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Sunday, 11 December 2011

 Newsletter 0370



The CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards Winners and Finalists


Aneesa Ali of the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) receives her Certificate of Achievement from Dr Mustafa Ally as the school's Principal, Dr Ray Barrett, proudly looks on.

Crescents Community News takes great pleasure in announcing the results of the inaugural Young Muslim Writers Awards for 2011.


The over 100 entries received from many parts of Australia were subjected to a rigorous two-stage blind-review judging process based on creativity and originality and technical competence. The judging panels, which included a University English and Communications lecturer and an author and historian, were most impressed with the overall standard of entries.


Ms Zuha Ali of the Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha, winner in the 13 to 16 years category, also received the inaugural CCN Young Muslim Writer of the Year for her "forthright and powerful writing in a diary genre.....a deeply emotive piece of writing displaying excellent research and deep understanding."

All the winners and finalists will be presented with certificates of achievement and the winners will each receive a Kindle e-reader.


The works of our young talented writers and poets is showcased in this anthology compiled from the entries of the winners and finalists.


We trust you will enjoy, feel proud and be inspired by the depth and breadth of their efforts, insha'Allah.

Poetry (7 to under 10 years) WINNER Afrah Hammadi (Al Hidayah Islamic School, WA) Nature
FINALIST Musab bin Tariq Anzar (Al Hidayah Islamic School, WA) About Prophet Ibrahim (a)
Poetry (10 to under 13 years) WINNER Sumaiyah Gedik (AIIC, QLD) The Unexpected Truth
FINALIST Hamza Nabeel (Al Hidayah Islamic School, WA) Jihaad
FINALIST Aneesa Ali (AIIC, QLD) Ramadan
Poetry (13 to under 16 years) FINALIST Dihni Farah Matan (Langford Islamic College, WA) Showing our Youth
Short Story (5 to under 7 years) WINNER Khadijah Ameen (Al Hidayah Islamic School, WA) Kindness
FINALIST Israa Gutta (Warrigal Road State School, QLD) Little Blue Riding Hood and the Aliens from Planet Israa
Short Story (7 to under 10 years) WINNER Ghulam Mustafa Ansari (Al Hidayah Islamic School, WA) The School
FINALIST Asiya Haji Ali (Al Hidayah Islamic School, WA) The Golden Diamond
Short Story (10 to under 13 years) WINNER Radia Aimen  (Al Hidayah Islamic School, WA) Possessed!
FINALIST Ibrahim Mohamed Barre (Langford Islamic College, WA) When Lightning meets the Waves
FINALIST Fatimah Hashim (Cambridge Primary School, WA) Sarah’s Wish
Short Story (13 to under 16 years) WINNER Zuha Ali (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) Reminiscence
FINALIST Suraiya Khan (Upper Coomera State College, QLD) The Time of the Crusades: Diary Entries of Aaliyah
FINALIST Maryam Mahmoud (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) Imprisoned
FINALIST Hadiyah Jacqueline Stephens (Homeschooled, WA) Nothing but a lie

Zuha Ali (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)

CCN thanks the the members of the judging panels who gave off their time and expertise to read through the entries and the following community organizations and institutions who most generously sponsored the prizes, certificates and gifts:


Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU)

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)

Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Muslim Business Network (MBN)

Queensland Muslim Historical Society (QMHSoc)

Crescents of Brisbane Inc.

New CEO for Islamic School


Mr Keysar Trad (pictured left), founder of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia Inc, has been appointed CEO of the Australian International Islamic College in Durack, Brisbane.



CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallaah spoke to Mr Trad about his new posting and his move from Sydney.








[M-o-t-M] What will your role be and how does it fit into the AIIC’s planned developments?
[TRAD] My role will be to ensure that the AIIC meets our communities' expectations and becomes a school of excellence as quickly as practicable.

[M-o-t-M] When do you take up the appointment?
[TRAD] I have started on a part time basis, my initial mission was to study the school operation to identify areas and issues for improvement and to recommend any necessary streamlining, as your readers would know, the changes made by the Labor government to Work Choices have given the union a great deal of power to intervene in a work environment. This means that any streamlining needs to be discussed with the union. We had these discussions on Monday 28 Nov and the process has started.


