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Sunday, 25 March 2012

 Newsletter 0385




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From the IWAQ desk...


Harmony Day is celebrated on March 21 every year and the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) also celebrated the cohesive and inclusive nature of Australians.

It's a day of celebrations to understand how Australians of different backgrounds live together.


(l to r) Galila Abdelsalam, Sohair Elbagir, Sevkija Hodzic

Day Respite Group

(l to r) Beengul Ali, Farah Alobeidi, Medita Halilovic


Back row left to right: Fida Ibrahim, Samra Maluhija, Nashwa Ibrahim, Ola Abdelmaguid, Naima Estrada, Medita Halilovic, Ahmed Khalil, Farah Alobeidi


Seated left to right: Sohair Elbagir, Sevkija Hodzic, Wimarat Fazil, Beengul Ali, Mirsada Hadziahmetovi

FAMSY/Alnisa Youth Leadership Retreat - Final Chance to Register


The annual Youth Leadership Retreat hosted by FAMSY and Alnisa will he held at camp Bornhoffen between 30 March to 1 April 2012.


All young men and women aged 16 and over are invited to attend.


The retreat includes fun activities, workshops, run by Dr Mohammad Abdalla and Imam Ahmed Ghazaleh, plus much more.


Imam Akram and Imam Imran will also be in attendance.


Cost is $125.


Registrations close today Sunday 24 March, places are limited.


For more info, SMS or call 0431800414

Muhammad Ali’s Bodyguard, Neelain Muhammad in Brisbane and Gold Coast

Report by Faisal Mohamed

Packed auditorium soaking in the wit, wisdom and humour of Neelain Muhammad

Brisbane and Gold Coast were treated this past week to two inspiring talks from a distinguished Islamic international speaker touring Australia.


Neelain Muhammad, former bodyguard of legend boxer Muhammad Ali and 8th and black belt martial arts trainer, accepted Islam along with Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.


Moving on from the world spot-light of New York days, he devoted his life to acquiring higher levels of Islamic knowledge with Scholars and then returned to the Big Apple to share his love for Islam and its spiritually satisfying faith and practises with his fellow American and particularly the African-Americans in the 'Hood'.


Three decades of living and loving Islam, Neelain now tours the world and was hosted in Queensland this week by Australian Muslim Youth Netowork (AMYN) to share some of his wisdom and ever youthful passion for Islam with the local Muslims.


As physically muscular as he and Muhammad Ali were, he surpassed audience expectations last night with his talk titled, 'Heart The Strongest Muscle in the Body' highlighting the power of a pure heart filled with sincerity for Allah and a love of following the guidance of noble Quran and the Sunnah.


No stranger to light-hearted humour, Neelain Muhammad also told of a few life experiences that brought smiles and chuckles to the packed auditorium and won the hearts of Queenslanders!


We look forward to more guest speaker invitations from AMYN in the future.


Neelain Muhammad (left) on stage with Ismail Mohamed, General Secretary of Australian Muslim Youth Network as they enact a real life experience scene


SeekersCircles in Brisbane

By Muhammed Khatree


Brisbane warms up to SeekersCircles, thanks to As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies.


SeekersCircles are free online community-focused study groups (halaqāt) broadcast to centres across the world.


Each study group covers key Islamic topics in an inspiring, engaging manner.


SeekersCircles are led by top scholars and seeks to promote (1) individual faith and learning and (2) community building by gathering together individuals for Islamic learning in their own community and instilling in them the Prophetic concern for service.


SeekersCircles is a partnership of SeekersGuidance in Toronto & Al-Ghazzali Centre in Sydney.



In Brisbane, we have been fortunate to have access to IWAQ’s meeting room to host the current Brisbane-based SeekersCircle classes.  As there has been interest from the public to host a replay of the live classes, we are willing to hold the replays either on a Thursday evening from 7pm or on a Saturday afternoon at around 2pm. To register your interest, and to state your  choice of either  Thursday or Saturday, please email Muhammad Khatree at mkhatree@gmail.com or call / SMS 0401 972 865. Hurry, places are limited.


