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Sunday, 11 March 2012

 Newsletter 0383



Official opening of school hall


Unveiling of the plaque (from l tor), Mr Graham Perrett MP (Member for Moreton), Mr Ikebal Patel (Muslims Australia president), Mr Mohammed Yusuf (ICB Board Chairman), Dr Craig Emerson MP (Minister for Trade) and Dr Mubarak Noor (ICB principal)  

The official opening of the Islamic College of Brisbane's multi-purpose hall was held during the week attended by a number of invited guests and the pupils and staff of the college.


The Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP unveiled the plaque that symbolized the culmination of months of planning and construction on the $3M project funded largely through the Federal government's BER school facilities initiative.


The projected was spearheaded by the Mr Mohammed Yusuf who thanked the government for its support for the facilities which would eventually benefit not only the school but the community in general.


Head of Secondary at the school, Mr Ben Sullivan was the MC and Aunty Peggy Tidyman conducted the acknowledgement of the traditional elders of the lands.


There were speeches by the college captains, Ali Mokrani and Nisah Mehwish and songs by the college's nasheed group.


Mr Ikebal Patel and Mr Stephen Robertson MP congratulated the school on its achievements in their addresses to the audience as did the keynote speaker, Dr Craig Emerson MP.


There was a delightful performance of traditional outfits by students representing the diverse population of the school and a peace dialogue between Besma Ahmed and Makram Hamzi that showcased the philosophical objectives inherent in the teachings at the school.


Photo Gallery

(Courtesy of Mr Orhan Camcara, ICT Manager, ICB)



College Captains, Ali Mokrani and Nisah Mehwish

 Aunty Peggy Tidyman

Head of Secondary at the school, Mr Ben Sullivan
Mr Mohammed Yusuf, ICB Board Chairman

 Mr Ikebal Patel (Muslims Australia president) Mr Stephen Roberston MP
Besma Ahmed and Makram Hamzi

Dr Craig Emerson MP (Minister for Trade) 
Unveiling of the plaque (from l tor), Mr Graham Perrett MP (Member for Moreton), Mr Ikebal Patel (Muslims Australia president), Mr Mohammed Yusuf (ICB Board Chairman), Dr Craig Emerson MP (Minister for Trade) and Dr Mubarak Noor (ICB principal)  

Imam Zeeyad, Head of Islamic Studies

Dr Mubarak Noor (ICB principal)





Today Tonight's Channel 7: Halal certification stamp



Fund hits target at International Women's Day celebrations


Over 250 people attended the International Women's Day celebrations, cultural entertainment and high tea put on by the Queensland Multicultural Council last Sunday at the MacGregor Primary school hall.


An important part of the event was to raise funds for the trust fund set up for Dzenan Nuhovic (pictured left with his parents and supporters) to purchase a $30000 Eyegaze machine for him. The $8000 raised from tickets and donations together with a $3560 pledge from the Islamic Medical Association of Qld (IMAQ) will help purchase the machine that will help communicate with others after eleven years of silence.  He will also be able to employ the services of a speech pathologist to help him utilize the device.


The entertainment was of a very high standard, with many professional performers freely donating their time and talents to celebrate the day.


The high tea was a great success, thanks to the generosity of all those who donated food and helped set up and clean up after the event.


Co-ordinator or the event, Ms Janeth Deen, wished to offer her thanks to the many people who supported the event and made it such an entertaining and enjoyable afternoon. "The greatest amount of this workload must be acknowledged as coming from the Crescents of Brisbane Team, the Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane and the Saudi Students Association of Brisbane,"  she told CCN. Mr. Mortuza Huq, Mr. Robert Deen and the teachers of Springwood State High School also very generously offered their expertise as sound and stage managers.


Shaykh Bham in Brisbane


Shaykh Ebrahim Bham (pictured left) was born and raised in South Africa. He attained his masters in Islamic sciences and theology under traditional scholars.


Shaykh Bham is an active scholar in South Africa for education, development, advocacy and interfaith. He has served in various capacities in South Africa at Newtown Islamic Institute, Alaqsa Institute, Mayfair Jame Masjid, and Hamidia Masjid.

He frequently travels the world for da'wah and lectures, including countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Somalia, Palestine, Eygpt, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Malawi.