Oddly, the union wanted the consultations to take place even earlier, even before the ideas crystalised and the needs were identified, the Labor government changes to work choices have caused a tremendous disadvantage to employers.


However, this is the environment in which we have to work and we have to ensure, that within this environment, we move forward with our organisations in order to meet the high standards of Ihsan that are demanded by our faith. As Allah Subhanah commands us in the holy Qur’an at Sura 16 verse 90 and as our prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him said, Allah loves to see us performing our tasks proficiently.

[M-o-t-M] What is your vision and mission for the school?

[TRAD] Our vision is to ensure that this school provides academic and sporting excellence in an Islamic setting where our children can be nurtured in an environment that is conducive to and rewarding of achievement. My mission is to make this vision a reality, this will involve more community consultations and a close working relationship with our community, especially other Muslim schools. We are brothers and sisters and Allah Subhanah commands us to cooperate on goodness (Birr) and piety (taqwa) Sura 5 verse 2.


[M-o-t-M] Are you coming over to settle with your family?
[TRAD] I have been invited by the school board to explore the possibility of moving with my family to settle in Brisbane for one year. Thus far, it has been very difficult to find suitable accommodation. I have nine children ranging in ages from 9 to 24.


My 24 year old son Mohammad is due to finish his Islamic studies degree in February insha Allah and is expected to return to live with us whilst in transition to his Masters degree.


I have a daughter who is about to start her Masters in philosophy and another who has six months left to finish her degree in sociology.


I have another son and a daughter who are in transition to Uni, I also have a son who is due to start year 11 in 2012. His situation is particularly sensitive as years 11 and 12 are so closely connected that they must both be studied under the same system.


The other three children are easier to move and resettle, but for five of the children, there will be some difficult challenges to overcome. We are embracing these challenges in order to take our school to the standard of excellence that our community expects, the standard that Allah Subhanah demands from us. Alhamdulillah, my wife Hanifeh is very supportive of this move. My mother who is 82 years of age also lives with us Alhamdulillah and she will also be moving with us, the house we require will need to have enough rooms to accommodate our family, there are not many such houses on the market.

[M-o-t-M] What can you tell us about this new position that has been craeted by the school?
[TRAD] This is a new position at the school. The position had to be new so that it can guide the existing staff and take on other responsibilities that we have identified.

[M-o-t-M] Have you a message for us Queenslanders?
[TRAD] I look forward to working with the Queensland Muslim community. Our children at the school deserve the best opportunities. With the blessings of Allah and the help of our concerned Muslim brothers and sisters, we will ensure that the desired outcomes are achieved insha Allah.


[M-o-t-M] Thank you Mr Trad for taking the time to answer our questions and we wish you all the very best in this new and challenging role.

All American Muslim Season 1 Episode 1 How to Marry A Muslim





Lowe's Among Companies That Have Pulled Ads From TLC's 'All-American Muslim' Reality Show

(RNS) Lowe's, the national hardware chain, has pulled commercials from future episodes of "All-American Muslim," a TLC reality-TV show, after protests by Christian groups.

The Florida Family Association, a Tampa Bay group, has led a campaign urging companies to pull ads on "All-American Muslim."

"'All-American Muslim' is propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law," the Florida group asserts in a letter it asks members to send to TLC advertisers.

The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to the liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish," the FFA's letter continues.

It was not clear whether the companies cited by the Florida Family Association, which has also targeted shows like MTV's "Degrassi," stopped advertising on "All-American Muslim" because of pressure or for other reasons.

Emails from Home Depot and Sweet'N Low posted on the Florida Family Association's website suggest the companies had simply bought one commercial spot, and didn't cancel any commercials.

A spokeswoman for Amway, also cited by the Florida group, denied the company pulled advertising from "All-American Muslim," and said those reports were "misleading" and "falsely named."

Lowe's acknowledged pulling commercials from "All-American Muslim'' following consumer complaints, but denied they came from one group.

"We understand the program raised concerns, complaints, or issues from multiple sides of the viewer spectrum, which we found after doing research of news articles and blogs covering the show,'' said Katie Cody, a Lowe's spokeswoman.

Cody declined to specify whether the complaints were anti-Muslim, and whether Lowe's advertises on shows with Christian, Jewish, or other religious characters or themes. "It is certainly never Lowe's intent to alienate anyone,'' Cody said.

