimming session, targeted at multi-faith groups.

"People are not obliged to attend, minimum standards of dress are very common and where minimum standards of dress are identified on occasions it's often to allow people to participate," she said.

On the Box


SBS Insight Tuesday 21 September 7.30pm


Banning the Burqa


The French Senate has voted to ban the burqa in public places making it the first European country to outlaw full face Islamic veils.

Similar laws are now being considered in Belgium, Spain and some Italian cities.

President Sarkozy said in Parliament "We cannot accept that in our country some women will be imprisoned behind a fence cut off from all social life, deprived of identity. This is not a principle that the French republic has about women's dignity."

In Australia, a recent decision by a judge to have a witness remove her face veil has sparked controversy and recent polls show that the majority of Australians support a ban.

But what exactly is driving the ban?


Guest on the live show are:

  • Jacques Myard

    Jacques Myard is a member of France’s ruling UMP party. On September 14 the French Senate passed a bill banning Islamic face veils in public. Jacques Myard initiated a proposal to ban the burqa two years ago. He believes these types of Islamic headwear go against the values of the French Republic.


  • Tariq Ramadan

    Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, England. He believes banning the burqa is counterproductive and will force women to stay indoors. He has condemned the recent ban in France.


  • Cory Bernardi

    The Liberal Senator believes that the burqa has no place in Australian society because it represses women but his primary concern is that the wearing of it is a security issue.


  • Amina Ghafoor

    22 year old Amina (pictured here with her husband Ahmed Saghir) has been wearing the burqa for more than a year. It was her choice to wear it and she feels banning the burqa will oppress other Muslim women as they'll lose their right to choose

Australia Pacific +10 Earth Charter Festival 2010


The celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Earth Charter started on Thursday with a Day of Inspiration at St John’s Cathedral on Ann Street, Brisbane.


AMARAH president, Nora Amath, joined in the celebration by providing the message of peace and endorsement for the comprehensive charter.

Illustrious speakers for the day include: Mirian Vilela, The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Swami Mahamandalesh war Swami Jasraj Puri, Dr Ian Lowe, Professor Brendan Mackey, Bishop Browning, The Venerable Cheuh Shan, Fr Denis Edwards and Dr Noel Preston.


The Day of Inspiration also included voices from the youth who provided profound reflections on the different Earth Charter Principles.


A dialogue with Pacific Islander leaders and the challenge of climate change

The highlight of the day for many was the passionate forum on “The Earth Charter Meeting Global Challenges- Pacific Islands Meeting the impact of Climate Change”.


Rev Leaupepe Kasiano, Ursula Rakova and Fiu Mata’ese Elisara La’ulu spoke poignantly and passionately about the plight of their people in the context of climate change.


They reminded those in attendance that for some it may mean a little inconvenience to their lives and even expense; but for them it is a matter of life and death. They urged the Australian government and everyone to be mindful of how important this issue is to the very future of their islands and their people.

The second day of the festival, the Day of Action, included forums for 3 separate streams. They include: Communities Stream: Living and Breathing Communities; Corporate Stream: Harvesting the Benefits; and Education Stream:

Brisbane City Council Earth Charter Festival stall

Seeds of Change.


These forums presented participants an opportunity to hear from renowned experts in their fields who are making a direct, sustainable impact on their communities. The forums also provided practical action-oriented solutions people can incorporate into their lives.

The festival concluded on Saturday, the Day of Celebration, with a Peace and Sustainability Fair, at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane.


The Fair showcased diverse multi-cultural performances, informative dialogue forums, as well as the plethora of community groups and social enterprise initiatives interested individuals can join.


For more information on the Earth Charter please visit: www.earthcharter.org.au.

Multi Ravat heads off for Pakistan


Mufti Zeeyad Ravat leaves for Pakistan on Wednesday 22 September.


The aim of this self sponsored trip which is to observe, at first hand, the situation in the flood stricken areas and to personally coordinate relief efforts with funds received through MCF.