Shaykh Bham is also the founder member and vice chairman of Johannesburg Muslim School, executive committee member of National Religious Leaders Forum (Initiated By South Africans for Greater Liaison between Religious Groups and Government), executive member of Muslim AIDS Programme (MAP), national trustee of Moral Regeneration Movement (Working towards the improvement of morality amongst South Africans) and also an executive member of the United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA).


He is presently the chief theologian and general-secretary of the Council of Muslim Theologians in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Shaykh Bham lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife and three children.


Brisbane Tour Program

Friday 16th Juma | Venue Kuraby Mosque
Friday 16th after Esha | Venue Gold Coast Mosque

Sat 17th after Esha |Venue Kuraby Mosque

Sun 18th after Esha | Venue Darra Mosque

Mon 19th after Esha | Venue Holland Park Mosque


The tour has been organized by the Jamiatul Ulama of Western Australia, Iqra' Academy, ANIC and CIQ.

For more information contact Zunaid Chenia on 0401 922 714.

Report on Access and Equity in government services finalized


The Australian Government invited submissions from the Muslim community on its experience with, and appraisal of, government services. Representative from various Muslim community organisations in Queensland initiated an online survey to measure community attitudes.


The short survey found that the most used services was health and that not everyone found it easy to access government services. A number of experiences were shared outlining the difficulties Muslims faced when accessing Centrelink, health services and employment. Respondents indicated that government services needed to adapt to cater for the needs of Muslims.


You can read the full Access and Equity report prepared by GIRU PhD scholar, Mr. Riyad Rahimullah, for submission to the government.

Judy farewelled on her retirement


Ms Judy Spence (pictured left with Mustafa Ally), who has served as a member of the Queensland's parliament for some 22 years, is retiring on election day 24 March.


Ms Spence, who was the former police, corrective services and sports minister and is currently leader of the house and parliamentary secretary to the premier, was farewelled at a well-attended function at the Calamvale Hotel on Friday.


The invited audience of community leaders, branch members and family and friends of Ms Spence heard former Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, sing her praises and share anecdotes from her family and political life.


MC for the night, Member for Rockhampton, Robert Schwarten MP, highlighted Ms Spence's involvement and engagement with all of the many diverse communities in and around her constituency throughout her political career.


Ms Spence will complete her MBA degree at Griffith University and pursue her diving interests before deciding on her future career.


CCN wishes Ms Spence well and hopes to bump into her at the usual functions, fund raisers and school fetes. 

Engaging with Young Muslims – Nouman Ali Khan



Win a free weekend!


The highly successful Youth Leadership Retreat is back for 2012.


Don’t miss out!

This is your chance to win a free place at the retreat, worth $125.

Simply say in 30 words of less why you want to go. The entrant judged the best will win the prize.

Email entries to r_riyad@yahoo.com.au with subject line ““I want to make a difference!”

Entries close Thursday 15th of March.


The winner's name will be published in the next CCN and on the event's Facebook page.

UMB Coffee Chat – Waseem Ravi Interviewed by Khalil Gerard John in Brisbane



Why we don't need burqa identity laws


WHEN Muslim women and their headgear make the headlines, again, it's always a fine line between ignoring the hype, or deflating it, says Tasneem Chopra (pictured left)

The Law Institute's proclamation that Victoria should impose laws forcing women wearing burqas to show their face when asking JPs and lawyers to witness their signatures, presents as simultaneously innocuous and problematic.

The comments appear innocuous considering current Victorian legislation already provides precisely this power to police.

Surely the Law Institute, as a peak authority on legal matters, would be aware of this.

And in relation to extending these powers to JPs and lawyers, while certainly remaining a matter for the courts to decide in tandem with community consultation, this presents no cause for alarm or angst within Victoria's Muslim community.

The community has been and continues to be supportive of measures protecting public safety and integrity.

According to the Islamic Council of Victoria, there have been meetings between Muslim faith leaders and the NSW policy makers in recent months where Muslims expressed their willingness to comply with such laws.

The community has been and continues to be supportive of measures protecting public safety and integrity.

This further indicates both a support for legislation and a willingness to enter dialogue on this issue.

In the 20-year history of the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights (AMWCHR), there have been no incidents involving burqa-clad women aggrieved on account of "face revelation violations".