"Shame on Lowe's, and shame on every one of these companies if they really did cave in to such bigotry and hatred,'' wrote Sheila Musaji, who blogs at theamericanmuslim.org. If the Florida Family Association and other reports are misrepresenting these companies, she added, "then they need to speak up.''

The first of eight weekly episodes of "All-American Muslim,'' which follows five Lebanese families in Dearborn, Mich., premiered on Nov. 13.

A TLC spokeswoman, Laurie Goldberg, said the network could not comment about the alleged advertising defections, but that the show maintained ''strong'' advertising. "There are no plans to pull the show. The show is going to continue as planned,'' said Goldberg.

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Farm to Fridge - The Truth Behind Meat Production


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Narrated by Oscar-nominee James Cromwell, this 12-minute film takes you on an eye-opening exploration behind the closed doors of the one of the largest industrial poultry, pig, dairy and fish farms, hatcheries, and slaughter plants – revealing the often-unseen journey that animals make from Farm to Fridge.

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Queenie’s Change of Heart

Queenie Padilla shares her rebirth after performing Haj in Makkah


PHILIPPINES: By all accounts, a young Filipino singer-actress dubbed "the future leading lady" was on her way to stardom before she had a spiritual rebirth.

Queenie Padilla was starring in primetime TV shows and would sing and dance in production numbers on popular variety shows in the Philippines. She was the other half of a romantic pairing ("love team" in local showbiz parlance) meant to set hearts aflutter. At 20, she was living her dream — or so she thought.

"It was a deceiving dream," Queenie told Arab News as she sat wearing an abaya and a veil on her head. Devoid of makeup, her face is just as angelic and even more beautiful than when she was all dolled up for guest appearances and shows.

The Saudi media had recently picked up on the story of the Filipino celebrity who went to Makkah and came back with Islam reignited in her. After performing Haj for the first time, she declared to all and sundry that show business was now behind her. The YouTube video in which she tearfully shares her life-changing Haj experience was going somewhat viral; it was garnering likes and getting shared and re-shared among Muslims, and not just in the Kingdom. "Inspiring" was the consensus.

What triggered a 180-degree turn for the young lady who was dead-set on pursuing a showbiz career a mere four years ago? How did the decision come about? And, how did she break it to her fans?




Arab News

'Islamic smart phone' launched

India is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market with more than 850 million subscribers, including poor rickshaw drivers and farmers.

According to the 'Islamic' mobile's creators Muslims are under-represented among the growing ranks of Indian mobile phone users, but they believe their new phone will bring them into the digital world.

"India has around 180 million Muslims and the penetration of mobile phone in that community is less. But when a compelling product or service is available, it has a potential to increase the number of users. So far, we have had a tremendous response for the product," said Anuj Kanish, who has launched the 'Enmac' in India.

"Religion has a very important place in Indian society, so has the mobile phone. Our aim was to bring a device which caters to both the sections, the product is a combination of both technology and religion, the first of its kind in India," he said.

The Enmac translates the Koran from Arabic into 29 languages, including English, Bengali, Urdu, Malayalam and Tamil, includes the Hadith sayings of the Prophet Mohammed, and a guide for Indian Muslims on how to perform the Hajj rituals in Mecca and Medina.

The Telegraph


Unlikely Origins    


The Khatib is delivering the Friday sermon and as the congregation listens quietly, a train passes by in the distance, rustling the leaves in this suburb of Woking in the British county of Surrey. Rising above the trees, the bright green dome and minarets of the Shah Jahan Mosque are a sight to behold in this busy commuter town.  While mosques are quite a common sight in the United Kingdom, what sets this one apart is not only the fact that it is the oldest purpose-built mosque in the country but also that it was commissioned by a Jewish man, Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner.


Shah Jahan Mosque Postcard, 1925

UK: If you find the idea of a Jewish man commissioning the first mosque in the United Kingdom a bit strange, then hold on to your hats! Leitner was also instrumental in the establishment of the University of the Punjab, in Pakistan. If this is news to you, that’s largely because of the fact that history in Pakistan has always been at the mercy of politics, and is routinely distorted (or ignored) to suit agendas and ideologies.

