Sunday, 22 December 2013

 Newsletter 0476




The College celebrated the official opening of its multipurpose hall, 4 new class rooms and a new car park at the Carrara Campus, Gold Coast.



The Honourable John Paul Langbroek, Minister of Education opened the multipurpose hall. Other distinguished guests included Councillor Lex Bell, Dr. Grant Watson from Block Grant Authority, Dr. Alex Douglas, Member for Gaven and Dr. Mubarak Ali Noor, Principal of the Islamic College of Brisbane.



Acting Principal, Mrs. Mariam Banwa, outlined the academic achievements of the college; acknowledged the efforts of teachers, parents and staff and added that the college will always endeavour to offer academic excellence.

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AUSTRALIA’S largest Muslim school has been given a reprieve by the NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli and will remain open for at least one more year.

The NSW Board of Studies last month recommended Malek Fahd at Greenacre in Sydney’s west have its accreditation for next year disallowed after ongoing concerns about financial mismanagement and other practices.

The Australian has revealed concerns about the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, which managed the school, wrongly charging Malek Fahd millions in “management fees” and backdated rent. The chairman of the board of directors of Malek Fahd, Ikebal Patel, was also president of the AFIC at the time the payments were made.

Malek Fahd received just under $20 million, or 80 per cent of its funding, from the commonwealth and state governments.

Mr Piccoli froze the school’s funding and forced it to repay $9m in state funds.

The investigations have led to the resignation of Mr Patel as president of AFIC and as school board chairman. Probes by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and the NSW police have been launched into the school’s finances.

Despite the Board of Studies finding, Mr Piccoli decided yesterday to maintain the school’s accreditation even though there were serious concerns about how the school was being run.

“While progress has been made in relation to the areas of the school’s noncompliance with the Education Act, the board continues to have concerns about the school’s compliance with the requirements for registration and accreditation,” the board said in a statement. “Accordingly, the school’s period of registration and accreditation has been extended until 31 December, 2014, during which time the school is required to address the board’s concerns.”

Five Muslim schools in Sydney have now had funding frozen or been subject to financial audits after concerns were raised about their financial management.

In October, Bellfield College in south-west Sydney was subject to an audit by federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne, after The Australian revealed a police complaint had been made by the school’s former principal over the whereabouts of $2.2m in government funding he claims never reached the school.


Source: The Australian

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Enquiry regarding booking stall at the International Food Festival


Please contact Haji Habib Jamal 

email:  habibj@oamc.com.au

Mobile: 041 2601 152


Please reserve early as space are limited.


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As I am transiting back into America from Asia, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela made his final transition from our collective human lives to the next dominion. (I mention my transition only to apologize for not continuing with the third installment on Vipassana; sometimes real life—or death –gets in the way).

Instead, I want to say a few words about the man President Obama referred to as “the last great hero of the 20th Century.” First the personal glimpse: I got to shake hands with Mandela when he included Malaysia among those countries he visited upon release from a 27 year prison term. It was 1991 and I felt the wind of change. In a small country like Malaysia it’s easier to get up close and personal with a national guest of this stature. No big deal (but I did tell my friends I wouldn’t wash my hand for a week!).
The beginnings of my own deep considerations about gender in Islam were under way at this same time and in fact got their biggest boost when I visited South Africa for the first time. The whole nation was marking 100 days in the Mandela presidency. Every fiber in the air sparkled with the intensity of change. I became friends with South African Muslims who had struggled side by side with comrades from all races and religions in the movement to tumble apartheid. Sometimes they’d had to stand against conservative members of their own Muslim community to form such alliances.

The phrase, “gender jihad”–which bridges Islamic terminology for struggle, resistance and justice was first articulated by South African Muslims (as was “economic jihad” in concert with the racial struggle against apartheid). Theirs was also the nascent movement for inclusion for persons of diverse sexual orientations. This radical intersectionality of oppressions and move towards inclusiveness is enshrined in the S.A. Constitution: “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, color, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.”

Here was the first time I had even thought about a woman as imam when I accepted an invitation to give a sermon at a Friday service in Cape Town. It was 1994, and there was no turning back. As a black American woman of African origins, to be in South Africa at that particular time exploded my view of the world into a kaleidoscope of possibilities that would never again return to mono-chrome.

