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Sunday, 27 May 2012

 Newsletter 0394



By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah


Some 400 sympathizers to the cause attended the Palestinian Widows and Orphans Fund Raising dinner last Sunday night at the Michael's Oriental restaurant.


It turned out to be both an informative and entertaining evening that helped raise nearly $65 000 for two major projects - the Golden Fabric project which aims to provide industrialised sewing machines to women so that they can start their own sewing businesses. These women will form a sewing cooperative and receive business management and leadership training. The money will also be used to fund tuition and education related expenses for Palestinian children who cannot afford to go to school.


Ms Sabrina Ebrahim, Australian Ambassador for Al Tariq told CCN that she first mooted the idea for such a cause to AMARAH who, together with Al Nisa and MCF, joined forces to make it a reality.


Dr Halim Rane of the Griffith Islamic Research Unit at Griffith University started off the presentations with an overview of the results of a survey that was conducted to identify the attitudes of everyday Australians to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East.


The keynote address was delivered by Ms Sussan Ley, Liberal federal member for Farrer (NSW) and Shadow Minister for Employment Participations and Childcare and Early Childhood Learning who began by describing her childhood growing up in the United Aran Emirates before, at the age of 13, she and her family migrated to Australia. She spoke of her 90-year-old father, once a policeman in Mandate Palestine under the British, and of the deep and abiding concern he continues to feel for the plight of the Palestinians. She then recalled her trip to the Middle East last year as part of a federal Parliamentary delegation and the impact that it had on her, especially when she met her sponsored child outside Bethlehem.


A live Skype interview was conducted with Ms Siham Abu Awaad, the coordinator of the Golden Fabric Project to which the funds from the event are to be directed. She spoke from Rahmallah over a patchy connection to the dinner guests and expressed her gratefulness for the efforts of the community of Queensland and, more particularly, for remembering the people of Palestine "from such a long distance away".


Amongst the many items that went on auction on the night were drawings and painting by children in the refugee camps in Lebanon. A battle weary, Hussin Goss, conducted these proceedings in his usual inimitable style that made the valiant efforts of an underling look pale in comparison.


Others on the programme included a drum performance by Mohamad Alshurafa who was ably assisted by 13-year-old Usama Jamal Rane. Ms Yesmeen Al-Maani read a moving poem and Ms Juliette Maeji, Public Affairs Representative Australasia for al-Tariq and Ms Sabrina Ebrahim spoke about their organization's efforts in promoting sustainable development and democratic governance in Palestine.

The following photographs were taken and kindly supplied by Ms Suzanna Palmer Latona (graphic designer | 0424 459 327)


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CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah caught up with Salam Card and Islam TV's Ismail Mehmet at 3am one Sunday morning to find out what is really happening behind the scenes on the other side of those expensive lenses.

[MotM] Brother Ismail before we talk business please tell CCN readers a little about yourself.

[Mehmet] Asalam Alaikum, I'm 41 years young and am always striving to break through and create new things.


My first camera was given to me at the age of 7 and since then I have been on a long journey of imagery and imagination. After studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology I emerged in the early 90's as a creative director for different advertising campaigns for clients from Circus Oz to Youth Marketed Events.


Now, 23 years later, I have had experience in the advertising industry working as a Photographer, Desktop publisher, Videographer, Web Designer, Animator not to mention my past performance Michael Jackson style experiences ... Yes it's been a very long road which has given me the confidence to dive head first into new endeavors and enterprises.

[MotM] Tell us about Salaam Card.

[Mehmet] Salam Card is proving to really be Australia's fastest growing Halal loyalty program which gives the card holder discounts and special offers. Anyone can simply order a free Salam Card at www.salamcard.com.au. Check the site for current offers and then show your Salam Card at the shop outlet to receive their deal.


[MotM] How and when did you come up with the idea?