The Shah Jahan Mosque was commissioned in 1889 by Leitner so as to provide a place of worship for Muslim students at his Oriental Institute. The cost of the mosque was borne by the ruler of the state of Bhopal, Begum Shah Jahan, after whom the mosque is named. The mosque is now a Grade 2 protected building in the UK, giving it a special status.

Built by a Victorian architect named WI Chambers, the mosque has a traditional Indo-Saracen design, with geometric patterns and Arabic calligraphy being used for decoration. Chambers, who wasn’t exactly well-acquainted with mosque design, is said to have visited the Arab Hall in Leighton House, and the India Office Library for inspiration. The results speak for themselves, and Chambers is even said to have sought the help of a naval captain in order to ensure that the mosque faced Makkah precisely.

The original mosque still stands today and can hold up to 60 worshippers, but since the weekly congregations far exceed this capacity, the mosque has also expanded to neighbouring buildings. In 2001, BBC Southern Counties Radio funded the building of a garden on the South side of the original Mosque. It now greets visitors to the mosque as they enter the grounds.

As Britain’s first purpose-built mosque, the Shah Jehan Mosque played an important role in the establishment of Islam in the UK and paved the way for the set up of the first cemetery for Muslims in the country. Woking’s Muslim Burial Ground was built during the First World War as the only designated place of burial for Muslim soldiers who died at the Indian Army Hospital in Brighton Pavilion.

The Shah Jahan Mosque has become a centre for the local Muslim community in Surrey and every year hundreds of tourists of various faiths visit the mosque. “We hope to turn the mosque into an institution for Islamic learning in the hope of fostering peace and understanding,” said the prayer leader of the mosque, Sahibzada Nisar.

Shah Jahan Mosque, today

Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner

Sultan Shah Jahan, Begum of Bhopal

The Express Tribune


Inside a Syrian Quran School for Women: The Spiritual Roots of a Revolution

Syria: Women have been the heart and backbone of Islam from its beginnings. From the courage of Khadija, Prophet Muhammad's first wife and first convert, to the scholarship and fiery independence of his later wife Aisha; from the political genius of Muslim queens such as Egypt's Shajarat al-Dur and India's Nur Jahan to the spiritual wisdom of female saints such as Rabia of Basra, Islam has been shaped and guided by the feminine hand since its earliest days. And today, as the Arab world goes through a long-overdue confrontation between dictatorship and democracy, women have been at its forefront.

Islam has been shaped and guided by the feminine hand since its earliest days

Many Muslim women who are serving as political leaders at this pivotal time are receiving a great deal of attention in the news. Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni first brought worldwide attention to the injustices in her country leading to a popular uprising that soon spread throughout the Arab world. In Egypt, 26-year-old Asmaa Mahfouz is credited with using Facebook to inspire her fellow citizens to rise up against the regime of Hosni Mubarak. And among the winners of the 2011 Nobel Prize was Tawakel Karman, a Yemeni journalist whose arrest by the government sparked a wave of protest that finally led to the resignation of Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

These young women, and many others whose names are perhaps known only to their families and loved ones, have been catalysts for change in their countries. But the question arises as to why now? Part of it is demographics, with 60 percent of the population of the Arab world under age 30, and more than half being female. Part of it is growing access to information and social media. These factors have been discussed heavily in the press.

But what has received less attention is the role that spiritual awakening is playing in Muslim women standing tall against oppression. Back in June, I wrote about how Muslim women are taking a lead role in Islamic scholarship to empower themselves and strip their faith of misogynist accretions promoted by men over the centuries. That rediscovery of the feminist elements of Islam has been pivotal in helping Muslim women worldwide reclaim their innate dignity and power, and has helped them to fight back against the staid and outdated traditions that have held back many Muslim countries in the past century.


The phrase "feminist leader of Islam" may strike some as an oxymoron.

I recently came across a remarkable documentary that focuses on exactly how that is happening, how Muslim women are taking charge of their religious upbringing, even in the face of oppression.


The independent feature documentary, "The Light In Her Eyes" had its world premiere Nov. 19 at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. A world rarely seen by outsiders, it is the first feature film to be made inside the women's side of a mosque in Syria. The film reveals why modern women are choosing to practice Islam in a rapidly changing society.