And it is for this reason that the Law Institute's comments present as problematic.

Inferring that legislation be imposed specifically on women in burqa implies a reticence on the part of Muslim women to comply with such a law.

Conversations AMWCHR has shared with the few women clients we have had in burqa, suggest they have no problem at all in complying with requests made by authorities to verify their identity.


The reality is, this proposed legislation adds nothing of substance to the existing legislation.

So, how is this still an issue?

Spokesman for the Islamic Council of Victoria, Nazeem Hussain, last year commented that "Muslims in Australia have no problem with the underlying principle to identify for the purpose of ensuring security, public safety and complying with the law of the land.

Conversations AMWCHR has shared with the few women clients we have had in burqa, suggest they have no problem at all in complying with requests made by authorities to verify their identity.

If there is a just cause behind the need to identify, and this request is made respectfully, by and large the community would not object".

That said, it is noteworthy to point out that over a third of this country's Muslim population are born here and, insofar as their identity is concerned, they consider themselves Australian Muslims.

Their connection with this Australian identity is solid and yet frequently rendered questionable by pundits who insist upon fear mongering and inciting the "Muslim factor, for all its ethnically diverse background, as perennially incompatible with Australia".

This myopia then naturally gravitates towards the burqa, which remains a hotly contested topic with "integration".

This is despite the fact that women who wear it number at less than 1 per cent of the Australian Muslim population.

Suffice it to say a respect and following of Australian law is an obligation for all Muslims living here, according to Islamic beliefs.

Let's keep our hype in check.

Tasneem Chopra is Chairperson of the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights

Source: Herald Sun

Call for researchers


The Gerda Henkel Foundation is offering Marie Curie Fellowships in the M4HUMAN (Mobility for experienced researchers in historical humanities including Islamic studies) programme aimed at supporting outstanding scholars.


One objective of this fixed-term programme is to increase networking between researchers in the historical humanities at the international level, including researchers in religious, cultural and political sciences under the special programme “Islam, the modern nation state and transnational movements”.


Other goals include the promotion of trans-national academic exchange, increasing transnational mobility, facilitating further education and the positive and long-term influencing of the research environment in both origin and destination countries.

Applications close 15 July 2012. Details are set out here.

There's an app for that!


A 24hr free Islamic Radio service is now available for smart devices.


Free radio APP's for Android phone and Tablets, iPhone, iPod and iPad can be installed.


As well as streaming live events, also streamed are live weekly Quran Darse classes by Mualana Abdul Raheem and Maulana Rashid Musa.


Past recordings of events will also be the recordings of past events, and include naats, nazzams and qiraat, 24 hours a day.

You can also listen online at www.MasjidLive.com

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In pictures: The History of the Hajj


Over the next few weeks, CCN will post images from a new exhibition at the British Museum in London that traces the history of the Hajj:


Details of a tile depicting the sanctuary at Mecca. Iznik, Turkey, 17th century.

The World's Most Influential Muslims in 2011


There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world's population, or more than one-fifth of mankind.


The Muslim500 publication is part of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world. It gives valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world, and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.

The 2011 Muslim500 lists the world's most influential Muslims who have impacted on their community, or on behalf of their 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. The impact can be either positive or negative. The influence can be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it can be of a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists forming popular culture.

Over the coming weeks, CCN will publish a personality selected from the list:


No. 11

H.E. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
President of Indonesia


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is the political leader of the most populous Muslim country in the world.


Commonly referred to as SBY, he has had marked influence over the country as the first directly elected president of Indonesia and over the world as a champion of anti-terrorism efforts and a beacon of democracy in the Muslim World.


He has been praised both at home and abroad for instituting processes to tackle the widespread corruption in Indonesian public life and in reinforcing the mandate of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).




Beacon of Democracy
President Yudhoyono came to power after a successful career with the Indonesian National Army as a four-star general—when he was dubbed “the thinking general” for his efforts toward military reform. This reputation, and a pristine political career with the administrations of former Presidents Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri are the basis upon which the Democratic Party was founded in 2001. This new political party was founded on the pancasila or five basic principles (belief in the Oneness of God, just and civilized humanity, the unity of Indonesia, democracy, and social justice) with the goal of launching Yudhoyono’s candidacy for the 2004 elections. Since then, he has become increasingly influential as a beacon of democracy in a country historically marred by corruption and political instability. He was re-elected for a second and final five-year term in October 2009.