Anyone wishing to donate to his efforts and for more information contact Mufti Zeeyad on 0421 342 108.

Eid at the Gold Coast Mosque

The New CIQ Committee


At the AGM held last week the following were elected on the Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ):


• President: Imam Yusuf Peer (Active Worker in QLD)
• Vice President: Imam Osama Al-Treki (Imam of Lutwyche Mosque)
• Secretary Imam Imraan Husain (Imam of Gold Coast Mosque)
• Assist. Secretary: Br Ismail Mohamed (AMYN Centre)
• Treasurer: Imam Aslam Hussain (AMYN Centre)
• Assistant Treasurer Br Ahmed Hassen (Active Member at Kuraby Mosque)



Imam Akram Buksh
Imam Fida-ur-Rehman
Imam Shazad Khan
Imam Mabrook Houadchia
Imam Ziyaad Ravat
Imam Bashir Khan
Imam Syed Tariq

Imam Uzair Akbar
Imam Ikraam Buksh
Imam Abu Ghazaleh
Imam Junaid Akbar
Imam Mohammed Tauab Raza
Imam Tawfique Chowdhury

Imam Adnaan Goder

Imam Recep Utku
Imam Dr Mohamad Abdalla
Imam Khairettin Yilmaz
Imam Ihsan Arafa
Imam Abdul Basit
Imam Mohamed Aslam
Imam Mohamed Nawaaz

Imam Sifet Omerovic
Imam Hamidullah Buttu
Imam Nurul Hasan
Br Aziz Yusuf
Br Hamid Goran
Br Ismail Zaki
Br Daud Bachelor
Br Masroor Shariff

Information supplied courtesy of the Secretary of CIQ

Around the Muslim World with CCN


'Longest table in the world' in Prophet’s Mosque, Madinah


Residents usually start laying the tables for Iftar immediately after Asr. They served an average of 300,000 meals a day.


RIYADH: Serving Iftar for visitors to the Prophet's Mosque is a cherished tradition for the people of Madinah.

It’s a practice which dates back 1,400 years, since the Prophet first built the mosque.

Dr Mohammad Khoja, who researches the history of Madinah, says there are parts of the mosque named after families, who for centuries have been bringing food to feed those who attend Iftar. “The families make budgets in which every member contributes. They buy food and serve the visitors," he said.

In fact, some of the tables on which the food is laid out are very old and have been donated by specific clans. Often these relics relay the family history and ranking in Madinah.

For instance, laying down tables in Al Rawdah Al Sharifa (also known as the old Haram) has been done by the Al Kurdi and Al Humaid families for tens of years.

Talking to Gulf News about how these Iftars are prepared, Mohammad Yousuf Mahmoud, said preparations take place long before the advent of the fasting month. "We serve the best kind of Madinah dates, in addition to water, orange juice and fruit like yoghurt, orange, bananas and grapes,” he says.

"But it is not just the food for which the mosque is famous.

“We have the longest table on the face of earth,” he adds. “It extends the length of the Prophet's Mosque. Millions of people have taken their Iftar on this table.

Mohammad Ibrahim Ammar, a Madinah resident has been bringing food to the mosque for Iftar for more than 40 years. "We have inherited this tradition from our fathers and grandfathers and will hand it down to our children and grandchildren," he said..

The average cost per Iftar for one person is two to three Saudi riyals.

As milk is the main component of the meal, milk companies compete to sell their products at discount prices outside the mosque.

Bread, known as ‘Madinah Shiraik’ is usually served for breakfast. It’s only allowed to be eaten in the courtyard outside the mosque however. Inside the mosque, only dates, yoghurt, coffee, and Al Shiraik bread are allowed.

Residents usually start laying the tables for Iftar immediately after Asr. They serve an average of 300,000 meals a day.

The director of public relations at the Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Abdul Wahid Ali Al Khattab, says about 170,000 meals are served each day in the mosque, while 130,000 are served in the outside.