[Mehmet] Well I saw a need to motivate Muslims to support Muslims and running around town doing all the filming for the Islam TV Web Channel, I saw it as a way of businesses supporting the Dawah work that I do and supporting each other as a Muslim network at the same time.


It was over 3 years ago now, one Friday night I was watching Peace TV online when I had the idea. I was doing some filming of Islamic lectures on the Gold Coast at the time and realized that a loyalty program could really help the Muslim community and then got to work building the web site.


[MotM] What is the take-up in the community?

[Mehmet] Salam Card has been very well received. It has been a lot of hard work. As with any new venture, your always up against some resistance. There are those who see Salam Card as a wonderful way to create more unity and are happily and want to have their business be part of it.


Since we mail out many free Salam Card each week we have had to provide more businesses outlets. We are still inviting more local Brisbane and Gold Coast businesses to see this opportunity to have the now thousands of Salam Card holders bring their cards into their shops so that they can give them more business.


[MotM] What do you see as the future for the Card?

[Mehmet] Well it's evolving faster than we can imagine. Insha Allah soon we will be unveiling something that will really revolutionize the way it works. Without saying too much it will give the businesses a real enhancement of how they can increase their business as we make the Salam Card a much more interactive medium within a moving digital landscape.


[MotM] Tell us about Islam TV.

[Mehmet] Like Salam Card, ISLAM TV has and is a real passion. It is an absolute pleasure to help give our knowledgeable Imams a platform to generate an increased awareness of Islam.

I see Islam TV as a digital archive that now dates back to 2008. The main objective is to share the Islamic knowledge. All the footage is filmed in Australia and edited in house.

We cover all the major Islamic events, Friday Khutbah's and anything that can help the Muslim and non Muslim community. Islam TV does not have all the other videos on the side like you tube which can easily send its viewer into inappropriate material. All the videos are within the site: www.islamtv.com.au.


[MotM] I know that you are often working into the early hours of the morning 'cutting and splicing' if that is the right term. Tell us about the process from taking the video to posting it on the Internet.

[Mehmet] Well, no matter what it always ends up being a very late night. Firstly the filming has to have the right exposure and the sound checked. After the filming is done its then edited, typing in titles and creating new animations every few months to keep it looking fresh.

Once the editing is done we then output it into a dvd format which takes about 20-60 minutes (depending on the lectures length) for the computers to make the video available. From there we then convert it into an mp4 internet format which take about another 30--60 minutes.

Now we have the final video we upload it to the server which can take up to 4 or even 8 hours to upload. Ok so now it's on the net but the works not finished yet.

Now we get the code and past it into the web design program and link it together. Jumping into to Photoshop the buttons are made as well as the email campaign to go out to thousands of our subscribers via email & SMS. So it's quite a process. This week I started editing on Wednesday after Fajir and now its Saturday night and I'm still waiting for the last fourth video to finish uploading with more work to go, Alhamdulilah.


[MotM] How is Islam TV being received by the community?

[Mehmet] The community have really embraced it and have seen it grow and improve as the technology changes we have made along the way have made the videos play really smoothly and with excellent picture quality.


[MotM] What is the future for Islam TV?

[Mehmet] Salam Card supports Islam TV, so we do urge the business community here in Queensland to benefit from the thousands of our Salam Card holders looking for more business outlets to use their cards at. On the back of the Salam Card's you'll find the Islam TV web site address which is on the 5000 Salam Cards we distribute every single month. It is really acting as a true dawah card, giving anyone the chance to watch over 250 hours of Islamic lecture completely free of charge.


The future would have to be NOT satellite TV which cost' half a million dollars for a license; the future is Smart (Internet)TV.

We will insha Allah create at some stage an Islam TV Smart TV App when the TV apps become more uniform with any brand of television that you might have.

That future is really already here. When we launched Islam TV over 3 years ago now, someone once said to me that it wasn't really a TV channel that I had launched. My reply was that in a few years you will be watching you tube videos in your lounge on an internet TV and now that's exactly what many of us are doing.