Popular Reformist
Besides proposing military reform, President Yudhoyono has been recognized for his efforts to establish regional autonomy laws and resolve the separatist conflict in the Aceh and Papua provinces. He has also been credited for reviving the economy, and for his market-friendly approach to reform. He works closely with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to clean up graft and corruption in Indonesia. The resulting economic and political stability has been attributed to his unique influence and the power of his personal leadership in the country.


Anti-Terrorism Advocate
Yudhoyono’s increasing popularity is due in part to the sincerity with which he actualizes his promises to the Indonesian people such as the promises for anti-terrorism enforcement made during his 2004 election campaign. Indonesia has worked closely with Australian intelligence and security forces to quell extremist threats. In March, 2010, he was awarded the Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who said the award was in recognition of the Indonesian leader’s efforts in tracking down the Bali bombers behind the October, 2002 attack. In response to the July 2009 hotel bombings in Jakarta, President Yudhoyono has been vigilant about openly condemning the perpetrators as agents of terrorism and simultaneously voiced his dedication to establishing peace and security in Indonesia through programs that target education and poverty-alleviation in key areas where militants may prey on the youth.

Pop Singer
In January 2010, he released a third album of romantic pop songs titled ‘I’m Certain I’ll Make It’. In a message on the album cover, President Yudhoyono said that he liked to use his free time in between his “struggle to serve the country” to “express [his] feelings in the form of arts”.


The Arab Spring

The Arab Spring events have not significantly affected the influence of President Yudhoyono.



Do I have to improve the climate — legal certainties, political stability, law and order, sound tax policies, customs policies, good labour management. I will improve
the guarantees to encourage investors.


President Yudhoyono

The Inbox


Dear respected brothers, elders, mothers and sisters


Kuraby Masjid is in need of your help and generosity. For some time now, our Friday Jum’a collection has been very poor, which is very sad seeing that the Kuraby Masjid is a very vibrant and busy Masjid?

It is our responsibility to look after our Masjid and to ensure that it has sufficient funds to run, and for future development.


Therefore, Kuraby Masjid is looking for regular sponsors to donate $200, $100 or $50 direct debit every month as a commitment to the house of Allah (swt).

If you would like to contribute you can contact me on 0431672263 or email principal@kurabymosque.org.au

May Allah (swt) make us of those who spend in His path and may the Almighty place barakah in our wealth.

Imam Mohammed Akram Buksh
Imam and Principal of Masjid Al Farooq

Vice President Council of Imams Queensland

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

This week a CCN reader recommends


The Submission


Amy Waldman




Claire Harwell hasn’t settled into grief; events haven’t let her. Cool, eloquent, raising two fatherless children, Claire has emerged as the most visible of the widows of 9/11 who became a potent political force in the aftermath of the catastrophe.


She longs for her husband, but she has found her mission: she sits on a jury charged with selecting a fitting memorial for the victims of the attack.


Of the thousands of anonymous submissions that she and her fellow jurors examine, one transfixes Claire: a garden on whose walls the names of the dead are inscribed.


But when the winning envelope is opened, they find the designer is Mohammad Khan—Mo—an enigmatic Muslim-American who, it seems, feels no need to represent anyone’s beliefs except his own.


When the design and its creator are leaked, a media firestorm erupts, and Claire finds herself trying to balance principles against emotions amid escalating tensions about the place of Islam in America.


A remarkably bold and ambitious debut, The Submission is peopled with journalists, activists, mourners, and bureaucrats who struggle for advantage and fight for their ideals. In this deeply humane novel, the breadth of Amy Waldman’s cast of characters is matched by her startling ability to conjure individual lives from their own points of view. A striking portrait of a city—and a country—fractured by old hatreds and new struggles, The Submission is a major novel by an important new talent.



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KB's Culinary Corner



KB says:  When you are entertaining, this meal can be prepared In advance and baked 45 minutes before the guests arrive. They say that spinach is loaded with flavonoids - the stuff that acts as antioxidants and it did wonders for Popeye the sailor man!      