Classes currently being offered in Brisbane:


A. Balanced Criterion of Action – In this class, Imam Afroz Ali translates the book Mizaan Al-‘Amal written by Imam Al-Ghazzali (RA), which gives us an understanding of the soul and how to control its various states. We learn that whilst gaining knowledge, that knowledge will be of little use unless it is followed with action. As Imam Al-Ghazzali (RA) himself put it, “Action without Knowledge is vanity, and Knowledge without action is insanity.” Imam Shafi’i (RA) also said the following “Knowledge is not what is memorised, Knowledge is what benefits.”


B. Immense Ocean – In this class, Imam Afroz Ali translates the book Al-Bahr Al-Madid written by Imam Ibn ‘Ajiba (RA). We have had 8 live sessions already and we are yet to finish Surah Fatiha. In these classes, Imam Afroz derives lessons by exploring each verse at its linguistic, practical and spiritual level. This is an eye opener for anyone who wants to get closer to Allah SWT and to gain a deeper meaning of the words of Allah SWT.

Garrett after answers from Islamic school over funding


FEDERAL government audit into Sydney's largest Islamic school has slammed its financial practices, questioning why millions of dollars were being paid in lease agreements and backdated management fees to its land owner, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

The release of the audit by Education Minister Peter Garrett follows a decision by the NSW government to freeze state funds to the Malek Fahd Islamic School after an investigation found the nation's peak Muslim body was charging the school millions of dollars in improper fees.

The investigation came after The Australian revealed last year that $5.2 million in fees and backdated rents was being paid by the western Sydney school to AFIC in 2010, which included millions in unaccounted management fees.

The audit found millions of dollars in transactions that were "not in the best interests of the school for the years 2008 through to 2011".


It found the school was paying up to $1m over the market rate in rent for its main property, no evidence of value for money for $300,000 paid in "IT services" and no evidence of value for money from $2.4 million paid in management fees.

Mr Garrett told The Australian while investigators had found the school was using commonwealth funds for educational purposes, there "is a bigger issue here" of payments to AFIC, demanding a new plan of governance for the school by May.

"There are clearly some major concerns about the financial decisions taken by Malek Fahd Islamic School and I want to get to the bottom of them,'' he said.

"We need to see a better explanation from the school about its financial relationship with the AFIC and why the millions of dollars it handed over to the federation was the best use of its money."

In a letter obtained by The Australian to the school's principal, Intaz Ali, Mr Garrett makes clear his concerns about the school's "inflated" transactions, and the role of members of the school board who also sit on the AFIC executive council - including AFIC president Ikebal Patel (pictured above), the school's chairman of directors.


The Australian


Related Article: O'Farrell government freezes Islamic school's funding






This weekend AFIC is holding its annual congress at Malek Fahed Islamic School, Greenacre Sydney. A new executive committee will be elected and the annual accounts (2011) will be presented.


The nominations for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer can be found here.


The address by Muslims Australia's president to the Congress is available here.


Islamic school letter probed


A POLICE investigation has been launched into a Canberra Islamic school owned by the country's peak Muslim body, amid allegations that a fake letter was included in an application to upgrade the school.

ACT Police and the territory's Department of Education have confirmed to The Australian they are investigating claims that an application to endorse the expansion of the Islamic School of Canberra included the alleged forged signature of a community leader who is also a senior Australian Taxation Office official.

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils owns the school.

The school's chairman of directors is AFIC president Ikebal Patel, who is also director of the AFIC-owned Sydney Malek Fahd school, now the subject of a probe by federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett.

When the president of the Islamic Society of the ACT and senior ATO staffer Ahmed Hijazi asked to see the application, which included a letter of support for the expansion of the school to years 9-12, he was shocked to discover his signature on the letter.