So I was struck hard by the return of Mandela to the Beloved. I had no patience with certain Muslim “scholars” who asserted that while Mr. Mandela was a great man, because he was not a Muslim he must be considered an unbeliever/ kafir, and thus destined for hell (yes, people actually said this!). In Malaysia, a general fatwa was issued saying it was haram (an act of grievous sinfulness) to even say “Rest in Peace” over any person who was not Muslim.

There were of course several responses to such, especially as far as the specific man, Tata (Father) Madiba (a title of high esteem for a member in his tribe). Most simply ignored it, and continued to mourn his death and celebrate his life. Some, including Dr. Tariq Ramadan, gave a general apologetic speech about tolerance. With the reminder that none of us knows our final abode, so we should remain humble.

A friend of mine responded to a similar accusation in the Netherlands by reviewing the lengthy Islamic intellectual tradition about the nature of belief. None of us know our final abode, but we should know this: “islam” is not merely an ethnicity, a history, cultures, a set of practices, peoples and dogmas. It is described in the Qur’an as the highest order of the entire universe. All of nature is Muslim. All of nature “surrenders” to the beauty and harmony of the universe. When some say, Islam means peace, they refer to the peace of living in accordance to the highest order of the universe.

The highest order of the universe is al-Haqq (absolute Truth). Thus, to be a believer, one must stand up for Truth…no matter the consequences. It is abundantly clear that Truth must be wedded to Justice, that attribute which is an obligation upon God/Allah and which today we understand cannot exist without equality. Thus, the primary characteristic of a believer is to stand for truth, justice and equality making Mr. Mandela the most stellar Believer. For even when his persecution (in the form of imprisonment) was over, he embraced his jailers as only equals before the constitution of the New South Africa. The Islamic paradigm of belief requires an affirmation of the harmony and unity of all things, but especially between human beings. “Thus the rejection of tyranny is by itself a reflection of belief”. Belief exemplifies the highest order of human decency without which no religion can survive.

Because I take this great legacy to heart and not just for work or ethics, I share my 4 grandchildren with other grandparents who are Muslim, African-American, Polish Jewish immigrants to Canada, Native American, Christian, Latino, white and even a Grammy award winning musician of dual citizenship. Diversity of race and religion is not optional, it is mandatory in my life. So, my response to the claims that Mandela was going to hell was much simpler: If where he is going is hell…I’d rather join him there than spend an eternity with those Muslim “scholars” who spoke out against him.

Amina Wadud is Professor Emerita of Islamic Studies, now traveling the world over seeking answers to the questions that move many of us through our lives. Author of Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective and Inside the Gender Jihad, she will blog on her life journey and anything that moves her about Islam, gender and justice, especially as these intersect with the rest of the universe.

Source: Feminism and Religion

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VR GP Needed / DWS Practice for sale (URGENT)

2-4 Juers St. Kingston Palm Shopping Centre
Kingston QLD 4114

Open DWS (District of Workforce Shortage) & AON (Area of Need)

It is close to Logan Central, Waterford, Beenleigh, Browns plain, Crest mead, Logan Masjid, Logan Hospital. Walking distance from Kingston Railway Station. It is high density population area. It is medium socio-economic area thus getting more healthcare & pensioners. There is a lot of GPMP & Health assessments. If someone is good in Derma. then he can get enough skin checks everyday. It is next to the Day & Night Pharmacy. It has 2 consultation rooms, 1 reception & waiting area, 1 treatment room, 1 Kitchen. It is a small practice but very well designed & fully computerized Bulk billed practice. "Best Practice & Appointment Book" is current & Online claiming & Pathology Labs are active.
Qualified Practice Manager is also available on very affordable rates.It is a rental/ leased premises in a Shopping centre. Monthly rent is Aus $2600.00 per month. It includes all outgoings & GST. Lease term is very flexible. You can get for 1 yr to 10 years. It has 3 Telephone lines in sequence; 3299 4001, 02 & 03. It is excellent opportunity for IMG's & OTD's. Come up with any reasonable offer & start your own turn key project. From 25th Nov 2013 to 12 Dec 2013 I am overseas but available on emails or Viber. Just email me & I can arrange your visit/ inspection through my practice manager.

Contact: Aqeel Hafeez KHAWAJA Mob Aus 0447 004 644





3 bedroom House in Kuraby for rent!


2 bathrooms, 2 garages, shade sail over driveway and solar panels.


A/C in living area and main bedroom and alarm system installed.