Pilgrims bid farewell to Ramadan


Riyadh: More than 3.5 million pilgrims and visitors in Makkah and Madinah bade farewell to the month of Ramadan last Tuesday night which is considered the 29th night of the fasting month.

It is customary that on this night, the Imams of the Two Holy Mosques complete reciting the Quran. Each night during the taraweeh prayer, a full chapter is recited.

Muslims are keen to attend this special night of the 29th in the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah to listen to the tearful supplications of the Imams.

Many pilgrims and worshippers are particularly keen to be in Makkah and Madinah during the night of "the conclusion of the Quran" hoping that this will be Lailat Al Qadr (Night of Power) which is believed to be equivalent to more than 83 years of worship according to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

More than 2.5 million pilgrims and worshippers attended the 27th night of Ramadan at the Grand Mosque a night commonly believed to be the Lailat Al Qadr.

Lailat Al Qadr is special because it is believed that the gates of the skies open and that the prayers of the faithful is well received.

The Prophet did not specify the exact time of this night but had asked his followers to look for it on odd nights during the last 10 days of Ramadan

The inside of the Grand Mosque, its roof and outside plazas were overcrowded with worshippers.

The security, traffic and health plans formulated and executed by the Saudi authorities helped ensure the worshippers with comfort and enabled them to do their ritual easily and smoothly.

Assistant director of general security Maj. Gen. Nasser Al Arfaj said in press statements that the movement of the large masses was organized by four security sectors.

He said the command of the Al Haram security forces organized worshippers inside the Grand Mosque and prevented people from praying in passages.

Al-Arfaj said the emergency forces organized the masses at the southern plazas while the Haj and Umrah forces were responsible for the eastern plazas.

More than a million visitors spend the Night of Power at the Prophet's Mosque. They prayed inside the Mosque and in the surrounding courtyards.

A number of Muslims have been doing etikaf (dedication for worship) in the two Grand Mosques during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

They will not have to go out or do worldly business during this activity. Everyone of keen to do good deeds during Ramadan which is the month of forgiveness and tolerance.


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[Editor] Tickets for Dreamworld can be bought from Flight Star Travel at Underwood, or Best Deal Travel at Calamvale - or if your children attending one of the two Islamic Schools, they also have them.

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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!

This Week


A. B.




The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi



Elif Shafak


As in her previous book, The Bastard of Istanbul (2007), Shafak, a courageous, best-selling Turkish writer, boldly links East and West in converging narratives.


In present-day Massachusetts, Ella, an unhappy housewife on the cusp of 40, begins reading manuscripts for a literary agency, and soon finds herself exchanging personal e-mails with Aziz Zahara, a wandering Sufi photographer and the author of Ella’s first assignment, an enthralling novel titled Sweet Blasphemy.


It fictionalizes the true story of the esteemed thirteenth-century Muslim teacher Rumi, who undergoes a profound transformation when the wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz, a renegade of strange and unnerving powers, comes to town.


The two become inseparable, and as Shams shares the liberating “forty rules of love,” Rumi becomes a rebel mystic, the inventor of the “ecstatic dance” of the whirling dervishes, and a fervent and cherished poet.


Under Aziz’s influence, Ella also breaks free of convention and opens herself to cosmic forces.


Infused with Sufi mysticism and Rumi’s incomparable lyrics, and sweetly human in its embrace of our flaws and failings, Shafak’s seductive, shrewd, and affecting novel brilliantly revives the revelations of Shams and Rumi, and daringly illuminates the differences between religion and spirituality, censure and compassion, fear and love of life in our own violent world. --Donna Seaman

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Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

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KB's Culinary Corner


Hot Mexican Chicken


KB SAYS:  This is quick to make and the kids will love it! You can top it with sour cream and coriander. Yum!