The Australian


Related article: Police launch Islamic school forgery investigation


Australian Muslim Talent




Sydney auditions for the talent quest are going to be live on Islam TV next Friday and live for the Melbourne auditions on the Saturday with the finals being live on the 7th

MCF makes public appeal

By Janeth Deen

MCF is receiving an increasing number of people seeking help. They range from families in financial stress due to poor health, unemployment and the high cost of living for those living on social welfare. Terminal illness amongst younger members of the family has placed huge economic stress on families, MCF has been there to help with medical bills, surgeries and medication. Several such cases have come to hand in the last year.

MCF is only a young organisation and can only operate with the funds donated, MCF is committed in helping new cases that arise. Therefore, MCF depends on your donations. Please donate generously. There is an urgent need for your zakat, and.unwanted interest. Please donate into one of the accounts below.

Bank of Queensland, MCF A/C
Zakaat BSB 124155 A/C 20897312.- Interest BSB 124155 A/C 20897385 - General BSB 124155 A/C 20897392

The Syrian conflict has produced in a number of refugees. MCF has collected money from the mosques and still needs to continue with the collection for this cause. Funds can be donated into the The Bank of Qld, MCF Emergency A/C, BSB 124155 A/C No 20897395

Get Jim out of Jail!

By Jim Bellos



Over the years you’ve generously helped me to support many worthwhile causes, and now I need your help to support my own cause, Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC).

Find out what help I need!


Syrian appeal raises $35K


Four hundred and fifty people attended the dinner held to raise funds for the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis.


The Gold Coast Islamic Society were the hosts of the event, and, as usual, served up a hearty meal.


There attendance demonstrated much support for the victims of the Syrian conflict.


The Muslim Charitable Foundation donated $5,000 to start off the collection and another $30,000 was raised on the night, boosting the amount to $35,000.

The very capable auctioneer, Mr Hussin Goss, was the auctioneer for the event and raised $18,200 from the auction.

Report on the Dznean Nuhovic Trust Fund

By Janeth Deen

The Nuhovic Family wish to thank all those generous people who have helped them raise the funds for the purchase of the eye gaze machine and the cost of the speech therapist to train Dznean in utilizing the device.


Words cannot express how the family feel about the outcome of the help given by so many people who have assisted in some way. It was not only the money that mattered, but the fact that they were not alone in their quest to ensure their son has some quality of life, even if he is a quadriplegic.



full report

Last week's Q&A......


BENJAMIN LAW:……And I think there's always been cycles of fear that come through, they go up and they go down, there's always someone else to fear. You know, it's Asians then, it's sort of Asians now, it's Muslims now, predominantly. We seem to actually forget that one of the things that is very Australian... Like, this idea of national identity is really, really tricky because what does Australian what does being Australian actually mean? And I think the success of our national identity is that it's completely mixed. We're not a monoculture and that's actually rare in the world when you travel.

GERMAINE GREER: I think this is a particularly poignant problem when it comes to the Muslim world, in particular, because they can't keep out the marketing machine. Because I think it basically is, you know, prostitution is the first service industry and we sell everything in versions of prostitution. And so in our onslaught on the rest of the world, softening it up for marketing, pornography is in the van. And where this really hurts me is that I watch women who are struggling for basic human rights in the Muslim world who are not helped at all by the fact that there's a solid wall of pornography coming down on them which makes it very easy for their leaders to say, ‘This is the grand Shaitan, this is the devil corrupting the rest of the world’ so that I as a Western feminist know that I have no locus standi. I watch women in Egypt being beaten up in the street, being forced to undergo virginity examinations and so on, knowing that even if I make a statement of support, it actually puts those women in more jeopardy.

GERMAINE GREER: Are other people there for us to exploit and use anywhere we like or do we really need to read the Koran, it might help. We might actually begin to think about people as people and not as purveyors of some service for us.