Walking distance from mosque, school, bus and train station. Available early Jan. rent $410 p.w.


Call 0439786653 for more details.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s Gatsby, Master Spy

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, once famous in Washington for his cigars, parties and charm, is now Saudi Arabia’s point man, fighting Iran in Syria and denouncing the Obama administration.


SAUDI ARABIA: When the prince was the ambassador he was the toast of Washington, and plenty of toasts there were. Bandar bin Sultan (pictured above) smoked fine cigars and drank finer Cognac. For almost 30 years as Saudi Arabia’s regal messenger, lobbyist, and envoy, he told amazing stories about politicians and potentates, some of which, surprisingly, were true. Washington journalists loved him. Nobody had better access to more powerful people in higher places, or came with so much money, so quietly and massively distributed, to help out his friends.

Over the years, Bandar arranged to lower global oil prices in the service of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and both the Bushes. At the behest of the CIA’s Bill Casey, and behind the back of Congress, Bandar arranged for the Saudis to bankroll anti-Communist wars in Nicaragua, Angola and Afghanistan. He was thick with Dick Cheney, and he was so tight with the George H.W. Bush clan—the father, the mother, the sons, the daughters—that they just called him “Bandar Bush.”

Now, the prince is a spy, or, more precisely, the master spy of the Middle East. He is the point man for a vast Saudi program of covert action and conspicuous spending that helped overthrow the elected Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt and is attempting to forge a new “Army of Islam” in Syria. Without understanding the man and his mission, there’s no way, truly, to understand what’s happening in the world’s most troubled region right now.

Bandar’s goal is to undermine Iranian power: strip away Tehran’s allies like Assad and Hezbollah; stop the Shiite mullahs from acquiring nuclear weapons; roll back their regional designs; and push them out of office if there’s any way to do that.

The Daily Beast


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British broadcaster and human rights activist Lauren Booth to grace Durban Souk 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: The 16th Annual Al-Ansaar International Family Souk & Convention began in the Durban Exhibition Centre on Friday (20 December) and will run over 13 days until 1 January 2014.


In addition to the huge range of food, clothing and other items on sale, there are performances and demonstrations throughout the day.


This year's Souk Convention guest is Ms Lauren Booth (pictured left) who has been writing for major UK publications and news sites since 1997.She has presented a long running Television and Radio series, including a 9 year stint as co-host at BBC Radio. Lauren has taken a pro-active role in Palestinian Activism and has been a part of the “Free Gaza Movement” which made history on August 23 2008 in breaking the siege. Lauren has regularly visited Palestine and has also been a part of “Viva Palestina”.

Lauren Booth embraced Islam in 2010.She is currently touring the Globe speaking about her “Journey to Islam”, She also lectures at Universities on topics such as “Islamaphobia” and “the Media and Islam”. In October 2012 Lauren visited Pakistan for the first time at the invitation of PTI political party leader, Imran Khan. Lauren Booth is currently working on her keenly awaited Biography about her experiences in Muslim lands and her conversion to Islam.

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Turkey pastry granted EU protected status 


While Turkey has vainly clamoured for years to join the European Union, a sweet pastry tasted more success winning the EU's prized "protected status".And as Gerald Tan reports, Turkey is celebrating a sweet victory with the EU.



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World’s first travel website for Muslim tourists

Paris - A new website for Muslim travellers which includes a global directory of halal restaurants and dedicated city guides launched on Wednesday in a bid to capitalise on the growing number of Islamic tourists.

Specialist Singapore-based firm Crescentrating said the site, which is called HalalTrip.com, offers a wide range of features for tourists wishing to travel in accordance with the rules of Islam.

“It is the world's first fully-featured travel booking website for Muslim travellers,” Crescentrating chief executive Fazal Bahardeen told AFP, adding that the industry had been lacking a dedicated travel booking site catering to the needs of Islamic tourists.

Spending by Muslim travellers is estimated to reach $200-billion by 2020, up from $126-billion in 2011, according to the company's chief operating officer Dany Bolduc.

Crescentrating acquired HalalTrip.com from its Austrian owner in June and has re-launched it with new features including booking facilities for nearly 400 000 hotels, as well as airlines and tour packages. The site previously only allowed bookings for 1 000 hotels.



Tourists can now search flights and hotels on the English-language site as a result of partnerships with online reservation firm Booking.com, and travel search engine Wego.com.