So Islam TV with the continued support of the community will be making its way into the lounge room on your smart TV or through your blue ray DVD player that's connected to the internet very soon if Allah wills.


[MotM] Any final words.......before we roll out the credits....if you'll excuse the well-intentioned pun...

[Mehmet] I would personally like to thank the community for all their continues support. I would also like to thank my most supportive and loving wife Sarah who is always self sacrificing for me to get the lectures out and promote Muslim businesses from here to distant places.


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Professor Sohail Inayatullah (pictured left), a political scientist/futurist at Tamkang University, Taiwan and the Centre of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University, Sydney, will be the keynote speaker at the ECCQ Multicultural Summit 2012 to be held in October.

Dr Inayatullah is one of the 2010 Laurel award winners for all time best futurists as voted by the Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network, an association of 2,900 foresight professionals.

Professor Inayatullah has authored and edited 20 books and over 300 journal articles and book chapters.

The two-day summit program will feature expert speakers focusing on current and emerging issues facing Queensland’s increasingly multicultural and diverse society.


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(l to r) Ms Razeena Gutta, Ms Saadiya Suleman, Mr Ahmed Essof, Ms Hafizah Suleman, Ms Jameela Omarjee and Mr Muhammed-Shafiq Suleman




CresCafe @ Harmony Day celebrations


The Crescents of Brisbane Team held its popular CresCafe at the Runcorn State School's annual harmony day festival on Friday evening to help the school raise funds.




Addict get his fix on the house


On Thursday, Nandos celebrated its 100000th Facebook fan/addict.


Joel (pictured at the head of the table) chose Nandos Mt Gravatt as his favourite restaurant and he, together with 10 of his mates, were treated to a full meal on the house.





UMB & Kuraby Mosque BBQ


A free BBQ and lunch was provided for the community at Svoboda Park, Kuraby last Sunday afternoon hosted jointly by the United Muslims of Brisbane and Kuraby Mosque.


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The Ansaar Project, in conjunction with the Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies, are coordinating the Blanket Drive for winter 2012 in Brisbane.

They are collecting new and used blankets or sleeping bags for distribution to some of the less fortunate in the broader Brisbane community. Donors are encouraged to give only quality goods to the needy

The blanket drive will run for one month, after which the blankets will be distributed through established channels with various organisations in Brisbane and regional Queensland.

Drop off the blankets or sleeping bags at one of the following convenient locations:


1. Rochedale Mosque: 2647 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains
Please put them inside near the masjid close to the front door.
Times: Between 4:30pm and 6:30pm Mon - Thurs
Contact person: Javed Iqbal 0403 295 127

3. Algester Mosque: 48 Learoyd Road, Algester
Please put them under the shelter near the wudhu area.
Times: Between 4:30pm and 6:30pm
Contact person: Abdul Kayum Sacur 0433 606 411

2. Kuraby Mosque: 1408 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby
Please put them next to the Office building under the shelter.
Contact person: Javed Iqbal 0403 295 127


4. Logan Mosque: Corner Third Ave and Curtisii Court, Marsden
Contact person: Javed Iqbal 0403 295 127


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Preparations are well underway for the upcoming Ladies’ Spa Day on June 10th at the AMYN Centre located at 16/157 North Rd, Woodridge.


The event is being organised and presented by the Sisters’ House, with proceeds benefitting this non-profit volunteer community organisation.


There will be a selection of beauty and hair services available on the day, stalls selling hand made goods by Muslim sisters, hot food, drinks, cakes and a series of presentations from local Muslim businesses.