A Muslim’s Guide to Facebook Arguments (and online ridiculousness in general)

Blog by Dr. O

With the advent of the internet, you and I can now summon thousands of links and resources to a near bottomless trove of sites in a matter of seconds, and then share that information with hundreds of others in just a few minutes. Communication between us is lightning fast, and people can reach one another in ways that we didn't even think was possible a decade ago.

But the age-old rule still stands true- that wherever there are Muslims hanging around, there are bound to be Muslims arguing over ridiculous things. Not surprisingly, the internet is now the boxing ring for our new generation of Shaykh Googles and Mufti Wikipedias to profess their scholarly expertise and argue with one another with far more advanced tools of divisiveness, or as they say nowadays according to modern cyber tajwīd: “trolling.”

You don't have to look far to find young internet scholars debating over beard lengths, or berating “less practicing” or “less educated” brothers and sisters over eating nacho cheese Doritos or watching TV shows, or even finding Muslims spending hours viciously arguing back and forth over trivial things.

It's a shame that such incredible tools of spreading knowledge and building enlightening discussions such as Islamic Forums, Message Boards, group E-mail threads, Twitter feeds, and YouTube comment threads instead descend into embarrassing hotbeds of heated fights and countless hours of wasted time. And of all these online mediums, the biggest culprit of all is Facebook.

So how does it all go down, you ask? Surprisingly, it's quite predictable







State elections


Getting into the spirit of yesterday's Queensland State election are

(from left to right), Ms Safia Casoojee, Ms Hafiza Suleman, Ms Maryam Issadeen,

Dr Mohammed Iqbal Sultan and Dr Yunus Solwa

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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:


Pilgrims in ihram at the sanctuary in Mecca 1401-1411

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. 13

Sheikh Dr Yusuf Al Qaradawi
Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars





Yusuf Al Qaradawi is a preeminent Egyptian scholar. Articulate and widely read, he is one of the most commented on scholars of Islam. Al Qaradawi is a founder of the website IslamOnline.net, one of the intellectual leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, and the most influential leader associated with the movement since Mahdi Akef stepped down from his position as Supreme Leader in January 2010.







Post Mubarak Era
In February 2011, Qaradawi returned to Egypt after a 30 year exile and addressed a crowd of over a million people at Tahrir Square during Friday prayers. He addressed all segments of Egyptian society (including the Copts and the military) and called for unity
and a return to civilian rule.

Leading Figure of the Muslim Brotherhood
Qaradawi is incredibly influential as an intellectual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood—one of the most important modern movements in Islam. He has twice turned down offers to be their leader—in 1976 and 2004—preferring to be free of institutional restrictions. Qaradawi grew up and matured with the Muslim Brotherhood but has distanced himself from the movement in recent years. As early as 1997 he went out of his way to explain his independence from any organization, stating categorically that he was not a member of the Brotherhood. Earlier in his life Qaradawi was jailed three times for his relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and subsequently stripped of his Egyptian citizenship in the 1970s—driving him to seek exile in Qatar. The Muslim Brotherhood remains the main opposition force in Egypt. Although he has no formal relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, his writings make him an important intellectual figure in the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Popular Influence
Qaradawi is a vociferous voice of criticism of the West and of Israel. Much of Qaradawi’s influence over the past decade has been a product of his forthright views on combating social injustice, especially concerning Israeli-Palestinian relations. His view that suicide bombing, in certain situations, is a legitimate form of self-defense has landed him in trouble, especially in Western Europe, but is reflective of an underlying sentiment among many in the Middle East that oppression deserves such a response— however Qaradawi goes against the grain of most leading Islamic thinkers by supporting suicide bombing as  a tactic of war.