Directed and produced by Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix, "The Light In Her Eyes" is a story about Muslim leader Houda al-Habash, and one summer at her Quran school for girls in Damascus. Al-Habash and her students are bravely challenging cultural traditions, while staying true to their dedication to Islam. In a surprising shift for many viewers, Al-Habash teaches them that pursuing their ambition is a way of worshipping God. "The Light In Her Eyes" provides an inside look into the Islamic revival from the women's perspective, shedding light on the impact it could have on Syria if the current regime is displaced.


The Light In Her Eyes Trailer


The undercurrents of the contemporary Syrian uprising can be seen in the women's insistence to be educated and to think for themselves. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access to the world of conservative Muslim women in Syria, shooting over three and a half years as the political climate grew more repressive. They completed principal photography in November 2010, four months before the beginning of the Syrian uprising. Audiences are able to pierce the veil of Muslim women's inner lives and spiritual longings, and see the role that faith plays in their sense of identity and their hopes for the future.

The idea of a Quran school run by women, for women, might seem surprising to many. But Houda al-Habash is simply following in the tradition of Muslim women who have served as religious scholars and teachers back to the days of Prophet Muhammad himself.


In my novel, "Mother of the Believers," I discuss how the Prophet's wife Aisha was a scholar who was fluent in the Quran, as well as a jurist, who served as one of the principle sources of Islamic law and teachings. As the woman who was closest to Prophet Muhammad (he died in her arms), Aisha was in a unique position to relate intimate conversations she had with her husband, from marital sexual practices to how to cleanse oneself properly for ritual ablutions. She recounted more than 10,000 hadith, or oral traditions, relating to every aspect of her life with the Prophet, and Aisha's accounts serve as a bedrock for Islamic jurisprudence even today. And she was no wilting wallflower. Aisha was a confident, strong-willed woman who openly challenged men, even arguing spiritual matters with the Prophet himself without trepidation. And she became a political leader after his death, playing a critical role in the disputes over the Caliphate, and eventually taking arms to fight for her beliefs when she led an army in Iraq during the first Islamic civil war. I have no doubt that Aisha would look at Houda al-Habash and her Quran school with esteem, a continuation of her own legacy as a feminist leader of Islam.



A woman is a school. You teach her, you teach a generation. 

The phrase "feminist leader of Islam" may strike some as an oxymoron. And this wonderful documentary will be surprising for many who assume that as freedom comes to the Middle East, Muslim women will seek to model their lives according the secular feminism of the West. As the Muslim women and girls interviewed in the documentary reveal, feminist empowerment will likely be presented in Islamic terms, and a knee-jerk hostility toward the religious aspects of the Arab Spring will only create a new divide of understanding between East and West.


The only way such misunderstandings can be prevented is if we learn to see the world through the eyes of others. Despite the rage of anti-Muslim bigots, Islam is not going to go away, and the changes in the Middle East will only bring it even further onto the world stage. The question will be what kind of Islam takes the spotlight when the dust settles on revolution and transformation. Will it be an Islam that pushes its people backward or forward?

Watching this documentary, it is clear that this question will in large part be answered by Muslim women themselves. As the Muslim women featured in "The Light In Her Eyes" say: "A woman is a school. You teach her, you teach a generation."

Kamran Pasha is a Hollywood filmmaker and the author of Shadow of the Swords, a novel on Crusades (Simon & Schuster; June 2010). For more information please visit: http://www.kamranpasha.com. To contact the filmmakers of "The Light In Her Eyes," please email pr@rajae.net.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist


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At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger.


As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting . . . Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America.


At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by the elite "valuation" firm of Underwood Samson.


He thrives on the energy of New York, and his infatuation with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore.


But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past.


And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.



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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: A good and nourishing snack for those long trips which can be enjoyed cold as well. I took them to a picnic to Mermaid Beach a couple of weekends ago and they didn't survive long enough even for afternoon tea.

Sweetcorn Lagan with Methi Bhaji – for the Health Conscious



3 eggs
½ cup fat free milk
1 tin creamstyle corn
6 green chillies
½ cup olive oil

Fold in the following

1 medium onion grated
1 cup canned corn kernels (drained)
1 cup chana/besan flour
1 tsp salt
½ cup mealie meal/polenta
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup methi Bhaji (fenugreek leaves) - I often used the frozen variety, drained after thawing it out.