To make an online booking for beauty therapies and services at the Spa Day please visit http://bit.ly/JqdefJ


To learn more about the Sisters’House please visit www.sistershouse.org 


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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. 22

H.R.H. Shah Karim Al Hussayni
The Aga Khan IV, 49th Imam of Ismaili Muslims


Shah Karim Al Hussayni, also known simply as the Aga Khan (Imamate: 1957-present), is the leader of the Shi’a sect of Muslims known as the Nizari Ismailis. For 5 million Nizari Ismaili Muslims the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam, with lineage descending back to Ali, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. He is only the fourth Aga Khan, a hereditary title bestowed upon the Imam by the Shah of Persia in the mid-nineteenth century.


Hereditary Leader of Ismailis
The Aga Khan derives his position of authority from his lineage. He has a direct line of ancestry going back to Imam Ali. For Nizari Ismaili Muslims this ancestry is directly attached to the idea of an Imamate starting with Imam Ali. However Nizari lineage differs from the larger sect of Ithna’Asharia (Twelver) Shi’a. Twelver Shi’a heritage derivesfrom the younger son of the sixth Imam Jafar Al Sadiq, whereas Ismaili heritage  derives from the elder son. The Aga Khan’s influence stems from his obligation to lead the community and to find solutions to the ever-changing issues facing his followers. At the age of 21 the Aga Khan bypassed his father and uncle to become the 49th Imam, a choice that his grandfather made because he felt the community needed a leader ‘who has been brought up and developed during recent years and in the midst of the new age, and who brings a new outlook on life to his office’.


Unparalleled Philanthropist
The Aga Khan is also an influential philanthropist on the world stage. His influence on development is very significant and disproportionate to the size of the Nizari Ismaili community, which is one of the smaller Muslim sects. To fulfill the Imam’s responsibilities in the contemporary world, the Aga Khan set up the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The AKDN is a collection of over 200 development and humanitarian agencies working in areas of poverty. The network is widely known for its architectural and cultural work, including projects that revitalize historic cities. These initiatives aim to show the greatness of Islamic civilization through projects such as the renovation of the Old City of Aleppo and the Al Azhar Park in Cairo. The Aga Khan’s foundation maintains a strong and enduring presence in developing countries—building health care capacity, promoting economic development in rural areas and helping improve educational opportunities. The AKDN is particularly influential in Central Asia, where it works in areas that are often neglected by other organizations.


The Arab Spring
•• The Arab Spring events have not significantly affected the influence of the Aga Khan.



In the Islamic tradition, they viewed the discovery of knowledge as a way to understand, so as to serve better God’s creation, to apply knowledge and reason to build society and shape human aspirations  


The Agha Khan IV


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Wedded bliss for only Dh1? Dubai's most humble brides

Dubai: Breaking with a long-held UAE tradition, two Emirati couples have tied the knot with the brides accepting the lowest dowry possible.

One woman took only Dh1 to marry her long-time love while another asked her husband to take on the sponsorship of two orphans in the emirate.

The couples were the first to be honoured as part of an initiative by the Dubai Courts Department.

The first woman, identified as Al Anoud, agreed to marry her life partner Ayman after he sponsored two orphans, while the second woman A.A. married M.A. against a Dh1 dowry.


The DCD Club honoured the two couples yesterday for being the most content and moderate husbands-and-wives of 2011. It was part of a first-of-its-kind social initiative "the wife with the least dowry" launched by the DCD's Personal Status Section last year.

Al Anoud's father gave Ayman, his parents and family the shock of their life when he asked him to sponsor two orphans as a dowry to become his son-in-law.

Best deeds

Dr Ahmad Bin Hazim, DCD's General Director, and Mohammad Abdul Rahman, the Head of the Personal Status Section, honoured the two couples at a special ceremony yesterday.

"Money comes and goes," Al Anoud said. "Meanwhile sponsoring orphans is a righteous and noble thing to do… it is one of the best deeds that a person could ever do in this life. We take such a good and dignified deed with us as it has a spiritual and emotional thing. It's one of the best things to start my marital life with… this was highly recommended by the Prophet Mohammad [PBUH]. Such a dowry doesn't downgrade me at all; on the contrary it's considered one of the most valuable dowries. All my family supported me on it."