Scholar for Modern Times
Qaradawi’s ability to combine traditional knowledge of Islamic Law with a contemporary understanding of the issues that Muslims face today, has led him to become one of the best known and most influential contemporary Muslim clerics of our time. He uses a variety of means to connect with people. He is well known for his popular Al Jazeera program ‘Ash-Shariah wal-Hayat’ (Islamic Law and Life) that is watched by an estimated 40-50 million people worldwide. Despite his popularity, Qaradawi is often criticized by fellow scholars regarding his methodology and his occasionally unusual opinions. He does, however, continue to be respected as a knowledgeable scholar and has been praised for his condemnation of the September 11th attacks.


The Arab Spring
•• Qaradawi has been a vocal supporter of all the Arab protests with the exception of the protests in Bahrain. He even issued a fatwa calling for Libyan soldiers to kill Colonel Gaddafi. This fatwa raised eyebrows and was thought repulsive by some.
•• Qaradawi declared his support for the rebels led by the National Libyan Council in the 2011 Libyan uprising, urging Arab nations to recognize them and ‘to confront the tyranny of the regime in Tripoli’. He suggested weapons be sent to the rebels and said:
‘Our Islamic nation should stand against injustice and corruption and I urge the Egyptian government to extend a helping hand to the Libyan people and not to Gaddafi’.
•• Qaradawi was reluctant to give support to the 2011 Bahrain protests, claiming that: ‘The protests in Bahrain are sectarian in nature’.




Relying on Allah, the Almighty, resembles a good tree that has only excellent fruit, portrayed both in the soul and life of the individual as well as the group 

Yusuf Al Qaradawi

The Inbox


Dear Editor


Assalam Alaikum

I am writing to thank you for the CCN.


I have always enjoyed reading the newsletter every week, more so now that we are living away from Brisbane.


I wish to thank you especially for the coverage of the inauguration of the new hall at the Islamic College. What a treat it was to see the old familiar faces!

Jazak Allah Khair


Dear CCN Readers

Whilst we have just endured the State elections, we mustn’t forget, local government elections are now only a month away.  On April 28 all local governments across Queensland will be heading to the polls and I would invite you all to the launch of the Southside Team Campaign on Wed 28th March at the Runcorn Tavern.
I think that it is important that the Muslim community in Brisbane feel proud that Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has a Muslim candidate on his team, and as someone whose family has been in Brisbane for nearly 150 years, I feel honoured to be working for the people of Brisbane and especially for Moorooka Ward.
I look forward to the community’s support at this event – tickets are limited, please contact me for further details.
Yasmin Khan
0419 025 510

Dear Editor


I enjoying reading the newsletter. Thanks!

Rona Zhang, Principal


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Moscow's Muslims find no room in the mosque

On a cold Friday in March, Bolshaya Tatarskaya street in the centre of Moscow is at a standstill. It runs past the Russian capital's oldest mosque.

More than two million Muslims now live and work in Moscow. It has become one of the biggest cities for Muslims in Europe and its few houses of worship can no longer cope.

During Friday prayers the historic building is overflowing and thousands of faithful are praying outside in the snow.

Cars honk their horns and local people struggle to get past on the pavements.

It is a scene repeated at all of Moscow's four mosques, as tens of thousands of Muslims gather for prayers every Friday.

The new Muslims are mainly young migrants from the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Poverty and conflict forced them to seek new lives in Russia, and millions of Uzbeks, Tajiks and Kyrgyz have found jobs and a new home in Moscow.

"There are too many of us," says Ulugbek, a young migrant from Uzbekistan. "We have to be grateful that there are mosques in Moscow. The city was not ready to host millions of us all of a sudden."

But others think that the authorities are ignoring the needs of the Muslim population.

Hasan Fakhritdinov (pictured right), imam of what is known as the city's Historical Mosque, says that the existing facilities are just not enough.

"We are asking the authorities to let us build new mosques, but they are ignoring our demands," he says. "Now people have to pray outside in the rain or the snow."

Moscow's old Tatar Mosque is currently being transformed into a grand, new building. But even then it won't be able to accommodate all the worshippers.