It also offers a global directory of halal restaurants, mosques and amenities useful the Muslim tourist.

There are dedicated travel and city guides to places such as Istanbul, Beijing, and Kuala Lumpur, highlighting places of interest for the Islamic visitors.

Other features will be added progressively, including Arabic and other language interfaces, the company said.

Crescentrating already runs a website which rates hotels, restaurants, airports and other establishments using such criteria as having halal restaurants and prayer rooms.

This year, it launched a service that allows Muslim travellers to determine their prayer times and the direction to which they should pray even while they are in mid-flight and across different time zones. - AFP


Source: IOL Travel

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For devout Muslim cabbies in New York City, parking tickets are the price of prayers 



NEW YORK:  New York City is home not just to a massive fleet of iconic yellow taxis, but to an amazing diversity of cab drivers.


Roughly half of the city’s 40,000-odd cabbies are Muslims who hail from countries all over the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere — and a great number of the drivers are observant, praying five times a day. Which raises the question: How and where do these men on the move pray?

When you spend your days driving a taxicab, it’s impossible to say where, at any given moment, you might wind up. Followers of Islam can perform their five daily prayers in any relatively clean space, even bowed down on the side of the road. But the process isn’t so simple. You first need to ritually wash with water and then to prostrate yourself facing east, toward Mecca.

“That’s why we have an app in our iPhone, we know where is the Mecca,” Youssef Kamal told me. “Right now, I’m here, right? I check my iPhone, check which is the Mecca. Straight to Mecca. Like, I am in Mecca right now. Technology!”

I found Kamal praying alone at the BP gas station on the corner of Houston and Lafayette streets. He'd taken a prayer mat from the cardboard box kept there for drivers, laid it down in front of the pumps and was kneeling in the cold.

It’s best to pray in a group led by an imam, but for a roving driver, that isn’t always a possibility.


That’s why we have an app in our iPhone, we know where is the Mecca. Right now, I’m here, right? I check my iPhone, check which is the Mecca. Straight to Mecca. Like, I am in Mecca right now. Technology!

Youssef Kamal

“The prayer starts, like, at one o’clock,” said Kamal. “Now it’s 1:15. I’ve been looking for the parking since 12:40. I didn’t find no spot. I turned my wheels to the gas station to perform my prayer. Even, it’s not count 100 percent prayer because you have to be all together. Together is more credit, more reward, than single.”

Parking is the chief anxiety of every observant driver in New York. There are five daily windows for worship, some briefer than others. The prayer itself takes only 10 or 15 minutes to complete, but it must be done on time. Otherwise, it expires.

This is why religiously-committed cabbies will sometimes stop in front of hydrants, double park, triple park, forfeit fares and risk sizable tickets to stick to the day’s ritual schedule, especially on Fridays, when the most significant prayer of the week takes place.

Said Kamal: “We have to pray no matter what. Even you put it in double park. Even you put it in the bus stop. We have to go to pray. It’s like something mandatory.”

New York’s Muslim cab drivers have memorized a city-wide circuit of mosques and other, more makeshift, prayer spaces that do the job when one can’t reach a formal house of worship. Basements in South Asian restaurants. Backrooms in gas stations and auto repair shops. Certain parking lots. This way, the driver is prepared no matter where his next destination.

Cabbie 1: “OK, the big central one in 96th and 3rd Avenue. And you got one on Broadway, between Broadway and 5th Avenue on 29th Street.”

Cabbie 2: “A restaurant in 29th between 6th and 7th. That’s in the second floor, there’s a spot there where we can pray.”

Cabbie 3: “Sometimes some people are praying in gas stations. Like here; 2nd Avenue, 1st Street; 36th and 10th Avenue. Like this.”

Cabbie 4: “Sometimes I have a bag. You can open the bag to be a carpet, a prayer carpet, to pray anywhere. Anywhere. We have a little mosque in JFK — in the parking lot, taxi lot.”

Cabbie 5: “But at least the place is clean, we can pray anywhere.”

Cabbie 6: “Allah knows, God knows, how we do it, but people get it done.”

Yahia Nassar is headed to midtown because, well, I’m his fare and that’s where I’m headed. Our drive should take about 20 minutes.

“The next prayer is at sunset,” said Nassar. “It’s 10 minutes to five.” This means that Nassar has less than an hour and he doesn’t like to scramble. All focus should be on service to the divine, he says, not on an illegally-parked car.