Meanwhile A.A. was delighted and anxious to marry M.A. for a Dh1 dowry. She said her family and friends supported her.

"M.A. was startled when my dad told him that he has to pay Dh1 as a dowry against my marriage. At first the mazoun [religious scholar who performs the wedding ceremony] did not want to carry out the marriage ceremony because he was amazed… but then he was convinced and married us while everybody was dazzled," said A.A.

Abdul Rahman of the DCD said the initiative was launched last year to enlighten men and women about the importance of getting married against reasonable dowries.


"Recently, it has grown significantly, because it accumulates high costs and expenses on the couple's burden for upcoming years. Such initiative helps raise awareness among couples contemplating marriage and helps them meet marriage expenses easily," he said.



Gulf News


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The Lemonade Stand

USA: Anti-Muslim bullying in schools has increased by 15% according to a CAIR study.

Recently, the parents of nine-year-old Muslim twins reported to CAIR that their children had been facing chronic, anti-Muslim bullying for years. They told CAIR their son was taunted because of his religion and ethnicity, and was told, "All Muslims are dirty and they kill people." Their daughter was allegedly slapped, hit in the eye and told "go back to your country."


When CAIR learned of the abuse, its staff attorneys contacted school officials right away and were speaking to the district superintendent within days.

After CAIR's work on her behalf, the daughter set up a lemonade stand and, with her brother's help, raised $50 for CAIR. Her parents matched her gift to honour her resourcefulness.

Here's what she did: (1-minute video)


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Ice Princess Zahra Lari – An Example for Women of Faith

She’s been called the “Ice Princess in the Hijab.” And, I think she rocks. Zahra Lari is a 17-year-old Olympic figure-skating hopeful from the United Arab Emirates. And you can’t miss her because she wears a black hijab instead of sparkly hair clips and nylon pants instead of the characteristic shiny nude tights. I love seeing a Muslim woman as a competitive athlete. I just love it. I was crushed when the Iranian women’s soccer team was disqualified from the Olympics because of their headscarves.

I thought it was misogynistic to tell those women, already living under a regime that is restrictive to women, that their dream was off-limits simply because they were lawful Iranian women covering their heads. The images of those strong women, humiliated and crying on the field, was devastating.

As a non-Muslim, I have my own mixed views about the hjiab. I don’t understand why a woman would have to cover her hair to be modest. But I have also seen and met Muslim women who embrace the headscarf or the hijab who have a twinkle in their eyes and a freedom in their spirit that must come from shielding oneself from our grasping, hyper-sexualized world.


And I know non-Catholics might look at my faith’s teaching against artificial contraception, for example, as backwards and oppressive, as many rush to label the hijab. But I am grateful and appreciative towards those who try to understand, or at least recognize that I find freedom and dignity in the choice to obey that teaching.

As women of faith, we owe each other understanding and support in our choices that may defy the culture’s terms for our empowerment. It is our right to follow our consciences and make religious choices. And whether the state tries to take that right away through the law, or whether society tries to shame us away from our rights, women of faith should be allies in defending one another’s right to religious choice.




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

Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

The CCN Bookshelf

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


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

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says: I served this soup and pizza combination at a Crescents of Brisbane Team meeting this week and elicited one comment that the soup was "delish". 


Spicy Thai Chicken Soup  


2 tab olive or coconut oil
½ kg cubed chicken fillets
1 onion sliced
½ tsp green chillies
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp salt
5 cups of water
2 pieces of lemon grass
2 Bay leaves
2 Tab lemon juice
200ml coconut milk
200ml coconut cream
1 Tab Worcester sauce
2 Tab chopped water chestnuts
I pkt white onion soup powder
1 Tab fresh coriander for garnishing

1. Heat oil and quickly stir fry the onion for 1 minute and then add the chicken with the salt, lemon pepper and green chillies.
2. When the chicken is cooked, add water and the remaining ingredients with the exception of the onion powder.
3. Boil until it becomes ¾ of its quantity.
4. Then add the onion soup paste (cold water was added to the powder to make it into a paste.)
5. Then boil further until it becomes half its quantity and thick, if you would like the soup thicker boil further until it’s the consistency you like.
6. When the soup is done, remove lemon grass and bay leaf and before serving sprinkle with fresh coriander.