Samoosa City


As migrants have made a home in Moscow, doing jobs local Russians won't do, the capital has changed beyond recognition.

Halal shops and cafes have opened across the city, from expensive restaurants where lunch can cost you $200 (£125;150 euros), to cheap take-away outlets where Central Asians bake traditional breads and samsa (samosas) in clay-ovens or tandoors.

Halal samoosa has become one of Moscow's most popular take-away foods. But it is not just halal food and overfilled mosques which testify to the presence of Islam here. It's also the changes in people's lives.

Zarif, who's from Tajikistan, and his Russian wife Yelena live in a studio flat in northern Moscow. Like many other families here, both have jobs and are trying to move into a bigger flat.

But Zarif is a devout Muslim and Yelena comes from an Orthodox Christian family. It wasn't easy to win their parents' support for their marriage but now he says that things have changed.

"I sometimes buy Christian icons for my Orthodox in-laws and they buy me Muslim books or calendars," says Zarif. "I can even go to church with them for family functions. And when I fast they don't eat in front of me. We live in mutual respect and harmony."



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KB's Culinary Corner



KB says:  Here's a garnishing Ideas for Baba Ganoush - Baba Ganoush always has to have olive oil on top for garnish. However you can spice things up a bit by adding crushed red pepper, a dash of cumin, parsley or coriander.


Baba Ganoush



1 large eggplant
1 crushed clove of garlic
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tab tahini
1 tsp salt
3 tsp olive oil
2 tab lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake eggplant for 30 minutes, or until outside is crisp and inside is soft.

Allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Cut open eggplant and scoop out the flesh into colander and allow to drain for 10 minutes.
Removing the excess liquid helps to eliminate a bitter flavor.

Place eggplant flesh in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mash together. You can also use a food processor and pulse for about 2 minutes.

Place in serving bowl and top with lemon juice and olive oil. Add other garnish according to taste.

Serve with warm or toasted pita, flatbread or Turkish bread


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: Salam, I have a school cross country coming up at the end of this month. The course is 3km. I was wondering what tips, training program etc. I should do?





A: You don’t have much time left, so I would suggest you make the most of the last few days before the cross country, without overdoing it.

If you have already been training, increase the distance you’ve been doing and aim to improve on your time. Make sure you eat healthy and drink lots of water in the lead up to the day.

If you haven’t done much preparation, try walking for a day or two, and then jog for the remaining days. Have a rest on the day before the cross country so your muscles aren’t fatigued.

Play some sport or be as active as possible for the next week as part of your training regime.

Have a nutritious breakfast on the day and challenge yourself throughout the course, never giving up!

Have fun while you’re at it and make yourself proud.






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




CCN Reader: Dear Flightstar Fozi, I have a two week trip planned to Norfolk Island in the early November. Can you please give me advice on flights heading north from Norfolk Island via Caledonia and Vanuatu to Solomon Islands where I would like to spend a week before I come back to Australia 


Flightsar Fozi: Flights to and from Norfolk Island are limited with no direct connection to the Pacific Islands.

You would need to either fly to New Zealand or back to Australia to get the connecting flights.

You can fly Air New New Zealand from Brisbane to Norfolk Islands and then on to Auckland for a stopover with connections, from there to the other islands and then back to Australia.

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The CCN Chuckle


Bill Gates was in a Turkish restaurant and after eating, gave $5 to Jallaludin the waiter as a tip.

Jallaludin looked strangely at him.

When Bill Gates saw him, he asked: "What's the matter?"

Jallaludin replied: "Sir, I don't want more money. I am just amazed because on the same table your son gave a tip of $50 and you, his father, the richest man in the world gave only $5!


Bill Gates smiled and replied: He is a son of the world's richest man, but I am the son of a woodcutter.


“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,

He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”
                                                                                                                   Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī



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Inspiration talk, pizza, BBQ, fun and games

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.

Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Rd, Woodridge
When: Every Sat, after Maghrib

Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited

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Businesses and Services


ACCES Removal Services Removalist Kuraby Mosque Hire Services Hire Services
Ahlam Haddad Tutoring Tutoring (Maths) Lawung Clothing Islamic Couture
Baalbak Lebanese Cuisine Love ur Body Beauty Treatments
Biltong in Brisbane Biltong Mansur Omar Real Estate
Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance Repairs & Maintenance MaXimize Accountants Accountants
Brisbane Diagnostics Radiography Monavie Health Drink
Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic Physiotherapy Mo's Handyman Services Repairs & Maintenance
Car Body Removals Used Car Dealer Muslim Directory Australia Directory Services
Carpet Lifesavers Carpet cleaning Nando's CALAMVALE CENTRAL Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken
Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL) Tutoring (Arabic) Nandos MT GRAVATT Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken
d'Lahorie  Traditional Indian & Pakistan Cuisine Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD Real Estate
efxshop Computers Islamic College of Brisbane Hall Hire Hire Services
EliteFX Computers OurWorld Travel Travel
Excelanz Migration Agency Pappa Roti Cake & Coffee
Fathima Adat Tutoring Tutoring (School subjects) Pizza Lane Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza
Gabriel Hair Studios Hairstylist Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Beauty Treatments
Haseera Plastic Mats Samoosa Pastry Distributors Samoosas
Henna by Fatima Henna Shakira Kolia's Driving School Driving School
Hummy's Automotive Car Repairs Siitra Clothing
Hussana Australia Halal Body Care range Stick On Labels Label
InWear Fashions Clothing Fashion The Quran Pen hussana.com.au
Junaid Ally Properties Real Estate Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services Accounting
Kimaya Fashions Clothing Lily's Fashion Wedding dresses etc. 
Personal Training with Layla Personal Training Marketing Co-Op Internet Services
Angelz Dental Care Dentist Queensland Islamic Book Services Bookstore 
Shameema's Silk Scarves Clothing Grand Medical Centre Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop



Health Products


FlightStar Hajj 2012


Silk Scarves

Qld Islamic

Book Service


Healthy Life

Browns Plains

Personal Training

for Ladies

Nazima Hansa


your one-stop

real estate shop


Carpet Lifesavers


Body & Beauty

Brochure (pdf)

Stick On Labels


Repairs & Maintenance

Biltong in Brisbane





Indian & Pakistan



Shakira Kolia's



Lebanese Cuisine


pdf version




Migration Agent




OurWorld Travel


Islamic Couture


Handyman Services

AK Surtie




Fatima Ismail

Gabriel Hair Studio


Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range


Pappa Roti

Warrigal Square

Junaid Ally Properties




Love ur Body

Nandos Mt Gravatt

ACCES Services

Removal Services


Calamvale Central
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299

Yasmeen Seedat

Accounting Services

Kimaya Fashions

Samoosa Pastry


Used Cars Wanted  

The Quran Pen Reader

online at


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir




Brisbane Diagnostics


InWear Fashions


Plastic Mats


Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic

Ask for

Ms Muntazira Girach 

Marketing Co-Op

Training in Blog Building Techniques



Lily's Fashion


200 Grand Avenue, Forest Lake Qld 4078.
Open 7 days a week until 8:00pm
We accept Bulk Billing 7 days a week
Appointments Available – Walk ins welcome
For Appointment

Ph: (07) 32 7878 00


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.





(Click on link)





30 March to 1 April

Fri to Sun

Youth Leadership Retreat




Bornhoffen PCYC

0431 800 414

All Day

28 & 29 April

Sat & Sun

Heart Therapy: with Sh. Yahya Ibrahim





All Day

6 May


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, Arundel

0418 737 621

10am til late

20 May


Palestinian Windows & Orphans Dinner Fundraiser


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520

10am til late

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



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 Taalim for Ladies only - Every Tuesday @ Kuraby Mosque  11am to 12.30pm – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665

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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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

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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