If you lost the prayeryour day is gonna go, like, crazy. Because your mind is gonna be — one day it happened to me: I missed the prayer. I had no more chance. My mind, the whole day, it wasn’t properly.

This is a time between you and God. It’s like a meeting. If you have a meeting with your boss, how would you feel? If he tells you to come at 8:30 p.m. or a.m. — you feel crazy, you take a taxi, take a subway, you run just to see the boss. Same thing.

Yahia Nassar

“I’m telling you,” said Nassar, “if you have something, you’re leaving  a car, and you’re afraid, you are concentrated five percent on the prayer, 95 percent on the car. Because this is human. A human is a human. He’s afraid about his properties, right?

"Illegal parking, it’s not worth it. It’s not worth it. Because if you go to pray and you get a ticket for $115. $115. $115, you can’t make it the whole day,” he added.

Once passenger-less, he’ll will switch the light on the roof of his cab off. “If you’re not off and somebody stop you, you can’t say no,” said Nassar. "So you have to be off-duty to control your time and to find a place to park. Then you go to pray, in peace.”

Nassar drops me at the midtown Mobil station at sundown. It’s pretty close to where I need to go. Outside, customers are pumping gas. It’s almost impossible to tell that, inside, dozens of taxi drivers are bent on their knees in prayer. The men typically worship in a small, cramped room at the back of the service area. But sometimes, like now, when there are no cars to be repaired, they spread their rugs over the entire garage.

The congested avenues, the seven-day work week and the cars, they leave worriedly behind them. The minutes before prayer time are frantic. But in prayer, all of this seems to die away and all that’s left are the demands of faith.

“If you lost the prayer,” said Youssef Kamal, “your day is gonna go, like, crazy. Because your mind is gonna be — one day it happened to me: I missed the prayer. I had no more chance. My mind, the whole day, it wasn’t properly.

"This is a time between you and God. It’s like a meeting. If you have a meeting with your boss, how would you feel? If he tells you to come at 8:30 p.m. or a.m. — you feel crazy, you take a taxi, take a subway, you run just to see the boss. Same thing.”

Source: Global Nation

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Sister Hagar's Journey to Islam 


BRAZIL: Brazilian Linguist Finds Islam

{Are those who know equal to those who know not? It is only men of understanding who will remember.} (Az-Zumar 39:9)

These were the first words from the Quran that touched me.

And when I read that I could not stop thinking about it. I wondered what should I really know to understand? What really is knowledge?

What is it in reading books and studying theories, philosophies and thoughts if at the end we still do not find any meaning for our existence? Western answers for this dilemma just made me frustrated, uncomfortable, hopeless and, at the end, depressed.

At that time I could not believe in God nor pray anymore. How it happened? I do not know.

What I know is that it was like in one day I believed in God (I was Christian – a Protestant) and the next day to think about the existence of a God, Creator, was like nonsense to me.

On Islam

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During the Middle Ages, when Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Arab scholars and historians translated most of the works of the Greek scholars, thereby preserving some of the greatest intellectual achievements that are the cornerstone of Western civilization.


For the next few weeks CCN will offer an English word that has, as its origin, the Arabic language:


English Arabic Origin Arabic Meaning
ream  rizma a bundle
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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

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: What better way to remind me of the Middle East than the ubiquitous homus which is a very popular use of the chickpeas in that part of the world.





500 g dried chickpeas
2 tsp. sodium bicarbonate
3 cloves garlic, peeled
juice of 2 lemons
300 ml tahini paste
good-quality olive oil, to serve
Lebanese bread, to serve



1. Soak the chickpeas overnight in water with the sodium bicarbonate.
2. Rinse the chickpeas under cold running water for 3-5 minutes. Add to a saucepan of boiling water and cook until incredibly soft. (You want to be able to turn a chickpea into mush by simply pressing it between your index and thumb.)
3. Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid.
4. Put the chickpeas in the bowl of a food processor and blend. (If the food processor is not blending properly, add small amounts of the reserve liquid to get it going.)
5. Continue blending until very smooth. Add the garlic and lemon juice, and season with salt. Blend again. Add the tahini paste a little at a time, blend and taste. If mixture is too thick, you may need to add a little lemon juice to make it thick and creamy.
6. Transfer the hummus to a bowl, make a well in the centre and drizzle with good-quality olive oil.
Serve with Lebanese 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.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve had a baby a few months ago and have been exercising for a while but can’t seem to shift the weight. Is there anything in particular I can do to speed up the process?