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.


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Q: Dear Kareema, you always talk about the importance of engaging our core muscles during exercise. How do we know that we are doing it correctly?

A: Good question. Your core muscles are one of the most important muscle groups in your body. Not only do they keep your stomach flat, they also protect your spine. Most of your upper body movement is dependent on your core.

Here’s how you activate it: lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Draw your pelvic floor up towards your navel, and at the same time, gently pull your abs in towards your spine and think about pressing your ribs towards your hips (don’t arch your back).

When standing, draw your belly in, lengthen your spine by pulling your shoulders up, back and down and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth while exercising.You may feel uncomfortable to start off with, but the more you do it, the easier it will become.






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.


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Dr. Nasruddin was called to give expert evidence in a recent court case.


Q: Dr. Nasruddin, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
A: No.

Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
A: No.

Q: Did you check for breathing?
A: No.

Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
A: No.

Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
A: It is possible that he could have been alive and practising law somewhere.


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We have not instructed the (Prophet) in Poetry, nor is it meet for him: this is no less than a Message and a Qur'an making things clear: That it may give admonition to any (who are) alive...

Surah Ya-Sin 36:69-70


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A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?
                                                                                                                      Khalil Gibran


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27 May


Journey of Health: Children's Health Day


AMYN Islamic Centre

0415 355 896

All Day

27 May


Seminar: Moulana Ashrafi

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0433 552 409


3 June


Annual Quran Competition

Islamic Council of Qld.

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786

9.00am to 1.30pm

10 June


Spa Day

Sister's House

AMYN Centre

0449 268 375


12 June


Year End Tax Minimization Seminar

Muslim Business Network

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 191 675


16 June



Lailatul Mehraj

16 & 17 June

Sat & Sun

Public Lecture: Imam Afroz Ali

Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

1. Kuraby Mosque

2. Algester Mosque

0401 972 865

1. After Isha

2. After Maghrib

16 & 17 June

Sat & Sun

Moonsighting Workshop

Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

IWAQ Offices, 11 Watland St, Springwood

0403 295 127

10am to 2pm

17 June


Moorooka Mussalah BBQ

Moorookah Mussalah

Moolabin Park, Vendale Ave, Moorooka

0435 993 405


24 June


I Came So far: Comedy Tour 2012

HikmahWay Institute

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

see flyer


5 July



Lailatul Baraat

6-8 July


Ladies Retreat with Sister Haifaa


Savannah Hotel, Broadbeach

0426 821 411

All day

14 & 15 July

Sat & Sun

Worst of the Worst: Lecture by Sheikh Jabbar

Alkauthar Institute Brisbane


0414 470 985


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

2 September


Soccer Tournament: Unity Cup 2012

Ahmed Essof

Acacia Ridge Indoor Sports, 1391 Beaudesert Road

0415 323 548

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.


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The Heart of the Ihya: Prophetic Character

The Salaam Institute presents an inspiring weekly course.

A 10-session weekly Seekers Circle Globally Accessible Program with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Imam Afroz Ali.

This SeekersCircle will cover the Book 20 of Imam al-Ghazzali’s Ihya ‘Ulum ud-Deen, known as the Heart of the Ihya.

WHEN: Every Friday beginning on 18 May 2012 for 10 weeks.
TIME: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
VENUE: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood

Males and Females welcome. Refreshments provided.


More information


 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


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


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

Wednesday 24 May 2012 (cancelled)
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


Tafseer Workshops
with Mufti Ravat


Thursday nights from 7.30 to 8.15pm and than after Esha



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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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au



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