Stuffed Chicken Breasts



4 skinless chicken breasts washed and cut horizontally
½ cup bread Crumbs
2 tab melted butter

For the filling:
1 box frozen spinach
1 small onion finely chopped
½ tsp green chillies
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
½ tsp garlic flakes
Salt and pepper
1 Tab lemon juice

1. Thaw out spinach and squeeze out all the water, keep aside 1tsp of spinach for the sauce.
2. Combine all remaining ingredients and set aside.
3. Place each piece of breast between 2 sheets of wax paper and pound to flatten it.
4. Place a rounded spoon of spinach mixture on each flattened breast and roll and secure with a tooth pick.
5. Place seam side down in a baking dish and drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with bread crumbs.
6. Bake at 180 degrees for approx 30 mins.
7. Remove from the oven, allow it to rest for a few minutes, remove toothpicks and slice the roll.
8. Serve with spinach sauce on a bed of spiced rice or vegetables. (see recipe below for spinach sauce)

Spinach Sauce
Melt a tab of coconut oil/ghee add 1 tab of corn flour and braise for a few minutes, add the spinach, 1/2 cup of milk and the juices from the baked chicken and adjust the taste and add salt and pepper, green chillies if need be, simmer until the sauce thickens and blend the sauce to avoid lumps.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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, does cold water really help with muscle soreness?

A: Yes, research shows that an icy dip after an intense workout reduces muscle soreness by at least 15 – 20% within the first 24 – 48 hours, compared with doing nothing.


You’ll notice that elite athletes will plunge their bodies into cold water after their training session for this very reason.






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.

Flightstar Fozi's Travel Tips





Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, we are looking for family accommodation for 4 in Bali. What would you suggest?




A: Bali is a great place for family holidays. Lots of nice places to visit and plenty of shopping bargains. It has lots of beautiful beaches as well.


My favourite beach is Sanur Beach.

Sanur is the perfect destination to watch the sunrise while you sit or jog along its white sandy beach.


Being one of the first resorts developed in Bali, Sanur still maintains that traditional feel and local customs and it offers a much quieter side to Bali.


Also, Sindhu beach has a natural reef which provides calm waters, making it safe for families with young children.


Local families often spend the weekend and their holidays with there children there as well.

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The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin was giving his weekly khutbah on Friday at the local Mosque and decided to add a bit of a teaser in his sermon.


He said: The best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman who wasn't my wife!"


The audience was in silence and shock.

Mula Nasruddin added : "And that woman was ... my Mother!"


There was laughter and applause from the audience.


Jallaludin, who was in training to become an Imam himself, had heard how effective the joke had been on the audience and planned to repeat it at his own Mosque the following week.


But he decided he needed to rehearse the lines at home first.

He walked into the kitchen and said loudly to his wife who was preparing dinner, "The greatest years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman who was not my wife!"

The wife went; "Ah!" with shock and rage.

Standing there for 20 seconds trying to recall the second half of the joke, Jallaludin finally blurted out, "... and I can't remember who she was!"

By the time Jallaludin regained his consciousness, he was on a hospital bed nursing burns from boiling water.



The post script to the story is that on hearing of the strife that Jallaludin had brought on himself over his joke Mula Nasruddin issued this warning to his own congregation:


Never copy and paste in great haste!


Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.

                                                   Muhammed Iqbal


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Lailatul Baraat

21 July



Start of Ramadhan 

15 August



Lailatul Qadr

19 August



End of Ramadhan   

20 August




25 August



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

9 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


26 October




26 & 27 October

Fri & Sat

Eidfest Dreamworld


0418 722 353

All day


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

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

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


 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Monthly Tafseer Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

The Immense Ocean by Imam Ahmed Ibn Ajiba al Hasani

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012, then every second Saturday of each month
Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Light refreshments provided.

For more information about the course click here


 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Weekly Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

Mizaan Al Amal - Balanced Criterion of Action

Date: Every Friday evening until 20 April 2012
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Refreshments provided


For more information about the course click here


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Tafseer lessons (half an hour)
Mondays and Wednesdays every week after Isha salah at Bald Hills Masjid,


All are welcome


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


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?

Monthly meetings




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

Wednesday 24 May 2012
Wednesday 17 October 2012

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



For more information and RSVP:

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



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

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AFIC Schools

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

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)

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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