A: Don’t rush your body. It will determine where and how it sheds the kilos.


The best thing to do is to mix up your training routine. Don’t do the same exercises all the time.


Try doing cardio every second day and some weight training in between, followed by a few yoga sessions for flexibility and core strength.


Remember the 70% diet, 30% exercise rule. Eat whole, fresh foods (lots of protein too) – maybe 5 smaller meals a day.


The more colourful the vegies, the more nutrient rich it is. Lots of water is a must and then just keep moving.







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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Mrs Mula Nasruddin: Habibi, before we got married, you used to give me gifts and expensive jewellery.

Mula Nasruddin: Yes, and?

Mrs Mula Nasruddin: How come you don't do it anymore?

Mula Nasruddin: Have you ever seen a fisherman giving worms to the fish after catching it?

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How can I choose the right weight loss plan for me?


These days there are a range of weight loss programs available and it is important that you choose an appropriate healthy eating plan that is suited to your lifestyle.

Keep in mind that an appropriate weight loss plan should:
• Meet your individual nutritional and health needs
• Be suited to your individual lifestyle
• Include a wide variety of foods from all food groups
• Promote physical activity
• Focus on realistic life long changes to eating and exercise habits

Be careful of fad diets. These often promises fast weight loss without any scientific basis. These diets often eliminate entire food groups and as a result do not provide a wide range of important nutrients.

Avoid diets that:
• Cut out entire food groups or specific nutritious foods
• Promote rapid weight loss without supervision by a dietitian and a doctor
• Focus on short term changes to eating and exercise habits
• Recommend unusual foods or eating patterns
• Encourage miracle pills and potions

Need an answer to a question on nutrition?

Send your question to Fathima Abdoola at  fathima.abdoola@uqconnect.edu.au

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

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Say: "Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: by whatever name you call upon Him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Neither speak your Prayer aloud, nor speak it in a low tone, but seek a middle course between."      

Surah Al-Israa 17:110


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Faith is an oasis in the heart


that will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.   


~ Khalil Gibran


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United Hearts

Family Day Care Scheme

Apparel by Aliyah

Designer Clothing


Hijab Friendly Fashion


Modern Muslimah

Muslimah  Clothes



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New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Samoosa Pastry Brisbane Diagnostics Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats InWear Fashions Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Tutoring Fathima Adat Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail Hummys Automotive Services Hussana Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Kimaya International Kuraby Mosque Hire Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion love ur body Marketing Coop Group Muslim Directory Muslima Chick Nandos Calamvale Nandos Mt Gravatt NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Excelanz Migration Services Pizza Lane Pappa Roti QLD Islamic Book Service Seedat Accounting Shameema's Silk Scarves Shakira Kolia Driving School T ax Returns 2012 Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


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24 December


2013 Unity Cup Futsal Tournament


Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre

 0431 428 256

All day

5 January 2014


Milad-un-Nabi Gold Coast

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane.

Runaway Bay Community Centre
Lae Drive, Runaway Bay


4pm to Maghrib

18 January 2014


Celebration of the Prophet's birth

Islamic Society of Queensland Inc.

Islamic College of Brisbane

0407 156 527

5pm to 9pm

19 January 2014


An Exhibition on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Islamic Society of Algester

Springwood Community Centre
55 Cinderella Drive, Springwood

0433 285 086

10.30am to 4pm

26 January 2014


International Food Festival 2014

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive, Arundel

0416 212 541

8am to 8pm

5 February


MBN Workshop: Network & Prosper

Muslim Business Network (MBN)

Brisbane Technology Park, Eight Mile Plains

 0422 191 675

6.30pm to 8.30pm

22 March 2014


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm


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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Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Tafseer
Wednesdays: Tafseer
The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day. All brothers and sisters are welcome.


SeekersPoint BRISBANE


Hosted by SeekersPoint Brisbane
Topic: SeekersCircle - Etiquettes of the Seeker
Commences: 7:30pm Friday 18 October. Every Friday for 10 weeks
Venue: Multi Faith Centre (N35), Griffith University, Nathan Campus


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times


Thursday 20 February 2014 Metropolitan South Regional Office 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 22 May 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 21 August 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 20 November 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Commencing at 7.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

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

Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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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

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

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

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


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