1 kg chicken breast fillets – skin off and sliced in half.
100ml olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
10ml lemon juice

Mexican Spice Rub
10ml peppercorns
10ml whole coriander seeds
10ml garlic salt
15ml ground cloves
10ml turmeric
10ml all spice
10ml ground ginger
5ml nutmeg
15ml dried chilli flakes
15 ml cinnamon powder 


1. Rub the chicken with oil, salt pepper and lemon juice.
2. Roast the Mexican spices slightly in a frying pan (do not add oil).

3. Place in a blender or pestle and mortar and grind.
4. Rub the Mexican spices on the chicken and marinade overnight,
5. Place on a hot griddle, slightly smeared with olive oil and cook approx 4mins on each side or until done –depending on the thickness of the fillet.
6. Serve with roasted vegetables or chips.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Q&A Keep Fit Column




WHY? As we age, we gradually lose flexibility, muscle and body strength. The secret is to commit to exercise (an active lifestyle) and choosing activities you enjoy and can accommodate in your daily routine. Remember, it's never too late to start exercising!

WHERE? Anywhere that suits you. You can choose the great outdoors - pounding the pavements or working out at your local park or pool, hit the beach, or in your own backyard.

Indoors - if you're lucky enough to have even just a few pieces of equipment such as a treadmill, stationery bike, skipping rope, ball, etc. you can do 10-minute mini-workouts in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
If you have no equipment at all, don't despair, sit-ups, push-ups, dips, etc. are all just as great for getting into shape.

WHEN? Generally, people who exercise in the morning are more likely to keep it up. Remember, exercising at any convenient time for you is better than not exercising at all!

HOW? You can burn fat through two types of exercise: aerobic exercise and resistance training. Aerobic exercise is any physical activity that requires increased oxygen intake and elevates your heart rate. Regular aerobic exercise will reduce cardiovascular ageing and improve your heart health.

Resistance training makes you stronger by using weights, and your own body weight as resistance to strenghen and tone your muscles. It is also your bones' best friend, as it helps prevent osteoporosis later in life.







My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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

The CCN Chuckle


A local entrepreneur is desperately seeking to win a huge transport contract from the man in charge of the city's municipal transport department, our Mula Nasruddin. 


The entrepreneur offers to buy Mula Nasruddin a top of the range sports car.


Mula Nasruddin was indignant and told the entrepreneur in no uncertain terms that decency and dedication to duty for him would preclude him from accepting such a gift and felt insulted that he was being offered something for free. He believed that if he wanted anything he would buy it and gladly pay for it.


The entrepreneur immediately changed his approach.


He apologized to Mula Nasruddin and said “I am sorry, I understand and it won’t happen again.”


He said Sir, may I offer you a 2010 model sports car for $100?


“Yes, that’s fine” said Mula Nasruddin, “at that price I will take two.”

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25 September


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2 October


Gold Coast Interfaith Symposium

Muslim School of the Gold Coast & Australian International Islamic College

Gold Coast Islamic School, 19 Chisholm Rd, CARRARRA

0402 070 594


6 October


Charity Dinner

Community Groups

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0400 162 163

6.30pm to 9.30pm

9 October


1920s Feathers & Lace


Greek Orthodox Hall

269 Creek Road, Mr Gravatt

0432 100 291


17 November




19 November


Eid Fair & Fun



0418 722 353


20 November


2010 Women's Only Eid Ul Adha Ball


The Vibe Hotel, Surfer's Paradise



7 December



Islamic New Year

16 December



Day of Ashura


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Ladies Taleem


Taleem this week will be held on Thursday 23 September from 11am-12pm at the residence of:


Sharifa Gutta

50 Caribbea Street

Eight Mile Plains


Tel: 32190587

All ladies welcome


Inspiration Talk, BBQ and Youth Hour

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Road, Woodridge
When: Every Sunday, 7pm
Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited



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Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

Promoting the study and awareness of the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland

Young Muslims of Queensland

Social network for young Muslims of Brisbane

Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Msque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC)

Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
www.islamiccollegeofbrisbane.com.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

The Muslim Directory

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Gold Coast Mosque

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)

Eidfest 2009

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

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 and 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

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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