Pour into a greased, oven proof baking dish, drizzle a little olive oil on the top, sprinkle on sesame seeds and slivered almonds.

Bake at 180deg until light brown (approx 35min)
Cut into squares and serve warm with your favourite chutney.


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


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I do circuit and weight training at least twice or thrice a week, and walk daily. I stretch after every workout but still feel very sore at times. What can I do to aid in my recovery?

A: Try rewarding yourself with a massage once or twice a week.


A yoga or aqua class in-between as well will help with circulation and muscle recovery (which should ease the soreness).


This is a great way to unwind and prepare your muscles for your next workout.

Remember to always train smart and not push yourself too hard.







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Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, I have often seen airfares from Brisbane to Melbourne Avalon airport which are much cheaper than those to Tullamarine airport. Is Avalon airport just a small airport and is that why they have cheaper fares?






A: Only recently a customer came in and told us his story about booking online a very cheap airfare to Melbourne. He thought it was landing at Tullamarine airport where his family were waiting to pick him up.


But unfortunately for him, the late night flight was to Avalon airport instead. He waited for more than an hour for his family to make the extra trip to come and collect him, and then after the long trip home, it was almost 2am before they got home.

Avalon is not actually located in Melbourne, but near Geelong about 55 km south west of Melbourne. It is cheaper for the low cost carriers to use the smaller airports that is why they can offer cheaper fares


That is why you should be aware when you are looking for cheap flights online that you don’t end up a long way from where you actually want to go.


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TunTun Begum to her husband, Mula Nasruddin, on the phone: Where the hell are you??

Mula Nasruddin: Darling you remember that jewellery shop where you saw the diamond necklace and totally fell in love with it and I didn't have money that time and said dear it'll be yours one day, insha'Allah.

TunTun Begum, with a smile blushing in a soft demure voice: Yes dear, I remember that my Love.

Mula Nasruddin: I'm in the Kebab takeaway next to that shop!


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pdf version

Love ur Body

Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir

Want an effective treatment to clean out BAD CHOLESTROL and PLAQUE from your arteries?
ArgiNox Maintain is available from Zakiya Sacur - 0433 270 770. Book your consultation now


Handyman Services

Bilal Solwa @ Reed

Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

Gabriel Hair Studio


Colour - Style - Shine.

Gabriel K hair studio is a boutique studio exclusively for women. Gabriel K has over 20 years experience as a stylist and uses Matrix as the professional range.


Used Cars Wanted





Migration Agent





The CCN Date Claimer


"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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11 December


Annual Jalsa: Algester Madrassah

Algester Mosque Madrassah

Wineglass Community Hall, Wineglass Drive, Browns Plains

0401 576 084


24-26 December

Sat to Mon

Summer Camp



0406 106 452

All day

4 March


International Women's Multi-cultural afternoon

Qld Muslim Welfare Association

MacGregor Primary State School, McCullough Rd, Macgregor

0435 086 796

2.30pm - 5.30pm

6 May 2012


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, Arundel


All Day

16 June



Lailatul Mehraj

5 July



Lailatul Baraat

21 July



Start of Ramadhan 

15 August



Lailatul Qadr

19 August



End of Ramadhan   

20 August




25 August 2012



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

9 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


26 October





NB: The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib.

Therefore, except for lailatul mehraj, lailatul baraat, lailatul qadr – these dates

refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


Tafseer and basic laws programme for Ladies only - Every Tuesday @ Kuraby Mosque @ 11am – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665

Ladies Taalim programme - Every Thursday @ Kuraby Mosque @ 11am

Classes for teenage girls - 7pm to 8:30pm – Every Thursday evening – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665

Muslim Events Forum (MEF)


Need help in planning or promoting an event or function?




For more information and RSVP:

Mr. Ismail Mohammed at i_m_006@hotmail.com


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Metropolitan South Regional Office, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Commencing at 5.00pm
(Times may change throughout the year pending salat)

Wednesday 29 February 2012
Wednesday 20 June 2012
Wednesday 17 October 2012

Please note: Wednesday 29 February 2012 is a leap year.



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au


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Useful Links


Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
      www.icb.qld.edu.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

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

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)

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 & 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 Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

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)

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

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